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Weston Our City

February 2018

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MIAMI

One story 3 bedroom/2 bath home on huge 1.14 acre lot. Home features in-ground pool, 30+ mature fruit trees, quiet established neighborhood, and plenty of space to build your dream home or renovate existing structure. Offered at $1,100,000.00 Call Flor Blanchett at (305) 439-3320

WESTON

Home is in Mariposa Pointe. This villa/coach home has many upgrades, modern kitchen cabinets, granite counters, new appliances, tile floors in social areas and wood floors in bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 10 ft ceilings, new A.C. unit, electric private elevator. Definitely a must look at. Offered at $591,500 Call Angie Guerrero at (954) 815-0671

WESTON

Large corner townhouse model, home features 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, bedrooms are oversized, screened patio, spacious kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, new wood and marble floors, crown molding, alarm, “A” rated schools and library. Offered at $425,000 Call Rosa Rosales at (954) 303-2701

WESTON

Great opportunity to own this beautiful Courtyard Pool home in Weston Hills Country Club. This home features 4 bedrooms with a guest house. Master Br/sitting area . Spacious Kitchen and living/Dining room, Family room, private sized corner lot and private yard. Offered at $879,000 Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

WESTON

The lowest priced 5 bedroom home in Weston. Home is bright and spacious, home features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool with a beautiful fence, water view, remodeled kitchen, quartz counter tops, high end appliances, volume ceilings, new front pavers, accordion shutters, and so much more. Offered at $469,500. Call Morris Chesla at (954) 650-2487

COOPER CITY

Home is located at Cooper City Rock Creek. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, over 2,000 sq ft of living area, all new kitchen appliances, impact windows and so much more. Offered at $464,900 Call Gus Bergamini from The Rosen Team at (954) 934-9147

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WESTON

This exquisite Weston Hill residence IS situated on a corner lakefront lot. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool and enclosed entertaining area. Home has been meticulously maintained by original owners who have done extensive remodeling including kitchen and roof. Offered at $885,000. Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team – (305) 510-2032

MIAMI SHORES

Come see this lovely updated home in the Shores! 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a one car garage. All impact windows and doors. Tank-less water heater, new a/c, and newer barrel roof with gutters. Septic system was moved to front yard so plenty of room for a pool. Kitchen has all stainless steel appliances, farm sink and induction stove top. Offered at $515,000. Call Karen Helber at (954) 612-6657

WESTON

Just Listed. A must see. Single family home, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, beautiful lake view, located in the prestigious neighborhood of Weston Hills, ready to move in. All renovated. Landscaping on an oversized lot with custom built free form pool. Offered at $1,500,000. Call Ramona Bautista today for a private showing at 954-854-0937


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Great opportunity, just steps away from the beach, Hollywood Pier and state parks. Minutes away from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and Hollywood Circle/South and Las Olas Blvd/ North. Surrounded by brand new residential construction selling for $1.3-$2.1 million! Just Freshly painted inside and out, new a/c, new bathrooms, new asphalt parking with 4 parking spaces, this 2/4 plex is ready to go. AIR B&B opportunity. Offered at $899,000 Call Jorge Prieto at (954) 817-0401

Custom home at The Preserve at Emerald Hills. , Home features: 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, over 4,764 sq. ft. of living area, high ceiling, impact glass windows and doors, built with the latest construction building codes. Definitely a must see! Offered at $1,777,000. Call Lilian Cobo from The Ramona Bautista Team at (954) 683-3255

COOPER CITY

MIRAMAR - Corner pool home with 5 br 4 ba with den/office. Brand

This home is in a guard gated community. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 upgraded full bathrooms, custom closets, open floor plan, Brazilian wood flooring, wood cabinetry in kitchen with granite counter tops, high ceilings, 2 car garage, ample driveway, fenced patio, club house. Offered at $549,999. Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

MIAMI

Beautiful 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with pool. Huge master bedroom with his and hers walk in closets. Renovated master bathroom, bamboo wood flooring in bedrooms, formal dining room and living room, tank less water heater, new pool equipment (2015), wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, so much more! Offered at $465,000. Call Ana Chavez at (786) 412-3145

new double wrought iron door with high soaring ceiling in living and family room. Unique open floor plan, gourmet kitchen with granite counter top and center island and all new S/S appliances, huge pantry, upstair loft upstair open to the family room below. Updated frameless glass shower doors. Master suite w seating area and his & her closets. Gorgeous salt water heated pool, backyard amenities kitchen and a putting green area. Offered at $849,000 Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761

SUNRISE

Sunrise Golf Village, Home features: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, split floor plan, living room, dining room, family room, spacious driveway, great for entertaining, wood cabinets with granite top, accordion shutters, fenced yard, definitely a must see! Offered at $279,900 Call Jeff Corriolan from The JC Group at (305) 542-6470

MIRAMAR

One story home on the lake , tile flooring, accordion shutters, new high efficiency A/C, new washer and dryer, upgraded kitchen with marble countertop, crown moldings all over, intercom, alarm, sprinklers, bahama shutters, garage faucet and door to exit plus tile and attic too. Offered at $469,000. Call Claudia Diaz from The Rosen Team (786) 443-6779

WELLINGTON

Lakefront home located in gated community of Olympia. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over 3500 sq ft of living area, updated kitchen with granite countertop, extra large master bedroom with large walk in closet, private balcony overlooking lake, hurricane shutters, carpet in all bedrooms, clubhouse with many amenities. Offered at $499,990. Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761

COCONUT CREEK

Renovated corner town house at Centura Park condominium in Coconut Creek. Featuring a new kitchen, new floors, new bathrooms and new roof. Immaculate place with a parking space, shutters, enjoy barbeque in your patio, nice club house, gym, sauna, tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool, kids pool, Jacuzzi, community salon and billiard. Offered at $230,000 Call Gustavo Parra at (954) 642-6623


CONTENTS PUBLISHER’S PAGE 14 Happy Valentine’s Day!

CALENDAR 16 February 2018

COMMUNITY NEWS

CROSSWORD PUZZLE 50 Happy Valentine’s Day

LEGISLATIVE LOOK 52 Student Loan Scams

SCHOOL NEWS

18 Community CPR Day Will Help Make Weston a Heart Safe City

53 Big Changes Coming to Falcon Cove Middle School

20 Legendary Dallas Brass Return to Weston

54 Eagle Point Elementary’s Backpack Buddies Program Featured on NBC Nightly News

20 It’s a Party in the Park with WestonNights Concert Series 22 Weston World Fest Focuses on Sports, Health and Fitness

56 Gator Run Fourth Graders Harvest Knowledge 58 Operation Success: Gator Run Third Graders Perform Text Feature Surgery

60 Indian Trace Elementary’s Kindness Carnival Was Something to Smile About 62 Tequesta Trace Eighth Graders Have Monumental Experience on DC and NYC Trip

24 It’s Time to Tee Up for JAFCO Golf Classic 26 Imagine Charter School Clinches Seventh Straight Mayor’s Challenge Cup 26 20th Annual Rotary Run For Tomorrow Makes Strides for Fitness and Philanthropy

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66 Jumping on the Weight Loss Bandwagon 88 Key Stretches for Better Golf

60 Manatee Bay Elementary Students Make Peace

54

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

68 Cypress Bay Computer Science Club Prepares for Competition 70 Falcon Cove Boys Soccer Team Reclaims County Title

POSITIVE PARENTING

CAN DO KID 72 Falcon Cove Basketball Player Demonstrates Good Sportsmanship and Showmanship 72 Brotherhood of the Guitar Opens Doors for Talented Teen 74 Third Grader Works Her Magic to Help the Homeless 77 Weston Teen Serves as Tour de Broward Ambassador

TEE TO GREEN 80 Hitting the Ball into the Wind or Hitting the Ball Downwind

64 Standardized Thinking 86 Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At?

LEGALLY SPEAKING 84 Dissolution and Attorney’s Fees

ASK THE EXPERT

30 Checkmate for Mayors’ Chess Challenge

65 A Whiter Brighter Smile

34 Weston U Students Explore Parks and Public Works

76 5 Ways to Fall In Love This Valentine’s Day

34 Family Fun in February Throughout Weston

78 Habitual Toe Walkers

81 Kitchen Designs & More Reveals Its 2018 Collection Showcase

80 Facelift Techniques

97 Ring In the Chinese New Year at Parc 28

36 February is American Heart Month 38 Weston BSO Fire Rescue Rolls Out EMS Special Events Vehicle 40 Music Icon Imparts Wisdom on Aspiring Musicians

REAL ESTATE 32 Pros and Cons of Buying or Selling an As-Is Home

FEATURE STORY 43 Tiny Planet Preschool Provides a World-Class Education

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 44 Weston Woman Uses Power of the Pen to Help Victims of Narcissistic Abuse 10 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

82 When Dry Eye Disease is a Secondary Condition

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IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 91 Wouldn’t You Like To Get Rid Of That Excess Fat FAST?

PET CARE 94 Periodontal Disease in Dogs

ROTARY NEWS 96 Weston Rotary Club’s Annual Golf Tournament Benefits College-Bound Seniors

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 98,100,102 Class Acts!

SEEN ON SCENE 104 Community Snapshots


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PUBLISHER’S PAGE

Fresh New Look for February!

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heck us out! Our City Media has upgraded the look, feel and layout of our magazines for 2018. We’ve made every change with you, our reader, in mind. We’ve improved our calendar pages; changed the primary font to an easier, clearer to read style; increased the weight of the paper Our City magazines are printed on; and made the magazine slightly smaller to better fit in your mail box. Have no fear, these improvements will only serve to enhance your reading experience. Each magazine still contains all the critical community and school news you have come to expect. Our team of highly experienced and talented journalists will continue to bring you the latest happenings in your community. We also re-launched our website ourcityweston.com. Here, you will find a digital version of our publication, with the same types of content found in our print magazines. While you are on the site, check out what’s going on in your neighboring cities as well. Our City Media is proud to be South Florida’s leader in community news, covering eleven communities, from Aventura all the way to Boca Raton! We truly hope you enjoy Our City’s new look. We have been working on this for some time. Check out the calendar to see if an event interests you, read about a local student doing incredible things or get a Valentine’s Day gift idea for that someone special in your life. If you have any suggestions for making the magazine even better, feel free to drop us a line at publisher@ourcitymedia.com. Happy Valentine’s Day!

CO-PUBLISHERS Terry & Christy Jaillet (publisher@ourcitymedia.com) MANAGING EDITOR Stacey Bomser OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Tom Rowe, Barry Stock ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Nancy Koval (nancy@ourcitymedia.com) ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Joyce Bak, John Brodie, Denise Caligiuri, Paula Montesarchio, Silvia Silva CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Debby Teich, Beverly Perkins, Helen Penland CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Krushot Photography, Lux Images, Emily Harris Photography, Weston Photography Studios, Barry Stock Photography

Sincerely,

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Terry and Christy Jaillet Co-Publishers

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Our City Media of Florida, LLC publishes FREE monthly, local community news magazines throughout South Florida. Total circulation is 20,000+ per edition or a total of 220,000+ copies per month. Our City Magazines are direct mailed monthly to affluent single-family homes, condos and businesses in their respective communities. Monthly mailings are verifiable by USPS statements available at www.OurCityMedia.com. Additional free copies are available at selected locations throughout their respective communities and upon request by contacting this news magazine. Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our City Media of Florida, LLC reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our City Media of Florida, LLC is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents copyrighted 2018 by Our City Media of Florida, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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CALENDAR FEBRUARY 2018

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Storytelling Session – In celebration of Black History Month, award-winning storyteller Windell Campbell will enchant children with his stories and puppetry. This free program takes place from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information call 954-357-5420. WestonNights Concert – Enjoy an evening of music under the stars when the WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series continues with the BIG Rock Band. The free concert is from 7-10pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and come early to get good seating. For more information, call 954-389-4321.

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Weston Community CPR Day – Ages 8 and up are invited to participate in a free HandsOnly CPR training event. In one hour you will learn life-saving instruction on CPR, how to operate an AED and the Heimlich maneuver. Instruction is by BSO Fire Rescue and Cleveland Clinic Florida. No reservation is required; just stop by the Weston Community Center between 10am and 2pm. For more information call 954-389-2015. “LEGO Ninjago Movie” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn – it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. In this animated adventure, a group of high school students who moonlight as ninjas must fight to defend their island of Ninjago. The free film will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen at the event stage in

Weston Regional Park. The movie is rated PG and begins at 7:30pm. For more information please call 954-389-4321.

12th Weston Friends Club Bridge – This group plays the second and fourth Mondays of the month. If you play bridge and are interested in joining a friendly game, call Judy Good at 954-349-1578. “Mostly Martha” – The Weston Foreign Film Series presents this German movie about a headstrong chef who takes charge of her equally stubborn 8-year-old niece. Tensions between them mount until an Italian sous-chef arrives to lighten the mood. Show times are at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8; there is a limited availability. For more information visit www.1Weston.com or call 954-389-4321. Weston Art Guild Meeting – At this month’s meeting, Lynda Sauls will demonstrate encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting. It involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at Rick Case Hyundai. For more information call 305-310-9586.

13th

Coloring and Conversation – Adults can make a notecard or bookmark, write a letter, or color a full-page design while listening to music and sounds of nature. All materials are provided. This free program takes place from 1-2:30pm in the conference room at the Weston Branch Library. For more information call 954-357-5420.

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Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to join a book talk on Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. Copies are available at the information desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-3575420 for more information.

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For more information about this activity or about Weston Friends Club, please contact Elena Hajek at 954-384-2935.

21st Weston Friends Club 5-Deck Canasta – This group meets at a member’s home on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you are interested in this activity or more information about Weston Friends Club, please call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445.

