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Free standing building, zone 64 commercial. Business allowed within BU-1, BU-1A and BU-2. Presently a restaurant with drive thru window. Busy street, right off of 826 on Bird Road, across the street there is a McDonalds, Starbucks etc. Prime location. Offered at $1,750,000. Call Tini Hui – (305) 904-3761

WESTON

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

WESTON

Custom courtyard home 4BR/3.5BA in the main house plus 1BR/1BA guest house. Totally remodeled & expanded kitchen, quartz counters, butler pantry w/beverage center & large storage area. All bathrooms have been totally remodeled. New 36x18 porcelain tile throughout social areas. Pool with screen. New accordion shutters, one new A/C unit, freshly painted exterior. Offered at $1,074,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

PARKLAND

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 $ 10,999,999. Call Jean Kachik – (954) 646-0777

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Large home on 2 acre waterfront. Home features: 7 bedrooms, 5.1 bathrooms, 5370 sqft of living area, home theater, guest house,, guest house with separate entance, water softening system, central vacuum, wood kitchen cabinets, impact windows,crown molding generator and so much more. Offered at $1,299,000.00 Call Victoria Reese at 954-990-3512

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

PARKLAND

Brand New in Parkland! Built in 2016. Home features: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 500 sqft of paved patio, great views, wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, excellent schools, polished garage floor, definitely a must see!! Offered at $629,000. Call Kim McAvaney at 954-303-6500


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JUST LISTED - 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 $529,000. Call Filippo Vespa at (954) 540-2806

WESTON

Beautiful home in the heart of Weston. Home features, 4 bedrooms, 2- 1/2 bathrooms, fence patio, 1765 sqft of living area, A+ schools, Resort style club house. Offered at $459,000. Call Desiree Ocando at (954) 638-7341

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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

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Beautiful lake & pool view from this spacious and updated home. Home features: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, cherry laminated wood floors in living room and all bedrooms, large eat in custom built kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, huge family rood, large master suite with roman tub, beautiful pool with waterfall. Definitely a must see. Offered at $479,000. Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

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Move in ready single family home in desirable Shenandoah neighborhood. Home features: 3BR, 2BA, 1244 sqft of living area, open floor plan with vaulted ceilings, covered screened patio, fenced yard, accordion hurricane shutters, roof replaced in 2006. Very low HOA, located on a cul-de-sac. Offered at $310,000. Call Oswaldo Moreno at (786) 586-6141 or Ramona Bautista at (954) 854-0937

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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, screenedin patio and pool. This home is ready to move in! Offered at $499,500. Call Victoria Reese at (954) 990-3512

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MIAMI

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS 48 Candida Overgrowth – A Common Condition That Is Easily Overlooked

SCHOOL NEWS 50 Spotlight Shines on The Sagemont School’s Theater Program

18 Celebrate the Great American Spirit at Weston’s July 4th Hometown Parade

54 Imagine Second Graders Succeed at STEM Challenges

20 Student Artist Showcase Celebrates Talented Young Artists

58 Cypress Bay Students are Building a Better Community

20 Weston Philharmonic Society Presents Music Scholarships

60 Cypress Bay UNICEF Club Named Nation’s Number One Club

22 Weston University Students’ Final Assignment: Mock City Commission Meeting

60 Cypress Bay PTSA Lightning Awards Honor Exceptional Students

22 Weston University Program Students Explore Washington D.C. 24 Hopping Good Time at Royal Egg Hunt 26 New Bike Lane Signs Attract Attention 26 Sunshine at the Park Shines Light on Suicide Awareness and Prevention 28 Home Purchase and Repair Help Available to Low Income Families 30 Weston BSO Takes Home Top Honors from BSO Recognition Ceremony 30 Weston BSO Explorers Excel at Competition 36 Be Prepared for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season 38 Stay Connected this Storm Season with CodeRED 38 Summer Travelers Can Take Advantage of BSO’s Free Home Watch Program 72 Cleveland Clinic Florida Epilepsy Center Earns Level 4 Accreditation

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REAL ESTATE 34 2017 Real Estate Market: How Are We Doing?

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56 History Comes Alive at Indian Trace Elementary School

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f you’ve lived in South Florida for long enough, you’ve experienced your share of hurricane warnings, scares, and, unfortunately, storms. Last year, many of us boarded up our homes and prepared for the worst. We were lucky that Hurricane Matthew stayed just off the coast and spared us, but this year could be very different. Hurricane season officially lasts from June 1st until November 30th. According to the most recent forecasts, the 2017 Hurricane season should be about average, with a total of 11 named storms. Hurricane “season”, however, is not what causes billions of dollars of damage and threatens lives; it is that one big storm. There is little to no correlation between the number of severe storms in the Atlantic and the number of storms that reach landfall. We owe it to ourselves and to our families to make sure we are prepared. The Florida Department of Emergency Management recommends that every family prepare a hurricane kit and have an evacuation plan in place. You can visit www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan to create a personalized plan. It only takes a few minutes and could be the difference between life and death. Stay safe and have a wonderful summer. Sincerely,

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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.

from 6:30-7:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

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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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Weston Friends Club Book Club – Attend an organizational meeting at 1pm to start a new book club called “The Happy Bookers.” For more information on this book club or other Weston Friends Club events and activities, please call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445.

Library. Preregistration is required; call 954-357-5420.

21st Weston Friends Club 5-Deck Canasta – This game is played at a member’s home on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you are interested in this activity or more information about Weston Friends Club, please call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445. Teen Art Class – Heighten your creative and artistic abilities with the Art Hubb, Inc. This free program is for teens and preteens, ages 11 and up. It’s from 2-4pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5420 to preregister.

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Weston Rocks Paint Party – All ages can paint rocks to hide around Weston to spread joy and brighten people’s days. Bring a rock to decorate or chose one provided by Luscious Landscaping and Pavers. It takes place from 11am-1pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

11th 5K Color Run – Habitat for Humanity of Broward is holding a 5K Color Run at Markham Park. The race starts at 7:45am. Registration is $30. Sign up at www.habitatbroward.org/colorrun. For more information call 954-533-3842.

Taking Care of Mother Earth – Children’s Entertainer Marci Poppins will delight all ages with magic, storytelling and puppets as she teaches children to “build a better world.” The show is from 1-2pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information contact the Youth Services Department at 954-357-5430.

18th SAT Preparation Class – The Weston Community Center offers this class to prepare students for the August 26th SAT Exam. The eight-week course meets Sundays from 10:30am-1pm or Thursdays from 7:15-9:45pm. The cost is $475 and includes text book and materials. For more information or to enroll, call 954-478-0792.

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Weston Friends Club Bunko – This group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30am until about noon. For more information, contact Bunko Chair Becky Hooker at 954-557-3460.

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Hometown Parade – This 4th of July tradition is one of Weston’s biggest and most exciting events of the year. This year’s parade theme is Celebrating the Great American Spirit. The parade begins promptly at 10:30am in Weston Town Center. Local clubs, organizations, businesses and bands are welcome to participate. Applications are due by June 23rd. For more information visit www.westonfl.org or call 954-389-4321.

July 19th Adult Coloring – Express your creative side with this free program at the Weston Branch Library from 6:307:30pm. Coloring sheets and coloring pencils will be provided. Call 954-3575304 for more information.

24th Storytelling and Puppet Show – Dance, song and audience participation will delight children of all ages when Jo Bridges performs at the Weston Branch Library from 11am-12pm. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 954-357-5430.

Summerfest Concert – The Weston Philharmonic Society presents this intimate concert featuring the Symphony of the Americas orchestra joined by internationallyrenowned musicians. The concert is at 7:45pm at Temple Dor Dorim. For more information visit www. westonphilharmonic.org.

Ongoing Open Bridge Play – Enjoy an afternoon of bridge at the Weston Community Center on Mondays from 12:30-4pm or Wednesday and Friday from 12:303:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.

27th Babysitting Class – A registered nurse teaches this class for children ages 11-15. It covers the basics for becoming a good babysitter. The class is from 2-4pm at the Weston Branch Library. Participants should bring an infant-sized doll or stuffed animal. Class size is limited; please register at 954-357-5420.

14th Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to join a book talk on The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. Copies are available at the information desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month

run at Weston Regional Park. Race time is 7am. Visit www.Westonfl.org/ Parks for race details and registration information.

DJ for a Day – This hands-on interactive experience introduces teens and preteens, ages 11-18, to music technology. This free program is from 2-4:30pm at the Weston Branch

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July 4th Hometown Celebration 5K Run/ Walk – Join your friends and family for a 4th of July holiday celebration

Open Mah-Jong – Enjoy a game of mah-jong every Thursday from 11am-3pm at the Weston Community Center. Call 954-389-4321 for more information.


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Celebrate the Great American Spirit at Weston’s July 4th Hometown Parade COMMUNITY NEWS

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hether you are new to this country or your family has been here for generations, we can all appreciate what it means to be an American. Celebrating the Great American Spirit is the theme of this year’s City of Weston 4th of July Hometown Parade. Director of Communications Denise Barrett-Miller says each year when selecting a theme, the City searches for a patriotic statement that can be interpreted by each person a little differently dependent upon their life experiences. “Celebrating the Great American Spirit can mean the strength and spirit of the American people, individually or collectively; the spirit of the country as a whole; the idea of America and all it has to offer.” City leaders are excited to see the various ways this theme will be portrayed by our culturally-diverse community and the unity it brings. “Attending a community 4th of July celebration helps to remind us that the American Spirit is alive and well, and living in all of us,” notes Director of Parks & Recreation Don Decker, whose department is coordinating the City’s 4th of July festivities. This year’s parade will feature not one but several Grand Marshals. Decker says the principals from Weston’s local schools have been invited to participate. Mayor Daniel Stermer encourages everyone in the community to attend this time-honored tradition. “The Weston July 4th Hometown Parade is a long-standing, family-friendly, small town tradition filled with individuals and groups from your own community, exhibiting their pride and celebration of our nation’s independence. This fun-filled event also includes professional entertainment and music to complete one of the year’s most colorful and spirit-filled events.” Weston’s annual 4th of July Hometown Parade begins at 10:30am at Weston Town Center. Decker says the event usually attracts about 3,000 spectators. He recom-

mends people arrive early to secure a spot along the parade route and to bring their own chairs. The parade is free and open to everyone. Any interested community groups, organizations, businesses, schools and bands can participate. Many popular annual entries include the police and fire department, scout troops, and local churches. To download a parade application, go to www.westonfl.org/media/docs/ misc/2017_July_4_Parade_Application.pdf. The deadline to register is June 23rd. Prior to the parade will be Weston’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration 5K Run/ Walk at Weston Regional Park. The race begins at 7am. The course goes out and back on South Post Road with a lap around the park to the finish line in front of the Community Center. Visit www.Westonfl.org/Parks for race details and registration information. For more information on the City of Weston 4th of July Hometown Celebration, visit www.westonfl.org or call 954-389-4321.

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Student Artist Showcase Celebrates Talented Young Artists COMMUNITY NEWS

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he Weston Branch Library was transformed into an art gallery for the Arts Council of Greater Weston’s 11th annual Student Artist Showcase. Throughout the month of April, library patrons could view a sampling of the incredible artwork being produced in our local classrooms. It featured work in all genres, by students from kindergarten through high school. Photos courtesy Cypress Bay High School photography student Isabelle Miller Imagine Charter School at Weston art teacher Jennifer Brittingham said the show was sented the awards. Every student artist spectacular. “My students and their parents were very received a certificate of participation impressed.” and a complimentary pass to Young At Art teachers from 12 public and private schools Art Museum. Ribbons were awarded in the greater Weston area participated. Each was to the first, second and third place invited to submit up to 12 works of art created as winners in each category, along with a classroom projects which they felt exemplified the small prize. creativity, craftsmanship and critical thinking skills “It was truly an honor and pleataught throughout the school year. Projects featured sure to recognize the students for work in drawing, painting, photography, digital art, their hard work and creative talents,” and mixed media. said Student Artist Showcase Chair “It was wonderful seeing the beautiful and creative Gryssele Machicote. “Their smile and joy – a truly artwork, but an absolute privilege meeting the artists remarkable memory made!” and their proud families as they checked in at the Although the work was as original as the 225 library,” shared Arts Council Board Member Vicky student artists, all agreed they enjoy the freedom of Rosen. expression art provides. “To me, art means creativity,” Each participating student was invited to attend noted 2nd place winner Jayda Washington-Boothe, a a private reception, with their families and teachers. 3rd grader at Manatee Bay Elementary. Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer and Commissioners “Art is my free place,” declared 1st place winner Thomas Kallman, Toby Feuer and Byron Jaffe preHannah Han, a 5th grader at Everglades Elementary.

Tequesta Trace Middle School student Yuliana Maldonado shared that “Art is my hobby, passion, everything…my heart.” The Student Artist Showcase exhibition is organized by the Arts Council of Greater Weston in partnership with the City of Weston and Weston Friends of the Library.

