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and April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show offers an Orchid dealer and Antique Appraiser available on April 10 for a fee of $3 per item. Daily Admission is $3. Children Day of Service - The City of Miramar will have a day under 12 are free. For information, call 954-450-6888 or of service at Fairway Park, 3700 Largo Dr., from 8 a.m. visit . to noon. Participants will work together to beautify the park. Gardening supplies and materials will be provided. For information, call 954-602-3130.


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Community news Garden Treasures Video Encourages Residents to Live Healthy in Florida, tips on making non-toxic fertilizers and pesticides, t has been almost one year since the City of the ABC’s of creating a box garden and much more. Miramar opened a community garden at Fairway Park, The Community Garden opened in May 2010. It had the 3700 Largo Dr. The macro-urban farm is a place where support of many people with a vision, including Miramar Mayor residents can learn about the environment and sources of fresh Lori C. Moseley. Architect and urban planner Michael Madfis produce and also receive training in sustainable agriculture. served as project advisor. The 3,150 sq. ft. garden is not only The City’s new Garden Treasures video series allows residents “green” because of the plants. It includes 10 rain barrels, made to reap the benefits of the garden without leaving home. “The from 96-gallon containers that are repurposed, retrofitted and videos were developed in response to requests from residents interconnected in order to capture rain water from the gutters who are thirsty for knowledge and want to know how differof the nearby Community Center; a galvanized re-purposed Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley was one of the ent food sources can help them lead healthier lives,” said Elsi fence; 2 composting stations; a drip irrigation system and a champions of the community garden. Rose, Development and Capital Management Coordinator wildflower garden border around the perimeter for pollination. for the City of Miramar. “They are a great way for us to share the information we have The City provides the land, basic materials and guidance. Resident-volunteers run the gathered from the garden so residents can replicate our efforts on a smaller scale in their project, tending to the garden on a daily basis at different hours of the day. In exchange own backyards.” for their sweat-equity, they have access to the harvest. The volunteers meet at the garden The videos are available on Miramar television Channel 78 or 16, as well as at www. every Thursday to listen to guest speakers. There are currently 15 active volunteers Each five minute segment provides simple tips and tools that viewers ing on the project and there are still openings for another 10 volunteers. The volunteers can use to make their own nutritious food. “The common element in all of the videos is help maintain the 650 planter bags or growing containers that are made from a patented the garden,” said Rose. The City has already recorded four episodes and several more are fabric that promotes healthier roots for faster growth. Each bag holds one or more plants planned. In three of the videos, Elle’s Chef Luci Rosende shows how to make basil infused that include basil, mint, parsley rosemary and oregano, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, coloil, pineapple foster topping for ice cream and cheese cake and papaya relish topping for lards, eggplant, Chinese cabbage, kale and much more. There are also bananas, papaya, grilled fish. In the last video, “Lunch Bag for Trees,” community garden volunteer Liz yucca and other fruits and vegetables planted in the ground. James shows a simple way to make compost out of coffee grounds and filters, bread, egg shells and other household items. Some future videos will include recipes using fresh For information, to volunteer or to schedule a tour, call 954-602-3270; visit herbs and garden produce, Hydroponics 101, microgreens made easy, summer gardening or send an email to By Debby Teich



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group of young artists may have autism and other disabilities, but that has not stopped them from creating, displaying, selling and donating their own artwork. They belong to Artists with Autism (AWA), a networking group that helps members develop their artistic talents and provides ways for them to share their artwork with the community. The artists have displayed their work at the DisAbilities EXPO at NOVA Southeastern University, ArtServe in Ft. Lauderdale, the Melody of Hope Tour in Plantation and many other places. This month, they will exhibit at Miramar’s UniLatina International College, 3130 Commerce Parkway. The artwork will be on display for the entire month in recognition of Autism Awareness month. On April 15, the artists will be available to discuss their work. Cynthia Drucker founded Artists with Autism for her son Brandon, 19, who was diagnosed with autism when he was three-years-old. He is non verbal and has always used drawing as a way to express his thoughts and ideas. Two years ago she started the Ft. Lauderdale Asperger networking group to provide Brandon with an outlet to make friends and socialize. She noticed that many of the group’s members were very artistic and wanted to find a


