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Dreams start here! Beautiful custom built 6 bedroom, 6 ½ bath, with playroom, media room and summer kitchen. Gorgeous heated pool & spa. Lake views! This residence boasts 7,109 sqft under A/C. Features modern kitchen with granite counter tops, wood cabinetry. Marble & wood floors throughout and Impact windows and doors. Offered at $2,899,000 Call Stan Rosen - 305-510-8032


Magnificent 2 story, 6 bedroom, 8 bath with heated pool and spa, situated on acre overlooking natural preserve. Complete his and her master baths, media room, and fireplace in living room. Gourmet kitchen with gas cooking range, elevator, impact windows and doors, marble floors throughout. Offered at $2,199,000 Call Jean Kachik - 954-646-0777


Incredible Spacious, FURNISHED 6BD/7.5BA/3CG Lakefront, Pool, State of art Home has it ALL. Features theater, Game Room, Office, Library, Wine Tasting Room, Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances, Gas Stove, Side Courtyard, Multiple Fountains, Summer Kitchen, Pool w/beach area & spa! Offered at $4,500,000 Call Stan Rosen - 305-510-8032


The last place you can leave the keys in the car and still ride the horses down the street. Absolutely UNIQUE and BEAUTIFUL 3 acre estate with private pond and Barn. 7 bedrooms 5 Bathrooms, one bedroom and full bath on the first floor, (14 closets). Offered at $1,005,000 Call Rosa Rosales – 954-954-303-2701


Spectacular 4 bedroom 4 bath home on oversized lot. Chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter-tops. Over $300,000 in interior upgrades! Offered at $1,400,000 Call Indra Ragbir 954-773-1557


Gorgeous one acre plus point lot. 5 bedroom 4 bathroom home features a gigantic master bedroom, library, marble and wood floors, billiard room with wet bar. Pool overlooks serene lake. Offered at $1,500,000 Call Jean Kachik- 954-646-0777


This 8400 sq ft, 8 Bed, 7.5 Bath, 4 car garage custom built home sits on a builder’s acre. Upstairs and downstairs laundry rooms. Resort style pool. Offered at $2,699,990 Call Stan Rosen - 305-510-8032


Excellent condition 3 bedroom, 2 bath with 2 car garage in sought after community of Savanna. Enjoy the resort style amenities. Great schools. Offered at $290,000 Call Flor Blanchett - 305-439-3320


Practically BRAND NEW 4 bedroom 3 bath home. Tiled throughout main living areas, corian countertops knock down texture throughout. Professionally landscaped garden and extended rear patio that overlooks lush garden. Offered at $574,900 Call Jorge Prieto - 954-817-0401


Great 3 bedroom, 2 ½ bath with loft which can be converted to 4th bedroom. Two story home with Pool with new equipment and very private, fenced backyard. Walk to Weston’s Town Center. Offered at $299,000 Call Flor Blanchett - 305-439-3320


3 bedroom, 2 bath home on corner lot in a quiet community. This home offers a large open living area. Walking distance to Weston Town Center. Offered at $180,000 Call Minerva Strum -754-366-3072


Pride of ownership shows in this well maintained large lakefront home. Relax on the large screened in patio overlooking the large yard, lake & trees beyond. Spacious master bedroom retreat with a sitting area opens to the screened patio. Upgraded kitchen cabinets and granite counters. 24-hour neighborhood is guarded and well maintained. Ride your bike to the community pool located right next to City Park and playground. Near everything! Offered at $399,999 Call Courtney Silverman - 954-315-6925


Beautiful 2 bedroom 2 ½ bath with large terrace overlooking private garden. Enjoy all amenities including concierge service, spa, fitness center and more. Walk to shops and restaurants. Offered at $149,000 Call Mo Chesla - 954-650-2487


Move in condition, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, pool home located on a quiet cul de sac. Loaded with upgrades, accordion shutters, fenced patio Offered at $ 309,000 Call Susan Samanez - 954-245-2071


Gourmet Chefs: This Kitchen Is For You! No cost was spared during the exhibition kitchen remodel -Center Work Island, warming drawer, slow cooker Added. Most requested floor plan with 1-Bedroom & Full remodeled Bath on 1st floor. Accordion Shutters upstairs, Popcorn free ceilings, All new appliances & water heater, Gather w/friends & neighbors around the fire-pit in your Large Yard. Walk to Community Pool & Clubhouse. Elementary & High School Bus Stops in neighborhood. Completely fenced. Offered at $550,000 Call Courtney Silverman - 954-315-6925


Mint condition 4 bedroom 3 bath. Open floor plan with tile and laminated wood floors. Wood kitchen cabinets, covered patio, heated pool with water view. Also available to rent. Offered at $579,999 Call Rosa Rosales - 954-303-2701

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an Anime Club for teens, ages 13 to 18. Explore the fascinating world of anime, a style of animation developed in Japan characterized by stylized colorful art. The club meets the second Monday of the month from 3:45 to 5:30pm. For more information contact the Youth Services Desk at (954) 389-2098 x252.

treat with the Y! Join your friends and neighbors for this fun-filled night from 6pm-7:30pm at the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston. There will be a pumpkin patch, arts & crafts, games and spooky fun! For more information please contact Stephanie Brassie, Member Relations Director, at or (954) 424-9622.

Anime Club – The Weston Branch Library hosts WALL Registration Begins

– Weston Area Little League opens online registration for baseball (ages 5-18), girl’s softball (ages 5-16), and Challenger (ages 5-18). Please visit for more information.

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Family Fall Fest –There will be games, a bounce

house, hayride, food, and plenty of family fun from 11am until 2pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 580 Indian Trace. For more information call (954) 384-9096.


Mammo-Palooza – Help Broward Health reach

its goal of providing 1200+ mammograms in one week. Broward Health Weston is one of the five screening sites. Women should bring a mammogram prescription from their physician. Doctors will also be on hand to write prescriptions. Mammograms will be offered at an affordable price and are covered through health insurance. Call (954) 759-7500 or visit mammo to schedule an appointment.


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JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon – The eighth

annual Michele Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon benefits JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options), a one-of-a-kind organization providing programs and services for at-risk children and their families. The luncheon festivities begin at 10:30am and feature a mini fashion show, vendor bazaar, raffle and silent auction. The event will be held at Weston Hills Country Club. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by emailing


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– Takes place on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day only -- Wednesday, October 20th, Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 22nd for residential properties, and Saturday, October 23rd for multi-family units with dumpsters. Items should be placed curbside by 7am For questions regarding bulk pick-up please call the City of Weston Public Works Services Center at 954-385-2600 or visit the City of Weston website at, click on Public Works and then Bulk Pick Up.


Weston Friends Club “Tea and Luncheon” – The Weston Friends Club is hosting

a ladies luncheon at Weston Hills Country Club. Cost is $25 for club members and $30 for non-members. To make a reservation please contact Nancy Dunlop, Weston Friends Club President, at (954) 384-6456.


Level 1 Reiki Training – Experience the healing

powers of Reiki. Weston Yoga is offering Reiki training from 11:30am until 6pm. Reiki allows the body to release stress and tension by creating deep relaxation. This healing energy promotes the detoxification of the body, increasing energy and vitality that in essence facilitates healing and improves health. Reiki treats the whole person – body, emotion, mind and spirit. Reiki Circle Meditations are held every Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm at Weston Yoga, 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. Space is limited. Please call (954) 349-6868 to reserve a spot.

November 5th

KID Auxiliary Golf Tournament – Players of

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seen on scene Kiwanis Honor Humanitarian for Work in Haiti

Dr. Aldy Castor, a Weston physician and founder of the Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF), was honored for his humanitarian efforts at the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes’ 12th Annual Grand Charity Ball. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International Club and Dr. Castor exemplifies service. For decades he has reached out to help and improve the lives of those in need. This past year, he led earthquake relief efforts in his homeland of Haiti. In addition, his non-profit organization, HRDF, focuses its efforts on programs in the field of healthcare, education, scientific research, arts and culture, and economics in order to help Haitians develop their own resources.

Dr. Aldy Castor accepts a humanitarian award from Maria Pazos, of County Line Chiropractic Centers, at the Kiwanis Club of Lauderdale Lakes’ Grand Charity Ball. Photo Courtesy: Teddy Green, TTLensiMages.

Weston Friends Club Installs New Board

The Weston Friends Club recently installed its new Executive Board. Pictured from left to right are: Frances Yesbeck, Treasurer; Judy Good, VP Membership; Harriett Brief, Secretary; Nancy Russo, Past President; and Nancy Dunlop, President. The Weston Friends Club is dedicated to creating friendships between people with similar interests in varied social, charitable and community settings. There are also plenty of opportunities to meet new people at the coffees, wine and cheese parties, Meet & Eat events or Ladies Night Out, as well as through book clubs and card games. If you would like more information about the club and its activities visit

Deacon Paul Brancheau (at the lectern), Bishop Felipe Estevez (with scepter) and Father Enrique Delgado led the Blue Mass service at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church.

St. Katharine Drexel Commemorates Fallen Heroes

Parishioners at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church marked the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks with a Blue Mass in memory of the firefighters, rescue workers, police officers and law enforcement personnel who lost their lives on that tragic day. Prominently displayed during the service was a 450-pound piece of beam salvaged from the World Trade Center wreckage that was donated to the church.

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Weston Realtors Relocate to New Office

Kerry and Maria Luckner have settled into their newly relocated Weston office of Better Homes & Gardens Florida 1st at 131 Weston Rd. They welcome any questions you may have during this unique real estate market. Kerry & Maria are experts in the Weston market and have been selling Weston area homes since the day the developer broke ground. Call them at 954-829-4131.


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community news Don Decker Honored by Florida Recreation and Park Association

By StAcey BomSeR


and recreation interests. It provides members with n the nearly ten years that Don Decker has served a forum for professional development, networking as Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, he opportunities and resources. As President of the has created one of the most coveted community FRPA, Decker will lead an executive board of over parks and recreation programs in the region, if not 20 members. He officially took office last month the nation. Under his leadership, Weston operates during the FRPA state conference held in Orlando. and maintains 14 municipal parks and recreational His term will run through September 2011. facilities that cater to tens of thousands of athletic This is not Decker’s first role within FRPA. He participants, in addition to providing activities, prohas been involved with the Association for over grams and classes for all ages and interests. ten years having served in various roles including Decker is now taking on an additional role. Director of the Southeast Region and as Co-Chair He has been appointed President of the Florida of the State Conference. Recreation and Park Association (FRPA). The In addition to being named President, Decker association has approximately 1,500 members was presented with the FRPA annual Achievement representing over 270 parks and recreation agenAs Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Don Decker is heavily involved in Award. This award honors an individual who cies throughout the state. our community, including teaching students enrolled in Weston University. has given special or unusual service to the According to City Manager John Flint, Decker’s Association, and who has furthered the parks and recreation profession on a state and appointment is a testament to his dedication to his profession and will provide great national level. opportunities for him as well as the City of Weston. “Don’s appointment by his peers According to FRPA Executive Director Eleanor Warmack, Decker was selected as President of the FRPA affirms the leadership abilities and knowledge of parks because of his extraordinary contributions to advancing the field of parks and recreand recreation that Don brings to Weston each and every day. Don’s participation in ation. “He has a passion for providing quality of life in communities throughout the FRPA over the years, and particularly as President this year, enables him to interact State of Florida.” with parks and recreation professionals from throughout the nation and bring the best Decker has served as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Weston for of their experiences and knowledge back to Weston.” over nine years. He and his family are proud to call Weston home. The FRPA is committed to attaining industry excellence by advocating for parks


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Chiropractic? Why Not?

“A Doctor’s Confession toWest Broward”

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It’s strange how life is, because now people chiropractic. When you bring in this article come to see me with their migraines. They also (by October 31st) you will receive my entire come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, new patient exam for $35. That’s with x-rays, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, biomechanical exam, history and consultation… backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell YOu tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. THAT YOu OR AnY OTHeR peRSOn ReSpOnSIBLe FOR pAYMenT HAS THe Here’s what some of my patients had to say: RIgHT TO ReFuSe TO pAY, cAnceL pAYMenT, OR Be ReIMBuRSeD FOR “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe TReATMenT, WHIcH IS peRFORMeD neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my AS A ReSuLT OF AnD WITHIn 72 arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free HOuRS OF ReSpOnDIng TO THe with no medication and I can do everything I ADveRTISeMenT FOR DIScOunTeD, could not do before.” OR ReDuceD Fee FOR SeRvIce, – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL eXAMInATIOn, OR TReATMenT.

“Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I great care at a great fee…please, I hope that want to give credit where credit is no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a there’s no misunderstanding about quality of due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear long time since I have taken pain medication.” care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll the air so there’s no misunderstanding. – J. Walker, Miramar get great care at a great fee. My qualifications… Before I talk about my confession, though, let I’m a graduate of Life college and have been me say a few other things first. Several times a day patients thank me for practicing for over 10 years. I’ve been entrusted helping them with their health problems. But to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes Let me start by explaining the photo in this I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that you may know. I am constantly going to letter. You know, when I meet people in town that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What seminars and updating my knowledge so I can they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to give my patients the latest information and Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture remove nerve pressure, and the body responds techniques of my profession. My assistants are of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s Mylene and nyrie – really great people. Our the right. a simple as that! office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a Twenty years ago something happened to me Forty-five million Americans no longer have wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. that changed my life forever. I was a junior in health insurance, and those who do have found high school and I started getting migraines. I that their benefits have been greatly reduced. Our office is called Windmill Health center had suffered from intense headaches since That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a and it’s at 17160 Royal palm Blvd., Suite 1 in the childhood. Over the years, I consulted many significantly lower fee plan so that more people Windmill professional plaza. Our phone number medical doctors, and specialists. I went through are able to afford the care they need. An entire is 954-217-4881. call Mylene, nyree or evee for all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried week of care in my office costs what you could pay an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save… looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, studies show that chiropractic can double your For more information regarding our nothing helped. But there’s more… immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. services please visit our website www. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and If you would like A friend of mine convinced me to give a other ailments. So you may not be running off to email us with your questions, you may reach us chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined to the doctor as much. Studies show that people at me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. actually pay less for their long-term overall health – Rick Behar, D.C. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. good. And guess what…I started feeling so P.S. I am also offering the second family much better! From daily migraines, I went You Benefit from an Amazing Offer-Look, it member for only $27. down to three a week, and then to once in a shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted your health. You are going to write a check to p.p.S. Your time is as valuable as mine. That’s to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s someone for your health care expenses, you why I have a no-wait policy. You will be seen how it happened! may as well write one for a lesser amount for within minutes of your appointment.


community news exciting Season Planned for Performing Arts


he Weston Performing Arts Series offers something for everyone this season. From world-class symphonies to a rock-n-roll concert, and movies under the stars to child-friendly puppet shows, now is the perfect time to explore all of the arts and cultural performances offered in our community.

