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Contents calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 community news Plantation Named One of Nation’s Best Communities for Young People . . . . 10 Holiday Spirit Abounds at Annual “Winter Wonderland” Exhibit . . . . . . . . 12 Keep the Kids Happy, Busy Over Winter Break . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Members of Little River Band, Brian Howe Coming to Plantation . . . . . . . . 14 Plantation Residents “Shop” to Fight Breast Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Mosaic Theatre Puts Spotlight on the Arts in Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 home Décor What is the Best Way to Cover Large Windows and Doors? . . . . . . . . . . . 15 can do kid Color them Creative! Student Art Search Winners Announced . . . . . . . . . 18 legally speaking Man’s Best Friend? – Dog Bites And Your Rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Is There Ever a Right Time to Loan Modify? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Collaborative Divorce–The No-Court Divorce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 cover story Renaissance Hotel in Plantation Offers Sleek New Look, Superior Service . . 22 school news High School Drama Club Looking to Community for Renovation Help . . . . . 26 Fitness is the Highlight at Fall Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Great Getaways Trip To Paradise! Destination: South Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 health & wellness Understanding Gastrointestinal Ailments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 What Orthodontics Can Do For You? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Are You Suffering From Halitosis? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 How Can Hip Injuries Be Fixed? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 pet of the month. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 It’s Their Business Top Stylists Train at ASM Beauty World Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 tax talk Year-End Tax Planning Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 photo contest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 seen on scene. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

n between bites of a delicious Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by family and friends, I hope you took the time to reflect on the many things you have to be thankful for this year; all the little blessings we enjoy every day.

In the true spirit of this season of giving, let us share our good fortunate with our loved ones, as well as those in need. There are families right here in our communities who need our assistance. Help make the season brighter for them by giving generously.

And consider giving your children a gift they will cherish for a lifetime; the gift of giving. The holidays are the perfect time to teach your children to be thankful for what they have and to help others. For that is truly what the holidays are about. Happy Holidays everyone.

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Health & Community Services ExpoThe city of Plantation, in partnership with the Lauderdale West Men’s Club, will present a morning of health screenings. representatives of government agencies, (including BCPA, DCF, Legal Aid, Social Security, Senior Medicare Patrol and more), representatives of health related, home health, long term healthcare, financial planning and more. Refreshments, Door Prizes, Free Admission. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Lauderdale West Clubhouse, 1141 NW 85th Avenue (Lauderdale West Drive), For information, call 954-473-8219.

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10th Secret Holiday Shop (No Parents A l l o w e d )! A nnouncing West Regional’s second holiday shop just for kids! Our Teen Volunteers will help you pick out a special present for mom, dad, grandparents, brother or sister.  Most items priced below $3 & gift wrapping is free.  Look for our Secret Holiday Shop raffle drawing December 3 & 9 – you could win a $5 shopping spree at the holiday shop!  Ages 4-12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. West Broward Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard. For more information, call 954-382-5860 x230

All Month Winter Wonderland!-The Winter Wonderland returns to the Plantation Historical Museum. The free and exciting Winter Wonderland Exhibit is a spectacular collection of over 35 diverse cultural holiday displays. The breathtaking display is a favorite for all ages. Special events the whole month of December: Bring your camera, visit Santa, enjoy the Bell Ringers Show and much more!

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Nature in the Woods - The City of Plantation, in partnership with Sawgrass Nature Center, is working to help connect children with nature by offering monthly themed programs. One Saturday each month from 10 a.m. -11 a.m., children will have fun participating in different stations, such as a nature presentation with a wildlife friend, arts and crafts, music and movement, building, gardening and climbing. Ages 3-7. Kennedy Community

Santa’s Visit-Santa and his elves will be coming down Plantation’s streets Christmas Eve, preceded by a police car with sirens blaring announcing their arrival. Santa will be giving out candy canes to all the boys and girls waiting for his arrival. Children should listen for the sirens and be outside waiting curbside with parents. 5:00-10:00 p.m. Call 954-452-2510 for more information.

Special Holiday Celebration-No More Tears will welcome the holidays with a new start and a new year. Join domestic violence victims and their children for an evening to celebrate with the NMT family. There will be face painting, food and presents. Everyone is encouraged to bring gifts. The party will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1560 N.W. 100 Way in Plantation. RSVP to Somy@NMTProject.org.

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Green Day Poster Contest Plantation’s motto is “Out of the wilderness, this City.” It has literally grown up among its trees! And so have most of its residents. How do Plantation’s trees, and its commitment to the environment, make growing up and living in Plantation special? Contest is open to Plantation students grades k-12. Entry forms available at City Hall, Hoffman Library, Central Park, Jim Ward Community Center, Volunteer Park, Plantation schools or online at Plantation.org. Poster & application forms must be received before Friday, January 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM, at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library. 1st & 2nd Prizes will be awarded in each category and grade level. All judged entries will receive a ribbon. Posters will be on display at Plantation’s 5th Annual Green Day Environmental Expo, February 25, 2012.


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Everglades, the Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration Magnet program at South Plantation High School which lets students study the Everglades and encourages them to be good stewards of the environment, and the Westside Regional Medical Center teen volunteer program, which gives students the opportunity to give back to the community while gaining experience in the medical career field. Founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of 400+ corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children. The ING Foundation shares the Alliance’s passion to invest in the development and future of America’s young people. Each year on average, the ING Foundation contributes $3.5 million towards education initiatives. This year, more than 300 communities in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., were nominated for honor, with winners eventually being selected from 39 states. Past winners of the Best Communities competition have ranged from small towns, such as a mobile home community in Minnesota; to some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York City, Chicago and Houston; to counties and school districts. A grant of $2,500 will be given to every community that is named one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. Other communities in Florida to receive the award included North Lauderdale, St. Petersburg, Tampa/Hillsborough, Manatee County, Greenacres and Alachua County.