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rea residents have many “egg-citing” ways to celebrate the arrival of spring. This month, the City of Pembroke Pines will host Sundaes with the Bunny, as well as two egg hunts. The City of Miramar will host an intergenerational egg decorating party. On April 16, at 2 p.m., the City of Pembroke Pines will present Sundaes with the Bunny, a new event at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103 Avenue. Participants can build their very own ice cream sundae with an “egg-ceptionally” big scoop of ice cream and a whimsical selection of 25 toppings, including Oreos, gummy bears, jelly beans, marshmallow, chocolate chips and more. They can also enjoy a holiday show and take pictures with Peter Cottontail. Tickets will be on sale for $5 per person for residents of Pembroke Pines and $7 for non-residents. Don’t forget to bring a camera. On April 20th, at 10:30 a.m., Miramar’s two senior centers and four Early Childcare Programs will team up for an egg decorating party. The colorful event is an excellent opportunity for creativity and sharing, and always ends up to be


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Last year, the club participated in 21 projects that made embers of the Prestige Club have been a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their making a difference in the lives of the less fortufamilies. The club challenged students at two local elementary nate for more than 15 years. It all started when schools to read 10,000 books and the top three winners in someone asked founder and on-going president Polly Wilkie each grade received a new computer. They took 150 kids to join a networking club. Her busy schedule prevented her from the Boys and Girls Clubs to a Marlins game. They from meeting weekly. In addition, she wanted to make sure helped find homes for a group of homeless women and that the club she joined would include members who were their children. Club member and City Commissioner Carl sincerely interested in helping others. Wilkie had a very Schachter collected 75 sets of golf clubs to help children in difficult childhood and she has made it her life’s mission to trouble. During Christmas, the club provided clothing, food help make life better for those in need. “I never want any baskets and toys for more than 5,000 children. They also took child to experience what I did,” said Wilkie. 30 kids from Children’s Harbor and their families to Disney The Prestige Club is a not for profit 501c (3) networking World to celebrate the holiday. During Thanksgiving, they organization that helps business leaders promote their serheld the annual Bart Reed Love Fest Picnic, an event started vices and skills to the community. The club’s 128 members in memory of Wilkie’s son. More than 4,000 children and also organize fundraising, charity, and educational events adults enjoyed food, fun, games, music and face painting. to help families and children in need. They work with over City Commissioner Carl Schachter collected 75 sets of golf clubs to help kids in Each family also received a $25 Publix gift certificate so they trouble. (l to r) Commissioner Carl Schachter, Paula Tucker and Stan Bostic. fourteen different non-profit organizations in Broward could have their own family dinner on Thanksgiving Day. County by offering love, compassion, support, and assistance. Member meetings take Steve Feldman has been a member of the Prestige Club for the past eight years. “We place on the 4th Thursday of every month, from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m., at the Southwest often think we have big problems until we see the children suffering from cancer and Focal Point Senior Center in Pembroke Pines. To support its efforts, the club raises an abuse,” said Feldman. “The Prestige Club is a wonderful group of people dedicated to average of $350,000 every year through golf tournaments, concerts, galas, tea parties making the lives of these children better.” and more. “We have the greatest group of members,” said Wilkie. “When we ask for help, they respond.” Wilkie recently requested 14 car seats for the children of inmates. For information, visit, call 954-431-2993 or send an email to By 4 p.m., she had collected 18.


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community news Find Hidden Treasures at the 15th Annual Antique Show By Debby Teich


ore than 1,500 people are expected to attend the Pembroke Pines 15th Annual Antique Show, which is sponsored by the City of Pembroke Pines Community Services Department in association with the Hollywood Antiques and Collectables Club. It will be held on April 9th , from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 10th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, 301 NW 103rd Ave. The antique show, which has grown throughout the years, is offered in both October and April. This month, it will bring together more than Dealer Laura Hosbach. Dealers Willie and Micheline Desrosiers. 50 dealers from across the country that will share a treasure trove of quality antiques and collectibles including with so many items from the show. You never know what you might find.” Last year artwork, jewelry, furniture, vintage linens she purchased a piece of art that turned out to be worth much more than she paid. and textiles, chinaware, toys, records, books She plans to attend the show with her friend Helen Rothfield, who collects furniture. and much more. An Orchid dealer will be “There is always a great selection of furniture,” said Rothfield. at the show on both days and an antique Proceeds from the antique show will benefit the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, appraiser will be available on Sunday for a which is the central location for senior services in Pembroke Pines. The 52,000-squarefee of $3 per item. The Paradise Café will foot facility offers a multitude of services geared to the elderly residents of southwest also be open for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Broward County, including an adult day care program, health and nutritional support, Pembroke Pines resident Mary Heller and more. The Center also offers recreational and educational activities during the day, looks forward to the show. “It is so much including university classes, professional training programs, and is the site for many fun to browse through all of the collectspecial city events. ibles,” said Heller. “I have filled my home Daily admission for the Antique Show is $3; children under 12 are free. No pets or Dealers Helen Geho and niece Lynn Shaw. strollers. Parking is free. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit


