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5th-15th Orange Bowl Tennis Tournament edit author – The City of Plantation Frank Veltri Tennis Center is pleased to once again host the 2013 Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, one of the most prestigious international junior events in the U.S. The tournament will continue to feature singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions. Veltri Tennis Center, 9101 N.W. 2nd Street. For more information, call, 954-513-3540.

13th Spaghetti Dinner – Join the South Plantation High School Friends of the Theater program for a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. Music, entertainment and a delicious dinner to raise funds for the South Plantation High Theater program. $7 for meal and a beverage. Deicke Auditorium, 5701Cypress Road, Plantation. 6-10 p.m.

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7th 13th Annual Forrest Gump Table Tennis Tournament – Double elimination format. Trophies will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place, winners in all divisions. Rated Players/ Open Championship Division: Class A Division (2000 & Under); Class B Division (1745 & Under); Class C Division (1455 & Under). Non-rated players: Class D Strong Above Average Only; Class E Recreational Beginners Only; Kids 12 & Under. Central Park Gymnasium, 9151 N.W. 2nd Street 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person. For more information, call 954-452-2510 or 954-585-2344.


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Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group – The group is sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association for those who care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Covenant Village of Florida, 9215 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. 954-916-6463.


Thru Jan. 4 Winter Wonderland – Bring the whole family for an annual exhibit featuring Christmas trees decorated in dozens of themes. There will be an open house December 5th, 12th and 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. which will also feature entertainment and light refreshments. The Children’s Day with Santa will be December 14 and December 21 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Plantation Historical Museum is located at 511 North Fig Tree Lane in Plantation. For more information, call them at 954-797-2722.

20th Winter Wonderland Camp at Central Park – Fun-filled nine-day program is held at Central Park. Planned activities include a field trip, arts & crafts, supervised games and much more. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Ages 5-11. Registration will be held at Central Park, beginning two weeks before program begins. December 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31, Jan 2, 3. Program hours 7:30 am – 6:00 p.m. Residents $200, plus $10 non-refundable registration fee. Non-residents $250, plus $10 nonrefundable registration fee. For more information, call 954-452-2510.


7th & 8th Arts & Crafts – Visit the St. David Women’s Club Christmas Arts & Crafts Show at St. David Catholic Church, 3900 S. University Drive, in Davie. There will be over 60 vendors. Admission is free. December 7 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and December 8 from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Eve! Santa’s visit will be 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 between 5 and 10 p.m. and be outside waiting curbside with parents. Call 954-452-2510 for more information.

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Christmas Tree Exhibit Delights With Sight and Sound By Julie Levin


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fundraiser, and is now one of the City’s best known winter traditions, is once again ready to entertain anyone with a touch of the holiday spirit. Winter Wonderland at Plantation Historical Museum, an annual exhibit featuring Christmas trees decorated in dozens of different themes, opened its doors to visitors December 5 and organizers are promising an impressive display. “We have 42 trees this year,” said Shirley Schuler, the recently-retired Curator of the Museum. “Most of our favorites are here and some new ones.” As many as 6,000 people are expected to visit the annual exhibit which will run through January 4th at the museum, located at 511 North Fig Tree Lane in Plantation. Inside, guests will find 42 beautifully themed trees and cultural displays, a Hanukkah Exhibit, Victorian Dollhouse, Porcelain Village with miniature train, as well as animated & musical figurines. New this year; a Plantation Tree in honor of the City’s 60th The Victorian Tree. A favorite of the kids; The Disney Tree with a volunteer anniversary. The tree will feature a peek back into history as the Teddy Bear tree. dressed as Snow White. well as a look at local holiday traditions, such as their yearly Each tree is staffed by a team of “Angels and Elves.” The angels “adopt” the Christmas Eve Santa’s Visit through Plantation’s neighborhoods. Also new, a trees and help decorate them. The elves are volunteers from the community who nature tree which will also serve as a preview for the museum’s “The Many Faces help serve as guides and help explain all the intricacies of each tree to guests. of the Everglades” exhibit which will debut in February. They will join a line-up of Organizers are also planning three open houses throughout the month, to hightree favorites including the Nutcracker, teddy bear tree, Disney tree, Victorian tree, light not only the exhibits but local entertainers as well. dinosaur tree, Mardi Gras tree, snowman tree, space tree, Presidents tree, Red Hat tree and many more. The Winter Wonderland exhibit opens December 5 at 10 a.m. and will run through January 4. There will be The Winter Wonderland tradition has been going strong since the 1980’s, when it was created as a “Christmas in July” event. Thanks to ideas from the community, an open house December 5th, 12th and 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. which will also feature entertainment and light refreshments. The Children’s Day with Santa will be December 14 and December 21 from 10 a.m.- 3 the number of trees kept growing and the exhibit moved to December. “It really is p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The Plantation Historical Museum is located at 511 North a beautiful exhibit to enjoy,” said Schuler. Fig Tree Lane in Plantation. For more information, call them at 954-797-2722.