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December 11 at 7:30pm, Marmaduke on January 8 at 7:30pm, Karate Kid 2010 on February 5 at 7:30pm, Shrek Forever After on March 5 at 7:30pm, and Despicable Me on April 2 at 8pm. Children can experience the excitement of live theater with three wonderful stage performances. A whole new generation of young people will see that learning can be fun when Schoolhouse Rock, Live! comes to town on November 20th. The Emmy Award winning 1970’s pop culture phenomenon is now a lively musical the whole family will love. The beautiful Rapunzel lets down her long hair when the famous fairy tale by the same name takes the stage on January 29th. And the timeless tale The Frog Prince concludes the children’s theater season on April 16th. All performances are at 1pm in the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Weston Community Center. The Frog Prince will actually be performed twice this season. A puppet show version will be presented on February 5th. In this enchanting, updated version of the classic fairy tale, beautifully designed puppets teach kids that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Self-esteem, courage and friendship are the themes of Doodles the Clown, an original puppet show production on March 5th. Both performances are performed by professional puppeteers. Two performances of each show are sched-

Children can experience the excitement of live theater at special stage performances of beloved children’s stories such as last year’s Cinderella.

“Our Performing Arts Series has proven very successful, and well received by the community,” says Weston Mayor Eric Hersh. “Providing arts and cultural events, in addition to the sports and recreation programs, helps make Weston a premier family community. Our goal is to bring residents together to enjoy quality events, and be able to spend time with family, friends and neighbors.” The 2010-2011 season kicks off this month with the return of the popular Moonlight Movies in the Park. Pack your lawn chairs and blankets, plus plenty of popcorn, because when the sun goes down the giant inflatable screen goes up at Weston Regional Park. Each month a different free, family-friendly feature film will be shown. This year’s movie schedule includes Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 on October 2 at 8pm, The Tooth Fairy on November 6 at 8pm, Avatar (rated pg-13) on Moonlight Movies in the Park is a great way to spend a Saturday night.

uled at the Weston Community Center, one at 1:30pm and another at 3pm. The puppet shows are free and are best suited for children ages pre-K through second grade. From fairy tales to the philharmonic, the Weston Performing Arts schedule offers an evening concert series as well. On February 19th the South Florida Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Overture Peer Gynt (Suite #1) by Grieg, Piano Concerto (with soloist) by Grieg, and Seventh Symphony by Beethoven. On April 9th the Symphony of the Americas will perform From Opera to Broadway Part II. Both performances are at 8pm in the Cypress Bay Theater. Tickets are $20 in advance for a single show, $35 in advance for both shows, and $25 at the door (up to one hour before the performance). Tickets may be purchased at the Weston Community Center. And don’t forget the annual Concert in the Park in March. This fan favorite features fabulous rock-n-roll music performed under the stars on the event stage at Weston Regional Park. The concert is sponsored by The City of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston.

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More information on each performance is available on the Events Calendar posted on the City of Weston website at All performances are tentative pursuant to budget adoption. Performance tickets can be purchased at the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road, (954) 389-4321.

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embroke Pines’ Master Wine and Liquor has always offered customers personalized service and competitive prices in a neighborhood environment. The friendly staff helps customers select from a wide variety of products at every price level. Owners Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez recently remodeled the store, expanded its inventory and added educational classes - offering customers even more. Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez opened the Pembroke Pines store in 2003. It was so successful that they added a second location in Weston Commons one year later. They found that many of their customers were interested in learning more about wine, so they opened Cavas (“wine cellar” in Spanish), a tasting room in the back of the Weston location with wine dispensing machines. Once the word got out, it became the “in” place for wine lovers to socialize, sample wines and learn more about them in a relaxed atmosphere. Cavas now has three locations – two are company-owned and the third is a franchise.

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Owners Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez remodeled the store, expanding the inventory and adding educational classes .

This year, the Hernandez’s decided to sell their Master Wine and Liquor store in Weston and consolidate all of their efforts into the Pembroke Pines location, 17173 Pines Blvd., just west of I-75, in the Sedano’s Plaza. The 3,500 sq. ft. store sells beer kegs in a variety of sizes and brands, including special orders. It also sells liquor, wine, wine and liquor accessories and soft drinks. The store’s liquor selection includes every day bottles, as well as rare and unique items like the Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition, in a special Baccarat crystal decanter, which retails for $3,500. The store’s wine selection includes everything from the basic bottle to unique boutique-style wines. Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez travel throughout the world to learn about new products and select some of the wines. Many are from small producer wineries and are not sold in other stores. The remodeled Pembroke Pines store will place a new emphasis on its wine programs to satisfy requests from its customers. “We have implemented new classes, tastings and educational events to reach out to wine lovers in Pembroke Pines and Miramar,” said Carolyn Hernandez. “The events are a great way to learn more about wine and meet others who share a common interest.” The store now has stateof-the-art wine dispensing machines. Customers can sample the large assortment of wines in the machines at no charge to determine what they like. The “Cavas Bottle Shop” is a separate area in the store for tastings and special events for novice and advanced wine lovers. Master Wine and Liquor offers free wine and liquor tastings every Fri. and Sat.


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night, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Wine Academy is the second and fourth Wed. of every month, at 7 p.m., beginning on Oct. 27. A sommelier leads the free educational wine tasting classes in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Each class focuses on a different theme or region. The sommelier is available to answer any questions or make recommendations. Beginning in Nov., the store will offer formal classes for the serious wine lover for a small fee. On Oct. 15, Master Wine and Liquor will celebrate its remodel with a Grand Tasting, from 7 to 11 p.m. Customers can sample more than 40 items, including wine and liquor, at no charge. They can also receive special discounts on sampled items that are purchased that night. “It is a great opportunity for customers to sample different kinds of wine and liquor and increase their knowledge,” said Hernandez. “It will also be a lot of fun.” The event will include light hors d’œuvres and music. Master Wine and Liquor is open 365 days a year, Mon. to Thurs., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sun., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to receive news of special offers and classes, call 954438-3681 or send an email to

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eston’s diverse Hispanic population includes Colombians, Venezuelans, Peruvians, Cubans, and many more nationalities. All of these cultures will be celebrated on October 10th at the first annual FIESTA at the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston. This free, fun-filled, family-friendly event is a chance for the entire community to come together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. “The first annual FIESTA event will provide an opportunity for families to spend the day celebrating and experiencing the diversity of the Hispanic and Latino cultures prevalent within our local community,” states Ryan Smiley, Operations Director of the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston. The celebration begins at 1pm with a short parade showcasing different countries followed by performances of folkloric dance from many different Latin American nations. Through their performances and music, the dancers will entertain and educate the audience with the ceremonies, rituals, and stories of their exceptionally rich cultures. “I feel so proud of my heritage and grateful to have the support of the YMCA to help make this FIESTA event possible and to help bring so many cultures together

to celebrate the significant contributions that Latino Americans have made in the culture and society of our communities,” shares Elena Dolinski de Montilla, the main volunteer organizer of this event and YMCA Advisory Board Member. In addition to the performances, FIESTA will feature a special children’s area with bounce houses and ethnic-themed games. Area restaurants will be serving delicious Latin American dishes. The vendor area will be grouped by country allowing guests to explore the various countries and regions. Food, drink and game tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Proceeds from FIESTA will benefit the YMCA of Broward County’s Annual Y-Partners Scholarship Campaign. This program provides financial aid to those people in our community who need YMCA services but are unable to pay for them. The first annual FIESTA will take place from 1-4pm on Sunday, October 10th at the Sheinberg Family YMCA inside Weston Regional Park. The event is free of charge and open to the entire community. For more information visit or call (954) 424-9622.

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hosts and goblins, pumpkins and police cars. That can only mean one thing – it’s time for the annual Halloween Safety Expo. This popular event has become a Weston tradition. This year’s free, family-friendly festivities take place on Friday, October 29th from 6 to 9pm at Tequesta Trace Park. “I believe parents and kids look forward to this event each year because they know they will have a safe place to enjoy Halloween,” says Don Decker, Weston’s director of parks and recreation. “These types of celebrations are always more enjoyable when the community shares in them together.” This year, everyone is encouraged to come dressed in costume. There will be trick-or-treating for children and a deejay playing Halloween-themed songs to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Plus, the pumpkin patch makes a great place for a family photo-opp. Children can purchase a small pumpkin to decorate at the arts and crafts table. Another popular attraction is the Teddy Bear Clinic. Volunteers from Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will guide children through various stations as they learn to treat teddy bears and other stuffed animals. Kids will get The Broward Sheriff’s Office always brings its impressive fleet of a kick out of the sports emergency vehicles to the Halloween Safety Expo.


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medicine obstacle course. The hospital will also offer poison prevention awareness and Child ID services. But bad news for vampires, the bloodmobile will be there accepting donations. Of course, the Broward Sheriff’s Office will be on hand, showcasing its impressive fleet with fire and rescue trucks and other emergency vehicles, along with the crowd-pleasing K9 unit and mounted patrols. BSO Crime Prevention Specialist Kari Pallotto says the SWAT team, bomb squad, crime scene unit, marine patrol and aviation unit have been invited to attend this year. In addition, representatives from Florida Highway Patrol, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Secret Service will be bringing some of their equipment. “This The pumpkin patch is a great place for a photo op. with costumed kids. event will educate the community by showing them all the resources we have access to in order to keep them safe,” says Deputy Pallotto. Get a head start on your Halloween festivities at Weston’s annual Halloween Safety Expo. This year’s event is on Friday, October 29th from 6-9pm. It is sponsored by the City of Weston and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The event is free and open to the community.

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community news experience the “Wonderful World of Weston”


eston’s vibrant multi-cultural community has had a huge impact on our City. Nowhere is this more evident than in our extensive arts and cultural offerings. This will be showcased at the Arts Council of Greater Weston’s “Wonderful World of Weston” celebration on Tuesday, October 19th at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Resort.

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The Wonderful World of Weston will also provide a preview of what’s in store this season. The Weston Philharmonic Society will formally announce its concert schedule. Tickets will be on sale for the popular Weston Foreign Film Series. In addition, guests can visit various exhibitor tables to learn more about arts and civic groups within the community. There will be representatives from the Weston Historical Society, Weston Branch Library, Weston Community Center, Young at Art Children’s Museum and Mujeres Latina, among others. There will be a silent auction where guests can bid on fabulous packages generously donated by Weston-area restaurants, spas and salons, jewelers, artists and sports enthusiasts. Proceeds will benefit the arts programs within our community. “Budget cuts have greatly reduced funding for artistic and cultural programs in schools and in the community. Weston is both fortunate and unique in what we offer our residents and very grateful for the ongoing support of the Mayor and the City Commission,” notes Joy Rodenberg, President of the Arts Council of Greater Weston. “This event highlights and celebrates the many quality events we have and the richness of our diversity.” The Wonderful World of Weston is free and open to the community. Guests can enjoy complimentary refreshments while enjoying the cultural exhibits and musical entertainment. The event will be held on October 19th from 7-9:30pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure. It is sponsored by the Hyatt, the City of Weston and the Arts Council of Greater Weston. For more information visit or call the Weston Community Center at (954) 389-4321.

Members of the Wonderful World of Weston committee for the Arts Council of Greater Weston are busy getting ready for the official kick-off event to our arts and culture season.

This year, Arts Council members decided to focus on Weston’s diversity. The annual event to kick off the community’s Art and Culture season will feature cultural exhibits and musical entertainment from lands near and far. “This year we have added exhibits from the multi-cultural residents of Weston,” explains Wonderful World of Weston Event Chair Rochelle Koenig. “Featured presentations will include guests wearing colorful costumes representing India, China, the Caribbean, and many Latin American countries, as well as great musical entertainment, and flamenco dancers.” As in past years, the Weston Art Guild will showcase the work of its talented members. Guests will be able to view beautiful paintings and unique sculptures created by local residents. Artwork from students in the Weston schools will also be on display.

Rochelle Koenig (left), Wonderful World of Weston event chair, and Joy Rodenberg, President of the Arts Council of Greater Weston.


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elen Charles Salon London is hosting an All proceeds from the $10 services on 10-10event to benefit breast cancer survivors 10 will benefit the Lotus Survival Foundation by offering $10 services on 10-10-10, which provides support to all those affected by that’s October 10, 2010. Throughout the day, the breast cancer through education and group healsalon will be offering various salon services for ing retreats. The foundation will host its first only $10. Proceeds from the first annual Breast retreat May 22-26, 2011, at the Beach House Cancer Survival Fundraiser will benefit the Suites by Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach. Women Lotus Survival Foundation. in all stages of breast cancer are welcome to Helen Charles, owner of Helen Charles Salon attend, from the newly diagnosed to those in London, says she chose this charity because it many years of remission. During the retreat, is very near and dear to her heart. The Lotus attendees will focus on activities that replenish Survival Foundation was founded by her longthe mind, body and soul. time friend and client Claudia Aguirre, a breast Appointments are required for Helen Charles cancer survivor. Helen helped Claudia deal with Salon London’s first annual Breast Cancer her personal hair struggles while undergoing Survival Fundraiser. While the salon will make breast cancer treatment. every attempt to accommodate everyone, it is Now you can do your part to help other women likely that all available appointments will be who are battling breast cancer. Customers can booked. A waiting list will be set up for those Helen Charles styles the hair of cancer survivor Babette Delannoy. enjoy hair cuts, blow outs, make up applications who are unable to schedule an appointment. and manicures for only $10 each from 10am until 4pm. All other services will be offered at a 20% discount. Of course, additional donations are also welcome. The Helen Charles Salon London is located at 1660 Market Street in the Weston “In these tough economic times, it’s hard to ask people to donate large sums of Town Center. Call (954) 349-9220 to schedule an appointment for the salon’s $10 money,” states Helen. “We wanted to help both the charity and our customers with services on 10-10-10. To learn more about the Lotus Survival Foundation visit our $10 fundraising event.”