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Legally Speaking Making Your Hospital Visit Safer By Howard Citron


lmost 100,000 people in the United States die each year because of medical errors in the hospital. To stay safe while in the hospital: ▸▸ Be sure an advocate — an assertive friend or family member — is with you 24 hours a day. When checking into the hospital, be sure to ask for and sign paperwork that gives your advocate(s) legal permission to know all the details about your treatment and to discuss it with your doctors and nurses. ▸▸ If you have a choice of hospital, choose one where your procedure or surgery is done often, not just the closest hospital. ▸▸ When checking into a hospital, make sure you tell them about all the medications you are taking — including herbal remedies, vitamins, and dietary supplements — as well as any medication reactions you’ve had in the past and any pre-existing conditions.

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Cover story Buffet Goes Gourmet at POC By Stacey Bomser


ourmet buffet. If that sounds like an oxymoron to you, then you have obviously never been to POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi in Coral Gables. This restaurant is redefining the buffet concept of dining. A “sister” to the popular Weston sushi buffet, the POC in Coral Gables truly takes its unique concept to the next level. Here, in addition to the legendary sushi buffet, diners can select from over 100 gourmet items perfectly prepared by its master chefs. The culinary talent at POC is unheard of for a buffet restaurant. Owner Will Lin has partnered with two of the industry’s most talented chefs. “Johnny HK, who built his experience and reputation in the kitchens of some of New York’s most renowned restaurants, now blends Eastern and Western techniques in his unique and spectacular recipes,” notes Will. “And Kevin Z wows sushi lovers with his artistic and delicious creations inspired by his years at the famed Nobu and Sushi Samba.” To be able to eat food of this caliber for this price is simply unheard of. Diners can enjoy all-you-can-eat fresh sushi, raw bar, grilled steaks, gourmet entrees and delicious desserts for about $20; less at lunch. That’s why POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi is earning rave reviews. “We are consistently one of the Top Ten restaurants in Miami according to We’re up there with Joe’s Stone Crabs!” boasts Will. But seeing is believing. You need to experience POC yourself to truly appreciate this one-of-a-kind dining experience. The endless buffet features something for everyone and then some. “People tell me that they have come here three days in a row and they still haven’t tried everything,” shares Will. “I love to hear that because that keeps bringing them back.” Even with a hearty appetite it’s impossible to sample everything on the menu. That’s because POC is constantly rotating what it serves, for freshness and variety. The appetizer selection includes Beef Carpaccio, Seafood Ceviche, Japanese tempura, Black Angus Sliders, and POC’s King Crab Cakes made with real Alaskan King Crabmeat. There are about 15-20 items on the salad bar including a selection of prepared salads. Choices include Seaweed Salad, Caprese Salad with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, and Thai Shrimp Salad with juicy mango pieces. POC also offers a selection of homemade soups. Lobster Bisque and Miso are served every day, plus there is always a soup du jour. The sushi bar features over 30 selections of sushi (sashimi is served at dinner only) and skillfully prepared rolls each day. The POC House Roll features eel, avocado and tuna on the inside and tuna, salmon, whitefish and avocado on the outside. Chef Kevin Z really showed his ingenuity when he created the Coral Gables Roll featuring teriyaki beef with onions, cucumber and avocado, sprinkled with poppy seeds. Unique to POC in Coral Gables is a Grill and Carving Station. Here diners can sample different cuts of meat, including New York Strip, Churrasco Steak, Smoked Pork


