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Estate home with 4 br/4.1 bath. Master bedroom up stairs with Jacuzzi tub and wet bar. Bedrooms overlook the pool/lake with balcony. Crown molding throughout, Accordion shutters, Gas heated screened pool. High vaulted ceiling. Breakfast kitchen with wood cabinetry, granite counter top, butler pantry & s/steal appliances. Formal Living and Dining room. Summer kitchen. Motivated seller. Offered at $1,050,000. Call Indra Ragbir – (954) 773-1557 or H. Ragbir – (954) 818-1475

SW RANCHES

This beautiful gated Estate sits on a 3 acre lot. Second floor 5 bedrooms plus huge office/gym,2 baths 14 closets. First floor two rooms with 3 1/2 bathrooms .Bamboo flooring throughout . Separate CBS two bedrooms on law, Doll house. Barn with 6 stalls. 16 cameras security. Offered at $1,389,000. Call Rosa Rosales (954) 303-2701

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 $1,095,000. 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

SW RANCHES

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

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WESTON

Contemporary inspired 4BR/3.5BA plus den has been completely renovated.. Outstanding water to golf view. Marble flooring in the social areas. Kitchen with laminated cabinets, granite counters, tiled backsplash, under-cabinet lighting & stainless steel appliances. Swimming pool & fenced yard. Brick paver driveway & patio. Accordion shutters, newer roof 2007 & Air conditioning unit. Offered at $810,000 Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

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

WESTON

Custom one story home with circular driveway, 5BR & 3.5BA, travertine marble floors, high ceilings, spacious kitchen, full size granite back splash & countertops, double oven, wood cabinets, walk in pantry, wet bar with small fridge and sink, crown molding, heated pool, master BR with pool access. Located in gated Weston Hills. Offered at $939,000. Call Nelsy Arellano – (954) 609-5253


MIRAMAR

Beautiful 5 bedroom 4 bath home. Completely upgraded throughout w/ gourmet kitchen, s.s. appliances & granite. Large master bedroom with sitting area, his/her master baths w/walk thru shower. Large his/ her walk in closets, master leads out to large balcony w/breathtaking views of the lake. Salt water pool with jacuzzi. One bedroom downstairs w/full bath, laundry room upstairs, pristine property. Guard gated. Offered at $599,999. Call Lisa Meyers-Archer – (954) 732-3775

KEY WEST

Nice cottage style home located on Shallow Canal with boat duck and direct ocean access. Home features 2BR, 1BR, over 1,500 sqft of living area. Offered at $420,000. Call Josefa Castrillon – (954) 612-3340 or Herb Halcomb – (954) 612-3340

SUNRISE

Look no further beautiful updated tri level townhouse in Sunrise with breathtaking lake views from all three floors. Property features kitchen with SS appl. Pride of ownership with kitchen, baths and bamboo flooring 1 yr old. New impact resistant skylight installed in 2016. A/C and rear awnings 2016. Balcony on second floor. Located within walking distance to Sawgrass mall. Offered at $285,000. Call Mirtha West – (305) 773-0308

WESTON

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

WESTON

Beautiful home with 5BR/3.5BA. Gourmet kitchen, with GE Profile appliances and granite countertops, or just relax on the front or back covered porch and enjoy. The house is located in SAVANNA, a very desirable neighborhood with resort style club house and amenities. Your kids just need to walk 40 feet from the driveway to the school bus stop. Offered at $539,000. Call Filippo Vespa – (954) 540-2806

FT. LAUDERDALE

Attention boaters! Ocean access property with no height restrictions. Completely remodeled home with impact windows, wood cabintets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, marble & wood floors. Great back yard. Offered at $417,700. Call Eva Hajmassy – (954) 383-7687

MIRAMAR

Nice one story home at Sunset Lakes, 4BR, 3BA, over 2,300 sqft of living area, new appliances, resort style community, fenced yard with privacy. Oversized patio. Offered at $423,000. Call Claudia Georgiopoulos - (954) 802-1103

PEMBROKE PINES

Completely Remodeled home in Eagle Creek. 3 bedrooms PLUS office/den. Kitchen is remodeled and great for entertaining. High ceilings throughout the house. The roof is NEW, only 5 months. 2 car Garage, Floor freshly Epoxy surfaced & Beautiful. Very big back yard with room for a pool. Offered at $365,000. Call Ariane Cohen from The Rosen Team – (305) 632-5213

MIAMI

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


CONTENTS

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 46 Buyers Be Aware 47 Moms, Give Yourself A Gift This Mother’s Day

SCHOOL NEWS 50 Everglades Elementary Students Let Their Imaginations Soar 50 Biography Project Takes On a Life of Its Own at Imagine Charter School

TEE TO GREEN 83 Do You Have A Good Putting Routine?

LEGALLY SPEAKING 86 How Long Will This Take?

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 87 “The World’s Favorite Magazine”

54 Gator Run Buddies Bond Over More Than Just Books 56 Falcon Literacy Society Organizes Book Drive 58 Cypress Bay Physics Teacher Nominated for Teacher of the Year 60 Cypress Bay’s Latinos In Action Mentor Elementary School Students 61 Fancy Nancy llustrator Visits Indian Trace Elementary 64 Cypress Bay Boys Soccer Team Wins Fifth State Championship

26 PUBLISHER’S PAGE 14 Let’s Celebrate Earth Day

CALENDAR 16 April 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS 18 Weston Named Second Safest City in Florida 20 Egg Hunts Offer EGGstraordinary Good Time For All

POSITIVE PARENTING 52 Healthy Adults Make For Healthy Children

DINING GUIDE 65 Good Eats!

HEALTH & WELLNESS 74 How Yoga Can Help Improve Your Nutrition Habits

ASK THE VET 76 Dogosterone Therapy: Quality of Life Treatment for Geriatric Dogs

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22 Student Artist Showcase Shines Spotlight on Young Talent

78 Heel Pain In Children

22 Weston Art Guild Exhibit Depicts the Glory of a Moment

79 The New, Modernized Mommy Makeover

24 Weston Rallies for Relay For Life

82 Unexpected Cavities

24 City Supports Proper Waste Disposal Efforts

84 Has Your Child Seen An Eye Doctor This Year?

PET CARE 88 Fecal Analysis

PET OF THE MONTH 88 “Shadow”e MONTH ROTARY NEWS 92 Rotary Club of Weston: Serving Others Is the Reward

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 93 Sunny South Paint & Décor Will Help You Design Your Dream Home

DINING OUT 94 Make Mealtime Memorable at Weston Diner and Blue Moon Diner

IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 96 MC Real Estate Group Has Been Delivering Results For Over 20 Years

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 98,100,101,102 Class Acts!

SEEN ON SCENE 104,105 Community Snapshots

26 Weston World Fest Celebrates Cultural Diversity 28 Weston Paves Way for Accessible Events with New Mobi-Mat RecPath 30 Weston University Program Students Experience Law Enforcement Services 30 Weston BSO Deputy Reminds Drivers to Move Over 38 FISP Gala Raises Funds and Awareness about Suicide Prevention 36 Stay Safe During Spring Break 45 St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church Offers Free Community Health Fair

LEGISLATIVE LOOK 32 Identity Theft

REAL ESTATE 34 Make A Buyer’s First Impression Truly Count

FEATURE STORY 43 L’ACQUA Nail Spa Now Offers Microblading for Eyebrows

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Let’s Celebrate Earth Day

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very year, on April 22nd, people around the world recognize the importance of preserving and protecting our natural environment. Earth Day, as we call it today, was proposed by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and founded in 1970. Since then, it has evolved from a day for teachers to focus on nature to a global rally day for environmentalists. Locally, Earth Day is a great day to celebrate the wonders of South Florida. Some of the best beaches in the world are just a few miles away. The Everglades, which is both an exciting natural refuge to visit and a critically important ecosystem, is right in our back yard. Just off shore, there are miles of coral reefs full of fish and wildlife. Preserving the beauty and splendor of our natural environment is critical for the continued enjoyment of this wonderful community. This year, let’s celebrate Earth Day by taking a step back from our fast-paced digital world and recognizing the splendor of the environment around us. You could visit the Long Key Nature Center in Davie, take an airboat ride through the Everglades, dip your toes in the surf, or simply spend a few hours at one our wonderful local parks. Whatever you do, feel fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Sincerely,

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Our City Media of Florida, LLC publishes FREE monthly, local community news magazines covering Weston, Davie/SW Ranches/Cooper City, Aventura, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood & Hallandale Beach. Total circulation is 20,000+ per edition or a total of 140,000+ copies per month. Our City Magazines are direct mailed monthly to affluent single-family homes, condos and businesses in their respective communities. Monthly mailings are verifiable by USPS statements available at www.OurCityMedia.com. Additional free copies are available at selected locations throughout their respective communities and upon request by contacting this news magazine. Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. Our City Media of Florida, LLC reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial or advertising content. Our City Media of Florida, LLC is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. Entire contents copyrighted 2016 by Our City Media of Florida, LLC. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden in any media without prior written permission from the publisher.

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CALENDAR APRIL 2017

1st-27th Student Artist Showcase – View the work of Weston’s most talented young artists at the Arts Council of Greater Weston’s annual Student Artist Showcase. The free exhibition is at the Weston Branch Library. For more information go to www.1weston.com.

information about this monthly activity, call Bunko Chair Becky Hooker at 954-557-3460.

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5th-7th “Fame: The Musical” – Come see the award-winning Cypress Bay drama students perform. Show times are at 4:30pm on Wednesday and 7pm on Thursday and Friday. Presale tickets can be purchased online at Lightningdrama.com for $5 for general seating or $10 for reserved. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information contact Cindy Lutwin at 754-323-0350 ext. 3130.

8th Children’s Easter Celebration – St. Paul Lutheran Church & Preschool invites all children to come hear the Easter Story followed by an egg hunt with special appearance by the Easter Bunny. It takes place at 10am at the church, 580 Indian Trace. For more information call 954-384-9096.

Royal Egg Hunt – Children, ten and under, are invited to join the fun of scrambling to collect candy-filled eggs. The egg hunt begins at 10am sharp at Weston Regional Park. Children should bring their own basket. For more information call 954-389-4321.

16th Resurrection Run 5K – St. Paul Lutheran Church & Preschool is hosting its 5th Annual 5K Resurrection Run throughout Tequesta Trace Park, starting at 7am. Register at www. westonrezrun.com. Pre-registration is $30 or $40 on the day of the race which includes a T-shirt. All proceeds support St. Paul Youth on servant events and mission trips. For more information call 954-384-9096.

Free Puppet Show – Bob Nathanson’s Puppets to Go presents an enchanted, updated version of the classic fairy tale, The Frog Prince. This puppet show is best suited for children in pre-k through second grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Show times are at 1:30pm and 3pm at the Weston Community Center. For more information call 954-389-4321. “The Secret Life of Pets” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn for Moonlight Movies in the Park. This hilarious animated comedy shows the adventures our pets can get into when we’re not home. The free, family-friendly event takes place at 8pm in Weston Regional Park. For more information call 954-389-4321.

24th Weston Art Guild Meeting – At this month’s meeting, Peter Olsen will demonstrate how to create script art. The established award-winning artist is known for his versatility and technical excellence. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at Rick Case Hyundai. Contact Lifrancis Rojas at 305-310-9586 for more information.

19th 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.

