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14 Plantation Law Firm Conducts Holiday Food Drive to Benefit The Pantry of Broward 14 2nd Annual Event to Benefit Canine Companions for Independence Promises to be PAWS-ITIVELY Great 18 Local Mystery Author Bases Latest Novel on Florida History 20 Sunrise to Host Annual Canine Carnival

FEATURE STORY 16 All Women’s Healthcare of West Broward Welcomes Dr. Swineford

SCHOOL NEWS 22 Students Honor World War II Veterans on 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

DINING GUIDE CALENDAR · FEBRUARY 2017 8

February 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS 10 700 Volunteers Gather in Sunrise for United Way of Broward County’s 25th Annual Day of Caring 12 Memorial Fitness Zone Opens at Markham Park 12 Snow Falls in South Florida for Foster Children of JAFCO

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24-26 Good Eats

ASK THE EXPERT 28 Loving Care For Your Heart 29 Family Planning and Pre-Pregnancy Visits

PET OF THE MONTH 30 “Sandy”

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH 31 The World’s Favorite Newspaper

SEEN ON SCENE 32 Community Snapshots


T O WO R K W I T H T H E B E S T – CA L L T H E K E Y E S C O M PA N Y

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Gorgeous 3/2 bath townhome in Hollywood Emerald Oaks. Wood and tile throughout. Newer AC, hot h20 heater and appliances. Vaulted ceilings with skylight, chef’s kitchen with plenty of counter space. Enclosed patio and much more! Offered at $264,500 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

MARGATE

Great 2/2 home in Paradise Gardens. Plenty of recent updates and very well maintained. 100% hurricane rated with impact windows and doors. Offered at $184,900 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

WESTON

Fantastic 5/3/1 home on the water in Savanna. Updated kitchen with granite counter tops. All tile floors, jack and jill bathroom, plantation shutters and impact windows. Screened patio with outdoor kitchen and wet bar. Offered at $575,000 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

LAUDERHILL

Beautiful 2/2 condo in The Falls of Inverrary. Completely renovated with new kitchen cabinets, appliances, bathroom fixtures and vanities. New tile flooring in living area and screened patio with garden view. Offered at $102,500 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

MARGATE

Beautiful two story home. Open floor plan with eat in kitchen, SS appliances and granite countertops. Formal dining and living room with large family room. First floor laundry room. Move in ready! Offered at $359,900 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

WESTON

Beautiful home located in a gated community on a cul-de-sac. Lots of upgrades! High ceiling, skylights and new roof! SS appliances and granite counter tops. Screened patio, alarm system with satellite antenna and beautiful landscaping. Offered at $525,000 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

CORAL SPRINGS

Updated townhouse in the heart of Coral Springs. Everything is new, lots of crown molding, updated bathrooms, renovated kitchen and SS appliances. The floors have been redone with oversized tile. This beauty won’t last long! Offered at $225,000 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

SUNRISE

Wonderful 3/2 pool home in a quiet corner of west Sunrise. Updated kitchen, huge family room, beautiful pool and deck with gazebo. Vaulted ceilings, fenced yard and 1 car garage. Offered at $295,000 Call Keyes at 954-475-9813

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8th Shop For a Cause – Footprints, located at 240 South University Drive in Plantation, will host an evening of casual shopping with raffle prizes and light refreshments. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to “Make A Wish”.

10th Have a Heart Fashion Show – The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County presents the 11th Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, showcasing ADRC Volunteer Models, and designer clothes from Stein Mart, at the Renaissance Fort LauderdalePlantation Hotel, 1230 S. Pine Island Road, Plantation from 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For reservations, contact Cheryl Morrow, ADRC Executive Secretary, at morrowc@adrcbroward.org or call 954-745-9567, ext. 10206.

11th Valentine Crafts! – Ages 6 to 11, 3-4:30 p.m. Preregistration required. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information.

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Library, 501 Fig Tree Lane. New members and visitors always welcome. Call the library at 954-797-2140 for further information. Tween Book Club – Book discussion, craft and treats. Ages 8-12, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Preregistration required. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information.

A Visit to Southern India – Cultural historian and explorer Mario Ferrante will bring Southern India to South Florida when he presents “A Visit to Southern India” at 10:00 a.m. The presentation is part of Covenant Village of Florida’s monthly lecture series with the Lifelong Learning Institute of Nova Southeastern University. Covenant Village of Florida is located at 9215 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling 877-670-0889 or visiting www. CovenantFlorida.org. Middle School Book Club – Ages 11-14 or in Middle School, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Join the book club as they discuss a book and enjoy snacks. Please check with the library for the upcoming title which will be available at the Youth Services Desk. Preregistration is required. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-7651585 for more information.

22nd Annual “Taste of the World” International Festival – Annual event featuring food, crafts and entertainment from around the world! All ages welcome. 1:00 -3:00 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information.

