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On-Going Sincerity Project - Twenty-three prominent artists have made their work available for interpretation in the 2012 Sincerity Project, which showcases the work of original artists, as interpreted by the clients from ten special needs organizations. The Project is on display at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive, until July 27. For information, call 954-961-6067 or visit Hooray for USA - The public is invited to view the “Hooray for USA” Art Exhibit, on display through July 16, at the Glass Gallery City of Pembroke Pines, 10100 Pines Boulevard. Created by local artists, the exhibit is a celebration of American greatness. It features a patriotic theme, with art based on Americana artistry and creativity. It showcases a triptic from 19th century, watercolors, photography, stained glass, quilts, and sculptures. For information, call 954-986-5027.

Salute OUR Soldiers – The public is invited to view the “Salute OUR Soldiers” Patriots Wall located inside City Hall. Submit photos, of family members, living and/or deceased, who have served in the United States Military to add to the display. For information, visit or call 954-435-6525.

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Pembroke Pines Adds More Plots to Community Garden By Debby Teich


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fruits and vegetables. In October, the City broke ground on a Community Garden, located immediately south of City Hall. The initial 20 plots sold out quickly, but the City is adding another 20 plots this month. For information or to volunteer, visit or contact Richard Devaux The community garden grew out of an initiative developed by the United States with the Parks and Recreation Department at 954-435-6520. Conference of Mayors. It was 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. To prepare the three-quarter acre lot, workers removed rocks and weeds, added potting soil, built raised plant beds, installed a sprinkler system, and spread 525 yards of mulch. In March, the Community Garden elected the 2012 officers. They include Garden President John Deck, Garden Steward Janis Keller and Secretary Eileen Tyson. “This leadership group is very qualified,” said Chuck Vones, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation. “They will offer good advice on the planting of seasonal crops and other gardening tips.” The garden is now open seven days a week, from sunrise to sunset. The annual membership is only $35 for a large plot and $15 for a small one. Gardeners are already producing a variety of organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, such as tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, cilantro, oregano and mint. Everything must be eaten or shared, not sold. Javier Lopez of Pembroke Pines grows organic fruits and vegetables at home Community garden donors and Pembroke Pines elected officials and is hoping to participate in the Community Garden when the new plots are pose with golden shovels after planting a peach tree.


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Pembroke Pines Salutes the Military By Debby Teich


his summer, there are many ways to honor the bravery and

patriotism of the men and women in the United States Military, past and present. The lobby of City Hall is decorated in patriotic colors and the City of Pembroke Pines has planned a variety of events. “The soldiers have fought for the United States and will continue to fight,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “We must keep them in our hearts throughout the year, not just on holidays.” “ S a lute OU R Soldiers” Display Pembroke Pines residents are invited to submit photos, of family members, living and/or deceased, who have served in the United States Military, for display on the “Salute OUR Soldiers” Patriots Wall located inside City Hall. Persons interested in submitting photos should deliver them to the attention of: Francie Novo, c/o City of Pembroke Pines, The Special Events Office, 10100 Pines Boulevard 2nd Floor Building B, Pembroke Pines FL 33026. Photos can be any size, but 5 x7 headshots are preferred. Print the soldier’s name, rank and military branch, along with the name, address and phone number of the person submitting the photo on the back of the photo. Photos will not be returned. “Hooray for USA” The public is invited to view the “Hooray for USA” Art Exhibit, on display through July 16, at the Glass Gallery in the Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Boulevard. Created by local artists, the exhibit is a celebration of American greatness. It features a patriotic theme, with art based on Americana artistry and creativity. It showcases a triptic from 19th century, watercolors, photography, stained glass, quilts, and sculptures. “The exhibit honors our heroes, servicemen, and everyday hardworking Americans,” said Benoit Menasche, Pembroke Pines art curator. Independence Day Celebration Join thousands of Pembroke Pines residents for the 4th of July celebration at the Pines Recreation Center Festival Grounds, 7400 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines. There will be music, children’s activities, food trucks, a fireworks display and more. Commemorative Bricks on Sale Honor or remember a soldier by purchasing a brick at the Veterans Walkway. The City of Pembroke Pines Veterans Memorial is anchored by a fifteen foot black granite obelisk dedicated to United States Military veterans and is surrounded by commemorative bricks with a walkway leading up to the obelisk. The commemorative bricks feature the engraved name of a veteran, living or deceased, the branch of the armed forces they served in, and other memorial comments, or a general message thanking our veterans for their service. To purchase a brick for the Pembroke Pines Veterans Memorial, visit and click on “Veterans Memorial Foundation.” September 11th Patriots Day Remembrance Ceremony Remember all those who, on September 11, 2001, faced terrorism and those whose lives were lost then and in the years since. The Ceremony includes guest speakers, the presentation of colors and performances from school bands and choirs. It will be held at 8:30am, at Pembroke Pines City Center, located at 10300 Pines Boulevard. For information about any of the activities or events, call 954-435-6525; visit or send an email to


