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Contents calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Community News Local Artists Paints Mural on Pembroke Pines City Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Pembroke Pines Holiday Celebration Is a Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Tennis Players Compete On and Off the Court in Pembroke Pines . . . . . . . . . . 16 PAL Boxers Fought Hard at Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Special Olympics Team Participates in 5KRun/Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Over 100 Thanksgiving Baskets Given to Pembroke Pines Residents in Need . . . 20 Swing for the Green Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Children’s Harbor Opens New Outdoor Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Inspiring Individual Pembroke Pines Teen Hopes to be Crowned Miss USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

cover story Attorney Sergio Cabanas – Your Hero in Times of Trouble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

School News Preschool Students Donate Toys for Annual PPFD Holiday Drive . . . . . . . . . . . 26

ASK THE EXPERT Pediatric Foot or Ankle Sprain May Be a More Complex Growth Plate Injury . . . . 27 Advances in Breast Augmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Legally Speaking Alimony and the Effect of a Supportive Relationship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Quiet Title Actions – A Timely Solution That May Eliminate Your Mortgage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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5th Art Exhibit Reception – Members of the Weston Art Guild will host a reception from 7-9pm to introduce their latest art exhibit, “Weston Art Guild and Friends,” on display at the Glass Gallery in Pembroke Pines through March 10th. For information, visit www.westonartguild.blogspot.com.

7th Wine – Taste more than 100 wines at the FIU Wine Experience, which is now offered at the FIU Broward Pines Center, located on Sheridan Street, off I75. Class is taught by expert wine professionals. Classes are on Mondays, from 6:15 to 8:45pm. For information, visit www.wine.fiu.edu.

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Dinner Dance – Enjoy the “Time of Your Life” Dinner Dance with live entertainment. $10 per person includes a buffet dinner at 5:30pm (reservations required). Dance begins at 6:30pm. Music and entertainment provided by Radio DJ Tom Caminiti from Majic 102.7. Event is at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

Miracle League – A new baseball season has started for the Weston Miracle League, which offers South Florida children with disabilities an opportunity to play baseball. Players and volunteers are needed. The season, which runs through January, has openings for players (age 5 – 15) and volunteers (ages 13 and older). All practices and games will take place Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5pm, at the Miracle League Baseball Field, located at Rose G. Price Park, 901 NW 208th Avenue, in Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.westonmiracleleague.com or send an email to blazjurko@yahoo.com.

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Tennis Players Compete On and Off the Court in Pembroke Pines By Debby Teich

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age bracket recently competed in the 7th annual USTA/ Jaimes Tennis Girl’s 14 Designated, held at the Paul J. Maxwell Tennis Center in Pembroke Pines. They played for valuable ranking points and participated in some fun off-court contests for a great cause. Tournament Director Lynn Jaimes dedicated the tournament to her mother-in-law, who lost her battle with cancer last summer. Players, parents, coaches and spectators were all asked to wear pink for the weekend in support of the fight against breast cancer, as well as to support the theme of an all-girls weekend. On the court, 12-year-old Emma Decoste won both singles and doubles. Polina Kiseleva played a tough three set battle with Decoste and lost in a controversial third. Decoste paired with Sasha Belaya (4th seeds) to upset the #1 seeded team of Laura Fabrizi and Cheyenne Lilienthal in the doubles final. Third place winner Sophia Edwards defeated The girls wore pink at the tournament. Rehanna Butt. Fifth place win-

ner Shene Disbergen defeated Laura Fabrizi. The tournament awarded prizes to the top moms, dad, and sisters for their support of the PINK, as well as to several players. Some of the awards included: Pinkest Players (Kayce Moore, Cheyenne Lilienthal, Sophia Edwards), Top Mom (Hilda Mendez, Caroline Edwards, Grazia Fabrizi), Top Dad (Andy Gladstone), Top Sister (Sami Kennedy, Patricia Mendez), Best sold cupcakes to raise money Sports “girl” ship both on and Players for ACS. Photos by Lynn Jaimes off the court (Amanda Meyer) and Friendliest Player (Angelica Blake). The event also included a cupcake bake sale to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Players baked homemade cupcakes, which were judged by the taste, appearance and the name they selected. A panel of judges named Melissa Plambeck the 2012 Cupcake Champion. Student volunteers from the Jaimes Tennis Program sold the cupcakes and created a “drive through” cupcake service at the entrance to Maxwell Park. ‘The generosity that was shown this weekend was amazing,” said Jaimes. “We raised over $400 in cupcake sales and donations.”

