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Imaginations Come Alive at the StoryBook Festival Pembroke Pines Farmers’ Market Opens SWFP Community Center Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Drive Donations Needed for Veterans’ Holiday Project

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Relay For Life Welcomes New Teams and Members for 2014 Event Pines Athletic Center Offers A Variety of Programs Weston Miracle League Kicks Off Baseball Season in Pembroke Pines ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Celebrations The Community Art Project is Unveiled Glass Gallery Announces Art Competition Winners

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School News

28 Mayor Ortis Reads to Silver Palms Students to Help Break World Record 30 Chapel Trail Students Get a Lesson in Storytelling

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32 Employers Responsibilities under Florida Workers’ Compensation Law

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34 Moms: Give Yourself a Gift! 42 A Whole New Way to Lash 44 Choosing the Right Specialist for ACL Rupture in the Young Athlete

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36 Homeowners Beware of Foreclosure Rescue and Short Sale Scams 40 The Question of Attorneys’ Fees

Ask the mayor 46 Pembroke Pines Update

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experiencing the loss of a loved one. What is usually seen as time of joyous memories can become extremely painful. As it has been for 3 generations, keeping the needs of our community in mind is important to us. The Boyd Panciera families and staff invite you to join us for two Special Holiday Support Events. 1 Holiday Program & Service of Remembrance 1 Friday, December 6, 2013 6:30pm · Registration and Refreshments 7pm · Program- Rev. Bob Sands, Certified grief recovery specialist; will speak on “how to deal with the stress of the holidays” In closing, we will share in a special “Candle Lighting Ceremony” in memory of your loved one

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Health & Education Fair– The SWFP Community Center presents the Annual Health & Education Fair, from 9am-1pm. There will be free education & health screenings, demonstrations and over 50 exhibits. Free admission and parking. For information, call 954-450-6888.

Book Fair – The Friends of Southwest Regional Library will host a Book Fair with gently used magazines, hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, books on CD and more. The event is from 10am-4pm, at 16835 Sheridan Street. For information, call 954-357-6580.

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Coin & Stamp Show – Find coins and stamps at the SWFP Community Center, from 10am-3pm. For information, call 954-424-8776.

Bingo Nights with the Knights – Play Bingo at the SWFP Community Center, from 6-9pm. Regular jackpots pay $30 to $50 a game. There are also two 50/50 jackpot games, a Hot Cash Ball Number and a Progressive Jackpot. Must be 18 and older to play. For information, call 954-450-6888.

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11th Veterans Day – Honor those who have served. The event features a presentation of colors, guest speakers, unveiling of the second phase of bricks, and lunch with the veterans. For information, visit www.ppines.com.

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Business Expo – Shaolin Academy is hosting a Business Expo at 20841 Johnson St, Suite 101, in Pembroke Pines, from 9am to 4pm. Admission is free. For information, call 954450-4666 or send an email to shaolinacademyfl@gmail.com.

24th Jazz Concert – Bring your chair(s) or blanket and enjoy the Sunday afternoon free Jazz Concert at William B. Armstrong Dream Park, 1700 Dykes Road (N.W. 160th Avenue) in Pembroke Pines, from 3-5pm. Also featured are the Food Truck Round Ups. No charge. For information, visit www.ppines.com.

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Teen Dance – Teens can dance the night away, from 6:30-9:30pm, at Walter C. Young Gymnasium & Dinner Theater. Dance is for Walter C. Young Middle School students only. Students must have school ID for admission into dance. For information, visit www. ppines.com.

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Dec. 3rd Letters to Santa – Santa will be busy answering letters from the kids on his Pembroke Pines route. Any child who has a special message for Santa or wants to submit a wish list should send a letter to: North Pole C/O

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City of Pembroke Pines, 10100 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. Letters can also be placed in Santa’s Express Mailbox, which will magically appear on December 3, at City Hall. Santa will personally write back to each child and wish them a Happy Holiday. Letters must be mailed by December 11 to receive a response by December 24.

7th SnowFest/Lighting Ceremony – During the SnowFest/Lighting Ceremony, held at the Pembroke Pines City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard, from 2 to 6pm, children can play in 50 tons of snow, visit with Santa, watch holiday performances, and participate in a variety of activities. At 5:45pm, the whole family can help light up City Hall with the Mayor and some of his close friends, including Santa, Rudolph and Frosty. For information, visit www. ppines.com.

18th Toys for Tots Day – Pines West Chiropractic is hosting its 3rd annual Toys for Tots event. Anyone who brings in a toy receives a gift from the office. Free refreshments. 18501 Pines Boulevard, Suite 104, Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-432-3343.

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive – Through November 18, the SWFP Community Center will be collecting donations in the form of canned and dry goods, turkeys, checks or gift cards to purchase items for gift baskets. For information, call 954-4506888 or send an email to dshawcross@ ppines.com. Art Competition – Through November 18, the community is invited to view the City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery 9th Annual Art Competition, located at the Glass Gallery, 10100 Pines Boulevard. The juried art competition features 181 pieces of beautifully displayed art. For information, call 954-435-6520.

Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday, from 4pm to 8pm, more than 40 local vendors will set up shop at the west end of the Whole Foods parking lot in Pembroke Pines. They will offer locally grown produce, homemade products and other unique items not found at any grocery store. For information, visit Whole Foods Market Pembroke Pines on Facebook.

