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n between bites of a delicious Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by family and friends, I hope you took the time to reflect on the many things you have to be thankful for this year; all the little blessings we enjoy every day.

In the true spirit of this season of giving, let us share our good fortunate with our loved ones, as well as those in need. There are families right here in our communities who need our assistance. Help make the season brighter for them by giving generously.

And consider giving your children a gift they will cherish for a lifetime; the gift of giving. The holidays are the perfect time to teach your children to be thankful for what they have and to help others. For that is truly what the holidays are about. Happy Holidays everyone.

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3rd Northern Winter Wonderland - The City of Miramar will kick off the holiday season with a Northern Winter Wonderland Celebration, at 5:30 p.m., at the Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place. Families can enjoy snow play, outdoor skating, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, inflatable rides, surprise guests and much more. They can also watch “Rudolph Unplugged!”, which will feature Broadway actor John Tracy Egan in an evening of comedic monologues and musical numbers that pay tribute to all the wonderful holiday special of the 60’s and 70’s. For information, visit www.ci.miramar.fl.us.

9th Something Sweet – Visit the “Something Sweet” exhibit at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive, in Pembroke Pines. See what artists find “sweet” as depicted in a variety of mediums, including 2D, 3D, Mixed media, Collage, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Digital art, Sculpture, Assemblage and more. The exhibit runs through Jan. 27. For information, visit www.ppines.com or send an email to rvegas@ppines.com.  

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Nutcracker – On Dec. 17 and 18, enjoy The Nutcracker, the enchanting Christmas ballet that has enthralled audiences of all ages for over a century. The magical production from Ballet Etudes Company features lavish sets and scenery, colorful costuming, exquisite lighting, superb choreography, and delightful theatrical effects. The Nutcracker will be held at the Miramar Cultural Center. For information, visit www.miramarculturalcenter.org.

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Letters to Santa - Santa has been busy answering letters from the kids on his route. Any child who has a special message for Santa or wants to submit a wish list should send a letter to 10100 Pines Blvd, Bldg B, 2nd Floor, Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33026, or drop it off at City Hall. Letters must be postmarked by December 14 to get a response. For information, visit www. ppines.com.

18th Children’s Harbor - Watch the Winterfest Boat Parade from a premier vantage point during the Children’s Harbor’s Annual Fundraiser. The fundraiser will be held at the Blue Moon Fish Company in Fort Lauderdale. For information, visit www. childrensharbor.org or call 954-252-3072.

Jazz Concert - Bring you chair(s) or blanket and enjoy the Sunday afternoon free Jazz Concert at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, from 3 to 5 p.m., at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road (N.W. 160th Avenue) in Pembroke Pines. There is no charge.

Miramar Green Market – Find fresh produce, plants and more at the Miramar Green Market, located at Miramar Square, on the SE Corner of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Rd. Market is every Sat., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, visit www. MiramarGreenMarket.com.

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Lighting Ceremony and Snowfest - The public is invited to the Lighting Ceremony and Snowfest at the City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard, in Pembroke Pines, from 2 to 6 p.m. Children can play in five tons of snow and participate in games and activities. There will also be musical entertainment and a special visit from Santa. Tickets are required for the snow area only and cost $4 for Pembroke Pines residents

Sundaes with Santa - The public is invited to indulge in Sundaes with Santa, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Focal Point Senior, 301 NW 103 Ave., in Pembroke Pines. The children will build sundaes with Santa as they watch a holiday show. Admission is $6 per person for Pembroke Pines residents and $8 per person for nonresidents. For information, visit www. ppines.com.

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On December 10, the public is invited to the Lighting Ceremony and Snowfest at the City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard, in Pembroke Pines, from 2 to 6 p.m. The children can play in five tons of snow and participate in games and activities. There will also be musical entertainment and a special visit from Santa. Tickets are required for the snow area only and cost $4 for Pembroke Pines residents and $6 for non-residents. Jennifer Tubman’s children wait all year to play in the snow. “It is the only time they see snow,” said Tubman. “They love putting on their hats and mittens for the event.” Santa has been busy answering letters from the kids on his route. Any child who has a special message for Santa or wants to submit a wish list should send a letter to 10100 Pines Blvd, Bldg B, 2nd Floor, Pembroke Pines, Fl. 33026, or drop it off at City Hall. Letters must be postmarked by December 14 to get a response. On December 17, the public is invited to indulge in Sundaes with Santa, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Focal Point Senior, 301 NW 103 Ave., in Pembroke Pines. The children will build sundaes with Santa as they watch a holiday show. Admission is $6 per person for Pembroke Pines residents and $8 per person for non-residents.