Tenderloin, Juicy Prime Rib, and Grilled Chicken. There is also a selection of Yakitori (Japanese-style kabobs) and grilled seasonal vegetables. In the evening diners can indulge in Surf & Turf with a visit to the Raw Bar. It features Alaskan Snow Crab, Dungeness Crab, peel and eat shrimp, fresh oysters and clams, mussels, and spicy crawfish. POC’s entrée selection showcases its American Fusion menu. The hot buffet offers 25-30 selections including American favorites such as chicken wings and baby back ribs, as well as fish, pasta, and Asian specialties including POC’s famed Grand Marnier Shrimp. It has been Will’s lifelong dream to open a restaurant featuring a fusion menu. “My father was a sailor and when I was a child I traveled around the world with him. I always loved tasting different foods as we visited different ports of call,” shares Will. “That was my inspiration to open POC, which stands for Ports of Call.” Today, diners can sample foods from around the world at POC in Coral Gables. Because of the region’s large Latin population, the menu features favorite Latin dishes including Argentinean-style steaks, Colombian fried pork skins, Cuban Pork Osso Buco, fried plantains and Tres Leches; there is even a Cuban sushi roll. The international influences are most evident on the dessert bar, which features Panna Cotta, Tiramisu and Canoli from Italy, Crème Brulee and Chocolate Mousse from France, delicious Thai Doughnuts, along with assorted other homemade treats. Ice cream is another option, with eight flavors daily including one sugar free. The menu is not the only thing that differs between this restaurant and its “sister” in Weston. The Coral Gables location offers a buffet brunch. In addition to sushi and other entrees, it offers breakfast fare including made-to-order omelets, pancakes, breakfast pastries, and much more. It also serves $7 bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Another difference between the two restaurants is this one features a full bar. Guests can enjoy a selection of fine libations including the signature POC Mojito which features Tiku liquor, a premium Asian spirit. POC offers a Happy Hour with live music Monday through Friday from 5 to 8pm, along with two-for-one drinks. Nestled in the heart of Coral Gables, POC is the perfect spot to unwind after work, grab a bite with the family or start off your evening before a night on the town. This popular restaurant has a steady stream of diners from early until late. POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi is worth the drive to Coral Gables. It is located at 2121 Ponce De Leon Boulevard in the Bank Atlantic Building. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with a buffet brunch on weekends and holidays. The lunch buffet is $11.95 Monday through Friday. The dinner buffet is $18.95 Monday through Thursday and $20.95 Friday through Sunday. The buffet brunch is $14.95. Special children’s pricing is available. For more information call (305) 529-0882 or visit

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community news Miramar Residents Keep Moseley and Elect Newcomer Messam By Debby Teich


ast month, Miramar residents voted to let Lori Moseley keep her seat as Miramar Mayor for another four years and elected newcomer Wayne Messam for Miramar City Commission Seat 4. With nearyly 59 percent of the vote, Moseley won against businessman and former City Commisioner John Moore. She won by more than 500 votes which is almost 1 1/2 times the number of votes that Moore received. Moseley has been involved with the City of Miramar since 1995, when she was elected into the City Commission. Four years later she was elected Mayor and then reelected in 2003 and 2007. “Mayor Moseley has been doing a great job,” said Frank Brown, who has lived in Miramar for 12 years. “I am glad that she will serve another four years.” Political newcomer Wayne Messam won a close race for Miramar Commission Seat 4, winning by only 31 votes against newcomer Yvette Holt. John J. Murphy Jr. and Joe Romero also ran. Messam moved to Miramar ten years ago. He felt that its cultural diversity and sense of community would make it a great place to raise his own family. Wayne and his wife of 13 years, Angela, have three children - Wayne II, 13, and twin daughters Kayla and Kyla, 11, all of whom attend public schools in Miramar. “I look forward to the opportunity to make Miramar the best place in America to live, work, visit and play,” said Messam. The Mayor and the City Commissioners are elected at-large, with the City Commission designated by seat numbers. Both the Mayor and the City Commission are elected for four-year terms. For information, visit

