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One of the last remaining vacant lots in Weston. Property is located in the prestigious gated and guarded community of Windmill Lake Estates. The lot is pie shaped, slightly over 1 acre in size, and enjoys 310 feet of water frontage. Property is listed at a reasonably priced $15.84 per sq. ft. Offered at $700,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

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Dream house on a cul de sac. Tastefully furnished, travertine floors, chef’s kitchen. Serene lake views, decor touches throughout. A MUST SEE! Offered at $789,900. Call Gustavo Bergamini from The Rosen Team – (954) 394-9147

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Palatial 3 story private gated estate on 7.5 acres. Featuring: library, office, stained glass windows, gourmet kitchen, 12 seat theatre, game room, bowling alley, 4 fireplaces, elevator, 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 4 half bathrooms, and so much more. Offered at $ 12,900,000. Call Jean Kachik – (954) 646-0777

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MIAMI

Spectacular modern home with over $100,000. In upgrades. Home features 4BR, 5.5BA, top of the line appliances, wine cellar, security cameras, large paved patio, hardwood floors in all bedrooms, outside kitchen and so much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $1,275,000. Call Jeannette Vaught – (954) 682-2526

HALLANDALE

Most desirable corner in the entire building. Beautiful marble floors throughout unit. Wrap around balcony, California closets, Hunter Douglas window treatments in all rooms, crown molding, granite counter tops, amazing views of ocean and city. 5 star amenities. Definitely a must see. Offered at $819,900. Call Filippo Vespa – (954) 540-2806


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Beautiful and meticulously maintained home. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2699 sqft. of living area, gourmet kitchen with GE profile appliances, granite countertop, covered porch. Home located in Savanna, great amenities and resort style club house. Great schools. Must see. Offered $539,000. Call Filippo Vespa at (954) 540-2806

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This Turn Key Coach Home is located in Mariposa Pointe. featuring gorgeous travertine marble floors, a Private Elevator, spacious open areas with an open Maple wood kitchen with granite countertops and SS-appliances, crown moldings, neutral paint, tons of natural light all around, plantation shutters, new carpeting, and a screened balcony that lets you see the city views Offered at $549,000. Call Angie Guerrero at (954) 815-0671

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Villa on the Green, home features: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, den, 1875 sq ft of living area, 2 car garage, breakfast area, gated community, low HOA fee $160 monthly, Investors welcomed, no restriction on rental. Offered at $260,000. Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761

WESTON

Beautiful home located in Weston’s premier neighborhood, Palm Island. Home features, 4BR & 3BA, pool, granite kitchen counter tops, new roof with existing warranty, spacious backyard with pool, accordion shutters, and so much more. Offered at $698,900. Call Jorge Prieto – (954) 817-0401

WESTON

This beautiful townhome has stunning Lakeview’s. Home features pull down hurricane shutters , kitchen has granite counters and stainless steel appliances, oak cabinets, high hats fans throughout home, large ceramic tiles in living area and carpet in bedrooms. Alarm system. This home offers so much. Ready to move in! Offered at 325,000 Call Filippo Vespa at (954) 540-2806

PLANTATION

This well maintained home is near airport, cruise ports and Sawgrass Mall. Home features: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, master bath has updated glass enclosed shower, master walk in closet, kitchen is updated with stainless steel appliances, pool, large backyard. Definitely a must see. Offered at $377,000. Call Michelle Cecic-Piso at (954) 347-0301

WESTON

Featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite countertop, bathrooms fully remodeled, laundry room, lake view, screened-in patio and pool. This home is ready to move in! Offered at $509,000. Call Victoria Reese at (954) 990-3512

AVENTURA

Remodeled house on private street in Highland Lakes. Home features: impact windows, white porcelain tile throughout home, big open kitchen, new appliances, freshly painted inside and out. Alarm system and 8 cameras, 4BD, 2BA, No HOA Offered at $594,118. Call Ariane Cohen from The Rosen Team – (305) 632-5213

MIAMI

Opportunity knocking. Freshly painted. Large kitchen and huge family room . 2 car garage. Tile floor throughout. Large fenced yard, room for pool. Hurricane awnings and panel through out. circular drive. just go look at it. great for owner user or investor. Won’t last. Offered at $450,000. Call Tini Hui – (305) 904-3761


CONTENTS

PET CARE

PUBLISHER’S PAGE

IT'S THEIR BUSINESS

90 Blood Test and Chemistry Profile

14 Summer Camp Traditions – We Need Them More Now Than Ever

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CALENDAR 16 May 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS 18 20 22 22 24 26 26

Meet Weston’s New City Commissioner New Bicycle Detection System Being Tested In Weston Student Artist Showcase Winners Announced Sagemont Arts Festival Showcases Student Talent Standing Ovation for Symphony of the Americas’ Pops Concert Weston University Program Focuses on Finance Weston Rotary Scholarship Golf Classic Sets Record

28 Weston Realtors Earn Coveted Coldwell Banker Awards 36 Safe Driving Tips for Teens

51 Tequesta Trace Science Teacher Travels to Taiwan through Eco-Schools’ Educational Exchange 64 Free Family Counseling Services Available to Weston Students 66 Exceptional Students Shine in Manatee Bay’s InD Cluster Classes 68 Cypress Bay’s Literary Fair Honors Creative Students 70 Sagemont School Fourth Graders Recognize Women’s History Month

FEATURE STORY 43 Pediatric Dentistry of Weston Helps Children Achieve Healthy and Beautiful Smiles

91 Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood Offers Outstanding Care at Eight Locations in Dade and Broward 95 Camp Sagemont Offers Something for Everyone

ROTARY NEWS 92 Rotary Traditions – A Monthly Focus on Service

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 93 Massage Envy Weston Expands Its Facial and Aesthetic Services Menu 94 Special Needs 360 Care Supports Special Education Students And Their Families

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 96-99 Class Acts!

SEEN ON SCENE 100 Community Snapshots

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 46 It’s Not a Myth. Your Body Needs A Good Night’s Sleep 47 Foods That Fight Wrinkles 73 Pinched Nerves 76 Get Ready for Summer with Lipotropic Injections and Mesolift

SUMMER CAMP GUIDE 52-61 Summertime fun

ASK THE EXPERT

42 REAL ESTATE 30 How to Avoid Home Sale Trouble with Fixtures

MAYOR’S MESSAGE 30 Building a Better Weston

LEGISLATIVE LOOK 32 Automobile Safety – Takata Airbag Recall

CAN DO KID 38 Manatee Bay Student Speaks at Computer Programing Conference

SCHOOL NEWS 40 Imagine Charter School Sixth Graders Write the White House 45 Indian Trace Students Jump For Heart Health 48 Everyone Is a Winner at Gator Run Elementary Special Olympics

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74 Anti-Aging Medicine 78 Impingement Syndromes in Dancers 79 A Mini Facelift with Fillers? 82 Early Orthodontic Treatment 84 Anti-Reflective Coating: See Better and Look Better

TEE TO GREEN 83 Want to Putt Like the Pros?

LEGALLY SPEAKING 86 The Toughest Decision

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 87 The World’s Favorite Magazine™

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PET OF THE MONTH 88 “Mocha”

POSITIVE PARENTING 90 Eat, Live, Play!

Best of Weston Correction Regrettably, there was an error in our 2017 Best of Weston magazine. There was a mix-up in categories for A Children's Carousel and Temple Dor Dorim Early Childhood Center. In actuality, A Children's Carousel won Best Secular Preschool and Temple Dor Dorim won Best Non-Secular Preschool. We regret any confusion this may have caused and congratulate both preschools on their stellar reputations within the community.


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Summer Camp Traditions – We Need Them More Now Than Ever

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he American tradition of summer camp goes back many years. The precursors to today’s camps were born during the turn of the 19th century as part of a “back to nature” cultural movement. Summer camp popularity took off during World War II. With fathers away fighting and mothers working to support the effort, organizations like the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, and the YMCA began camps to simply keep kids busy while school was out. What started out as cheap daycare has evolved into the myriad of camp options families have today. There is a camp for virtually every interest, from sports and theater to computer programming and world language studies. With so many choices available, some children explore several interests by attending multiple camp programs during the same summer. In addition to pursuing passions, summer camp is a chance for kids to try new things and make new friends. That’s more important than ever because today’s kids are growing up in the digital age. Summer camp allows children to connect with peers, play actual games not virtual ones, and experience the world around them. To find the best camp or camps for your child, check out the Our City Summer Camp Guide in this issue, or go to www.ourcitymedia.com for a complete listing of all the summer camp programs in the region. Sincerely,

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6th Puppet Show – At 11am the Weston Branch Library Children’s Department presents Godmother Death: A Mexican Folktale, a shadow storytelling performance by David Goboff and Simply Puppets. For more information contact 954-357-5386.

8th Weston Rocks Paint Party – All ages can take part in this fun program at the Weston Branch Library. Participants will paint rocks to “hide” around Weston to spread joy and brighten people’s day. Bring a rock to decorate or chose one provided from Luscious Landscaping and Pavers. It will take place from 6:30-7:45pm in the multipurpose room. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

AAUW Meeting – The Weston Branch of the American Association of University Women will explore how millennials are showing the way to a better world. The meeting takes place from 2-4pm at the Weston YMCA. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact westonaauw@ gmail.com. Sagemont Arts Festival – The Sagemont School showcases its students’ tremendous talents in the visual and performing arts. The event takes place from 3-7pm on the Upper School Campus. Admission is $5. For more information call 954-389-2454.

20th Hugs for HOPE 5K – The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention is hosting its 4th annual Hugs for HOPE 5K Run/Walk at Markham Park at 7:30am. Register at www.fisponline.org; the cost is $25 per person and $10 for Broward County Students with ID; registration at the park is $30. Proceeds support HOPE Sunshine Clubs in 29 schools. For more information call 954-384-0344.

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an ideal introduction to classical music and violin study. Toddler Story Time is at 11:30am and Preschool Story Time is at 12:30pm. For more information call 954-357-5420.

“A Slice of Broadway” – Enjoy a dessert reception followed by an evening of Broadway tunes presented by Cypress Bay’s American Musical Theater program. It begins at 6:30pm in the school auditorium. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information contact Cindy Lutwin at 754-323-0350 x3130.

23rd Free Zumba Class – Come move and groove to tropical beats at this free Zumba class at the Weston Branch Library. Wear comfortable clothes and be ready to have fun. The adult class is from 6:30-7:30pm. For more information call 954-357-5304.

28th Classic Car Show – Step back in time at Weston Town Center. Browse classic cars as well as sporty new ones at this family-friendly program from 11am-4pm. There will be free face painting, a DJ, and other entertainment. For information visit www.WestonTownCenter.net.

10th Weston Friends Club Bunko – This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at a member’s home at 9:30am. For more information about this monthly activity, call Bunko Chair Becky Hooker at 954-557-3460. Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to join a book talk on The Affair by Lee Child. Copies are available at the information desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30730pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

Al Matos Klezmer Band – Celebrate Broward’s Jewish Heritage Month with the joyful sounds of Klezmer, which literally means “happy music”. The concert is from 2-3pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

24th Weston Friends Club “Simply 5-Deck Canasta” – This group plays once a month at a member’s home. For more information about this activity or other Weston Friends Club information, please contact Judy Good at 954-349-1578.

13th Mother’s Day Crafts – Children can create something special for their mothers. The card making workshop is from 11am-12noon at the Weston Branch Library. Pre-registration is required; call 954-357-5430.

Sagemont Synergy Concert – The Sagemont School’s contemporary rock band will perform at 2pm and 6pm at the Upper School Campus. Tickets are $10. For more information contact 954-389-2345.

21st Art Show & Food Trucks – Stop by Weston Hills Country Club between 3-8pm to view artwork by members of the Weston Art Guild. Pieces will be

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June 2nd Weston Friends Club Lunch Bunch – Join the Weston Friends Club for lunch at a local restaurant at 11:45am. To reserve a seat or to get more information about Lunch Bunch and other Weston Friends Club activities and events, please call Rhonda Weissbein at 954-253-4685.

June 3rd

Future of Medicine Seminar – Osteopathic Physician Dr. Robert Ben Mitchell will speak about socialized medicine and the future of U.S. health care. It takes place from 2-3:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954357-5304 for more information.