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13th Friends of the Plantation Library Meeting – 9:30 a.m. at the Plantation

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What box do YOU check? Life as a Mash-up American – Ages 12-18, 2:00-3:30 p.m. Young Adult Authors Steven dos Santos and Stacie Ramey will conduct a workshop aimed at teen writers. They will discuss the book The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri as it relates to the pressures of being a child of immigrants and the theme of destiny/fate belief systems of different cultures. Most importantly, they will ask how today’s teens self-identify. Interactive games and activities will help teen express their own true versions of themselves. Preregistration begins Feb. 11. This program is a part of the library’s BIG READ series. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd.

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shopping, dining and socializing but also for fitness and exercise. The mall is now offering free Zumba classes every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Macy’s Court. Be sure to RSVP as space is limited: https://www. eventbrite.com/e/zumba-wednesdaystickets-20437434918. For more information call 954-473-8101. Plantation Junior Women’s Club – Meetings are at 7:00 p.m. the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Deicke Auditorium. Call 954-903-7725 for more information or visit pjwcfl.org.

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Chess Club – A chance for casual practice or play. Participants are welcome to bring their chess board if they like. Raffle prize awarded at noon. Ages 5-18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information.

Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information.

Bedtime Stories – Every Tuesday, Stories & crafts, all ages, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-7651585 for more information. Have Fun Speaking in Public – Ease into public speaking with a professional but very relaxed and friendly ToastMasters group. You’ll have fun and gain new abilities immediately, plus you’ll meet a great group of people. Motorola Communicators ToastMasters Club, Mondays at 5:45 p.m. Cost: free, 8000 West Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. For map and directions visit www.tiny.cc/ ToastMasters or call 754-551-2362. GFWC Plantation Acres Women’s Club – New members are always welcome! Club meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. For more information contact Linda Buchanan at 954-242-4029 or Joan Khan at 954-803-9481. You may also email PAWCFlorida@gmail.com or visit PAWCFlorida.org. Wags N’ Tales – Children ages 5 to 12 years gain confidence reading to a gentle pet therapy dog. 3:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Sponsored by the Broward County Humane Society. Must preregister at 954-357-7422 or at information desk. Dan Pearl Library, 10500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. “Anything Can Happen” Wednesdays – Stories, & activities. Ages 3-11. 4:00 p.m. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information.

Family Game Nights – 3rd Friday of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Plantation Community Church fellowship hall, 6701 W. Broward Blvd., Board games, ping pong, Foosball, pizza and fun. Families or unaccompanied youth 15 and older are invited. $3 per person, maximum $10 per family covers the cost of pizza. Bring your own drinks and games. For more information call 954-797-7769. GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club – 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m. Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation. For more information contact Darlene at 954-295-0754 or e-mail davrealtor@comcast.net. Night Division of GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club – 4th Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation. For more information contact Darlene at 954-295-0754 or e-mail davrealtor@ comcast.net. Tiny Tales for Toddlers – Stories, songs, crafts & fun!! Ages 2-40 months. 10:30 a.m. Preregistration required. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-765-1585 for more information. GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Plantation – 4th Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation. For more information contact Amanda at 954-2406044 or e-mail aflutie@aol.com. Rotary Club – Meets every Tuesday at Noon at Jacaranda Country Club. For more information call 954-577-8881 or visit www.rotary.org.  

Storytime Fun – Stories & crafts, ages 3-5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Every Thursday. West Regional Library, 8601 Broward Blvd. Plantation. Call 954-7651585 for more information. Citizenship Class – Adults can participate in this free citizenship preparation course every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Dan Pearl Library, 10500 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Call 954357-7440 for more information. Free Zumba Classes at the Mall – Westfield Broward is not only for

Yoga With Melanie – Gentle mat class, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. every Wednesday. Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, 8200 Peters Road, Plantation. Cost: $8, temple members; $10 non-members. Call 954328-2880 for more information.


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700 Volunteers Gather in Sunrise for United Way of Broward County’s 25th Annual Day of Caring

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ore than 700 volunteers came out to participate in United Way of Broward County’s 25th Annual Day of Caring on Tuesday, December 6th. Volunteers gathered in teams at the BB&T Center in Sunrise to help prepare 300,000 meals for Broward County residents who are in need of food due to financial hardships or other circumstances. The packed meals were then delivered to 25 local food banks through United Way of Broward County’s food distribution program Project Lifeline . The 25th Annual Day of Caring began with a Welcome Ceremony by Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO of United Way of Broward County, who thanked all of the volunteers and sponsors for their support, and then Ken Hetlage, Executive Vice President of West Operations for Memorial Healthcare System, addressed the volunteers about how important it is to give back to the community. The 700 volunteers were made up from more than 30 companies in Broward County. Participating companies included Memorial Healthcare System, Ultimate Software, Grant Thornton, Publix, AutoNation and the Florida Panthers. United Way of Broward County President/CEO Kathleen Cannon said the 300,000 plus nutritious meals will support families throughout the entire year. “We at United Way of Broward County are so proud of all the businesses and volunteers coming together to helps families that have food insecurities or needs,” Cannon said. Ken Hetlage, Memorial Healthcare System EVP, West Operations and Day of Caring Title Sponsor said it was inspiring to see Memorial Healthcare System employees and so many other volunteers join in to help those in need. “We saw the camaraderie among our staff and look forward to being involved in the next Day of Caring,” Hetlage said.