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tudents from the Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School Central Campus recently traded their science text books for an educational adventure filled with hands-on learning. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade advanced science and language arts students travelled to Jonathan Dickinson State Park to study the endangered plants of the Florida Scrub ecosystem and the changing water conditions of the Loxahatchee River. “The students had an opportunity to see and touch things that they are learning about in their text books,” said 7th grade science teacher Piper Spencer. “It is wonderful to see them get Students from the PPCMS Central Campus stopped on the river Students examine a rescued turtle at the Marinelife Center on Juno Beach. so excited about science.” to measure salinity with a guide from the State Park. Armed with compasses and journals to record data, the students hiked along the park trails and identified six different forms of plant Several of the students have already expressed an interest in becoming a veterinardrought adaptations. Next, they got a quick lesson on how to operate a canoe and set ian or marine biologist. Spencer is hoping that trips like these will encourage more out on the Loxahatchee River, where they spotted many different species of wildlife, students to explore a possible career in science. Last year, she took them snorkeling in including an alligator. The students measured and recorded the water’s temperature, John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo. “These trips allow the students to become salinity, pH and turbidity to determine the effects of salt water intrusion on the River. scientists for the day,” said Spencer. “They can actually experience what it is like to be The students also visited Blowing Rocks Preserve where they observed the unusual a scientist instead of just reading about it.” geological formation created by weathering effects of the surf on the limestone formations. Before returning home, they stopped at the sea turtle hospital at the Marinelife For information on the PPCMS Central Campus, call 954-322-3300 or visit www. Center on Juno Beach to explore the career of veterinary science.

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lose to 75 percent of American women have uterine fibroids, according to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. And nearly one-third of those women experience the severe and debilitating symptoms. Unfortunately, many women don’t know that they have fibroids and accept painful symptoms as a normal part of life. Cleveland Clinic interventional radiologist, Rodolfo J. Blandon, MD, answers some important questions about uterine fibroids and discusses innovative treatments. Q: What are fibroids and whom do they affect? A: Fibroids are benign growths in the uterus. They range from a few millimeters to many centimeters in size. African-American women and those with a family history are more likely to develop fibroids. Q: What are the symptoms of fibroids? A: Fibroids generally occur without symptoms. In most cases, they are discovered in routine pelvic exams. When symptoms are present, they may include: ▸▸ Heavy, prolonged monthly periods, sometimes with clots ▸▸ Anemia and fatigue ▸▸ Pain or pressure in the pelvis ▸▸ Painful intercourse ▸▸ Frequent urge to urinate ▸▸ Constipation or bloating ▸▸ Enlarged stomach area Q: What are the treatment options? A: Medical treatments include birth control pills and hormone treatments. Medications can cause menopause-like side effects and are prescribed to alleviate symptoms. Surgical options include hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, and myomectomy, the removal of just the fibroids. While these options are generally effective, they require general anesthesia and a longer recovery period. Surgeries also carry risk of complications. A new option is uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive procedure that preserves the uterus and greatly reduces recovery times compared to traditional surgical procedures. Q: What is UFE and how is it performed? A: UFE is a minimally invasive procedure that blocks the blood supply to fibroids. The procedure requires only a small nick in the skin and lasts less than an hour. An interventional radiologist inserts a catheter (thin tube) into an artery in the groin and then uses X-ray imaging to guide the catheter to the uterine artery. Tiny round particles are injected into the arteries that supply the fibroids. They block blood flow, which decreases bleeding and causes the fibroids to shrink. The particles remain permanently at the fibroid site. The process is repeated in your other uterine artery for complete blockage of blood to the fibroids. UFE is clinically proven to reduce the major symptoms of fibroids, including pain, excessive and prolonged bleeding, and frequent urination. If you are experiencing symptoms related to uterine fibroids, your doctor can investigate further with imaging studies, such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cleveland Clinic utilizes the most advanced technology available in the diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids. To schedule an appointment with a Cleveland Clinic physician specializing in uterine fibroids, call 1-800-639-DOCTOR.