25th Violin Kids Play for Kids – The Suzuki Music Academy children violinists, ages 3 and up, will perform during Story Time at the Weston Branch Library. The kid-friendly interactive presentation gives children and their parents the opportunity to experience

June 7th Hadassah Meeting – The Weston Chapter, Bnot Shalom, meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Wings, 1355 SW 160 Avenue. The group hosts fundraising and educational events such as book and author luncheons, as well as bingo, card and mah jong parties. For more information email bnotshalom@gmail.com.


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n March 20th, Byron Jaffe took the official oath of office, becoming Weston’s newest City Commissioner. He represents City Commission Seat 3. Mayor Daniel Stermer says he looks forward to working with Mr. Jaffe as a member of the Weston City Commission. “His leadership, professionalism and passion for the Weston community will serve us all well as we work together to ensure Weston’s continued success.” Although new to politics, Jaffe has always been committed to serving the Weston community. During his 26 years as a Weston resident, he has served as President of the Hibiscus Island Homeowners Association, a Board of Director for the Weston Homeowners Association, member of the Weston Coalition for School Improvement, and Board of Director for Temple B’nai Aviv. Jaffe has also served on the Broward Metropolitan Planning Advisory Committee and on the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Federal Noise Study Committee. He is a commercial airline pilot, who has flown domestic and international routes for American Airlines since 1985. Jaffe won City Commission Seat 3 in the March special municipal election, with 70% of the vote. He now Commissioner Margaret Brown, Commissioner joins Mayor Stermer and Toby Feuer, Mayor Daniel Stermer, Commissioner Commissioners Thomas Byron Jaffe, and Commissioner Thomas Kallman. Photos courtesy City of Weston. Kallman, Toby Feuer

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and Margaret Brown. Brown was elected to office in the November election. At that time, Mayor Stermer and Commissioner Kallman were both reelected without opposition. The Weston City Commission is comprised of five members: the Mayor and four Commissioners. The Mayor is the ceremoCommissioner Byron Jaffe takes the oath of office while nial leader of the City, his son, Benjamin, and wife, Beth, watch. His daughter, the presiding officer at Hannah, was not able to attend the swearing in ceremony. Commission meetings and is a voting member of the Commission. Each Commissioner is elected at large to a four-year term representing all residents of the City, however, pursuant to the Charter each must reside in a specific geographic seat area. Commission Seat 1, represented by Commissioner Brown, includes Weston Hills, Savanna, San Mateo and The Hammocks. Commission Seat 2, represented by Commissioner Kallman, includes the neighborhoods of The Palms, The Ridges, Country Isles, Windmill Ranch Estates, Windmill Ranch Lakes, Windmill Reserve and others. As commissioner for Seat 3, Jaffe represents neighborhoods such as The Islands, The Lakes, The Landings, The Falls, Emerald Isle and others. Commissioner Feuer represents the Bonaventure community in Commission Seat 4. The next municipal election in Weston will be in November 2018 when Commissioner Feuer’s and Commissioner Jaffe’s seats expire. Jaffe’s term is filling a vacancy created when former Commissioner Norton resigned.


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Motorists and cyclists need to pay attention to the new signals. “The bike signal indication is literally an illuminated stick-figure version of a bicycle symbol, as opposed to an illuminated circle or arrow,” explains Brunner. During the initial phase of this pilot program, Brunner says the bicycle signals will operate concurrently with the adjacent vehicle signal indications. “In other words, when the adjacent through vehicle lanes get the green, the adjacent bike lane will also get the green at the same time.” After the preliminary test period, which should last several months, Brunner says they may slowly start introducing special phasing for the bike lanes where bicyclists may get an advance green light for several seconds before the adjacent vehicle lanes get the green. “If everything goes according to plan, we may even be able to work with the City to define certain hours on the weekend where bikes have a little more priority.” Although this first phase may not be very dramatic, Brunner says it’s important for motorists and cyclists to be aware. “Once the community gets used to seeing the traffic signals, and we are satisfied with how things are operating technically, we will then start to introduce more interesting things to make cycling safer for everyone. This is the very first step in a much larger vision to improve the safety and efficiency of the bicycle mode throughout the Weston community, and Broward County as a whole.”


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Student Artist Showcase Winners Announced COMMUNITY NEWS

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ongratulations to the winners of the Arts Council of Greater Weston’s 10th annual Student Artist Showcase. More than 200 pieces of original artwork were on display throughout the month of April at the Weston Branch Library, featuring work by students from kindergarten through high school. A panel of art and education professionals evaluated the artwork based on originality, creativity, reflection, visual perspective and technique and awarded prizes. In the kindergarten and first grade "Compression" by Cypress "Sunny October" by Weston "Flag" by Everglades Elementary third grader Diya Deepak. Bay senior Antonia Banos. Christian Academy first category, first prize was presented to grader Rebekah An. Rebekah An from Weston Christian Academy. Eagle Point Elementary’s Amy Wang won second place, while Country Emilliana Quena and Annabelle Vigna. Isles’ Rebecca Sain Ross won third place. Mina Longobardi, from Gator Run, and There were two divisions for high school. In the ninth and tenth grade diviMischa Parisien, from The Sagemont School, received honorable mentions. sion, Emily Whitsett, from Western High School, won first place. Cypress Bay High Third graders swept the second and third grade division. Everglades School’s Michelle Duque won second prize and classmate Xuanyi Zhao won third Elementary’s Diya Deepak won first prize. Jada Washington, from Manatee Bay, prize. Lillian Gross and Leticia Bone from Cypress Bay, as well as Sagemont’s won second place, while Alex Rincon, of Eagle Point, won third prize. Honorable Ariana Richiez, received honorable mentions. mentions went to Naylea Benza, from Indian Trace Elementary, and Olivia Troche, Antonia Banos, from Cypress Bay, won first place in the eleventh and twelfth from Gator Run. grade division. Sagemont student Wan Wen Li won second prize and Western In the fourth and fifth grade division, Everglades Elementary’s Hannah Han High’s Madison Maynard won third prize. Honorable mentions went to Sagemont’s won first prize and classmate Albert Kim won second place. Victoria DiLauro, from Yshengn Yan and Cypress Bay’s Madison Ramos. Manatee Bay, won third place. Valerie Orellan, from Everglades Elementary, and There was also a photography/digital art category for high school artists. Anais Pons, from Gator Run, received honorable mentions. Cypress Bay student Naomi Lopez won first place. Second prize went to Riley In the middle school division, Maria Davis, from Imagine Charter School, won Hancock, from Cypress Bay, and third place to Sagemont’s Nico Ulloa. Cypress first prize. Sagemont’s Eva Daskos won second place and Albert Sunny, from Bay students Adrian Casanova and Natalia Vasquez received an honorable Tequesta Trace Middle School, took third place. Honorable mentions went to mention.

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he Sagemont School invites the Weston community to enjoy an afternoon of art and musical entertainment as the school hosts its second annual Sagemont Arts Festival on Saturday, May 13th. The program showcases the incredible talent of students enrolled in the school’s award winning visual and performing arts programs. “Sagemont would like to promote a cultural arts connection between students and the community they live in, while at the same time increasing awareness for the many opportunities which Sagemont provides for students in the fine and performing arts,” states Fine Arts Instructional Team Leader Elizabeth Garrard. Sagemont Music Instructor Matthew Goldberg says the Concert Band will lead off the festival, followed by select vocal, guitar and keyboard performances. “Closing out the program will be a full-on rock-n-roll concert by the Sagemont Synergy Rock Band featuring music from Bon Jovi, Adele, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Andra Day, Van Halen and more.” Sagemont’s award-winning thespian program will also be highlighted through various drama performances, including scenes from the musical Chicago. Ms. Garrard, who is the school’s theater teacher, says the audience is in for a treat. “Sagemont students have been nominated for over 50 Cappies Awards in multiple areas of creativity including both performance and design.”

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The work of Sagemont’s outstand fine arts students will be featured as well in the student art gallery, which will be spread out throughout the school. In the classrooms, there will be 2-D paper work, stretched canvas and mixed media pieces, while 3-D stained glass work will be on display in the school’s garden. Arts Festival patrons will get a chance to express their own creativity at the Mother’s Day crafting station making tissue paper flowers and cards. Guests will also have the opportunity to take home artwork created by high school art

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a community that has residents, volunteers and our elected officials united to promote the arts. In our case, that means fine music of all genres. It is one of the things that helps Weston regularly make Top 10 lists of places to reside.” Mayor Daniel Stermer commended the Weston Philharmonic Society for its commitment to bringing music to Weston residents and schools since 2002. “The ability to provide a free concert performance of this magnitude for our residents, included in our annual performing arts series, is simply wonderful. Despite a little liquid sunshine before the start of the performance, concert-goers were steadfast and treated to another world-class performance right in the heart of our city.” This free outdoor concert was one of several concerts presented each year here in Weston by the Symphony of the Americas. In February, the orchestra performed Fiery Romances on the Big Screen, which featured the full symphony orchestra accompanied by the world-famous keyboard duo, Dunlap and Pennington. Oversized video screens projected close-ups of the musicians, allowing the audience to marvel at the keyboardists’ amazing finger work. In July, select members of the Symphony of the Americas Orchestra will return to Weston, along with noted international musicians. The Summerfest concert is scheduled for July 19th at Temple Dor Dorim. The free outdoor pops concert was presented by the City of Weston, Weston Philharmonic Society and Weston Town Center, in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Weston.

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Weston University Program Focuses on Finance COMMUNITY NEWS

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he Weston University program curriculum concluded with a lesson in fiscal responsibility. The final program day focused on local government finance and budgeting. Weston Budget Director Bryan Cahen began by speaking to students about Weston’s budget process. He explained how the budget is managed and approved by the City Commission each fiscal year, with input from residents. In addition, Cindy Tao, the City’s Accounting Manager, explained her department’s role. After the lesson on expenses, revenue sources and the fiscal year process, the students selected their roles for the City Commission Simulation. For this culminating activity to the Weston University program, each student plays a role in a mock City Commission meeting. Some students will take on the responsibilities of the Mayor and City Commissioners, while others will play the parts of various City Department leaders or the Police and Fire Chief. Weston’s Director of Communications and Weston University Program Director Denise Barrett-Miller led a comprehensive review of the simulation agenda and took the students through each item and how their roles will play out during the meeting. “Utilizing what

they have learned over the past six months, during the mock City Commission meeting students will actually debate and vote on real items brought before the Weston City Commissioners in years’ past.” The final Weston University program day also included some bonding time, with students applying City of Weston temporary tattoos and throwing around a football and frisbee. Weston University is a one-of-a-kind program providing a unique civic education to high school students. Once a month, participating students spend time interacting with city leaders and participating in hands-on activities while exploring the various departments and agencies that make up our local government. It is open to Weston students attending Cypress Bay High School, The Sagemont School, Western High School, as well as home schooled students. Applications for the Weston U Class of 2018 will be available at the start of the school year. To learn more about the Weston University program visit http://www.westonfl.org/Departments/Communications/ YouthInGovernment.aspx.

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Weston Rotary Scholarship Golf Classic Sets Record BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Rotary Club of Weston’s 30th annual WestonLawyers.com Golf Classic along with a raffle and silent and live auctions. was one for the record book. Not only did it have a record number of partici“This is a wonderful event for a good cause,” states Weston Rotary PR Chair pants, but the golf tournament raised a record amount of money to benefit the Rotary Club’s scholarship fund. This year’s Rotary Golf Classic welcomed 184 golfers and raised $135,000 for scholarships. For the past 30 years, the Weston Rotary has been presenting scholarships to deserving students through funds raised from this tournament. To date, the club has given out more than $1.25 million in scholarships to graduating seniors from Cypress Bay and Western high schools, as well as The Sagemont School and HANDY. “We are very proud that the 30th annual WestonLawyers.com Golf Classic was such a huge success,” states Golf Committee Chair Keith Petron. “This will enable us to send many local high school seniors to college. Without this support, many of them would not have the opportunity to attend.” Rotary Golf Classic Co-Chairs Michael Freedland More than 50 students will be interviewed by the and Keith Petron with Nicholas Petron Rotary Scholarship Committee. Co-Chair Steve Goldstein says the scholarships are awarded “based mainly on need, but scholas- Gaye Stewart-Loudis. “It brings awareness of Rotary and our scholarship initiative to local residents and area corporate executives. It is a wonderful day of tics and community service are also considered, along with several other criteria.” comradery.” The scholarships will be awarded during the Scholarship Breakfast on June 1st. The Golf Classic is just one of many events the Weston Rotary hosts to benefit Tiffany Fernandez was one of last year’s winners. The Cypress Bay graduour community. Each December it presents the Rotary Run For Tomorrow, which ate says thanks to her Rotary scholarship she is able to attend the University of Florida. “I love that the Rotary Club of Weston has decided to help students like me raises funds to support local charities. pay for college and live out the dream to study and succeed.” To learn more about Weston Rotary and its programs visit www. The 30th annual WestonLawyers.com Golf Classic was played last month at westonrotary.com. It meets every Thursday for breakfast at Weston Hills Country Club. The day consisted of a round of golf followed by lunch, 7:30am at Weston Hills Country Club.

