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Apple Festival Weekend – On Sept. 24/25, sample 15 varieties of fresh picked apples, as well as apple pies, cider, turnovers, cobbler, muffins and more – everything with apples. There will also be free garden talks. Festival is located at Flamingo Road Nursery, one mile south of 1-595 on Flamingo Rd. For information, visit or call 954-476-7878.

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On Going Sincerity Project – Studio 18 in the Pines invited members of the special needs community to interpret the art of more than 40 accomplished and emerging artists. The Sincerity Project showcases the original and interpreted versions displayed side by side. Artwork is on display through Sept. 30 at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-961-6067 or visit Senior Fitness Classes – The City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center (SWFPCC) invites adults of all ages to participate in Enhanced Fitness, a new class offered three days a week. The class focuses on stretching, flexibility, and balance along with low impact aerobics and strength training exercises. All classes are held at the SWFPCC, 301 N.W. 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit

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community news Pembroke Pines Seeks Volunteers for Community Garden September 2011 | To Advertise in Pines Miramar Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007 |

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he City of Pembroke Pines is one step closer to creating its own community garden. It is hoping to join the growing trend of cities like Miramar that have created environmentally and economically sustainable systems that produce naturally grown vegetables and fruits and provide a social network for garden volunteers. The Pembroke Pines Community Garden will be located on the grounds of City Hall, allowing easy access for anyone who wants to participate. “We have the land and approval to move forward,” said Guillermo Salazar, landscape director who is spearheading the project, along with Tony Burzo and several other public works employees. “Now we just need volunteers and sponsors.” The City is in the process of forming a steering committee to help bring the concept to fruition. Some initial thoughts are that the garden will include raised garden beds, as well as a section to grow fruit trees and other crops. Volunteers would be entitled to a portion of all harvests with a small annual membership and a commitment of at least one hour a week in the garden. A portion of all of the harvests would also be donated to charity. Once the committee is formed, the plans will be finalized. “It is a way for people who are interested in gardening to collaborate and promote a healthier community,” said Salazar. Salazar is hoping that residents, community civic groups, schools, clubs, local businesses and others will get involved. The City is also looking for donations of edible plants, seeds, soil, mulch, and other materials. It is also in need of shovels, wheel barrows and other equipment. Sponsorships are available starting at $250.

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ooking for the perfect gift? Chances are you will find it at the 5th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Community Services Fall Arts and Crafts Show. The semi-annual event benefits the City of Pembroke Pines senior services programs. It will be held on Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 N.W. 103rd Ave. in Pembroke Pines. The show attracts hundreds of art lovers who have the opportunity to visit with more than 60 vendors from throughout the state of Florida. There will be potters, painters, jewelers, glass blowers, photographers and more. “The show has a wonderful collection of items that showcase some amazing talent,” said Helen Daniels, event coordinator. “It is a great opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping.” Daniels says that many of the Pet wear will be for sale at the show. vendors bring items specifically designed for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. can go to simply read a book or shoot The show also features pottery from the Empty Bowls group, comprised of students pool. The Center offers trips and special from the Community Center’s evening Pottery Studio program. The students donate events on a regular basis including the their time, talent and supplies to help feed the “empty bowls” of the hungry. The quarterly Pill Box breakfast, self improve- This is the fifth year that Norine D’Auria will proceeds from the sale of their pottery will benefit the Community Center’s annual ment classes, educational classes, health participate in the arts and craft show with her pottery. Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive for needy families in the community. Instructor Leroy classes and support programs presented by area professionals. Daniels will be demonstrating the pottery wheel throughout the arts and crafts show. The SWFP Community Center offers adults 18 and older an opportunity to meet Admission and parking for the event is free. For information, contact Helen Daniels new people, build a support network or gather information. It is also a place that they at the SWFP Community Center at 954-450-6888 or visit