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Everglades were to this city,” she said. hortly before the opening the Earlier this year, Schuler also become a Winter Wonderland at Plantation’s Historical published author with the debut of “Images of Museum, the woman who has faithfully America: Plantation,” a book which details through chronicled Plantation’s history decided it was time photos and images the distinctive stories that have for a new chapter in her own life. Shirley Schuler, shaped Plantation over the years. Released as the longtime Curator at the Plantation Historical part of the City’s 60th anniversary celebration, it is Museum, formally stepped down from her post part of the Images of America series, produced by November 2. “There are a lot of mixed feelings Arcadia Publishing, which features more than 200 because I’ve been in this city for 50 years,” said vintage images, which local authors and historithe 87-year old Schuler. ans provide the background history to. Not only is Schuler leaving her post after 23 Schuler, who has lived in Plantation since 1964, years, she is also leaving South Florida, heading led a team of volunteers that poured over thoufor retirement in the mountains of Virginia. But she sands of photos to best tell Plantation’s history. leaves behind a long legacy in Plantation, includOne section shows the foiled attempt to move ing the two goals she set for the museum when she the original home of Plantation’s founding father first took over in 1991. Since then, she’s has overFrederick Peters, in hopes of making it the City’s seen major expansion at the museum, the ongoing Shirley Schuler shows off her book “Images of America: Plantation” first museum. “They got it in the middle of the road transformation of an archive room into a media which was released in February with a book signing and celebration and it started falling apart,” recalls Schuler. room and the updating of the museum’s systems With her retirement, John Feeney becomes the new curator of the Plantation into the digital generation. Historical Museum. But Schuler will still have her hand in keeping track of history. One of her biggest goals will come to fruition in February with the opening of There’s a small museum in a converted courthouse in the town she’ll be moving to “The Many Faces of the Everglades” exhibit, which will showcase the many ecosysand she has already lined up a volunteer job helping out. “I love doing it, she said. tems found in the subtropical wetland through a 23-foot long panorama complete with visual and sound effects. “I wanted everyone to understand how important the “But I’m really going to miss everyone here.”


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Plantation Artist Proves it’s “Hip to be Square” By Julie Levin


rett Climan and his wife S usan love to travel

Climan first began working in the photo realism medium a few years ago by doing a portrait of his late father as a memoand visit the world’s most iconic sites. When it comes time rial. Since then, he has expanded into landscapes and iconic to remember those trips, the Plantation artist has adopted scenes, such as The Eiffel Tower, Rockefeller Center, Epcot an unique art form that focuses on deconstruction of a scene as Center and many more. a beautiful way of remembering it. “The deconstruction gives a The Art Gallery at the Sunrise Civic Center showcases travlittle bit of a texture to my pieces, and when it is put together, it is eling exhibits, as well as the work of area artists. Climan got his greater than the sum of its parts,” Climan said. opportunity when the gallery’s curator saw his work hanging in The community can get a closer look at Climan’s work this a local restaurant and offered him an exhibit. A marketing spemonth as he will be featured in a one-man art exhibit at the cialist fulltime, Climan says fine art is his passion. ‘It’s a great Sunrise Civic Center. The exhibit, called “It’s Hip to Be Square” outlet to creatively express what I am thinking and unwind a will run December 5 through January 18 and will highlight 23-35 little bit,” he said. of Climan’s works which include paintings, mixed media and “It’s Hip to Be Square”-Works by Brett Climan will be on photography. exhibit December 5 through January 18 at the Sunrise Civic Climan describes his work as “photo realistic”, a style that’s Center, located at 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard in intrigued him since it was brought to the limelight by Chuck Sunrise. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from Close, an American painter and photography. Through photo 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 realism, Climan’s work deconstructs portraiture, landscapes p.m.; and Wednesday and iconic scenes. Using and Thursday from mainly black and white Climan’s painting of the “Eiffel Tower” 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and metallic acrylics, Admission is free. There will be an openhe paints his images individually in 2 x 2 ing reception on December 6th beginsquares and then brings them all together. ning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, “I piece them together like a puzzle,” he visit Climan’s website at said. “I put them all back together after I’ve or painted them.” “Toby”

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Installation and Gala Formally Welcomes New Rabbi By Julie Levin


hrough ceremony, tradition and then celebration , Temple

Kol Ami Emanu-El formally moved into a new phase of its history. The Plantation synagogue recently held a weekend’s worth of events to welcome its new spiritual leader. Though Rabbi Howard Needleman assumed the post in July, the November 1st and 2nd Installation and Gala was his official welcome. “The excitement of moving forward into the 21st century and building a strong Jewish identity for Temple Kol Ami Emanu-el was never as apparent as this past weekend’s Installation Gala for Rabbi Howard Needleman,” said Calvin Helitzer, Temple President. “The overwhelming joy that ebbed from all in attendance, young and old, was obvious. We have truly ‘Passed the Torch’ from one generation to another, building on the strength of our past to the greatness of the future.” The synagogue held a Shabbat Installation service on November 1 which was open to the community. The next night, close to 250 people came out to welcome Rabbi Needleman with dinner and dancing at the Welcome Gala. Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El began the search for a new spiritual leader following the retirement of longtime senior Rabbi Sheldon Harr, who now serves as the “Founding Senior Rabbi Emeritus.” Rabbi Needleman comes to South Florida from Temple Beth David in New York. One of his goals is to inspire a love of Judaism in others by creating a modern house of worship where spirituality and interactive programming is available for all generations. He and temple leaders bill it as a “new beginning” in keeping with today’s times. “Part of my vision is to create a modern reform temple that is both engaged in how we are within the Synagogue walls, with our worship, our learning and outreach to all that seek to make Kol Ami Emanu-El their spiritual home,” he said.