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achel Steinberg doesn’t mind being called a “Drama Queen.” The seventh grader at Falcon Cove Middle School takes Drama at school and spends her summers attending drama camps, including the Inside Out Theatre program in Weston. This past summer, for her Bat Mitzvah project, Rachel helped write and produce a play to benefit Rachel Steinberg purchased gift cards with the donations she collected from her play which she donated to help patients at Joe children with epilepsy and DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. other illnesses. “I enjoy acting and watching shows as do many of my friends, so I thought it would be fun for us to write and perform a play as my mitzvah project,” states Rachel, who produced and performed her first play in her garage when she was in fifth grade. She had bigger plans for this production. Rachel wanted to perform the play in a public venue and charge a small price for admission, which would be donated to charity. Rachel decided to donate the proceeds to help children with epilepsy after the daughter of one of her mother’s friends was diagnosed with the disease. Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. Almost three million people in the United States have some form of epilepsy, and about 200,000 new cases of seizure disorders and epilepsy are diagnosed each year. Rachel began by enlisting the help of her friend Isabella. The girls came up with a story and wrote the play, The Case of the Moon Light Magic. It took them several weeks to modify the lines and select actors to play each role. “I wanted to give all my friends, who wished to participate, some role in the play, so we auditioned


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them for parts that they were interested in and gave them roles in which they would be most comfortable,” explains Rachel, noting that playing casting director was not easy. “At times juggling friends with various roles got tricky.” In addition to juggling friends, she had to juggle schedules. Rachel says that was one of the most challenging aspects of this project. Because it was summer and her friends were in and out of town at different times, it was not always easy to schedule meeting times for casting, prop building and rehearsing. “It took much time and effort, more so than I initially thought, but it was all worth it!” On Saturday, August 21st, Rachel and her friends presented The Case of the Moon Light Magic at the Weston Community Center to an audience of about 60 guests. The show was a tremendous success. Rachel raised over $600 from donations. While her original plan was to donate the money to epilepsy research, Rachel decided the money would be better spent providing toys and books to benefit children with epilepsy and other illnesses staying at the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “My mom’s friend told me that when her daughter, Gabby, stayed in the hospital for several weeks she noticed the playroom at the hospital was in need of new toys.” After a trip to Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, and Barnes & Noble, Rachel had purchased hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards which she donated to the hospital. Craig Cohen, Director of Sponsorship Development at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, was extremely grateful for the donation and Rachel’s hard work on behalf of the hospital. With the play and the donation now behind her, Rachel is able to look back and reflect on this experience. She says she learned a lot about the importance of team work and credits her friends for making her dream possible. While trying at times, Rachel says her mitzvah project was definitely a rewarding experience. “The most rewarding parts about this project were getting to spend a lot of time with my friends and seeing a smile on Gabby’s face and the joy we were able to give to her and her family.” Not to mention the joy that her donation will bring to the patients in the playroom at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Rachel Steinberg enlisted the help of her friends to put on her original play, The Case of the Moon Light Magic, to benefit children with epilepsy. First row: Erin Bryan, Colleen Siebold, Lexi Escalone, Gabbi Silverstein, Sarah Lewis, Sofia Delacruz, Meygan Steinberg. Second Row: Arleen Bralio, Rachel Steinberg, Isabella Bishop, Sophie Bishop, Tess Rowland, Zoe Lewis, Tara Bagherlee. Last Row: Jenny Naphenson, Bridget Siebold.

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ancing, among other forms of art, can we nurture the development of future leaders by have a profound affect on people. No one encouraging our students to give back to the less knows this better than the teens involved fortunate in our community, offering them opporin International Dance Academy’s community tunities from which they can grow.” outreach group, Dancing for a Difference. These The summer camp in the Bahamas was not the young dancers dedicate their time to teaching first time many of these girls have volunteered their dance to the less fortunate. time to teach dance to children. For the past three Several members of the group spent this past years, Ahles and several other IDA dancers have summer teaching dance to more than 100 six to 13volunteered to teach a weekly dance class to four year-olds in orphanages throughout the Bahamas. and five year olds at the Jack and Jill Children’s As volunteer counselors at the Bahamas Methodist Center in Fort Lauderdale. Last spring, she and Habitat youth camp, Emily Ahles, Cassie Haley, Saenz produced a costumed performance for the Natalie Saenz and Alice Schreiber, taught dance Center’s graduation ceremony. and crafts, produced a weekly talent show, and took Haley spent the past two summers producing the campers caving, swimming and to the movies. a major musical for the Boys and Girls Club in The girls agree it was an incredible experience, Davie. Last summer, she produced “Grease” starespecially to see the joy that dance brings to people ring kids from the Club with help from Abbey Kay, of all ages, cultures and economic backgrounds. Christiana Chochrane-Wendt and Ahles. The pre“It’s especially important for disadvantaged chilvious summer she produced “High School Musical,” dren to feel good about themselves and learn that again with assistance from Kay. they can do anything they try. Dance gives kids International Dance Academy’s Dancing for a Difference teens (from left) IDA’s dancers volunteer in the community in a Emily Ahles, Christiana Cochrane-Wendt, Cassie Haley, Abbey Kay and Alice that,” states Emily Ahles, president and founding Schreiber. variety of ways. In the past, they have provided entermember of Dancing for a Difference. tainment at the annual gala fundraiser for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The dancThat’s the message that Deborah Buttner, Artistic Director of the International ers also regularly perform at Weston community events. Dance Academy (IDA) in Weston, has always shared with her dancers. “The impact of dance on our youth is incredible. It is a confidence-builder, a source of pride and To learn more about Dancing for a Difference, contact Emily Ahles at esteem, great physical exercise, and helps build an appreciation for the arts. At IDA, or call IDA Director Mary Buttner at (954) 647-4001.

Kids get a Kick out of Soccer Donation

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dren at the Boys and Girls Club. lyssa Levin and Sophia Cohen can’t imagine life with“They were very grateful to receive all the donations,” says out soccer. The two seventh graders at Falcon Cove Sophia Cohen. In fact, the children were so appreciative and Middle School have been playing since they were in excited that they helped unload the cars. pre-school. It was their mutual love for the sport that helped According to Program Director Rashad Troutman, the them bond as friends, so it was only fitting that they work girls’ donation will help about 200 to 250 children. “This together on a soccer-inspired mitzvah (good deed) project in equipment was much needed and will be well used. Soccer is advance of their upcoming Bat Mitzvahs. one of our most popular activities, plus we have an in-house The two decided to collect soccer supplies which they soccer league.” donated to the Nan Knox Unit of the Boys and Girls Club in He says he is extremely grateful for the girls’ generosity. Fort Lauderdale. “I have played soccer all my life and I love “This donation will go a long way. It gives our children the it,” shares Alyssa Levin. “I wanted other kids to enjoy it too.” opportunity to play with new equipment and that is a great But, as longtime players, the girls knew that soccer boost to their self-esteem.” requires a certain amount of equipment and not all children Rashad Troutman, program director at the Nan Knox The experience was also a great boost for Alyssa and were fortunate enough to be able to afford the special shoes, Unit of the Boys and Girls Club, was pleased to accept the dozens of boxes and bags stuffed with soccer Sophia. “I felt proud and happy to be able to help,” shares socks and shin guards. So, they decided to collect new and supplies collected and donated by Weston’s Sophia Sophia, who says she would like to go back next year. gently used soccer gear during Weston Fury soccer try-outs Cohen (middle) and Alyssa Levin. Donating soccer equipment to the Boys and Girls Club last spring. was not their only soccer-inspired community service project. The girls also donated The girls promoted their project by sending emails and fliers and putting up posters their time to AYSO’s Very Important Player (VIP) program, which helps children at try-outs. “We figured there would be lots of kids with outgrown shoes and equipwith special needs learn to play and enjoy soccer. “All these kids want to do is have ment that they could donate,” says Alyssa, noting that the response was overwhelming. fun like everyone else,” notes Sophia. “People gave us shoes, shin guards, balls, soccer bags, uniforms and socks.” Alyssa shares, “It made me feel really good to see them smile when I showed In addition to the generous donations from the Weston community, the girls also them how to kick or do something else. I learned the kids, even with disabilities, can solicited local merchants over the summer. Soccer Maxx in Sunrise donated three learn how to play soccer if someone just shows them how.” big boxes filled with brand new cleats and shin guards. Both girls agree -- this project has been an enriching experience. They have By the time they were through, the girls had collected more than a dozen boxes learned the joy in sharing their love for the game and the pride in knowing that their and soccer bags filled with soccer gear, including about 50 pairs of cleats. Shortly hard work has made a lasting impression on others. before school started they loaded up their donations and delivered them to the chil-


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community news epilepsy Foundation offers Free Bike Helmets


etween the children who ride for fun and the adults who ride for exercise, Weston streets are filled with bicyclists. Regardless of age or size, all cyclists should wear a helmet. To help keep kids and families safe while biking, the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) is giving away free bicycle helmets. Helmets help prevent head injuries, which are the leading cause of epilepsy and seizure disorders, especially in children. The family of epilepsy disorders is the third


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most prevalent neurological condition in the United States, striking approximately 3 million people nationally, and 360,000 people in Florida. Seizure-related injuries kill more than 42,000 Americans each year. Many of these can be prevented simply by wearing a bicycle helmet. “Riding a bike is a great activity for kids and families, but it’s very important to stay safe,” says Karen Basha Egozi, EFOF chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to offer free helmets to avoid head injuries that could cause epilepsy and many other serious conditions.” The Epilepsy Foundation’s free helmet program is funded by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. To obtain a free safety helmet call 1-877-55EPILEPSY or visit and click on “Helmet Order” in the left column. The EFOF website also contains a variety of bike-riding safety tips as well as information on how to make sure the helmet fits properly. A bicycle helmet should fit flat on the head, not on an angle. The helmet should fit snugly, but not obstruct the field of vision. And the chin strap should fit securely.

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school news Sagemont Students excel at French Le congrès

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ven though The Sagemont School communicate with others in the lanhas many native Spanish speakguage they have been studying for severs on campus, the school has a eral years. “They were impressed to see small but thriving French Department. so many students, around 1500 from 54 Many students, especially those who schools, all excited by the French langrew up in Spanish speaking houseguage, performing, speaking, reading, holds, relish the opportunity to study a singing and acting.” different language and culture. At Le Congrès students compete in “I chose to study the French lana variety of events, both individual and guage partly because I already knew school wide. Solo categories include: Spanish, but also because I had always Déclamation, where a student has to been intrigued by the French culmemorize and recite a poem chosen ture,” explains Senior Beatriz Mourad. from a given list according to level; “Through learning the language, I was Discours, where a student has to choose able to understand a bit more of the a random topic given by one of the French way of life.” judges and speak about it, answering Classmate Alexis Lopez-Cepero questions from the judges on the spot, says he chose to study French because he also according to skill level; Lecture, Agustina and Maria was looking for a challenge. “I wanted which tests written comprehensive of Bonaventura (back row), Lina Agudelo (front row to study something that not many other the French language by having a stuleft), Wilson Mourad, students on campus would consider dent read several passages and answer Alexis Lopez-Cepero and Erika Lorenzo proudly studying. I didn’t want to take the easy questions on the texts (literature, poetry, display the seven award way out of the language requirement by news, etc.). ribbons they received at taking Spanish since I was already flu- Le Congrès. Red ribbons Sagemont performed extraordinarily were Excellent and white ent when I came into Sagemont in 9th well in Casse-Tête, a team challenge ribbons were Good. grade. I decided to challenge myself where students answer trivia questions and learn a completely new language.” against another school team in an elimiThese students have more than nation round. Sagemont was eliminated just learned the French lanat the buzzer in the quarter guage, they have mastered it. finals; beat by the winning Under the direction of teacher team. Catherine Armand, a native There were also two school Parisian, Sagemont students wide events: Album, where are excelling in regular and students had to make a scrapAP coursework. In fact, for book portraying all the events the past two years a Sagemont they participated in throughsenior has been recognized out the school year related to with the prestigious honor of the theme “French Festivals”; being named Outstanding and Projet, where students had Senior, nominated by the to present a project illustrating American Association of the competition’s theme. The Teachers of French. Sagemont students chose to And last year, Sagemont’s do a collage poster inspired French club took home seven by the festivals in the French top rankings from its first speaking world. appearance at the prestigious Ms. Armand says par“Le Congrès de la Culture ticipating in Le Congrès de la Française,” a statewide high Culture Française was a wonschool French competition. derful experience for both her The students are already hard and her students, especially at work preparing for this because they received so many year’s competition which will awards on their first attempt. be held in April. “I was thrilled to take mostly Ms. Armand says Le seniors and AP students who Congrès is much more than put to fruition all their hard just a competition; it’s also a work and get a pleasant soucultural field trip. It gives stu- Sagemont French students Beatriz Mourad (left), Michael Natelli, Sebastian Bruno-Harris, Wilson Mourad, Maria Bonaventura, venir enhancing their last Erika Lorenzo, Lina Agudelo and Agustina Bonaventura pose with their projects outside the convention center at last year’s Le dents the chance to speak and Congrès school year.” de la Culture Française.


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hanukah and Christmas are still months away, port the temple’s pre-school but now is the perfect time to start planprogram. “The Holiday ning your holiday shopping. And you can Boutique is the Early find something special for everyone on your list at Childhood Center’s largTemple Dor Dorim’s 12th Annual Holiday Boutique est fundraiser of the entire on Wednesday, November 3rd. school year,” says Event For over a decade the Early Childhood Center Chair Mara Mittentag. (ECC) Parent Organization has been hosting this hol“The proceeds from this iday shopping extravaganza. They consistently bring fantastic event directly bentogether South Florida’s most popular vendors under efit all of our ECC students.” one roof. Funds raised from pre“Temple Dor Dorim’s Holiday Boutique is the pervious Holiday Boutiques fect one-stop shopping experience for everyone on have allowed the ECC your list from grandma to the pre-schooler in your Parent Organization to Dor Dorim’s Holiday Boutique committee, Mara Mittentag life,” shares Autumn Karlinksy, vice president of the Temple purchase new computcomput (left), Jessica Bon, Jodi Girard, Stephanie Olinick, Stacy Milrot, and preschool’s parent association. “I look forward to see- Atumn Karlinksy, are excited for shoppers to see what is in store at this ers, digital cameras, ing my favorite vendors every year as well as the new year’s event. and educational ones!” materials for the classrooms, as well as recently Shoppers at this year’s boutique will find fabulous jewelry, adult and children’s replace the playground tarps which protect the clothing, accessories, designer handbags, belts and sunglasses, stationary, house children during outdoor play time. wares, custom personalized items, and much, much more. The silent basket auction is back by popular demand. Shoppers can bid on beautiThe entire community is invited to attend Temple Dor Dorim’s fully themed baskets, offering everything from game night with your family to arts Holiday Boutique to benefit its Early Childhood Center. Admission and crafts to keep you busy all weekend long. Be sure to buy your raffle tickets for is free. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd from chances to win amazing prizes from boutique vendors and Weston area merchants. 8:30am until 6pm in the temple’s elegant atrium and social hall. The best part of the Holiday Boutique is that while shoppers are getting some great Temple Dor Dorim is located at 2360 Glades Circle. For more gift items, and possibly winning some awesome prizes, they are also helping supinformation visit

consignors clean their closets for a good cause


hen Cooper City’s Iris Benozilio contemplated turning 50, she began to reflect on her life. Although she had done some charity work, she decided that it was time to do more to give back. “I wanted to find a way to make a big difference in my own life, as well as for all of us together as a community,” said Iris. Iris had owned boutiques for the past six years, including Euro Chic, which sells eclectic one-of-a-kind women’s clothing and accessories. On October 1, her 50th birthday, she will close the doors of Euro Chic’s main location in the Countryside Shops, 5718 S. Flamingo Rd., and reopen it as Philanthropy: A Consignment Shop. Euro Chic’s second location, inside Ellen’s Ultimate Workout, 5173 S University Dr., will remain open. “I know so many people who have been affected by the difficult economy,” said Iris. “Many of them have clothing that they never wear. Some still has the tags on it. Now they will have a place to sell it to make some extra money.” Philanthropy: A Consignment Shop will sell name brand clothing that is new or gently worn and in excellent condition. It will also sell women’s shoes and accessories. It offers consignors an opportunity to make some extra cash and patrons a chance to buy clothes at bargain prices. A charity will benefit from every sale. “It is a place where we can all make a difference,” said Iris.