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he winter holiday season is upon us and there are many ways for area residents to celebrate with friends and family, as well as to help those in need. The City of Miramar will kick off the season with a Northern Winter Wonderland Celebration on December 3, at 5:30 p.m., at the Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place. Families can enjoy snow play, outdoor skating, Story Time with Mrs. Claus, inflatable rides, surprise guests and much more. They can also watch “Rudolph Unplugged!”, which will feature Broadway actor John Tracy Egan in an evening of comedic monologues and musical numbers that pay tribute to all the wonderful holiday special of the 60’s and 70’s. On December 7, students from the West Pines Preschool will load brand new toys onto a Pembroke Pines Fire Truck to be delivered to children in need. The holiday community service project is part of the annual City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation and Fire Department Holiday Basket program. “Preschool age children are very impressionable,” said Holly Leon, City of Pembroke Pines Recreation Supervisor and Preschool Director. “By providing young children the opportunity to actively participate in the old time lesson that it is better to give than to receive, we can instill a pattern of thinking and help them to become community minded young adults.”

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than the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables from your own garden,” said Lopez. “I look esidents of Pembroke Pines will soon have a new place to go for forward to sharing my passion with other Pembroke Pines residents.” fresh fruits and vegetables. On Oct. 20, the City held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new community garden, located on the grounds of City Hall. For information or to volunteer, visit www.ppines.com or contact Richard Devaux “It is a way for people who are interested in gardening to collaborate and promote a with the Parks and Recreation Department at 954-435-6520. healthier community,” said Guillermo Salazar, landscape director. The community garden grew out of an initiative developed by the United States Conference of Mayors and was then implemented in Pembroke Pines by Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “A lot of energy and donated resources went into creating the community garden,” said Mayor Ortis. The City of Pembroke Pines Landscape Department and the Landscape Committee worked together for more than six months developing a plan of action for the garden. As the three-quarter acre lot was prepped, rocks and weeds were removed, potting soil was brought in and leveled, raised plant beds were built, a sprinkler system was installed, and 525 yards of mulch was laid. The Landscape Advisory board is still in the process of developing by-laws and working out some of the operational details. Once they have been established, a committee of volunteers will run the garden. Volunteers will also be needed year round to plant, weed, prune and water. The community garden is expected to open in January.  Javier Lopez of Pembroke Pines plans to volunteer in the garden. He grows fruits and vegetables at home. “There is nothing better Community garden donors and Pembroke Pines elected officials pose with golden shovels after planting a peach tree.

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ver six hundred people attended the City of Pembroke Pines Veterans Memorial dedication and unveiling ceremony at City Center on November 11. During the ceremony, Pastor Peter gave a moving benediction, Boy Scout Troop 224 led the Pledge of Allegiance, 14-year-old Cameron Wheeler sang God Bless the USA, the Pembroke Pines Charter School West Campus band performed the Armed Forces Medley “Hymn to the Fallen” and the theme from Jag, and Robert Young performed “Taps”. Guest Speakers included C on g r e s s wom a n Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Major General Charles T. Cleveland US Army. “The City of Pembroke Pines is proud to be home to this Veterans Memorial, a beautiful tribute to the men and women who have and continue to serve in the

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he 14th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Police Athletic League (PAL) Pasta Dinner, held at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center in Pembroke Pines, delivered exactly what it promised – a delicious meal, great entertainment, terrific raffle prizes and celebrity servicers! It also raised $3,300 to help support the Pembroke Pines PAL’s year round programming and special events. Celebrity dignitaries helped serve the pasta, meatballs, garlic bread, salad, dessert, coffee and soft drinks. Some of the volunteers included PAL Board Member Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Vice Mayor Iris Siple, Commissioner Carl Shechter and Commissioner Jack McCluskey, as well as PAL Board Members Police Chief Dan Giustino, Assistant Chief Kenneth Hall and Captain Bryan Davis. Members of the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council # 11410 donated and prepared the delicious meal. Members of the Pembroke Pines PAL displayed their boxing and tae kwon do skills, including a very moving demonstration of synchronized moves to the National Anthem. Pembroke Pines PAL is a recreational and educational oriented juvenile crime prevention program which relies heavily on athletics and educational activities to create better relations between police officers and the youth in the community. It has held classes in leadership training, boxing, tae kwon do, basketball, computer learning. It also offers summer and spring camps. PAL is funded through donations, grants and fundraisers.

