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be noticing a nip in the air, it’s still hot and humid here in the Sunshine State. But, there’s no mistaking that autumn has arrived. Here in South Florida, fall means football. Whether your weekends are spent cheering on your children from the sidelines or watching your favorite teams on TV, there’s a lot of great action taking place on the gridiron. Another telltale sign that autumn has arrived is the appearance of Halloween merchandise. The store shelves are stocked with candy and costumes, and pumpkin patches are popping up in empty lots everywhere. In a few short weeks, the streets will be filled with pint-sized super-heroes and fairy tale princesses out trick-ortreating. Don’t forget to take pictures of your little ones as these are the magical memories that last a lifetime. Have a happy and safe Halloween everyone!

Contents Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Community news Health Expo to Offer Prescription for Better Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Flamingo Nursery Hosts the 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 She Can Dance! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Luncheon Focuses on Ending Dating Abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Golf Tourney Tees Off for Worthy Cause . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Annual Barbecue Event Heats up for its 56th Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Plant Affair Ready to Set New Roots at Heritage Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Dreams of Hoop Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Cover Story Pediatric Orthopedics at the Children’s Center at Plantation General Hospital . . . 22

Inspiring Individual South Plantation Graduate Runs to Raise Health Awareness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

School News New Coordinator for South Plantation Magnet Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Health & Wellness “I Can’t Stop Itching and Scratching Mom” – Eczema in Children & Adults . . . . . 28 Look Good and Feel Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29


Osteoporosis is the Most Common Type of Bone Disease. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

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ask the expert Financial Pressures Squeeze The “Sandwich Generation” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Photo contest The World’s Favorite Newspaper™ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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Historical Museum, located at 511 N. Fig Tree Lane. This exhibit will feature railroad artifacts, photos, train schedules, posters and a re-creation of an early 1900’s railroad office. Also featured by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society is an operating model train display and layouts. For more information and hours, please call the museum at 954-797-2722.

Kick-off for Plantation Relay for Life 2013- Looking for new or old teams, team captains, sponsors or community members to come join us. The theme for this year’s Relay is “Plantation Relay for Life Goes to the Movies.” West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-821-8262 or Plantationrelayforlife@ Fantastic Fiesta Extravaganza! Songs, music, a special guest performer, Hispanic treats & more, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month! All ages, 6:30-7:30pm. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard.

17th Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group-The Alzheimer’s Association invites those who care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia to join a support group that meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 at Covenant Village of Florida, 9215 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. For more information, contact Judy Johnson, (954) 916-6463.

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Annual Lauderdale West Health Expo- An event designed to educate residents about the health opportunities that exist within their community. The Expo will help people get the screenings that they need in a relaxed environment. Health screenings include: blood pressure, hearing, eyes, cholesterol, bone density & glucose and they will be administering flu shots on site. Representatives include: government agencies, hospitals, primary care & specialty physicians, home health & long term care, financial & planning

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Nov. 4 institutions, pharmacies & insurance. Complimentary food, giveaways, raffles & entertainment. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Lauderdale West Club House,1141 NW 85th Avenue, Plantation. This is a free event that is open to the public. For more information, call 754-366-5505.

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Art Search-A visual arts competition for students in grades K-12, sponsored by the City of Plantation Parks & Recreation Department and the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club. Any medium may be used Circle of Friends Art Exhibit-In with the exception of sculptures. All entries honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the should relate to the 2012 theme, “Everybody Plantation-based club has been invited by the Loves Art.” Art work must be 12” X 18” Miami-Dade Police Department to exhibit (mounted size), must be labeled on the back their artwork and perform in their new side with the entrant’s name and phone community theatre for the community.  10 number and must be submitted with an :00 am – 12:00 noon.  The Mayor, Chief entry form. Entry forms will be available of Police and members of the community at Plantation Central Park, Community will be there to see the performance. 400 Center and Plantation schools. All entries N.W. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida  33124   must be received at Plantation Central Park by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 12. For more information, call 954-452-2510 or 954-797-2180.

Plantation volunteer fire Association’s 56th Annual Barbecue- Chicken & ribs with the Secret Veltri Sauce, bounce houses, carnival games, demonstrations, live music, raffles and prizes. Residents should watch for the ticket purchase letter in the mail or call the Fire Department at 954-797-2150.


Great Halloween Spooktacular! Treats, crafts, stories, dancing & a big Halloween parade. Come in costume! All ages, 6:30-7:30pm. West Regional Library, located at 8601 W. Broward Blvd.

29th Tween Book Club- Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 1) by R. L. LaFevers. Book discussion, crafts & treats. Preregistration is required, space is limited. Pick up the book and a bookmark when you register! Ages 8-12, 6:30 to 7:30pm. West Regional Library, located at 8601 W. Broward Blvd.