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hree Weston real estate teams and one individual realtor have been bestowed with the Florida 100 designation for 2016. This prestigious award recognizes the top Coldwell Banker sales teams and individuals in the state. Congratulations to the Rose and Dean Sklar Team, The Perlini Team, Pick & Partners Real Estate Team, and Art Rodriguez. “The Florida 100 designation honors the very top level of Coldwell Banker sales teams and individuals who achieve the strongest level of production in sales and customer service,” said Clark Toole, president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Florida. “Exceptional market knowledge, professionalism and dedication to customer service have enabled them to achieve these remarkable results.” Top honors went to the Rose and Dean Sklar Team. They were once again recognized as being amongst the best of the best in their profession and were named to the Society of Excellence, the highest award for sales associates of Coldwell Banker NRT. The Sklar Team was one of only three Coldwell Banker teams in Broward County to earn this coveted level of achievement in 2016. The Society of Excellence is awarded to an elite group of Coldwell Banker agents with the highest production of closed sales, requiring 200 closed units or more. The Society of Excellence represents the top less than one-half percent of all NRT companies nationwide. The Sklar Team is definitely deserving of this accolade. It has consistently achieved the Coldwell Banker Florida President Clark Toole congratulates Pick Florida 100 Award for over ten years and has & Partners on being recognized been ranked as number one in Weston in both with the President’s Circle award.

volume and units sold for the past nine consecutive years, having closed more than $350 million in sales in the last five years. The Perlini Team, led by Terri Perlini, was one of six real estate teams to be named to the Legends Society, which requires an adjusted gross commission of $1 million or more. Art Rodriguez was recognized with the International President’s Florida 100 Society of Excellence award winners Rose and Premier Award and Pick & Dean Sklar with Coldwell Banker Florida President Clark Toole. Partners, led by Adele Pick, was inducted into the International President’s Circle. Both require 75 closed units. Thirteen additional Coldwell Banker real estate associates were also recognized during the Fort Lauderdale awards celebration. Giselle Bonetti, Wayne Kuo and Mariene Menin received the International President’s Circle award for individuals; Wanda Devoe, Heddy Ghersi, Robert Giordano, Marelys Lazo, Georgia Salaverri and Skai Wallace joined the International Diamond Society; and the ATR Group, led by Ana Teresa Rodriguez, as well as Federico Martin, Karen Schon and Lauren Silver were all named to the International Sterling Society. Coldwell Banker Resident Real Estate is a leading full-service residential real estate brokerage company with more than 85 offices and 5,000 associates in Florida. To contact the Weston office call 954-384-0099.

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write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article (by 5/31/17) you will receive my entire new patient exam for $55. That’s with x-rays, biomechanical exam, history and consultation…the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell you THAT YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR TREATMENT, WHICH IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR DISCOUNTED, OR REDUCED FEE FOR SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT.

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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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uring this peak home sale season, when thousands of properties change hands, buyers and sellers need to be aware of what is legally included and excluded from the sale. A “fixture” is moveable personal property, which has been converted to real property by means of bolts, nails, screws, cement, glue or another attachment method. For example, a chandelier has been converted from personal to real property because of the permanent attachment to the structure. Suppose a house has beautiful draperies and attached wood window blinds. Those draperies hang by hooks from a drapery rod that is screwed to the wall. The law of fixtures says the draperies are personal property because they can be easily removed without damage. The drapery rods and the wood window blinds are fixtures included in the home sale since they are permanently attached. Remove it if you do not want it included in the sale. Posting notes on items or in property brochures saying “Item not included in the sale” is like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Unless the item is junk, the buyer will then insist on receiving that fixture as part of the home purchase price. A better approach is to have the seller remove the item before exposure to buyers and installing a tasteful replacement. A favorite fixture story happened a few years ago with a large house and beautiful flowering garden. After the sale closed, the buyer was shocked to see all of the flowering plants were gone. Plants and trees growing in the ground are considered to be fixtures because they are permanently attached to the land by roots. Because the flowering plants were in large pots, the seller was legally entitled to remove them since they were not permanently attached to the real property. Avoid fixture trouble with a well written contract. There are four legal rules to keep in mind if a fixture dispute goes to court: 1. Attachment – The most important fixture rule is the method of attachment. If an item can be removed without damage to the structure, it is not a fixture. Examples include unscrewing LED light bulbs or unplugging a refrigerator because both are personal property. 2. Intent – When the Multiple Listing Service states “beautiful kitchen with the latest appliances,” that implies the seller intends to include those appliances and the buyer can rely on that statement. 3. Adaptability to property use – A seller had built-in wiring for the stereo speakers for surround sound. The seller unplugged the speakers and stereo system and the Buyer had to buy new components. 4. Agreement of parties – A written contract that lists a specific item, whether it is a fixture or personal property, usually prevails to make it included in the sales price. A well written sales contract can prevent fixture problems by clarifying what is included or excluded from a real estate sale. Courtney Silverman is an experienced Realtor with The Keyes Company. She invests in her education earning multiple designations to benefit her customers -- ABR®, GRI®, CDPE®, CIAS®, CIPS®, CLHMS®, CPRES®, SRES®, e-PRO®. Courtney looks forward to speaking to you. Please call her at 954-292-0743. Follow @CourtneyRealtor on Twitter and Instagram and connect on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Building a Better Weston BY DANIEL J. STERMER, MAYOR, CITY OF WESTON

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here is a new face on the Weston City Commission. Elected in a Special Election on March 14th, Byron L. Jaffe is Weston’s newest City Commissioner and we welcome him to the dais. No stranger to Weston, Commissioner Jaffe has a long history of community involvement and leadership including serving on the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Fort Lauderdale Airport Noise Study Committee, and the Hibiscus Island Maintenance Association. We look forward to his experience, ideas, and commitment to maintaining our City as one of the premier places to live in the United States. A large measure of what makes Weston a premier hometown for families is our recreation facilities and our commitment to infrastructure and incorporating new ideas, services, or products. I encourage residents to visit Tequesta Trace Park and view the newly completed installation of two multi-purpose artificial turf athletic fields. It is important to note that the infill on all artificial turf installations in the City is comprised of organic materials which are not only safe, but drastically reduce the temperature of the surface while maintaining a green standard. There are numerous benefits to artificial turf, particularly for fields with heavy use. Artificial turf can be played on during wet conditions; requires far less maintenance than grass; will not develop holes and divots; and provides for year-round use. The fields will be used mainly for football, lacrosse, and rugby as well as the sports programs at Tequesta Trace Middle School. We can already hear a welcome sigh of relief from the participants in Weston sports leagues and programs. City staff are well into the budget process for Fiscal Year 2018, including scheduling Commission Workshops as needed. Budgets for the City of Weston, the Indian Trace Development District and the Bonaventure Development District run October 1st through September 30th of each year. The City Manager’s Proposed Budgets will be reviewed and discussed many times over in the months leading up to their adoption in September. The Budget is the single most important determination the City Commission votes on each year, which impacts every property owner in our City. We highly respect this fiscal responsibility and do not take it lightly. As a Commission, we will seek to balance quality of life, infrastructure and public safety needs along with additional factors into a budget which provides the best balance for Weston. We encourage and look forward to your input at our public hearings once they are established for September. As students wrap up another school year, we congratulate those moving up or graduating and wish everyone a safe and fun-filled summer. Oftentimes it is a challenge to keep children and teens entertained during the summer break. Many pass the time at summer camp, on vacation or relaxing poolside. Here in Weston, the Weston YMCA, the Weston Tennis Center, and numerous other facilities offer a variety of program options. If you’re headed out of town, we suggest the BSO Home Watch Program. BSO will send personnel to check on your residence daily. Download the Home Watch form on the city website. An important reminder for all: never leave children unsupervised in or around a body of water. Drownings are 100% preventable. Lastly, come join the parade! The Weston July 4th Hometown Parade is an annual favorite. It takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4th. Be a participant or view from along the parade route – both are free and so much fun! Visit our website for a parade application today. See you at the Parade! Mayor Stermer can be contacted via email at dstermer@ westonfl.org or at 954-385-2000.

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ehicles made by 19 different automakers have been recalled to replace frontal airbags on the driver’s side or passenger’s side, or both, in what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history.” The airbags, made by major parts supplier Takata, were mostly installed in cars from model year 2002 through 2015. Some of those airbags could deploy explosively, injuring or even killing car occupants.   At the heart of the problem is the airbag’s inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin—a potentially disastrous outcome from a supposedly life-saving device. Through various announcements, the recall has tripled in size over the past year. It is expected that the inflator recall will impact more than 42 million vehicles in the United States, with the total number of airbags being between 65 and 70 million. Eleven fatalities and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbags. In June of 2015, Takata stated that it was aware of 88 ruptures in total: 67 on the driver’s side and 21 on the passenger’s side out of what it calculated was just over 1.2 million airbag deployments spread over 15 years. Despite these figures, airbags in general are not a danger. The Department of Transportation estimates that between 1987 and 2012, frontal airbags have saved 37,000 lives. Based on information provided by Takata, the involved automakers are responding to this safety risk by recalling all vehicles that have these specific airbags. While the automakers are prioritizing resources by focusing on highhumidity areas, they shouldn’t stop there. We encourage a national approach to the risks, as vehicles tend to travel across state borders, especially in the used-car market. The Takata inflators seem to be vulnerable to persistent high humidity and high temperature conditions, such as in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, the Gulf Coast states, Hawaii, and island territories. There are several ways to check whether your specific car is affected. You’ll need your vehicle identification number, VIN, found in the lower driverside corner of the windshield (observable from outside the vehicle), as well as on your registration and insurance documents. Punch that number into NHTSA’s online VIN-lookup tool. If your vehicle is affected, the site will tell you so. NHTSA also has a list of vehicles available for a quick review, and the manufacturers have ownership sections on their websites for such information. You can also call any franchised dealer for your car brand. All recalls, by definition, are concerned with safety and should be treated seriously. As with all recalls, we recommend having the work performed as soon as parts are available and the service can be scheduled. All recall work must be performed at a franchised dealership. Independent mechanics can’t perform recall work. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287.

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The ideal age to bring a child for their first visit is around their first birthday.

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ediatric Dentistry of Weston offers comprehensive dental care for children, from infants to teens, and helps them develop beautiful, healthy smiles. Dr. Samira Alempour, her new associate Dr. Marcela Solarte, and her experienced staff work together to provide state-of-the-art treatment in a safe, fun, and kid-friendly environment. They understand that visiting the dentist can be difficult for children and make every effort to make them feel at ease. They encourage patients with positive reinforcement, praise, and prizes to help them maintain a positive outlook on oral health for the rest of their lives. Pediatric Dentistry of Weston is located at 2863 Executive Park Dr., Suite 101, in Weston. Dr. Samira Alempour answered some commonly asked questions about her practice.

What are the ages of your patients? Our

patients include infants, children, and adolescents. We also have special training to comfortably treat patients with specific and special healthcare needs.

What services does your practice offer?

Our practice offers comprehensive dental care and focuses on preventative treatment modalities and oral health education to prevent the formation of dental caries (cavities). We offer the latest state of the art technology, including digital (lowest radiation) x-rays and the highest quality dental materials. In addition to routine dental exams, we offer sealants to help prevent tooth decay by up to 90%, restorative treatment of cavities, extractions, and counseling for early intervention of harmful childhood habits, such as thumb sucking.

