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Puppet Brigade Teaches Young Children about Safety Local Artists Invited to Submit Work for Competition Mayor’s Kids’ Day Is a Success Pembroke Pines Residents Celebrate Independence Day Pembroke Pines First Responders Participate in Mass Casualty Incident 24 Find a Bargain at the Flea Market and Bazaar

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Women, Children, and Books – The City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery presents the “Women, Children, and Books” Art Exhibit through September 17. The unique exhibit features ten female artists. The opening reception will take place on August 6, from 7 - 9pm. It is an opportunity to meet the artists. Complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres are sponsored by the Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board. The Glass Gallery is located on the ground floor of Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. For information, visit www.ppines.com.

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Handcraft Society meets the second Thursday of each month at 7pm, at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 N.W. 103 Avenue, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call Sandy at 954-294-4426.

10th Summer Film Festival – The City of Pembroke Pines Parks and Recreation Department presents E.T. as part of the free Children’s Summer Film Festival at The River of Grass ArtsPark in the Susan B. Katz Theater, 17189 Sheridan Street. Movie begins at 10am. No ticket or reservation is required. No food or drink is allowed in the theater. For information, call 954-322-2597.

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Hawaiian Beach Party – Put on your dancing shoes and participate in this end of summer event, complete with entertainment provided by Majic 102.7 DJ Tom Caminiti. Event is sponsored by the Site Advisory Council. It begins at 12noon, at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-450-6888.

Master Chef Hawaiian Baking Challenge – Attend the Master Chef Hawaiian Baking Challenge, where prizes will be awarded for the top three decadently delicious desserts. Got a special recipe that brings raves from family and friends? Bring in your favorite home baked dessert and you may be leaving with a prize! Desserts must contain one key ingredient for this competition…pineapple. Only home baked entries will be accepted – no store bought entries allowed. The fun takes place from 9am to 12noon at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com.

24th Flea Market – On August 24, from 8am to 3pm, and August 25, from 9am to 3pm, bargain hunters from near and far are expected to meet at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center in Pembroke Pines for the Flea Market and Bazaar. They will have an opportunity to search through tables of treasures from over 100 venders in an indoor, air conditioned room. Admission and parking are free. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit www.ppines.com, click on departments and select community services.

9-11 – Never Forget 9-11. Honor those who lost their lives during the attacks on our country, at 8:30am, at the City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard. Event is free. For information, visit www.ppines. com.

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9th Annual Art Competition – The Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board is calling all artists. It is currently accepting applications for the City of Pembroke Pines 9th Annual Art Competition. More than 200 artists are expected to submit paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography and other mediums for a chance to win cash prizes. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces by August 28. For information, call 954- 961-6067 or visit www.ppines. com.

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Women, Children, and Books – The City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery presents the “Women, Children, and Books” Art Exhibit through September 17. This unique exhibit features ten female artists. The paintings and sculptures are created from a variety

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 held at the Walter C. Young Resource Center, 901 NW 129 Avenue. For information, call 754-323-4519. Art Camp – Children will have a fun filled summer at fine art camp for children ages 6-11. Through August 16, attend Fletcher Art and Culture Center Art Camp at 7960 Johnson St. For information, call 954-986-5027 or 954322-2597 or visit www.ppines.com.


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Puppet Brigade Teaches Young Children about Safety By Debby Teich

never take a ride or candy from one. They review the importance of looking both ways when they cross a street and using a cross walk. They discuss fire safety tips. “The presentations are geared to each age group and they are very entertaining,” said Officer Valerie Toth. “We use catchy songs to help them remember. The kids love it! It is another way for us to bridge the gap between police officers and kids, so they know they can trust us and come to us if they need help.” The Pembroke Pines Police Department also offers a variety of other programs, including: car-seat installation checks, Explorer Program, police building tours, safety presentations for older children and adults on a variety of topics, Citizen’s Police Academy, Citizens Emergency Training, Career Days, bicycle safety rodeos, security surveys, business safety presentations, homeowner meetings, neighbor/ neighborhood issues

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more than 30 years, the City of Pembroke Pines Police Department Community Affairs Unit’s “Puppet Brigade” has been reinforcing safety messages through fun, interactive presentations at Pembroke Pines Day Care Centers and Elementary Schools. The Puppet Brigade consists of PSA Cheryl Watters, Officer Clarence Wilson, Officer Valerie Toth and Officer Manny Salinas. They share the spotlight with puppets Officer Ollie, Fireman Frank, Peanut, Bandit, Reggie, Stan the Man, and Sally. Together, they make approximately 50 presentations throughout the year. The one-hour puppet show is comprised of three short plays: Stranger Danger, Traffic Safety, and Stop Drop and Roll. Before and after each one, there is a group discussion about the topic. They talk about who is a stranger and why they should

To schedule the Puppet Brigade or to find out about other programs, call the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-436-3274.