Ongoing About Face – Through November 22, the public is invited to About Face | Portraiture – A Reflection of Ourselves, curated by Jill Slaughter. Seven established and mid-career artists explore the intimacy of portraiture using oil and acrylic on canvas, pen and ink, along fiber arts interpretations. The exhibit is at Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive. For information, visit www.ppines.com/ studio18.

Theater – From November 1 to 24, don’t miss Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Pembroke Pines Theater or the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan Street. For information, call 954-437-4884.


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Imaginations Come Alive at the StoryBook Festival By Debby Teich

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of the library as a place to read a book in silence. On November 16, some of these books will come alive at the Broward County Library’s 12th Annual StoryBook Festival, “King ‘Author’s’ Stories of the Round Table,” which will be held from 10am to 4:30pm, at the Southwest Regional Library. The free family event offers a day of music, dance, storytelling, storybook characters, crafts, and activities for youngsters and their families. “It is a great way for kids of all ages to connect with their favorite stories,” said Susan Hill, Youth Services Supervisor. Dancing princesses and a costume “They can jumpstart their imaginations parade at the 2012 Storybook Festival and have a great time.” More than 4,000 people are expected to attend. The first 1,000 children to arrive will receive a free book. Children are encouraged to come to the festival dressed in their favorite storybook costumes.

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Some of the highlights of the festival include:

▸▸ Join the StoryBook Parade, along with a large cast of storybook characters. ▸▸ Watch live children’s performances on three stages. ▸▸ Get creative in the arts and crafts tent, where kids can make Merlin’s magic potion, catapults, family shields, stained glass and more. ▸▸ Roam the Fantasy Forest, a magical place where children can interact with their favorite storybook characters, such as the Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf, Rapunzel and more. ▸▸ Play a game of human chess, where teen volunteers are dressed as the pieces. ▸▸ Dance around the maypole. ▸▸ Get your face painted. ▸▸ Swap tales at the “Swappin’ Ground” area, where children and adults can tell their own stories. ▸▸ Listen to students from Chapel Trail Elementary tell their award-winning stories in the Hobbit room. They will be joined by other storytellers. ▸▸ Bring cameras to take pictures at the StoryBook Photo Spots, which include Snow White, Robin Hood, a king and queen, and more. ▸▸ Watch the stilt walkers. ▸▸ Indulge in tasty treats from the food trucks. The StoryBook Festival is funded through the Broward Public Library Foundation, with support from the City of Pembroke Pines, Friends of Southwest Regional Library, Baptist Medical Plaza and others.

The Southwest Regional Library is located at 16835 Sheridan Street, in Pembroke Pines. For more information, call 954-357-6733.


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Pembroke Pines Farmers’ Market Opens By Debby Teich

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residents no longer have to leave their neighborhood to purchase some of the freshest products available from local vendors and farmers. Last month, the City of Pembroke Pines and Whole Foods Markets held the grand opening of the Pembroke Pines Farmer’s Market, located at 14956 Pines Boulevard. Every Thursday, from 4pm to 8pm, more than 40 local vendors will set up shop at the west end of the Whole Foods parking lot. They will offer locally grown produce, homemade products and other unique items not found at any grocery store. It is an opportunity to buy handcrafted jams & jellies; local honey; exotic fruits; hand-poured soy candles; plants, trees and fresh herbs; fresh made guacamole; handmade kettle corn; vegan desserts; handcrafted sea salt and more. The market also has a variety of international cuisine from Spain, France, India and other countries. Some of the merchants include: Juice Bar, Guacamole House, Estela’s Orchids, Paellas de Espana, Thoroughly Modern Muffins, Via Vegan, Honey Bee, Cookielicious, Colors of France, Nani’s Gourmet Pasta, Teaganics, A Cup a Cake,

Keith Lorren Spices, Herbeque, Magic City Slush, JC’s Daily Bread, Ceviche 305, Marando Farms, Ft. Lauderdale Farmers, Pop Cart, Nisha’s Flavors of India, and Soy Veganease. Each week, the market will feature a variety of kids’ activities, fun events, music and dancing. On November 7 and 21, sample some Thanksgiving dishes and ask the experts for cooking advice. Bring your dancing shoes, so you can enjoy free salsa lessons and join a dance “rueda” with the Nuevolution Dance School at 6:30pm. On November 14, sample some Thanksgiving dishes. Put on your boots and cowboy hat and participate in Country Night at the Farmers’ Market, where you can enjoy free line dancing lessons at 6:30pm. On November 28, the market will be closed for Thanksgiving. Maria Sanchez of Pembroke Pines attended the Grand Opening. “The selection of locally grown produce was incredible and so were all of the samples,” said Maria. “I love the idea of shopping at a farmers’ market, since local food always tastes better, is better for your health, and helps support the local economy.” For information, visit Whole Foods Market Pembroke Pines on Facebook. To become a vendor, call 305-318-6148

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1. What makes the gymnastics programs at TAG USA different? In the four years that we have owned the gym, TAG USA has transformed into a very popular and successful gym. Class Directors Elizabeth Geraci and Coach Luis Lopez have our classes very well organized with lesson plans and quality mature coaches. Our competitive teams are competing head to head against other local gyms and have great success. At the October competitions at Celebrate America and Gold Rush, TAG USA finished in First Place in Levels 2, 3, and 4 versus most of the other local gyms. The success of our teams comes directly from our quality recreational classes. 

