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t’s hard to believe, but the tropical South Florida heat is with us again. The sun is burning down and the air conditioners are humming at full blast. While we are trying to decide between pool or beach, our kids are already looking forward to their summer break, and we are hurriedly making last minute arrangements for summer camps and family vacations.

In the midst of all this, Spring is passing us by and Mother’s Day has “sneaked up” on us. Let’s take a little pause and honor our mothers (and our wives) for they are always working hard to care for us, look after us, and pamper us. Let’s pamper them for a change!

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Caribbean Dreams Exhibit – The City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery presents Caribbean Dreams through June 20. 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. For information on Glass Gallery events, call 954-986-5027 or visit



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22nd Jazz Concert – Enjoy a relaxing evening of jazz, from 5 to 7 p.m., at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Rd. Admission is free. Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring a comfortable chair or blanket.


13th Studio 18 Salon – Studio 18 in the Pines’ latest exhibition, “Drawn from Experience: Personal, Cultural, Natural, Emotional, and Illusionary,” has been attracting visitors from all over South Florida. The eclectic exhibit showcases the work of several resident artists. During the Studio Salon, from 7 to 9 p.m., the public can enjoy a wine tasting and meet the painters, sculptors and illustrators who have addressed commonly felt themes such as loss and recovery, emotional discomfort, persistent cycles of change, and the illusion of beauty. The artists will speak about their work and answer any questions. The free show will remain on display until May 27. For information, visit

7th Life after High School Educational Fair – The City of Miramar presents its first Life after High School Educational Fair. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Miramar Multi-Service Complex, located at 6700 Miramar Parkway. The educational fair is designed to provide high school students and their families with the information and resources they need to make informed choices for their future. It is an opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges, universities, trade and technical schools, military representatives and financial aid organizations. For information, call 954-889-2701 or send an email to


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Memorial Day Ceremony – Join the City of Pembroke Pines in honoring all veterans. The free ceremony will be held at City Hall located at 10100 Pines Boulevard (Palm Avenue/Pines Boulevard) at 9 a.m. The ceremony features presentations of colors, speakers and a wreath placing. Light refreshments will be provided. For information Footy’s 12th Annual Wing Ding Golf Classic – visit Longtime South Florida radio legend “Footy”, brings us Footy’s 12th Annual Wing Ding Golf Classic to benefit Here’s Help, Inc. a substance abuse facility dedicated to successful treatment of substance disorders. The tournament will be held at the newly renovated Pembroke Pines Golf Teen Dance – Middle school students can dance the & Racquet Club, with an 11:30 a.m. registration and lunch, night away at the Walter C. Young Middle School Gym, and a 1 p.m. Shotgun start. Teams of four or individual located at 901 NW 129th Avenue. Event is from 6:30 to players are welcome, with a registration fee of $225 per 9:30 p.m. Entry fee is $3. Must attend middle school in player. The registration fee includes greens fees and cart, Pembroke Pines and show middle school ID at entrance. range balls during practice, lunch sponsored by El Pimiento For information, call 954-437-1134. and all tournament amenities and competitions, dinner, and gifts. For more information, visit


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community news Pembroke Pines Families Reach Out to the Homeless By Debby Teich

assembled, the families caravanned to aryn Gold and her son Josh, 12, the park. When they arrived, they were both of Pembroke Pines, have a new greeted by a man who asked if he could appreciation for giving. Last month they speak to the kids. He expressed his gratitude participated in an effort led by Cantor Debbi and reminded them that one person can Ballard that changed them forever. change the world. “These kids received so It all started when Ballard decided to donate much more than they gave,” said Ballard. some blankets and jackets during a recent cold “They truly learned how good it feels to snap. Instead of bringing them to the Salvation feed the hungry and make them smile.” Army, she delivered them to a group of homeless Karyn Gold was humbled by the experipeople living in a park near her home. “They ence. “Nothing can prepare you for the way were cold and I realized that I had the ability you will feel when you see people living on to help them stay warm that very night,” said a patch of grass,” said Gold. “We take so Ballard. Several weeks later, she had leftover much for granted. Our refrigerators and food from a party and she thought about the pantries are always full and these people homeless people who did not have enough to are not sure how they will get their next eat. She divided it into plastic bags and brought meal. It felt great to make a difference in it to the park. She handed a bag to a homeless their lives.” Michelle Feldman of Pembroke woman who began to cry. “We are so hungry,” Cantor Debbi Ballard with a group of kids who brought food to the homeless. Pines brought her eleven-year-old son she said. Ballard was extremely moved by both Mason. He is always concerned about experiences and needed to do more. She wanted others to know how good it felt to give. people who do not have enough to eat or a place to live and she wanted him to have the She contacted the families of the 62 kids enrolled in her private Hebrew school opportunity to do something for them. “The homeless were so thankful and Mason program and all were eager to get involved. Each of the families agreed to bring food was so happy to help,” said Feldman. “He wanted to do more.” Ballard returned to with the goal of filling 25 bags of food. They brought enough chips, fruit rolls, bottled the park with two more groups and is looking for other ways to teach the kids how water, juice, granola bars, fresh fruit and other items to fill 50. Once the bags were good it can feel to give.