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Local Artists Invited to Submit Work for Competition By Debby Teich

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he Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board is calling all artists. It is currently accepting applications for the City of Pembroke Pines 9th Annual Art Competition. More than 200 artists are expected to submit paintings, sculptures, watercolors, photography and other mediums for a chance to win cash prizes. “It is the best display of artwork anywhere,” said Ben Menasche, Glass Gallery Curator. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces by August 28. Menasche and members of the Pembroke Pines Arts and Culture Advisory Board will select over 150 pieces that will be exhibited at the Glass Gallery, 10100 Pines Boulevard, from September 18 to November 18. Some of the work will also be for sale. A panel of judges will select several pieces that will win cash prizes, including: $500 Best of Show, $200 Best Photography, $200 Best Painting, $200 Best Mixed Media, $200 Best Sculpture, $200 Best watercolors, and $200 Art Festival Poster Design winner. The prizes will be awarded at a public reception, on

September 24, from 7 to 9pm, at the Glass Gallery, which will include food, beverages and entertainment. The artwork from one lucky winner will be used to create the poster for the 16th Annual Art Festival in the Pines, held in March 2014. The winner will also get free 10x10 tent space at the festival. The theme is “The Art of Fashion.” Last year, Jose Dominguez’s work was selected. Artists must submit an application and one photograph per piece along with entry fee to: Studio 18, 1101 Poinciana Drive, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025. Entries will be accepted by mail or in person between the hours of 9am and 5pm. A $15 entry fee is required for each piece entered into the competition. Checks should be made payable to the City of Pembroke Pines. A portion of the proceeds of this event will be used for public art projects in the City of Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954- 961-6067 or visit www.ppines.com.

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Mayor’s Kids’ Day Is a Success By Debby Teich

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with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with special appointments to the Miami-Dade County Planning been named a Hispanic Woman of Distinction. Advisory Board, Plat and Street Committee and The prestigious award recognizes women whose Developmental Impact Committee. work and commitment to the community has paved the In 2012, she was elected to the School Board of way for other Latinas to achieve their goals. More than Broward County to serve as District 2 Board Member. 65 woman received nominations from former Hispanic She was reelected in 2012 (unopposed) to serve for a Women of Distinction honorees and community leaders 4-year term through 2016. She is currently the School and only 12 were selected. She will receive her award Board representative on the Oversight Committee, at the 12th Annual Women of Distinction luncheon held Broward County Planning Council and Executive Board, at the Signature Grand on August 16. Broward County Land Use/Trafficways Committee and Winners have achieved success in communications, the Broward County Parks and Open Space Task Force. medicine, education, government and business develShe is also Vice Chair of the School Board. opment. They include Congresswoman Ileana RosPatricia has been very involved in the community. Lehtinen, Maria San Juan, Columba Bush, Isabel Diaz, She is a former Broward County Commission appoinM.D., Caridad Asensio, Joyce Kaufman, Aida Levitan tee for the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County and many more. and the Charter Review Committee. She is a former According to Elaine Miceli-Vasquez, luncheon proCity of Pembroke Pines appointee for Education School ducer, the common thread among all of the women is Advisory Boards and Code Enforcement Board. She has their American entrepreneurship intertwined with their volunteered for various non-profit and civic organizavalues and traditions. She says that they represent a tions, including American Cancer Society, Hollywood cross-section of creative disciplines that are changing Beach Latin Festival, Elks, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, the face of American culture. and Pembroke Pines Optimist. Patricia was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in She is married and the mother of two children who South Florida. She attended public schools in MiamiPatricia Good attend college in Florida. Dade County and graduated from North Miami High School with honors. She earned a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Barry University. For over 23 years, she was employed For information on Hispanic Woman of Distinction, visit www.wedoevents.net or call 954-646 6991.

