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City Locations Get “Face Bombed” Plenty for Teens to Do in Pembroke Pines Pembroke Pines to Observe 9/11 at Remembrance Ceremony Elementary Students Get Cookin’ with Fire Safety Poster Contest Tastings III Is Another Success 7th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show Offers Great Shopping Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to Benefit Ann Storck Center

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28 Seniors to Test Their Spanish Spelling Abilities 32 Public Invited To View “On Common Ground” at Studio 18 32 Visit the “Women, Children, and Books” Art Exhibit at the Glass Gallery 34 Open House and Student Art Exhibit Highlights SWFPCC Classes

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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.

Pinnacle Awards –  The 17th Annual Pinnacle Business Awards is being hosted at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center in Miramar. Individuals/ businesses are being recognized for their contributions of time and support of area programs and services that help create a stronger business community for all. For information, call 954-432-9808 or visit www.

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17th Tastings –  The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, in partnership with the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting Tastings IV. For a minimal donation, participants will receive a Taste Card that serves as a sampling ticket. Visit each restaurant to try a favorite menu item. The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is located at 527 SW 145th Terrace. For information, visit or www.

Jazz Concert –  Enjoy a free jazz concert, sponsored by the City of Pembroke Pines, from 5pm to 7pm, at the William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road in Pembroke Pines. Relax to the sounds of pure jazz and enjoy the delicious food cooked up by the Food Truck Round Ups. Bring your blankets and chairs. For information, visit



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Spelling Bee –  In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage month, seniors will once again compete for the title of “Spelling Bee Champion.” The 2nd Annual Senior Spanish Spelling Bee will be held from 12:30pm - 2pm, at the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center. The deadline to sign up is September 10. For information, call 954-450-6888.

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The 9th Annual Art Competition –  The community is invited to the free opening reception for “The 9th Annual Art Competition” at the City of Pembroke Pines “Glass Gallery,” located at 10100 Pines Blvd, from 7pm to 9pm. Guests will meet the artists and enjoy complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres, sponsored by the Arts and Culture Advisory Board and Costco. For information, call 954-435-6520.

27th Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction –  Dozens of South Florida’s most celebrated chefs will meet at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the 20th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to benefit the Ann Storck Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with developmental

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Glass Gallery –  Through September 16, the public is invited to visit the “Women, Children, and Books” Art Exhibit at the City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery. The exhibit features ten female artists from the United Stated, Canada, Europe and South America. It portrays women, children, and illustration from children’s books. The paintings and sculptures are created from a variety of media: oil, water color, acrylic, wood printing and mixed media. The Glass Gallery is located on the first floor of the Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Boulevard. For information, call 954-260-0167.

28th Arts and Crafts – Are you looking for the perfect gift? Chances are you will find it at the 7th Annual City of Pembroke Pines Community Services Fall Arts and Crafts Show. The semi-annual event benefits the City of Pembroke Pines senior services programs. It will be held on September 28, from 9am to 5pm, and September 29, from 10am to 4pm, at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, in Pembroke Pines, in over 53,000 sq. ft. of air conditioned space. Admission and parking are free. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit

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Fire Prevention Contest – More fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. This month, elementary school students throughout Pembroke Pines will be learning how to prevent those fires, as they compete in the Pembroke Pines Fire Department’s 17th Annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. The deadline to submit posters is September 23. For information on the Pembroke Pines Fire Department, call 954-435-6700 or visit fire/index.html. For information on the contest, visit

Studio 18 – Through September 26, the public is invited to view “On Common Ground,” the latest art exhibit hosted by Studio 18 in the Pines. The featured artists include: Tom De Vita, Lynda De Vita, Maria Weider, Juan Prieto, Beth Amato and Joni Esser-Stuart. The exhibit will showcase their paintings, digital art, photography and glass work. Studio 18 is located at 1101 Poinciana Drive. For information, visit Salute OUR Soldiers – The public is invited to view the “Salute OUR Soldiers” Patriots Wall located inside City Hall. Submit photos, of family members, living and/or deceased, who have served in the United States Military to add to the display. For information, visit or call 954-435-6525.

