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Contents Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 community news Winter Wonderland Returns to Plantation Historical Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Sound the Alarm! Fire Department Selects Its Member of the Year . . . . . . . . . 10 Cook-off Out to Find the Best Chili Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Stray Cat Strut Comes to Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Author, Author! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Art Guild Members Show Their Artistic Skill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Plantation Pooch is “Hero Dog” to Owner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Halloween Fun Helps the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

can do kids “Art Search” Contest Winners Announced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

inspiring individuals Plantation Couple Brings Traditions of Hanukkah to Foster Children . . . . . . . . 23

school news Touchdown for Peters Elementary School and the Dolphins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Mirror Lake Elementary Honors One of its Own for Veterans Day . . . . . . . . . . 26 Preschoolers Learn the Meaning of Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Health & Wellness Protecting your Orthodontic Investment is in Your Hands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Preventing the Flu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

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Tween Book Club– 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. 954382-5860 x 226

4th Winter Wonderland Grand Opening–A favorite for all ages-come enjoy more than 40 beautifully decorated trees and exhibits. There will be an open house December 6 and December 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Children’s Day with Santa will be December 15 and December 22 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m The exhibit runs through January 5. Plantation Historical Museum, located at 511 North Fig Tree Lane. For more information, you can call them at 954-797-2722.

5th and 19th 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, December 5 and Wednesday, December 19 at Covenant Village of Florida, 9215 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. For more information, contact Judy Johnson, (954) 916-6463.


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Chili Cook Off – Attention Chili Competitors! It’s time to “Meat Your Maker”! St. Benedict’s Church in Plantation is hosting a chili cook off. Join us for a day filled with food, music & activities. Anyone wishing to compete - local firehouses, churches, organizations, or individuals, please visit for rules & fee. 7801 NW 5th Street in Plantation, noon to 6 p.m. General admission is free.

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Visit from Santa Claus!–Santa and his elves will be coming down Plantation’s streets, 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. Call 954452-2510 for more information.

11th Big BIG Winter Holiday Party! Celebrate the holidays with games, stories, music & treats. All ages 6 to 7:30pm. Sponsored by the Plantation Woman’s Club. West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Boulevard. For more information, call 954-382-5860 x 226.

14th Lights and Latkes–A Chanukah Family Shabbat Service at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El. Songs by the Pre-Kindergarten, Gesher and Religious School children as well as the TKAE Adult Choir. 8200 Peters Road in Plantation. 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-472-1988 or visit

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Winter Wonderland Returns to Plantation Historical Museum By Julie Levin

running throughout. They will join a line-up of tree on’t know how favorites including the old to decorate your tree fashioned tree, teddy bear this year? Ideas will tree, Disney tree, Victorian abound at a long-standing tree, dinosaur tree and many holiday tradition set to go on more. Each tree is staffed by display again in Plantation this a team of “Angels and Elves”. month. Winter Wonderland, The angels “adopt” the trees the annual exhibit featuring and help decorate them. The Christmas trees decorated in elves are volunteers from the dozens of different themes, community who help serve will once again be on display as guides and help explain at the Plantation Historical all the intricacies of each Museum . “We have 41 trees tree to guests. The Winter again this year, including some Wonderland tradition has new ones,” said Shirley Schuler, been going strong since the the Curator of the Museum. The Victorian Tree. A favorite of the kids; the The Disney Tree with a volunteer 1980’s, when it was created as As many as 6,000 people Teddy Bear tree. dressed as Snow White. a “Christmas in July” event. are expected to visit the annual Thanks to ideas from the community, the number of trees kept growing and the exhibit exhibit which will open December 4 and run through January 5th. Guests will be treated moved to December. “It really is a beautiful exhibit to enjoy,” said Schuler. to the sights and sounds of 41 themed trees and cultural displays, a Hanukkah Exhibit, Victorian Dollhouse, Porcelain Village with miniature train, as well as animated & musiThe Winter Wonderland exhibit opens December 4 at 10 a.m. It is free and open to cal figurines. Open House events will be held December 6th with entertainment from the public. There will be an open house December 6 and December 13 from 6:30-8:30 the South Florida Jubilee Chorus and December 13th, with entertainment by Bell p.m. The Children’s Day with Santa will be December 15 and December 22 from 10 Ringers from United Methodist Church. Kids can also spend time with Santa during a.m.3 p.m The Plantation Historical Museum is located at 511 North Fig Tree Lane Children’s Days held December 15th and 22nd. in Plantation. For more information, you can call them at 954-797-2722. New this year; a Nutcracker tree and a large mountain exhibit that will have trains


