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Contents calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 community news Plantation Woman’s Club Hosts Annual Antique Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Shopper’s Special! Kids Gets to Shop with Dolphin Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Plantation High Proud of its Reality Show Contestants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Plantation Encourages Residents to “Go Green” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Find New Treasures & Crafts at Annual Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

legally speaking Family First-Pro Se Divorce Mediation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Reasons Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

inspiring individual Plantation Resident Helps Lead Effort to “Repair the World” . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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school News Festival of Cultures Celebrated at Plantation School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Students Ready to Take Checkered Flag at “Saints 500” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

health & wellness Understanding Cervical Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 health & welless What Causes Orthodontic Problems? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

legally speaking New Tools to Defend Residential Mortgage Foreclosures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

health & wellness February is Children’s Dental Health Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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8th & 22nd WEDNESDAY Lectures @ 2 - Philosophy of the Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines. There are two lectures this month: February 8: What is it about Robots? and February 22: Self-identity and other minds. Sponsored by The Friends of the Library at The Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, located at 501 North Fig Tree Lane. For more information, call 954-797-2140.


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27th Tween Book Club: My Weird School: Mr. Louie is Screwy!: Join in for loads of talk, laugh, fun and “surprises.” Preregistration is required, space is limited. Pick up a book & a bookmark when you register. Ages 8-12, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard. For more information, call 954-382-5860 x228.

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13th Valentine’s Day Crafts – Make some exciting crafts with your friends and have special treats to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Ages 6-11, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd. For more information, call 954-382-5860 x228.

18th Annual “Taste of the World” International Festival – An international celebration of food tasting, crafts and entertainment from some of our best international entertainers. All ages welcome, 1 to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of West Regional Library. 8601 W. Broward Blvd. For more information, call 954-382-5860 x230.

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16th Nosh Fest – Participate in the largest Jewish food festival in the southeast. Nosh Fest III includes Jewish foods, cooking competitions, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, local entertainment and more. Admission is five non-perishable items, which will be donated to local food pantries. Event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Temple Beth Emet, 4807 S. Flamingo Rd., in Cooper City.


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Plantation Woman’s Club Hosts Annual Antique Show By Julie Levin


f you’re an antique lover, or just looking for

a great way to spend a weekend day, make plans to check out one of Plantation’s longest running yearly events. The 29th annual Antique Show, presented by the Plantation Woman’s Club, will be held February 18 and 19 at Volunteer Park, and organizers say the event is not to be missed.”It’s going to be very eclectic and exciting, with something for everyone,” said Martha Gregory, the show’s chairperson. Colleen Hendrix is the co-chair of the event. Several thousand people are expected to visit the two-day show, which will feature at least 40 dealers offering everything from antique furniture, jewelry, depression glass, elegant glass, to make last year's Antique show a success: (l-r Woman's Club members Donna Sachs, Gloria Merritt, clothing, pictures and more. Gregory, a former antique dealer Helping top row) Sue Kuchenreuther, Betty Cobb, Donna Sachs, Elke Kurtz, Martha Gregory, Sue Kuchenreuther, and Barbara Graveson showing off a classic herself, says she tries to bring something new to the show each Gloria Merritt. (bottom row) Karen Breach, Ann Polley. Antique Ford Model T, compliments of Carl Borup year by bringing in dealers from around the nation. “We try to find dealers not on the country and world.  Look for and the Sunny T's of South Florida Car Club. regular circuit. Many of our dealers are there just for that week,” she said. many of the members to be in vintage clothing to help set the mood at the antique show. The nearly three-decades long antique show used to be held at a combination of the Still other members will pull kitchen duty, providing food and homemade desserts. city’s community center and Deicke Auditorium, but moved west several years ago to Volunteer Park to accommodate more visitors. Gregory says the show continues to The 29th annual Antique Show presented by the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club grow in popularity. “There just aren’t too many shows of its type anymore,” she said. will be held February 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 19th from 10 a.m. to Gregory has been a member of The Plantation Woman’s Club for ten years, but the 4 p.m. at Volunteer Park, located at 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Presale tickets club itself was created in 1949 and is the oldest civic organization in the City of Plantation. are available for $3 at Rena’s Flowers of Merritt, located at 375 N. University Drive. Their mission is to foster a spirit of friendly goodwill among the women of Plantation You can phone them at 954-472-5322. Tickets will also be available at the door for in forwarding the charitable, educational and civic improvement of our community, $4.50. Parking is free.


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Shopper’s Special! Kids Gets to Shop with Dolphin Players By Julie Levin


community,” said Ilona Wolpin, the Senior Director of Community Relations with the Miami Dolphins. ping list is never easy, but some local kids found The shopping spree took place in December at Dick’s it goes a lot easier when you have members of the Sporting Goods in Plantation. Dolphin players, alumni, Miami Dolphins helping to call the plays. The players and cheerleaders and members of the Miami Dolphins nearly two dozen foster children teamed up recently for Woman’s Organization partnered with the youngsters a day of shopping and fun at a local sporting goods store.  to help them spend $300 each. “They were able to pick Organizer say it is a vital off the field touchdown. “It’s out whatever they like,” said Wolpin. “The kids bought important for members of our team to give back to our gifts for themselves and were also excited to be able to buy presents for their friends and family.” Among the Dolphin players taking to the shopping field; Reggie Bush, Nate Garner, Will Allen, Vernon Carey, Dan Carpenter, Ryan Baker, Jeron Mastrud and  Austin Spitler. The players say they are happy to help.  “The fans give so much to us through their support, it’s good to give back,” said Austin Spitler, a linebacker.  The second year pro said it’s not all about the shopping. The experience also gives the youngsters a chance to talk with the players, and forge an important relationship.”It makes us feel good to put a smile on their faces,” he said. According to Wolpin, members of the team do weekly events year year-round in the community, whether it be shopping with children in need, fixMiami Dolphins Linebacker Austin Spitler helps his shopping buddy check out the merchandise. (Photo Credit- Miami Dolphins) ing up homes in need of repair or a host of other rying to get through a holiday shop-