Weston Philharmonic Society Presents Music Scholarships BY STACEY BOMSER

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en local students will be able to pursue their music studies in college next year thanks to the Weston Philharmonic Society and a group of generous benefactors in the community. Over the past 20 years, the Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS) has presented dozens of scholarships to deserving students from Cypress Bay and Western high schools. This year it was able to increase the number of annual scholarships from four to ten because of an innovative program of matching named scholarships. Weston Philharmonic Society Co-President Lou Marett says it was a privilege to be able to recognize so many talented young musicians. “It is our honor to be able to support these talented young musicians as they pursue their passion and interest Photo courtesy City of Weston. in music studies.” Seven students from Cypress Bay High School and three from Western High School were formally recognized when the scholarships were presented during a Weston City Commission meeting. Weston Philharmonic Society Past-President Advisor Roger Lander introduced each recipient, while Co-Presidents Andrea Burghardt and Louis Marett presented the scholarships. Cypress Bay trumpet player Santiago Estrada will attend the University of Miami thanks to donors Dr. Charles and Rosalee Messa. Bassoonist Hannah Friedland will attend Vanderbilt University thanks to Dan and Lois Osman. Dr. Stanley and Louise Swersky helped make it possible for flutist Alice Lopes

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to attend Florida State University. Cellist Eugenia Maldonado will attend the University of Florida with support from Herbert and Lucille Cohen. Paul and Rochelle Koenig’s donation will assist clarinet player Emily Schlorf at Butler University. Renee Smoley’s donation will aid flutist Benjamin Tillinger at Yale University. Saxophonist Mauricio Viana will attend Loyola University thanks to a donation from the Symphony of the Americas. A donation from Ray and Gina Catone will support Western High School flutist Kylie Raller at Florida State. Classmate Summer Thompson, whose specialty is voice, will attend Samford University with support from Leslie Wake. Soprano vocalist and pianist Kaitlyn Wallace will attend Florida Gulf Coast University with support from Denis and Linda Trupkin. Presenting these music scholarships is just one of many ways the Weston Philharmonic Society supports music education in Weston schools. “Each year, we reach more than 10,000 children with our In-School Music program which brings professional symphony musicians into Weston elementary schools,” notes WPS Co-President Andrea Burghardt. Since 2002, the Weston Philharmonic Society has presented world-class symphony concerts for residents in cooperation with the City of Weston. On July 19th, WPS presents the Symphony of the Americas’ annual Summerfest concert at Temple Dor Dorim.


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Weston University Students’ Final Assignment: Mock City Commission Meeting COMMUNITY NEWS

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eston University program students put their knowledge to the test when they participated in a simulated City Commission meeting. It was the culminating activity for the six-month program which provides high school students with a handson education in local government. “The students learn about and experience the various city departments and services throughout the program as well as the role of the City Commission which enacts the laws of the City, adopts the budget under which each department functions, and establishes the policies by which Weston is governed,” explains Denise BarrettMiller, Weston’s Director of Communications and Weston University Coordinator. “The Commission Simulation exercise brings all of that together, where students present and/or defend their side of several real agenda issues, gaining a truer understanding of each role of government.” The Weston City Commissioners along with dedicated city staff guided the students through a simulated agenda which included items taken from actual City Commission meetings. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Each student was assigned a role to play, ranging from Mayor to Police Chief to resident. Student “Mayor” Valeria Ruiz called the meeting to order and moved through the mock agenda in the Commission Chambers inside City Hall. Barrett-Miller says the City Commissioners and staff members were thoroughly impressed by their student counterparts’ knowledge, interest and desire to role play. “By participating in Weston University, everyone involved gains such satisfaction and reward through departing our knowledge and passion for government, and exposing students to various career opportunities they might have otherwise overlooked in public service.” For their graduation, the Weston U Class of 2017 was formally recognized during an actual City Commission meeting last month. Weston University is a one-of-a-kind program providing a unique civic education to high school students. 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 Weston University visit www.westonfl.org/ Departments/Communications/YouthInGovernment.aspx.

Weston University Program Students Explore Washington D.C. BY STACEY BOMSER

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whirlwind trip to Washington D.C. was the culmiof Communications and Weston University Organizer. “During this field trip, stunating field trip for the Weston University Class dents are able to personally see where the legislation of our country takes place, of 2017. as well as the monuments dedicated to and in honor of individuals and those who As soon as their plane landed, the Weston U students, served in wars that shaped our nation.” along with Mayor Daniel Stermer, City Commissioner Margaret Brown, City Manager John Flint, Budget Director Bryan Cahan, Director of Communications Denise Barrett-Miller, Communications Staff Assistant Daniela Cediel, and BSO Crime Prevention Practitioner Deputy Kari Pallotto, boarded the bus to start their tour of the nation’s capital. In less than eight hours the group toured The Capitol Building, where they met Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the front steps, posed for pictures in front of the White House, and visited almost all of the memorials at the National Mall. Prior to the trip, students were provided with key facts about each location and its significance in history. While wandering around DC’s famed tidal basin, the group admired the beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. These trees were a gift to the United States from Japan in the early 20th century. Weston University is a one-of-a-kind program providing a unique civic education to high school students. Over the course of the school year, 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. “Through our curriculum we look at mainly local and state government, but also the legislative and financial impacts of the federal government, culminatPhotos courtesy City of Weston. ing with this trip to our nation’s capital,” explains Denise Barrett-Miller, Director

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

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write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article (by 6/30/17) 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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want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the left. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar

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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Hopping Good Time at Royal Egg Hunt COMMUNITY NEWS

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housands of children scrambled to collect some of the 30,000 candy-filled eggs at this year’s Royal Egg Hunt. This event has become a time-honored tradition in our community and a favorite for families of all faiths. The free event, which was open to all children ages ten and under, took place at Weston Regional Park, where the ball fields were polka-dotted with brightly colored eggs. It was precious to watch as children ran around scooping up the eggs into their baskets. All eyes were on the look-out for one of the special “golden” eggs, which could be redeemed for small prizes. Following the egg hunt, families were able to capture priceless photos of their children posing with the Royal Bunny. Kids put their excess energy from indulging in the sugary treats to good use jumping in the bounce houses. The annual Royal Egg Hunt is presented by the City of Weston and coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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New Bike Lane Signs Attract Attention SECTION HEAD COMMUNITY NEWS

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yclists from other communities may be green with envy when they see the new green bike lane emblems along Bonaventure Boulevard, between Royal Palm and South Post Road. Not only are these new green signs more visible to both bikers and motorists, they are also safer. The colorful bike lane designations are a Federal Highway Administration traffic control device. They are a cost-effective means of alerting or warning motorists to the presence of bike lanes, and cyclists on the roadway, therefore enhancing safety. While the bright green color may not physically protect a cyclist, it does create a greater visible warning to drivers of the presence of a bike lane. The new bike lane emblems were installed by the Broward County Public Works Department, Traffic Engineering Division. The emblems are pre-formed thermoplastic with a high friction surface. They are heat applied to the asphalt surface and bind with the pavement. The County will monitor the bike lane emblems in Weston to evaluate their durability in South Florida’s heat, humidity and UV index. The plan is to install these green emblems on all new bike lanes on county and city streets. Photos courtesy City of Weston. In addition, older, faded bike

lane markings will eventually be replaced with the green emblems. This is the latest bicycle safety device being installed in Weston by the Broward Traffic Engineering Department. An enhanced bike detection system was installed at two intersections along Saddle Club Road, at Royal Palm Boulevard/ Glades Parkway (all directions) and at Indian Trace (north and south direction only). Weston is part of a pilot program testing the effectiveness of the bicycle detection system, specifically regarding its ability to detect cyclists in designated bike lanes and mixed-use traffic lanes. The bike detection system features a special traffic signal of an illuminated stick-figure version of a bicycle to indicate when it is safe for bicycles to enter the intersection. After the initial test period, the County may introduce special phasing for the bike lanes where bicyclists may get an advance green light before motor traffic. It’s not surprising that Weston was selected as one of the first communities in Broward County to receive the bicycle detection system and the new green bike lane emblems. With nearly 50 miles of paved bike lanes, thousands of bicyclists ride through Weston on any given day. Weston is designated a bicycle friendly city by The League of American Bicyclists.

Sunshine at the Park Shines Light on Suicide Awareness and Prevention BY STACEY BOMSER

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espite the rain showers, the second annual “Sunshine at the Park” event was a huge success. The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation raised over $40,000 for suicide awareness and prevention causes. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, on average, one person dies by suicide every three hours in the State of Florida. Suicide is currently the tenth leading cause of death in Florida, and the third leading cause of death for ages 10-24. Sadly, that statistic includes several young Weston residents. One of whom was Dylan Schopp. The Schopp family created the Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation in his memory, to celebrate Dylan’s life and help his spirit and energy live on in hopes of preventing similar tragedies. The non-profit organization strives to spread positivity and hope through community outreach and public awareness of suicide prevention. Sunshine at the Park is one of its biggest fundraisers. It is held at Markham Park, which is an important location for the Schopp family because it was one of Dylan’s favorite spots. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, jet skiing and mountain biking with his dad. Following Dylan’s passing, the family dedicated a bench in his honor at the park’s Butterfly Garden. “We are thankful for the growing support we’ve received since we started the Foundation,” said Foundation Director Debbie Schopp. “Everyone who came out and supported our second annual Sunshine at the Park event helped raised awareness and support for suicide prevention

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and helped Dylan’s light continue to shine.” More than 200 attendees took part in this year’s event, where they were encouraged to sign a pledge wall sharing comments on how they plan to #SpreadTheSunshine. Attendees also had the opportunity to purchase a butterfly for the butterfly release. The second annual Sunshine at the Park festival also featured face painting, sand art, bounce houses, and rock climbing wall for kids, yoga and Zumba classes, as well as a karate demonstration. There was also a performance by Hip Hop Kidz. Proceeds from the event will benefit suicide prevention organizations including HOPE Sunshine Clubs operated in partnership with the Weston-based Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention. The purpose of the HOPE Sunshine Clubs is to educate, support, and develop problem solving, coping skills and leadership skills, while fostering the prevention of suicide, bullying and substance abuse and many other important issues teens encounter. There are currently HOPE Sunshine Clubs in more than 20 Broward County schools including Cypress Bay High School, Falcon Cove Middle School and Tequesta Trace Middle School. For more information on the Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation visit www.dylansfoundation.org.


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Home Purchase and Repair Help Available to Low Income Families COMMUNITY NEWS

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he City of Weston wants to help make the dream of home ownership available to more families, while helping others improve the structure and safety of their home. Through the Community Development Block Grant Program, the City, in partnership with the Broward County Housing Finance and Community Redevelopment Division, is providing limited assistance programs to qualified persons. The Down Payment Assistance program is available to qualified persons wishing to purchase a single-family home, town house or condominium within the City of Weston. It offers a maximum of $40,000, based upon financial need. Households must have incomes less than 80% of the Area Median Income, adjusted by family size, based upon the March 2016 U.S. Housing and Urban Development income chart. For Broward County, the income limit for a family of four is $58,000; for a single homeowner, the limit is $40,600. The total debt cannot exceed 45% of gross income. Home sale prices cannot exceed $329,269. To qualify, a buyer must first be able to obtain a first mortgage through a bank and must contribute 3% of the total costs, including closing costs, insurance, inspection fees, property taxes and other required fees from their own funds. Under the grant program, there will be no interest, and as long as the borrower owns, occupies and maintains the home for a period of 15 years, the loan will be forgiven. All funds will be expended on a first come, first qualified basis. Current Weston homeowners may be eligible for

financial assistance to help make repairs to their single-family home, townhouse or condominium. These repairs are limited to complete repair/ replacement of a deteriorating roof system, window replacement, door replacement, insulation, and hurricane/storm shutters. The maximum amount of assistance is $40,000 and will be determined by the actual cost of the work. Like the down payment assistance, with the home repair assistance eligible households must have incomes less than 80% of the Area Median Income, adjusted by family size. In addition, mortgage, taxes and insurance must be paid current. Home repair funds will be secured with a junior note and mortgage on the property. There will be no interest charged; as long as the borrower continues to own, occupy and maintain the home for a period of ten years, the loan will be forgiven. Like the down payment assistance program, all funds will be expended on a first come, first qualified basis. Homeowners interested in applying for this loan should fill out the City of Weston Home Repair Intake form available for download at http://www. broward.org/Housing/Documents/HomeRepair/ WestonRepairIntakeForm.pdf. For more information on the Down Payment Assistance program for first time homebuyers or the Home Repair Assistance program call 954-357-4915.

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eston is continually recognized as one of the safest cities in the state. Earlier this year, the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Weston as #2 in its Safest Cities in Florida report. In February 2016, NeighborhoodScout ranked Weston as #11 on its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in the United States. These accolades can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District deputies and civilian personnel, many of whom were honored at the annual Broward Sheriff’s Office Awards Ceremony. Deputy Christopher Bradley was honored as 2016 Deputy of the Year. During his 14 years with BSO, Deputy Bradley has consistently performed at an exceptionally high level. He was selected for the Crime Suppression Team (CST) in 2015 and was the overall top performer with the District and CST in 2016. Deputy Bradley contributed to the confiscation of more than 40 pounds of marijuana, almost nine pounds of cocaine, six grams of crack cocaine, and seizure of several other street drugs, in addition to confiscating counterfeit credit cards and stolen items. The Weston/West Broward Criminal Investigations Unit received the DLE Grand Cordon Unit Achievement Award. Detectives in the Criminal Investigations Unit made 65 arrests in 2016 for felony and misdemeanor crimes including burglary, grand theft, auto theft and dealing in stolen property. The unit worked closely with neighboring jurisdictions on the investigations. Their relentless work and efforts resulted in solving an unprecedented number of high profile cases. Detective Steve Barreto received the Life Saving Award. The 19-year member of BSO, who has been stationed in Weston since 2003, is credited with performing CPR to save

Detective Christopher Bradley with Sheriff Scott Israel. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Weston Criminal Investigations Unit with Sheriff Scott Israel.

the life of a local woman. Last July, Detective Barreto was responding to a call at Cleveland Clinic Florida when he discovered an unconscious female in the parking lot. As he checked her condition she stopped breathing, so he notified Dispatch that he needed assistance and immediately began CPR on the woman. Detective Barreto directed the first responding deputy to summon medical help from the Emergency Room. Doctors and nurses responded and continued with advance life support aid. The medical staff was able to resuscitate and stabilize the victim, who was admitted to the hospital for recovery. The City of Weston congratulates and thanks the many members of the BSO Weston District, under the leadership of Chief Kevin Butler, for their service to our community. It is because of their diligence and dedication that Weston BSO is recognized among the best of the best.