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he Memorial Cancer Institute Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, under the direction of Dr. Lyle Feinstein, is the only BMT program in Broward County. Since November 2007, the Memorial BMT Program, located at Memorial Hospital West has performed nearly 50 outpatient autologous BMTs on patients with multiple myeloma and relapsed lymphoma. On February 18, 2011, Memorial Healthcare System received approval from the State of Florida for a certificate of need to begin inpatient autologous and allogeneic BMT at Memorial Hospital West. “The Leukemia Lymphoma and BMT Program will greatly expand treatment options for patients with hematological malignancies in South Florida,” said Dr. Daren Grosman, Director of the Memorial Cancer Institute Leukemia and Lymphoma Program. “Patients will no longer have to travel long distances to receive world-class tertiary care.” To this end, Memorial Hospital West is building a 40 bed leading edge hospital floor to accommodate patients with aggressive leukemias and lymphomas and those undergoing autologous and allogeneic BMT. The new unit is scheduled to open before the end of 2011. Autologous BMT involves the collection of a patient’s own blood progenitor cells prior to the administration of high dose chemotherapy. High dose chemotherapy is given to eradicate a blood cancer, and, in the process, the blood producing bone marrow is also eradicated. The previously collected blood progenitor cells are then reinfused to “rescue” the patient. The blood progenitor cells migrate into the bones were they create normal blood-producing bone marrow. Autologous BMT is mainly utilized for the treatment of lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Allogeneic BMT involves the infusion of blood producing cells into a patient from a well matched sibling or unrelated donor. The infusion of these blood progenitor cells gives rise to a competent immune system which is able to eradicate the patient’s malignancy. Allogenic BMT is utilized in the treatment many hematological cancers and non-malignant blood disorders. “I anticipate that we will be able to perform allogeneic BMT at Memorial Hospital West within the next 12 to 18 months,” said Dr. Feinstein. As part of a comprehensive BMT Program, Memorial established the only extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP) unit in Broward County to treat severe graft-versus-host disease, a long term complication of allogeneic BMT. Allogeneic BMT recipients have traveled from all over South Florida to receive outpatient ECP at Memorial Cancer Institute. Lastly, the Umbilical Cord Blood Project, under the direction of Dr. Feinstein and Mary Roberts, EdD, ARNP, Director of Nursing for the Family Birthplace at Memorial Hospital West, was launched on November 1, 2010. For many patients with malignancies of the blood and/or lymph nodes, an allogeneic BMT is the only potentially curative option. Life-saving blood progenitor cells can be obtained not only from the bone marrow, but the peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood (UCB) as well. Unfortunately, siblings have only a 25% chance of matching, and the majority of patients who could benefit from allogeneic HCT do not have a matched sibling. Furthermore, greater than 10,000 patients per year in the United States are unable to find a suitable donor. Minorities are vastly under-represented in national and international registries. Approximately, 10,000 deliveries occur annually in Memorial Healthcare System. Fewer than 20% of these deliveries involve the private collection and storage of UCB. Until recently, the majority of these potentially life-saving cord units were discarded. Memorial now offers expectant mothers the option of donating Umbilical Cord Blood at no cost. Umbilical Cord Blood is collected at the time of delivery and processed. Suitable units are stored at Duke University where they are available eligible transplant patients worldwide. Umbilical Cord Blood donation is available at Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, and will soon be available at Memorial Hospital Miramar.

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estled next to a gym and specialty grocery store in a Cooper City strip mall sits a treasure trove of rare finds in South Florida. The Cooper City Antique Mall has been in business for close to 20 years, and is recognized as one of the finest and oldest antique malls in Broward County. Owner Claudia Cayne says customers will find a unique array of antiques, to fit any taste or budget.”We are a true antique mall. We cover every aspect of antiques and aren’t limited to just a few things,” said Cayne of Southwest Ranches, who joined founder Dodie Cayne in November of 2010. Located at 9800 Griffin Road, the Cooper City Antique mall is spread out over 10,000 square feet and features the merchandise of close to 50 independent dealers, who offer all types of antiques from all periods. They carry fine quality antiques including furniture  and decorative accessories that date back as far as the 18th century. Customers will also find jewelry, glassware, china & porcelain, collectibles, textiles, paintings & prints, lamps & chandeliers, architectural, iron & garden accessories. To ensure authenticity, the vast majority of their inventory are actual antiques (100 years or more) or vintiques which is at least 30 years or more. The store is displayed with in eye catching visual displays that transport you in both time and place. “I think from the moment our customers walk past the glass doors their whole mood changes,” said Cayne. According to Cayne, antiques are the original form of “green” and serve in direct contrast to many of the products created in today’s disposable society.

The original form of "green"; a bench made of wood recycled from an old barn and industrial parts. Cayne calls them "mantiques" or "industrial chic".