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What is Dr. Samira Alempour’s background?

Dr. Samira Alempour moved to South Florida when she was 13 years old and has lived here ever since. She speaks English, Spanish, and Farsi. She is a published author and a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. Dr. Alempour obtained her Dental Degree from Nova Southeastern University, where she continued on and earned her Degree in Pediatric Dentistry (specializing in the oral healthcare of infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs). She currently lives in Weston with her husband, Robert; 4 1/2-year-old son, Riad; and 3-year-old daughter, Ayla.

Tell me about Dr. Solarte. Our new associ-

ate, Dr. Marcela Solarte, joined the practice in November 2016. She grew up in Weston and obtained her undergraduate and dental degrees from University of Florida. She graduated from NYU Langone Lutheran Medical Center for her specialty degree. She loves dogs and enjoys cooking and traveling.

What can patients expect when they visit the office? We treat each child as if they were

our own. Our staff has many years of experience working with children and adolescents. We build lasting and trusting relationships with our

patients and their families. The office has games, toys, televisions, and a toy tower of prizes in order to create a fun and inviting child-friendly atmosphere. All of our patients are given prizes for their efforts and for being the wonderful patients that they are.

Do you offer sedation dentistry? For chil-

dren that have dental anxiety, we offer different types of sedation techniques to help them have a more pleasant dental visit. These techniques include nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation, which is administered by a pediatric anesthesiologist. We employ the safest and most effective sedation standards by following the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

At what age should parents bring their children for the first time? One year of age

is the ideal time to bring in your child for their first dental visit to establish a dental home, as is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Visits are complimentary for children under the age of two.


What are some ways to help prevent tooth decay? We advise patients to eat a healthy diet

and maintain good daily oral hygiene. Using fluoride toothpaste routinely will help to minimize the development of cavities and can even slow down the progression. Also, reducing or eliminating juice and sweet drinks, such as chocolate milk, and sticky snacks, such as gummies, will help to keep the protective enamel layer strong.

What is your advice on flossing? Parents

should start flossing their children’s teeth at a very young age to prevent the cavities that develop in between teeth. Spacing can vary from child to child, but flossing must sometimes be started as young as two to three years of age.

Why is it important to bring children for early dental visits? Early dental visits create

the concept of a dental home, where young patients can learn to trust their pediatric dentist and staff. This helps to create familiar and comfortable dental visits. Also, early visits help detect cavities when they are small and more manageable and therefore much easier to treat. Another great benefit of early dental visits is to ensure that patients are brushing well and

taking all the correct measures to prevent early childhood decay.

At what age should children start brushing their teeth? The best time to start brushing is

when the first primary tooth erupts to ensure good oral health for all of the years to come. We offer special infant toothbrushes with unique handles to our patients for creating safe and healthy brushing habits from an early age.

The office has games, toys, televisions & prizes, which create a fun, child-friendly atmosphere.

Is thumb sucking a problem? Thumb sucking

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and pacifiers provide comfort and a sense of security for many babies. Both are a common way to self sooth. If thumb sucking continues beyond two to three years of age, it may cause malpositioning of the teeth and future discrepancies in the child’s bite. Such habits should be discussed with your pediatric dentist.

At what age do most children start losing their teeth? Most children begin to lose their first tooth around the age of six, but every child is different and sometimes it is sooner or later than six years of age. The ideal age to bring a child for their first visit is after they turn one.

Pediatric Dentistry of Weston is located at 2863 Executive Park Dr., Suite 101, in Weston. For information, call 954- 217-1121, visit www.westonkidsdentistry.com, or send an email to info@westonkidsdentistry.com.

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Indian Trace Students Jump For Heart Health BY STACEY BOMSER

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tudents at Indian Trace Elementary School were jumping for joy when they found out they exceeded their goal for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser. The school collected $8154.39 in donations. Coach Mark Logsdon has been coordinating the Jump Rope For Heart event at the school for more than 15 years. The physical education instructor started the program at Indian Trace to teach students the importance of exercise in promoting heart health. “Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. I’ve lost too many family members and friends to heart disease,” explains Coach Mark. “I want to make sure the students understand that they

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can help prevent this disease through daily exercise and healthy eating. It’s all about a healthy lifestyle.” That message was not lost on third grader Ysa Yacinth. “I think it’s fun! It helps my family because I tell them what I learn about healthy eating.” Second grader Martin Calderon likes the physical benefits. “We get exercise to make us strong and grow a lot.” Students also appreciate how their donations to Jump Rope For Heart are helping others. “It is really good to help people and save their lives,” says second grader Hudson Berger. Over the years, Indian Trace students have helped many people. The school has raised more than

$100,000 since it started participating in Jump Rope For Heart. As an incentive to support this year’s fundraiser, Coach Mark and Principal Amy Winder will take a “mud bath.” Students who donated more than $100 will participate in the messy moment. Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. Dollars raised through Jump Rope For Heart give back to children, communities and schools through American Heart Association programs such as advocating at federal and state levels for physical education and nutrition wellness in schools, offering CPR training courses in school, and funding research to discover new treatments.

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Foods That Fight Wrinkles BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, M.D., F.A.C.

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he old adage “you are what you eat” is especially true when it comes to your skin. Patients are often unaware of the fact that the skin is the largest organ in the body. As such, we need to make appropriate dietary choices to enhance the appearance of our skin. The same way we choose heart-healthy foods and liver cleansing diets. It has been shown that midlife women with the most youthful looking skin also have the most Vitamin C in their diets. Vitamin C is essential for the cross-linking, or building of collagen, the support structure that keeps your skin’s surface smooth. Young-looking women also tend to eat less saturated fat and fewer carbohydrates, and have higher levels of linoleic acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid found mainly in nuts and dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale. Ellagic acid, found primarily in pomegranates and red berries, is another wrinkle-fighter. This compound has also been known to reduce inflammation from sun damage exposure and reduces collagen breakdown. Other foods that have been shown to improve the appearance of the skin include salmon, particularly the wild caught variety like King, Sockeye, and Coho Salmon, often seasonably available. I would discourage one from eating the farm-raised variety, as the mercury levels may be high unless it comes from an organic fishery. Salmon not only contains high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids beneficial to your skin and heart, but also astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity. Green tea provides anti-aging plant polyphenols that may help your skin when you drink it and apply it topically. Egg yolks, avocados, lentils, chickpeas and beans (including soybeans) all fight dryness in the skin. Other antioxidants, such as goji berries and acai berries found in juices and supplements, enable your body to fight inflammation causing free radicals which are generated as a result of sun damage. In addition to the foods I have mentioned, plant sterols are beneficial not only to your skin, but also help lower LDL cholesterol. Sterols are found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans. These substances limit your body’s ability to absorb cholesterol from food. Plastic surgery can dramatically enhance the appearance of your skin through laser or chemical resurfacing, skin excision or injectable therapy, but to keep your skin looking and feeling smooth, consuming essential nutrients through your diet may be just as beneficial over the long term. 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.

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Everyone Is a Winner at Gator Run Elementary Special Olympics

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fter months of training, the athletes were all at their prime for the Gator Run Elementary School Special Olympics. It was the culminating activity for the Young Athletes Program; a chance for students in the pre-kindergarten classes to showcase their skills. “During the year, the children in the pre-K classes worked on various gross motor skills, with the assistance of a peer buddy in third grade,” states Pre-K ESE Teacher Debbie Saul. “The kids worked on balancing, walking, running, jumping, throwing, kicking and striking a ball. During our culminating activity, we focused on walking a balance beam, kicking a ball between two cones, jumping from hoop to hoop, throwing beanbags into hoops, and golf. We ended it with a giant limbo line.” There were no winners in the Gator Run Special Olympics, but there was a medal ceremony for completion. Mrs. Saul says all the students, both the pre-K athletes and their third-grade buddies, were winners. “They all learned to make a difference in each other’s lives.”

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She says the third graders learned to be role models. “They learned how to talk to younger children and learned to put themselves second to their partner’s needs.” Through the Young Athletes Program, Mrs. Saul says the pre-K students learned motor skills. “They also learned to communicate with others and they learned how to cooperate and wait their turn.” She says this program taught students much more than they will ever learn in the classroom. “In life, not everybody is born the same, acts the same or is exposed to the same things. Children need to learn tolerance and patience and need to learn to realize how others think and feel,” explains Mrs. Saul. “The Young Athletes Program did just that for all involved. The pre-K students developed a big brother/big sister friendship within the school setting. Their faces light up when they see their buddy. I feel like this program helped the kids develop as a whole child.” The Young Athletes program is an innovative sports play program for children ages two to seven with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce them into the world of sports. It is sponsored by Special Olympics.


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Camp Gan Israel has earned a reputation as a trendsetter for its innovative ideas, creative programs and new activities. More important than just having "a good time", Camp Gan Israel provides children with memories that will last a lifetime. It offers a full program of sports, games, crafts, dramatics and other enriching camp activities.

Camp Lingua

www.CampLingua.com 954-642-2267

Camp Lingua is a unique language immersion summer program where children engage in daily language classes. They will explore the foreign

language through their senses and practice vocabulary, conversation, reading and writing. Campers also take part in traditional camp activities and enrichment electives including sports, boating, arts, music, STEM, as well as weekly field trips.

Camp Sagemont

www.CampSagemont.com 954-384-1894

Children make lifelong memories at Camp Sagemont, where they can choose a traditional day camp experience or take part in one of the specialty camps such as Sports, Travel Adventure, STEM, Marine Science, Drama/Vocal, or Academic Advantage Plus. Camp Sagemont’s exceptional facilities include a heated pool, two playgrounds and outdoor playing field, state-of-the-art computer lab, air-conditioned gym, video arcade and more.

Camp TDD

www.DorDorim.org 954-389-1232

The goal at Camp TDD is to provide a safe and nurturing camp experience for children with age-appropriate activities such as theme days, puppet shows, entertainment, water play in the camp’s own water park, and weekly field trips for older campers. Children will build self-confidence and develop

social skills through the various funfilled activities.

ChessArt Kids

www.ChessArtKids.com 954-534-3771

Located at Imagine Charter School of Weston, ChessArt Kids offers a unique summer camp program where children exercise their minds, bodies and creativity. Campers will learn the strategic game of chess, study various art techniques and play sports such as volleyball, soccer and basketball.

Coral Reef Gymnastics

www.CoralReefGymnastics.com 954-430-1530

Coral Reef Gymnastics’ summer camp promotes physical fitness, confidence building, and friendship. Campers enjoy a full day of activities which include gymnastics, tumbling, dance, martial arts, field trips and more. Its seasoned staff is dedicated to making your child’s summer something special.

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DSJJ Team

www.DSJJTeamWeston.com 954-701-5551

At DSJJ Team Martial Arts’ summer camp, children will learn self-defense through classes in Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.

German Summer Camp

WWW.GERMANSCHOOLFL.COM 954-288-7599

In the summer program, children experience the German language through hands-on activities and group interaction during circle time, music, art, story time, puppet shows and outdoor activities.

Gymboree Play & Music www.GymboreeClasses.com 954-900-2799

For more than 40 years, Gymboree Play & Music has been the expert in early childhood development. Its summer camp program includes gym time, music, art and fun learning experiences.

Heroes of Hip Hop

www.HeroesofHipHop.net 954-306-0001

Campers at Heroes of Hip Hop will learn the latest dance moves from professional choreographers as they prepare for an incredible end-

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of-camp production. Camp activities include dancing, acting, arts and crafts, games, friendship, and lots of fun.

IMACS

www.IMACS.org 954-791-2333

This summer exercise your child’s mind and stimulate his/her desire to learn. IMACS’ (Institute for Math and Computer Science) Hi-Tech Summer Camp program consists of logic puzzles, computer programming, virtual robotics, electronics, and an element of competition. Working solo and in teams, campers will learn how to think logically and creatively while having fun.