“The Little Mermaid, Jr.” – The award-winning Cypress Bay thespians present this beloved story. Showtime is at 7pm each night in the school’s auditorium. Tickets are $5 for general admission or $10 for reserved seating or at the door. For more information call 754-323-0350 or visit www. lightningdrama.com.

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Free Magic Show – Magician Gary Midnight performs at the Weston Community Center at 1:30pm and 3pm. The free family-friendly event will feature coins, cards, ropes, scarves and rings. Children will be awed as the magic happens right before their eyes. For more information call 954-389-4321.

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updated version, the Wolf and Red both learn some valuable lessons on the way to Grandma’s house. Show times are at 1:30pm and 3pm at the Weston Community Center. The free puppet show is best suited for children in pre-K through 2nd grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 954-389-4321. “Ferdinand” – Moonlight Movies in the Park continues with this entertaining animated film about the adventures of Ferdinand the bull. Show time is at 7:30pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Call 954-3894321 for more information.

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Zumbini – This mommy & me fitness class allows caregivers and their child to learn, bond, and grow in an upbeat and happy musical environment. It is for babies and toddlers up to three years old. One child per adult. Space is limited; pre-register by calling 954-357-5420. Zumba for Adults – Experience a total body workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and fun! This free program takes place from 12:30-1:15pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5420 for more information.

Dallas Brass – The legendary Dallas Brass will perform American Portraits at 7:30pm in the Cypress Bay High School theater. This concert features the powerful vocals of Daniel Rodriguez, aka “The Singing Policeman”. Advance sale tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students; $30 for adults and $15 for students at the door the night of the event. For more information call 954-389-4321 or visit www. westonfl.org/Events.

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Weston Friends Club Afternoon Bunco – This group meets at a member’s home the third Monday of the month at 1pm.

“Little Red Riding Hood” – Bob Nathanson and Puppets to Go presents an all-new twist on an all-time favorite. In this

Weston World Fest – “Sports, Health and Fitness” is the theme of this year’s event which celebrates the cultural diversity of our community. Weston World Fest offers authentic international foods, country booths with interactive and educational activities, and onstage performances. This free, family-friendly event takes place from 12-4pm at Weston Regional Park. For more information go to www.1weston.com.

March 5th JAFCO Golf Classic – Support JAFCO’s mission to care for abused and neglected children by playing in this charity golf tournament. The all-day event kicks off at 8:30am at Weston Hills Country Club and includes breakfast, shotgun start tee-off, contests, bbq lunch, auction and awards, plus a helicopter ball drop. To register or for more information, call 954-315-8671.


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Community CPR Day Will Help Make Weston a Heart Safe City BY STACEY BOMSER

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n less than 30 minutes you can learn to save a life. The City of Weston, Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue, and Cleveland Clinic Florida are teaming up to teach residents hands-only CPR on Community CPR Day. The free program takes place on Saturday, February 10th at the Weston Community Center. “Everyone should know CPR simply because it saves lives,” states Fire Chief Bruce Angier. “Our goal for Community CPR Day is to train 200 people in hands-only CPR in one day. We will be teaching classes continuously between 10am and 2pm. Each hands-only CPR class should take about 25 minutes.” The event is open to anyone age eight and older. Chief Angier says hands-only CPR is easy to do and easy to learn; it uses chest compressions only, no breaths. “Using CPR mannequins, participants

will learn and practice proper hand placement and compression rates to give cardiac arrest victims the best chance of survival.” Instructors from BSO and Cleveland Clinic Florida will also explain how to know when CPR is indicated. “A drowning or cardiac event can happen at any moment, to anyone, regardless of age or socioeconomic status or education,” states Mayor Daniel Stermer. “Here in Weston, we have had a 48-year-old survive a potentially fatal heart attack due to bystander CPR and near drownings prevented by the quick actions of relatives, bystanders and emergency responders. Immediate bystander CPR of just chest compressions can make a dramatic difference. The majority of cardiac arrests occur in the home. We implore everyone to know how to help, as a community needs to rely on one another.”

In addition to learning hands-only CPR, participants will have the option to take an additional 25-minute class to learn how to do the Heimlich Maneuver and how to operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Following the CPR training, participants will be emailed an attendance certificate. “It is important to understand that this class is not a full American Heart Association CPR certification class, and participants will not receive certification cards,” explains Chief Angier. “However, it is our hope that Community CPR Day participants will be inspired to learn more and sign up for one of our four-hour certification classes at a later date.” Community CPR Day is Saturday, February 10th at the Weston Community Center. No reservation is required; stop by between 10am and 2pm. For more information call 954-389-2015.

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Legendary Dallas Brass Return to Weston BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston community is in for a treat when the legendary Dallas Brass return to Cypress Bay High School to perform on Saturday, February 24th. The concert is presented by the City of Weston in cooperation with the Weston Philharmonic Society. The Dallas Brass concert is a departure from the standard symphonic performances, but it promises to be a night to remember. This celebrated band appeals to all ages, from five to 95. “In our tradition of bringing fine music of all genres to Weston, the Dallas Brass fills the bill,” states Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS) Co-President Andrea Burghardt. “Get your tickets early, as we expect a full house for this concert.” Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles. The group has established a unique blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion, which create a performing entity of extraordinary range and musical challenges. Their repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music. For this concert, Dallas Brass will perform “American Portraits” featuring the powerful vocals of Daniel Rodriguez, America’s beloved tenor aka “the

interacting with the Dallas Brass during their first appearance in Weston are still talking about the experience as being one of the highlights of their musical experience. “The opportunity for our student musicians to interact with such successful professionals is part of the Weston Philharmonic Society’s core mission to bring music education and opportunities to Weston students,” notes WPS Co-President Lou Marett. Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation Don Decker promises the Dallas Brass concert will be memorable. “We featured the Dallas Brass in concert a number of years ago and it is one event that people are still talking about today. In addition to a fine performance, their engagement with the student musicians at Cypress Bay adds another dimension to this fabulous night.” The Dallas Brass perform at 7:30pm on February 24th at the Cypress Bay High School Singing Policeman”. auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at the Prior to the concert, the Dallas Brass will conduct Weston Community Center, Glamopolitan Beauty a clinic with music students from Cypress Bay High Lounge in Weston Town Center, and Mia of London School, encouraging them to pursue their music stud- Jewelers in Weston Commons. Adult tickets are $20 ies and providing tips on playing their instruments. in advance, or $30 at the door, and student tickets are A select group of these talented student musicians $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. will be invited to join the ensemble on stage during For more information call 954-389-4321 or visit the concert. Those students who had the privilege of www.westonfl.org/Events.

It’s a Party in the Park with WestonNights Concert Series BY STACEY BOMSER

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he popular WestonNights Concert Series continues with another evening of classic rock. On Saturday, February 3rd, the BIG Rock Band takes the stage at Weston Regional Park.

The WestonNights Concert Series kicked off with Majesty of Rock. Photo courtesy City of Weston.

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the leadership of Audio Director and Manager Bob Bludau, BIG Rock Band includes powerhouse performers Alex Lencina on lead vocals, Jimi Fiano on lead guitar and vocals, Casey Cook on lead guitar and vocals, Euvoski “Muff” Cunningham on drums, Fernando Santomaggio on bass and vocals, Ysauro Hernandez on percussion and vocals, and Philip Bithell on keyboard and vocals. The WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series concludes on Saturday, March 3rd. The name of that night’s band has not yet been announced. Majesty of Rock, featuring the music of Styx and Journey, kicked off the three-concert series presented by the City of Weston. Nearly 1,000 people attended that free concert at Weston Regional Park in

December. Concert goers were delighted with classic Styx tunes such as Come Sail Away, Mr. Roboto and Lady, while Journey ballads such as Don’t Stop Believin’, Faithfully and Open Arms brought back memories. All WestonNights concerts take place from 7-10pm on the event stage in Weston Regional Park. The event stage is close to the park’s largest playground, which is a plus for families with smaller children. Concert goers should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit back and enjoy the music under the stars. Guests are welcome to bring coolers and picnic dinners; alcohol is not permitted. Food trucks will be on site selling a variety of food and beverages. For more information on the WestonNights Concert Series call 954-384-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org/events.


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Weston World Fest Focuses on Sports, Health and Fitness BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston World Fest celebrates our community’s cultural diversity through education, entertainment and food. “Sports, Health and Fitness” is the theme of this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, March 4th at Weston Regional Park. The Arts Council of Greater Weston and the City of Weston initiated this event three years ago. During its inaugural year, Weston World Fest won the award for “Best Cultural Event” in the Best of Weston competition. Ever since, event organizers have been working diligently to build upon that success with new and exciting activities, country booths, and sponsors. This year’s Weston World Fest will focus on sports from around the world. Booths representing 20 countries will showcase international sports, health and fitness. In addition, sports organizations and health and fitness businesses from the greater Weston area will be featured.

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As its name suggests, Weston World Fest highlights the worldly community in which we live. “The event focuses on three elements: culture, entertainment and cuisine,” states Carol Lema, Weston World Fest Founder and Chairperson. “From 20 different country booths to captivating international performances on stage, there is something for everyone. Local restaurants will offer authentic international food and drinks for sale throughout the day.” The passport program promotes the educational aspects of Weston World Fest. Children will love getting their passports stamped as they visit the different country booths and participate in the various games and activities. Adults can grab a SponsorPass and visit the event’s sports, health and fitness booths. Completed passports can be presented for a free raffle ticket. Weston World Fest takes place from noon until 4pm on Sunday, March 4th at Weston Regional Park. There is no entry fee. For more information visit the Arts Council of Greater Weston website at www.1westonfl.com or the Weston World Fest Facebook page.

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It’s Time to Tee Up for JAFCO Golf Classic BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston community has been a strong supporter of JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options). Each year, residents donate dollars and volunteer efforts to support its mission to care for abused and neglected children, as well as those with developmental disabilities. The annual JAFCO Golf Classic is one of the organization’s numerous fundraisers. This year’s golf tournament takes place on Monday, March 5th at Weston Hills Country Club. The all-day event begins at 8:30am with registration and breakfast, followed by at 9:30am shotgun tee-off. It will follow “We have so many exciting contest and activities a scramble format, with contests including hole-inplanned for this year’s tournament. It’s sure to be a one to win a car, longest drive, and closest to the pin. huge success.” Local restaurants and bars will provide food and bevHer co-chair is Tracy Winters. This is Winters’ secerages throughout the course. The day concludes with ond time planning the Golf Classic. She comes from a barbecue lunch, heartwarming a long-line of JAFCO supporters. presentation about JAFCO’s lifesavHer grandparents, Claire and Jerry ing work, as well as an auction Manowitz, hosted the first JAFCO and awards presentation. The fundraising luncheon and subsegrand finale will be a helicopter quently established the first JAFCO golf ball drop. Chapter and first JAFCO Golf Golf Classic Co-Chair Kari Pallotto promises Tournament. Their daughter, and Winters’ mother, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. continued the family tradition by becoming an active

member and donor to JAFCO. Now, Winters is following in their footsteps. “JAFCO has been a part of my family since before I was born. It was never a question as to if I would become involved with JAFCO, the question was when,” said Winters. “I’m honored to carry on our family tradition and equally honored to be a part of such a special organization.” JAFCO Executive Director Sarah Franco says the organization’s success is built on “volunteers and donors who have taken it upon themselves to work tirelessly on behalf of our children and families.” The Weston community can show its support by participating in the JAFCO Golf Classic. Reservations are $1,000 for a foursome or $275 for an individual golfer. For more information about the JAFCO Golf Classic, contact JAFCO Director of Development Operations Shelli Gold at 954-3158671 or shelli@jafco.org. Our City Weston is pleased to serve as media sponsor of this event.

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Imagine Charter School Clinches Seventh Straight Mayor’s Challenge Cup BY STACEY BOMSER

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ongratulations to Imagine Charter School at Weston on winning its seventh consecutive Mayor’s Challenge and taking home the coveted Commission Cup. The Mayor’s Challenge 1-Mile Family Health Walk was part of the Rotary Club of Weston’s 20th annual Run For Tomorrow. Mayor Daniel Stermer challenged students, families, and faculty from every elementary school in Weston to join him in taking the first step toward a lifetime of physical fitness. This year’s event saw record-setting participation; with all seven elementary schools represented, there were 2,800 total walkers. “A huge thank you to all of the parents, students and principals who braved low temperatures to come out for the walk in record numbers,” stated Mayor Daniel Stermer. “Their dedication shows once again the Weston commitment to our schools, community, body, mind and fitness.” He congratulated Imagine Weston on winning the Commission Cup and the Challenge for seven years in a row. “This year saw more competition than ever between schools in Weston and we hope that 2018 will surpass that,” shared Mayor Stermer. “Healthy competition is a

good thing and we aim to keep it that way!” Imagine Weston has no plans to give up their title anytime soon. “We are humbled yet thrilled to have won the Mayor’s Challenge for the seventh year in a row,” states Principal Nadine Laham. “It’s a huge testament to the parents, teachers and students who attend our school. If it wasn’t for their involvement and enthusiasm, we wouldn’t be able to keep competing and winning year after year.” Principal Laham also thanked the City of Weston and Rotary Club of Weston for their support and generosity. The Rotary Club gives a $5,000 check to the winner of the Mayor’s Challenge. “Imagine Weston tries to give back to the Rotary in a small way each year by raising funds to help eradicate polio around the globe. We participate in the Purple Pinky Polio fundraiser to vaccinate children from polio.” The Rotary Club of Weston and the City of Weston started the Mayor’s Challenge Cup eight years ago to encourage parents and schools to join together in teaching children the importance of fitness and healthy eating for improved physical and mental health.