While the mall features items more than 200 years old, Cayne says many people today simply don’t think to save things. Several of their dealers specialize in art, that uses Repurposed Antiques.   Browse through the antique mall, and you’ll catch a glimpse of an old headboard that’s been converted into the back of vanity, or a mirror that now serves as a glass tabletop. To show how repurposed antiques can make


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Chic” uses wood from old barns and old industrial parts. Designers will repurpose materials into functional furniture pieces. It is the ultimate form of recycling, said Cayne. “Rather than sending item to a dump, they are repurposed and made into functional beautiful furniture,” she said. Each one of their staff offers an amazing wealth of knowledge of antiques gained throughout their years of working at antique shows, antique stores, or being avid collectors themselves. It is that experience and good name in the community that customers turn to when they need help dealing with the estates of a loved one. “It can be a very overwhelming time,” said Cayne. Under their guidance, they help families by either running estate sales or by purchasing their items to sell in their store. What oftentimes family members consider junk is turned into money as many artists use antique papers and household items as ephemera for artworks. As a service to customers who have large estates, they offer this service to help them with all their items, not only antiques. Additionally, they also offer a consignment program for antiques and high end collectibles. The piece will be displayed for sale in their showroom. The Cooper City Antique Mall advertises extensively to bring in buyers, and their friendly staff is on hand to assist customers as they shop in our store. They may also list selected consigned items in their online catalog to further increase the chance of sales. Cayne said consignment is a great way to sell unwanted antique items. The Cooper City Antique Mall is the ideal place to go for customers who need a special gift for themselves or that hard-to-shop for friend. Whether designing an entire space or looking for just one special piece, Cayne says customers will find it at the Cooper City Antique Mall. They welcome Interior Designers, new dealers and offer design service either in store, or in a home. They are also considering opening their store to local children, to give them a look back in time through the unique antiques they have. “It is a real history lesson,” Cayne said.

an immediate impact, the Cooper City Antique Mall turned to decorator Kevin Alden Reed who created a small room using only a combination of antiques found in the store. The result was a designer kitchen that features a carved breakfront, double oven, stove top purchased from a deconstruction project, a table, high chair and what Cayne called a “mantique” or “industrial chic” bench. “Mantiques” or “Industrial

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t is a Mediterranean tradition for family and friends to get together to share small dishes called ‘Mazzas’ before they indulge in their entrees. At Mazza in Pembroke Pines, guests can experience this tradition and enjoy great food without leaving the neighborhood. The family-friendly is conveniently located at 15749 Pines Blvd., just west of I-75. Faris Bushnaq opened Mazza in 2007 to share his passion for food and dining with others. The restaurant has a warm, relaxing atmosphere and the food is bursting with flavor. The Greek and Lebanese dishes are cooked in olive oil and contain fresh vegetables, an array of exotic spices, meats that are marinated overnight in Mediterranean juices and other high quality ingredients. Many of the recipes have been passed down through the generations. “We want our guests to leave the restaurant feeling happy, satisfied and with smiles on their faces,” said Faris. And they do. Mazza has developed a very loyal clientele. Some of its guests come to try Mediterranean food for the first time and others are connoisseurs. Once they experience the restaurant’s quality food and fun atmosphere, they are eager to return. Guests are not the only ones who praise the restaurant. Mazza is Zagat Rated and has received rave reviews from online critics. It recently won’s 2011 Diner’s Choice Awards in three categories: Ft. Lauderdale Neighborhood Gem, Ft. Lauderdale Good for Groups and one of Southeast Florida’s Top Mediterranean Restaurants. Most guests start by ordering an assortment of traditional appetizers to share. This is also a great way to sample the menu. Some of the most popular are the Drunken Halloumi (Cypriot Halloumi cheese that is lightly sautéed in ouzo and olive oil and served with tomatoes in a special Toom garlic sauce); Grilled Octopus (marinated in Mediterranean spices and drizzled with olive oil, garlic and fresh lemon juice) and of course the Hummus (a blend of chick peas, Tahini

sesame paste, fresh lemon juice and garlic), which Mazza may soon begin selling in stores. Mazza also offers 10 different salads. Most are intended as appetizers and include favorites like Tabouleh (chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes and fresh mint tossed in extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon and pomegranate molasses vinaigrette) and Shaved Pear (field greens, shaved pear, candied walnuts and warm goat cheese tossed in a Poppy Seed dressing). The restaurant offers a large selection of entrees that include traditional Mediterranean dishes, as well as Petit Filet Mignon, Cowboy Steak, Grilled Salmon, Whole Fish, Grilled Chicken, Pasta and more. Many order one of the Signature Kabobs made with seven different types of meats, seafood and vegetable or something from the Rotisserie