19th-21st Community Health Fair – The Women of Faith Ministry of St. Katharine Drexel is hosting a free community health fair from 10am to 1pm at the church, 2501 S. Post Road. Physicians will provide blood pressure, blood sugar, vision and hearing screenings. For more information call 954-389-5003.

12th Weston Friends Club Bunko – This group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am. For more

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Bulk Trash Pick-up – FREE bulk trash pick-up will take place on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day, which is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for single family homes and Saturday for multi-family units with dumpsters. All items should be curbside by 7am on your collection day. For questions regarding bulk pick-up please call the Weston Public Works Service Center at 954-385-2600.

22nd Spring Art Show – A Children’s Carousel invites the community to view the masterpieces created by its preschool students. The event takes place from 10am-12noon at 1051 Shotgun Road. For more information call 954-424-1898.

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information contact Elizabeth Garrard at 954-389-2454.

29th-30th

Relay For Life – Show your support in the fight against cancer. This free, family-friendly event takes place on the Cypress Bay High School track. Opening ceremonies begin at 6pm and the event runs throughout the night. Stop by anytime to enjoy the entertainment, activities and food. To make a donation or to learn more visit, www.relayforlife.org/westonfl.

30th Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling – Drop off your household hazardous waste and electronics items at the Weston Public Works Services Center, 2599 South Post Road, between 8am and 3pm. This is the safe way to dispose of paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, tires, batteries, computers, and televisions. For more information contact 954-385-2600.

May 3rd 28th Golf Tournament – The 12th Annual St. Paul Lutheran Church & Preschool Golf Tournament benefiting the Seminarian Endowment Fund takes place at Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac. It begins with a shotgun start at 1pm. To register go to www.stpaulweston.org. For more information call 954-384-9096.

28th-30th “Honk” – The Sagemont Middle School presents this play about an odd-looking baby duck and his quest to find his mother. Show time is at 7pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday in The Sagemont School Black Box Theatre, 2585 Glades Circle. Advance tickets are $15. For more

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.

May 4th Weston Friends Club Fashion Show – Join the Weston Friends Club for its installation luncheon and fashion show at the Bonaventure Country Club. For more information on this event and about Weston Friends Club, please call Claire Jargiello at 954-384-2722.

May 5th “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Moonlight Movies in the Park concludes with this installment in the Star Wars franchise. It takes place at 8pm at Weston Regional Park. For more information, please call 954-389-4321.


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he City of Weston has earned yet another accolade. The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Weston as #2 in its most recent Safest Cities in Florida report. According to the report, Weston has a population of more than 70,000 people in 27 square miles, yet it boasts an extremely low crime rate. Last year, there were only 26 reported violent crimes and 435 property crimes. “Being consistently ranked as one of the safest cities in Florida does not occur by happenstance,” states Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer. “Weston is fortunate to have the highly skilled men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office protecting our city and we are extremely proud of their exceedingly effective efforts. Under the superb leadership of Weston Chief Kevin Butler, these diligent, observant and security-focused individuals are ready and prepared to respond to every type of call from an emergency incident to a service focused review of a business’ security measures.” The mayor acknowledges the significance of this ranking. “Safety is one of several key factors in a city that residents and businesses alike look for. Weston leaders, city management and the Broward Sheriff’s Office are determined to continue keeping Weston one of the safest cities in Florida.” The National Council for Home Safety and Security is comprised of organizations and individuals in the home safety and security industry. Its goal is to further

education and public knowledge about home security, home safety, child safety, and senior safety at home. It is just one of several organizations that have recognized Weston for its commitment to public safety. In February 2016, NeighborhoodScout ranked Weston as #11 on its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in the United States. The list identified the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Weston was one of only two cities in Florida to be included on the NeighborhoodScout list. The Weston Police Services Department offers numerous community crime prevention and education programs which contribute to the City’s low crime rate. These services include bicycle registration, children’s fingerprinting at events, HomeWatch program to surveil your home while you are on vacation, crime prevention/security inspections for homes and businesses, residential pool safety inspections, LoJack SafetyNet tool for caregivers, as well as the BSO mobile Crime Prevention on Your Corner van, which provides an interactive experience to educate both children and adults on an array of crime prevention tactics. In addition, residents and business owners can arrange for a BSO Crime Prevention Specialist to come to their office, group or HOA to present programs and classes such as self-defense for women, drug prevention, anti-bullying, and gun safety.

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op on over to Regional Park for Weston’s annual Royal Egg Hunt. It has become a time-honored tradition in this community, with thousands of children taking part in the fun-filled scramble to collect candy-filled eggs. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 15th at 10am sharp at Weston Regional Park, baseball fields one through four. City leaders urge families to arrive early to allow ample time to park and find the age appropriate field. “The Weston egg hunt is a beloved and anticipated annual event attended by literally thousands of families. With that in mind, I urge parents to plan to arrive to the park no later than 9:15AM,” states Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer. “We cannot turn those frowns upside down when the egg hunt starts and your child is still in the parking lot. Avoid a ‘scramble’ by being on time and ensure a ‘sunny side up’ smile on your child’s face. Arrive early for a fun-filled morning!” Weston’s Royal Egg Hunt is free and open to children, ages ten and under. There are separate egg hunts for different age groups; parents are permitted on

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the field only with the five and under age group. Children should bring their own baskets or bags to collect some of the 30,000 candy-filled eggs. Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, says be on the lookout for the special “golden” eggs, which can be redeemed for small prizes. After the egg hunts, children can take pictures with the Royal Bunny and enjoy bounce houses until noon. For more information on the Royal Egg Hunt, call the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321 or visit www. westonfl.org/events. Photos courtesy City of Weston. On Sunday, April 16th, hop on over to Weston Town Center for its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This fun-filled afternoon, from 3-6pm, will feature an egg hunt along with live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, and, of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for gathering eggs. For more information, visit www.westontowncenter.net and click on “Events.”


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Student Artist Showcase Shines Spotlight on Young Talent COMMUNITY NEWS

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he work of Weston’s most talented young artists is on display this month at the Weston Branch Library. The 11th annual Student Artist Showcase runs April 3rd through 27th. The Arts Council of Greater Weston, in collaboration with the City of Weston, sponsors this program as part of its commitment to supporting diverse arts and cultural events within the community. The Student Artist Showcase provides a unique opportunity for student artists to experience the excitement of displaying their work in a gallery setting and for the community to see the incredible art work created in the art classrooms of Weston’s schools. This year’s Student Artist Showcase was organized by Arts Council President Jami Nix Rahn and Event Chair Gryssele Machicote. “We share the same philosophy and passion for the arts,” notes Machicote. “The Arts Council members believe that the right mix of expertise, passion and commitment when collaborating on such events, only further enriches the lives of our Weston youth and beyond.” For this program, the Arts Council invited art teachers from public and private schools in the greater Weston area to submit ten to 12 original works of art, reflecting the best efforts from their students’ classroom projects. The Student Artist Showcase has historically featured over 200 pieces of student work and the Arts

Council says there will be a similar number of entries this year. All mediums are accepted into the exhibition, which features everything from traditional drawing, painting, photography and collage to newer digital art and mixed media. The pieces will be judged by experts in the field of art and education. Awards will be presented at a private reception attended by Weston City officials and other dignitaries, as well as the student artists, their families and teachers. Every student artist selected to participate in the Showcase will receive a certificate of appreciation. Ribbons will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each of five grade categories. In addition, high school winners will receive a cash award corresponding to their Photos courtesy Arts Council of Greater Weston. placement award, and elementary and middle school winners will get gift certificates to a local art supply store. The Student Artist Showcase exhibit is open during regular Weston Branch Library hours from April 3rd through April 27th. It is free and open to all library patrons.

Weston Art Guild Exhibit Depicts the Glory of a Moment BY STACEY BOMSER

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rom the sun setting over the ocean to a father and son experiencing the wonders of nature, local artists have captured the beauty in the little things often overlooked in our busy lives. “Glory of a Moment” is the Weston Art Guild’s newest exhibit currently on display at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines. “Every day, the world around us seems to be moving faster and faster. Slowing “M orning Glory”, mixed “Curiosity”, acrylic down and enjoying the ‘little medium, by Kay Kira. “Liz”, charcoal, by Lisa Lee. painting, by Rasma Yaffa. things’ has become increasingly difficult,” states Studio 18 Curator Michael Edelberg. “’Glory of a Moment’ is Guild members will be featured at the Sailboat Bend a celebration of the artistic ability to stop time and capture a perfect moment.” Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. The 9th Annual Juried Weston Art Guild President Lynda Sauls says the group’s range of talent is Show is scheduled for November at the Weston evident throughout this exhibit. “Our artists’ diversity is displayed in the subject Branch Library. “Teamwork”, oil painting, matters they choose to depict. We have images of moments between people, landNow in its eleventh year, the Weston Art Guild by Lynda Sauls. scapes, nature at work, and movie star icons to name just a few.” promotes the arts in our community and shares the Sauls says 20 guild members are participating in this exhibit, which features work of Weston’s professional artists with residents. It welcomes all visual artists. about 80 pieces of art work. “There will be new work and some pieces that haven’t Its monthly meetings feature an artist demonstration. They are free to attend and been shown in years, therefore most will likely be new to the audience.” are held the last Monday of the month at Rick Case Hyundai. Weston Art Guild artists work in a variety of mediums. This exhibit will feature oil paintings, acrylic paintings, charcoal, photographs and digital work. “Glory of a Moment” is on display through April 26th at Studio Weston residents will have the opportunity to admire, and even purchase, art 18 at 1101 Poinciana Drive in Pembroke Pines. It is open Monday work by Weston Art Guild members when it participates in an Open House at through Friday from 8:30am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-2pm. Weston Hills Country Club on Sunday, May 21st. In August, work by Weston Art There is no charge to view this exhibit.

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he circus is coming to town. “Under the Big Top” is the theme of the 15th annual Relay For Life of Weston, which takes place April 29th-30th at the Cypress Bay High School football field and track. The entire community is encouraged to rally together to support Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature event and fundraiser. Funds raised through Relay support programs for research, education, advocacy and service; programs that can reduce cancer deaths and incidence and improve the quality of life for those touched by cancer. This includes community-based programs to provide both physical and emotional support to those with cancer and their families. Because the Weston Relay helps fund programs right in our backyard, such as providing free rides to and from treatment for cancer patients at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Event Chair Loretta Arroyo encourages everyone to get involved. “It’s as simple as forming a team, joining an existing team, or just coming out to support the event.” Experience Lead Celia McCoy promises this year’s Relay will be a night to remember. “Entertainment will include dancers and singers. The Kidz Zone will be full of face painters, bounce houses, popcorn machines and many more kid-loving activities to keep the little ones busy. Teams will also be selling items or chances to participate in games and with this year’s Under the Big Top theme, the possibilities will be endless.” New this year is a Havdalah service to mark the end of the Sabbath. “This is in hopes to be able to include a part of the community which we have greatly missed

through the years while doing Relay,” notes McCoy. It will take place at 9pm. Relay For Life begins with the Survivor’s Dinner at 5pm followed by the kick-off ceremony at 6pm. The actual relay starts with the Survivors’ Victory Lap, after which supporters and teammates join in walking in “relay” fashion around the track throughout the night. At 9:15pm, all Relay participants gather for the Luminaria ceremony, which honors those who continue to fight against cancer and remember loved ones lost to the disease. McCoy says this somber ceremony is her favorite part of Relay. “It is led by a bagpiper while hundreds of people walk a silent lap around the track lit only by bags with candles decorated by the loved one of those whom they represent. It’s a moment that cannot fully be explained and can only be felt. It brings the entire event full circle.” Following the luminaria ceremony, the lights come back on, the music is pumped up and participants continue to walk throughout the night. There will also be games, the beloved Ms. Relay competition, and a midnight buffet. Weston Relay concludes with the Fight Back Ceremony. That’s when everyone walks the final lap together in a pledge to take action and spread awareness about cancer research, treatment and prevention. Relay For Life of Weston takes place from 6pm on Saturday, April 29th through 8am on Sunday, April 30th at the Cypress Bay High School track. To learn more about how you can support Relay For Life of Weston visit www.relayforlife.org/westonfl.