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20th Annual Rotary Run For Tomorrow Makes Strides for Fitness and Philanthropy BY STACEY BOMSER

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record number of participants took part in the Rotary Club of Weston’s 20th annual Run For Tomorrow. More than 4,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts filled the streets in and around Cypress Bay High School for the Run For Tomorrow and Fun Fest. “I am so proud of our Rotarians for helping to make this our best run and festival event ever, even with the weather being as cold as it was,” stated Run Chair Jesus Sanchez. “And the best part, in addition to bringing the community together, is that the money raised goes to area charities and their programs.” The 5K and half marathon race event is the Rotary Club’s primary charity fundraiser, raising close to $75,000 to support local non-profit organizations such as Hope Outreach, Harvest Drive, LifeNet4Families, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Sandy Nininger Jr. State Veterans’ Nursing Home, and more. The proceeds also fund humanitarian efforts worldwide such as polio eradication and Rotary’s Robbins fund, which was established Photos courtesy City of Weston. to support hurricane victims.

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In addition to the 5K, half marathon and 1-Mile Family Health Walk, the Run For Tomorrow offered a full-day of fitness and wellness. The Fun Fest featured vendor and sponsor booths, as well as entertainment, workout demonstrations, and health tests and screenings. New this year was the dunk tank with Mayor Stermer and Commissioner Byron Jaffe among those braving the cold weather for a good cause. Attendees also enjoyed the face painting, painting a fire truck, and the Passport challenge, with a chance to win a sports watch. Safety was stressed with BSO providing bicycle safety tips, the City of Weston’s Communications Department providing playground safety tips, the YMCA providing pool safety tips, and the Fire Department providing fire safety tips. The City was pleased to partner with the Rotary Club to present this recordsetting event. “A big thank you has to be extended to all of the volunteers of the Rotary Club of Weston who make the events of this day, including the Health and Fitness Festival, possible,” stated Mayor Daniel Stermer. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was the Title Sponsor of the 20th annual Rotary Club of Weston’s Run For Tomorrow, with DynaServ and Ultimate Software as platinum sponsors.


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Checkmate for Mayors’ Chess Challenge BY STACEY BOMSER

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ayor Daniel Stermer was honored to play host to the Mayors’ Chess Challenge. Players of all ages and skill levels, from throughout Broward County, came together at the Weston Community Center for a friendly game of chess. The Mayor was joined by members of the Weston City Commission and other City officials, as well as members of the BSO Law Enforcement Explorers Post, many of whom took turns playing the avid chess players. Mayor Stermer says it was a privilege to once again host the Mayors’ Chess Challenge. “I could not be prouder that we literally had ages ranging from two to 72 spend the morning playing chess together. I want to thank everyone that came out: experienced players, new players, competitive players and scholastic players. This day provides for great interaction and an exchange of experience and

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appeals to children because of its Passport program. Players get their passport stamped at each Mayors’ Chess Challenge event they attend. At the end of the year, players with perfect attendance will receive a prize. The Mayors’ Chess Challenge was created by Sunrise Mayor Mike Ryan as a way to promote scholastic chess and its academic benefits. Different cities host the event at least once a month Photos courtesy City of Weston. throughout the school year. The program continues on February 17th from 9-11am at the Cooper City Pool and Tennis Center. Other upcoming Mayors’ Chess Challenge events include March 10th in Hollywood, March 24th in Oakland Park, April 14th in Wilton Manors, April 26th in Lauderdale Lakes, May 5th in Miramar and May 19th in Pembroke Pines. The Mayors’ Chess Challenge is particularly popular with elementary school students who participate For more information on the Mayors’ Chess Challenge visit in the First Moves chess program. The event also http://www.sunrisefl.gov/index.aspx?page=721.

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Pros and Cons of Buying or Selling an As-Is Home BY COURTNEY SILVERMAN, REALTOR, THE KEYES COMPANY

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Weston U Students Explore Parks and Public Works BY STACEY BOMSER

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ay three of the Weston University program focused on the operations of Weston’s parks and recreation, landscaping, and public works departments. The day began with an introduction by Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. He led students through an exercise to design their own “dream” park and then took the class on a tour of several of the city’s parks. Assistant City Manager/COO Karl Thompson, PE, provided insight on the City’s Public Works operations including water, sewer, storm water, Geographic Information System services and street maintenance. Afterward, Thad Bielicki, Director of Landscaping, spoke to students about landscape maintenance and the impact it has on the City’s aesthetics and environment. The day concluded with a visit to Weston’s mitigation area, where students witnessed a Vac-con truck in action and toured a pumping station. This month, students will learn about Weston’s Law Enforcement Services with a visit to the Weston Police Services Building and field trip to the Broward Sheriff’s Office gun range at Markham Park. Last month, the Weston U program focused on Development Services including Planning & Zoning as well as Engineering. Weston University is a one-of-a-kind program that

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Family Fun in February Throughout Weston BY STACEY BOMSER

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are at 1:30pm and 3pm. Using coins, cards, ropes, scarves, rings and more, Gary Midnight will marvel audiences of all ages with his incredible magic tricks. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Storyteller Windell Campbell will entertain children on Saturday, February 3rd at the Magician Gary Midnight Weston Branch Library. will perform at the Weston Community Center. This master storyteller combines the art of puppetry and the art of storytelling in his special performances. His presentation will take place at 11am in the library’s multipurpose room. Looking ahead to next month, families can enjoy Bob Nathanson and his Puppets to Go in a presentation of Little Red Riding Hood on Saturday, March 3rd at the Weston Community Center. In this all-new twist on the all-time favorite, the Wolf and Red both learn some valuable lessons on the way to Grandma’s

house. The show is both educational and entertaining. That evening, Moonlight Movies in the Park continues with Ferdinand. In this animated film, a bull with a big heart is mistaken for The Weston Branch Library a dangerous beast presents storyteller Windell and captured and Campbell. Photo courtesy Florida Storytelling Association. torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. On Sunday, March 4th, all ages will enjoy Weston World Fest. Travel the world experiencing other cultures and cuisines without ever leaving Weston; 20 different countries will be represented. This year’s theme is Sports, Health & Fitness. Admission is free and the event takes place at Weston Regional Park. For more information on any programs sponsored by the City of Weston contact 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org/events. For more information on the library event call 954-357-5430.


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Chiropractic? Why Not? “A Doctor’s Confession to West Broward”

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Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well

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Weston BSO Fire Rescue Rolls Out EMS Special Events Vehicle BY STACEY BOMSER

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he City of Weston and Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue – Weston District are constantly working to ensure the safety and well-being of Weston residents. This is especially important during large public gatherings. That’s why BSO Fire Rescue obtained its new Special Events Vehicle. “The popularity of Weston’s special events created environments where there is limited access for fire rescue apparatus and equipment,” explains Fire Chief Bruce Angier. “Those limitations can be caused by mass crowd gatherings, road closures, and terrain. Our new special events vehicle is smaller and capable of reaching areas that traditional ambulances or fire trucks cannot. It is six-wheel drive, which enables us to reach the sick and injured in difficult locations, such as football and soccer games.” Chief Angier points out that not only does the special

events vehicle deliver paramedics and equipment to a limited access environment, it is also capable of providing transportation of the sick or injured out of the area to a waiting traditional rescue vehicle. “What is unique about our special events vehicle is that it has a fullyenclosed, air-conditioned patient treatment area, while most other special events vehicles are open air,” notes Chief Angier. “This provides privacy for our patients, as well as protects the patients, our personnel, and our equipment from the elements.” Weston’s special events vehicle is equipped with traditional advanced life support gear including airway management and oxygen equipment, a cardiac monitor and defibrillator, spinal immobilization equipment, trauma supplies, and a compliment of emergency medications.

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It was first called into use at the Rotary Club of Weston’s Run For Tomorrow in December, where Chief Angier says the crew used the vehicle to evaluate several runners and bandage some minor scrapes at the finish line. He calls it a much-needed enhancement to Weston’s fleet of emergency response vehicles. “The special events vehicle offers the advantage of increased visibility. This presence will allow patrons and participants at the City’s special events to see where the paramedics are over the crowd and know where to get help should they need it.” Look for the BSO Fire Rescue Special Events Vehicle at events such as the Weston Winter Safety Expo, Hometown 4th of July Parade, and Mayor’s Challenge, as well as Cypress Bay High School football games.

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an intimate environment with familiar living spaces. The central core, known as the “Town Center,” will feature a host of amenities, including a neighborhood center for community gatherings and a studio for activities, as well as a health center, beauty and barber shop. How do you tailor each person’s living experience? Artis Senior Living of Davie strives to make sure that its residents and their families have a say in how they live. Our philosophy centers around empowerment, pride and fulfillment for all our residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the experience is tailored specifically to each person to ensure independence, dignity and quality of life. What is “The Artis Way? ” We follow what we call “The Artis Way.” Each letter of the word Artis stands for a tenet of the organization.

▸ “A” is the ability to have a voice. We want residents and their families to engage in open communication with our associates to make sure that what we’re doing is the right fit for them.

▸ “R” is about respecting and maintaining relationships. ▸ “T” stands for treasuring each person’s uniqueness. ▸ “I” is for integrity. We promote dignity and respect. ▸ “S” is for success and recognition.

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Music Icon Imparts Wisdom on Aspiring Musicians BY STACEY BOMSER

doing now has a deep Florida aking a break from performing on Grammy connection behind it.” Award-winner Joss Stone’s world tour, The 99.9 master class was his renowned bassist Pete Iannacone returned to way of giving back. “Really, the 99.9 is a belief system. his roots to inspire aspiring musicians. He presented I had done clinics that were very bass intensive. They The 99.9: A Guide to Surviving the Music Business at were good, but when they started moving towards not Nova Southeastern University. just what were the steps musiDuring the presentation, cally you took, but what are Iannacone discussed his the things that kept you moti20-plus years in the music vated, inspired and driven, industry. He got his start here then the clinics had more in South Florida. punch,” explains Iannacone. “Florida has some of the “The kids were totally engaged best musicians in the world, and it inspired me to keep hands down, period,” states doing them. The 99.9 is not Iannacone. “When I moved the practice room process but here in the 80’s, I immedithe real world, real time side… ately got into the house band the things I’ve picked up over circuit and started working it 30 years that have worked out. It’s one thing to have the every time.” knowledge and the chops, but Bassist Pete Iannacone, NSU Professor Jessica One of the topics discussed Collado, and Drummer Jonathan Joseph. you have to learn how to use during the class was the them and the only way to do that is play, play, play.” importance of having performance skills in this day He says those early years in Florida were crucial to of digital music. Iannacone acknowledges the use his development. “Really everything I’ve done and am of technology in modern music, but says “the guys I

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s a parent, you want the best for your child. Tiny Planet Preschool is committed to providing the best educational experience possible for preschool students in a loving and caring environment. Tiny Planet General Manager Ivis Mateos answered some commonly asked questions about the preschool and daycare facility. Please describe Tiny Planet Preschool. Tiny Planet Preschool is a part of Graven International Group, Inc., an educational company with over 25 years of experience and a winner of eight International Awards of Excellence in education. Tiny Planet was established in the United States as an extension of the organization whose priority is to continue to spread its philosophy of modern education with traditional values. What is Tiny Planet’s educational philosophy? Tiny Planet believes in a multidisciplinary approach to learning in order to promote a child who has strengths in all disciplines. Our bilingual curriculum enforces the importance of dual language education and we are a proud winner of the 2016 and 2017 Best of Weston Best Bilingual Preschool. Please explain your curriculum. Our teachers and students benefit from the use of a creative curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emila philosophy. This allows the children to make their own inferences and the ability to explore their own outcomes.

Tiny Planet Preschool Provides a World-Class Education What are the ages of the children you serve? Our preschool serves children from six weeks to five years of age. We offer an aftercare program for children ages six to eight years. What is special about your staff? Tiny Planet teachers are dedicated, passionate and, most importantly, focused on stimulating the strengths of each student. They are all professional educators that meet or exceed the criteria set by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). Every teacher is CPR and First Aid Certified with background checks cleared on both a local and national level. What type of individualized attention do students receive? Along with our cognitive Creative Curriculum, we have included our own Heart and Mind section which focuses on teaching our children the importance of kindness, empathy,

manners and love, among other important areas we feel are necessary to provide a well-rounded education. What differentiates Tiny Planet from other preschools? At Tiny Planet, we offer our students and parents a variety of different enrichment programs such as swimming classes, Spanish, music, and many more. Our facility is newly remodeled featuring brand new floors, furniture, air conditioning, and an organic garden which encourages our children to be eco-conscious. We have a full functioning gym and a media center equipped with iMac’s, Apple Smart TV, as well as iPads in the classrooms which teachers use as educational tools. What other programs do you offer? Tiny Planet offers an aftercare program with transportation from local elementary schools, along with tutoring and homework help. These students follow a curriculum filled with fun activities and can also use the

computers and iPads for homework and to access educational sites necessary for success in school. Why should a parent consider Tiny Planet? Since you entrust your most precious gifts to us, which are your children, we commit to molding them into happy, well-rounded boys and girls.

Tiny Planet Preschool is located at 16098 W. State Road 84. It is open from 7am to 6pm. For more information visit www.tinyplanet.edu or call 954-384-4884.