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Weston BSO Explorers Excel at Competition BY STACEY BOMSER

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ongratulations to Weston Post 44 of the Broward Sheriff’s Explorers program. Even with five rookies on the competition team, Post 44 took home several honors from the 2017 South Regional Learning for Life Explorer Competition hosted by Miami-Dade County School Police. Approximately 300 Explorers, representing 22 Posts, from Dade and Broward counties participated in the three-day competition. Teams were judged on their performance in law enforcement scenarios such as Photos courtesy Weston BSO. domestic disturbance, felony traffic stop, search & seizure, in-progress with search, and Deputy Kevin Maccagli and Deputy Lynn crime scene, as well as timed drills and a shootGaribaldi train the 24 members of Post 44 and ing competition. The Explorers also participated in believe competitions such as Learning for Life bicycle competitions, basketball, tug of war, and K-9 enhance the Explorer experience. Deputy Maccagli demonstrations. says competitions allow Explorers to see how they are Explorer Ryan Richmond led the competition progressing with the program, to meet new Explorers, team, which consisted of Carlos Hernandez-Colucci, to learn something new, and just to have fun. Brandon Dawson, Daniel Dwyer, Michelle Marcet, Jake He encourages more Weston students to consider Scheiner, and Sabrina Velera. At Learning for Life, joining the BSO Explorers program. “It is designed Weston Post 44 won second place in Crisis Intervention, to bring out the leadership qualities in young adults. third place in Crime Scene, and fourth place in Many of the Explorers, past and present, do not Search & Seizure, taking fifth place Overall. In addiwant careers in law enforcement. They participate tion, Carlos Hernandez-Colucci won first place in the because they enjoy making new friends, learning new individual Physical Agility competition and Brandon things, and giving back to the community.” Dawson won third place for individual Shooting. The Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Explorer Program

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is for young men and women ages 14-21. The program allows teens and young adults to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere. Explorers will learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate, side-by-side with certified BSO deputies, in ongoing training and community service projects. Weston Post 44 meets at Tequesta Trace Middle School on Thursday nights from 7-9pm, during the school year. For detailed program information and an online application, go to www.sheriff.org/ about_bso/dle/explorers/index.cfm.


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Be Prepared for the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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BY DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF BRUCE ANGIER

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he traditional Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and runs through November 30, with the peak around mid-August to late October. This is when South Florida is the most vulnerable to significant hurricane damage and devastation. This year, weather and tropic cyclone experts are predicting a slightly below average Atlantic hurricane season, citing the potential development of an El Nino weather pattern. El Nino tends to increase upper-level westerly winds across the Caribbean into the tropical Atlantic Ocean, tearing apart hurricanes as they form. Colorado State University is predicting 11 named storms for 2017, with only four storms reaching hurricane strength. Two hurricanes are predicted to be major hurricanes. Despite the below-normal hurricane activity predictions, we can all be reminded that it only takes one hurricane to produce catastrophic impacts to our community. In 1992, for example, Hurricane Andrew devastated South Florida during a below-normal hurricane activity season. There were only seven named storms that year. We have also learned since Hurricane Andrew that early preparedness is the key. The amount of planning necessary to prepare your family for an approaching hurricane will be overwhelming, unless you prepare well in advance. Every family in Weston should be prepared to be self-sufficient for the first three to five days after a major storm so recovery efforts can focus on those who cannot help themselves. ▸▸ Plan in advance. Weston is not in an evacuation zone, and it is unlikely that there will be a mandatory evacuation. However, if you think you might want to leave ahead of a storm, make your evacuation plan now. Know where you will be going and the route and mode of transportation you will take. Have a plan for any family pets also. Public shelters are a refuge of last resort. ▸▸ If evacuating out of the area, leave early. Plan to leave at least 48 hours in advance, and no later than the issuance of a hurricane watch. ▸▸ Identify a safe room. If you plan to stay at home, identify the safest room in your home. This is generally an interior room with no windows, such as a bathroom or closet. Make plans to take shelter in this room in the event of a direct hit. ▸▸ Prepare your hurricane kit. Plan on supplies including food and water that will sustain your family for three to five days, as well as a two-week supply of medicine. The Emergency Refill Law now allows you to obtain a 30-day supply of medications when an emergency is declared. A complete hurricane kit checklist is available from the Broward Emergency Management Division at www.broward.org/hurricane/Pages/Default.aspx. ▸▸ Document your assets. Make a visual or written record of your assets for insurance purposes. Photographing the exterior of your home prior to the storm is also a good practice. ▸▸ Protect important family and financial documents, such as insurance policies, inside weatherproof containers or in watertight re-sealable plastic bags. ▸▸ Secure your home. Shutter windows and glass doors. Anchor loose yard objects or bring them inside. ▸▸ Prepare a water supply. As the storm approaches, fill pre-sanitized sinks and tubs with clean water for bathing and flushing toilets. ▸▸ Turn refrigerators and freezers to the highest settings in anticipation of a power outage. ▸▸ Get cash. Banks and ATM’s do not operate without electricity. ▸▸ Fill your car’s gas tank before the storm. Gas pumps do not work without electricity. ▸▸ Charge all wireless phones and extra batteries before an approaching hurricane. It only takes one hurricane or tropical storm to significantly disrupt our way of life. We should all take action now to prepare our families for this hurricane season. Early planning and knowing what to do now can literally save your life and help you and your family bounce back stronger and faster should a hurricane disaster strike our area. For more information, please contact District Chief Bruce Angier at Fire Station 81 at 954-389-2015 or at bruce_angier@sheriff.org.


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Stay Connected this Storm Season with CodeRED COMMUNITY NEWS

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une 1st marked the start of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Although forecasters predict less activity than normal, it is still important to be prepared. Now is the time to make sure you have taken the necessary steps to keep your family and your home safe. In addition to gathering emergency supplies, one of the easiest things you can do to protect your family is to register for Weston’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System. The City of Weston has successfully utilized CodeRED for more than a decade to send critical information to residents and local businesses. The ultra high-speed telephone communication service is capable of dialing the entire City within minutes in the event of an emergency. It can also be used to pin-point specific areas or neighborhoods for isolated events. “We elected to subscribe to the CodeRED system because our city leaders felt it was critical to be able to reach our citizens and provide information to them in a timely and efficient manner,” explains Denise Barrett-Miller, Director of Communications for the City of Weston. “CodeRED can make up to 60,000 calls per hour.” The way it works is quite simple. CodeRED delivers a recorded message from the City Manager’s office describing the emergency situation and any instructions for immediate or future action. The message will play when answered by a live person or voice mail. Participants may also opt to receive text message and/ or email alerts. In addition to notifying residents and businesses of storm related emergency situations, CodeRED can also be utilized for life safety purposes. For example,

the City can issue a CodeRED alert in event of a drinking water contamination, missing person, chemical spill or gas leak, extended power outages, and other incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential. The City of Weston utilizes CodeRED for emergency communications only. Rest assured, your contact information is private. It can not be shared, requested or sold. It is also exempt from public records laws. You can stay safe while you travel too by downloading the free CodeRED Mobile Alert App. It taps into the national CodeRED Emergency Notification System and alerts subscribers located within the reach of a given notification generated by public safety officials. The App tracks your exact location, so no matter where you are when an alert is issued, you will receive notifications on your mobile device that affect you. It delivers real-time emergency, community, missing person and severe weather alerts to users within the exact area of impact. This is a valuable service for those traveling through storm sensitive regions. All Weston residents and businesses are encouraged to register for the City’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System. There is no fee to participate. To learn more about the program or to sign up, go to http://www.westonfl.org/Residents/ Hurricane/CodeRed.aspx. You can also visit that page to add or change a phone number, including cell phones, or to opt for the text message and/or email alerts. If you have any difficulty submitting your information, or at any time wish to be removed from the CodeRED database, send your information by email to CityHall@westonfl.org or call the City of Weston Communications Department at 954-385-2000.

Summer Travelers Can Take Advantage of BSO’s Free Home Watch Program BY STACEY BOMSER

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ummer is one of the busiest travel seasons. Over the coming months, many Weston residents will be packing up and leaving town, whether it be for a quick weekend getaway or an extended trip. Wherever your travels take you, before you go, make sure your home is protected by registering for the Broward Sheriff’s Office Home Watch program. Under this free program, a BSO deputy, community service aid, or C.O.P. (Citizen Observer Patrol) volunteer will drive by your house and perform a daily perimeter check for signs of break-in or suspicious activity. So, you can relax and enjoy your vacation knowing your home is under the careful watch of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. To register for this free service, simply download the Home Watch form from the BSO website (www.sheriff.org/homewatch) or pick one up at the Weston Police Services Building located at 17300 Royal Palm Boulevard. That is where completed forms should be submitted. Homeowners must provide the dates and times the home will be unoccupied, along with a contact phone number of a trusted neighbor or local relative. In addition to registering for the Home Watch program, homeowners can further protect their property while they are away by taking a few precautions. The Broward Sheriff’s Office recommends you:

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▸▸ let a trusted neighbor know when you will be out of town, and leave a spare key and an emergency telephone number where they can reach you; ▸▸ make your home appear occupied by attaching timers to the lights and television sets and set them to turn on and off at different times; ▸▸ open some of the drapes or blinds; during daytime hours this gives the appearance that someone is home, and during the evening, lights inside the house are more visible; ▸▸ have your newspaper and mail held, or picked up by a friend or neighbor; ▸▸ invite a neighbor to park their car in your driveway; ▸▸ lock your garage door and disconnect the automatic opener; ▸▸ don’t forget to set your alarm; ▸▸ never leave a message on your telephone answering machine or post on social media that you are out of town. Wherever your travels may take you this summer, be sure to bring along a copy of Our City Weston. If you submit a picture of you, or your family, holding the magazine at your destination, then you could be the winner of our Photo of the Month contest. Each month one lucky traveler wins a gift certificate to a local restaurant and gets their vacation picture published in the magazine.


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Weston Student Crowned Miss Teen Fort Lauderdale BY STACEY BOMSER

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of hundreds/thousands of individuals in attendance to view the production allows for an ordinary contestant to feel extraordinary.” The Miss Teen competition is not a beauty pageant. The judging criteria is based upon each participant’s ability to present poise, confidence, and a pleasant general atmosphere while performing. Contestants are judged based on their personality and how it is conveyed through three categories: Personal Interview, Casual Wear Modeling, and Formal Wear Modeling/ On-Stage Question. Kyleigh says during the interview portion she was asked what she saw herself doing in five years. She shared that she told the judges she sees herself becoming a young professional artist either in theater on Broadway or a pop vocalist touring the United States. “My ultimate goal is just be as successful as I can as soon as I can, to ensure a good future for my family and myself.” While that may be what her future holds, this summer Kyleigh will be fulfilling her responsibilities as Miss Teen Fort Lauderdale. Her duties include acting as an ambassador for the pageant and making public appearances in parades and other events. Kyleigh will also be busy preparing for the national Miss Teen Competition, which takes place in Orlando

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s an actress, dancer and cheerleader, Kyleigh Jehlicka has mastered conveying poise and personality to the audience. Those skills served the Cypress Bay High School sophomore well when she entered, and won, the 2017 Miss Teen Fort Lauderdale pageant. Kyleigh says she was surprised to have been crowned Miss Teen Fort Lauderdale because this was her first pageant competition. She says she gave it a try because she wanted to try something out of her comfort zone. “I wanted to try something new and hopefully gain some things along the way.” That’s the reason many young women enter this particular pageant. According to the Miss Teen Competition website, “This teen pageant is about being yourself and gaining an experience that will allow you to achieve things in life that possibly you may have never attempted without this experience. Being on stage in front

in December. “I will have private coaching and do a lot of shopping for a new dress,” she jokes. She will compete against more than 200 young women from around the country in the scholarship pageant. More than $30,000 in scholarship prizes were awarded at last year’s National Pageant Competition. Kyleigh is excited about the prospects and encourages other girls to push themselves to try new things. “You can do anything you put your mind to. I entered this pageant as a newbie, never trying this before, and winning the whole thing. Anything is possible with the right mind set and effort.”