Celebrity dignitaries helped serve the food.

The Pembroke Pines PAL is located at 7900 Johnson St. in Pembroke Pines. To register for PAL, you must be a Pembroke Pines resident or attend a school located in Pembroke Pines. For information or to become a sponsor, call 954-986-5044. 

Members of the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council # 11410 donated and prepared the delicious meal.

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The dedicated staff of midwives, midwifery assistants and labor coaches at the Miami Maternity Center provide a birthing alternative to hundreds of families each year. Williams says they work off a simple philosophy; that everything they do is for the comfort, health, and well-being of their mommies and babies.It is a return to the traditional, non-invasive form of birth, where nature is allowed to take its course and the pregnancy and labor develops without intervention. If an indication arises that calls for intervention, only then do they intervene. Otherwise, it is all natural, with no pain medicines, epidurals or need to induce or speed up labor. “Women have been having babies for thousands of years. The body knows what to do,” said Williams. Among the many advantages they offer, moms come to the same place for their prenatal visits as they do for birth. When they come in labor, they’ll see the same staff that has been caring for them over many months, unlike many OB/GYN’s, who use a rotating on-call schedule. The connection becomes so unique, that in many instances, the moms stay in touch for many years. “Our clients become like family members,” said Williams. Moms are given the choice of how they want labor and birth to happen. They are free to walk around during labor and find the position that provides them the most comfort. The same philosophy holds for the delivery. Instead of using drugs, the Miami Maternity Center encourages moms to use natural pain management and relaxation techniques like massage or hydrotherapy. “The woman is free to listen to her own body and do what makes her most comfortable,” said Williams. Williams says their birthing alternatives reduce the risk of unnecessary procedures, like enemas and intravaneuous fluids, as well as hospital borne infections. Most importantly, the baby never leaves mom’s side once they are born for the utmost in safety. “We love what we do. Each of our moms is like our sister or daughter,” said Williams.

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or the second year, students at Chapel Hill Elementary in Pembroke Pines honored their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles,

who have fought for their freedom. The entire student body dressed in red, white and blue for the occasion. Approximately 70 Veterans, who have

relatives at the school, were invited to a special breakfast and assembly in observance of Veteran’s Day. As they entered the school, they were saluted by the safety patrols, who lined the hallways. They were treated to a full breakfast, which they ate on patriotic placemats decorated by a third grade class. After Letty Lopez’s fourth grade class signed the Pledge of Allegiance, the show began. Martha Cefkins’ first grade class sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and the chorus sang “United We Stand,” composed by chorus teacher Leonard Hodge. “The song allows the children to show their gratitude for the sacrifices of the soldiers and their families,” said Hodges. The audience also enjoyed a special slide show, which included photos of many of the Veterans in the room. “We cannot ever forget how much the soldiers have done for us,” said Marlene Warheit, who helped organize the event. “They deserve recognition.”

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said Sara Rivera, FSU campus Science Facilitator, who coordinated the project. The on-site field trips are scheduled for students in early and upper elementary school, kindergarten through 8th grade. The objective is for students to learn math and science, three dimensional shapes, patterning, comparing and contrasting objects, extending patterns, and language arts. “Students needed to listen carefully and follow directions” said Rivera. “They also learned a mechanical vocabulary.”