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Weston Woman Uses Power of the Pen to Help Victims of Narcissistic Abuse BY STACEY BOMSER

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or years Randi Fine suffered in silence, broken and emotionally destroyed. About 15 years ago the disjointed pieces of her life finally fit together after she learned about narcissistic personality disorder and realized that she had been raised by a parent with the mental illness. Fine began studying narcissistic personality disorder and the devastation it causes others. Her road to recovery has paved the path for hundreds of other victims as well. “People with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are not just excessive self-admirers, they are predators who are very cognizant of what they do, deliberate in their manipulation, and relentless in their abuse campaigns,” Randi Fine explains Fine. “Those who become their targets will be systematically brainwashed in a way that is imperceptible. The goal of the narcissist is to take them as emotional hostages by destroying their self-esteem, taking away their personal power, confusing and disorienting them, and causing them to distrust their instincts. Victims develop their own mental illnesses as a result of what was done to them.” Fine says the hardest part about recovering from this abuse is that, because of the brainwashing and other tactics used on them, “victims cannot think their

way out of it and therefore cannot recover from it on their own.” She began counseling people all over the world who suffer the effects of narcissistic abuse. Using her personal experiences, Fine guides others through their healing process. She soon realized that many victims needed help outside of their sessions, and there was an entire audience of people and mental health professionals who were unaware of how widespread the problem of NPD abuse has become, so she decided to write a self-help book. “Close Encounters of the Worst Kind: The Narcissistic Abuse Survivor’s Guide to Healing and Recovery is the most comprehensive book ever written on this subject,” states Fine. “It is a compassionate and supportive guide to understanding the unique and complex nature of narcissistic abuse and the emotionally crippling syndrome that results from it. This groundbreaking book gives narcissistic abuse survivors the most complete and trustworthy road map to guide them through the healing process, into recovery, and ultimately to the freedom and happiness they deserve.” Close Encounters is not her only book. Fine will soon release Cliffedge Road, a memoir which explains her personal journey through narcissistic abuse and the lifetime of ramifications it had. She also hosts a weekly podcast, A Fine Time for Healing, which focuses on physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological wellbeing. Once a month, on Free Advice Friday, she takes calls and answers questions about narcissistic abuse issues. For more information on Randi Fine’s books and podcast go to www.randigfine.com. Close Encounters is available on Amazon in both paperback and for Kindle.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Big Changes Coming to Falcon Cove Middle School BY STACEY BOMSER

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ig changes are in store for students at Falcon Cove Middle School. The school will adopt a block schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. “After I have considered everything, my ‘gut’ tells me that our teachers and students will love and thrive in a block schedule,” states Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan. Cypress Bay High School has used a block schedule for the past two years, and teachers just voted to keep it. It has proven highly successful especially for classes with challenging coursework, such as honors and Advanced Placement courses. “The argument for a block is that the traditional six, seven or eight-period day is too much too fast,” explains Dr. Kaplan. “With larger amounts of time with a block schedule, 86 minutes per class verses 52-56 minutes with a traditional schedule, teachers can delve deeper into a lesson.” Another benefit of four-by-four block scheduling is a reduced teacher to student ratio. “Teachers and students will have more individual time to work together in a more manageable day. This was the biggest reason that the block schedule was considered and presented to teachers,” notes Dr. Kaplan. “With block scheduling, core teachers will see between 66-76 students daily, where currently core teachers have 110-120 students each day.” The new block schedule provides new elective choices for students. “Students will have the opportunity to take ‘core electives’ that are standard-based and

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Eagle Point Elementary’s Backpack Buddies Program Featured on NBC Nightly News BY STACEY BOMSER

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fter seeing the devastation dealt to Puerto Rico after back-to-back blows from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, Eagle Point Elementary School wanted to aid in the recovery efforts. Members of the National Elementary Honor Society and Student Council came up with the idea to collect backpacks and school supplies to help their peers in Puerto Rico. Principal Christy de Zayas says the outpouring of support was incredible. “We were surprised by everyone’s generosity. We asked families to donate either a backpack or supplies, but they were buying backpacks and filling them with school supplies.”

Word about the success of the Backpack Buddies program spread all the way to NBC News. “Initially we were to be part of the Today Show’s Lend a Hand segment. Al Roker was going to surprise a school in Puerto Rico with our donations, but breaking news caused NBC to delay that segment,” shares Principal de Zayas. “Although that never worked out, NBC still wanted to tell our story and came to the school to film a segment for NBC Nightly News.” The news crew filmed students filling the backpacks in assembly line fashion. In addition to school supplies, each backpack included a personal letter from one of the Eagle Point students to a student in Puerto Rico with words of encouragement and well wishes. Several of the Eagle Point students read their letters on camera. The segment also featured the delivery of the backpacks to a school in Puerto Rico, with footage of the excited students opening these priceless gifts. Principal de Zayas says Eagle Point donated 700 backpacks which were distributed to five schools in Puerto Rico. She has been in contact with teachers at the island schools and has received pictures and video of the backpacks being distributed. In addition, after seeing the NBC Nightly News segment, teachers

from across the United States have reached out to Eagle Point asking for school contacts in Puerto Rico because their students would also like to help. Community service has always been a staple of student life at Eagle Point, with the school conducting about 50 projects each year. Principal de Zayas says, “This one was special because the students got to see it from start to finish, including seeing how their efforts truly made a difference in another child’s life.” Eagle Point Elementary is a Leader in Me school. Principal de Zayas says this project fed perfectly into that curriculum. “Throughout the project, we talked to the students about being a leader and how a leader is called to serve in the time of need. Backpack Buddies was truly an example of leadership in action.” To watch the NBC Nightly News feature go to www.nbcnews.com/ nightly-news/video/kids-send-more-than-600-backpacks-of-hopeto-puerto-rico-1108426307893.

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Gator Run Fourth Graders Harvest Knowledge BY STACEY BOMSER

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t’s not uncommon to see students in Kristy Bryce’s fourth grade class at Gator Run Elementary School snacking on stalks of rainbow chard or bites of bibb lettuce. These are just some of the vegetables being grown using the class’ hydroponic Tower Garden. Using a grant from Donors Choose, Mrs. Bryce was able to purchase the vertical aeroponic food production system. The Tower Garden uses air, lights, water and liquid nutrients to grow plants without soil. “One of our science standards is to identify processes of sexual reproduction in flowering plants, including pollination, fertilization (seed production), seed dispersal, and germination,” explains Mrs. Bryce. “Following these lessons, the children became experts in tower gardens, from how tower gardens operate, to which plants can be grown in one, to when to harvest each type of garden plant. We also discussed the importance of sustainable living.” Twenty-eight different vegetables are growing in the Tower Garden, everything from gourmet lettuce and bok choy to cherry tomatoes and bride eggplant, as well as herbs such as basil. Each student chose what they wanted to grow. “After making the choice, they were involved in the planting of seeds into the rock wool and vermiculite. We watched for about two weeks as the seeds germinated into seedlings,” shares Mrs. Bryce. “Once ready, the children placed their seedlings into the Tower Garden. They were also involved in testing the pH levels, making sure that there was the right amount of acid in the water.” Once the vegetable grew, the student was able to harvest it and take it home to share with their family. Of course, some sampling took place in the classroom. Mrs. Bryce says she has received welcome feedback from parents who prepared

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Operation Success: Gator Run Third Graders Perform Text Feature Surgery BY STACEY BOMSER

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everal third grade teachers at Gator Run Elementary School used a variation of the children’s game Operation to test their students’ knowledge of text features. Those are the “extras” in text, such as pictures, headings, graphs, diagrams, maps, glossary, table of contents and more. “Students need to be able to use both the words in

the text and the text’s features to gain information,” explains Roni O’Hara.

Laura Rush adds that text features help with comprehension. “An article may be talking about where penguins live, however a map showing where they live is a visual and helps the reader better understand if they are not familiar with areas on a world map.” To reinforce the lesson, students participated in a hands-on activity called “text feature surgery”. The classrooms were transformed into operating rooms with students playing the role of surgeons. To enhance the atmosphere, the teachers covered the tables in their classrooms with light blue butcher paper and outfitted students with gloves, a hospital ID badge and surgical masks and hats. “Life-size ‘patients’ lay on the ‘operating tables’,” shares Ms. O’Hara. “To prep for surgery, students gathered their materials: scalpel (scissors), sutures (glue), bandages, and non-fiction text (old weekly readers and Scholastics Kids).” The student “surgeons” had to perform a variety of procedures to save their “patients”. Some were simple, such as finding an example of a graph and securing it to the patient’s left foot, while others were more challeng-

ing, such as finding a text feature that helps explain a problem or solution and attach it to the patient’s left leg. With a heart rate monitor beeping in the background, the game got intense. Students poured over dozens of articles with hundreds of text features. According to Ms. O’Hara, “Finding text features wasn’t hard, but my students had to be able to identify their purpose and analyze how they were connected to the text.” Mrs. Rush says the “operation” was a success. Through this activity, her students proved their depth of knowledge. “Because they had to come to me with the text feature and their explanation of how it directly helped them understand the article, the students learned to verbalize a detailed explanation, not just the definition of the text feature.” Ms. O’Hara agrees, noting she is now seeing students utilize text features in their own writing and projects.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Manatee Bay Elementary Students Make Peace BY STACEY BOMSER

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tudents at Manatee Bay Elementary School are learning to make peace – literally. This year’s school theme is “Free to be You and Me” and when PTA Yearbook Chairs Lisa Vlock and Leslie Levinson first learned the theme, their immediate vision for Photos courtesy Brian Fox of Fox-mar Photography the yearbook was one of “peace, love and happiness.” They came up with the idea of having the entire school – all 1,300 students, teachers, and staff – posing together to create a giant peace sign. “We felt it was a great time to create unity, peace and compassion with everyone in the school,” shares Vlock. “With all the not so great things going on in this world, we wanted to bring everyone together as one, take a stand for being yourThe yearbook chairs acknowledge that planning self, and show students that it’s okay to be you.” this photo opportunity was no easy task. They had to Levinson added, “With the world today, we think about the amount of people versus the size of thought everyone coming together as one, showing the field, come up with a diameter with the ratio of peace and respect was an important lesson to teach people, and create an organized plan to get everyone the children.”

on the field in a timely manner to take the least amount of time away from teaching. This involved coordinating how the classes came out and creating a diagram of where everyone would be within the circle. The fifth graders were in the middle of the peace sign. With everyone clad in their tiedyed Manatee Bay shirts, students, teachers and administrators posed to make a giant peace sign. The photograph was taken using an aerial drone equipped with a camera. To add to the excitement, a Local 10 helicopter filmed the peace sign and Manatee Bay was featured on the 12pm and 4pm news. In addition to the peace sign picture gracing the pages of the 20172018 yearbook, students will also be able to watch video from that day by accessing a QR code. Principal Heather Hedman-DeVaughn said it will be a day she will never forget. “Watching everyone work so well as a team was a reminder that together we are strong!”

Indian Trace Elementary’s Kindness Carnival Was Something to Smile About BY STACEY BOMSER

their kindness shirts. “Students wore n addition to academics, students at Indian Trace Elementary School have ‘One Kind Human,’ our Principal and been developing the character trait of kindness this year. The PTA theme Assistant Principal wore ‘Leading Kind has been “Raising Kind Humans” and their efforts culminated with a Humans,’ our teachers wore ‘Teaching Kindness Carnival in connection with World Kindness Day and the release of the Kind Humans,’ the supporting staff wore movie Wonder. ‘Supporting Kind Humans,’ parents wore PTA President Marilyn Mazzi, Kindness Committee Chair Angie Schaan and ‘Raising Kind Humans,’ and our Kindness the Executive Board began planning for this event last summer, and with the help Army of volunteers wore ‘Kind Volunteer’,” of the “Kindness Army” of volunteers put on the school’s biggest fundraiser. shared Mazzi. “The purpose of our Kindness Committee was to cultivate an elaborate kindness culture at school,” explains Mazzi. “Everyone wants The Kindness to make a difference Carnival featured ten and kindness is a good inflatable obstacle starting point.” courses, slides, carnival In the weeks leading games and more. Mazzi up to the Kindness Carnival, the Kindness Committee arranged daily inspirasays acts of kindness were evident everywhere you looked. “Kindness Wonder tional quotes, played happy music in the mornings, gave away Kindness Wonder Bucks were shared with friends. Children were smiling from ear to ear and really Bucks filled with kindness prompts, and delivered kindness glitter boxes to the embracing how to be kind, taking turns and making sure their friends were classrooms. all included.” Each box was filled with glitter and a message from the 365 Days of Wonder: Principal Amy Winder says she was happy to see the school come together for Mr. Browne’s Precepts, a companion book to R.J. Palacio’s best-selling novel Wonder, a great cause. The Kindness Carnival raised funds for Accelerated Reader awards which was turned into the movie. In this book, Mr. Browne explains how glitter is and incentives, subscriptions to educational support programs, iReady Reading very much like kindness, “once it’s out of the box, it’s hard to put back in!” and Math, student technology enhancements such as additional student computThe entire school attended the Kindness Carnival, with everyone wearing ers and upgrades.