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ichael Merrill has grown up surrounded by law enforcement. So many of his family members have dedicated their careers to protecting and serving the American public that few were surprised by his choice to do the same. The City of Pembroke Pines Police Department recently welcomed Merrill to its force. Merrill comes from a long line of officers which dates back to his grandfather John Lombardo, who is a retired Police Chief from Pembroke Pines. His grandfather was with the NYPD for eleven years before joining the Pembroke Pines Police Department as an officer in 1987 and retiring as Chief of Police, twenty-two years later in 1994. Merrill’s father Charles Merrill is a Lieutenant with the Bal Harbor Police Department, where he has served over twenty years. His Uncle Detective Glenn Gainey is a twenty year veteran with BSO, Uncle Sergeant Michael Pazienza Sr. is in his fifteenth year with the Pembroke Pines Police Department and Uncle Angelo Pazienza, who is a retired sergeant from P.P.P.D., is now an investigator with the Broward Charles Merrill, Lt. Bal Harbor Police Department; Michael Merrill, recent Police Academy graduate, John State Attorney’s Office. Merrill also has a cousin Officer Eric Gonzalez who Lombardo, proud grandfather and retired Pembroke Pines Police Chief; Pembroke Pines Police Chief Dan Giustino and Captain Neil Vaughan of the Pembroke Pines Police Department. joined the Plantation Police Department one year ago. Merrill started on his career path at age 14, when he became a Police Giustino. “As a law enforcement officer it was a very proud moment for me to witness Explorer with the Pembroke Pines Police Department Explorer Post #108. He spent the son of a police officer carry on the tradition of his father and his grandfather,” said four years as an Explorer and was a member of the team which won second place in Giustino. Giustino too has a long history in law enforcement having served 39 years. the 2008 statewide explorer skills competition. Now twenty years old, Merrill graduHe was hired by the City of Plantation as a police dispatcher in 1972 and retired as ated from the Police Academy along with his cousin Michael Pazienza. At the Police Deputy Chief 28 years later. Academy graduation, Merrill was surrounded, not only by his new “brother’s in blue,” but by his own law enforcement family and new boss Pembroke Pines Police Chief Dan For information, visit

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hroughout the summer, campers at the Pembroke Pines Police Athletic League Summer Camp participated in sports, arts and crafts, special events, daily field trips and more. They agreed, however, to give up one of their fun-filled activities to make a difference in the lives of others. The PAL campers were divided into groups and performed one of three community service projects based on their ages, which ranged from 8 to 14. The youngest campers visited the Southwest Focal Point Community Center of Pembroke Pines, where they washed approximately 30 cars in three hours. “Our campers used lots of soap and elbow grease to make the cars nice and clean Campers from the Pembroke Pines PAL Summer Camp visited ARC of Broward. for the seniors,” said Joe Williams, PAL Executive Director. One group of campers visited the ARC Achieve & Rehabilitation Center, a private, for families, men, women, and children. Throughout the summer, they collected items not-for-profit organization which provides support and assistance primarily to chilfor those in need. They day of the visit, they arrived in a van filled with clothes, toys, dren and adults with developmental disabilities. The campers made and delivered key books, toiletries, and schools supplies. They also brought discounted food from Amici’s chains, visited with the ARC clients and toured the facility. Olivia Davis, 12, was among Ristorante & Pizzeria in Pembroke Pines, as well as donated drinks and desserts from the campers that visited ARC. “Today, I learned that even though these people have Costco of Pembroke Pines. disabilities they are just like you and I,” said Olivia. “They can talk, walk, hug and play games. They were so happy we came.”  Angel Aubourg, 13, added, “It was so exciting The Pembroke Pines PAL is a recreational and educational oriented juvenile crime to see all the smiles on everybody’s faces. I had a great time bonding and interacting prevention program that relies on athletics and educational activities to create better with them. If you spend a day or even an hour you will see that they are the same as relations between police officers and the youth of our community. For information, you and I. I hope to go back there to visit one day.”  visit or call 954-986-5044. The Pembroke Pines PAL is The remaining campers visited the Broward Outreach Center, a homeless shelter located at, 7900 Johnson St. in Pembroke Pines. 


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ike all families, we are now in the full swing of the school year, and we all know that means new classes, new teachers, school supplies, and team sports. Some things that may not be plentiful are art and music classes. I know that many of you, like me, are saddened by the cutting of these classes due to budget cuts. I feel the loss of opportunities where children can freely express themselves and be creative. I also see the world of possibilities shrinking due to children not being exposed to different ways of looking at life. However, Miramar Mayor Lori C. Moseley we should not wallow in these realities without trying to find alternatives. One great alternative is our very own Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark.

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or between their toes. Some chose to interpret the entire painting, while others focused a small portion of it. The only requirement was that they had to keep the title the same. All of the interpretations are on display at Studio 18 in the Pines. They surround the original artwork and many of them are for sale. “It is incredible to see the pieces side by side,” said Robyn Vegas, Cultural Arts Coordinator. “Some are almost identical.” During the opening, the special needs artists met with the public and received certificates signed by Mayor Frank Ortis. Twenty artists sold pieces for as much as $100. “It was a great opportunity for the students to see themselves as artists and tap into their creative sides, said Liz Disney, Schott’s Director of Programs. “They felt a real sense of accomplishment.”