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PAL Boxers Fought Hard at Fundraiser By Debby Teich

On January 7, PAL will offer new boxing classes for ages 8 to 17, from beginner to advanced. The mateur boxers from throughout classes will meet on Monday, Wednesday and South Florida displayed their talents at the Friday, from 4:30 to 6:30pm. After warming up Pembroke Pines Police Athletic League’s by stretching, running and jumping rope, the Annual 15 Bout Charity Amateur Boxing Event kids shadow box, work the boxing mitts with their last month. More than 200 people gathered for coaches, punch the heavy bag and do a number of the fundraiser at Walter C. Young Middle School. different cardio and non-cardio power drills. On Proceeds will benefit Pembroke Pines PAL, a Fridays, the kids come dressed in their boxing recreational and educational oriented juvenile head gear, protectors and Olympic-style boxing crime prevention program that relies on athletics gloves and spar each other under the supervision and educational activities to create better relations of the coaches, using USA Boxing style rules. “The between police officers and the youth in the comboxing program keeps the kids off the streets and munity. The program depends on sponsorships at the Center,” said Officer William Bucknam, who and donations to help pay for its youth programs. started Pembroke Pines PAL in 1996. During the fundraiser, kids from neighboring The kids in the program often have an opporPALs and independent gyms competed in 17 Members of the Pembroke Pines PAL board, Tom Joyce, and PAL boxers pose for a photo at the boxing fundraiser. tunity to meet and train with visitors like Davie matches. They boxed three rounds and received PAL Coach Milton Lacroix, famous trainer for former World Heavy Weight Champion medals. “Most of the rounds were very close,” said Rob Nonies, head coach of the Shannon Briggs of Florida. Milton has been mentoring the Pembroke Pines PAL Pembroke Pines team. Jose Verona, 8, Marclo Nonies, 13, and Marlow Caraballo, 13, coaches and brings his team of champion fighters with him to the gym. competed from the Pembroke Pines PAL boxing team. All three came in second place. The event raised approximately $3,500. “We really need the funds,” said Rob. “We The cost for the boxing program is $10 per month, in addition to the $40 annual fee do not have corporate sponsors like many other sports organizations. We do not to join PAL. Pembroke Pines PAL is located at 7900 Johnson St. in Pembroke Pines. charge much for the kids to participate. All of the boxing coaches are volunteers and For information, call 954-986-5044. very dedicated. Sometimes they even pay out of their own pockets so that boxers can travel to other events.”

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Special Olympics Team Participates in 5KRun/Walk By Debby Teich

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him in his support of Special Olympics. It was the start of the 5K Run/Walk.    even athletes from the City Special Olympics Broward County proof Pembroke Pines Special Population vides a free program that enriches the lives program put on their walking shoes of children and adults with intellectual and and participated in the Special Olympics developmental disabilities. Special Olympics Race/Walk Sallarulo’s Race held at Nova programs provide the athletes with the invaluSoutheastern on November 10. They were able gifts of self-confidence and self-image, joined by their friends and families. “Our City which carries over into all aspects of their lives.   of Pembroke Pines raised nearly $500 for the The City of Pembroke Pines Parks and NSU 5KRun/Walk Sallarulo’s Race,” said Recreation Department offers a Special Mary Wilson Palacios, Special Population Populations program that is designed to Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. provide quality recreational and educational  Sallarulo’s Race for Champions was created opportunities for individuals with intellecby Paul, Patrick and Samantha Sallarulo to tual and physical disabilities. A variety of raise money for Special Olympics Broward programs are offered throughout the year. County. Paul is a member of the NSU Board of The City of Pembroke Pines Special Population Pines Team gathered for a photo prior to walking the course at the Special They may be inclusionary, where participants Trustees, Chairman of the Wayne H. Huizenga Olympics Race/Walk held at Nova Southeastern University. are incorporated into regular programs, and School of Business and Entrepreneurship, include modifications or adaptations as needed. Some of the current and upcoming Dental School – Advisory Board, and President of the International NSU Alumni programs include wheelchair sports, Special Olympic training, specialty camps, special Association. He has been a strong supporter of Special Olympics and has been working events and educational field trips. with people with special needs since he was 16 years old.  In 2006, Paul decided to complete a half marathon in Orlando to mark his 50th For information or to register, volunteer or sponsor any of the year round Special birthday. At the same time, he raised money for Special Olympics by collecting donaPopulation programs, visit www.ppines.com, call (954) 450-3663 or send an email tions. He finished the race and surpassed his fundraising goal, generating $130,000 in to mpalacios@ppines.com.   donations. This motivated him to create an event where the community could join

Over 100 Thanksgiving Baskets Given to Pembroke Pines Residents in Need By Debby Teich