Imagine Charter School of Weston

Writing/STEM Camp http://homeworkclubwestin.com/ 954-940-2163

A dynamic camp that offers both a STEM curriculum and writing skills. The exciting writing program is being offered to upcoming 4th and 5th graders who want to learn, review, and enhance their writing skills. During STEM, your child will work in groups to solve challenges, build structures, and become innovative thinkers.

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PreK3 - 3rd grade 9 weekly sessions Enjoy a wide variety of fun-filled weekly activities including swimming, cooking, science, sports, arts & crafts, shows and field trips.

S.T.E.M. Camps

3rd - 8th grade Four 2-week sessions plus one week of Robotics Science, Technology, Engineering & or Math concepts all offered in a fun learning environment. Also check out our Marine Science and Robotics Camp.

Sports Camp

2nd - 8th grade 9 weekly sessions Advance your sports skills in multiple sports. Field trips twice per week.

Travel Adventure & Teens Travel Camps

4th - 5th grade & 6th - 8th grade respectively 9 weekly sessions Challenge yourself with adventurous field trips and team building activities 2-3 days a week. Enjoy camp life during non-travel days.

Art & Drama/Vocal Camps 3rd - 8th grade

Art: Two 2-week sessions 6/12-7/7 Drama/Vocal: One 3 week session 7/24-8/11 Great for campers with an artistic or a creative flair.

Academic Advantage Plus & ESL Advantage Plus *Formerly known as summer school.

1st-5th grade Two 4-week sessions 6/12-7/7 & 7/10-8/4 Students focus on reading, writing, math, or critical thinking and study skills.

Our camp is conveniently located in the heart of Weston and just minutes from I-75, I-595 and the Sawgrass Expressway. 1570 Sagemont Way • Weston, FL 33326 phone: 954.384.1894 • email: camp@sagemont.com

LIT-Leadership Program

9th - 10th grade Two 4-week sessions 6/12-7/7 & 7/10-8/4 + 8/7-8/11 Learn the skills necessary to become a future camp counselor.

Upper School ESL Advantage Plus

6th - 12th Grade One 4-week session 7/17 - 8/11. Individualized instruction plans will be created. ESL can be combined with the Teens Travel Camp or the Leadership Program for field trips.


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“Shaping the future of music one student at a time.”

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Classes: Piano • Guitar • Violin • Cello • Singing Musical Language • Kinder Music • Mommy & Me Adult & Children Classes Offered

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Imperial Martial Arts

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At Imperial Martial Arts, children develop martial arts expertise, physical fitness, self-defense skills and life skills.

Inside Out Theatre

www.InsideOutTheatre.org 954-385-3060

Inside Out Theatre’s Performing Arts Summer Conservatory offers campers training in a variety of theatre arts, while students work to create and perform an original show. Classes are taught by professional artists and include acting, voice, dance, mime, physical comedy, Shakespeare, stage combat, stage make-up, audition techniques, commercial and film acting, improvisation and more. Its Summer Intensive program concludes with a full stage production of Bring It On, The Musical.

International Dance Academy www.DanceIDA.com 954-476-4419

At International Dance Academy’s summer ballet camp, campers of all levels learn ballet skills while working for an impressive, end-of-camp, stage production of Fairy Tale Classics, complete with costumes and stunning set design. In addition to ballet, camp activities include choreography, jazz, stretch and strength-

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NOW ENROLLING FOR SCHOOL 2017-2018 For children age 3 months - 5 years Mommy & Me program with comp class for first time participants Half day, full day, enrichment & extended day programs Infant-Age 8 Curriculum includes Spanish, Sports, Music, Health & Nutrition, Gardening, Technology & STEM Organic and All Natural Lunch Program Summer Camp Program through age 10 OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY 954-389-1232 WWW.DORDORIM.ORG 2360 Glades Circle Weston, FL 33327

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Karate America

Lil’ Rascals Academy

At Karate America’s martial arts camp, children will experience a fun, enriching summer developing physical fitness and leadership skills while receiving positive praise and encouragement. Campers will take part in fun games, unique activities, and group exercises that teach teamwork and more.

Lil’ Rascals Academy’s day camp program, for children 5-12 years old, is an enrichment program that offers added outdoor activities and opportunities for fun, friendship and exploration. Campers will participate in supervised field trips and many wonderful and exciting activities designed to educate as well as entertain.

KTMA Martial Arts www.K-TMA.com 954-217-0626

Children who participate in KTMA Martial Arts’ summer camp develop confidence, discipline and respect while learning TaeKwonDo. Campers also learn leadership skills and gain experience with various weapon techniques.

Lightning Basketball Camp www.LightningCamp.com 954-629-0621

Boys and girls of any skill level will improve their game at this full-day camp held in Cypress Bay High School’s $46 million air-conditioned facility that has the capacity to hold six full court games. Through drills, 5 on 5 games, and 3 on 3 tournaments, players will work on pass-

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Little Hands On

www.LittleHandsOnLearningAcademy.com 954-434-3166

At Little Hand On Learning Academy, children will enjoy a safe and fun summer. It accepts children from infants through nine years old, with age appropriate activities planned to educate and entertain. Little ones will enjoy water play, arts and crafts, and farm animals, while older children will take part in field-trips to area attractions including bowling, water parks, museums and more.

Mark at the Park

www.MarkAtThePark.net 954-822-7265

Fitness and fun go hand in hand at Mark at the Park summer camp. Housed at

Indian Trace Elementary, the camp has use of the school’s air-conditioned cafeteria and outdoor PE fields, basketball courts, baseball field, and the covered playground. Campers enjoy non-stop action playing a variety of sports including the camp’s unique games of Bubble Soccer and Xtreme Dodgeball. There are plenty of indoor activities too including gaga ball, pilo polo, and arcade games.

Park Avenue Gymnastics

www.ParkAvenueGymnastics.com 954-659-8717

At Park Avenue Gymnastics, campers will learn and perfect gymnastics skills in a fun and challenging atmosphere. Camp activities include gymnastics, parkour/ninja kidz, swimming, edible crafts, science experiments, arts and crafts, inhouse field trips, theme weeks, dress up days, Friday color wars and much more.

Performance Edge Dance Studio www.PE-Dance.com 954-389-6222

Performance Edge Dance Studio offers classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acrobatics, musical theater and even ballet dancing. The studio offers four state of the art dance rooms with sprung wood. Performance Edge is the place where amateur dancers grow and learn to “Dance on the Edge”.


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Theater Camp

Performing Arts Summer Conservatory Ages 9-14 • June 12 through June 30 “Bring it On” the Musical” Ages 12-18 • July 10 through August 4 More info: 954-385-3060 or www.insideouttheatre.org

Positive Athletics Summer Sports Camp www.PositiveAthletics.com 954-687-4488

Positive Athletics Summer Sports Camp provides a safe, enjoyable and rewarding camp experience for boys and girls, ages 5-14. Camp activities include sports tournaments, camp Olympics, scavenger hunts, as well as pizza and ice cream socials, in addition to fun field trips. Campers will take part in daily sports drills, instruction and games.

Shaping Change

Tiny Planet Preschool

Weston YMCA Family Center

At Shaping Change Summer Camp, children will enjoy fun programs while developing social and life skills through inspiring and creative activities. Shaping Change offers specialized services for individuals with unique learning abilities including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, etc.

Tiny Planet Preschool is shaping bright stars. Campers will engage in funfilled, educational experiences, while taking advantage of the school’s many modern conveniences including a state-of-the-art computer lab, gymnasium and swimming pool.

Summer Camp at the Y provides children with supervised activities that cultivate values, develop skills and nurture relationships. Activities include sports, music, dance, swimming, outdoor activities, field trips and special events. Exciting weekly themes are planned such as Amazing Race, World Festivals, Explore Florida, Y’s Got Talent, Water Wars, and more.

www.Shaping-Change.com 954-589-1038

www.TinyPlanet.education 954-384-4884

Weston Tennis Center

www.WestonTennisCamp.com 954-389-8666

At the Cliff Drysdale Sports Camp at the Weston Tennis Center, campers will learn and improve their tennis game, swim, play soccer, take part in team competitions and enjoy arts and crafts time.

Weston Warrior Youth Football www.WestonWarriorsFootball.com 954-263-4324

Weston Warriors is a youth organization focused on the development of children in the community. The Warriors focus on health and wellbeing, community involvement, education, and the life lessons required to become a productive citizen in our society. It offers football and cheerleading programs.

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954-563-4880

Children are able to explore the world around them as they discover the natural and beautiful surroundings of South Florida. Ft. Lauderdale and North Miami locations focus on an environmental theme, while Dania Beach offers marine science. Swimming, science, canoeing & kayaking, sports, fishing, paddle boarding and archery are just a few activities offered for a well-rounded camp experience.


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Our award-winning preschool has been introducing kids (toddlers to Pre-K) to the joys of education & community for more than 20 years. And come summer, the fun really gets going with Water Play, Picnics, Dress Up Days, Ice Cream Parties, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Fun & more, including: TODDLERS FAB 4’S - 2ND GRADE Fairy Tales, The Little Engine, Fun Top Chef, Wacky Wizards & Fairy & Fitness, Under the Sea, Walking Tales, A Pirates Life, Let’s Play Ball, with Dinos, Under the Big Top, Dance & Cheerleading, Spanish, A CHILDREN’S A CHILDREN’S Summer Safari, Camping & more! Theater, Baking, Luau & more! CAROUSEL CAROUSEL

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IS FRANKLIN ACADEMY RIGHT FOR YOU? Franklin is a Great Place to Send Your Child • All the Advantages of a Private School with NO TUITION! • Rigorous Academics including Gifted Programs and International Baccalaureate (IB) Curriculum • Integrated Character Education • Chess, Spanish, Music, Art, PE & Technology • State of the Art Facilities • Middle & High School Sports Programs Apply Online Today: www.franklin-academy.org/enroll

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• Culture of High Expectations & Character Development • IB Courses & Training Available • Positions and Growth Opportunities at all 6 Campuses • Competitive Salaries & Benefits (401K, Medical & Dental) • Additional Income Opportunities with After School Clubs View Current Openings at: www.teachers-teachers.com

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s your child struggling academically or eating disorders, crisis intervention, anger behaviorally? Free help is available right management, stress management, mild around the corner. Literally. The Indian substance abuse); and social issues (study Trace Family Counseling Center provides skills, school anxiety/phobia, attention defifree, confidential family counseling to stucit disorder, learning disorders, attendance, dents and families in Weston. behavior). Maritza Santiago, LCSW, PsyS, calls this While teachers, administrators or program one of Broward Public Schools’ guidance counselors may recommend the best kept secrets. “Every Zone has at least Family Counseling Center service to a stuone family therapist. I cover the Cypress dent or family, Ms. Santiago says parents Bay Innovation Zone, which includes all are welcome to self-refer. All services are the public schools in Weston. My office is free, confidential and convenient. located at Indian Trace Elementary.” “We offer a quality and professional serThe Family Counseling Program falls vice that has ease of access in that we can under Broward Schools’ Student Services see students during the day because we Department. It provides services that can are located at the school and understand help families deal with the complex issues the system,” explains Ms. Santiago. “Our and changes experienced in everyday life goal is to help every child succeed acawhich can affect a student’s performance demically by removing any social/emotional in school. Counseling can help the student barriers.” Weston students and families have access to free, confidential function more effectively within the school While the school year is winding down, family counseling services from Broward Schools. setting and at home. it is not too late to take advantage of the The Family Counseling Centers are all staffed by professional counselors like services offered at the Indian Trace Family Counseling Center. It is available to Ms. Santiago, who hold Masters Degrees or higher in counseling, social work or any family with school-aged children enrolled in Country Isles Elementary, Eagle psychology with extensive experience in individual, group and family counseling. Point Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Gator Run Elementary, Manatee Bay Ms. Santiago says she works with either the family or the student and/or parElementary, Falcon Cove Middle, Tequesta Trace Middle or Cypress Bay High. ent individually. She is available to address a variety of problem areas, includFor more information or to schedule an appointment, contact ing family issues (communication, divorce/separation, abandonment, parenting the Broward Schools’ Family Counseling Administration Office at skills, domestic violence, abuse, bereavement/loss); social issues (self-esteem, 754-321-1590. bullying, peer pressure, conflict resolution); emotional issues (anxiety/depression,

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Exceptional Students Shine in Manatee Bay’s InD Cluster Classes

