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Artist Reception for Urban Decay – The

public is invited to Studio 18 in the Pines for an Opening Artists Reception featuring Urban Decay. Guests will meet Ruben Ubiera, Alex Yanes and Vaeta Zitman. Show runs from Oct. 1 through Nov. 28, at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Dr. The artists’ reception is from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, call 954-961-6067; visit or send an e-mail to Robyn Vegas at


Children and adults, ages 8 and older, can enroll in the Special Olympics Basketball program. Training will be held on Tuesdays, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Charter Central School Airnasium, 12350 Sheridan Street. For information, call 954-450-3663; send an email to or visit

Stories and Smiles Program

– The City of Miramar’s Stories and Smiles free program encourages young children to read. After they listen to a story, they can enjoy a snack and make a craft. The group meets every Tuesday, at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex, 6700 Miramar Pkwy., at 3:30 p.m., through Oct. 19. For more information, call 954-889-2744 or send an email to

Crafting Fantasies – The Southern Handcraft Society Pembroke Pines Chapter One Annual Holiday show will be held at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 N.W. 103rd Ave. Preview night is Oct. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show is on Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For artist information, call 954-434-0895 or email


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Special Needs Tennis Program – The City of Pembroke Pines is offering a weekly tennis program for adults and youth, 12 years and older, with special needs at Pembroke Lakes Tennis Center, 10500 Taft Street, in Pembroke Pines. Classes are held every Monday night, from 6:30 to 7:30pm. For information, call 954-450-3663; send an email to or visit

and wellness at this free expo. There will be educational displays, information tables, lectures, community resources and demonstrations. The event will be held at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex, 6700 Miramar Pkwy., from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call 954-889-2722.


Teen Dance – Middle School students can dance the

night away at the WCY Middle School Gym, located at 901 NW 129th Ave. Teens must show a middle school ID at the entrance and must attend middle school in Pembroke Pines. The dance is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There is a $3 entry fee. For information, call 954-437-1134.



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– This tasty fundraiser will benefit the Pembroke Pines Police Athletic League, a juvenile crime prevention program conducted by Pembroke Pines Police personnel. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For information or tickets, call the PAL Office at 954-986-5044.


Jazz Concert – Listen to free, relaxing jazz music at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, from 3 to 5 p.m. For information, call 954-435-6525.


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for free Halloween activities. There will be a costume contest, pumpkin patch with prizes, holiday shows, spooky strolling characters, rides, Trick or Treat stations, and many more surprises. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Pines Recreation Center, 7400 Pines Blvd. The cost is $2 per child, ages 17 and under. For information, call 954435-6525.

Pembroke Pines Antiques and Collectibles Show – Spend the day with family and friends at

the Pembroke Pines Antiques and Collectibles show, presented in association with the Hollywood Antiques & Collectables Club. The event is on Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave. Daily show admission is $3; children under 12 are free. For information, call 954-450-6888.


Foreign Film Night

- The City of Pembroke Pines Community Services Department is kicking off the Foreign Film Night, featuring “Guantanamera,” a romantic comedy in Spanish with English subtitles. The film will be screened at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave. It is complements of the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center and the City of Pembroke Pines Art Advisory Board. The free film runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Sign up at the Activities Desk. For information, call 954-450-6888.

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The 7th Annual Swing for the Green Charity Golf Tournament will benefit the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. It will be held at Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club, 900 S. Hollybrook Dr. For information or to become a sponsor, call 954-431-0279 or 954-450-6888.

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embroke Pines’ Master Wine and Liquor has always offered customers personalized service and competitive prices in a neighborhood environment. The friendly staff helps customers select from a wide variety of products at every price level. Owners Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez recently remodeled the store, expanded its inventory and added educational classes - offering customers even more. Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez opened the Pembroke Pines store in 2003. It was so successful that they added a second location in Weston Commons one year later. They found that many of their customers were interested in learning more about wine, so they opened Cavas (“wine cellar” in Spanish), a tasting room in the back of the Weston location with wine dispensing machines. Once the word got out, it became the “in” place for wine lovers to socialize, sample wines and learn more about them in a relaxed atmosphere. Cavas now has three locations – two are company-owned and the third is a franchise.

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Owners Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez remodeled the store, expanding the inventory and adding educational classes .

This year, the Hernandez’s decided to sell their Master Wine and Liquor store in Weston and consolidate all of their efforts into the Pembroke Pines location, 17173 Pines Blvd., just west of I-75, in the Sedano’s Plaza. The 3,500 sq. ft. store sells beer kegs in a variety of sizes and brands, including special orders. It also sells liquor, wine, wine and liquor accessories and soft drinks. The store’s liquor selection includes every day bottles, as well as rare and unique items like the Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition, in a special Baccarat crystal decanter, which retails for $3,500. The store’s wine selection includes everything from the basic bottle to unique boutique-style wines. Carolyn and Rafael Hernandez travel throughout the world to learn about new products and select some of the wines. Many are from small producer wineries and are not sold in other stores. The remodeled Pembroke Pines store will place a new emphasis on its wine programs to satisfy requests from its customers. “We have implemented new classes, tastings and educational events to reach out to wine lovers in Pembroke Pines and Miramar,” said Carolyn Hernandez. “The events are a great way to learn more about wine and meet others who share a common interest.” The store now has stateof-the-art wine dispensing machines. Customers can sample the large assortment of wines in the machines at no charge to determine what they like. The “Cavas Bottle Shop” is a separate area in the store for tastings and special events for novice and advanced wine lovers. Master Wine and Liquor offers free wine and liquor tastings every Fri. and Sat.


