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publisher’s page Spring Is in the Air and Summer Is Not Far Away


t’s hard to believe, but the tropical South Florida heat is with us again. The sun is burning down and the air conditioners are humming at full blast. While we are trying to decide between pool or beach, our kids are already looking forward to their summer break, and we are hurriedly making last minute arrangements for summer camps and family vacations.

In the midst of all this, Spring is passing us by and Mother’s Day has “sneaked up” on us. Let’s take a little pause and honor our mothers (and our wives) for they are always working hard to care for us, look after us, and pamper us. Let’s pamper them for a change!

Contents calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 community news Learning How to Save a Life! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Plantation Businessman Donates Shoes to Women in Need . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Hundreds turn out with a “Passion for Fashion”! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Plantation Gets Ready to Celebrate the Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Plantation Offering Summer Day Camps for Children ages 5-14 . . . . . . . . 20 Plantation Resident honored by University of Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 City of Plantation Hosts Calendar Photo Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Green Thumb Gardening Think Shade Trees This Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 can do kid Plantation Middle School Student Fundraises to fight Autism . . . . . . . . . . 18 Plantation Youngster Steals Show as “Annie” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 it’s their business Hop on Over to Froggy’s Playhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Florida Contractor Connection Makes Home Repair Easy . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Get Into Shape at CrossFit Affliction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Slender Fit U Makes Dieting Easy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 fitness forum Five Reasons That Diets Fail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 school news Volunteers, Supplies Needed to Help Spruce up Plantation Middle . . . . . . 26 Special Needs become Flower Arrangers for a Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 legally speaking The Importance of Uninsured Motorist Coverage in Florida . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Have You Been a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 dining out On The Menu Cafe & Bistro Offers European Flair to Great Cuisine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Health & Wellness The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check –Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 ask the expert What You Need To Know About Stroke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 seen on scene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

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20th and 21st Books for Sale - The Friends of the Helen B. Hoffman Library will be holding its monthly used book sale May 20 & 21. Stop by Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a look at some of the best “gently read” books around, at great prices. The library is located

22 23 24 25 26 27 28 The Arts Of Plantation - A Cultural CelebrationWhat’s in store in the arts and culture world in Plantation. The city will host “The Arts of Plantation” May 12 to 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 highlight the variety of cultural groups, programs and individual artists that enhance the quality of life in the city. The event will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the campus of the Plantation Historical Museum & Helen B. Show May 15 at Volunteer Park Community  Center, Hoffman Library, located at 501 North Fig Tree Lane. located at 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation.  Doors will open at 10a.m. and go until 3 p.m..   Free admission, children are welcome. Lunch is available. The public is invited to bring items and collections to be appraised by over 70 Coin Dealers.  


18th Online Help - Learn how to use the internet. The Helen B. Hoffman Library will host a free internet class for adults, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The library is located at 501 N. Fig Tree Lane. For more information, call 954-797-2140

Reading Help - Help your children improve their reading skills, gain confidence, and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The program is on-going at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, located at 501 North Fig Tree Lane. You must call to schedule an appointment for a 15-minute session. Call 954-797-2145 for more information.

15th Coin and Stamp Show -The Fort Lauderdale Coin Club will presents its monthly Third Sunday Coin & Stamp

26th For History lovers - Learn about Plantation’s history at the next general meeting and installation dinner of the Plantation Historical Society. It will be held May 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Museum located at 551 North Fig Tree Lane. New members are welcome, but reservations are required for the installation dinner. For more information, call 954-797-2722.

All Month Then and Now - The City of Plantation is hosting its newest exhibit “PLANTATION: Then & Now, through July 2. The exhibit gives visitors a glimpse into Plantation’s past and highlights how the City has changed through the years. Displays include Fred Peters’ plans to create a Dream City, a timeline history of life in Plantation, photos of our past and our present, artifacts from groups, schools, businesses and much more. This free exhibit will be held at the Plantation Historical Museum, 511 North Fig Tree Lane.

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30th Memorial Day -A service will be held in honor of those in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Veterans Park, located at 1776 Lauderdale West Drive.

June 18th Wine Jazz and Taste of Plantation - More than 800 people are expected to sample over 100 varieties of vintage wines, coordinated by Southern Wine and Spirits and specialty foods from Plantation’s finest restaurants. Ticket prices are $50 per person, with a limited amount available at the door for $60 per person. The event will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale Plantation Hotel , located at 1230 S. Pine Island Road. For more information, call 954-587-1410.

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community news Learning How to Save a Life! swimmers. They worked both in the water and out under the watchful eye of Aquatic ophie Lawson, 27, used to be a lifeguard growing up in the United Center instructors. Those who made it through came away with a very critical skill. Kingdom. Now living in South Florida, she is hoping to get a similar job for the “They can lifeguard anywhere in the state after successful competition,” Hartman said. summer, but not before she brushes up on her technique. That’s why she was The other program was the Spring Break Jr. Lifeguard Course, called “Guardstart” one of several dozen people who jumped into the pool recently for one of two American which was open to students 11-14 years of age. The course teaches lifesaving rescues Red Cross Lifeguard Training Classes at the and leadership skills, as well as fitness and Plantation Aquatics Complex. “I am really professional development. A dozen students kind of renewing my skills,” she said. turned out for the American Red Cross proThe city offered lifeguard training classes gram, which was not for lifeguard certification, over Spring Break at the Plantation Aquatics but instead serves as a pre-training program Complex, which is located in Central Park. “These are folks who are strong swimmers and According to Mark Hartman, the Aquatics are interested in becoming a lifeguard when Manager of the Swimming Complex, Plantation they turn 15,” said Hartman. has a good reputation when it comes to this The Plantation Aquatic Complex offers sort of skill. “We are one of the principal pools instruction for all ages, from 6 months to adults. in Broward in Red Cross Lifeguard training,” They also offer an array of water programs, he said. including play areas, water polo, water aerobics, The training and certification was split swim teams, Olympic caliber dive team, and into two groups. The American Red Cross more. Both courses ran March 14 – 18th, but Lifeguard Training course drew more than one it is not the only time the city offers the course. dozen participants. The class, which is part of It is held ten times during the year, with the a national program, goes through all elements exception of December and January. of lifeguarding, including first aid, CPR, and use of the AED equipment. Participants had If you would like to sign up, or need more inforHoward Bilger, the assistant Aquatics Manager, oversees two students working on their lifesaving skills. to be 15 years of age or older, and be strong mation, call the pool office at 954-452-2525. By Julie Levin