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Every month, a different charity will receive ten percent of the profits from the sale of the goods. Iris will donate five percent and the consignor will donate the other five percent. “I wanted to find a way that we could all work together every month to help a charity and each other,” said Iris. “It is the least we can do in these hard times.” In October, the money will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Iris chose this as her first charity since her step mother died from breast cancer and she knows many others who have been diagnosed with the disease. In November, she will donate the money to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where her two children were born, and in December to the American Lung Association. In addition, after the consignor’s 60 day contract with Philanthropy expires, she will donate any unclaimed goods to Cooper City’s Women in

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he holidays are just around the corner and that can be a stressful time for all of us. Family gatherings, traditional meal preparations, and holiday gift shopping can take its toll. This added stress can be overwhelming for couples undergoing infertility treatment. No one knows this better than Dr. Kenneth Gelman and his staff at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward. “Infertility and stress have a circular relationship. They often aggravate each other, setting up a vicious cycle,” explains Dr. Gelman, medical director of the practice. “While the exact connection between fertility and stress remains a mystery, we do know that stress has a negative affect on a couple’s chance of conceiving.” Unfortunately, stress and infertility seem to go almost handin-hand. Research has shown that women undergoing treatment for infertility face a similar, and often higher, level of stress as women dealing with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. They experience chronic stress each month, first hoping that they will conceive and then dealing with the disappointment if they do not. The stress of infertility is not limited solely to women. True, it is generally the woman who undergoes the physical stress of blood tests, injections, inseminations, and other treatments, but couples share equally in the emotional and financial stress. For many men, the inability to console their partners can create additional stress in and of itself. Thankfully, there are techniques and stress-reducing strategies available for couples facing infertility. Lani Terry, nurse practitioner and IVF coordinator at Dr. Gelman’s office, says it is important for patients to learn to manage stress. “Stress plays a big role on your health, period. It can definitely impact or compound an existing infertility issue.” She suggests patients find an activity they enjoy and that fits their lifestyle to help relieve stress. That could be reading a book, walking the dog, or even working out. “I am a big believer in the power of acupuncture,” states Terry. “In addition to being a wonderful stress reliever, acupuncture has been proven to increase blood flow and work with hormones to make infertility treatments more effective.” Massage therapy is another option. Like acupuncture it offers both mental and physical benefits. “Stress makes you tense. Even the uterus can tense up under stress and this directly affects fertility,” explains Terry. “Massage can help you relax.” Yoga is another holistic approach. Yoga has been proven to reduce stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Not only that, but its meditative properties can prove invaluable to patients when undergoing physical treatments for infertility. In addition to implementing stress relieving techniques, it is important that patients have a strong support system in place when undergoing infertility treatment. “Many of the hormonal medications patients need to take can cause mood swings and emotional upsets, making it harder to cope with stress,” explains Terry. “It’s important to have family and friends you can turn to, to get you through these tough times.” Unfortunately, not everyone feels comfortable relying on friends and family. Many couples prefer to keep their infertility challenges a secret. Others find that despite people’s best intentions, it is hard to truly understand the stress and pain of


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infertility unless you have gone through it. Dr. Gelman’s practice refers patients and couples to area therapists who specialize in women’s health issues as well as to various support groups. “Simply talking to someone else who is or has gone through what you are can be incredibly therapeutic to these patients,” says Terry. In fact, that was the motivation behind an online infertility support group started by two of Dr. Gelman’s former patients. Michelle Neidig and Amy Machado met while undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments and quickly became friends. Today, in addition to taking care of their beautiful three-year-olds, they facilitate a Facebook page for couples undergoing IVF. To find it, simply search “IVF Support Group” on Facebook, or link through Dr. Gelman’s Facebook page. The ladies launched their site in August and had twelve people join in just the first week. Today, they have people contacting them from all over the world. “When we were going through treatment, we had no one to talk to and so we turned to each other. We started this to let people know that they are not alone,” explains Neidig. “Infertility can be very stressful. If I can give at least one couple hope then I have accomplished my goal.” Primarily, Neidig and Machado offer words of encouragement to those facing infertility. In addition to lending a figurative shoulder to lean or cry on, they also offer encouragement by posting quotes and inspirational messages. From time to time they also post information on infertility issues, but they do not offer medical advice. “Mostly, we’re just their to listen and lend support. We talk about what we went through and what to expect with IVF,” says Neidig. Patients at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward can now go through their complete IVF treatment within the comforts of Dr. Gelman’s office. His practice now offers in-house egg retrievals performed by Dr. Ellen Wood, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, in a new state-of-the-art surgical suite. This helps alleviate a lot of the stress on patients. Now the entire IVF treatment can be performed in the comfort and convenience of Dr. Gelman’s office. Patients now have the assurance of knowing that Dr. Gelman and his attentive staff are there for them throughout their entire ordeal. “My staff and I understand that being involved in infertility treatment is stressful both physically and emotionally, that is why we strive to provide all of our patients with in-depth, personalized care,” shares Dr. Gelman. If you or someone you love is experiencing infertility, please contact Dr. Kenneth Gelman at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward. In the comforts of his private office, he and his caring staff will perform a thorough evaluation and explain all of your treatment options. The practice works with many of the major insurance companies. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gelman call (954) 432-2228. His office is conveniently located at 9900 Stirling Road, Suite 300, in Cooper City. To learn more about the practice, visit

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1. It is Sunday morning. After gardening the day before you feel stiff getting out of bed. When bending over to pick up the newspaper you feel a sharp pain in your back and can’t straighten up. The best thing to do is lie on the couch with a heat pack. FALSE. For any acute injury, meaning less than 3 days, cold should be applied, not heat. Heat engorges the injured tissue with stagnant blood, increases inflammation and prolongs recovery time. Cold, on the other hand, encourages fresh blood into the area by flushing out the stagnant blood, helps reduce inflammation, and speeds healing. Cold also assists in breaking the pain-spasm cycle typical of acute back or neck strains. As a rule of thumb...when in doubt, use cold. Some points to remember: ▸ Always wrap the ice pack in a cloth ▸ Apply for 15-20 minutes, about every 1-2 hours ▸ Apply compression (i.e.: lie on the ice pack) ▸ Ice is not a cure. See your chiropractic doctor to ensure your spine and back muscles return to optimum function. ▸ Lastly, get off the couch! Keep upright and mobile as much as possible. 2. According to the U.S. government’s Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the only two treatments proven safe and effective for reducing most forms of back pain are chiropractic spinal manipulation and non-prescription medication.


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TRUE. In 1994 this United States government agency released its comprehensive, evidence-based guideline for the management of back pain. Bed rest, natural remission (e.g.: do nothing), prescription drugs, modalities such as traction, TENS, ultrasound and massage, as well as injections, needle acupuncture and surgery were all either clearly rejected or strongly recommended against. In addition, reliance on non-prescription medication for controlling back pain may be detrimental to long-term health. Chiropractic doctors point out that relying on medication can mask an underlying back problem, such as deteriorating spinal function or spinal misalignment. Undiagnosed and untreated, a back problem “silenced” by medication can lead to far more serious health issues later. Over the past three decades, every major independent study of back pain treatment has concluded that spinal adjustments when performed by chiropractors are safe, effective, and the treatment of choice. Chiropractic doctors are the only health care professionals that specialize in spinal adjustments, and perform over 90 percent of all manipulation administered in health care. Following a minimum of three years of university pre-requisites, chiropractic students accumulate over 1,500 hours of training in diagnosis and adjusting skills during four years at chiropractic college, making chiropractors, without question, the most highly trained and skilled in the delivery of spinal adjustments. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar at Windmill Health Center, Weston, (954) 217-4881. We also have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact our Weston location for more information.

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A number of treatment options exist for women diagnosed with breast cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation and oncological breast surgery. Patients who undergo mastectomy, or surgical removal of the breast, may also elect to have breast reconstruction either immediately following mastectomy or at a later time. Cleveland Clinic plastic surgeons Martin Newman, MD, and Michel Samson, MD, have pioneered the use of laser imaging technology as well as using a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own skin and soft tissue, to perform breast reconstruction, providing the best possible results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many women do not have breast reconstruction simply because they are unaware of the options and advanced techniques that exist,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Newman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We meet with patients at the very beginning and coordinate closely with the breast surgeon in order to plan the best approach.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even after treatment and a positive outcome, breast cancer is something that patients will deal with for the rest of their lives, and we are there with unending support,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Gilot. To find your Cleveland Clinic Cancer expert, call 800.639.DOCTOR, or visit

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Building Healthy Bones with BioIdentical Hormone Pellet replacement By Dr. Jean-ClauDe nerette


t is estimated that approximately 55% of American people aged 50 and older are threatened with Osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Over 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with this potentially disabling disease and 34 million have signs of decreased bone mass/ Osteopenia which may be a precursor to Osteoporosis if left untreated. This silent disease progresses painlessly in which the bones in the body become fragile, brittle and porous increasing the incidence of a fracture or break exponentially. Any bone can be affected, but of special concern are fractures of the hip and spine. A hip fracture almost always requires hospitalization and major surgery. It may not only impair a person’s ability to walk unassisted and cause prolonged or permanent disability, but also increases the risk of death by 25%. Spinal or vertebral fractures also have serious consequences, including loss of height, severe back pain, and deformity.

Risk Factors that increase the likelihood of developing Osteoporosis:

▸ Being female (80% increased risk than men) ▸ Older age ▸ Family history of Osteoporosis or personal history of broken bones ▸ Being small and thin framed ▸ Hormonal Imbalance ▪ Low estrogen levels in women, including peri-menopause, surgical menopause, menopause ▪ Missing periods (amenorrhea) ▪ Low levels of testosterone in men ▸ Diet ▪ Low calcium


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▪ Low vitamin D ▪ Excessive intake of protein, sodium and caffeine Inactive lifestyle Smoking Alcohol abuse Certain medications such as steroid medications, some anticonvulsants and others Certain diseases and conditions such as anorexia nervosa, rheumatoid arthritis, gastrointestinal diseases and others that impair nutritional absorption of vitamins and minerals

The standard of care for testing bone density is a DEXA scan which stands for dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. DEXA is a form of X-ray that can detect as little as 2% of bone loss per year. A standard X-ray is not useful in diagnosing bone loss because it is not sensitive enough to detect small amounts of bone loss or minor changes in bone density. The DEXA scan can indicate: ▸ Low bone density prior to a fracture occurring ▸ If bone density is decreasing, increasing or staying the same when repeated at intervals ▸ The probability of obtaining a fracture within 10 years ▸ Whether treatment is warranted

Treatment & Prevention

Calcium Supplements - Latest studies question the effectiveness of calcium supplements in reducing the risk of fractures associated with osteoporosis and evidence suggests they may even increase the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks. Bisphosphonates (Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Reclast) – This is a popular group of drugs prescribed to slow or stop bone loss that occurs during the body’s bone remodeling cycle. These drugs stop or slow the natural process that involves the removal and replacement of bone tissue. As a result, these drugs are prescribed for 5 years or less. Research demonstrates that if they are taken for more than five years, bones may become more brittle, thus increasing the risk for atypical fractures of the femur. The problem with limiting the intake of these drugs to less than five years is that the drug’s half life (meaning the time the drug stays in the human body) is approximately 10 years or longer.

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“Suit up” the eyes By Dr. Jane tHerrIen


hin guards for soccer. Shoulder pads for football. Batting helmets for baseball and softball. Almost every sport has its own unique safety equipment. But most participants in sports forget to protect one of the most important parts of the body: the eyes. October is Sports Eye Safety Month, a time when optometrists remind patients about the importance of eye protection. Every year, more than 40,000 people suffer injuries to the eyes while playing sports. Most of these injuries could be avoided by wearing proper eye protection. Protective sports eyewear can help prevent injuries such as fracture of the eye socket, scratched corneas, swollen retinas, and even cataracts caused by trauma to the eye. Contact sports or sports that use balls, rackets or sticks have the highest risk for an eye injury. This type of injury can be minor (a black eye) or serious (fractures of the facial bones or a ruptured eyeball). The best way to avoid these injuries it to wear eye protection specifically designed for your sport. This could include sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for racket sports or skiing, a face mask with eye shield for baseball, softball or football, and even a helmet with full face protection for hockey or lacrosse. Optometrists encourage anyone who participates in sports -- children and adults alike -- to remember to always outfit the eyes for safety. Parents of children who participate in sports should insist that children wear protective eyewear and encourage schools and athletic clubs to adopt a policy requiring it. Today’s protective eyewear is lightweight, comfortable and available with or without vision correction. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Jane Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road in the Weston Road Shopping Center near Office Depot, or call (954) 888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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Finding Happiness During Difficult economic times By alIna GaSteSI-De armaS, ma, meD, lmHC


ow do we cope during difficult economic periods when we may be struggling with losses of jobs, savings, retirement, and, possibly, hope in the future? Moments like these times can break us, but they can also make us. In fact, research in positive psychology and other related fields shows that as we navigate through these times we can and often do emerge stronger. “There is mounting evidence in the psychological literature showing that focusing on cultivating strengths, optimism, gratitude, and a positive perspective can lead to growth during difficult times,” says Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., author of the best-selling book, Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. Through difficult circumstances we often are able sort out what’s truly important in life from what has little meaning. Cultivating strengths rather than focusing on weaknesses and failures allows individuals to use and develop what they do best. Many individuals may have found themselves in careers that were not personally satisfying but were reluctant to move because of the security of the income. If you are one of those people, now may be the time to explore what strengths you brought to your previous job as well as the skills you perfected. Who knows, applying these strengths to a more personally gratifying goal may awaken a new passion. Optimism can be innate or learned. Nonetheless, optimism can contribute to a happier and more satisfying lifestyle. Optimistic people are willing and able to make positive life action plans to counteract negative events in their lives, while pessimists are often overwhelmed by difficulty to the point of inaction; sinking into negativism, lethargy, perhaps even depression. People with optimistic explanations of life generally feel happier and more energized to cope with obstacles, seeing them as challenges rather than failure experiences. Optimists are more likely to analyze setbacks as situational, consequently, developing plans to remove obstacles from their goals. Lucille Ball, the actress and comedian once wrote: “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” Many of my past articles have focused on how having a feeling of gratitude can improve your mood. People with an attitude of gratitude do not necessarily ignore life’s difficulties but rather they focus on the willingness of other’s abilities to lighten their burden. To say we feel grateful is not to say that everything in our lives is necessarily great; it just means we are aware of our blessings. If you only think about your disappointments and unsatisfied wants, you may be prone to unhappiness. If you’re fully aware of your disappointments but at the same time are thankful for the good that has happened and for your chance to live, you may have a stronger sense of well-being. Finally, a positive perspective does not necessarily mean that you are positive all the time but rather that you are striving to be more positive; that is, you are continuously working to become conscientious of your choices, thoughts and reactions. Like an attitude of gratitude, positive people are not in some dream world with no hold on reality. Positive individuals are very capable of understanding the reality of a cynic. They just change their mindset to see the reality from a different perspective. By looking for meaning, life lessons and alternatives to difficult situations they are often able to avoid frustration and anger thus releasing happiness and contentment. If you are finding yourself chronically unhappy, often unsatisfied and frantically worried, seek help from a professional; you might be surprised how trapped your happiness really is. Alina Gastesi-de Armas is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Florida Supreme Court Mediator and Parent Coordinator at A Place for Growth in Weston, Florida. Visit her website for more information at She can also be reached at (954) 257-6393.