United Way of Broward County’s Day of Caring promotes the spirit and value of volunteerism, and demonstrates what the community can accomplish by working together. Each year, hundreds of volunteers lend their time, talents and energy to making a difference in our community.

Tocqueville Society members Charlie and Gabby West proudly promote their hard work.

Stanley C. Panther helps volunteers load the meal boxes for delivery.

Ken Hetlage, Memorial Healthcare System EVP, West Operations and Day of Caring Title Sponsor helps Kathleen Cannon kick off the day.

United Way of Broward County President and CEO Kathleen Cannon and AutoNation EVP General Counsel, Corporate Development and Resources Jan Ferrando.

Publix Super Markets team generously donated and served the lunches for all the volunteers.

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Team Ultimate Software shows it’s a joint effort preparing meals.

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More than 700 volunteers gave their time to pack over 300,00 meals for Broward’s food insecure.

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emorial Regional Hospital South celebrated its 10th anniversary by giving a gift to others. The facility, home of the Memorial Rehabilitation Institute, cut the ribbon on its latest “Fitness Zone,” a designated area within Markham Park that features equipment that can be used by anyone interested in exercising. That includes those in wheelchairs or with physical challenges, since the equipment has been designed to be accessible to those at all fitness levels and abilities. The venue was unveiled at a lunchtime event Memorial Rehabilitation attended by dignitaries connected to the Memorial Institute Adaptive Sports and Healthcare System and Broward County Parks Recreation Athletes take to At center, Memorial Healthcare System President & CEO Aurelio M. Fernandez III along new adaptive machines in & Recreation, a partnership that has installed with Administrator and CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital South Douglas A. Zaren are celebration of new fitness zone accompanied by system healthcare staff and Broward County Parks and Recreation similar fitness zones at four previous park locaand Memorial Regional Hospital organizational leaders to officially open the Memorial Fitness Zone at Markham Park. South’s 10 year anniversary. tions located in adjacent cities including Cooper City, Hollywood, and Miramar. Speakers at the ribbon-cutting in Sunrise included located at 16001 W. State Road 84 in Sunrise. The Memorial Fitness Zone can be Memorial Healthcare System President & CEO Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, used to warm up, cool down or as its own fitness regimen. Instructions explain Douglas A. Zaren, FACHE, Administrator and CEO of Memorial Regional Hospital how to use the equipment. The Fitness Zone will be free for use. The park’s reguSouth, and Broward County Parks & Recreation Director Dan West. lar gate entrance fee of $1.50/person – children 5 and under are free – is in effect “Our alliance with Broward County pays dividends to all those seeking to mainon weekends and holidays only. tain a healthy lifestyle,” said Zaren. “It was especially important that the Fitness “We are extremely proud and excited to celebrate our hospital’s 10th anniverZone feature adaptive equipment, since we’ve had great success using sports and sary with this milestone event and partnership for the South Florida community,” exercise to help patients who have suffered strokes, lost the use of limbs, or are said Fernandez. “The Memorial Regional Hospital South is home to Memorial coping with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.” Rehabilitation Institute which serves as South Florida’s largest provider of physical The exercise area is the latest ADA-compliant addition to Markham Park’s rehabilitation services. We are committed to promoting access to a healthy and fit offerings. The county facility already features a four-mile adaptive mountain lifestyle regardless of fitness level or disability.” biking trail, extra wide walking/jogging paths, a dog park with concrete pads, a shooting range with wheelchair accessibility, and areas for camping. The park is For more information, visit www.mhs.net.

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ore than 175 children and families celebrated the miracle of Chanukah at the annual snow-filled party at the JAFCO Children’s Village. Children who live at the JAFCO Village and children who have been adopted or placed in foster care through JAFCO programs attended the party for their annual fill of traditional Chanukah fare and jelly donuts! Longtime supporters Howard and Julie Talenfeld sponsored this event again this year, a tradition they’ve carried on for the past eight years. Howard Talenfeld is a managing partner at Talenfeld Law and Julie is president of BoardroomPR in Fort Lauderdale. To celebrate the holiday in true winter fashion, the couple brought in over 15 tons of snow for the children to play in. The South Florida kids tend to catch on

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very quickly, making snow balls, and snow angels. To full-fill a true winter experience, kids enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows. Before playing in the snow, children had the opportunity to pick from a table of generously donated gifts. The Talenfelds always look forward to the holiday season and all the joy it brings. They recognize that not everyone is fortunate enough to experience true holiday cheer and many don’t even have basic necessities like food, shelter and clothing.  “As a child, Chanukah was my favorite holiday. My family always had a huge party with all of our relatives and friends and today my husband Howard and I continue this tradition in our home for our family to enjoy,” said Julie Talenfeld. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this wonderful tradition to JAFCO.”