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night, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Wine Academy is the second and fourth Wed. of every month, at 7 p.m., beginning on Oct. 27. A sommelier leads the free educational wine tasting classes in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Each class focuses on a different theme or region. The sommelier is available to answer any questions or make recommendations. Beginning in Nov., the store will offer formal classes for the serious wine lover for a small fee. On Oct. 15, Master Wine and Liquor will celebrate its remodel with a Grand Tasting, from 7 to 11 p.m. Customers can sample more than 40 items, including wine and liquor, at no charge. They can also receive special discounts on sampled items that are purchased that night. “It is a great opportunity for customers to sample different kinds of wine and liquor and increase their knowledge,” said Hernandez. “It will also be a lot of fun.” The event will include light hors d’œuvres and music. Master Wine and Liquor is open 365 days a year, Mon. to Thurs., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sun., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to receive news of special offers and classes, call 954438-3681 or send an email to

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Children from the City of Miramar Early Childhood Program met with Fire Chief Joe Cabrera to talk about fire safety. The Early Childhood program provides the community with secure, supervised, learning and play for children. The program is a proud recipient of the Gold Seal of Excellence for providing quality childcare.

Members of the Pembroke Pines Police Athletic League summer camp wrapped up a summer of fun and community service with a pizza party and awards ceremony. Pembroke Pines Sergeant Lance Carman of the Youth Affairs Unit presented Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis with a plaque.

Three friends from the Miramar Senior Center enjoy a day at the beach. The City of Miramar operates two senior centers designed to create opportunities for recreation and socialization for the older members of our community. The centers provide daily outings and even overnight trips. More than 600 people celebrated the grand opening of Studio 18 in the Pines, a unique cultural facility where artists have a place to create and display art; teach their craft and inspire their peers. The opening night featured a ribbon cutting, musical entertainment, studio visits and refreshments. Rey Lorenzo displayed his work, along with many other artists. Rose Colombo was one of several guest speakers. Photo: Front row (l to r): Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Rose Colombo, and Ben Menache. Back Row (l to r): Pembroke Pines Commissioner Carl Shechter and Pembroke Pines Vice Mayor Jack McCluskey.


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community news City of Pembroke Pines Named Finalist for Municipal Excellence


very year, the National League of Cities (NLC) chooses 40 city programs from across the country as finalists for the 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence, recognizing cities and towns for outstanding programs that improve the quality of life in America’s communities. The City of Pembroke Pines has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 Awards for Municipal Excellence for its State Hospital Site Revitalization through Human Services Collaborations at the Forman Human Services Park. “We are pleased that City of Pembroke Pines is a finalist for our Awards for Municipal Excellence,” said Donald J. Borut, NLC’s Executive Director. “This shows that even at a time when so many cities are struggling financially, cities and towns continue to develop the most creative and innovative solutions.” The 286-acre site was developed after the legislature mandated that the Department of Children & Families (DCF) privatize mental health care and closed the South Florida Mental Hospital, located in east Pembroke Pines. DCF contracted with the City of Pembroke Pines to master-plan and manage the site. “The City of Pembroke Pines took a blighted, stigmatized and underused eyesore and stayed true to the designated land use of Health and Rehabilitation Services to provide much-needed human services for a growing community,” said Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “We not only stayed true to the plan, we improved upon it. We created The Forman Human Services Park, a beautiful 286-acre site which long time residents will remember as the former South Florida Mental Hospital.” During the past nine years, the site has been transformed into a vibrant campus. It is home to a new Transitional Independent Living residence for former foster youths;

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the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center for mothers with substance abuse issues and their children; Studio 18 in the Pines art studios and Pines Place affordable rental apartments. It is also home to 14 agencies providing critical recovery, rehabilitation and health services. The projects within the City-managed Park are the result of innovative public-private partnerships involving the City, the State and for–profit and non-profit agencies. A panel of judges will evaluate the Pembroke Pines’ Revitalization program along with those submitted by other cities. The criteria includes: successful public-private partnership ventures; productive citizen and community collaborations; effective management of municipal resources (public or private); innovative government policies; project implementation with tangible results; and the ability to replicate the project in other cities. Eight winners will be chosen from four population categories, with a gold and silver winner in each category. The winning cities will be announced during NLC’s Congress of Cities Conference and Exposition, held Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, in Denver, Colorado. In addition to national recognition, the winners will receive a donation to a local nonprofit organization of their choice. The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. It is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans. For information about the Municipal Excellence Award, visit For information on the City of Pembroke Pines, visit

Stories and Smiles Program Promotes Early Literacy By Debby Teich


t is important for children to develop a passion for reading at an early age, allowing them to discover new concepts and experiences. The City of Miramar is making this possible for many young children, through the free “Stories and Smiles” program. During the eight week series, children participate in a story time; create a craft and enjoy a snack. The group meets every Tuesday, at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex 6700 Miramar Pkwy., at 3:30 p.m., through Oct. 19. They read popular children’s books geared to the preschool level. After they read, they can enjoy a snack and express their creativity by completing a craft related to the book. Every child who participates also receives a copy of the book that was read so they can begin their very own home library. “The City of Miramar believes strongly in the benefits of early literacy and the importance of quality time spent between children and their families,” said Kim Morrow-Lopez, Social Services program coordinator. “Studies show that children who have positive experiences with books and better access to books at home are more likely to achieve higher scholastic success.” The group’s first book was If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Joffe Numeroff, about an energetic and demanding little pig. After the story, the kids made a pig out of a plastic cup and painted and decorated it. Next, they made and ate pancakes.