2. Tell us about the amazing past year for TAG USA! Everyone knows about our back to back state championships in 2012 and 2013 and our girls and boys regional champs. In 2013, TAG USA had our first Boys National Champion Qualifier and the gym’s first NATIONAL CHAMPION. This summer Olympic Gold medallist Aly Raisman worked out our team girls and visited our classes and summer camp kids. Other famous visitors included Olympian Scott Johnson, Olympic Coach Miles Avery, and US National Team Coach Luminita Garcy.

3. How does having the largest gym benefit a young athlete? All gyms in this area, even ones with large programs, are in a small facility. TAG USA has a large and popular gym, which allows us to have much more space with more equipment. Our class groups get more training time and repetitions because they do not share equipment like in other gyms.

What also makes us different is that all parents have front row seats to watch their children and our class schedules run concurrently for the convenience of families with multiple children.

4. How has TAG USA’s unique programs changed gymnastics in the area? Other gyms have tried to copy our success, but TAG USA invests in quality coaches and has a one-of-a-kind facility. Our unique ideas have included presenting every athlete with a medal at the end of their class session, having free newborn and mommy classes, which are open to the community, and having the lowest prices for classes and teams. TAG USA has always been a USAG gym and we are happy to see other gyms change to a USAG program. Besides having the best facility, we are different because we actually train our coaches properly, use lesson plans to evaluate skills, and have managers that monitor every class.   

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SWFP Community Center Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Drive By Debby Teich

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Community Services. “We also recognize that they could use a little more, so we give them enough groceries for the entire week.” opportunity to indulge in roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, and Once the school drives are compumpkin pie, while enjoying the plete, Pembroke Pines firefighters will company of friends and families. For pick up the donations. The week before those who are less fortunate, however, Thanksgiving, members of the Pembroke the holiday may take on a very different Pines Police Department and other meaning. This month, the staff at the volunteers will help sort and package Southwest Focal Point Community Center everything into baskets filled with a 15 lb. will host the 15th Annual Thanksgiving turkey and all of the trimmings. Food Drive to reach out to those in need The SWFPCC will spend several of assistance. With donations from thousand dollars to purchase the turkeys, schools, businesses and residents, they pies, butter, milk and other perishable are hoping to provide 100 Thanksgiving items. They rely on the money from baskets and meals to families in the fundraisers held throughout the year, as community. well as donations from businesses and Students at City of Pembroke Pines residents. For the past five years, the Charter Schools, public schools and Professional Firefighters of Pembroke private schools have already started Pines Local 2292 has also donated $1,000 collecting canned goods, nonperishFor the past few years, the Professional Firefighters of Pembroke Pines Local 2292 has donated $1,000 to help pay for the Thanksgiving and they plan to do the same this year. ables and food store gift cards for the meal program. They will make the same donation this year. “Our community has a history of being Thanksgiving baskets. Some of the items generous and we are hoping this year won’t be any different,” said Shechter. include: stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned yams, flaked potatoes, gravy, canned corn, green beans, fruit, and desserts. Since recipients will also get several bags of groceries to help sustain them through the week, organizers are also asking for items that are high in protein, such as tuna, canned chicken and peanut butter. Non-perishable items and food store gift cards can be dropped off at the Southwest Focal Point Community “We want to make sure that those in need are able to celebrate the Center, 301 N.W. 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines through November 18. For information, contact Diane Thanksgiving holiday with a traditional meal,” said Jay Shechter, Director of Shawcross at 954-450-6888 or dshawcross@ppines.com.

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Director Rebeca Russo-Columna is involved in the enhancement of each and every student. She is at the Academy from opening to closing and the students can benefit from her extensive training and experience. She started dancing at the age of 5 and at an early age was on scholarship with Miami Ballet and danced professionally for the Opera Guild. At the age of 13, she was awarded a full merit scholarship from the Ford Foundation to attend National Academy of Dance in Champaign, Illinois. At that point she resolved to be a dancer and attended their boarding school. She was also awarded first place in the United States Merit Scholarship Competition for 3 consecutive years. While attending the boarding school, she also received scholarships to attend Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Canada. While in Canada, she was spotted by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet director, and was invited to dance at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and began touring with the company at the age of 16. Rebeca has performed in Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Grand Pas de Quatre (Taglioni), Paquita, Swan Lake, Sylphides, Giselle, Nutcracker, Monkayo, Strike Up The Band and Exuberance, to name a few. Her passion has always been in classical ballet however, due to her vast training in all fields, she also appeared in many televised events, music videos, and commercials with well-known entertainers including Don Johnson, Willie Nelson, Paul Shaffer, Jay Leno, Barbara Eden and many more. After spending numerous years dancing professionally, teaching and choreographing for special events and dance venues, Academy of Arts was founded in 1994. Knowing how important it is to receive excellent training at an early age, she decided to pass this along to students that also have the desire to learn from the best in the field. She understands how important it is for a classical ballerina to train in different areas in order to expand possibilities and be successful in the arts. With this in mind, she is always open to hiring the best, regardless of cost. She offers this training to her students at a fraction of the cost, since she was blessed with many opportunities at an early age to do what she loved. Families feel it is an honor to be part of this school, having all of this knowledge under one roof. Tuition is paid year-round in order to hold a coveted spot at this Academy. Academy of Arts offers instruction for ages 3 to professional in: Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Jazz, Tap, Flamenco, Modern, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Voice, Piano, Violin and Guitar. There are a variety of dance styles available for the more serious students or others wishing to pursue a professional career. In Ballet alone, the Academy has five in-house instructors and incorporates elements of the French, Italian and Russian schools of training. Students are taught by teachers from top companies such as: Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Nacional