City Supports Proper Waste Disposal Efforts BY STACEY BOMSER

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t’s time to do your spring cleaning and take advantage of two waste disposal Household hazardous waste refers to used or leftover contents of consumer programs being offered by the City of Weston this month. products that contain chemicals with one of the four characteristics: Toxic, The quarterly free bulk trash pick-up takes place April 19th-22nd on your Ignitable, Corrosive, or Reactive as defined by the Environmental Protection regularly scheduled trash pick-up day. This is an opportunity to dispose of Agency. This includes items such as oil and latex paints and thinners, used motor oversized household items such as furniture, mattresses, and carpets, as well as oil, auto fluids and gasoline solvents, pesticides, fertilizers, pool chemicals, drain large and small appliances including dishwashers, laundry machines, and stoves. cleaners, tires, mercury thermometers, as well as rechargeable and automobile Refrigerators or air conditioners must have Freon removed by a certified dealer. batteries. If you are taking advantage of the bulk trash pick-up, please make sure that In addition, electronics such as computers, printers, cell phones, DVD and VCR mirrors, glass, players, copiers glass top tables, and televisions windowpanes, and will be accepted. plate glass items Stereos, speakers, are safely placed and small appliin a rigid container ances such as to facilitate safe microwaves will collection. not be accepted, Bulk items do but they can be not include condisposed of on Photos courtesy City of Weston. tractor-generated your bulk trash day. material, vegetative waste (landscape materials) or household hazardous waste. This is the second household hazardous waste and electronics collection Vegetative/landscape waste is collected with your regular garbage collection. offered in Weston this year. The previous collection date was in February. In 2016, Household hazardous waste, along with electronics items, can be safely nearly 1,400 Weston residents participated in the City’s collection events, safely disposed of on Sunday, April 30th from 8am to 3pm at the Weston Public Works disposing of nearly 46 tons of toxic or hazardous materials. Services Center, 2599 South Post Road. “The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection event is a very For more information on either the bulk trash pick-up or houseconvenient way of properly disposing of hazardous items,” states Weston’s hold hazardous waste and electronics recycling, contact the City Director of Public Works Karl Thomson, P.E. “The process is efficient and moves of Weston Public Works Services Center at 954-385-2600 or visit rather quickly. It is staged like a drive-thru; there is never a need to get out of your www.westonfl.org/Departments/PublicWorks/PublicWorksHome. vehicle. All items and materials are unloaded by the HHW team.” aspx.

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eston World Fest was a chance to celebrate the cultural diversity in our community. Throughout the afternoon, guests “traveled the world”, visiting 20 different country booths and enjoying entertainment and food from numerous cultures. “For those who’ve traveled abroad, there are always sights, sounds and tastes to remember. The Weston World Fest brought all of those elements together right here for a single day in our community,” stated Event Founder and Chairperson Carol Lema. This was the second annual Weston World Fest, presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston and City of Weston. Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer says the “creation of the Weston World Fest highlights exactly what makes Weston special: many cultures that provide a wealth of language, religion, cuisine, music and arts which serve to strengthen our community economically, emotionally and socially. The event was absolutely fantastic and our hats are off to all of the Art Council volunteers who made it possible.” Despite the windy weather, organizers say this year’s event attracted an even bigger crowd than the inaugural year, with between 1,500 and 2,000 people in attendance. “We had four countries which were new to the event: Japan, Israel, Nicaragua and Vietnam,” shared Arts Council President Jami Nix Rahn. “Plus, the Arts Council was approached by several visitors interested in bringing additional countries to the Fest in 2018.” This year’s event also exposed guests to the tastes and sounds of more countries, with additional international food offerings and professional entertainment.

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Lema says eight local restaurants were on hand selling authentic foods representing Spain, Mexico, Italy, Jamaica, Argentina and Asian nations, as well as gelato and specialty cakes and cupcakes. There was also an all-star line-up of international performances. “We kicked off the program with two Student Encore performances. These featured select local students who had shown artistic excellence during the school year. There was a brilliant flamenco dance by Rebecca Pacheco from The Sagemont School, followed by two rock songs, a Beatles cover and an original song, by the Cypress Bay student band, Surfing on Saturn,” stated Lema. The entertainment also included professional and semi-professional performances from around the world. Highlights included Irish dancing, African dance and drums, a Mexican mariachi band, a Bollywood group, additional flamenco performances, Brazilian singers, a clogging group, and powerful Japanese taiko drum performances by Ronin Taiko. The Passport Challenge added an educational component to the day. Children were given a passport and encouraged to visit the various country booths, where they participated in a game or activity to get their passport stamped. “Once again, the kids were very excited to participate in activities such as playing dominoes or taking part in a sack race,” noted Arts Council Vice President Joy Rodenberg. “A fun addition this year was our SponsorPass for adults, which gave them a chance to visit local businesses and win a raffle prize.” Weston World Fest was presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston and the City of Weston. It was sponsored by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Smile Generation Dentistry and Broward Health Weston.


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Weston Paves Way for Accessible Events with New Mobi-Mat RecPath COMMUNITY NEWS

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he City of Weston rolled out the blue carpet at its WestonNights Outdoor Concerts at Weston Regional Park. The new Mobi-Mat RecPath creates a stable surface for wheelchairs as well as those using assistive devices, and even strollers, to cross grass, gravel or sand at outdoor events. “The Mobi-Mat RecPath is a semi-rigid, portable walkway that can be put down over sand, dirt or grass to create a temporary accessible route for persons with disabilities,” explains Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “We can put it out and stake it down, to allow somebody with a wheelchair, walker or even crutches to get somewhere that would otherwise be difficult to access.” Such was the case at the first WestonNights Outdoor Concert. Decker says a guest mentioned that she would have been better able to enjoy the Disco Reignited concert had she had more options of where to sit than the wheelchair accessible section toward the back of the viewing area. He had seen the Mobi-Mat RecPath in use on Hollywood Beach and looked into purchasing one for Weston. It made its debut at the Island Dreaming concert, where Decker says he saw someone with a walker and another person using a cane both taking advantage of the Mobi-Mat RecPath. “In addition to persons with disabilities, the Mobi-Mat can also be used

by parents with strollers and wagons. We can even use it as a temporary stable pathway for a vehicle if need be.” While so far it has only been used for the outdoor concerts at the events stage in Weston Regional Park, Decker says the portable mat can be used in any City park. It takes up to two days to assemble. Purchasing the MobiMat RecPath is another example of what the City is doing to ensure that Weston’s parks and recreational programs are accessible to all residents. “From utilizing poured in place rubber on our playPhotos courtesy City of Weston. grounds to make access for wheelchair users easier to making improvements to park restrooms to the complete redesign of Peace Mound Park, we continually look for ways to remove any barriers to the full enjoyment of our parks by everyone,” states Decker. In addition, the City’s Communications Department and IT Department are currently working on a project to allow residents with hearing impairments to be able to view City Commission meetings with real time closed captioning.

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eston University program students got a first-hand lesson in law enforcement. On Law Enforcement Services Day, students learned what Weston BSO officers do to keep our community safe. The students started the day at Weston City Hall, where they were greeted by City Manager John Flint and BSO Captain Kevin Butler. The students then received a tour of the police station, including a stop in the jail and a photo opp in the police chief’s office. BSO Crime Prevention Deputies Kari Pallotto and Kevin Maccagli led the group’s activities throughout the day. Students had the opportunity to learn some of the techniques used to process crime scenes, such as swabbing for DNA and lifting fingerprints from a vehicle. Using DUI simulation goggles, Detective Washington educated the students on DUI enforcement and how drugs and alcohol can impair the body. Their next stop was the BSO shooting range at Markham Park,

Weston BSO Deputy Reminds Drivers to Move Over BY STACEY BOMSER

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t’s been 11 years since BSO Weston Deputy Ryan Seguin was struck by a car and killed during a routine traffic stop on I-595. His partner, Deputy Kari Pallotto, was injured. That driver disobeyed the state’s Move Over Law, which requires motorists to move over when approaching a stopped law enforcement or emergency vehicle, as well as tow trucks, garbage trucks and other service vehicles. On the 11th anniversary of that horrific accident, Deputy Pallotto joined other first responders in speaking out at a news conference to remind drivers about the Move Over Law. She said the purpose of the news conference was to encourage and educate drivers to BSO Deputy Kari Pallotto stresses the move over, slow down importance of obeying the Move Over Law. Photo courtesy Broward Sheriff’s Office. and yield to vehicles on the side of the road. This includes police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, road maintenance vehicles, tow trucks, road rangers and wreckers with rotating or flashing emergency lights. Florida’s Move Over Law states that when approaching an authorized vehicle parked on the side of the road, motorists must move over one lane to vacate the lane closest to the parked vehicle. If the motorist cannot move over, or if traveling on a two-lane road, then the driver should slow down to a speed that is 20 mph

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less than the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is 20 mph or less, the driver should slow to 5 mph. Violating the law will result in a fine, fees and points on your driving record. Florida is one of 43 states to have a Move Over Law. Even with this law, the number of accidents in Florida has been increasing steadily, with Broward County having the highest number of moveover related injuries in Florida last year, according to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records. Just last year, there were 24 crashes in Broward that violated the Move Over Law, resulting in 14 injuries. BSO Weston Deputy Seguin was one of more than 200 law enforcement officers to have been struck and killed in this country since 1999. The 23-year-old officer was a four-time Deputy of the Month in Weston, who received a life-saving award for rescuing a child from drowning. Deputy Seguin was the first officer assigned to Weston to lose his/her life in the line of duty. A memorial plaque in his honor hangs in the Weston Police Services Building.


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dentity theft is a continuous problem, with many of its victims unaware that their identity has been stolen until they are denied credit or sent a bill for purchases they did not make. This time of year, there is an increase in tax identity theft, which occurs when an individual’s Social Security number is stolen for the purpose of filing a tax return and claiming a fraudulent refund. This crime does not discriminate based on age. Criminals are increasingly targeting the SSN of minors due to their clean credit histories. The potential impact on a child’s future is significant, affecting their ability to gain approval on student loans, obtain employment, or secure a place to live. You can help protect yourself and your family from identity theft, tax related or not, by knowing the warning signs and taking steps to prevent identity theft. Warning Signs: You receive collection calls or bills for products you or your family did not receive. You are denied credit. You or a member of your family is denied government benefits because the benefits are being paid to another account using your or your family member’s SSN. You are notified by the Internal Revenue Service that more than one tax return using your SSN has been filed within one year. You owe additional tax, refund offset, or had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return.