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Rabbi Needleman, Rabbi Harr and Cantor Mark Goldman during the enhanced Shabbat service

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Inspiring Individual

Plantation Battalion Chief Honored by Lifesaving Organization By Julie Levin


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Department’s Public Information Officer, was recently recognized for his efforts in helping to protect some of our communities most vulnerable citizens. Gordon, a Battalion Chief, was honored for helping to make sure fire stations throughout the state are designated as Safe Havens for newborn babies. The honor was handed down by A Safe Haven For Newborns organization at their recent annual gala. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by such a hard working and committed group of people,” said Gordon. “The passion and dedication that all the Safe Haven people put forward every day to help saving young lives, is unmatched. I am thrilled to be able to contribute even the smallest portion to that great effort.” The organization honored three local professionals at their 3rd annual gala, “A Wonderland in Safe Haven,” which was held November 9th  at the Trump National in Doral. In addition to honoring Gordon and Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Miami Children’s Hospital, Deise Granado-Villar, the organization presented its coveted Monarch Award to Kathie Sigler, retired Provost and President of the Miami Dade College Medical Center Campus. Established in 2001, A Safe Haven for Newborns was created to save the lives of newborns in danger of being abandoned and to help preserve the health and future of their mothers thru education, prevention and community

involvement. In September, they reached a critical milestone; the saving of its 200 baby when a child was left at a hospital in Escambia County. The organization honored Gordon for his work in helping secure fire stations, throughout Florida, as Safe Havens for newborn babies. Through a conversation in 2001 with then Sunrise Assistant Fire Chief Kingman Schuldt, Gordon learned about a man who was looking to provide anonymous alternatives for mothers in crisis, who were considering abandoning their newborn babies. “After a conversation with Nick Silverio, the founder of Safe Haven, we discussed the possibility of being able to leave babies at local fire stations.  We discussed how distressed mothers might know which fire stations to leave them at.  We decided on big signs similar to the “Safe Place” signs already in place. I then approached the Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA) as a method of endorsing the program statewide.  They did so and the rest is history,” said Gordon. The Safe Haven statute allows a mother to leave her newborn child, up to seven days old, in the custody of hospital staff or at a fire station, without fear of legal actions. All newborns are placed for adoption by private licensed adoption agencies. A Safe Haven for Newborns is dedicated to reaching and assisting pregnant girls/women before they reach the crisis stage. The lifeline of the organization is their statewide 24/7 multilingual helpline.

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South Plantation Theater Director Wins Arts Teacher of the Year Honors By Julie Levin


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on ABC World News Tonight because it featured several deaf performers in lead roles. “We are the only public high school that is not a specialized school for deaf November 6 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort students that hosts a program for the deaf and hard of hearing,” said Zembuch, Lauderdale, Zembuch--the theater teacher at South Plantation High who hold a Masters Degree in Directing for the Stage. School and Paladin Playhouse Artistic Director-- was named the 2013 Broward The finalists for the excellence in arts awards had been County Theater Arts Teacher of the Year for the first time. selected from Broward County’s public, private and charter “It feels good to win and is certainly appreciated,” said schools. It was the first year that there was one winner in Zembuch, who has headed up the South Plantation program each of the four categories: dance, theater, music and visual for ten years. arts. Though he took the top honor in theater and has spent Over that time, Zembuch has turned South Plantation’s most of his adult life sharing a passion for the art, Zembuch Theater into a nationally known, highly-regarded theater prefers to keep the spotlight on his kids. “My students just program, which turns out two full length stage productions amaze me on a daily basis,” he said. “I raise the bar quite each year, as well as a smaller production by his advanced high for them and they always strive to meet those expectaclasses that focuses on children’s theater. When he arrived tions. It’s the reason why I get up in the morning.” at the school, the theater program consisted of just one small On December 7, Zembuch will lead a team of students class. Now, Zembuch says it encompasses six full sections along with parents, teachers, and other community members where students are also expected to take part in community in the KID Inlet Challenge: a cycling event to help raise funds outreach, fundraisers and workshops, as well as intense to benefit Kids In Distress . In order to help raise funds for the preparation for their productions. cause, the theatre program recently produced Grimm’s Fairy Since South Plantation has Broward’s main program for Tales, an original literary adaptation, where they shared with deaf and hearing impaired students, Zembuch also launched the audience information about both their cycling team and an innovative program to include as many students as posthe mission of Kids In Distress. Anyone interested in learning sible in his program. His production of the musical “Peter more about the ride, or donating to the cause can visit  Pan” several years ago, marked the first time the school incorporated “Theater for the Deaf,” which involves both deaf and hard of hearing performers using sign language and Jason Zembuch-the 2013 Broward County translators. In 2008, the program was featured nationally Theater Arts Teacher of the Year

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Redhead Salon Offers Great Looks with Exceptional Customer Service By Julie Levin


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Describe Redhead Salon. Redhead Salon is a

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2 1: Central Park held a Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1 2: Hats big and small in Ms. DeCaro’s kindergarten class; Cameron Rizvi, Yotan Butbal, Matthew Tate 3: Mason Vance, Julia Russo, Brandon Haste-Gonzales, Anthony Bostwick 3


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tudents at Central Park E lementary School recently went

all out to send a strong message that when it comes to drugs, they are just saying no! The school, located at 777 N. Nob Hill Road in Plantation, held its Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1 to take a visible stand against drugs. The school hosted a week’s worth of activities for the students and staff to take part in. Monday, everyone wore sunglasses and their CPE shirt to “Shade Out Drugs.” Tuesday, they “Put a Cap on Drugs” by wearing crazy hats. Later in the


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week, they wore tie dye to “Say Peace Out to Drugs,” wore sports jerseys to “Team Up Against Drugs” and wore red to signify “It’s Up to Me to Be Drug Free.” Created in 1985, the Red Ribbon Campaign is now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation reaching millions of young people. The Red Ribbon is seen as a symbol of intolerance towards the use of drugs.