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Sincerity Project Highlights Talents of Special Needs Artists By Debby Teich


nce again, members of the special

needs community in Broward County have proven that imitation can be the sincerest form of flattery. On June 1, the City of Pembroke Pines Parks

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Interpretation of Hand Out Your Love by Ed King

and Recreation Department opened the 2nd Annual Sincerity Project to the public at Studio 18 in the Pines. 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. The exhibit will remain open through July 27. A Studio Salon will be held on July 6, to give the public an opportunity to meet the participating artists and discuss the art work.


The idea for the project began last year, 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. 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 Jill to curate a show and invite others with special needs to experience the joy of creating art. This year, 22 established artists will exhibit and participate in The Sincerity Project, which focuses on Devotion as the theme. David “Lebo” Le Batard’s work

Untitled by David “Lebo” Le Batard

is splashed across a 29’ wall in the main gallery. When asked to contemplate the meaning of devotion, he replied, “The idea of devotion is as broad as it is deep, but in the end I feel it’s best defined as the act of lessening the ego for the love of something valuable.” Antonio Guerrero of The Cuban Art Project shares his devotion to his homeland with three works on paper. Ed King’s and Jacklyn Interpretation of Untitled by David “Lebo” Le Batard Laflamme’s work each occupies a 24’ wall in the main gallery to share their visions of devotion. Jacklyn Laflamme’s “Peace by Piece” features more than 40 images of the peace sign. Ed King’s work is inspired by GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer Culture). All of the established artists made their original artwork available “for interpretation” by special needs artists at nine facilities in Broward County, including Artists with Autism, Transitions, Children’s Harbor, Geo-Care State Hospital, Independence High School, Lucanus Developmental Center, The Ann Stork Center, The Schott Communities, United Cerebral Palsy and

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Luz Aponte. 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 or between their toes. Some of the paintings are a near replica of the original, while others bear little resemblance. The only requirement was that they had to keep the title the same. “The Project gives members of the special needs community an opportunity showcase their work publically,” said Jill Slaughter, Curator of Special Projects. “Nothing is good, bad, right or wrong. It is all about what these two different communities of artists are able to give to each other and to the community. Relationships blossom between them and a deeper sense of the creative process is explored.” All of the interpretations are on display at Studio 18 in the Pines and surround the original artwork. Many of the interpretations are for sale for $25.

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Pembroke Pines Family Wins Volunteer Family of the Year By Debby Teich


ost weekends, the Downes/Fasking family of Pembroke Pines

return for their efforts, volunteers can earn incentives, such as Miami Dolphins game tickets, merchandise and autographed footballs. Some volunteers in the program have donated the items they received to the causes they have been supporting. The Downes/Fasking family got involved with the program, because they are big fans of the Miami Dolphins. The four kids, who range in age from 11 to 18, along with their parents have spent more than 200 hours packing meals for children in need, walking for children with autism, working on landscape at Zoo Miami, restoring a home for a Veteran and much more. “We want to make sure that our kids understand the importance of giving back to the community,” said Dennis Downes. “I had a tear in my eye when they announced that we were the Volunteer Family of the Year.” The family received a trophy which is proudly displayed in the house.

can be found making a difference in the community. The Miami Dolphins recently recognized the family’s efforts at a Volunteer Appreciation Party at Sun Life Stadium, where they were named Volunteer Family of the Year. “This family instills the values of community service in their children, which is needed to make sure South Florida is a better place to live for generations to come.” said Leslie Nixon, Miami Dolphins Manager of Volunteer Programs. They were given two camp spots to the Dolphins Youth Program football camp. It has been two years since the Miami Dolphins launched the Special Teams Driven By Chevy program to encourage South Floridians to be active members of their community. “For the past four years, the City of Miami has ranked last in the nation in volunteerism,” said Nixon. “We wanted to change that.” Since the program started, more than 3,800 people have volunteered at over 700 community events. Many of the volunteers have been exposed to programs they did not know existed. In The Downes/Fasking family proudly displays the trophy they won from the Miami Dolphins.