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an opportunity to indulge in roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, while enjoying the company of friends and families. For those who are less fortunate, however, the holiday may take on a very different meaning. In November, the staff at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center hosted the 37th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to reach out to those in need of assistance. They provided 103 Thanksgiving baskets to families in the community. “The Thanksgiving baskets were complete with a turkey and all of the trimmings, including a pumpkin pie,” said organizer Diane Shawcross of the SWFP Community Center. The staff at the SWFP Community Center, students and teachers in the Pembroke Pines Charter School System, residents, and businesses made donations. For the fourth year in a row, the Pembroke Pines Professional Fire Fighters Local 2292 also supported the Thanksgiving meal program with a donation of $1,000. “The Professional Firefighters of Pembroke Pines wanted to insure that the citizens of Pembroke Pines enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving The Professional Fire Fighters of Pembroke Pines Local 2292 donated $1,000 to the Thanksgiving effort at SWFP Community Center. meal with all the trimmings,” said Captain Sammy Brown, who also serves as need,” said Shechter. As soon as the Thanksgiving effort was over, Shechter and his the President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Pembroke Pines Local 2292. staff started collecting food for the December holidays. Jay Shechter, Director of Community Services and Housing for the City of Pembroke Pines, says that all of these donations made it possible to round out the Thanksgiving For information about the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, call 954-450baskets and purchase 103 turkeys. “We extend our thanks to everyone in the com6888 or visit www.ppines.com, click on Departments, and select Community Services. munity who has donated to help make this Thanksgiving a happy one for families in

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What is the biggest myth associated with foreclosure? Many people believe that all attorneys are knowledgeable about debt resolution or asset protection. The reality is that an inexperienced attorney may fail to assert certain valuable rights and strategies that could have otherwise resulted in a favorable result for the client.

s a new year begins, many people will spend time reflecting on new ways to improve their lives. This may involve addressing a lingering legal or financial issue. If you are looking for a law firm that is all about you, then Cabanas Law Firm is the right choice.​They resolve your problems, so you can focus on what is important in your life.

At Cabanas Law Firm, they work closely with clients to understand individual goals and develop a customized plan of action. The firm has built its reputation on a long list of client referrals and faithful returning clients who seek personal service. The staff is comprised of highly skilled, experienced, multi-lingual professionals who are dedicated to each client.

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What are the practice areas of the firm? We help clients find solutions to financial problems, so they can focus on whatever is important to them. Some of the areas of our practice include: • Mortgage or HOA debt solutions (foreclosure defense, loan modifications and other settlement programs) • Other debt solutions (credit card defense/medical bills, collections defense, bankruptcy, enforcement of consumer protection statutes) • Asset protection and wealth preservation • Estate planning and probate administration • Landlord-Tenant Law • Class actions, and more. What differentiates Cabanas Law Firm from other law firms? Our firm has a unique mix of attorneys and CPAs, bringing a great deal of firepower in analyzing our clients’ legal and financial situations. I have been practicing law for over 20 years and I work closely with Daniel Tam, our associate attorney who also has more than 20 years of legal experience. Our staff includes a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience, a loan modification specialist who has assisted in completing over a thousand successful loan modifications, in addition to accountants, paralegals and legal assistants. Our work is our passion. We know how important it is to find the right lawyer. Clients want reliable, effective, experienced legal experts they can trust, who are committed to achieving the best possible results for them. Most importantly, we take the time to personally meet with our clients and develop a special plan of action that is custom-tailored to their individual goals.

Is it possible to get a “free house”? It is possible, but not common. We always try to achieve this result whenever possible or find other alternatives, such as loan principal reductions, loan modifications, short sales, deed-in-lieu, or other solutions. How do you help clients with loan modification and other foreclosure avoidance options? There are many programs and options available to the homeowner such as loan modifications and principal reductions that help reduce the client’s mortgage payments and/or total debt. We leverage our combined legal skills to negotiate the best settlement for our clients. How do you help clients with bankruptcy protection? Bankruptcy can be an effective strategy to eliminate debts. However, bankruptcy protection is a powerful, legal weapon that should be used at the right time, as part of an overall strategy. We distinguish ourselves by doing more than just filing a bankruptcy. We meet with every client in a private consultation to analyze their overall financial situation and develop a customized strategy to resolve all of their financial problems to achieve the results they want. How do you help clients with debt defense? We defend clients against creditors for credit card debt, medical bills, and other debts. Lenders, collection agencies, and banks are experts in getting what they want, but as a borrower, you have rights that can reduce or eliminate your debt. Although people assume harassing calls and letters are unavoidable, the law imposes restrictions and limits on debt collectors. We will help you understand your rights and fight back to get what you want. H ​ ow do you help clients with landlord-tenant law? Unfortunately, landlordtenant law is an area of practice with unsettled laws that create a variety of “land mines” for the unwary. In fact, every time I research landlord-tenant case law, I feel like I’m walking through a graveyard of well-intentioned attorneys who lost great cases, because of small, technical errors. Before signing a contract/lease, both landlords and tenants should consult an experienced attorney with knowledge of the real estate industry. He can explain the terms of your agreement, and discuss your rights if a legal matter should arise. If a disagreement has already risen, contact us to ensure you carefully proceed in accordance with the landlord-tenant laws. How do you help clients with asset protection? Many people believe that asset protection is only for the wealthy, but most people can benefit from the same strategies to reduce taxes legally, as well as protect against creditors. Asset protection can be the difference between losing everything and securing your future. In a time where money and jobs are scarce, individuals need to protect what they have worked so hard to attain.