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ids of all ages have been playing with LEGOs for more than 50 years. The colored bricks recently took on a new meaning for elementary students at the Pembroke Pines Charter School System Florida State University Campus. They participated in a “field trip” to LegoLand, without ever leaving the school. “LEGOs are fun and they also encourage imagination,” said Dr. Lisa Libidinsky, Principal at the FSU Campus. The on-site field trip was held in the science lab on campus. The students were paired into teams and then worked together to build motorized LEGO cars, robots and carousels. The advanced LEGO kits were made available through the All About Learning program. “The field trip provided students with new ways to think outside the box, utilizing the ever popular LEGO,”

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n Dec. 10, more than 150 prominent business owners and community leaders will have an opportunity to watch the Winterfest Boat Parade from a premier vantage point, as they attend the Children’s Harbor’s Annual Fundraiser. They will join thousands of spectators who gather along the waterways

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for the world’s largest boat parade. vide that to sibling groups and pregnant and parenting The fundraiser will be held at the Blue Moon Fish teens within the foster care system,” said Sue Glasscock, Company in Fort Lauderdale. It is presented by the GEO President and CEO of Children’s Harbor. Group Foundation and hosted by Mahoney & Associates. Guests will enjoy a great meal, lively conversation and a Individual tickets are $250 per person. For more informadinner show. They can also enter for a chance to win a tion, visit www.childrensharbor.org or call 954-252-3072. raffle drawing for a trip to Sandals, an American Airlines Fly Away package, a 7-day Celebrity cruise and more. Each year the event includes a Chairman’s Challenge to raise funds for a specific need at Children’s Harbor. The theme for the 2011 Chairman’s Challenge is Lighting the Way. Funds raised will support the electricity and utility expenses of the residences at Children’s Harbor. Children’s Harbor is a 501(c)(3) child welfare organization founded in 1996 in cooperation with the City of Pembroke Pines. It provides therapeutic services to children and families in crisis, a safe and nurturing environment for children in Sherry Stein, foster care and advocacy within the child Austin Philipson welfare system. “Every child deserves and Baron Philipson a loving and supportive home and the attended last dollars raised at the event help us pro- year’s fundraiser.

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ore than 100 golfers teed off during the 8th Annual Swing for the Green Golf Tournament, hosted by Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Carl Shechter at Hollybrook Golf and Tennis Club. The tournament raised nearly $30,000 to benefit the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. This brings the eight year total to almost a quarter of a million dollars. “We had a beautiful day; the sun was shining and the breeze was cool,” said Commissioner Carl Shechter. “We raised nearly $30,000, the food was good and the raffle prizes were fantastic. The day could not have been more perfect.” The golfers teed off at 8 a.m. after a healthy breakfast. When they finished, they enjoyed lunch, followed by the awards ceremony and a raffle drawing for a variety of prizes. Hollybrook’s new Golf Pro Rob Steffes scored the cards. Phil Dowd, Bob Kennedy, Glen Mealer and Tom Lapuma won first place. Commissioner Shechter says he has always had a soft spot for the Senior Center. The non-profit organization, located at 301 N.W. 103rd Ave. in Pembroke Pines, has been in operation for the past 25 years, providing programs and services that enhance the quality of life for the senior population. It offers adult day care services, health support services, social services, transportation, counseling, recreational activities, nutrition programs and much more. For information, call 954-431-0279 or visit www. ppines.com.

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itches, ghosts and goblins of all ages were spotted at Halloween celebrations throughout Pembroke Pines and Miramar. Hundreds showed off their best costumes at the dinner dance and annual Halloween party at the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center. The City of Pembroke Pines’ 9th Annual Booville, at the Pines Recreation Center, was packed with family fun and spooky activities. Many participated in the costume contest at the Annual City of Pembroke Pines Police Department Neighborhood Watch Pines Night Out 2011. Students at the West Pines Preschool sang songs and paraded around school in their favorite costumes. Children and their parents came dressed in costumes for some fun and treats at the City of Miramar’s Halloween at Town Center.

