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SCHOOL NEWS 12 Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation Has Many Fundraisers Planned 30 PPCHS Students “Dash” to Raise Funds for Honor Flight South Florida 30 PPCHS Seniors to Battle SWFPCC Seniors in Intergenerational Spelling Bee 32 PPCSS Opens Lottery for the 2018-19 School Year 32 A.C. Perry Elementary Students Receive Free Books

COMMUNITY NEWS 14 20th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in Pines Is Still Seeking Artists and Vendors 18 Find Bargains at the Flea Market and Bazaar 18 Participate in the City of Pembroke Pines Kindness Event 22 The Frank Art Gallery to Host Several Events and Workshops 22 Pembroke Pines Students Invited to Enter Art Competition 24 Master Chef Chocolate Challenge Returns 28 Imaginations Came Alive at the StoryBook Festival

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FEATURE STORY 21 Lose Weight Safely, Look and Feel Great!

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH 36 Pembroke Pines Police Department Recognizes Outstanding Students

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from over 100 venders in an indoor, air-conditioned room. Admission and parking are free. For information, call Spelling Bee – Pembroke Pines residents 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com. Soccer Game – Join Prestige Club for will once again prove which generation Kindness Initiative – The City of the Annual Celebrity Bubble Soccer has the best spellers. Seniors from Game and Disney Movie, at 3:30pm, at Pembroke Pines and the School Board Pembroke Pines Charter High School Robert H. Bamford Park in Davie. For of Broward County invite families will battle local senior citizens (60 information, call 954-617-6210. and friends to join the effort by and older) during the 3rd Annual participating in a City of Kindness Seniors vs. Seniors Spelling Bee. The event: Kindness/Forgiveness/ event, which is presented by the City of Compassion. It will be held from 11am Pembroke Pines Community Services, to 2pm, at Walter C. Young Gymnasium, will be held from 12:30pm – 2pm, in the 901 NW 129 Avenue. For information main hall of the Carl Shechter SWFP about the Pembroke Pines event, call Center, 301 NW 103 Ave. Registration 954-392-2116 or visit www.ppines.com. is required. For information, call the Activities Desk at 954-450-6888 or visit Garage Sale – On February 10 and 11, www.ppines.com from 8am-2pm, visit the SilverLakes Annual Communitywide Garage Sale. The Salvation Army and Pooches in Pines will be on site at the SilverLakes Community Park to accept donations. Dress for Success will collect new Careers in the Arts – From 6:30pm or nearly-new suits, other businessto 8pm, participate in a monthly, appropriate apparel, shoes or even lively lecture series at The Frank Art Gallery that focuses on a wide range of accessories like handbags for women. For a map of participating homes, visit professions, including and beyond the www.SilverLakes.net. practice of art. Photographer, author and environmental educator Kirsten Hines will share her artistic skills and ambitious ideas that have enabled her to turn her passion into a career. Complimentary wine will be served. Taste of Pines – From 6pm – 9pm, area Chocolate Challenge – Attention For more information, call 954-392residents are invited to enjoy selections Chocoholics! The Master Chef 2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or of wine, samples of cuisine from local Chocolate Challenge is returning visit thefrankgallery.org. restaurants and live entertainment. It to Pembroke Pines. Bring in your will be held at the City of Pembroke favorite cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, Pines Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 cupcakes and other desserts and you City Center Way. For information, call might leave with a prize. The event 954-392-2116 or visit www.ppines.com. will be held from 10-11:30am, at Carl Schechter SWFP Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue. There is no cost to enter. For information, call 954-4506888 or visit www.ppines.com.

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March 2nd Art Festival Artists and Vendors – Through March 2, artists and vendors can sign up to participate in the 20th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Arts and Crafts Festival in the Pines, which will be held on March 10 and 11 at Charles F. Dodge City Center, located at 601 City Center Way. For information, visit www.ppines.com.

March 3rd Art Competition – The City of Pembroke Pines Recreation & Cultural Arts Department and the Arts & Culture Advisory Board are presenting the 1st Annual Student Art Competition. The deadline to apply is March 3, at 5pm. For more information, call 954-9616067 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Pines “Light UP the Night” 5K – Experience a run in the dark during the 1st Annual “Light UP the Night 5K. The race begins at the old Pembroke Pines City Hall. Each runner will be given an LED race bracelet, which will light up and change colors at each mile marker. For details and registration, visit www.splitsecondtiming.com. For more information, contact Traci Richards at 954-435-6759 or trichards@ppines.com. Flea Market and Bazaar – On February 10 (8am-4pm) and February 11 (9am-3pm), bargain hunters will meet at the Carl Schechter SWFP Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, to search through tables of treasures

14th Valentine’s Day Breakfast – Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a breakfast, from 8am to 10am, at the Carl Schechter SWFP Community Center. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com. Veteran’s Day Trip – Every second Wednesday of the month, from 10:30am to 1:00pm, Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home residents will visit Carl Schechter SWFP Community Center where they can socialize with other SWFP members, participate in activities, join a Veteran’s Support Group or enjoy live entertainment and special events. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Mayors Golf Tournament – Mayor Frank C. Ortis will host the 17th Annual Pembroke Pines Charter School Golf Tournament. The 18-hole tournament will be held at the Pembroke Lakes Country Club, 10500 Taft Street in Pembroke Pines. It includes contests, lunch, dinner, prizes, awards and more! For information on sponsorship levels and golf registration, contact Traci Richards at 954-435-6759 or trichards@ppines.com.