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Children Get the Royal Treatment at Mayor’s Kids’ Day By Debby Teich

movies and more. To participate, children ages 15 and younger must pre-register at Mothers and fathers have their own special day. In Pembroke Pines, so do the Pines Recreation Center and other public buildings. They will receive a special “Kids’ children. On June 22, more than 1,000 children are expected to join in the fun at the Day” wristband, which allows them to attend as many activities as they want. They will 3rd Annual Mayor’s Kids’ Day. They will have an opportunity to eat lunch with the also receive a complete list of the businesses and their offers. And everything is free! Mayor and attend a variety of free events throughout the city. “Our Mayor wants to At noon, the children will meet for lunch with the Mayor. They can challenge him in make June 22nd the best day of the summer for our young residents,” said Francie a City Trivia game for prizes and join him for hot dogs, hamburgers and cake. Fire and Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. police personnel will also be at the event. “Mayor’s Kids’ Day is a win-win for everyone,” Green Bay, Wisconsin Mayor Jim Schmit came up with the idea for Mayor’s Kids’ said Novo. “The kids have fun all day and get to meet the Mayor. The parents don’t have Day and it was adopted as policy by to pay anything. The businesses The United Conference of Mayors in increase foot traffic and get some 2009. When Mayor Frank C. Ortis great exposure.” heard about it at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, he decided Kids, 15 and under, must be preto implement the special day in registered and wearing wristbands Pembroke Pines. “Children work at all times to participate in the hard all school year and deserve activities. For information on plenty of summer activities,” said how to get your Mayor’s Kids’ Day Mayor Ortis. FREE wristband, call 954-435The event is made possible 6525 or visit through the generosity of more and click on Parks and Recreation than 50 participating businesses in Department. Businesses interested Pembroke Pines. They will be offerin participating, call 954-435-6525 ing free deals and activities, such as or send an email to FNovo@ppines. bowling, swimming, haircuts, ice com or cream, dental cleanings, breakfast, Mayor Frank C. Ortis visits with Pembroke Pines families at the 2011 Mayor’s Kids’ Day.

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Pembroke Pines Residents to Celebrate July 4th By Debby Teich


ore than 20,000 people are expected to gather for the City

of Pembroke Pines annual July 4th Celebration. There will be fireworks, music, activities and plenty of food. The event will be held at 7400 Pines Boulevard, from 7 to 9pm. Gates open at 6pm. “It is a great way to spend time with the family and celebrate our nation’s independence,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. The fireworks display is one of the best in South Florida. The beautiful light and sound extravaganza will last approximately 20 minutes. “We wait all year long for the fireworks show,” said Pembroke Pines resident Martha Hill. “We are never disappointed.” For the kids, there will be game booths, arts and crafts projects, slides and bounce houses. This is the first year that the Food Truck Round Ups will be at the event. With approximately 15 trucks on site, there will be a wide variety of foods available, including Jamaican, Cuban, Italian, Vegetarian, snow cones, desserts and much more. “I have been to several events with the food trucks and sampled many different types of cuisines,” said Pembroke Pines resident Carl Hathaway. “Everything is always fresh and delicious.” The Brass Evolution will play Top 40 Hits, from 7 to 9pm. The band was formed in 1998 to bring back the sound of groups like Chicago,

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t has been more than eight years since the over-