Actual Students from our Academy and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. With their strong ballet base, the students are also taught other art forms with a variety of teachers to enhance and prepare them for a professional career. The focus at the Academy is not on dance recitals or competitions, but rather the training offered by an excellent year-round education. There are no recital fees, no rehearsal fees, no minimum ticket purchases for performances and no high-priced tickets to purchase. The Academy’s Performing Group is made up of students that have volunteered their time to be a part of shows performed throughout the year. Since this is a performing art, we hold fundraisers in order to give students the opportunity to perform in venues such as: Disney, Epcot, Century Village, Senior Focal Point, Miramar Cultural Center, Bailey Concert Hall and other community events. The children are not auditioned, but rather given a chance to enjoy the art of dance. All costumes are purchased by Miss Rebecca and given to the dancers at no cost. The Academy’s Dance Company is comprised of very talented young dancers that have been auditioned to be a part of this special program. The Company represents a dancing group of the community and for the community. It is an intense program which includes training in all areas of dance needed to prepare the students for a professional career. These dancers are not only taught by the staff at the Academy, but are also given the opportunity to work with guest artists and are encouraged to receive training in all areas to help them reach their full potential. They perform in the annual Holiday Show and yearly recital. There is no additional cost to be a part of the dance company. In the past, many of the Academy’s graduating students had to choose between obtaining a college degree and pursuing a career in dance. The Academy of Arts Professional Company, Metropolitan Ballet of Florida, gives local professionals and talented artists the opportunity for employment. M.B.F. also gives former students employment opportunities, while they continue to train and receive compensation. Students of Academy of Arts have been accepted to some of the most prestigious schools in the country including: The Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Nutmeg Conservatory, Walnut Hill, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey and the Rock. They have also earned scholarships to American Heritage, The Chicago College for the Performing Arts, Hartt School of Music, Florida State University, New World School of the Arts, University of Central Florida and more. The Academy offers free trial classes for placement and are open Monday to Saturday. Located at: Chapel Trail Trade Center, 20841 Johnson Street, Suite #113, Pembroke Pines, Florida, 33029. Telephone #954-704-0068. www.academyofartsinc.com


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Donations Needed for Veterans’ Holiday Project By Debby Teich

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ince 2001, the Alexander “Sandy” Nininger Veterans’ Nursing Home, at the Howard C. Forman Complex in Pembroke Pines, has been offering skilled nursing care for United States Veterans. The City of Pembroke Pines Police Department invites the community to participate in a Holiday Project to benefit the veterans who live there. The PPPD’s Community Affairs Unit is coordinating the holiday project for the 120 veterans who reside at the nursing home. The veterans range in age from their 50’s to 90’s. They have fought in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Granada, Panama, Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom/Global War on Terror, Operation Iraqi Freedom and more. Eight of the residents are female. “We want our veterans to know that the community of Pembroke Pines appreciates and remembers their service,” said Valerie Toth, Officer Community Affairs. “Many of the veterans have no family or visitors. There is no budget for outings, so gift cards to area restaurants, movies, and sporting events would be extra special. They would provide our Veterans with an opportunity to interact with others, enjoy

their lives, and all the community has to offer.” Toth says that the goal of the project is to provide a holiday gift bag for each Veteran, enhance the activities program (TV and game room, library, field trips), and provide gift cards for outings. The PPPD is hoping to receive donations by December 7, which is also Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. They are looking for the following: ▸▸ Gift bag items, such as non-slip tube slippers, tube socks, lap blankets, personal care items (shampoo, conditioner, lotions, liquid coconut oil, liquid soap, perfume, cologne, powder, etc.), sweaters, sweatshirts, and new Military T-shirts/Hats. ▸▸ Items for the Activity Program, such as new board games, cards, large print books, DVD’s, and magazines (e.g. Military, Life, Time, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping). ▸▸ Gift cards to outings, such as shows, movies, restaurants, pizza restaurants, sporting events, and more. “We will deliver the gifts to the veterans on behalf of the residents of Pembroke Pines, just in time for their holiday party,” said Toth. According to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation after California and Texas. Of the more than 1.5 million veterans that reside in the state, approximately 160,000 of them are women. Donations can be dropped off 24/7 at the Pembroke Pines Police Department, 9500 Pines Boulevard, Attention: Officer Valerie Toth. For information on the Veterans’ Project, call 954-435-6538. The Alexander “Sandy” Nininger Veterans’ Nursing Home is located at 8401 West Cypress Drive in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-985-4824.

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Relay For Life Welcomes New Teams and Members for 2014 Event By Debby Teich Alexis Santana, 13, and Madison Novo, 11, announced the formation of their “Divas for A Cure” team.