Plantation Businessman Donates Shoes to Women in Need By Julie Levin


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community news Hundreds turn out with a “Passion for Fashion”! By Julie Levin


n evening of glamour, shopping and fashion helped raise badly needed funds and awareness for a good cause recently in Plantation. More than one hundred people turned out for the first ever “Passion for Fashion” event to benefit The Huntington’s Disease Society of America. “It was Guests bid on silent auction items One of the more unique exhibits: Living Fashion Portraits. an extraordinary event for women,” at a "Passion for Fashion.” said Karen Hillman of Plantation, who organized the event. said Hillman. More than 250,000 Americans Passion for Fashion, the ultimate “Pretty in the City” event was held Friday, April have HD or are at risk of inheriting the disease 1 at Jacaranda Country Club in Plantation. Guests enjoyed an evening loaded with from an affected parent. almost everything a woman could want. They indulged in delicious hors d’oeuvres Early symptoms affect cognitive ability and drinks while enjoying a runway fashion show. Exhibitors displayed clothing, jewand mobility and eventually the person is elry, gifts, skin care products and consultations, mini-manicures and hand massages. unable to care for him or herself. Hillman There was shoe showcase and a unique exhibit called the “Living Fashion Portrait.” said because of that, sufferers often withdraw Live models posed in pictures frames, after being styled by four South Florida hair and become depressed. HD affects males Karen Hillman and husband Joe. and makeup artists. and females equally and crosses all ethnic The sold-out event, which also included live entertainment and a silent auction, and racial boundaries. Hillman created a “Passion for Fashion” as a way to help and was a fun evening for a serious cause. All funds were to benefit The Huntington’s raise awareness. “This was a way for me to funnel my energy into something positive Disease Society of America, with good reason. “So many people have never heard of and try and do something to help people with HD and their families. I also want to this disease,” said Hillman, a local fine art photographer. educate the public about the disease,” she said. Hillman and her family have first-hand knowledge of what Huntington’s Disease can do. Three of her husband’s cousins have the disorder, a devastating, hereditary, If you’d like to help fight Huntington’s Disease, please contact Karen Hillman at degenerative brain disorder for which there is no cure. “It has been very hard on them,” 954-520-3221 or email her at

Plantation Gets Ready to Celebrate the Arts By Julie Levin


hat’s in store in the world of arts and culture in Plantation? The city is getting set to host its annual arts event to help spread the word about all that is going on. The Arts of Plantation, A Cultural Celebration, will be held Thursday, May 12th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at the Plantation Hoffman Library and Historical Museum Campus. Ken Boyce, the Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Plantation, said the event was created to highlight the variety of cultural groups, programs and individual artists that enhance the quality of life in Plantation. “It provides a venue for the public to see what is available in the way of cultural activities in our community,” said Boyce. The Arts of Plantation,  A Cultural Celebration was created in 2007. Since then, hundreds of people have turned out each year to check out the various cultural art offerings, including art and dance programs, cultural groups, museums and more. This year, the event will feature a Children’s Dinosaur Dig, a display by the Plantation Art Guild, several artists creating and/or talking about their work, live music by local musicians, a Florida Pirate Camp with pirate sword fights throughout the evening, a Puppet Show by the Plantation Puppeteers, a Seminole Indian exhibit & talk, free refreshments and more.

Guests will also be able to take in the Planta­ tion Historical Museum’s on-going exhibit called “Plantation: Then & Now”. The exhibit, which will run through July 2, features photos and artifacts from the city’s past, and present, including Fred Peters’ plans to create a Dream City, and a timeline history of life in Plantation. There is also a promotional film created by the Plantation Chamber of Commerce and the city in the 1960’s that was designed to entice people to move to the growing city. Boyce said Plantation residents of all ages will enjoy The Arts of Plantation, a Cultural Celebration. “The variety of presentations and displays will appeal to those with a keen interest in the arts as well as those who are looking for in an inexpensive event for their whole family,” he said. The Arts of Plantation; a Cultural Celebration will be held Thursday, May 12th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at the Plantation Hoffman Library and Historical Museum Campus, located 501 North Fig Tree Lane. This event is free, but because parking at the venue is extremely limited, those attending should park at the Kennedy Community Center,5555 Palm Tree Road, and take the free 5 minute shuttle ride to the event. For more information on the event, call 954- 452-2510 or 954-797-2140.

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can do kid Plantation Middle School Student Fundraises to fight Autism By Julie Levin

are diagnosed, and one in every 70 boys. His family has taken part in the walk for the past seven years, always making a donation to the cause. But it wasn’t until two years ago, that Michael decided to do more. He raised money by composing a letter that he sent out to family, friends and his parents co-workers. In the letter, he explained the statistics, his mission and what life was like for him with two brothers with autism. “I have seen what autism can do and how hard it can be. Also, there is no cure and not a lot of money from the government to help find a cure,” he said. In addition to fundraising, he also spent part of his summer volunteering at The Mailman Segal Center’s Baudhuin Preschool, located on the main campus of Nova Southeastern University, is an internationally recognized, model program for children with autism spectrum disorders. He help create projects for the youngsters, and shared his time and attention with them. He also worked as a volunteer at the walk, and encourages everyone to get involved. “You know how bad cancer, and AIDS is. This is just as bad and we need to find a cure,” he said.


t only 13 years old, Michael Rollins is proving to be a fundraiser on an adult level. Rollins, a 7th grader at Plantation Middle School, recently surpassed his own efforts and raised thousands of dollars to help battle autism, a cause close to his heart. Michael raised $4,000 for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks which was held April 9th on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, in front of the Alvin Sherman Library. Autism Speaks is a familyfriendly event held at locations across the country that is an important source of funding for autism-related research. Last year, Michael raised $3,000, making him one of the top three fundraisers at NSU. “I am just glad to be part of the walk,” Michael said. There is not a cure yet, But I hope there will be soon.” Michael’s fundraising is motivated by a love of family. He is one of four brothers, and two of his siblings struggle with autism. He said having two siblings with autism can be trying at times, and people don’t always understand the effects of the disorder. That’s why in addition to raising money, he also hopes to raise awareness and education. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States and Rollins is only too aware of the statistics. One in every 110 children