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community news Miramar Commissioner Samuels Hosts “Day of Service”

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ast month, more than 160 people gathered at Miramar’s Fairway Park to make a difference. City of Miramar Commissioner Troy R. Samuels organized the “Joining Hands in a Day of Service 2011” project in an effort to foster the common core beliefs of service to others. Samuels initiated the project last year, when more than 130 people from nine different churches partnered with businesses and the City of Miramar to participate in a beautification project at Shirley Branca Park. The volunteers pulled weeds, planted flowers and shrubs, painted park fixtures, resodded a berm and spread mulch throughout the park. “The project was so well received that everyone wanted to do it again,” said Samuels. This year, Samuels personally visited all of Miramar’s places of worship to invite them to participate and 12 congregations agreed to help. Other volunteers included Miramar High School’s flag football and varsity tackle football teams, Miramar City Commissioner Wayne Messam and Broward County School Board Member Patricia Good. The diverse group of 6 to 70 year olds brought their gardening tools and gloves and came ready to work. They raked leaves, distributed mulch, planted shrubs and flowers, painted the hand ball court, picked up garbage, repaved the entryway and more. “The park looked beautiful when were done,” said Samuels. The City provided


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community news Julia Whalen Celebrates 100 years By Debby Teich


ulia Whalen has always loved a good party. Last month, the Pembroke Pines resident was the guest of honor at several of them as she celebrated her 100th birthday. By the time her birthday ended, she had enjoyed at least a half a dozen celebrations, but whose counting! Julia was born and raised in Chicago, where she taught dance to senior citizens at the City College of Chicago. She was married to Jesse Whalen for 45 years. Julia moved to South Florida in 2000 to be closer to her family. She has two daughters, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Julia started her celebration with an early morning birthday shout-out from Today Show’s Willard Scott. Later, she celebrated with her daughters Jewel Ecton of Pembroke Pines and Darlene Donaldson of Michigan, as well as Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis, who read a letter of congratulations to the birthday girl. Dozens of friends also gathered at the Easter Seals of South Florida site located at the Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Senior Center in Pembroke Pines to wish her a happy birthday. “Julia has been our client for 10 years,” said Teresa Meyer, Administrative Assistant for Easter Seals of South Florida. “We simply love her. She is the sweetest woman and her family is delightful.”   The celebration was not over yet. Jewel and Darlene planned a large party with friends and family who travelled from near and far to join in the festivities. Everyone had an opportunity to share their fondest memories during a tribute to Julia’s life. They also reminisced as they watched a slide show, looked through a scrap book and participated in a trivia contest with questions about Julia. Some of the guests even won prizes. “Mom enjoyed the kind of attention that comes along once in a lifetime,” said Jewel.

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community news 841st Battalion Prepares to Deploy By Debby Teich


very day, thousands of men and women risk their lives to defend our country’s freedom. Within the next few months, 175 members of the 841st engineer battalion will join them on the battle field. The battalion, comprised of active duty and army reserve soldiers, was recently alerted that it will soon deploy to Afghanistan. The soldiers have been participating in an intense training program to help them prepare. Many of them are young men and women who live in Pembroke Pines and Miramar.

LTC William S. “Clete” Schaper, Commander 841st EN BN, who lives in Pembroke Pines with his wife Lisa and two children – Wilson, 9 and Russ, 6 – will be deploying for the fourth time. “The most difficult part for many of the soldiers is leaving their families behind,” said LTC Schaper. “The families count on their neighbors and the community for support.” Battalian Medical Officer Ray Rakhar has been on several missions, but this is the first time he will be deployed to Afghanistan. He will leave his wife Erika, eighteen-month-old daughter Jayden and a newborn in Pembroke Pines. “I am proud to serve,” said Rakhar. “It is my duty and my passion.”




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community news Miramar Wins Emerald Award for Environmental Practices By Debby Teich

(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) he City of Miramar has developed a accredited professional staff members. Miramar 360-degree approach towards environmental has a 3,100 sq. ft. Micro-Urban-Farm program and stewardship. It has redesigned itself and a 4/10 work week at six facilities. It is also home to reformed policies to reduce its ecological footprint; the Green Champions, a group of city staff members aggressively sought sustainable opportunities and from all city departments who promote city-wide funding; and promoted environmental initiatives. sustainability. On April 12, the Broward County Commission preTo save energy, Miramar has solar lighting at all sented Miramar with the 2010 Emerald Award, which City bus shelters, geothermal heating for pools at recognizes businesses, government, individuals, or both aquatic complexes and Smart Building Energy organizations in Broward County that demonstrate Management Systems at selected City facilities for a commitment to protecting and preserving our heating and cooling. To address waste management, environment. Miramar received the award under the the City has instituted a paperless City Commission ‘Environmental Practice Category’ for its extensive Agenda and a recycling program at the 87,000 sq. ft. efforts in green practices, such as energy efficiency, City Hall Complex. To preserve air quality, the City waste management, water quality and conservation, started exclusively using E-10 fuel for all vehicles that air quality – emissions, waste management, outreach/ operate on unleaded fuels, reduced idling time of leadership, and sustainable sites. police department vehicles and switched to green The City’s top-down, bottom-up grassroots path County Commissioner Barbara Sharief presented Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley with cleaning products. And the list goes on. “Our initia2010 Emerald Award at the Broward County City Commission. She is accompanied towards sustainability has included leadership, vision the tives have made Miramar a better place to live,” said by the Miramar Green Champions. Front row (l to r): Tom Good, Public Works Director; and foresight. Miramar was Broward County’s first Barbara Sharief, Broward County Commissioner; Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley; Dalia Assistant City Manager Wazir Ishmael. “We will Memorial Hospital Miramar; Lori Hall, Senior Planner; Elsi Rose, Development and city to implement a Traditional Neighborhood District Inman, leave it in better condition than we found it for our Capital Management Coordinator; Iliana Saraiva, GIS Analyst. Back row (l to r): Michael (TND) Ordinance which encourages pedestrian Alpert, Senior Planner; Erica Bradley, Fire Rescue; Fred Kunz, Fire Rescue Chief. children and grandchildren.” activity and walkability and promotes mass transit. The City is also the first municipality in the County to have two in-house LEED For more information, visit