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t’s been five years since Manatee Bay Elementary School opened its Intellectual Disability (InD) Cluster. To this day, it remains the only school in Weston to offer such a program for students with severe cognitive disabilities. According to Kristina Podsada, kindergarten and first grade InD teacher, “The InD Cluster at Manatee Bay has doubled in size since first opening in 2012. We started with just two classes and now have four classes. With each year, we have added participation in more school programs and offered more assistance to parents by way of Parent Enrichment Nights.” As the InD Cluster program has grown and developed, it has strived to promote inclusiveness within the school. “InD is a regular part of the school culture at Manatee Bay,” notes Ms. Podsada. “We are just one of the many parts of the whole that is Manatee Bay.” She says the InD students are integrated at different levels, some more extensively than others. All Cluster students participate in Specials with a regular education class. Other opportunities for inclusion include during lunchtime, Field Day, holiday events, Book Buddies, Meet the Masters, and other school events. Through the Bay Buddies program, select fourth and fifth grade students join

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Cluster students to share time and give assistance. “Some of these students help during arrival when guidance may be needed to unpack book bags,” explains Ms. Podsada. “Other Bay Buddies come during their recess time to share Circle Time or Story Time.” Another activity InD Cluster students look forward to is the weekly Special Olympics. It’s the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. “At Manatee Bay, students practice athletic skills weekly and we have a culminating final event in April to show parents how the children have grown physically and emotionally,” says Ms. Podsada. “Students cheer each other on and congratulate each other for their efforts.” There will be big cheers when the fifth grade InD students take part in the school’s moving-up activities in June. “The idea is that our students are part of a whole. This is what we strive for daily. They will participate in and move-up with the Class of 2017 on stage at the Fifth Grade Awards Ceremony,” states Ms. Podsada. “In addition, at the end of the school year we have a Parents Day Event for all the InD Cluster classrooms to showcase student abilities and progress.”

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Cypress Bay’s Literary Fair Honors Creative Students SCHOOL NEWS

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aiku poem, short story and fable were a just a few of the categories of Cypress Bay High School’s Literary Fair. Literary Fair coordinator and English teacher Hope Fisher said the English teachers received several hundreds of submissions, and 41 entries were selected as winners for the school-wide competition. “Cypress Bay participates in the Literary Fair to showcase student writing,” Mrs. Fisher said. “Students are fortunate to have a platform to demonstrate their creativity and skill as a writer.” English teachers of all grades volunteered to choose the winners for the schoolwide competition. They used the Broward County Literary Fair guidelines to judge the winners and narrow down the selections. English teachers were also asked to encourage their students to participate in at least one category of the Literary Fair. “I thought that all the entries were amazing and really showcased the talented students here at the Bay,” English teacher Julie Klitzner, who assisted Mrs. Fisher in organizing the Literary Fair, said. “Many of the entries were outstanding [and] really written with a higher level of vocabulary, description and creativity.” At the ceremony, Mrs. Fisher announced the top three placing students in each category. Additionally, five students performed their winning pieces for the attendants. “It was really exciting and accomplishing [to win] because I’ve never won an award like this before,” senior Isabella Hardesty said. Hardesty won first place for her spoken word poem called “Mamá,” which she performed at the ceremony. Junior Payton Liberto received four awards at the Literary Fair ceremony: first place for Free Verse poem, Villanelle poem and Haiku poem and second place for Ekphrastic poem. Liberto also performed her Free Verse poem titled “When the Mighty Fall” at the ceremony. “I really like writing, and poetry means a lot to me,” Liberto said. “My Free Verse poem is my favorite poem I’ve ever written. It means a lot to me because I wrote it

Juniors Payton Liberto (left) and Laura Tavano and senior Lauren Reed hold the certificates they received from placing in Cypress Bay’s Literary Fair.

when I was not in a really good place, and writing that really helped me get through it.” The first-place winners of each category from the school-wide competition will move on to the Broward County Schools District Literary Fair, which will take place on May 17 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater. “I think we have a good chance of winning a few categories,” Mrs. Klitzner said. “It is important for [the] Bay to be represented in [Broward] school board events since we are the best high school in the county.” Jessie Chaiet is a sophomore at Cypress Bay High School. She is the News Photo Editor of The Circuit, her school’s student newspaper.

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aspire to be like.” For this year’s biography project, Mrs. Summermatter gave students the freedom to select an influential female, past or present, who made a positive impact on society. “The broad requirements

to classmates, often in character. “We really value diversity at The Sagemont School. Many grades do projects on African American History and fifth grade does an incredible wax museum honoring a multitude of people from the past and present. After much consideration, I felt there was also a great need to specifically represent women in history,” explains Mrs. Summermatter. “I wanted the students to learn about a different demographic of people that have been influential, made an impact, and they can

allowed the students to explore how they thought each woman contributed to society.” The women chosen ranged from politicians and activists to scientists, artists and even athletes. In all, 26 different women were represented including author J.K. Rowling, Nobel Prize recipient and activist for female education Malala, NASA physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson, CEO of Pepsi Co. Indra Nooyi, sharpshooter Annie Oakley, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Olympic gold medal soc-

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here is no doubt that the average age of orthodontic patient has lowered through the years. Just open a yearbook from the 50’s and 60’s and you will see many young adults wearing the stereotypical “train tracks” across their teeth. Movies have spoofed the usage of head gears during the high school years, which was common practice in that era. Braces have become smaller, sleeker, more colorful, and worn with pride by many preteens. For those of you who have young children at home, the main question is whether early treatment is right for your child. To best answer this question, it is first important to define some terms. When discussing “early treatment,” I personally prefer the term interceptive treatment. It has the connotation of catching something before it becomes a bigger problem. The more common and practical term is “Phased” orthodontic treatment. In this case, treatment done at an earlier age (usually between 6-9 years old) is referred to as Phase I. It is aimed at correction of habits, skeletal discrepancies, as well as severe abnormalities in dental eruption. The later treatment, Phase II, is usually done at around 11-13 years old in order to place all permanent teeth in an ideal position. I call it more practical, because in most cases the second treatment is needed. The name serves as a reminder to the parents of this fact. Currently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7. Does this mean that all children require phased orthodontic treatment? Certainly not. The criteria for starting early treatment should be better or more predictable results. In my opinion, this is certainly the case when the upper jaw is too narrow and must be expanded, when upper front teeth are so protrusive (“buck”) that the incidence of trauma is much more likely (unless corrected), and cases of underbite (when the lower jaw is forward of the upper jaw). These treatments are “no brainers” for two reasons. The body of the younger patient is more amenable to these specific orthopedic (growth) corrections and statistically the preteen is more likely to traumatize a front tooth than at any other time. There are other times that treatment may be done for psychosocial reasons, as some children are very conscious of cosmetics. For those parents who are considering early treatment for their children, I recommend listening with an open mind. See if the reasons for starting treatment make sense to you. The rule of thumb would be “if it does not make sense, don’t do it! I find that most parents have a life philosophy which may make them either more or less open to preventative type treatments. As a parent, I find that I know what my child will be able to handle and be up to. Most importantly, if you decide as a family to start, have fun with it. Drs. Maria and Alon Grosman are Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist. Their office is located at 4401 S Flamingo Rd on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment call (954) 236-3434.


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ou should follow a number of Dean Sklar, PGA basics if you want consistent results like watching the PGA Tour Professionals on TV every Sunday. This is because there are certain degrees of freedom in the putting stroke, all of which have associated errors that can lead to inconsistency. Putting is simple, it is just not easy. It is the least complicated of all golf shots, but the one that causes the most frustration. Your objective should be to find a method that is simple, fundamentally sound and easy to repeat under pressure. Forget about the tips from well-meaning friends. There is no magic answer. Understand the basics, practice them until you can repeat them, and then get out of your own way. So, why do PGA Tour Professional golfers wind up with far fewer three putts than amateurs? Hours and hours of practice, for one thing. But it’s also due to better putting fundamentals, particularly being able to consistently repeat the same motion. There are four keys to putting: set-up, path and clubface, rhythm and tempo, and mental focus. SET-UP: I like the shaft angle of my putter leaning forward about 2-3 degrees. It makes it much easier to have the hands forward at impact, and you won’t miss putts to the left. I keep both thumbs going straight down the shaft, and little more weight on my left foot than right. Those are all big keys to good, consistent setup. In addition, make sure your shoulders and forearms are square to the target, and position the ball so that it’s about one ball-width inside your left instep. PATH AND CLUBFACE: Control the path the putter head swings on, and keep the clubface square to where you want the ball to start rolling. Even though the club is traveling in an arc, don’t twist or turn the clubface to compensate. If you just think straight back and straight through, that’s the way to go. Try to return the shaft to the same position where you started, particularly the same angle. RHYTHM AND TEMPO: The forward stroke should take half the time of the backswing on a putt. Amateurs make the mistake of taking the club too far back in their backswing and then decelerating at the point of impact. Instead, take a shorter backswing and accelerate through the ball. If you were counting the beats, instead of a two-beat swing cadence, it’s more like 1 1/2. MENTAL FOCUS: This may be the most important of the four, and perhaps the hardest to achieve. And yet, it’s exactly what a PGA Tour Professional was able to rely on when faced with a 46-foot eagle putt in Sunday’s final round when all the pressure was on the line. He was able to shut down any negative thoughts, concentrate on making the correct read, and then perform the fundamentals correctly to sink the putt and go on to win the tournament. Amateurs need to take that same positive attitude onto the course. If you walk up to a putt and you’re doubting your read, you’re doubting your aim, you’re doubting your stroke, it’s very hard to putt well. You have to fall in love with your read, you have to fall in love with your stroke and accept and be committed to your aim.

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One of the most important features of the anti-reflective treatment is used for eliminating glare and halos around lights when driving at night. It sharpens vision for greater comfort as well, by preventing eye strain. With night time driving, many aspects of our vision are affected. These include color recognition, peripheral vision, and depth perception. This is a huge safety concern, as a majority of the car accidents are caused by glare from the sun and any lighting that is reflected off cars and street lights at night. With the glare disturbing your normal vision, it can slow your reaction time. Did you know that trying to see something with the presence of a light that is too bright can actually cause your eye to strain and become teary, while the reduction in the contrast of images, such as at night, caused by dim lighting can impair your vision? Today’s modern A/R treatments use HD technology to virtually eliminate the reflection of light from your lenses, allowing more than 99 percent of available light to pass through the lenses WHILE providing UV protection from the sun. The light is then able to enter the good eye and establish good vision. Other benefits of A/R treatments include less maintenance of the lenses as far as cleaning. Some anti-reflective treatments use surface treatments that are both hydrophobic and oleophobic, which means that they can repel both water and oil. With this, A/R treatments are also able to repel dust and particles. Using newer technology, A/R treatments are built into the lens of your glasses in order to avoid any type of peeling, less smudging and scratching. There are many different types of anti-reflective treatments out there, but it is very important to make sure to go with a good quality one in order to get the best clarity of vision. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, 954888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.


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have been practicing law for over 35 years. I realized many years ago that allowing a judge or jury to make a decision in a case is always a last resort. Cases that ultimately proceed to trial involve either issues that cannot be compromised or individuals who can be unreasonable in their expectations. If you proceed to trial, your ability to control your destiny is severely compromised. You are allowing a third party to dictate the terms and conditions of your future. I can assure you that Judges much prefer to approve a settlement reached by the parties than to decide the fate of individuals. Judges often tell the respective parties that they will always be better off deciding the case between themselves, rather that have he/she decide some of these issues. They are further informed that a judge’s job is to be fair and equitable, which means that after the trial is over both parties usually leave the courthouse unhappy, neither obtaining what they were seeking. Of course that is not always true. There are obviously times when parties’ expectations are within reason and the results obtained at trial are satisfactory.