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South Plantation Staffers Pick Nominees for County Recognition By Julie Levin


hen picking its nominees

for the Broward County School District’s employee recognition programs, the staff at South Plantation High School relied a little bit on history. For the second time in a decade, the staff selected two familiar names: Jennifer Collins for Teacher of the Year and Nancy Blackman for non-instructional employee of the year. It’s the same duo that was nominated ten years ago, making it all the way to the final round. “I am amazed and proud that my staff has such a high opinion of me,” said Collins, a 1990 South Plantation graduate. “When I go to work every day, I set out to do what is right. I am not looking for praise or awards. I am an alumnus of South Plantation. so I Teacher of the Year nominee guess it’s in my blood.” Jennifer Collins Collins has been at the school since 1997, where she juggles many different roles. She teaches seven periods, including American Sign Language, Peer Counseling and Leadership. She’s also the Student Government, Key Club and Peer Counseling Club advisor, responsibilities that mean plenty of afterschool, nighttime and weekend events. Though she has two children of her own, Collins is passionate about getting her students involved in school, believing that with involvement comes motivation and desire to stay in school. Proof of that--students and staff have selected her as

the school’s Teacher of the Year three times. “On graduation day, watching my seniors walk across the stage knowing I had a positive effect on help shaping them into young adults, I think that’s my greatest achievement,” she said. The South Plantation staff also selected Secretary Nancy Blackman as the school’s 2013-14 Non-Instructional Staffer of the Year. She has been at the school since 1994 and plays a vital role handling many issues. Among them bus problems, parent phone calls to the assistant principals, the clinic and tracking discipline issues with all students. “She does everything and any document that goes home to the parents goes through Nancy,” said Non-instructional Employee of the Assistant Principal Ron Reed, who Year nominee Nancy Blackman added that Blackman has been “in charge of the AP office” for the entire time she has been a Paladin. Blackman makes it a priority to stay current with today’s changing technology. She has attended training programs for non-instructional school personnel to learn different software programs, new technology, and classes that help clerical staff stay up-to-date with district policy changes, and their jobs. “I try to help everyone who calls or comes by,” she said. “However, sometimes I have to tell myself to stay calm and bite my tongue before responding to their outlandish requests.”



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The Magic Of The Nutcracker – A Stunning Full-Length Theatrical Extravaganza!


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families have celebrated the start of the holiday season with this beloved ballet. The International Ballet Company (IBC) brings this spectacular holiday classic to the stage on December 14th and 15th at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now. Do not delay. Book the best seats in the house now ~ this fabulous production is always a sell-out! The original choreography and traditional storyline of The Nutcracker caters to the excitement and enjoyment of audiences of all ages. This best-loved holiday classic wows both young and old with its delightful tale,

unforgettable classical music score by Tchaikovsky, and magnificent dancing. Little girls will delight in the graceful performance, while the Battle Scene complete with massive sword fight will engage young boys. Each performance showers the audience with joy and happy anticipation of the holiday season to come. The Nutcracker tells the story of a young girl, Clara, who receives a magical Nutcracker doll as a gift from her mysterious uncle, a Magician. A party, for all to enjoy, comes to an end as the clock strikes midnight and an awesome fairytale unfolds! Her Nutcracker doll slays the Rat King in a

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fierce battle, Snow Flakes glisten and real snow falls on stage. It’s breathtaking! Angels fill the stage with glory and Clara’s very best friends return as Princesses from exotic lands to dance with her. Mother Ginger, in her enormous dress cannot find her Bon Bons, Candy Canes delight the audience with their antics, and the beautiful Dewdrop and her Flowers delicately waltz to the perfect strains of Tchaikovsky’s famous music score. Clara’s fabulous adventure culminates when she meets none other than the Sugar Plum Fairy, who brings the audience to standing ovations year after year. The reason why the International Ballet Company’s performance of The Nutcracker is voted one of the best productions each year is because exciting twists to the tale are added; there is always something new and different to entertain the 7,000 people who attend the five shows each year.

Whether this will be your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it’s a time honored holiday tradition with your family, make the International Ballet Company’s 14th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet part of your holiday festivities. The International Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The theater is conveniently located off the Sawgrass Expressway; simply head east on Sample Road and turn right on Coral Springs Drive. Tickets are on sale now for the Saturday matinee at 2pm, Saturday evening grand performance at 8pm, and the Sunday matinee at 2pm. Call the theater box office at (954) 344-5990 or visit to purchase tickets. There will be a special performance for Girl Scouts on Friday, December 13th. Leaders can call (954) 224-0024 for ticket information.