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The second week, the group read Tikki Tikki Tembo, by D. L. Ashliman, about a boy with a long name. After the story, they enjoyed some refreshments and talked about the importance of names. The kids made and decorated nameplates to take home. Stories and Smiles is one of the many programs offered by the Social Services Department. The department was established in Oct. 2002 to empower individuals to improve and enhance their quality of life through a variety of programs and services, including four Early Childcare programs; two Senior Centers; youth and family outreach services and much more. The Stories and Smiles program is funded through a grant donated by Target. The grant will allow the City to give away $2,000 worth of books that will end up in the hands of children. The City of Miramar continually seeks grants and outside funding for similar programs The City plans to repeat the program in the spring in a different location. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 954-889-2744 or send an email to

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Community news Consignors Clean Their Closets for a Good Cause


hen Cooper City’s Iris Benozilio contemplated turning 50, she began to reflect on her life. Although she had done some charity work, she decided that it was time to do more to give back. “I wanted to find a way to make a big difference in my own life, as well as for all of us together as a community,” said Iris. Iris had owned boutiques for the past six years, including Euro Chic, which sells eclectic one-of-akind women’s clothing and accessories. On October 1, her 50th birthday, she will close the doors of Euro Chic’s main location in the Countryside Shops, 5718 S. Flamingo Rd., and reopen it as Philanthropy: A Consignment Shop. Euro Chic’s second location, inside Ellen’s Ultimate Workout, 5173 S University Dr., will remain open. “I know so many people who have been affected by the difficult economy,” said Iris. “Many of them have clothing that they never wear. Some still has the tags on it. Now they will have a place to sell it to make some extra money.” Philanthropy: A Consignment Shop will sell name brand clothing that is new or gently worn and in excellent condition. It will also sell women’s shoes and accessories. It offers consignors an opportunity to make some extra cash and patrons a chance to buy clothes at bargain prices. A charity will benefit from every sale. “It is a place where we can all make a difference,” said Iris.


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Every month, a different charity will receive ten percent of the profits from the sale of the goods. Iris will donate five percent and the consignor will donate the other five percent. “I wanted to find a way that we could all work together every month to help a charity and each other,” said Iris. “It is the least we can do in these hard times.” In October, the money will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Iris chose this as her first charity since her step mother died from breast cancer and she knows many others who have been diagnosed with the disease. In November, she will donate the money to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, where her two children were born, and in December to the American Lung Association. In addition, after the consignor’s 60 day contract with Philanthropy expires, she will donate any unclaimed goods to Cooper City’s Women in Distress or some other local charity. Susan Ryan was excited to learn about the new store. She was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago and celebrates every day that she is alive. “I have so many clothes in my closet that I would love to sell,” said Ryan. “I look forward to making a little extra money for myself and helping others who are suffering from breast cancer. It is a win-win.” For more information, call 954-680-0884.

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community news Miramar Police Soup Up Old Cruiser


he City of Miramar Police Department’s Five-0 is probably the most photographed car in the city. The police department customized the car in an effort to reach out to local youth. he idea for the car started two years ago when the 2003 Ford Crown Victoria was headed to the auction block. The old police cruiser had too many miles to use for patrol duty. Scott Hadley, police officer and Executive Director of PAL, suggested the department give it a face lift. He wanted to keep the traditional black and white, but transform it into something “cool” that would appeal to youth. “Kids are often shy around police officers and the car is a great way to open the door for conversation,” said Hadley. “It is important for kids to know that we are not always the bad guys. We are a safe place for them to go when they are in harm’s way. We also want to show the public that we understand the needs of the community and can adapt.” Hadley contacted a local graphics vendor to ask for help. After completing several


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drafts, he showed the design to a group of kids for their input. The kids made some changes, which included adding the design to the hood of the car. They also named it Five-O after the television series Hawaii Five-O, which featured a fictional state police unit in Hawaii. Several other vendors helped to soup it up even more. The cruiser has 22-inch rims; an alarm with a keyless remote and a state-of-the-art strobe light kit. Everything was donated. The car was completed last year and has already been presented at several youthcenter programs and community events, including grand openings, after school programs, PAL activities, sporting events and more. “Everyone loves the car,” said Hadley. “They stop to take photos and want to know if it is a real police car.” The police car recently won second place in Law and Order Magazine’s 2010 Police Vehicle Design Contest for Best Community Relations Car. For more information, call 954-602-4360

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I want to talk about the “False Alarm Reduction Program.” This is information you should have seen on the back of your water bill. We are receiving calls about it at City Hall so this is an opportunity for me to clarify the alarm registration program for you here. On July 15, 2010, the City of Pembroke Pines implemented its false alarm ordinance, which was enacted to encourage alarm users to maintain operational reliability, promote proper use of alarm systems and reduce the amount of false alarms dispatched to police officers. False alarms are a costly waste of taxpayer’s money and a major public safety concern as they divert police officers from real emergencies and delay the response time for more critical calls.

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The ordinance requires all residents and business owners to register their alarm systems with the City of Pembroke Pines. The initial registration period begins July 15, 2010 and alarm users must renew their registration annually. The City of Pembroke Pines will not charge a fee for registration or renewals. The first two instances of a false alarm will not incur a fine. For the third false alarm and each one thereafter within a twelve-month period, a $100 fine will be levied. If police respond to an alarm that has not been registered, the alarm user will have thirty (30) days to register the alarm or a $50 fine will be assessed. Registration is available online through a secure website at In addition to online alarm registration and administration, the website offers information about the false alarm ordinance, answers to frequently asked questions, false alarm reduction tips, payment of fines and more. A link to the registration website is also available through the City of Pembroke Pines website at www. Click on A-Z Services at the top of the web page and go to “F” to find the “False Alarm Reduction Program” link. Registration forms will also be available at City Hall, the Police Department and the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. For more information, or to register by telephone, please call the City of Pembroke Pines False Alarm Reduction Program at its toll-free customer service phone number at 1-877-263-6026, Mon. through Fri., from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954-435-6505 or email me at

Your Mayor, Frank C. Ortis For more information on the City of Pembroke Pines, visit; call 954-434-6500 or visit City Hall, which is located at 10100 Pines Blvd.