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Plantation Youngster Steals Show as “Annie” By Julie Levin

with all my friends and be on stage,” said Amanda, who dreams hink Amanda Kopelman, 7, of Plantation had of being an artist or teacher when she grows older. butterflies in her stomach before her first leading role as The Plantation-based Dance Conservatory of Florida is “Annie” on stage? Think again. The University School focused on providing high-quality dance instruction for ages second grader says she simply loves being on stage. “I love it 2 1/2 through adult. They are led on stage by Artistic Director because I get to act in front of a lot of people,” she said. Melanie Van Hasselt.”I am so proud of my Annie Jr. cast. It has Kopelman recently had one of the leading roles in Dance been a pleasure working with all of the children,” Van Hasselt said. Conservatory of Florida’s production of “Annie Jr.”, which ran She brings a wealth of experience to the school, having May 1 at the Miniaci Theater at Nova Southeastern University. conceived and choreographed numerous productions for profesSeveral hundred friends and family members turned out for sional dance companies, musical theatre productions, conventwo performances of the Broadway classic, with two separate tions, touring musical acts, major sporting events and corporate casts.  The 4:30pm show featured Ella Noriega of Davie as Annie. business theatre throughout the United States as well as abroad.  Noriega, 8, has participated in three musical productions and Her choreography has been performed at Carnegie Hall and she has been taking vocal lessons, flamenco dance, ballet, tap and was named a top emerging choreographer by the Southeastern acting classes since she was three years old. “I love sharing the Regional Ballet Association.  One of the high moments in her stage with such a talented cast,” she said. professional career came in 1996, when Ms. Van Hasselt conceived, The 6:30pm show featured Kopelman in the lead role.  A choreographed and produced all of the entertainment provided Amanda Kopelman, 7 , of Plantation had one of student at the Dance Conservatory of Florida since she was 2 by IBM during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.  the lead roles as “Annie” in a recent performance by the Dance Conservatory of Florida 1/2 years old, Kopelman has also performed in several of their The Dance Conservatory of Florida is also offering musical other performances, including Disney’s Aristocrat Kids, Disney’s theater summer camps. Session one will run from June 13-July 1 Jungle Book Kids, The Nutcracker, and Disney’s Cinderella Kids.  and will perform Disney’s High School Musical Jr. Session 2 will run from July 11-July Though she has danced for years, she only recently took up singing by signing up 29 and will perform Disney’s 101 Dalmation Kids. for her school chorus, much to her mother’s surprise. “I have always thought I had natural born entertainer on my hands. I am so proud of her,” said Patty Kopelman.  The Dance Conservatory of Florida is located at 1017 S. University Drive in Plantation, Even as a new singer, Amanda says her favorite part of the play was belting out the at the northwest corner of University Drive & Peters Rd. in the Office Max Plaza. tune “Tomorrow”. She and Noriega beat out close to 50 other children for the lead For more information, phone them at 954-370-4948 or visit them online at www. roles, and were proud of their accomplishments. “I feel good because I get to dance



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community news Plantation Offering Summer Day Camps for Children ages 5-14 An even more affordable option is also available ith summer vacation just around at the Jim Ward Community Center. The camp, the corner, parents might want to consider consisting primarily of trips to the swimming pool, a summer camp option right in their own is $600 for Plantation residents for eight weeks and backyard. The city of Plantation is once again offering $320 for four weeks. and operating a full slate of programs, designed to Last summer, the city outsourced its summer meet almost any budget. “We have a large variety,” camp programs, but have resumed operations said Plantation Summer Camp Director Kylie Spector. for 2011. Spector said parents will not be disap“This year we have actually included a camp that is a pointed in what they have to offer.”We offer the little less expensive than typical day camp.” best of everything a camp can offer. We are diligent The city will offer programs for children ages about hiring great staff with proper backgrounds, 5-14, and prices will remain the same as last year. and a love of children. We just put together an The Adventure Camp at Central Park, for ages 12 to organized and safe environment,” she said. The 14, is $1,080 for eight weeks and $560 for four weeks. Plantation Summer Day Camps will run from Since it is for older children, Adventure Camp offers June 13-August 5. A lottery was held May 2, but anywhere from two to three field trips per week to registration forms for camp are still available at destinations like the zoo or the movies, in addition School’s out; Camp’s in! Campers enjoy the pool during Plantation’s Summer Day Camp the Plantation Community Center, located at to regular camp activities. 5555 Palm Tree Road; Plantation Central Park, Younger kids, ages 5-11, will enjoy the city’s day camps offered at Volunteer Park, located at 9151 NW Second St.; Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd.; and Jim Ward Central Park and the Kennedy Community Center . The cost there is $880 for eight Community Center, 301 NW 46th Ave. weeks and $460 for four weeks. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate most work schedules. The campers enjoy a full range of activities, swimming, special If your child is more into specialty camps, the city also contracts for services with an guests, crafts and more. The city has room for close to 480 campers. “We’ve come a long equestrian summer camp program, a drama and musical theater program, tennis way from when we first started doing it,” Spector said. “We try to include everything in and golf camp. For more information or to register, call 954-452-2510 or visit www. our day camps and offer a great variety rather than specializing as much as we used to.” and click on “Plantation Summer Camp” on the bottom half of the page. By Julie Levin



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it’s their business Hop on Over to Big Frog for Custom T-Shirts & More! By Stacey Bomser


rom t-shirts and tank tops to totes and towels, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More does it all, and for a lot less than you would think. The company specializes in one-of-a-kind custom designs. And the beauty of it is – you can print just one. “At Big Frog, anyone can order a quality custom t-shirt at a very reasonable price with one color or a million colors in any design,” states Nelida Coelho, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More. “And they can get it done in less than a day.” That’s because Big Frog is revolutionizing the custom printing industry with its cutting-edge technology called direct-to-garment, or DTG, printing. Basically, DTG printing uses a giant, high resolution ink jet printer to print multi-colored images directly to individual garments or other items. Unlike traditional screen printing, which essentially just layers paint on top of the fabric, Big Frog’s DTG printing actually imbeds the dye right into the fabric. “Our ink actually becomes part of the fabric,” explains Coelho. “Images and graphics look better and last longer than any other process. Your Big Frog shirts will last through hundreds of washings and still look great.”