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Tequesta Trace Eighth Graders Have Monumental Experience on DC and NYC Trip BY STACEY BOMSER

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he eighth-grade class trip to Washington DC and New York City is something Tequesta Trace Middle School students look forward to for years. “It’s not a field trip, it’s an experience,” states Athletic Director Howie Schrager, who has been coordinating the tour of our nation’s capital and the Big Apple for the past 15 years. “The trip provides an educational and cultural background on two of our nation’s most historical cities,” explains Schrager. “We visit many historical places and our children participate in some hands-on activities, including a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.” While in Washington DC, the students visited the U.S. Capitol, White House, Holocaust Museum, Smithsonian Museum of American History as well as the Air & Space Museum, and the Museum of African American History and Culture. Other stops included the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr. and World War II memorials. In New York City, the group visited the 911 Memorial, went to the top of the Freedom

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he education system standardizes the method in which our children are supposed to learn because this allows for easy and measurable results. Parents similarly, standardize the way a child is supposed to grow because it helps them measure what is “normal” or expected at their respected ages, but it’s not that simple. The education system is a failed system. Why: because we are relying on a testing system that is not relatable to most of our children, whether it be due to economic status, environment, or diversity in nationalities, etc. We are measuring the success of 100% of our students on a method that applies to a small group of students from a single state in the United States of America. Let’s not make the same mistakes in raising our children. We try convincing ourselves that we can raise our second child the same way we raised our first. We compare them to our neighbor’s kids, or other kids in their preschool, and wonder if our kids are normal or an alien switched at birth. Who are we kidding! I remember with my first child, I would use the one, two, three counting method for disciplining and before I would finish saying two, he was already following instructions to avoid spending time in his thinking chair. The second child, well, I could count to ten or 100 and he would continue to run around the dinner table trying to avoid me catching him. I looked like a mad woman by the time I was done running behind him. Tried that a couple times before I realized it was best to talk him through choices and consequences once he was done running. One of my boys is an introvert, hippie and very laid back. Spending quality time with him is going to a movie, inviting him to a quiet dinner or taking a short trip together and then, I try to give him time to express himself, talk about the things he likes, like cars, cars and more cars. Notice I say try; not always a topic of my interest, but I listen. My other child is a talker, hipster and has infinite energy. I take him to the park and let him run around for a while, to let him release some energy or he will drive me insane. Our car ride back home is usually our best time to talk about life, shoes, shoes and well, more shoes. No one child is identical to another. How dare we hold them to the same standards of creativity, of understanding or even maturity as others. There are many successful methods of teaching and raising a child. Listening is usually the best tool we can use to learn more about our children. We have the responsibility to embrace their individuality, appreciate their weaknesses, and encourage their uniqueness. Ivis Mateos is a mother of two boys and has more than 21 years combined experience in educational consulting and management. In addition to earning her National Administrator Credential, Mateos has lead workshops on curriculum development, teacher development and parenting. She has been the General Manager at Tiny Planet Preschool and an Educational Consultant for Graven International Group for the past three years. For more information, please contact 954-384-4884.

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s I sit down to write this article, I am trying out a new tooth whitening product which we are considering for the practice. We have reviewed the research provided by the manufacturer, have listened to paid experts who lecture on its behalf and have read over the instructions provided for use. Still the last test is personal. The doctor has become the patient. There is no doubt that cosmetic dentistry has become a big part of public demand over the past decade. The surprising part is that the market has opened up to a younger population. We are asked more and more about the appropriate time to consider dental bleaching for children, as well as the effectiveness of over-the-counter products. Let’s first examine the downside/side effects of bleaching. The most commonly documented side effect is sensitivity. This can be from sensitivity of teeth or gum tissue, but is usually the later due to an ill-fitting tray. The good news is that sensitivity goes away after the bleaching product is discontinued. The second most common side effect is leakage of the margins of a present restoration. What this means is that it may shorten the lifespan of a filling or crown. However, well prepared/ fitting dental work would tend to be less affected. What then is the benefit of a professional system versus an over-the counter system (OTC)? The main difference between the two is the concentration of the active ingredient, which is carbamide peroxide in most cases. Professional systems work faster, make teeth whiter, and results tend to last longer. OTC systems are more accessible and are usually less expensive. In my opinion, the most important part of the process, no matter which system is used, is making whitening part of the dental treatment plan. For example, whitening may have no effect on specific teeth which were previously traumatized. Whitening in this situation may make the traumatized tooth/teeth more noticeable due to the increased contrast with other teeth after bleaching. Additionally, if you are planning new dental work, it may make sense to whiten the teeth before choosing a shade for your new dental restorations. The reason is that when whitening your teeth, dental restorations will not whiten with your teeth. For these reasons and many others, a discussion with your dentist may save you heartache and possibly money in the long run. Parents often point out a concern that their child’s front teeth are darker than back teeth. In children between the ages of 7 and 12, this is usually due to the contrast between baby teeth and permanent teeth. Baby teeth are typically lighter in color by multiple shades. The reason for this is differing thicknesses of the layers of the teeth which reflect light differently. Bleaching teeth at this stage is not advised, because this would create a situation in which there will be more noticeable contrast each time a new tooth erupted. In fact, we recommend waiting until all baby teeth fall out before considering whitening. From the vantage point of the dental professional, we are looking for a product that whitens teeth effectively and lasts as long as possible. It should cause only minimal sensitivity (hopefully none) and have an easy delivery system. On that note, I will excuse myself to remove my trays and check out my new shade.

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Cypress Bay Computer Science Club Prepares for Competition BY STACEY BOMSER

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embers of the Computer Science Club at Cypress Bay High School prepare for competition with the same level of concentration and determination as any athlete. The biggest difference being their training takes place in the computer lab, not in the gym or on the field/court. According to Computer Science Teacher and club advisor Tiffani Slutsky, the Computer Science Club is open to any student who knows how to write programs in Java or who is currently taking AP Computer Science A. There are about 100 members who compete against teams from across the state in online competitions. For onsite competitions, schools are limited to the number of teams that can participate. Mrs. Slutsky says Cypress Bay always brings the maximum number of teams allowed, which is usually five. “The students train for competitions by doing problems on their own and helping each other figure out solutions,” explains Mrs. Slutsky. “Some of my top programmers work with novice programmers to advance their skills. Additionally, I give my advanced students challenging problems in class and teach them some advanced algorithms.”

She also credits the club’s officers for the team’s success this season. “More of my students than ever are participating in USACO’s monthly competitions because Robert Slutsky, a co-president, has been encouraging the top programmers to participate. Additionally, Viraj Maddur, the club treasurer, has put together some monthly competitions this year. Viraj and Robert also organized five teams of students to participate in the 4th annual Virginia Tech High School Programming Competition.” Right now, team members are hard at work preparing for the March competition at the University of Central Florida. In December, over 70 Cypress Bay students participated in the UCF online competition. Viraj Maddur placed 6th and Richard Liu placed 8th out of over 200 students statewide. Mrs. Slutsky says she is extremely proud of her students. “It is tough to place at any competition

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Falcon Cove Boys Soccer Team Reclaims County Title BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Broward County Soccer Championship trophy has returned to Falcon Cove Middle School. After an undefeated season, the boys soccer team reclaimed the County title. This is the 12th time in the school’s 17-year history that Falcon Cove has been the County champions. Their last championship season was in 2014 and the boys were determined to bring back the trophy. The Falcons defeated Pioneer Middle School, 3-1, in the championship game, ending the season undefeated. Coach Evie Hoopes says the Falcons controlled the championship game from the start. “Ian Jimenez scored the first goal in the first ten minutes of the game. He was also voted MVP. GianCarlos D’Ostillio scored a second phenomenal goal when the right defender, Alex Sanderson, from before the half, sent a perfect ball up the length of the field to GianCarlos who scored easily. CJ Uzcategui scored an amazing third goal.” Not only did the Falcons go undefeated this season,

the team only allowed only one goal to be scored on them and only six shot attempts at their goal. However, the Falcons scored an impressive 48 goals this season. Coach Hoopes attributes their success to teamwork. “I talked to the boys about truly committing themselves to the team, a Band of Brothers. We knew if they could

just hold on, stay committed to each other, and work together they would be unstoppable, and they were.” Through hard work and discipline, the Falcons proved they were worthy of the County Championship title. “These young men and their families sacrifice a lot to play for their school. They put in the work and I am so happy that they were able to reach their goal of being champions,” states Coach Hoopes. “I am very proud of them as a team, but I’m more proud of the young men they are. They truly are champions!” Congratulations to Team Captains Ian Jimenez and GianCarlos D’Ostillio, goalies Mariano Malaga, Antonio Perera and Matthew Mejia, defenders Jake Braun, Alex Sanderson and Will Torres, mid-fielders Jorge Tamayo and Pichi Betancourt, and Elan Romo, CJ Uzcategui, Alex Daniels, Felipe Arce, Nathaniel Ceant, Ivan Dall’Acqua Nespri, Lucas Dall’Acqua Nespri, Adam Fallon, Mateo Lopez, and Victor Meyerfreund Saade.

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Falcon Cove Basketball Player Demonstrates Good Sportsmanship and Showmanship BY STACEY BOMSER

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alcon Cove Middle School seventh grader Noah R. is a superstar both on and off the basketball court. The Supported Varying Exceptionalities (SVE) student was invited to join the boys basketball team this year and ever since he has been teaching his teammates a lesson in sportsmanship and showmanship. Coach Hoopes, the school’s athletic director, and Coach Johnson, the basketball coach, have Noah in their Physical Education classes and recognized his athletic ability and love for the game. “I wanted him to play and be a part of our team,” shares Coach Hoopes. “Noah is a student athlete and we wanted him to be able to showcase his talents.” Noah scored 16 points during the season, but says his favorite memory was when he scored a three-pointer. After each score, Noah performed one of his signature celebrations, inspired by his favorite NBA players. “Whether it was his salsa dance, shoulder shimmy, or just his huge smile, Noah demonstrated what sports do for any child, which is create a sense of belonging and togetherness,” notes Coach Hoopes. Noah says it was an awesome experience to be a part of the basketball team and proudly wore his number 15 jersey. “I learned that being on a team makes you feel good.”

He extended that sentiment to his teammates and opponents. “Noah was a great teammate during the games, making sure he was in every huddle and high-fiving or even putting his arm around a teammate to tell them ‘good job,’” states Coach Johnson. “As the opposing team would enter our gym, Noah would greet each player and cheerleader with a high five or handshake.” Noah’s mother says she is grateful her son was able to play on the school’s basketball team. “Falcon Cove has been an inclusive and welcoming environment for Noah. This experience has brought him a great sense of pride and feeling of belonging. Following his first game, Noah ran off the court and said, ‘Did you see me? I’m part of the team!’ We are so appreciative of this opportunity for Noah and thank everyone who made it possible.” Coach Hoopes says it was a pleasure to have Noah on the team. “We are so proud of Noah! It’s not easy to put yourself out there on a court in front of people missing and making baskets. He was just so happy to be able to play, be with his teammates, and of course celebrate with his signature dances.”

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That certainly describes Jacob, who took his first music lesson at the age of six. He recalls his first performance when he was a kindergarten student at Country Isles Elementary. “I clearly remember the sound of the audience clapping,” shared Jacob. “I love that playing music can have such an effect on people. There’s no better feeling than to look out at an audience and see that they are grooving with you.” He currently plays with The Double Standard Band, playing everything from classic rock to the blues. Jacob recently had emember the name Jacob Elalouf. The Sagemont School sophomore is quickly gaining the privilege of playing at the Rockfest 80’s at CB Smith Park exposure as a world-class guitarist. He was alongside artists such as Cheap recently inducted into the prestigious Brotherhood Trick, The Little River Band, of the Guitar. Foghat and others. “The Brotherhood was put together by worldJust last month he attended renowned photographer Robert M. Knight and is supthe National Association of Music ported by Ernie Ball and Guitar Center,” explained Merchants (NAMM) convention, Jacob. “Robert’s goal is to keep musicianship alive. where he represented Ernie Ball With technology taking over these days, people do guitars. Jacob described it as the not want to take the time to learn an instrument. It’s comic-con for music. “Lots of really easy to just grab a computer and make sounds. musicians, important people in Robert’s goal is to inspire those of us who eat, drink the industry, and music compaand sleep music.”

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nies were there. I can’t believe I had this opportunity. Steve Lukather, of Toto, was at the Ernie Ball booth too and I am a huge fan of his!” Jacob says it is an honor to be sponsored by Ernie Ball. “It means that Ernie Ball believes in me and wants to do what they can to inspire me. I truly love their guitars. My guitar is an Ernie Ball Luke III in Bodhi Blue. She’s a beauty!” He’s also grateful to Robert Knight for choosing him to join the Brotherhood of the Guitar after seeing one of his videos on Facebook. “Robert has been so supportive. I am truly blessed to have him in my corner. Bringing me into the Brotherhood has not only connected me to so many other musicians, but has brought me so many new opportunities. I now have fans from around the world. It’s pretty crazy.” As a member of the Brotherhood, Jacob is now part of an elite group of talented young musicians from around the world. There is only one other member from South Florida.


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Third Grader Works Her Magic to Help the Homeless BY STACEY BOMSER

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melia Torry spread holiday cheer to the homeless this past holiday season. The Gator Run Elementary School third grader gathered personal care items, as well as some snacks and special treats, which she personally delivered to homeless individuals. One morning last October while struggling to get dressed, Amelia commented to her mother that she disliked homelessness, bullying and “pesky buttons”. Later that day, while driving to work, her mother spotted a homeless woman walking barefoot in the rain. She stopped the car and gave the woman her shoes. That evening, she shared with Amelia how appreciative the woman was for this simple act of kindness. That inspired Amelia to want to help the homeless for the holidays. Her idea was to put together packages of things homeless people might need such as socks, deodorant, baby wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, a puzzle book and pen, pretzels and crackers, candy and more. She also donated several pairs of shoes and blankets, which she said they could “use if they were cold or to lay on if they had to sleep outside.” She called her project Amelia’s Christmas Magic. Amelia also included a personal note to each recipient. “Even though they’re homeless, they’re still special.” Each card included

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holiday wishes in both English and Spanish. Shortly before Christmas, Amelia, her older sister, and her mother, drove around Fort Lauderdale delivering the Amelia’s Christmas Magic bags to the homeless. They specifically wanted to reach those people who did not have access to a shelter. Throughout the day they met many special people whose stories touched the family. “Some people think homeless people are scary or dangerous, but they aren’t,” shares Amelia. “They are just like everyone else. Homeless people deserve to be treated kindly. They deserve a special day, too.” She plans to make Amelia’s Christmas Magic an annual event. “I would like to keep doing this until I know that most homeless people are happy for Christmas and every day,” states Amelia. “I can do bake sales, lemonade stands and collection drives to be able to make more bags next year.”