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• The Farmers Market is overflowing with All Things Apple! • Extensive selection of fruit and citrus trees in the nursery - over 100 varieties and sizes! • Free Garden Talks: 9 am - Organic Gardening • 11 am - It’s Easy To Grow Fruit and Citrus

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• Celebrate these winged beauties and the arrival of hummingbirds to South Florida! We’ve got all the plants that will bring them to your yard. • Free Garden Talks: 9 am - Attracting Wildlife To Your Yard • 11 am - Butterfly Gardening

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City Locations Get “Face Bombed” By Debby Teich


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Plenty for Teens to Do in Pembroke Pines By Debby Teich


he City of Pembroke Pines offers a wide variety of activities

for teenagers, ages 12 to 17, at several locations. They include classes in music and art, dances, gaming, volunteer opportunities, sports, and more. Music: Teens, 12 and older, who are interested in learning or improving their musical skills can register for classes held at the Donnith H. Fletcher Art and Cultural Center and the River of Grass Arts Park. Four-week sessions are offered in piano and guitar for $40 per session. For dates and times, call 954-986-5027. Art: Teens, ages 12 to 16, can participate in art classes. They are held on Tuesdays, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Donnith H. Fletcher Art and Cultural Center and on Thursdays, from 6pm to 8pm, at the River of Grass ArtsPark, in the “M” Building of Pembroke Pines Charter High School. Students will spend four weeks learning about the bigger picture of art as it relates to culture and music. They will discuss different artists and art styles and have hands-on experiences working with different media, including drawing, painting and 3-D art. An original birth certificate, parent’s driver’s license and copies of each are required for registration. The four-week session fee is $40 per month and includes supplies. For additional information or to register for the Teen Art Experience, call Fletcher Center at 954-986-5027 or River of Grass ArtsPark at 954-322-2597.

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Volunteer: Teens can volunteer for Pembroke Pines special events year round. They can also volunteer for Summer Camp 2014. To learn about volunteer opportunities, call Debra Davis at Pines Recreation Center at 954-986-5022. Dance: Walter C. Young Middle School students can attend two teen dances. They will be held on October 18 and November 15, from 6:30pm until 9:30pm. The dances will be held in the school’s gymnasium, located at 901 NW 129 Avenue. A school I.D. is required. The admission fee is $4. Refreshments are available for purchase. For information, call 954-437-1134. Hang Out: The Pembroke Pines Teen Center, located inside Pines Recreation Center, is open Monday through Friday, from 4pm to 9pm, and/or on Saturday, from 10am until 6pm. Teens can hang out with new or old friends, both indoors and outdoors. The Teen Center has a wide variety of gaming, including PlayStation, Xbox, and Wii video games. Put down the gaming remote and play pool, air hockey, cards or dominoes. Outside, teens can work on their basketball skills on the courts behind the Teen Center. For information, call 954-986-5022.

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While working closely with approximately 80 members of TAG USA’s Compulsory (levels 2-6) and Optional (levels 7-10) competitive team, Aly shared advice on what it takes to become a champion. She spoke to the girls about her training as a young gymnast, as well as her experiences at the Olympics. Aly also led training groups during which she spotted and offered tips to the TAG USA gymnasts on their beam, bar, vault and floor events. She also took time to visit with the hundreds of young children taking part in TAG USA’s Summer Sports Camp. Aly greeted over 200 campers and took group photos TAG USA Foundation founder Marissa Zoldan with them. with Olympian Aly Raisman. In addition, Aly demonstrated to the young gymnasts the importance of philanthropy and helping others who are less fortunate. She signed autographs and took pictures with over 100 young athletes. This fundraiser generated more than $2,500 in donations for the TAG USA Foundation. Established by Marissa Zoldan, the TAG USA Foundation helps families affected by cancer by providing food, clothing, and other necessities. Throughout the year, the gym hosts numerous collection drives to support local charities. Most recently, TAG USA collected school supplies for Kids In Distress.

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Pembroke Pines to Observe 9/11 at Remembrance Ceremony By Debby Teich


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kitchen than in any other part of the home. This month, elementary school students throughout Pembroke Pines will be learning how to prevent those fires, as they compete in the Pembroke Pines Fire Department’s 17th Annual Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. The deadline to submit posters is September 23. “The contest is a great opportunity for children to show their creative talents and get them thinking about fire safety at the same time,” said Fire Chief John Picarello. According to the rules, the poster must contain the Fire Prevention Week theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Each child must make their own poster, which will be judged on originality. Posters can be made on any suitable material and should be appropriate for vertical display. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. The winning posters will be displayed at Pembroke Pines City Hall during Fire Prevention Week, from October 7 to 10. During the seven-day campaign in October, the Fire Department will offer a variety of programs aimed at educating the public on fire safety. In addition to the poster contest, there will be fire safety presentations, fire station tours, and a fire exposé. The Fire Department will also give away thousands of brochures, firefighter helmets, coloring books, and stickers. “We receive many requests during the month of October for presentations and