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The Best Approach to Plastic Surgery Is Moderation BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, M.D., F.A.C.

mouth. When fillers are excessively injected to improve facial lines and wrinkles, the natural contours of the face become distorted. Too much Botox or Dysport can leave a patient with a flat, waxy appearing forehead or brow and a motionless mask-like face. The fish mouth or duck lips result from exaggerated injections of soft tissue fillers in and around the mouth. Soft tissue fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, should be injected to fill lines and creases and restore volume where is has been lost throughout the aging process. It is the physician’s responsibility to know when enough is enough with regard to appropriate injection volume. Facial skin laxity or looseness can’t be treated with fillers alone. Skin tightening, such as performed during a facelift, is necessary to lift and achieve the optimal cosmetic result in cases when soft tissue fillers are not sufficient. More filler does not tighten excess facial and neck skin. When facelift surgery is indicated, the technique utilized should be individualized according to the patient’s anatomy. Excessively large breast implants or oversized buttocks enhancement will lead to long term problems for these patients. Breast implant volume is ideally determined by careful measurement of a woman’s anatomy including breast width, height, soft tissue thickness and stretch. Bigger is not always better. Think moderation and individualized enhancement to achieve the ideal aesthetic improvements. The excessively large, wide buttock from large volume fat transfers or B.B.L. will eventually need to be reduced at some point in that person’s life as the effects of aging and gravity results in a large, sagging buttock. It is up to the physician, as the professional, to help guide a potential patient to make the appropriate decision to achieve best cosmetic enhancement. I highly recommend to any individual who is considering plastic surgery or any cosmetic procedure to consult with a physician who is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) organization, such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with documented experience prior to proceeding. Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and has achieved Allergan’s Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Dr. Messa has also achieved Chairman status with Medicis and Mentor Corporation. This award honors distinguished leaders in cosmetic surgery for demonstrating expertise and excellence through a high volume of aesthetic product procedures. The certification is awarded to leaders in the field of medical aesthetics and demonstrates their commitment to innovation, excellence, and the highest level of patient care. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Messa, call 954-659-7760.

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oo much of a good thing is not always the best. Moderation in life results in the ideal balance in many facets of our lives. This holds true for cosmetic surgery as well. From noninvasive treatments to plastic surgery procedures, moderation is the approach I feel yields the best long term aesthetic results. We have all seen it – from celebrities to people in our local community. The “overdone” “overfilled” or excessively pulled face that resembles an aquatic animal or alien life form more than a natural aesthetic enhanced face or body. The most common mistake is the over injected face and

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umerous studies have linked gut health to overall well-being. In the last decade, scientists have paid close attention to the gut/ brain connection, realizing that bacteria regulate important brain functions and that stress, anxiety and depression could all be related to what happens in your gut. But what happens in your gut can affect your daily life in many other ways. Keep in mind that it is important to keep a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, but there’s the good and the bad. Of course, diet is directly linked to what happens in your gut, but what if you are making healthy nutritional choices, even exercising, and still feel tired or suffer from headaches and mood swings? The problem can still originate in your gut, and you could be suffering from a condition known as Candida overgrowth. Candida albicans is a yeast that lives in the human body and its function is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria - a healthy body will actually have millions of it. However, if friendly bacteria in your body are decreasing due to the use of antibiotics or poor nutritional choices, for example, this imbalance creates the perfect conditions for yeast proliferation or Candida overgrowth—the underlying cause of chronic, difficult to diagnose health problems. Unfortunately, many of us have a “sick” gut from years of abusing our bodies through poor nutrition and unhealthy habits. In many cases, a healthy nutrition plan alone may not be enough to treat your symptoms if the root of the problem is unknown. In fact, in order to treat Candida effectively, it is vital to find its source of origin. Modern medicine does a good job at recognizing disease and treating acute conditions, but fails at identifying common syndromes such as Candida overgrowth, due to the wide range of symptoms that can be subtle or mimic other conditions. The consequences of a sick gut can be manifested by numerous symptoms including rash, bloating, weight loss, diarrhea/constipation, headaches, anxiety/depression, insomnia and low immunity. Functional medicine doctors are more successful at recognizing and diagnosing conditions as Candida, because we look at the person’s physiology, genetic and environmental factors and not just at an isolated set of symptoms. A number of factors increase the risk of yeast overgrowth. They include: ▸▸ Chronic stress ▸▸ Alcohol ▸▸ Diabetes ▸▸ Diet high in simple sugars ▸▸ Poor sleep habits ▸▸ Lack of physical activity Treating Candida successfully requires a comprehensive, systematic approach including dietary changes and supplements, such as probiotics. Working with a functional medicine doctor will ensure you get the correct diagnosis and individualized treatment. What works for one person may not work for another. If you feel you may be suffering from Candida, at Bellissimo Medical we can offer guidance to bring relief and accelerate your healing. Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954384-8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. For information, visit www.BellissimoMedical.com.

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his has been another stellar year for The Sagemont School’s performing arts department. Performances by both the Upper School and Lower School earned rave reviews, not to mention an impressive 11 Cappie Award nominations. Sagemont’s production of Frankenstein garnered attention for acting, choreography, special effects, lighting, sound, hair and make-up. Sagemont Theater Director Elizabeth Garrard says she chose Frankenstein because the material highlighted her students’ strengths. “I felt that I had strong male lead actors to work with, and I also recognized a talent in my design students which could be best applied to a horror setting in terms of make-up and special effects.” Garrard says the biggest challenges in this production were the physical aspects of the characters and the monster make-up. “The students had to move as monsters and machines. We spent many weeks developing physical choreography and strength building exercises. Frankenstein’s monster had to go through a complete physical transformation from monster to man on stage in front of the audience,” she explains. “The students also developed a ‘dream sequence dance’ between the monster and his bride which explored disjointed movement and elements of Japanese Butoh movement.” The production also tested the skills of the special effects crew. “We experimented with many different latex products in order to develop the prosthetics for Frankenstein’s monster,” notes Garrard. “The make-up team had to develop prosthetics for Paxton Terris, who played Frankenstein, that would remain adhesive in spite of rain and snow effects on the stage.” Many of these same students appeared in the High School Thespian Honor Society’s Broadway Backwards fundraiser. The event brought in nearly $2,000 for the club. Garrard says she is proud of the students in the troupe, who directed and organized the production. “The performers covered songs that were traditionally sung by characters of the opposite gender, adding the ‘backwards’ gimmick to the performance,” she explains. “The students were excited to explore the emotional and vocal range of characters whom they would not normally have the chance to perform.” Broadway Backwards’ songs included “I’ll Cover You” from RENT, “Santa Fe” from Newsies, and “The Negative” from Waitress, as well as songs from other contemporary works such as 35MM, Ordinary Days, Kinky Boots, and more. “The audience had a great time; tapping their feet, laughing, and crying as the students brought vivid musical theater moments to life,” shares Garrard. Many members of Sagemont’s High School Thespian Honor Society got their start in the school’s Middle School productions. This year, the drama department produced Sagemont’s own version of Honk!

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Garrard says one of the reason’s she chose this play was because it mirrors many of the same social themes explored in the High School’s production of Frankenstein. Honk! explored social issues such as prejudice, acceptance, gender roles in society, bullying and peer pressure. “The lead actor has Tourette’s Syndrome, so the themes resonated strongly within the cast,” noted Garrard. “Many other students face challenges beyond the typical teenage experience, and through the story of the Ugly Duckling they have learned to find their true inner beauty and let it shine through. Students were encouraged to explore, embrace and celebrate their own differences throughout the process.” In addition to the underlying message, students and the audience could relate to some of the South Florida flair added to Sagemont’s production. For instance, one of the ensemble members played a flamingo and the mother duck wields as pair of chancletas (flip flops), which she uses to reinforce her disciplinary practices. At Sagemont, students have the opportunity to experience the magic of theater in elementary school. The school’s 4th & 5th Grade Drama Club works with the Florida Children’s Theatre (formerly the Ft. Lauderdale Children’s Theatre) to produce a spring musical. This year’s production was Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Sagemont Lower School Principal Monica Vigna says the school is fortunate for its partnership with the Florida Children’s Theatre. “Their staff will come two or three times per week starting in January to practice with our students. They mentor our students in order to have them prepare for the audition for the play. Once students audition, different roles are assigned. The directors take the time to practice with students their lines, songs, and assist them throughout the process.” Five or six Upper School theater students also assist with the 4th & 5th Grade Drama Club production. Principal Vigna says these students help with sound, lights, make-up, ushering, and more. The younger students also present their show in Sagemont’s Black Box Theatre, on the Upper School Campus. This exposes the elementary school students to a more formal theater setting. “Having the opportunity to participate in our spring production allows students to explore the world of theater,” shares Principal Vigna. “Students learn responsibility since they have to attend rehearsals and memorize their lines and songs. They also learn how to work as a team as well as how everyone plays an important role.” Additionally, Principal Vigna says theater provides an opportunity for students to practice their communication skills and how confidently they are speaking. “For many students, theater even helps their self-esteem, allows for them to learn empathy and compassion, as well as allows for self-expression.”


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have linked cognition to physical activity. We want our children to be academic achievers but that should not come at the expense of exercise. Do you remember physical education in school when you were a student? You may not have wanted to play kickball or tetherball, but you almost certainly looked forward to leaving the classroom and moving around. Summer camp offers endless opportunities to be active. Children learn valuable social skills by attending summer camp: they make new friends and learn the give and take of play. Through play they learn skills that they would not be exposed to while gaming or watching videos: they learn how to problem solve, cooperate and respect one another. Camp allows children to become more confident and relaxed because the focus is on fun. Children connect with nature as they experience the world of science through outdoor activities, field trips to nature parks or indoor science experiments. South Florida is a unique and precious environment; the Everglades are at our doorstep, and we teach our campers about that world. How do you select the right summer camp for your child? Be sure you look for a camp that has trained certified teachers and low teacher to student ratios. I say this because a child’s needs at this age don’t change. They still need guidance to direct them toward appropriate behavior. They still need love and acceptance and they need to stay busy. Summer camp can be a great experience for your child. He will be active and tired at the end of the day, but he may not want to come home with you because he has had so much fun. Sheila Woldenberg is the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center. It has earned and maintained the highest form of accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is currently the only preschool in Weston honored with that designation. Temple Dor Dorim offers a summer camp program for infants through 4th grade. Limited spaces are available. Call 954-389-1232 for more information.


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an 83% participant passing rate. The Washington Post named Cypress Bay one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” At #174, it was the highest ranked school in Broward County. To create the list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools, The Washington Post evaluated 23,000 U.S. public high schools. The list was determined by how successfully schools provide access to advanced college-level coursework and challenge their students academically. To calculate the index score that serves as the basis for the rankings, the newspaper takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge/ AICE tests given at a school each year and divides that by the number of graduates. Cypress Bay had an index score of 5.254. Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie says he is proud of Cypress Bay and the other 24 Broward high schools who made the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2017 list. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our teachers and school leaders who work tirelessly to implement a rigorous curriculum and encourage our students to reach their highest potential. We are extremely proud of our students who are meeting the challenge and finding success in taking Advance Placement and collegelevel courses.”

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nce again, U.S. News & World Report has bestowed its coveted Gold rating on Cypress Bay High School. It was one of only two Broward County Public Schools to earn gold medals. The 2017 Best High Schools Rankings awards the nation’s top 6,041 public high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, indicating their level of college readiness. According to U.S. News & World Report, Cypress Bay ranked #2 in Broward, #26 in Florida and #257 nationally. The magazine’s rankings are based on how students scored on state math and reading tests, as well as college readiness. RTI International implemented U.S. News & World Report’s comprehensive rankings methodology. A four-step process determined the Best High Schools. The first three steps ensured that the schools serve their entire student body well, using performance on state proficiency tests as benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first three steps, a fourth step assessed which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students. One of the reasons Cypress Bay continually earns a Gold rating is because of its college-readiness scores. Student performance on Advanced Placement exams is used to determine how well the school prepares students for college-level work. According to U.S. News & World Report, Cypress Bay has a college readiness index score of 66.5. The school has a 76% participation rate on the AP exam, with

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Imagine Second Graders Succeed at STEM Challenges

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magine Charter School at Weston second grade teacher Adriana Romero is a big believer in projectbased learning. That’s why she has her gifted/high achiever class engage in various STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) challenges. “In the beginning of the year, I introduced the students to the STEM curriculum. I told them what each letter stands for and explained that they will become scientists, technicians, engineers and mathematicians as we complete our projects,” explains Mrs. Romero. “Each student has their own STEM binder that is used for collection of project data, pictures, and reflections.” Working mostly in pairs or small groups, the class has completed a variety of STEM projects such as designing and building a load bearing tower that

includes a suspended container, building self-standing windmills, creating marble runs, and researching, designing and building a strong paper airplane that was capable of gliding at least ten feet while carrying the most weight. Mrs. Romero says the weight was measured by taping quarters onto the paper airplane. At the beginning of the year, she explained to the students that not every project would be successful. “Failure is inevitable. It’s part of the learning process,” shares Mrs. Romero. “I told them that if their challenge isn’t met, there is time for reflection and planning on how to improve the design.” Mrs. Romero says watching her students evolve as scientists and engineers was fascinating. “At the beginning of the year, when students were presented with a challenge they would want to immediately

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History Comes Alive at Indian Trace Elementary School

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hird grade students at Indian Trace Elementary School were able to rub elbows with some famous figures when students in Amy DuCuennois’ and Arlene Presno’s classes created a Living Museum. “The purpose of the Living Museum was to portray individuals who have had a positive impact on the world,” stated Ms. DuCuennois. The students were able to express their individual interests when selecting which significant figure they wanted to study. The Living Museum featured politicians, inventors, humanitarians, athletes, musicians and more. Among the famous faces were Leonardo DaVinci, Jackie Robinson, Amelia Earhart, Ronald Reagan, Elvis Presley, Steven Spielberg, Sir Paul McCartney, and King Tut. Mrs. Presno explained that this project was a learning opportunity to develop research skills. Students had to read a biography about their chosen person and use additional online resources to gather information to create a biographical scrapbook about the person’s life and accomplishments. “Timelines, mementos and photos were highlighted in the scrapbook.” In addition to the scrapbook, students also had to make a period costume, which they wore to present their scrapbook. Both teachers say they were quite