27th A Family Halloween and Safety Festival-Games and activities for all ages and a very spooky Haunted House (not recommended for children under six). Children’s carnival, costume contests for children and adults, Police and Fire safety exhibits, inflatable’s, face painting, games and activities. Free candy & Halloween bags for kids. Sponsored by the City of Plantation Parks and Recreation Department and the Plantation Police Department.$3 per person. 10:00 a.m.. – 2:00 p.m. Kennedy Community Center, 5555 Palm Tree Road. For more information, call the Police Department at 954-797-2602 or the

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Thru 10/27th Railroad Days-The Plantation Historical Society, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Henry Flagler’s Key West Extension, presents a free exhibit through October 27th at the Plantation

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Health Expo to Offer Prescription for Better Health By Julie Levin


pressure checks, finger stick blood sugar, total to the doctor or simply want to learn more cholesterol and body mass index screenings. about taking care of yourself, make plans to A Dietician and Pharmacist will also be availattend a free health expo planned for Plantation. able for consultation There will also be eye The 2nd Annual Lauderdale West Health Expo and hearing checks. Representative from is set for October 19 and organizers say it is an government agencies, hospitals, primary ideal way for people 45 years of age and older care & specialty physicians, home health to get a quick check-up on their health. “It’s an & long term care, financial & planning opportunity to have people in the community institutions, pharmacies & insurance will come in, get free health screenings through also be on hand. There will also be a numdifferent providers in the area and learn new ber of health-related lectures, along with things,” said Maria Dean, the organizer of the complimentary food, giveaways, raffles event and owner of Marketing Solutions & and entertainment. Organizers say there Consulting, Inc. are plenty of reasons residents should want More than 1,000 people are expected to to circle the date on their calendar. “They’ll turn out for the free event in Lauderdale West, learn how to take better care of themselves, which is a 55-plus community of 200 homes in how to stay healthy, how to prevent illnesses Plantation. The Health Expo was created last and be able to take part in the screenings. year as a way to educate both the residents and There are so many benefits they can receive the public about the wellness opportunities that at no charge to them,” said Dean. A large crowd is once again expected for the 2nd Annual Lauderdale exist within their communities. Organizers are West Health Expo, which is scheduled for October 19. promising a relaxed and fun environment, all The Annual Lauderdale West Health Expo the better to encourage guests to get the screenings that they need. “We are trying to is free and open to the public. It will be held October 19 at the Lauderdale West Club make it fun and interactive. There will be plenty to offer everyone,” said Dean. House, located at 1141 NW 85th Avenue in Plantation. It will run from 10 a.m. to 3 Westside Regional Medical Center and Plantation General Hospital will offer blood p.m. For more information, contact Maria Dean at 954-366-5505. f you’ve been hesitant about going

Flamingo Nursery Hosts the 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival By Debby Teich


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Nursery and Farmer’s Market’s 4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival has become a tradition for South Florida residents, from ages 2 to 92. The five-acre nursery in Davie is completely decorated for the fall season. Every weekend in October features a variety of fun and educational activities for the entire family. “Fall is a great time for family, fun, and gardening,” said Owner/President, Jim Dezell. “We’ve had a great turnout in the past and we expect this year’s Festival to be the biggest and best one yet.” The Festival has one of the largest pumpkin patches in South Florida. Purchase a pumpkin and then decorate it in the Paint-A-Pumpkin activity area. Take a hayride on a horse-drawn carriage or have your child’s face painted by the popular Carly Sue. Come hungry and sample the pulled pork, chicken and ribs at the Southern Swamp Barbecue. Stop by the Farmer’s Market for a boxed lunch. Enjoy fresh fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade from the Juice Bar or ice cream and other items from the Creamery & Sweet Shop. Purchase some traditional fall items from the Harvest Market, such as hay bales, corn stalks, gourds, Indian corn, scare crows, candied apples, cider and roasted corn. Throughout the month, Flamingo Road Nursery will also offer free Garden Talks

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for adults. On October 6 and 7, learn how to “Grow Your Own Organic Herbs and Vegetables.” Free talks include: Organic Gardening at 9am, Grow Herbs at 11am, and Vegetable Gardening at 1pm. On October 13 and 14, learn how to “Color Your World.” Topics include: Choosing the R ight Container at 9am, Choosing the Right Annuals at 11am, and Make It and Take It Mixed Container Gardening at 1pm ($30 fee). On October 20 and 21, sample more than 15 varieties of apples at the Farmer’s Market during the “Appplefest Fruit and Citrus Celebration.” Free talks include: Organic Gardening at 9am, Edible Landscaping at 11am and Growing Fruit and Citrus at 1pm. On October 27 and 28, learn about “Specialty Gardens.” Topics include: Growing Orchids at 9am, Butterfly Gardening at 11am and Specialty Container Gardens at 1pm. A percentage of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Childhood Language Disorders Program of the Scottish Rite Foundation. Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmer’s Market is located at 1655 Flamingo Road in Davie. For information, visit or call 954-476-7878.