PPCS Enrollment – Through March 10, students can apply to re-enroll and fill open slots in the Pembroke Pines Charter School System for the 20182019 school year. For information, visit www.pinescharterapply.net. Perceptual Tracking – “Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space” is a collaborative installation by artists Leah Brown, Christian Feneck and Peter Symons. It is on display at The Frank Art Gallery through March 12. For more information, call 954-3922120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org.


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he Pembroke Pines Charter School (PPCS) Foundation has a variety of fun and exciting events planned for the remainder of the school year. Three upcoming major event fundraisers include: Pines “Light UP the Night” 5K, Taste of Pines, and Mayor’s Golf Tournament. The Foundation is supported entirely by contributions from individuals, businesses and granting organizations. Money raised is used for necessary capital improvements and infrastructure, aid in underwriting the increasing costs of benefits and operating expenses, and to help raise the system’s reserves to financially sustainable levels. Some of the upcoming fundraisers planned include: ▸▸ Pines “Light UP the Night” 5K – On February 10, experience a run in the dark during the 1st Annual “Light UP the Night 5K. The race begins at the old Pembroke Pines City Hall at the corner of Pines Boulevard and Palm Avenue and immediately to the East of the City of Pembroke Pines Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. Each runner will be given an LED race bracelet, which will light up and change colors at each mile marker. As runners finish the race, their bracelets will become a rainbow of colors when they pass under a lighted arch on The Plaza of City Center. Prior to the awards presentation, runners will enjoy dessert samples and beer for those 21 and older who present an I.D., Food Truck Invasion, a black light area, sponsor give-a-ways, glow in the dark necklaces and create a personalized Pines Light Up the Night, 5K-Run 2018 backdrop for selfies. Packet pickup begins at 4:30

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p.m. and the race begins at 6:30 p.m. For details and registration, visit www. splitsecondtiming.com. For more information, contact Traci Richards at 954435-6759 or trichards@ppines.com. ▸▸ Taste of Pines – On February 22, from 6pm – 9pm, area residents are invited to enjoy selections of wine, sample cuisine from local restaurants. This year, the event focuses new restaurants in Pembroke Pines and some that are coming soon. Tickets also include a concert and live musical entertainment. It will be held at the City of Pembroke Pines Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. All-inclusive pre-sale tickets are $30pp (ages 13 and older) and $15 per child (ages 12 and under). If available, tickets at the door (cash only) will be $40 for adults and $15 for children 10 an under. The popular event usually sells out quickly! For additional information contact the Special Events Office at 954-392-2116 or visit www.ppines.com/tasteofpines. ▸▸ Mayors Golf Tournament – On March 23, Mayor Frank C. Ortis will host the 17th Annual Pembroke Pines Charter School Golf Tournament. The 18-hole tournament will be held at the Pembroke Lakes Country Club, 10500 Taft Street in Pembroke Pines. It includes contests, lunch, dinner, prizes, awards and more! For information on sponsorship levels and golf registration, contact Traci Richards at 954-435-6759 or trichards@ppines.com. For information, visit www.pinescharter.net, www.ppcsf.org or www.ppines.com/specialevents.

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group of 30 young dancers, ages three to 12, from Thrive Performing Arts in Pembroke Pines took time out of their busy weekends to entertain seniors at The Peninsula Assisted Living Facility during the holiday season. It is just one of the many ways they give back to the community throughout the year. “It was a great way to show the dancers how much joy their dancing can bring to others,” said Andrea Solis, owner/dance director. “The residents were so excited! They couldn’t thank us enough for doing something so different and entertaining. They enjoyed the performances very much!” Hailey Vasquez, 11, has been dancing competitively for one year. She participated in the performance. “It was really fun, because we got to perform for the

people who usually don’t see other people perform,” said Hailey. Thrive’s dancers have recently given back to the community in a variety of other ways. In September, the dancers held a grand opening event to raise funds for hurricane victims. They donated the funds to the American Red Cross and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In October, they performed at Renaissance Charter School for the Halloween Fundraiser event. They participated in the Broward Moms Inc. Family Fun Day event, which raised money for single moms in Broward. They were also part of the Pembroke Pines Snow Fest. They will participate in the Davie Orange Blossom Parade this month, as well as Pines Day later in the year. “To have the opportunity to bring a group of girls together, to form friendships, talents and passions is the highlight of my job,” said Solis. “To be able to spread that positivity and share the beauty of the performing arts with our community is the cherry on top. The dancers learn from it and are able to focus their energy on the good out there in the world.” Thrive Performing Arts is a full-service dance studio for ages 3-18. It offers recreational classes, toddler classes, competition team and an Adult Dance fitness program. For information, visit www.thriveperformingartsmiami.com.