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Plantation High Proud of its Reality Show Contestants By Julie Levin


hen the dust settles, and its most famous

graduate has a chance to catch her breath, Plantation High School wants to throw a big bash. In the spotlight, of course, will be 2010 graduate Melanie Amaro and current Plantation High baseball coach Albert Destrade, both of whom found reality show success in recent months. “We are very proud of both of them,” said Susan Bruining, the principal of the school which is located at 6901 N.W. 16th Street. As most of America knows by now, the 19-year old Amaro became the first winner of “The X Factor” in December, beating out thousands of other contestants in the Fox Network talent competition. Along Plantation High Plantation High Baseball Coach, and Survivor finalist, Albert Destrade. with the title comes a $5 million recording contract and the chance to 2010 Graduate Melanie Amaro, the star in a Pepsi Cola commercial during the February 5th Super Bowl, winner of the X Factor. When he returned and the show aired throughout the fall, Destrade seen by more than 100 million Americans. While it’ll be a national also wasn’t allowed to reveal much about how he did until the live finale debut of sorts for Amaro, Bruining says those that know her at Plantation High already in December. “We knew he lost over 30 pounds, so we figured he must have made it know how good she is.”We all were bowled over by her talent even when she was in pretty far,” said Bruining, who added that Survivor producers found Destrade after high school,” said Bruining. “We always saw the potential she had inside with just a he originally tried out for the Amazing Race reality show. beautiful pure voice.” Bruining said she first heard Melanie sing when she took part Bruining said the dual competitions have made for plenty of school pride. During in an after-school gospel choir and was blown away by what she heard. She also was the live X Factor competition, there were plenty of watch parties and banners hung all a member of the drama club. “Her teachers say she was singing and humming all the over the school encouraging students and teachers to support Amaro. Most importantly, time,” she said. Bruining says Amaro’s success shows students you can never give up on a dream. “A Baseball Coach Albert Destrade made it to the final three of “Survivor: South Pacific,” lot of kids don’t believe that their dream can come true. This has helped them underbut didn’t get any jury votes for the million dollar prize on the CBS show. The third year stand that you never know. Who knew that out of hundreds of thousands of people coach filmed the show over the summer, but wasn’t able to tell his team where he was. that Melanie would win,” she said.


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Plantation Encourages Residents to “Go Green” By Julie Levin


the wilderness, this City”, the Expo is the city’s way of keeping residents focused on their environmental roots and finding new ways to protect their resources for the future. “We’re hopeful that everyone takes away a better understanding of how we can all make practical changes in different ways and on many levels, and by realizing, that it effects not only our immediate environment, but also has connection to a shared and much greater ecosystem. Newman said. The show will also be a showcase for the Plantation students who submitted entries to the Green Day poster contest. The students were asked to design a poster that defined the theme “How do Plantation’s trees , and its commitment to the environment, make growing up and living in Plantation special?” Sponsored by City of Plantation & America’s Promise “100 Best Communities for Young people,1st and 2nd prizes will be awarded in each category and grade level. All judged entries will receive a ribbon. Newman said with a gazebo and playground also in the park, it will be a great day for a families. “It’s going to be a day to inspire and have fun,” she said.

he City of Plantation wants residents

to know there’s plenty more involved in “going green” than just recycling. That’s why they’re putting together a day-long event designed to make everyone environmentally smarter. “It’s a day of inspirational vendors, services and ideas to live greener and live healthier,” said Suzee Newman, an Urban Forestry Program Coordinator for the City of Plantation. The 5th Annual GREEN DAY! Environmental Expo will be held February 25 at the Rae Carole Armstrong Liberty Tree Park, Last year, an estimated 1,000 people stopped by the free event to browse environmental programs and displays, plants and other greenery, food, music and fun for the kids. The idea, Newman said, is to encourage everyone to think about their day to day habits when it comes to water use, what they eat, what they buy and more. “The hope is to encourage people to be more aware of their carbon footprint as far as what they bring in and what they take out,” she said. Guests will find vendors talking about environmentallysmart plants, and how to create sustainable gardens, how to use reclaimed wood to create into other products, the latest in “green” design and building materials, environmentally-conscious local businesses, natural foods, wellness, conservation, and arts and crafts with natural products. Since Plantation’s motto is “Out of

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The 5th Annual Green Day Environmental Expo will be held February 25 at the Rae Carole Armstrong Liberty Tree Park, located at 7421 NW 5th Street, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, phone 954-797-2246.

Find New Treasures & Crafts at Annual Festival By Julie Levin


ne of the city’s most loved arts events is returning early in

March. The 4th Annual Festival of Treasures will once again be setting up shop at Volunteer Park March 3 and 4. Lead organizer Barbara Clair Kettler says you never know what you’ll uncover at the event. “It is a handmade craft, hobbyist, handmade jewelry event,” said Kettler, a Beautification co-Chairwoman of the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club and the founder of the event. The festival will include vendors selling everything from arts and crafts, to handmade jewelry, collectibles, quilts and bags, pottery, knit and crochet items, needlepoint,

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tie-dyed clothing, scarves, baby blankets, afghans and shawls, cell phone charms and much more. The vendors will be set-up both indoors and outdoors so everyone will get to spend some time in the park. “You are going to find a lot of one-of-a- kind things at affordable prices,” said Kettler, who is co-chairing the event with Kathy Thiel. As it always has, proceeds from the festival are going to be used to help support many of the beautification projects the club runs, including the planting of trees and the Arbor Day event at city schools, where the students get to see a tree being planted and get to take home seedling of their own to grow. The festival originally began as a way to stop residents from dumping unwanted items in empty lots as part of the club’s “unpollute” plan for the city. Once a year, the club gave residents the opportunity to bring unwanted pots and pans, dishes and other items to a central location, where they could be sold in garage sale fashion. When the city started its bulk pick-up program, the drop-off was no longer needed and it evolved into more of a craft show.

More than 50 vendors will be on hand offering a variety of handmade crafts.

The 4th Annual Festival of Treasures will be held March 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Admission and parking are free. Food is available for purchase. For more information, call 954-797-9762. For more information on joining the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club, call 954-892-1142 or visit them online at www.