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Protect Your Health by Maintaining a Neutral Spine By Wendy Urso, P.T., C.L.T.


id you know that there is a way to get up

from your chair and even from your bed with a neutral spine? Typical, everyday activities such as sleeping, standing in a line, chopping your food at the kitchen counter and washing dishes run the risk of injuring one’s low back. However, there are ways to position yourself when doing daily activities that will protect your low back. The key to preventing a low back injury, and in healing a lumbar injury that has already occurred, is maintaining a neutral spine. Neutral spine refers to the position of your spine being in proper alignment where there is the least amount of stress placed upon the structures. The two muscle groups that protect your low back are the transverse abdominis, also known as abdominals, and the glutes, your buttocks. These two muscle groups must work synergistically, or together, to dynamically stabilize the lumbar spine. Contracting these muscle groups before movements like reaching, pushing, pulling or lifting will take the strain off of the lumbar spine structures and allow for healing and prevention of injury. There are a few ways to pick up items from the floor with a neutral spine: ▸▸ Lunge lift- “take a knee,” bring the object that you want to pick up as close to your body as possible, pick it up to your waist and then stand up. This is a good approach to lifting heavier objects, but you must have enough leg strength to do it effectively and

safely. ▸▸ Squat lift- this is the appropriate lift for taller objects that need to be lifted from the ground. This lift is good for picking up small children with neutral spine. ▸▸ “Golfers Lift”- this lift is named after the movement a golfer performs when removing his golf ball from the hole. There is a bend forward at the hip on one leg while the other leg comes up in the back. This allows most of the movement to come from the hips instead of the spine. This is also a good lift to use when reaching in to the washing machine. If you have ever had low back pain, you know you will do anything to avoid its return. Therefore, the key is to avoid causing injury from your daily activities. The techniques discussed here, when performed consistently, will help prevent low back pain. However, if you are experiencing any low back pain, physical therapists are specialists in movement and movement disorders who can help. Talk to your doctor or give us a call today about getting the proper treatment at Advanced Therapy Concepts. To schedule your free pain consultation at Advanced Therapy Concepts, please call 954-616-1670. Wendy Urso, PT, CLT, has been a practicing physical therapist in Broward County since 1995, after graduating from Florida International University. Her experience and knowledge in Physical Therapy assures results at Advanced Therapy Concepts. For more information please visit

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New Loan Modification Program Is 85% Successful By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


fter much anticipation , on April 1, 2013, the new Loss

Mitigation Mediation Program (“LMM”) was launched in all South Florida Bankruptcy Courts. This new program is in direct response to the frustration experienced by many homeowners who have tried to modify their home loans time and time again without success. The success rate for traditional loan modifications outside of bankruptcy is less than 20%. So far, however, about 85% of the eligible homeowners that have completed the LMM program have obtained permanent loan modifications with significantly better loan terms. Here are some of the other benefits of the LMM Program that you need to consider: ▸▸ Under the LMM program, the foreclosure process stops immediately and any foreclosure sale date is automatically cancelled. ▸▸ The entire program is court supervised. A mediator will be appointed to your case. All negotiations must be concluded and a decision rendered within 150 days of the date a mediation Order is signed by the Court. ▸▸ The other frustrating feature for homeowners about conventional loan modification applications is the fact that lenders continuously misplace documents or require updated documents. Under the LMM program, there are no more “lost documents” by the bank, since all documents are uploaded to a single website to which all parties have immediate access. ▸▸ If the lender refuses to provide a timely response to a completed loan modification application, or even refuses to participate in the program, the homeowner now has the right to seek assistance from a federal judge to ensure that the lender complies with its obligations. This enforcement component is simply not available to homeowners trying to do a loan modification on their own. ▸▸ The program applies to both Chapter 7 and 13 if you are surrendering a property, but loan modifications under the LMM are only available under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. ▸▸ There is an increased likelihood that your Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan will be confirmed by the Trustee given that once the mortgage loan is modified under LMM, the homeowner’s future financial picture is more clearly defined. While these are exciting new benefits for any homeowner struggling with a loan modification of their mortgage, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition is NOT a do it yourself proposition. In fact, many consumers attempt to file their own and their cases are dismissed with prejudice for 180 days for failure to comply with the Bankruptcy Code. This means that you cannot refile for bankruptcy during that time. Any homeowner even considering this alternative must seek sound legal advice from attorneys with Chapter 13 bankruptcy experience, like the knowledgeable staff at the Arcia Law Firm. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new consumer-friendly 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 during the appointment to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or frustrated with a loan modification process, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney, or visit for more information.

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Finding a Mortgage Loan that Works for You By Nancy Rappaport, President and CEO of PriorityONE Credit Union of Florida


hat makes your morning coffee just right ?

Is it the extra cream, sugar or maybe both? You know exactly what you like in your coffee. Shouldn’t it be that easy to find the mortgage loan just right for you? Whether you are refinancing or purchasing, getting a mortgage is one of the largest financial transactions most of us will ever make. Make your mortgage loan process easier. Ask your lender the following questions: What types of loan programs are available? – This is a very important question to ask. Not all borrowers are the same, so a lender that offers a wider selection of loan programs, which include a mix of conventional and government loans, will be able to match your financial profile to the perfect loan program. How much can I afford? – Your lender will be able to tell you the amount you qualify for based on your income and the debts that appear on your credit report. While this information is very important, you must consider your other monthly expenses, such as food, electric and water. To get a true picture of what you can afford, work with a lender that has your total financial well being in mind. What is the interest rate? Is it fixed or adjustable? – This is the most important figure to obtain as you will most likely have this loan for a number of years. A loan with a fixed interest rate affords you a predictable amount of interest expense