Sound the Alarm! Fire Department Selects Its Member of the Year By Julie Levin


n celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Plantation Fire

Department recently honored one of its own for outstanding service. The department named Lieutenant Alex Poitevien as the Plantation Fire Department’s Member of the Year for 2012. Poitevien, who joined the department in 2003, has had a big effect on the department, even beyond his firefighting duties. A few months ago, Poitevien displayed his artistic side by designing the graphics scheme for the Department’s newest fire truck, Engine 56. “Lieutenant Poitevien came up with the sleek, modern design which has set the standard for all Plantation’s trucks in the future,” said Fire Chief Joe Harris. He also designed the Breast Cancer Awareness shirts department personnel wore throughout the month of October, which was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. His design combined the pink, breast cancer awareness ribbon with the Fire Department emblem. Harris said residents appreciated the effort. “We have had many positive comments about the shirts,” said Harris. “They have drawn tremendous attention and praise from the community.” Poitevien’s honor is the culmination of a lifelong dream for the firefighter. According to Fire Chiefs, Poitevien would ride his bicycle as a boy, following the fire trucks to calls, listening intently to his scanner, and showing up at numerous Fire Department and Association functions. “As an adult Alex has been able to realize those childhood passions,” wrote Captain Evan Katz in his nomination of Alex for the award.” When I think of all the hard work that individuals put in to make this department work, it’s only a fraction of what Alex does.” Other Fire Department activities during Fire Prevention Week included the annual Fire Prevention Poster and Essay contest. school and local fire prevention programs, and the selection of the Business of Year.

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Lieutenant Alex Poitevien gives a quick polish to Engine 56. Poitevien designed the new graphics scheme which adorns the truck.

Paramedics Sivy DelRosario (l), John Sroka (c), and Karen Katz (r) display their Breast Cancer Awareness uniforms. Lieutenant Alex Poitevien designed the new shirts by combining the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon with the Fire Department emblem. All of Plantation’s firefighters, paramedics and EMTs wore the shirts through October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

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Cook-off Out to Find the Best Chili Around By Julie Levin


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makes the best chili around, now is the time to put your recipe to the test. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church in Plantation is hosting its first ever Chili Cook-Off and they are looking for local chefs who can provide a little bite. “We here at St. Benedict’s believe our chili is the best around. So, we thought we would challenge anyone who thinks they can make better to come and compete with us.” says Carolyn Bailey, Chair of the event.  The cook-off, called “Meat Your Maker” will be held December 8 from noon to 6 p.m. at the church, which is located at 7801 NW 5th Street in Plantation. Organizers are hoping as many as 200-300 hungry guests show up to sample the offerings of up to a dozen chili cooks. The church has put out the challenge to Plantation and Davie firehouses, organizations, churches and synagogues, but the competition is also open to any individual chefs or groups. No pre-made chili will be allowed, everything must be made from scratch. “All cooking will be done here,” said Maureen O’Brien, one of the organizers of the cook-off. Free chili sampling will run from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

or until the chili runs out. In addition to bragging rights, the chili makers will also compete for prizes. There will be an official judging to determine the winners as well as a “People’s Choice Award”. There will also be music, dancing and games, along with chances for raffle prizes, including a large flat screen TV, an iPad and more. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church has been a mainstay in Plantation since 1960, and works to help the community through mission work and outreach programs. St. Benedict’s serves and collaborates with The Shepherd’s Way, God’s Little Lambs, St. Laurence Chapel, The Jubilee Center of South Broward, Life Net 4 Families/Cooperative Feeding Program, Haiti Comfort House, Food for the Poor, Inc. and Seafarers’ House. If you are interested in signing up for the Chili Cook-off, visit www.saintbenedicts. org. The registration form and $25.00 entry fee for the competition can be sent to St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 7801 NW 5th Street, Plantation, Florida 33324. General admission for the event, which will run from noon until 6 p.m., is free.