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community news Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Miramar Named Thomson Reuters® 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners


wo of Memorial Healthcare System’s hospitals - Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines and Memorial Hospital Miramar in Miramar – are among the 2009 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® recognized for exceptional overall organizational performance. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. “To be ranked among the top 100 in this nationwide study of nearly 3,000 hospitals is an honor that reflects our dedication to delivering outstanding medical care in a patient- and family-centered environment,” said Frank Sacco, president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System. “Awards such as this confirm that our commitment to providing healthcare with humanity leads to overall excellence – going beyond what is expected to what is exceptional.” For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hospital West earned distinction in the category of large community hospitals with 250 or more acute-care beds. Memorial Hospital Miramar was recognized for the first time and is among the medium community hospitals with 100 to 249 acute-care beds. “This year’s study magnified the value that 100 Top Hospital award winners provide to their communities. Even during the economic downturn, the 100 Top Hospitals maintained a profit from operations while raising the bar for clinical quality and patient satisfaction,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. “The insistence of these hospitals’ leaders - their boards, executive teams and medical staffs - on overall excellence makes the difference.” According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of


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care as those treated in these top 100 Top Hospitals award winners, then: ▸ More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year. ▸ More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually. ▸ Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year. ▸ The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day. Since opening in 1992, Memorial Hospital West has been a leader in providing patient-focused care, a philosophy that continues to be the guiding force for all programs and services offered at the 304-bed facility. Memorial Hospital West was the first hospital in Broward to open with all-private rooms and establish open visitation hours. The hospital also features full-service adult and children emergency departments, Family Birthplace, general medical and surgical services, high-tech intensive coronary care units, Cancer Institute, outpatient services, same day surgery center, women’s center, and a fitness and rehabilitation center. Memorial Hospital Miramar is a 178-bed, leading-edge facility situated on approximately 124 acres in southwestern Broward County. This four-story facility, which opened in March 2005 with Mediterranean architecture-style, offers private patient rooms and a comprehensive array of medical and surgical services. These services include allergy, cardiology, dermatology, emergency (adult and pediatric), endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynecology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics, otolaryngology, oncology/hematology, oral surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, perinatology, peripheral vascular surgery, plastic surgery, podiatry, pulmonary medicine, thoracic surgery and urology. For information, visit or

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Memorial Healthcare System, through its Women’s Imaging Center and Breast Cancer Center services and programs, offers important education and support for the community throughout the year, and especially during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Memorial provides compassionate, individualized care enhanced by specialized breast imaging and breast cancer treatment expertise, leading-edge research, exceptional support services and alternative therapies.

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Tea and cookies complement these meetings. Join us for informative discussions about examination, testing and proper nutrition to help prevent and detect breast cancer.

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s Mayor of the beautiful City of Miramar, I wish to welcome the Pines Miramar Town Times to our city. What another excellent opportunity for our residents to be provided with useful information that focuses on our award winning local lifestyle along with community issues. I believe that as more people are exposed to the many city services, programs, and special events listed in the Pines Miramar Town Times, they will realize just how much Miramar has to offer. It is my hope and expectation that we will see even greater community participation that will lead to a better quality of life for all. As this first issue comes to you, the City will be in full swing of providing some great recreational and athletic activities. Recreational activities such as arts and crafts, ballroom dancing, the DREAM program, after school programs, and drama and theater classes are some of the fun activities for children of all ages. The City also boasts an extensive athletic program that provides team sports like soccer, football, track and field and the Start Smart program for young children to learn the basics of a variety of sports. The programs were developed to ensure the best quality of life for all residents throughout our entire city. As an attendee to many of these programs, I get to see many families enjoying themselves and creating memories that will last a lifetime. It reminds me of families’ efforts and how hard they work to fulfill their dreams through desire, determination, and dedication. It also reminds me that these are the same traits our city incorporates when we carry out our goal of improving the quality of life for our residents. By working together with publications like the Pines Miramar Town Times, we will be able to reach out to all our residents to keep you informed on what your city is doing for you. Your city commission and staff are all aware of the challenges faced by everyone today and we will always strive to help you achieve the dreams you have for your family.

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Red Cross Babysitter Training Course Leaves Students Prepared

By Debby Teich


very parent deserves a night out. The City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Department is offering the American Red Cross Babysitter Training Course so parents can feel confident that their children are left in good hands. “The class helps the kids become more marketable,” said Holly Leon, recreation supervisor for the City or Pembroke Pines. “It also gives the parents some comfort to know that their babysitter has been trained.” The Babysitter Training Course, which is taught by an authorized American Cross instructor, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the TownGate Recreation Center, 901 NW 155th Ave. It provides 11 to 15 year olds who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. The course is fun and fast-paced and helps them gain the confidence they need to make smart decisions under pressure and stay safe in any babysitting situation. It introduces the students to the business of babysitting. It teaches them how to market themselves by addressing how to assemble a resume; what to wear and how to communicate effectively with parents. The class also teaches the students how to prevent, recognize and fix safety-related issues to create a safer environment in and around the home. They learn to identify and apply the check-call-care emergency action steps: who to call and when to call in different emergency situations and the differences between life-threatening and nonlife-threatening emergencies. They learn how to perform basic child-care skills, such as diapering and feeding; choosing safe, age-appropriate games and toys; handling bedtime and discipline issues; caring for common injuries and emergencies such as choking, bleeding, burns, cuts, bee stings and much more. Sharon Thorton has three children, ages 3, 5 and 7. She will only hire a babysitter that has completed the training course. “I feel more confident that my babysitters will know what to do in case of an emergency if they have taken the Red Cross course,” said Thorton. “Although we never venture too far from home, I need to know that my children are safe at all times.” The class is offered twice a year at different facilities. In order to receive a certifi-