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community news Holiday Spirit Abounds at Annual “Winter Wonderland” Exhibit By Julie Levin

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long-standing Plantation holiday tradition is ready to entertain guests, both young and old. Winter Wonderland, the annual exhibit featuring Christmas trees decorated in different themes, is once again on display at the Plantation Historical Museum. “We have 41 trees this year, from 2 feet to 14 feet tall,” said Shirley Schuler, the Curator of the Museum. As many as 6,000 people are expected to visit the exhibit, which opened December 1 and will be on display through January 7. In addition to the beautifully decorated trees, there will also be cultural holiday displays, a Hanukkah exhibit, Victorian doll house, porcelain village with miniature train, and animated & musical figures. The tradition began in the 1980’s with a Christmas in July event, which featured what was then called the “Constitution Tree” and Schuler says it just kept growing. “People The Victorian Tree. kept giving us ideas for trees, and would help us purchase them,” she said. The exhibit is set up by a team of “Angels and Elves”. Schuler says the Angels “adopt” trees and help decorate them. Elves are volunteers from the community that not only help decorate, but also serve as guides during the exhibit and help explain each tree. Some of trees on display include the old fashioned tree, a Victorian tree, a Disney tree, the transportation tree, which has a small train that runs through the center of it, the Plantation tree with snapshots of residents and employees, a dinosaur tree with an animated dinosaur at the bottom, and many more. “It is really a beautiful exhibit to

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enjoy,” Schuler said. Winter Wonderland is free and open to the public. Cameras are welcome. There will be an open house December 8th and 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On December 10 and December 17, will be Children’s Day with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will be closed December 24-26 and December 31-January 2nd. The Plantation Historical Museum is located at 511 North Fig Tree Lane in Plantation. For more information, you can call 954-797-2722.

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community news Members of Little River Band, Brian Howe Coming to Plantation By Julie Levin

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usic lovers are in for a treat next month. One of the best known bands of the 70’s and 80’s, along with the lead singer of one of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era, will be coming to our area for a benefit concert. Three members of the Little River Band, along with Bad Company’s lead singer Brian Howe, are set to perform at the Hawks Landing Clubhouse in Plantation January 14, to help raise money for at-risk dogs. The concert is being presented by Have a Heart, Inc., a non-profit volunteer canine rescue in South Florida. All funds raised through the concert will go towards keeping the dogs safe and healthy. Organizers are expecting up to 250 people for the show, that could raise anywhere from $10,000- $15,000 for Have a Heart. For music lovers, it will be a chance to get “Unplugged, Up Close and Personal” with the legendary musicians. The Little River Band came out of Australia in the 1970’s and quickly set a record for having top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years, with songs like Reminiscing, Lonesome Loser, Lady, Night Owls, Happy Anniversary, Take It Easy Brian Howe On Me, and Cool Change. Brian Howe started his career in 1983 as lead vocalist for Ted Nugent, before joining Bad Company as lead singer in 1983. Many know their legendary hits like Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Bad Company, Feel Like Makin’ Love, Ready for Love, and Holy Water. Have a Heart rescues unwanted, homeless dogs and keep them safe, healthy, and socialized until a new home can be found. Some of the dogs are older, some have been abused or neglected. Because Have a Heart does not receive public funding, they stay

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afloat primarily through private efforts and donations. They decided to host their first ever fund-raiser to help off-set the costs of caring for the dogs. Janice Green, who runs the group and is also a booking agent & manager for several bands, asked the Little River Band for help. Band member Wayne Nelson and wife Rhonda live in South Florida, volunteer at the facility, and quickly agreed. The concert will be held January 14 at the Hawks Landing Clubhouse, at 500 Hawks Landing Circle from 7:00 - 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person. Reservations must be made in advance. Payments will not be accepted at the door. For more information, call Susan Fischer at 954-465-0923. For more information on Have a Heart, Inc., visit them online at www.AdoptTheDog.com.

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community news Plantation Residents “Shop” to Fight Breast Cancer By Julie Levin

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lose to 50 South Florida residents put their shopping skills to the test recently to help raise money for a good cause. They gathered November 3 at A Nose for Clothes in Plantation to help raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer. “Every year we try to do something during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to do something for charity,” said Debi Katz, the Manager at A Nose for Clothes, located at 835 North Nob Hill Road. The woman came together for an evening of appetizers, refreshments and a chance to shop. 10% of all proceeds went to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  In addition, guests had a chance to buy raffle tickets with prizes from more than 30 local businesses. The proceeds from the raffle, close to $300, were donated to Jackie’s Striders, a walk team organized by Breast Cancer survivor Jackie Goodman.  The 3-hour shopping and networking extravaganza came together in just a few weeks time. It was organized by Katz, and Plantation resident Patty Kopelman. who is a close friend of Jackie Goodman. They brought in nearby business Pink and Blues, and asked owner Lisa Milgroom to get the message out to her customers. Kopelman says word spread quickly in the community. “There is nothing women can’t do when they network and support a cause together.  It is so nice to see our local Plantation stores like A Nose For Clothes and Pink and Blues coming together to support community fundraising like the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” said Kopelman.

Organizers are hoping to do the event again next year, bit is not too late to help this year. Donations are still being collected through December. For more information, call Debi Katz at A Nose For Clothes at 954-382-1080 or Lisa Milgroom at Pink and Blues at 954-682-9853 or stop in to both stores located at the northwest corner of Nob Hill Road & Cleary Blvd in Plantation.

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Mosaic Theatre Puts Spotlight on the Arts in Plantation By Julie Levin

was working as a freelance director in Chicago when he got the call to come run a theatre program on the American Heritage campus. Simon says he loves working in the school’s Black Box theatre which can be configured to match the needs of almost any production, and seats 130 viewers. “It is so intimate it really allows a chance for the audience and artists to mingle,” he said. The company also has access to an 800-seat auditorium. Next up for the Mosaic Theatre, the Southeastern Premiere of “The Birds” by Tony Award nominee Conor Executive & Artistic Director Richard Jay Simon. McPherson. This new play is a chilling psychological portrait inspired by Daphne Du Maurier’s short story, on which Hitchcock’s famed thriller was also loosely based. The show will run from March 8-April 1. That will be followed April 19-May 13 by the World Premiere of “The Michael Brewer Project”, a production made possible by Funding Arts Broward/Knight New Work Award. Loosely based on actual events of 2009 when a 15 year old boy was doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire by five teenagers, the story is intended to deliver both a provocative and inspiring message.

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f you think you have to travel to Fort Lauderdale or Miami to get your fill of the performing arts, the staff at the Mosaic Theatre in Plantation is out to prove otherwise. “I think a lot of people don’t know we exist,” admits Richard Jay Simon, the Executive & Artistic Director at the theatre. “But once people come here for the first time, they come back many times after.” Open since 2001, the Mosaic is a theater company in residence at the American Heritage School. But its Ray Abruzzo and Laura Turnbull from "Lombardi.” location doesn’t tell the whole story. Operating primarily of the school’s Black Box Theater, The Mosaic is a professional theatre company that has been nominated for and won several prestigious Carbonell Awards. While students do help out as interns, it is a fully professional staff of directors, designers and actors that will turn out 5 full length productions this season. Early this month, the Mosaic Theatre wrapped its nearly month long run of the regional premiere of “Lombardi”, Eric Simonson’s off-Broadway drama about a week in the life of legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi. Ray Abruzzo, known nationally from his role on “The Sopranos”, played the title role. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in 11 years,” said Simon. “I like to think of our plays as challenging, thought-provoking, and intelligent,” The company is run by Simon, who has a laundry list of credits to his name, and

The Mosaic Theater is located at 12200 West Broward Blvd, Building 3000 in the American Heritage Center for the Arts. For more information, including ticket information, phone them at 954-577-8243 or find them online at www.mosaictheatre.com.

