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Summer Storytime Begins – July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 10:30 a.m. All ages, Helen B. Hoffman Library. 501 N. Fig Tree Lane. For more information, call 954-797-2140.

Daddy & Daughter Sock Hop – Dads and their daughters, ages 6 – 12 years old, are invited to a night of 50’s style fun. Tunes from the 50s, pizza, punch, a twist contest, hula hoop contest, bubble gum contest and more will ensure a good time is had by all! $20 per couple (1 Daddy, 1 Daughter); $8 per extra daughter. 7:00-9:00 p.m. Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Sock Hop tickets available July 1 – 11 at Plantation Central Park , 9151 N.W. 2nd Street, Volunteer Park and at Volunteer Park the evening of the event. For more information, call 954-452-2510.

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Guest Speaker – The Rev. Albert Cutie, author, radio and television preacher and teacher, and speaker nationwide, will be leading and speaking at Saint Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. Everyone is invited to attend.  His newest book “Dilemma” will be available. 7801 NW 5 Street, Plantation. 6 p.m. This is a free event.  For more information call 954-473-6578.

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Summer Reading Program Lock-In – 6 p.m. Helen B. Hoffman Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane. For more information, call 954-797-2140.

27th Summer Puppet Show – 10:30 a.m. All ages. Helen B. Hoffman Library, 501 N. Fig Tree Lane. For more information, call 954-797-2140.

August 2nd Mother – Son Hoedown – Mothers and their sons, ages 6 – 10, are invited to put on their jeans and boots, grab a Stetson and join us for two-steppin’ tunes, pizza, punch and cowboy rodeo games that will ensure a good time for everyone. $20 per couple (1 Mother, 1 Son); $8 per extra son. Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard. Tickets available July 22 – August 1 at: Plantation Central Park (9151 N.W. 2nd Street), Volunteer Park (12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard), and at Volunteer Park the evening of the event. For more information, call 954-452-2510.





16th Teen Sunset Cinema – Cool down with a movie, refreshments & friends. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., ages 12-18. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard. 954-765-1560.

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July 18th Relay Rally – Support the Plantation Relay For Life by attending the Relay Rally at Blue Martini at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale from 6:309:30pm. It’s a friendly competition to raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society. Twenty-four cities in Broward will be vying to see who gets the most donations, so be sure to say you support the Plantation Relay. For more information contact Lindsay Malpica at (954) 609-9344. 

August 3rd The Second Annual ABC Kid Expo Extravaganza – Face Painting, air brush, glitter, Henna tattoos, wrapping, tinsel, balloons with Strawberry the Clown & Face 2 Face Studios. Lots of prizes, raffles, demonstrations, entertainment, games & giveaways. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Westfield Broward Mall, 8000 Broward Blvd, Plantation.


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23rd BookChat – Ages 14-18 or entering high school. Books, food and talkingwhat could be better? Preregistration required to pick-up July’s book. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m, West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard. 954-765-1560.


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New Plantation Exhibit Traces Florida’s Colorful History By Julie Levin


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traffic congestion and housing developments, the state we now call home lived through a rich and remarkable history, stretching back 500 years to when it was first discovered. Now, the Plantation Historical Society is hoping to share that history with residents through its new exhibit “ Florida: 500 Years of History 1513 – 2013”. The exhibit will be on display at the Plantation Historical Museum through October 26th. “It’s a beautiful piece of history and the first time we are exhibiting it,” said Betty Cobb, with the Ways and Means committee of the Plantation Historical Society. “Plus you can’t beat the price because we never charge admission.” The exhibit, which opened June 8, features artwork, displays and exhibits from the 1500’s through the 1900’s. There’s a collection of all of the flags Florida has been under, as well as a life-sized conquistador display. Many On display: the uniform of the early Spanish Conquistador of the items from the 1500’s were on display courtesy of collector Robert Feeney, who attended the opening dressed as Anton de Alaminos. “He was Ponce de Leon’s pilot and navigator,” said Feeney.