How do you help clients with foreclosure defense? We never use “cookie-cutter” forms and defenses that judges often ignore. Instead, we personally review and analyze every case to find the best defenses. Then, we use a team approach to strategize and implement the best defenses that are unique to each case, in order to achieve the best results. What are the biggest problems clients face with foreclosures? Many people ignore a lawsuit or “give up” on legal issues, because they believe there is nothing they can do. When legal strategies are not asserted right away, valuable rights can be lost forever. We always advise people to never give up on their legal rights and to see an attorney immediately.

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​How do you help clients with wills, trusts and estates? One of life’s most important planning moments is often overlooked or avoided by many families. Everyone should have an estate plan that may include a living trust, power of attorney and your last will and testament. Each individual document establishes different rights and responsibilities for different parties. ​What may seem as a gloomy process will provide peace of​mind and financial security to your loved ones when you are no longer able to provide for them.

The Cabanas Law Firm is located at 18503 Pines Blvd., Suite 301, in Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.CabanasLawFirm.com or call 954-447-2580 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Swing for the Green Golf Tournament Raises $30,000 By Debby Teich

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ore than 100 golfers teed off during the

9th Annual Swing for the Green Golf Tournament, hosted by Pembroke Pines City Vice Mayor 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 nine year total to over a quarter of a million dollars. The golfers teed off at 8am after a healthy breakfast. When they finished, they enjoyed lunch, followed by the awards ceremony and a raffle drawing for a variety of prizes. “The full field of golfers enjoyed a breezy morning tee-off,” said Jay Shechter Director of Community Services and Housing. “This event is always a sellout. There is a great camaraderie and friendly competitions, in addition to the terrific prizes, raffle gifts and great food. Local businesses are always generous, and this makes an enormous impact on the success of the tournament.” Although Vice Mayor Shechter and his wife were away on a 59th anniversary cruise, they sent good wishes and appreciation to all the participants. Now 85, Shechter has always had a soft spot for the Senior Center. Nine years ago, the avid golfer offered to organize a tournament to help raise funds to support the nonprofit organization, which provide 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 on the 2013 - 10th Annual Swing for the Green Golf Tournament, call Marilyn Gonzalez at 954-450-6960 or send an email to magonzalez@ ppines.com. For information about the Southwest Focal Point Senior Center, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

Children’s Harbor Opens New Outdoor Pavilion By Debby Teich

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hildren’s Harbor in Pembroke Pines unveiled the new Paul

Palank Memorial Foundation Pavilion at the 3rd Annual Grateful Hearts and Grateful Hands Open House. The new outdoor pavilion has a permanent 30 X 45 foot shade structure. As the only shade structure on the campus, the pavilion transformed a currently underutilized area into a central gathering place for the children and teenagers living at Children’s Harbor. The Open House event is one of the many ways the organization thanks friends for the gifts of time, money, services and resources that they provide throughout the year. The event included the ribbon cutting for the new pavilion, as well as home tours and music. Attendees met staff, volunteers and the foster children that live in Children’s Harbor’s commuHelping with the ribbon cutting were: (l to r) Sherry Stein (Ultimate Software, Board Chair of Children’s Harbor); Lisa Collins-Stamp (Paul Palank Memorial Foundation); Greg Purdy (Celebrity Cruises, Children’s Harbor Board Member): Dr. Audrey Robillard (Children’s Harbor Board Member) and Sue Glasscock (President and CEO, Children’s Harbor)

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nity. The girls from Brownie Troop 10646 participated in the festivities. Whole Foods Market Pembroke Pines provided food and beverages for the evening. “Our open house event is a great opportunity to invite all of our friends and supporters to the campus and thank them for being such a crucial part of the success and growth of Brownie troop 10646 Children’s Harbor,” said Sue Glasscock, President and CEO of Children’s Harbor. Children’s Harbor’s mission is to provide therapeutic services to children and families in crisis, a safe and nurturing environment for children in foster care, and advocacy within the child welfare system. The agency provides residential services in a familystyle setting to foster children and teens, as well as community based services for the prevention and intervention of abuse and/or neglect. Residential services included four sibling group homes and one teen maternity residence. The community plays a critical role in helping Children’s Harbor provide loving homes and supportive services to foster children and at-risk families. Children’s Harbor is located at 19425 SW 58th Manor, in Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.childrensharbor.org or call 954-252-3072.