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She Can Dance! By Julie Levin


he came oh-so close. Tiffany Maher, the

19-year old dancer from Plantation made it to the finals of the hit show “So You Think You Can Dance” recently, only to come just a little bit shy of the title. An audience of millions tuned in September 18th to see Eliana Girard of West Palm Beach be named America’s favorite female dancer on the Fox television program. Chehon Wespi-Tschopp of Switzerland won the men’s title. For Maher, a lifelong Plantation resident, simply being on the show was nothing short of a dream come true. “It’s crazy to watch yourself perform on national television. I’ve been watching the show since season one and to be chosen to be a part of this incredible experience is amazing,” Maher said. Maher has deep roots in Plantation. She was the 2010 salutatorian of her class at South Plantation, where she was a student in the school’s Environmental Magnet Program. She was also involved in DECA, cheerleading and the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Before attending South Plantation, she was a student at Plantation Middle School, Central Park Elementary and Development Pre-School and Kindergarten. Her mother, Marla is a 5th grade teacher at Fox Trail Elementary School and her father, Brian, is a school resource officer at West

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Broward High School. She began dancing at 3 years old at Central Park and went on to study at the Dance FX studio in Sunrise. She says dance is her passion and being on the show has been a true learning experience, particularly working with some of the best in the dance choreography world. “I’ve watched this show and seen their work. I’ve grown up dreaming about learning from them,” she said. Before the show, Tiffany also had small roles in the films “Rock of Ages” and “Step Up Revolution”. She’s also enrolled in online classes at the University of Central Florida, where she is studying public affairs. She hopes to dance for as long as she can, and one day run her own studio. By making the top ten, Maher will take part in a 30-city “So You Think You can Dance” national dance tour which includes a December 5th appearance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Even without the title, she was thrilled with the chance just to be on the show. “It’s national television. It’s huge. I am making so many connections and friends,” she said.

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Luncheon Focuses on Ending Dating Abuse By Julie Levin


hile there will be food, fashion and shopping, the goal

behind an upcoming annual luncheon will be to help put the brakes on a growing and unsettling problem in our community. The Plantationbased JFS KOLOT Coalition will hold its seventh annual Luncheon and Fashion Show October 28 to raise awareness about domestic abuse in the Jewish community. The event is called Breaking the Silence - Dating Abuse: It’s not Love. “The annual KOLOT event is the lifeline for these families, raising the funds to help save lives. By attending the event, sponsoring, advertising or donating, the community can demonstrate that abuse is never acceptable and that together we can help make difference,” said Randee Lefkow, JFS KOLOT chairperson. The event is a chance for organizers to rally people of all ages as allies in ending all forms of abuse. This year, the luncheon is focusing for the first time on dating abuse, which experts say has one of highest rates of abuse. According to the group Futures Without Violence, approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. This year’s guest speaker is a JFS client who will tell her miraculous story of survival and recovery after being abused by her boyfriend. At the event, KOLOT will introduce its new “Teen Relationship Test” – a palm sized card with a checklist of signs of an unhealthy relationship and the JFS confidential 24/7 phone number to call for help. Since 1999, JFS KOLOT has brought together organizations and individuals dedicated to raising awareness, promoting education and increasing services for victims of domestic abuse in the Jewish community. The JFS Domestic Abuse Program, which is currently helping close to 60 women and 87 children, provides a 24/7 Crisis Line, counseling, case management, support groups, and financial assistance. The luncheon event got its

start when more abused women in the Jewish community began coming forward for services. “The needs are tremendous for abused people and their children as they try to begin anew – from the essentials of a new place to live, daily food, and household goods to education, employment and legal assistance,” said Lefkow. Community leaders, Hal & Lois Herman, will receive the (L-R) Randee Lefkow, JFS KOLOT Chairperson; Esther Shacket, Jewish Women’s Foundation founder prestigious 2012 Ending Abuse Award for their outstanding commitment to children impacted by domestic abuse. Corrine Cott, was last year’s Ending Abuse Award recipient and is one of this year’s event leaders. “Last year’s event was a record breaking success, largely in part to the strong survivors who continue to stand up and speak out about their abuse,” said Cott. Breaking the Silence - Dating Abuse: It’s not Love will be held October 28 at The Signature Grand, at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a shopping boutique, as well as a silent auction and raffle prizes. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $90 per person or $118 with 25 raffle tickets; $36 for children under 13. For sponsorships, ads, and reservations or to donate a raffle prize, contact Alisa Wolfe at 954-370-2140, or visit

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Golf Tourney Tees Off for Worthy Cause By Julie Levin


olfers have the chance this month to enjoy a morning on the

links, while helping to support children in need in our state. The Broward County Young Lawyers Section, or YLS, is hosting its 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Set for October 13 at the Jacaranda Golf Club, the tournament will benefit Florida’s Children First, a statewide children’s advocacy organization. “Because we are the Young Lawyers, we sometimes choose a charity that deals with children or youth. Florida’s Children First deals specifically with at-risk children in the foster care system and it really is a great cause to be able to raise money for,” said Jeff Wank, the chairman of the tournament.