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was watching the New Haven Final when Finalist Denis Istomin requested that his racquet be strung mid-match. The dutiful ball girl ran it off to the tournament stringer to be strung and returned in a timely manner. Watching the stringer perform his work, I was very surprised to notice him starting the string job at the bottom of the racquet. I thought it was common knowledge that, unless the pro specifically requests that a racquet be strung bottom up (Rafael Nadal is one such pro), the proper procedure is to string a racquet from the top down; that is, from the top of the racquet head to the throat of the racquet. The reasons for doing this are obvious. Certain manufacturers won’t honor your warranty if it is discovered that the racquet was improperly strung from the bottom up. Another good reason to avoid stringing a racquet in this way is the simple fact that it changes the shape of the racquet. It’s like pitching a tent. If you alter where you place the supports and the way you stretch the tent, the entire shape of the tent can be skewed. The same thing happens with racquet stringing, especially where strong polyesters are strung at high tensions. They pull on the frame of the racquet and hold the frame in a new, more oval position. Despite its technical appearance, racquet stringing really is an art. And, as is the case with all art, some artists are more talented than others. No two stringers string the same way. Each one has his or her own methods, personal techniques, and secrets (e.g., I keep my technique for creating a larger sweet spot close to the breast). But, as the client, you should be getting your racquet strung precisely how you request it! Watch for common mistakes like missed holes, missing or inverted grommets, and incorrect tension. If you consistently notice mistakes in your string job, you might need to start shopping for a new stringer. Also beware of the stringer I like to call the “telemarketer.” This is the stringer who will suggest a crappy product to you just to make a sale or move inventory that is otherwise not selling. Your stringer should be like your doctor -- they should want nothing but the best for you. If your stringer can’t or won’t listen to what you want to get out of your tennis game or constantly suggests products you’re less than satisfied with, consider finding a new one; preferably, one who’s certified or has professional experience. Now, I’m not saying you need to dump your stringer. I’m simply trying to get those of you with good stringers to appreciate them more and those of you with bad stringers to find good ones. What should really get you running for the hills is a stringer who double pulls. Avoid the double (and sometimes more) puller at all costs. By not pulling each and every string, the stringer is essentially changing the tension, play and feel of the string/racquet because there is only tension on one side of the racquet. Trust your instincts! You know how your racquet is supposed to feel. When it doesn’t feel the way you’d like, you need to determine why. Odds are, if nothing else has changed about your game, it’s the string job that’s off. While I’m not privy to whether or not Istomin requested a bottom up string job, the ball girl did return with a freshly strung racquet in about eighteen minutes -- not bad. No matter how fast your stringer gets your stick off the machine, know that it takes a lot of hard work to be a professional racquet stringer. Not everyone is capable of paying attention to minute details. Every professional stringer wants to get it done accurately, fast and fantastically. If your stringer has other goals, cut the strings!

Christopher Wilson is a Master Racquet Stringer at Grass Court Sports, the professional tennis store that is changing the way you shop for tennis apparel and products. Grass Court Sports is located at 2386 Weston Road. For more information, visit or call 1-877-347-1501.


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here’s an old saying that you are what you eat. That is definitely true when it comes to hair. If you want a good, healthy head of hair -- and I have never met a person who doesn’t – you need to feed your hair (and your body) with the right combination of nutrients. With this in mind I have interviewed my husband Jeff Charles, a trichologist (specialist of scalp disorders), and Joel Calendrillo, a holistic nutritionist here at the salon, to find out the answers to some of the most common hair-health questions my clients ask. I have a busy lifestyle and don’t have much time to eat home-cooked meals. How can I insure that I eat well enough, at least for my hair?

Jeff: People who often have business lunches and eat out two or three times a week, would certainly benefit from choosing fish to steak, and replacing ice-cream with frozen yogurt, or better yet fresh fruit. Fish is a good source of protein, an easily digested food. Among other essential vitamins and minerals, fish is also high in iodine, trace minerals and unsaturated fat. Minerals are an important part of our diet and we, in general, have adequate amounts with even the poorest diets. However, intake of some particular minerals requires special attention. These are calcium and phosphorus, which work in chemical combination. If one is not present the other is dumped out of the body as it has nothing to combine with. Iodine, found in foods such as seafood and kelp, is essential to the body to combat thinning hair. An undersupply of iron (found in spinach, egg yolk and dark leafy green vegetables), potassium (citrus fruit, bananas, apricots) and zinc (in shellfish, eggs, liver, seaweed) can also cause hair problems.

Joel: Women need more targeted nutritional support to grow healthy hair. Over time, the powerful natural support by choosing unique and effective natural plants and herbs will provide the essential fats, proteins and nutrients that your body uses to rebuild specific collagen from the inside. Beauty truly comes from within. For people on-the-go like yourself, it’s not always easy to eat perfectly balanced nutritional meals. That’s why I recommend Renew Hair, Skin and Nails. It’s available at In a capsule it provides many nutrients including: spi-

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Jeff: The appearance of gray hair to any extent (not just a strand here or there) should be equivalent to a burglar alarm that tells you that you are being robbed…in this case of a vital nutrient. Deficiency of PABA (para amino benzoic acid), which is a component of vitamin B complex, causes hair to gray. In 1945, when the Russians were liberating concentration camp prisoners, they found many had nutrition-related tuberculosis and other diseases. Although the Russians did not have much food after the war, they did have vitamins, and they began to give the prisoners massive amounts of vitamin B. Within weeks the doctors discovered the general health of the prisoners improved and for many who had prematurely gray hair, the hair color began to revert back to its natural shade. In time this finding was reported in medical journals. Today, including rice bran, brewers yeast, and molasses in our diet certainly reduces premature graying.

Joel: Not having enough of essential fatty acids can be an issue. I believe in adding whole grain golden flax to your diet, hands down. This will be fantastic for dry scalp and hair texture as well. I’m also a big fan of copper for grey hair issues. The most biovailable source to add to your diet will be 100% pure organic Spirulina. Smoking has been linked to premature grey hair. A vitamin B12 deficiency may be underlining as well. I would avoid excess meat, dairy and salt. Please add more fruits and vegetables and cut down on all processed sugars. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to help the health of your hair through your diet, schedule a consultation at Helen Charles Salon London with Jeff Charles, a master stylist and specialist in scalp disorders, or Joel Calendrillo, a holistic nutritionist. Call (954) 349-9220 to schedule a hair consultation. The Helen Charles Salon London is now conveniently located at 1660 Market Street in the heart of the Weston Town Center. The full-service salon offers hair cuts, coloring, extensions, and straightening, as well as a full menu of day spa and nail treatments. For more information, visit


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it’s their Business Dr. Calle expands Practice to offer advanced medical aesthetics


atient care has always come first for Dr. Phanor Calle. He has maintained a successful solo practice in internal medicine since he first opened his doors here in Weston over 12 years ago. At the urging of his patients, he expanded his services to offer medical aesthetic treatments and changed the name of his practice to Weston Medical Clinic and Cosmetic Center.

The Colombian-born physician was the first Latino internist in Weston, which he believes contributed to his success. “I quickly became known as ‘the doctor of Weston,’ especially in the Latin community,” states Dr. Calle, noting that he has patients of all ethnicities. “For many patients it is comforting to see a doctor who speaks their native language.” In addition to being bilingual, Dr. Calle believes the fact that he is a solo practitioner also appeals to many patients. “When my patients come to my office they know they are going to see me, not a nurse or physician’s assistant.” The doctor carries this high level of personalized attention over to his cosmetic medicine practice as well. Dr. Calle has undergone extensive training in the medical cosmetic field by two of the most well-known and respected doctors in this industry. “When I first started considering offering medical aesthetic procedures to my patients I met with Dr. Shino Bay Aguillera, one of the world’s pioneers in this field. He has been my mentor,” shares the doctor. Dr. Calle did most of his training with Dr. Eduardo Weiss, a highly respected cosmetic dermatologist in Hollywood. He also trained alongside plastic surgeons and ocular plastic surgeons. “I studied the most advanced technologies under the guidance of the leading experts in the field of medical aesthetics.” Today, Dr. Calle is considered an expert and is now mentoring other doctors. He is frequently invited to present educational lectures to fellow physicians, both locally and internationally. He also speaks to consumers about the various types of medical aesthetic procedures available today. In order to do this he must be on the cutting edge of cosmetic medicine. “This is a growing field and I strive to keep up with the advanced technologies,” explains Dr. Calle. He offers several treatments that most doctors would never consider providing because of the risk involved, such as periorbital rejuvenation (around the sensitive eye area), perioral rejuvenation (around the delicate mouth) and hand rejuvenation. Dr. Calle is also one of the few physicians to offer fractional resurfacing to treat wrinkles and scars. “Many doctors stay away from this complicated procedure because it requires facial anesthetics, but because of my extensive medical background I am comfortable offering these procedures to my patients in the safety of my medical office.” Not only do patients have the piece of mind of knowing that their procedure is being performed by a licensed physician, but that it is being performed in a sterile, fully-equipped medical office. In addition, there is a licensed lab on-site. This is important now that he is offering PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections for


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skin rejuvenation. “While this is a relatively new procedure here in the United States, doctors in other countries have been performing this for years. It is highly effective and perfectly safe if done correctly, as it uses the patient’s own blood products to stimulate a release of growth factors and collagen formation,” states Dr. Calle. Platelet rich plasma stimulates the patient’s own healing process to begin collagen reconstruction. PRP takes advantage of normal healing pathways but at an accelerated rate. It uses the patient’s own autologous cells with long-lasting effect. It is safe to use. There are no issues with allergies, toxicity, rejections, and it can be used in multiple areas such as the face, neck, chest and hands. PRP is just one of many rejuvenation procedures offered by Dr. Calle. In order to determine which procedures would be most effective, he begins by providing each patient with a complimentary, computerized skin analysis. He then offers his recommendations on the various options, ranging from minimally invasive treatments such as medical-grade skin care products or Botox injectables and dermal fillers, to more radical treatments such as photorejuvenation or fractional resurfacing. In addition to laser facials, Dr. Calle offers laser hair removal. While he performs all facial hair removal, he does work with an electrologist who performs the laser hair removal on patient’s private parts. Dr. Calle also performs laser-assisted skin tightening and body contouring.

The beauty of his practice is that patients pay only for their treatment. “All cosmetic consultations are free, including follow-up visits,” states Dr. Calle, who likes to make sure patients are not only pleased with their results, but are healing properly. Dr. Calle’s practice is not limited to internal medicine and medical aesthetics. He also provides aviation medical exams and immigration exams. In fact, he is the only physician in Weston certified to perform immigration exams and is often referred by area immigration attorneys. Dr. Calle also offers a physician-managed weight loss plan and provides the HCG diet for weight loss. Dr. Phanor Calle is accepting new patients for both his internal medicine and medical aesthetic practice. To schedule a medical appointment or complimentary skin analysis, call (954) 385-9711. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. The Weston Medical Clinic and Cosmetic Center is located at 17120 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 4, in the Windmill Professional Campus. To learn more about Dr. Calle and his practice visit He is Board Certified in internal medicine and a member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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it’s their Business a Children’s Carousel makes learning Fun

By StaCey BomSer


Children’s Carousel has been serving Weston famCity only more child-directed. It provides children with a ilies for nearly 20 years. While a lot has changed variety of opportunities to experience different commuduring those two decades, one thing remains the nity-related activities such as playing veterinarian in the same – A Children’s Carousel is still the community’s Pet Store (which is also home to A Children’s Carousel’s premier early childhood learning center. resident pets: Bacci the bunny, Polly the Cockatiel, One of the reasons the school has been so successful Cookie Monster the Love Bird, and many fish), preparing for so long is its innovative approach to learning. “Our lunch in the Little Italy Pizzeria, or performing important preschool provides a developmentally appropriate themepublic safety services as police officers and firefighters, based program that focuses on each child’s individual as well as other popular activities such as building with learning style,” explains Grace Geller, Executive Director unit blocks or performing on stage. of A Children’s Carousel. “Children are provided many Children are encouraged to explore and learn within opportunities to explore and learn through hands-on, a loving and nurturing environment. A Children’s child-directed experiences in math, science, mapping, Carousel’s staff is comprised of highly experienced and language, cultural diversity, music and art.” educated professionals. Many of whom have worked at Carousel City promotes hands-on learning experiences through She describes the school as a holistic institution dress-up and role-play. the school almost since it first opened. “We have extreme because it educates the whole child, academically, tenure here,” boasts Geller. “One of the reasons our prosocially, emotionally, and nutritionally. “The basic tenant gram works so well is because our entire team works of our belief is that no one individual is more important together. We share a vision of what is possible in these than another. We teach our students appropriate citizenbeautiful young people.” ship skills and work on group dynamics and developIn addition to educating children, A Children’s ing teams.” Carousel also educates its parents. “We offer parent These socialization skills are just as important as workshops, which are driven by subjects of interest to our academics, for which A Children’s Carousel has a strong families,” says Geller. Past topics included: protecting reputation. “We set high standards for the children and your marriage after you have children; chores and chilprovide them with the skills necessary to achieve these dren – what’s appropriate; and how to protect your family goals,” states Geller. “Children who graduate from our from sexual predators. program are competent and excited to take on their next The school welcomes parent involvement and has an learning adventures.” active volunteer program. Parents help with everything Geller is a firm believer that children are capable from book fairs and special classroom projects to sharing Playing the xylophone in the Music Garden is always one of the of reading, tying their shoes and acquiring appropriate students’ their native country and culture with the students. Geller favorite playground activities. independence skills prior to entering elementary school. notes that many of the extra features that make the school In fact, about 95% of graduates from A Children’s so wonderful were made possible thanks to parents, such Carousel’s pre-kindergarten program can read. And as the butterfly garden and music garden. not just one book, these children are reading thirty or In order to keep families informed the school uses more books. various means of communication. Parents of children in The school is able to achieve these amazing results the toddler program receive a daily report on their child. through the use of an intensive phonics program. “It All classes write a weekly newsletter sharing what stuallows children to manipulate sounds really well and dents have learned, what they’re going to learn and what moves into blends and words quickly,” explains Geller. parents can do to reinforce the lessons at home. In addiThis is not the only innovative teaching method. The tion, Geller emails weekly “Quick Updates” about what’s school’s math program focuses on patterning, which going on at the school. She also writes a weekly blog, Geller says is the basis to all mathematics. Students learn sharing parenting experiences and information on how social studies by creating maps of their classroom, the children learn. It can be accessed through the school’s school, and even their city. Children start learning basic website or directly at technology skills in the onsite computer lab. Language By planting an organic vegetable garden students learn first-hand A Children’s Carousel program consists of a two is another important aspect of the curriculum. Pre-K stu- where their food comes from, before it gets to the grocery store. components: a toddler program for children 18 months dents receive Spanish lessons and learn American Sign Language. to three years, and a preschool program for three to five year olds. While the Being a developmental pre-school, learning takes place in many ways. Children academic school day begins at 8:30am, early care and after care are offered. In learn just as much outside of the classroom as within. For instance, the organic vegaddition to its preschool, A Children’s Carousel offers a fun-filled camp experietable garden is a hands-on science project. After planting the vegetables, students ence for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Camp Carousel is available watch them grow and then harvest their crops, which they prepare into a bountiful for public school teacher planning days, winter and spring break, as well as a full salad. The outdoor “Music Garden” allows children to express their creativity while summer program. learning how sound travels and melodies are created. This one-of-a-kind feature was designed and built by parents and faculty. In fact, Geller’s husband built the beauti- A Children’s Carousel is located at 1051 Shotgun Road in the Broward Lakes Business Plaza. To learn more about the preschool call (954) 424-1898 or visit ful xylophone. A Children’s Carousel is a recipient of the Apple “Our Carousel City was created to allow children to experience a variety of learning opportunities through dramatic play, experiential exploration and social interac- Accreditation by the Florida Association for Child Care Management and is “The Gold Seal Award of Excellence” winner. tion,” says Geller. This incredible indoor facility could be compared to Wannado