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Cypress Bay Students are Building a Better Community

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abitat for Humanity of Cypress Bay High School is the largest Habitat for Humanity chapter in Broward County. It is also one of the most active. Its 141 members volunteer almost every weekend, either at a build site or the Habitat Restore. Club Founder and President Matthew Liebman believes one of the reasons Habitat for Humanity is such a popular club is that it allows students to truly make a difference in the community. “We have the connection between students in our school who want to give of their time, learn about the organization and home ownership, and, in general, want to give of their time wisely and for a really good purpose. Habitat for Humanity is something that we can participate in and clearly see our results.” Those results come in the form of helping local families make the dream of home ownership a reality. “Habitat for Humanity finds families in need of a house and works directly with them to create, build, and move into their home,” explains Matthew. “It’s really a beautiful thing, to participate in giving individuals indepen-

dence, a roof over their heads, protection for their families, and responsibility.” On the housing sites, club members work alongside professional builders and contractors doing tasks such as painting, landscaping or trussing. At the Habitat Restore, Matthew says the student volunteers organize the merchandise, help customers, repair broken items, and clean. In addition to their countless hours of manpower, the Cypress Bay club has also raised more than $7,000 for Habitat for Humanity through car washes and bake sales. On Sunday, June 11th it will host the first annual Habitat for Humanity of Broward 5K Color Run at Markham Park. Matthew predicts it will become one of the marquee events in the community. “We wanted to bring the community together to raise money to support a building project in Broward,” shares Mathew. “Our Color Run will offer residents the opportunity to run, walk, or crawl across the finish line as we throw colored powder on them to celebrate their participation and completion of the run.” After the Color Run, participants and supporters can enjoy a concert featuring five bands formed by Cypress Bay students. There will also be activities such as pin the door on the house, potato sack races, a sponge race, and volleyball game. Food trucks and vendors will also be on hand. To register for the Habitat for Humanity of Broward 5K Color Run go to www.habitatbroward.org/colorrun. The cost is $30. The race starts at 7:45am on June 11th at Markham Park. For more information call 954-533-3842.

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Cypress Bay UNICEF Club Named Nation’s Number One Club

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ongratulations to Cypress Bay Here in the United States, UNICEF helped High School’s UNICEF Club. It was children affected by Hurricane Katrina by recently recognized as the number sending School-in-a-Box and recreation one UNICEF Club in the nation. Not only is kits to the Gulf Coast region. it the largest club in the country, with 1,000 Fundraising is one of the main goals of members, but it has raised the most money the Cypress Bay UNICEF Club. Since it was – $60,000 this past year. founded in 2012 it has raised $137,600. The For the past two years, UNICEF Cypress $60,000 raised this year was the highest Bay has been selected as the best club amount raised in a single year. Last year in school. That’s not surprising, considerthe club raised $41,000. ing about one-fourth of the student body Laura Restrepo, manager of Youth belongs. Engagement for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, “I think our club is so popular because visited Cypress Bay to personally accept members truly feel they can make an the donation from UNICEF Club and thank individual contribution to the world,” states the members for their hard work and Camila Brooks, co-president of Cypress dedication. “It is a dream come true to see Bay UNICEF for 2017-2018. young people like them being so devoted to Throughout the year, the UNICEF Club such an important organization.” works to raise money to support the U.S. Club members worked tirelessly Fund for UNICEF, which strives to engage throughout the school year planning and American youth. UNICEF (United Nations implementing fundraising programs which International Children’s Emergency Fund) included the national Trick-or-Treat for Members of the Cypress Bay UNICEF Club present $60,000 to the US Fund for UNICEF. was created in 1946 to help children in the UNICEF campaign as well as numerous developing world. To date it has saved more lives than any other humanitarian campus events such as selling chocolates, Oreos, and gummies around school. organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and saniFor Valentine’s Day, the club sold stuffed giraffes which students could buy and tation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. give to their loved ones. According to Camila, “The money raised is used to provide emergency relief Camila says she and Co-President Franco Darsin have big plans for next year. for children that have been targeted by political uprisings, natural disasters, and “We plan on increasing our membership even more as well as our fundraisers. We overall conflicts that can affect their well-being and their basic needs.” also plan on hosting events to inform students of what the UNICEF money is used She says UNICEF has provided aid and medical attention to Syrian refugees. for as well as what current global issues the money contributes to.”

Cypress Bay PTSA Lightning Awards Honor Exceptional Students BY STACEY BOMSER

PTSA Scholarship winners.

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ith a school as large as Cypress Bay, selecting the most exceptional or most deserving students is no easy task. Each year the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) must do exactly that for its Lightning Awards ceremony. The annual event celebrates the winners of the Lighting Award of Excellence as well as the PTSA Scholarships. The Lightning Award of Excellence is open to all students in grades nine through twelve. Recipients were chosen based upon grades, community service, school involvement, as well as their written essay. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 weighted GPA and be involved in at least two activities at school or in the community. The PTSA Scholarship Award is for graduating seniors with a minimum 3.5 weighted GPA who will be attending a university, college, junior college, or vocational school full-time in the summer or fall following graduation. In addition to exceptional grades, applicants must have accumulated at least 250 hours

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PTSA Executive Board with Broward School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson and Cypress Bay Principal Scott Neely.

of documented community service and have two legitimate examples of leadership experience. Eight students received PTSA Scholarships. The $1000 recipients were Maria Jaramillo, Anabel Lin, Matthew Ulino and Cole Kauffman. The $500 recipients were Greyson Fletcher, Taylor Barton, Jenna Rabinovitch and Stephanie Stone. “I never imagined I would win the PTSA scholarship. I was up against so many other students who had much better grades than me, so when I heard my name I was honestly in shock,” shared scholarship winner Jenna Rabinovitch. “It’s honestly an amazing honor and I am so thankful the PTSA could recognize me in such a great way that will help me continue to involve myself in as many things as I can as I start the next chapter of my life in college.” Her mother, Elena Rabinovitch, was pleased to see PTSA recognizes well-rounded students. “Extracurricular activities are a critically important part of rounding out a child’s high school experience, in

order to balance having some fun with the challenging academic schedules. We appreciate the PTSA focusing on students who devoted themselves to being involved and bettering the high school community.” Erica Gardner’s son, Cobi, was one of the Lighting Award winners. “He enjoyed being honored at the ceremony by receiving a certificate and pin. PTSA did a nice job in recognizing students for their hard work.” PTSA President Mindy Siegel says all the Lighting Award of Excellence winners and Scholarship winners deserve congratulations. “Thank you to all the students who participated. It was such a joy for our PTSA Executive Board to put the ceremony together.” Latoya Stucke chaired the Lighting Awards committee. In addition to the awards presentation, the event included a musical performance by the Cypress Bay Chorus led by Mr. Frank. The Cypress Bay ROTC presented the Colors before the ceremony.


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Gator Run Elementary Helps Chomp Out Cancer

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adly, cancer touches all of us. That includes children. Students at Gator Run Elementary School are stepping up in the fight against cancer, literally. This year, the school started a Relay For Life of Weston team and raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society, making it the top ranked school team. Gator Run Relay Captain and Second Grade Teacher Tara Slosson says the school decided to create a Relay team after being approached by the American Cancer Society. The team name is Gator Run Elementary Chomping Out Cancer. To build support for the team, the school created t-shirts, which students could purchase. Gator Run raised $1479 from the t-shirt sales, which it donated in a check presentation to representatives from the American Cancer Society. Students, and families, could also support the cause by decorating luminaria bags for a $5 dona-

tion. The Luminaria Ceremony is a Relay For Life tradition here in Weston. After dark, the entire track is lined with luminaria decorated to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their battle. Cancer has personally touched the Gator Run family. The school had three survivors walk as part of its Relay team – Intern Principal Cyndi Felton, First Grade Teacher Shannon Martinez and Fourth Grade Teacher Lynn Mitchel. Gator Run students and families also came out to Relay For Life to support the school’s team, with the PTA volunteering at the circus-themed tent. “We had a spin-and-win game. We also sold candy and snacks to help raise money,” shares Mrs. Slosson. “One-hundred percent of the money raised

that night went directly to the American Cancer Society.” In total, Gator Run Elementary Chomping Out Cancer raised $5,290, from its t-shirt sales, online donations through the team’s website, luminaria sales and money raised at Relay. It was the 5th highest ranked team out of the 53 Relay teams. Considering this was the school’s first year participating in Relay For Life of Weston, “That is something we are very proud of,” states Mrs. Slosson. She is also proud of the students who supported the Gator Run Elementary Chomping Out Cancer team. “Getting children involved in helping their community is very important. It teaches them the importance of being a model citizen.”

Indian Trace Family Bands Together BY STACEY BOMSER

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tudents at Indian Trace Elementary School have learned a valuable lesson this year. One of compassion and caring, as the entire student body has rallied together to support a friend in need. Last December, fourth grader Mikayla Hylton started suffering from severe headaches that left her sick and weak. On January 13th, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery three days later. Pathology results revealed Mikayla had Medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor. She immediately began occupational and speech therapy along with grueling physical therapy. Mikayla had to learn how to sit, stand and walk again. She also had to regain the motor skills on her right side since they were weak because of the tumor. In February, Mikayla and her parents traveled to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she underwent six weeks of radiation. In May, she returned to begin chemotherapy. While Mikayla battles cancer, her classmates are hard at work raising money to support her and her family. The Student Council designed wristbands in Mikayla’s favorite color, purple. Each is printed with “Heal a Heart” on one side and “Strength, Courage, Hope” on the other. Student Council President Joel Cortes and Vice President Amanda Sanchez have been making appearances on the school’s news program to promote the fundraiser. “I’m so proud of the Student Council Officers and all the members. They have been diligently making posters, selling wristbands, promoting on the morning news, and stepping up to help a fellow Tracer,” shares Student Council Sponsor Uvi Delgado. “It really shows the incredibly supportive community that we live in here in Weston.”

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The Indian Trace faculty has also stepped up to help. Music Teacher Linda Saver came up with the idea of holding a Spring Dance as a fundraiser. Students donated $20 to attend the afterschool function. Mrs. Savor, along with Coach Mark Logsdon, played DJs, while students and teachers showed off their best dance moves. Between the wristbands and the dance, the Indian Trace family has collected more than $5,000 to benefit the Hylton family. A YouCaring.com page for Mikayla has also been created to help the family defray the costs of medical expenses and traveling to and from St. Jude. The Weston community can donate at www.youcaring.com/mikaylahylton-744153. “Indian Trace Elementary is a family. When one of our family members is hurting, we all feel it,” shares Principal Amy Winder. “I’m so proud of the way everyone has rallied to support one of our own in need. We are looking forward to Mikayla’s return.” Until then, Mikayla will stay connected with her classmates through the use of HopeCam. It allows her to skype into lessons while she is receiving treatments and recovering.


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Ally’s Comfort Café

4718 South Flamingo Road | (954) 680-2565 Italian $

13674 West State Road 84 | (954) 476-4343 allyscomfortcafe.net Diner $

Beef O’Brady’s 8655 Stirling Road | (954) 689-4747 beefobradys.com Pub $$

China City 9552 Griffin Road | (954) 434-0470 Chinese $$

Eddie’s Thai 2571 North Hiatus Road | (954) 704-9006 eddiesthai.com Thai $$

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Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza 2135 South University Drive | (954) 835-5848 blazepizza.com Italian $

J72 Chef ’s Café 3712 Davie Road | (954) 908-5608 j72cafe.com Peruvian Fusion $$

Mission BBQ 2411 South University Drive | (954) 766-4304 mission-bbq.com Barbecue $$

Oh Ceviche 5941 South University Drive | (754) 666-1551 ohceviche.com Peruvian $$

Shinju Japanese Buffet 3305 South University Drive (954) 472-3666 Japanese $$

Vinnie’s Lobster Bar 5810 South University Drive | (954) 680-3323 Seafood $$

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Tropical Acres Steakhouse

2500 Griffin Rd | (954) 989-2500 tropicalacres.com Steakhouse $$

HOLLYWOOD Billy’s Stone Crab

400 North Ocean Drive | (954) 923-2300 crabs.com Seafood $$$

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Giorgio’s Bakery & Bistro

800 N Ocean Dr | (954) 929-5550 giorgiosbakery.com American $$$

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2035 Hollywood Boulevard | (754) 263-2826 eatgobistro.com Japanese $$

The Greek Joint

1925 Hollywood Blvd | (954) 929-9966 thegreekjoint.com Greek $$

Hyde Beach Kitchen & Cocktails

712 North State Road 7 | (954) 966-6773 Cuban $$

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1940 North 30th Road | (954) 647-8505 hollywoodchillbar.com American $$

4525 Hollywood Boulevard | (954) 744-4333 ilposto-ristorante.com Italian $$

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1910 Hollywood Boulevard | (954) 391-7400 endsmeat.com American $$

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1031 North Federal Highway | (954) 929-2888 jacksdiner.com Diner $

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La Flambee

2051 Hollywood Boulevard | (954) 613-5726 French $$

Laura’s Cuba Restaurant

2723 Boulevard | (954) 921-9990 laurascubanrestaurant.com Cuban $$

Land Shark Bar & Grill

1111 North Ocean Drive | (954) 874-4444 margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com American $$

Lola’s on Harrison

2032 Harrison Street | (954) 927-9851 lolasonharrison.com American $$$

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1111 North Ocean Drive | (954) 874-4471 margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com American $$

Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub & Restaurant 1921 Hollywood Blvd | (954) 921-2317 mickeybyrnes.com Irish Pub $$

Pachamanka Authentic Peruvian 321 Johnson Street | (954) 926-1020 pachamankarestaurant.com Peruvian $$

Rickey’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

4799 Hollywood Boulevard | (954) 966-1429 Sports Bar $$

Rudy’s Pub & Restaurant

1650 Johnson St | (954) 927-6040 rudysofhollywood.com

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Runas Peruvian Cuisine

219 North 21 Avenue | (954) 947-3134 Peruvian $$

Sardelli Italian Steakhouse

331 Van Buren St | (954) 921-8331 sardellis.com Italian $$

Shabo’s Barbecue

1840 Harrison Street | (954) 559-6164 shabosbarbecue.com Moroccan $$

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3303 Sheridan Street | (954) 981-9702 shenaniganssportspub.com Sports Bar $$

Siamrice Thai & Tapas

5071 Sheridan Street | (954) 981-2002 siamricethaitapas.com Thai $$

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1857 NW 66th Avenue | (954) 989-0561 sonnysfamoussteakhogies.com Sandwich $

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600 North Surf Road | (954) 922-1119 sugarreefgrill.com Fusion $$

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Carolina Ale House

2618 Weston Road | (954) 217-1233 carolinaalehouse.com Sports Bar $

Cerviche Arigato Restaurant

288 Indian Trace | (954) 385-5585 cevichearigato.com Peruvian Fusion $$

The Cheese Course

1679 Market Street | (954) 384-8183 thecheesecourse.com Cafe $$

Duffy’s Sports Grill 1800 Bell Tower Lane | (954) 389-2552 duffysmvp.com Sports Bar $$

Entretapas

74 Indian Trace | (954) 385-3262 entretapasweston.com Spanish $$

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill

2460 Weston Road | (954) 385-8080 flanigans.net Seafood $$

I Love Tacos Restaurant

2203 North Commerce Parkway | (954) 5150120 ilovetacosrestaurant.com Mexican $$

Ireland’s Steakhouse

250 Racquet Club Road | (954) 349-5656 Steakhouse $$$$

La Perla Seafood Bar & Grill

1396 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 385-1102 laperlarestaurants.com Peruvian $$

La Pequeña Colombia

1300 SW 160th Ave | (954) 349-9070 lapequenacolombia.com Colombian $$

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308 Indian Trace | (954) 217-9935 latorrettaweston.com Italian $$

Our City Picks All That Jazz Café & Grill

3491 Hiatus Road, Sunrise 954-572-0821 $ All That Jazz Café & Grill is not your typical restaurant. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights it becomes a hip dinner club, serving outstanding food and playing live music. The menu features a wonderful blend of American, New Orleans and world cuisines. From flame grilled steaks and fresh seafood to specialty tacos and original pasta dishes, the food is all-natural, homemade and always cooked to order.

Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Food

8525 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines 954-367-7730 $$$ Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Cuisine invites guests to experience an elegant atmosphere where modern Asian decor meets a retained authentic Cantonese cuisine. Enjoy large portions of delectable meat and live prepared seafood along with a harmonized wine and cocktail menu. Sample the expansive dim sum dishes carefully hand-crafted from scratch. Or celebrate an exclusive event with family, friends and colleagues.

Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta

9763 W Broward Boulevard, Plantation 954-440-2189 $$ Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta is a unique one of a kind concept. It is a trendy, full-service Pizzaria and Italian Restaurant featuring wines from around the globe, craft beers, and local produce. They have brought back the lost arts of “from scratch cooking,” hand tossed pizzas, and true hospitable service. Vivace is casual, yet sophisticated! Dine in, take out, delivery, catering, and private event services are all offered.

Shinju Japanese Buffet

14838 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines 954-538-9696 $$ 3305 South University Drive, Davie 954-472-3666 $$ Shinju Japanese Buffet is one of the finest and freshest Sushi and seafood buffet chains in the area. Enjoy a large quantity of high quality choices, as you dine in an elegant restaurant with attentive customer service. The large buffet includes more than 100 quality all-you-can-eat Oriental-flavored items, with approximately 45 types of freshly-made Sushi, Rolls and Sashimi; crab legs; peel-n-eat shrimp and more. Shinju also offers wine, sake and domestic beer, with B1G1 on Mondays and Tuesdays all day. Receive free lunch or dinner on your birthday.

Rickey’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

4799 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood 954-966-1429 $$ Rickey’s has been an institution in Hollywood for 60 years and was one of the area’s first restaurants when Hollywood was just a dirt road. They are known for their friendly, casual atmosphere and fully stocked sports bar. Besides being a great spot to catch a game on one of their 15 TVs, game day specials such as 20 chicken wings plus a pitcher for $19.95 during all football games always score big. Other feature items include burgers, ribs, steaks, salads and lobster. Thursday-Sunday enjoy their 2 for $25.95 Lobster Special. They are also always open 7 days a week from 11am-2am.

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Monkitail

Diplomat Beach Resort , 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (954) 602-8750 $$$$ Celebrity Chef & Restaurateur Michael Schulson brings his modern Japanese fare to Hollywood. Schulson’s menu is a contemporary take on the classic izakaya, featuring sharable small plates and sushi as well as an array of specialty cocktails and saké. Surrounding an open robatayaki kitchen in the heart of the restaurant is a 15-seat sushi bar and a private dining area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Tucked away beyond Monkitail’s main dining room is Nokku, a discreet cocktail lounge with four private rooms, each having full karaoke capabilities all within The Diplomat Beach Resort - 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 33019. Complimentary Valet parking provided. Open for dinner Wed.–Thurs. 6:00-11:00pm, Fri. - Sat. 6:00pm12:00am and Sun. - 6:00-11:00pm. For reservations visit www.monkitail.com or call 954-602-8755.

Point Royal

Diplomat Beach Resort , 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood (954) 602-8750 $$$$ A Coastal-American Restaurant by renowned chef Geoffrey Zakarian featuring American cuisine, the freshest seafood, a lively raw bar, and cocktails with local flavor. The indoor-outdoor establishment is located within The Diplomat Beach Resort. Complimentary Valet parking provided. Open for dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-10:00pm and Fri. and Sat. 5:30-11:00pm. For reservations visit pointroyalreservations@diplomatresort.com or call 954-602-8750.

Parc 28

1382 Weston Road, Weston 954-389-7029 $ IParc 28 has been serving the Weston community for the past 25 years. It specializes in authentic Chinese cuisine, as well as Malaysian, Thai, Indian and exotic Asian food. It offers different specials weekly, in addition to its popular daily lunch and dinner specials. The extensive menu offers something for everyone including vegetarian, low fat and low salt options. The Asian-feeling restaurant will give diners a true taste of Asian flavors.

POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi

1651 Bonaventure Boulevard, Weston 954-389-5188 $$ POC American Fusion Buffet and Sushi is a true culinary experience. It offers a vast array of dishes from around the world in the first ever “nontraditional” buffet-style dining restaurant. House specialty sushi includes the Lobster Roll (served on holidays) and Salmon Caviar Nigiri. In addition to an expansive sushi and sashimi buffet, other POC delicacies include barbecue steak, ribeye, and hibachi grill. It offers a special menu on holidays.

Zona Blu

189 Weston Road, Weston 954-617-7999 $$ Zona Blu specializes in Sardinian-style Italian cuisine. The casual , family-friendly restaurant and deli/market serves fresh seafood, homemade pasta, wood-fired pizza and offers a fine selection of imported wines. Its signature dishes include Linguine Nere all-Arresina and Fregola Sarda ai Frutti di Mare. It offers a monthly Agriturismo Night, as well as a Chef’s Choice menu featuring Zona Blu’s most popular Sardinian dishes prepared by Chef Andrea Fadda.


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2818 Weston Road | (954) 384-7275 moonthai.com Asian $$

Offerdahl’s Café Grill 2274 Weston Road | (954) 384-1043 offerdahls.com Cafe $

Parc 28 1382 Weston Road | (954) 389-7029 Asian $

Pei Wei 4517 Weston Road | (954) 308-7330 peiwei.com Asian $

POC American Fusion Buffet & Sushi 1651 Bonaventure Boulevard | (954) 389-5188 pocbuffet.com Asian $$

Primetime Restaurant & Bar 1744 Main Street | (954) 349-2100 primetimeweston.com Steakhouse $$$

141 Weston Road | (954) 384-7573 Peruvian $$ 1396 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 385-3688 sushitomweston.com Japanese $$

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Tarantella Ristorante & Pizzeria 1755 Bell Tower Lane | (954) 349-3004 tarantellas.net Italian $$

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ne of the nation’s top ranked epilepsy programs is located here in Weston. epilepsy surgeries each year. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Epilepsy Center has earned Level 4 accreditaThe high level of care is complemented by the state-of-the-art equipment tion from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 centers available at Cleveland Clinic Florida. It is the only institution in South Florida to are equipped to provide the highest level of perform Stereoelectroencephalography medical care and surgical evaluation and (SEEG), a minimally invasive surgical procetreatment for patients with complex epilepsy. dure used to identify the areas of the brain “We are honored to receive Level 4 where epileptic seizures originate. During accreditation and to be recognized as one the SEEG, doctors place electrodes in of the top epilepsy programs in the country,” targeted areas of the brain, which are then said Cleveland Clinic Florida President monitored to precisely locate the source Wael Barsoum, MD. “Our outstanding mulof the seizures. Once the seizure onset is tidisciplinary team, which includes several localized, the patient becomes a candidate board-certified epileptologists, an epilepsy for a life-altering surgery which can render neurosurgeon and a robust team of specialthem seizure free. ists have made our center a leading facility Cleveland Clinic Florida recently for the treatment of epilepsy. In addition, we received funding from The Le Foundation have state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, to purchase the ROSA 3.0 surgical robot to extensive medical and surgical treatment advance its epilepsy surgical program. The options and an active research focus.” ROSA 3.0 is an integrated multi-application Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Epilepsy console that acts as a surgical assistant. Center is part of the Pauline Braathen It is designed to mimic a human arm and Neurological Center. It is fully integrated perform surgery with very small instruments, with the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center at some as thin as a needle, to increase the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which is consafety and reliability of various neurological sidered one of the top epilepsy treatment procedures. Like a GPS for the brain, ROSA Cleveland Clinic Florida Neurosurgeon Badih Adada, MD, with the ROSA 3.0. centers in the world. Patients receive a 3.0 can be used for any type of cranial personalized treatment plan with the goal of achieving freedom from seizures and procedure requiring surgical planning with preoperative data, patient registration improving quality of life. Jointly, the epilepsy centers in Florida and Ohio offer the and precise positioning and handling of instruments. Cleveland Clinic Florida is world’s largest and most comprehensive epilepsy program, managing more than the first hospital in South Florida to use the ROSA 3.0 for the surgical management 4,000 adult and 2,000 pediatric patients each year, and performing more than 375 of both common and complex disorders of the brain and central nervous system.

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pinal pain -- such as back and neck pain -- is one of the largest and fastest growing health care challenges in the industrialized world. The costs of this epidemic are enormous. In the United States alone, about $50 billion annually is incurred as a result of low back pain. What can be done to gain control of this problem? In order to provide appropriate and effective treatment for any suffering patient it is imperative to identify the exact source of their complaint and the mechanism of their injury or condition. In most cases of back or neck pain, where is the pain coming from, and why? New research into the nerve supply of spinal discs, together with clinical studies on pain, has dispelled many long-held beliefs about the source of back and neck pain. Strong evidence now points directly to the intervertebral disc (the ‘cushion’ between each vertebrae) as one of the primary sources of pain. Following the disc, the next most common originator of pain is the joint capsule (the tough ligamentous covering that encapsulates spinal joints). What irritates or damages the disc to cause pain? Two primary factors have been shown to irritate or damage spinal discs: acute hyper-flexion loading of the disc, such as sudden lifting of a heavy object in a bent-over position, and sustained loading of the disc, such as prolonged sitting. In both cases, positions of flexion where the normal spinal curves are reduced or reversed is the mechanism by which compressive loads are applied to the spinal discs to create injury. This has been demonstrated in several studies that show many back and neck pain sufferers tend to have less lordosis (lumbar and cervical curves) than normal. Adverse loading of the disc may also be the result of abnormal posture and repetitive unilateral activities, all of which load the disc asymmetrically. Thus, many factors can cause damage to the disc, resulting in impaired disc nutrition and eventual deterioration, producing pain. Most spinal pain, therefore, is a direct result of loss of normal spinal alignment and curvature, and abnormal posture causing asymmetrical disc pressure. In our office, caring for patients with spinal pain begins with a detailed physical exam that includes a comprehensive history, postural evaluation and other procedures to objectively assess the structural condition of the spine and the spinal curves. Once we understand the mechanism of injury, the exact abnormal postures that contributed to disc damage and the condition of the spinal curves (alignment), appropriate and effective treatment can be provided. For example, “Linda” recently came to our office for help with chronic headaches and neck pain. She had tried medication and various therapies, to no avail. When we examined her, x-rays revealed she had significant misalignment of the vertebrae in her neck. This misalignment was causing disc compression, joint stiffness and nerve irritation, a condition chiropractic doctors call spinal subluxation. To help Linda regain her health, it was imperative that our treatment correct the subluxation in her cervical spine. Following a program of precise, gentle chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitative procedures to improve the spinal alignment and function of her neck, Linda was re-evaluated. Not only was her pain gone, but most importantly, new x-rays demonstrated near-normal alignment. With her subluxation finally corrected, Linda could now look forward to happiness and better health in the years to come. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Rick Behar or Dr. Marc Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Naples. Contact the Weston location for more information.