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iven the high costs of divorce litigation and

the concern about its impact on a couple’s children, many couples are opting for pro se divorce mediation. Pro se divorce mediation is also an alternative for couples with no children or whose children are past the age of majority. Pro se divorce mediation can be an effective way of reaching a settlement to all issues, including timesharing and child support, property distribution and alimony. Pro Se Divorce Mediation is Cost Effective: Pro se divorce mediation is becoming a popular alternative to the Court process, which is expensive, time consuming, emotionally draining and often does not achieve the desired result. Pro Se Mediation is Less Time Consuming: The divorce process usually takes longer than most people anticipate. A contested divorce case can take more than a year to complete.The pro se divorce mediation route gives the parties control to set their own mediation timetable. Pro Se Divorce Mediation Results in Greater Satisfaction: In pro se divorce mediation, parties are empowered to make their own decisions regarding their children, property and other assets. How Does the Process Work? In order to mediate your divorce, both you and your spouse must agree that you want to proceed in this manner. If you are both in agreement that you want to attend mediation, please call our office and we will schedule a date and time for the mediation conference. Prior to the Mediation: I will provide both of you with financial affidavits which need to be filled out by you prior to the mediation conference and a list of documents

and information the parties should bring to the mediation conference. At the mediation conference, we will discuss all the issues pertaining to your children, property, debts and any other matters you deem necessary to resolve in the context of your divorce. We will schedule additional mediation conferences as needed. If an agreement is reached, we will prepare a marital settlement agreement for you and will provide this document along with the other papers which will need to be filed with the Court. A pro-se divorce mediator acts not as an attorney, but s a neutral mediator. Since the pro se mediator is not acting as an attorney, she can give no legal advice. However, we encourage both parties to take a proposed mediated marital settlement agreement to an independent attorney for a fast and inexpensive review of the proposed mediated settlement agreement before they sign it. Once an agreement is reached then the mediator will prepare the necessary divorce papers. These documents include the petition, answers, financial affidavits, child support guidelines worksheets, final judgments, filing instructions, directions to the Courthouse, and the notice of final hearing. Then the parties themselves take the documents to the courthouse for fling. The family law clerk will assign a final hearing date before a judge, and the parties will appear before the judge who will incorporate the mediated martial settlement agreement into the final judgment. The case is then completed and the parties are divorced. The attorney’s fees and costs involved are usually much less that what the parties would pay in a normal divorce case because the parties share the fee. For a free initial consultation to learn if the Pro se divorce process is right for you, contact the law office of Maritza Gonzalez, P.A. located at (954) 389-2221 or visit us at

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Plantation Resident Helps Lead Effort to “Repair the World” by julie levin


elping to merge more than 200 volunteers into a cohesive

work force is no easy feat, but Anita Platt of Plantation says if it’s for a good cause, she’s on board. That’s why she helped co-chair a recent event that helped give a facelift to the Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale. “I enjoy being involved in helping the community,” said Platt. “I’ve always been involved in some type of project.” This year, it was co-chairing Tikkun Olam Day for the Jewish Federation of Broward County. Tikkun Olam is the sacred Judaic value which literally means to “repair the world”. While many synagogues often undertake their own individual projects, the Federation initiated a group effort seven years ago to bring local Jewish centers and synagogues together to work on a large-scale Tikkun Olam project. “Being Jewish means being part of a community that stretches from here in Broward County, across the ocean to our spiritual homeland in Israel and around the world – connecting one another through shared values,” said Eric B. Stillman, president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. On December 11, that focus turned to the Ann Storck Center, which enriches the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities through residential, preschool, adult day care training and expressive arts programs. Volunteers spread Anita Platt

out throughout the campus painting, landscaping, mulching. and organizing donations of food, toiletries, toys and books and creating nearly 3 dozen lap blankets for the residents. More than 200 volunteers showed up, despite grey, rainy skies that threatened to derail some of the projects. “Tikkun Olam Day is a visible, tangible way to help the community. It is truly gratifying to participate in a community-wide endeavor like this.” said Platt, who Volunteers working at Tikkun Olam Day. co-chaired the event with Stanley Leibowitz. For Platt, as with the other volunteers, Tikkun Olam is a labor of love. It was her 5th year chairing the event, after first becoming involved as a community relations chairperson through Ramat Shalom, the Plantation Synagogue her family belongs to. Platt says even though the physical work is over for now, planning a Tikkun Olam project is a year-round effort that really gets rolling in the summertime. Still, Platt says helping to make a difference is well worth the sacrifice. “It is gratifying to see the results of the work you do and know that you are doing something to better the lives of those being served by that particular agency,” she said.  For more on the Jewish Federation of Broward County or Tikkun Olam Day, call them at 954-252-6974 or visit them online at

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lantation has a world record holder in its midst! 16-year old Zach

Hutelin has made his way into the record books by smashing the record for the longest manual on a mountain bike. Recently verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, Hutelin is already celebrating his world record. “It’s going to be cool to be in the book,” said the American Heritage School tenth grader. Hutelin made his record breaking ride December 4 at Markham Park in Sunrise. Inspired by the MTV show “Nitro Circus” which features extreme sports challenges, Hutelin practiced the manual, which is a wheelie without pedaling, for two months before making the attempt. “I thought it was a record I could beat,” he said. In front of friends, family and witnesses, Hutelin made 12 passes down a strip of road by the model airplane field before setting the record at 686.25 feet. He more than doubled previous record of 334 feet which had been set in 2008. To do a manual, the rider tries to pick up as much speed as possible before reaching the start line, where he lifts the front wheel and tries to go as far as possible before losing his balance. “Your speed is what carries you,” said Hutelin. In order to validate the attempt, his family brought out a squad of witnesses including Sunrise Police officers, and members of the Broward County Chapter of the Florida Surveying & Mapping Society. Hutelin spends a lot of time training on the mountain bike trails at Markham Park so he felt strongly about going for the record there. He also volunteers there once a month to help maintain the trails. Hutelin started riding BMX bikes when he was 10 years old and competes throughout the year in the mountain bike division. He takes after father John Hutelin, who was a professional biker and introduced his son to the sport years ago. John was among those particularly impressed by his son’s feat. “It takes incredible balance, especially since the record is two football fields. That’s a long time to be balancing,” he said.