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Since regular, moderate physical activity promotes a healthy vascular system, remaining active can be considered a huge step in the right direction towards prevention. “The key is to start slowly and to build up endurance, increasing to 30 minutes of exercise three to five times weekly,” recommends Dr. Lopez. Overall, healthy lifestyle changes that have a positive impact on reducing the risk of heart disease include:

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Plantation Law Firm Conducts Holiday Food Drive to Benefit The Pantry of Broward BY JILL SHARPE

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elley Kronenberg, a diverse full-service business law firm, recently completed food drives and clothing donations around the state including their office in Plantation as part of the firm’s ongoing Kelley Kronenberg Cares (KKC) program. KKC was created to provide opportunities for the firm’s attorneys and staff to personally commit to civic and charitable efforts in the cities where the firm’s offices are located. Marketing and Business Development Manager Shanon Lazarus and Marketing and Business Development Coordinator Brooke Elmore spearheaded the KKC food drive in the Plantation office. As part of the drive, employees in several of the firm’s offices were allowed to wear jeans in exchange for donations (cash or food). The cash donations were used to purchase groceries for the food drives.  “Our firm has always believed in helping our neighbors and giving back to the communities where our employees work and live,” said Heath S. Eskalyo, Principal Partner and the Chief Financial Officer for the firm. “These drives are just one way we can get involved on a personal level and help those less fortunate during this holiday season.” The firm’s previous KKC projects have included a statewide school supplies drive for students as well as a Thanksgiving food drive in 2015, in addition to the firm’s regular philanthropic work. Earlier this year, the firm completed its third KKC project, nicknamed “Operation Cookie.” Throughout January and February,

members of Kelley Kronenberg’s Florida offices competed in an interoffice competition to purchase and collect Girl Scout Cookies for troops overseas. Together, the firm’s office members collected more than 300 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for donation. Through a partnership with the Girl Scouts of South Florida, the collected cookies were sent to troops overseas on March 8, 2016.

2nd Annual Event to Benefit Canine Companions for Independence Promises to be PAWS-ITIVELY Great BY JILL SHARPE

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et ready for a tail waggin’ good time at the 2nd annual DogFest Walk’ n Roll Fort Lauderdale, the signature events of Canine Companions for Independence on Saturday, March 4th at Markham Park in Sunrise. There will be lots of fun and family friendly activities with the purpose of raising money to provide highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities. All community members are invited to grab a leash and join the fun as there is no fee to participate. Participants are encouraged to register for the event though in advance, as an individual, or as part of a team, and create fundraising pages. Log on to www.cci. org/dogfestftlauderdale for all you need to know. Imagine not being able to pick up a pencil that dropped, open a door, turn off a light switch or hear a fire alarm. These are the challenges that people with disabilities face every day. Canine Companions highly trained assistance dogs

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help children, adults and veterans live more independently creating new opportunities and new possibilities. In some cases, the gift of a Canine Companion can even save a life. Nobody knows that better than Cristina Saint-Blancard, Dogfest Walk’ n Roll Fort Lauderdale Event Chair. SaintBlancard received her Hearing Dog Tatiana from Canine Companions five years ago and her life has never been the same since. In fact, Tatiana literally saved Saint Blancard’s life when she suffered a cardiac arrest and Tatiana alerted Cristina’s parents who were able to call 911 immediately. “Tatiana has given me comfort and hope during some of the most difficult times in my life, through many health challenges and by assisting me in so many ways as I earned my masters degree in biomedical engineering,” said Saint-Blancard. “I want everyone to know that heroes like Tatiana are not born they are made,” she said. “If it weren’t for Tatiana I would not be here and that’s a fact. That’s why I feel like it is so important to pay it forward and do everything I can to help raise money for Canine Companions.” Dogs are provided to those in need free of charge but it costs $50,000 to breed, raise, train and provide ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Without the support of donors, stories like Cristina’s would not be possible. Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit organization in the world that provides assistance dogs for people with physical disabilities. For more information about Dog Fest Walk’ N Roll Fort Lauderdale call 614-517-3358 or write dogfestftlauderdale@cci.org.


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All Women’s Healthcare of West Broward Welcomes Dr. Swineford FEATURE STORY

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ll Women’s Healthcare of West Broward, a comprehensive OB/GYN practice that offers state-of-the-art and personalized care, is getting bigger! Dr. Jason Swineford recently joined the practice, and they are now accepting new patients.