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Man’s Best Friend? – Dog Bites And Your Rights By Howard Citron

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e walk them - run and play with them - and are entertained by the occasional game of “fetch.” When we have a bad day, we are greeted with unconditional affection, tail wagging and eyes reflecting undying loyalty. Man’s best friend comes in all shapes and sizes – Chihuahuas to Great Danes. Regardless of the breed, Florida law holds dog owners strictly liable in the event of a dog bite. This makes it easy to maintain an injury claim arising out of a dog bite and, as such, dog owners need to protect themselves. Dogs bite approximately 4.5 million Americans every year with children being the victims of the most serious attacks. Due to the fact that a dog owner’s relatives, friends or neighbors are the most likely victims of a dog attack, having insurance to cover such a loss means protecting the people who are closest to the dog owner. Insurance for dog bites not only protects your personal finances, it may help to preserve valuable relationships and ensure proper treatment for loved ones. B e c au s e of Florida’s strict liability standards for dog owners, many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover injuries caused by dog bites. No dog owner should purchase a homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy that excludes canineinflicted injuries unless he/she buys a supplemental policy that covers such a loss. Additionally, every dog owner needs to examine his/her homeowner’s insurance policy or renter’s insurance policy to confirm coverage. It is a good idea to maintain insurance policy limits of at least $100,000 for personal liability and $300,000 if you own a medium sized to large dog. To be absolutely sure that dog bites and other canine-related injuries are not excluded from your homeowner’s insurance policy, you can review the policy language itself. Most likely there will be a section in the policy entitled “Personal Liability” which will itemize all “exclusions.” Read that section of your policy carefully to determine if there are exemptions for injuries inflicted by dogs and/or animals in general. To determine the limits under the policy, review the policy’s “declarations” that lists the names of the insureds, the types of coverage that apply and are included, the cost, and the limits. Finally, inspect all “riders” and amendments to the policy that may be in place that further exclude coverage. Instead of doing this yourself, you can always contact your insurance agent or an attorney to help you with a policy review. It should be noted that other types of insurance may afford protection to dog owners and/or dog bite victims under certain circumstances. Examples of such policies include automobile liability insurance, which may cover dog bites that happen in a car, landlord insurance that protects the landlord (but not the tenant) from claims that result from the actions of a renter’s dog, commercial liability policies for businesses, and workers compensation coverage which may apply to bites that happen “on the job.” Citron & Bloom has offices in both Weston and Coral Springs and handles cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dog bites/animal attacks, defective products, medical negligence and nursing home abuse. The firm can be reached at 954- 712-1686 and can be found on the web at GoLawyerNow.com.

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he holidays are the time of the year when maintaining a healthy weight becomes more challenging. The temptation to overeat increases at holiday gatherings and the busyness of holiday shopping causes some people to forgo their exercise regimen. Registered Dietitians Gina Sweat and Lilian Craggs offer these practical tips. How do I go to a holiday celebration and avoid overeating?

There are a few ways to accomplish this. First, avoid going to a celebration on an empty stomach. Skipping meals can lead to consuming more calories at the event. Another technique you can use is to eat more vegetables than fatty and sugary foods. Keep in mind that it is not impolite to tell the host that you are full and have enjoyed the food and atmosphere very much. It is my year to host a holiday party. What can I do to make it healthier and less fattening than traditional holiday parties? You can always offer healthy alternatives. For example, try substituting baked apples with cinnamon and fat free whipped cream for the traditional apple pie dessert. You may also offer diced apples sprinkled with caramel sauce, or a simple fruit salad. One can still enjoy a sweet treat without exceeding calories.

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What is an easy way to use exercise to help prevent weight gain during the holidays? If you know you are going to consume extra calories, plan to exercise more the day before and after to compensate for the extra calories. In addition, taking a 15 to 20 minute walk after eating helps digestion and burns a few extra calories.

On average Americans tend to gain between 1 and 10 pounds during the holiday seasons. Learning to make healthy choices, manage stress and making time for exercise can help offset those pesky extra pounds.

Does holiday time necessarily mean I have to overeat? Change the way you think about the holidays. Think of it as a time to enjoy family and friends rather than a time to indulge in food and extra calories. Instead of focusing on the food, spend the time connecting with your loved ones. Friends and family can be more fulfilling than food. Sometimes the holidays become stressful not only for weight management but also from shopping and holiday crowds. What are some simple tips to reduce these stressors?

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If you realize that you are feeling stressed, try doing something that brings you joy instead of eating. This can be reading a book, getting a massage, walking your dog, among many other activities. We also encourage people to plan ahead. A simple tip is to prepare the day’s meals ahead of time and use the calendar or reminder feature to help you shop early. Planning can help you avoid the stress of crowds which could lead to eating fatty or overly-sugary holiday foods. Don’t let the stress of the holidays lead you to emotional eating. Eat as a response of your body’s physiological hunger rather than “mental” hunger.