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5 Ways to Fall In Love This Valentine’s Day DR. TAMY M. FAIERMAN

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alentine’s Day is typically a day that we honor and recognize the people we love in our lives. Whether you’re sharing it with a spouse, child, parent or friend, perhaps you consider that it is actually the perfect time to also focus on loving yourself. With the busyness of today’s world, I often hear from many of my female patients that there is little time to care for themselves. I encourage them to take time each day to practice loving themselves first before loving others. According to author and healer Louise Hay, “It’s not selfish to love ourselves. It clears us so that we can love ourselves enough to love other people. We can really help the planet when we come from a space of great love and joy on an individual basis.” As a practicing physician, I do firmly believe that loving ourselves is essential for our overall well-being, happiness and success. Below are some ways that you can consider loving and nurturing yourself this year: Exercise regularly and eat to nourish your body: 15 minutes a day of dedicated exercise can make you stronger and healthier. Top it off with putting nourishing foods in your body, which will both do wonders when both combined. Fall in love with taking care of your skin: Our skin is our largest organ and how we care for it and treat it is vital for good health, both on the inside and out. Why? Beyond the obvious reason that putting clean, nonsynthetic skincare products on the face creates a healthy glow, additionally, the daily ritual of taking care of our skin is rewarding, healing and good for the mind, body and soul. After 15 years of dealing with skin I have learned one thing: Love it, nurture it and protect it so creating a ritual is actually a celebration of health. Minimally Non-Invasive Skincare Treatments: Treatments such as LED Light Therapy, Ultrasonic, and Microcurrent treatments are rejuvenating, affordable, relaxing and non-invasive. They are designed to stimulate the skin’s natural regenerative process and bring renewal to the cellular level, unveiling a toned and youthful complexion with suppleness and radiance. Cosmetic Surgery, Botox and Fillers: Cosmetic surgery procedures these days are safer, more efficient and yield better recovery in years past. Whether it is a Mommy Makeover, a breast lift or augmentation, fillers or injections, it is a nice way to center on your own goals and take care of yourself. A personalized consultation with your cosmetic surgeon is a way to talk about who you are, what you want and what you hope to achieve in regards to your beauty and health. Dr. Tamy M. Faierman is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and founder of the new Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center. Her office is located at 17130 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1, in the Windmill Professional Campus. For more information, please call her office at 954-322-2742 or visit www.reshapeyourimage.com.   76 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM


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Weston Teen Serves as Tour de Broward Ambassador BY STACEY BOMSER

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ishes do come true. Estefano Reano can attest to that. As he blew out the candles on his birthday cake, the 14-year-old had only one wish: a new heart. Miraculously, his wish came true hours later when his family received the phone call they had waited two long years for; a donor heart was available. Estefano became the 30th pediatric heart transplant performed at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Grateful for the gift of a new life, the Weston teen is now giving back to the hospital by serving as an Ambassador for the 9th Annual ANF Tour de Broward. “I am so happy to be here, and I am so thankful to everyone,” said Estefano. “I thank the (donor) family for giving someone like me a second chance to live the life that I have always wanted.” Estefano was born with a single ventricle heart defect, a condition where the heart doesn’t use all four chambers. He underwent five open heart surgeries since the age of two. While those surgeries allowed his heart to function better and sustain him, his situation worsened as he got older. A few years ago, his heart began to fail and Estefano’s doctors put him on the heart

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transplant list. He waited two years before a donor heart became available. Funds raised from the Tour de Broward ensure children like Estefano are able to receive the medical care they need, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. In its eight-year history, the event has raised more than $3 million for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Last year’s race raised more than $500,000, positively impacting more than 80,000 children who required outpatient visits, surgery, admissions and observation stays during the year. Organizers are hoping with the help of Estefano and others the 2018 Tour de Broward will raise even more money to support the hospital’s services, programs and facilities. The Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is planning a four-story expansion to better serve the community. Sponsored by ANF Group, Tour de Broward takes place on Sunday, February 25th at Miramar Regional Park, located at 16801 Miramar Parkway. It consists of 50K and 100K bicycle rides, a 5K timed run, 3K walk, and the “Power of Play Kid Zone,” a sportsthemed, fun area for children 13 and under. For more information about the ANF Group Tour de Broward call 954-905-5633. To pre-register for any of the events go to www.tourdebroward.com.

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t the beginning of independent walking, toddlers may walk on their toes. Within three to six months the heel should be touching the ground during gait. Intermittent toe walking may be present in normal children until age six or seven. Tightness of the calf muscle is the primary cause of the child that toe walks. Underlying neurological disorders have to always be ruled out. Most children who present as persistent toe walkers are able to lower their heels to the ground when standing but not walking. Walking heel-toe is possible for a few steps but usually awkwardly due to tight calf muscles. Toe walkers are more common in boys and in many cases is a cause of concern. Treatment of habitual toe walkers is necessary to avoid problems that can occur secondary to compensating for the abnormal posture. Compensation may occur by hyperextending the knee, rotating the entire leg towards the outside or having the foot turn down or out, causing a flat foot. It is important to assess the degree of muscle tightness in the hips, knees and legs. Spontaneous resolution may take place in some cases. If the gastroc soleus (calf muscles) are not severely tight, physical therapy or stretching at home may be of benefit. If unresponsive, serial casting may be necessary. Serial casting is a process in which the foot and leg are placed in a cast with the foot held in a neutral position. The muscle is placed under stretch while the cast is on and walking is strongly encouraged to help the muscles stretch. Children who are sedentary who are placed in a cast do not get the same benefits as those that are active. Casts are applied every ten to 14 days until the muscle is slightly overstretched. It may take as little as two to as many as eight weeks to improve the muscle flexibility. The casts are applied one leg at a time to allow for the activity level needed for successful treatment. Following the casts, a night splint may be used for up to six months to maintain calf flexibility. In rare cases, the muscle is too tight to respond to serial casting. Surgical lengthening of the Achilles tendon through three little holes in the skin may be needed. It is an outpatient procedure. Casts are applied postoperatively for six to eight weeks. Once healing takes place, physical therapy is provided to maintain lower extremity strength and flexibility. An excellent long-term prognosis is the norm. Carlo A. Messina, DPM, is a Board Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Diplomate American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Robert Sheinberg, Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Franz Jones, Dr. David Shenassa, and Dr. Michael Cohen. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900, and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www.SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.org.

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Dementia: More Than Just Memory BY MARY UNDERWOOD, VP MEMORY CARE SERVICES

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hen people hear Alzheimer’s, they usually think about memory. Does the person remember her family? Does he remember where he lives? But Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia, impact more than memory. Because Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain, there are many other aspects of a person’s life that are affected. A person with dementia often losses the ability to recognize objects, faces, sounds, colors, and/or smells. This is known as agnosia. The damage in certain parts of the brain because of dementia is the cause of this. A person with dementia does not necessarily forget what a cup is. But instead, the eyes see the cup but the brain cannot process that it is a cup. A mom could tell you her daughter’s name and describe what she looks like. But when she sees her, the brain is unable to process recognition. A dad could hear the phone ring, but interprets it as a siren. Communication is also a common aspect of life that is impaired because of dementia. This loss of ability to understand or express speech is called aphasia. Not being able to call a fork a fork is not necessarily because the person forgot that it is a fork. The person may see it as a fork and know what it is used for, but the brain is unable to formulate the right word. Other signs of aphasia include substituting the intended word with another word, using made up words, and having difficulty putting words together. Aphasia does not only affect how the person expresses himself, but also in the ability to understand written and/or verbal communication from others. It is not uncommon for a person to lose the ability to read. Even when they are able to grammatically read the word, there may not be comprehension of what was read. Also, understanding what others are saying or asking could be difficult. This is especially true when there is too much information provided at once or when there are too many outside distractions. There are also changes and deficits in physical ability due to dementia. Completing physical tasks due to a disconnect in the brain is known as apraxia. This can be seen in everyday tasks, such as dressing, brushing one’s teeth, and even walking. The person could feel the button of his shirt and have the dexterity in his fingers to button the shirt. But the message the brain is sending is disconnected from the rest of the body. When you ask the person to stand up, he may understand you and have the physical capabilities, but his brain is unable to send the messages needed to make the movements happen. Caregivers sometimes interpret this as the person being stubborn or resistant. Unfortunately, agnosia, apraxia, and aphasia can all be impacting the person at the same time at varying levels. It is important to understand that an impairment in one area does not necessarily mean the same level of impairments in others. These areas are all separate from the person’s memory issues related to dementia. Artis Senior Living of Davie is a new Memory Care Assisted Living located at 2794 South Flamingo Road in Davie. The community includes a central core, known as the “Town Center” flanked by four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces. It was designed to provide residents with the comforts of home, as well as the opportunity to engage as a member of our community. For information, call 954-990-8941, send an email to davie@artismgmt.com or visit www.artisseniorliving.com. OURCITYWESTON.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 79


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Facelift Techniques BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, MD, FACS

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ifestyle lift, S-Lift, Whisper lift, and Feather lift. The names may change, but these procedures are almost identical. Cosmetic surgeons will change the name of a straightforward procedure in an attempt to gain new patients, attract attention to “their” practice, or to lure an uneducated patient into thinking that “their” procedure is somehow “better” than what has been done thousands of times before by well-qualified plastic surgeons. The original “facelift procedure” was performed by Dr. Eugen Höllander in 1901, and involved elevating with tightening the facial skin only. The procedure has evolved and undergone multiple transformations. Today, a facelift typically involves elevation of the skin on cheek and neck with tightening of the underlying muscle (the SMAS in the cheek and the platysma on the neck). The 21st Century approach to facial rejuvenation focuses on a structured reconstruction as well with fat grafting and tissue tightening. As skin ages, there is a loss of collagen and elastic, which results in increased skin laxity. This, coupled with loss of the underlying soft tissue volume, results in prominent nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck bands. In order to improve the appearance of the face and neck, a skin tightening procedure should be performed. This can be accomplished several ways - lifting and removing excess skin, a skin resurfacing procedure with laser or chemical peel, or restoring loss of soft tissue volume with fat or synthetic fillers. These techniques can be used alone or in a combination, depending on each person’s individual facial anatomy and appearance goals.  In describing face lifting procedures, the facial skin is elevated, the underlying muscle is tightened and the excess skin is removed. When the skin laxity is limited to the cheek area, a mini or short-scar facelift can be performed (scar is limited to the area in the front of the ear). If neck skin laxity and neck bands are present, additional incisions can be made behind the ear and under the chin. This technique is referred to as a full facelift, or face and neck lift.  The Lifestyle lift and S-Lift have similar incisions with limited undermining or elevation of the face and neck skin. If there is heaviness or sagging of the eyebrow, then a browlift or forehead lift is performed. In certain cases, depending on the patient’s facial appearance, a facelift is performed in combination with soft tissue volume addition by fat transfer, skin smoothing with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing.  The most important factor to consider when making a decision to have elective cosmetic surgery is the surgeon, the facility, and the anesthesia provider. Only have facial plastic surgery by a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery in an accredited outpatient facility or hospital. Anesthesia should be administered by a licensed, board certified anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).  Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and has achieved Allergan’s Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Dr. Messa has also achieved Chairman status with Medicis and Mentor Corporation. This award honors distinguished leaders in cosmetic surgery for demonstrating expertise and excellence through a high volume of aesthetic product procedures. The certification is awarded to leaders in the field of medical aesthetics and demonstrates their commitment to innovation, excellence, and the highest level of patient care. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Messa, call the office at 954-659-7760. 80 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM

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Hitting the Ball into the Wind or Hitting the Ball Downwind BY DEAN SKLAR, PGA PROFESSIONAL

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hen hitting into a headwind, your shots carry shorter, fly higher and come down at a steeper landing angle due to the extra lift and drag the headwind causes. Under calm conditions, the air is moving into the ball at the same speed the ball is traveling. When there is a tailwind, the wind speed subtracts from the airflow. When there is a headwind, the wind speed adds to the airflow. The greater the speed of the headwind, the more lift and drag is produced. The higher airflow into the ball causes more lift (what makes the ball rise) and more drag (what slows the ball Dean Sklar, PGA down) causing the ball to balloon into the air. It’s a common misconception that the ball spins more when hit into the wind. It’s actually the added lift when hit into the airflow that gives this false impression. However, more spin is the enemy when hitting into the wind as more spin creates more lift and more drag and a resultant ballooning ball flight that winds up short of the target. Instead of swinging harder into the wind, usually resulting in more club head speed and more spin, use a club with less loft which will help you reduce the spin and optimize the flight of the ball into the wind. The opposite is true with a tailwind. If you hit a shot with too little spin when downwind, the ball will drop out of the sky too soon and fall short of the target. Remember, a tailwind will produce shots that carry longer, fly lower and roll more once they land due to decrease amount of lift on the ball. Your best bet downwind is to launch the ball higher so that it will fly higher, carry longer and land more softly. The relationship between the lift and drag do not behave linearly, and that is why a headwind hurts more than a tailwind helps. Now that you know how the relationship between headwinds and tailwinds affects the golf ball, here is a general tip for calculating how many yards to add or subtract on a given shot. Throw up a few pieces of grass and pay attention to how far away from you the grass lands. For a tailwind, add two yards of extra distance to how far your shot will go for each yard that the wind blows the grass toward the target. For a headwind, subtract four yards of carry for each yard the wind blows the grass away from the target. This general rule with help you estimate which club to use when playing into a headwind or when playing downwind. Whenever I am on the course and feel a stiff wind in my face I automatically take two extra clubs. For example, from the 150 yard marker when it would be a 7 iron in distance, I would now select a 5 iron and make a nice easy smooth swing knowing that I have enough club selected and that my ball will bore through the heavy wind on target with just the right amount of distance. The same goes for when I am faced with the same distance and I have 150 yards to the green and a strong gusty wind is at my back. I take a 9 iron to compensate for the wind and the ball has a much higher trajectory, whereas the wind carries it right on target with the proper amount of distance as well. PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean about your golf game, contact him at Dean.Sklar@FloridaMoves.com or the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, 954-389-6197, or online at www.WestonFloridaUSA.com.