Dr. Jay Cohen, who opened All Women’s Healthcare of West Broward in 1990 and has been practicing in Plantation for 26 years, answered some commonly asked questions about the practice.

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What is special about your staff? Our practice has two additional OB/

GYN physicians, James Duerkes, D.O., F.A.C.O.G., and Dr. Jason Swineford, who just joined our practice. Our office staff are very courteous and friendly. The majority of the office is bilingual and have been with the practice for many years. Our staff is very knowledgeable and is dedicated to patient care.

What is Dr. Swineford’s background? Dr. Swineford earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica in 2003 and completed specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey. He is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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What can patients expect when they visit your office? All Women’s

Healthcare of West Broward provides full-service gynecological care for women of all ages. Going to a gynecologist at times can be stressful. You can expect a very friendly team of experts who will help you with all your questions. We are always working to provide minimal wait time. Our goal is to provide compassionate and kind, state-of-the-art medical care.

What services does your practice offer? We offer up-to-date equip-

ment and counseling on a wide range of obstetrical and gynecological issues, including: well woman exams, adolescent counseling and “first” exams, family planning/infertility, complete and high-risk obstetrical care, contraception counseling, menstrual problems, menopause management, sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, in-office sterilization, in-office ultrasounds and laparoscopic hysterectomy. The office also offers minimally invasive robotic assisted gynecological surgeries and procedures, including the da Vinci minimally invasive robotic procedure, among others.

Describe your office environment/equipment/technology. The envi-

ronment in our office is one of trust. Some of our staff is bilingual, with a few Spanish speakers and also Vietnamese. We offer up-to-date patient information through an online patient portal. Using this portal, our patients are able to check their labs and much more. We also offer convenience to our patients and their blood work and ultrasounds can be done in our office. There are four maternal-fetal-medicine doctors associated with our office.

What are the ages of your patients? We offer services to a wide range of ages, 14 years old and up.

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Is there anything else you would like readers to know about you or your practice? Ninety-five percent of our patients will recommend us to their friends and family. We strive to provide excellent patient healthcare services to women in Broward county.

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Local Mystery Author Bases Latest Novel on Florida History COMMUNITY NEWS

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ancy J. Cohen, Plantation resident and author, recently announced the upcoming release of Facials Can Be Fatal, the 13th book in her Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring South Florida hairstylist and salon owner Marla Vail. In this latest mystery, Hairstylist Marla Vail’s new day spa hits a snag when a client dies during a facial. During the frenzy of the December holidays, the last thing salon owner Marla Vail needs is a dead body slathered in a green facial mask at her new day spa. The victim, Valerie Weston, was a major donor for Friends of Old Florida, a historic building preservation society. Marla’s stylists are scheduled to work backstage at their upcoming gala fashion show, but Val’s demise might put a crimp in their plans. Hoping to salvage her reputation, Marla determines to track down the suspects. As she learns more about Val, she realizes the benefactress might have stumbled onto secrets others would kill to

keep. She’d better prepare for a body count that has nothing to do with hot stone massages and everything to do with murder. The story includes excerpts from a travel journal written by Nancy’s father, Harry I. Heller. In Florida Escape, Heller describes his adventures in 1935 while seeking an idyllic paradise in southeast Florida. This book also includes scenes in Key West and mentions of Florida history regarding shipwrecks and pirates. “I give “Facials Can Be Fatal” 5 Stars,” said Susan Sewel for Readers’ Favorite.”It is a nice, comfy, cozy mystery. Although this is one book in a series, it is a great stand-alone. I recommend it to those who are cozy mystery fans and enjoy a sleuth mystery with many twists and turns.” Facials Can Be Fatal by Five Star Published will be available February 22, 2017, in print and digital editions. For more details, visit www.nancyjcohen.com. For Nancy’s online blog tour or updates on her appearances, go to http://nancyjcohen.com/appearances

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Sunrise to Host Annual Canine Carnival COMMUNITY NEWS

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survivors of World War II at South Plantation High School. The students created the flightless Honor Flight project to honor veterans who because of medical or health risks were unable to participate in the Spring Honor Flight mission to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II memorial. Jack Pockriss, a 99-year-old resident of Plantation, was one of those veterans who attended and was treated like the hero that he is. Pockriss, who came to the event with his son, daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren was very touched by the tribute and said it was simply “wonderful”. His daughter, Susan Rose, said her father who served in the Army Air Corps during the war, was touched by the number of people who showed up to greet him and the other veterans. “He especially enjoyed all the letters he received as part of the event’s mock military Mail Call,” Rose said. “Dad received more than 30 pieces of mail from family members, friends, people from different community organizations and from school children. Those letters, thanking him for his service, meant so much to him,” she said. The veterans and their families were also treated to dinner, a modified USO show, military medley and 1940s Big Band Sound by the South Plantation High School Band, a presenta-