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revention, Prevention, Prevention. The key to wellness and good health is preventing disease. Respiratory infections are still included in the top ten causes of death for older patients. Fortunately, there are vaccines widely available to minimize a patients’ risk of being affected. The flu is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It can affect anyone, but young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and people with weak immune systems and frail health are at greatest risk. The flu can cause high fevers, severe lung infections, diarrhea and even seizures. Every year, thousands of people die from influenza and tens of thousands require hospitalization. Unfortunately, many people are afraid of the flu vaccine because they have had side effects in the past. Serious problems, however, are rare. You cannot get influenza from the vaccine, but you might get mild fevers, aches, headache, fatigue and reactions at the site of the injection. In the 1970s, a small amount of swine flu vaccines were associated with severe neurological effects. However, since then, we have not seen this occur. The risk is 1 to 2 cases per million. Overall, as medical professionals we feel that the benefits of the vaccination clearly outweigh the risk and advise all patients to be vaccinated. Pneumonia is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. Its leading cause is a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Anyone can be affected by this infection, but people at greatest risk include smokers, patients 65 years and older, young children, people with certain health problems and weakened immune problems. We recommend that all people who smoke, all adults 65 and older, and patients ages 2-64 with significant health problems get vaccinated. Usually one dose is required, except for people 65 years and older who got their first dose when they were younger than 65 and it has been 5 more years since their first dose. Usually, side effects are mild, including discomfort at the site of the injection, and less than 1% of people develop fever and muscle aches. Please remember that we are living in an age of resistant infections, and preventing these respiratory illnesses is extremely important. This month’s trivia question: Who should receive the Shingles vaccine? A. Children under age 12 B. Adults 60 years of age and older C. Any person who never had chickenpox Answer: Adults 60 years of age and older require a single dose, except those with a severely weakened immune system.

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Is There Ever a Right Time to Loan Modify? By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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e’ve previously outlined the pitfalls of most residential home loan modifications. Some of these include higher principal balances, the length of time required to complete the loan modification process, the temporary nature of a loan modification, and the high rate of default after a modification. However, there are limited circumstances under which a loan modification can work.

The Property is the Borrower’s Principal Residence

Most lenders will only consider a loan modification of a borrower’s principal residence. The rationale behind this is that a borrower is more likely to make all payments under a loan modification agreement on their family home, as opposed to an investment property. Indeed, the underlying purpose of the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) enacted in February 2009 was to help homeowners stay in their home. If you are struggling to loan modify an investment property or second home, you need to consider other more viable options.

The Borrower Has Positive Equity or At Least Owes What the Property is Worth

As most borrowers are painfully aware, most loan modifications will not include a reduction of the amount you owe your lender, but may actually include an increase. Agreeing to a loan modification with a higher principal balance may place the homeowner so deep in debt that he/she may never “break even” or realize any profit from the sale of the home. For this reason, it is critical that a homeowner have some equity in the property they are seeking a loan modification, or at least owe close to what the property is worth.

The Mortgage Loan Does Not Contain Elements of Fraud or Other Violations of Law

A homeowner should never sign a loan modification agreement without at least investigating whether the loan contains elements of mortgage fraud or violations of law. In order to rule out the possibility of mortgage fraud, a homeowner should conduct a forensic audit of their home loan. Homeowners should stay away from online sites that sell inexpensive forensic audits, and even from law firms that offer to perform the audit themselves. The Arcia Law Firm has worked with several qualified and professional mortgage auditing firms to whom we refer our clients. Unless all three of these circumstances exist in your case, you need to immediately stop the frustrating and time-consuming loan modification process and consider other options. The Arcia Law Firm has represented hundreds of homeowners in our community in foreclosure defense and bankruptcy protection matters over the last 15 years. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, and together determine the best possible direction to resolve your mortgage crisis. The Arcia Law Firm recently released a consumer DVD entitled “Fight for Your Home,” which is available for purchase at www.arcialawfirm.com. Anyone that schedules a consultation with The Arcia Law Firm, will receive a FREE copy of this DVD at the appointment. If you would like an attorney from the Arcia Law Firm to review your case in detail to determine the best course of action, call 1-800-770-7102 or visit www.arcialawfirm. com to schedule your free initial consultation.