station tours,” said Sandra Lluis, Division Chief/Fire Marshal. “We recommend that groups call as soon as possible to schedule activities.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 44,900 fires that were started by someone, usually a child, playing with fire. These fires caused 90 civilian deaths, 890 civilian injuries and $210 million in direct property damage. Preschoolers and kindergartners are most likely to start these fires, typically by playing with matches and lighters, and are also most likely to die in them. The Pembroke Pines Fire Department recommends the following kitchen safety tips to prevent fires: ▸▸ When frying, grilling, or broiling food, stay in the kitchen. ▸▸ Maintain a kid- and pet-free zone at least three feet away from the stove. ▸▸ Turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge. ▸▸ Keep a lid and oven mitt nearby when cooking to use in case of a grease fire. If you have a grease fire, slide a lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and leave the pan covered until it is completely cool. For information on the Pembroke Pines Fire Department, call 954-435-6700 or visit index.html. For information on the contest, visit

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the proceeds from the August event benefited Broward County Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. In September, they will benefit Women in Distress. the best food that Pembroke Pines has to offer. Last month, The Shops “The Tastings is a great way to spend an evening out with family and friends,” at Pembroke Gardens, in partnership with the Miramar Pembroke Pines said Robert Goltz, Regional Chamber of president/CEO Commerce and the of the Miramar Chamber for Good, Pembroke Pines hosted The Tastings Regional Chamber of III. If you missed Commerce. “It is an this event, the next opportunity to visit the one will be held on restaurants and busiSeptember 17. nesses at The Shops For a minimal at Pembroke Gardens donation, over 100 and help a non-profit guests received at the same time.” a Taste Card that Carly Fisher served as a sampling attended the event ticket. They visited for the first time. “It each restaurant to try was a lot of fun,” said a favorite menu item. Carly. “I got to sample Eleven restaurants Guests enjoy food and drink at a prior Tastings event. a variety of food from participated, includsome of my favorite places. I also tried some new ones. I plan to return for Tastings ing: Brio Tuscan Grill, The Pub, Fuddruckers, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, TCBY IV. Next time, I will bring my whole family.” Frozen Yogurt, Jason’s Deli, 7 Pecados, Village Tavern, Sal’s Italian Ristorante, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant, and Brimstone Woodfire Grill. Participants also had a chance to enter into a drawing for a number of prizes, including a $500 Shopping The Shops at Pembroke Gardens is located at 527 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027, just off Spree Interstate-75 at Pines Boulevard. For information visit or call Guest Services Each of the Tastings events benefits a different non-profit. Fifty percent of at 954-450-1580. For information on the chamber, visit

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annual Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive for needy families in the community. gift? Chances are you will find it at Leroy Daniels will be demonstrating the the 7th Annual City of Pembroke pottery wheel throughout the arts and Pines Community Services Fall Arts crafts show and explaining the proand Crafts Show. The semi-annual cess that the artists use to create their event benefits the City of Pembroke finished works. Pines senior services programs. It will Grace Hamilton of Pembroke Pines be held on September 28, from 9am to waits all year for the show. “I always 5pm, and Sept. 29, from 10am to 4pm, at make a list of all of the gifts I need to the Southwest Focal Point Community buy for the holidays and find just about Center, in Pembroke Pines, in over everything,” said Grace. “I also man53,000 sq. ft. of air conditioned space. age to find several items for myself.” The show attracts hundreds of art The SWFP Community Center offers lovers who have the opportunity to adults 18 and older an opportunity visit with more than 60 vendors from to meet new people, build a support throughout the state of Florida. There network or gather information. It is also are many new artists this year. a place that they can go to simply read “This high quality event brings top a book or shoot pool. The Center offers notch artists to sell their paintings, clay, trips and special events on a reguglass, wood jewelry and much more,” Venders from the 2012 Arts and Crafts Show lar basis including self-improvement said Helen Daniels, event coordinator. “All work is original and hand made by the artists, who are present at the show and classes, educational classes, health classes and support programs presented by area professionals. happy to answer questions about their work.” The show also features pottery from the Empty Bowls group, comprised of students from the Community Center’s evening Pottery Studio program. The students The Southwest Focal Point Community Center is located at 301 N.W. 103rd Ave. in Pembroke Pines. donate their time, talent and supplies to help feed the “empty bowls” of the hungry. Admission and parking for the event is free. For information, call 954-450-6888 or visit, The proceeds from the sale of their pottery will benefit the Community Center’s click on “Departments” and select “Community Services”. ooking for the perfect

