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Community Events

Inspiring Individual

10 Pembroke Pines Resident Creates Recycling Program

40 It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

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12 Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Contest Winners Are Announced 14 Seniors Test Their Spelling Abilities 16 North Perry Airport Celebrates 55th Anniversary 18 Pembroke Pines Residents Observe Memorial Day 20 Pembroke Pines Mayor Receives Small Business Advocate Award 24 Local Artists to Enter Don’t Fence Me In Contest

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BBQ – Celebrate the 4th of July on the 3rd, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, at the SWFP Community Center. There will be entertainment and prizes for the best “patriotic” outfits, so wear your red, white and blue. Free BBQ lunch for registered members of the SWFP Community Center. Advance signups are required. For information, call 954450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

4th July 4th Celebration – Join the City at the July 4th Celebration, located at 7400 Pines Blvd. There will be plenty of free activities, from 6 to 9pm, including rides, arts and crafts, a concert and fireworks show. The Food Truck Round Ups will also be available. Gates open at 6pm. For information, visit www. ppines.com or call 954-435-6525.

17189 Sheridan Street, from 7-8:30pm. Admission is free. For information, call 954-986-5027.

July 18th Relay Rally – Support the Pembroke Pines Relay For Life by attending the Relay Rally at Blue Martini at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale from 6:30-9:30pm. It’s a friendly competition to raise money to benefit the American Cancer Society. Twenty-four cities in Broward will be vying to see who gets the most donations, so be sure to say you support the Pembroke Pines Relay. For more information, contact Lindsay Malpica at 954- 609-9344. 

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11th Handcrafts – If you like arts and crafts, join the Southern Handcraft Society. It meets the second Thursday of each month, at 7pm, at the SWFP Community Center, 301 N.W. 103 Ave. For information, call 954-294-4426 or send an email to msteph5307@aol. com.

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Baking Challenge – Don’t miss the “Master Chef Hawaiian Baking Challenge,” where prizes will be awarded for the top three decadently delicious desserts. Do you have a special recipe that gets you rave reviews from family and friends? Bring in your favorite home baked dessert and you may be leaving with a prize! Your dessert must contain one key ingredient for this competition… PINEAPPLE! Only home baked entries will be accepted – no store bought entries allowed! All the fun takes place between 9am and noon. Event will be held at the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

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17th Concert – The City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Department Presents: Symphony of the Americas, at the Pembroke Pines River of Grass ArtsPark in the Susan B. Katz Theater,

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held at the Walter C. Young Resource Center, 901 NW 129 Avenue. For information, call 754-323-4519.

Hair Spray – Hairspray will be on stage at Pembroke Pines Theater of Performing Arts, from July 12 to August 4. The theater is located at the Pembroke Pines River of Grass ArtsPark in the Susan B. Katz Theater, 17195 Sheridan Street. For information, call 954-437-4884 or visit www.pptopa. com. Special Populations Camp – The City of Pembroke Pines Special Populations Summer Program includes field trips, adapted sports and expressive arts. It is for ages 6 through 22. Camp will be held in two week sessions through August 2, at the City of Pembroke Pines Charter School, 12350 Sheridan St., from 7:30am until 6pm. For information, call 954-450-3663 or send an email to mpalacios@ppines.com.

Summer Film Festival – The City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Department presents a Free Children’s Summer Film Festival every Saturday throughout the summer at The River of Grass ArtsPark in the Susan B. Katz Theater, 17189 Sheridan Street. Movies include: Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (July 6), Finding Nemo (July 13), The Tale of Desperaux (July 20), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (July 27), Madagascar 3 (August 3), E.T. (August 10). All movies begin at 10:00am. No ticket or reservation is required. No food or drink is allowed in the theater. For information, call 954-322-2597.

Bright Beginnings – Through August 15, the City of Pembroke Pines “Bright Beginnings” Summer Camp offers a program packed with great activities for children, including arts and crafts, science, computers, cooking, gym, music, drama, theme days, water play and field trips. It is for two different age groups: Kindergarten through 5th Grade and/or Pre-School and age two through Pre- Kindergarten. Camp is

Art and Drama Camp – Children will have a fun filled summer at fine art camp for children ages 6-11 and Summer Drama camp for ages 8-11, at two locations. Through August 16, attend Fletcher Art and Culture Center Art Camp at 7960 Johnson St. Through August 2, attend Art or Drama Camp at River of Grass ArtsPark, located at 17189 Sheridan St. For information, call 954-986-5027 or 954-322-2597 or visit www.ppines.com.