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can do kid Color them Creative! Student Art Search Winners Announced By Julie Levin

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reativity is alive and well among Plantation’s students, as the results of the 2011 Art Search Competition showed there are plenty of budding artists in our midst. Hundreds submitted work for the annual visual arts competition that ran from Labor Day until mid-October. Students in grades k-12 were invited to submit works in all mediums, with the exception of sculpture, that best portrayed this year’s theme of “Enriching the Community”. The contest was hosted by the City of Plantation Parks & Recreation Department, along with the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club and Markson Chiropractic. The competition, which began in 1993, was created as a way to showcase the talents of Plantation’s youngest artists. “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students who are interested in visuals arts with an opportunity to have their work seen and recognized,” said Ken

Grade Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade

1st Place winner Daniel Rodriguez Larissa I. Todd Sophia Curbelo Mogambi Imani Isabella Delauro Isabella Whiting Nithya Kasarla Matthew Voetz Lily Harris Francisco Jimenez Hayley Rotstein Farrah Nichols Gloria Villanque

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Boyce, the city’s Superintendent of Recreation. The winning entries were displayed at the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club’s annual Art in the Park event November 12 & 13 at Liberty Tree Park. A formal awards ceremony was held and awards were given in each grade level. First place winners received a $50 gift card, second place a $25 gift card and third place a $15 gift card. All winners will also receive ribbons. The works will also be displayed in Central Park for a year. Congratulations to all of the winners!

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e walk them - run and play with them - and are entertained by the occasional game of “fetch.” When we have a bad day, we are greeted with unconditional affection, tail wagging and eyes reflecting undying loyalty. Man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes – Chihuahuas to Great Danes. Regardless of the breed, Florida law holds dog owners strictly liable in the event of a dog bite. This makes it easy to maintain an injury claim arising out of a dog bite and, as such, dog owners need to protect themselves. Dogs bite approximately 4.5 million Americans every year with children being the victims of the most serious attacks. Due to the fact that a dog owner’s relatives, friends or neighbors are the most likely victims of a dog attack, having insurance to cover such a loss means protecting the people who are closest to the dog owner. Insurance for dog bites not only protects your personal finances, it may help to preserve valuable relationships and ensure proper treatment for loved ones. B e c au s e of Florida’s strict liability standards for dog owners, many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover injuries caused by dog bites. No dog owner should purchase a homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy that excludes canineinflicted injuries unless he/she buys a supplemental policy that covers such a loss. Additionally, every dog owner needs to examine his/her homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy to confirm coverage. It is a good idea to maintain insurance policy limits of at least $100,000 for personal liability and $300,000 if you own a medium sized to large dog. To be absolutely sure that dog bites and other canine-related injuries are not excluded from your homeowner’s insurance policy, you can review the policy language itself. Most likely there will be a section in the policy entitled “Personal Liability” which will itemize all “exclusions.” Read that section of your policy carefully to determine if there are exemptions for injuries inflicted by dogs and/or animals in general. To determine the limits under the policy, review the policy’s “declarations” that lists the names of the insureds, the types of coverage that apply and are included, the cost, and the limits. Finally, inspect all “riders” and amendments to the policy that may be in place that further exclude coverage. Instead of doing this yourself, you can always contact your insurance agent or an attorney to help you with a policy review. It should be noted that other types of insurance may afford protection to dog owners and/or dog bite victims under certain circumstances. Examples of such policies include automobile liability insurance, which may cover dog bites that happen in a car, landlord insurance that protects the landlord (but not the tenant) from claims that result from the actions of a renter’s dog, commercial liability policies for businesses, and workers compensation coverage which may apply to bites that happen “on the job.” 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. The firm can be reached at 954- 712-1686 and can be found on the web at GoLawyerNow.com.

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cover story Renaissance Hotel in Plantation Offers Sleek New Look, Superior Service

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By Julie Levin

f you haven’t been to the Renaissance Plantation hotel recently, chances are you are going to

like what you find when you stop by. The hotel, a mainstay in the heart of Plantation since 2002, has recently completed a 3.8 million dollar renovation that is providing plenty for guests to explore and enjoy. “Everything

is brand new and stunning; we are a gorgeous gem in the Fort Lauderdale market,” said Ken Elizondo, director of

sales and marketing at the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Plantation Hotel. Located at 1230 S. Pine Island Road, the stylish and sophisticated Renaissance Plantation is managed by Merrillville, Indiana based White Lodging Services. A full-service hotel with the ambiance of a boutique hotel, the pleasant and professional staff makes attentive service a priority so guests can fully enjoy the revitalized and upscale accommodations. All of the 250 rooms at the Renaissance Plantation have undergone a complete makeover as have the exquisitely appointed lobby, the comfortable lounge and the property’s flexible meeting space. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Bin 595, also exudes a new feel and look but promises the same wonderful fare. Throughout the hotel guests are surrounded by deep mahogany, high-style black and white furnishings and a knowledge they are in the Fort Lauderdale/Plantation hotel of choice. Travelers have always loved the Renaissance because of its central location in Broward County, just off I-595, which provides a quick link to all of the area’s other major highways. This convenient location makes the Renaissance Plantation a great launching spot for business travelers needing easy access to corporate clients as well

as guests wanting to experience all South Florida has to offer. “We are the center of it all. We’re the perfect blend of luxury and location,” Elizondo commented. Named the Number One Hotel in Event Satisfaction Achievement in 2010 across all 82 Renaissance Hotels nationwide, the Plantation property is a highly sought-after venue. “Many people don’t realize our hotel can provide the perfect setting for almost any special occasion,” said Elizondo. With more than 10,000 square feet of event space, beautiful Cornerstone Ballroom, a lakeside terrace, catering and floral services, the experienced Event Management and Catering team at the Renaissance Plantation can help create an unforgettable event. Whether it is a wedding, Quinceanera, Bar/ Bat Mitzvah, banquet, corporate event, fundraiser, or intimate cocktail reception, Elizondo says the staff will work with any budget to make sure guests are getting the affair they’ve dreamed about. “We are easy to do business with,” said Elizondo. “We are well worth the dollar to spend for the product, the service levels, the experience, the renovated look and the convenience.”