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materials. Participants created clothing out of garbage bags, video tapes, steel wool and more. The event was so popular that Slaughter will produce the fashion Pembroke Pines, was recently honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward as show again on February 8, 2014, at The Shops of Pembroke one of 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County. Gardens. She attended a dinner event that showcased and celSlaughter’s next community art project, “About Face | ebrated the accomplishments of women who have impacted Portraiture – A Reflection of Ourselves,” opens on October Broward’s business, community, and philanthropic fields. 4 at Studio 18 in the Pines. She chose the title, because The honorees were recognized in front of an audience “about face” is also a military command. It gave her the that included a “Who’s Who” of more than 1,100 leaders. opportunity to invite members of the military to participate Jackie Joyner Kersee was the guest speaker and Savannah in the show. At the opening reception, Veterans of Foreign Ashton, 2013 Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year, sang for Wars Post 8195 will be showing a visual history of their the crowd. Vietnam experience and reading from their co-authored Slaughter was honored for the work she has done as the book, “Black Bullets, Flashbacks, and Untold Truths.” An Curator of Special Projects for the City of Pembroke Pines artist designed photo booth will be on site and framed for the past five years. She has made a concerted effort to photos of guests will be sold for a minimum donation of make the arts affordable and accessible to the culturally $3. Proceeds will benefit the Veterans of Foreign Wars. diverse community. Slaughter invited Savannah Ashton to sing at the event. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized for my Slaughter is also working on a project called “We’ve work,” said Slaughter. “With each exhibition, it is always Been Benched.” In the next few months, sponsored benches my intention to engage the community and give the arts a will be installed throughout the city. They will include 4’ high broader platform.” back panels of painted images that reflect the character of Although many of Slaughter’s exhibitions are held in designated neighborhoods. galleries, she always tries to include an additional component for those who are not likely to visit one. For example, in October 2012 at Studio 18 in the Pines, seven artists created  Studio 18 in the Pines is located at 1101 Poinciana Drive. The opening work out of recycled materials for “Wrapt Attention.” In a reception will be held on October 4, from 7pm to 10pm. It is free and open to Jill Slaughter walks with a member of the Boys companion event, “Upcycled Fashionista,” the public was the public. For information, send an email to or call & Girls Club at the annual dinner for the 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County. invited to create fashions out of recycled and/or repurposed 954-450-6947.

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Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to Benefit Ann Storck Center By Debby Teich


n S eptember 27, some of South Florida’ s most celebrated

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Seniors to Test Their Spanish Spelling Abilities By Debby Teich


n recognition of National H ispanic H eritage month ,

seniors will once again compete for the title of “Spelling Bee Champion.” The 2nd Annual Senior Spanish Spelling Bee will be held on September 17, from 12:30pm to 2pm, at the City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center. The deadline to sign up is September 10. Pembroke Pines Director of Community Services and Housing Jay Shechter, who loves to play Scrabble, came up with the idea for a Spelling Bee. After holding the first two in English, the Spanish-speaking seniors wanted a turn. Schecter agreed to hold the third contest in Spanish. The Center now offers two Spelling Bees each year – one in English and one in Spanish. Last year, 23 seniors, ranging in age from 60 to 74, competed in the contest. They had to spell a wide range of words using the pronunciation from the Spanish alphabet, including any special punctuation. The contest started with easy words, such as “blusa” and “hablar.” As the contest progressed, there were harder words, such as “tridimensional” and “sinverguenza.” Once they misspelled a word they were eliminated. After nearly two hours of intense competition, the winners of the first Senior Spanish Spelling Bee were declared. They were: Felix Castro, 1st Place; Olga Rodriguez, 2nd Place; and Luz Diaz, 3rd Place. Each of them received a $25 gift certificate to the Mayor’s Café and a cash prize.

2012 Spelling Bee winners with staff from the SWFP Community Center (l to r): Back row (staff) Lissette Valdes, Sara Caricchio, Sandra Rinaldi, Cathy Lievano, Jay Shechter and Martha Castilleja. Front Row (winners) Luz Diaz, Felix Castro and Olga Rodriguez.