Glass Gallery – The community is invited to the City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery’s “Surreal Art” Exhibit through July 15. It will showcase oil paintings, acrylic, digital art, photography, mixed media, and sculptures. The Glass Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-5pm and located on the first floor of the Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd. For information, call 954-260-0167.


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Hollybrook’s budget. As a result of his efforts, garbage truck pickups have been reduced from six days a week to three during the season and two during the off-season. This translates into a savings of $150,000 for Hollybrook, which pays for each pick up. Since residents are now recycling 25 tons a month instead of two, the recycling truck visits twice a week instead of once. Hollybrook receives $20 for each ton it recycles. Freeman did not stop there. Residents donate recycled shoes and textiles to third world countries and Hollybrook receives money in return. They collect electronics, ink cartridges, batteries and medication to make sure they are recycled properly. Residents also collect pop tops to donate to Ronald McDonald house, as well as cell phones to donate to AT&T for Women in Distress. They are also working on water and energy conservation projects. “The recycling programs have had a positive ecological, economic, and humanitarian impact,” said Freeman. “We have significantly reduced the amount of trash we send to the landfill in Pembroke Pines.” Freeman has been working with Jay Shechter, Director of Community Services, and others to help implement a $12,500 grant that the City of Pembroke Pines received from the Community Foundation of Broward for Re-engage, Recycle and Reinvigorate Pembroke Pines. The new program aims to help retired baby boomers find meaningful ways to give back to their communities in retirement. The City will use the grant to help increase recycling, reduce waste and encourage reuse in neighborhoods, condominium associations, HOA’s and multi-family buildings through a volunteer recycle program. “Arnold came up with an effective way to help reduce the carbon footprint,” said Shechter. “He is helping us develop a plan, as we reach out to other communities.” For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Contest Winners Are Announced By Debby Teich

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n an effort to promote quality landscaping within Pembroke

Pines, the City sponsored the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award contest. The City of Pembroke Pines Landscape Advisory Board invited all interested homeowners to enter their properties for award consideration. The winners were recently announced at a City of Pembroke Pines City Commission meeting. The Landscape Advisory Board selected five yards; one from each of the four commission districts and one from at large. The At Large winners were Lisa Sigelbaum and Vicki Mills from Century Village. In District 2, Jan Scarth from Pembroke Lakes won. In District 3, Doris Wilk and Deborah Hasson from Pembroke Lakes won. In District 4, Kristi Davis from Chapel Trail won. The winners received granite plaques to display in their yards, as well as a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Mayor. Four additional entrants also received a Certificate of Appreciation for participating. They were: Annette & David Tringo, Frank & Janet DelMastro, Deborah Shullo and Ruth Gomes. The award was created in memory of Natalie Belmonte, a well-known resident and businesswoman, who passed away in July 2011. “Natalie lost her life much too soon,” said Gloria McCluskey, Pembroke Pines Landscape Advisory Board Chairperson. “This award helps to capture the beauty of the butterflies and in the same spirit, remind us all of the true essence of Natalie, who had a love of gardening and butterflies.” Yards were judged by the Landscape Advisory Board on the following five components: Butterfly, Design and Function, Maintenance, Florida Friendly Value and Use of Hardscapes. Applicants provided a brief description of their property, its landscaping, and how it met the goals of the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award Contest. “Landscaping creates an inviting attractiveness which improves the look of

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Winners of the Natalie Belmonte Great Yards Award contest display their plaques. (l to r): Lisa Sigelbaum, Vicki Mills, Jan Scarth, Doris Wilk, Deborah Hasson and Kristi Davis.

the community too,” said McCluskey. “When a neighborhood begins to value and invest in landscaping, a certain pride emerges. Plus, an improved environment also increases oxygen, helps reduce air and visual pollution and controls soil erosion.” For information, visit www.ppines.com or call 954-432-7370.