The Red Cross Babysitter Training Course gives kids the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants.

cate, the kids must attend the entire class; participate in all skill sessions and activities and demonstrate competency in all observable skills. For the $57 fee, students receive a Babysitter’s Training Handbook, which includes information and resources to use on the job. They also get a Babysitter’s Training Emergency Reference Guide, a compact booklet which provides step-by-step instructions to handle common emergencies, as well as a Babysitter’s Training CD, which has a variety of tools to help them run their babysitting business. The deadline to register is Oct. 8. Class space is limited. For information or to register, call 954-450-6894 or visit

Florida Offers “Cash for Clunkers” Rebates for Replacing HVAC Systems

By Stacey Bomser


irst came cars; then came household appliances. And now, In order to qualify for the state rebate, homeowners must replace air conditioning units. Home heating and cooling systems their existing equipment with qualifying equipment and also have are the latest products to qualify for “Cash for Clunkers” their duct system tested with a resulting leakage score of no more incentives. The State of Florida is offering a $1500 rebate to qualithan 15 percent. Duct testing must be performed by a Florida Class fying homeowners who replace their old, inefficient unit with a 1 rater, a state licensed mechanical contractor, or a recognized test properly-sized, energy efficient system. and balance agent. The Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC Rebate proThe experienced technicians at Lindstrom Air can determine if gram is designed to encourage homeowners to install higher effiyou qualify for the Florida ENERGY STAR® Residential HVAC ciency systems that will help lower utility bills and put less strain Rebate or any of the other incentive programs. “We are one of the on the state’s energy grid. The program runs through the end of the few qualified, licensed HVAC companies in the area that can help The state is offering financial incentives year, or until the $15 million set aside for this program runs out. walk you through the process from beginning to end,” says Canosa. to homeowners who replace their old air In order to qualify, homeowners must purchase a new HVAC conditioning unit with an energy efficient “We’ll inform you of which products qualify and we’ll provide you system that meets the Federal Energy Tax Credits standards. model. with the necessary paperwork.” Homeowners may also claim the federal energy tax credit of up to 30 percent of the For more information about Florida’s HVAC Rebate program you can visit www. price of the new unit, not to exceed $1,500. In addition, homeowners may qualify for For more information about the Federal Tax Credit, go additional rebates from local utility companies as well as manufacturers. to “There has never been a better time to replace your old inefficient system,” states Lindstrom Air Conditioning specializes in installing and servicing air conJoe Canosa, General Manager of Lindstrom Air. “Being able to combine the state ditioning equipment to South Florida homeowners and businesses. The company rebate and the federal tax credit, allows homeowners to claim some great savings. offers seven day a week, unparalleled service. To schedule an appointment, call The only downside is the limited time frame. We encourage anyone thinking about 954-990-0158. For more information visit The company this to move quickly, as the tax credit program expires at the end of the year and is fully licensed (HVAC #CACO 56703) and insured, and offers performance and the rebate program is until the end of the year or until the $15 million in funds are labor guarantees. depleted whichever comes first.”

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Cover Story Dr. Gelman’s Office Offers Strategies to Cope with Infertility Stress


he holidays are just around the corner and that can be a stressful time for all of us. Family gatherings, traditional meal preparations, and holiday gift shopping can take its toll. This added stress can be overwhelming for couples undergoing infertility treatment. No one knows this better than Dr. Kenneth Gelman and his staff at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward. “Infertility and stress have a circular relationship. They often aggravate each other, setting up a vicious cycle,” explains Dr. Gelman, medical director of the practice. “While the exact connection between fertility and stress remains a mystery, we do know that stress has a negative affect on a couple’s chance of conceiving.” Unfortunately, stress and infertility seem to go almost handin-hand. Research has shown that women undergoing treatment for infertility face a similar, and often higher, level of stress as women dealing with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. They experience chronic stress each month, first hoping that they will conceive and then dealing with the disappointment if they do not. The stress of infertility is not limited solely to women. True, it is generally the woman who undergoes the physical stress of blood tests, injections, inseminations, and other treatments, but couples share equally in the emotional and financial stress. For many men, the inability to console their partners can create additional stress in and of itself. Thankfully, there are techniques and stress-reducing strategies available for couples facing infertility. Lani Terry, nurse practitioner and IVF coordinator at Dr. Gelman’s office, says it is important for patients to learn to manage stress. “Stress plays a big role on your health, period. It can definitely impact or compound an existing infertility issue.” She suggests patients find an activity they enjoy and that fits their lifestyle to help relieve stress. That could be reading a book, walking the dog, or even working out. “I am a big believer in the power of acupuncture,” states Terry. “In addition to being a wonderful stress reliever, acupuncture has been proven to increase blood flow and work with hormones to make infertility treatments more effective.” Massage therapy is another option. Like acupuncture it offers both mental and physical benefits. “Stress makes you tense. Even the uterus can tense up under stress and this directly affects fertility,” explains Terry. “Massage can help you relax.” Yoga is another holistic approach. Yoga has been proven to reduce stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Not only that, but its meditative properties can prove invaluable to patients when undergoing physical treatments for infertility. In addition to implementing stress relieving techniques, it is important that patients have a strong support system in place when undergoing infertility treatment. “Many of the hormonal medications patients need to take can cause mood swings and emotional upsets, making it harder to cope with stress,” explains Terry. “It’s important to have family and friends you can turn to, to get you through these tough times.” Unfortunately, not everyone feels comfortable relying on friends and family. Many couples prefer to keep their infertility challenges a secret. Others find that despite people’s best intentions, it is hard to truly understand the stress and pain of