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ore than 500 people attended the opening of the Sincerity Project at Studio 18 in the Pines on August 5. The project has provided a group of special needs artists with a way to display their creative talent as they work with established artists in the community. They have proven that imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery. The exhibit will remain open through September 30 at Studio 18 in the Pines. The idea for the project began when special needs artist Danielle Segarra visited Studio 18 on a field trip with Schott Communities, a non-profit group for persons who are developmentally or physically challenged. Danielle fell in love with a painting by Studio 18 artist and property manager Jill Slaughter. Ironically, the painting of a bride and groom is called, “It’s Just the Beginning.” Danielle asked if she could take a photo of the piece so she could create her own version of it and Jill agreed happily. Her visit inspired the idea to curate a show and invite others with special needs to experience the joy of creating art. An impressive group of more than 40 artists were eager to exhibit and participate in the project. They made their original artwork available “for interpretation” to more than 100 artists at seven special needs facilities in Broward County. The special needs artists represent a wide range of talent and abilities. While some are able to paint with their hands, others must paint with a brush in their mouth

Studio 18 is dedicated to promoting the arts and introducing the community to working artists in Pembroke Pines. It is open Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Drive in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-961-6067 or visit

Robyn Vegas, Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines, poses with Omar Caraballo, a special needs artist that is part of the Sincerity Project at Studio 18 in the Pines. Omar proudly displays his interpretation (below) of Juan Prieto’s Hummingbird (above).

Miramar Youth Learn Better Manners By Debby Teich


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proper and manners. The six-week program, which begins on Sept. 19, will be held at the Sunset Lakes Community Center, 2801 SW 186 Ave. “The rush of daily life breeds rudeness.,” said Elena Brouwer, Director and Chief Etiquette Officer of the International Etiquette Centre, who teaches the class and is recognized as an international expert in her field. “People claim to be too busy to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’; to let their host know if they can attend a party; or to look up from their smart phone to make eye contact with the person in front of them. Children are not born knowing civility. It must be taught. This course is a primer and the lessons are remembered for a lifetime.” The course helps the average child build self-confidence in the areas of social skills, dining etiquette, and common courtesies. It addresses fundamental skills, as well as many of the issues that kids face today like texting and Facebook. The students learn proper greetings, handshakes and telephone manners, as well as how to write a thank you note and make eye contact. They become better prepared for dining out by learning the correct use of silverware and American and Continental styles of eating, as well as how to behave at the table and set it for a four course meal. The students also learn how to conduct themselves at a party or dance and practice posture and poise. They learn how to ask someone to


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iramar’s Palm View Animal Hospital recently held its grand opening. The animal hospital was filled with pet owners from throughout the area, as well as friends and family. Guests had an opportunity to tour the facility and win some great prizes in a raffle to benefit a rescue organization. “We have had a great response since we opened,” said Owner Dr. Waldie-Torres. Palm View combines the highest level of veterinary medicine with outstanding client service and a compassionate touch. The full-service veterinary hospital offers a variety of services for dogs and cats, including regular preventative care, medicine, surgery, dental care, bathing, boarding and more. The caring and knowledgeable staff has at least seven years of experience. The animal hospital is conveniently located at 12120 Miramar Parkway, in the Miramar Square Plaza near Kohls, just east of the 1-75 Miramar exit. Dr. Waldie-Torres has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember, so it was a natural choice for her to become a veterinarian. Growing up, she had dogs, cats, parrots, fish and hamsters. She currently has four cats and some fish. “I just love being around animals and caring for them,” said Dr.Waldie-Torres. “They are wonderful companions.” In 2002, the native South Floridian obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. After practicing in Coral Springs for over nine years, she decided to open an office closer to her Miramar home. “There are so many animals in my own neighborhood and community that need help and I wanted to reach out to them,” said WaldieTorres. “Our goal is to provide an excellent experience for both the patient and owner.” Palm View uses brand new state-of-the-art