Wank is once again expecting a sold-out field of 144 golfers to take to the course for the tournament. The field is open to golfers of all ability and participants will have the chance to take part in a 4-person scramble, silent auction, breakfast, unlimited beverages, awards luncheon and reception. Each year, tournament organizers usually choose a different charity. This time they chose Florida’s Children First for a second straight year because of the success of last year’s event, which brought in $30,000. Organizers say 100% of the net proceeds from the tournament will go directly to FCF to specifically benefit the Tracey McPharlin Pro Bono Initiative and the Broward Chapter of Florida Youth Shine. “Florida’s Children First really provides a voice for children in foster care and those aging out of the system and helps them out in not only providing for things they need, but also fighting for their rights in Tallahassee,” said Wank. The Young Lawyers Section of the Broward Bar is comprised of attorneys who are 36 years of age, or younger, or have been practicing for less than five years. Throughout the year, the group holds seminars and events to educate young lawyers on current issues and professionalism. They also host charitable events for the community, including the golf tournament which is their biggest fundraiser. The tournament will also include a hole in one contest, with a chance to win a 2012 G37 Convertible from Warren Henry Infiniti. Other prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Foursomes, as well as awards for Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin and Straightest Drive. The tournament will be held October 13 at Jacaranda Golf Club, located at 9200 West Broward Boulevard in Plantation. Check in time is 6:30 a.m. and there is a 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. Foursomes are $400.00; Individual Golfers are $100.00. Non-golfers can register for lunch only for $30.00. Participants will receive a complimentary continental breakfast, range balls, unlimited cold beverages during play, lunch to follow the play, as well goodie bags and other raffle prizes. For more information, to register to play or sponsor the event, visit

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Community news

Annual Barbecue Event Heats up for its 56th Year By Julie Levin


p to 6,000 people are once again expected to turn out for an

annual city event, that promises great food for a good cause. The Plantation Volunteer Fire Association’s 56th Annual Barbecue will be held November 4 at Pine Island Park. Organizers say it is still one of the most popular city events around. “We hope everyone comes out and has a great time,” said Jon Hatch, the Plantation EMT/Firefighter who chairs the yearly event. The barbecue is an annual fundraising event that features bounce houses, carnival games, firefighting equipment, live music and most importantly, great barbecue served up by the city’s firefighters. The highlight of the menu is chicken and ribs, doused with the “secret sauce” made famous by the late Mayor Frank Veltri. Since the early days of the event, Veltri, who also served as the event’s head chef for 50 years, would whip up the sauce in the kitchen of his home, keeping the recipe under lock and key. After the Mayor passed in 2006, the recipe and the title of head chef was turned over to Firefighter/ Head Chef Barry Stearns, who is keeping the tasty tradition going. In addition to the 1,700 to 2,000 pounds of chicken and The "secret sauce" was created by the ribs, the meal is rounded out late Frank Veltri, who served as head chef of the barbecue until its 50th year. by12 five-gallon buckets of cole

slaw, 3,000 rolls, 20 giant cans of baked beans and 4,000 cookies. The barbecue is a family friendly event that was created 56 years ago by the city’s newly formed firefighters association, which was formed a year before the volunteer fire department. The association’s main goal through that first barbecue was to help raise money to get the department up The role of head chef, and the sauce recipe, has now and running. “With the been handed over to firefighter Barry Stearns. proceeds, there were able to go out and buy and fire truck and start the fire department. We’ve carried it on all these years,” said Hatch. Currently, the proceeds are used to help fund department programs that give back to the community. The 56th annual Plantation Volunteer Fire Association’s Barbecue will be held November 4 from noon to 5 p.m. at Pine Island Park. Ticket purchase letters to 52,000 homes and businesses were mailed out in September so residents could pre-order meals at $10 per adult or $5 per child. You can also buy tickets from the Fire Department by calling 954-797-2150 during normal business hours, or buy them at the gate. Prices at the gate are $12 per adult, $6 per child.

Plant Affair Ready to Set New Roots at Heritage Park By Julie Levin


hether you’ve got a green thumb, or just love searching

out something new for your garden, make sure you visit one of Plantation’s best-known outdoor events. The Broward County Plant Affair will return to Heritage Park with a little something green for just about anyone. “It is a beautiful, fun day and we really have a little of everything,” promises Betty Cobb, longtime Plantation resident and the organizer of the Plant Affair. The two- day event will be held at the park, located at 1100 South Fig Tree Lane, Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28. There will be several dozen vendors on hand offering locally grown plants, vines and trees, supplies and more. Cobb says because they are locally grown, they have already adapted to the South Florida climate.”The diversity of the South Florida grown plants makes it so beautiful for gardeners, because they are getting plants acclimated to our climate,” said Cobb. There will also be plenty of plant professionals on hand who can answer any greenery related questions. Guests will find a wide array of plants including bougainvilleas, orchids, crotons, bonsai, begonias, fruit trees and vegetables. Cobb says bromeliads have become big sellers in recent Dozens of vendors will be on hand for the two-day event.