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Children Feel a Heart By JoDI CoHen, mS.ed DIreCtor oF early CHIlDHooD ProGramS temPle Dor DorIm early CHIlDHooD Center


ommy, daddy, look at my picture” Michael cries out in excitement. Daddy just got home from work and while sifting through the mail dad murmurs a “great Mike” without lifting his head. Mommy, busy preparing dinner, not even standing within view of Michael’s picture throws in a “that’s beautiful sweetie.” Michael looks down at his picture, shrugs his shoulders and sullenly walks out of the room. Hey, believe me when I tell you, no judgments here. Guilty as charged. I think as busy parents, at times we have too easily reached into our generic arsenal of positive phrases and thrown them out there to acknowledge our children’s presence rather than their actual accomplishment. Instead, these acknowledgements end up lacking meaning for our children, defeating the purpose of what we hoped to accomplish in the first place. Children feel a heart. They know when our comments and encouragement are genuine and when they are not. They know when words are… well, just that…words. Our failure to give kids

credit for just how smart they truly are shows on their faces and in their reactions when we haphazardly toss words their way. The problem arises when our words stop being believable, when they carry no weight. Without a pause for a moment of thought, a moment to show recognition, words come out lacking emotion and it is genuine emotion that gives words their credibility. As parents, our approval, recognition and sense of pride in their accomplishments, no matter how big or how small, carry some serious weight in the eyes and in the minds of our children. This is a hefty responsibility to shoulder as parents, but not a heavy load to carry if we realize it is not the quantity but the quality of words that we share with our children that they will then carry with them for a lifetime.

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Jodi Cohen has a Masters degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 11 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at (954) 389-1232.

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Hyatt regency Bonaventure Hires new executives By StaCey BomSer


wo hospitality industry experts have joined the executive team at Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa. Scott Snipes has been named the new hotel manager and Joe Kramer the new director of sales and marketing. Snipes brings more than 15 years of hospitality experience to the AAA-rated Four Diamond resort. He comes to Hyatt Regency Bonaventure from Hyatt Regency Atlanta where he had been hotel manager. He started his career with Hyatt at Hyatt Regency Greenville in 1995 and has held management positions at a number of properties including Hyatt Regency San Antonio and Grand Hyatt Atlanta. As hotel manager, Snipes is responsible for all hotel operations, employee management, as well as sales where he will work alongside the property’s new director of sales and marketing, Joe Kramer. Kramer, a sales industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, has worked in this position at a number of well-known hotels and resorts throughout the Southeast including the Scott Snipes, Hotel Manager Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Don Cesar Beach Resort and Spa, and Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort, just to name a few. Kramer began his career with Hyatt at Hyatt Regency Nashville in 1987 where he was a two-time nominee for the company’s Director of the Year Award. He is a MPI Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and AHMA Certified Hotel Sales Professional (CHSP). “We are privileged to have Joe Kramer leading our sales team. His performance record and extensive experience, all within four-plus diamond properties, make him the ideal leader to take our sales and marketing efforts forward,” says Hotel Manager Scott Snipes.

The Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa boasts 501 exquisitely-appointed guest rooms and suites, 60,000 square feet of meeting and event facilities, Joe Kramer, Director of Sales & Marketing the award-winning Ireland’s Steakhouse as well as two casual dining outlets, in addition to the world-class Red Door Lifestyle Spa. The resort became Broward County’s first Certified Green Lodging Hotel in April 2008. For more information, please visit or call (954) 616-1234.

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home décor Decorating for Comfort By myrIam Payne, InterIorS By DeCoratInG Den


comfortable home is a place where everyone feels at home. You can “let your hair down” and truly be yourself; plunk down on the sofa, put your feet up on the coffee table. Your home is where your thoughts and dreams come together in a comfortable atmosphere. The style that you select should reflect who you are. Any style can be molded to fit the personalities, activities, and tastes of those who live in the home. Comfort is in the details. Most families have traditions and memories that are unique. These differences can be celebrated with subtle reminders around your house. Just remember not to go overboard. A little here, a little there can go a long way to creating a warm inviting atmosphere. Too much will look cluttered and chaotic. Find a shelf or side table that could use a personal touch and then add a few family photos. The frames don’t need to match, but they should coordinate and have the same design as the mood you are trying to create. Start with seating to set the scene. Place your sofa and chairs so they create an intimate conversation area. Curved lines and fully upholstered pieces will add to that comfortable feeling. Consider using an ottoman instead of a coffee table so you and your guests have a comfortable place to put your feet. Area rugs and throw pillows will help tie the furniture together and create a cohesive, warm feeling. Look for a cozy corner where two chairs can be placed with a table. If the space is small, consider placing a single chair, a lamp and a stack of books or magazines for an inviting retreat.


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Lighting is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to set the mood in any room. Try adding a few floor lamps, small table lamps and even wall sconces for softer, more indirect lighting. Use lower wattage bulbs in your lights for a more relaxed feel. Don’t forget candles. There are so many ways to display them: set a single candle on a table; create a grouping on a mantle; or place them in front of a mirror to heighten the impact. Another way to establish a mood is by adding color and texture to your living space. Draperies and pillows can do magic and don’t overlook the power of simply draping a warm-colored throw over a chair. No matter what your decorating style, your home can have that comfortable feeling that helps you relax at the end of your hectic day. Myriam Payne from INTERIORS by Decorating Den works and lives with her family in Weston. For a consultation with Myriam, call her design studio at (954) 659-2017.

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By Dean Sklar, PGa ProFeSSIonal


he chip and run should be the focus of your short game. It is the most reliable shot around the green when you can’t putt. Whether it is a situation where you can’t putt because there is a lot of dew between the apron and the green or you just have a bad area to cross to get to the pin on the green, the chip and run can be a good option.

I would estimate that at least 90% of my short game shots (from within 20 yards of the edge of the green) are played with a chip and run technique. The other 10% are made up of putts from off the green, pitches, and bunker shots. Getting the ball on the ground and rolling as soon as possible greatly increases the chances of the ball’s behavior being predictable. That is not to say that a chip and run is always very low to the ground; just as low as possible. In many cases where the average golfer tries to pitch the ball up in the air, the “risk vs. reward” and the uncontrollable nature of a pitch (especially from a marginal lie) make it a poor choice. My technique is to use a 6 iron around the green and use the same grip as I use for putting as well as the same putting stroke. It is important to move close to the ball to get your eye over the ball and to have the club travel back and forth like a pendulum on the same line as the putt itself. Try and place the club head close to the ball just like in your putting setup and try and “pinch” the ball using the toe of the club. By hitting it off the toe of the club it will immediately pop the ball up and travel low towards its intended target -- the pin. This is especially a great shot to use under pressure in a tournament or match when you really need to get the ball “up-n-down.” When it comes to perfecting your short game, keep these general rules in mind: ▸ Putt whenever possible ▸ Chip and run when you can’t putt ▸ Pitch only when you have no choice If you would like to talk to PGA Professional Dean Sklar about your golf game, contact him at or at Rose & Dean Real Estate Group, Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, 954-389-6197 or on Dean’s cell 954-298-3616. Visit him online at

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Q. How do I know whether someone is an attorney based on their advertising? A. The law forbids non-lawyers from using the words “Attorney” or “Lawyer” in their advertising. They also cannot use the words “Legal” or “Law” in the name of their companies.





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Q. Is there a web site to determine if a person is a Florida attorney? A. Absolutely. The web site of the Florida Bar, the association of the state’s attorneys, is Click on the “Find a Lawyer” tab and type in the last name of the person. If she/he is an attorney, all the information will be revealed, including the date the person passed the Florida Bar exam.

Q. What can I do if I find out too late, after my money is taken, that the paralegal is not an attorney?

A. You can file a complaint against the person with the Florida Bar. The local phone number is (954) 835-0233. The main purpose is to protect the public and future victims. After an investigation, the Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law will try to get you a refund. The Supreme Court of Florida selected Ms. Blandon to serve on this Committee. The Florida Bar certified Elizabeth R. Blandon as an immigration expert. Less than 60 immigration attorneys are certified in Florida. More information on her credentials and her Weston office are available at or by calling (954) 385-0157.

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often tell prospective clients that although it may not seem like it at this moment in time, their dissolution of marriage will probably be finalized by a Marital Settlement Agreement. The truth is that the vast majority of cases end by way of a settlement agreement. Although I can’t list any actual statistics, I would estimate that 98% of cases settle. When logic and common sense start to control the process, instead of emotion, most people begin to realize that continued litigation will most often result in a loselose situation. Of course this not always true and there are certainly those cases which must go before a judge for his/her ruling.

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The reality of litigation is that it is expensive, time consuming and unpredictable. One thing an attorney can never assure a client of is a court’s ruling. If any attorney guarantees a result he/she is doing a disservice to his/her client. We know the law and we certainly can expect a Judge to follow the law, but an often time in family law the court has a great deal of discretion. In addition, judges are expected to rule in an equitable fashion. This most often results in rulings which are less than what a client may desire. Often times both parties will leave a trial somewhat disappointed that he/she did not obtain a ruling which resulted in what they would consider a total victory. Of course a client’s expectations are sometimes unrealistic, which may add to the disappointment. There are, however, situations which require continued litigation. A spouse, who refuses to agree to alimony when the facts dictate such a result, will result in a contested battle. A spouse who is not candid about his/her income will also prevent the parties from reaching a settlement. Settlement allows the parties to have control of their lives and their childrens’ lives. Although I have a great deal of respect for our judiciary, the fact is that a judge will truly never have the opportunity to fully know the parties, their children and their lives before the divorce was filed. In a matter of hours a judge will be asked to make decisions which will affect all parties concerned for years to come. I can assure you that judges would prefer not to be put in that situation. Once the emotions of a case start to fade, settlement becomes a preferred resolution. Of course, obtaining a settlement can be more difficult than going to trial. It takes compromise and creativity. An experienced attorney can certainly assist in this endeavor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 954 385-9160 to discuss this further.


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How to avoid Deficiency Judgments after Foreclosure, Deed in lieu or Short Sale By omar J. arCIa, eSq., ForeCloSure DeFenSe anD ConSumer BankruPtCy ProteCtIon attorney


s terrible as it may seem to lose your home through a foreclosure, most people believe that after the foreclosure, their biggest financial headache is behind them. However, former homeowners may still be on the hook if there’s a difference between what they owed on the mortgage and what the bank sold the house for at the foreclosure auction. This is called a “deficiency judgment.” Deficiency judgments are ticking time bombs that can explode years after borrowers lose their homes. A lender also has the right to seek a deficiency judgment against homeowners who convinced their bank to approve a short sale and even in cases where the bank takes back the property through a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Releasing the title does not necessarily end the debt. A mortgage has two parts: a pledge of collateral (represented by the home), and a promise to pay the loan. Lenders may release property liens to facilitate short sales without releasing borrowers from their obligations to pay. Lenders or collection agencies may wait until debtors have recovered financially before seeking a deficiency judgment. In Florida, the bank can wait up to 5 years to file. Once the court grants a deficiency judgment, the lender has 20 years to collect it. Moreover, the lender can request your financial records, garnish your wages, repossess your vehicles, and even freeze your bank accounts! In order to short-circuit lenders’ attempts to seek a deficiency judgment in the future, it is imperative that after the home is sold at foreclosure auction, the former homeowner immediately file for bankruptcy protection. Since the deficiency judgment would be considered an unsecured debt, it will be forever discharged through the bankruptcy proceeding and the bank could never collect it. In “short sale” or deed in lieu scenarios, most lenders are willing to release the deficiency judgment amount. However, many borrowers may not be aware that they have to ask for such a release. If you are pursuing a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure, be sure to ask the bank to release you from any further obligation under the mortgage. If the bank refuses, bankruptcy proceedings can also avoid any liability after a short sale or return of your property to the bank through a deed in lieu. To find out more about upcoming live consumer seminars offered by the Arcia Law Firm, please visit or seminario. When registering, mention you heard about this seminar through Our City Weston or Davie Town Times, and you will receive two complimentary admission tickets.

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Dr. Jean Claude Nerette owns and operates Bellissimo Medical Spa & Salon. Bellissimo strikes the perfect balance between the clinical and the luxurious. It provides an all-inclusive facility where clients can receive salon services, as well as a visit with a Board Certified Physician for all their medical and health care needs. With a passion for safety, service and innovation, it is committed to exceeding the expectations of its clients. Bellissimo Medical Spa & Salon is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive #3,in Weston. For more information, call 954-3848989 or visit Call for a complimentary consultation to see if Bio-Identical Hormone Sottopelle Treatment can help you decrease, if not completely take away, your migraines.

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There has been a lot of controversy over the treatment and prevention of Osteoporosis. Diet and exercise is the core for any wellness plan but sometimes this simply is not enough. “One size does not fit all” even in the recommendation of supplementation as seen with the dangers of calcium supplementation. Individualized planning is essential for the prevention and maintenance of Osteoporosis. Prescribing medications with extremely long half life’s that have been proven to increase the risk of atypical fractures of the hip is not the answer. Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, which includes Estrogen & Testosterone, specifically in Pellet form, has been proven to effectively slow if not stop bone loss in addition to increasing bone density. By improving bone density the risk of mortality related to a fractured hip is greatly reduced thus improving one’s quality of life.


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he Weston community rallied together to make the 2010 Relay For Life of Weston the number one Relay in Broward County. A grand total of $168,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Not only were we the tops in the county, Weston ranked 15th out of 365 Relays in the state. That’s quite an accomplishment for a city of our size. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser. The community-based event encourages people from all walks of life to come together to celebrate can- Weston Relay For Life Chairs Ross Sabath and cer survivors and raise much- Joy Medrano needed funds to fight this devastating disease. All money raised benefits the American Cancer Society’s programs of research, education, advocacy and service – programs that can reduce cancer deaths and cancer incidence and improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Memorial Healthcare System, through its Women’s Imaging Center and Breast Cancer Center services and programs, offers important education and support for the community throughout the year, and especially during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Memorial provides compassionate, individualized care enhanced by specialized breast imaging and breast cancer treatment expertise, leading-edge research, exceptional support services and alternative therapies.