for your home. An adjustable-rate mortgage may be lower; however, the payment can be unpredictable. Discuss this with your lender. How much money will I need to close on the loan? – Mortgages can include down payments and fees for various services that lenders and other parties involved in the transaction provide. Ask for a good faith estimate up front so you can plan accordingly. Mortgage rates are now historically low and houses are still favorably priced. Whether you are refinancing or purchasing a home, enlist the help of a professional in the industry. Mortgage professionals will help you find the right mortgage loan; Realtors offer the expertise on the housing market and will guide you through the process of purchasing the right home for the right price. Title Agents will ensure that you are the rightful owner of the property and Inspectors will ensure that your property has no hidden hazards or defects. Work with the best local professionals to ensure a smooth, easy, and fulfilling transition into your new home. Congratulations-you’ve earned it! Nancy Rapport is the CEO and President of PriorityONE Credit Union of Florida. For additional mortgage information, please call 954-335-5100, visit our website at or stop by one of our offices located at 3000 N. University Dr; in Ft. Lauderdale, at 1900 W. Oakland Park Blvd; or Coral Springs at 1700 N. University Dr. Suite 100.

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Foot and Ankle Injuries in Dancers By Robert H. Sheinberg, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.


njuries to the

foot and ankle are common in dancers. Twisting injuries are common when the dancer lands incorrectly and turns the foot down and in. Overuse injuries most commonly involve the tendons around the back and the inside of the ankle. They are more common in dancers who do not stretch properly or increase training time too rapidly. Certain foot types are more predisposed to twisting and overuse injuries. Dancers are prone to different types of injuries including: 1. Achilles Tendon – Injuries are due to inflexibility and overuse of the tendon. They are more common in dancers who are flatfooted and go barefoot. Stiffness and soreness are present after getting up from sitting. The pain usually starts to feel better with activity but recurs later. Rest, ice, therapy and occasionally a short period of immobilization may be necessary to allow the area to heal. 2. Impingement Syndromes – Pain in the front or back of the ankle can occur from a dancer standing “on point” or “demi point”. The pain in the back of the ankle is made worse by the foot pointing down and may be caused by a small fracture to the cartilage in the back of the ankle (“painful os trigonum”). Pain in the front of the ankle is usually caused by thickening of the ankle joint lining and can cause pain while moving the leg forward on the foot. Immediate treatment with temporary immobilization followed by physical therapy may be necessary to allow the injury to heal. Surgery may be necessary if unresponsive to conservative care. This can include an arthroscopy to the ankle, which will allow a dancer to resume activities in most cases within a week. An impingement on the back of the ankle may require an open or arthroscopic procedure that will allow the dancer to resume activities in approximately two to four weeks. 3. Fractures – Overuse bone injuries are common and can cause stress fractures to the foot or leg. Pinpoint pain and low-grade swelling usually are present on the bone. These injuries need to be immobilized in a cast or walking boot. During this time cross training is allowed to keep the dancer fit. Cartilage injuries to the ankle joint (“osteochondral fractures”) may also be present which would cause chronic pain and low-grade swelling to the ankle. 4. Ankle ligaments – Can be injured due to twisting the foot down and under. Pain, swelling and discoloration may be present. Immediate treatment with temporary immobilization followed by physical therapy may be necessary to allow the injury to heal. If chronic instability develops, surgery may be necessary to completely restore mobility to the ankle and allow the dancer to resume all activities. Prognosis is usually excellent. 5. Sesamoid injuries – The sesamoids are small bones on the ball of the foot near the big toe that bear weight. Frequent jumping or overloading may cause the bone to break or injure the cartilage that covers them. Tenderness is felt directly on the bone and the dancer will be unable to participate. Temporary immobilization in a boot usually allows them to heal. Surgery may be necessary if conservative treatment fails. 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, Dr. Nathan Vela and Dr. Michael Cohen. 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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Out With The Old, In With The New: A Fresh Face for 2014 By Jorge A. Perez, M.D., F.A.C.S.