Steps to Prevent Identity Theft: Safeguard your information. Shred financial documents and paperwork, protect your SSN, never click on links sent in unsolicited emails, and keep your personal information in a safe place. Don’t share your child’s SSN unless you know and trust the other party. Ask why it’s necessary and how it will be protected. Ask if you can use a different identifier, or use only the last four digits of your child’s SSN. Watch for suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial account and billing statements for any questionable transactions. In addition, order a free annual credit report from each of the major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) at AnnualCreditReport.com. Check whether your child has a credit report if you think your child’s information is at risk. What To Do if You Are a Victim: Respond against identity theft as soon as a problem is suspected. Place a fraud alert on your credit reports (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion), close any accounts that have been compromised or opened fraudulently, file a police report, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at IdentityTheft.gov. Respond immediately to any IRS notice; call the number provided or, if instructed, go to IDVerify.irs. gov. Complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit, if your e-filed return is rejected because of a duplicate filing under your SSN or you are instructed to do so. Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper. If you previously contacted the IRS and did not have a resolution, call 1-800-908-4490. They have specialized teams that can assist with tax-related identity theft. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287.

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he Schopp family was honored at the 12th annual Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP) Gala, the organization’s largest fundraiser. This year’s event raised $61,000. Proceeds will help the Weston-based non-profit continue to provide services for survivors of suicide loss, education programs, and prevention programs including HOPE Sunshine Clubs in area schools. The HOPE Sunshine Clubs are FISP’s fastest growing program. HOPE stands for Helping Overcome Problems Effectively. According to FISP Executive Director and CEO Jackie Rosen, School Board Member the largest HOPE Sunshine Club is at Cypress Laurie Rich Levinson Bay High School. It has more than 50 members, with Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich. 20 of whom volunteered at the gala. “The growth of our HOPE Sunshine Clubs in Broward County schools has expanded to 27 schools and has saved 12 student lives in the past four years,” states Rosen. “We are now working with Palm Beach County Schools and Rita Thrasher, President/CEO of Boca Raton’s Promise organization, to expand from our one school in Palm Beach to many more.” Rosen says increasing the number of HOPE Sunshine Clubs in schools is imperative. “Since the school year started in August, eleven Broward County students have lost their lives by suicide. Nationally, we lose 12 students each day. That is why the FISP Gala fundraiser is so important to Weston and all schools.” This year’s gala honored David, Debbie and Dara Schopp of Weston. “The family has dedicated themselves for the last two years to suicide prevention by starting the Sunshine Foundation in memory of their son and brother, Dylan Schopp, whose nickname was Sunshine,” shares Rosen. “They have donated funds and become board members of FISP with their focus on saving middle, high school

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o you have missing eyebrows? Thin eyebrows? Or no arch in your brows? Eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature. If you’re not satisfied with the ones you have, there are many ways to update them, including microblading. Sandy Nguyen, owner of L’ACQUA Nail Spa, explained this unique, new service that so many women love. She also describes the spa’s other signature services.

What is microblading? Microblading is a semipermanent tattoo that creates hyper realistic hair strokes to fill in gaps, or to make brows look fuller or to create an eyebrow with more or less of an arch.

How much does it cost? It is $400 for initial session and if a touch up is needed between 4-8 weeks, it is $100..

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will be readily apparent immediately following the microblading procedure. You will see your final results after the healing process is fully completed 10-14 days

How do you choose the shape? With the latest technique, we use

a tool that measure the distance between the eyes to determine the length and where your arch of your brows should be. We work together to perfect this to your preference in thickness and arch. Then we use a photo program to make sure both brows are even before we begin the process..

How do you choose a color? We choose between 5 colors of golden brown to black to match the color of your natural brow hair. Will my Microblading eyebrows look fake? No. Semi-permanent

makeup is done using a cosmetic tattooing process that guarantees soft, natural looking eyebrows.

Please describe the other services offered at L’ACQUA Nail Spa. We provide manicures, pedicures, nail enhancements, waxing,

eyelash extensions, facials, body treatments,microblading eyebrows, and eyeliner/lip liner/full lips permanent make up.

What distinguishes you from the competition? We provide a

very popular pedicure called the L’ACQUA pedicure, which is our signature pedicure. It is a warm, fluffy jelly which retains heat and has added aloe, fragrant oils to effectively reduce sweating and odor was well as moisten the dry skin on your feet.

We offer tattoo removal for old or bad permanent makeup. $200 per session.

Another thing that sets us apart is we use the highest form of decontamination which cuts down the risk of infections. We use a medical autoclave, not a UV sterilizer or dry heat/chemical vapor machine, to sterilize our metal implements. An autoclave uses superheated steam under high pressure to sterilize instruments. For each client, we provide a new file, buffer, and foot pumice stone to prevent any cross contamination. We also cover the pedicure tubs with a disposable liner to ensure the foot basins are clean. We offer over 1000 colors in gel polish and nail lacquer with all the latest brands such as Chanel, OPI, Essie, Kiara Sky, DND, CND Shellac, Perfect Match, Orly, Cuccio, and Gelish. 

How long has the salon been open? We opened on May 18, 2014. Is there anything else you would like readers to know about L’ACQUA Nail Spa? Yes, we are very accommodating to our clients if they have a specific request. We strive for excellence in customer service.

How can customers learn more about L’ACQUA Nail Spa? Clients can follow us on Instagram@lacqua_nailspa for our latest nail trends or go on Facebook.com/lacqua.nailspa. L’ACQUA Nail Spa is located at 1467 South University Drive in Plantation by I-595 in the MacDonald’s, IHOP and Jason’s Deli plaza. They are open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Clients are welcome to walk-in or make an appointment by calling 954-870-7437.

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St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church Offers Free Community Health Fair BY STACEY BOMSER

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the early intervention of a medical problem, especially for those participants who do not obtain routine, preventive care on a regular basis,” notes Staple. In addition to the FAU Internal Medicine Residency Physician Practice, the Center for Hearing and Communication Florida, the oldest and largest agency serving the deaf and hard of hearing, will be taking part in the health fair. This 501(c)(3), not for profit organization provides educational programs and complete audiological services for individuals, including children, who are deaf or diagnosed as being hard of hearing. Dr. David Schweitzer and outreach specialists will provide hearing testing as well as information on hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. Free special amplified phones are available to Florida residents, four years of age or older, who are experiencing hearing loss. Staple says Parishioner Margaret Brown arranged for the Center for Hearing and Communication Florida to participate. She is the Regional Executive Director. She is also a Weston City Commissioner. The community health fair is the first of many community events planned by the Women of Faith Ministry. It will host an anti-bullying program on August 26th. Its annual Roadmap to College is scheduled for September 16th. This program assists high school juniors and seniors, and their families, with the college application and admissions process. A self-defense class for women is planned for September 30th.

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he Weston community is invited to attend a free health fair on Saturday, April 8th at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. The event is sponsored by the Women of Faith Ministry. Roseann Staple, Women of Faith Vice President, says the idea for the health fair came about while the group was brainstorming about educational programs that could involve more members of the Parish and reach out to the surrounding community. “When we brought the idea to the church administrator, Marisela Zambrano, she let us know that our parishioner, Dr. Bernardo Reyes, has been kind enough to provide medical services to some of our parishioners that are uninsured,” explains Staple. Dr. Reyes is on staff at the Florida Atlantic University Medical School and works with residents in the Internal Medicine Department. He has graciously agreed to bring the mobile health van from Boca Community Hospital, along with five or six resident physicians, to the health fair. According to Staple, the internal medicine residents will be performing blood sugar, blood pressure, hearing and vision testing free of charge for adults over the age of 18. “All findings will be discussed with the participant along with recommendations for any necessary treatment or follow-up. Supportive medical documentation will also be provided, such as healthy eating tips, etc.” St. Katharine Drexel is fortunate to have the mobile health van available for this event. It is a self-contained office with two private air-conditioned exam rooms and a room in which blood work can be done. The van contains all the equipment necessary for the physician to complete a physical. “Health screenings such as those being provided by FAU have the potential for

The Women of Faith Ministry’s community health fair is scheduled for April 8th from 10am to 1pm at St. Katharine Drexel, 2501 S. Post Road. For more information call 954-389-5003.

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Everglades Elementary Students Let Their Imaginations Soar

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tudents at Everglades Elementary School have been studying American contemporary artists this year. During Black History Month, Art Specialist Sandy Goldglantz introduced fourth grade students to the work of Faith Ringgold, a celebrated painter, quilt maker, sculptor, storyteller and art teacher, by reading her Caldecott Award winning book Tar Beach. In this story, Ringgold flies over her childhood memories and dreams of how she would like to see her life. In African-American folktale literature, slaves were often told of ‘flying’ to freedom as a metaphor for escaping from slavery. “Tar Beach is more than a book,” Alba Martinez, Ethan Simon, and Gabriella states Mrs. Goldglantz. “With its Rios show off their story quilts based beautifully painted pages suron Faith Ringgold’s book Tar Beach. rounded by replicas of her actual quilt pieces, it is a piece of art work in itself that sends a clear message.” That message is that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. For the art project, Mrs. Goldglantz had students use their imaginations and creativity to depict a happy memory, a dream of special significance, or what they would like to be or do when they grow up. She says it was interesting to see the many different directions the students’ personal story quilts took. Some children drew about places they would like to go,

while others recalled fond memories from when they were younger. For instance, Larissa Ferreira’s picture was of when she moved to the United States from Brazil. “I loved this art project because it shows who you are and your personality comes out in your art,” shares Alba Martinez. “It is interesting to see all the different dreams.” Classmate Gabriella Rios agrees. “You get to see the artist’s dreams, what they did and what they want to do. You get to know the artist as a person.” Gabriella says she’s always wanted to go to London to see Big Ben, the bridges and the city. In her story quilt, she drew herself looking over that scene. Ethan Simon’s picture is of him going to the Coca Anya Ynestroza, Ryan Xi, and Larissa Ferreira Cola factory in Atlanta. with their Black History Month art projects. Anya Ynestroza used this project as an opportunity to think about her future and dreams. “My project is about me being a famous artist when I grow up. I want my pictures to be meaningful and inspiring.” Mrs. Goldglantz hopes this project has inspired her students to pursue their passions and reach for the stars. “Fourth grade students are able to begin to explore their own dreams and future aspirations. At this age, their artistic creativity works well with their imagination.”

Biography Project Takes On a Life of Its Own at Imagine Charter School BY STACEY BOMSER

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tudents at Imagine Charter School at Weston may have done a double take as Rosa Parks, Benjamin Franklin and Steve Jobs paid a visit to Marcela Sotomayor’s second grade bi-literate class. It was all part of a “living” biography project the former fourth-grade teacher adapted for her younger students. “As part of the curriculum for Social Studies we study famous Americans who have made a contribution or have had a positive impact in our country or the world,” explains Mrs. Sotomayor. “I extended this project to world famous people as well for students to recognize well-known artists, peacemakers, scientists, presidents, inventors, etc.” Mrs. Sotomayor says she tried to take the student’s

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personality, cultural background, heritage and interests into account when assigning a famous person to study. Using the Who’s Who book series, each student read a biography. As they read, the students had to take notes about the person’s personality, physical appearance, hopes, goals, worries, likes, dislikes, relationships with others, challenges, and character traits in order to complete a graphic organizer, which would then be used to create a poster and write a speech about the famous person. According to Mrs. Sotomayor, “The purpose of this project is to read for comprehension and really understand the character traits and learn about a person’s life and their accomplishments. Character education is something we incorporate as part of our

curriculum at Imagine Weston. This project teaches the children that these famous people have many of the character traits we try to instill in our students. For instance, Mother Teresa was an amazing caring and kind person; she was devoted to helping everyone in need.” The project culminated with an in-class presentation with each student dressed as their famous person and delivering a speech in first person. “The students get so involved that when they present they truly become their character. It is an amazing event to see seven and eight-yearolds speak as Rosa Parks, Frida Kahlo, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Jane Goodall, Harry Houdini, Johnny Appleseed, Pablo Picasso, and others,” shares Mrs. Sotomayor. “This is also a wonderful way to introduce elementary students to feel more comfortable with public speaking.” She says she’s proud of the way her second graders embraced this out-of-the-box project. “This assignment makes them get interested in the character’s life so much more in depth than writing a book report.” Her hope is that the stories of these famous people and their contributions to the world has inspired and empowered students. “I hope they learned that they can become whatever they want to be in life by being determined and believing in their dreams.”