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embers and guests recently attended the Chamber Business Networking Meeting sponsored by and held at The Miami Herald. Alex Gomez, Chamber Chair, and Donna Adelkopf, EVP of the Chamber, introduced the new members. Jack Miller, Chamber President & CEO, discussed marketing opportunities with America as an added benefit to Chamber members for national and international exposure. He also updated members on the national advertising campaign that the America Chamber and the Weston Area Chamber have started. The Weston Chamber will be introducing new programs starting in December that will help your business grow immediately with local, regional and national PR for the end of 2010 and all of 2011. Weston Chamber members will have three things working for them to help grow their business in these difficult times if they just try it. We need to have you verify your information at so that you may take advantage of the online traffic that we bring to you. For information on membership in The Chamber That Means BUSINESS® contact the Weston Area Chamber at (954) 389-0600, send e-mail to jack@westonchamber. com or visit Click “Join” for an investment of $175, with MasterCard, Visa or AmEx. Ask about the Trustee, Corporate or Enhanced membership options. The Weston Area Chamber of Commerce 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 in Weston since 1989.

Ingrid Martinex, Miami Herald; VP of Broward County, Donna Dickey, Miami Herald; Jack Miller, Weston Area Chamber President & CEO; Chris Phipps and Lilly Perdomo, Miami Herald.

calendar wednesday, october 13th

the Weston area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business networking meeting from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Sponsored by and held at International Finance Bank, 2278 Weston road, Weston, 33326. members Free. non-members $10. rSVP to Jack miller at (954) 389-0600, Jack@westonchamber. com, or

wednesday, november 10th

the Weston area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Business networking meeting from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Sponsored by memorial Hospital miramar. members Free. non-members $10. rSVP to Jack miller at (954) 389-0600, Jack@westonchamber. com, or

wednesday, december 8th

Roger & June Nichols, Geiger Florida Custom Advertising; Jr. Ambassador, Jose Faria, Cypress Bay High School; Chamber Chair Alex Gomez, PC Solver; Chamber Director, Gary Silver, The Shay Group.


October 2010

the Weston area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Holiday Business networking meeting from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Sponsored by and held at the Hyatt regency Bonaventure, 250 racquet Club road, Weston, 33326. members Free. non-members $10. rSVP to Jack miller at (954) 389-0600, Jack@, or

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October 2010 



community news

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or many people, the golden years are a time to slow down, but not for members of the Weston 55+ Club. This community-based club organizes weekly events and outings for Weston’s mature adult population. “We are the only group that specifically caters to the wants and needs of Weston’s seniors,” states Dottie Mazine, president and one of the founding members of the Weston 55+ Club. “Not only are weekly activities planned, but friendships form and are nurtured over time.” The club started about ten years ago, with just a handful of members and has grown to 120 active participants; and new members are always welcome. In fact, now is the ideal time to join. The club’s annual membership runs from October 1st through September 30th. Dues are only $30 for the year.


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Monthly BINGO games are one of the many activities sponsored by the Weston 55+ Club.

The 55+ Club offers a different activity every week, so there is something for everyone. For instance, the first Wednesday of each month is BINGO at the Weston Community Center. At least once a month, members meet for lunch at one of Weston’s outstanding restaurants, or a nearby establishment. Members of the 55+ Club also enjoy a host of cultural activities. The group has visited South Florida museums and attractions, taken a yacht excursion, gone bowling and much more. Later this month, members will have the opportunity to see a matinee of “On the Town” at the Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs. Many of these activities and programs would not be possible without the support of the City of Weston. “Recreation takes on many forms. While Weston is known for great parks, sports and fitness, we also recognize that there are other needs in our diverse community,” explains Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “The programming provided by the Weston 55+ Club addresses some of the needs of our senior population.” In a family-focused community such as Weston, it’s often easy to overlook our active older population. The Weston 55+ Club provides an important outlet for these residents. “Through this club a networking system is being set up for seniors to make friends and important contacts,” states Mazine. “No senior in Weston needs to be isolated any more. Join us and be as active as you like.” If you are 55 or older and would like to join the Weston 55+ Club, simply stop by the Weston Community Center to pick up a membership form or download a copy from the City of Weston website at Go to the Parks & Recreation Department, then click on 55+ Club under the Groups icon. A copy of the club’s monthly events calendar is also posted. For more information about the Weston 55+ Club, contact Dottie Mazine at (954) 592-6280.

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October 2010 


pet care

Halloween…a time to Be Careful! By Peter BIrzon, D.V.m.


very year during this time of costumes and candy, we always see several cases of chocolate toxicity. Ingestion of chocolate can cause very serious medical problems in our pets, most commonly in dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine which can cause marked metabolic disturbances in the nervous system which may be seen as tremors, hyperactivity, panting, etc., and in milder cases, gastrointestinal upset. This is usually accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea and an increased thirst. Left untreated, this can advance to dehydration and kidney function issues. Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of these chemicals and it will take less of a quantity to initiate clinical signs. Every pet has a different sensitivity thus a small amount is not “okay.” If you see your pet ingesting chocolate, you can induce vomiting by giving hydrogen peroxide orally. Call your veterinarian immediately to see what your pet will need. The wrappers from the chocolate can cause severe gastroenteritis and in small pets, may possibly become obstructive in the stomach or intestines. Put the candy away where the pets cannot get into it and that includes our kids’ trick-or-treat bags. These problems can be avoided! There is a newer upper respiratory illness affecting many dogs known as canine influenza. This is different from the “kennel cough”/Bordatella disease which most dogs are vaccinated against. It causes similar clinical signs like the hacking–gagging cough, but these pets can also run a No matter how much your dog begs, don’t let him eat any fever, stop eating, and have a chocolate at Halloween. It can be very dangerous to dogs. very purulent nasal discharge. We can now vaccinate against this disease and any pet who walks in the neighborhood, goes for grooming or boarding, plays at a common area or dog park…in other words…. spends time outside the house, should be vaccinated against both Bordatella and canine influenza. It has basically no side effects and can prevent a serious and frequently encountered disease. Cool Case of the Month: “Coconut” Biggs, a 7 year old female Jack Russell terrier was diagnosed with bladder stones that completely blocked her urinary tract within one week. This is a painful medical emergency that requires catheterization to relieve the obstruction. A cystotomy was performed to remove the stones from the urinary bladder. She recovered quickly and was back home within two days. Moral of the story…what appears as urinary discomfort or a little infection can be something more severe. Always do what Coconut’s mom did, which is seek medical attention immediately! Dr. Peter Birzon has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years and has owned and operated four animal hospitals in South Florida. Indian Trace Animal Hospital is located in Weston at 1420 North Park Drive. You can reach him by phone at 954-384-7147. E-mail: Web:


October 2010

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pet care

Halloween…A Time To Be Careful! By PeTer Birzon, D.V.M.


very year during this time of costumes and candy, we always see several cases of chocolate toxicity. Ingestion of chocolate can cause very serious medical problems in our pets, most commonly in dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine which can cause marked metabolic disturbances in the nervous system which may be seen as tremors, hyperactivity, panting, etc., and in milder cases, gastrointestinal upset. This is usually accompanied by vomiting, diarrhea and an increased thirst. Left untreated, this can advance to dehydration and kidney function issues. Dark chocolate has a higher concentration of these chemicals and it will take less of a quantity to initiate clinical signs. Every pet has a different sensitivity thus a small amount is not “okay.” If you see your pet ingesting chocolate, you can induce vomiting by giving hydrogen peroxide orally. Call your veterinarian immediately to see what your pet will need. The wrappers from the chocolate can cause severe gastroenteritis and in small pets, may possibly become obstructive in the stomach or intestines. Put the candy away where the pets cannot get into it and that includes our kids’ trick-or-treat bags. These problems can be avoided! There is a newer upper respiratory illness affecting many dogs known as canine influenza. This is different from the “kennel cough”/Bordatella disease which most dogs are vaccinated against. It causes similar clinical signs like the hacking–gagging cough, but these pets can also run a No matter how much your dog begs, don’t let him eat any fever, stop eating, and have a chocolate at Halloween. It can be very dangerous to dogs. very purulent nasal discharge. We can now vaccinate against this disease and any pet who walks in the neighborhood, goes for grooming or boarding, plays at a common area or dog park…in other words…. spends time outside the house, should be vaccinated against both Bordatella and canine influenza. It has basically no side effects and can prevent a serious and frequently encountered disease. Cool Case of the Month: “Coconut” Biggs, a 7 year old female Jack Russell terrier was diagnosed with bladder stones that completely blocked her urinary tract within one week. This is a painful medical emergency that requires catheterization to relieve the obstruction. A cystotomy was performed to remove the stones from the urinary bladder. She recovered quickly and was back home within two days. Moral of the story…what appears as urinary discomfort or a little infection can be something more severe. Always do what Coconut’s mom did, which is seek medical attention immediately! Dr. Peter Birzon has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years and has owned and operated four animal hospitals in South Florida. Indian Trace Animal Hospital is located in Weston at 1420 North Park Drive. You can reach him by phone at 954-384-7147. E-mail: Web:


October 2010

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October 2010 


it’s their business Slender Fit U Makes Dieting easy


avie’s Slender Fit U is helping clients turn their bodies into fat burning machines. They are losing 1/2 to 2 pounds of fat per day without exercise, diet pills or packaged foods and keeping it off. The medically supervised program helps dieters modify their relationship with food and eating, resulting in an easily maintained, long-term weight loss. It is the last diet they will ever need to do. Clients follow a very specific low calorie diet that is made up of real food, proteins, fruits and vegetables. They also use a tiny dose of hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), a natural complex amino-peptide protein found in both men and women. The hCG helps their bodies break Geri Correa, founder and program director of Slender Fit U, lost 25 pounds on the diet and is now helping down its “abnormal” fat storage and clients achieve similar results. sculpts it while they lose weight. Clients keep their desired lean muscle mass, and only lose the unsightly fat. As a result, they lose not only pounds but an equal amount of inches. They are also able to maintain a low calorie diet without suffering headaches, irritability or weakness, which are so commonly seen during most other weight loss diets or programs. “Every pound you lose on the Slender Fit U program is equal to almost three pounds of regular weight,” said Geri Correa, Slender Fit U’s founder and program director. “Because hCG is a natural substance, this program is completely safe. It is virtually 100 percent effective for everyone.”

“before slender Fit u i hated getting on a scale. it was the most depressing part of the day. now i can’t wait to jump on. You can see and feel the results within the first 3 days. My stomach is disappearing!”

Jeannie before

Jeannie after

Jeannie - lost 29 pounds & 23 inches in 43 days.

Although the use of hCG in a weight loss program has been receiving a great deal of attention lately, it is actually not a new concept. The scientific protocol was discovered almost 60 years ago by the late Dr A.T.W. Simeons, a British endocrinologist. Geri improved on the original protocol to achieve even better results with the Slender Fit U program.


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“i was very satisfied with my meals and i also felt great during the program. i found it very easy to do and i would recommend this program to anyone that is looking forward to losing weight doing something healthy, natural and easy.” Luis - lost 35 pounds & 20 inches in 43 days.

Luis before

Luis after

In fact, many refer to Geri as the “hCG Guru.” She has been involved with the diet since it became popular in South Florida a few years ago. She lost 25 pounds on the diet and it changed her life. She has put thousands of people on the program who have experienced similar results. They range in age from 12 to 80. “The diet helped me regain the same youthful shape I had in my 20’s,” said Geri. “I love my job because I have helped so many clients change their lives. They are absolutely amazed at the spectacular results. My Slender Fit U program really works!” Geri personally guides each of her clients every step of the way and gives them the tools they need to stick with the program. She works directly with Slender Fit U’s Medical Director, Dr. Peter Babinski, to monitor every client’s medical progress throughout the program. After losing 20 to 30 pounds, many people find they no longer need to take their blood pressure or diabetes medication. The weight loss has provided them with a healthier body that no longer requires medication. Geri has built her reputation on doing what works and the results speak for themselves. Amazingly, 90% of her clients do not gain any weight back after successfully completing the Slender Fit U program. Luis lost 35 pounds and 20 inches in 43 days. “I was very skeptical at the beginning,” said Luis. “I’ve have done many diets in the past with very little success. After I started the diet and I started losing so much weight I was so excited. I was never hungry. I was very satisfied with my meals and I also felt great during the program. I found it very easy to do and I would recommend this program to anyone that is looking forward to losing weight doing something healthy, natural and easy. It turns out this was the best money I ever spent!” Jeannie lost 29 pounds and 23 inches in 43 days. “Before Slender Fit U, I hated getting on a scale,” said Jeannie. “It was the most depressing part of the day. Now I can’t wait to jump on. I cannot believe the amount of weight I have lost. You can see and feel the results within the first 3 days. My stomach is disappearing!” Slender Fit U is very affordable. Clients can chose from two programs, depending on the amount of weight they want to lose. In the 23 day program, women can expect to lose 10 to 15 pounds and men will lose 20 to 25 pounds. In the 43 day program, women will lose 20 to 30 pounds and a man will lose 30 to 40 pounds. The cost ranges from $350 to $600. Slender Fit U is located at 12525 Orange Dr., Suite 701, in Davie. For more information or to set up a free consultation, call 954-423-1376; visit or send an email to

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October 2010 


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The World’s Favorite newspaper™

We Want Your Photo! Take your latest copy of Our City Weston on the road with you and you could be our lucky winner. Send us your “The World’s Favorite Newspaper™” photo and you could win a gift certificate to a Weston restaurant. Happy trails!

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October 2010

The Marohnic family shared their favorite newspaper while visiting family in Southern Peru. In addition to reading Our City Weston, they all enjoyed a week at the beach along the breathtaking Pacific coast. Pictured here are Olga, Michael, and children Michelle, Daniel and Matthew Marohnic.

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Oil & Filter Change, Top off all fluids, adjust tire air pressure, 50-point maintenance inspection, hand wash & dry, clean door jams, wipe dash & interior panels, vacuum & air freshener, clean windows in & out, clean & dress wheels tires & wells. Additional disposal & shop fees may apply. Valid at SunriseSawgrass Mills & Weston locations only. See below for . additional offer details. Expires 10/15/10.

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October 2010 


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xcitement is building as Weston Rotary readies the launch of the biggest health and fitness initiative in the history of our City: “GetFit – Weston,” a community wellness program produced by the Rotary Club of Weston in cooperation with Cleveland Clinic Florida and the City of Weston. The goal of “GetFit – Weston” is to make Weston the fittest city in Florida.