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SHOULD YOUR PET BE OUR PET OF THE MONTH? Every month, Pines Miramar Town Times randomly picks a Pet of the Month winner. Enter your pet today! Email entries to editor@pinesmiramartowntimes.com. Mail entry forms to: Pines Miramar Town Times 17120 Royal Palm Blvd., Suite 1, Weston, FL 33326

About 63% of all households in the United States have a pet which includes about 78.2 million owned dogs and about 86.4 million owned cats. One recent survey even showed that 57% would prefer their pet as their only companion if they were stranded on a desert island and that 32% of pet owners allow their dog to sleep in their bed with them. More than half surveyed said they remember their neighbor’s pet’s name, but not the neighbor’s name! Life would certainly feel empty without pets. The human animal bond is a very powerful connection between pets and their owners and I am very fortunate to be able to experience this bond not only with my own pets but with my patients and their owners as well. Keeping pets healthy and taking care of them when they are ill are both very rewarding parts of my job, but being able to keep the human animal bond strong is probably the most fulfilling. Thanks to all of you who put your trust in your veterinarian and happy holidays to all!

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pon our recent return from an incredible excursion to South Africa, we are excited to share an extraordinary destination spot for your next vacation of a lifetime! Flying South African Airways (SAA) was a pleasure. The friendly hospitality and outstanding service coupled with the slightly wider than usual seats and legroom, even in economy class, made every moment of a very long trip more comfortable than one can imagine. Throughout the flight we were served an assortment of snacks and beverages, along with tasty meals, and offered a superior entertainment selection. The time simply flew! It is no wonder South African Airways is an award-winning carrier! For the discerning traveler, SAA offers Premium Business Class. Travelers enjoy pure luxury and a unique flying experience, including 180-degree fully flat-bed seats, gourmet meals prepared on board, and electronic power jacks at every seat. The attentive staff goes above and beyond, fully dedicated to the comfort of your trip. After dining in Sandton, Johannesburg, at the Nelson Mandela Square, we were transported to the magnificent TAU Game Lodge located within the Madikwe Game Reserve. Words fail to accurately describe the incredible experience of a true Safari in the untamed bush of Africa! Within minutes of arriving we were greeted by a herd of elephants, from the matriarch to a six-day-old baby who thought he was ready for a swim. It was awe-inspiring to watch his mother lovingly wrap her trunk around him and pull him back to safety. We experienced these unforgettable moments directly from the patio of our lodge, which overlooked a water hole frequented by every wild animal imaginable! Every morning, and again in the evening, we boarded an open Jeep with our knowledgeable and highly qualified ranger, Gerard. It is hard to describe the feeling of not knowing what you will encounter around the next bend, in terrain left untouched since the beginning of time. While we enjoyed our adult safari adventures, the children were safely back at the lodge participating in a wonderful, educational children’s camp program. They even enjoyed a mini-safari of their own. At sunset, our ranger would select a stop and magically arrange a table fit for royalty. We were refreshed with sun­ downers of every choice accompanied by the finest hot and

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curriculum and over the years we’ve created a proven system that works. Our students progress quickly as musicians, they are very loyal, and they learn skills that extend to all areas of their life.

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t the School of Rock, children learn music by playing Classic Rock. This unique approach simultaneously develops the student’s confidence and musicianship. Students quickly progress from beginner to playing in an authentic concert setting.

Who is your typical student? We take students, ages seven to 18, of all skill levels. Students can study guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and vocals. What types of programs do you offer? We offer both private Music Director Burny Pelsmajer smashes a guitar at the grand lessons and group rehearsals/jam opening of School of Rock in West Broward, as Owner Craig sessions. Students take a 45-minute Zim and Owner/General Manager Richard Salit watch. weekly private lesson combined with a weekly group rehearsal. For beginning students, the rehearsal is a 90-minute jam session called Rock 101. As students progress, they graduate to our advanced performance program where they have a three hour rehearsal, usually on weekends. Every season they study a different band or genre and then perform at local venues.