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infertility unless you have gone through it. Dr. Gelman’s practice refers patients and couples to area therapists who specialize in women’s health issues as well as to various support groups. “Simply talking to someone else who is or has gone through what you are can be incredibly therapeutic to these patients,” says Terry. In fact, that was the motivation behind an online infertility support group started by two of Dr. Gelman’s former patients. Michelle Neidig and Amy Machado met while undergoing IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatments and quickly became friends. Today, in addition to taking care of their beautiful three-year-olds, they facilitate a Facebook page for couples undergoing IVF. To find it, simply search “IVF Support Group” on Facebook, or link through Dr. Gelman’s Facebook page. The ladies launched their site in August and had twelve people join in just the first week. Today, they have people contacting them from all over the world. “When we were going through treatment, we had no one to talk to and so we turned to each other. We started this to let people know that they are not alone,” explains Neidig. “Infertility can be very stressful. If I can give at least one couple hope then I have accomplished my goal.” Primarily, Neidig and Machado offer words of encouragement to those facing infertility. In addition to lending a figurative shoulder to lean or cry on, they also offer encouragement by posting quotes and inspirational messages. From time to time they also post information on infertility issues, but they do not offer medical advice. “Mostly, we’re just their to listen and lend support. We talk about what we went through and what to expect with IVF,” says Neidig. Patients at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward can now go through their complete IVF treatment within the comforts of Dr. Gelman’s office. His practice now offers in-house egg retrievals performed by Dr. Ellen Wood, a reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, in a new state-of-the-art surgical suite. This helps alleviate a lot of the stress on patients. Now the entire IVF treatment can be performed in the comfort and convenience of Dr. Gelman’s office. Patients now have the assurance of knowing that Dr. Gelman and his attentive staff are there for them throughout their entire ordeal. “My staff and I understand that being involved in infertility treatment is stressful both physically and emotionally, that is why we strive to provide all of our patients with in-depth, personalized care,” shares Dr. Gelman. If you or someone you love is experiencing infertility, please contact Dr. Kenneth Gelman at Infertility and Reproductive Medicine of South Broward. In the comforts of his private office, he and his caring staff will perform a thorough evaluation and explain all of your treatment options. The practice works with many of the major insurance companies. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gelman call (954) 432-2228. His office is conveniently located at 9900 Stirling Road, Suite 300, in Cooper City. To learn more about the practice, visit

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It’s Their Business Hop On Over to Froggy’s Playhouse


our kids will jump at the chance to play at Froggy’s Playhouse. This indoor play place appeals to kids of all ages, from tiny tots to ‘tweens. And with its deluxe café and lounge, moms and dads will love it too. As a mother of three, Erika Andrade knows firsthand how hard it is to keep kids entertained, especially in South Florida’s scorching sun and regular rain showers. It was while accompanying her son to a birthday party at another bounce house facility that she was first inspired to open Froggy’s Playhouse with her husband, Javier. “I saw how much fun the kids were having and thought, ‘I can do this, but I can do it better,’” explains Erika. “By adding the coffee bar and lounge area, plus our enormous play area, we appeal to children and adults alike.” Froggy’s Playhouse is the first facility of its kind in the Pembroke Pines area. The brightly colored, cheerful playhouse features four large inflatables for children Froggy’s Playhouse features four fun inflatables for a bouncing ages three to twelve. good time. Erika says these are much more than just bounce houses. “Each fun-filled structure features multiple attractions such as slides, obstacle courses and basketball hoops.” There is also a smaller inflatable in the toddler area. This play zone is geared for children under the age of three. It features a play kitchen, mini-slide, black board and plenty of toddler toys. Although safely removed from the main gym area, the toddler zone is within easy eye sight of all the other equipment, making Froggy’s Playhouse the ideal place for families with young and older kids. Speaking of older kids, the arcade area is always popular. Children can play a variety of video games and arcade attractions, which operate on a token system. There is also an air hockey table. With plenty of seating scattered throughout the play area, parents can sit back and relax while watching their little ones jump around and have a good time. There is also a lounge area where parents can enjoy a cup of coffee (or espresso, cappuccino, latte or mocha) and pastry. With comfy couches and small seating areas, this is a favorite gathering area for parents during play dates and mother’s club outings. WiFi is available. The café also serves kid-friendly food for when the little ones work up an appetite. Snack choices include freshly-popped popcorn, pizza (by the slice or whole pie), hotdogs, mini chicken burgers, even empanadas. Kids can quench their thirst with bottled water, fountain drinks, frozen slushees, or even a juice box. Rest assured that even if you are relaxing in the lounge, your child is safe and sound. As a mother and former nurse, Erika has instituted multiple health and safety standards at Froggy’s Playhouse. Even little tadpoles will have fun playing in the toddler zone at

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All inflatables and play equipment are sanitized every night. There is a gated entrance and exit. And, most importantly, all children receive a wristband that matches their parents, ensuring that no child can leave the premise without their parent. Froggy’s Playhouse offers open play every day, from morning until early evening. Children can enjoy all of the Parents can relax with a cup of coffee in the deluxe café and indoor inflatables, and other lounge while their kids play. attractions, for one low price. Open play is $10 per child (ages 3 to 12), $8 for siblings, and $5 per toddler (age 2 and under). There is no charge for adults. “Plan a play date or bring your mom’s club, groups of six or more children get in for only $8 per child,” states Erika. “And on school holidays, everyone plays for half-price between 10am and noon.” Families can also save money by purchasing a frequent user card. If you purchase seven open play sessions, you get three free. Froggy’s Playhouse is the perfect place to host your child’s next birthday party. There are three party packages ranging from $175 for ten friends on a weekday, up to $364 for a weekend party with 24 friends. “All of our party packages include a private party room for two hours, personal party attendant, personalized invitations, paper goods, plus food,” explains Erika. “We take care of every detail from set-up to clean-up. All you need to do is bring a cake and enjoy your child’s special day!”