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are all improved. Bioidentical hormone therapy also offers many health benefits. After using natural hormones, women experience an increase in bone density which protects against osteoporosis. Muscle metabolism is also improved leading to an increase in muscle mass and reduction of body fat. Testosterone protects the heart and heart disease is the number one medical problem in this country. It is important to point out that bioidentical hormone therapy is not a one size fits all treatment. In other words, every patient has their therapy individualized, so it is custom prepared to fill their body’s deficiencies and put the body back into balance. Patients sleep better, therapeutic levels are more consistent, and everything improves over time. Patients who are using bioidentical hormone therapy have a high degree of satisfaction. I am consistently told: “I should have done this sooner,” “my children want to be around me again,” and “I have more energy.” Men can also benefit from bioidentical hormone therapy. As men age, testosterone levels decrease. With hormone therapy men notice increased muscle strength, more energy, and a better libido. Don’t take my word for it, do your own research; talk with others who have benefited from bioidentical hormone therapy. It’s a natural and safe way to improve your health and quality of life. Dr. Michael Augustino is a board certified OB/GYN who has been in practice for 25 years. He has offices in Weston and Pembroke Pines, with privileges at Memorial Hospital West. The Weston office is located at 1605 Town Center Boulevard. Appointments can be made by calling (954) 384-8668. To learn more about Dr. Augustino and his practice, visit www.

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The Tastings Sells Out in Pembroke Pines By Debby Teich


rom stir fry to bruschetta, guests enjoyed samples

of some of the best food that Pembroke Pines has to offer. On May 15, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, in partnership with the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce, hosted The Tastings. If you missed this event, the next one will be held in August. For a minimal donation to the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, 300 guests received a Taste Card that served as a sampling ticket. They visited each restaurant to try a favorite item from the menu. The participating restaurants included: Brio Tuscan Grill, The Pub, Fuddruckers, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, Kilwin’s Chocolate and Ice Cream, Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill, That Wine Place, TCBY Frozen Yogurt and Village Tavern. Guests also enjoyed live music, as well as demonstrations by several resident artists from Studio 18 in the Pines. They also had a chance to enter into a raffle for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a $500 shopping spree at the mall. “The Tastings is a great way to spend an evening out with family and friends,” said Robert Goltz, president/ CEO of the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce. “It is an opportunity to visit the restaurants and businesses at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens and enjoy some local culture.” The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is located at 527 SW 145th Terrace, in Pembroke Pines, just off Interstate-75 at Pines Boulevard. For information, visit or call Guest Services at 954-450-1580.

Seniors Test Their Spelling Abilities By Debby Teich


he tension escalated as Pembroke Pines seniors were asked

to spell words that would make a college English professor proud. Contestants competed for one and one half hours before a winner was announced in the 2nd Annual Senior Spelling Bee, hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center. Pembroke Pines Director of Community Services and Housing Jay Shechter, who loves to play Scrabble, came up with the idea for the contest. “This is the greatest generation of spellers,” said Shechter. Eighteen seniors took their seats on stage and proceeded to the microphone when their names were called. Once they misspelled a word, they were eliminated. Sue Krawczonek served as Spelling Bee moderator, and was joined by judges Diane Shawcross and Sara Caricchio. Helen Daniels served as Stage Monitor and Suzy Felix was Spelling Bee Hostess. The contest started with words, such as boric, shingles, troublemaker and sunbonnet. Only nine seniors made it to the second round. They attempted to spell more difficult words, such as abatement, gringo and hydrate. Only four contestants remained on stage for the final spelling bee words, which included isometric, embalmment, amperage and spasmodically. Throughout the contest, guests in the audience whispered amongst themselves and had to be hushed when they spelled the words too loudly. Fortunately, the final three spellers did not need any help! Seventy-one year old Ed Riccardi won the Senior Spelling Bee, when he correctly spelled the word “myology”. Alida Morgan (who was the first place winner in 2011) won second place and Irma Heath won third place. The three winners received a special certificate. In addition, Ed received $50 in cash and lunch for two at The Mayors Cafe and Bagel Emporium in Pembroke Pines. Alida received $30 in cash and Irma


received $20 in cash. Jay Shechter announced that a Spanish Senior Spelling Bee will be held later in the year. The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit, click on Departments and select Community Services.