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equipment which allows Dr. Waldie-Torres and her staff to do things in an efficient manner that produces quick results. The hospital has three examination rooms; a pharmacy; treatment area with laboratory; surgical suite; bathing area and isolation area. It has digital radiology equipment so x-rays can be read in less than a minute. It also has an in-house lab, eliminating the need to send out blood work, urine and other samples. In only a few minutes, results are ready and Dr. Waldie-Torres can begin recommending a course of treatment. In the event that a patient requires surgery, most procedures are done at the hospital, where the patient is comfortable and familiar. Dr. Waldie-Torres recommends annual visits for young pets and more frequent visits for older pets. “It is important to discover issues as early as possible,” said Dr. WaldieTorres. “A check- up often reveals health problems that the owner had not noticed. This protects the pets, as well as owners that can catch certain diseases from their pets.” During a full physical exam, Dr. Waldie-Torres checks the animal’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth and skin; listens to the heart Guests receive a tour of Palm View Animal Hospital during the Grand Opening celebration.

and lungs; examines the joints and skeletal system; palpates the abdomen to feel internal organs; updates vaccines and more. She also recommends a heart worm and fecal test to check for parasites. Dr. Waldie-Torres understands that her client’s pets are like a part of their family and spends as much time as needed answering any questions. She makes sure that they have the tools they need in order to make informed decisions and take care of their pets once they leave the hospital. If they have a question, she is always just a phone call away. Clients like Jennifer Iorio are willing to travel from as far as Coral Springs to seek her advice. Jennifer brings her nine-year-old domestic short hair cat Stox to Palm View. Stox was diagnosed with diabetes when he was only three and Dr. Waldie-Torres helped him become insulin-free. Jennifer recently thought her cat was becoming diabetic again and searched the Internet to find Dr. Waldie-Torres for help. “When you have fur children, you want the best for them,” said Jennifer. “Dr. Waldie-Torres gives great advice, never rushes and always does what is best for the pet. You can tell that she really loves her job. It is well worth the drive.” Dr. Waldie-Torres is a big proponent of spaying and neutering when owners do not want their pets to produce litters. She is surprised by the amount of pets she sees


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that have not had the procedure since it can decrease the risk of developing certain cancers and helps prevent unwanted litters. She works with the Cat Network to provide low cost spays and neuters for stray cats to help control pet overpopulation. She also works with 1 Lucky Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization that helps abused, abandoned, unwanted and neglected pets. She offers low cost medical care for the rescue animals and makes sure that they are suitable for adoption. Dr. Waldie-Torres has also helped connect pets with their owners when someone drops a lost pet at the office and has been known to find a home for a pet that is unwanted or rescued. Last month, she found a home for Eva and Glade, two kittens that were rescued from the Everglades. Palm View is open Mon. to Fri., from 8:30 to 6 p.m. and Sat., from 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m. For more information, call 954443-4888 or visit Palm View on Facebook at or Twitter @palmviewvet.

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n Sept. 28, Jews around the world will begin celebrating the High Holy Days, which encompass the ten days from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah through the end of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Many will attend services in their respective synagogues. Others who are unaffiliated, however, may be searching for a place to go. This is the first year that Shema Koleinu will be offering High Holy Day worship services at the Miramar Cultural Center for anyone wishing to attend. Cantor Debbi Ballard, and her father, Rabbi Steve Spiegel will be leading the services. “We are not Reform, Conservative or Renewal,” said Ballard. “We are just Jewish. The services will be family friendly, understandable, relevant, musical and moving.” Ballard started Shema Koleinu, Hebrew for “hear our voices,” in September 2010. The “synagogue without walls” provides quality Jewish education, lifecycle events, and community outreach for unaffiliated and interfaith families and individuals throughout South Florida. “We are not defined by membership, but by action,” said Ballard. “We serve all who wish to connect with their Jewish roots, through community, charity, and prayer, and provide acceptance and inclusion for all who seek it.”

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Shema Koleinu - “Hear Our Voices” Worship and attend services that are inspirational, uplifting, and inclusive! feel the renewed spirit for the coming year, and join our voices in prayer and song for a most enjoyable and fulfilling experience. our services are family friendly, understandable, relevant, musical & moving! Shema Koleinu proudly welcomes all unaffiliated and Interfaith members of the South Florida Jewish community.

Wed. 9/28 erev rosh hashanah 7:30 p.m. thurs. 9/29 rosh hashanah 10:00 a.m. (Young children's service 12:15 p.m.) fri. 10/7 kol nidre 7:30 p.m. sat. 10/8 Yom kippur 10:00 a.m. (Young children's service 12:15 p.m.) For general information contact Cantor Debbi Ballard 954-646-1326 or visit


Cantor Debbi Ballard, and her father, Rabbi Steve Spiegel will be leading High Holiday services at the Miramar Cultural Center.