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Community News

Pembroke Pines Residents Celebrate Independence Day By Debby Teich

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out Pembroke Pines to honor the nation’s birthday and celebrate Independence Day. “It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves and celebrating America in our AllAmerican city,” said Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis.   Over 5,000 people attended the celebration at the Pines Recreation Center Festival Grounds, sponsored by the City of Pembroke Pines. Residents relaxed on blankets and lawn chairs, as they listened to the sounds of the Final Countdown Band, enjoyed some of their favorite treats from the Food Truck Round Up, and watched the spectacular fireworks show. There were also free rides and activities for the children.

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“The celebration is an opportunity for friends, families, and neighbors to get together,” said Pembroke Pines Commissioner Carl Shechter, who enjoyed the event with his wife Anita. “It one of the many reasons that Pembroke Pines is such a great place to live.” Over 500 people attended the Annual 4th of July Barbecue and Celebration at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center. The event was underwritten by the Senior Residence Advisory Board. “Our members know how to celebrate the Fourth of July,” said Jay Shechter, Director of Community Services and Housing for the City of Pembroke Pines. “It was an afternoon packed with great food, music and entertainment.” Members arrived dressed in red, white, and

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blue for the patriot contest. Gino GiaFranco sang the National Anthem. Members of Saint Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council # 11410 grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. The Friends of Hollybrook, students from the Pembroke Pines Charter High School, and Center volunteers served the food. The Site Council held a raffle. Commissioner Shechter served sodas and greeted members, including America Perez, who was named by her parents after they immigrated to America 50 plus years ago. For information about events in the City of Pembroke Pines, visit www.ppines.com. 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.


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Pembroke Pines First Responders Participate in Mass Casualty Incident By Debby Teich

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patched to a structural collapse, with approximately 30 injured patients who required triage, treatment, and transport. Some of the victims could be heard screaming in pain or calling out for loved ones that were lost. Fortunately, it was all part of a planned Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) at the Broward Fire Academy. Several mutual aid agencies participated in the drill, including Pembroke Pines, Davie (host), Plantation, Sunrise, Lauderhill, and Southwest Ranches. “If there is ever an incident of this magnitude, there is a good chance that we will all be working together,” said Al DiLiello, Division Chief for the Pembroke Pines Fire/Rescue. “After the drill, we will evaluate what we did well and what we should do differently. We are always looking for ways to improve and become bet-

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ter prepared.” An assortment of live victims and manikins were used to simulate injuries and entrapment. Since Davie Fire Rescue was the host, they were the first to arrive on the scene. They were responsible for identifying the extent of the victims’ injuries and tagging them appropriately. Pembroke Pines Fire/Rescue and other participants waited in a staging area down the street until Davie Fire Rescue called for help. They made sure that their response time was based on how long it would actually take them to reach the scene. Once they arrived, they loaded the critically injured into their vehicles. In a real emergency, the next step would have been to transport them to area hospitals. For information, visit www.ppines.com/fire.


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TAG USA Gymnastics Wins Its First National Championship

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need to train with the best. That’s why so many young gymnasts are joining TAG USA Gymnastics in Weston. Owners Marissa and Michael Zoldan have created structured classes for beginners through advanced gymnasts, built the largest and most comfortable facility around, and added the best equipment to distinguish TAG USA Gymnastics as one of South

Florida’s top gymnastic studios.  Even more impressive than the gym itself, is TAG USA Gymnastics’ incredible success. It has won back-to-back State Championships in Gymnastics and, most recently, took home its first National Championship in Trampoline. The 2013 USAG Trampoline & Tumbling Championships were held July 3rd through 10th in Kansas City, Missouri. Hundreds of trampoline and tumbling athletes from around the country competed for “Best in the Nation” honors. To qualify for the National Championships, an athlete must successfully compete in local competitions and excel in state and regional championships  TAG USA Gymnastics’ Hannah Zoldan, age 10, scored a 61.3 on Double Mini Trampoline to earn a First Place finish at the National Championships. She finished first among the nation’s top athletes competing in Double Mini Trampoline at the championships and was the only first place National Champion from South Florida. Hannah began her athletic career as a competitive gymnast, but switched to the Trampoline and Tumbling Team two years ago. In both the 2012 and 2013 competition seasons, Hannah was Florida State Champion in Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline events. This was her second trip to the National Championships. 