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e are in the midst of an epidemic. Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past two decades. The blame for the rise in obesity among children is being placed on too much television, video game playing, hours spent at the computer, and on fears we have as parents about the safety of today’s neighborhoods. Parents, think back to your own childhood. As kids, we were naturally attracted to chips, Mountain Dew, chocolate bars and those huge, pink, marshmallow snowballs of sugar. We were kings and queens of the convenient store and we walked or biked to the local spot to get our daily fix of Rock Candy or bag of Funyons. Those key words are walked and biked. On the way home we stopped at the park, played a game of catch, built a fort or played hide and seek in the neighborhood. We burned off calories quicker than we could consume them. It was a different time and place. In today’s world, our children aren’t getting enough exercise just by simply being kids. However, they are kids nonetheless, and kids today are still “attracted” to the same sugary snacks we consumed as children. This new culture of inactivity among children is cause for alarm. Though legislators may argue in support of mandates that would require elementary schools to provide students with physical education every day, the reality is that it’s not happening. Although legislators may agree that physical activity is a critical component in a healthy child’s life, that a healthy body is a healthy mind, budget cuts continue to chop away at physical education programs. What then can we do as parents, to aid in this crusade to fight rising obesity rates? The most effective way a parent can teach healthy habits and being physically active to their children is by practicing those habits themselves. Children learn best when they are taught by example, by seeing words put into action. We can’t simply tell our children what we want; we need to show them through modeling the actions ourselves. Taking the family outdoors is a great way to start. Go to the park to throw a Frisbee, toss a football or run on the playground. Go for a bike ride or walk the family dog together. Plan weekend hikes, trips to the pool or even sign up for walkathons with a cause you can all support together. Just as important as it is to see the family exercising together, it’s also important for children to see parents making exercise a priority in their lives. Make a point of telling your children you are going out for a run, going to the gym or doing a yoga class. Sharing these experiences with your children lets them know that as busy as you are that you think it’s important to take care of yourself. Remember…healthy adults make for healthy children. Together with your family, and for the sake of your children, show them the talk by walking the walk. Jodi Cohen has a Masters Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Jodi has led many workshops on parenting, behavior modification techniques, curriculum development, special needs training and crisis management. She has been the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center in Weston for the past 18 years. For more information, please contact Ms. Cohen at the Early Childhood Center at 954-389-1232.


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Gator Run Buddies Bond Over More Than Just Books BY STACEY BOMSER

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any schools have Book Buddies programs, where students in older grades pair up with younger ones to help develop literacy skills. At Gator Run Elementary School, three gifted/highachieving third grade classes have paired up with the special needs pre-K classes for both Book Buddies and the Young Athletes Program. This unique partnership actually started last year when Ms. O’Hara’s third grade class served as mentors/buddies to Mrs. Saul’s ESE pre-K students for the Young Athletes Program. It’s an innovative sports play program for children ages two through seven with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities and their peers, designed to introduce children to the world of sports. Once a week, the “buddies” get together to play. They work on fundamental motor tracking and eye-hand coordination, as well as sports skills such as walking, running, balancing, jumping, catching, throwing, striking and kicking. Together, they are preparing for the Young Athletes Program’s culminating activity, a Special Olympics which takes place on April 7th at Gator Run Park. According to Ms. O’Hara, her students say “buddies” is their favorite part of the week and the best part of being in third grade. “They absolutely adore their buddies and it amazes me to see them step-up and take on the responsibility of being a role model. They realize every little thing they do is being watched and probably mimicked, which makes them really

think about how important their words and actions are. They have also had to work on their patience and understanding, because things that come so easily to them might be very challenging for their buddy.” The younger students have also gained a great deal from this experience. “My kids have benefitted tremendously,” notes Mrs. Saul. “They formed bonds with other children, learned motor skill activities, increased their social skills and started talking to others.” Both teachers agree that it is truly a precious and wonderful thing to see the bonds and relationships formed between the two classes. Ms. O’Hara says she was touched when her students brought Valentine’s for their buddies, something she did not know they were doing or expect them to do. “Little did I know just how much a group of pre-k kids could teach my third graders about love, patience, compassion, tolerance and responsibility,” shares Ms. O’Hara. She says this has been a learning experience like none other. “In public schools today, especially in the third grade, there is such a huge emphasis on testing and test scores. If we only focus on the academics, then we risk missing out on the big picture. We miss developing the whole child. If we truly want to prepare our students to be college and career ready, as well as to make a difference in the world, we need to focus on not only their academic growth, but also their social/emotional and character development.”

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Falcon Literacy Society Organizes Book Drive

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embers of the Falcon Literacy Society love to read. The middle school students shared that passion by organizing a book drive to benefit a school in need. “Falcon Literacy Society is like a book club with super powers,” explains Stacey Farmer, a National Board Certified Teacher Librarian at Falcon Cove Middle School. “Not only are the members avid readers, reading more books in a weekend than most students read all year, but they are promoting reading to their peers, getting involved in their community, and giving back to those in need through a myriad of programs.” The book drive was just one example of their efforts. The Falcon Literacy Society organized the event with the goal of collecting enough books for every student at Pines Lakes Elementary School to receive a book of their own. Falcon Literacy Society members all had their own reasons for wanting to conduct the book drive. Seventh grader Emily-Anne Santiago says she “wanted to participate in this project to bring the joy of reading to children who may not be able to afford books.” Classmate Nathan Mendelson shared a similar desire. “I wanted to participate in this project because I love reading and I wanted to give other children a chance to read good books.”

The entire school participated in the book drive. Parent volunteers helped the Falcon Literacy Society sort the donations by grade level, then box and label the books. “Falcon Cove students, teachers and families did such an amazing job donating their gently used books that every student at Pines Lakes Elementary received at least one book,” states Mrs. Farmer. “We donated over 2,000 books.” Seventh grader Camila Dotti was impressed with everyone’s generosity. “I learned that a whole school can gather together to make a difference, even if it is one book at a time.” Mrs. Farmer says the most meaningful part of the book drive was delivering the books. “The Falcon Literacy Society packed the bus with all of the books, which was no easy feat, and then unloaded them at the elementary school.” She says they were rewarded a few days later with a heartwarming picture of Pines Lakes Elementary students holding up their new books with big smiles on their faces. Mrs. Farmer plans to make the book drive an annual event for the Falcon Literacy Society, picking a different school to donate to each year.

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Cypress Bay Physics Teacher Nominated for Teacher of the Year

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fter teaching at Cypress Bay High School for ten years, physics teacher Jeffrey Rose was awarded Teacher of the Year. He is now one of the final six nominees for the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2018 Teacher of the Year award. “It is really a wonderful privilege just to be chosen as the school representative,” Mr. Rose said. “There are a lot of teachers here so that was a big honor.” The BCPS will be hosting the Annual Caliber Awards on April 5 at the Broward County Convention Center. Multiple awards, such as the Teacher of the Year award, will be announced at this banquet. “They treat this banquet like the Academy Awards, I just hope they do it better than the Academy Awards,” Mr. Rose said. “Right now all the work is done and I’m trying not to think about it until the banquet.” Mr. Rose believes his nomination stems from expanding the Advanced Placement (AP) Physics program at the Bay along with physics teachers John McCann and Angela Ashley. “When I got to Cypress, the AP Physics program had fewer than 20 students and now we’re up to just over 200 every year,” Rose said. “We have all worked very hard the past couple years to build a very strong physics program making our passing rates the best in the county.” Along with the strong physics department, Mr. Rose has also worked on outreach programs at elementary and middle schools where he shows the younger students science experiments in effort

Broward County Schools Teacher of the Year Nominee Jeffrey Rose.

to inspire them to join the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field one day. Mr. Rose believes his influence in community programs has also contributed to his nomination. “I do volunteer science shows at the Broward

County Libraries because I find this stuff really exciting and I love bringing all the cool equipment out for the kids to see,” Mr. Rose said. “I think that has also been a big part of my nomination, I try to get kids excited about physics and STEM.” Mr. Rose said he attributes his inspiration for teaching from the math and science teachers he had while growing up. Also, he said he has always had a knack for tutoring or helping other people. “I had a string of unbelievably good math teachers starting from seventh grade up until my senior year and it seems like one got better than the other every year,” Mr. Rose said. “I think just my whole life I’ve been able to explain things to people and explain hard things to people, so it was just something that eventually morphed into becoming a teacher.” Senior Rachel Geller, one of Mr. Rose’s AP Physics students, believes Mr. Rose was nominated for this award because of his dedication and love for teaching. “Mr. Rose is an amazing physics teacher who’s truly passionate about the different topics he teaches,” Geller said. “He’s willing to go the extra mile to help students when it comes to understanding different lessons and truly wants to see his students succeed.” Cassidy Sheldon is a sophomore at Cypress Bay High School and is the Multimedia News Editor for her school newspaper, The Circuit.

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Cypress Bay’s Latinos In Action Mentor Elementary School Students

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very other week a group of Cypress Bay High School students visit Manatee Bay Elementary and Eagle Point Elementary to mentor young students who are acclimating to life in a new country. This project is just one of many community service programs conducted by Latinos in Action. Approximately 120 students at The Bay are part of Latinos in Action. The student-led organization is offered at 21 schools within Florida. It promotes three major components – social growth, professional growth, and community service. “Within the community service component, the mentoring vision of Latinos in Action is to empower and create a positive experience for young students who are struggling to adapt to a new country and a new life,” explains Natasha Passarini, VP of Social Committee. “By helping these young students in their native language, we help with their transition into a new culture and provide them a ‘real live’ example of true leadership put to practice.” The Cypress Bay senior says the mentoring relationship helps the young students feel more comfortable. “Often time children begin to feel excluded from society due to difficulties in communication because of language barriers,” explains Natasha. “By assigning a mentor to these children, we focus on building confidence within the child, allowing them to feel prepared to build new friendships and connect with others.” One of the reasons this mentorship program is so successful is because the older students serve as true role models. “We were all once a stranger in a new country. Being a foreigner can be a scary thing, and feeling like you are on your own is not always easy,” shares Natasha. “We want these young Latinos to always

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strive for success, not fall short of their goals, and prove that we are here to help this country that has opened so many doors of opportunities not only for ourselves, but for our families.” During the biweekly mentoring sessions, the Latinos in Action students work with the elementary school students, helping them understand their schoolwork. They always work with the same students. “By assigning a mentor to these children, we focus on building confidence within the child, allowing them to feel prepared to build new friendships and connect with others.” The mentoring program is just one of many community service projects conducted by Latinos in Action. According to Natasha, the organization brought 200 toys to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, sent supplies to Ecuador, sent school supplies to the Dominican Republic, brought 1,000 toys to His House in Miami, and helped Boxes of Joy pack more than 40,000 toys which were sent to children in Haiti, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Latinos In Action also participated in the Weston World Fest.