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Reasons Why You Need Uninsured Motorist Coverage By Howard Citron


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Motorist (UM) Coverage, whether your vehicle is a car, truck or motorcycle: ▸▸ More than 50% of drivers on Florida roads have little or minimal insurance. ▸▸ Many Florida drivers have no auto insurance at all. ▸▸ With UM coverage, your own insurance company may pay for bodily injuries you or your passengers suffer when the other driver is at fault and has: ▸▸ no insurance ▸▸ too little insurance to cover all your damages. ▸▸ You are the victim of a hit-and-run accident. ▸▸ Although UM coverage is not mandatory in Florida, it is a relatively inexpensive safeguard. ▸▸ In Florida, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP), or no-fault, benefits carry only a $10,000 limit. So there may be instances when your no-fault benefits will not cover a loss in full. Most people do not realize how many drivers on the road in South Florida either drive with the minimum amount of coverage required by the law or without any insurance at all. Under Florida law, the only coverage which an individual must carry is property damage coverage and personal injury protection. This insurance coverage does not pay for the victim’s medical expenses, lost wages, or injuries. What I have come to learn is that many individuals do not understand or realize the importance of their personal automobile insurance coverage, and do not carry uninsured motorist coverage, which protects individuals and their families from uninsured motorists on the roadway. As an attorney, my practice involves a great deal of automobile accident claims and litigation. I receive at least one call a week where an individual is the victim of an automobile accident, and the person who negligently caused the accident does not have insurance coverage to pay for any of the victim’s medical bills or injuries. Unfortunately I am forced to decline many of these cases, because there is no liability insurance available to pay for their damages. The most important coverage which an individual in South Florida can carry in their automobile insurance policy is uninsured motorist coverage. The way uninsured motorist coverage works is that if you are the victim of an automobile accident, and an uninsured or underinsured driver causes the collision, you are then able to make a claim against your own insurance policy to provide coverage for medical bills and/or future pain and suffering. This can be very important specifically for individuals who are forced to miss time from work, or sustain a serious injury which may alter their ability to continue to work and engage in their regular activities. As a practicing attorney in South Florida, it is my suggestion to all drivers to pay a little extra money for their automobile insurance coverage to purchase uninsured motorist coverage. The cost of the increased premium is the only way to protect you and your family from the negligence of uninsured or under-insured drivers. Citron & Bloom has offices in both Weston and Coral Springs and handles cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites/animal attacks, defective products, medical negligence and nursing home abuse. For information, call 954712-1686or visit


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Plantation General Hospital Delivers Top Quality Maternity Care By Julie Levin


hether it’s the first addition to the family, or the fourth, having a baby is one of

life’s most exciting and memorable experiences. At Plantation General Hospital (PGH), the doctors and staff in the Maternity Services Department are dedicated to providing the most caring and comfortable childbirth experience possible. In addition to a highly skilled medical team, the latest health technology and a lot of experience (PGH delivers almost 3,000 babies annually), the hospital also offers a “home-like” feel in their newly renovated maternity and labor & delivery units. “We focus on family-centered care. Family and siblings are welcome to be present at the delivery, if that is what the parents desire,” says Sharon Scales, R.N., the Director of Labor and Delivery. From the moment a mom knows she is expecting, families will find everything they need at PGH. The hospital offers a full spectrum of prenatal testing, labs, ultrasounds, maternity education classes and a lactation center with certified lactation consultants available seven days a week. Once the big day finally arrives, there are nine private labor and delivery rooms, an OB emergency room, OB operating rooms and a Perinatal ICU for patients with high risk pregnancy or pregnancy complications. In-house neonatologists are also available around-the-clock for any compromised infants or preterm deliveries. There is also 24-hour inhouse anesthesia if a patient should desire an epidural or other anesthesia needs. All labor and delivery, prenatal and recovery rooms were recently renovated for the latest in comfort, and to create as much of a “home away from home” feel as possible. There are new hardwood floors, chair rails, decor and furniture for the comfort of the entire family. There are also new state-of-the-art beds that convert into many different positions to help with any discomfort during labor. The postpartum unit also has a new look, and offers eight private rooms, two suites and 18 semi-private rooms. All of the rooms offer the same new beds, flat screen TV’s, hardwood floors and comfortable chairs for the patient and visitors. Room service/restaurant style menus are available so patients can order food at a time that is convenient to them. Parents can be reassured in knowing that if their baby requires any sort of specialized care, PGH offers one of the top Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) in the country. The unit Dr. Mitchell Stern, Co-Medical is a designated Center Director of PGH’s NICU, checks of Excellence by the a patient’s heartbeat. Joint Commission, the only one in Florida, and one of only three in the nation. The hospital offers Level III neonatal care for


newborns that need critical care and Level II for those who are more stable. When possible, every effort is made

tions on their personal smart phones or their office or home computers. In keeping with PGH’s philosophy of family-centered maternity care, immediately after delivery, the baby will be placed in skin-to-skin contact if desired by the parents, and will recover with mom in the room after delivery, where breastfeeding is encouraged. The hospital also encourages rooming in for mother and baby, so they can be together for their entire hospital stay. PGH offers special classes to prepare moms-tobe, and families, for their beautiful new experience. Families can learn about everything from prenatal care,

A newly renovated room in PGH’s Perinatal Unit.

to help mother and baby bond during the precious first few days and weeks. “Because we are a community hospital, we can provide a more personal experience for the family in this most difficult time. Our neonatologists are present 24/7 and ready to handle any emergency. Our visitation policy is an open 24/7 visit, which allows our families to be involved in their baby’s care,” says Director of NICU Services, Barbara Bzura, R.N. At PGH, every baby is protected by the very latest technology to keep them safely in their parent’s arms. After delivery, each baby is given a special ‘HUGS’ security tag that allows them to be monitored throughout the hospital. PGH’s team of specially trained Registered Nurses offer continuous care of mom and baby throughout labor. Nurses all carry individual cell phones, so patients and families always have access to them. With the hospital’s new OB Airstrip technology, doctors and midwives have the ability to look at the baby’s heart rate and contrac-

to caring for a newborn, breast feeding, and even how to include siblings. “Our maternity classes cover the topics related to healthy behaviors, signs and stages of labor, comfort measures during labor, medical interventions, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding and baby care. When expectant parents have current, accurate information, they are better prepared to make informed decisions regarding their healthcare,” says Cindy O’Brien, R.N., coordinator of Maternity Education and the Lactation Center. The staff at PGH encourages expectant moms to schedule a tour to see what the hospital has to offer and encourages parents to attend educational classes. To set up a tour or register for a class, please call 1-888-256-7724. Plantation General Hospital is located at 401 NW 42nd Avenue in Plantation. You can visit them online at www.