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s an attorney handling automobile accident claims in South Florida, I frequently counsel individuals to select an insurance policy that best fits their needs. Many times, consumers do not understand the importance of carrying Uninsured Motorist coverage in Florida. Do not confuse Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage with Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage. Drivers in this state are required to carry $10,000.00 in PIP insurance. PIP covers someone that is injured in an accident regardless of whether they are at fault for the crash. Florida law provides that PIP shall cover eighty percent (80%) of medical bills and sixty percent (60%) of lost wages when a person is injured in an accident. This coverage is paid out as the person receives treatment or submits proof of lost wages. However, when someone is injured in an accident, often the coverage provided by PIP is insufficient to fully compensate them for their damages. In Florida, drivers are not required to carry Bodily Injury (BI) coverage. Therefore, if the person that caused the accident did not purchase BI coverage, fled the scene of the crash or carried insufficient coverage, there will not be insurance available to compensate the injured person for their full measure of damages unless they purchased UM coverage. Recent reports indicate that 25-30% of drivers in Florida do not maintain BI coverage. This number is increasing because of the economic climate. Unfortunately, we have seen more and more clients that are the victims of a severe crash where the responsible party did not have BI coverage or their policy limits were insufficient to compensate them for their damages. This is when UM coverage becomes essential. Under Florida law, an insurance company must offer drivers the option to purchase as much UM coverage as liability coverage. Many professionals decide to purchase large amounts of liability coverage to protect themselves and their assets in the event they cause an accident. Unfortunately, these professionals do not understand the importance of also obtaining UM coverage to protect them in the event they are hit by someone with minimal or no bodily injury coverage. It also protects them if they are a victim of a hit-and-run accident. UM coverage can be used to pay for an individual’s medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering as well as future costs and expenses relating to their injuries. We always make it a point to review a client’s insurance policy and emphasize the importance of obtaining adequate UM coverage. It is critical to review your policy to ensure that you carry sufficient insurance to protect you and your family in the event you are injured in an automobile accident. 

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cover story Beat the Heat at Froggy’s Playhouse By Stacey Bomser


ain or shine, kids always have a good time at Froggy’s Playhouse. This enormous, air-conditioned, indoor play space caters to children of all ages, from tiny tots to ‘tweens. It’s the perfect place to keep your kids hopping and happy all summer long. Froggy’s Playhouse features four giant inflatables and kids can hop from one to another. Owner Erika Andrade says these are much more than just basic bounce houses. “Each fun-filled structure features multiple attractions such as slides, obstacle courses and basketball hoops.” As if that wasn’t enough, Froggy’s Playhouse also offers an arcade area. Children can play a variety of video games and arcade attractions, which operate on a token system. There is also an air hockey table. Tiny tadpoles have a special space at Froggy’s Playhouse. The toddler zone features a pint-sized inflatable, as well as a mini-slide, play kitchen, blackboard and plenty of toys. It’s all geared towards children under the age of three. While kids love all of the activities, parents love the party packages at Froggy’s Playhouse. “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!” states Erika, who as a mother of three knows first-hand how stressful planning a child’s birthday party can be. She also knows that it can be quite expensive to entertain guests. That’s why Froggy’s Playhouse offers several party packages – one for every budget, with prices starting at $200. “The best part is our prices are all-inclusive,” boast Erika. “All of our party packages include a private party room for two hours, personal party attendant, personalized invitations, themed decorations, plus food and drinks!” But that’s not even the best part. Every birthday child gets a special gift from Froggy’s Playhouse and a picture with Mr. Froggy. This lovable mascot will hop on over to make sure every guest is having a bouncing good time. Mr. Froggy loves company. Froggy’s Playhouse will now invite your child’s favorite character to join the party. Erika can arrange for anyone from Buzz Lightyear and Bob the Builder to Dora the Explorer and the Disney Princesses to make an appearance. Parties are even more fun with Froggy’s Playhouse’s new Bubble Time, where little hoppers become big poppers, jumping around trying to pop all the bubbles. “The bubble machine has been a popular addition to our party packages,” says Erika. Another reason kids love to party at Froggy’s Playhouse is because