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groups is coming to Plantation for a one-of-a-kind concert. The Stray Cat’s Lee Rocker will perform at the Hawks Landing Clubhouse January 19 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 caring for the canines. “We take dogs from shelters, make them healthy and we don’t give up on them. We are particular about where they go and try to find them the perfect home,” said Janice Green, the founder of Have a Heart, Inc. For a second year, Green is partnering with Plantation resident Susan Fischer for the concert at Hawks Landing. Last year, close to 250 people packed the clubhouse for their first fundraising concert, which brought in close to $30,000 and featured three members of the Little River Band, as well as Bad Company’s lead singer Brian Howe. This year, music lovers can dance to the tunes of the Stray Cat’s Lee Rocker, who made his mark rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom, the Grammy-nominated group sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered 23 gold and platinum cer- Rock This Town! The Stray Cats’ Lee Rocker (left) will be performing in Plantation January 19 with tified records worldwide. Jimmy Sage, Brophy Dale and Buzz Campbell. Though Rocker will be the only original Stray Cat coming to Plantation, his band will rock out familiar tunes like “Rock This Town” and “Stray Cat Strut”. This year’s event will feature not only the concert, but a DJ to keep the fun going all night long. “This year, we are going to keep the party going with dancing after the show,” said Fischer. The proceeds will go towards Have a Heart, which rescues homeless dogs and keeps them safe, healthy and socialized until new homes can be found. Because Have a Heart does not receive public funding, they stay afloat primarily through private donations. The proceeds from were last year’s concert helped the group expand to a 5-acre rental property that provides space to comfortably house the dogs. “”It was a godsend,” Green said. They are hoping this year’s concert will allow them to prepare new space at the property so they can help even more dogs.

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Author, Author! By Julie Levin


f you love to read, and want to learn more about the very latest

offerings from local authors, make plans to attend the latest installment of the Florida Author Showcase Series at the West Regional Library in Plantation. Created in October, the series is designed to give a brief spotlight to some of Florida’s most promising writers. Each month, the showcase features four Florida-based authors ready to talk about their books and the latest issues facing authors. “To help local Florida authors get exposure for their books, I thought it would be a good idea to have the Showcase on a regular ongoing basis and to invite more than one author to present their books at each event,” said Nancy Ansley, the programs and exhibits supervisor of the Libraries Division. The next showcase is December 4 and will feature authors Sandra Balzo, the author of “Triple Shot” Maggy Thorsen Mysteries Series, Jeremiah Healy, author of the legal thriller “A Stain Upon the Robe,” Lee Ravine, the author of the memoir “Riding Solo”  and Madelyn Lorber, who wrote “The Eyes Have It.”           According to Ansley, each author is provided with a table to set up and display their books. They are given about 10 minutes to talk about their book and take questions

from the audience. The last 30 minutes of the program is for the authors to visit with the guests, sign and sell their books. The Florida Author Showcase Series grew out of a need for a central meeting place for authors and book lovers. Over the past few years, Ansley said she’s had quite a few local authors contact her to do book discussions. They found with just one author featured at a time though, the turnout was generally low and the author disappointed. Ansley turned to author Bob Sherman, author of the provocative humor More Bull, and asked for help in enticing local authors to take part. Ansley said attendance at the Showcase has also grown as well. Light refreshments will be served. The date for the next Showcase is December 4th. It will run from 2:00 to 3:30 pm with the last 30 minutes allocated to selling and signing books. The library is located at 8601 W. Broward Boulevard in Plantation. For more information, call Nancy Ansley, programs and exhibits supervisor of the Libraries Division, at the West Regional Library at 954-382-5860 x 260. You can also email, or visit