In March of 1513, Ponce de Leon’s ships landed on Florida’s east coast near present-day St. Augustine. The Spanish Conquistador claimed the land for Spain, originally calling it La Florida or “place of flowers.” John Feeney, Assistant Curator at the Museum, dressed as Ponce de Leon while Cathy Feeney dressed as Juana Ruiz, the first woman to set Reliving the days of Ponce de Leon; Betty Cobb with the Plantation Historical Society, Robert foot in La Florida Feeney, Cathy Feeney and John Feeney Postal officials were also on hand to unveil a new “Forever” stamp that featured Florida’s plants and vegetation, in honor of the state’s first name. “They released the stamp celebrating the 500 years,” said Cobb. “Florida: 500 Years of History 1513 – 2013.” will run through October 26 at the Plantation Historical Museum, located at 551 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, call 954-797-2722 or visit

The new “Forever” stamp marking Florida’s first 500 years. Ponce de Leon first named our state La Florida or “place of flowers.”

Plantation Author Urges Readers to Always Search for the Positive with New Book By Julie Levin


ife has punched Darah Zeledon square in the jaw more than a

few times. Mixed with her many wonderful moments, there have been heartbreaking lows--financial calamity, a brain tumor, an accident and the suicide of a loved one-but the Plantation mother of five has opted to fight back using what she knows best... her writing. Zeledon, an author, life coach and speaker, recently released her first book Girl with the Crooked Smile - Stuck in a Moment. The memoir uses her experiences as a way of providing hope and faith to others stuck in one of life’s harder moments. “It’s an inspirational memoir that through storytelling, I teach others by way of my story and way of example how to shake off that ‘woe-is-me’ mentality and self pity, for a combination of self-confidence, passion and fearless living,” said Zeledon. Her recently released first book, “Girl with the Crooked Smile - Stuck in a Moment is a culmination of Zeledon’s unique tale of survival, that at one point even included a battle with a brain tumor when she was pregnant with her fourth child. The book covers several years, and several locations (New York, Panama, Barcelona, and Florida) where Zeledon and family dealt with one life-altering situation after another, including not only illness, but crime, a gruesome accident and a business collapse as well. She first began blogging about her experiences, but after striking a note with readers inspired by positive outlook, she decided to craft them into a book. In it, she weaves “pearls of wisdom” with the idea that readers can’t let hardship derail them. “The whole purpose is to see hardship as a training, so that


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we emerge stronger, bolder and more resilient as a result of the training,” said Zeledon, who along with husband Joaquin is raising their five children. Zeledon intertwines wit, self-discovery and honesty in the book, which also touches on her Latin American, Jewish and Floridian roots. Her main message is for readers to embrace life as it is, not as they wish it to be. At the end of each chapter, she provides her pearls of wisdom, as takeaway thoughts on each lesson learned.”The pearls of wisdom are universal. Whether you are going through divorce, domestic violence, drug addiction, whatever it is they can apply in any way,” she said. Zeledon says her book is finding a connection with people from all walks of life, including college students. While a generation away from fully relating to her story, she says they are connecting with her message of staying positive and moving forward. It’s a link that is important to Zeledon after losing her brother to suicide in 2006. As result, she’s donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to the Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention’s Adam Silverman Memorial College SUN Program, which helps counselors visit college campuses to work with students on life and coping skills. To get a copy of Girl with the Crooked Smile - Stuck in a Moment, visit It’s also available on Amazon at:



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Mass Casualty Drill Prepares Firefighters for Real Life Emergencies By Julie Levin


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one of several local fire rescue agencies that took part in a huge rescue drill recently, designed to provide first responders with critical lifesaving training. The Mass Casualty Drill, which simulated the collapse of a building, was held June 5. Fire Chiefs say the drills are an optimal way to provide realistic training. “This is a great opportunity for our people to train in situations they don’t handle all the time,” said Plantation fire chief Laney Stearns. The drill, which was coordinated by the Davie Fire Rescue Department, was held at the Broward

The Plantation Fire Department was one of several agencies taking part in the drill at the Broward Fire Academy