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school news High School Drama Club Looking to Community for Renovation Help By Julie Levin

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points out that the auditorium is resh off a full-scale far from just being a venue for his production of “The Yellow drama club’s productions. “We Boat”, the members of the have students that meet here every South Plantation Drama Club are day for classes. We have school now putting the spotlight on one board meetings here and the entire of the most glaring needs in their student body uses the auditorium program. Hundreds of seats in the on a regular basis for assemblies, school’s auditorium, where the club testing and more,” he said. holds its productions, are in dire The drama program at South need of repair, and they are turning Plantation High School is highlyto the community for help in makregarded statewide and gives stuing it happen. “Most of the people dents an unparalleled experience that live here in Plantation have had in the world of theater. They put family members either come through on two full main-stage producthis school or use this auditorium tions each year that are open to the at one time or another,” said Jason community, as well as a children’s Zembuch, the Theater Director series. The auditorium is also used at South Plantation High School. In need of repair; just one of the broken chairs in the auditorium at South Plantation High School1 by local elementary and middle There are 711 seats in the auditorium, but many are ripped, broken or in serious schools for their programs. disrepair. Zembuch says part of the problem is that the 36-year old seats haven’t been To help bridge the cost, teachers have set out collection boxes in classrooms. The renovated since 1980. “They are the original seats, with the original fabric, and the club has also sent out letters to business and community partners, and the local schools original paint that has not been touched since 1980,” he said. According to the school’s that also use the auditorium. Zembuch said if each of the 2,200 students at the school booster club, Friends of the Theatre, the Broward School Board has allocated just over chipped in just $20, they would hit their goal. They are hoping the community steps $45,000 to repair all of the broken chairs (360) and paint 100 of them.  The school has forward too. “Whether the community sees it overtly or not, there is a vested interan additional $15,000 through other funding, but still must raise an estimated addiest in this space,” Zembuch said. For more information, or to help with a donation, tional $40,000 to cover the cost of replacing every seat for a uniform look. Zembuch www.fott.org

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Fitness is the Highlight at Fall Fundraiser By Julie Levin

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merican Heritage School and American Academy recently held one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, where kids learned not only about fundraising, but being good citizens as well. The lower school campus, located at 12200 West Broward Boulevard, held a Fun Run October 19 that was the culmination of an innovative 9-day campaign. “Our Fall Fundraiser is our biggest fundraiser of the year so we wanted to be as creative as possible to boost as many funds as possible to help the school,” said Rhonda Lewis of Plantation, Lower School PTO Executive VP and Fall Fundraiser Chair. For the first time, the school brought in Boosterthon, an Atlanta-based fundraising company that works with schools nationwide. Boosterthon provides a 9-day fundraising experience that teaches kids the values of fitness, leadership and character, while providing an alternative to traditional salesto r) Rhonda Lewis, Boosterthon Fun Run Event driven fundraisers. “I wanted to do something different this year, where the (lChairperson, Linda Hertler, Assistant Principal, kids really learn what fundraising is, and don’t just go to their parents for the American Heritage Lower School, Deborah Lutchkus, Principal of American Heritage Lower School, Peter money” said Lewis. Gulotta, Headmaster of American Academy. Boosterthon launched the PTO-sponsored campaign with a pep rally in early October on the lower school campus, which includes grades pk3-6. For more than a the goals they set together.” week following the rally, they visited each and every classroom, not only to motivate The campaign culminated in a students to get pledges for the Fun Run, but also to do activities that promote leadership, Fun Run October 19 where students integrity and character. The students donned silly socks, crazy hats and cool shades, held exercised around a quarter-mile track a door decorating contest, and got to see school administrators dress as alligators to help 25 to 35 times earning dollars for each promote the theme of an Epic Safari Adventure, (Encourage, Play, Invite, and Celebrate). lap they finished. In addition to the “The Boosterthon Fun Run is such a healthy and educational way to raise funds for our joy of crossing the finish line, they PTO sponsored programs and our school,” said Mrs. Deborah Lutchkus, Lower School learned to be healthy and help others Principal. “This is such a different spin from what we’ve done in the past, and it’s a joy to at the same time. “The kids really liked watch our students learn valuable life lessons while they work together as a team to reach it. They had a lot of fun,” said Lewis.

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Great Getaways Trip To Paradise! Destination: South Africa By Mary Buttner and Deborah Buttner

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pon our recent return from an incredible excursion to South Africa, we are excited to share an extraordinary destination spot for your next vacation of a lifetime! Flying South African Airways (SAA) was a pleasure. The friendly hospitality and outstanding service coupled with the slightly wider than usual seats and legroom, even in economy class, made every moment of a very long trip more comfortable than one can imagine. Throughout the flight we were served an assortment of snacks and beverages, along with tasty meals, and offered a superior entertainment selection. The time simply flew! It is no wonder South African Airways is an award-winning carrier! For the discerning traveler, SAA offers Premium Business Class. Travelers enjoy pure luxury and a unique flying experience, including 180-degree fully flat-bed seats, gourmet meals prepared on board, and electronic power jacks at every seat. The attentive staff goes above and beyond, fully dedicated to the comfort of your trip. After dining in Sandton, Johannesburg, at the Nelson Mandela Square, we were transported to the magnificent TAU Game Lodge located within the Madikwe Game Reserve. Words fail to accurately describe the incredible experience of a true Safari in the untamed bush of Africa! Within minutes of arriving we were greeted by a herd of elephants, from the matriarch to a six-day-old baby who thought he was ready for a swim. It was awe-inspiring to watch his mother lovingly wrap her trunk around him and pull him back to safety. We experienced these unforgettable moments directly from the patio of our lodge, which overlooked a water hole frequented by every wild animal imaginable! Every morning, and again in the evening, we boarded an open Jeep with our knowledgeable and highly qualified ranger, Gerard. It is hard to describe the feeling of not knowing what you will encounter around the next bend, in terrain left untouched since the beginning of time. While we enjoyed our adult safari adventures, the children were safely back at the lodge participating in a wonderful, educational children’s camp program. They even enjoyed a mini-safari of their own. At sunset, our ranger would select a stop and magically arrange a table fit for royalty. We were refreshed with sun­ downers of every choice accompanied by the finest hot and