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Seniors Test Their Spelling Abilities By Debby Teich

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he tension was high during the 3 rd Annual Senior Spelling Bee, hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center. Eighteen seniors were asked to spell words that would make a college English professor proud. Cordella Lewis was declared the winner after she spelled “diatomic” correctly. Cynthia Greenfield won second place and Jessie Kent won third place. The brave seniors sat quietly on the stage. When their names were called, they proceeded to the microphone. The spelling bee words were randomly selected. The list began with level one words and increased in difficulty. Some of the words included: semipermeable, embezzlement, polymorphic and

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the recording judge and timekeeper.   The three winners received a special certificate and lunch at the Paradise Café, as well as a cash prize ranging from $20 to $50. The Second Annual SWFP Community Center Spanish Spelling Bee will be held on September 17. The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com, click on Departments and select Community Services

Spelling Bee winners include (l to r): 1st Place - Cordella Lewis; 2nd Place - Cynthia Greenfield and 3rd Place - Jessie Kent.

gossipmonger. Once the contestants misspelled a word they were eliminated. Suzy Felix, special events coordinator for the SWFP Community Center, emceed the event and Sue Krawczonek, activity specialist, was the moderator. When contestants wanted to know the definition of a word, Krawzoneck consulted with Helen Daniels, official Spelling Bee Dictionary Judge, who would read it aloud. Krawczonek and Daniels were joined by fellow SWFP staff member Sara Caricchio, who served as

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Pembroke Pines Residents Observe Memorial Day By Debby Teich

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annual City of Pembroke Pines Memorial Day Ceremony, held at Donnith H. Fletcher Park in Pembroke Pines. “This year we had a significantly higher number of guests coming to our Ceremony to help us honor our United States Veterans,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. In a moving speech, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Carl Shechter talked about how he and his two brothers fought in WWII and how much they love their country. There were several inspiring musical performances, including Katie Harmon, CJ Fam, Flanagan High School’s Drum Corps and taps player Krystal Romano. The Pembroke Pines Civil Air Patrol and Boy Scouts Troop 460 provided assistance prior to and during the ceremony. The Ceremony included a presentation of colors, guest speakers and the placement of a wreath by Pembroke Pines City Officials. Following the ceremony, light refreshments were served by the Pembroke Pines Women of the Moose Chapter 1056, compliments of Second Cup Coffee of Pembroke Pines. It is not a coincidence that the ceremony was held at Donnith H. Fletcher Park. On June 30, 1970, at the close of the Vietnam War, Donnith H. Fletcher and seven other soldiers were aboard helicopters which were shot down. Fletcher received a posthumous Purple Heart. Donnith was the first Pembroke Pines resident to die in the war and city officials made sure he would be remembered. In 1971, they named the ball fields and park near Johnson Street and University Drive after him. For information, call the City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Special Events Department at 954-435-6525 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Community News

Pembroke Pines Mayor Receives Small Business Advocate Award By Debby Teich

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Mayor Frank C. Ortis has worked hard to promote the growth of small businesses in the city. Last month, he was recognized for his efforts in front of an audience of over 100 community leaders and business owners at the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting. Photo (l to r) Jeffrey Bean, United States Jeffrey Bean of the Conference of Mayors; Pembroke Pines Mayor United States Conference Frank C. Ortis; and Mr. Robert Goltz, CEO Miramar Pembroke Regional Chamber of Commerce. of Mayors presented Mayor Ortis with the Partner America/U.S. Conference of Mayors “Small Business Advocate Award.” Partner America is a public-private partnership created by The U.S. Conference of Mayors to assist mayors in providing the resources and information small businesses need to thrive within their local communities and the global economy. One of Mayor Ortis’ many accomplishments, the 4th Annual Mayor’s Kids Day, was held last month. It celebrates Pembroke Pines’ children, while providing exposure for local businesses. Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City of Pembroke Pines created its first economic incentive for business recruitment. It has also been proactive in amending City codes to support small businesses and will be creating its first Economic Development Strategic Plan in the near future. Ortis, who

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opened The Mayor’s Café and Bagel Bar nearly two years ago, knows first-hand what types of challenges small business owners face.  Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley also received an award at the breakfast. Under the Mayor’s leadership and business model, the City of Miramar is experiencing tremendous business growth. The Miramar Park of Commerce is one of the largest corporate parks in Broward County, and is home to thousands of employees from more than 160 national and international companies. Infrastructure improvements and a dynamic economic development plan have been Mayor Moseley’s top priorities.   The Miramar Pembroke Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7am to 9am at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines.  For information, call the Chamber office at 954-432-9808. For information on the City of Pembroke Pines, visit www.ppines.com.

Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis accepts the Partner America/ U.S. Conference of Mayors “Small Business Advocate Award.


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Smile Xperts Helps Patients Achieve Healthy and Beautiful Teeth By Debby Teich

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of placement. There is no problem with slippage, which means that you can eat and speak with comfort and confidence. Looking at a smile with dental implants is like looking at a smile with natural teeth.

Pines has been helping patients maximize the life of their natural teeth so they can have a beautiful, confident smile. The experienced staff offers sophisticated restorative and cosmetic dental care. They use state-of-the-art dental techniques to replace or restore natural teeth. If you want to look and feel better, call Smile Xperts today.

Can bridges cause problems? Bridges

can present some problems, because the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed to accept the appliance. This step in the bridge-making procedure may make these teeth prone to bacterial plaque accumulations, decay, periodontal disease, and the possible need for future root canals.

Dr. Andrea Trujillo, General and Family Dentist, answered some commonly asked questions about her practice:

What is the main focus of your practice? We provide full and complete General and Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics.

The team at Smile Xperts is experienced and caring. Photo (l to r): Laura, Margarita, Dr. Erika Felix, Dr. Andrea Trujillo, Ericka and Kathy.

What has been the key to your success?

We deliver exceptional patient care in a tender, gentle, loving manner. We are honest, focused, and committed.

What is your (Dr Trujillo) background? I am

the daughter of a pediatric medical doctor. In 1990, I graduated from La Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia and immediately opened a dental office in Cali, Colombia. I learned at a very young age and early in my dental career the RIGHT and WRONG things to do in a dental practice. In 1994, I moved to the United States in order to become a dentist. I enrolled and graduated from the first dental graduating class of Nova Southeastern University in 2000. I worked for several other dentists. In 2002, I purchased an office in Pembroke Pines with three operatories and went to work full time. In October 2012, I opened a brand new 2,200 sq. ft. facility with seven operatories. It has state-of-the-art equipment and a spa-like atmosphere.

What kinds of patients are treated in the practice? We treat the entire family, from small

restorations, including veneers and full mouth reconstruction, smile designs, teeth whitening, Invisalign, braces and complete orthodontic treatments.

What can patients expect when they visit the office? We recently completed an extensive

Do you offer Porcelain Veneers? Yes, we do.

children to adults. Since we are a family dentist, we focus on the whole family concept.

makeover to create a peaceful, warm and calming environment. Many patients tell us that they do not feel like they are in a dentist office.

What sets your practice apart from similar practices? The quality of care, respect, educa-

dental spa has a 100% paperless patient charting system, a full digital x-rays system, and brand new high quality dental chairs for added comfort and back support during procedures. The modern facility is equipped with intra-oral cameras and computer screens with educational videos for a more comprehensive understanding of the entire dental treatment.

offer full complete implant restorations, including all types of surgical procedures.

Dr Kristen Igualada, Orthodontist; Dr Charles Adelson, Periodontist; Dr Manuel Pulido, General Dentist limited to endodontics; Dr Edgar Navarrete, General Dentist limited to oral surgery; Dr Erika Felix, General Dentist; Dr Carlos Quiliquini, General Dentist; Dr Jaime Rosenzweig, Medical Doctor who is focused on Advance Cosmetic Medical techniques.

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perform one-hour whitening treatments in the office. Patients can also take home trays for minor and occasional touch ups. It is like getting two procedures for the price of one.

Describe your facility? The state-of-the-art

What type of implant care do you offer? We

Who are the other doctors in the practice? The other doctors in the practice include:

Do you offer One Hour Whitening? We

tion, personal attention, and dedication from the entire staff is what sets us apart from other practices.

Describe your staff. The staff is young, energetic, knowledgeable, experienced, well-trained and bilingual. Most importantly, the entire staff is committed to each patient’s oral health.