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Pines Preschool are learning the importance of giving at a young age. Last month, 114 students, ages 2-5, donated unwrapped toys to the City of Pembroke Pines Annual Holiday Toy Drive, conducted by the Pembroke Pines Fire Department. One by one, they placed their toys on the fire truck for children in need. The firemen were happy to help those kids that were too small to reach the truck. This is the second year that the preschoolers and their families assisted the Pembroke Pines Fire Department in the toy drive. “Our parents want their children to understand the importance

of helping those in need, and this is a perfect way to have the children participate in a lesson of giving,” said Holly S. Bonkowski, site supervisor of the West Pines Preschool. “Our children love that they are able to help others. This goes hand in hand with our daily lesson that it is important to help others and that to give is more important than to receive.” The City of Pembroke Pines West Pines Preschool, located at 18490 NW 8th Street, welcomes children ages 2-5 into its full-time or part-time programs. For information, call 954437-1134 or email hbonkowski@ppines.com.

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Pediatric Foot or Ankle Sprain May Be a More Complex Growth Plate Injury

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By Robert H. Sheinberg, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.

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njuries to the growth plate in children may cause

damage to the structures at the end of the bone, which allow a child or teenager’s bone to grow to full adult size. These injuries may be misdiagnosed as a simple sprain of the foot or ankle. However, a more complex injury may be present. Growth plates, which start to close between the ages of twelve and eighteen, can be damaged in incidents such as simple falls, sports injuries, automobile accidents or other major or minor traumas. If not recognized and treated early, a child’s growth plate injury can lead to shortening of the bone (growth stops) as the growth plate may close prematurely. Angular deformities of the bone (a curve) may also develop. Fractures into the joint can lead to arthritis as an adult. The severity of these deformities depends on the age at the time of injury, extent of the injury and the part of the growth plate that has been damaged. Certain portions of the growth plate may be injured affecting its growth while other parts grow more normally thus causing a bowing or curvature of the bone. Signs and symptoms of a growth plate injury may mimic a sprain. These injuries occur more frequently than realized. There will always be pinpoint tenderness on the bone’s growth plate and a degree of swelling that is proportional to the degree of injury to the area. The child will often limp and try to avoid the body part. The injured body part may often look deformed. Normal treatment for a sprain may involve simple observation and application of an ace bandage or brace. This treatment for a growth plate injury that is severe may be devastating. X-rays are always taken to visualize the bone injury. In some cases the x-rays may be negative for a fracture. However, the tenderness that is felt by the patient on the growth plate is always indicative of a simple fracture to the growth plate despite these negative x-ray findings. In more moderate to severe cases the bone injury may be easily visualized on an x-ray. CT scans may be needed to further evaluate the bone injury. Treatment Options (early diagnosis is crucial): ▸▸ Immobilization in a below-the-knee cast with or without crutches may be necessary if the growth plate is well aligned. These injuries will heal on their own within six to eight weeks. The younger the child, the faster the healing process. ▸▸ If the injury has caused misalignment of the growth plate it can sometimes be carefully manipulated back into place and then protected with a cast. The cast would be necessary for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Nonweightbearing would be mandatory for part of that time. ▸▸ If the misalignment is more severe and not able to be manipulated back into its normal position, surgery would be necessary to restore the growth plate to its proper position. Surgery can be minimally invasive in order to restore the growth plate to its proper position. This may help avoid later problems including malalignment or premature growth plate closure that may cause the extremity to be shortened and crooked. Injuries into the joint which can cause arthritis can be minimized or completely avoided. The most important thing is immediate diagnosis and treatment. Robert Sheinberg, DPM, is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Diplomat American Board of Podiatric Surgery. He specializes in infants, children, teens and adults. He is a partner in Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida. He practices at the South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (954) 389-5900.