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Fancy Nancy Illustrator Visits Indian Trace Elementary BY STACEY BOMSER

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econd grade students at Indian Trace Elementary dressed to impress when the illustrator of the beloved Fancy Nancy picture books came to visit. Robin Preiss Glasser shared her enthusiasm for all things “fancy” with the students, along with the new Nancy Clancy chapter book series. Glasser’s stop was part of a six-week book tour. In celebration of their special guest, students dressed in their finest attire, donning themselves with sparkles, feathers and jewels, much like the character Fancy Nancy. Glasser shared photos of herself and the author, Jane O’Connor, as young girls. Their dress-up

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Fancy Nancy Illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser with “posh” second grade students.

games helped inspire the book series. students went above and beyond expectations, giving During her presentation, Glasser explained us great detail about Robin Preiss Glasser, such as the creative process and how editing and she was formerly a ballet dancer and was chosen revising your work only makes for a better as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange product. She shared that for the cover illustraCounty, California.” tion of the first Nancy Clancy chapter book, This ballet training led to a rather interesting conSuper Sleuth, she had to make over 27 reviclusion to each presentation. Glasser chose a few stusions. The students agreed that they liked the dents to come up and learn how to stand with proper end result and her effort was definitely worth it. posture, showing confidence and grace. Bananas Media Specialist Dione Mila arranged were used rather than books on top of their heads. for the illustrator’s visit. “Bringing in authors Giggles filled the room as students tried to turn around, and illustrators helps curtsy, and even hop without losing students understand how their bananas. illustrations can demonArt contest winner Sarah Rua says strate understanding of its she was thrilled to be able to meet the characters, setting, or plot. illustrator personally and have her It also allowed students to picture taken. “I liked getting to meet work on their speaking and her. I’m a big fan of her books. This listening standards, asking was really fun.” and answering questions about Classmate Paige Russo discovered what a speaker says in order to she has much in common with Glasser. clarify comprehension and gather “I am a really good artist and I also like additional information.” to write.” Prior to Glasser’s visit, students The visit by illustrator Robin Preiss participated in an art contest, Glasser was the second literary preSecond grader Paige drawing their version of a super sentation at Indian Trace Elementary Russo introduces Illustrator sleuth or Fancy Nancy herself. The this year. A few months ago, Harvey Robin Preiss Glasser. winners then researched the guest Oyer III, Florida historian and author illustrator to write an introduction for her presentation. of the Charlie Pierce series of books, spoke to fourth “They really made us proud,” states Mrs. Mila. “The grade students.

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Cypress Bay Boys Soccer Team Wins Fifth State Championship

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fter suffering the tragic death of teammate Max Cardenas to a skateboarding incident in September, the Cypress Bay boys soccer team won its fifth state title in seven years on February 18, defeating Lakewood Ranch 1-0 in Deland, Florida. The team had lost in the final 20 seconds of the state semifinal last year, and they wanted to achieve their ultimate goal of winning the state title this year for their late teammate. “We dedicated this season to our fallen brother,” said Senior Captain David Corredor, whose goal in the eighth minute off a throw in from Cole Sanfillipo was the difference in the hard fought victory. “We told our seniors last year when we lost it in the last 20 seconds we had unfinished business. We told them we were going to win and we did.” Junior Mateo Pieschacon, the team’s leading goal scorer and one of the few players on the team who had already experienced winning a state title, said this year was different. “My freshman year was special being so young and part of this amazing program, but this year was for Max and there was much more pressure not to let down our friend.” Coach Colin Ilgner inherited a very successful program and feels the pressure of sustaining a dynasty, but has done so with two state titles in three years.

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“It’s no small task winning the state especially when everyone is gunning for Cypress Bay. The boys had a goal, stayed focused, and brought this home for Max.” As the final minutes of the game were winding down, the crowd was overcome with emotion and began chanting “Take it to the Max!” When the final whistle blew, emotions erupted and tears were in the eyes of most players, knowing the magnitude of what was accomplished. After the game, Senior Jacobo Vasquez said, “It’s

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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 American $$

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 $$

Shenanigans Sports Pub

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


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954-367-7730 8525 Pines Boulevard Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

www.GoldMarquess.com Sports Bar $$

Siamrice Thai & Tapas

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

Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies

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

Sugar Reef Grill

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

The Taco Spot

1500 North Boardwalk | (954) 921-7711 thetacospothollywood.com Mexican $$

Tipsy Boar

1906 Harrison Street | (954) 947-6306 thetipsyboar.com American $$

Viva Brazil

1657 South 21st Avenue | (954) 548-6255 vivabrazilfl.com Steakhouse $$

Whiskey Tango Bar & Grill

1903 Hollywood Blvd | (954) 925-2555 whiskeytangofl.com American $$

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MIRAMAR Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

3111 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 392-3811 acfp.com Italian $$

Blue Ginger Hibachi & Sushi

14395 Miramar Parkway | (754) 202-3098 bluegingerseafoodsteakhouse.com Japanese $$

Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill

15500 SW 29th Street | (754) 400-8558 bokampers.com Sports Bar $$

Authentic Peruvian Food

Che Pibe Argentinian Grill

Coconutz Fusion Café

2408 South State Road 7 | (954) 961-3334 coconutzcafe.com Fusion $$

La Famiglia

11655 Red Road | (954) 862-7499 lafamigliarestaurant.net Italian $$

El Fogon

2913 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 674-3410 elfogonmiramar.com Peruvian $$

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Giardino Gourmet Salads

12144 Miramar Parkway | (954) 437-9101 giardinosalads.com Salads $

Nami Sushi

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12711 Miramar Parkway | (954) 436-8388 mynamisushi.com Japanese $$

Texas Roadhouse

3241 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 499-3391 texasroadhouse.com Barbeque $$

Tijuana Flats

14633 Miramar Parkway | (954) 437-9213 tijuanaflats.com Mexican $

PEMBROKE PINES El Atlakat Restaurant

8984 Taft Street | (954) 450-0866 elatlakatrestaurant.com Salvadoran $

Brimstone Woodfire Grill

14575 SW 5th Street | (954) 430-2333 brimstonewoodfiregrill.com Steakhouse $$

Bru’s Room Sports Grill

10060 Pines Boulevard | (954) 239-4550 brusroom.com/ Sports Bar $$

Brusketta Italian Café

12111 Taft Street | (954) 381-9319 bru-sket-ta.yolasite.com Italian $$

La Casserola

6941 SW 196th Avenue | (954) 470-5021 Venezuelan $$

Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Food 8525 Pines Boulevard | (954) 367-7730 goldmarquess.com Chinese $$$

Haruko Japanese Fusion

18283 Pines Boulevard | (754) 703-4847 harukomiami.com Japanese $$

I Love Tacos Restaurant

15807 Pines Boulevard | (954) 450-3522 ilovetacosrestaurant.com Mexican $$

Kaya’s Mediterranean Bistro

1411 North Palm Avenue | (954) 589-0674 kayasmediterraneanbistro.com Mediterranean $$$

Mezes Greek Taverna

10040 Pines Boulevard | (954) 430-1725 mezestaverna.com Greek $$

Mikan Japanese Restaurant

12502 Pines Boulevard | (954) 432-7775 mikansushi.com Japanese $$

The Pub Pembroke

237 SW 145th Terrace | (954) 430-4230 experiencethepub.com Pub $$

Red Yabba

12594 Pines Boulevard | (954) 322-1007 redyabba.com Caribbean $$

J. Alexander’s

8550 West Broward Boulevard | (954) 916-8837 jalexandersholdings.com American $$

Roasting Buddies

18457 Pines Boulevard | (954) 441-2441 roastingbuddies.com Coffee $

Al Natour Restaurant

1787 North University Drive | (954) 514-7277 alnatourrestaurant.com Middle Eastern $$

Ruchi

17085 Pines Boulevard | (954) 505-7455 ruchipembrokepines.com Indian $$

Al Salam

1816 North University Drive | (954) 916-5193 alsalam-restaurant.com Middle Eastern $$

Salsa Fiesta

14914 Pines Boulevard | (954) 432-0005 salsafiestagrill.com Mexican $$

Amazing Asian Bistro

Shinju Japanese Buffet

14838 Pines Boulevard | (954) 538-9696 Japanese $$

10101 Cleary Boulevard | (954) 474-3797 amazingasianbistro.com Japanese Fusion $$

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza

512 North Pine Island Road | (954) 474-3311 Italian $$

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Ella Café

9743 West Broward Boulevard | (954) 530-4264 ellacafeplantation.com Coffee Shop $

Supunnahong Thai

9945 Pines Boulevard | (954) 431-1008 supunnahong.com Thai $$

The Green Wave

5221 West Broward Boulevard | (954) 581-8377 greenwavecafe.org Vegetarian $$

Village Tavern

14555 SW 2nd Street | (954) 874-1001 villagetavern.com American $$

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Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

801 South University Drive | (954) 472-5550 limefreshmexicangrill.com Mexican $ 8271 West Sunrise Boulevard | (954) 318-4455 marumisushi.net Japanese $$

Mustard Seed Bistro

256 South University Drive | (954) 533-9326 mustardseedbistro.com Café $$

Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine

801 South University Drive | (954) 476-5777 padrinos.com Cuban $

Parlour Vegan Bakery

1487 South University Drive | (954) 533-7104 Bakery $

Zaatar Lebanese Food

1893 North Pine Island Road | (954) 370-0039 zaatarlebanesefood.com Middle Eastern $

Las Cholitas

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

I Love Tacos Restaurant

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

Landlubber’s Raw Bar & Grill

Ireland’s Steakhouse

Thai Thai

1861 North Pine Island Boulevard | (954) 424-0808 Thai $$

Vignetos Italian Grill

1511 South University Drive | (954) 915-0806 vignetosplantation.com Italian $$

Sicilian Oven

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

La Perla Seafood Bar & Grill

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

La Rural

Vivace Gourmet Pizza & Pasta

La Torretta

9763 West Broward Boulevard | (954) 440-2189 vivacepizza.com Italian $$

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

Zona Fresca

Lucille’s American Café

1095 South University Drive | (954) 370-3332 zonafresca.com Mexican $$

2250 Weston Road | (954) 384-9007 lucillescafe.com American $$

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WESTON Acquolina Ristorante 2320 Weston Road | (954) 389-1880 acquolinaweston.com Italian $$

Bellini Italian Bistro 2780 Weston Road | (954) 306-0781

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La Pequeña Colombia

2350 Weston Road | (954) 389-5009 laruralweston.com Steakhouse $$

3491 Hiatus Road | (954) 572-0821 allthatjazzcafe.com Café $

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

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Mochika Peru Bistro 2219 North Commerce Pkwy (954) 389-8871 mochikaperubistro.com Peruvian $$

Moon Thai & Japanese 2818 Weston Road | (954) 384-7275 moonthai.com Asian $$

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Offerdahl’s Café Grill

Sushi Tom

2274 Weston Road | (954) 384-1043 offerdahls.com Cafe $

1396 SW 160th Avenue | (954) 385-3688 sushitomweston.com Japanese $$

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

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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 $$$

Sabor Latino 2406 Weston Rd | (954) 217-1075 saborlatinoweston.com Peruvian $$

Sanka Peruvian Cuisine

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

Vignetos Italian Grill 1342 SW 160th Ave | (954) 660-0470 vignetosweston.com Italian $$

Weston Diner 4484 Weston Road | (954) 217-3090 westondiner.com Diner $$

Zona Blu 189 Weston Road | (954) 617-7999 zonabluweston.com Italian $$

141 Weston Road | (954) 384-7573 Peruvian $$

Our City Picks Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Food

Point Royal

All That Jazz Café & Grill

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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. 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.