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School News

Bright Beginnings Early Child Development Center Makes Learning Fun By Debby Teich


he Walter C. Young (WCY) E arly Child D evelopment Center ,

Bright Beginnings, is one of Pembroke Pines’ best kept secrets. Tucked away on the WCY campus, the school offers a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment with experienced, educated and caring teachers. Bright Beginnings is one of four Early Childhood Learning Programs offered by the City of Pembroke Pines. All of the Centers are dedicated to nurturing the whole child with programs that are designed to open doors, open minds, and open possibilities. Since 1989, Bright Beginnings has been serving families of Pembroke Pines and its surrounding communities. It has received the Gold Seal of Excellence Award several times throughout the years. The school accepts students from three months old to Pre-Kindergarten. It also offers free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK). “At Bright Beginnings, we put the ‘caring’ first in ‘childcare,’” said Mary F. Peddy, Site Supervisor/Director, who has worked at the Center since it opened. “We are planting the seeds for our children to grow into fine, young individuals.” The carefully selected staff guides and encourages the children to reach their full potential intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Many of them have worked at the Center for over 10 years. Staff members are CDA certified and trained in First Aid / CPR. They are also fingerprinted and

undergo a background screening. The Center has an open door policy. Prospective parents are encouraged to tour the facility, so they have an opportunity to ask questions and address concerns. The Director even hands out fun stickers to all the children touring the Center to ward off first-time jitters. “We understand that selecting a preschool is not an easy decision for parents,” said Mary. “We try to make their visit as informative as possible. We also make sure to throw in a little TLC.” The Bright Beginnings curriculum is known as the “Creative Curriculum for Preschool.” It is filled with exciting hands-on activities that enable children to use their imaginations. It is divided into many different components, such as dramatic play, arts and crafts, library music and movement, cooking, Spanish, computer lab, outdoor play and more. It also places a strong emphasis on early literacy. In the “Book Buddies” program, students take home books over the weekend and are encouraged to read together as a family unit. The Center recognizes most national events and has established many of its own traditions. Some of them include: Thanksgiving feast, Mother’s Day tea, Father’s Day ice-cream social, Grandparents’ Day breakfast, cheese party for Mickey Mouse’s Birthday, tacos for Cinco de Mayo, Walk in My Footsteps, graduation commencements, and more. In addition, pre-kindergarteners have an opportunity to attend a variety of educational field trips that may include: Culinary Fun, Pediatric Hands-On Experience, Halloween Harvest Pumpkin Patch and Hayride, Creepy Crawly Insect Bug Show, Swim Central (supervised swim lessons at the Aquatic Center located next door), and more. The Bright Beginnings Campus is located at 901 NW 129th Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 754-323-4519 or visit

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Community News

Public Invited To View “On Common Ground” at Studio 18 By Debby Teich


he public is invited to view “O n Common G round,” the latest

art exhibit hosted by Studio 18 in the Pines. The featured artists include: Tom De Vita, Lynda De Vita, Maria Weider, Juan Prieto, Beth Amato and Joni Esser-Stuart. Through September 26, the exhibit will showcase their paintings, digital art, photography and glass work. “Art is a universal language, a common denominator that conveys a message to all people regardless of their background,” said Robyn Vegas, Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines. “Throughout history art has woven a tale of our lives, experiences and feelings from the eyes of the artists. Art is something we can all relate to even if each of us interprets it in a different way.” “Sacred Goddesses” is a collaborative work by husband and wife artists, Tom and Lynda De Vita. Surveying disparate cultures and traditions, it is an explo-

ration into contemporary interpretations of traditional depictions of the Sacred Feminine. Maria Weider’s work is a series of portrait paintings of young members of her family. The portraits are a departure from her usual paintings of still life, therefore presenting a new challenge for her as an artist. Juan Prieto’s photographic series is based on the alternative fictional world of Steampunk. His work features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions, as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them. Beth Amato’s work uses objects that others may view as ordinary, such as crayons. She challenges art lovers to see something “old” in a new and different way. Joni Esser-Stuart enjoys working with kiln formed glass and the limitless creative experiences present within this medium. Her work in the show is an outward expression of her inner soul searching for beauty and truth.

Some of the featured works of art include (l to r): 1) Red Lionfish by Tom De Vita, 2)The Entertainer by Juan Prieto. 3)CHRISTINE by Maria Wieder, 4)The Legacy by Lynda De Vita, 5)Light Flower by Beth Amato and 6) Shades of Green Vase by Joni Esser-Stuart.