Fire Academy. Under the drill’s scenario, first responders were called out to a structural collapse with approximately 30 injured “victims.” Since Davie Fire was the host agency, they were the first on scene and it was their job to determine the extent of the circumstance and the need for additional assistance. That’s when the additional units from surrounding areas, including Plantation, were called in. “Because of the number of victims, in reality we would need to rely on additional resources coming in. One department would not be able to handle this alone. You would always be looking at a mutual aid scenario,” said Andrew Popick, a Davie Fire Rescue Battalion Chief. In this incident the first responders met with a daunting challenge; a massive structural collapse. At least 30 students from Nova Plantation EMT Aiki Ramos (l), Paramedic Janelle Keyser (c), and Lieutenant Tery Echevarria tend to a “patient” during a county-wide Southeastern University’s Athletic programs, Multiple Casualty Drill conducted at the Broward Fire Academy. volunteered to serve as the “victims” and other fire departments participating in the event mimic a variety of injuries. Mannequins were included Sunrise, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke used to help simulate entrapment injuries. Also Pines, Lauderhill, and Ft. Lauderdale. The departadded into the scenario; smoke simulating fire as ments come together several times a year for similar result of the disaster, simulated open gas lines, the training. “Incidents involving multiple patients can unrelenting sound of emergency choppers overhead, be taxing and demand a tremendous number of unsteady debris and other hazards. resources. This type of inter-agency cooperation and As the scenario played out, additional units training is invaluable in allowing us to stay prepared,” waiting at a staging area at a nearby shopping said Stearns. plaza were called in. In addition to Plantation,

Plantation Resident In the Running to be a Cover Girl By Julie Levin


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Plantation resident on the cover of Seventeen, the popular monthly teen magazine. But if Kay-Ci Bele makes it to those glossy pages, she’ll be posing not for vanity, but to help the victims of sexual abuse. “I want them to know that no matter what happened to them, you can make the best of your opportunities. You don’t have to be negative and angry, it just hurts your creativity,” said Bele, who turns 18 years old this month. Bele is one of five finalists selected for Seventeen’s coveted “Pretty Amazing” contest. The contest is a look at the achievements, passion and drive of young women across the country who have already made their mark in the world, regardless of their young age. The winner of the contest is awarded with a once-in-lifetime opportunity to appear on the cover of the magazine and showcase their story to an audience of over 12 million readers on an October 2013 cover, as well as receive a $10,000 scholarship from Kay-Ci Bele Neutrogena. More than 23,000 entries were received and online voting for the finalist runs through August 1. Bele says she entered to send the message that being the victim of sexual abuse does not have to derail your life. As a child, Bele was molested but kept it


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of collection drive for the community several months ago. He brought the idea to his school principal, Patricia Hague, who helped point him in the direction of Women in Distress. Once the plan was set, he began collecting children’s books from neighbors and friends. He also printed up a flier and distributed it at his school, as well as at his brother Cade’s school--Central Park Elementary. The donations started pouring in. “I was surprised we collected so many,” he said. His first mission now complete, Grant’s work is far from done. Representatives from Women in Distress also gave him a list of things they could use at the shelter, and Grant says he plans on conducting another drive next year to make it happen. Mom Barbara Mogerman said her son has helped out with other drives for different charitable organizations in the past, mostly helping to raise money. She said this time he was looking for a more hands on project, where he could see the difference he was making. “When he sets his mind on doing something, he goes through with it,” she said.

about his recent community service project, he is a teen of few words. But the actions of the Plantation 13-year old speak for themselves. Recently, Grant collected and donated more than 600 books to a local agency that serves families in need. “It was very exciting just to be able to donate the books,” said Grant, an incoming 8th grader at Plantation Middle School. Grant donated the books to Women in Distress in early May. His hope was that they’ll be able to provide a small library for the children who come through their shelter, and might not have access to books. Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. Among the many services they offer is a 132-bed emergency shelter. For privacy and safety reasons, Grant didn’t get to deliver the books directly to the residents, but he knows they will be put to good us. “We didn’t get to meet with any of their residents but we were told they were very appreciative of what we were doing,” he said. They also donated small prizes for the children who make use of the books. Grant came up with the idea to do some sort