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Festival of Cultures Celebrated at Plantation School By Julie Levin


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ing more than 60 countries and cultures on its campus, the American Heritage School recently threw a celebration of its diversity. “We do this to not only honor our past and where we are from, but to celebrate our present,” said Ileana Delgado, the Spanish teacher who helped organize the event. For a third year, the lower school students at the school, located at 12200 W.Broward Boulevard, enjoyed a Multi-Cultural Day on campus. It began with a stirring parade of flags representing more than 40 countries. Students, some dressed in traditional Jacob Jeong, who is of Korean heritage, clothing from their homelands, marched Representing the United States in the Parade of Flags, Alicia Cypress. takes part in the Parade of Flags. in to the music from the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Delgado says the idea dents put together cultural was to not only highlight the countries they learn about in their language classes, but displays and hands on activities. “The class that selected Spain chose basket weaving as also to honor the different heritages of their students. “Every child that comes to us its hands-on activity,” said Delgado. “Every class had something different.” Each class from somewhere else leaves something behind with us that they share,” said Delgado. then rotated through the other classrooms in their grade to learn about other countries. As at the Olympics, the last flag brought in belonged to the host country. During the Rounding out the Multi-Cultural experience was a show put together by students American Heritage parade of flags, the last flag to be introduced was the U.S. flag, which in the foreign language program, based on the theme “We are the World” . Delgado was carried in by Alicia Cypress, a student of Native American descent. said the idea was to give all the students in their school a lesson in tolerance, and to Following the parade, the students returned to their classrooms where they embarked understand that although most of us are from somewhere else, we are all part of the on a number of different activities representing a specific country that they had chosen American family. “They learn to accept and welcome other cultures, and that we live to learn about. Parents brought in authentic foods from those countries, while the stuin a multi-cultural society,” Delgado said.

Students Ready to Take Checkered Flag at “Saints 500” By Julie Levin


tudents, start your engines! For third

year, aspiring young race car drivers at Our Savior Lutheran School in Plantation will take part in their annual “Saints 500” race. Set for February 14, the “Saints 500” is patterned after the world-renowned Daytona 500, with just a few small changes. “The children make their own incredible cars that they can stand in and race,” said Jane Nicklas, the principal of the school which has been part of the community since the 1960’s. Students design, build, and decorate their cars out of materials as simple as cardboard boxes and plates. Unlike most other school projects, they are encourTop: Students also get to enjoy real-life classic cars from a Pontiac GTO to a Model T Ford. Left: Students and their cars in last year’s “Saints 500”.

aged to work together with their families to turn out truly unique creations. “We’ve seen cardboard box cars equipped with PVC pipes for the exhaust, under-cabinet lights as working headlights, and even working radios,” said Nicklas. They can


modify them as extravagantly as they want.” The “Saints 500” was put together by several of the school’s teachers who are huge NASCAR fans. They try to give the race as much of an authentic feel as possible. They set up “pits” for each grade where the students put the finishing touches on their cars. They open the event just like they do at a traditional NASCAR ceremony, with the singing of the national anthem, a prayer, and letting all the participants take a lap around the track. Students in each grade climb into their cars waiting in the pits and then assemble at the starting line, waiting for the green flag to be dropped. When they are not on the track, they will also have a chance to explore some unique, real-life vehicles, thanks to school families and supporters from the community. Some of the vehicles that have been on display in the past have included, go-carts, a Model T Ford, a Pontiac GTO, a Mazda R-X7, a 1973 Camaro, a 1961 Impala, an airboat and the first ever street car touted to have broken 250mph in the standing mile. They’ve also had the chance to take part in a demonstration using an air gun to remove a tire’s lug nuts.  Nicklas says the best part of their race is that there are plenty of winners, not just the driver that takes the checkered flag.”It allows for our children to be creative and spend time with their family. It taps into a part of our community who are race fans and it is just a lot of fun,” she said.  The public is welcome to come and enjoy the races. Our Savior Lutheran Church is located at 8001 NW 5th Street in Plantation. For more information, phone them at 954-370-2161.

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Understanding Cervical Cancer By Wendy S. Levenson EdD, RN Director of Education, Westside regional Medical Center


ost cervical cancers begin in the cells lining the cervix.

These cells do not suddenly change into cancer. Instead, the normal cells of the cervix first gradually develop pre-cancerous changes that turn into cancer. These changes can be detected by a Pap test and treated to prevent the development of cancer. Although cervical cancers start from cells with pre-cancerous changes, only some of the women with pre-cancers of the cervix will develop cancer. The change from cervical pre-cancer to cervical cancer usually takes several years, but it can happen in less than a year. For most women, pre-cancerous cells will go away without any treatment. Treating all pre-cancers can prevent almost all true cancers. The early stages of cervical cancer may be completely asymptomatic. Vaginal bleeding, contact bleeding, or sometimes a vaginal mass may indicate the presence of malignancy. Also, moderate pain during sexual intercourse and vaginal discharge are symptoms of cervical cancer. In advanced disease, metastases may be present in the abdomen, lungs or elsewhere. Symptoms of advanced cervical cancer may include: loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, pelvic pain, back pain, leg pain, swollen legs, heavy bleeding from the vagina, bone fractures, and/or (rarely) leakage of urine or feces from the vagina. Human papillomavirus is the cause of 70% of cervical cancer. Women who have many sexual partners, or who have sex with men who had many other partners, have a greater risk. Other risk factors for cervical cancer include: Chlamydia infection, stress and stress-related disorders, dietary factors, hormonal contraception, multiple pregnancies, exposure to the hormonal drug diethylstilbestrol, and family history of cervical cancer. First intercourse and first pregnancy at an early age are also considered risk factors. While the pap smear is an effective screening test, confirmation of the diagnosis of cervical cancer or pre-cancer requires a biopsy of the cervix. This is often done through colposcopy, a magnified visual inspection of the cervix. There are two HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, which reduce the risk of cancerous or precancerous changes of the cervix and perineum by about 93%. HPV vaccines are typically given to women age 9 to 26, as the vaccine is only effective if given before infection occurs. With treatment, 80 to 90% of women with stage I cancer and 50 to 65% of those with stage II cancer are alive 5 years after diagnosis. Only 25 to 35% of women with stage III cancer and 15% or fewer of those with stage IV cancer are alive after 5 years. Evaluation of the patient after therapy is imperative. Recurrent cervical cancer detected at its earliest stages might be successfully treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of the three. For a free referral to a primary care physician in the area, contact Westside Regional Medical Center’s toll-free physician referral and health information line at 1-800-618-2631.