Jessica Hert finished in 4th place nationally at the U.S. Trampoline & Tumbling Championships.

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 TAG USA Gymnastics took eight athletes to Nationals. All of them finished among the top fifteen national competitors in at least one event. Jessica Hert, age 14, finished in 4th place nationally in the Trampoline event and Stone Lyons, age 12, finished 5th in Trampoline. The other TAG USA team athletes who competed at

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Nationals included Maria Mendoza, Sofia Mendoza, Katherine Sanford, Alessandra Longo, and Peyton Terris. TAG USA owners Michael and Marissa Zoldan, as well as the gym’s coaching staff, are ecstatic with the fantastic results of their athletes. According to Michael, “All of their dedication and hard work was rewarded with their competitive success.” This National Championship win is further proof of TAG USA Gymnastics’ success. Its girls and boys gymnastics teams had two stellar seasons at the State Championships. In 2011 and 2012, TAG USA won the Florida State Championships for USAG Level 3 and Level 4 girls gymnastics. TAG USA also won the 2012 State Championship for USAG Prep-Optionals with five members selected to Team Florida. The boys team has been equally successful. In addition to many individual State and

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Regional Champions, TAG USA had its first Boys Regional Champ and National Qualifier this year. But TAG USA Gymnastics is much more than a training powerhouse with championship programs. It is a full-service gymnastics center built upon the success of its exceptional recreational gymnastics program. From beginner classes to team, each class has a specific lesson plan and coaches evaluate each gymnast by skill. TAG USA Gymnastics is also known for its activity-filled summer camp program, where boys and girls can safely spend their summer time enjoying non-stop action like trampoline flying, indoor basketball, rope swing, tumbling, soccer, pit-flipping, giant inflatables and much more. TAG USA Gymnastics is located at 1951 North Commerce Parkway in Weston. TAG USA offers recreational gymnastics classes for children from ages 12 months and up. Classes are offered in ten-week sessions. TAG USA has championship girls and boys gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling teams, as well as a competitive cheer team. For more information on classes, birthday parties, or summer and school break camps, please call (954) 384-9393 or visit www.TagGymnastics.com.

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Community News

Find a Bargain at the Flea Market and Bazaar By Debby Teich

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meet at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center in Pembroke Pines for the Flea Market and Bazaar. They will have an opportunity to search through tables of treasures from over 100 venders in an indoor, air conditioned room. The event will be held on August 24, from 8am to 3pm, and August 25, from 9am to 3pm. Admission and parking are free. There will be thousands of household items, toys, clothing, jewelry, record albums, baseball cards, tea pots, baby blankets and much more. There will also be food available in the Paradise Café. Buyers are encouraged to come early, since a large crowd of people always forms before the doors open. Most know what they are looking for and want to be the first to find it. Karen Kramer of Pembroke Pines brings her two boys every year. “My sons search for old baseball cards, while I look for clothing and jewelry,” said Karen. “There are always so many great bargains. It is nice to be able to attend a flea market in the cool indoors instead of outside in the heat.” The Flea Market and Bazaar is held several times a year and raises funds for programs at the SWFP Community Center. The Center offers trips and special events on a regular basis including self-improvement classes, educational classes, health classes and support programs presented by area professionals. It is a place to meet people, build a support network, find information, or simply read a book and shoot pool. Membership for adults 18 and older is free, but required. The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-4506888 or visit www.ppines.com, click on departments and select community services. Shoppers find bargains at the last flea market.

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Pembroke Pines Elementary Students Take a Trip to Publix By Debby Teich

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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 (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. Each of the five 3rd grade classes at Pembroke Pines Elementary had different KAPOW volunteers. “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 in order to succeed in work and life.”   Throughout the school year, volunteer and Publix employee Christina Curry met with students in Barbara Sibble’s 3rd 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. Sibble says that the kids always looked forward to her visits. “Christina has been a great role model,” said Sibble. “The children go to school every day to