The High Holy Day services begin on Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. for Erev Rosh Hashanah. On Sept. 29, there will be a Rosh Hashanah service for adults and families at 10 a.m., followed by a young children’s service at 12:15 p.m. Services for Yom Kippur begin on Oct. 7, with Kol Nidre at 7:30 p.m. On Oct. 8, there will be a Yom Kippur service for adults and families at 10 a.m., followed by a young children’s service at 12:15 p.m. One admission price grants entry to all of the services. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office at the Miramar Cultural Center. The cost is $99 for adults; $72 for students/seniors and $36 for children.

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ost mortgage lenders and servicers are taking advantage of the public’s sense of desperation and lack of information to strong-arm homeowners into signing one-sided loan modification agreements. Prior to signing any loan modification agreement or making any other significant decision affecting your home loan, it is critical that every homeowner be fully aware of the following “myths” that most mortgage lenders want you to believe.

Myth No. 1: If I signed for a bad loan, I have to suffer the consequences of that decision. In reality, federal and state laws impose severe penalties on lenders that engaged in predatory lending practices. These penalties include cancellation of the entire loan and/or a refund of all payments made by the borrower, including any down payment. More importantly, these penalties and remedies related to the original loan transaction may even be available against your current lender. Myth No. 2: Once a foreclosure is filed, the bank can immediately seize your bank accounts, garnish your wages and/or repossess any vehicles you own to satisfy your mortgage debt. Florida law prevents any lender from seizing any assets until after a final judgment of foreclosure, and only after authorization from the Court is obtained to satisfy a “deficiency judgment” (i.e., the difference between the amount owed to the bank and the amount for which the property sold at the foreclosure sale). Myth No. 3: If you are negotiating a loan modification with your lender, they cannot proceed with a foreclosure of your home. This is absolutely false. Actually, lenders can and will use the foreclosure process, especially during a loan modification application, as a means of coercing the homeowner to accept a one-sided loan modification agreement that may even contain a provision where the homeowner gives up all defenses and claims he/she may possess against the lender. Don’t sign any modification or forbearance agreement without first consulting with a qualified attorney in the area of foreclosure defense. Myth No. 4: The lender will act in good faith to offer you the best terms possible during a loan modification. In actuality, the lender’s only concern is their “bottom line.” If the deal does not make sense financially to them, they will force you to accept a one-sided loan modification agreement, or attempt to force you out of your home through a foreclosure process. Most importantly, never assume what you are being told by the mortgage company is the complete truth. We hope you are able to use the information in this article as a tool to assist you in any preliminary discussions with your lender about your home loan. However, this information is not meant to substitute proper legal advice. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, if you are in the middle of a frustrating loan modification process, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 1-800-770-7102 to schedule a free consultation, or visit www. for more information. Detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, or at risk of foreclosure are discussed in a new instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, you will receive a complimentary copy during your consultation to discuss your case in detail with a member of our qualified legal team. You may also purchase the DVD online for $39.95 (plus S/H) at To Advertise in Pines Miramar Town Times, Please call 954-306-1007

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he City of Miramar’s senior centers recently received national recognition for their outstanding and exemplary service. The Florida Association of Senior Centers presented the Miramar centers with the prestigious Florence R. Goldmann Award and named them as Senior Center of the Year. The award, established in 1993 as a tribute to the FASC’s first president Flo Goldmann, is given to nationallycertified senior centers that have demonstrated outstanding service to the aging community. The City of Miramar operates two senior centers, located at 2801 SW 186 Avenue and 6700 Miramar Parkway, which serve more than 2,800 seniors. “We have created a gathering place to enrich the lives of all seniors in the community,” said Kim Morrow-Lopez, social services program coordinator. Both centers are designed for individuals over the age of fifty-five who want to engage in activities, attend outings, receive assistance and be a part of a larger community of like-minded individuals. The senior centers offer a wide array of services and most of them are free. They provide door-to-door transportation from home to the senior centers, as well as to grocery stores, banks, medical appointments and other places. There are many opportunities for personal enrichment through health and wellness programs, safety programs, health screenings, exercise programs, lectures and presentations. There are activities like sewing, Bingo and dominoes, as well as parties, dances and special events, including a Valentine’s Dance, Senior Citizen Day Picnic and Senior Prom. There are also daily outings and overnight trips to places like the Bahamas and Mexico and intergenerational activities with Miramar’s Early Childhood Program. The senior centers even serve a nutritional lunch every day. For information, call 954-889-2700 or visit