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3303 Sheridan Street | (954) 981-9702 shenaniganssportspub.com Sports Bar $$ 5071 Sheridan Street | (954) 981-2002 siamricethaitapas.com Thai $$

7 Flavors Restaurant

7815 West Sunrise Boulevard | (954) 370-6200 7flavors.net Indian $$

J. Alexander’s

8550 West Broward Boulevard | (954) 916-8837 jalexandersholdings.com American $$

Al Natour Restaurant

1787 North University Drive | (954) 514-7277 alnatourrestaurant.com Middle Eastern $$

Al Salam

1816 North University Drive | (954) 916-5193 alsalam-restaurant.com Middle Eastern $$

Amazing Asian Bistro

10101 Cleary Boulevard | (954) 474-3797 amazingasianbistro.com Japanese Fusion $$

1487 South University Drive | (954) 533-7104 Bakery $

Our City Picks Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Food

8525 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines 954-367-7730 $$$ Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Cuisine invites guests to experience an elegant atmosphere where modern Asian decor meets a retained authentic Cantonese cuisine. Enjoy large portions of delectable meat and live prepared seafood along with a harmonized wine and cocktail menu. Sample the expansive dim sum dishes carefully hand-crafted from scratch. Or celebrate an exclusive event with family, friends and colleagues.

All That Jazz Café & Grill

3491 Hiatus Road, Sunrise 954-572-0821 $ All That Jazz Café & Grill is not your typical restaurant. By day it operates as New York Music Academy, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights it becomes a hip dinner club, serving outstanding food and playing live music. The menu features a wonderful blend of American, New Orleans and world cuisines. From flame grilled steaks and fresh seafood to specialty tacos and original pasta dishes, the food is all-natural, homemade and always cooked to order.

Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta

9763 W Broward Boulevard, Plantation 954-440-2189 $$ Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta is a unique one of a kind concept. It is a trendy, full-service Pizzaria and Italian Restaurant featuring wines from around the globe, craft beers, and local produce. They have brought back the lost arts of “from scratch cooking,” hand tossed pizzas, and true hospitable service. Vivace is casual, yet sophisticated! Dine in, take out, delivery, catering, and private event services are all offered.

Shinju Japanese Buffet

14838 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines 954-538-9696 $$

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3305 South University Drive, Davie 954-472-3666 $$ Shinju Japanese Buffet is one of the finest and freshest Sushi and seafood buffet chains in the area. Enjoy a large quantity of high quality choices, as you dine in an elegant restaurant with attentive customer service. The large buffet includes more than 100 quality all-you-can-eat Oriental-flavored items, with approximately 45 types of freshly-made Sushi, Rolls and Sashimi; crab legs; peel-n-eat shrimp and more. Shinju also offers wine, sake and domestic beer, with B1G1 on Mondays and Tuesdays all day. Receive free lunch or dinner on your birthday.

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Rickey’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

1893 North Pine Island Road | (954) 370-0039 zaatarlebanesefood.com Middle Eastern $ 1831 North Pine Island Road | (954) 306-6041 Peruvian $$

1861 North Pine Island Boulevard | (954) 424-0808 Thai $$

Vignetos Italian Grill

1511 South University Drive | (954) 915-0806 vignetosplantation.com Italian $$

Sicilian Oven

801 South University Drive | (954) 533-1047 sicilianoven.com Italian $$

4799 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 954-966-1429 $$ Rickey’s has been an institution in Hollywood for 60 years and was one of the area’s first restaurants when Hollywood was just a dirt road. They are known for their friendly, casual atmosphere and fully stocked sports bar. Besides being a great spot to catch a game on one of their 15 TVs, game day specials such as 20 chicken wings plus a pitcher for $19.95 during all football games always score big. Other feature items include burgers, ribs, steaks, salads and lobster. Thursday-Sunday enjoy their 2 for $25.95 Lobster Special. They are also always open 7 days a week from 11am-2am.

JWB Prime Steakhouse

1111 North Ocean Drive, Hollywood 954-874-4462 $$$$ Located at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort JWB offers a contemporary menu of fresh seafood including spear-caught fish, a raw bar and prime steaks paired with world-class wines and handcrafted cocktails. JWB, named after James (Jimmy) William Buffett himself, is ideal for romantic dinners or small group gatherings.

Parc 28

1382 Weston Road, Weston 954-389-7029 $ IParc 28 has been serving the Weston community for the past 25 years. It specializes in authentic Chinese cuisine, as well as Malaysian, Thai, Indian and exotic Asian food. It offers different specials weekly, in addition to its popular daily lunch and dinner specials. The extensive menu offers something for everyone including vegetarian, low fat and low salt options. The Asian-feeling restaurant will give diners a true taste of Asian flavors.

POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi

1651 Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston 954-389-5188 $$ POC American Fusion Buffet and Sushi is a true culinary experience. It offers a vast array of dishes from around the world in the first ever “nontraditional” buffet-style dining restaurant. House specialty sushi includes the Lobster Roll (served on holidays) and Salmon Caviar Nigiri. In addition to an expansive sushi and sashimi buffet, other POC delicacies include barbecue steak, ribeye, and hibachi grill. It offers a special menu on holidays.

Zona Blu

189 Weston Road, Weston 954-617-7999 $$ Zona Blu specializes in Sardinian-style Italian cuisine. The casual , family-friendly restaurant and deli/market serves fresh seafood, homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza and offers a fine selection of imported wines. Its signature dishes include Linguine Nere all-Arresina and Fregola Sarda ai Frutti di Mare. It offers a monthly Agriturismo Night, as well as a Chef’s Choice menu featuring Zona Blu’s most popular Sardinian dishes prepared by Chef Andrea Fadda.

Sushi Tom

1396 SW 160th Avenue, Weston 954-385-3688 $$ Sushi Tom has been serving the highest quality sushi in Weston since 2009. It specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine featuring teriyaki, tempura and an extensive menu of fresh sushi and sashimi, at reasonable prices. There is even an all-you-can-eat sushi menu. Sushi Tom offers dine-in, take-out and delivery.

Sushiato

4483 Weston Road, Weston 754-223-7923 $$ The concept behind Sushiato, the art of sushi; is different from what we know as Sushi restaurants, because Sushiato presents Sushi with a “Latin Fusion” exotic and tropical flavors mixed with original Japanese cuisine and recipes. Their owners came from Venezuela with this idea and Weston received them open arms sharing the dream of this new concept. Weston is a clear example of what a great fusion gives a city: diverse nationalities, cultures, styles, accents and flavors that melt to create a new identity.


Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta 9763 West Broward Boulevard | (954) 440-2189 vivacepizza.com Italian $$

SUNRISE All That Jazz Café & Grill

La Torretta

308 Indian Trace | (954) 217-9935 latorrettaweston.com Italian $$

Lucille’s American Café

2250 Weston Road | (954) 384-9007 lucillescafe.com American $$

3491 Hiatus Road | (954) 572-0821 allthatjazzcafe.com Café $

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Acquolina Ristorante 2320 Weston Road | (954) 389-1880 acquolinaweston.com Italian $$

Bellini Italian Bistro 2780 Weston Road | (954) 306-0781 belliniweston.com Italian $$

Carolina Ale House 2618 Weston Road | (954) 217-1233 carolinaalehouse.com Sports Bar $

Cerviche Arigato Restaurant 288 Indian Trace | (954) 385-5585 cevichearigato.com Peruvian Fusion $$

The Cheese Course 1679 Market Street | (954) 384-8183 thecheesecourse.com Cafe $$

Duffy’s Sports Grill 1800 Bell Tower Lane | (954) 389-2552 duffysmvp.com Sports Bar $$

Entretapas 74 Indian Trace | (954) 385-3262 entretapasweston.com Spanish $$

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill

1924 Weston Road | (954) 888-4689 Asian $ 2219 North Commerce Pkwy (954) 389-8871 mochikaperubistro.com Peruvian $$

Moon Thai & Japanese

2818 Weston Road | (954) 384-7275 moonthai.com Asian $$

Offerdahl’s Café Grill

2274 Weston Road | (954) 384-1043 offerdahls.com Cafe $

Parc 28

1382 Weston Road | (954) 389-7029 Asian $

Pei Wei

4517 Weston Road | (954) 308-7330 peiwei.com Asian $

POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi 1651 Bonaventure Boulevard | (954) 389-5188 pocbuffet.com Asian $$

Primetime Restaurant & Bar

1744 Main Street | (954) 349-2100 primetimeweston.com Steakhouse $$$

Sabor Latino

2406 Weston Rd | (954) 217-1075 saborlatinoweston.com Peruvian $$

Stevie B’s Rib Café

2460 Weston Road | (954) 385-8080 flanigans.net Seafood $$

141 Weston Road | (954) 349-6636 steviebsribcafe.com Barbecue $$

I Love Tacos Restaurant

1396 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 385-3688 sushitomweston.com Japanese $$

2203 North Commerce Parkway | (954) 515-0120 ilovetacosrestaurant.com Mexican $$

Ireland’s Steakhouse 250 Racquet Club Road | (954) 349-5656 Steakhouse $$$$

La Perla Seafood Bar & Grill 1396 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 385-1102 laperlarestaurants.com Peruvian $$

La Pequeña Colombia 1300 SW 160th Ave | (954) 349-9070 lapequenacolombia.com Colombian $$