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community news Pembroke Pines Police Raise Money for Special Olympics By Debby Teich

Lara Summers was at the restaurant with her embers of the Pembroke Pines five-year-old son Kyle. “He was so excited to Police Department gave a whole meet the police officers,” said Summers. “I new meaning to the words “prowas happy to donate money to such a worthtect and serve” when they volunteered their while cause.” time as celebrity waiters at a recent Tip-a-Cop For more than four decades, Special Olympics fundraiser. They teamed up with the Outback has brought one message to the world: people Steakhouse of Pembroke Pines as part of the with intellectual disabilities can and will succeed annual effort to raise money and awareness for if given the opportunity. “Even the smallest Special Olympics of Florida. expenditure of time and money can make a The event was coordinated by Pembroke Pines big difference in the lives of these athletes,” said Police Detective Drew Jacobs, who along with Rakofsky. “We offer a special thank you to the a group of Police Officers, Police Service Aides, Outback Steakhouse of Pembroke Pines and and Police Explorers greeted the patrons of the Pembroke Pines Police Department Officer Ryan Aguilera and Police Service Proprietor Sam Sanders for their continuing Outback and talked to them about the Florida Aide Virginia Pichirilo greet guests at the Tip-a-Cop event. support of this fundraiser.” Special Olympics Games. The volunteers also worked closely with the regular wait staff, The Tip-a-Cop event is part of the Pembroke Pines Police Department’s participation serving food and drinks. They even helped clean tables. “That night, Outback was arguin ongoing events to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. ably the safest restaurant in South Florida with the best service,” said Pembroke Pines Each year, over 5,000 officers from 300 Florida agencies carry the torch on a 1,500-mile Police Captain Dan Rakofsky. “The restaurant guests made very generous contributions relay through more than 60 counties in Florida prior to the Special Olympics Florida to Special Olympics.” The officers collected $1,300 in “tips” at the event which were State Summer Games. The relay started in March and will culminate at the Opening donated it to the Special Olympics to help support sports training and competition Ceremonies on May 13, when officers from around the state will join together to bring for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. the Flame of Hope into the stadium. The police officers also had a chance to talk to some of the kids in the restaurant. “The event is an opportunity for kids to see that police officers are nice and that they For information on Special Olympics Florida, visit For informashould not be afraid of us,” said Police Service Aide Cheryl Watters who helped serve. tion on Pembroke Pines Police Department programs, call 954-436-3200.



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community news Studio 18 Artists Explore Their Personal Experiences By Debby Teich


tudio 18 in the Pines’ latest exhibition, “Drawn from Experience: Personal, Cultural, Natural, Emotional, and Illusionary,” has been attracting visitors from all over South Florida. The eclectic exhibit showcases the work of several resident artists. The painters, sculptors and illustrators have addressed commonly felt themes such as loss and recovery, emotional discomfort, persistent cycles of change, and the illusion of beauty. The free Jill Slaughter show will remain on display until May 27. The public will have an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy a wine tasting during the Studio Salon, on May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. The artists will speak about their work and answer any questions. “The Studio Salon is a great way to learn more about what drives these artists to create,” said Robyn Vegas. Debra Kaszovitz’s multi paneled handmade paper wall reliefs capture aspects of disintegration and regeneration. Found objects suggest the past, but are manipulated using encaustic (wax) paint and paper casts to transcend time and traumatic physical events. Her work has been inspired by her role as care giver to a family member who suffered a medical crisis. Maria Wieder’s masterful painterly technique depicts objects in an isolated, unembellished style. Her literal approach to painting mundane objects invites any viewer to wonder what particular memory she delved into to create an object so perfect. A recent and serious car accident caused Madeleine Bellwoar to focus on both the intricacies of her formidable pen and ink drawings, as well as her life. Figures which hauntingly appear and/or recede into the background of Jill Slaughter’s new work serve as a metaphor for the way she imagines people want to be perceived. Stand in front of one

the expansive images of nature that William Bock paints and you will understand what William Bock caused him to paint the Madeleine Bellwoar particular tree, or canyon or animal. The work conveys the passage of great lengths of time and unfolds in seductive layers of soft colors. Studio 18 in the Pines is an 11,000 square foot facility dedicated to showcasing contemporary art and serving the community. The studio offers affordable space for emerging and mid career juried artists and currently has 15 artists who create their work on-site. It also offers a wide variety of classes for teens and adults, including Urban Pop Art, Traditional Oil Painting, Water Colors, Drawing and more. Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Dr. Regular gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. to Fri. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat. For information or a class schedule, visit; call 954-961-6067 or send an email to

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school news NASA Visits Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School them apply what they read so they can make a full connection. The students at our school love science and get excited about it.” This is not the first time that the school has arranged programs with NASA. The East Campus is the proud recipient of a heat tile from a retired space shuttle. Class photos were on the space shuttles launched in March and April and Dizengoff is trying to get a photo of the entire school included on the final space shuttle scheduled to launch this month. Students have submitted rocks to NASA as part of the Rock around the World program. “Our students and staff are inspired by all that NASA does,” said East Campus Principal Sean Chance. “The visit from NASA was a once in a lifetime experience for our gifted classes. This experience will profoundly affect our students and be remembered.” Dizengoff has already begun discussions for a representative of NASA’s robotics program to visit the school next year.