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years. “They are gaining in popularity because they don’t take much water and our very colorful,” said Cobb. There will also be plants and decor for patios and porches, as well as yard art, planters, rain barrels and other garden items. “This is really for anyone who gardens in the yard, on the patio or on a porch,” said Cobb. The Plant Affair was created 15 years ago, and is held twice a year, once each for South Florida’s fall planting and spring planting seasons. According to Cobb, their Spring Plant Affair just a few months ago was one of their bestattended events ever and boasted more Among the plants for sale: Bonsai, than 40 vendors. Cobb says whether or like this Miniature Black Olive. not you’ve got a green thumb, the Plant Affair is a great way to spend some time outdoors, under a beautiful park canopy. “It is just a beautiful atmosphere,” she said.”Everyone should come out and see us.” The proceeds from the show benefit the Plantation Historical Museum. Broward County Plant Affair will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 27th and 28th at Plantation Heritage Park, 1100 South Fig Tree Lane. The show is free, but park admission is $1.50 for adults. Children under six are free. For more information, call 954-797-2722

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Pediatric Orthopedics One of Many Specialties Offered at the Children’s Center at Plantation General Hospital By Julie Levin


ike any seven-year old, Bella Fiorio loves to go outside, play

on the swings and ride her bicycle. Thanks to the team of Pediatric Orthopedic Specialists at Plantation General Hospital, little Bella is able to do just that now. Three months ago, doctors performed an innovative surgical procedure that will help Bella cope with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder characterized by fragile bones that break easily. “The surgery allows her to be a little girl and have fun, without being too cautious,” said mom Courtney Fiorio. “It has meant freedom for her.” The surgery was performed at Plantation General Hospital by Dr. Peter Romano, a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon based in Plantation. He implanted the FassierDuval Telescopic IM Rod System in Bella’s left femur, which is designed to prevent and stabilize fractures, as well as correct deformities in long bones while there is growth. “Not only does it straighten the bone, If she falls or something happens, she has an internal splint to give the bone stability and they are much less prone to Bella Fiorio and Dr. Peter Romano break. Also, if they do break, the rod is already in so it keeps the bone straight,” said Dr. Romano. The innovative new rod is essential for Bella, who has suffered more than two dozen fractures, including 17 fractures to her femurs alone since she was born. In the past, doctors had to place her in a full body cast from her chest to her toes to help her heal. Now just three months after surgery, the little girl who loves the pop group “One Direction” is able to dance to her favorite band and is walking on her own.”She was able to walk into school this year without any assistance. That’s a milestone for her,” said Courtney. According to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as “ OI” or “brittle bone disease”, causes a genetic mutation of the collagen gene. A person is born with the disorder and is affected throughout his or her lifetime. While those with a mild form of Osteogenesis Imperfecta may experience only a few fractures, those with the severe forms may have hundreds in a lifetime. Dr. Romano says the advanced design of the system they used with Bella offers more benefits than with more conventional rods. It provides a longer telescopic range, which means it will grow as Bella does. “As the bone grows, the two anchors on either end grow away from each other,” he said. In addition, it favors bone and joint preservation, and decreases tissue trauma and blood loss during surgery. The new system is implanted through just one small incision by the hip, which made for a faster recovery. “This system has been around ten years, which

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is relatively young, and is seen as the leading system in terms of how well it works and the engineering behind it,” said Dr. Romano. With her daughter up and walking with a renewed sense of confidence, mom Courtney gives full credit to Dr. Romano and the medical team at Plantation General Hospital. “Dr. Romano is so compassionate, intelligent, skilled and really takes his time explaining everything. The nurses are extremely compassionate and understanding too,” she said. Orthopedics is just one of the many pediatric specialties available at the Children’s Center at Plantation General Hospital. The Pediatric Unit provides high quality, family centered Bella and Courtney Fiorio healthcare through a full spectrum of medical and surgical programs and specialty services. Among the pediatric services available at the Children’s Center: Neurology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Pulmonology, Orthopedics, Emergency Care, General Surgery, Intensive Care and Imaging Services with Pediatric Sedation. Knowing that a trip to the hospital can often seem like a scary situation, the Children’s Center puts a priority on making young patients feel safe and comfortable while getting better. Their families are encouraged to be with them as much as possible and there is a playroom full of toys, books and games situated among fun graphics and bright colors. Parents are invited to take a virtual tour at PlantationGeneral.Com/Pediatrics. To find a pediatric specialist near you, Call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-888-256-7724. Plantation General Hospital is located at 401 N.W. 42nd Avenue in Plantation. Find them online at