cold appetizers. This we enjoyed with the sound of the wild in our ears and a spectacular sunset as a backdrop! Each adventure was more magnificent than one could imagine. At different intervals we came within yards of the wild: a lioness and her two teenage cubs, a solitary dominant male lion, three baby cubs waiting for their mother to return with food, a herd of elephants, and a leopard lounging in a tree above our heads. We saw almost every species imaginable including rhinoceros, warthogs, wildebeest, zebras, impalas, kudus, and hundreds of species of birds. Amazing is the only way to describe it. Having enjoyed many adventures at game lodges over the years, we can honestly tell you that TAU Game Lodge is our absolute favorite! With the call of the wild now behind us, we flew SAA to the glorious city of Cape Town. Surrounded by massive mountain ranges with huge cliffs falling into the sapphire ocean, its sheer beauty makes it hard to catch one’s breath. By cable car we ascended Table Mountain, and were awestruck by the vastness and beauty as we looked out where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the tip of the African continent. We booked our accommodations through Go2Africa, under the direction of Kerry de Kock, who rents luxury homes in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. Our estate was located at the base of the Twelve Apostles, part of the Table Mountain range, in Camps Bay. Traveling as a group was our good fortune, resulting in a super-luxurious, five suite accommodation costing only $44 per person, per day! The private villa enabled us to each have our own suite as we willingly shared the enormous entertainment areas, gourmet kitchen, heated pool and amenities. We were able to sightsee in the Cape Town area by hiring Roland Pickup Tourism Service. Our knowledgeable guides took us to Stellenbosch, where we went chocolate and wine tasting. Then, we went on to Franschoek, for shopping and dining, a tour of an ostrich farm, Hermanus for whale watching, Chapman’s Peak for awesome views, and Hout Bay for its sheer beauty. Nothing compares

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with the spectacular scenery of the Cape Province. The beaches are dotted with huge boulders and exquisite landscaping. The food in South Africa is simply delicious. Everything is grown locally so you are eating the highest quality food available. We enjoyed fabulous fresh fruit and vegetables, succulent meat and chicken, and simply spectacular fish and shellfish. Our group voted the sushi the best we ever tasted. More than anything, the people of Cape Town are so welcoming and genuine. The locals are the consummate hosts towards anyone visiting their country. They truly go out of their way to be of service. Being south of the equator, South Africa has the opposite seasons as us. This is now their summer time, which is a wonderful time to visit.

South Africa should be on everyone’s bucket list. This trip was a dream come true. In our hearts we will treasure the beauty we saw and the new friends we made. If you are planning a trip to South Africa, we would highly recommend the following vendors: ▸▸ South African Airways – www.flysaa.com ▸▸ TAU Game Lodge – www.taugamelodge.co.za ▸▸ Go2Africa for accommodations while in Cape Town – www.go2africa.com ▸▸ Transportation and Tour Guides – www.pickuptourism.co.za


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Understanding Gastrointestinal Ailments December 2011 | To Advertise in Plantation Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007 | www.plantationtowntimes.com

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ittle Bit” is a 5-year old therapy dog. She is a 10-pound Chihuahua who loves people and is super-friendly. She goes into hospitals and nursing homes and brings love and cheer to people that are in need. She also loves to go to the dog park and play with all her friends, as well as all her friends in the neighborhood. “Little Bit” loves to go on long walks and is mom Lisa’s very best friend. “Little Bit” was last seen playing with her favorite brown toy rat.

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

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our gastrointestinal system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. Gastrointestinal complaints are one of the most common reasons individuals seek medical care. There are many types and the symptoms vary widely depending on the problem. Gastrointestinal problems commonly occur in older persons, but can afflict individuals of any age, regardless of ethnicity or gender.

Some examples of gastrointestinal problems include:

▸▸ Bloating, flatulence or belching. For most people, a better diet helps eliminate these problems. ▸▸ Lactose intolerance is caused by the body’s inability to properly digest significant amounts of lactose, which is the predominant sugar in milk. Common symptoms of lactose intolerance include diarrhea, nausea, cramps and bloating. These symptoms can occur between 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking something that contains lactose. ▸▸ Abdominal pain is another type of problem. Abdominal pain falls into two categories; constant abdominal pain and cramping.  If your pain is recurring, decreasing your quality of life or causing you to lose weight, you should contact your physician. Abdominal pain can be a sign of a serious condition and should not be dismissed lightly. ▸▸ Gastroesophageal reflux disease is commonly known as heartburn. Many people suffering from heartburn describe it as a burning feeling in the chest. Other people experience the taste of acid in their neck or throat. These unpleasant symptoms can last upwards of two hours and can be worsened through food consumption.  Gastroesophageal reflux disease can cause serious issues if left untreated. ▸▸ Ulcers are another form of gastrointestinal problems. An ulcer is caused when an area of the stomach or the duodenum has been destroyed by stomach acid and digestive juices. Most people suffering from ulcers complain of a tingling or hunger pain in their abdomen. This discomfort usually occurs between meals and has the ability to awaken individuals from sleep. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and reduction in weight are less common symptoms. ▸▸ The most serious GI problem is colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer affects the colon and rectum. It is the second most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 158,000 diagnosed cases each year. ▸▸ Polyps are abnormal growths on the wall of the colon that may become cancerous over time. Regular screening is recommended to identify polyps at an early stage so they can be removed before they become cancerous. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual fecal occult blood test and a sigmoidoscopy every 3-5 years for all Americans over the age of 50. A colonoscopy is also recommended for individuals who pose a higher risk of colorectal cancer. An increased risk of colorectal cancer is due to previous cancer incidents, family history of cancer or a chronic digestive condition.

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Health & Wellness What Orthodontics Can Do For You? Dr. Felipe Norena

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Not only do well aligned teeth look good, they are good for you too. Straight, well aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain. And, wellaligned teeth can help you avoid such problems as abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/ or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Your teeth will be with you all your life. Why not do your best to ensure they are strong and healthy?

Beauty

Smiles come in many shapes and sizes. What’s yours? A pleasing smile can be a big plus for you on the road to life. It engages others, and shares warmth. Orthodontics can help bring out the best in you. By applying the science of gently moving teeth, an orthodontist can help to eliminate gaps between your teeth, straighten crooked teeth and correct other problems that can be distracting when you’re interacting with others. The orthodontist will work with your existing teeth and jaws so their natural beauty can come out.

Being Your Best

Your smile is an essential part of who you are and how others see you. Orthodontics is an investment in you, your future, your potential. Smile. Enjoy Life.

Looking Good and Feeling Good

You want to get the most from life, to achieve your goals, your dreams. You want to look good and feel good. Every day, your smile is there for the world to see. It’s the window between you and the world .But if you’re one of the many people that have teeth that don’t align correctly, you may be self-conscious about your smile. Misaligned teeth also cause various dental health problems. Fortunately, many of these problems can be resolve through orthodontics. What can orthodontics can do for you?