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PPCHS Student Awarded Gates Millennium Scholarship By Debby Teich


addition to the financial support, each Gates Millennium Scholar is provided with personal and professional development via leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college careers. “To say we are so proud of Nick would be an understatement,” stated Peter Bayer, PPCHS Principal. “This is a truly prestigious award which, according to the Gates Foundation, distinguishes Nicholas as a “Leader for America’s Future.”   Nicholas satisfied all of the criteria for selection, including a demonstration of strong leadership, outstanding community service, and academic achievement. He is ranked 28th in a class of more than 400 students. He is captain of his varsity baseball team and involved in National Honor Society. He has logged more than 400 hours of community service by volunteering at His House Children’s Home, as well as at his school and church. Nicholas says that this scholarship will help ease the pressure for his parents, who have endured some difficult times lately. “A fire destroyed my father’s store, so now he can just focus on getting his business back,” said Nicholas. He says that he owes much of his success to his parents, who have always encouraged him. “There were so many late nights when I wanted to go to sleep and they told me to keep going,” said Nicholas. “They always challenged me to do better than my best and it paid off.” The pressure is now on for his 13-yearNicholas Eyrich received the Gates old bother and 14-year-old sister. Millennium Scholarship.

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to scholarships to help with some of the expenses. This year, 1,000 students nationwide were lucky enough to receive the Gates Millennium Scholarship. Pembroke Pines Charter High School senior Nicholas Eyrich was one of them. Nicholas had always dreamed of attending Emory University in Georgia, so he could begin studying to become an orthopedic surgeon. When he realized that the tuition and other expenses were more than his parents could afford, he was determined to find a way to pay the annual cost of nearly $60,000. His online search for scholarships revealed that most were for $1,000. The Gates Millennium Scholarship, which provides funding through graduation, was one of the few exceptions. He applied and will never forget the moment he learned that he was awarded the scholarship. “I knew it was a good sign when I saw the thick envelope in the mailbox,” said Nicholas. “It was one of the best feelings of my life. It means so much to me to know that Bill Gates is behind me.” The Gates Millennium Scholars program is funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a recipient, Nicholas can attend any college or university he selects. The scholarship also includes funding of the recipient’s education through the master’s and doctoral levels. In

PPCS Students Build New Garden on Campus By Debby Teich


fter more than a month of prepara-

tion, students at Pembroke Pines Charter School Central Campus are reaping the benefits of their new garden. The students recently painted and planted six garden boxes on the school’s campus. The project was a joint effort between the Pembroke Pines Elementary School Central Campus and the Pembroke Pines Middle School Central Campus Kiwanis Builders Club. Students in third grade through middle school painted the boxes. “Three of the boxes are painted with geometric designs to represent our math and science subjects,” said Vivian Rodriguez, elementary school art teacher who supervised the project. “The other three are painted with organic designs to represent the humanities.” After the boxes were painted, the PPCMS Builders Club students prepared the soil and planted butterfly plants, native Florida wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables. Students in the Builders Club have been responsible for taking care of the garden. They have been watering, weeding, fertilizing and performing other tasks. “The garden is a good idea, because it teaches kids how to be responsible for taking care of the earth,” said Joey Tinghitella, 6th grade student and Builders Club member. “We are looking forward to the flowers, butterflies