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are addressed by Florida Statutes. The primary factor which determines the type of alimony to be awarded is the length of marriage. Of course, this is only after a determination is made whether alimony is even appropriate, based upon a number of other factors, including the income of the parties and the need by one spouse. When one thinks of alimony most people think of “permanent alimony,” which is a payment received by a spouse each month. Permanent alimony usually only occurs if a marriage is considered long term, which is defined in Florida Statutes as a marriage of 17 years or more. There are, however, circumstances when permanent alimony can be awarded in a marriage with a shorter duration, but that is the exception to the rule. Permanent alimony will terminate upon the remarriage of the receiving spouse, or the death of either party. It is not uncommon for there to be a life insurance component to insure that the receiving spouse will be protected should the paying spouse die before his/her alimony obligation is terminated. There is another event which could either reduce or terminate permanent alimony. This is referred to in Florida law as a supportive relationship between the spouse receiving the alimony and a person with whom he/she resides. This is sometimes referred to as cohabitation between two parties. The law however is much more specific than just two parties cohabitating or living together. What the court may look to is the following: ▸▸ The extent to which the parties may hold themselves out as a married couple (without being legally married). This includes using a common mailing address, or using the same last name. ▸▸ How long have the parties resided together? ▸▸ Are the parties financially dependent upon one another? Have they pooled their assets? ▸▸ Have the parties jointly purchased any real or personal property, such as a home or a car? ▸▸ Is one of the parties financially supporting the other? These are a few of the criteria the court may use to determine if a supportive relationship exists. The burden of proof is on the paying spouse to prove the existence of this relationship. It is, in fact, a somewhat difficult issue to prove. The law was passed to prevent a spouse from continuing to receive alimony just because he/she did not get legally married. This law recognizes that a relationship, even without the issuance of a marriage license, can be the basis of a termination of an alimony obligation.

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There are other areas of vulnerability to scams and identity theft. Two percent of reported identity theft occurs through the mail. We also need to be aware of other worsening areas of vulnerability and try to protect ourselves accordingly: ▸▸ Your bank will never email or call you for your account number. ▸▸ Don’t wire money to people you don’t know. ▸▸ Be cautious of work-at-home job offers. ▸▸ Check out the company with Better Business Bureau. ▸▸ Foreign lotteries are illegal in the U.S., so avoid participating in them. ▸▸ Check your monthly bank statements for charges you don’t recognize. ▸▸ Order a copy of your credit report from each of the three national credit bureaus once a year from www.annualcreditreport.com. As we begin the New Year, another area of concern that has recently received much media attention is the fraudulent filing of tax returns using other people’s personal information, particularly social security numbers. With so many people going through financial hard times, the last thing anyone would want to hear is that they have been scammed, and their financial circumstances compromised further. If you are a victim of fraud within the Pembroke Pines jurisdiction, call the Pembroke Pines Police Department’s non emergency number 954-885-6085 to ask questions or file a report. On another note, I want to remind you that assistance for the victims of Hurricane Sandy is still on-going. Mayor Lori Moseley of Miramar and I have committed to partnering with the American Red Cross to encourage as many people as possible to join with us in the on-going efforts of raising funds to assist the American Red Cross. If you have general questions, concerns or comments, or want more information about the Red Cross effort, call 954-435-6505 or send an email to fortis@ppines.com. To make a donation to the Red Cross, call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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Legally speaking

Quiet Title Actions – A Timely Solution That May Eliminate Your Mortgage By Omar J. Arcia, Esq., Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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n late 2007 and early 2008, we suffered one of the largest eco-

nomic collapses in U.S. history. The real estate market was the first to tumble, with property values depreciating hundreds of thousands of dollars in just a few short months. Overwhelmed with this financial collapse and a dwindling job market, many homeowners were either unable or unwilling to continue making their mortgage payments. Foreclosure proceedings began on most of those homes, but on some, the lenders have not initiated any foreclosure or collection proceedings, or started the foreclosure and then dismissed it before a final resolution. These are the types of cases that would qualify for a “quiet title action.”

A quiet title action is a legal action filed by a homeowner against the mortgage holder in order to legally eliminate the mortgage recorded against the home as of public record, or in legal terms, remove “cloud on the title.” The reason why a quiet title action is such a timely solution now is because under Florida’s statute of limitations, a lender only has five years from the date of default under the note and mortgage to initiate a lawsuit to collect the debt or foreclose on the home. Since many homeowners defaulted (i.e., stopped making payments) in late 2007 and early 2008 due to the economic collapse, 2013 marks the end of the five years that a mortgage holder has to initiate a foreclosure or collection action against a defaulting homeowner. If your lender has not initiated any foreclosure or collection action against you, or previously initiated an action and then dismissed it before a resolution, and five years have passed since your last payment (or the five year window is soon approaching), you are an excellent candidate to file a quiet title action in order to completely eliminate the mortgage on your home. Now that the mortgage is gone, what happens to the debt? In order to eliminate the debt, two options exist for homeowners once the mortgage lien is removed. First, a homeowner can wait until the lender files its untimely legal action to collect the debt, and effectively defend it on the five year statute of limitations theory described above. Second, a homeowner can file for bankruptcy protection after a successful quiet title action to wipe out any personal responsibility for the debt under the home loan. Detailed explanations of all options available to homeowners 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 FREE copy during your appointment with a member of our qualified legal team. If you are struggling to make your monthly mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, don’t face this problem on your own. Contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation or visit www.arcialawfirm. com for more information about our law firm and services .