Froggy’s Playhouse hosts the best birthday parties in town.

If you’ve never been to Froggy’s Playhouse, hop on over for the Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30th from 3 to 7pm. “We’ll have face painting, pumpkin painting, plus a photo area to take pictures of your costumed cuties,” says Erika. “Plus kids can enjoy all of our inflatables and other attractions.” Regular admission prices apply. Froggy’s Playhouse is located in Pembroke Pines at 10141 Pines Boulevard, on the northwest corner of Pines and Palm behind Applebee’s. Open play hours are from 10am until 7pm Monday through Thursday, 10am until 8pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am until 6pm on Sunday. For more information or to book a birthday party, call (954) 433-7818 or visit Please be sure to bring socks; shoes are not permitted in the play area.

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community news Pembroke Pines Miracle League Kicks Off Fall Baseball Season By Debby Teich


pening night of the West Pembroke Pines Optimist Miracle League’s 4th baseball season was a success. The stands were packed with proud parents and volunteers shouting words of encouragement like “great hit,” “great catch,” “fantastic- you made a home run” and “you can do it.” After opening ceremonies, the players had an opportunity to play the game with assistance from the Flanagan High School baseball team and other members of the community. There was a DJ, food and a balloon release. he Miracle League provides opportunities for children, ages 5 to 21, with special needs and disabilities. The West Pembroke Pines Optimist Club runs the program with assistance from the City. There are currently 50 players who


travel from all over South Florida to participate. “It is a great opportunity for the kids to get some exercise, socialize and experience some camaraderie,” said Mary Wilson Palacios, Special Population Coordinator. The participants play on Friday’s, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Rose G. Price Park, 901 NW 208th Ave. The park has a field with a special rubberized surface that makes it accessible for individuals with wheelchairs or other assistive walking devices. It is painted green and white to create the appearance of grass and base striping. For information on programs for the special population, call 954-450-3663 or send an email to For information on the Miracle League, call 954-276-5597 or visit

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s terrible as it may seem to lose your home through a foreclosure, most people believe that after the foreclosure, their biggest financial headache is behind them. However, former homeowners may still be on the hook if there’s a difference between what they owed on the mortgage and what the bank sold the house for at the foreclosure auction. This is called a “deficiency judgment.” Deficiency judgments are ticking time bombs that can explode years after borrowers lose their homes. A lender also has the right to seek a deficiency judgment against homeowners who convinced their bank to approve a short sale and even in cases where the bank takes back the property through a deed in lieu of foreclosure. Releasing the title does not necessarily end the debt. A mortgage has two parts: a pledge of collateral (represented by the home), and a promise to pay the loan. Lenders may release property liens to facilitate short sales without releasing borrowers from their obligations to pay. Lenders or collection agencies may wait until debtors have recovered financially before seeking a deficiency judgment. In Florida, the bank can wait up to 5 years to file. Once the court grants a deficiency judgment, the lender has 20 years to collect it. Moreover, the lender can request your financial records, garnish your wages, repossess your vehicles, and even freeze your bank accounts! In order to short-circuit lenders’ attempts to seek a deficiency judgment in the future, it is imperative that after the home is sold at foreclosure auction, the former homeowner immediately file for bankruptcy protection. Since the deficiency judgment would be considered an unsecured debt, it will be forever discharged through the bankruptcy proceeding and the bank could never collect it. In “short sale” or deed in lieu scenarios, most lenders are willing to release the deficiency judgment amount. However, many borrowers may not be aware that they have to ask for such a release. If you are pursuing a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure, be sure to ask the bank to release you from any further obligation under the mortgage. If the bank refuses, bankruptcy proceedings can also avoid any liability after a short sale or return of your property to the bank through a deed in lieu. To find out more about upcoming live consumer seminars offered by the Arcia Law Firm, please visit or seminario. When registering, mention you heard about this seminar through Our City Weston or Davie Town Times, and you will receive two complimentary admission tickets.

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community news Glass Gallery Features Peter Olsen and His Students


he Glass Gallery is just one of the many ways that the City of Pembroke Pines is bringing art and culture to the community. The Gallery, located in the lobby of Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd., gives artists a chance to display their work through a series of exhibits that changes every five weeks. Art curator and administrator Benoit “Ben” Menasche meets with artists from all over the United States in an effort to bring the best possible talent to the Pembroke Pines gallery. “Our goal is to promote art and to help the artists make a living from their work,” said Menasche. “If we inspire even one soul to create, we have been successful.” he current art exhibit showcases the work of Peter Olsen, one of South Florida’s most Rick Seguso’s “The River is Wide” prominent and respected artists, as well as his students. It includes a variety of styles in paintings, such as realistic, impressionist, abstract, and contemporary. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 25, features Olsen’s “The Narthex,” a 21 ft. polyptych that reflects the four verses of Revelation Chapter 18. The painting is part of The Revelation Project, a large multidiscipline project that began in 1974 and currently has over 700 artworks based on the narrative of the Book of Revelation and other books of the Holy Bible. The Glass Gallery exhibit also includes the work of 12 members of the Fifth Avenue Fine Arts Society, a group of artists that Olsen has coached, instructed or mentored throughout the years. They range in age from 8 to 80 and often exhibit together for civic events. Fifth Avenue group member Jeff Oakes is displaying his painting, “Clown Face,” which portrays his passion for the ocean and nature. Another Fifth Avenue group member, Rick Seguso, is displaying two of his oil paintings, “The Fab Four” and “The River is Wide.” Seguso’s work has been shown in leading galleries garnering awards and critical recognition. The Gallery exhibit also includes the artwork of 22 of Peter Olsen’s young students, ages 8 to 15, who work in pencil, pen and Jeff Oakes’ “Clown Face”