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Find Bargains at the Flea Market and Bazaar BY DEBBY TEICH

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argain hunters from near and far are expected to meet at the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center in Pembroke Pines for the Flea Market and Bazaar. They will have an opportunity to search through tables of treasures from over 100 venders in more than 53,000 square feet of air-conditioned, indoor comfort. The event will be held on February 10, from 8am-4pm, and February 11, from 9am-3pm. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds will benefit senior programs. “Over 100 indoor vendors will offer a large variety of items, wanting to start off 2018 with great flea market priced bargains to be rewarded with high sales” said Valerie Toth, Activities Events Specialist and Flea Market point person. “So stop on by, you never know what you’ll find!” There will be thousands of household items, toys, clothing, new & estate jewelry, collectibles, bath soaps & scrubs, record albums, baseball cards, unique arts/crafts and much more. There will also be food available in Emilio’s Café. Buyers are encouraged to come early, since a large crowd of people always forms before the doors open. Most know what they are looking for and want to be the first to find it. The Flea Market and Bazaar is held four times a year (February, May, August, and November). It helps to raise funds for senior programs at the SWFP Community Center, which provides the community with a wide range of programs and activities that promote physical and mental stimulation, encourage socialization, cultural education and intellectual enrichment. The Center is committed to offering quality comprehensive services and updated programs that respond to the changing needs within our diverse communities.  The Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus is located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue, in Pembroke Pines. Membership for adults 18 and older is free, but required. For information, contact Valerie Toth at 954-450-6888, email vtoth@ppines.com or visit http://www.ppines.com/fleamarketapp or http://www.ppines.com/fleamarketflyer.

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Held during lunchtime, residents are invited to pack a picnic lunch and fully invest themselves in the spirit of Peace Day. The event includes a Community Peace Meal Picnic, musical entertainment, the presentation of a Peace Pole and the creation of a Human Peace Sign. Families can decorate their Picnic Areas with creative picnic blankets and baskets. Residents and friends are encouraged to tag their kind deeds with #PinesisKind.“We are a city of great diversity,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “Just taking an extra moment to say hello may ultimately begin a friendship with someone from a distant continent. If we invest in one another and encourage all people to make a commitment to perform random acts of kindness, our community will develop a culture of kindness.” Held during lunchtime, residents are invited to pack a picnic lunch and fully invest themselves in the spirit of Peace Day. The event includes a Community Peace Meal Picnic, musical entertainment, the presentation of a Peace Pole and the creation of a Human Peace Sign. Families can decorate their Picnic Areas with 18 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYPEMBROKEPINES.COM

creative picnic blankets and baskets. Residents and friends are encouraged to tag their kind deeds with #PinesisKind. “We are very excited to hold our second Kindness event here in Pembroke Pines,” said Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “More than 1,500 people attended last year’s event and we expect even more people to attend this year’s. This is a movement that needs to continue to grow and spread.” Mayors are challenging the nation to adopt a culture of kindness in our cities, businesses and schools through acts of kindness. City of Kindness has committed to tracking these acts across the nation with the official Kindness Counter. Submit a completed act of kindness, regardless of the size or impact, and join City of Kindness in this movement. Once you’ve completed an act, search the website for more resources and opportunities to get involved. Kindness is everywhere and it only takes one act to make a difference in your community. To pledge your kindness promise and learn about the kind movement, visit www.cityofkindness.org. For information about the Pembroke Pines event, call 954-392-2116 or visit www.ppines.com.


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COMMUNITY NEWS

The Frank Art Gallery to Host Several Events and Workshops BY DEBBY TEICH

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his month, The Frank art gallery, will offer the community a variety of free events and workshops. Several of them support the gallery’s current exhibition, “Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space,” which is on display through March 12. “Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space” is a collaborative installation by artists Leah Brown, Christian Feneck and Peter Symons. Visitors will experience a visual immersion of color and form interacting with custom, color-shifting light that gives the sensation of movement while concealing and revealing as it shifts through the spectrum. This color-space combines narrative-driven sculptural elements with color-field painting and atmospheric lighting to create four distinct views of a visually confusing scene that combines elements of the organic and inorganic, the “real” and the perceived, predator and prey. In the front gallery, contemporary artists Henning Haupt, Donna Haynes, Bonney Goldstein, Virginia Fifield and Jen Clay have created pieces around the overarching theme of perception. “Perceptual Tracking kicks off an amazing year we have planned at The Frank in 2018,” said Joshua Carden, chief curator of The Frank. “The brilliant minds of some very talented artists have created an exceptional experience within this exhibition and we are excited to share this and more with the community.” The free events and activities includes: ▸▸ Careers in the Arts – On February 8, from 6:30pm to 8pm, participate in a monthly, lively lecture series that focuses on a wide range of professions, including and beyond the practice of art. Photographer, author and environmental educator Kirsten Hines will share her artistic skills and

“Contemplation – Shell and Cabbage” by Virginia Fifield, who will lead a free workshop.