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South Plantation Graduate Runs to Raise Health Awareness By Julie Levin

and show that the disease will not stop her from reaching her goals. Ward is training through “Team Challenge”, which is the Crohn’s rohn’s Disease has Katie Ward on the run. But & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program. not in the way you might think. The 23-year old South Organizers are anticipating to build the South Florida team, which Plantation High School Grad is training to run her first encompasses Hollywood, Miami and Boca Raton, to more than 100 half-marathon in December. She’ll be running 13.1 miles not only members, at least half of whom will run in Las Vegas. The other half for herself, but also to spread awareness about an often debilitating will take part in the ING half Marathon in January. Organizers say digestive disorder that she has been battling for the past eight years. training is an ideal way for those who suffer with the disorder to feel “I want people to know a little bit more about Crohn’s and Colitis,” empowered and to take control of their disease. “By training with Ward explained.”I think a lot of people don’t really understand what Team Challenge, they prove to themselves and others that their it is or understand that is becoming more prevalent in our society. “ disease will not run their lives. It also gives them the platform to Ward will be running in the ‘Rock ‘n Roll’ Las Vegas Half speak openly about their disease and raise awareness for the Crohn’s Marathon for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s & Colitis Foundation of America and the much needed funding for Team Challenge in December. Competitors will be running research to find a cure.” said Rachel Kramer, the Team Challenge through the Las Vegas strip at night, spurred on by live bands at Endurance Manager. every block. The goal is to not only get herself healthier, but also Ward agrees and says she has found a new voice and motivation to help find a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two Katie Ward is training to run a half-marathon in December through her training and fundraising. chronic diseases that impact 1.4 million Americans. “I’ve never Her goal is to raise $3,600 for Team Challenge and the Crohn’s done anything like this, but I am looking forward to having a & Colitis Foundation of America, as well as to finish the race. She has no doubt both chance to be an advocate and let people know more,” said Ward, a Public Relations will help propel her over the finish line. “I think it is going to be one of the best things Coordinator at Boardroom Communications in Plantation. I’ve ever done,” she said. Ward was diagnosed with the digestive disorder at age 15 while in high school. She remembers being exhausted all the time, inexplicably losing large amounts of weight, For more information on Ward’s fundraising efforts, or if you can help, visit http:// and unexplained pain. She spent more than a month in the hospital before doctors were For more information on the event able to properly diagnose her. While she has dealt with various complications from the itself, visit illness ever since, she’s sees the half-marathon as her chance to seize the upper hand,

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School News

New Coordinator for South Plantation Magnet Program By Julie Levin


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decade-long history, South Plantation’s renowned Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration Magnet Program is being led by a new coordinator. Environmental law attorney and professor Pamela Krauss is now at the helm of the program after taking over for longtime coordinator Alyce Culpeper, who led the program for the first ten years. While Krauss may be new to the administrative position, she is a familiar face to both students and staff, having taught within the program for many years.”It’s been a bit of a challenge, but I think change sometime is good for personal growth,” said Krauss, who Pam Krauss lives in Plantation. South Plantation’s Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration program is a national Magnet School of Excellence. The program was created to offer students from all over the county in-depth study of environmental sciences, and the Everglades. “My goal at this point would be to continue offering students a very unique program and to fortify the academic rigor of the program,” said Krauss. Krauss is extremely well-versed in the program’s curriculum. She has been with the magnet for nine years teaching Botany, Environmental Law, Research 3-4: Sampling and Analysis of the Upper K-O-E, and Research 1-2: An Overview of the Everglades. The only drawback to her new position-- less time with the students in the classroom. This year, she’ll only be teaching senior classes to accommodate her administrative duties, which have already presented challenges early in the school year. “There have been issues relating to transportation, which have a profound effect on a magnet program. Also, as result of some district level decisions, there have been some pretty challenging scheduling issues,” said Krauss. Krauss brings an impressive resume to the post. She led the school to five consecutive Fairchild Challenge Championship titles, won Florida’s Serve to Preserve Green School Educator award and her botany course was a state finalist for the classroom honor. The former Broward County Environmental Educator of the Year, also won the City of Plantation’s P.L.A.N.T. (Plantation Landscape Award for Nurturing our Town) honor. Her students have created and maintain 12 gardens at the school and at Jack Carter Harmony Park. Her colleagues give her high marks. “Mrs. Krauss will bring years of unique life experiences to the role of Magnet Coordinator,” said South Plantation Principal David Basile. “The program and the school will benefit greatly from her leadership.” Krauss also knows the Magnet Program on a personal level, having sent both of her children through the program. Son Daniel recently graduated from Northwestern University, and daughter Amanda is a senior at Northwestern. In her free time, Krauss spends time with husband Eric and stays true to her botanist background, enjoying gardening, plants and the outdoors.