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he incoming E ditor - in -Chief of South Plantation H igh School’s newspaper is spending part his summer at a prestigious journalism program, thanks to a fellowship awarded by a local foundation. For the past 15 years, The Culpepper Journalism Foundation has made it possible for students from 18 different public high schools to sharpen their writing and editing skills at media programs at universities. This year, South Plantation High School student David Drucker was one of its winners. He’ll use the $550 he received to attend the Summer Journalism Institute (SJI) hosted by the University of Florida, where he hopes to learn new skills to improve his publication. “My goal is to walk out of SJI with a new arsenal of editing techniques and a new angle upon which I can tell my story,” Drucker said. “Also, we need to eliminate errors before they are ever inserted in the pages.” Drucker will be joined by Benjamin Mitchell from Coral Springs High. Both juniors will be Editors-in-Chief of their respective school papers in the fall; Drucker with the Sword and Shield where he has been Sports Editor for two years. Mitchell is Editor of his school paper, The Chronicle. As part of their fellowships, both students are required to share with David Drucker, the incoming Editorin-Chief of the Sword and Shield

their staffs what was learned during the programs. In the fall, student Lindsey Sigal will be Co-Editor of the South Plantation High yearbook, Prospectus. Last year, she attended the yearbook section of the UF program, and took away new techniques to put into practice. “At SJI I learned so many ways to complete a book that the general school population and educators of journalism Lindsey Sigal, the new Co-Editor of the yearbook Prospectus will enjoy,” she said. “The university experience showed us how independent we need to be to succeed in college.” Applicants were required to answer several essay questions, obtain a letter of reference from their current journalism teacher, list their school and community activities and leadership roles, and include samples of their work. The winners were selected by the CJF Executive Board. The Broward Education Foundation, an arm of the School Board of Broward County, Florida, manages the funds so fellowships are available only to public school journalists.


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Kiddie Academy of Plantation Offers a Caring and Nurturing Learning Environment for Infants and Preschoolers By Julie Levin

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As we enter the summer months, I encourage you to visit drowning to fill out a Pool Safety Survey and assess the water safety precautions you have in place for your family. As a central part of the Drowning Prevention Task Force, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue Division also provides community education and awareness seminars to public and private organizations, such as condo associations, schools and businesses to help you identify potential hazards. To schedule a seminar for your community or business, please call 954.831.8210. While you are out enjoying a fun day in the water this summer, please remember to be responsible and practice safety. Make a commitment to safeguard our children from becoming victims of this entirely preventable tragedy. As always, you can stay up-to-date on BSO news and information when you become a fan of our Facebook page (Broward Sheriff’s Office – Official), follow us on Twitter@browardsheriff or sign up for our CyberVisor program. Stay safe and enjoy your summer! Sheriff Scott Israel


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from Plantation High School set out to prove they are amongst the best in the state recently, and their performance did not disappoint. The would-be restaurateurs took fifth place in the restaurant management competition at the Broward Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Awards Gala. “We looked at all of the angles of what it would take to propose a real restaurant to investors and we simulated that at competition,” said Madison Behm, 17, of Plantation. The team, made up of Behm, Cierra (l-r) Madison Behm, Samantha Angrisanio, Braaf, Samantha Angrisanio and Judeth Judeth Jean, Cierra Braaf and Jean took fifth place out of 54 teams from instructor Chef Theresa Ace around the state. The students designed a concept for a restaurant they called “Ambrosia”. Following stringent guidelines, they devised not only the concept, but a restaurant lay-out, inside and outdoor decor, marketing plans, a menu, pricing and more that they presented to a panel of judges. “We wanted a homey, warm and healthy alternative that was affordable,” said Samantha Angrisanio, 17, of Plantation. “It was nerve wracking and hard work, but we felt we did really well when we were done,” added Cierra Braaf, 17, who will study hospitality at FIU next year. The competition, which was held at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, was a collaboration between Broward County Public Schools and the local hospitality industry to honor students and teachers in the ProStart Hospitality, Tourism and Management Program. Plantation High’s Chef Instructor Teresa Ace, says the program is designed for students who want to make a career out of the food service industry. “It’s very rewarding to see the kids do so well,” said Ace, whose 250 students provide catering for school events and in the community. Members of the Plantation High ProStart program also competed in other categories at the competition. The student’s completed project The event also awarded 13 scholarships, board which helped earned them a 5th place finish statewide and team member Judeth Jean was one of the recipients. The 17-year old is off to study hospitality at UCF next year, and wants to concentrate on restaurant management. “I like working with food but not actually making it. I like managing what goes on around it. I like to be organized and make everything look flawless,” Jean said. Reaching nearly 2,000 students in 28 local high schools, the FRLA Broward Chapter has raised more than $18,000 to benefit local programs for students. Other scholarship winners from Plantation High School included Martin Castro, Denisha Wilson and Kevin Leszcaynski, Madison Behm was the recipient of the Hilton Scholarship. The Plantation High team at the competition banquet: Bradley Auguste, Zachary Hassan, Stafford Wallace, James Graham, Kevin Leszczynski, Madison Behm, Samantha Angrisanio, Jessica Levine, Judeth Jean, Cierra Braaf, Jozelle Albarran, and Chef Theresa Ace.