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Kitchen Designs & More Reveals Its 2018 Collection Showcase BY STACEY BOMSER

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ince it first opened its doors in 2003, Kitchen Designs & More has helped hundreds of Weston residents turn their houses into their dream homes. One of the reasons the full-service design center has been so successful is because it is on the forefront of the home design industry, featuring the latest design trends in its showroom. On February 22nd the community is invited to attend the unveiling of the KD&M 2018 Design Showcase. President and Owner Elliott Landman shares more about the company. What is Kitchen Designs & More? KD&M is made up of a group of passionate and highly qualified designers, architects and project coordinators with over 100 years of combined experience in the industry. We all work hard to remain up to date and knowledgeable on a multitude of styles and to keep current with the design trends of today. In addition to our in-depth knowledge and expertise, we have a high appreciation for and never lose sight of what is important in a family’s day-to-day lifestyle. We

understand what a home remodeling or improvement project entails, and our project management style focuses on and works hard to mitigate that disturbance, preserving your family’s daily routine as best as possible. What is the 2018 Collection Showcase? We have gone through numerous transitions over the years by changing our showroom to reflect the styles and designs of the day. We are excited to reveal this year’s collections, materials and trends at our 2018 Collection event on February 22nd from 6-9:30pm in our showroom. We will have industry experts and manufacturer’s representatives on site to chat and give advice about current trends. What else can guests expect that evening? We will feature live music by South Florida’s own Beth Cohen who has performed with legendary artists such as Barbra Streisand, Julio Iglesias, Barry Gibb, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Secada, and Boston, just to name a few. Wine and cheese will be served. What do you do to support the community? We’ve enjoyed

great success thanks to the Weston community and we feel our bottom line should include supporting local organizations. As part of our “Designed to Give” campaign, KD&M will donate 15% of all cabinetry sales made in relation to the 2018 Collection event to the charity of your choice. Over the years, we have supported Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Love Jen, Diabetes Foundation, Ann Stork, Kids In Distress, Woman In Distress, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Hadassah, and many other schools and foundations. Anything else you would like to add? We offer free consultations and estimates. Give us a call or stop by our showroom anytime Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5pm to talk to one of our experienced designers or project coordinators. We invite you to browse the beautiful selection of materials available in our 2018 Collection Showcase. Kitchen Designs & More is in the Waterways Shoppes at 2322 Weston Road, between Acquolina and La Rural. For more information visit www.KitchenDesignsandMore.com or call 954-389-5991.

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When Dry Eye Disease is a Secondary Condition BY DR. JANE THERRIEN

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s far as dry eye disease (DED) treatment goes, the times are changing. Not long ago, an optometrist would have said a patient with no symptoms of DED had no DED. But as research continues to show that DED signs and symptoms don’t necessarily correlate, clinicians must turn to other markers for a diagnosis.

Conjunctivochalasis This condition can eventually lead to DED, but in most stages, it is unrelated and typically causes symptoms of grittiness, foreign body sensation, epiphora and red, irritated eye. The symptoms are quite similar to dry eye; however, in Conjunctivochalasis (CCH) the hallmark symptom is pain or foreign body sensation in a localized area. Patients have the ability to pinpoint it, like when they have an eyelash in their eye. Most commonly, they feel it when they blink or with eye movement. In fact, a clinician can reproduce pain with local pressure by pressing on the lids over the area of conjunctival chalasis while the patient looks in the opposite direction. DED can worsen in the presence of CCH, making the distinction more difficult. This is important because in advanced cases of CCH there is likely a co-morbidity of DED. Advanced cases of CCH also can result in exposure problems. The actual condition is characterized by loose or redundant conjunctival tissue and may be associated with absence or stretching of subconjunctival tenons fascia. Inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of CCH, and pooling of inflammatory cytokines in tears of patients with chalasis has been shown to induce distinct adverse effects that compromise the patient’s ocular surface health. Risk factors for CCH include age (older than 50), a history of DED, prior ocular surgery or a history of conjunctival chemosis. Conditions that may cause conjunctival chemosis include long-standing allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye, trauma or inflammatory conditions such as episcleritis. Research also suggests an association between conjunctivochalasis and immune thyroid disease. A prospective study found that the prevalence of CCH in patients with autoimmune thyroid eye diseases was as high as 88%. It is imperative for optometrists to rule out an association with thyroid disease and to have systemic management be initiated by an endocrinologist.

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Salzmann’s Nodular Degeneration Salzmann’s nodular degeneration (SND) occurs when the epithelium over the nodules is considerably thinned, resulting in symptoms of dryness, foreign body sensation, gritty eyes and irritation. The most common symptom is blurred vision. SND has also been linked to inflammation and even inflammatory systemic conditions, such as Crohn’s disease. Treatment typically involves surgical removal, as these tend to exist in the peripheral cornea.

Blepharitis Infections, including staphylococcal and Demodex, can cause itching, irritation, dryness and blurred vision called blepharitis. Eventually, this inflammation can lead to DED; thus, mechanical treatment will often stave off the progression caused by the biofilm. But blepharitis can also exist on its own, without inducing dry eye disease in many cases—especially early cases. Patients with blepharitis— especially as a result of Demodex—will complain of itchy, gritty eyes, although the itching is typically localized to the lid margin/lash area. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, or call 954-888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.


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he reality of a dissolution of marriage is that no matter how “uncontested” it might seem, there is a cost for attorney’s fees. Each attorney bills an hourly rate and requires a retainer or a “down payment” to begin representation. I am always asked, “How much will this case cost me?” My response is always the same – it’s impossible to know for sure, since fees are based upon the time an attorney spends on a case. The more complex the case, the more the fees. The more litigation, the higher the fees. In reality, the clients and not the lawyers have control over how much a dissolution will cost. So, what if you are for example a stay at home parent and your spouse is the one who is your sole means of support? How does someone who does not have an income afford representation? Florida law provides for those types of circumstances. Pursuant to Florida Statutes, an individual can request the court to award attorney’s fees from his/her spouse based upon a number of factors. The law states: “A trial court may from time to time, depending on the circumstances surrounding each particular case award a reasonable attorney’s fee after considering the financial resources of both parties.” This provision is based upon ability of one spouse to assist in the payment of fees, as well as the need of the requesting spouse. Since a divorce proceeding is a proceeding in equity, the court is required to consider basic rules of fairness and equity. Therefore, each party should have the same right of representation, regardless of their earning potential. In order to achieve this equity, the court will under certain circumstances require one spouse to contribute to the other spouse’s fees. Since Florida is a no fault state, the court will not take into consideration as a factor who initiated the proceedings. In addition to the financial resources of each party, other relevant circumstances can be considered by the court. These include the scope and history of the litigation between the parties, the length of litigation and the merits of each party’s position in the case. In addition, the court can consider whether the litigation brought by one party has been done to primarily harass the other party. Or whether one of the parties has been attempting to delay or frustrate the proceedings. In other words, unnecessary or unreasonable litigation may cause that person to pay for wasting the courts time. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.

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playing one sport year-round. Sports should be fun for children. Overuse injuries in children is a concerning trend.” – Dr. James R. Andrews [put in a call-out box] Some of the most common overuse injuries for young athletes include tennis elbow, impact-related running injuries (like shin splints) and many shoulder and elbow related injuries often suffered by baseball pitchers.

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n 1982, 12-year-old Andre Agassi and his doubles partner, Roddy Parks, won the National Indoor Boys 14’s Doubles Championship in Chicago, IL. Less than a year later, he was shipped off to Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton. He would go on become one of the greatest tennis players in history. Agassi famously trained exclusively for tennis from a very young age and reached greatness. Most of our children are not prodigies like Agassi. Many however, face pressure to specialize in a sport at increasingly younger ages. The emergence of club teams and travel sports combined with a prioritization of excellence over participation and the year-round warm weather of South Florida makes this trend even more pronounced here than in other areas of the country.

Different Strokes for Different Sports…

Does Specialization Make Someone a Better Performer? Author Malcom Gladwell famously coined the “10,000-hour rule.” This “rule” is an adaptation of an old theory about chess masters. It suggests that becoming a master requires around 10,000 hours of dedicated practice and training. Gladwell applied this theory to life more broadly: to become a true expert takes a lot of hard work! Proponents of sports specialization have adapted this theory: if a child shows an aptitude for a sport, having them focus on this sport early sets them on a path to attaining those 10,000 hours, becoming great and potentially gaining a college scholarship.

Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At? A 2013 study by the National Institute of Health suggests, however, that timing may be what matters most. The study’s conclusion states “Some degree of sports specialization is necessary to develop elite-level

skill development. However, for most sports, such intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of others should be delayed until late adolescence.”

Health Risks There are essentially two types of sports-related injuries: traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are typically caused when a person does the same physical motion over and over, causing wear and tear. Playing a single year-round sport significantly increases the risk of these types of injuries. Dr. James R. Andrews, founder of the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has become an outspoken critic of specialization. “I have seen my patient population and surgical cases get increasingly younger. Children, parents and coaches need to realize that kids need to take a break from

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The benefits and timing gained from specializing vary significantly by sport. Sports where athletes tend to be elite at a young age favor earlier specialization. Parents of star gymnasts or tennis players often contemplate home-school their children to maximize training time. According to a 2016 NCAA survey, almost nine out of ten college gymnasts said they had specialized by the age of 12. Other sports had far less pronounced benefits and trends toward specialization. Football players, for instance, had the lowest levels of high school specialization. In fact, every touchdown scored in this year’s NCAA National Championship Game was scored by an athlete who played multiple sports throughout high school. Interestingly, none of them play any other sport while in college. In fact, multi-sport collegiate athletes are extremely rare.

Should You Make the #1 Sport the Only Sport? Specializing in a single sport at a young age is a bad idea. A study that tracked young athletes between 1990 and 2011 concluded, “For most sports, there is no evidence that intense training and specialization before puberty are necessary to achieve elite status. Risks of early sports specialization include higher rates of injury, increased psychological stress, and quitting sports at a young age.” For High School kids, it’s a bit of a different question. Sports participation like theater or art or music are as much about a teen’s self-identification and pursuit of happiness as they are about pursuing excellence. Being good at something is important to selfesteem and makes that activity more fun. So, if your 14-year-old daughter wants to drop Basketball to focus on Volley Ball, tell her to go for it!


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Key Stretches for Better Golf BY DR. BEHAR AND DR. BROWNER

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hether you like it or not, if you play golf you are an athlete. An athlete is only as good as their dedication and wisdom towards training. Training smart for any sport involves knowing exactly what exercises to do, how to do them and when. With this knowledge you will be able to feel better and play better, with less chance of injury. The following key stretches may not only help you stay injury-free, they may even improve your golf game. Make these stretches a regular component of your training routine. They are best done after a brisk walk, and before and after play and practice. These exercises will help to prepare most of the major muscle groups involved in the golf swing, enhancing range of motion and thus reducing chance of injury. They do not require special equipment, and they can be performed virtually anywhere in just a few minutes. Back of Leg. This exercise stretches the large muscles (hamstrings) at the back of your thighs. With your leg supported on a low object, bend forward slightly at the hips until you feel a gentle pull. Hold. Side Bending. This exercise works the muscles on the sides of your back, waist and hips. Bend to the point of a gentle “pulling” sensation, and hold. Hip Rotation. This stretch effects the muscles in your buttocks, hips and pelvis. Pull your knee up and across your chest towards the opposite shoulder. Try to sit upright. Hip Shift. This exercise stretches the lateral hip and thigh muscles. Place your left foot behind your right while supporting yourself against a wall or tree with your left hand. With your right hand push your right hip in towards the wall. Repeat with opposite side. Back Extension. Back extension helps the muscles that bend your spine backward. Place your hands on your hips with your thumbs firmly pressed against your lower back. Bend backward until you feel a comfortable stretch. Look up. Shoulder Stretch. Clasp your hands behind your back with your arms straight. Move your hands backward and upward, as high as is comfortable until you feel a stretch. Be careful not to force your arms up so high that you feel pain. Look up. When performing stretches, keep these points in mind: ▸▸ Be cautious. Stretch gently and slowly. Hold each stretch for 20 seconds. Do not bounce. Do not force. Do not hurt. Do not rush. ▸▸ If you do not do these stretches within 15 minutes of tee time, be prepared not to play. Your body will not be ready to perform. ▸▸ It is best to stretch when your muscles are pumped with blood. For this reason, it is most beneficial to stretch after play or practice, and after a brisk five-minute walk. ▸▸ Allow enough time to stretch adequately. Do each stretch four times. For more information on exercises and other health tips for golf, contact Dr. Rick Behar and Dr. Marc Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.


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DENNIS LOST 40 POUNDS IN SIX WEEKS. BY JOHN BRODIE

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ith the celebrating of the holidays behind us, the New Year is a great time to focus on your health and wellbeing. For many people losing weight is the big objective. We live in a country where a great many people weigh more that they should. If you have been wishing you could get rid of some excess fat but have had little success with dieting, Slender Fit U is the answer! For many years now Slender Fit U has been helping their clients to lose weight and even reduce or eliminate medications with an easy medically supervised weight loss program. When I was on the diet I lost nearly a pound a day for the 46 days I was on the program. Forty pounds in forty six days! The typical person will lose ½ to 1 pound of body fat per day without exercise or special foods. During the program you will be monitored regularly and coached on what to eat to maximize the effectiveness of the program. Owner and Program Director Geri Kelleher is often referred to as the “HCG Guru”. A little over 10 years ago Geri quickly lost the extra pounds she wanted to get rid of with an HCG program and she got very excited about helping others do the same thing. In 2010 she opened an office in Davie and a few years later a second office in Coral Springs. Asked for some comments on the program, Ms. Kelleher stated, “The best part of my job is seeing people change before my eyes and watching them get their confidence back. Over the years I have helped thousands of people achieve their weight loss goals. We stay involved with all of our clients; one of the reasons for our high success rate is that we make sure that every client gets the proper guidance and support throughout the program. Also, we don’t water down the HCG. We give it in the strongest dosage available for weight loss. We also give injectable prescription B12. The Lipotropic Vitamin B12 shots help detoxify the liver and increase metabolism and energy levels. The combination helps assure maximum weight loss without feeling hungry all the time or suffering from bad moods.” Here’s a quote from one of Slender Fit U’s clients, “Besides being the most effective diet I have ever gone on, this was the easiest diet I have ever been on. Almost every morning when I got on the scale, my weight would be down. No long workouts, no agonizing hunger pains. That’s how great this diet is.”