Good Care

Orthodontists are dental specialist who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education 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 orthodontist may be members of the American association of Orthodontists (AAO). Selecting a member of the AAO for your orthodontic care is your assurance that the doctor is an orthodontist. 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 Is There Ever a Right Time to Loan Modify? December 2011 | To Advertise in Plantation Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007 | www.plantationtowntimes.com

By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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e’ve previously outlined the pitfalls of most residential home loan modifications. Some of these include higher principal balances, the length of time required to complete the loan modification process, the temporary nature of a loan modification, and the high rate of default after a modification. However, there are limited circumstances under which a loan modification can work.

The Property is the Borrower’s Principal Residence

Most lenders will only consider a loan modification of a borrower’s principal residence. The rationale behind this is that a borrower is more likely to make all payments under a loan modification agreement on their family home, as opposed to an investment property. Indeed, the underlying purpose of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) enacted in February 2009 was to help homeowners stay in their home. If you are struggling to loan modify an investment property or second home, you need to consider other more viable options.

The Borrower Has Positive Equity or At Least Owes What the Property is Worth

As most borrowers are painfully aware, most loan modifications will not include a reduction of the amount you owe your lender, but may actually include an increase. Agreeing to a loan modification with a higher principal balance may place the homeowner so deep in debt that he/she may never “break even” or realize any profit from the sale of the home. For this reason, it is critical that a homeowner have some equity in the property they are seeking a loan modification, or at least owe close to what the property is worth.

The Mortgage Loan Does Not Contain Elements of Fraud or Other Violations of Law

A homeowner should never sign a loan modification agreement without at least investigating whether the loan contains elements of mortgage fraud or violations of law. In order to rule out the possibility of mortgage fraud, a homeowner should conduct a forensic audit of their home loan. Homeowners should stay away from online sites that sell inexpensive forensic audits, and even from law firms that offer to perform the audit themselves. The Arcia Law Firm has worked with several qualified and professional mortgage auditing firms to whom we refer our clients. Unless all three of these circumstances exist in your case, you need to immediately stop the frustrating and time-consuming loan modification process and consider other options. The Arcia Law Firm has represented hundreds of homeowners in our community in foreclosure defense and bankruptcy protection matters over the last 15 years. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, and together determine the best possible direction to resolve your mortgage crisis. The Arcia Law Firm recently released a consumer DVD entitled “Fight for Your Home,” which is available for purchase at www.arcialawfirm.com. Anyone that schedules a consultation with The Arcia Law Firm, will receive a FREE copy of this DVD at the appointment. If you would like an attorney from the Arcia Law Firm to review your case in detail to determine the best course of action, call 1-800-770-7102 or visit www.arcialawfirm. com to schedule your free initial consultation.

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Collaborative Divorce– The No-Court Divorce

Are You Suffering From Halitosis? By Dr. Uttma Dham

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ad breath, also called halitosis, could be from several reasons. Poor dental habits, including not brushing and flossing properly, could lead to an excessive build-up of plaque causing the bacteria to harbor in your mouth and cause bad odor. Another important reason for bad breath, is not cleaning your tongue properly every day. Tongue has several papillae and filaments which can cause a layer of plaque formation whenever you eat food and over time the odor causing bacteria will feed on that layer and cause bad breath. Some people have more of these filaments and papillae than others. Another cause of bad breath could be gum disease (periodontal disease). Periodontal disease can also cause a bad taste in your mouth. Gum disease is also caused by the build-up of plaque on the teeth. The bacteria cause the toxins to form in the mouth which irritate the gums. Other causes of bad breath could be bad fitting dentures and appliances, yeast infection of mouth and dental caries. Dry mouth is another significant cause of bad breath. Dry mouth could be a result of several medications or cancer therapy. Smoking tobacco is another big reason. The smoke tar can accumulate on the tongue causing bad breath. There are also some medical conditions that may cause halitosis. Gastro esophageal reflux, sinus infection, Tonsillitis, post nasal drip, diabetes, kidney and liver problems all could cause bad breath.

By Maritza Gonzalez

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he end of a marriage can be tragic enough. Often, the process of divorcing only adds to the pain. You and your spouse may see each other as adversaries and the divorce process as a battleground. You may experience feelings of anger, loss, confusion and pain. You may find it difficult to see an end to divorce, much less imagine a hopeful future afterwards. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. Collaborative divorce is a solution-oriented alternative to traditional divorce. It has attracted attention nationwide as a process that focuses on finding solutions to problems that best fit the competing and shared needs and interests of the parties and their children. In the collaborative divorce model, couples can settle their divorce cases without going to court.

The collaborative process was created as an alternative to conventional divorce litigation, which often left families financially and emotionally devastated. It is a process for couples who want a civilized and respectful end to their marriage for the sake of all family members. Mutual respect is fundamental to the collaborative way. You may cease being spouses, but you don’t cease being worthy human beings. When respect is shown, discussions are likely to be more productive and an agreement reached more easily. If you and your spouse are contemplating divorce, but wish to control the divorce process and the outcome, want to avoid assessing blame, recognize the importance of future relationships, protect children from the harm litigation can inflict, and place high value on personal responsibility for handling conflict with integrity, then the collaborative divorce process may very well be for you. In collaborative divorce, settlement is the sole agenda. Each party is represented by independent, trained lawyers in the collaborative divorce process. The role of each collaborative lawyer is to provide legal advice and advocacy during the negotiation and to guide the client toward reasonable resolution. In many instances, neutral collaboratively trained experts may be retained to give financial and child-related information to both parties in order to facilitate the process. Litigation often creates conflict and discord where none existed before. The collaborative divorce process will prevent this from happening to your family. Collaboration acknowledges that you, with the guidance from your advisors, are best qualified to determine the future of your family. Where children are involved, the collaborative process will help you work together to develop a parenting plan that works for your family. At the conclusion of the collaborative divorce process you will have a divorce agreement personally tailored to meet your family’s specific needs. When you litigate, a judge has limited time and information about you and your family with which to make a lifetime decisions about your future.

What can help?