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13 Reasons Why a Yoga Class Is Better Than the Gym BY CAROLINA SANCHEZ

1. Yoga benefits the mind, body and spirit. Yoga will help tone your body, but it also helps you to be truly in the moment and infuses your spirit with positive energy. A gym workout is focused primarily on improving your body’s physical condition. 2. Yoga benefits your full body—externally and internally. The twisting, stretching and folding of a yoga practice are good for the digestive, the circulatory, the lymph systems and more. Its detoxing effects can improve your cardiovascular system developing stronger muscles. A gym workout is focused just on strengthening muscles and boosting cardio. 3. Yoga teaches acceptance. Yoga helps you accept the way you are—with your strengths and your weaknesses. Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance. Gym classes, especially boot camp style classes, are more likely to have you feeling like a failure if you can’t do everything. 4. Yoga will make you lean. By stretching your muscles as you’re strengthening them, your body will take on a leaner appearance. A gym workout filled with weights will cause your muscles to bulk up. 5. Yoga is more efficient. Yoga relies on your own body for strengthening through asanas. Your full body becomes toned and stronger by using your body weight as ‘weights’. By using only weights or other equipment like at the gym, muscles are isolated and must be worked individually to benefit, which takes a lot more time. 6. Yoga is kinder to the body. This does not mean yoga is not intense. Yoga builds heat and works your muscles, but you’re doing what your body allows you to do and not attempting to lift weights and pound on the joints—which can cause injury. Yoga also stretches as you move through the postures and a good yoga practice builds on itself to prepare the body for the next position. 7. Yoga eases your aches and pains. A gym workout increases them. Yoga slowly stretches muscles and opens the energy channels of the body. The increased flexibility keeps muscles and joints lubricated and healthy. Weights and treadmill can cause strain which leads to soreness and injuries. 8. Yoga helps you breathe easier. During times of stress, it’s easy to forget to breathe—really breathe, and not just shallow breaths. Without deep breaths, it’s harder to think clearly and fatigue can set in. Yoga focuses on the breath so that when you need it most, those deep breaths are the norm. 9. Yoga is calming. We move through practice with a calm, relaxed expression. No grunting, no dropping weights, no clenched teeth or grimacing expressions like you see from gym-goers. The overall intention is to release tension throughout the body and mind. 10. Yoga reduces stress. Many yoga classes include meditation, or at least Savasana. It gives you a chance to clear the mind. With practice, stressful situations can be dealt with more easily and overall stress levels decrease. The competitive nature of a gym along with the loud music and bright lights is more likely to increase your stress. 11. Everyone can practice yoga. No matter your age or your health, you can practice yoga. Yoga has even been found to help people who have health ailments ranging from Parkinson’s to cancer. Gym workouts, in general, are not designed to be therapeutic, or senior friendly. 12. Yoga improves concentration. During a yoga practice, you focus on the breath, the posture and the gaze. Outside distractions are tuned out. While you can try and do this at the gym, this focus and silence is not exactly encouraged with all the other distractions around, like loud music, TVs, etc. 13. Yogis rock. We’re a happy bunch! Wouldn’t you rather be around smiling, happy people? You’ll get to be in an environment where people accept your, and everyone else’s, curves and edges. There’s no talk of who held what pose longer, no sense of competition. It’s always good vibes all around! Carolina Sanchez is the owner of Weston Yoga and Wellness Center. It is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. For more information or to schedule an appointment for wellness services, please call 954-349-6868 or visit www.westonyoga.com.


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

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Plastic Surgery Continues to Boom!

Plastic surgery is expected to be the biggest emerging market by 2020 according to a report from Persistence Market Research. Europe and North America will dominate the global cosmetic surgery market. This is due to the growing aging population and a general acceptance of aesthetic procedures. Doctors who have practiced cosmetic surgery for many years have witnessed significant paradigm changes, noting a significant shift toward non-invasive procedures and patients looking for a quick fix of their necks, chests, hands, elbows, and more.

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This year we have already seen the introduction of even more targeted products (niche fillers) such as Restylane Refyne and Defyne, which are designed specifically to improve smile lines while maintaining expressions in the face, and lasting over a year. Other new products such as Juvederm Volbella, aim at lip enhancement and Juvederm Vollure for mid-face lifts that can target specific concerns more effectively than ever before. Additionally, there are now three approved neuromodulators on the market – Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Xeomin -- and there are more in the pipeline. Many of these newer products are rumored to last seven to eight months.

Mommy Makeovers.

Breast lifts, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and a combined surgery of these procedures (often referred to as the mommy makeover) continue to grow. Abdominoplasty is up 87% since the year 2000. The post-bariatric population is growing as well. As people become more fit and aware of their overall health, this procedure will continue to skyrocket.  

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The neck is still slightly unchartered territory and we will continue to see new and improved products. Kybella, the newest Allergan product for double chins, is just the tip of the iceberg. These fat-melting injections may also have a role in treating other stubborn pockets of fat such as bra-line rolls, above the knee fat and more. Also promising is a topical treatment for localized fat treatment. Topokine latanoprost, a topical agent acquired by Allergan, is the real deal. Phase three studies and pivotal trials will be necessary to achieve approval, but if they confirm the results of early studies, this will be a first-in-class topical agent that can reduce localized fat.

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ach year aesthetic associations and global wellness institutions release data trends based on the prior year. These stats tell us which procedures are trending and which ones are losing steam. A cosmetic surgeon who deals with patients day in and out sees these trends in their daily practice and can often see how they are panning out ahead of the data. Culturally we also see how wellness trends are affecting which procedures patients ultimately select and how they are choosing to care for themselves in the long run. This often can affect whom and why they choose the doctor they want to work with as well. With 2017 in full swing, here is a forecast of some of the trends that will gain momentum as the health and wellness paradigm evolves for the future.

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ver the last five decades, fluoride has been added to community water supplies across the country. As a result, we have seen a 50% reduction of cavities in these communities, as well as a 50% reduction in the dental healthcare costs for children. The numbers are even higher when its use is combined with proper diet, oral hygiene techniques, and use of topical fluorides. Still, the dental community searches for other methods of reducing the incidence of “caries” (cavities). Such a finding would be most helpful to those unable or unwilling to make use of fluoride. One of the more promising substances is xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute derived from agricultural products. It has been around since the 1960’s, but has not been tested for use in humans for the purpose of oral health until the 1990’s. Most of the studies use chewing gum as the delivery system of choice. Optimal results are gained with three daily uses. This dosing achieves a reduction in plaque formation, reduces acid production, and interferes with the production of the specific bacteria which initiate cavity formation. Cumulatively, these attributes result in cavity reduction.

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What seems most promising is the use of xylitol by new parents to reduce cavity formation in their newborns. Babies are not born with the bacteria, which cause cavities. These bacteria are naturally transmitted to the mouth of a child by a parent or caregiver. This usually occurs through everyday contact, such as sharing of food or blowing on a hot spoon. The use of xylitol has been shown to delay the transmission of some of the most deleterious bacteria and resulted in a decreased incidence of cavities for these children. In one particular study, xylitol chewing by mothers beginning three months after the delivery of a child for a period of two years resulted in a decreased incidence of cavities in the children till an average age of six years. Of course, with such positive results many new xylitol products have been launched into the marketplace. Companies are manufacturing a number of products, such as mints, mouthwash and toothpaste. However, the only method of delivery clinically proven to have these effects is chewing gum. Personally, I can’t wait to bite into the first xylitol infused ice cream sundae! 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.


How Well Do You Hit Your Fairway Woods? BY DEAN SKLAR, PGA PROFESSIONAL

1. Ball Position forward (one ball-width inside of your left heel) Ball position is critical. This will promote the club head to strike the ball just before the low point promoting a descending blow through impact.   The low point of the swing’s arc is located just outside the lead shoulder with the shoulder itself being the center of the circle. With the driver, ball position is played more adjacent to the lead heel which positions the ball even closer to the swing’s low point. This allows the driver to meet the ball at the bottom of the arc just before where the fairway wood meets the ball. 2. Hands in-line with the club head This allows for a player to hit down, but not to where the club head will stick in the ground. With the ball position just inside the lead heel, the butt of the club should

point just left of the belt buckle resulting in a more perpendicular club shaft angle at address.   One of the most common errors at address with fairway woods is positioning the hands too far forward of the club head. This sees the butt of the club point left of the body and this is not the best place to be when hitting these long clubs. Leaning the club shaft forward at address is a good thing with short to mid irons, but as you enter the long game you must be very conservative when it comes to this dynamic at address. 3. T  ilt the upper body slightly away from target With the upper body tilted slightly away from the target, this will assure your head will be behind the ball. This again helps to promote the proper angle of approach into impact. Get this angle correct and you will see more consistently solid shots and more power with the fairway woods. Where spine tilt is recommended with an iron it almost seems to be mandatory when hitting woods for most people.

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ne of my favorite shots in golf is watching the best players in the world hit fairway woods trying to reach par 5’s in two. This shot is another example of just how good they are when controlling their ball flight from long distances. Fairway woods are an important part of the game, and on the lesson tee we get many questions about how to hit them. The first step toward better fairway wood play is to understand the angle of approach. You will notice when Tour players hit fairway woods, they still hit down on the ball allowing for the loft of the fairway wood to lift the shot. Although the angle of approach is not as steep as that of an iron, the club head still needs to be moving downward when striking a fairway wood. Controlling this angle of approach into impact is the key to striking solid fairway woods. Here are some key checkpoints at address to help manage the proper angle of approach:

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4. Square Shoulders One of the most common errors with the fairway woods is taking the upper body and facing the forward ball position. Make sure your shoulders are square at address as this really helps swing the fairway woods on the proper angle of approach.   I would rather see most amateurs slightly closed with the shoulders rather than open. When the shoulders open and aim left, this will promote a more upright angle of approach which usually isn’t the best thing for most people. PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean about your golf game, contact him at Dean.Sklar@FloridaMoves. com or the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, 954-389-6197, or online at www.WestonFloridaUSA.com.

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ur eyes are one of the most essential parts of life and an important part of our health. Maintaining a healthy weight can help maintain your eye health. Eating a rich diet in fruits and vegetables is very important for keeping your eyes healthy. It’s no old wives’ tale that carrots are good for your eyes; it’s true. Fish is also good for your eyes. According to research, there are many health benefits to eating fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut. Optometrists recommend taking a fish oil supplement, because it contains all these ingredients that are good for overall eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids help to control and prevent severe eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. By eating a healthy diet, you can maintain healthy vision by preventing eye diseases. One of the biggest nationwide problems is obesity. Obesity rates have been rising in the recent years and pose as a major threat to overall health, particularly vision. A large amount of weight can put too much stress on the blood vessels located in the eyes. These vessels are very delicate and can easily deteriorate, which could lead to poor vision, or even glaucoma. During an eye exam, the doctor will test eye pressure. If the pressure is too high, the Retina doctor will recommend additional tests be done to determine if you could be developing glaucoma or at risk to develop it. Cataracts are another concern. They are caused by improper nutrition and the environment. People who are overweight often do not get good nutrition, which could lead to poor vision. Vitamins that are essential to ocular health include Vitamin A and Omega 3’s. Those who do not participate in a healthy diet lack these nutrients, so the risk of eye disease is increased. By being overweight, the progression of eye disease can speed up. Taking appropriate steps to eating Retina a balanced diet and losing weight will help support healthy eyes, so you will be less likely to suffer from any eye diseases. For good eye health, eat a diet of fish, vegetables, eggs, nuts, juices, and protein. By educating yourself on the potential dangers of eye diseases, you can help prevent them from occurring.

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The Process of Hiring an Attorney

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am quite aware that the last thing most people would ever want to do in their lifetime is hire an attorney. Except for the purchase of a home or business, for the most part the hiring of an attorney is necessary only when a crisis occurs. It could be due to an accident, a run in with the law, a death in the family or a divorce. On occasion, individuals may feel as if an attorney is not really necessary. Unfortunately, handling a legal matter without advice from an attorney can often mean unwanted results. So how does someone decide if they need an attorney and, if so, who should they hire? I have met with several individuals who have either attempted to handle their particular matter without the assistance of an attorney or they have been unhappy with the representation they have received from the attorney they in fact did hire. In most of these situations I was not able to assist them in “undoing” the unwanted result. For the most part, we do not get a “do over” in court. Once a decision is made by a judge, it is in most instances a final decision. The fact that an individual feels that his/her attorney did not properly represent him/her will not be considered grounds to overturn the court’s decision. Neither will the fact that a person was unrepresented in court. Unless you are prepared to file an appeal, most people get one chance to present their case and obtain their desired results.

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PET OF THE MONTH

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ur pets share so much of our lives that many of us don’t want to consider traveling without them. Whether you are flying, driving a car, or RVing, sharing a trip with a pet can add richness to the experience. Proper planning can make the travel experience better and less stressful for you and for your pet.

Dash is a ten-year-old Catahoula Leopard Hound. His favorite person is his “Big Daddy”. Dash loves chewing his bone, belly rubs and going for long walks. He does not like unwelcome visitors in his backyard. Dash was last seen chasing a squirrel out of his yard.

What should I bring when traveling with my dog?