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Golf Tournament netted $96,000 this year for our nationally recognized charter school system, which provides “A” rated education for 5,500 students. Our students deserve a high quality education and we are determined to make each tournament a success to insure our children have the best education possible. This year’s tournament netted $10,000 more than last year and was held at Pembroke Lakes Country Club. We are grateful to the companies who supported us through sponsorships, foursomes and prize donations. We recently went through a severe period of daily rainfall, which generates an assumption that lots of rainfall means that there is no need for water restrictions. Unfortunately, water restrictions are still required and water conservation is still an over-arching goal for all communities in Florida. Below is information on the current landscape irrigation schedule: ▸▸ Residences and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, only before 10am or after 4pm. ▸▸ Residences and businesses with an even-numbered street address, no street address, or those who irrigate both even and odd addresses within the same zones, which may include multi-family units and homeowners associations, may water lawns and landscapes on Thursdays and/or Sundays, only before 10am or after 4pm. Another ordinance I would like to bring to your attention at this time relates to garbage collection, because of the number of calls we receive on this matter. Please see the ordinance below: ▸▸ 94.13 RESIDENTIAL CURBSIDE SERVICE; FREQUENCY; GARBAGE RECEPTACLES AND PLACEMENT FOR COLLECTION. (A) The collector shall collect solid waste including horticulture trash, from residential curbside service areas two times per week, with collection at least three days apart. (B) Customers/property owners provided with residential curbside service in the city shall place solid waste in properly prepared containers or plastic bags of not more than three feet in length, 32 gallons and weighing not more than 40 pounds at curbside for collection. Yard trash shall be tied neatly in bundles and placed at curbside along with solid waste for collection. Newspapers shall be separately placed in containers provided by the city or bundled in amounts not exceeding 50 pounds and placed for collection on the day designated. The containers, yard trash and newspaper shall not be placed in the aforementioned place sooner than 6pm the day preceding the regularly scheduled day of collection and shall not be permitted to remain past 10pm of the collection date, providing, further, that the customer/property owner shall ensure that all containers are stored and kept in a clean condition and inside a structure, or in the back yard, or at least ten feet behind the building line, whenever possible and practicable, in the side yard or screened from view from the street and adjacent properties except during collection.  (Ord. 1016, passed 11-4-92; Am. Ord. 1175, passed 9-4-96) As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or call my office at 954-435-6505.

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Other common types of injuries related to dancing can include: ▸▸ stress fractures (hairline breaks in the bone) from repeated jumping and landing ▸▸ foot neuromas (thickening/irritation of the nerves in the ball of the foot) resulting from repetitive pivoting ▸▸ shin splints (pain and swelling in the front of the lower legs) which can be aggravated by recurring activities ▸▸ tendonitis (inflammation of the tendons in the foot) from over exertion ▸▸ corns, calluses or blisters—all painful skin irritations resulting from repeated rubbing of the skin on the feet. With dancing being repetitively hard on the lower extremities, how can dancers of any level protect their feet and ankles? The best defense to injury is prevention. Dancers should wear appropriate shoes to properly support their feet and ankles, as well as perform dance moves with their individual skill levels in mind. When an injury does occur, prompt medical attention by a foot and ankle surgeon can make all the difference in a proper rehabilitation.  Young dancers, especially, should not ignore any foot and ankle injuries. Injuries may lead to serious stress fractures that may ruin future performances. Most dance injuries can be treated with conservative care as long as they are addressed early and not ignored. Many people and children dispel foot pain if they can walk on the foot, but it is important to remember it is possible to walk on a seriously injured foot. Plus, common injuries, if left untreated, may require surgical intervention to ensure proper healing. The Florida Foot @ Ankle Associates, LLC is located at the Memorial Hospital West Professional Bldg., 601 N. Flamingo Rd. Suite 414, in Pembroke Pines. Dr. Michael A. Rivera has been a South Florida foot and ankle surgeon for past 18 years. For more information on heel pain in children or adults, call 954-888-1444.

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Mamajuana Cafe Offers a Taste of Old Spanish & Dominican Cuisine By Julie Levin


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authentic and different, make sure you check out the new Mamajuana Cafe in Pembroke Pines. After opening in January, the fine dining restaurant has been pleasing diners with a delicious array of Nuevo Latino Fusion cuisine. Owner Eduardo Cruz recently answered some commonly answered questions about the Mamajuana Cafe.

What is Mamajuana Cafe? Mamajuana Cafe is a fine dining restaurant that brings to life traditional and new dishes rich in Dominican history. Pargo Relleno- Stuffed Red Snapper

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What’s the Decor like? Mamajuana Cafe is done in a traditional Spanish Colonial style.

How did you select the name Mamajuana Cafe? Mamajuana is a very popular drink in the Dominican Republic. We choose that name to attract the people that are familiar with the drink. We also carry a variety of cocktails which are prepared with Mamajuana.

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What type of food do you serve? Mamajuana Cafe serves Nuevo Latino Fusion, which is a combination of Old Spanish and Dominican Cuisine. We offer a full line of appetizers, soups, salads, entrees and delicious desserts, all at reasonable prices.

Are there any specialty items you are particularly proud of ? Mamajuana Cafe has several items we are very proud of. We have our traditional “Sancocho” which is a seven-meat stew, our “Asopaito de Marisco” which is a seafood soup with rice, and “Maduro Relleno” which is a sweet plantain stuffed with cod fish.