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Slender Fit U Makes Dieting Easy

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By Debby Teich

lender Fit U is helping clients turn their

bodies into fat burning machines. They are losing 1/2 to 2 pounds of fat per day without exercise, diet pills or packaged foods and keeping it off. The medically supervised program helps dieters modify their relationship with food and eating, resulting in an easily maintained, long-term weight loss. It is the last diet they will ever need to do.

Geri Kelleher, Owner and Program Director, answered some commonly asked questions about the program.

Why do people call you the “HCG Guru”?

I was one of the first people in South Florida to start using the real scientifically proven HCG diet. Six years ago, I lost 25 lbs. on the diet and it changed my life. For the past five years, I have helped thousands of people achieve their Geri Kelleher, Owner weight loss goals with and Program Director this program. The best part of my job is seeing people change before your eyes and watching them get their confidence back.  How much can clients expect to lose with the Slender Fit U program? Patients can choose a 23-day program or a 46-day program. Women typically lose 15 lbs. in the 23-day program and up to 30 lbs. in the 46-day program. Men typically lose more - 20 to 25 lbs. in 23 days and 40 to 50 lbs. in 46 days.  What is HCG and how does it result in rapid weight loss? HCG (Human Chronic Gonadotropin) is a complex amino-peptide protein that exists in every tissue of the human body, male and female, in miniscule amounts and is found in all living things. It is produced in very high levels during pregnancy. It almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy. In non-pregnant individuals, research suggests HCG similarly increases the metabolism. Is this a new diet? No. It has been used successfully for weight loss since 1953, when a British endocrinologist, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons, discovered its weight loss effects. What makes the diet so effective? Unlike other “diets,” this program reshapes and re-sculpts the body by releasing abnormal fat deposits. Every pound you lose is a pound of FAT, which is very different from losing a pound of weight. You are not losing muscle mass, or water. You also lose multiple inches and dress sizes and your shape changes.  Do clients keep the weight off? I take great pride in the fact that 90% of Slender Fit U clients don’t regain any weight after successfully completing the program. After completing the Slender Fit U program successfully, you will have supported and

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rebalanced your metabolism. In addition to losing unwanted abnormal fat, you will modify your relationship with food and eating, resulting in easily maintained, long-term weight loss.

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Are clients medically supervised? Yes. Every patient has a comprehensive physical with the medical doctor before starting the program, as well as one-on-one counseling throughout the program. This is included in the price. Does the diet involve exercise? Exercise is not required and does not improve your end result. It is a scientific program and it is the combination of the HCG and the low calorie diet that produces the weight/ fat loss. However, those who want to exercise while on the program can do so. Is the diet easy? To quote one of my clients, “Besides being the most effective diet I have ever gone on, this was the easiest diet I have ever been on. People like instant gratification. That’s what you get on this diet. Almost every morning when I got on the scale, my weight would be down. No long workouts, no agonizing hunger pains. That’s how great this diet is.”

What do you eat on the diet? You are

eating real food from the grocery store that includes protein, fruit and vegetables. There are no packaged meals. Because you are eating real food, it’s an easy transition onto stabilization and then regular eating and regular life.  Is HCG more effective than losing weight with a just a low calorie diet? Following a traditional 500 calorie-a-day diet will leave you fatigued and irritable, and within a few days you will start to retain water due to being “protein deficient”. Without the HCG, you will lose both fat and muscle just as if you were on any “normal” diet. With Slender Fit U›s program, your goal is to lose stored fat, not just weight. Is HCG safe for both men and women? It is completely safe for both men and women. In fact HCG is used to treat male and female infertility in very large doses. HCG used for weight loss is a very tiny dose. Are there any side effects from the HCG? There are no side effects reported while using HCG for weight loss. The amount of HCG used in the diet protocol is a very tiny dose. Because it is a natural substance, this program is completely safe. Are patients hungry on the diet? Eighty percent of people experience no hunger on the Slender Fit U program. They find even very tiny servings to be completely satisfying. This is partly due to your hypothalamus adjusting your metabolic rate, but largely due to the amount of calories circulating in

your system from the fat being released. HCG dieters usually feel as though they are stuffing themselves in order to reach that 800 calorie limit! Can HCG be purchased over the counter? No. There is no such thing as homeopathic HCG. Real HCG cannot be purchased over the counter. The HCG comes in both an injectable and an oral form from the pharmacy. How does Slender Fit U’s program differ from similar programs? My clients tell me that the difference between Slender Fit U and other places is the way we treat people. We stay involved with all of our clients; you are not just a number. If you miss an appointment, we call you. We make sure that every person doing our program gets the proper guidance and support throughout the program and achieves their weight loss goals. Also, we don’t water down the HCG. We give it in the strongest dosage for weight loss and we also give injectable prescription B12. 