The state-of-the-art facility is designed like a dental spa to make patients feel more relaxed and comfortable.

What type of cosmetic dentistry do you offer? We offer complete cosmetic

Who is a good candidate for dental implants? Most adults are good candidates for an implant procedure.

What are the advantages of dental implants? If you are missing teeth, you want a

solution that is as close to your natural teeth as possible. Therefore, dental implants are the best alternative to dentures or bridges. With dental implants, you will have greater confidence in your smile, bite and overall oral health. Dental implants are very strong because of the method

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What other cosmetic services do you offer? We blend the art of Dentistry and Cosmetic Medicine to create a naturally enhanced, rejuvenated, and more youthful appearance for our patients. We now have a Cosmetic Medicine Physician, Dr. Jaime Rosenzweig, who specializes in performing Botox, Juvederm, Medical Grade Chemical Peels, weight loss, Anti-aging medicine and Medical Grade skin care. We also have an esthetician who performs microdermabrasion and facials.

Do patients need a referral to visit the office? No, we can see all types of cases and

evaluate all your dental needs as your General Dentist. Smile Xperts is located at 9873 Pines Boulevard in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-433-5231 or visit www.smilexperts.net.


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Local Artists to Enter Don’t Fence Me In Contest By Debby Teich

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Advisory Board is sponsoring a public art project, Don’t Fence Me In. It is asking local artists to use their creativity to design and paint wood panels that will be displayed on fences around the Howard Foreman Health complex, which houses Studio 18 in the Pines. The deadline to submit work is July 12. Rose Colombo, Chair of the Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board, said that one of the board members suggested the idea and an artist from Studio 18 came up with the catchy name. “The arts have suffered during the economic downturn,” said Rose. “We are searching for ways to bring art to the public. Don’t Fence Me In is a low cost project that will be displayed in a high traffic area.” Artists must submit a sketch or rendering of what they would paint on a 4’x6’ wood panel, along with a non-refundable jury fee of $30 per entry. Artists may enter up to two designs. The theme is open to any family friendly subject matter. The work will be juried by the Arts & Culture Advisory Board. Selected artists will create their images on supplied wood panels. The City will seal the pieces to protect them from the sun and heat and then hang the finished pieces along selected fences in the City of Pembroke Pines. Artists are responsible for their own paint and supplies, other than the wood. Robyn Vegas, Cultural Arts Coordinator, says that the City is planning to start with this project and is then hoping to expand it to other areas in Pembroke Pines. “It is a great way to promote public art, as well as some of the great artists in the area,” said Robyn.

To participate in the competition, artists should submit via mail or in person a completed application and the Jury fee to: Fletcher Art Center, 7960 Johnson Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. Attention: Robyn Vegas. For information, call Robyn Vegas at 954-986-5027 or send an email to rvegas@ppines.com.

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School News

PPCES-FSU Students Take a Trip to the Hospital By Debby Teich

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at the Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary FSU campus will know what to expect if they are ever in need of medical attention at a hospital. They recently took a field trip to Memorial Miramar Hospital as part of Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW), a program designed to connect a student’s classroom learning to their future in the work place. KAPOW’s lessons help students discover different jobs, what it takes to do them, and how to be successful in work and life. The KAPOW program has been educating the children of Pembroke Pines with real life, hands-on experiences since 2001. The program introduces students to career awareness through seven one-hour professionally developed lessons taught by business volunteers in the classroom and culminates with a visit to the workplace. “Students need to see that school is relevant to their lives, as well as the vision they have for their futures,” said John Casbarro, who coordinates the KAPOW program in South Florida.

“KAPOW answers the questions that they are always asking, such as ‘Why do I have to learn this?’ and ‘What good will this do for me?’ The volunteers motivate the students by sharing their life work and life experiences. They show them that everything they learn in school is important and valuable to succeed in work, and life.”