ROSA LOST 45 POUNDS IN NINE WEEKS. There are two programs to choose from. On the 23 day program women typically lose 15 pounds and men will typically lose 20 to 25 pounds. In the 46 day program the numbers average 30 pounds for women and 40 – 50 pounds for men. Ninety percent of Slender Fit U clients keep the weight off. After completing the HCG / B12 program you will go on a three week maintenance program gradually introducing a higher calorie diet where you will make sure that you do not gain any more than 2 or 3 pounds. This will then help lock in a new “normal” weight for your body allowing you to more easily maintain the weight loss as you return to normal eating. The diet helps “rebalance” the metabolism and in addition to losing unwanted abnormal fat you easily modify your relationship with food and eating to maintain long- term weight loss. What makes the diet so effective? Every pound you lose is a pound of FAT, which is very different from losing a pound of weight. You are not losing muscle mass, or water. You will also lose the inches around the waist and thighs where excess fat tends to collect. Before starting the diet you will get a physical exam from one of the medical doctors associated with the program. This is included in the cost of the program and involves no co-pay on your part. So how does the weight loss program work? It is a scientifically researched program that combines HCG and a low calorie diet during the 23 or 46 day program. HCG, which is short for Human Chronic Gonadotropin, is a complex amino-peptide protein that exists normally in men and women. The female body uses this substance during pregnancy where high levels are produced to almost completely control the metabolic function. In non-pregnant individuals, research suggests HCG similarly increases the metabolism. Because it is a natural substance, the program is very safe with no side effects but eating regular foods like eggs, chicken and fish, green vegetables, apples and so forth. Most people experience little or no hunger during the Slender Fit U program because thanks to the HCG they are burning anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 calories from their stored fat. If you are ready to be on a diet program that really works and works very fast without a lot of exercise and hunger pains, come in and visit Geri Kelleher for a consultation. Consultations are free and by appointment. For information and to see more before and after photos, visit www.SlenderFitU.com or call 954-423-1376.

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PET CARE

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What Are the Signs of Periodontal Disease? The signs of periodontal disease include: bad breath; redness or bleeding along the gum line; drooling, which may be tinged with blood; difficulty chewing; pawing at the mouth; loose or missing teeth; facial swelling, especially under the eyes; nasal discharge; and gum recession.

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ROTARY NEWS

Weston Rotary Club’s Annual Golf Tournament Benefits College-Bound Seniors BY ANDY SUAREZ, WESTON ROTARY GOLF CO-CHAIR

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iving back is a big theme at the Rotary Club of Weston. Many Rotarians in this active service club when asked what prompted them to become a Rotarian reply, “Because I’ve been fortunate and it’s a great way for me to give back to the community.” The club’s annual Golf Classic gives back by supporting area youth with college scholarships. Last year, the 2017 WestonLawyers.com Golf Classic helped graduating seniors achieve their dreams with over $175,000 in scholarships. In return, the club asks only that someday they, too, find a way to give back. Weston Rotarians spend months organizing this premier golf outing held at Weston Hills Country Club. An exciting Drawdown Raffle Kickoff Party jump-starts the scholarship fund with approximately $20,000 in party proceeds going towards the main event. The kickoff party will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Harley Davidson, Alligator Alley. At the golf tournament, golfers enjoy 18 holes on each of the two par 72 Robert Trent Jones courses, a delicious buffet luncheon, awards, spectacular prizes and valuable raffle and auction items such as travel, golf and spa packages. Over the years, many area businesses have become loyal and generous sponsors of the Golf Classic, allowing it to grow to the six-figure event it’s become. Scholarships ranging from several hundred dollars to full two- and four-year rides have been presented to outstanding seniors from Cypress Bay High School and The Sagemont School in Weston, Western High School in Davie, and HANDY.

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Scholarship recipients, selected from hundreds of applicants, demonstrate financial need and qualities of character reflecting Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” and are recognized at the club’s annual Scholarship Awards breakfast in May. The awards help deserving students attend college. Many of them return to Weston to visit the club, some join a Rotaract service club in college, and still others become Rotarians themselves as adults. “Awarding scholarships to area students fits perfectly with the Rotary Club of Weston’s mission to provide services to youth and families in our community,” says Brad Coren, club president. “We look forward to this every year because it helps so many young people, and provides them with an opportunity to get an education.” This year’s Rotary Club of Weston Golf Classic, sponsored by WestonLawyers.com, will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018. The field generally sells out quickly, so interested golfers should reserve a slot soon. For information on golfer registration and sponsorship opportunities contact Andy Suarez at golf@ westonrotary.com or visit www.westonrotary.com.


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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

GREEN THUMB GARDENERS

The “Learning Gardens” at Eagle Point Elementary School are thriving thanks to Mr. Schotta and the Garden Club. Once a week, several of his thirdgrade students stay after school to pull weeds, place new plants, and tend to the gardens.

SKILLED SURGEONS

Ms. O’Hara, Mrs. Rush, and Mrs. DelPozzo transformed their thirdgrade classrooms at Gator Run Elementary into operating rooms. Searching for examples of text features in various publications, the young “surgeons” performed “procedures” to save their paper “patients”.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Students at Indian Trace Elementary School were encouraged to dress up for the school’s annual Career Day, which featured presentations about various professions.

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During Hour of Code Week, Manatee Bay Elementary students earned certificates from Code.org for completing more than 17,000 lines of code. Janet Bell spoke to fifth graders about careers in computer science and STEM.

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Students in Roni O’Hara’s third grade class showed their “purple power” during Field Day at Gator Run Elementary.

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Students, families and teachers from Indian Trace Elementary School enjoyed Family Night at Chill-N and dual language story time at Barnes & Noble.

POWER OF MUSIC

The Tequesta Trace Middle School band has been busy performing at community events including welcoming travelers arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and entertaining fans at a Florida Panthers hockey game.

LET’S MAKE MUSIC

Preschool students at A Children’s Carousal take part in a “Meet the Composers” program. During a recent lesson, parent volunteers taught the children about Beethoven and then helped them make homemade violins.

RAVE REVIEWS

Congratulations to Falcon Cove Middle School Junior Thespian Troupe 88554 for earning more Critics Choice awards than any other school. Recipients included Tess Segal for make-up design, Sophia Ferraro for playwriting, Katie Dohner for monologue, and Vicky Noble, Domenica Viteri, Nicole Borman, Isaac Fleischer, Alex Land, Shania Santos-Matos, Katie Dohner, and Andrea Maysonet for pantomime. 100 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM


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GLOBAL GREETINGS

With “passports” and “suitcases” in hand, second graders at Eagle Point Elementary visited countries around the world learning about other cultures and holiday traditions. They listened to presentations on each country and then enjoyed making crafts, playing games, and tasting traditional foods. This year students “traveled” to France, Argentina, Italy, China, Israel, and Japan.

WINTERFEST

Country Isles Elementary students and families enjoyed the school’s annual Winterfest celebration. Every grade participated in this special musical event.

SHARING & CARING

Members of the Falcon Cove Middle School TV Production, Peer Counseling, and Latinos in Action clubs delivered bicycles and toys to Village Elementary School in Sunrise. The donations were given to children in need to ensure everyone had a happy holiday season. 102 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM

HOLIDAY CHEER

Members of the Eagle Point Elementary National Elementary Honor Society brought holiday cheer to the residents of Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace. The children performed holiday dances, sang Christmas and Chanukah songs, and presented residents with homemade holiday cards. The students also prepared interview questions to learn more about the residents’ lives.


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ROTARY RUN FOR TOMORROW

The 20th annual Weston Rotary Run For Tomorrow attracted a record number of participants, with more than 4,000 runners, walkers and fitness enthusiasts. The event included a 5K, half marathon and 1-Mile Family Health Walk, followed by the Rotary Fun Fest. Once again Imagine Charter School clinched the Mayor’s Challenge taking home its seventh Commission Cup. Photos courtesy City of Weston, Rotary Club of Weston and Imagine Charter School.

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CHESS CHALLENGE

Mayor Daniel Stermer hosted the annual Mayors’ Chess Challenge in support of scholastic chess. Players of all ages joined city leaders and law enforcement in a friendly game of chess.

FESTIVE FRIENDS

Members of the Weston Friends Club gathered for their annual holiday luncheon. The canasta group also celebrated the holiday season.

LIFESAVERS

BSO Fire Rescue was able to extinguish a fire at a home in Weston Hills, rescuing the family’s pets -- two small dogs and a lizard. Firefighters had to provide oxygen to one dog. The fire was called in by neighbors. Photo courtesy Michael B. Kane, Battalion Chief, Public Information Office, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue & Emergency Services Department

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Students and families from the Tree of Life Christian Academy donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots campaign. 104 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM

Thanks to the generous support of the Weston community and local businesses, Pet Sitting at Weston’s 10th annual Pet Food Drive was a tremendous success. Boxes of much needed pet food and supplies were donated to the Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Center.


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MIAMI BEACH THE CHEESE COURSE

CITY VIEWS 1BR/1.5 BA CITYVIEWS VIEWS1BR/1.5 1BR/1.5BABA CITY

YOGURTLAND PORTFOLIO AT BROWARD COUNTY

55 SW 9TH ST #1209 MIAMI, FL 33130 $449,000

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN BROWARD & DADE MIAMI 4SPACE

LOOKING FOR FRANCHISEE STARTING AT $400,000 LOOKINGFOR FORFRANCHISEE FRANCHISEESTARTING STARTINGATAT$400,000 $400,000 LOOKING MLS#: A10217172 MLS#:A10217172 A10217172 MLS#:

LOOKING FOR FRANCHISEE STARTING AT $2,200,000 MLS#: A10373332 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY STARTING AT $250,000 LOOKINGFOR FORFRANCHISEE FRANCHISEESTARTING STARTINGATAT$2,200,000 $2,200,000 MLS#:A10373332 A10373332 BUSINESSOPPORTUNITY OPPORTUNITYSTARTING STARTINGATAT$250,000 $250,000 LOOKING MLS#: BUSINESS MLS#: A10316191 MLS#:A10316191 A10316191 MLS#: AGGRESSIVE NEGOTIATION SKILLS | PROPERTY VALUATION AND PRICING CONSULTATION AGGRESSIVE NEGOTIATION NEGOTIATION SKILLS SKILLS || PROPERTY PROPERTY VALUATION VALUATION AND AND PRICING PRICING CONSULTATION CONSULTATION AGGRESSIVE AGGRESSIVE SKILLS | PROPERTY VALUATION ANDSTRATEGIES PRICING CONSULTATION GLOBAL EXPOSURE TO NEGOTIATION INTERNATIONAL BUYERS | TAILORED MARKETING FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS GLOBAL EXPOSURE EXPOSURE TO TO INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL BUYERS BUYERS | TAILORED TAILORED MARKETING MARKETING STRATEGIES STRATEGIES FOR FOR MAXIMUM MAXIMUM RESULTS RESULTS GLOBAL GLOBAL EXPOSURE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS || TAILORED MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS

Denice Landaeta LOOKING FOR FRANCHISEE STARTING ATDenice $400,000 Landaeta Denice Landaeta Denice Landaeta Realtor MLS#: A10217172 Realtor

Ana Teresa Rodriguez MLS#: A10373332 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY STARTING AT $250,000 Ana Teresa Rodriguez Ana Teresa Rodriguez Ana Teresa Rodriguez Realtor Realtor Realtor Realtor Realtor Realtor Cofounder ATR Group Founder ATR Group Cofounder ATR ATR Group Group Founder ATR ATR Group Group AGGRESSIVE NEGOTIATION SKILLS | PROPERTY VALUATION AND PRICING CONSULTATION Cofounder Founder Cofounder ATR Group Founder ATR Group denice@denicelandaeta.com ana@anarodriguezrealtor.com denice@denicelandaeta.com ana@anarodriguezrealtor.com GLOBAL EXPOSURE TO INTERNATIONAL BUYERS | TAILORED MARKETING STRATEGIES FOR MAXIMUM RESULTS denice@denicelandaeta.com ana@anarodriguezrealtor.com denice@denicelandaeta.com ana@anarodriguezrealtor.com Denice@brandlandconsultinggroup.com anateresa7@gmail.com Denice@brandlandconsultinggroup.com anateresa7@gmail.com Denice@brandlandconsultinggroup.com anateresa7@gmail.com Phone: 954-914-6339 954-536-3929 Denice@brandlandconsultinggroup.com anateresa7@gmail.com Phone: 954-914-6339 954-914-6339 954-536-3929 Denice Landaeta Ana Teresa Rodriguez Phone: 954-536-3929 786-442-5309 Phone: 954-914-6339 954-536-3929 786-442-5309Realtor Realtor 786-442-5309 786-442-5309 LOOKING FOR FRANCHISEE STARTING AT $2,200,000 MLS#: A10316191

Cofounder ATR Group Founder ATR Group denice@denicelandaeta.com ana@anarodriguezrealtor.com Denice@brandlandconsultinggroup.com anateresa7@gmail.com AGENT 2016- TOP 50 LATINO REAL ESTATE Phone: 954-914-6339 CB TOP 100 IN SOUTH FLORIDAAGENT 954-536-3929 SINCE 2013 AGENT 2016 2016 AGENT 2016 786-442-5309

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