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Legally Speaking Have You Been a Victim of Predatory Lending Practices? By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


redatory lending is when a lender imposes abusive, unfair and sometimes illegal loan terms on borrowers, without regard for the borrowers’ ability to repay the loan. When two or more of the following factors are contained in a mortgage loan transaction, the subsequent forensic audit performed on that transaction usually reveals serious violations of federal and state lending laws.

Property Purchased or Refinanced Between 2003 and 2007.

This four year period marked the peak of the real estate boom in South Florida. Just about anyone, including foreign nationals without any past credit history, could obtain a “sub-prime” loan for all the value of the mortgaged property. The sub-prime mortgage market thrived during this time, allowing borrowers to encumber their properties well beyond their true market values.

Mortgage Loan Contains an Adjustable Rate or “ARM” Feature.

These types of loans are initially set at an artificially low interest rate for a brief period of time. They then switch to an adjustable rate for the remaining term of the loan, and the rate can increase as often as every six months. Even if the U.S. interest rate index remains unchanged, the monthly payments on these loans could increase by up to 50%. These loans have the highest delinquency rate of any other loan product.

Mortgage Loan Contains Negative Amortization.

Negative amortization occurs when the monthly mortgage payment is not sufficient to even cover the interest due, and therefore, the balance of the loan increases over time even though payments have been made. If you owe more today on your home loan, than when you originally purchased or refinanced, your loan is negatively amortized.

Mortgage Loan is Interest-Only or Pick-a-Payment.

Under these types of loans, the borrower is only required to pay the interest due on the loan or some other minimal payment that does not even cover the interest on the loan. After a few years, the required monthly payment is usually increased to cover the outstanding balance. Once the loan payment is increased, so does the likelihood the borrower will default, and eventually be subjected to foreclosure.

Mortgage Loan Approval Based Only on Stated Income.

Roughly half of all sub-prime borrowers from 2003-2007 were given “stated income” loans, in which they were qualified based on statements in the loan application as to their income. These statements of income were largely unverified, and often the “stated income” required for the loan to be approved was the exact amount included in the application by the mortgage broker.   If any of these factors apply to your current loan, you should at least have a professional forensic audit performed to find out whether you have any viable claims against your lender. If your claims are timely and properly raised, you may be entitled to reduce the amount you owe, or cancel your loan obligation altogether. A more detailed explanation of these factors, different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, and key foreclosure defense strategies are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home,” which is available in both Spanish and English. Contact the Arcia Law Firm to receive a FREE copy of this DVD (which retails for $39.95 plus S/H).   The Arcia Law Firm is privileged to defend dozens of homeowners in our community in foreclosure and bankruptcy cases. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm at 1-800-770-7102 to schedule a free consultation, or visit .


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ow does everyone heal? Where does healing come from? What is health? Am I really healthy? Health is one of the highest priorities for everyone and is worthy of contemplating these questions. No doctor, medical, chiropractor, orthopedic, neurologist etc… can heal you. Good doctors can help you heal. The source of all healing comes from inside you. The power that made the body heals the body. No healing occurs from the outside. When you were created the first and most important organ to develop was your brain. Your brain is an electric energy healing power source responsible for all healing. Your brain is the greatest most complex creation in the universe. Your amazing brain must orchestrate all functions of your entire body. How? Directly out of your brain comes the spinal cord and out of the spinal cord are 31 pairs of nerves branching off and literally control every single function of every cell, tissue, muscle and organ. Then all of cells, tissue, muscle and organs send information back to your brain thru your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is your life line between your brain (healing source) and your body. Your central nervous system (C.N.S.) is your master system that controls all other 8 systems, muscular, digestive, immune, circulatory, etc… The brain-spine-nerves central nervous system is protected by a skull and 24 movable spinal bones/vertebrae. In between each spinal bone, spinal nerves branch out to your body. When these spinal bones move out of place, they irritate and damage the spine, spinal nerves and discs. This is called subluxation. Subluxation is a serious and dangerous condition that literally blocks and disconnects your healing energy to whichever body parts that spinal nerve controls. When your cells, tissues and organs receive less healing energy from your brain over time, malfunction, disease and lastly pain occur. Subluxations are mostly silent because research proves you can only feel 6% of your entire body. Most subluxations cause havoc to your body, but you feel no pain.

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What You Need To Know About Stroke By Efrain Salgado, M.D.


troke is the third leading cause of death following heart disease and cancer. Every year, more than 795,000 Americans suffer from a new or recurrent stroke episode – that means that a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Americans will pay close to $70 billion in stroke-related medical costs in this year alone.