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ill permanent alimony soon be a thing of

the past? The Florida Legislature thinks so. On April 18th, the House and Senate passed by an overwhelming majority SB718. This bill would have totally revamped Florida’s alimony law. But for the Governor’s last minute veto, it would have gone into effect on July 1st. The bill would have eliminated permanent alimony and limited alimony to these types: rehabilitative, bridge-the gap, and durational. The bill also limited the length of time one could be ordered to pay alimony to a divorced spouse and limited the amount of payment. These changes would have taken away much of a judge’s discretionary powers in ordering the types and amount of alimony, and would have made the outcome in a divorce case more predictable and consistent. The bill, had it not been vetoed, would have basically limited alimony to one half of the duration of a long term marriage and would have limited the payment to 38% of the payor’s gross income. Similar limitations would have governed rehabilitative and bridge-the-gap alimony.

The bill would have also provided that a divorced spouse could go back to court and lower or eliminate his or her alimony based on the new law, therefore making the new law retroactively applicable to a divorce judgment previously entered by the Court. This retroactive modification provision of the bill is apparently why it was vetoed by Governor Scott. Although SB718 did not become law this time around, it is virtually guaranteed that the Florida Legislature will pass a bill similar to SB718 in the next legislative session and eventually the alimony laws will change to reflect the reality of our changing economic environment. The law firm of Michael E. Muchnick, PA is comprised of attorneys Michael E. Muchnick, Lesli E. Muchnick, and Jeffrey D. Muchnick. The firm’s primary focus is Family Law and Personal Injury. The attorneys have been practicing in the South Florida area for more than 65 years combined. The Muchnick Law Firm has offices in Weston and Coral Springs. Contact the Weston office at 2883 Executive Park Drive, Suite 101, 954-385-6363. For more information visit

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By Robert H. Sheinberg, D.P.M.


he foot has two primary functions during

gait. It first acts as a shock absorber when the foot hits the ground. This helps soften the impact during walking and running. Once it is ready to push off it acts as a rigid lever. This helps the foot plant to the ground very firmly and allows a person to push off very smoothly and efficiently. Flat feet occur when the ligaments connecting the bones together are loose. They allow the foot to act like a loose bag of bones when they hit the ground. This allows the foot to absorb shock very well. However, it does not allow it to act like a rigid lever during push off. In an attempt to stabilize the arch and to improve walking and running the muscles in the lower leg have to work harder than normal during activity. These muscles usually fatigue prematurely, causing pain. Pain may also be present in the inner knee and the lower back region as well as the body tries to stabilize an unstable foot.

The calf muscle is the large muscle in the back of the lower leg. When this muscle is excessively tight it puts further stress on the arch causing the arch to flatten further. The muscles have to work even harder, making it difficult for children and teenagers to participate in sports and activities without a significant amount of discomfort and fatigue. Verifying this combination is critical to the overall wellness of an individual. If the calf muscle is excessively tight it should be put in a cast to stretch it. Once the calf muscle is stretched then an orthotic is made for the foot to give it better balance and position. Occasionally physical therapy is necessary to keep the muscles flexible and to also improve overall coordination and balance in the person experiencing the problems. This produces a great long-term outcome. A failure to diagnose and correctly treat this problem will almost always lead to long-term problems. These include chronic pain and possible arthritis in the foot and ankle. It will also aggravate underlying knee and back problems. The earlier the treatment, the better the long-term result. Orthotics should not be made until the calf muscles have been adequately stretched out. Robert Sheinberg, DPM, is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Diplomat American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He is a partner in Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Mark Fishman, Dr. Carlo Messina, Dr. David Shenassa, and Dr. Nathan Vela. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901.