ambitious ideas that have enabled her to turn her passion into a career. Complimentary wine will be served. ▸▸ The Perception of Color – On February 15, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, The Frank is hosting a lecture by renowned neuroscientist and University of Miami professor Dr. Berit Brogaard. He will be presenting the connections between art, color, synesthesia and emotion as demonstrated in The Frank’s current exhibition. Following the lecture will be an interpretive dance by performance artists Jenny Larsson and the Wild Beast Collective. ▸▸ Drawing and the Natural World – On February 17, from 10am to 12pm, artist Virginia Fifield will lead a free workshop that will focus on charcoal drawing and the relationship between people

and the natural world. Fifield’s work is featured in “Perceptual Tracking: A Color Space.” ▸▸ Frank Contemporaries – On February 22, from 6pm to 8pm, the public is invited to participate in Frank Contemporaries, a free monthly meet-up for emerging creative and visual arts professionals to network and foster connections at regular social events. It is open to anyone 21 years and older. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Frank is located in the Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines at 601 City Center Way. Admission to The Frank is free. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about The Frank, call 954-392-2120, email thefrank@ppines.com or visit thefrankgallery.org. Follow The Frank on Facebook and Instagram at The Frank Pembroke Pines.

Pembroke Pines Students Invited to Enter Art Competition BY DEBBY TEICH

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or years, the City of Pembroke Pines has offered adults a way to showcase their artistic talents in competitions. Now, it is also providing students attending school in Pembroke Pines with a way to showcase their creativity. The City of Pembroke Pines Recreation & Cultural Arts Department and the Arts & Culture Advisory Board are presenting the 1st Annual Student Art Competition. The deadline to apply is March 3, at 5pm. “We have an adult art competition and we felt it important to do the same for our youth,” said Holly Bonkowski, Division Director of Cultural Arts for the City of Pembroke Pines. “The City of Pembroke Pines is looking forward to showcasing the artistic abilities of the students in our Pembroke Pines schools.” Students, in grades K to 12, may submit artwork in collages, drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures, or a combination of mediums and materials. 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYPEMBROKEPINES.COM

All artwork submitted will be reviewed and the City reserves the right to reject any artwork deemed inappropriate. Winners will be chosen by a selected panel of judges based on artistic expression and creativity by grade level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12). A student in each

grade level will be awarded with a ribbon and a gift card to the Shops at Pembroke Gardens: 1st place winner receives $100; 2nd place winner receives $50; 3rd place winner receives $25. Artwork will be displayed in the main lobby of the Charles F. Dodge City Center from March 5 to March 12. Winners will be announced on March 10, at 1pm, at the Artist Reception held at the Charles F. Dodge City Center. Immediately after, the Shops at Pembroke Gardens will sponsor a FREE ice cream celebration to all participating artists and their parents. “Since this is the first year that we are having this competition, I’m quite excited and hope to get an overwhelming response,” said Amelia Mohamed, Studio 18 in the Pines Facility Manager. “I know that we have many talented students in the City of Pembroke Pines. I’m excited to see their submissions!” For more information, call 954-961-6067.


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Master Chef Chocolate Challenge Returns BY DEBBY TEICH

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ttention Chocoholics! The Master Chef Chocolate Challenge is returning to Pembroke Pines. Bring in your favorite home baked cakes, cookies, pies, brownies, cupcakes and other desserts and you may be leaving with a prize. The event will be held on February 13, from 10am-11:30am, at the Carl Schechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center. The deadline to enter is February 9. There is no cost. “Never underestimate the power of chocolate; it is the key to happiness!” said Helen Daniels, Recreation Division Supervisor. “This challenge gives home ‘chefs’ the chance to showcase their culinary skills and possibly win a cash prize. Remember to be creative. Judges are not only looking for the best tasting dessert, they are also looking for the dessert that is beautiful to look at!” All desserts must be home baked and contain one key ingredient … chocolate. No store bought entries are allowed. A list of ingredients must be provided. Prizes will be awarded for the top three decadently

delicious desserts and visually stunning desserts. Celebrity judges from Vicky Bakery will be judging the event. They will be looking at appearance, texture and overall flavor. Cash prizes include 1st ($50),

Camile Lewis won 3rd place for her Chocolate Biscotti Daniels says that they are planning several other Master Chef Baking Challenges throughout the year. In addition to the Chocolate Challenge, pre-

2nd ($30), and 3rd ($20). Winners will also receive bragging rights as “Master Chef.” They must be present to win. Once the judges have tried all of the entries, audience members will have an opportunity to sample them. Last year, Sandra Levine won first place for her Black Forest Cake. Second place was awarded to Natasha Beaubrun for her Dark Choc Mocha Cake.

vious challenges have included Crazy Cupcakes, Mango Madness, Holiday Cookies and Key Lime Baking Challenge. Participants must be a member of the SW Focal Point Community Center, which is located at 301 NW 103rd Ave, in Pembroke Pines. It is free to join. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines. com, click on Departments and select Community Services.

Artis Senior Living to Open New Memory Care Assisted Living Community in Davie

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n July 2018, Artis Senior Living will be opening a 72-suite memory care community in Davie for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents will be able to move freely among neighborhoods in the one-story, 35,000 square foot community. They can also take advantage of an outdoor area on three acres of secured land. The community is strategically located at 2794 S. Flamingo Road, so it is easily accessible from Florida’s Turnpike, I-595, and I-75. Amy DePreker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, answered some questions about the new Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Describe the community. The community will be comprised of four neighborhoods designed to create

an intimate environment with familiar living spaces. The central core, known as the “Town Center,” will feature a host of amenities, including a neighborhood center for community gatherings and a studio for activities, as well as a health center, beauty and barber shop. How do you tailor each person’s living experience? Artis Senior Living of Davie strives to make sure that its residents and their families have a say in how they live. Our philosophy centers around empowerment, pride and fulfillment for all our residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the experience is tailored specifically to each person to ensure independence, dignity and quality of life. What is “The Artis Way? ” We follow what we call “The Artis Way.” Each letter of the word Artis stands for a tenet of the organization.