(Lamb Gyro, Chicken or Steak Shawarma). Other traditional favorites include the Lamb Chops (perfectly marinated overnight in Mazza’s aromatic seven spice marinade), Grilled Skirt Steak (top grade outside skirt steak marinated in citrus juices and grilled on an open flame) and the Med Burger (handcrafted patty perfectly seasoned, stuffed with goat cheese and topped with roasted tomato and lettuce). Kids can chose from a large selection of items that range in price from $4.95 to $5.95 and include two sides. The serving sizes are generous and many leave with leftovers to enjoy at home. Most, however, still manage to find room for desserts like Ashta (Greek phyllo pastry stuffed with a creamy filling, then topped with orange blossom syrup, rose water and topped with pistachios), Baklava (a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of Greek phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey) and the Pistachio Ice Cream (served in a toasted almond basket with stuffed dessert dates). Most guests like to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with their meal. The restaurant offers wine by the glass or bottle and sells bottles of wine for only $10, Sun. to Thurs. It also sells a wide variety of beer, including some from Lebanon and Greece. On Fri. and Sat. nights, from 8 to 9 p.m., guests can get a taste of Mediterranean culture as they watch a traditional belly dancing show complete with fire eating. The free show is a treat for all ages. Many of Mazza’s guests want to experience the restaurant’s cuisine at the office or at an event. Mazza offers a Corporate Catering Menu with a variety of options for $12 per person, including Chicken Kabob, Greek Salad and Dessert. The catering menu is very popular with medical offices in the area that recognize that Mediterranean cuisine is considered among the healthiest in the world, since it incorporates olive oil, nuts and seafood. Mazza also has a Party Platter Menu for birthdays, weddings and other special events. It contains all of the items from the regular menu in sizes suitable for parties as small as 6 or as large as several hundred. Mazza offers full catering and can supply everything for the party, including the food, tables, belly dancers and more. Faris appreciates all of the support he gets from his guests and does his part to give back to the community. He participates in school fundraisers and has worked with the Red Cross, Transplant Foundation and many other charities. “We are so grateful to all of the people who dine in our restaurant and we feel it is our responsibility to give back.” Mazza is open Mon. to Thurs, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fri., from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sun., from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For information, call 954-436-9997 or visit

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community news Basketball Team Brings Home the Gold By Debby Teich


he Pembroke Pines Special Population Program 2011 Special Olympic Senior Basketball team brought home the gold during the February 4th and 5th games held in Cocoa Beach. Three athletes from the basketball team also received awards for Individual Skills. Robert Mingo and Ronnie Lane received gold and Casey Stewart received silver. The Special Olympic athletes will now start training for soccer. Pembroke Pines provides quality recreational and educational opportunities for individuals with special needs and individuals with varying intellectual and physical disabilities. More than 100 adults and children, ages 6 and older, participate in the programs which include softball, soccer, swimming, wheelchair basketball and tennis, specialty camps, special events, field trips and more. Participants are not required to be residents of Pembroke Pines. Since many cities do not offer something similar, they come from all over Broward and Dade County. “We have a great program and encourage individuals of all ages to join us for skill building, social opportunities, and fun,” said Mary Wilson Palacios, Special Population Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines.

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The City of Pembroke Pines Special Population Basketball Team enjoyed great success at the 2011 State Special Olympics Competition. Front: Rashid Shotande, Alejandro Archbold, Shawn MacLean, Nicholas Villanueva, Paloma Garcia, Mary Wilson Palacios, City of Pembroke Pines Special Population Coordinator. Back: Jacob Palacios, Vincent Versaci, and Justin Rencher.

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ART FESTIVAL Blue skies greeted 100 artists and over 15,000 art seekers during the two day 13th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Art Festival in the Pines, a Fine Arts and Fine Craft Juried Art Show held at the Pembroke Pines City Center. Top Left: Gail Miller won Best of Show - Plants. Top Right: Members of the Gold Coast Wood Turners show their one-of-a-kind creations. Bottom Left: Best of Show - Watercolors David Wong with Arts Board Chairperson Rose Colombo, Maritza Rodriquez, and Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines Robyn Vegas.


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SCHOLARSHIP AWARD Two players from the Archbishop McCarthy Varsity Lady Mavericks team were given the Kevin Garcia Memorial Scholarship Award for their leadership and academic success. Natalie DeVarona of Pembroke Pines and Olivia Richards of Sunrise each received $500 to use at their college. Olivia will be attending Florida State University and Natalie is still undecided, with acceptances at the University of Florida, Georgia Tech in Atlanta and Cornell University. 4/4/11 9:27 AM

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