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What Causes Orthodontic Problems? Dr. Felipe Norena


our smile is your greeting to the world. It’s

also a window to an important part of your dental healththe alignment of your teeth. Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked teeth or spaces between the teeth may be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Improperly aligned teeth and jaws-called a malocclusion-also can lead to tooth decay and a host of sometimes painful dental disorders. Here are some answers to some of the most asked questions about orthodontics.

beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves orthodontists and only orthodontists may be members of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

4. When should children get an orthodontic check-up?

1. What causes orthodontic problems?

The AAO recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. By this age, orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Some orthodontic treatment may be easier to correct if they’re found early. Most orthodontic patients begin active treatment between the ages of 9 and 14.

2. Why is treatment so important?

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at almost any age. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients today is over age 18. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable orthodontic appliances, including fixed braces and removable appliances, adults are finding treatment more appealing.

Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Examples of genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired by thumb or finger-sucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth and other causes.

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems become worse and can require additional dental care later in life.

3. Why select an orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. The receive an additional two to three years of specialized education

5. Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Norena Orthodontics is located in the northeast corner of Sunrise Blvd and Nob Hill Road. Drs Felipe and Ana Maria Norena have a combined orthodontic experience of 35 years. Dr. Felipe received his orthodontic degree from Saint Louis University and Dr. Ana Maria graduated from the Orthodontic program at Nova Southeastern University. They are both members of the American Association of Orthodontics. They are open Monday - Friday from 9 a..m. to 5 p.m. Call them at 954-474-1600 for an appointment.

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New Tools to Defend Residential Mortgage Foreclosures By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


o far, two large law firms in South Florida have been forced

to close their foreclosure practice as a result of claims and court decisions that these firms provided false information in order to improperly repossess properties on behalf of their lender clients. As a result of the actions by these firms -which led to their demise – new tools have emerged to successfully defend residential mortgage foreclosures.

Forensic Mortgage Audit

A forensic mortgage audit involves an in depth analysis of the loan transaction by a lending compliance expert to uncover violations of federal and state lending laws committed by the original lender. These violations may even be attributable to the current lender under certain circumstances. If presented in a timely manner, the findings from a forensic mortgage audit may be used to aggressively defend a foreclosure action, to offset and reduce the amount owed on the loan obligation, and to even negotiate a worthwhile modified or restructured loan.

Securitization Analysis

During the real estate boom from 2003 to 2007, many lenders sold groups of mortgages in “securitized pools” to investment trusts on Wall Street. These trusts were created as investment tools that allowed lenders and investors to receive highly preferential tax treatment. In order to receive these tax benefits, however, strict regulations had to be followed. A securitization analysis by a qualified and credible firm can reveal whether an individual loan transaction was properly and timely transferred to a valid trust, i.e., was the loan properly “securitized.” If the loan obligation is proven not to have been properly securitized, an investment trust cannot foreclose.

Transfer History Analysis

Even if the loan is not part of an investment trust, many loans have been sold multiple times. Each time a loan was sold, certain legal transfer requirements had to be fulfilled to legalize the transfer and to allow the new transferee to foreclose, if necessary. A transfer history analysis tracks the mortgage from its originator to the true current legal owner and holder of the obligation, and also identifies any breaks in the transfer chain which could prevent the current lender from foreclosing. In some cases, this analysis has uncovered that certain lenders even forged mortgage assignment documents through the use of so-called “robo-signers” to overcome transfer issues, which led to findings of fraud and the cancellation of the mortgage debt altogether. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, or at risk of foreclosure are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy when you make an appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team. You may also purchase the DVD online at If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm at 1-800-770-7102 to schedule a free consultation, or visit for more information.


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By Dr. Uttma Dham

his month is Children’s Dental Health Month,

which makes it a good time to talk about the importance of baby teeth. Human beings are blessed to have two sets of teeth. The first set of teeth are sometimes called “baby teeth”, “milk teeth”, “primary teeth” or deciduous teeth in dental terminology. Primary teeth start erupting at the age of 6 months and all 20 primary teeth are usually present by age of 2 1/2-3 years. The primary teeth are as important as the permanent teeth. They help in chewing, speaking and most importantly maintaining the space for the permanent teeth so they could erupt in right position. There are quite a few misconceptions about the baby teeth. Lot of people think that they are not important since they fall out anyways and we have another set of teeth to follow. That is the reason that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. The fact is that the primary teeth need the same care as the permanent teeth. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should make the first visit to dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts and no later than one year. At this visit, the dentist will usually do a caries assessment and nutritional counseling. Information on brushing, flossing and fluorides will also be presented at this visit. Also, they would talk about early childhood habits like thumb sucking and inappropriate use of pacifiers and sippy cups.

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Decayed primary teeth should be treated as soon as possible because if they are extracted prematurely, the child may lose the space and then the permanent teeth may erupt in wrong position, which could cause misalignment. If the primary tooth needs to be extracted for any reason, the space should be saved using an appliance called space maintainer. Losing baby teeth prematurely may also affect the child’s nutrition as they help the child to chew properly. If you have heard the song “all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth...” you should know how important they are in developing speech. To prevent cavities in primary teeth, it is important to brush twice daily and develop healthy eating habits. Visiting a dentist early can help unnecessary cavities and dental treatment. Children experiencing pain from decayed teeth often cannot concentrate on schoolwork. Remember, a healthy smile can help children feel good about the way they look to others. So, if your child has not seen a dentist in a while, it is time to pick up the phone and make an appointment.

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Going Once…Twice! Treasures abound at Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery By Julie Levin


hether you have something to sell, or are looking for a new treasure for your home or business, chances are you’ll find what you are looking for at the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery. In business for more than 30 years in Broward County, the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery offers weekly auctions where customers can find everything from antiques to furniture, china, silver and the occasional one-of-a-kind collectible. Paul and Bonnie Stanford, owners of the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery, recently answered some commonly asked questions about their business.

What is the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery?

The Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery is South Florida’s longest running weekly auction house, handling a wide variety of consigned antiques, quality furniture, art, porcelain, china, silver, and jewelry since 1978.  We are handle many unusual and unique items - you never know what you are going to find at the auction.

The lobby at the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery. Guests enjoy complimentary pre-auction wine before heading into the comfortable 300seat theatre. (Photo credit: Nick Zantop)

(formerly the 26th Street Playhouse) in Wilton Manors three years ago when the theater became available. We wanted to provide a comfortable and unique setting for our customers and have an environment that would showcase our auction items to the best effect.

What can customers expect when they visit the Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery? Our goal

is to provide an enjoyable environment for people who have never been to auctions - as well as for seasoned bidders. We have comfortable seating for 300 patrons in our uniquely beautiful theater setting, free admission, free parking, complimentary pre-auction wine, and an Auctioneer who speaks clearly (without that fast auction “chant” that people see on TV and can’t understand).  We are also open for 2 days prior to each auction for preview so people inspect every item.  They can go right up on the stage to look at every item.

How often do you hold auctions? We

What are the services you offer? We offer a

full range of auction services both at our theater and on the internet. Our Consignors often need us to pick up entire estates, including almost everything in the home - we can even auction the home itself.  We offer real estate auction services, international internet bidding and auction marketing, estate sales, and appraisal services.  People today do not have time to hassle with selling their items on Craigslist or eBay.  Our staff can pick up and stage everything from single items to entire households - usually within 24 hours.

What’s typically on the auction stage? We not

How long have you been in your current location and what brought you to the area?

antiques or expensive art objects and stay away from large contemporary furniture pieces. Our auction has antiques and art every week, of course, however unlike others we have the

Although we had another location in Broward for 30 years, we moved into the Wilton Theatre


stage auctions every Tuesday evening year round, rain or shine - we never close!

only have the items that people expect to see at an auction: antiques, art, porcelain and china, but we also have a wide variety of contemporary modern furniture and decor items.  Many of our customers tell us they have furnished their entire homes from the auction.  We love to surprise our customers with unusual finds as well. We’ve staged everything from a Rolls Royce to a life size Ronald McDonald and Mayor McCheese!

What sets you apart from other auction houses? Many auction houses handle only

A look at what you might find during one of their weekly auctions. They are open for 2 days prior to each auction for preview so people inspect every item.

ability to accommodate a wide variety of home furnishings and decor. Our stage looks like a quality retail showroom every week, and our staging staff’s goal is to present every item in its best possible light.  We also market our Consignors’ items internationally via internet bidding on two well-known auction services with literally millions of online bidders, so our Consignors know they are getting a truly fair market price.

What sort of experience do you have? Our Auctioneer has over 25 years experience in South Florida, and our management team has over 100 years collective experience in the auction industry. Is there anything else you would like us to know about the gallery? Many of our custom-

ers come to us after months of trying to sell their items unsuccessfully on Craigslist, eBay, or at estate sales. We are able to relieve them of the headache and have a check for them the following week.  Most people tell us they can’t believe how quickly we were able to solve their issues for them - and many tell us their items looked better on our stage than they did in their own home!

The Wilton Theatre Auction Gallery is located at 1444 NE 26th Street in Wilton Manors, FL 33305. You can phone them at (954) 530-4396 or find them online at

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Spine and Sport Rehab Institute offers State-of-the-Art Treatment for Painful and Nagging Injuries By Julie Levin


hen you’ve suffered a spine or

sports-related injury, you want relief as soon as possible. The doctors and staff at Spine and Sport Rehab Institute in Plantation recognize this and offer advanced, cutting edge treatment to get you out of pain, as soon as possible. Offering everything from chiropractic to massage, spinal decompression, nutrition and specialized sports rehab treatment techniques, they invite everyone to check out their chiropractic and wellness center, which has been based in Plantation for 12 years. Dr. Jeffrey Berard, DC. is the Owner/Clinic Director of Spine and Sport Rehab Institute of Plantation and recently answered a few commonly asked questions about his practice.

What can patients expect when they visit your office? When visiting Spine and Sport Rehab

many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. The physicians at Spine and Sport Rehab Institute are also graduates of the Spinal Research Institute of San Diego that allows specialized knowledge and treatment of those patients who have sustained injuries in automobile accidents.

What is your specialty?

Institute, patients can expect a warm welcome in comfortable surroundings. After completing a short questionnaire, they will meet with the doctor to discuss their current condition. After a thorough history and examination, the doctor will render treatment if they are a candidate for the care that we offer. Patients can expect to leave Spine and Sport with confidence that they have come to the right place.

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How long have you been in the Plantation area? We have been in the Plantation area for

nearly 12 years and have continued to grow by opening additional clinics in Port St Lucie and a brand new clinic in Vero Beach.

What is your training/background? I hold an

undergraduate degree in human biology with an emphasis in biochemistry followed by a doctorate degree in chiropractic. I have extensive training in spinal and muscle related injuries and am currently working towards a diplomat from the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians.

What are your professional affiliations? Honors or awards? We are proudly affiliated with the

Dr. Berard often uses decompression therapy to help relieve a patient's discomfort.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, Spine and Sport Rehab Institute also offers massage.

What is the Spine and Sport Rehab Institute?

models follow a treatment plan based on dozens of return visits. Spine and Sport offers a unique treatment approach using active release techniques, which are based on a three-visit protocol and if the condition warrants, chiropractic treatment. That’s unlike the national average which is 21 treatments per condition . Our business model is getting patients better quickly and, as a result, receiving great referrals.

Spine and Sport Rehab Institute is a chiropractic and wellness institute providing the most state of the art care for spinal and sport related injuries. It is these cutting edge techniques that allows us to provide the best outcomes possible for our patients. We proudly serve patients all the way from Broward, St. Lucie/Martin to Indian River county.

What medical/rehab services do you offer?

Spine and Sport Rehab Institute offers chiropractic, massage, spinal decompression, nutrition, sports physicals, and specialized sports rehab treatment techniques. Aside from your average chiropractic adjustments and massage, we offer ART(active release technique) a state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the


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What do you enjoy about what you do? I most

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What keeps you busy when you’re not working? Spending quality time with my wife and daughter and maintaining a balance of life when I am not working.