▸ “A” is the ability to have a voice. We want residents and their families to engage in open communication with our associates to make sure that what we’re doing is the right fit for them.

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▸ “R” is about respecting and maintaining relationships. ▸ “T” stands for treasuring each person’s uniqueness. ▸ “I” is for integrity. We promote dignity and respect. ▸ “S” is for success and recognition.

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Imaginations Came Alive at the StoryBook Festival BY DEBBY TEICH

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any think of the library as a place to read a book in silence. Some of these books recently came alive at the 16th Annual StoryBook Festival at the Broward County Southwest Regional Library. The free family event offered a day of music, dance, storytelling, storybook characters, children’s performances and more. Thousands attended and many of them were dressed as their favorite storybook characters, such as Cinderella, Waldo and Harry Potter. This year’s theme was “It Takes a Village.” It celebrated the 50th anniversary of the book “Frederick,” written and illustrated by Leo Lionni, which focuses on the nature of community and the many roles played within a community. There was an enchanted forest, where children met some of their favorite characters, such as Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs, and Rumpelstiltskin. Throughout the library, there were entertainers and storytellers recreating these stories and bringing them to life. The City of Pembroke Pines sponsored an arts and crafts tent where kids got creative. Guest enjoyed food trucks, face painting, photo spots and much more. The Storybook Festival was presented by and funded through the Broward Public

Library Foundation, in partnership with the City of Pembroke Pines. It was sponsored by the Friends of Southwest Regional Library with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as presenting sponsor.

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PPCHS Students “Dash” to Raise Funds for Honor Flight South Florida BY DEBBY TEICH

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embers of the Pembroke Pines Charter High School Student Government Association (SGA) recently “dashed” throughout Pembroke Pines Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, to help raise money for Honor Flight South Florida. The nonprofit organization transports America’s Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit/ tour the United States Veterans Military Memorials created to honor their service and sacrifice. “The Dollar Dash helps fund a day trip to Washington, D.C. for our Veterans to tour our Veteran Memorials which recognize and honor their service and sacrifice and those who never returned home,” said Andrew Curry, Pembroke Pines Charter High School’s Student Government Association Adviser/AICE International History, AICE U.S. History, and Leadership Development Teacher. The students walked into every department of City Hall carrying large donation buckets. As they met with each person, they explained the mission behind the Honor Flight program and the importance each donation made to City Hall employees. The 3rd Annual Dollar Dash raised $2,797, up from $700 in 2016. The donations will cover expenses for Veterans to make a day-trip to Washington D.C. Since Honor Flight South Florida began in 2012, it has taken over 600 local WWII Veterans on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC to visit those memorials dedicated to

honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. It gives top priority to senior veterans – World War II survivors – along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. It has also brought hundreds of World War II Veterans to local schools as guest speakers. The Veterans bring a unique life experience to the classroom, giving the students an opportunity to learn from those who have lived world history. For information, visit www.honorflightsouthflorida.org. To donate to Honor Flight please make checks payable to “Pembroke Pines Charter High School” Note: Honor Flight, and mail c/o Andrew Curry Pembroke Pines Charter High School, 17189 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331. For additional information, contact send Andrew Curry an email at ACurry@ pinescharter.net or call him at 954-538-3700.

PPCHS Seniors to Battle SWFPCC Seniors in Intergenerational Spelling Bee BY DEBBY TEICH

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about each other through a fun and friendly competition,” said Schechter. Students from the Pembroke Pines Charter High School Student Government Association will be on one side of the stage with the Center’s seniors on the other side. Last year’s competition was close, but the seniors won first place. Both groups have been preparing for this year’s event and vow to be the champions. Last year’s winners were: ▸▸ 1st Place – Lily Mazurek (senior) ▸▸ 2nd Place – Nadira Danticat (student) ▸▸ 3rd Place – Tobe Osakwe (student) “If the 3rd Annual Senior vs. Senior Spelling Bee is anything like last year, the contestants will be spelling words unfamiliar to them,” said Jay Shechter. “This is a perfect example of why the Spelling Bee is a great challenge and highlights how vocabulary has evolved through the generations. It was a very challenging contest!” Carl Schechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue. For more information or to participate, call the Activities Desk at 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com, then select City Departments and click on Community Services.


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PPCSS Opens Lottery for the 2018-19 School Year BY DEBBY TEICH

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or the past 17 years, the Pembroke Pines Charter School Elementary and Middle schools have earned an “A” rating, based on FSA scores and other factors. Through March 10, Florida residents are invited to enroll their child/children into the 2018-2019 school year lottery for the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School System (PPCSS), which includes four elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. “The students in our system receive private school education without paying private school tuition,” said Jonathan Bonilla, Controller for the City of Pembroke Pines. Since its inception in 1998, PPCSS has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 2007, it was named a 2007 National Charter School of the Year. It was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of

Pembroke Pines Charter High School is one of eight schools in the PPCS System.