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Coley’s Pizza Offers Fresh Food and a Warm Atmosphere

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By Debby Teich

oley’s Pizza in Pembroke Pines is not

your average pizzeria. Family owned and run, Coley’s has turned the “mom and pop” concept up a notch. It offers something for everyone, including pizza making classes. The homemade recipes are vegetarian-friendly and healthy. The local pizzeria wins the hearts (and stomachs) of everyone who walks through the doors.

Owner Nicole “Coley” answered some questions about the restaurant.

Why did you open Coley’s? I was born and raised in Miami. I got my first job in a pizzeria in 2000. I started as a cashier and became familiar with every job, from dishwasher to pizza maker. I fell in love with the business and it became my dream to open my own pizzeria. I opened Coley’s Pizza two years ago and I have been living my dream ever since. What sets Coley’s Pizza apart from other pizza restaurants? We have our own spin on things. I want people to think outside the “pizza” box. The décor is spunky and modern. It is a place where people from all different walks of life can feel at home. Describe your staff. My crew includes my brothers (Jake and Josh), stepdad (Bryan) and mamma llama (she’s the glue). There is never a dull moment at the restaurant. We are always singing, dancing, laughing, and just having a good time. I could not have done it without them. They are not only my family, they are my best friends. We all work so hard, but the day goes by so fast. I am a firm believer that if you love what you do, you never “work” a day in your life. Do you know most of your customers? I have known most of my customers since I was 16. They are not only my customers, but also my friends. They have always believed in me and I am so thankful for their support. Are all of the recipes homemade? I love everything to be fresh. We make our own dough, shred our cheese, blend our sauce, roll our meatballs, etc. We even make our own marinade for the wings, as well as the wing sauces. Everything is made vegetarian, unless meat is added.

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How many different specialty pizzas do you offer? I love my traditional pizza, but sometimes you get a craving for something different. We have 13 different pizzas. Most of them are just crazy creations I’ve come up with over the years. What are the most popular pizzas? It is tough to say, since everyone has their own favorite. The Smokehouse is very popular (BBQ chicken, onion rings, and bacon drizzled with BBQ sauce and smothered with a blend of cheddar and mozzarella) and so is Ode to the Queen (classic Margherita with freshly sliced tomatoes, basil and minced garlic, topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese). My favorite is the Mamma’s Spinach Alfredo (sautéed spinach and minced garlic over a layer of Alfredo sauce, covered with mozzarella and topped with parmesan cheese). Before I opened Coley’s, my mom would always come in and request these ingredients for her own special pizza. Describe the wings. We use jumbo wings. We are known for our homemade marinade and sauce. It is thick, flavorful, and has a good kick. It is not like anything out there. Describe the Calzones, Strombolis and Pizza Rolls. Our Calzones, Strombolis and Pizza Rolls are large and in charge! The Calzone is in a half moon shape filled with our homemade seasoned ricotta mozzarella, with optional toppings. The Strombolis

are tube shaped, filled with mozzarella and any five toppings you would like. There are plenty of options, since not everyone likes the same thing. The Pizza Rolls are similar to a Stromboli, but with gourmet toppings. It is similar to a giant hot pocket. They are all topped with garlic oil and parmesan cheese, and served with a side of sauce. What are the most popular subs? Our most popular subs are the Philly Cheesesteak (made fresh to order and smothered with cheese), Chicken Parmesan and Meatball Parmesan. Describe the penne. I like things to be fresh, so I came up with an idea to have a section in the menu called Penne Remix. Everything is made to order, never frozen. One of the most popular is the Baked Penne with ground beef, which is our spin on traditional lasagna. What are some of the items on the kid’s menus? Some of the items on the kid’s menu include: spaghetti with tomato sauce, spaghetti with meatballs, tenders and fries, baked penne, penne butter and parmesan and penne Alfredo. Describe the pizza making classes. I wanted to offer a family event for a low price. The classes are every Saturday, at 2pm, for up to 10 kids. They learn the basics of making pizza and get to eat their creation at the end. It is educational and fun. The cost is $5 per child, which includes their personal pizza.  Do you support the community? I think it is important to help one another. Several local artists have painted my ceiling tiles. We recently had a fundraiser here for leukemia. It was amazing seeing how the community got together for a great cause. Everyone has a dream or talent. If we work together, we can help them come true. Do you offer catering and delivery? We offer delivery and catering.

Coley’s is located at 18381 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.coleyspizza.com or call 954-433-4477. Coley’s is also on Facebook/coleyspizza or Instagram and Twitter @coleyspizza.

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Mrs. Claus’ Bling Fling Holiday Jewelry Show featured hand-crafted jewelry and many beautiful choices for holiday shopping. The show was presented by the Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Board and the Parks and Recreation Department. A portion of the proceeds will be used for public art projects in the City of Pembroke Pines.

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