Customers can use Big Frog’s design center to create a one-of-a-kind design.

women’s tank-tops, Big Frog also prints aprons, coasters, golf towels, tote bags, puzzles, car flags and mouse pads, although they call those frog pads. Whether you need one item or one hundred, Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More is always your best value. That’s because Big Frog never charges design or artwork fees, set-up fees or minimums. The store offers 24-hour turnaround, although many items can be printed while you wait. If those aren’t enough reasons to hop on over to Big Frog, the store is also environmentally-friendly. The DTG printer uses water-based ink and no harsh chemicals. The store also offers organic cotton t-shirts. Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More is conveniently located in the University Shoppes at 1633 South University Drive in Plantation, just north of I-595 and next to IHOP. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9am until 6pm and Saturday from 9am until 1pm. For more information call (954) 530-5670 or visit

Another benefit of DTG printing is that the customer is not limited by color, only their imagination. Big Frog can print over 16 million colors. “Full color prints are possible with photo quality resolution,” says Coelho. “That’s the beauty of our digital process.” Because everything is digital, customers can submit their designs electronically or create something special using the store’s in-house design center. Big Frog’s design specialists are always on hand to help customers access its enormous inventory of online images and fonts or incorporate personal photographs and company logos into the design. According to Coelho, “Customers come to the store with an idea of what they want to print for a family reunion, group 5K run, a cruise trip, sports team, or bowling tournament and with the professional help of our graphic designer we can make their idea a reality.” In addition to its selection of t-shirts in all sizes and styles, from infant’s onesies to

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o, many clients who work out at my facility refer to themselves as Professional Dieters. They have tried every weight loss plan, scheme, and promise under the sun and have failed over and over. The following five reasons are usually the reasons why.

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They were not ready to make a full time commitment. Weight loss is at least 50% attitude. Do you want the truth? Do not start a weight loss program unless you are ready. ADVICE: Do some serious soul searching and figure out what your personal motivation is to shed the extra weight. The motivation has to come from you. Then you need to recharge that motivation everyday if you are going to make it. I am a firm believer that short term goals are more important than long term goals in this situation.

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You expect miracles. You have unreasonable expectations in regard to how much weight you should be losing. You will end up very disappointed and fall off the wagon. ADVICE: I know you are looking for that quick fix. It does not exist, even if that infomercial says you will lose 20 pounds in one hour. Snap out of it. If you stay slow and steady you will be on your way to fantastic end results.

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You’re on a ridiculous plan. If you’re following an extreme weight loss plan (i.e. the cabbage soup diet) where it does not remotely resemble normal eating, there is a good chance you will fail. You may lose some weight but I guarantee it is back on within a week. ADVICE: A good food plan is based on healthy foods that keep you satisfied and energized, not cranky. This food adjustment should be a launching pad for long term lifestyle change.

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You had a breakdown and ate two pieces of cake and started falling apart. You tell yourself, “I already ruined everything so I might as well give up.” ADVICE: Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Instead, shake it off and get right back on track at your very next meal…..or the next day

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community news Plantation Resident honored by University of Florida By Julie Levin


he College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida recently honored a Plantation resident with a prestigious honor. Julie Silver Talenfeld, the founder and President of Boardroom Communications, was named one of four 2011 Alumni of Distinction honorees. Talenfeld now joins a small group of only 112 people selected to receive the honor since its inception in 1970, an impressive feat considering the college boasts more than 24,000 graduates with degrees in advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunications. Joining Talenfeld as Distinguished Alumni were Mitchell J. Habib (Advertising, 1982), the Chief Operating Officer of The Nielsen Company , Skip Perez (Journalism, 1969), the recently retired executive editor of The Lakeland Ledger  and CNN News reporter and India Bureau Chief Sara Sidner (Telecommunications, 1985). “The College of Journalism and Communications holds a place near and dear to my heart,” Talenfeld said. “I graduated with a strong, working knowledge of the print and broadcast news industry, and know my accomplishments would not have come without the great foundation I gained at UF.” Talenfeld graduated from the college’s Department of Telecommunications in 1984 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She went on to a successful career in television

and radio news, before launching Boardroom Communications at the age of 25. Her company posted 2010 revenues approaching $2 million. “Julie is one of the most dynamic, forwardthinking and successful communications professionals in the state of Florida,” said Dr. John Wright II, Dean of the College of Journalism and Communications. “She’s also a wonderful person with an engaging and positive personality. I’m proud that she is an alumna of the College of Journalism and Communications and a former student of mine.” Born in North Miami Beach to veteran CBS television reporter Ben Silver, Talenfeld began her career after college interning and working as a Washington, DC-based writer and associate producer for CNN’s awardwinning show, Crossfire. At 22, she founded the Florida Business Report, the first statewide business radio show. Talenfeld later directed P.R. for a 20-office, $100 million New York investment banking firm. Talenfeld launched Boardroom soon after. Today, the firm employs 14 people, half of whom also attended the University of Florida. The South Florida Business Journal lists Boardroom among its five largest P.R. firms and a Top-25 Woman-Owned Business. Boardroom has been named “Business of the Year” by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and South Florida Business Leader Magazine named Julie to its Women Extraordinaire list.

City of Plantation Hosts Calendar Photo Contest By Julie Levin


o you have a flair for the artistic, and a desire to see your photographs in print? If so, grab your camera and start snapping some great photos around town. The City of Plantation is currently looking for photos for its 2012 city calendar, and they are hoping local residents, and their cameras, can provide what they are looking for. They are sponsoring their first ever Calendar Photo contest, and will be taking entries through July 15 at 5 p.m. They began accepting photos in mid-April. Would be photographers looking to help out have a wide range of topics to choose from. The city is looking for photos that help capture the experience of life in Plantation in an

endless variety of ways. Photographers are welcome to submit photos in the following categories: city program and services, parks and playgrounds, landscapes, gardens and flora, urban wildlife, pets, people of all ages at work, play or leisure, business, architecture or buildings, culture, entertainment, art, dance, music and shots from around Plantation neighborhoods. When photographing, keep in mind that the point of the calendar photos is to help showcase what makes living in Plantation special. After the submission deadline, 13 photos will be chosen to be featured in the 2012 Calendar. Other high quality photos not chosen to be featured in the calendar will be awarded Honorable Mention. The contest is open to amateur photographers (those deriving less than 25% of income from the sale of photography) and student photographers. Information and application forms are available at all city facilities or on the City website at and then scroll down to the bottom of the homepage. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2011. You can either mail or drop off the signed waiver and photos to: City of Plantation, Parks & Recreation Department, Attn: Ken Boyce, 9151 N.W. 2nd Street, Plantation, Fl 33324. For all the requirements about this contest, please call Cheryl in the Parks & Recreation Department at 954-452-2506.