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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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. 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.

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 “non-traditional” 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.

Sushi Tom

1396 SW 160th Avenue, Weston 954-385-3688 $$ Sushi Tom has been serving the highest quality sushi in Weston since 2009. It specializes in authentic Japanese cuisine featuring teriyaki, tempura and an extensive menu of fresh sushi and sashimi, at reasonable prices. There is even an all-you-can-eat sushi menu. Sushi Tom offers dine-in, take-out and delivery.

Sushiato

4483 Weston Road, Weston 754-223-7923 $$ The concept behind Sushiato, the art of sushi; is different from what we know as Sushi restaurants, because Sushiato presents Sushi with a “Latin Fusion” exotic and tropical flavors mixed with original Japanese cuisine and recipes. Their owners came from Venezuela with this idea and Weston received them open arms sharing the dream of this new concept. Weston is a clear example of what a great fusion gives a city: diverse nationalities, cultures, styles, accents and flavors that melt to create a new identity.


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tand up straight! Put your shoulders back!” Are these words familiar? Another childhood flashback, or perhaps they are the same words you say to your children. Regrettably, it reflects an unfortunate fact: poor posture is epidemic. Showing little regard for age, gender, race or body type, poor posture cuts across generations, effecting millions of people. Head posture is one of the more obvious postural characteristics people notice. Largely because we spend a lot of time looking down, the most common problem involving head posture is forward head position (FHP). Ideally, the head should sit directly over the shoulder, with the center of the ear lining up with the center of the shoulder. Many of the things we do, however, beginning with postural habits we develop in childhood, cause gradual deterioration of head posture: T.V., video games, sitting in class, studying, backpacks, poor computer ergonomics, reading, driving, soft sofas and armchairs...the list is endless. These small, repetitive “microtraumas” we subject our bodies to for hours every day become compounded when we experience major trauma, such as a fall, car accident or sudden blow during sports. Your head may sit a little forward...so what? According to a recent Mayo Clinic newsletter, FHP leads to long-term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis and pinched nerves. Indeed, pain in the neck, shoulders and upper back, or headaches and TMJ problems may just be the first sign of things to come. Permanent spinal and nerve damage can ultimately result from chronic FHP, symptoms of which are rarely present early on. So what can be done? Start by taking a critical look at your children, spouse, friends and co-workers. Any FHP you see should be immediately checked by a chiropractor. Chiropractic examination and x-ray will identify precisely how far forward the head is from normal position, whether degenerative spinal changes have started and any contributing structural factors. Based on these findings, a chiropractor will create a treatment plan to help correct your posture safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. Chiropractic correction of FHP may include specialized spinal adjustments, specific muscle rehabilitation (i.e.: improving length and strength of particular muscle groups), specific postural exercises and spinal “remolding” procedures to re-establish normal spinal position. The doctor will also provide valuable guidance in improving lifestyle and ergonomic factors that may be contributing to FHP. Finally, forget “put your shoulders back”! Shoulder position is rarely the primary problem. In fact, pulling your shoulders back only forces the head forward more. Focus instead on standing/sitting tall, your chin neutral and head drawn back over your shoulders. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Rick Behar and Dr. Marc Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.

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How Yoga Can Help Improve Your Nutrition Habits BY CAROLINA SANCHEZ

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oga is known to increase flexibility, ease anxiety and tone the muscles, but it can contribute to a person’s mental, physical and emotional health in other ways as well. The heightened wellness that people experience thanks to the practice can inspire them to improve other aspects of their health – they might be more inclined to work out every day, talk through their feelings rather than suppressing them, and eat foods that are both satisfying and good for the body. Yoga makes us mindful. Examining our nutritional choices through a lens of mindfulness can help us become more aware and empowered. When there’s balance in all areas of our life, eating whole plant-based foods, getting enough physical activity, and managing our stress, we are nurturing our whole beings — physically, emotionally, and spiritually — and nourishing our deepest selves. One of the cornerstones of the yoga of nutrition is mindful eating — slowing down, paying attention to what’s happening by focusing the sensations occurring while we eat. “Are you a fast eater, or do you savor every bite? Do you zone out and eat in front of the TV?” Ask yourself. These questions can lead us into a new understanding of what guides our choices and allows us to examine our cravings. Mindful eating is a type of meditation. By bringing our awareness to the present moment, we remind ourselves to slow down, dive in, eat with all of our senses; after all how we eat is as important as what we eat, and mindful eating is an incredible tool for those who struggle with overeating. By building awareness, we shift our internal environment, and in the process we often discover how our emotions affect our food choices. Because the standard American diet is toxic, full of processed foods, and sugar-laden, we have to be conscious to be healthy. The repercussions of mindless eating are more than just physical; they affect all aspects of our being. Mindful eating, like yoga, is a practice of compassion and self-observation. What’s our desire for sugar all about, for example? Is this a reflection of a deeper need? Digestion plays an important part in the mindful-eating process. Digestion is a complex biological process, and a primary way in which we interface with the world. When we’re stressed, our digestion gets out of synch, which can lead to a host of maladies, both physical and emotional. Plus stress can promote weight gain — many people turn to food when they’re stressed, and the choices made are often not the healthiest. Luckily, yoga can help. Along with mindful eating, the physical asana (posture) practice can combat stress, alleviating digestive ailments. And yoga tones the musculature of the digestive system — think detoxifying twists and core strengtheners. Ultimately, the power of mindful eating is that it helps us to dive in and listen to our body, and how we fuel our body in the present moment, both with the foods we consume and the intention with which we approach their consumption. Take time to eat, to pay attention and be fully aware of the experience of nourishment that you’re having. 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.


Q&A: Ready for a run? There’s much to know before you go. According to recent statistics, U.S. participation in running and jogging has grown 70% over Farah Tejpar, MD the past decade. Cleveland Clinic Florida In 2016, it was Sports Health Specialist estimated that over 60 million Americans were involved in the sport. The number of people running in non-traditional events like warrior and color runs has increased dramatically in the past five years. Running properly is of utmost importance, regardless of whether you’ve been running for years or just getting started, or if you’re running just for recreation or are serious about the sport and have goals to break personal bests. And sometimes it requires some trial and error to figure out what will work best for you. We asked Farah Tejpar, MD, sports health specialist, to answer key questions about running, and how runners of all types can prepare.

Q. Is running good for everyone? A. Running is a great way to boost your metabolism, burn calories and improve your cardiovascular health. But it’s important to run with proper technique and incorporate warm up and recovery exercises. Q. Are there different types of runners? A. Runners can fall into two groups. • Endurance athletes who are always training for their next marathon or striving to improve their performance • Weekend warriors who enjoy running for recreation and fitness Q. What are typical running injuries? A. Runners typically present with overuse injuries. Overuse injuries result from increased demand over time on the muscles, bones and tendons. Q. Is running bad for your joints? A. Running can help with weight maintenance and weight loss. This actually decreases the load on your joints and helps to prevent arthritis.

Q. How can a sports health specialist help? A. During your consultation, a sports health physician will address structural and functional issues that can lead to injuries. These include your individual capabilities; such as muscle strength and flexibility, as well as external factors; such as environmental conditions, running surfaces and shoe wear. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Tejpar or any other Cleveland Clinic Florida Sports Health specialist, call 866.287.2963 or visit us online at clevelandclinicflorida.org/sportshealth.

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lmost daily, a child comes in to our office with many more cavities than anticipated. In some instances, they are “regulars” coming in for their six month checks and everyone present attests to their daily brushing ritual. Still, in a relatively short period of time, these cavities have formed between the teeth. To understand this situation better, it is helpful to look at the underlying causes of cavities. In order to form a dental cavity, there are certain ingredients which are a must. First of all, cavity causing bacteria must be present. The most notable of these bacteria are the Streptococcus Mutans. Although the thought of bacteria entering the mouth is an unsavory one, it is a fact of life. In fact, these bacteria make a home in our mouth at a very early age and are usually transmitted unintentionally by a child’s caregiver (i.e. when blowing on a hot spoon during feeding time). The bacteria colonize on our teeth and form a plaque. They use sugars we ingest to increase the size of the plaque. Biproducts from these colonies are acidic. This decrease in pH begins the process of breakdown of the tooth’s outer layer, the enamel. Once this shell is accessed, the bacteria can start to travel through the tooth. Therefore, the main players are bacteria, sugar, and acidity. We recommend brushing and flossing to reduce the quantities of bacteria and remove sugars left behind after meals. Fluoride can be used to strengthen the enamel. Xylitol products are showing some promising data in the ability to limit the effectiveness of the bacteria. Still, a person who brushes/flosses and goes to the dentist for cleanings and fluoride application can still have cavities depending on intake of certain foods and liquids. As it turns out, consumption of sugar is not the only advantage that our diet provides the bacteria. Many of the foods and beverages we are consuming are acidic and therefore lower the overall pH in the mouth speeding the process of cavity making. For example, diet soda may have no simple sugars useful to the bacteria, but the carbonation creates a very acidic oral environment. Studies have shown that many of the popular sports drinks are more acidic than batteries used for small appliances. After a little digging, we usually find out that the unexpected cavities are preceded by the intake of acidic beverages. The bad news is that our modern diet is full of sugary acidic foods. Our children’s heroes promote them in every marketing medium. Our office philosophy is not to deny our children their treats, but rather to modify eating habits and limit the periods of exposure to certain foods. For example, a child who drinks a sports drink after practice should do so at one sitting rather than doing so throughout the day. We recommend rinsing with water after consuming acidic drinks, as it is very effective at balancing pH. If hard candy is eaten, brushing should be done. Sugary snacks should be eaten with meals. Snacks eaten between meals should be of a healthier variety, like fruits veggies and granola. The idea is to be creative rather than restrictive. Happy eating! Drs. Maria and Alon Grosman are Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist. Their office is located at 4401 S Flamingo Rd on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-236-3434.


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Do You Have A Good Putting Routine? BY DEAN SKLAR, PGA PROFESSIONAL

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 at the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, 954-389-6197 or on Dean’s cell at 954-2983616. Visit him online at www.WestonFloridaUSA.com.

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rom the moment you get on the green it is time Dean Sklar, PGA to begin to figure out how you will sink the putt. The key here is to have a routine that will cover all the steps in which you need to make good decisions and to perform that same routine exactly the same way every time without fail. The more information that you can gather, the better decisions you will make. By getting in the habit of following the same routine every time you will know that you have covered all the bases and have not forgotten anything. What you are actually doing is taking a macro analysis. Take this view while you are approaching the green and you are still about 10 or 15 yards away. For example, is there a lake or pond nearby (the ball will tend to break towards them) or is there an overall tilt to the green that you can only detect from stepping back? Only after considering those factors is it time to study the line of your putt. With that in mind, here is an eight step routine that you can implement. 1. Before trying to determine the line of putt, you should first take a careful examination of the overall layout of the green and the features around it. 2. Take your first close view of the putt by kneeling down directly behind the ball and facing the hole. You want to start to formulate the correct line, slope and speed. 3. Walk to the right and take a side angle view to help in your decision making. 4. Examine the area around the hole close up for anything unusual and then walk behind the hole and crouch down to get another view. 5. Walk back to the ball clockwise so you will have a left side view and this will have given you a complete look at all angles. 6. After determining your line of putt, stand parallel to the target line and make two practice stokes. 7. Square the putter head to the ball and set your feet. 8. Take a final look at your line by swiveling your head and take your stoke. I always have my students practice on the putting green prior to teeing off on the golf course and to always imagine you are putting as if you are on the golf course and practice the same routine of lining up behind the ball; address the ball and use some of the above eight steps while practicing. Some PGA Tour professionals spend about an hour on the practice putting green practicing their routines prior to playing. Most of the pros typically do not spend any significant time on long putts. Practically all of their time is spent on drilling short putts from ten feet. Another great drill on the putting green is to set four balls at different spots groping the hole, three, six and nine feet away. The goal is to make all 12 putts in a row. If you miss one you would start again from three feet. This is just one of the fun and productive putting drills that you could create. Always seek the advice of your local PGA Professional when it comes to improving your golf game and, most importantly, to have more fun out there!