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Throughout the school year, volunteer and 80-year-old retired chemistry teacher Marie Shotland (aka Grandma Marie) met with students in Marjorie Lasnetski’s and Alice Cabrera’s 2nd grade classes to teach them about the importance of community involvement, leadership, communication and teamwork. She used hands-on fun activities to

involve the children and keep them interested. Lasnetski says that the kids looked forward to her visits. “The students developed a bond with her and enjoyed her lessons/activities,” said Lasnetski. “I enjoyed watching the excitement and level of enthusiasm the children had when she came in and taught. She is a lovely lady with great ideas.” For the last KAPOW lesson, approximately 40 students from both classes, along with Shotland, took a field trip to Memorial Miramar Hospital. The children toured the lab, where they looked at red and white blood cells under a microscope. In the pediatric emergency room, they discussed what they can expect if they ever have to visit, from arrival to release. In the X-Ray room, a technician explained how an x-ray

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machine works. They also participated in a hands-on “Teddy Bear Clinic,” where they rotated to four different stations and learned how to care for their sick bears. “The children saw people working in a real job, so they could see that all the skills Marie taught them were essential to have when they grow up and get jobs,” said Lasnetski. “The kids learned that it takes many skills to work in a hospital, such as reading, math, writing, cooperation (team-work), good attitude, respect, communication, and decision-making.” KAPOW is always looking for business or individual volunteers, as well as schools interested in participating in the program. For information, visit www.kapowlfs.org; send an email to john.casbarro@ gmail.com or call 954-680-3916.


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The calf muscle is the large muscle in the back of the lower leg. When this muscle is excessively tight it puts further stress on the arch causing the arch to flatten further. The muscles have to work even harder, making it difficult for children and teenagers to participate in sports and activities without a significant amount of discomfort and fatigue. Verifying this combination is critical to the overall wellness of an individual. If the calf muscle is excessively tight it should be put in a cast to stretch it. Once the calf muscle is stretched then an orthotic is made for the foot to give it better balance and position. Occasionally physical therapy is necessary to keep the muscles flexible and to also improve overall coordination and balance in the person experiencing the problems. This produces a great long-term outcome. A failure to diagnose and correctly treat this problem will almost always lead to long-term problems. These include chronic pain and possible arthritis in the foot and ankle. It will also aggravate underlying knee and back problems. The earlier the treatment, the better the long-term result. Orthotics should not be made until the calf muscles have been adequately stretched out. 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 is a partner in Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Mark Fishman, Dr. Carlo Messina, Dr. David Shenassa, and Dr. Nathan Vela. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901.


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How to Effectively Wipe Out Second Mortgages, Avoid Foreclosure and Stay in Your Home By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Protection Attorney

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upside-down on their home mortgages and are looking for a way out. Some are frustrated in their attempts to modify their home loans, and others simply choose to give up their home because they don’t know or are unsure of their rights. Wouldn’t it be much easier to save your home if you only had a first mortgage to worry about? Also, since the real estate market is improving, think of all the equity you could build up years from now if you could wipe out your second mortgage or credit line today? For homeowners who have taken out a second mortgage on their home and lines of credit, facing our current economic climate can be particularly challenging. This is especially true if the second mortgage or credit line is about to convert or has converted from an interest only to a principal plus interest payment. Additional liens on your home beyond your initial mortgage, however, can be wiped out through a Chapter 13 personal bankruptcy filing. When mortgage liens are removed from a property during bankruptcy proceedings, it is referred to as “stripping” the lien. Many bankruptcy courts permit a second mortgage or line of credit to be extinguished if the total amount owed on the first mortgage exceeds the fair market value of the home. For example, if you owe $200,000 on the first mortgage of your principal residence, and $150,000 on your second mortgage of that same residence, BUT your principal residence is only worth $195,000, the $150,000 second mortgage would be wiped out in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy without any tax consequences. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, second mortgages and lines of credit can also be completely eliminated down to the appraised value of the home on investment properties. To qualify, the court will generally require proof that the home is worth less than the amount owed on the first mortgage, which can be established through a certified appraisal that is accepted by the court. In an environment where home prices in most markets have fallen at least 30% or more, many borrowers could qualify for this option. Tax liens and association liens can also be stripped off in Chapter 13 reorganization proceedings to the extent that the lien does not attach to equity in the property. More importantly, if your income level qualifies, you will be able to catch up on any past due mortgage payments through affordable installments spread out over 3-5 years, or even modify your first mortgage through a loss mitigation program offered by South Florida bankruptcy courts. This allows you and your family to stay in your home, and none of your creditors will be able to contact you, harass you with annoying phone calls or proceed with a foreclosure during the bankruptcy. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in a new consumer-friendly DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home,” available for purchase on our website. If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine, you will receive a FREE copy during the appointment to discuss your case in detail 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, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation, or visit www. arcialawfirm.com for more information.