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Q: What is a stroke? A: A stroke or “brain attack” is damage to the brain when blood supply to part of the brain is reduced or completely stopped. Brain cells deprived of blood die and can no longer function because they stop getting oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

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Wednesday, May 25 Peripheral Arterial Disease PAD, or Peripheral Arterial Disease, is when the arteries in the legs, or any other part of the body that carries blood out side of the heart, become narrowed or clogged with fatty deposits, or plaque. PAD is a serious condition that can more than double your risk for heart attack or stroke, but often it can be successfully treated by quitting tobacco, exercising and eating a healthy diet. For more questions regarding PAD, join our live on-line chat with one of Cleveland Clinic’s vascular medicine specialists. Speaker:

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Tuesday, May 31 Stroke

Q: What are signs or symptoms of a stroke? A: Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or legs; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and sudden, severe headaches with no known cause. Q: What you can do to prevent a stroke? A: A healthier lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing the chance of disability and death from stroke: stop or don’t smoke; exercise regularly; control high blood pressure; maintain ideal body weight; limit alcohol intake; control cholesterol; improve eating habits; take medication as directed; control diabetes and get regular check-ups. Q: What stroke treatments are available at the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Center? A: Physical and neurological exams are performed immediately to determine brain damage and the cause of stroke. The physician may also get a CT Scan of the head to further investigate the type of stroke. If a blood clot is the cause of stroke, as it most often is, a clot busting medication called Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA) can be used for treatment, but must be administered within 4 ½ hours of the onset of symptoms. If you or someone with you has one or more of the above symptoms of stroke, don’t delay, call 9-1-1 immediately. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Salgado at the Cleveland Clinic Stroke Center, please call 1-800-639-DOCTOR, or visit www. for more information.

Cleveland Clinic Florida neurological physicians have expertise in diagnosing and treating stroke. Strokes can happen at any age. Nearly 25% of strokes occur in people under the age of 65 and is also a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. To learn more about the risk factors and preventative measures you can take, or what to do when a loved one has a stroke, log on and get your questions answered by a Cleveland Clinic stroke expert. Speaker:

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Tax Talk Tax Implications of Foreign Gifts By Jacqueline F. Rodriguez, CPA


ave you received gifts or bequests from a foreign person, foreign estate, or foreign entity? If you received more than $100,000 in money or other property as gifts or bequests from a foreign person or foreign estate, you are required to report it by your income tax return due date or extension date. A penalty generally applies if it is not reported on time or if the information is incomplete or incorrect. Penalties may accrue for each month that gifts fail to be reported at a rate of 5% of the amount of the foreign gift (not to exceed a total of 25% of the amount of the foreign gift). However, no penalty will apply if a U.S. person shows that the failure to comply with reporting was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. To calculate this threshold amount of $100,000 you aggregate all gifts from related foreign persons. For example, if you received a $75,000 gift from a foreign company and a $25,000 gift from a foreign person, and you know that the foreign person owns 100% of the foreign company, then you received the aggregate gift of $100,000 from the foreign person for the calendar year. In addition to this threshold amount, U.S. persons are also required to report lesser amounts, such as the receipt of $14,165 or more from foreign corporations or foreign partnerships (including a foreign person related to the corporation or partnership). At the time of review, however, the IRS may reclassify a gift received from a foreign corporation or partnership as gross income. Now, as defined in the IRS Pub.519 (U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens), a U.S. person refers to a Citizen or Resident of the United States, a domestic partnership, a domestic corporation and any domestic trust. A related person is defined to include, but is not

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limited to: your brothers and sisters, half-brothers and half-sisters, spouse, ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc.), lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc.), and a corporation in which you, directly or indirectly, own more than 50% in value of the outstanding stock. Finally, foreign persons include non-resident aliens, a corporation created in a foreign country, a partnership created in a foreign country, and a foreign estate (IRC section 7701 (a)). Amounts exempt from this rule are qualified tuitions or medical bills paid on behalf of a U.S. person. Moreover, reporting gifts acquired over a calendar year by a U.S. person would require filing Form 3520 separately from your tax return. The receipt of these gifts requires you to disclose the date of the gift or bequest, description of property received, and Fair Market Value (FMV) of property received. Gifts received from foreign corporations or partnerships require you to disclose date of gift, name of foreign donor, address of foreign donor, description of property received and FMV of property received. Close examination of such transactions and appropriately reporting them to the IRS will save you time and costly penalties in the future. Jacqueline Rodriguez, CPA, holds a Masters Degree in Science of Taxation and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Weston Chapter. She has more than 10 years of experience and specializes in tax compliance for J-1, F-1, H-2B, and E-2 visa holders and treaty based returns for Venezuela, Spain, Canada, Belgium and the UK. Her office is located at 2625 Weston Road, second floor. Call (954) 389-0729 to schedule a free consultation. For more information visit