▸▸ Keeping good oral hygiene. Regular cleanings at your dentist’s office would help prevent plaque build up and periodontal disease. ▸▸ Cleaning the tongue everyday by using a tongue cleaner. ▸▸ If you have dry mouth, drink lots of water throughout the day to keep it moist. ▸▸ Chewing a sugarless gum can also stimulate saliva and will keep the mouth moist. ▸▸ Using an alcohol free mouthwash as a part of daily routine. Alcohol also can cause dry mouth. So if you are using a mouthwash with alcohol, it may freshen your breath for a short while, but it will cause dry mouth after which could lead to bad breath. ▸▸ If you eat foods with strong odor like onions and garlic, brushing and flossing right after and using an alcohol free mouthwash will certainly help in masking the odor. ▸▸ Quit smoking. Ask you physician how he/she can help. ▸▸ An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, it has also known to keep bad breath away. Apples have cleansing properties and if you eat an apple after meals, it tends to clean your teeth to some extent. ▸▸ Last but not the least, if you have any medical problems causing the bad breath, you need to see your physician.

Dr Uttma Dham is a Plantation-based dentist practicing general and cosmetic dentistry at Westside Dental Center, located at 180 SW 84th Avenue, Ste D, Plantation, FL 33324. Her practice focuses on providing quality care and prevention of dental disease. Her office can be reached at 954-476-4535.

For a free initial consultation to learn if the collaborative divorce process is right for you, contact the law office of Maritza Gonzalez, P.A. located at (954) 389-2221 or visit us at www.mgfamilylaw.com

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It’s Their Business Top Stylists Train at ASM Beauty World Academy By Stacey Bomser

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Another big plus is our flexible scheduling. We offer day and evening classes, making ASM Beauty World Academy ideal for students who are working and going to school. Plus, our classes start every Monday so you can enroll at any time.

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ver the past 25 years, thousands of men and women have embarked on careers in cosmetology at ASM Beauty World Academy. The family owned and operated technical school offers programs in cosmetology, skin care and aesthetics, nail technology and massage therapy. With programs that can be completed in as little as six weeks, ASM Beauty World Academy is turning out top stylists and aesthetic technicians every day. Leticia Milazzo, owner and president of ASM Beauty World Academy, provided answers to some commonly asked questions about the various programs and services offered by her company. require 1200 hours each, so a full time student can graduate in 10 months and a part time student in 14 months. However, with our extended hours of operation, with day and evening classes, a student can graduate in as little as six or seven months if they want. The 240 hour Nail Technology Program can be completed in as little as six weeks, but usually takes three months. Most students complete the 260 hour Skin Care Program in seven weeks to three months.

How did ASM Beauty World Academy get its start? My husband, Sal V. Milazzo, founded the company 25 years ago. He is a hairdresser and barber from Sicily, Italy. ASM stands for Academy of Sal Milazzo. Is it an accredited school? ASM Beauty World Academy, Inc. has been accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS) since January 1990. What types of programs do you offer? We offer programs in all aspects of the cosmetology field, from hair and nails to skin care and massage therapy. The Cosmetology Program is our most complete program. With this license, graduates can open their own business. They learn hair, nails, facials and make-up. We added a Barber Program which specializes in services exclusively for men, such as haircuts with scissors or clippers, shaving, and hair color. Students in our Nail Program learn how to do manis and pedis, as well as acrylic nails, the new gel polish techniques, and nail art. Our aesthetics students learn various facial and skin care treatments including body wraps and waxing. Our Massage Therapy program teaches all types of massage from Swedish to sports, pregnancy to infant, and reflexology to aromatherapy. As you can see, we offer an extensive menu of courses for all aspects of the cosmetology industry.

Do you offer job placement services? Absolutely! After graduation we help place our students in positions in salons, spas and franchise salons. In addition, we offer free, one-on-one consultations to students who want to open their own salon. I explain the laws and regulations in all areas of cosmetology, nail and skin care, salon services and massage therapy. We also provide the forms needed to open and operate a business. All at no additional cost. Do you offer financial aid? We offer financial aid to those who qualify for a Pell Grant and student loan. The application is free and we help with all the paperwork. ASM Beauty World Academy is also approved by U.S. Homeland Security to provide International Student Visa. What other services do you offer students? We offer Day Care to our students with children. It is provided by licensed and certified childcare specialists.

Do you offer salon services to the community? ASM Beauty World Academy is a technical school. Our more advanced students offer salon services to the public at very reasonable prices. All services are supervised by our instructors. We offer any of the services you would find at a salon or spa, typically at about half the price. This includes hair cuts, color, highlights, keratin hair treatments, extensions, all types of manicures and pedicures, waxing, facials, body treatments and massage. We use only professional products such as L’Oreal, Clairol, Alfaparf, Keramer and Saloon Inn. Do you offer services for children? We actually offer birthday party packages that are extremely popular. For girls we do a Disney Princess Dreams Party and a Hawaiian Party. Both include a mani/pedi and hairstyle, along with decorations, refreshments and birthday cake. For boys we have a Superhero and a Harry Potter package. Each includes a hairstyle, decorations, refreshments and cake. We also have arts and crafts type packages for boys and girls, with a Mommy & Me theme for girls and a Monster Truck theme for boys. What else do you to support the community? We offer special services for charities. We also support organizations such as City of Hope, Breast Cancer Association, Hair Cut for a Cause, and Women In Distress. ASM Beauty World Academy believes that, together, our students and staff can make a difference. ASM Beauty World Academy is located at 6423 Stirling Road in Davie. That’s the northwest corner of Stirling Road and Davie Road. It is open weekdays from 10am to 10pm (only to 6pm on Friday), and Saturday from 9am to 3pm. For more information call (954) 321-8411 or visit www.asmbeautyworld.org.

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e are into the final month of the year. With that in mind, this is a good opportunity to review some tax planning strategies that may help reduce your potential tax burden come April 15th. Year-end tax planning takes on increased importance for anyone who has had a change in circumstance during the past year. Changes include a marriage or divorce, birth or death of a family member, acquisition or sale of a business, promotion or loss of a job, or any other major event. To simplify your year-end tax planning, I have compiled a list of tax-saving strategies for you to consider:

▸▸ Retirement Contributions – Make the maximum contribution to retirement arrangements whether employer sponsored or an IRA. This can range from $4,000 to $44,000 depending on the type of program. ▸▸ Medical Expenses – Medical expenses are deductible if they exceed a limitation based on adjusted gross income. You may want to schedule and pay for procedures this year to get the benefit of a 2011 medical deduction. Also included as medical expenses are transportation, medical insurance premiums, certain long-term care premiums, prescription drugs and certain medically prescribed programs such as weight-loss.

▸▸ Bonuses and Salaries – If your employer will defer the payment into January 2012, bonus and salary amounts will not be taxed on your return until next year. ▸▸ Stock and Bond Sales – Gains and losses are determined based on the trade date. For 2011, the last trading day is December 30th. You may want to consider not selling stock with gain until January to defer recognition. Likewise, sell those stocks with losses before the end of the year to reduce any other gains you may have. Don’t forget that currently only $3,000 of net losses from security transactions can be deducted. The balances of any loss will carry over to next year. You also need to be mindful of the length of time that you have held the investment.