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dreaded words, “You have cancer.” On March 14, thousands will gather on the athletic field at Walter C Young Middle School for the 16th Annual Relay for Life of Pembroke Pines. The 18-hour overnight event, for ages 3 to 93, will begin at 6:30pm with a Survivor’s Dinner and last all night, because cancer never sleeps. Organizers recently held a kick-off party to welcome new teams and announce upcoming fundraising efforts. Relay for Life is the nationwide signature event of the American Cancer Society. It is NOT just a race or walk. Teams of people and individuals have fun while raising funds to fight cancer and increase awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. The event gives participants a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Jules Meyer, one of the original founders, will co-chair the Pembroke Pines Relay event with WPLG Channel 10 news anchor Kristi Kruger. This year’s theme is “Sweet 16.” The goal is to raise $165,000. Organizers are also hoping to double the amount of Survivors that attend. “At the Relay, we remember those we have lost, but also celebrate those who have survived,” said Francie Novo, Logistics Chair for the Relay For Life Pembroke Pines and Pembroke Pines Special Events Coordinator. More than 150 people showed up for the kick-off

event, including several new teams. Mayor Frank C. Ortis will lead the Mayor’s Gang, which was the top fundraising team in 2013, raising nearly $18,000. Alexis Santana, 13, and Madison Novo, 11, announced the formation of their Divas for A Cure team. To raise money, they are planning to produce a benefit pageant called “Little Miss Relay Pembroke Pines.” Some of the team fundraising events include: ▸▸ November 19 - “A Sweet Taste of Relay” at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center ▸▸ December 7 - Team Lakeside Mini-Golf Fundraiser ▸▸ December 15 – “Day of Hope” at Shops at Pembroke Gardens ▸▸ January 12 – Little Miss Relay Pembroke Pines at Grand Palms Hotel ▸▸ February 9 - Variety Show at Century Village ▸▸ March 4 - Tasting Event at Shops at Pembroke Gardens ▸▸ March 14, 15 – 2014 Relay For Life event at Walter C Young Middle School Anyone can volunteer, form a team or join a team. “We hope everyone will come out to support the Relay,” said Novo. “We should never have to say that there is no cure for a friend or family member who has cancer.” To sign up a team, visit Relayforlife.org/pembrokepinesfl. For information about Relay for Life, call 954-200-7522.

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Pines Athletic Center Offers A Variety of Programs By Debby Teich

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▸▸ Taekwondo – Learn traditional Taekwondo, self-discipline, and respect. Boost self-esteem and get in shape. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginners meet from 6pm to 7pm. Advanced students meet from 7pm to 8pm. Cost is $10/month. ▸▸ Boxing – Learn self-defense and self-confidence; compete in amateur bouts; build self-esteem; and get in shape. Classes meet on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Fridays. Beginners meet from 5pm to 6pm. Advanced students meet from 6pm to 7pm. Cost is $10/month. ▸▸ Basketball – Improve your basic skills and learn the fundamentals of basketball. Play with friends or compete with the travel team. Cost is $10/month. ▸▸ Basketball Clinic – The clinic, open to all ages and skill levels, will focus on individual skills and player improvement. It meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30pm to 7pm. ▸▸ Travel Basketball Team – The travel team competes in area USSSA and AAU tournaments. All members must try out and be selected for the team. It meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30pm to 7pm. An additional fee is required. ▸▸ Camps – Boys and girls, ages 7 to 14 can attend winter, spring break, and summer camps. They include field trips, movies, sports, team building exercises and more. Camp is held Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to 6:30pm. Cost is $100/week. ▸▸ After School Program – Boys and girls, ages 6 to 14, can participate in the after school program. Pick up from school is available. Programs also held on Early Release Days and Kids Days Off. Cost is $40/week. ▸▸ Youth Leadership Program – Boys and girls ages 14 to 17, can earn school service hours by helping the community through service projects, learn civic responsibility, and more. High school attendance is required. Membership is $40 per year and allows access to all PAC programs and facilities (basketball court, fitness room, etc.), as well as PAC events/parties. Additional fees apply for activities, classes and camps. The Pines Athletic Center is located at 7900 Johnson Street. For information, call 954-986-5044 or send an email to TJoyce@ppines.com.

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Weston Miracle League Kicks Off Baseball Season in Pembroke Pines By Debby Teich

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n N ovember 17, the Weston M iracle League

will begin its 7th baseball season in Pembroke Pines, giving South Florida children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. Once again, the stands will be packed with proud parents and volunteers shouting words of encouragement like “great hit,” “great catch” and “you can do it.” The Weston Miracle League serves any disabled child, between the ages of 5 and 18, who has a desire to play baseball. Since baseball diamonds were not exactly designed with wheelchairs and crutches in mind, the Miracle League removes the barriers that keep children with disabilities off the baseball field. Players can join the league throughout the season, which runs through January 26. There is no cost to participate and baseball experience is not needed. All practices and games take place Sundays, from 4 to 5pm, at Rose G. Price Park’s Miracle League Baseball Field in Pembroke Pines. The park has a field with a special rubberized surface that makes it accessible for individuals with wheelchairs or other assistive walking devices. The atmosphere at the games is very low key and every player leaves a winner. Parents have an opportunity to take a break and relax, while their kids have fun on the field. Some of the players are focused on the game, and others simply