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May 2011


school news Volunteers, Supplies Needed to Help Spruce up Plantation Middle By Julie Levin


f you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, or can donate plants, bushes, or other gardening supplies, Plantation Middle School wants to hear from you. The school, located at 7700 West Sunrise Boulevard, has been gradually updating its landscaping through the work of its Parent-Teacher Organization, and has now come to a standstill due to a lack of funds. “”We will take donations of time because we still need to remove the overgrowth that is there so we can get in there and plant,” said Lana Henning, the Vice President of Special Events with the Plantation Middle School PTO. The school of approximately 850 students has already received volunteer help from the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale. Marsha Bell, the parent of a seventh grader at the school, was so impressed with the PTO’s fundraising efforts to beautify the school, that she arranged for a group A look at what one of the areas at Plantation Middle School from her church to come and that has been cleared, and in need of new landscaping. help clean out old shrubbery and overgrowth in October. Working with Plantation Middle parents and members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society, they also came back in March to cleanout more areas and add mulch. “They wanted to take us on as one of their community outreach projects,” said Henning.

The idea to give Plantation Middle a make-over came about over the summer, when PTO, working with the administration, decided the landscaping around the school had been neglected for long enough. “We wanted the school to set a better impression when you walk up to it,” said Henning, whose son Nick is in the seventh grade at Plantation Middle. They began fundraising and were able to raise enough to re-landscape a few areas around the school, but know there is much more to be done. Adding to the problem; Plantation Middle is a title one school, where many of the families struggle finan- Volunteers at work putting down mulch at Plantation Middle School cially. “We try to fundraise but we don’t come close to raising what other schools do,” said Henning. In addition to looking for labor, they also need donations of plants, mulch and other supplies. The landscaping is not the only thing they would like to spruce up.. They also want to beautify the inside of the school too, and would like to paint the Media Center and including inspirational quotes, as well as a mural for their students. If you can help, please contact Plantation Middle School Principal Patricia Hague at 754-322-4100.

Special Needs become Flower Arrangers for a Day By Julie Levin


or just a day, several special needs students at South Plantation High School got to put away their school books, and try their hands at something entirely different. The students, all a part of the school’s PASS program, had the opportunity to learn how to handle and create flower arrangements. “They were thrilled, they had a great time and the staff could not have been more helpful,” said Sherri Auten-Wallace, the Pass/Sphere instructor at South Plantation High. The special flower arranging class took place March 4 at Field of Flowers, located at 5101 South University Drive in Davie. Staff members took the students on a tour of the facility, including a peek inside the special coolers that keep the flowers at the proper temperature. “We felt it was Proud of his creation: student Eddie something we wanted and could do. It Garcia shows off his flower basket. would be something the kids would really enjoy,” said Donn Flipse, the Founder and President of Field of Flowers of Davie. Afterwards, a professional floral designer gave them a hands-on class on how to create an arrangement. “They got to actually put together their own flower arrangement and take them home,” said Flipse. The special class helps provide a glimpse into potential career opportunities for the


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students of PASS, which is a school and communitybased program that provides functional, independent and vocational living instruction in real life settings. Students with certain special needs can remain in the school system until they are 22 years old. PASS helps expose them to resources in the community and lets them practice real-life skills. “It shows them what is out there,” said Auten-Wallace. Auten-Wallace says they are always looking for more help from the community, Future flower arrangers? Dorothy Orelhomme and particularly businesses willing Chelsea Nodrden work on their designing skills. to share of their time and skill. Field of Flowers has had field trips come through before, but never one involving older students looking at career possibilities. Donn Flipse said Field of Flowers was happy to fill the need. “I feel that for a modest investment in time and material on our part, I think we had a real positive impact on those kids day,” Flipse said. If you would like to volunteer, or need more information, contact Sherri Auten Wallace at 754-323-1950, ext 3143, or email her at sherri.auten-wallace@browardschools. com. For more on Field of Flowers, visit them at

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s an attorney handling automobile accident claims in South Florida, I frequently counsel individuals to select an insurance policy that best fits their needs. Many times, consumers do not understand the importance of carrying Uninsured Motorist coverage in Florida. Do not confuse Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage with Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. Drivers in this state are required to carry $10,000.00 in PIP insurance. PIP covers someone that is injured in an accident regardless of whether they are at fault for the crash. Florida law provides that PIP shall cover eighty percent (80%) of medical bills and sixty percent (60%) of lost wages when a person is injured in an accident. This coverage is paid out as the person receives treatment or submits proof of lost wages. However, when someone is injured in an accident, often the coverage provided by PIP is insufficient to fully compensate them for their damages. In Florida, drivers are not required to carry Bodily Injury (BI) coverage. Therefore, if the person that caused the accident did not purchase BI coverage, fled the scene of the crash or carried insufficient coverage, there will not be insurance available to compensate the injured person for their full measure of damages unless they purchased UM coverage. Recent reports indicate that 25-30% of drivers in Florida do not maintain BI coverage. This number is increasing because of the economic climate. Unfortunately, we have seen more and more clients that are the victims of a severe crash where the responsible party did not have BI coverage or their policy limits were insufficient to compensate them for their damages. This is when UM coverage becomes essential. Under Florida law, an insurance company must offer drivers the option to purchase as much UM coverage as liability coverage. Many professionals decide to purchase large amounts of liability coverage to protect themselves and their assets in the event they cause an accident. Unfortunately, these professionals do not understand the importance of also obtaining UM coverage to protect them in the event they are hit by someone with minimal or no bodily injury coverage. It also protects them if they are a victim of a hit-and-run accident. UM coverage can be used to pay for an individual’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering as well as future costs and expenses relating to their injuries. We always make it a point to review a client’s insurance policy and emphasize the importance of obtaining adequate UM coverage. It is critical to review your policy to ensure that you carry sufficient insurance to protect you and your family in the event you are injured in an automobile accident. 

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May 2011


dining out On The Menu Cafe & Bistro Offers European Flair to Great Cuisine By Julie Levin


ucked away in an office and retail shopping center in Davie, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sits a new eatery that promises to give diners a taste of French and international cuisines at its finest. On The Menu, a Gourmet European Cafe and Bistro, offers something never before seen in Davie. “We

of hot and cold drinks including espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, cafe latte, cafe frappe, breakfast tea, herbal and green teas, sodas and more. The casual space is done in a modern style, with vibrant hues and colorful prints on the walls. Soft French music plays in the background to complete the setting. But for those looking for a meal, On The Menu is a true gem. They offer mostly natural foods with a focus on being as organic as possible, all made from scratch in their 75-seat eatery. The menu is French bistro, with a nod to Mediterranean cuisine. The kitchen is under the command of Italian-born chef Giuseppe DeRobertis, a Master Chef who studied French cuisine in France and then was a chef in Montreal in French restaurants for years. On the Menu Café & Bistro opens at 8 a.m. every day except Sunday (they are hoping to open soon on Sunday), and diners can find themselves sitting down to specialties such as French toast made with croissants, Liege sugar waffles, egg dishes, baked goods, crepes or a croque madame sandwich, a blend of ham, Swiss, béchamel sauce and a sunny side-up egg. Freshly squeezed orange juice, coffees and teas complete the meal. For lunch they offer a tantalizing menu of panini’s, sandwiches, burgers, salads and soups, including authentic French Onion soup that is available every day. There is also a full array of salads, which are made entirely from scratch. “The food is made when the customer orders it. Nothing is pre-made,” said Williamson.