The procedure of choice to correct tired eyelids is the eyelid tuck or blepharoplasty. It is a commonly performed our appearance seem endsurgery with a very high degree of patient satisfaction. It is less and often confusing. one of my personal favorites to perform and is the most comLasers, peels, fillers and other monly performed aging procedure for men. The procedure “non-surgical” choices often comtakes 45 minutes and patients soon enjoy a refreshed and pete with the more traditional surgiless tired look. cal procedures. However, just like The lower third of the face includes the area of the an artist chooses the right colors cheeks, jawline and neck. Although highly advertised under for his canvas, the plastic surgeon Before After many catchy terms, surgical facelift procedures generally must guide the patient to choose the right treatment Photos courtesy of fall into two categories, mini and full. A mini-facelift is best for the desired effect. suited for patients in their 40’s or younger who just want to freshen the cheek and The last decade has seen an explosion of fillers used to treat facial wrinkles. jawline. The advantage is that it is a quick procedure with a rapid recovery. My In addition, it seems every day we hear another slick “lift” procedure advertised preference for isolated mild neck fullness is a less invasive, unique ultrasonic that promises dramatic results with minimal down time. It is more important now liposuction tightening procedure. than ever for patients to seek honest, competent advice from multiple practitioners The patient for traditional face and necklift is in her late 40’s and older with laxversed in the whole array of treatment options. ity of the jawline and neck, often with turkey-like banding. Combined with eyelid I like to evaluate the facial rejuvenation patient by dividing the face into thirds. surgery, the procedure often produces dramatic results and can reduce the aging We start at the top by examining the forehead and eyebrows. If the brows are below the rim of the bone, or if the patient is bothered by significant forehead wrin- appearance by decades. It is another one of my favorite procedures to perform. As with all procedures, an honest consultation with a reputable and experikles, a forehead/brow lift procedure may be indicated. I have a high threshold for enced physician is the best place to customize an individual treatment plan. recommending this procedure however, since these patients can look overdone and surprised. Botox offers a simple alternative for forehead wrinkles. It works well but is temporary and expensive. Dr. Perez has been selected among Castle Connolly/U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Top Doctors. The middle third of the face are the eyelids. They are truly the most expressive He has lectured internationally on face and neck rejuvenation surgery and has been featured as a plastic part of the face and the first place we notice our age. Usually by age 40 most of us surgery expert for major media outlets. Surgery is performed at the Surgery Center of Weston facility with have aging changes around the eyes. The upper lids develop excess skin causing physician anesthesiologists. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Perez call (954) 351-2200. To learn more hooding. The puffy bags on the lower lids create a tired look. about any of these procedures visit or he options to freshen

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A Thyme 2 Dine Specializes in Healthy, Home-Cooked Meals By Stacey Bomser


hen’s the last time you enjoyed a

home-cooked meal? If you’re like most modern families, it’s been days if not weeks, maybe even months. Fortunately, the days of drive-thru, take-out, and heat and eat meals are over. A Thyme 2 Dine Personal Chef Services specializes in providing affordable meals customized and prepared just for you in your own home. President and Chef Deborah Famoso explains the benefits of a personal chef service and the many menu choices offered by A Thyme 2 Dine.

A Thyme 2 Dine Personal Chef Deborah Famoso prepares home-cooked meals in your home.

How long have you worked in the food service industry? I started in New York in 1974

working for a food service corporation tending to the needs of Corporate America. I worked my way up to recently managing a popular local South Florida bistro.

What made you want to become a personal chef? Becoming a per-

sonal chef was a way for me to incorporate my recipes and ideas into the food that I prepare, instead of using recipes that follow specific guidelines. It also gives me more time to spend with family.

What exactly is a personal chef? A personal

or gluten free, as well as busy families looking to spend quality time at the dinner table.

2 Dine’s dinner service starts with a phone call and an in-home interview, How does your pricing with my clients filling out compare to restaurant a detailed questionnaire take-out? Our service describing preferences, is very affordable when dietary restrictions and you take into considerany food allergies they ation that you are not may have. Once we have buying costly take-out approved menu selecdinners or restaurant tions, we will schedule meals and you are no a day to cook for you in Individual-sized portions of A Thyme 2 longer throwing away your home. I will prepare Dine’s signature Chicken à la Famoso. groceries purchased five different entrees with good intentions, but not having the time to with side dishes for either four, six or eight-plus prepare them. servings. Each item will be packaged in individual, dual or family-size containers. They are The holidays are coming, do you also offer labeled with reheating instructions and then put catering services? We offer in-home dinner into your freezer. These meals will last two to party services and caterfour weeks, depending on ing. You can have a dinyour consumption. ner party for eight to 20 people without any of the Does the customer select work. We shop, prepare, the menu or do you offer cook, serve and clean-up a set menu? I usually have the mess. All you have to clients choose entrees do is enjoy your guests. from my extensive menu of Having a larger party? Let selections and, together, we us set up a buffet table with decide on side dishes that the best food your guests complement the entrees. have ever eaten. Whatever your needs, we are here to What are some of your accommodate. specialties or most popu- In addition to home-cooked meals, A lar dishes? My most popu- Thyme 2 Dine offers catering service. Anything else you would lar dishes are my chicken like readers to know about A Thyme 2 parmesan, herb cheese stuffed pork tenderloins, Dine? We are here to complement your lifestyle, curry chicken salad, coconut rice, and vegetable not change it. With A Thyme 2 Dine there is no lasagna with pesto sauce. planning, shopping, cooking or cleaning up. It’s all done for you by your personal chef. Your famCan you accommodate specific diets or dietary needs? Absolutely! I am very conscious ily can enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal and quality time together. of dietary needs and restrictions. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with To learn more about personal chef or catering service from A Thyme a gluten intolerance, so I 2 Dine, call (954) 465-5574 or go to have been experimenting feverishly to make gluten free foods that taste as good, if not better, than their original. I also know how important control of cross contamination of gluten is, which is important to keeping my clients healthy.

A Thyme 2 Dine will prepare an entrée and side dishes for a complete home-cooked meal.

chef is someone who cooks for a client with their needs in mind. I have the ability to not only cook to your tastes but according to your dietary requirements, preparing healthy, nutritious and delicious meals.


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In addition to home-cooked meals, A Thyme 2 Dine offers catering service.

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Imperial Electric and Lighting Offers Solutions for All of Your Lighting Needs By Julie Levin


any people probably know the name

Imperial Electric and Lighting just by riding past their building while driving on I-595. What you might not know about Imperial Electric and Lightning is that inside they offer a complete range of options for all of your lighting needs. In business for four decades in South Florida, Imperial Electric and Lighting offers a complete range of lighting fixtures, as well as all commercial and residential electrical needs. Recently Carol Kirkendall with Imperial Electric and Lighting answered some commonly asked questions about their business.