want to play catch on the sideline. Each inning all of the players have an opportunity to bat, remain safe on the bases, and score a run. For many of the kids, it is the highlight of their week. “The unstructured aspect of the Miracle League allows the kids to take their time and not be under pressure,” said Ali Gutierrez, whose ten-year-old son Ayden has been playing in the Miracle League for the past three years. “They do not have to deal with rules that may be hard for them to understand. I very much look forward to seeing his smile after he has hit the ball and is proudly running the bases.” To help the athletes, the Miracle League uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer, age 13 or older. The volunteers attend a variety of middle and high schools throughout Broward County and earn service hours for their work. This will be the third year that high school sophomore Jonathan Goldberg will volunteer for the Weston Miracle League. “It is really fulfilling to play with these kids, because they are so much fun,” said Jonathan. “I believe that the league is a bit more than just baseball. It is about giving to the children who are not as fortunate as most kids who are able to enjoy the little league experience or just have fun with other kids.” Rose G. Price Park is located at 901 NW 208th Avenue. For information on the Weston Miracle League, visit www.westonmiracleleague.com, call 954-478-9694 or send an email to lindajurko@yahoo.com.

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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Celebrations By Debby Teich

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he winter holiday season is upon us and there are many

ways for residents to celebrate with friends and family. Snow is forecasted for Pembroke Pines during the SnowFest/ Lighting Ceremony, held at the Pembroke Pines City Center, 10300 Pines Boulevard, on December 7, from 2 to 6pm. The children can play in 50 tons of snow, visit with Santa, watch holiday performances, and participate in a variety of activities, including face painting, rides, games, arts and crafts and more. At 5:45pm, the whole family can help light up City Hall with the Mayor and some of his close friends, including Santa, Rudolph and Frosty. Tickets are only required for the snow area ($4 per child for residents/$6 per child for non-residents). Santa has been busy answering letters from the kids on his Pembroke Pines route. Any child who has a special message for Santa or wants to submit a wish list should send a letter to: North Pole C/O City of Pembroke Pines, 10100 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. Letters can also be placed in Santa’s Express Mailbox, which will magically appear on December 3, at City Hall. Santa will personally write back to each child and wish them a Happy Holiday. Letters must be mailed by December 11 to receive a response by December 24. On December 12, from 6pm to 9pm, gather your loved ones and bring a camera to see the beautiful displays of holiday decorations at the Annual Holiday Open House. It will be held at the Southwest Focal Point Community Center, 301 NW 103rd Avenue. The event is open to the public. There will be live entertainment, complimentary refreshments and a visit from Santa.

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The Community Art Project is Unveiled By Debby Teich

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faces in a new public art project, The Community, which was recently installed at two sites in Pembroke Pines. In 2011, guests who attended the Art Festival in the Pines were invited to have their photos taken for use as the “face” inspiration for project, which was curated by Robyn Vegas, Cultural Arts Coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines, and created by artist Ruben Ubiera. The art project includes two permanently installed towers outside the Fletcher Art and Cultural Center, 7960 Johnson Street, and one tower outside the Studio 18 in the Pines, 1101 Poinciana Drive, inside the Howard Forman Complex. Ubiera styled 1,242 red clay bricks into each of the three towers, which are approximately 4’ x 4 ½” tall and 1’x 10 ½” wide. They took him six weeks to paint. “The feedback we have received regarding these unique and artistic towers has been Artist Ruben Ubiera with wonderful,” said Vegas. The Community The Pembroke Pines Arts & Culture Advisory Board and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department supported the project by providing Ubiera with the bricks. “When Ruben first presented his concept to the Art Board, we were immediately excited about the uniqueness of the project,” said Board Chairperson Rose Colombo. “Ruben’s work often engages the community, bringing art to those who

might not usually experience art.” Ubiera is a Dominican neofigurative artist, who is known for his strong use of the line graffiti inspired technique/esthetic, urban murals, mixed-media pieces and installations, all created with reclaimed-objects and found artifacts. His work includes still-life and situational portraiture, but he tends to primarily focus on depicting his immediate urban surroundings and everyday complex human emotions. Ubiera never uses canvases, since he believes that his work has no frames, much like the everyday art that is developing on the streets. “I believe The Community touches part of my past and part of everyone’s future,” said Ubiera. “A building cannot be raised without a strong foundation. The same goes for a community. Brick by brick, everyone is equally important. Stroke by stroke, let me shape my surroundings instead of my surroundings shaping me.” For information regarding The Community exhibit, send an email to rvegas@ppines.com, call 954-9865027 or visit www.ppines.com/studio18.

Glass Gallery Announces Art Competition Winners By Debby Teich

The winners of the City of Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery 9th Annual Art Competition include (l to r): Mary Polmann (Best Poster Design), Lawrence Katsoff (Best Photography), Iva Rom-Lorenz (Best Painting, Ben Menasche, City of Pembroke Pines Art Curator, Diane Liblinski (Best of Show), and Mike Levine (Honorable Mention).