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Art Guild Members Show Their Artistic Skill By Julie Levin


ith an array of color and design surrounding them, the

members of the Plantation Art Guild recently honored some of the best work produced by its members. The Guild held its 2012 Members’ Show and Awards Presentation October 29 at Deicke Auditorium in order to honor their 12 top entries. “An artist is always their own worst enemy, so to have someone else say your work is good is really fun,” said Edie Bryan, the President of the Plantation Art Guild President, who entered two works. In all, the Guild’s members submitted 29 entries; paintings and photographs and other works done in 2-d format. The works were judged by South Florida artist Sally Cooper, who told Guild members through an email that she looks first for paintings that “excite” her when judging. “Those paintings that drew me in exhibited a superior degree of craftsmanship as well as good use of color and design elements. An exceptional piece of work makes you want to stay awhile and feel the emotion, discover something new or just enjoy the piece,” she said. First place went to Jorge Leon for his work called “Chinese Dragon Warrior”, a surreal-

istic painting of an ancient ceramic Chinese warrior from the Ming Dynasty. “I always submit the best I can do and hope for the best,” said Leon, whose been a member of the Guild for two years. Second place went to Judy Nunno and third place went to Thelma Lubell. There were also awards for Judge’s Recognition, Merit and Honorable Mention. The Members’ Show is one of two major shows the Plantation Art Guild hosts each year. The other is an open show in February, and a volunteer show, that is open to the public. Now with an estimated 82 members, the Plantation Art Guild is always looking for art lovers to join them. The group provides opportunities for artistic expression, education and appreciation. They hold demonstrations by well-known artists, art show and exhibits, field trips to art galleries and museums, and workshops. All of their fundraising projects benefit the City of Plantation, Deicke Auditorium, Art in Public Places or scholarships. For more information, visit the Guild’s website at Left: First Place winner Jorge Leon and “Chinese Dragon Warrior” Right: Second Place winner Judy Nunno and “Mei Lien”

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atiana, the hearing dog, didn’t nab enough votes to be named

the American Humane Society’s nationwide “Hero Dog”, but you won’t convince her owner that she’s not the best dog in the world. “She’s our hero and our winner, and that is enough for us,” said Cristina Saint-Blancard of Plantation. The Labrador/Golden Retriever mix, who has been with Cristina for more than a year, was one of eight canine finalists in the running for the American Humane Association’s second annual national competition, which searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs. Organizers selected the eight finalists from a pool of 359 dogs representing 8 categories: Hearing Dogs, Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Guide Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for “ordinary” dogs). This year the honor went to “Gabe”, a retired military dog who completed more than 210 combat missions in Iraq with 26 explosive and weapons finds. Since retiring in 2009, Gabe visits schools, seeking to promote the values of compassion and respect, and the importance of staying in school. The winner was selected by a panel at an Oct. 6 event in California that included Whoopi Goldberg, Kristen Chenoweth, and the handlers and owners of last year’s eight finalists. Tatiana came to national attention after a live-saving effort in her Plantation home. The 3-year old pooch spotted trouble when owner Cristina began struggling for breath during a severe asthma attack. Tatiana made her way to Cristina’s mother’s room, who quickly realized her daughter was in trouble and called paramedics. They told her family Tatiana undoubtedly saved Cristina’s life. Cristina says that’s why she and her family traveled to Beverly Hills for the ceremony, to pay tribute to Tatiana who she calls her best friend and guardian angel, as well as all the other “hero” dogs. “Tatiana has forever changed my life and given me another chance at independence, happiness, and life. The pure joy, hope, and selfless love she