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Visit the “Women, Children, and Books” Art Exhibit at the Glass Gallery By Debby Teich


hrough S eptember 16, the public is invited to visit the “Women , Children, and Books” Art Exhibit at the City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery. It is presented by the Arts and Culture Advisory Board, City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery, Parks and Recreation Department of Pembroke Pines, and Art Curator Benoit Menasche. “This exhibit is a first in its kind,” said Menasche. “The art is colorful, young, and magical. Walking through this art exhibit is like walking through a fairytale land.” The exhibit features ten female artists from the United Stated, Canada, Europe and South America. It portrays women, children, and illustrations from children’s books. The paintings and sculptures are created from 1 a variety of media: oil, water color, acrylic, wood printing and mixed media. The ten artists in the exhibit include: Tabitha Blaine, Barbara Hulsoff, Teresa Hazelton, Cristina Keller, Jacklyn Laflamme, Mary Pohlman, Evelyn Favus Richin,

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Barbara Sala, Vanessa Vejar, and Ana Maria Pardo. “I have seen many of the exhibits at the Glass Gallery and this is one of my favorites,” said Brenda Thimble of Pembroke Pines. “I brought my children and they also enjoyed it.” The Glass Gallery in the Pembroke Pines City Hall is open Monday to Thursday, from 9am-5pm. It is located on the first floor of the Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Boulevard. For information, call Ben Menasche at 954-260-0167.


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Community News

Open House and Student Art Exhibit Highlights SWFPCC Classes By Debby Teich


he Pembroke Pines Community S ervices D epartment recently

hosted the 2nd Annual City of Pembroke Pines Open House and Student Art Exhibit. It featured the best of the best from everyday artists who take classes at the City Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center. It included student art exhibits; art demonstrations (pottery, drawing, painting, mosaics); dance performances (belly dance, Zumba, Jazzercise); Tai Chi and yoga demonstrations, and much more. “Our guests had the opportunity to meet and speak with the instructors, learn about the programs and classes offered, and meet the staff at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center,” said Helen Daniels, Recreation Supervisor at the SWFP Community Center. “The Open House is a wonderful way to showcase the work of those who want to learn new skills or enhance their current skills. The Center offers amazing programs, at very reasonable prices for people of nearly every age.” Ribbons were awarded to art students who entered their work in the exhibit. Two of the lucky winners included: Maria Del Carmen Torres, with an Honorable Mention Ribbon, and Gloriela Philpotts, with a Blue Ribbon for her fused class necklace. The City of Pembroke Pines Southwest Focal Point Community Center offers a variety of daytime classes throughout the year for adults and seniors. To see a complete schedule, visit, click on Departments and select Community Services.   Some of the arts and crafts classes include: Florida Wildlife Drawing - Learn how to capture not only the characteristics of Florida wildlife subjects, but also the light that surrounds them. Learn how to depict both the subjects and their native habitats. Figure Drawing - Explore the world of figure drawing in this easy to follow course. With the use of live, fully clothed models, students will learn the fundamental skills of figure drawing.   Drawing Fundamentals - Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing, including the study of line, perspective, light and shade, form and proportion in this easy to follow class. Students will use graphite pencil, charcoal, pen and ink.  Ceramics – Students will create low fire ceramic pieces, using pre-molded green ware, that are decorated using traditional under glazes, over glazes or layering, and mixing of colors.   Intro to Watercolor – This creative class is designed for individuals who want to learn the basic techniques of watercolor painting.   Painting with Acrylics – In a supportive, friendly and relaxed environment, students will explore the wide range of effects that can be achieved using acrylics. Ongoing attention to composition, line, tone, color and texture will result in work with true depth and focus.  Pottery – Using hand building and pottery wheels, students will create high fired stoneware pottery. Creative Sewing – Whether you are a seasoned pro or just know how to sew on a button, this fun and exciting class can help you learn a variety of sewing techniques, including industry tricks and short cuts. Knitting Basics for New Knitters – This class offers all of the information new knitters need to be successful, including: casting on, knitting, purl, binding off, and more. Flower Arranging Workshop – In this all-inclusive workshop, students will explore flower care and handling techniques, color coordination, free style design, symmetrical and asymmetrical arrangements, and much more. This is a hands-on workshop where students will create individual floral centerpieces.

The SWFP Community Center is located at 301 N.W. 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines. For additional information on events and much more please call (954) 450-6888 or please, click on “Departments” and select “Community Services.” 