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tunate to have beautiful, provocative and creative work in their midst. The Glass Gallery Art Competition attracts the most talented artists.” The winners of the competition received monetary prizes. The artists include: ▸▸ Best of Show - Diane Liblinski, “I Have What I Need” ▸▸ Best Poster Design - Mary Pohlmann, “Who is The Fairest of Them All” ▸▸ Best Painting - Iva Rom-Lorenz, “Lebron Over Miami” ▸▸ Best Sculpture - Judith Mistor, “The Acrobat” ▸▸ Best Photography - Lawrence Katsoff, “Tree and Clouds” ▸▸ Best Mixed Media - Carl Erving, “Two Mayan Princesses” ▸▸ Best Watercolor - Paul A. Vitello, “Anne Marie Thompson” ▸▸ Honorable Mention - Mike Levine, “I’m The Man” ▸▸ Honorable Mention - Clara Hada, “Dissipation” The next show at the Glass Gallery is “Children’s Holiday in the Pines.” All children, between the ages of 6 and 12, who live in Pembroke Pines, are invited to submit their artwork for the show’s exhibit. The opening reception will be held on December 17. The Pembroke Pines Glass Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, from 8am to 5:45pm. For information, call 954-435-6520.

Diane Liblinski of Pembroke Pines won Best of Show for her sculpture.


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School News

Mayor Ortis Reads to Silver Palms Students to Help Break World Record By Debby Teich

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Mayor Frank C. Ortis recently joined the nationwide effort to break the world record for people reading the same book on the same day. They participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, which celebrates literacy and promotes early childhood education. The program sends a powerful message to children about the importance of reading and helps them get them excited about books and learning. On October 3, students in Mrs. Bunting’s kindergarten class gathered around Mayor Ortis as he read this year’s official book, Otis by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long. They were united with millions of children and adults throughout the nation who were also reading the children’s story about friendship and loyalty. “Reading is the key to learning and improving oneself,” said Mayor Ortis, who believes that a “good leader is a good reader and a good reader is a good leader.” Principal Amanda Walker was happy to have Mayor Ortis as a guest reader. “The students and

staff were thrilled that our wonderful Mayor, Frank Ortis, took the time from his busy schedule to visit our school and read to the students,” said Walker. “We hope that he enjoyed his visit as much as we enjoyed having him come to our school.” Silver Palms has a variety of programs to reinforce reading at the school. For Rise and Shine Readers, students are rewarded when they are caught reading in the morning before the school day begins. Students also participate in Accelerated Reader, classroom contests, and more. “Reading often is important,” said Walker. “Like anything else, the more you do it, the more you will improve. Fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension will all increase.” In 2012, 2.3 million people participated in Read for the Record. Organizers are still working on this year’s final tally. For more information about Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, visit www.wegivebooks.org/readfortherecord. Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank C. Ortis read to students at Silver Palms Elementary School as part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record program.

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or permission of the homeowner. This process is also illegal and is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for federal prosecution. ▸▸ One other emerging scam is the land trust transfer. The way this unethical scam works is that a company will partner with a less than reputable law firm to prepare a land trust for the property in question, and transfer your title to a land trust over which you have zero control. Then, they file a court action by the land trust to remove the mortgage lien from the property. This process is not a legitimate means of saving your home. You will only lose your money and the title to your home if you fall for this scam. If you have already fallen prey to one of these scams, demand your money back immediately and go to the appropriate authorities if they refuse to refund you money. There is only one way for homeowners to avoid these unethical and sometimes illegal scams -- hire a reputable and knowledgeable law firm, like the Arcia Law Firm, to represent your interests and obtain the best possible outcome, be it aggressive foreclosure defense, loan modification, short sale or bankruptcy. More detailed explanations of different options available to homeowners in foreclosure, at risk of foreclosure, or considering bankruptcy are discussed in the instructional DVD developed by the Arcia Law Firm entitled “Fight For Your Home.” If you mention that you heard about the DVD through this magazine you will receive a FREE copy during your visit to discuss your case in detail with a member of our legal team. To schedule a free consultation, contact the Arcia Law Firm at 954-4379066. You may also visit www.arcialawfirm.com for more information about the Firm, our staff and credentials, detailed articles, informative videos, and to make your appointment online.


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f any of you have been involved in litigation , no

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They are semi-permanent eyelash extensions. Mink lashes lengthen and thicken your natural eyelashes with single strands of Mink eyelashes that are curved to replicate your very own. They are applied one lash at a time for an elegant and luscious look.

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You will be comfortably reclined with your eyes closed while Mink extensions are applied one by one to your natural eyelashes. The process usually takes anywhere from 90 to 150 minutes for a full set. Fill-ins take around 60 to 90 minutes. The procedure is so relaxing and pain free, that many clients fall asleep.

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Mink extensions are applied one single eyelash at a time, so your natural lashes can move, grow, and shed just as they normally do, without pulling and damaging. The application of eyelash extensions is a very detailed process, and should certainly only be done by a trained lash stylist. We always recommend everyone to do their research before committing. Just like you would with an eyebrow specialist, research who you want to go to and how long they have been working as a technician. Look at before-and-after photos, read reviews and always make sure they are licensed and lash-certified. Happy lashing everyone! Brow Boutique is located at 2403 Main Street, Miramar, FL 33025. You can phone them at 954-438-9300 or schedule online at www.BrowBoutiqueMiramar.com. They are also on Instagram: @browboutique | and facebook.com/browboutiquemiramar.