Changing your dog’s food can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or other problems that can be difficult to deal with while traveling. Try to bring enough of your dog’s regular food for the duration of the trip, and try to maintain the feeding and toilet schedule your dog is used to at home. If your pet receives medication, bring enough for the trip and try to maintain your regular schedule. If you are traveling by car or RV, bringing your dog’s favorite bed, blanket, or toys can help make the trip more relaxing and pleasant for your best friend. If you are flying, you will need an airline-approved carrier for your dog; you should also request that your dog fly in a temperature-controlled cargo area.

How should I plan for travel with my dog?

Spontaneity and family emergencies aside, most of us wouldn’t take a trip without planning some things ahead of time. The same thing applies when traveling with your dog: Where to stay: Many hotels and rental properties allow pets. Locating proper accommodations and being clear about fees (some places charge an extra fee for pets) can help minimize anxiety when you arrive. Travel requirements: Most airlines require a health certificate for pets that will be flying. The health certificate generally states that the pet is in good health and free from any infectious or contagious diseases. Don’t assume this document can be obtained from your veterinarian on the way to the airport. Your dog may need a physical examination, fecal exam, or other procedures before your veterinarian can sign a health certificate. Also, the certificate must be obtained within a certain window of time before you travel.

Should I sedate my dog for travel?

Giving a tranquilizer to a dog before traveling has pros and cons. Sedation can have side effects, including lowering body temperature (which could be an issue if your pet is flying in the cargo area of a plane), and causing hypotension (low blood pressure). On the other hand, light sedation can calm a dog that is overly stressed or excited while traveling and can therefore make the trip more pleasant for everyone involved. Remember that sedation does not address all travel issues; if your dog has severe motion sickness or gets extremely stressed while traveling, it may be better to arrange for a pet sitter or board him or her. Also, not every dog is a good candidate for a tranquilizer, so ask your veterinarian if sedation is an option for your dog. If you have never given your dog a tranquilizer before, give a test dose ahead of your trip. Pick a day when you will be home with your pet for most of the day. That way, if the medication causes excessive sedation or other negative side effects, you will be there to intervene and call your veterinarian for help. 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.

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Rotary Grants – Doing Good in the World

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he 120-plus members of the Rotary Club of Weston have a lot of fun working $55,000 annually to TRF’s Annual Fund over the past three years, as well as together on service projects and fundraisers throughout the year. They use additional donations to Rotary’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio, and is the monies raised to support a number of worthy causes locally and scholaron track to exceed that amount this year. The contributions allow this club, and ships for area students. However, every year others, to access Rotary District and Global a portion of the funds raised by the club is set Grants for projects that make a difference. “I’m aside to send to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) – very proud of the service projects this club Rotary International’s fundraising arm. Rotary has taken on over the past year,” says 2016clubs, Rotarians, individuals and corporations 17 Weston Rotary Club President Mary Beth around the world contribute to TRF, which Casey. “Making real, sustainable progress Charity Navigator consistently rates in its Top towards solving a problem for those in need 10, giving it a current overall rating of 97.87 out both here in South Florida and in a country far of 100. away is gratifying.” Rotary’s foundation receives high praise Most recently, the Weston club and others for accountability, transparency and finanpartnered with the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne cial performance. Over 90 percent of donaand host club Rotary Club of Puerto Ordaz tions to TRF’s Annual Fund go directly to TRF on a Global Grant to provide thousands of programs and services. Rotary is able to do antimalarial bed nets to villages in Venezuela. this with a unique funding model. It invests The “Mosquitero” project has been so successdonations for three years and uses the income ful in reducing deaths and illness associated to help defray administrative costs. After three with malaria infection in Bolivar State that years, the principal is available for distribution it is expanding to Peru. A literacy project in Children in villages in Venezuela sleep safely under special in the form of Grants. Rotary Grants take difPanama provided dictionaries to student essay nets treated to repel malaria-carrying mosquitos, thanks to a ferent forms. District grants are local matching project funded by a Rotary Foundation Global Grant. contest winners while a water reclamation grants up to $3,000 for Rotary clubs to use on project in South Africa provides clean, potable more modestly scaled educational and service projects. Global grants, issued water. Thanks to The Rotary Foundation Grants and dedicated Rotarian volunteers, and administered by The Rotary Foundation, are for more complex, international the Rotary Club of Weston is able to provide far-reaching service to others. service projects with a minimum budget of $30,000. Both types of grants allow The Rotary Club of Weston meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Rotary clubs to address pressing humanitarian issues with integrity, strength and Weston Hills Country Club. For more information go to www. passion – often joining forces with one or more clubs to leverage impact. WestonRotary.com. The Rotary Club of Weston has contributed an average of approximately

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

DSJJ Team’s Internationally-Acclaimed Judo Program Now Available in Weston BY STACEY BOMSER

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ith 20 years of success in Sweden and Brazil, DSJJ Team has opened its fifth martial arts studio, and first in the United States, here in Weston. The family-oriented studio specializes in self-defense and fitness classes for children and adults. Owner Duda Soares shares more about his proprietary program and why DSJJ Team has been so successful.

What is DSJJ Team? I am the creator of the methodology that car-

ries the name DSJJ – Duda Soares Judo and Jiu-Jitsu. It is used all over the world, not only in our own studios, but also in more than 20 Team Nogueira gyms, owned by UFC brothers Minotauro and Minotouro.

What is unique about the DSJJ methodology? We emphasize the “DSJJ values,” which are the philosophical principles by which Judo was developed. We address those principles in the classes and connect them to the students’ daily challenges outside of the gym. What types of classes do you offer? We

have martial arts and fitness classes for adults and kids, with classes scheduled for parents while their kids are in their own activities. We also offer adult Judo and Jiu-Jitsu classes at night. Our Ninja Class has been extremely popular. It is an introductory class for kids where they have their first contact with Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira, Karate, boxing and self-defense in a playful ninja circuit. In addition, we offer afterschool and summer camp programs. Our Nerf War Birthday Party is already a huge success!

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ince 2003, Kitchen Designs & More has been helping Weston residents turn their houses into their dream homes, whether that be by installing a new state-of-theart kitchen, redesigning the master bathroom, or creating a functional home office. The full-service design center handles everything from concept to completion. President and Owner Elliott Landman shares the secrets to this company’s success and why hundreds of Weston homeowners recommend KD&M for home renovations.

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group of passionate and highly qualified designers, architects, and project coordinators with over 100 years of experience. We handle the design, project coordination, and acquisition of materials for all in-home projects, ranging from kitchens and bathrooms to flooring projects, home offices, wall units, wine rooms, libraries and more.

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We start out with an in-home visit in order to have a conversation about our client’s wants and needs for their project, to give our insight and design options, and to take the necessary measurements. Between our next meetings, KD&M will create a full design, line-byline cost estimate, and proposed schedule of the project so that our clients will have a full idea of the scope of the project, from financial to time requirements. Once the design is approved, our expert

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mindful of each individual client and their family’s needs, with regards to budget, timing, as well as any other special factors and we work hard to reconcile the details of the project with those needs. Our goal is to make the project as enjoyable, transparent, and less stressful as possible for our clients.

What distinguishes Kitchen Designs & More from its competition? Our team of

designers has over 100 years of experience and is known in the Weston community for the quality of our work. We are the only local kitchen design and project coordination showroom in Weston, located next to Acquolina. We are with our clients every step of the way, from start to finish, making sure that they are constantly in the loop and with the least amount of stress possible for the duration of their project.

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Through our “Designed to Give” campaign, KD&M will donate 10% of all kitchen cabinetry sales in our client’s name to the organization of their choice through July 31st. Over the years, we have supported Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Women in Distress, Kids in Distress, American Diabetes Association, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Autism Awareness, local houses of worship, and numerous other

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Remember Operation, an electronic board game in which one wayward movement causes other body parts to spasm and a loud buzzer to sound?

Just like in the board game, an injured rotator cuff can wreak havoc with other body parts – and every day activities like writing and eating – because it’s the rotator cuff that allows us to lift and rotate the arm. The rotator cuff is composed of four muscles plus attached tendons and other tissue in the shoulder. It holds the arm in the joint and helps attach the humerus (long bone in the upper arm) to the elbow, neck and torso. Rotator cuff tendons can tear from age, overuse, traumatic injury, or a fall. When it is injured, even reaching for a book can be painful, and a tennis match or golf outing would be nearly impossible. Understandably, shoulder injuries used to be among the most dreaded by weekend warriors and professional athletes alike. In fact, a rotator cuff injury was often a career-ending incident in sports. “Shoulder patients can experience much quicker recovery and much less pain using

the arthroscopic techniques developed in recent years,” said Vani Sabesan, MD, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty training in the upper extremities. “Today, my patients return to their preferred activities quickly.”

“Prior to arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair required months of post-operative rehabilitation and many patients avoided the surgery,” said Dr. Sabesan. “Using arthroscopy, we can help our patients return to a fuller life without constant pain.”

Instead of a large incision circumventing the shoulder, Dr. Sabesan uses an arthroscope, a pencil-sized instrument with a tiny camera at the tip, to examine and repair the tissues in the joint. Recovery is quicker, and less painful when compared to an open procedure.

Arthroscopy can treat other ailments including shoulder instability or dislocation, torn biceps tendon, bone spur, inflammation or damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis, a torn or damaged cartilage ring (labrum) or ligaments, shoulder impingement syndrome, and arthritis of the collarbone. Surgeons also use arthroscopes to treat knees, hips, ankles, elbows and wrists.

Using arthroscopy also minimizes swelling, and allows patients to begin their postoperative rehabilitation sooner. In the last few years, other innovations have made the recovery process easier, including surgical improvements and better post-operative pain management. According to Dr. Sabesan, who is a team physician for the Florida Panthers, sutures today use new materials that do not require intra-operative knots. Overall, the procedures are less abrasive to the tissue. New, long-acting pain medications used following surgery last for 72 to 96 hours. Often patients need little or no pain medication after their initial recovery due to the new techniques.

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BOOK BUDDIES

Students in Mrs. Ratmiroff’s first grade Spanish dual language class at Everglades Elementary read to their Kindergarten Book Buddies to promote reading skills as well as the Spanish language.

BOOK BATTLE

Indian Trace Elementary students competed in Book Battles. This annual in-house event challenges students to read books and battle other classes for a chance to claim victory.

REMARKABLE READERS

Mrs. Winer’s first grade students at Everglades Elementary School have been working hard on reaching individual and class reading goals. This picture was taken on the day they reached the class goal of reading 4,000 Accelerated Reader books.

WORLD TRAVELERS

Students in Ann House’s first grade class at Gator Run Elementary used their map skills to locate the places Flat Stanley visited.

ALIEN ENCOUNTER AUTHOR VISIT

Students in Mrs. Delgado’s second grade class at Indian Trace Elementary celebrated Dia de los Libros with Author Uva Delgado.

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Falcon Cove Middle School teacher Jeannie Dempsey dressed as Yoda to celebrate National Star Wars Day with 7th grader Grace Gould.

SLIME TIME

Coach Rodriguez, the PE teacher at Manatee Bay Elementary, was turned into a human ice cream sundae by the top student fundraisers for the American Heart Association.


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TASTY TREAT

Judith Malone dressed as a taco to liven up the PTA-sponsored staff appreciation luncheon at Falcon Cove Middle School, where she posed for a picture with Principal Mark Kaplan.

ART APPRECIATION TEACHER APPRECIATION

“We are Wild about our Staff” was the theme of Teacher Appreciation Week at Gator Run Elementary. The PTA arranged a week of treats for the teachers. Students also surprised their teachers with thankyou gifts.

Manatee Bay’s annual Night of the Arts showcased students’ talent. Artwork created in Mrs. Bramhall’s art classes was on display. The evening also included musical performances by individual students and the Manatee Bay Chorus led by music teacher Mr. Henschel.

PINT-SIZED PICASSOS

Students at A Children’s Carousel proudly posed next to their artwork in the preschool’s annual Art Show. The event also included an auction to raise funds for the new STEM program starting this fall.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

GOING GREEN

In celebration of Earth Day, fifth grade members of Country Isles Elementary School’s Green Team planted a hibiscus tree generously donated by The Home Depot. Country Isles’ PTA Green Team Chairpersons Tammy Wagner and Tanja Ylenius with Emma Wagner, Sammi Wagner, and Ninni Ylenius.

NATURE LOVERS

Children at Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center learned about nature and butterflies.

ANIMAL ADVENTURE

First graders at Everglades Elementary went on a field trip to Jungle Island. The students were able to use what they learned about animals and their needs from their science standards when they explored the interactive zoo and watched three different shows about wild animals and birds, visited the petting zoo, and fed the animals.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

RELAY READY Imagine Charter School showed its support for Relay for Life of Weston. Together, its elementary and middle school teams raised $1836.

PLAYTIME

Preschool students at Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center enjoy a variety of activities from outdoor play to coloring to building with blocks.

PEDAL POWER

A Children’s Carousel participated in the annual St. Jude Trike-a-Thon. The preschool students learned about bicycle safety while raising funds to help save the lives of children battling cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

HOPPY HOLIDAY

Children and parents had a hopping good time at an Easter Party at Gymboree Play & Music.

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VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

The Arts Council of Greater Weston held a reception to honor its many volunteers who helped make the 2016-17 season a resounding success.

FOND FRIENDS

Weston Friends Club held its Installation of Officers and Fashion Show at the Bonaventure Country Club.

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ART APPRECIATION

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

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DAY IN DC

City leaders accompanied the Weston University Class of 2017 on a one-day field trip to Washington D.C. Mayor Stermer and Commissioner Brown.

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