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Pembroke Pines Observes 9/11 with Memorial Unveiling and Remembrance Ceremony By Debby Teich

represents something different - shock, grief, acceptance and n the tenth anniversary of the terrorist rebuilding. attacks on September 11, 2001, the City of Pembroke Last month, a professional moving company packed and Pines will come together to remember those who lost removed the sculptures from the Holly Lake art studio locatheir lives and to unveil a new memorial. The gathering begins tion and delivered them to City Center. “The Arts and Culture promptly at 8:30 a.m., at Pembroke Pines City Center, 10300 Pines Advisory Board is very pleased to see this powerful art project Boulevard – just west of City Hall. Local fire fighters, police task come to fruition. The Art Board has supported the September force units and those who assisted during the recovery periods 11th project for many years, and we are honored to be part of this are invited to be a part of the ceremony. amazing tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who The September 11th Memorial Unveiling and Remembrance assisted in the recovery,” said Rose Colombo, Chairperson of Ceremony will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the City the Arts and Culture Advisory Board. of Pembroke Pines Police and Fire Department Honor Guards. The September 11th Memorial is located opposite the new It will continue with guest speakers and patriotic music featurVeterans Memorial, which is a tribute to the hometown heroes that ing local school bands and area musicians. It will also include Benoit Menasche, stone sculptor and part-time art curator for the fought for our country’s freedom. The site features an impressive the much anticipated unveiling of the City of Pembroke Pines City of Pembroke Pines, carved a marble relief that includes a memorial marker, which is surrounded by hundreds of beautisteel girder from the Twin Towers. Photo (l to r) Felix Gonzalez September 11th Memorial. fully engraved bricks. “It is so exciting to see both projects come Metal Sculptor, Rose Colombo Art Board Chairperson, Benoit Local artists Felix Gonzalez and Benoit Menasche have spent Menasche Stone Sculptor, Paul Edelstein Deputy Director Public together after so many years,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Service and Mayor Frank C. Ortis City of Pembroke Pines. five years working on the project. In 2005, Commissioner Angelo Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “It is a wonderful Castillo requested a piece of the World Trade Center and New York City Mayor Michael place for people to reflect on their patriotism.” Bloomberg donated a steel girder. The following year the artists began designing and building a memorial that would incorporate the artifact. Gonzalez created a series of For information, visit To purchase a brick for the Pembroke Pines steel sculptures, including a 13-foot-tall firefighter, two twisted towers, and a little girl. Veterans Memorial, visit, click on “Veterans Memorial Foundation” Menasche carved a four-sided relief from a nine ton cube of Italian marble. Each side and scroll down to the order form.


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Academy of Arts Develops Well Rounded Dancers in a Family Environment By Debby Teich

are reflected in the quality of her dancers and the success of the school. Her students have been accepted to some of the most prestigious schools in the country, including the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Nutmeg Conservatory, Walnut Hill and the Rock. They have also earned dance scholarships to the Chicago College for the Performing Arts, Hartt School of Music, Florida State University, New World School of the Arts, University of Central Florida and more. The Academy’s Performing Group is made up of students that have volunteered their time to be a part of many of the shows performed throughout the year. The children are not auditioned, but rather given a chance to enjoy the art of dance. The focus is not on dance recitals or competitions, but rather the training offered by an excellent dance education. Some of the costumes used in the performances have been sewn by moms, dads, and grandmothers or have been used in the past to make the program affordable to everyone.