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Moving on towards our main course, we have “Pargo Relleno”, which is a boneless snapper with coconut rice covered with seafood, and our famous “Puerquito”which is a pork shoulder slowly marinated which gives it an awesome flavor.

What days and hours are you open? Mamajuana Cafe is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.- 3p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m. On weekends, we always have live music and offer Brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. What other services do you offer? We offer a variety of services, including banquet facilities for bridal showers, Sweet 16 parties, baby showers, corporate meetings, or any special event or occasion. 

When did you open and what drew you to the Pembroke Pines/Miramar area? Mamajuana Cafe opened in January of 2012 after relocating from Coral Gables. The reason we choose Pembroke Pines is because of the demand for Latin Cuisine and it is also an up-and-coming area.

What can customers expect when they visit Mamajuana Cafe? People can expect a whole new dining experience! They will enjoy our food, our cocktails, our ambience, and a bit of our culture which is displayed throughout the restaurant.

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Vanessa Cortes, territorial manager, provided answers to some commonly asked questions about Physicians Weight Loss.

What can clients expect during a consultation? The initial consultation is free and takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes. After we explain our programs and complete an individual body composition analysis, we determine the most effective program for the client’s body type.

Describe your weight loss systems. We offer our patients a total of seven weight loss plans. The plans are individualized, so they provide the most effective, safest and quickest way for each patient to lose weight. We understand that no two patients are alike. The programs include: VLCD, VLCD Accelerated with HCG, LCD, LFHE, LFHE 1000, LFHE 1500 and Physicians Fast.  What kind of results can men and women expect? Men are losing about 3 to 9 pounds of fat per week. Women are losing 2 to 7 pounds of fat per week. We guarantee 3 to 5 pounds of fat per week.

Do you offer HCG? Why is it so effective? Yes. We have HCG in two forms: pharmaceutical grade injections and Thermogenic HCG Spray. The average weight loss has been Before After been 1/2 to 1.2 pounds of fat per day and the inch loss is also amazing! HCG allows for a patient to burn up to 1,400 calories of their storage fat a day, without any physical activity at all! It also improves moods and enhances the appearance of a patient’s skin, hair and nails. A patient’s focus factor has also been noted to improve while using HCG. How are clients monitored during the weight loss process? We have physicians, nurses and a nutritionist on staff. We see our patients 2 to 3 times a week, for 10 minutes each visit. We weigh them, provide


individualized nutritional planning and counseling, monitor blood pressure and check ketone via urine analysis and body composition analysis. We also do blood work and EKG’s as needed.

How do your weight loss counselors help patients? Our Certified Weight Loss Counselors play a big role in patient programs because they offer the one-on-one support, guidance, counseling and motivation patients need to get through their programs. They are trained to identify a plateau and know how to get the body to burn fat again. Do you offer a maintenance plan? Yes. We include maintenance plans with most of our regular programs. We do not charge any extra for maintenance services. We encourage patients to follow through with maintenance even after they are at their goal weight. We offer maintenance to our patients because Physicians Weight Loss Centers thrive when our patients are successful! Is exercise part of your programs? Exercise is not a requirement. However, we do encourage some physical activity as patients get closer to their goal weight.

Are you part of a franchise? How is this beneficial? Yes. We are a franchise. We have been in business for seven years, but the brand has a history of 35 years! We are well known for getting patients quickly and effectively to their goal weight. We also help them maintain their weight by retraining their metabolic systems through our maintenance program.

Do you sell food, nutrition and weight loss products? We offer a wide range of nutritional supplements. Protein supplements play a very important role in protecting the muscle mass in the body. They keep the body burning the moat amount of fat, while satisfying any and all cravings. We also sell appetite suppressants and fat burners, which are great weight loss aides. Multi-vitamins, EMC/mineral tablets and B12 injections also help break down foods in the body more quickly, increase energy levels, keep you burning fat longer, etc.  Physicians Weight Loss Centers have locations in Davie, Margate and Boynton Beach. The Davie office is located at 15661 Sheridan Street, Suite #1, in the Shoppes at Cinemark Plaza. For information, call 954-680-2001.