Excellence, the highest honor an American school can achieve, in 2009 for the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School and in 2015 for the Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School-FSU Campus. In 2017, the Pembroke Pines Charter High School was recognized by U.S. News and World Report Magazine as one of the nations’ best high schools. Additionally, the Pembroke Pines Charter Schools were named a “School of Excellence” by the Florida Department of Education. Bonilla answered some frequently asked questions about the lottery system: ▸▸ Who is eligible to enroll? All applicants must be a Florida resident. ▸▸ Do certain people get preferential treatment? Yes, there are priorities which are assigned thru the applicant’s highest qualifying category. In order, from highest to lowest priority, they include: parent/guardian is a school employee; active duty military parent/guardian; siblings of current students; Pembroke Pines residents; all other applicants. ▸▸ How do students enter the lottery system for the first time? Parents/guardians can apply at www. pinescharterapply.net. Once the lottery application is successfully submitted, parents/guardians can view the lottery results from the website. Parents/guardians will also be sent additional

notification of the lottery results via email. ▸▸ Do current students need to re-enroll? Yes, parents/guardians are required to re-enroll their student(s) for the new school year, update and/ or verify contact information. Visit www.pinescharterapply.net/apply/enroll.php to complete the re-enrollment process. Parents/guardians who re-enroll their students(s) by March 10th will be awarded 1 (one) volunteer service hour per student(s). ▸▸ What do students do who are already on the lottery wait list? Parents/guardians should go to www.pinescharterapply.net/apply and log in using the email currently on the waitlist file. If the parents/guardians cannot successfully log in, then use the forgotten password feature or contact a registrar for assistance. Please do not start a new account and/or lottery application or else the child will likely lose their current waitlist seniority in the lottery. Once logged in, parents should check the accuracy of the information already provided in each step of the lottery application to ensure proper placement in the lottery process. Once you reach the confirmation page, parents must click the “Send My Application” button. The application is not fully submitted until you click the “Send my Application” button. For more information, visit www.pinescharterapply.net.

A.C. Perry Elementary Students Receive Free Books BY DEBBY TEICH

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embers of the Rotary Club of Miramar-Pines are helping students at Annabel C. Perry Elementary School create a home library. For the seventh year, they provided all of the students with a book as a holiday gift. “Many of the students have never owned a book before,” said Gail Quigley, retired middle school principal, who helped initiate the project and has been a member of the Rotary for 20 years. “If they don’t see reading at home, how are they ever going to develop reading as something one does for pleasure? Reading at home is very different from reading at school. We need to have kids experience this difference for themselves.” All of the students visited the resource room to select a book of their choice. There was excitement in the room as they chose from a variety of genres, including mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, informational text, realistic fiction, science fiction and more. Members of the Rotary Club, Principal Thomas Correll, classroom teachers, and other school administrators were there to help them. By the time they graduate, they may have received as many as nine books from the Rotary. “Having partnerships with organizations such as the Rotary Club allows us to increase the resources that will impact our students,” said Principal Thomas J. Correll. “The Book Giveaway is just one of the many ways to help our students establish a love of literacy and build a foundation of reading.”

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This year, the Rotary Club of Miramar-Pines also gave hundreds of books to Sunshine Elementary for the first time. Each child in the school was allowed to select a new book. A group from the Rotary, along with Miramar Commissioner Yvette Colbourne and School Board member Patty Good, helped distribute the books. Rotary Club of Miramar-Pines meets every Thursday, 12:15pm, at Pembroke Lakes Golf and Racket Club in Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.rotaryclubofmiramarpines.com.


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n 1982, 12-year-old Andre Agassi and his doubles partner, Roddy Parks, won the National Indoor Boys 14’s Doubles Championship in Chicago, IL. Less than a year later, he was shipped off to Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton. He would go on become one of the greatest tennis players in history. Agassi famously trained exclusively for tennis from a very young age and reached greatness. Most of our children are not prodigies like Agassi. Many however, face pressure to specialize in a sport at increasingly younger ages. The emergence of club teams and travel sports combined with a prioritization of excellence over participation and the year-round warm weather of South Florida makes this trend even more pronounced here than in other areas of the country.

Different Strokes for Different Sports…

Does Specialization Make Someone a Better Performer? Author Malcom Gladwell famously coined the “10,000-hour rule.” This “rule” is an adaptation of an old theory about chess masters. It suggests that becoming a master requires around 10,000 hours of dedicated practice and training. Gladwell applied this theory to life more broadly: to become a true expert takes a lot of hard work! Proponents of sports specialization have adapted this theory: if a child shows an aptitude for a sport, having them focus on this sport early sets them on a path to attaining those 10,000 hours, becoming great and potentially gaining a college scholarship.

Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At? A 2013 study by the National Institute of Health suggests, however, that timing may be what matters most. The study’s conclusion states “Some degree of sports specialization is necessary to develop elite-level

skill development. However, for most sports, such intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of others should be delayed until late adolescence.”