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Ask the Expert

Do My Wisdom Teeth Need to Be Removed? By Dr. P. Stuart Seider

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adults, it is considered the “Age of Wisdom.” It is a time when removal of third molars becomes a “rite of passage.” That is why we use the term wisdom teeth for third molars. Not everyone must have their wisdom teeth removed. Sometimes wisdom teeth erupt normally into a person’s mouth and are perfectly functional. Others might have impacted teeth, which should be evaluated and a determination made as to the necessity of their removal. Some of us do not even develop wisdom teeth. I like to call these people “New Man.” As time has passed, man’s diet has changed from a tough grinding diet of meats and uncooked foods to a softer diet of cooked and processed foods. The need for multiple molars has been “genetically” reduced. Hence, from once having four molars, we are down to three and in some cases two.

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The majority of moms believe they have a great relationship with their daughter. The reality is that these girls may be holding back pertinent information about their sexuality and, more importantly, about their own bodies. They usually ask me about menstrual cycles, painful periods, vaccinations or sexual activities. We also discuss acne, weight, alcohol, drugs, smoking and emotional issues. The attitude is to promote healthy life styles. When these girls arrive at the office, my staff and I always go out of our way to make them feel comfortable and to reassure them that they are safe. It breaks my heart when they come to me with misconceptions and beliefs that their friends have instilled in them. Even worse is when they have already experimented and are not protected. Much of the information they share can be kept confidential. Once they believe this is true, it is amazing to see how comfortable they become. They begin sharing everything, including their plans for the future, hopes, dreams and aspirations. The greatest sense of fulfillment I receive is watching these girls grow up to be responsible women. Ladies, we need to be open minded. Take a deep breath and allow our girls to enter womanhood with a sense of responsibility and empower them to make the right choices. I feel that the greatest gift we can give our daughters is the ability to be self-sufficient. Feel free to call today and schedule your daughter her first gynecological consultation. Most insurance is accepted. Ladies First OBGYN, LLC is located at 601 N Flamingo Road, Suite 311, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-435-3220 or send an email to lfobgyn.castellanos@aol.com. Se habla español.


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seen on scene Golden Oldies

Baseball

Hundreds attended the 32nd Annual Broward Aging Network Conference held at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center in Pembroke Pines. In the photo, the SWFP Miami Heat Golden Oldies strike a pose at the event.

Benjamin J. Feinman, senior right hand pitcher for West Broward High School, has been appointed as one of 16 U.S. team members to play for the United States Junior Maccabi Baseball Team. He will be representing the United States in Israel.

Graduation

Fifty-six students paraded onto the stage at the Susan B. Katz Theatre River of Grass ArtsPark in royal blue graduation capes and hats for their graduation ceremony from the West Pines Preschool – VPK program.

Wildlife Habitat

The Pembroke Pines Charter School Central Campus has been recognized as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat. The Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School Builders Club was recognized with the certification after successfully planting and maintaining a butterfly/ herb garden in the schoolyard.

Scholarship

The National MS Society South Florida Chapter recently announced the 2013 recipients of its scholarship. West Broward High School student Austin Gomez, whose mother has multiple sclerosis (MS), was one of the recipients. He received a $1,000 scholarship.

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Thank You

Children’s Harbor hosted a reception to thank their supporters and meet new friends at BRIO Tuscan Grille in the Shops at Pembroke Gardens. BRIO sponsored the event by providing appetizers and drink specials. Guests enjoyed networking, sharing stories about their involvement with Children’s Harbor and learning more about the organization, which keeps siblings together while in the foster care system.

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KAPOW

When students in two third-grade classes at the Pembroke Pines Elementary walk down the aisles at Publix, they will now have a better understanding of what it takes to get the food on the shelves. They recently took a field trip to Publix, as part of Kids and the Power of Work, a program designed to connect a student’s classroom learning to their future in the work place.


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