ance can provide a creative outlet for both the physical and emotional spirit of children. At the Academy of Arts there is a warm, caring environment where dancers have an opportunity to nurture their love of the arts, as they make new friends and learn social skills. The Academy offers classes from pre-school through adults, from beginners to professionals. At Academy of Arts, there are a variety of dance styles available, such as ballet, pointe, pas de deux, acrocise, combo, jazz, hip-hop, tap, belly dancing, flamenco and modern, as well as musical theater, drama, voice, piano and guitar. The facility has been designed for dancers and includes professional flooring, 25 ft. ceilings, mirrors, and top quality barres. The focus at the Academy is on training. There are no recital fees, no rehearsal fees, no high-cost costumes, no videos and no high-priced tickets to purchase. All of the faculty has had professional careers and are highly qualified, certified instructors. At every level, students are only taught by professionals who give them the personal attention they deserve. There is always a long waiting list of dancers hoping for a coveted spot. “We develop clean dancers and educate them using different theories used worldwide,” said Director Rebeca Russo-Columna. “They have an opportunity to express their own individual style as they learn to become well-rounded performers in the areas of dance, vocals, acting and musical theater. When they leave the Academy they are prepared to dance anywhere.” There are 750 kids enrolled in the school and Rebeca is involved in the enhancement and development of every one of them. She is at the school from opening to closing. All of the students benefit from her extensive training and experience. Rebeca has lived her life according to the motto “there is no substitute for excellence” and expects the same from her students. At age 13, she was awarded a full merit scholarship to

The Academy’s Junior and Senior Dance Company is comprised of very talented young dancers that have been auditioned to be a part of the special program. The Company represents a dancing group of the community and for the community. It is an intense program which includes training in all areas of dance needed to prepare the students for a professional career in dance. These dancers are not only taught by the staff at the Academy, but are also given opportunities to work with guest artists to help them reach their full potential in dance. In the past, many of the Academy’s older students have had to choose between obtaining a college degree and pursuing a career in dance. The Academy recently formed a Professional Company so students like like Jordan Anders and Rachel Martin no longer have to choose. Rachel started at the Academy when she was five years old and has decided to pursue a career in dance. Unlike most students, she was able to find a way to dance while she studies. She is currently studying at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from its affiliate, the University of Florida. She is a member of the Academy’s Professional Company, Metropolitan Ballet of Florida, which will be making its debut this fall.

attend the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, IL, where she was awarded first place in the U.S. National Merit Scholarship Competition for three consecutive years. She also received a full scholarship to the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Banff, Alberta, Canada. She has danced with the Miami Ballet Co. and toured with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company. She has danced many soloist roles and has also performed in music videos, commercials and televised events with well known entertainers. Rebeca has been professionally teaching since 1979, and is a certified teacher with the Florida chapter of Dance Masters of America. She opened the Academy of Arts in 1994 and her hard work and dedication

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For a Taste of the Extreme, Not the Mainstream Visit Extreme Pizza in Miramar. one on up to their huge pies which can easily feed four or more. “A big part of the great taste is our dough which can be turned into a thick or thin crust,” said Carlo. With in-store dining, take-out and delivery options, diners can also enjoy calzone and monster subs like the Double Dipsy Monster Sub, featuring spiced ham, salami, pepperoni and provolone, the Ultimate Monster Sub, Customer Favorite! “The Ragin’ Rooster” with sliced ham or turkey with cheddar, Swiss or provolone, the Crux Monster Sub with shredded BBQ Pork, red onions, cheddar and cilantro or healthier options like the Natural Monster Sub with heated Swiss cheese with your choice of pesto or hummus and fresh mushrooms, red onions, marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and fresh basil. All come with a choice of fresh condiments, and can be toasted. They can also dig into delicious salads like Caesar, Spinach or Greek salads, the Flying High Thai Chicken Salad, or the Chefz Gravity Grab, a crispy romaine leaf salad with spiced ham, turkey, salami, gorgonzola, scallions, tomatoes and roasted red peppers.  Other menu items include their X-factors, like their fresh, never frozen chicken wings, (Buffalo, sweet bbq or hot Thai) extremely twisted sticks, with two types of cheese, oregano and fresh garlic. “Our portions our huge. No one leaves hungry,” she said. There’s a dessert menu too to help finish off the meal with something sweet, like huge cookies, cannoli’s and cinnamon dunkeroos. Extreme Pizza has been in the pizza business since 1994 and has grown to more than 40 locations around the country.  They have been awarded numerous accolades and recognition over the years for their innovative, healthy and delicious food options, including a ranking as one of the  INC 500’s Fastest Growing Companies for three consecutive years.   For time-crunched families who don’t have time to wait until the pizza is baked, Extreme Pizza also offers a “Take and Bake” option, where they prepare the pizza with whatever  ingredients the customers want, but lets them bake it at home.  On Monday and Tuesdays,  they offer buy one-get one deals on signature pizzas 16” and up. Sundays, they offer their family special Casual decor, great food with the motto “Extreme, not Mainstream” with their huge 18” pizza with one topping for just $13. Lunch specials run every day.