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ITB Relax Headline Your Body and Mind with a Visit to The Contour Day Spa ITB By Julie author Levin


oday, spas are no

longer a luxury. In today’s fast-paced world, they have become a necessity to maintaining not only our body, but our heart and soul as well. Once guests step into the stateof-the art Contour Day Spa in Plantation, they will find a haven from everyday life that offers the finest in spa and wellness services including hair and nail services, massages and so much more. Recently Fanit Panofsky, owner of The Contour Day Spa, answered some frequently asked questions about her business. 

What is The Contour Day Spa? The Contour Day Spa is a wellness center.

wide range of services and educational opportunities to professional woman. We have created a women’s center in the spa that encompasses an entire wing. It is perfect for successful business woman in South Florida who are looking to connect and grow. Inspiration University is a place where women can develop powerful and influential partnerships, learn what they need (and what they don’t) or just spend time pampering themselves.

What sets The Contour Day Spa apart from other day spas? I never really compare my

business to others in the community as I feel each has a very specific identity and there is room in the market for each to prosper. However I will say that The Contour Day Spa has been in existence for over 30 years and we are blessed to have a very loyal following.

What can clients expect when they visit?

Clients can expect luxurious facilities, cutting edge services as well as time tested ancient therapies and outstanding customer service.

Please tell us a little about you. I arrived in

Fanit Panofsky

What spa services do you offer? At The

Contour Day Spa, we offer a full range of spa and wellness services including: hair, skin, esthetics, massage, body treatments, water healing therapies, make up, laser hair removal and endermology.

The Contour Day Spa provides much more than traditional day spas. Please tell us about your other services. The Contour Day

Spa also offers weight loss and nutrition programs. Additionally we’ve just established an exciting partnership with Inspiration University, a nationally recognized organization that offers a


the U.S. by way of Israel to fulfill my American dream. After arriving, I established roots in Plantation. I was not alone on my journey, accompanied by husband Joseph and my two sons Jay and Yony, who each play an active role in the business. I opened my first business - an 847 square foot nail salon in a strip center 20 years ago-- and always knew that someday I would build the spa of my dreams. Through hard work, perseverance and vision, the 26,000 square foot spa in Plantation was born.

Please tell us about the training and experience of your staff. Simply put, we only hire the best and most qualified therapists. We have staff members from literally all corners of the globe and each brings with them a wealth of personal and professional experience. This makes us quite unique. We value individuality and often incorporate techniques or nuances that our therapists have brought with them from other parts of the world in our treatments. Additionally we offer extensive ongoing education. Together we share ideas and develop service protocols in monthly meetings. It’s rather exciting as we are con-

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stantly growing as a company and expanding our offerings.

Please tell us about your Garden Banquet Venue. The Garden Venue is our latest and most

exciting undertaking. It’s a full service banquet facility located within the Contour Building. The Garden Venue is available for private events ranging from corporate networking to weddings and private parties for up to 120 guests for sit down dinner and more for a buffet style. When holding events of our own in the past, we realized that banquet facilities in the area are really best suited for large events. There wasn’t an elegant space available in Broward County for groups of 200 or less. So we created one! The response from the community has been very positive. To read more about this log on to: www.

Do you offer memberships? Monthly specials? We offer monthly specials with substan-

tial savings. Be sure that we have your email address – and make it your business to open our emails, so you are amongst the first to know about our deal of the month. We have several membership programs available to our clients. The most popular membership is our “Swedish Massage or European Facial Membership” –$65 per month to receive one or the other once a month. This membership includes the use of steam & sauna, men and women locker rooms, as well as all of the Spa amenities. Being a member entitles you to receive 10% off any other spa service on the day of your massage or facial appointment.