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any parents wait until a problem occurs before they bring their children to the dentist for the first time. Prevention is the most important step in helping your child develop a healthy smile. I always encourage parents to bring their children at an early age to identify potential risks, take measures to prevent dental problems, and make sure that their first encounter is a positive one. It is also a great time to learn answers to important questions about oral habits and diet. Here are some of the most common questions parents ask when they bring their children for their first visit to the dentist. When should my child’s first visit to the dentist be? First birthday or first tooth, whichever comes first. The first tooth usually erupts between 6 and 12 months of age. Your first visit establishes a dental home for your child and is the first step in preventive care. Why so early? What problems could a baby have? A major concern is baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries (now known as Early Childhood Caries). What and when a child eats is a major factor in a whether a child gets cavities. Once a child starts eating anything besides breast milk, teeth present in the mouth can get cavities. How can tooth decay from using a bottle or nursing be prevented? At will feeding should be avoided once the first tooth starts to erupt. Falling asleep with a bottle containing anything except water will cause cavities. Juice should only be given during meals or at snack time. When does thumb sucking and using a pacifier become a problem? Most children stop by age 2. Thumb sucking is normal for infants. Any sucking habit beyond the age of 3 can cause bite problems and crooked teeth. A professional evaluation by your pediatric dentist is recommended. When should I start cleaning my baby’s teeth? Immediately start cleaning your baby’s teeth when they appear, twice per day. Rubbing your infant’s gums with a cloth and water or infant toothbrush and water is great. Children less than 2 years of age get a “smear” of toothpaste (with fluoride) and children 2-5 years of age get a “pea size” of toothpaste (with fluoride). Children do not have the ability to brush their own teeth effectively. What are some teething tips? From 6 months to 3 years of age your child may have sore gums when teeth erupt. Use a clean cold teething ring, cool spoon or cold wet wash cloth. Why are baby teeth important? Chewing is the first step in digesting food and very important to maintain good nutrition. Baby teeth are a major part of speech development. Most importantly, baby teeth save the space for the permanent teeth. Remember, a health smile helps a child feel good. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Thome, call 954-4334544; visit or send an email to More information can also be found by visiting the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists website at

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design their own Gourmet Pizza or chose from menu favorites like Pizza Alla Margherita (tomatoe sauce, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese), Shrimp Scampi (fresh shrimp sautéed with garlic, white wine, mozzarella and fresh tomatoes) and Vegetarian (fresh diced tomatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, roasted peppers, garlic and tomato sauce). Customers that prefer a Calzone or Stromboli can order the Ricotta Cheese Calzone (a blend of ricotta, mozzarella and pecorino Romano cheeses), Stuffed Calzone (stuffed with a blend of three cheeses and any three items) or the Stromboli (Italian sausage, pepperoni, green peppers, onions, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese).

Clam Sauce (white or red sauce) and Penne alla Vodka (sautéed prosciutto with fresh garlic, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil in a pink vodka sauce). Some prefer to order one of the many entrees served with Pasta, Homemade Garlic Rolls and your choice of Soup or Salad. A few of the most popular entrees are Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Florentina (chicken breast stuffed with a delicious blend of imported cheeses, spinach and herbs, sautéed with garlic and mixed vegetables in a white wine sauce), Vitello Alla Romano (veal julienne sautéed with fresh Portobello mushrooms and fresh tomatoes tossed with fresh cavatelli pasta in a marsala cream sauce), Gamberoni Alla Cipriani (sautéed veal scaloppini with fresh tomatoes, jumbo shrimp and fresh mushrooms in a Marsala cream sauce), Calamari fra Diavalo (tender calamari sautéed in a spicy marinara), Gamberoni Scampi (jumbo shrimp in a garlic white wine sauce) and Zappa di Pesce (jumbo shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels), as well as Steaks and Chops. No meal is complete without Tiramisu or a Cannoli, both made in-house. For lunch, Sal’s offers wraps, hot and cold sand-

was time to open his own restaurant. “We use only the finest ingredients for everything at Sal’s,” said Nuno. “All of food and sauces are made fresh for each customer and artistically presented. We are committed to excellence and do whatever we can to ensure that our customers enjoy a truly authentic Italian experience.” Most customers like to start with an appetizer like Fried Calamari or Fried Mozzarella (served with marinara sauce), Grilled Portobello Mushroom (marinated grilled Portobello julienne sautéed with shallots in balsamic demi-glaze with bruschetta mix and gorgonzola cheese), Mussels Marinara (sautéed mussels, garlic and white wine in a light marinara sauce) or one of the homemade soups (Pasta e Fagioli, Shrimp Bisque, Crab Chowder). Many come to Sal’s just for the Pizza, which is made in plain sight for everyone to see. The fresh dough, special tomato sauce, Grande Mozzarella cheese and toppings make it one of the best in South Florida. Customers can

There are several side and main plate salads including the California Chopped Grilled Chicken Salad (diced avocado, diced grilled chicken and diced fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red onions, mixed baby greens), Caribbean Grilled Chicken Salad (mixed baby greens, diced grilled chicken, fresh pineapple, diced avocado, diced fresh tomatoes, crispy bacon, toasted walnuts) and La Caprese Salad (fresh mozzarella cheese with fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, romaine lettuce, extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar) and many more. Sal’s offers a variety of Specialty Pastas that can be made with white or whole wheat pasta. Some of the favorites include Spinach Ravioli Alla Sal (sautéed fresh mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts and green peas with parmesan cheese in a light wine sauce), Cavatelli Contessa (sautéed chicken julienne with fresh mushrooms, green peas and fresh basil, light spicy marinara sauce, tossed fresh cavatelli pasta) Linguini with Fresh

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SILVER LAKES: 200 ACRE LAKE!!! Beautiful remodeled 4 bedroom,2 and a half bath home with a heated pool on a 200 acre lake!!! Brazillian wood floors,newer roof,gourmet kitchen with a butler bar has an ice machine and a wine cooler...outdoor kitchen for bar-b-qs overlooking magnificient sunsets! accordian hurricane shutters and hi-tech survelliance camera. Offered at $429.000