La Rural 2350 Weston Road | (954) 389-5009 laruralweston.com Steakhouse $$

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Sushi Tom

Sushiato

4483 Weston Road | (754) 223-7923 sushiato.co Japanese $$

Tarantella Ristorante & Pizzeria

1755 Bell Tower Lane | (954) 349-3004 tarantellas.net Italian $$

Vignetos Italian Grill

1342 SW 160th Ave | (954) 660-0470 vignetosweston.com Italian $$

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Weston Diner

4484 Weston Road | (954) 217-3090 westondiner.com Diner $$

Zona Blu 189 Weston Road | (954) 617-7999 zonabluweston.com Italian $$

Dine In, Take Out, Delivery, & Catering. Order online at vivacepizza.com


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Loving Care For Your Heart ASK THE EXPERT

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t’s February and the time of year devoted to matters of the heart. Valentine’s Day and all of its amorous trappings instantly spring to mind, but did you know that February is also designated for raising awareness about heart disease as American Heart Month? This is important because heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The good news is that heart disease can be prevented with healthy habits that help to manage body weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. So, amidst the customary celebration of all-thingsromantic this month, be sure to extend some of the love to your own, literal heart:

Eat better. ▸▸ Avoid processed foods high sugar, sodium, and hydrogenated-fat. ▸▸ Drink alcohol only in moderation: 2 drinks/day for men; 1 for women. Move. ▸▸ Incorporate moderate activity for 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week or more. No Smoking. ▸▸ Find resources to help you quit at www.smokefree.gov. ▸▸ Avoid second-hand smoke. Regular check-ups. ▸▸ Check your blood pressure, cholesterol numbers, blood sugar level, and body mass index (BMI).

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▸▸ Discuss your results with your doctor. You can even do something this month to show someone else’s heart some major love: Learn CPR. ▸▸ Call 954-746-3465 for information on upcoming CPR training opportunities in Sunrise. ▸▸ Get the free PulsePoint phone app, which notifies users if CPR may be needed in a nearby public place. Four out of five cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital setting. Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest has been shown to double, and even triple, a victim’s chance of survival. Take these steps to heart, and you’ll show Cupid what it really means to spread the love. For more information and safety tips, visit the City of Sunrise website at www.sunrisefl.gov, ‘Like’ us on Facebook at SunriseFire-Rescue and follow us on Twitter at Twitter@SunriseFRD.


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f you want to have a baby, it is important to prepare for pregnancy, not simply stop birth control. The way each woman prepares will be different – some may need to change medications, others may need to stop smoking, while others may need to significantly increase their intake of folic acid. Even if a woman is considered healthy, she should still schedule a consultation with her gynecologist to help ensure she and her baby will be as healthy as possible. Preparing for pregnancy can take a few months or longer, so it is important to consult with your gynecologist prior to going off birth control. At your consultation, your gynecologist will ask questions about your family health history and any medical conditions you or a family member may have had that could affect a pregnancy, as well as a series of questions related to your gynecologic health. If you currently have any medical issues, such as a sexually transmitted disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or a thyroid disorder, these must be treated before you become pregnant. Your gynecologist will review your medications with you. Since some can cause birth defects, it’s important to discuss everything you may take, including vitamins, overthe-counter medications and herbs. Your gynecologist will also review your vaccination history to determine if you need any shots prior to conception. Folic acid can prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. However, it is important that you begin taking it during and before pregnancy. Your gynecologist will discuss how much you should take and when. Your gynecologist will ask you questions about your lifestyle, such as those related to smoking, using drugs or drinking alcohol. Changing any negative lifestyle behaviors before becoming pregnant can often mean the difference between having a child who is born healthy and one who is not. If you are overweight/obese or underweight, you are at a higher risk for health issues and complications during pregnancy. Your gynecologist can recommend changes that can help you reach a healthy weight before becoming pregnant. When you are trying to become pregnant, it is important to think about the environment where you live and work, too. Make sure you avoiding any toxins such as chemicals, sprays and fertilizers, as well as animal feces. These substances can damage your reproductive systems and make it more difficult to become pregnant. Your gynecologist will also ask questions about your emotional health, such as if you have ever felt depressed or anxious, as well as whether you have experienced physical or emotional abuse. Growing your family is an important decision, so be sure to meet early with your gynecologist to make this as joyous an experience as possible.

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CELEBRATING THE SEASON

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Members of the Plantation Orchid Society enjoyed a lovely Holiday Party at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club.

HOUR OF CODE

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie participated in the Hour of Code with students at Seminole Middle School as part of Computer Science Education Week.

FUN IN THE SNOW

Snow Day at Developmental Pre-School was a big hit with all the kids!

VISIT FROM SANTA CLAUS

Santa and his elves took to the streets of Plantation once again this year to greet residents and give out candy canes on Christmas Eve.

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