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learn reading, writing, math, and other subjects. She helps them understand how they will use these skills in the workplace.” For the last KAPOW lesson, students from Sibble’s class, along with Yvonne Spector’s class, took a field trip to Publix to learn more about Curry’s workplace. In the produce section, they learned all about the different fruits and vegetables. In the bakery, they learned how to weigh flour, as well as how to bake and decorate a cake. They also got to decorate their own cookies. In the meat department, they learned how to cut meat. At the end of the visit, they had a chance to scan items at the register, give change and hand customers their receipts. “The kids had a great time on the field trip and learned a lot,” said Sibble. “They saw how the employees work independently and as a team. They have a better understanding of what is expected in a job. They also identified some of their own talents and interests.” 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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Escalating home prices combined with rising mortgage interest rates have created a greater urgency to buy now. The tendency in these situations is for people, both buyers and sellers, to become irrational. Sellers tend to ask more for the properties than the property is worth. Buyers, on the other hand, seem to give in to the price demand. The encouraging news is that prices are still moderate; mortgage rates are still low, hovering around 4% for a 30-year fixed loan; and it’s still a great time to buy in South Florida! This scenario brings back harsh memories of the 2005 housing era. The major difference is that back then creative financing in the mortgage lending industry was more prominent. The present infrastructure is much stronger, because a large percentage of sales are cash transactions. This element alone will make a huge difference when this market cycle begins to settle down. The market, like almost everything in life, is cyclical, so at some point in the near future it’s going to change. Leading indicators abound that can cause us to speculate, but we just don’t know exactly when. Patrick Simm, Managing Director of the Simmsational Real Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty Partners SW can be contacted at 954-709-8258 for all your Real Estate related questions and/or inquiries. Visit www.PatrickSimm.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/OneCoolRealtor.


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For homeowners that are behind on their mortgage or HOA payments (but not yet in foreclosure), it is imperative that you immediately consult with a legal professional about your case. There are a number of “pre-foreclosure” steps that must be taken in order to defend yourself and your family from this new speedy foreclosure law. Remember that you will only have a limited amount of time (20 days) to prove that the party suing for foreclosure does not have the legal right to do so. This means that the evidence needs to be gathered before the foreclosure process starts, and there are critical requests for information that must be presented to lenders prior to a foreclosure to avoid losing your home. The new speedy foreclosure law also states that if your house is foreclosed on fraudulently, you cannot get it back. You will only be entitled to file an action for damages against the lender or other party that obtained the wrongful foreclosure. We all know that in foreclosure cases there are a disturbing number of mistakes being made by banks and their attorneys. For those homeowners currently in foreclosure, it is critically important that any mistakes in the process be identified and brought to the attention of the court BEFORE a final judgment. In short, this new speedy foreclosure law is wrong, and it clearly violates the due process rights of the good citizens of Florida. It will force many more homeowners into bankruptcy as the only reliable means of saving their home. 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. Contact the Arcia Law Firm at 954-437-9066 to schedule a free consultation, or visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information.

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he term comes from the G reek words gyne

meaning “woman” and mastos meaning “breast.” In practical terms, this means abnormally large breasts on men. The condition is relatively common in adolescent boys, and 90% of the time symptoms disappear in a matter of months, or as adolescence wanes, a few years later. But the remaining 10% are burdened with a social handicap that can cause shame, lowered self-esteem and confidence. There are many potential causes including puberty, steroid abuse, obesity, marijuana use, side effects of medicine, and certain genetic diseases. Gynecomastia can be emotionally devastating. A man or boy with gynecomastia struggles with anxiety over such simple acts as taking off his shirt at the beach. In cases of obesity, weight loss can alter the gynecomastic condition, but for many it may not totally eliminate it. For all other causes, surgery is the only known physical remedy, and often the best solution. Once the contour of the chest is restored to normal, the patient can begin to feel more confident and selfassured with his physical body image. Before

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Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty, and reduces breast size, flattening and enhancing the chest contours. In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced. The procedure can be performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia depending on each individual’s medical condition. In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. There are various liposuction techniques that may be used; the technique most appropriate in your case will be defined prior to your procedure. Excision techniques are recommended where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia. Excision also is necessary if the areola will be reduced, or the nipple repositioned to a more natural male contour. Incision patterns vary depending on the specific conditions and surgical preference.  Sometimes gynecomastia is treated with both liposuction and excision. Any surgical treatment to correct gynecomastia will require incisions. While most incision lines are concealed within natural contours, some may be visible and are a necessary result of breast reduction surgery. After surgery, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals. The procedure duration is typically one to two hours and most men are able to return to work within 4 to 5 days depending on how much lifting is required.  Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and consultant for Allergan Medical and has achieved the Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Messa, call 954-659-7760.