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are a bistro, cafe, pastry shop and coffeehouse,” said Pascal Sanchez-Santini, who coowns On The Menu Café & Bistro with his wife Victoria Williamson. The idea for the concept behind On The Menu is due in large part to Pascal SanchezSantini, who was born and raised in Paris, France and is of Italian and Spanish descent. It was his idea to combine a café with a bistro along with a pastry shop. He and Victoria saw a real lack of French restaurants in Broward, they can point to just a few. They decided that Davie and the surrounding cities, with its melting pot of cultures, was ready for a taste of quality French and international food at affordable prices. Located at 4801 S. University Drive in the Atrium Center, On The Menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with mouth-watering breads, pastries and coffees. “We have great food, quick friendly service, and an impeccably clean kitchen under the guidance of Master Chef Giuseppe,” said Williamson, who many food lovers will remember from Churchill’s, the upscale fine dining restaurant she built and ran in Cooper City for many years. Newcomers to On The Menu may first be happily distracted by the rows of tempting authentic French pastries delivered fresh daily from Croissan’Time that beckons when they first walk in the door. There is an array of fruit tarts, Napoleons, éclairs, gorgeous cakes, mousse cakes, cookies, petit fours, baked tarts and special occasion cakes. Many guests settle down into the white sofas near the entrance to relax and enjoy their treat while relaxing or Owners Pascal Sanchez-Santini and Victoria meeting clients. Williamson (center) with employees Spencer Garneau, (left), and Rachel Robbio (right) On the Menu has free Wi-Fi, an array


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Co-owner Pascal Sanchez-Santini shows off a sampling of the delicious pastries guests can enjoy

Their dinners are a true experience into international cuisines. Guests can start with an appetizer of Mozzarella Caprese, or Coquille St. Jacques Gratin, which features scallops and shrimp baked in a béchamel sauce, with bake mashed potatoes covered with cheese. For a traditional taste of French cuisine, try the escargot, duck confit or beef bourguignon served with tagliatelle or rack of lamb. There are also poultry, pork, and seafood dishes to choose from, as well as domestic and imported wines and beer. Both Victoria and Pascal invite South Floridians to come check out On The Menu and enjoy the ambiance of their European Cafe & Bistro. It is a great place to meet friends for any meal of the day, or for an afternoon treat of a scrumptious pastry with a specialty coffee. On the Menu Café & Bistro offers daily specials that you can eat-in or take-out. They also offer catering, cooking classes, and a “reality chef” class for the day, where guests can work and learn under the tutelage of a Master Chef. On the Menu Café & Bistro is located at 4801 S. University Drive, Davie at the main entrance of the Atrium Center just south of Griffin Road on the West side. They are open Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 10 p.m. They will be opening on Sunday’s soon. You can contact them at 954-680-7944 or email at They are also online at

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it’s their business Florida Contractor Connection Makes Home Repair Easy By Debby Teich


omeowners often need a handyman for a small project or an entire crew to remodel a kitchen, but lack the time or resources to find a reliable contractor for the job. Now all they have to do is make a simple phone call to Florida Contractor Connection, Inc. to find a prescreened, licensed, bonded and insured contractor – at no charge. FCC is a premier home services referral network of dependable, highly skilled professionals in every field from painting, plumbing, and Owner Stephanie Citron visits a job site. floor refinishing to complete room renovations and home additions. As a property manager for some of South Florida’s finest residential communities, Owner Stephanie Citron spent many years searching for contractors to complete home improvements and repairs. She quickly learned how to weed out the bad contractors and home improvement specialists and began building a list of those who are reliable and do a great job without consumer complaint. Through the years, her friends and neighbors started calling her for recommendations when they needed work done in their homes and she was always happy to help. Last year, Citron started FCC so she could help other homeowners in South Florida. “It can be very frustrating when contractors show up late or not at all,” said Citron. “We take the guess work out of home improvement so homeowners do not have to spend valuable time searching for a qualified professional to complete a special project. We put them in touch with prescreened, highly qualified and reliable home improvement and service professionals.” Citron works with clients who are new to the area, or just do not have time to search for qualified professionals. She has helped clients find professionals for appliance repair, architectural design, carpentry, carpet installation and cleaning, crown molding, custom cabinetry, woodworking, deck/fence installation, painting, driveways, electric, flooring, air conditioning, home inspection and more. FCC makes the process easy by providing a concierge service, unlike many other online referral companies that simply match a zip code with a contractor. The service is free to use and there is no obligation to hire the professionals it refers. Clients submit their home project information and FCC contacts the most appropriate contractor for the job based on budget, project specification, scheduling, location, and craftsmanship. The contractor calls the client in a timely manner to schedule an appointment. If the proposal is satisfactory, the client hires the contractor and pays him/her directly. FCC stays in contact with the client throughout the entire project to provide additional support and facilitate communication between the homeowner and contractor. FCC also follows up with a survey to measure client satisfaction. Citron recognizes that FCC is only as good as its contractors, so she requires each one to complete a thorough screening process. In order to become a member of the FCC network, contractors must have proper licensing, bonding and insurance; provide at least five references; complete an interview; display a good attitude and professional demeanor; and be in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Most contractors generate work through referrals and from repeat loyal customers and understand the benefits of being a member of the FCC network. They learn about projects that are suited to their specialties and within their geographical boundaries. “Our contractors go out of their way to do a good job and keep clients happy so they can remain in the network,” said Citron. “We are proud to represent such an outstanding group of professionals.” For information or to submit a work request, visit or call 954-562-6138.


May 2011

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hester is a 2 year- old. reddish, short-haired domestic. He is very social and playful when people come to meet him. His favorite people are his 4 human brothers. Chester enjoys playing ghost, hiding behind curtains, and trying to scare the family. He enjoys waiting outside when his human brothers get home from school. He also enjoys playing with the big geotrax train in the living room trying to knock it off its tracks. Chester was last seen lounging in his comfy bed. 