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1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A SOLD-OUT CROWD.

FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS. AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER 1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER

SOLD-OUT CROWD. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. 2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED

ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION. APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND 2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE

2007 :: STARS ON FRESHMAN BASEBALL TEAM.

1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”.

1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS.

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LEAGUE AVERAGE/RBI/RUNS 2010 LCAA HONORABLE MENTION 2011 COACH’S AWARD

2007 :: THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION” FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL.

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A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE 2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%.

2010 :: NAMED AS LCAA HONORABLE MENTION.

2011 :: ZACH EARNS COAHES AWARD.

2010 :: PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWETSERN REGION” FOR THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2011 :: ZACH SIGNS TO PLAY BASEBALL AT LOURDES UNIVERSITY.

2012 :: INAUGURAL SEASON FOR LOURDES BASEBALL.

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ALSO REACHED THEIR FIRST WORLD SERIES SINCE 1984. WITH THEIR RUN FROM 43 WINS IN 2003 TO 95. THE TIGERS ONE OF THE BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS IN BASEBALL HISTORY 2006 :: IN TERMS OF RAW WINS, THE TIGERS PUT TOGETHER

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1999 :: ZACH PLAYS HIS FIRST TEE-BALL GAME.

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SOLE INTEREST IN THE TIGERS. 1992 :: MIKE ILITCH PURCHASES

1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”.

2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A SOLD-OUT CROWD.

FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS. AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER 1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER

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2007 :: THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION” FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL.

REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL. NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER 2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND

A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE 2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%.

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1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2007 :: STARS ON FRESHMAN BASEBALL TEAM.

1997 :: LOURDES COLLEGE RECEIVES TEN YEAR ACCREDITATION FROM NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION.

2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”.

2007 :: THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION” FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2010 :: NAMED AS LCAA HONORABLE MENTION.

2011 :: ZACH EARNS COAHES AWARD.

2010 :: PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWETSERN REGION” FOR THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2011 :: ZACH SIGNS TO PLAY BASEBALL AT LOURDES UNIVERSITY.

2012 :: INAUGURAL SEASON FOR LOURDES BASEBALL.

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1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS.

2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A SOLD-OUT CROWD.

FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS. AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER 1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER

SOLD-OUT CROWD. OPENING DAY SAW 34-DEGREE WEATHER, A INTO THEIR NEW HOME, COMERICA PARK. 2000 :: APRIL 11 :: TIGERS WERE WELCOMED

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ACCREDITED BY THE NORTH CENTRAL ASSOCIATION. APPROVED BY THE OHIO BOARD OF REGENTS AND 2002 :: GRADUATE PROGRAMS AT LOURDES ARE

2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL.

REPLACING ALAN TRAMMELL. NAMED TIGERS’ MANAGER 2005 :: OCTOBER :: JIM LEYLAND

A “BEST COLLEGE IN THE MIDWESTERN REGION”. THE PRINCETON REVIEW NAMES LOURDES COLLEGE 2004 :: LOURDES COLLEGE REDUCES TUITION BY 41%.

2006 :: IN TERMS OF RAW WINS, THE TIGERS PUT TOGETHER ONE OF THE BIGGEST TURNAROUNDS IN BASEBALL HISTORY WITH THEIR RUN FROM 43 WINS IN 2003 TO 95. THE TIGERS ALSO REACHED THEIR FIRST WORLD SERIES SINCE 1984.

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1999 :: SEPTEMBER 27 :: THE LAST DETROIT TIGER BASEBALL GAME PLAYED AT TIGER STADIUM. AFTER AN 87 YEAR RUN, THE CORNER SAW IT’S 6,783RD-AND FINAL-GAME WITH A SOLD-OUT CROWD OF 43,356 FANS.

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Memorial Dedicated

A Firefighter Honor Guard presents the American flag during a recent ceremony to dedicate the city’s new memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The memorial includes a 3-foot tall chunk of concrete with a beam attached that was pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Towers in New York. The concrete sits on a specially designed monument at the city’s Firefighter Memorial, located at 550 NW 65th Avenue.

Helping the Children of JAFCO

Sharon Wender, Larissa Kline and Lisa Simon at the Heaven & Earth Salon in Plantation for a “Day of Beauty” event benefitting JAFCO, a non-profit child welfare agency that cares for abused, neglected, at risk and special needs children. The salon staff volunteered it’s time to raise more than $6,300 by offering guests manicures, pedicures and other salon services at discounted prices, with the proceeds going directly to JAFCO. Food was donated by The Mustard Seed Bistro in Plantation. Raffles and Giveaways provided by Matrix Hair Care Products and over 25 other local establishments throughout the Plantation area.

Munchkins helping munchkins!

Alexandria Cohen and sister Sydney Cohen display two of the signature donuts sold at the Sunrise Dunkin’ Donuts last month to Commemorate Prematurity Awareness Month. The store offered two custom donuts and mini containers of chocolate and glazed Munchkins for the entire month of November, donating a portion of the proceeds to the Sydney & Alexandria Cohen Foundation, a nonprofit that is working to raise money to buy and donate GE Omnibed Giraffe incubators to the Memorial Hospital West NICU.

Safety First Scouts Ready to Serve

Patrick Shirley, Aaron Inklebarger, Jon Zimmerman, and Luke Dupuis stand with trays at the ready, eager to help serve at their annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 111. They cooked the spaghetti from scratch and served about 180 dinners November 5 at the Plantation United Methodist Church. Most of the food was donated by local businesses and restaurants.

Honoring our Veterans

6th grade students at the American Heritage School stand proudly with Veteran Marvin Simon during a special Veterans Day Ceremony November 10. The school wanted to honor all parents, grandparents, and relatives of American Heritage families who are veterans. Standing with Simon; Talal Nass, Vikram Roy, Melanie Reyes, A. J. Kolondra, Kelsey Chandran, Alyssa Hartley, and Joseph Vincent. Following the ceremony, Dr.Rudolph Moise, Colonel Air Force Reserve & Flight Surgeon spoke to daughter Maya’s 2nd grade class as older son, Rudy, looked on.

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Kids of all ages made safety a priority this Halloween, and turned out for the city’s annual Family Halloween and Safety Festival at the Plantation Community Center. The free event had loads of slides, bounce houses, games and activities for kids of all ages, including a consume contest, fire and police safety exhibits, raffles and door prizes, and free candy!


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