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The goal of treatment is to return the athlete back to his or her prior level of activity, including competitive sports. Rarely, one may consider conservative/nonoperative treatment for those patients that are extremely sedentary and inactive in athletics. In this incidence, treatment may include rehabilitation, bracing and restriction to certain activities. For those individuals who are competitive athletes and participate in high-demand twisting sports, surgical ACL reconstruction is the treatment of choice. Over the last several years, I have seen numerous patients with surgical failures from prior ACL reconstructions that have been referred to my office for further consultation and revision surgery. Having performed over 1,700 Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructions and over 200 revision surgical procedures, I remain convinced that this procedure is extremely technical and should be treated with state-of-the-art surgical technique and attention to detail. Though re-injury may be a common cause of failure subsequent to ACL reconstruction, technique related failures are commonly seen and can often occur from improper graft selection, tunnel placement, graft tensioning, and/or methods of fixation. Timing of surgery and proper postoperative instructions, including return to athletics, also play a significant role in prevention of re-injury. In concordance with the literature barring any anatomical or growth related considerations, I prefer to utilize bone-patella tendon-bone autograft for the young, high-demand athlete. Treatment of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament rupture continues to be a challenging problem for the high school, collegiate and community athletes. It is imperative that young individuals (and parents) understand the importance of pursuing treatment by an experienced surgeon, preferably with a subspecialty interest in knee ligament reconstruction. Failure to do so may predispose an athlete to additional surgery and prevent return to sports in a timely manner. Al DeSimone, MD, is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He is Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained in Shoulder and Knee Ligament Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. DeSimone is a partner in the Sports Medicine Associates of South Florida P.A. He practices at the South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (954) 389-5900.


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Our City’s Technology Services Department recently launched a redesigned City website, www.ppines.com, complete with advanced and user-friendly communication tools for residents and businesses. The new design includes key features such as FAQs to answer the most commonly asked questions; “Notify Me,” where visitors to the site can sign up to be notified via email or text messages about community activities, meetings and other updates; a translation link to translate the website text into different languages; specialized calendars to keep informed about activities in the community; and a document center, which allows for easy access to documents, spreadsheets, pictures, videos, and forms. The Open Government link ensures that residents have open and easy access to information that demonstrates how their elected officials conduct business. It also provides information about government structure, meetings, and access to databases and reports. In these difficult times—a sluggish economy and political gridlock in Washington DC—I believe that cities such as Pembroke Pines are in the forefront of steady onward progress to do the best that we can for our cities. We strive to maintain the best quality of life for our residents here in Pembroke Pines, and encourage the proactive, vibrant involvement of all our residents. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at fortis@ppines. com or call my office at 954-435-6505.


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Dr. Maria Marranzini-Grosman, board certified pediatric dentist, loves working with young patients.

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they have put off for years, while others are touching up orthodontic treatment completed in the past. Shawn-Renae Brown’s daughter, Iliana, has been a patient for more than five years. She has experienced a variety of services, including extractions, fillings, retainers, braces and more. “Both doctors are very professional and wonderful The doctors have created a non-threatening and fun environment for the children, so most do not even realize they are in a dental office. with the kids,” said Brown. a non-threatening and fun environment for the chil“They make sure that Iliana dren so most do not even realize they are in a dental is comfortable and calm from the moment she walks office. “We want to make sure that all of our patients through the door. I have referred many of my friends feel right at home,” said Dr. Alon Grosman. “We to the office.” put their needs first in order to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment.” When the kids arrive, they can play age-appropriate games in the waiting room, like Xbox and Nintendo. The office is decorated with a Polynesian island theme. It is filled with diversions, including a flat screen television in front of every dental chair, so the kids can watch a movie while receiving treatments. Of course, no visit to the dentist is ever complete without a trip to the treasure box. The office also runs seasonal contests for its patients. The carefully selected staff provides energetic and fun-loving service to every patient. Each member of the treatment team is a registered assistant, with years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. They regularly attend continuing education courses and seminars to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances. Most parents begin bringing their children for dental care at a young age. To prevent dental problems and identify potential risks, Dr. Maria recommends that children visit when the first tooth appears, usually between 6 and 12 months of age, or no later than his/her first birthday. Dr. Grosman examines and cleans the teeth, and also provides answers to important questions about oral habits and diet. Many parents want to know how to clean their baby’s teeth; information on baby bottle tooth decay and how to prevent it; whether thumb sucking is The practice offers comprehensive dental harmful for their child’s teeth; how to help care for children, from age one to 18. their children through the teething phase; when to start using toothpaste and more. Grosman Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is located at 4401 S. Dr. Alon Grosman’s practice offers a Flamingo Rd., Ste. 109, on the NW corner of Griffin Rd. and Flamingo large selection of braces, ranging from Rd., next to the Suntrust Bank. The office is open five days a week, traditional and cosmetic to Invisalign. His and by appointment only on certain nights and weekends. New practice utilizes the latest technology availpatients receive a free orthodontic consultation. For more informaable to maximize cosmetic and functional tion, call 954-236-3434; visit grosmandental.com or send an email to results, as well as comfort. He is also info@grosmandental.com. very focused on efficiency, in an effort to decrease treatment time. Most children begin treatment at around 12 years old; however, some require early intervention and can start as young as six. Dr. Grosman also treats many of the children’s parents. Some are just beginning treatment, which

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Jennifer Garvin, Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis and Robert Goltz celebrated the opening of the new Farmers’ Market, which is open on Thursdays, from 4pm to 8pm, in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market in Pembroke Pines.

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Jacklyn Laflamme was the artist selected for the prestigious yearlong Artist in Residence program at Studio 18 in the Pines. She is well established in the local art scene as an accomplished artist, art advocate, and leader of arts programs.

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