School of Rock students Mike Weissman (left), Joelle Heiman, Ari Bloshinsky, Ben Sparaco and Josh Spiegel during a club performance.

Who gets to be in the show? Everyone. Our unique casting process ensures the integration of various skill levels and promotes mentorship and leadership in our more advanced players. Furthermore, because we offer open enrollment, we cast our shows so that students can join mid-season and still get parts.

Richard Salit, owner and general manager of the School of Rock of West Broward, provided answers to some commonly asked questions about the school’s philosophy and programs. What is the School of Rock? The School of Rock is a performance-based music school for kids. Using Classic Rock as our teaching example, we combine private instruction with rehearsals and jam sessions to provide a unique, compelling approach to learning.

Do you offer other opportunities for advanced students? In addition to our regular programs, we also have our “House Band” comprised of our top students in terms of work ethic, attitude and ability. They perform at charity and community events. The best students from all of the School of Rock franchises around the country are invited to be part of the AllStar Program which tours the country each summer.

What is the school’s teaching philosophy? A big part of our approach is that people learn music by doing. Our students not only are motivated by playing with others, but learn how to prepare for performances and work with others in a band setting. This not only creates superior musicians, but helps support our tag line: “Inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life.”

Which artists do students study? The School of Rock uses Classic Rock as our teaching example so we focus on those bands and artists. We study everyone from the Beatles and the Grateful Dead to Aerosmith and the Best of The 90’s. Our students are currently studying Pink Floyd and will perform The Wall concert on January 28th.

What differentiates the School of Rock from other music schools? Our performance-based approach separates us from most other schools that simply offer individual or group instruction. Our performance component is integral to our

What credentials do your instructors have? All of our instructors are actively performing musicians. They are all well versed in music theory, reading, and are all experts on their instruments. What is your background and how did you get into this business? I’ve played music since I was eight, starting with piano lessons. When I was a teenager I took up guitar, but for many years I stopped playing. When I moved to Florida 11 years ago, I started playing again and got increasingly more involved with music as my kids became interested in music. I enrolled them in the School of Rock about 3 ½ years ago and we liked the program so much that I decided to change careers and do something that would mean more to me. I was able to take on the day to day management of the School of Rock and combine my passion of music with a new career. What’s the best way someone can try the School of Rock? We are offering a Winter Break Boot Camp from December 26-30th. It’s open to children ages ten to 17. The cost is $300 for the week. We’re also offering half-off the first month of our Performance Program for new students. The School of Rock of West Broward is conveniently located in Southwest Ranches at 6880 Dykes Road in the Coquina Plaza, at the corner of Sheridan and Dykes. The school is open Monday through Thursday from 3:15-8:30pm and Saturday from 10am-4:30pm. For more information call (954) 252-7625 or visit http://westbroward. schoolofrock.com. There is another School of Rock in Coral Springs, as well as franchises across the country.

Vocalists Ari Bloshinksy (left), Joelle Heiman and Stephanie Fisher, with Ben Sparaco on guitar, Chris Milenkovic on bass and Jay Delarosa on drums, perform at the grand opening of School of Rock in West Broward.

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American Legion Post 385 hosted a 5K run to salute the Veterans. The event was held at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens. Winners in the Male Age Group 45-49 were Antony Emerson (#246), James Vohr (#93), Robert Nagle (Post 385 Chaplain and Event Director), and Kevin Dunphy (#40).

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South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine provides state of the art treatment for injuries and deformities to the entire musculoskeletal system. Our experts are board certified or qualified in their specialties and provide conservative and surgical care for all diagnoses that can affect you or your family using minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy, endoscopy, physical therapy and interventional spine care. We have provided pain relief to tens of thousands of patients throughout the country. If you or your family suffer from joint, bone, muscle, tendon or ligament injury, we invite you to visit one of our facilities. Your condition will be thoroughly evaluated and a comprehensive treatment plan will be given. Treatment is geared towards restoration of function, elimination of pain, and a return to pre-injury level. Conservative treatment is provided before considering surgery. We will help you get back in the game or just enjoy daily walks with your friends or loved ones. We participate with Medicare, most HMO's, PPO's, worker's compensation and motor vehicle plans. Please call one of our offices to make an appointment or ask if we are on your insurance plan.

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