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Plantation Couple Brings Traditions of Hanukkah to Foster Children By Julie Levin


s a child, Julie Talenfeld remembers her family marking the

traditions of Hanukkah with a huge party, with plenty of food, relatives and friends around. The memories provide such comfort that not only does Talenfeld and husband Howard carry it on with their own family, but with dozens of children in need as well. As they have for the past seven years, the Plantation couple will once again sponsor a huge Hanukkah party for close to 100 children of the JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) Village, a non-profit organization that provides services to abused and neglected children in South Florida. Longtime supporters of the organization, Talenfeld says the party is their way to further the JAFCO mission. “When I think of the miracle of Hanukkah, I believe an even greater miracle occurs when JAFCO’s wonderful staff and supporters do their part to make a big difference in these children’s lives,” said Talenfeld, president of Boardroom Communications, a public relations firm in Plantation. The party will be held December 12 at the JAFCO Village, and will welcome close to 100 children who will celebrate Hanukkah Jon Zobel, Jackie Zobel, Julie Zobel Talenfeld, Howard Talenfeld, with the traditional jelly doughnuts and Darran Blake and Jordan Blake

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Touchdown for Peters Elementary School and the Dolphins By Julie Levin


essica Gonzalez got a 10th birthday present she won’t soon

forget. The Plantation 4th grader hauled in a long pass from a star Miami Dolphin football player while running downfield at her school recently. “It was awesome, especially since it is my birthday and they are professional football players” said Jessica, who says she practices by sometimes tossing the ball around with her brother. Jessica was one of several hundred students who got to practice their football skills with Miami Dolphin players Davone Bess, Dan Carpenter, Nolan Carroll, Brandon Fields, and Mike Pouncey at Peters Elementary October 30. The school, which is located at 851 NW 68th Avenue, was one of just 34 nationwide to receive a visit from their pro team after winning the NFL PLAY 60 Super School contest. Winning schools received a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 grant for health and wellness initiatives. Early plans at the school are to put the money towards a playground.”We are proud to have the Dolphins here to show off our kids and to highlight the programs and teachers here at Peters,” said Steve Decotis, the Assistant Principal at Peters Elementary School. The visit began with a ticker-tape parade for the players, who were met by a barrage of Miami Dolphin colors, decorations and jerseys from the staff and students. The group visited the principal’s office and then spoke to students about the importance of good

health. Then it was off to the school’s athletic fields for 60 minutes of exercise with the players, which is the cornerstone of the NFL PLAY 60 campaign, trying to make sure that kids get exercise for an hour a day. The players split into five groups and worked with the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on stretching, strength and flexibility exercises and football drills. “It’s very exciting,” said student Boaz Mongerard, after running a drill with punter Brandon Fields. DolphinWide Receiver Davone Bess encouraged his group of kids through a jump rope exercise. “Being role models in our community is important,” said Davone Bess. “If they see us exercising and eating right it can motivate them to lead a healthy lifestyle which is very exciting.” To celebrate the start of the 2012 NFL season through the Back to Football campaign, schools were encouraged to participate in the NFL PLAY 60 Super School contest and submit three essays explaining how they planned to show their NFL team pride and incorporate football into their lesson plans. Christine Scott is the head of PTA at Peters Elementary and helped spearhead the effort. “They are amazing and the kids just needed that boost of feeling important. These guys made it happen,” she said.  For more information on NFL PLAY 60 visit

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Your orthodontist will recommend how long to continue wearing your retainers, whether they are removable (the kind you put in and take out) or fixed (bonded behind your teeth). Wearing your retainers as prescribed is the best way to keep your teeth from moving after your orthodontic treatment. There are many reasons teeth may move following orthodontic treatment. Teeth are not set in concrete, they are in bone. And because bone around your teeth is continually changing (breaking down and rebuilding), your teeth may shift after your braces are removed. By wearing your retainers, your teeth are more likely to remain where your orthodontist has placed them.

Why do some teeth shift?

The small changes that occur after braces are removed are due to a “setting in” as you use your teeth for biting and chewing. The more serious and undesirable changes may be traced to genetics or later –than-normal growth, which is unpredictable. Movement is most common in lower front teeth. This is particularly true if the teeth were extremely crowded prior to treatment. Changes in tooth position are lifelong and naturally occurring phenomenon. The best way to keep teeth from shifting is to wear your retainers as prescribed. If you noticed movement after your braces are removed, please contact your orthodontist.

Can retainers be worn long?