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*Required nutritional supplements & medical fees at our regular low prices, and mandatory. Based or enrollment in a 16 or 20 week program. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has right to refuse to pay, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination, or treatment, results may vary. A drug which has not been approved by the food and drug administration as safe and effective in the treatment of obesity or weight control. There is no substantial evidence that hcg increases weight loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or “normal” distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restrictive diets [15].

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that provides experienced care, comfort and a relaxing atmosphere, make sure you schedule your next appointment at European Wax Center in Pembroke Pines. With their staff of licensed and trained estheticians, and their unique “Comfort Wax” system, European Wax Center promises customers an experience unlike any other waxing center. General Manager Adam Bursztein recently answered some commonly asked questions about European Wax Center.

What is the European Wax Center? European

Wax Center is the Ultimate Wax Experience. We offer guests an exclusive four-step Comfort Wax™ system that cleanses, protect, waxes and rejuvenates skin in hundreds of centers conveniently located across the country.

What can prospective customers expect when they visit European Wax Centers? Our Comfort Wax

and four step process make the most comfortable waxing experience possible. Because only clean, protected skin is waxed and our wax adheres only to hair and not skin, most guests experience reduced pain. By applying finishing products after a wax service, we are able to reduce irritation. Can you describe the decor and atmosphere? European Wax

Centers has an upscale look and decor, with a quiet spa-like atmosphere. What sets European Wax Centers apart from other Waxing Centers?

body waxing for women and men.

European Wax Center’s Comfort Wax™ is a hard wax. That means it is applied directly to the skin and removed without cloth strips. It can be applied at a cooler temperature than other waxes so it doesn’t burn the skin. It clings to hair, but not skin, which results in less irritation. Also, European Wax Center never double dips. Wax is always applied with a new wax stick each and every time.  This is to ensure the health and safety of our guests.

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Center carries a range of high-end product designed to help guests continue the Ultimate Wax Experience at home.

We use the most expensive wax available and offer the very competitive pricing for all our services

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ciency and product knowledge. As the world leader in comfortable and healthy waxing, we ensure that our wax specialists receive ongoing training and coaching. Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about the European Wax Centers? For

first-time guests, women can take advantage of a free eyebrow, under arm, or bikini line service. Men can receive a free eyebrow, ear or nose wax. How can customers reach you? We are located

at 11081 Pines Blvd, in Pembroke Pines. You’ll find us in Pembroke Lakes Plaza, next to 5 guys and Jared Jewelers. You can phone us at 954-475-2444 or online at

Please tell us about the training of your technicians? All

European Wax Center wax specialists are licensed and trained estheticians. They are also trained extensively with our own Comfort Wax™ and receive additional education for mastering waxing effi-

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seen on scene

Ice Cream Surprise - Steve Pressman, owner of the Pill Box Pharmacy in Pembroke Pines, celebrated his company’s 27th anniversary and his 54th birthday by hosting an ice cream sundae cart in his Pembroke Pines Pill Box Plaza store. Patrons were treated to free ice cream sundaes, with all the toppings.

Work Day - The City of Pembroke Pines held its annual Take Your Child to Work Day for employees with children ages eight to sixteen.

young at heart - May was Older Americans Month and the SWFP Community Center had plenty for adults 55 and older to do, including breakfasts, BBQ’s, fashion shows, games, classes and more.

Vegas Night

The Pembroke Pines Charter School Foundation held a Vegas Night, featuring Vegas style gaming and entertainment. It raised $8,000 for the Pembroke Pines Charter School System.

Healthy Kids - Subway’s Jared attended Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA in Pembroke Pines to help blow the whistle on childhood obesity. The free community event featured family fitness fun, sports clinics, nutrition education and water safety demos. Everything was designed to inspire kids and families to stay physically and intellectually active during the summer. Photo: Sheryl Woods, Jared, Jay Moskowitz and Mayor Frank Ortiz.


Cans for Cash

Residents and businesses brought in over 1,000 cans for the City of Pembroke Pines Cans for the Cash City Recycling Challenge held during the Pembroke Pines 52nd Birthday Celebration and Fair.

Clean Up

Ken Rivera and Russell Mackie of Waste Pro offered a Pembroke Pines family clean up assistance following a devastating fire.

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