What sets your office apart from other Chiropractic/Rehab facilities? Spine and

Anything else you’d like to tell us about Spine and Sport Rehab? Spine and Sports main

Our patients attest to receiving a type of care that goes above and beyond prior chiropractic care they have received . Along with my associate doctor, Dr. Max Cohen, we go above and beyond to ensure each patient receives an exceptional experience.

Spine and Sport Rehab Institute is located at 286 S. University Drive in Plantation. Contact them at or phone at 954-452-4600.

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y now you should have received all of your tax documents

in the mail and gathered up all of your personal receipts in order to prepare your tax return. You can certainly elect to file your own taxes. However, because the tax code is so complicated, more than 60% of Americans elect to hire professionals. If you hire a tax preparer, be sure to choose wisely. As a taxpayer, you are legally responsible for what is on your tax return even if it is prepared by someone else. So, it is important to choose carefully when hiring an individual or firm to prepare your return.

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Here are a few points to keep in mind when hiring someone else to prepare your tax return: ▸▸ Check the person’s qualifications. Ask if the preparer is affiliated with a professional organization that provides its members with continuing education and resources and holds them to a code of ethics, such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants or state affiliates such as the Florida Institute of CPAs. ▸▸ Check the preparer’s history. See if the preparer has a questionable history with the Better Business Bureau and look for licensure statues or any disciplinary actions through the state boards of accountancy for CPAs; the state bar associations for attorneys; and the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility for enrolled agents. ▸▸ Find out about any service fees. Avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of your refund or those who claim they can obtain larger refunds than other preparers. Also, beware of preparers who say they can get you a bigger return on last year’s taxes. ▸▸ Make sure the tax preparer is accessible. Make certain that you are able to contact the tax preparer after the return has been filed, even after the April due date, in case questions arise. Beware of pop-up tax filers who close up shop after tax season. ▸▸ Provide all records and receipts needed to prepare your return. Most reputable preparers will review your documents and will ask you multiple questions to determine your total income as well as your qualifications for expenses, deductions and other items. ▸▸ Review the entire tax return before signing it. Make sure you understand everything on your tax return and are comfortable with the accuracy of the return before you sign it. Never, ever sign a blank return. The preparer must also give you a copy of the return. ▸▸ Make sure the preparer signs the form and includes their Preparer Tax Identification Number as required by law. Todd R. Bomser, CPA, is a partner in Gottesman, Bomser & Company, PA, a fullservice accounting and management consulting firm located in Plantation at 8211 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 440. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. To contact Todd R. Bomser, call (954) 321-9991 or e-mail

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Production of the Stars

The organizers of the Circle of Friends, Olga Avallone, Karen Silensky, Dixie Lee Hedrington & Carmen Di Mase Canal, (Julieta Conde Canal not pictured), pose together for a photo during the group's holiday production. The Circle of Friends is a local support group primarily for teens and adults with autism or Down Syndrome. The group's "stars" came together December 10 at the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts in Plantation to take part in a production of "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Playing the role of the "angels"- Krista Sandy, Maria Salinas, Alexandra Cruz and Cynthia Patrice.

Glee-ful Performance!

Members of the Dance Conservatory of Florida Company Glee pose for a photo after taking part in the Westfield Broward Mall sing-along recently. The company was one of several that performed at the mall through-out the holidays.

Full Court Sing-Along!

Members of the University School Sunsations, which includes some Plantation residents, sang the National Anthem recently at the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. 22 young singers had the chance to take the court at the BankAtlantic Center.

Pitching In!

Plantation resident John Drag Jr. (far left) recently returned from the town of Constanza in the Dominican Republic, where he helped build a new two-story school. The longtime educator was one of 50 principals and superintendents from across the nation who built the school as part of the 2011 Lifetouch Memory Mission project.

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Plantation's team of Santas and elves gather together for a photo before hitting the city streets December 24. The Santa squad through rode Plantation's neighborhoods aboard fire trucks Christmas Eve to wish each and every child a Merry Christmas!

Annual JAFCO "Snow" Party

The Talenfeld family of Plantation (from left- Jon Zobel, Jackie Zobel, Julie Zobel Talenfeld and Howard Talenfeld, pictured with Darran Blake and her daughter Jordan.), sponsored a recent Hanukkah party for the children of JAFCO, or Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options. 100 foster kids enjoyed the loads of snow that was trucked in, as well as latkes, jelly doughnuts, and brisket.


Giving Back!

Pat HInde, President of The GFWC Plantation Woman's Club recently presented a check for $1,000 to Linda Mills the Director of Special Olympics of Broward County. The club raised the money through their Murder Mystery Show that was held in November. The sold-out show featured an all-star cast of "actors" who successfully solved a fictitious homicide. The club also donated $1,000 recently to Vets Helping Heroes. Irwin Stovroff, a WWII prisoner of war and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and French Legion of Honor, accepted the check from President Pat Hinde(r) and Gloria Merritt, 4th Vice President/Community Involvement Chair (left).The group raises funds to help provide assistance dogs to our nation's disabled veterans.

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• Fracture Care (Operative & Non-Operative)

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• Bunion and Hammertoe Correction • Heel Pain & Spur • Knee Ligament Reconstruction (ACL, Meniscal Tear)

• Rotator Cuff Tear • Shoulder Impingement • Back & Neck Injuries • Hand & Wrist Injuries • Nerve Injuries (Nueroma, Tarsal, & Carpal Tunnel)

• Spinal Injections • Electrodiagnostic Testing

Expertise • Commitment • Compassion • Knowledge

South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine provides state of the art treatment for injuries and deformities to the entire musculoskeletal system. Our experts are board certified or qualified in their specialties and provide conservative and surgical care for all diagnoses that can affect you or your family using minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy, endoscopy, physical therapy and interventional spine care. We have provided pain relief to tens of thousands of patients throughout the country. If you or your family suffer from joint, bone, muscle, tendon or ligament injury, we invite you to visit one of our facilities. Your condition will be thoroughly evaluated and a comprehensive treatment plan will be given. Treatment is geared towards restoration of function, elimination of pain, and a return to pre-injury level. Conservative treatment is provided before considering surgery. We will help you get back in the game or just enjoy daily walks with your friends or loved ones. We participate with Medicare, most HMO's, PPO's, worker's compensation and motor vehicle plans. Please call one of our offices to make an appointment or ask if we are on your insurance plan.

South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine Caring for: Infants, Children, Teens & Adults

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