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ink, acrylic, oil, pastel, clay, plaster and pyrography. Most of them take lessons in his art studio. The Glass Gallery’s next show is the 6th Annual Art Competition, which will run from Oct. 27 to Dec. 6. This annual juried competition attracts and features works by some of the best artists in South Florida. The event will showcase paintings, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Monetary prizes will be awarded based on originality, craftsmanship, and overall appeal, as well as best of show. One of the pieces will be selected to be featured during the Annual Arts and Crafts Festival on March 12 and 13. It will be used on the poster, brochure, T Shirt and other marketing materials. The City of Pembroke Pines Arts and Cultural Advisory Board will sponsor a reception on Nov. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m., offering the public an opportunity to admire the talents and visions of those artists, mingle with them, and exchange information and ideas. The work of some of Peter Olsen’s students, ages 8 to 15

The Children’s Holiday in the Pines art exhibit will run from Dec. 8 to Jan. 10. It will showcase the work of students from local elementary and middle schools. The Cultural Advisory Board will sponsor a reception on Dec. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., complete with student performances and refreshments. “With school budget cuts, it is more important than ever to introduce art to children and help keep it alive,” said Rose Colombo, Chair of the City of Pembroke Pines Arts and Cultural Advisory Board. For information on Glass Gallery events or upcoming receptions please call 954-986-5027 or visit Peter Olsen’s “The Narthex,” a 21 ft. polyptych reflecting the 4 verses of Revelation Chapter 18


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t is suggested that some people emulate celebrities and magazine cover models in their efforts to lose weight. When it comes to a teen girl’s motivation for shedding excess pounds, that theory falls flat. According to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (2010), teen girls are more likely to look to peers and school culture when developing weight loss goals. Researchers analyzed information provided by about 4,000 girls in grades 7 to 12. The girls were asked, “Are you trying to lose weight, gain weight or stay the same?” Each girl’s response was then compared with her self-reported body mass index. “What our finding showed was that girls were more aware of what others like them were doing,” stated lead study author Anna Mueller of the University Of Texas, Austin. “Underweight girls were not likely to be trying to lose weight unless they were in schools where underweight girls regularly reported trying to lose weight.”


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Community news Great Things Are Growing in Miramar By Debby Teich


iramar residents are working to make the City a little greener. They have been volunteering their time at the new Miramar Community Garden and reaping the benefits. The 3,100 sq. ft. Miramar Community Garden, located at Fairway Park, 3700 Largo Dr., is the first demonstration “micro farming system” in Broward County. “It is an environmentally and economically sustainable system that creates a network of healthy food sources of naturally grown vegetables and fruits, a social network for garden volunteers to learn about the urban agricultural industry and the opportunity for vocational training,” said Elsi Rose, Development and Capital Management

Coordinator for the City of Miramar. Although the project started without a budget, it had the support of many people with a vision, including Miramar Mayor Lori Cohen Moseley. Architect Michael Madfis, urban planner, Smart Growth Partnership board member, and a proponent of Decentralized Urban Farming, served as project advi-


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sor, providing his expertise and guidance at no charge. “It is through his vision that the garden design was transformed from a simple raised-bed garden into an efficient farming system,” said Rose. The first step was to find a location that met all of the criteria, including enough space to plant the garden, water, parking, sufficient sunlight and electricity. Fairway Park had all of that and more. On May 22, forty volunteers of all ages gathered to begin planting the garden. The mayor, city staff, community members and local businesses painted; dug holes; shoveled compost; filled over 650 bags of dirt and planted fruits, vegetables and herbs. “This project was a true team effort,” said Rose. “Volunteers from the community and City staff from all departments came together to build the community garden.” The Grand Opening was on May 29. The project is not only “green” because of the plants. It includes 14 rain barrels, made from 96-gallon containers that are repurposed, retrofitted and interconnected in order to capture rain water from the gutters of the nearby Community Center; a galvanized re-purposed fence; composting stations and more. Ultimately, they hope to create a drip irrigation which naturally fertilizes

the rain water and to plant a wildflower garden border around the perimeter for pollination. The City is providing the land, basic materials and guidance. Residentvolunteers run the project, tending to the garden on a daily basis at different hours of the day. In order to qualify, volunteers must be 16 years or older; Miramar residents and pledge to volunteer for a minimum of one hour per week for six months. In exchange for their sweat-equity, they have access to the harvest. The volunteers meet at the garden every Thursday to listen to guest speakers. There is always a host responsible for bringing refreshments, which often include ingredients from the garden. There are currently 12 active volunteers working on the project. There are still openings for another 13 volunteers. Although many experts advised the group against starting their efforts in the summer, they used it as an opportunity to learn from their experiences. Since May, they have already harvested herbs, basil, oregano, rosemary, eggplant, sweet potatoes, okra, watermelon and much more. In the fall, they will plant broccoli, beets, cabbage, lettuce, lima beans, radishes, tomatoes, cauliflower and more. In the future, they are hoping to sell their fruits, vegetables and herbs at a Farmer’s Market in Town Center. The Garden is fully funded through sponsorships and private donations. The Harvest Circle Donors Program offers several sponsorship levels with a variety of marketing opportunities for businesses. They range in cost from $250, for the Bronze Harvest Level, to $2,000, for the Platinum Harvest Level. Visitors are welcome to stop by the garden. For information, call 954-602-3270; visit green/garden or send an email to erose@ci.miramar.

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