Mike Levitt, visited with us; Weston Rotary is teamed with Grand Cayman in Rotary International’s “Caribbean Partnership” initiative. We inducted two great new members; Kevin Keene, a health services entrepreneur, and Herb Schultz, president of the Schultz Insurance Group. Lastly, for the first time in Weston Rotary history we were visited by a Past President of Rotary International, Frank Devlyn; just a few years ago, Frank led Rotary International’s worldwide organization of 1.2 million members, in 32,000 clubs, in 200 nations and territories around the globe. 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, including “GetFit-Weston,” visit our website at, or stop by our FaceBook Fan Page (Rotary Club of Weston) for the latest happenings.

Upcoming Meeting Highlights – October 2010 Members: No Charge Visitors: $15.00 Many events are planned in the months ahead to help achieve that goal including health screenings and wellness seminars on nutrition, menu planning, food buying and preparation, weight management, smoking cessation, and more. Beginning in mid-October, all Weston area residents will be able to register for special training programs designed for people of all ages and skill levels...from novice to expert, kids to seniors, and everyone in-between. In just 60 days, participants will gain the confidence to “GetFit” and be a part of Weston’s biggest running event, the 13th Annual Rotary Run for Tomorrow, presented by Billy Beck III Personal Performance & Training Center. “GetFit” training programs will be available at the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston, Billy Beck III Personal Performance & Training Center in Sunrise, and the Midtown Athletic Club in Weston. For further information regarding “GetFit – Weston,” including registration information, visit Importantly, proceeds from the events will benefit the physical education programs at Weston’s elementary schools, which are being cut severely due to budget deficits.

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Alumni Program New Members Kevin Keene (left), and Herb Schultz exchange congratulations after their recent induction into Weston Rotary.

Recent Rotary Happenings

September was another busy month for the Rotary Club of Weston. With Cypress Bay and Western High Schools back in session we resumed our popular “Student of the Month” program. We had a visit from Kim Bokamper, former Miami Dolphins Pro Bowl Linebacker (one of the “Killer Bees”), and current Miami TV sportscaster; he shared his view of the Dolphins 2010 season. State Rep. Franklin Sands, Florida House Minority Leader, stopped by for breakfast with his favorite Rotary Club. The President of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman (Sunrise), Fred Sadoff (left), Ken Ruiz, Frank Devlyn, Past President of Rotary International, and Larry Herman enjoy themselves at a recent Rotary gathering. Ken Ruiz and Larry Herman are past presidents of Weston Rotary; Fred Sadoff is a Weston Rotarian and Treasurer of Rotary District 6990.

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coMMunitY news Weston remembers 9-11


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he Weston community joined the rest of the nation in commemorating the tragic events of 9-11. It’s been nine years since our nation suffered the most devastating terrorist attack in our history; nearly 3,000 lives were lost. That includes the 343 firefighters, 23 police officers and 37 port authority officers from New York City who died trying to save people from the collapsed World Trade Center. Members of the Weston BSO and Fire Rescue attended a Patriot Day Memorial Students at Saint Bonaventure Catholic School Service on September 11th where they dressed in red, white and blue to create a Student American Flag during a Patriot’s Day Assembly. remembered their fallen comrades. “While we continue to rebuild both physically and emotionally from the tragedy of September 11th, it is our duty to pause and reflect, remembering the sacrifice, heroism, and loss experienced on that day,” shares Weston Fire Chief Harris Bouchillon. “We remember and honor not only the fire fighters and police officers who so selflessly gave of their lives to save others; we also remember the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who lost their lives that day, and all of their families whose lives have been forever changed. They will forever be in our hearts, and we will never forget.” Retired Weston Fire Chief John Frailey attended St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church’s 4th Annual Blue Mass in memory of all those emergency workers who

responded and perished on 9-11. To mark the tragedy, a 450-pound piece of beam salvaged from the World Trade Center was on display in the church. “Seeing and touching an actual piece of the Twin Towers brought back all the feelings of immense sadness, pain and tragedy,” said Parishioner Sandra Feraco. Julio Millan says it is important for us to always remember what happened that fateful day. “Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives for no reason, we must forgive, but we cannot forget the sacrifice that these brothers and sisters unknowingly made.” Even the youngest members of the Weston community commemorated the tragic events of 9-11. Students at Saint Bonaventure Catholic School marked the somber day by using sign language to accompany their voices in singing God Bless America. They showed their patriotism by dressing in red, white and blue to create a student American flag during the Patriot Day Assembly. Even though many of the students were very young, or not even born, when 9-11 occurred, the school thought it was important for Deacon Paul Brancheau leads the processional during Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic Church’s Blue the children to commemorate the Mass, followed by Father Enrique Delgado, Bishop anniversary of the September 11th Felipe Estevez, and Weston City Commissioners Mercedes Henriksson and Angel Gomez. attacks. “On this day we paid tribute to those who died on 9-11 and honored the men and women who make freedom in our country possible,” said Saint Bonaventure Principal Nydia Claudo.

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The fact is that our skin is constantly under attack by many enemies in the environment. One of the more notable ones is free radical damage. Essentially, a free radical is an atom that is unstable and sets off a chain reaction by destabilizing other molecules until it is stopped. Free radicals commonly destroy proteins in our skin cells, such as collagen and elastin, promoting the creation of wrinkles, lack of elasticity, premature aging, and even cancer. Sun exposure is a major source of the formation of free radicals in the skin, but there are many other sources as well. Antioxidants on the other hand are substances, which are known to stop the chain reactions produced by free radicals, preventing cellular damage. They are one of the body’s main natural defenses against free radicals. But unlike most of the other defenses, antioxidants are not always produced by the body, and often can only be supplied from external sources. Studies have shown that people with diets that include vegetables which are high in antioxidants have a lower incidence of cancer, along with a host of other antioxidant health benefits including younger looking, healthier skin. Some key antioxidants are: ▸ Vitamin E - Found in foods such as nuts, whole grains, fish oils, cereals, etc. ▸ Vitamin C - Found in citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, kale, spinach, etc. ▸ Beta-carotene  - Found in milk, egg yolk, yams, tomatoes, cantaloupes, and grains. Although the list of antioxidants is by no means exhaustive, it is important that we have a healthy supply of these antioxidants for our bodies to be able to counter the effects of free radicals, preventing aging and wrinkles, and improve our skin luster and tone, and our overall health and quality of life. The main problem with supplementing antioxidants relates to their absorption. There is much doubt in the scientific community regarding the absorption and capacity of the body of translating antioxidant supplements such as pills and creams, into enhanced effectiveness in stopping free radicals. For that reason, just about any true high-end antioxidant serum will have some form of active delivery system that promotes their absorption into the skin. Our preferred two active delivery systems are a liposomal technology that was developed by a dermatologist out of Beverly Hills, and a two step intracellular delivery system produced by a Swiss medical research spin-off, that uses osmosis and adjustments of cellular metabolic rates to promote absorption. We have both technologies in stock at Sinless Skin under the brands DermaNotion, Cellcosmet, and Cellmen. Regardless of your particular preference, our suggestion for powerful antioxidant anti-aging remains the same. Avoid the miracle creams of the market and use only products from reputable manufacturers that have an active delivery system for their antioxidant content. Shift your diet to reduce the amount of meat to four ounces per meal and a larger amount of fish than beef. Eat a high content of natural, organic nuts, whole grains, and vegetables (at least five servings per day) in a wide variety of colors. Use a high quality mechanical sunscreen whenever your agenda dictates sun exposure. Your skin will look and feel better, and so will you. Sinless Skin is a spa at the IKEA shops that focuses on delivering the highest level of affordable luxury in skin care and hair removal, offering a wide variety within their specialties of organic facials, body treatments, massage, and hair removal services. Their promotions include a first visit incentive with discounts and a free skin analysis, the Sinless Reward program, corporate programs, spa packages, series discounts, and highlighted periodic offers. Call them now with your question or comment, at 954.838.8883, or visit them at


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dining out Thai Garlic & Sushi Serves a Taste of Thailand

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f you are in the mood for authentic Asian cuisine, you can’t get any more genuine than Thai Garlic & Sushi. This popular restaurant features many menu items you won’t find anywhere else because these are favorite family recipes brought over from Thailand. Owner Arunee Tiamsuwam and her family moved to the United States from Thailand in 1995. Over the years the extended family has operated restaurants in Miami and Atlanta. When the couple decided they were ready to open their own restaurant, they thought their hometown of Weston would be the ideal location, knowing diners in this area have an appreciation for Asian cuisine. Thai Garlic & Sushi is truly a family owned and operated business. Arunee’s niece Jea runs the restaurant on a day-to-day basis. It’s her friendly face that greets you as you walk in the door. While Jea is busy playing hostess and taking orders, her husband Jom is busy preparing the delicious meals. “He is a very talented chef and can prepare sushi and authentic Thai recipes,” says Arunee. “He created many of our special menu items.” Swimming Angel is one of the restaurant’s recommended Special Selections. This delicious Thai dish is the perfect combination of chicken and shrimp sautéed in a tasty peanut sauce served over steamed broccoli, bell peppers, tomato and lime leaves. The Gang Ped Duck is the perfect blend of flavors, with crispy duck, pineapple, tomato, bell pepper, cashew nuts, sweet peas and basil leaves in a red curry sauce. Speaking of curries, Arunee recommends two of her favorite traditional Thai curries. The Green Curry features green chili paste, coconut milk, bell pepper, bamboo shoots and basil leaves. The Massaman Curry offers the lightly sweet taste of chili paste with onion, potato, cashew nuts and avocado. Both of these dishes can be prepared with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or fried tofu. Of course, Thai Garlic & Sushi also serves the perennial favorite, Pad Thai. This traditional noodle

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dish features rice noodles with egg, scallions, bean sprouts and ground peanut. This can be prepared with your choice of meat (chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or fried tofu) or sample them all in the Deluxe Pad Thai. Other authentic Thai dishes include the Tom Kha soup made with lemon grass broth in coconut milk with mushrooms, scallions and cilantro, or the Tom Yum soup made without coconut milk. Arunee says her restaurant is probably the only place where diners can enjoy the Spicy Thai Salad made with Crispy Soft Shell Crab. A true treat for the taste buds, this salad is dressed with lime juice, chili, cucumber, tomato, red onion, scallions and cilantro. It can also be prepared with grilled New York steak or shrimp. In addition to its extensive Thai menu, Thai Garlic & Sushi also offers traditional Japanese dishes such as teriyaki, tempura and stir-fry, all served with miso soup or salad, and white rice. All of the restaurant’s authentic Thai and Japanese meals are prepared using the finest herbs and spices for the most nutritious and flavorful dishes. Everything is prepared fresh and made to order. Of course, the restaurant wouldn’t be called Thai Garlic & Sushi if it did not offer an enormous sushi menu. In addition to all the standard sushi rolls, this restaurant features a few sushi specialties. The best way to start your meal is with the Tuna Mushi appetizer. This one-of-a-kind item, created by Jom, features chopped tuna, kani (imitation crab), and masago mixed

in spicy mayo topped with guacamole and served on a crispy wonton skin with eel sauce and spicy mayo. It tastes even better than it looks, and it looks great! Arunee also recommends sampling the Tuna Volcano Roll made with no rice and no seaweed. This Jom original features shrimp, kani (imitation crab) and avocado wrapped in tuna and topped with baked scallop, masago and spicy mayo. The Midori roll is another unique roll featuring salmon, cucumber, scallions, tempura flakes, prepared inside-out with sesame seeds and masago and topped with avocado. Thai Garlic & Sushi offers a variety of lunch specials served weekdays until 3pm. The lunch menu features all of your favorites from the Thai, Japanese and sushi menus including Pad Thai, Garlic Sauce, Cashew Nut and Curry. One of the most popular choices is the Chirashi Bowl featuring six pieces of sashimi on seasoned sushi rice with masago and sesame seeds. The restaurant also offers four sushi combos for lunch. Thai Garlic & Sushi is located at 116 Weston Road in the small strip center next to the City of Sunrise building south of State Road 84. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30am until 10pm, Friday from 11:30am until 10:30pm, Saturday from 4pm until 10:30pm, and Sunday from 4pm until 9:30pm. To place an order for pick-up, or for delivery within Weston and parts of Davie, call (954) 3848840. You can also find the restaurant on Facebook.

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This lush, 60-acre resort is located midway down the Florida Keys on the island of Duck Key. Despite its sprawling size, the property is quite cozy, with walkways and bike paths throughout. There’s a variety of spacious guest rooms and suites, which are beautifully furnished in West Indies island décor. In addition, five different villages offer villa accommodations which include comfortable living and dining areas plus a full kitchen. If you’d rather not spend time cooking while on vacation you can enjoy the local flavor by dining at the various venues on the property. Alma at Hawks Cay blends

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Resembling an old Keys fishing village, Tom’s Harbor House at Hawks Cay Marina, is a favorite of locals and resort guests. Specialties include Key Lime grilled lobster tails and Jerk-marinated chicken. You can even bring your catch to Tom’s Harbor House and the chef will fry, grill or blacken it and serve it with family-style side dishes for you to enjoy. To get the most out of your stay, dive right in – the water is spectacular and there’s an array of water sports to consider through the Hawks Cay Experience™. The resort is surrounded by some of the best fishing and diving waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing charters are available at the Hawks Cay Marina, home to the most knowledgeable and friendliest fishing captains and guides. Sundance Watersports at Hawks Cay Marina offers diving and snorkeling trips, parasailing, kayak and boat rentals, jet skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing and sunset cruises. Another great underwater experience is SNUBA™ diving, which combines SCUBA diving with snorkeling. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can explore Duck Key by land by renting a Segway™ or bicycle. The saltwater lagoon at Hawks Cay is surrounded by sand and thatched umbrellas and is located next to the dolphin lagoon where the popular Dolphin Connection pro-

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video games. Supervised activities are scheduled throughout the day and evening, such as mini-kayak races in the lagoon, pool volleyball and Teen/Kids Night Out on the weekends. Children 5-12 can join Camp Hawk for a fee. Kids and parents are welcome to drop by the Indies Club and The Cove to check out the variety of programs that are offered. Whether you’re planning a weekend get-away, family reunion, corporate event or even a wedding, Hawks Cay Resort can accommodate your every need. Find your inner child, inner peace or just some peace and quiet at this slice of paradise. Room rates and packages are available by visiting or calling 1-888-313-5749. Hawks Cay Resort is located at 61 Hawks Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, at Mile Marker 61. You’ll feel so at home at Hawks Cay Resort… you may never want to leave!

gram is offered. Get up close and personal with these amazing Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, either in the water or on the dock. The resort also houses five swimming pools, one which is designated as the Tranquility Pool for adults and a Pirate Ship Pool and water playground, perfect for the little mermaids and little mates! After an amazing day on the water, pamper yourself at the Calm Waters Spa, voted 2009 Best Hotel Spa in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure readers. The signature Key Lime Mojito Body Treatment is just one of the many island-inspired spa treatments that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Hawks Cay has a host of activities for kids ages 5 to 17, so even the ‘tweens and teens will be entertained. The Cove is the place to hang out and play all the latest

Hawks Cay Resort offers a variety of dining options from breakfast-in-bed to a romantic dinner for two.

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