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“I Can’t Stop Itching and Scratching Mom” – Eczema in Children & Adults By: Dr. David S. Popkin- Quantum Wellness Center


ell me if this sounds familiar: your child begins

to break out in a skin rash, and he or she can’t stop scratching. Ugh, it drives you crazy. Then you start to itch and scratch just like they are. Maybe you have sympathetic pains and suddenly breakout in a rash. If you are a responsible parent you would go and see your doctor. They would probably advise you to take an over the counter medication/lotion or write you a prescription for Cortisone cream. The diagnose you or your child receive is the Big “E” word. “ECZEMA!” You are faithful to your Doctor’s request for several days; your condition(s) either improve, or remain the same. Let’s say they do get better, now you feel confident enough to stop the medication causing your symptoms to come back. What should you do? Eczema is a common problem in children and is possibly a food allergy until proven otherwise. Let’s go over some facts: The problem often appears on the face as patches of reddish, scaling skin. As eczema worsens, the skin becomes more itchy, red, thickened, and grooved, and may blister, weep, and crack.  The typical distribution of eczema is on the face, behind the ears, on the fronts of the elbows, the backs of the knees, the hands, neck, and trunk.  ▸▸ The neck may show what looks like a (dirty neck).  ▸▸ Hands may be dry and thickened. The face is less frequently affected.   ▸▸ Children with eczema often develop other problems with allergies and can

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second mortgage or line of credit on his/her home was through the use of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition and plan that may require monthly payments for as long as 60 months. However, now a Homeowner may also wipe out second mortgages and lines of credit through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy which does not require monthly payments. According to an important bankruptcy appellate court decision, a homeowner who has taken out a second mortgage or line of credit against their home would be able to extinguish that lien by filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and demonstrating that the amount owed on the first mortgage exceeds the value of the property. When a judge removes mortgage liens from a property during bankruptcy proceedings it is referred to as “lien stripping.” Bankruptcy courts must now follow a “bright line” rule in all Chapter 7 cases, which makes a second mortgage totally unsecured if the first mortgage exceeds the value of the personal residence. To qualify, the court will require proof that the home is appraised for less than the value of the first mortgage, which can be established through a certified property appraisal that is accepted by the court. In an environment where home prices in most markets have fallen at least 40% or more, many South Florida homeowners qualify for this option, and should take full advantage of this major change in bankruptcy law. There are several key benefits from this critical change in bankruptcy law for the homeowner stifled with debt. First, the time required to complete a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and get a “fresh start” can be as little as four months, whereas a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case may take as long as five (5) years. Second, the costs and fees of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is only a fraction of those associated with a Chapter 13 plan and petition. Third, unlike a Chapter 13, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy allows you to wipe out an unlimited amount of credit card and other unsecured debt, like medical debt and outstanding mortgage debt from a prior short sale or foreclosure. Most importantly, none of your creditors will be able to contact you, harass you with annoying phone calls, or proceed with any foreclosure during the bankruptcy protection period. The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to successfully represent dozens of homeowners in our community in both Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy cases, as well as, foreclosure defense, homeowner’s association defense, short sales, and loan modifications. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy when you make an appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team.

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Financial Pressures Squeeze The “Sandwich Generation” By Frank Gutta, CPA,PFS

The “baby boomers,” Americans born between 1946 and 1964, are moving like a wave into their fifties and sixties. Unfortunately, many of them are facing dual financial pressures. Their kids may need help paying for increasingly expensive colleges. Their folks are getting older and living longer, and boomers may be called on to make up the shortfall in their parents’ retirement income, or to pay for long-term care. On top of that, boomers are struggling to provide for their own retirement and pay for their groceries. No wonder they feel squeezed. If you’re part of the “sandwich generation,” take heart. Careful planning and a little diligence can help to alleviate some of this pressure. First, identify your priorities. Then set realistic goals to address them, putting the bulk of your financial resources and energy toward meeting the most important goals first. RETIREMENT - You may have to rethink your retirement target age in light of other financial demands like college tuition and care for elderly parents. Working longer can have distinct benefits. Besides funding an accustomed lifestyle for a few more

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Osteoporosis is the Most Common Type of Bone Disease. By Wendy S. Levenson EdD, RN Director of Education-Westside Regional Medical Center


he term osteoporosis literally means porous bone. The disease

often develops unnoticed over many years, with no symptoms or discomfort until a fracture occurs. Osteoporosis often causes a loss of height and a severely rounded upper back. One in two women and one in four men older than 50 years will sustain bone fractures caused by osteoporosis. Many of these are painful fractures of the hip, spine, wrist, arm, and leg, which often occur as a result of a fall. However, performing even simple household tasks can result in a fracture of the spine if the bones have been weakened by osteoporosis. Doctors do not know the exact medical causes of osteoporosis, but they have identified many of the major factors that can lead to the disease. Aging - Everyone loses bone with age. After 35 years of age, the body builds less new bone to replace the loss of old bone. In general, the older you are, the lower your total bone mass and the greater your risk for osteoporosis. Heredity - A family history of fractures; a small, slender body build; fair skin; and Caucasian or Asian ethnicity can increase the risk for osteoporosis. Heredity also may help explain why some people develop osteoporosis early in life. Nutrition and Lifestyle - Poor nutrition, including a low calcium diet, low body weight, and a sedentary lifestyle have been linked to osteoporosis, as have smoking and excessive alcohol use. A drop in estrogen in women at the time of menopause and a drop in testosterone in men is a leading cause of bone loss. Other causes of bone loss include:

▸▸ Being confined to a bed ▸▸ Certain medical conditions ▸▸ Taking certain medications Other risk factors include: ▸▸ Absence of menstrual periods for long periods of time ▸▸ A family history of osteoporosis ▸▸ Drinking a large amount of alcohol ▸▸ Smoking To prevent osteoporosis, slow its progression, and protect yourself from fractures you should include adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D in your diet and exercise regularly. Like muscles, bones need exercise to stay strong. No matter what your age, exercise can help minimize bone loss while providing many additional health benefits. Doctors believe that a program of moderate, regular exercise (3 to 4 times a week) is effective for the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, hiking, climbing stairs, dancing, treadmill exercises, and weight lifting are probably best. The diagnosis of osteoporosis is usually made by your doctor using a combination of a complete medical history and physical examination, skeletal x-rays, bone densitometry, and specialized laboratory tests. For a free referral to a primary care physician in the area, contact Westside Regional Medical Center’s toll-free physician referral and health information line at 1-800-618-2631.

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Please tell us a little bit about USA Air Duct Cleaners & A/C Services? USA Air

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USA Air Duct & Air Conditioning Services offers a full range of A/C repair and maintenance services in addition to complete indoor air quality solutions. At USA, we carry and service all major brands such as Rheem, RUUD, Tran, Goodman to name just a few. In addition to keeping you cool, USA also keeps you healthy with a complete line of indoor air quality solutions. Did you know dirty ducts and a/c equipment is one of the major contributors to allergies? Our indoor air quality solutions help to remove common allergens such as mold and pet dander while our complete line of UV A/C lighting can not only make your home a healthy living area but also aid reducing odors from mold, mildew, pets and much more.

What sets your business apart from others duct cleaners/AC services in the area? At USA Air Duct Cleaners & A/C Services, we strive to meet and exceed our client’s expectations by providing not only quality products but also exceptional service with some of the area’s most experienced technicians.

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Hoedown... Plantation Style!

There were plenty of boots, plaid shirts and cowboys hats on display, as Plantation held its annual Mother-Son Hoedown recently. Several dozen moms and their favorite cowboys turned out at the Volunteer Park Community Center for an evening of dancing, games, food and fun.

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Pro Bowl Defensive Lineman Paul Soliai and his teammates took area students on a shopping spree at Sears at the Westfield Broward Mall in Plantation recently. Each child received $300 to spend, courtesy of the Paul Soliai Foundation and Sears. (photo credit Miami Dolphins)

Lisa and Manuel Synalovksi of Plantation hold just one of the many awards her company, L. Synalovksi C.B.C., Inc. was honored with recently at the Florida’s 2012 Prism Best Awards. In addition to Best in Show, they also won gold in the FPL Buildsmart Energy Efficiency category and Green Home of the Year. The couple was honored for their innovative Dream Green Home in Plantation, called Canterbury House, which was designed by architect Manuel Synalovski and built by L. Synalovski CBC.

Planning for JFS’s 50th Anniversary Gala

JFS President, Board of Directors, Michael Brodie; honorees Jerome Solkoff, Senator Nan Rich, Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff, Rabbi Andrew Jacobs; JFS supporter Gene Harvey; and JFS Executive Director Ken Moskowitz gather together for an early planning luncheon for the Jewish Family Service of Broward County’s 50th Anniversary Gala. The 50th Anniversary Masked Gala, with dining, dancing, live entertainment and silent auction, will be held on December 1. An original mask designed especially for this occasion by prominent artist, and honoree, Romero Britto, will be auctioned off as part of the evening’s surprises and sparkle.

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Despite the late summer heat, members of the Plantation Garden Club were out in force recently maintaining the City’s Butterfly Garden-(l-r) Orpha Hirst, Addie Travers and Mary Foster-Munn

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ChildNet, Broward County’s Community Based Care (CBC) lead agency, recently launched the formation of ChildNet Champions, an emerging leaders group for the organization, with an afterhours networking mixer at YOLO’s O-Lounge. The Plantationbased organization was recently lauded for a fourth consecutive month as the number one ranked child welfare agency in Florida. Some of those at the mixer included Maria Johnston of AT&T, Todd Stone, and Maggie Zalamear. Also in attendance: Emilio Benitez, ChildNet President/CEO, Melida Akiti, ChildNet Board Member, Larry Rein, Vice President of Network Development at ChildNet craft

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