No. Retainers stabilize and preserve the alignment of teeth and jaws that orthodontic treatment achieved. Many people wear removable retainers nightly for the rest of their lives. Ask your orthodontist for guidance for your long term retainer wear.

I had orthodontic treatment as a teen, and now as an adult my teeth are out of place. What can I do?

If you noticed an unwanted change in your smile or bite, contact your orthodontist for information. An orthodontic “tune up” may be necessary to regain proper alignment.

Will wisdom teeth cause teeth to shift?

Research suggests that wisdom teeth do not necessarily cause teeth to shift. In most cases, removal of wisdom of wisdom teeth is done for general dental health reasons rather than for orthodontic health. Your family dentist or your orthodontist can give you guidance regarding removal of wisdom teeth.

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housands of homeowners in our community are more than

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If traveling by car, you can either deduct the actual out-of-pocket expenses or use the standard medical mileage rate of 23¢ a mile. For most taxpayers, actual medical costs usually fall far short of the 7.5% threshold, but there is still a tax-favored way to pay your health care expenses. Health savings accounts (HSAs) allow taxpayers to deduct payments made into these accounts, up to an annual limit of $3,100 for singles and $6,250 for families. And you do not need to itemize to take advantage of an HSA deduction. Later on, money can be taken tax-free from the accounts to pay for qualified medical bills. Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) let you set aside money that can be withdrawn tax-free to pay medical expenses. Check with your employer to see if your company already offers such plans.

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he flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza

viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average: ▸▸ 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu ▸▸ more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications ▸▸ about 36,000 people die from flu

Symptoms of Flu ▸▸ fever (usually high) ▸▸ headache ▸▸ extreme tiredness ▸▸ dry cough ▸▸ sore throat ▸▸ runny or stuffy nose

▸▸ muscle aches ▸▸ Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults.

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October or November is the best time to get vaccinated, but you can still get vaccinated in December and later. Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

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In general, anyone who wants to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated. However, it is recommended by The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that certain people should get vaccinated each year. They are either people who are at high risk of having serious flu complications or people who live with or care for those at high risk for serious complications.

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Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Never give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms – and particularly fever – without first speaking to your doctor.

There are some people who should not be vaccinated without first consulting a physician. These include: getting an influenza vaccine previously ▸▸ People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs ▸▸ Influenza vaccine is not approved for use ▸▸ People who have had a severe reaction in children less than six months of age to an influenza vaccination in the past ▸▸ People who have a moderate or severe ▸▸ People who developed Guillain-Barré illness with a fever should wait to get syndrome (GBS) within Six weeks of vaccinated until their symptoms lessen.

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alike! Kane is a 3-year old male blue nose Pit Bull. His favorite person is his dad and he loves to play with his bone and rope. Kane loves to play and run in his back yard, but he hates when brother Oreo barks at people. Despite his size, Kane thinks he is a lap dog and loves to cuddle when anyone will let him. He was last seen sleeping on his mom and dad’s bed. Oreo is a 4-year old male Yorkie-Maltese. Oreo likes to play with anything that his big brother Kane is playing with: bones, ropes, or socks. He loves to go outside, sleep, hide under the bed or being with his mommy. He dislikes being put inside his kennel. Like his brother, Oreo was last seen sleeping on his mom and dad’s bed.

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Halloween Fun Helps the Community By Julie Levin


lantation residents and businesses had plenty of fun, but made

sure to remember those in need in our community around Halloween time. The annual celebration saw not only lots of trick or treating, but also festivals, costume parties and pumpkin decorating events that gave back to the community. Plantation-based C3/CustomerContactChannels raised just over $3,300 for HANDY through a costume contest and chair decorating contest for their employees October 31. The judges for both contests were children from HANDY, a small organization with a broad reach with a mission to embrace, educate, and empower vulnerable youth to become engaged and productive adults. The 4th Annual Pumpkin Event at Jacaranda Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry helped other children in our community. More than 20 local dental offices decorated pumpkins and delivered them to the office, where patients had a chance to vote on their favorite in the office and on Facebook. After a week, the pumpkins were delivered to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Plantation General Hospital and distributed by

Members of HANDY accepting the donation check

the staff throughout the hospital for patients, staff and visitors to enjoy! And as always, the City of Plantation held its Family Halloween and Safety Festival October 27 at the Kennedy Community Center, to make sure young trick-or-treaters had fun in a safe environment.