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Health & Wellness The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check –Up By Dr. Felipe Norena


hen is the best time for your child’s first orthodontic check-up? The answer is no later than age 7, and here’s why:

▸▸ O  rthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. ▸▸ W  hile your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. ▸▸ A check up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, the orthodontist may identify a developing problem but recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development, and then, if indicated, begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. In the other cases, the orthodontist might find a problem that can benefit from early treatment. ▸▸ Early treatment may prevent or intercept more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated. In some cases, the orthodontist will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing. ▸▸ Early treatment may give your orthodontist the chance to: Guide jaw growth, lower risk of trauma to protruded front teeth, correct harmful oral habits, improve appearance, guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position and create a more pleasing arrangement of teeth, lips and face

Even if your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up. Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time. In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist: early or late loss of baby teeth, speech difficulties, difficulty in chewing or biting, biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth, mouth breathing, facial imbalance, jaws that shift or make sounds or grinding or clenching of the teeth Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile. 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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legally speaking Have You Been a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


redatory lending is when a lender imposes abusive, unfair and sometimes illegal loan terms on borrowers, without regard for the borrowers’ ability to repay the loan. When two or more of the following factors are contained in a mortgage loan transaction, the subsequent forensic audit performed on that transaction usually reveals serious violations of federal and state lending laws.

Property Purchased or Refinanced Between 2003 and 2007.

This four year period marked the peak of the real estate boom in South Florida. Just about anyone, including foreign nationals without any past credit history, could obtain a “sub-prime” loan for all the value of the mortgaged property. The sub-prime mortgage market thrived during this time, allowing borrowers to encumber their properties well beyond their true market values.

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These types of loans are initially set at an artificially low interest rate for a brief period of time. They then switch to an adjustable rate for the remaining term of the loan, and the rate can increase as often as every six months. Even if the U.S. interest rate index remains unchanged, the monthly payments on these loans could increase by up to 50%. These loans have the highest delinquency rate of any other loan product.

Mortgage Loan Contains Negative Amortization.

Negative amortization occurs when the monthly mortgage payment is not sufficient to even cover the interest due, and therefore, the balance of the loan increases over time even though payments have been made. If you owe more today on your home loan, than when you originally purchased or refinanced, your loan is negatively amortized.

Mortgage Loan is Interest-Only or Pick-a-Payment.

Under these types of loans, the borrower is only required to pay the interest due on the loan or some other minimal payment that does not even cover the interest on the loan. After a few years, the required monthly payment is usually increased to cover the outstanding balance. Once the loan payment is increased, so does the likelihood the borrower will default, and eventually be subjected to foreclosure.

Mortgage Loan Approval Based Only on Stated Income.

Roughly half of all sub-prime borrowers from 2003-2007 were given “stated income” loans, in which they were qualified based on statements in the loan application as to their income. These statements of income were largely unverified, and often the “stated income” required for the loan to be approved was the exact amount included in the application by the mortgage broker.   If any of these factors apply to your current loan, you should at least have a professional forensic audit performed to find out whether you have any viable claims against your lender. If your claims are timely and properly raised, you may be entitled to reduce the amount you owe, or cancel your loan obligation altogether. A more detailed explanation of these factors, different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, and key foreclosure defense strategies are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home,” which is available in both Spanish and English. Contact the Arcia Law Firm to receive a FREE copy of this DVD (which retails for $39.95 plus S/H).   The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to defend dozens of homeowners in our community in foreclosure and bankruptcy cases. 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 .

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it’s their business Get Into Shape at CrossFit Affliction By Julie Levin


ou notice the difference at CrossFit Affliction as soon as you walk through the door. Gone are the fancy, sleek machines you find in air conditioned, cookie cutter gyms across South Florida. In their place is hardcore workout equipment, in a huge warehouse, all designed with the goal of helping almost anyone get into shape. “We are really like an old fashioned type of gym facility,” said Steve Bowser, who co-owns CrossFit Affliction with wife Heidi. While the facility may be old school, CrossFit is one of the newest and most popular strength and conditioning programs on the market today. With thousands of locations nationwide, CrossFit includes a cross-section of gymnastics, endurance training, and weight lifting, focusing on core strength and overall agility. No two work-outs are the same. Instead, the program provides constantly varied, high-intensity, functional workouts for all fitness levels. Located at 10400 State Road 84 in Davie, CrossFit Affliction was the first CrossFit Facility to open in Broward County in 2007. They also have a separate 6,000 square foot location in downtown Fort Lauderdale and their experience has helped them to become the premier CrossFit facility in Broward County. They specialize in strength, power, and endurance training and also have an CrossFit includes a cross-section of gymnastics, endurance team along with a endurance training, and weight lifting, focusing on core strength and overall agility. Christina USA Weightlifting Team. Maragh shows her power with the weights. While their client base includes pro athletes, national high school champs, Navy SEALS, firefighters and SWAT team members, Bowser is quick to point out CrossFit is ideal for people of any fitness level or age, stay-at-home moms and grandparents are no exception. “Our unique program is designed for all levels of athlete. No one is too in shape or out of shape to participate,” said Heidi. CrossFit Affliction is based in a 4,200 square foot facility, featuring York weight lifting and gluteham equipment, colored bumper-plates, Concept II rowing machines, a full complement of kettle bells, ab-mats, and metabolic conditioning equipment. Trained and certified staff members are on hand to help members through the workouts which engage different skills on different days, and are run against Co-owner Heidi Bowser, left, working out with the CrossFit program. the clock. “You are timed which gives you a little more incentive to work harder,” Heidi explained. Everyone follows the same routine on a given day which helps build one of the most important aspects of CrossFit; teamwork. “There is a real sense of community because everyone