Health Risks There are essentially two types of sports-related injuries: traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are typically caused when a person does the same physical motion over and over, causing wear and tear. Playing a single year-round sport significantly increases the risk of these types of injuries. Dr. James R. Andrews, founder of the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has become an outspoken critic of specialization. “I have seen my patient population and surgical cases get increasingly younger. Children, parents and coaches need to realize that kids need to take a break from

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The benefits and timing gained from specializing vary significantly by sport. Sports where athletes tend to be elite at a young age favor earlier specialization. Parents of star gymnasts or tennis players often contemplate home-school their children to maximize training time. According to a 2016 NCAA survey, almost nine out of ten college gymnasts said they had specialized by the age of 12. Other sports had far less pronounced benefits and trends toward specialization. Football players, for instance, had the lowest levels of high school specialization. In fact, every touchdown scored in this year’s NCAA National Championship Game was scored by an athlete who played multiple sports throughout high school. Interestingly, none of them play any other sport while in college. In fact, multi-sport collegiate athletes are extremely rare.

Should You Make the #1 Sport the Only Sport? Specializing in a single sport at a young age is a bad idea. A study that tracked young athletes between 1990 and 2011 concluded, “For most sports, there is no evidence that intense training and specialization before puberty are necessary to achieve elite status. Risks of early sports specialization include higher rates of injury, increased psychological stress, and quitting sports at a young age.” For High School kids, it’s a bit of a different question. Sports participation like theater or art or music are as much about a teen’s self-identification and pursuit of happiness as they are about pursuing excellence. Being good at something is important to selfesteem and makes that activity more fun. So, if your 14-year-old daughter wants to drop Basketball to focus on Volley Ball, tell her to go for it!


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Pembroke Pines Police Department Recognizes Outstanding Students BY DEBBY TEICH

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he City of Pembroke Pines Police Department recently honored 17 Pembroke Pines elementary school students at Elementary school students from throughout the City of Pembroke Pines pose with their certificates and (back row, l to r) Major Carlos Bermudez, McGruff the Crime Dog, Officer Lorenzo Curbelo, Mayor Frank Ortis, Pembroke Pines Police Department Headquarters during its Commissioner Ismael Monroig, Captain Chris Stasio, Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo, Commissioner Iris Siple. “Student of the Month” ceremony. The students were nominated by ▸▸ Gianna Orozco of Panther Run Elementary their respective teachers based on criteria set forth by the Pembroke Pines Police ▸▸ Aayan Khan of Pasadena Lakes Elementary Department that included exemplary behavior, good citizenship, and being a ▸▸ Savannah Villalta of Pembroke Lakes Elementary good role model. ▸▸ Laura Cervantes of Pembroke Pines Charter Central After Pembroke Pines Sergeant James Henry welcomed students and all of ▸▸ Logan Eichinger of Pembroke Pines Charter East the special guests were introduced, Pembroke Pines Police Chief Dan Giustino ▸▸ Angelina Brancati of Pembroke Pines Charter FSU commended the students for the actions that led to their nominations. Each ▸▸ Jahari Owens of Pembroke Pines Charter West of the honorees was presented a certificate, posed for a photo and received a ▸▸ Janelle Gentry of Pembroke Pines Elementary goodie bag. They also walked the “Honor Walk,” shaking hands with Major Carlos ▸▸ Adonai Rios of Pines Lakes Elementary Bermudez, McGruff the Crime Dog, Officer Lorenzo Curbelo, Mayor Frank Ortis, ▸▸ Andrew Okafor of Silver Palms Elementary Commissioner Ismael Monroig, Captain Chris Stasio, Vice Mayor Angelo Castillo, ▸▸ Gabrielle Torres of Somerset Academy and Commissioner Iris Siple. Sponsors for the goodie bag presentation were: The Habit Burger Grill, The honorees for December were as follows: Rosie’s Gourmet Italian Ices, Chick-Fil-A, Menchie’s Pembroke Pines, Costco ▸▸ Abigail Jimenez-Padron of American Master Academy Wholesale, McDonalds, Char-Hut, Spring Cleaners, Smoothie King and Memorial ▸▸ Ianna Montoya of Atlantic Montessori Charter Healthcare System. ▸▸ Samantha Steward of Chapel Trail Elementary ▸▸ Almas Aziz of Lakeside Elementary Business interested in making a donation for the Student of the Month goodie bag may contact ▸▸ Gabriel Detraux of Montessori Academy of Broward Officer Manuel “Manny” Salinas of the Pembroke Pines Community Affairs Unit at 954-436-3274 or CAU@ppines.com. ▸▸ Arianna Hudson of Palm Cove Elementary

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The Swim Academy Is South Florida’s Premier Swim School BY STACEY BOMSER

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free swim classes for babies (under six months). We also offer Advanced Stroke sessions for young swimmers interested in preparing for a competitive swim team. Why should all children learn to swim? Swimming lessons save lives. They make our children safer, smarter and more confident around water. What distinguishes The Swim Academy from other swim programs? Our learn to swim methods have been recognized nationally for their success in water survival skills. In addition, we offer a five-star level of service. We truly care about the success and happiness of our students and families. Our programs and times are flexible to fit the busiest parents’ needs. Please describe your facilities. In Weston, we are located at the Sagemont Aquatics Center, and in Pembroke Pines on the campuses of the Chesterbrook/Paladin Academy. Our heated pools allow for year-round participation in our programs. Is there anything else you would like to add? Water safety is our number one priority. We provide free safety presentations for our local community. One of our water safety educators can come to your location to share information in a funfilled learning experience, both for children and adult audiences. For more information about The Swim Academy call 954-384-4500 or visit www.TheSwimAcademy.com.