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bringing significant change to the traditional tummy tuck. The procedure involves a combination of traditional liposuction with an open skin and fat removal procedure, typically referred to as a tummy tuck. The combination of the two procedures enables the plastic surgeon to better contour and shape the abdomen and the adjacent areas more completely. Patients who have experienced increased skin laxity and excess fat deposition in the abdomen, hips, and waist can now transform their bodies into a more beautiful shape. This procedure is ideal for patients who have excess skin and fat with abdominal weakness, commonly seen after childbirth, weight loss, and with the alterations that are seen with the aging process. Lipoabdominoplasty safely combines suction-assisted lipectomy (liposuction) with abdominal muscle tightening and skin removal. The fat which is removed via lipoaspiration can be added to other areas of contour deficiency like the buttocks through fat grafting or transfer. This combination reshapes the entire midsection and buttock giving the individual Before


the shapely body contour they desire. The technique should be used with caution in patients who have a history of smoking or previous abdominal surgery and should be performed only by experienced surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. There are a number of important variables that determine whether a patient is a candidate for a lipoabdominoplasty. For any plastic surgical procedure to be a complete success, medical and psychological fitness for surgery is a prerequisite. The appropriate patient typically is close to their ideal body weight with anatomic features that may be improved surgically, including loose skin, excess fat, and weakened abdominal muscles. The distribution of fat is one determinant of the improvement a patient will have from a tummy tuck. Fat in the superficial tissue is the type that is possible to pinch. This superficial fat may be removed through excision (tummy tuck) or aspiration (liposuction). If skin laxity or looseness is significant, the skin and fat should be removed with a tummy tuck. If the skin elasticity is adequate; however, the superficial fat may be removed through liposuction alone. Liposuction may flatten the abdomen, but it will not tighten the skin significantly. Patients who have soft, distended abdomens frequently have lax muscles or a separation of rectus muscle in the midline known as diastasis. This is common after multiple pregnancies, making it a great procedure for “Mommy Makeovers” or significant weight loss patients. When patients have excess skin that extends to the lateral hips and lower back or buttocks, an extended or circumferential abdominoplasty may be necessary. For most patients, the resultant incision is well hidden within underwear and bathing suit lines. The procedure usually takes 2–3 hours. Patients should prepare to rest for a minimum of one to two weeks after their procedure. Dr. Messa is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and also maintains a Black Diamond level with Allergan. As a Black Diamond Level Account, Dr. Messa is in the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. To learn more about Dr. Messa and his practice, visit his website at His office is located at 2823 Executive Park Drive, in Weston. To schedule your complimentary consultation, call the office at 954-659-7760.

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New Loan Modification Program for Homeowners By Omar J. Arcia, Esq. · Foreclosure Defense and Consumer Bankruptcy Protection Attorney


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give financially pressed homeowners a fresh opportunity to qualify for a loan modification. “HAMP” stands for the Home Affordable Modification Program, a government initiative to encourage lenders to allow loan modifications with reduced mortgage payments. Here is a summary of the new loan modification benefits: Lower Debt-to-Income Limits – The new guidelines allow borrowers to lower their monthly mortgage payment to as little as 25 percent of their gross monthly income. Previously, borrowers could not qualify for HAMP unless their total mortgage payment was more than 31 percent of their gross monthly income. Broader Debt Guidelines – The new rules also take into account more types of debt in evaluating a borrower’s financial burden, such as such as second mortgages, medical bills, etc. The old guidelines focused solely on what a borrower was paying for their primary mortgage.

Rental Properties Eligible – One of the biggest changes is that the HAMP program is now open to landlords who are struggling to keep up with mortgage payments on rental properties. Properties need not be occupied to qualify, and a single borrower can qualify to obtain loan modifications on up to three properties under the program. Repeat Modifications Allowed – It used to be that you only had one shot at a HAMP loan modification. If you couldn’t keep up with your payments, you could not reapply for a new modification. Under the new guidelines, borrowers who defaulted on a permanent or trial HAMP loan modification can apply for a new one, provided they’ve been out of the program for at least 12 months. Minimum 10 Percent Reduction – Under the new rules, all loan modifications performed under HAMP must reduce a borrower’s monthly mortgage payments by at least 10 percent. Principal Reductions Encouraged - New incentives are being provided to encourage lenders to allow principal reductions on mortgages where borrowers owe more than the home is worth. We have seen principal reductions up to 50 percent of the amount owed, drastic reductions in the annual interest rate, and even waivers of all past due amounts in certain instances. Navigating through the murky waters of the new HAMP program is frustrating. It is even riskier when there is a pending mortgage foreclosure which could result in the loss of your home prior to completing the loan modification. If you would like more detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in our new consumer friendly DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight for Your Home,” available for purchase on our website, www.fight4yourhome. com. 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 mortgage payments, or if you just received a foreclosure summons, contact the Arcia Law Firm today at 954-437-9066 to schedule your free consultation, or visit www. for more information, client success stories and testimonials.