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is trying to complete the same thing,” said Steve. All new members are put through the On Ramp Course, a 2-day program that helps determine their level of fitness. It is a required program that not only provides an assessment, but also a crash course on all movements, including Olympic lifts, barbell movements, Kettle bell training, basic gymnastics, running methods, nutrition, and more.   Once the On ramp CrossFit is ideal for people of any fitness sessions are complete, new level or age. Client Dena Wells works floor members can join the class. A exercises at Cross Fit Affliction. baseline workout is completed every 3 months to measure progress. “With CrossFit, members will notice a difference in two weeks,” said Steve. The program is intense, and not easy, but the results are well worth the effort, according to Steve. “You have to be 100% committed to hard work and dedication toward your fitness goals.   If you want an improved lifestyle and overall better fitness and health, call us to set up an appointment,” he said.  Their trainers hold a large variety of certifications including:  CrossFit Level 1, Coaches Prep for Level 2, Olympic Weightlifting, Barbell, Kettle bell, Football, Running and Endurance, Nutrition, POSE Running, Movement and Mobility, Rowing, USA Olympic Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach, with several more to come.  Both Steve and Heidi bring impressive credentials to CrossFit Affliction. Steve has a strong sports background, including football, wrestling, track, body building, kickboxing, and power lifting. His experience with the associated training programs has given him a well rounded fitness resume. Heidi’s background includes body building shows, power lifting competitions, and law enforcement, where a functional level of fitness allows you to properly react to potentially Client Charles Santos competing in the Broward dangerous situations. Power liftAffiliate Cup CrossFit Challenge ing taught her the importance of proper form, which is critical to the Olympic lifting section of the CrossFit system, while preparation for body building competitions taught her the effect that long term nutritional decisions and dietary programs have. At CrossFit Affliction, anyone can improve their fitness for as little as $8 per session. “Why pay a personal trainer $45-$50 per hour, when you can group train for much less,” said Steve. If you are ready to get into shape, call CrossFit for an appointment to come check out their facility. CrossFit Affliction is located at 10400 State Road 84, #103, in Davie. You can phone them at 954-846-8666 or email them at They are also online at The Bowser’s also have another CrossFit location at 525 NW 1 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. You can phone them at 954-789-7131 or visit them online at

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it’s their business Slender Fit U Makes Dieting Easy By Debby Teich


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

“Before Slender Fit U I hated getting on a scale. It was the most depressing part of the day. Now I can’t wait to jump on. You can see and feel the results within the first 3 days. My stomach is disappearing!” Jeannie before

Jeannie after

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

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

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

Luis before

Luis after

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

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May 2011


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What You Need To Know About Stroke By Efrain Salgado, M.D.


troke is the third leading cause of death following heart disease and cancer. Every year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke episode – that means that a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Americans will pay close to $70 billion in stroke-related medical costs in this year alone.

Join us for free web chats to learn the latest information on health topics that matter most to you. Cleveland Clinic specialists will share their expertise.

Q: What is a stroke? A: A stroke or “brain attack” is damage to the brain when blood supply to part of the brain is reduced or completely stopped. Brain cells deprived of blood die and can no longer function because they stop getting oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

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Monday, May 9 Skin Cancer: Ask an Expert! Dermatologists at Cleveland Clinic Florida have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases and disorders, including skin cancers. With the inherent ultraviolet light exposure in Florida and resulting sun damage, the Department of Dermatology offers expertise in the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of skin cancers. Get your questions answered by the experts that care the most. Speaker:

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Wednesday, May 25 Peripheral Arterial Disease PAD, or Peripheral Arterial Disease, is when the arteries in the legs, or any other part of the body that carries blood out side of the heart, become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. PAD is a serious condition that can more than double your risk for heart attack or stroke, but often it can be successfully treated by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet. For more questions regarding PAD, join our live on-line chat with one of Cleveland Clinic’s vascular medicine specialists. Speaker:

Carmel Celestin, MD – Vascular Medicine Specialist

Tuesday, May 31 Stroke

Q: What are signs or symptoms of a stroke? A: Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or legs; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and sudden, severe headaches with no known cause. Q: What you can do to prevent a stroke? A: A healthier lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing the chance of disability and death from stroke: stop or don’t smoke; exercise regularly; control high blood pressure; maintain ideal body weight; limit alcohol intake; control cholesterol; improve eating habits; take medication as directed; control diabetes and get regular check-ups. Q: What stroke treatments are available at the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Center? A: Physical and neurological exams are performed immediately to determine brain damage and the cause of stroke. The physician may also get a CT Scan of the head to further investigate the type of stroke. If a blood clot is the cause of stroke, as it most often is, a clot busting medication called Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) can be used for treatment, but must be administered within 4 ½ hours of the onset of symptoms. If you or someone with you has one or more of the above symptoms of stroke, don’t delay, call 9-1-1 immediately. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Salgado at the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Center, please call 1-800-639-DOCTOR, or visit www. for more information.

Cleveland Clinic Florida neurological physicians have expertise in diagnosing and treating stroke. Strokes can happen at any age. Nearly 25% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65 and is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. To learn more about the risk factors and preventative measures you can take, or what to do when a loved one has a stroke, log on and get your questions answered by a Cleveland Clinic stroke expert. Speaker:

Efrain Salgado, MD – Neurologist

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seen on scene gardenfest

1) Vickie Miller of Plantation was one of several dozen vendors who turned out for the two-day Garden Fest March 26 & 27 at the Volunteer Park Community Center. The event offered everything from beautiful bamboo to exotic plants and garden supplies. 2) Lots of people stopped by the booth of Sly Darcie, to watch him create hats and baskets from palm fronds.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Thousands packed the parking lot of the Volunteer Park Community Center March 12 in a hunt for bargains at the multi-family Garage Sale. The event was sponsored by The City of Plantation, Parks & Recreation Department.

relay for life

Thousands of people packed Plantation’s Central Park April 1 & 2 for the American Cancer Society Plantation Relay for Life. Team D’ax Panthers included Mia Watler,15, Carly Eisenberg, 14, and Alix Fleming, 15. The Relay helps raise funds and awareness in the battle against cancer.

Star power in Plantation!

1) Actor Hill Harper, who stars on the television drama CSI:NY, hosted the Woman2Woman Breast Cancer Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Real Men Support Pink” Pink Golf Tournament and Diamond Ball. The golf tournament was held April 8 at Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club. 2) Grammy Award winning artist Yolanda Adams also performed at the ball. The Woman2Woman Breast Cancer Foundation supports women by promoting regular examinations, early detection and aggressive treatment from those suffering from breast cancer.


ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting highlighted the grand opening of the Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute in Plantation. The ophthalmology practice opened its new stateof-the-art facility March 28 at Royal Palm Complex, 850 South Pine Island Road. The facility features more than 10,000 square feet of space and eight board-certified eye care professionals.


May 2011

More than 120 guests, many in swashbuckler and pirate regalia, joined in the festivities at the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club’s annual event benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida. The event was held April 2 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in Dania Beach, to raise funds to help the wishes of deserving children come true. 1) – Event Co-Chair Debbie Maturse, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida CEO Norm Wedderburn, and Event Co-Chair Lici Merrit 2) Al Gonzalez, Debbie Gonzalez, Dean Mlinarich, Fay Mlinarich, Ron Phelps, Susie Phelps

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