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BY JODI KURRY COHEN, MS.ED DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS TEMPLE DOR DORIM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

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rom the moment a child experiences their first interactions of “goo and ga” with their mom and dad to the time they participate in competitive sports on the high school football field, that child is learning through play. Play sets the stage for vital opportunities in the development of a slew of skills that are essential in determining a child’s future success. Regardless of age, children receive similar benefits from play. Through play children learn… ▸▸ how to make choices ▸▸ to use their imagination, improvise, think flexibly and explore new options ▸▸ to solve problems, both with materials and people ▸▸ to work cooperatively ▸▸ to put skills into action ▸▸ to give a project their attention until it’s done While academic skills are important, research has shown that the life skills that are learned through play are even bigger indicators of success

later in life than a child’s academic readiness. Good grades and academic ability can help a child get to where they need to go, but creativity, determination, follow through and being able to work with others will take them above and beyond that place. Play often involves engaging others socially, which is another vital life skill. When children don’t have adequate opportunities to play with other children they don’t have the chance to practice the skills needed in fostering relationships. Two children working together in the sandbox to build a castle, negotiating the give and take of play could translate later in life to two adults working cooperatively as a team on an important architectural project for their firm. Play is that vital for future success! Play comes in many forms and can include play dates, the playground, dramatic play and blocks at the preschool age to team sports, neighborhood play and game nights with older children. Play can be structured or unstructured, guided by adults or led by children. For some children, play will come naturally but for others it may need to be coaxed and encouraged. Regardless of how it’s done, it is important for parents to provide environments that allow for play and foster that type of learning so that children are well prepared for a competitive future. Make sure your children Eat, Live and PLAY! Jodi Cohen has a Masters degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 17 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at 954-389-1232.

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lood testing is commonly used to help diagnose disease or pinpoint injury in animals. It can also help determine the state of your pet’s health during regular physical exam visits. Although a CBC or a chemistry profile can be performed separately, these tests are frequently done at the same time; when the results are interpreted together, they provide a good overview of many of the body’s functions. As with any other diagnostic test, results of a CBC and chemistry profile are not interpreted in a vacuum. Your veterinarian will combine this information with physical exam findings, medical history, and other information to assess your pet’s health status and determine if additional testing should be recommended.

How Is a CBC and Chemistry Profile Performed?

To perform a CBC and chemistry profile, your veterinary team must first obtain a small blood sample from your pet. This procedure is usually very quick; it may take only a few seconds if the patient is well behaved. For patients that are very frightened or not well behaved, your veterinary team may want to use a muzzle, towel, or other gentle restraint device. In some cases, such as in patients with very thick fur, it may be necessary to shave the hair from the area where blood will be drawn. This is often a good way to find the vein quickly, and the hair will grow back. Some veterinary offices have in-house blood analysis equipment, so they can perform a CBC and chemistry profile in the office and have results the same day. Other offices send blood samples to an outside laboratory for these tests to be performed. If an outside laboratory is used, results are generally available within one to two days. Because a recent meal changes the blood and may affect the results of a chemistry profile, your veterinarian may recommend that your pet not receive any food for eight to 12 hours before blood is drawn. In most cases, water can still be offered. Please let your veterinarian know if this temporary fast will be a problem for you or your pet. Also, be sure to tell your veterinarian about any medications or supplements that your pet is receiving, as some products can alter the results of a chemistry profile.  

What Is a CBC and Chemistry Profile Used For?

A CBC and chemistry profile is an important component of wellness blood work. Your veterinarian may recommend wellness blood work during your pet’s regular exams. Even if your pet is young and healthy, performing this testing periodically helps establish “normal” values for your pet. The next time blood work is performed, your veterinarian can compare the results with previous results to see if anything has changed. Depending on your pet’s age and health history, additional tests (such as thyroid testing or urinalysis) may also be recommended as part of wellness testing. For seniors or chronically ill pets, your veterinarian may recommend blood work more frequently. Wellness blood work screens for many medical conditions, including diabetes and kidney disease. In many cases, early diagnosis and management can improve quality of life and the long-term prognosis for pets with chronic illnesses. Performing a CBC and chemistry panel poses minimal risk for your pet, and in many cases, the information your veterinarian gains from this testing is invaluable. Animal Health Center @ Weston is “The Gentle Practice You Can Rely On”. Dr. Miguel E. Cordova and his staff are committed to caring for your precious pets. The practice is located at 2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact 954-385-8389 or www.animalhealthcenteratweston.com.


Describe your office environment. We offer our patients clean, comfortable spacious settings at our multiple locations. We are deeply committed to ensuring that our patients receive state of the art medical care in a compassionate, respectful and professional manner.

What are the ages of your patients?

What is special about your staff? At

50 insurances including all major insurance companies.

Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood our staff makes patients feel like family, while making sure that our valuable patients receive the best possible patient care.

What services does your practice offer?

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f you are looking for a one-stop medical practice with highly skilled doctors in multiple specialities who will treat whatever ails you and make you feel like a VIP, look no further than Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood. Moises Issa, M.D. F.A.C.S.G., answered some commonly asked questions about the practice.

Describe the practice. Primary

Care Physicians of Hollywood aims to provide comprehensive primary and preventative medical care that is affordable and accessible to the entire family.

We have specialists in the areas of dermatology, cardiology, optometry, ophthalmology and gastroenterology. We offer acupuncture, on-site labs, immigration and school physicals, glasses and contacts, at home sleep studies, diagnostic imaging, an in-house pharmacy, diabetic testing and weight loss programs..

What differentiates you from the competition? Our goal is to have a one-stop

12 years to geriatric age.

Do you accept insurance? We accept more than

Is there anything else you would like readers to know about you or your practice?

IT'S THEIR BUSINESS

Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood Offers Outstanding Care at Eight Locations in Dade and Broward

We are open long hours and have Saturday and same day appointments. Walk-ins are welcome and we offer free transportation. We also offer Silver Sneakers to our Medicare population.

Primary Care Physicians of Hollywood offers eight locations from Davie to Aventura including one in Hollywood at 6517 Taft Street, Suite 100. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 954983-9191 or visit www.pcphollywood.com

shop as a convenience for our patients.

What hospitals are you affiliated with? We

are affiliated with Memorial HealthCare and the HCA Hospital (Westside Regional and Aventura Medical Center).

What do you offer that is new in the field?

We offer Immunotherapy, Vasoscans, Bladder Therapy, Varicose Vein treatments and Stem Cell treatments for wound care.

How long has the practice been open? Our original

Hollywood office opened in 1977 and it was a one physician office. Today we offer eight convenient locations from Aventura to Plantation with 17 providers and a wound care center on campus at Taft street that does home visits if needed

What is your background? Where did you

do your training? I was born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami. I went on to receive a minor in Chemistry with a Bachelor in Biological Science from Florida State University. I then received my Medical Degree from Ross University School of Medicine. I did a one year internship in Family Practice at Prince George’s Hospital in Maryland and went on to do a three year residency in Internal Medicine at Crozer Chester Hospital affiliated with Temple University in Philadelphia.

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Rotary Traditions – A Monthly Focus on Service

ROTARY NEWS

BY PAT SHORT HORNSBY, WESTON ROTARIAN

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he Rotary Club of Weston has had a busy and productive spring, coming off fire. The Welland and East Aurora Rotary Clubs are supporting a youth hockey of another wildly successful charity golf tournament in April that raised in program for at-risk youth at a First Nation school in northwestern Ontario, Canada. excess of $100,000 for local college-bound students. In May, the club holds a In Nigeria, the Rotary Club of Ilorin GRA empowers youth by providing vocational Scholarship Awards Breakfast training that can sustain to honor worthy recipients them as they enter adultand acknowledge generous hood. All around the world, benefactors. The Rotary Club Rotarians pool their skills of Weston is not alone in its and resources to help young annual celebration of youth. people succeed. Rotary clubs around the world The Rotary Club of use the month of May to focus Weston takes great pleasure on Youth Services. in its Student of the Month In fact, each month in the program. Each month during Rotary calendar is given a the school year, outstanding particular focus to encourage seniors from Cypress Bay Rotarians to think about how and Western high schools they can support people and are chosen by their faculty communities in different areas and staff to represent their or service, such as Basic school as the Student of the Education and Literacy, Water The Rotary Club of Weston awards over $100,000 in college scholarships to more than 50 area graduating seniors. Month. The teens address and Sanitation, or Disease Prevention and Treatment. In May, our young people the Weston Rotarians at a breakfast meeting, and are rewarded for their exemtake center stage as we contemplate how we can improve lives by serving young plary academic and volunteer records with a certificate and a small scholarpeople. In addition to structured Rotary programs such as Interact (high school ship. These students join many others at the club’s May scholarship breakfast to service club), Rotaract (young adult club), Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (a receive their awards. In return, the Rotarians ask only that students pay it forward, weekend leadership seminar for students) and Rotary Youth Exchange (overseas remembering the Rotary motto of Service Above Self as they go off to college and cultural emersion), clubs develop their own special youth projects. Mentoring, etheventually careers. ics seminars and vocational counseling or internships are just a few of the ways The Rotary Club of Weston meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Rotarians support our world citizens of tomorrow. Weston Hills Country Club. For more information go to www. For example, the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunset recently helped to refurbish WestonRotary.com. a neighborhood school’s playground and PE equipment that was destroyed by

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Massage Envy Weston Expands Its Facial and Aesthetic Services Menu

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on’t let the name fool you. Massage Envy offers much more than just massage therapy. Since 2006, Massage Envy Weston has been the best place to go for professional, affordable and convenient facials and massages. Now, it’s expanding its professional skin care services to include Chemical Peels and Microderm Infusion. Franchise Owner Randi Fine shares more about the new aesthetic services and what makes Massage Envy so successful.

What types of skin care treatments does Massage Envy offer? We

have recently expanded our professional skin care services to include PCA Chemical Peels, a blend of advanced ingredients to increase cell turnover with little or no down time, and Microderm Infusion, a breakthrough exfoliating treatment offered exclusively by Massage Envy. This is in addition to our popular 60- and 90-minute advanced healthy skin care services available to help improve skin texture, tone and appearance. Other services include Seaweed Mask Facials, Anti-Aging Eye Treatments, Men’s Facials, Anti-Acne Back Facials, as well as exfoliating Hand and Foot Treatments.

What products do you use? The skin care products offered by Massage Envy are widely recognized as the best in the industry. Our new line of skin care products by PCA is top tier medical grade. We continue to offer Murad products, several of which have been specifically formulated for Massage Envy by Dr. Murad himself.

Your name is Massage Envy. What types of massage therapy do you provide? We offer customized therapeutic and relaxation 60-,

90- and 120-minute massages, coupled with options such as Hot Stone Therapy, Aroma Therapy, Deep Muscle Therapy, and exfoliating Sugar Foot Scrubs. Some of our therapists practice reflexology, pre-natal, oncology, myofascial, sports and geriatric massage as well. Due to popular demand, we will soon be adding Stretching. Massage Envy offers a wider menu of

therapeutic modalities than our competitors do, and we always stay several steps ahead of other chains with new and innovative services.

What distinguishes Massage Envy Weston from other day spas? Massage

Envy was the first to market the massage franchise concept and still leads as the gold standard industry model with over 1,300 locations. While the structure is the same in every clinic, the culture and “feel” of each is not. We have created an atmosphere of harmony, tranquility, and hospitality for our guests. We want them to have the total pampering experience; to feel great the moment they walk in and even better when they leave. We also feel it is important to respect, appreciate and pamper our employees. Without them we would not have the successful business we do. Our entire staff loves the working environment at Weston. That positive attitude carries over to our guests’ total experiences.

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Massage Envy Weston is located at 1374 Weston Road in the Country Isles Plaza. It is open 9am-10pm Monday-Friday, 9am9pm Saturday, and 9am-6pm on Sunday. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 954-660-3689 or visit https:// locations.massageenvy.com/fl/weston/1374-weston-road.html.

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Special Needs 360 Care Supports Special Education Students And Their Families BY STACEY BOMSER

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pecial Needs 360 Care supports special education students and their parents with educational advocacy, at-home positive behavior plans, organizational skills training, and workshops. Founder and ESE Specialist Celina Chocron explains more about the unique services now available to help children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and other special education needs succeed at school.

special needs advisor with a master’s degree in Special Education with autism, reading and ESOL endorsements. I have 20-plus years of experience in education as an ESE specialist, Special Needs 360 Care Founder Celina Chocron. support facilitator, behavioral coach, special education teacher, pre-K and and do not limit our services to school benefits elementary school teacher, curriculum coordina- (advocacy). Our breadth enables us to work with tor, and principal. families to align their needs with the specific

What services does Special Needs 360 Care provide? Our educational advocacy

What is Special Needs 360 Care? The com-

pany was founded as a comprehensive service to support students with special education needs and their parents. Our goal is to give children every advantage.