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By Fernando A. Moya, M.D., Ph.D.

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Orthopedic Surgeons have to deal with is what to do with the knee that has irreversible cartilage damage. The knee joint, specifically the undersurface of the patella, the end of the femur and the top of the tibia are covered by a substance we call articular cartilage. This looks and functions like the carpet that is covering the floor in your house. It is a smooth cushioned surface that helps the knee joint move in a frictionless environment. Without healthy articular cartilage the knee joint can not function properly. Exposed bone in the knee joint by deficient, inefficient cartilage leads to arthritis, pain and disability. Patients present to the office stating that they injured the knee joint. They complain of swelling, pain going up and down stairs, getting out of the car, changing directions, unable to run or jog without pain. The injury is usually after an event that the patient can recall without any problems. The Orthopedic Surgeon gets some simple X-Rays in the office Transplant Of Cartilage and usually they are normal. You see, articular cartilage does not show up in X-rays. After a thorough physical exam the initial treatment usually consists of ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. However, if the initial physical exam demonstrates severe findings or the symptoms persist or they do not resolve, then the patient will need to get an MRI Scan to check for articular cartilage problems. The MRI Articular Cartilage Damage Scan is the diagnostic study of choice in the detection of articular cartilage damage (botton photo), meniscus tears and ligament injuries. If the patient has an articular cartilage defect (bottom photo) this is considered to be a permanent problem for the knee joint. This leads to abnormal friction forces, inflammation, pain and eventual destruction of the rest of the knee joint. Classically, patients who continued to have problems eventually developed arthritis and required a total knee replacement. Today, with advances in science, we can offer patients alternatives to try to salvage the knee joint. This consists of procedures that can be done through small incisions in the knee joint (Arthroscopic Surgery). The arthroscope is the instrument that has allowed us to manage this issue through small incisions. We can do a chondroplasty with shaving, chondroplasty micro fracture or bone drilling or bone picking. The chondroplasty is stimulating your cartilage, stimulating your body to make new cartilage in the defective area. The recovery from this type of surgery usually requires the patient to use crutches for one month and in most cases the patient returns to full unrestricted sports activities in six to nine months from the day of the surgery. Other patients can have a transplant of cartilage (top photo). This is usually reserved for those patients who failed to heal with the chondroplasty and have a focal well circumscribe defect in the articular cartilage. The surgery is also done through mini incisions, usually two or three. The rehabilitation consists of crutches for four to six weeks and range of motion exercises. After this healing period, the patient returns to activities of daily living and finally to sports within six to nine months from the day of the surgery. Dr. Moya is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in knee and shoulder surgery. He completed his doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, receiving his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Robert Wood Johnson Medical School). Dr. Moya completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Puerto Rico. He practices at the South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine located in Weston 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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Hurricane preparedness is essential to all of us living in South Florida. It means that you and I need to stock up and prepare for 72 hours of self-help. Immediately after a hurricane, the City may not be able to get out in the communities right away. This is why we ask that you prepare yourself, your home, and your family for a hurricane. Our combination of experts, which includes our Police and Fire departments, public works, the hospitals, and Florida Power & Light, are consistent in their discussions with homeowners and business owners outlining and detailing what every resident and business owner must do in the event of a hurricane. The City of Pembroke Pines has an emergency radio station 1670 AM that is operating currently with regular programming. In the event of an emergency, 1670 AM will be a major operational component in our efforts to communicate as widely as possible to residents in our community. I would suggest that you tag this radio station in your list of favorites. Many of the supermarkets, as well as some of the gas stations, now have emergency generators to help them stay open for business so they can continue to serve the community and prevent the kind of chaos we had in the aftermath of Hurricane Wilma. The City will be prepared to help once the 72 hours are over. We have been practicing our preparation strategies to make sure that we are ready. So as a final suggestion, prepare now and store it. If you do not need it for an emergency, you can always use it in your daily lives. For additional information go to the City of Pembroke Pines website at www.ppines.com, click on the A-Z Services link along the top of the screen to open up a directory. Scroll down and look under H for “Hurricane Preparedness.” www.ppines.com/weather/index.html. This link also contains additional links to county, state and federal resources.

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