SUNSET LAKES: WOW!! If you need size,this is your house! 5 bedroom plus office, 3 and a half bathrooms, 3 car garage..Amazing Lake lot...pool...Master bedroom suite overlooks the lake, master bathroom features a whirlpool spa. Hurricane shutters, Circular paver driveway, Gated community features pool,tennis,basketball and fitness. Offered at: $749,000

COOPER CITY: Rock Creek!! 5 bedrooms,3 full bathrooms on a cul-de-sac huge lake lot with a pool! Stunning natural stone floors, Brand new kitchen with granite countertops,Completely renovated interior! AWESOME schools!! Offered at :$379,900.

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SEEN ON SCENE Senior Volunteers

Living Museum The history books came alive at Saint Bonaventure Catholic School during the Tenth Annual Living Museum of Explorers. Visitors who toured the Living Museum could press a “homemade” button to hear the explorer tell a detailed account of his/her life. Diego Bravo of Miramar was Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Arielle Lopez of Pembroke Pines was Neil Armstrong.

Jamie Krawczonek and Veronica Plazas put the finishing touches on gifts for the Italian Festival Senior Volunteer Luncheon. Last month, over fifty senior citizens who volunteered 50 hours of service or more were honored by members of the Pembroke Pines City Commission. They feasted on Italian fare during the luncheon.

Food Pantry Mayor Ortis challenged all Broward County elected officials to help fill the shelves of the Food Pantry of Broward. Photo (l to r): Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis, David Esposito, The Pantry of Broward Development Department, Food Pantry CEO Catherine “Penny” Loughan and Pembroke Pines Commissioner Jack McCluskey.

Children’s Harbor Students from the Sagemont School volunteered at Children’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines. They helped cook dinner for the house parents and assisted with some administrative tasks. Children’s Harbor provides residential services for foster children in a family-style setting, and community based services for the prevention and intervention of abuse and neglect.

Art Show Students submitted their work for Archbishop McCarthy High School’s 8th Annual Catholic School Fine Arts Extravaganza, Music and Art Festival. William Shine of Pembroke Pines poses with his panting Paddling in the Park. Laura Weiss of Miramar poses with her painting of an Enchanted Fairy.

History Fair Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School – West Campus 8th graders Shaun Enos and Amadeo Gonzalez represented their school at the Broward County History Fair Debate and Diplomacy: Successes, Failures, and Consequences. They won first place for their project The Atomic Bomb in the Junior Group Website category. The students will compete in the State of Florida History Fair this month.


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inker and Belle are half Pug and Cairn Terriers. The 11-monthold sisters were adopted from the Humane Society of Broward County when they were 3 months old. Belle loves playing tug-of-war with her squeaky raccoon toy and Tinker loves chasing her plastic white ball. Tinker and Belle love being with their adopted Mama as much as possible. Their favorite thing to do is snuggle on Mama’s lap together and taking long walks through Silver Lakes.

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legally speaking How Much Does It Cost? By Evan Baron, esq.


f I had to choose the question I am asked the most, it is, “How much is a divorce?” My friend who also practices family law responds by asking the individual, “How much is a car?” It may not seem to be a logical response, but in actuality he is making a valid point. You cannot explain how much a car costs anymore than you can explain how much a divorce costs. The price of a car is based upon the type of vehicle you are looking for. There are cars which may cost $18,000 and there are cars which can cost over $100,000. It obviously depends upon a number of factors which affect the price of a car. The explanation of the cost of a divorce is similar. There are a number of factors which affect the cost. Unlike a car, however, some of these factors may be beyond an individual’s control. The similarity is that just like each car can be a different price, so can each divorce.

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The cost of a divorce is divided into fees and costs. Costs represent funds that are paid to third parties other than the attorney handling the case. They are typically filing fees, costs of a process server, mediation fees, court reporter fees and expert fees such as accountants, psychologists and Guardian ad Litems. Of course, just like a car, not every case requires the above listed costs. Other than the $409 filing fee, the above mentioned costs are not required and are often not necessary. Once again, each case is different. Attorneys’ fees are based upon billable hours. Each time an attorney performs a task on a case the client is billed for the time necessary to complete the task. The amount that an attorney charges for his/her time is determined by the attorney. You can expect that the more experience an attorney has, the higher his/her hourly rate will be. Obviously, the more time that is spent on a case the greater the cost. As I previously stated, sometimes the costs are not necessarily within the control of either the client or the attorney. If the other spouse is perhaps being aggressive, then it will result in more time being spent to address this issue. As I previously stated, more time, more fees. Sometimes a judge’s busy schedule will result in the parties having to wait for a hearing or perhaps have to return another day to complete a hearing. My philosophy is to get a case resolved as quickly as possible. Of course it is also my responsibility to make sure that the client is protected and as such it may not be concluded as quickly as a client would like. Just like a car, every case is different. For information, visit or call 954-385-9160.

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Children & adults Sinus infections & Sinus surgery Sleep Apnea Ear infections Tonsils & Adenoids Nasal fractures

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