What is your background? I am a bilingual

service ensures eligible students receive necessary school accommodation benefits. We help parents with the initial evaluation and with navigating through the process to ensure their child obtains the appropriate plan and accommodations at school. We offer one-on-one student training to empower students to improve their attention and organization skills, independent living skills, self-advocacy and self-monitoring. Lastly, we offer workshops for parents focused on providing a greater understanding of common learning impediments, awareness of the benefits available through school, and some tools that can be implemented at home.

What distinguishes Special Needs 360 Care from its competition? We offer a variety of services that cover all of the students’ needs

action plan that is in the best interest of the child, be it a one-on-one training plan, advocacy, tools for parents, or other custom solution. This is reflected in our name – we take care of your family with packages that provide up to 360 degrees of support.

Is there anything else you would like readers to know? We offer a free consultation

and based on our discussion with parents, we propose an individual action plan. While most of our students fit into one of our plans, every case is different and may be customized for optimal outcomes. Special Needs 360 Care works with all Broward County Schools students. For more information or to schedule a free consultation call 954-394-5265 or visit www.SpecialNeeds360Care.com. Hablamos Espanol.

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Camp Sagemont Offers Something for Everyone BY STACEY BOMSER

According to Camp Sagemont Director Danielle Guski, whatever it is you and your kids are looking for, it’s available this summer at Camp Sagemont. She shares more about what’s in store.

Camp Sagemont has always been popular with younger children, but what does it offer for older kids? Our

Teen Travel Camp is just for campers entering sixth through eighth grade. Its programs were specifically planned with the likes of middle school-aged campers in mind. Campers will participate in three off campus field trips each week to locations such as indoor trampoline parks, X-Treme Action Park, Jungle Island, Miami Speed Boat, Rapids Water Park, tubing at C.B. Smith Park and much more. Of course, our teen campers can also join many of our specialty camp programs as well, such as Sports, STEM, Robotics, Marine Science, Art or Drama.

The Sagemont School is well-known for its exceptional arts programs. How does Camp Sagemont make these resources available to campers? Camp Sagemont offers four weeks of art camp with a

certified art teacher who inspires campers to trust their imagination and natural creative instincts. Art Camp is for campers entering third through eighth grade. During the session, campers will create a multitude of projects using a variety of materials. In addition, campers will participate in art-related field trips to further inspire their creativity and understanding of art. Campers participating in the Drama Camp this summer will learn the ins and outs of theater as they rehearse and prepare for an end-of-camp production of The Lion King.

Why should parents consider enrolling their child in an arts-based camp program? Camp Sagemont’s Art and Drama Camps bring life to

a camper’s imagination. Whether campers are working on a 3D sculpture or taking on a character in a theatrical production, the sky is the limit. Children are so concerned with getting the answers correct during the school year that their imagination often gets left behind. Art and Drama Camp provide the opportunity for campers to let their imagination soar as there is no correct answer to the question of how art is created and appreciated. Art Camp runs June 12th through July 7th, while Drama Camp is offered from July 24th through August 11th.

Why should parents consider an academic-based camp? Many

parents are looking for fun and enriching academic-based activities to keep their children’s minds active throughout the summer. In addition, research indicates that students who keep their minds actively engaged do not display summer regression upon returning to the classroom. The goal to increase student knowledge is especially important for English language learning students who have the greatest probability for regression, not only in content but overall English language development. Camp Sagemont strives to answer the global demand to provide a continuous and fun academic learning experience during the summer.

What types of academic enrichment are available this summer?

For campers who are in need of some additional academic instruction or

for those who wish to get a jump on the next school year, Camp Sagemont offers the Academic Advantage Plus program and Reading Rocks. Camp Sagemont also offers an outstanding English as a Second Language (ESL) camp program. With the Plus portion of Academic Advantage Plus and ESL Advantage Plus, parents who wish for their child to avoid the summer slide are able to achieve this through academics in the morning and camp in the afternoon.

Please tell us more about Academic Advantage Plus. Families will select two

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amp Sagemont is taking the stress out of planning your children’s summer break. It offers something for every member of the family, from a traditional day camp program for preschoolers and younger students to its Teen Travel Camp. Not to mention, its popular arts programs and academic enrichment opportunities allow children to explore new interests or supplement lessons learned throughout the school year.

subject areas from a choice of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, or Critical Thinking and Study Skills for their child to focus on during their morning studies. Academic Advantage Plus provides personalized learning for each camper. This program is open to campers entering first through fifth grade, and is available in two, four-week blocks. The first is from June 12th through July 7th, and the second session is from July 10th through August 4th.

What is Reading Rocks? In addition to

the selection of two subject areas, each Academic Advantage Plus camper will participate in Reading Rocks, a program designed explicitly to assist campers and families in completing their summer reading list and related assignments. Campers will spend 30 minutes each day reading a book from their list. They will log their reading daily, identify and define any new words learned, as well as share key points about their book with classmates. Upon completion of the book, campers will complete book reports or other summer reading assignments. Reading Rocks is also available to traditional day campers entering first through third grade during Camp Clubs.

What is ESL Advantage Plus? Returning this summer, ESL Advantage

Plus will help students who are learning to speak English prepare for the upcoming school year. Our Elementary ESL campers, entering first through fifth grade, will participate in English lessons from 9 am to 12 noon daily, then join a camp of their choice in the afternoon. ESL Advantage Plus is offered in two, four-week blocks. The first is from June 12th through July 7th and the second session from July 10th through August 4th. Middle and high school ESL Advantage Plus campers, entering sixth through twelfth grade, will attend English lessons from 9 am to 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, allowing them to join the Teen Travel Camp on Wednesday and Friday field trips. The middle and high school ESL Advantage Plus program runs from July 17th through August 11th.

How does Camp Sagemont allow traditional day campers to explore new activities and skills? Camp Clubs return this year and

will be offered in the afternoons for our traditional Camp Sagemont campers who are in first grade through third grade cabins. Camp Clubs are a wonderful opportunity for campers to pursue areas of individual interest. Campers can select a Camp Club to participate in on a weekly basis. Choices change every three weeks. Some of the options include Cheer & Dance, Scrapbooking, Environmental Club, STEM Explorers, Stop Animation, and Fuse Bead Fun. Camp Sagemont offers tradition day camp and a wide variety of specialty camps. All programs are held on Sagemont’s Lower School Campus in Weston. Camp Sagemont begins the week of June 12th and runs through August 11th. Camp hours are 9 am to 3:30 pm, with early care and after care available. To learn more about Camp Sagemont visit www.campsagemont.com or call 954-384-1894.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

MASKED MARVELS

Pre-K and kindergarten students at The Sagemont School learned about electricity in the school’s Innovation STEAM Lab. The students used an LED light and battery to light up a mask.

WATER MATTERS

Tequesta Trace Middle School's Eco-Partners Club and the Junior Honor Society hosted two booths at Broward County’s Water Matters Day. Over 500 people visited to learn about their Eco-Partner Projects and to build a community mural that upcycled plastic bottle caps. The other booth explained how the Environmental Adviser and Science Teacher, Ms. Sant Angelo, traveled to Taiwan as part of the National Wildlife Federation's US-Taiwan Delegation for EcoSchools.

SMOOTH SAILING

As part of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lesson, students in Andrea Perez's 4th grade gifted/high achievers class at Manatee Bay Elementary competed in rain gutter ship races.

GO FOR THE GOLD

Students from Manatee Bay Elementary competed in the Broward SECME-STEM Olympiad. Approximately 1,000 students, from all grades, participated in various challenges focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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After studying the life cycle of butterflies, prekindergarten students at Indian Trace Elementary were excited to watch their butterflies explore their new home in the school’s butterfly garden.

COMMUNITY GARDEN

As a culmination to a unit on plants, students in Patty DeBiase’s third grade class at Indian Trace Elementary planted a salsa garden. Orchard Supply Hardware donated the supplies and manpower to build the raised garden, and then helped the children plant vegetables and flowers. The class hopes to harvest their crop to make their own salsa for an end-of-the-year party.

SNAPSHOTS SECTION FROM SCHOOL HEAD

BUTTERFLY RELEASE

LITTLE LEARNERS

Students in Helene San’s pre-kindergarten class at Everglades Elementary School have been busy. The children recently learned about color blends and took part in a butterfly release.

MEET THE MASTER

Students in Mara Miller's first grade class at Everglades Elementary School met an actual artist during a recent Meet the Masters program. Photographer/Psychiatrist Joel Walker created an interactive art exhibit in the classroom, featuring 100 photographs of a tiger and her cub that he captured at Miami Zoo. The children picked their five favorites and wrote about how the pictures made them feel.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

BOOK LOVERS

Manatee Bay Elementary Principal Heather Hedman-Devaughn joins students in celebrating kindergarten success in the Accelerated Reading program.

READING COUNTS

Falcon Cove Middle School hosted its second annual Battle of the Books. Students from five area middle schools participated in the literary challenge, identifying quotations from award-winning books. Falcon Cove was the winning team.

CLASS ACTS

A Children’s Carousel held its annual Spring Hat Parade for students and alumni. Graduates as old as 13 came back for this beloved tradition in which children parade around the preschool wearing festive hats.

HOPPY HOLIDAY

Students at Tiny Planet Preschool enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and hat parade.

Third graders Grayson Jones and Isabella Mariotto

First graders Sara Dann and Jet Grom

READING REWARDS

Congratulations to the winners of Indian Trace Elementary School’s Celebrate Literacy Week challenge. One boy and one girl from each grade level won a $10 Scholastic Book Fair gift certificate. Students qualified by creating a book talk video or reading a certain number of books.

SHOW TIME

Second Grade ESOL students from Eagle Point Elementary School took a field trip to see the play Charlotte’s Web. The program was funded by an Immigrant & Youth Grant (Discovering Your Way), which provides immigrant students the opportunity to develop their social and cultural skills, nurture their leadership potential, and promote their understanding of North American culture.

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Students at Everglades Elementary School participated in Field Day, competing in games such as the Sack Race, Bucket Brigade and Tug-of-War.

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

GAME ON

HISTORY BUFFS

Gator Run Elementary fourth graders saw Florida history come to life as they visited historic St. Augustine. The trip included visits to the Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Lighthouse, and Fort Menendez.

MATHLETES

Members of the Manatee Bay Elementary Math Team were joined by Principal Hedman-Devaughn and teachers Ms. Salzer and Ms. Ruiz at the BCCTM Math Competition.

PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

Country Isles Elementary fourth grade students explored Florida history and learned about the country’s space program during an overnight trip to St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center.

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Photos courtesy City of Weston.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Hundreds of families attended the Weston YMCA Family Center’s Healthy Kids Day, which focused on wellness and healthy living choices. City leaders and members of the BSO police and fire rescue departments were out in full force to support this fun, free family event.

Photo courtesy Broward Sheriff’s Office.

COMMUNITY POLICING BE PREPARED

Cleveland Clinic Florida welcomed Cub Scout Pack 183. Off-duty BSO firefighter paramedics taught the boys first aid skills.

Weston BSO Crime Prevention Specialist Deputy Kevin Maccagli welcomed four friends to the Weston District Station. He spoke to the children about aspects of law enforcement then gave them a tour of the police station and its various vehicles, with a quick stop for a photo opp.

TOPPING OUT

Weston City Commissioner Thomas Kallman, Mayor Daniel Stermer, Cleveland Clinic Florida President Wael Barsoum, MD, Chief of Staff Rodolfo Blandon, MD, Chief Operating Officer Ozzie Delgado, and Commissioners Toby Feuer and Margaret Brown were on hand for the “topping out” ceremony at Cleveland Clinic Florida to celebrate completion of the steel skeleton for the new hospital tower.

ART APPRECIATION

Members of the Weston Art Guild celebrated the opening of their Glory of the Moment exhibit at Studio 18 in the Pines.

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS

Ballerinas at the International Dance Academy, with help from their moms, surprised Ms. Mary with a beautiful birthday celebration.

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