What is Imperial Electric and Lighting?

Imperial Electric and Lighting is a decorative lighting showroom and electrical wholesale supplier. We are second generation owned and operated business, with more than 40 years in business.

What services/product lines do you offer?

We offer a full range of lighting fixtures (outdoor, chandeliers, bathroom, table lamps, accessories, and a complete line of ceiling fans) energy


saving products, (LED fixtures, light bulbs, dimmers, etc.) and products to meet commercial and residential electrical needs.

What sets Imperial Electric and Lighting apart from others in the wholesale electrical and decorative lighting businesses? We specialize in offering

our customers a broad range of choices in energy saving LED lighting products. We help our customer to learn about the many choices available when choosing new LED products, both indoor and outdoor. We also have a tremendous choice of LED bulbs from quality leaders such as GE, Philips, and Sylvania when our customer wishes to convert existing lighting to LED. With products such as Lutron and Cooper Controls (occupancy sensors), we can also help with many strategies to dim and control energy. We offer a full range to our customers whether shopping for an individual piece or a complete lighting project. We will work from start to the finish, coordinating with the customer and/or contractor.

Please tell us how Imperial Electric and Lighting got its start? Imperial Electric and

Lighting was founded in 1973 by Joseph Morris as wholesale electric distributor, supplying electric and lighting products to contractors and commercial maintenance companies.

When did you move to your state-of-theart Davie location? We moved to our Davie

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location in 1991. As a second generation family business, the company wanted to offer a broader range of lighting and energy saving products to its commercial customer base. We could also see the need for more choices in residential lighting as a major trend of new home construction and development was taking place in South Florida. We opened our facility at Nob Hill Rd & (the newly opened) I-595 to cater to this need. Imperial was the only business developed in the area and for the first couple years stood alone as a pioneer to this “new area”.

Is Imperial Electric and Lighting open to the public? Yes, we are open to the public. Please tell us a little bit about the experience of your team? Combined, our team has

hundreds of years experience selecting energy saving lighting products and systems. Today, the market is moving swiftly to embrace the opportunities offered with the new wave of LED energy products. With so many manufacturers racing to bring new offerings to the market, it is more important than ever to work with folks that will steer the customer to proven quality brands that stand behind their product.

Is there anything else you›d like readers to know about Imperial Electric and Lighting?

A few years back the company developed an “outdoor lighting park” to help its customers to see product choices, rather than merely choose from catalogs. With the aggressive shift of the industry to LED products, the park is currently going thru a complete “makeover” to align with these new offerings. Please “pardon our dust” but stay tuned.

How can customers reach you? Imperial

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seen on scene A Family Halloween & Safety Festival

There were plenty of tiny superheroes, pirates and princesses when the City of Plantation’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Plantation Police Department held their annual A Family Halloween & Safety Festival. Thousands of kids in costume stopped by Volunteer Park October 26 for the annual festival, which featured free Halloween bags and candy. There was also a children’s carnival, games and activities, a puppet show, inflatable’s, hayrides, and a spooky “Zombie Diner” for the older kids.

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Judge Kenneth Gillespie, Judge Andrew Siegel, Judge Jack Tuter, and Judge Jeffrey Streitfeld.

In Their Sneakers

Linda Sachs, Jaclyn Merens, Sharon Wender, Craig Konhauzer and Gail Marlow come together at the first “In My Sneakers 5K Run/ Walk.” Wender, of Plantation, co-chaired the October 20th event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Proceeds will benefit the new Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) Respite and Family Resource Center.

Matt Williams, Bart Ostrzenski (Past President YLS 2011-2012), David Hirschberg (Past YLS President 2010-2011), Steven Orchard

Golf for a Good Cause

More than 160 golfers turned out for the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section (YLS) 26th Jeff Wank (YLS Golf Tournament Chair), Beth Bryant annual charity golf tournament (Director of Development, HANDY), Kirk Brown (Sr. at the Jacaranda Golf Club in VP Programs & Business Development, HANDY), Plantation. YLS raised $35,000 at Lauren Alperstein (YLS Golf Tournament Co-Chair) the tournament, with the proceeds to benefit HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth). Golfers took part in a four-person scramble, as well as several contests - including a hole in one contest, longest drive contest, closest-to-pin contest, and straightest drive contest.

Great Barbecue

Members of the Broward County, Black Pearl Pipe and Drum Corps played during opening ceremonies of the Plantation Volunteer Fire Association’s 57th Annual Barbecue November 3. The yearly event drew thousands of people who enjoyed a barbecue lunch, prepared by firefighters. Battalion Chief Heidi Cole tends to a smoky grill during the early morning hours.

New Executive Director

Plantation resident Domenica Wehmann has been named executive director of Covenant Village of Florida, a continuing care retirement community in Plantation. In her new role, Wehmann is responsible for all operations at the facility and will direct a staff of approximately 200.


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Rooftop Reward

Principals at American Heritage School in Plantation wave to students from the rooftop recently after making good on a challenge. The administrators vowed to sleep in a tent on the roof of the Plantation school once the children met their goal of donating 2,500 meals to hungry families through in South Florida.

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