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ifestyle lift, S-Lift, Whisper lift, and Feather lift. The names may change, but these procedures are almost identical. Cosmetic surgeons will change the name of a straightforward procedure in an attempt to gain new patients, attract attention to “their” practice, or to lure an uneducated patient into thinking that “their” procedure is somehow “better” than what has been done thousands of times before by well-qualified plastic surgeons. The original “facelift procedure” was performed by Dr. Eugen Höllander in 1901, and involved elevating with tightening the facial skin only. The procedure has evolved and undergone multiple transformations. Today, a facelift typically involves elevation of the skin on cheek and neck with tightening of the underlying muscle (the SMAS in the cheek and the platysma on the neck). The 21st Century approach to facial rejuvenation focuses on a structured reconstruction as well with fat grafting and tissue tightening. As skin ages, there is a loss of collagen and elastic, which results in increased skin laxity. This, coupled with loss of the underlying soft tissue volume, results in prominent nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck bands. In order to improve the appearance of the face and neck, a skin tightening procedure should be performed. This can be accomplished several ways – lifting and removing excess skin, a skin resurfacing procedure with laser or chemical peel, or restoring loss of soft tissue volume with fat or synthetic fillers. These techniques can be used alone or in a combination, depending on each person’s individual facial anatomy and appearance goals.  In describing face lifting procedures, the facial skin is elevated, the underlying muscle is tightened and the excess skin is removed. When the skin laxity is limited to the cheek area, a mini or short-scar facelift can be performed (scar is limited to the area in the front of the ear). If neck skin laxity and neck bands are present, additional incisions can be made behind the ear and under the chin. This technique is referred to as a full facelift, or face and neck lift.  The Lifestyle lift and S-Lift have similar incisions with limited undermining or elevation of the face and neck skin. If there is heaviness or sagging of the eyebrow, then a browlift or forehead lift is performed. In certain cases, depending on the patient’s facial appearance, a facelift is performed in combination with soft tissue volume addition by fat transfer, skin smoothing with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing.  The most important factor to consider when making a decision to have elective cosmetic surgery is the surgeon, the facility, and the anesthesia provider. Only have facial plastic surgery by a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery in an accredited outpatient facility or hospital. Anesthesia should be administered by a licensed, board certified anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). 

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he reality of a dissolution of marriage is that no matter how “uncontested” it might seem, there is a cost for attorney’s fees. Each attorney bills an hourly rate and requires a retainer or a “down payment” to begin representation. I am always asked, “How much will this case cost me?” My response is always the same – it’s impossible to know for sure, since fees are based upon the time an attorney spends on a case. The more complex the case, the more the fees. The more litigation, the higher the fees. In reality, the clients and not the lawyers have control over how much a dissolution will cost. So, what if you are for example a stay at home parent and your spouse is the one who is your sole means of support? How does someone who does not have an income afford representation? Florida law provides for those types of circumstances. Pursuant to Florida Statutes, an individual can request the court to award attorney’s fees from his/her spouse based upon a number of factors. The law states: “A trial court may from time to time, depending on the circumstances surrounding each particular case award a reasonable attorney’s fee after considering the financial resources of both parties.” This provision is based upon ability of one spouse to assist in the payment of fees, as well as the need of the requesting spouse. Since a divorce proceeding is a proceeding in equity, the court is required to consider basic rules of fairness and equity. Therefore, each party should have the same right of representation, regardless of their earning potential. In order to achieve this equity, the court will under certain circumstances require one spouse to contribute to the other spouse’s fees. Since Florida is a no fault state, the court will not take into consideration as a factor who initiated the proceedings. In addition to the financial resources of each party, other relevant circumstances can be considered by the court. These include the scope and history of the litigation between the parties, the length of litigation and the merits of each party’s position in the case. In addition, the court can consider whether the litigation brought by one party has been done to primarily harass the other party. Or whether one of the parties has been attempting to delay or frustrate the proceedings. In other words, unnecessary or unreasonable litigation may cause that person to pay for wasting the courts time. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.

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Students at Chesterbrook Academy Preschool in Pembroke Pines presented a donation to representatives from City of Pembroke Pines Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center for the organization’s Thanksgiving Food Drive, which provides meals for more than 100 families each year. They are learning the importance of helping those in need.

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RESOURCE OFFICER SHOP WITH A COP Once a year, Pembroke Pines officers reach out to local families who may be having financial struggles during the holiday season. They try to bring some cheer to their children by gifting them with a “Shop with A Cop” Walmart shopping spree.

School Resource Officer Walter Yester, who serves Pembroke Lakes Elementary, was presented with the 2017 Pembroke Pines School Resource Officer of the Year award at the Broward County Crime Commission’s 38th Annual Awards Banquet.

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