Why should clients come visit The Contour Day Spa? I could go on and on about our facility and our many services. But the number one reason a client should spend time with us is because we care. It will be evident the moment you come through the front door and I give my personal guarantee that your expectations will not only be met, but surpassed.

How can clients contact The Contour Day Spa? The Contour Day Spa is located at 455

SW 78 Avenue, Plantation, Fl 33324. You can phone us at 954-472-7733 or visit online at www.

Why TAG USA Gymnastics is different... When you take a tour of TAG USA, you will immediately see what makes this gym so different and special. Michael Zoldan summed it up as he said “We brought new ideas to recreational gymnastics for this area by using lesson plans, fingerprinting all staff, awarding children with medals, having a clean gym, and guaranteeing that your child progresses. Although other gyms try to copy what we do....they can’t duplicate the TAG USA way!”



• TAG USA uses 3 floor managers to monitor class structure and safety. • Children learn with certified coaches that use structured lesson plans. • All athletes are awarded a medal and certificate of accomplishment. • Largest gym allows more repetitions with no crowds, no sharing, no waiting.


• Upscale comfortable couches and front row seats allow parents to watch all the action. • Full time staff assures clean and fresh smelling gym. • Largest gymnastics facility in the region with best prices. Visit and compare.

• All team levels train under USAG guidelines, not AAU. • 12 compulsory and optional girls coaches train with separate team equipment. • 3 Boys team coaches with separate boys area and complete training equipment • 2 trampoline & tumbling coaches use full rod floor, euro tramp, and double mini • State, Regional, and National qualifiers in girls & boys gymnastics and T&T teams

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Accelerated Gymnastics for Serious Team Gymnasts: Marissa Zoldan states that “beyond having the best facility, most equipment, and best coaches, we offer gymnasts a variety of paths to help an athlete’s success.” TAG USA programs include TOPs, HOPES, and Junior Pre-Elite Teams. Besides the School Pick Up & After Care, also new at TAG USA is the on site Home Schooling Program with Two-a-Day workouts for Fast Track Team Athletes. Call TAG USA for more information on tryouts for team transfers or team scholarships please call 954-384-9191.

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Life Connect Fair

Orpha Hirst and Jo-Marie McBean, both of the Plantation Garden Club stand on either side of Gerry, the winner of their prize contest at the recent Life Connect Fair at Covenant Village in Plantation. The Plantation Garden Club had a booth at the fair where they gave out packets of flower seeds and demonstrated planting ideas.

Stomp Off!

Plantation High Dancers -- Stomp Off XX -- go airborne during a performance at the “Above the Influence” rally recently. The dancers were one of the performers at the event, which was a joint effort created by United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse and the Broward County Public Schools to celebrate students making the right decisions – to resist peer pressure, eschew violence and avoid drugs.

Under New Ownership

Rena’s Flowers of Merritt, which has operated in Plantation for nearly 60 years, is under new ownership. The store, which has been run by Steve Merritt for the past several years since the retirement of his parents, Ralph and Gloria, has been purchased by Field of Flowers in Davie.

Joining the Firm

Lauren Holzman has joined the architectural firm of Synalovski Romanik Saye. A graduate of the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design, Holzman earned a Master of Architecture degree there. She brings a combination of creativity and a background of emerging technologies to the Plantation-based firm.

Annual Induction Ceremony

New Cantorial Soloist

Plantation-based Ramat Shalom synagogue announced that Cantorial Soloist Debbie Hafetz will become the congregation’s new musical leader. Debbie earned her BA in Judaic Studies from Wesleyan University and her MA in Jewish Education from Brandeis University. She studied with and learned from many Cantors and Cantorial Soloists, including Ramat Shalom’s first musical leader, Cantorial Soloist Bella Bogart.


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The annual Induction Ceremony of the Xi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi, a National Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, was held recently at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation. The future physicians volunteer in the community through service projects teaching students young and old about health care through programs such as the Doctor’s Bag, Medical Explorers, Pet Therapy, Pre-D.O.ctors Program. Right: David Boesler, D.O and Xi Chapter Advisor, pins a Sigma Sigma Phi pin onto the jacket of Kristen Selema, a student physician from Plantation.

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