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ooking for something a little different on your pizza?   How about a pie featuring chicken marinated in a spicy ginger peanut sauce, hummus or buffalo wing sauce? Those ingredients are just a peek at the more than one million pizza combinations you can come up with at the new Extreme Pizza, located at 3448 Red Road in Miramar. Open for a little more than one year, Extreme Pizza offers delicious pizza, monster subs, salads and more, all prepared fresh each and every day. Marketing Manager Linette Carlo says there’s no better way to check out their quality than to bite into a slice.  “Our toppings are huge. You don’t have to search for them. Once you bite into them, they are there and you can taste the freshness. Our pizza has fabulous, fresh ingredients, wonderful crust, everything baked, nothing is fried, the most innovative recipes imaginable - these are the delights awaiting any visitor to Extreme Pizza,” Carlo said.

Members of the Carlo family greet diners at Extreme Pizza

The family-owned and operated business is the only Extreme Pizza location in Florida and follows a strict policy of vegetables cut and dough prepared daily, the tastiest combinations of toppings, and servings that are more generous than the competition. Customers at the casual restaurant enjoy homemade sauces, locally grown vegetables, all-natural cheeses and the highest quality meats available, including fresh chicken and pork that is prepared on premises. They are known for their innovative pizza combinations that back their philosophy: extreme, not mainstream.  They stand behind their motto that life is too short for mediocrity, so there is no reason to settle for anything less than the best.  With more than 44 premium toppings to choose from, customers in the mood for just about anything can create their own pie, or choose from one of the unique specialties on the Extreme Pizza menu.  “It is totally however the customer wants it. If you can’t decide between two pizzas, you can order a half &half,” said Carlo. Holy Cow, Pandoras Box, Yard Sale & Drag It Thru The Garden are just a few extremely eclectic pizzas they have to offer. Check out The Paia Pie which blends mandarin oranges, Canadian bacon, pineapples, mozzarella, and cheddar; Baja 1000 with shredded pork or grilled chicken black beans and salsa, black olives, red onions, vine ripe tomatoes, jalapeños, fresh cilantro and cheddar. Looking for a pie with a Mediterranean flair, go for the Peace in the Middle East, a mix of homemade hummus in place of tomato sauce, tomatoes, olives, feta, fresh basil, pepperoncinis, and mozzarella. Customer favorites include the Ragin’ Rooster, chicken marinated in a sweet BBQ sauce, red onions, fresh cilantro, cheddar and mozzarella and the Everest, Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, beef meatball, tomato sauce, mozzarella and cheddar. They have individual pies perfect for

Extreme Pizza is located at 3448 Red Road in Miramar. At this location, they have a huge covered courtyard with a lake view perfect for parties.  You can phone them at 954-436-9044, where there is NO “please hold” policy. You can order online at They offer indoor and outdoor seating, dine-in, take-out or delivery.  They are open Monday – Thursday 10 am to 10 pm  Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11pm. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


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Sixty Years of Service

Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis presented Power Financial Credit Union President and CEO Allan M. Prindle with a Proclamation in honor of 60 years of service. The presentation took place at the Credit Union’s Pembroke Pines headquarters. Mayor Ortis also attended the special cake cutting ceremony with Mr. Prindle.

Miami Dolphins Volunteers

Manuela Micucci (bottom) and Kaleb Downes (top), both of Pembroke Pines, joined the Miami Dolphins Special Team in a volunteer effort at Zoo Miami. They painted animal cages and planted 100 ficus trees donated by DynaServ. “The trees that were planted will have a long lasting impact at Zoo Miami,” said Luis Valdes, Horticultural Supervisor for Zoo Miami. “These trees will be used in the new browse program and will be the basis for food for the animals.”

School Supply Drive

Dr. Chen of Tooth Tales in Miramar led a school supply drive for the Broward Education Foundation.

National Champions

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The Patriots basketball 14U 8th grade team won the USSA National Championship. Top row: Coach Carlton Talbot, Travis Scott, Aevin Sanjay, Andre Saunders, Lavan Alston, Jr., Luciano Cruz, Edward Valdes, Casey Baugh, Dontre Cash, Coach Marquise Kiffin and Rafael Diaz. Bottom row: John Persaud and Corey Talbot.

Mayor Ortis challenged all elected officials in Broward County to host food drives to benefit The Pantry of Broward. Several months later, the Pantry received over 10,000 pounds of food. Even the children did their part by donating food during Mayor’s Kids Day.



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