Winner of the most creative costume at the C3/CustomerContactChannels contest for HANDY: Kristina Lopez as the “Cereal Killer”

“Most Votes Overall” The haunted hay ride chair created by the Marketing Department

The Family Halloween and Safety Festival at the Kennedy Community Center

Pumpkin creations gathered for the 4th Annual Pumpkin Event at Jacaranda Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. The pumpkins are surrounded by staff members Jennifer Breland, Kim Rodriguez, Dr. Milan Khakhria, Shail Khakhria, Deslyn Gumbs, Tricia Faul, Andres Moretty, Jennifer Martinez, Vinesh Dusara, Jaimin Khakhria, Patricia Arana.

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Pumpkins being delivered to the children’s center at Plantation General Hospital. ( l-r) Deslyn Gumbs, Lorri Dahman,staff member from Plantation General, Priti Khakhria, Jennifer Martinez and Jennifer Breland.  In front is Jaimin Khakhria.

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you want what’s best for them, particularly when you can’t be there to care for them yourself. Country Inn Pet Resort and Animal Hospital in Davie offers top quality boarding and doggie day care, that features not only professional and loving care, but also specially designed play areas including a pool. Owner Monica Silva recently answered a few commonly asked questions about Country Inn Pet Resort.

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What services do you offer? We offer boarding for dogs and cats, doggie daycare, and grooming. We also have a state of the art, AAHA accredited animal hospital available to serve your pet’s medical needs and provide emergency medical attention during their stay which makes us very unique.

What set you apart from other boarding/doggy care facilities? We understand that being away from home may sometimes be a stressful event and we know that dogs need to exercise and play to help relieve the stress. What sets us apart is the fact that we are the only facility in South Florida on five acres of land, three of which are of specially designed recreational areas that includes a 10x20 bone-shaped, salt chlorinated pool, 22 individual grass play yards and a large dog park where your dog will truly exercise and have lots of fun.

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Annual Barbecue

The award-winning Plantation Fire Department Honor Guard, along with the Black Pearl Pipe and Drum Corps of Broward County, officially opened the Plantation Volunteer Fire Association’s 56th Annual Barbecue at Pine Island Park November 4. More than 6,000 hungry guests turned out to enjoy the chicken and ribs, as well as live music, kids games, bounce houses, and raffle prizes. There were also live demonstrations; Plantation’s Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics demonstrated how to safely remove a patient trapped in a motor vehicle.

Day of Beauty

Barbara Lyons gives Graciela Broze a massage during the JAFCO Day of Beauty event at the Heaven and Earth Salon in Plantation recently. The event, led by Fern Schneider (event cochair), Larissa Kline (salon owner), and Lisa Simon (co-chair) raised close to $9,000 for JAFCO by offering their services on a Sunday, with all proceeds going to JAFCO. Natalie Cedeno, Jada Whittingham, Madison Cooper helped raise money through refreshments.

5K Run/Walk to Battle Sarcoma

The Archbishop High School Girls Soccer Team was one of many that turned out recently in Central Park for the 5th Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Sarcoma Cure. More than 800 people registered for the event, bringing in more than $100,000 for Sarcoma research. Many came out in support of family and friends, like Team Vanessa, who came out in support of Vanessa Gill.

Veterans Day

Welcome to the Neighborhood

City of Plantation Councilman Peter Tingom helped celebrate the grand opening of TD Bank’s new Plantation store, located at 1800 N. Pine Island Road. The event included a ribbon cutting, family entertainment, hourly drawings, and refreshments.

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The Cooper City Naval Junior ROTC presented the colors November 12 at Plantation General Hospital during a ceremony to honor our nation’s veterans. The hospital created a photo album of veterans, which includes photos of current employees or a family member of an employee who served in US Military.

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