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As previously stated, the timeliness of the production is also mandatory. The time deadline is approximately 45 days from either the filing of the Petition or the service of the Petition if you are the Respondent. If the request is not filed on time, then motions to compel will be filed by opposing counsel requesting the disclosure to be produced within an additional 10 days. If after that extension the documents are still not produced, then additional motions will be filed with the court requesting possible sanctions (striking of pleadings) and the payment of opposing counsel’s attorney’s fees. This not only puts pressure upon a client and the attorney’s office, but results in additional and unnecessary attorney’s fees. Another main component of Mandatory Disclosure is the Financial Affidavit. Depending upon a person’s income, the affidavit will either be the “Short Form” or the “Long Form”. It is simply a breakdown of a person’s income, expenses, assets and liabilities. The above is to be averaged over a 12 month period. As an example, add up your electric bill for the past 12 months and divide the total by 12. That will be your average monthly electric bill. For some unknown reason, this concept seems to totally overwhelm people. I am now requiring them to perform math, which is often times quite stressful. This “Affidavit” is sworn to under oath, and therefore the truthfulness and/or the accuracy of the information is important. False or incorrect information can cause complications in the case during litigation. To ensure the accuracy of the information I encourage my clients to come into the office and meet with my staff to complete the affidavit and compile the necessary documentation. Hopefully, this makes the process less intimidating. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. For information or a free consultation, call 954-385-9160.

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▸▸ Observation of the child at rest, standing, walking and running. ▸▸ Checking hip range of motion with the hip flexed and extended. ▸▸ Checking knee structure and the rotation of the tibia on the femur (lower leg bone relative to upper bone). ▸▸ Checking the position of the ankle and the leg bone to determine bone deformities. ▸▸ Observation of foot posture to check for curvatures and elevation or flattening of the arch. ▸▸ Neurological problems must be ruled out.


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▸▸ To effectively treat rotational problems, the level and severity of the deformity must be determined. ▸▸ If sleeping and sitting position perpetuate the deformity, they must be changed. ▸▸ There may be a need for casting the foot, ankle and leg (every two weeks) to put tight ligaments and muscles into a continuous stretch. This may be necessary for anywhere between two and eight weeks. ▸▸ Physical therapy to improve muscle flexibility and to provide gait training to the child. ▸▸ In-shoe custom molded orthotics or gait plates to help encourage normal walking. This is especially beneficial in the flatfooted child or ones who are intoed. ▸▸ Night braces or splinting to encourage and maintain correction. ▸▸ In rare cases, surgery may be necessary if the problems persist and walking becomes difficult or if the child continues to fall or trip. ▸▸ In most cases, continued observation of the child may be all that is necessary.

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I am approaching 18 years in office and not once has anything about me been brought out that I was ashamed of; or that my decisions were not good for you, the residents. I enjoy what I do every day for this great city. I wish that the Congress could get along as well as local public officials do, which by the way you see or talk to on a daily basis. I was surprised and honored to receive the E. Drew Harris Award at the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference, August 16, 2013. It is the highest award that an Elected Official can receive from the Florida League of Cities, and it puts me in a special class to those that previously have received this award. I can be reached at any time by calling City Hall at 954 435-6505 or my cell at 954-224-4477 or by sending me an email at

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The public was invited to a free performance of Musical Remix, presented by the City of Pembroke Pines Drama Camp at the Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts River of Grass ArtsPark. The play is “based” in New York and features a creative team who tries to come up with the next “big thing” for Broadway. They make their mark by joining the long list of successful musicals.

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As the due date of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, approached, SI Club of Davie’s royal watchers celebrated with a baby shower of their own. Gifts were donated to the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center in Pembroke Pines.

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Several guests posed with the Fairy Tale Frog at the “Women, Children, and Books” Art Exhibit at the City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery. It is presented by the Arts and Culture Advisory Board, City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery, Parks and Recreation Department of Pembroke Pines, and Art Curator Benoit Menasche.


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Jacklyn Laflamme, Artist in Residence at Studio 18 in the Pines, unveiled her mural at the Richard C. Sullivan Library in Wilton Manors. While working there, she gave different workshops every day to teach the children about art and to get them engaged in the process of creating the mural.

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Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis was presented the E. Harris Drew Municipal Official Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida League of Cities 87th Annual Conference in Orlando. The prestigious award was named for Supreme Court Justice E. Harris Drew, the man who coined the League’s motto: Local self-government, the key to American democracy.

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