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begin to have their eyes examined by an optometrist, in order to ensure that a child’s vision and eyes are developing normally and working together properly. If these issues are not detected in time, a child’s vision could be permanently affected leading to poor vision or other ocular diseases. Some of the most common types of child eye conditions include amblyopia, strabismus, ptosis, myopia, and even glaucoma. Fortunately, there are many treatments for these eye conditions. During the exam, the doctor will also check for other retinal diseases that can be treated and cured if detected early. Dr. Jan Therrien specializes in pediatric optometry and can treat children as young as three years old. Call 954-888-9393 to schedule your child’s optometry exam. Weston Family Eyecare cares for every member of the family. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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can always count on a prospective client to ask me the following two questions at their initial consultation: ▸▸ How long will my divorce take? ▸▸ How much will it cost? In reality, the answer to the second question is directly related to the answer to first question. Since attorney’s fees for divorce cases are based upon time spent by the attorney, the cost will vary from case to case. The more complex the case, the longer it usually takes and therefore the more it will cost. The more litigation in a case, the more time it will take and therefore, the more it will cost. I often tell clients that it is really up to them how quickly a case gets resolved. The quicker they can reach an agreement, the quicker they can be divorced. Once an agreement is signed by the parties, it is literally a matter of weeks until a Final Judgment granting the divorce can be issued by a Judge. However, what if there is not a quick settlement? What if there are issues which need to be litigated? How long can someone expect a divorce to continue until they get to a final resolution? Unfortunately, sometimes the answers to these questions are not in the control of the attorney. In addition, Florida law provides for certain deadlines, which must be followed. When a Petition for Dissolution is filed (the original document), it is usually served upon the other spouse. This process can take a week or more depending on a number of factors, such as the process server’s ability to locate the individual. The Florida Courts have recently converted to E-filing and this has also caused a delay in receiving documentation back from the Clerk’s Office. Once served, the spouse has twenty days to respond in writing. If the response contains a counter-petition, then another 20 days will be allowed for a subsequent response. At this point, the case is considered to be “at issue” and all initial pleadings have been filed. This is just the beginning stages and already approximately 6 weeks have passed. If we need time to litigate any temporary issues, it could be weeks or months before we can obtain a court date. Judge’s dockets are full and it is simply a matter of first come, first served for a court date. No matter how much an attorney tries to get an earlier court date, the Judge only has a limited amount of time due to his/her heavy caseload. So when I am asked, “Why is it taking so long?” I try my best to explain the various factors which cause delay. It is often times frustrating to me, so I can only imagine how frustrating it is for the client. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.

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Your veterinarian may request that you bring in a fresh sample of your pet’s stool. The sample should be placed in a clean, labeled container or a leak-proof plastic bag. Your veterinarian can also obtain a fresh stool sample during a physical examination. To do this, your veterinarian may choose to use a fecal loop, which is a small plastic wand with a loop on the end. After applying lubricant, your veterinarian can gently insert the loop into your pet’s rectum and collect a sample of fecal material. A fecal analysis begins with a visual examination of the stool sample to look for worms, blood, mucus, or foreign material such as grass, bone fragments, or other items the pet may have eaten. Your veterinarian will also examine the stool for abnormal color, consistency, or odor. Some worms can be seen in the stool. For example, roundworms are long slender worms that look similar to spaghetti. Another worm that may be seen in the stool is a tapeworm. Adult tapeworms grow into long, segmented parasites in the intestines. As they age, segments containing eggs break off and pass out in the stool. These segments look like pieces of rice and can sometimes be seen near the pet’s rear end or in the stool. Many other types of parasites are only visible by looking for them under a microscope. Parasite eggs, which are commonly shed in the stool of infected animals, are also visible under a microscope.

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Fecal analysis is performed mainly to identify parasites. Sometimes, stool may be checked for dangerous bacteria, like salmonella, or for viral infections like parvovirus and coronavirus. These tests are usually only performed when the pet is suspected of having these diseases and are not routine.

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Fecal analysis is most commonly used to help identify the eggs of parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms. Because there is no single medication that can treat every possible parasite, accurate diagnosis is important so that the correct treatment can be given. Some intestinal parasites, such as roundworms and hookworms, are zoonotic. This means that they can infect people. Periodically testing your pets for parasites is a good way to help protect your other family members. Although some pets infected with intestinal parasites develop diarrhea or other clinical signs, many pets don’t show any signs at all. The only way to identify these pets and treat them for parasites is to test them periodically for evidence of infection. Fecal analysis is a good way to identify infected pets. 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 Animal Health Center @ Weston at 954-385-8389 or visit them online at www.animalhealthcenteratweston.com.

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Rotary Club of Weston: Serving Others Is the Reward

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erhaps like you, I’ve been fortunate enough to live in several different areas of the country over the years, but none of those locations compare to all that Weston has to offer. Great schools, restaurants, beautiful surroundings, beaches nearby and, of course, exceptional weather. But for me, one of the most gratifying aspects of living in Weston is my membership in the Rotary Club of Weston.

What’s Rotary?

Rotary is a worldwide organization with 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs, all of whom espouse the Rotary motto of “service above self”. Our club has about 130 members and, like all Rotary Clubs, our purpose is to do good in the world – and locally. Sure, we enjoy breakfast together weekly, our meetings always have compelling speakers and we develop long lasting friendships, but the real satisfaction comes from serving others, contributing to the community, and making a difference for those who are much less fortunate. For example, every other month we feed the homeless and indigent at LifeNet4Families, a food cooperative in Lauderhill. We support organizations like the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, where mothers with addictions can go to overcome their challenges without being separated from their kids. We work with the Red Cross of Broward County and, most recently, helped install smoke alarms

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in many lower income homes in Sunrise. We contribute to and volunteer with the Harvest Drive, which provides food, clothing and other necessities to hundreds of families. We pay for internet access for the residents at the Veterans Administration nursing home in Pembroke Pines, so that those vets, who have given so much to their country, have a more enjoyable life. Also, each week several Weston Rotarians work with children at an after school program run by Hope Outreach. In addition, we hold several fund-raising initiatives yearly. Our annual golf tournament helps us generate over $100,000 in scholarships for local students and our annual Run for Tomorrow nets over $65,000 for other charitable support. I’m perennially amazed at the dedication of the club’s members, yet we know anecdotally and from member surveys that the number one reason for membership is the ability to give back to this wonderful community and the local area. It’s a “payoff” for each of us that’s hard to describe but is richly rewarding. If you’d like to see what the Rotary Club of Weston is all about, our website is www.westonrotary.com or feel free to join us for breakfast and an interesting program on Thursdays at 7:30am at the Weston Hills Country Club.


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Please describe your business. Sunny South Paint & Décor is a specialized paint and decoration store. Our services vary depending on the project. We provide color consultation, product specifications, and color matching, among other services related to the paint industry. On the décor side, we are here to assist and guide customers by offering an exclusive portfolio of wallcovering, flooring and window treatment choices. What is your background? We are a family business that started back in Venezuela in 1985 as La Tienda del Pintor. We brought our passion for the paint business and quality customer service with us when we

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moved to the United States. While Sunny South Paint & Décor has been in business since 1923, our Weston location opened in 2013.

What products and services do you offer? We proudly carry Benjamin Moore

paints, top quality wallpaper, flooring, window treatments, and many other decorating projects. Our main focus is to deliver the kind of specialized attention and help that you simply won’t find in larger chain stores. Our store professionals are trained specialists whose experience and helpful advice will ensure the success of every project. Our sales team is willing to visit your home and provide you with free estimates and consultation.

What distinguishes you from your competition? We are the proud third genera-

tion of professional entrepreneurs managing this paint and decorating business. Our main goal is to assist customers with knowledge and dedication throughout the whole process of completing their projects. Sunny South Paint & Décor is located at 108 Weston Road. For more information call 954-368-4503 or visit www.sunnysouthpaintanddeco.com.

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Make Mealtime Memorable at Weston Diner and Blue Moon Diner BY STACEY BOMSER

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etween work, school, sports and other activities, most families are hard-pressed to find time to cook a healthy family meal, let alone sit down together to enjoy it. Two popular restaurants are bringing families together for memorable meal times. Both Weston Diner and Blue Moon Diner specialize in serving traditional comfort foods, as well as gourmet delicacies, that taste just as good as home-cooked, if not better.

What’s new on the menu? We’ve added five

new items to our breakfast menu. The “Super Mess” features eggs scrambled with chopped sausage, ham, bacon and potatoes and topped with our homemade sausage gravy. Another great choice is the Corned Beef Hash and Cheese Omelet. Both items are served with hashbrowns and toast. Fruit lovers will want to try our new Blueberry Pancakes, Belgium Waffle with Strawberry Topping, or the Banana and Walnut Pancakes.

Owner Sam Wong shares the secret to running two successful diners which have been satisfying hungry diners for well over a decade.

Please describe your restaurants. Weston Diner and Blue Moon Diner offer good home-style cooking at an affordable price. We serve classic hearty breakfast cuisine as well as a mixture of classic American dishes, seafood specialties and Latin-inspired entrees. What can diners expect to find when they visit Weston Diner or Blue Moon Diner? Diners can expect to receive quality

food with large portions at a very reasonable price. We are definitely not your typical diners. We use the diner name, but once inside our restaurants look like a comfy family-friendly restaurant. We care about our customers and will do anything we can to make your dining experience an enjoyable one.

Why do you focus on fresh, home-style cooking? We realize that eating well on a

budget can be a challenge for many families. However, both of our restaurants have a consistent focus on fresh food and great value. Our soups are homemade daily. Every Friday we serve New England Seafood Chowder that is to die for! We also use top quality ingredients to prepare our food. All of our burgers and our meatloaf are made from Angus ground chuck. We use choice grade beef for our Churrasco steaks. We use fresh salmon, never frozen, for our salmon dishes. We also use chunk light tuna for all of our tuna salads, and the list goes on and on.

Do you have any specialty dishes you are known for? For breakfast you can’t beat our huge omelets or “The Mess,” bacon, ham, sausage, cheese, and potatoes scrambled and served with toast. For lunch, I recommend any of our oversized salads or our crispy fish and chips. For dinner, which is served only at Blue Moon Diner, one of our signature dishes is the Seafood Stuffed Grouper, but you can’t go wrong with any of our fresh fish specials. We are also known for our homemade soups like our Seafood Chowder.

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What distinguishes your restaurants from other casual dining establishments? Our goal was to

create restaurants where the food is fresh, delicious and so affordable that you could come by and dine every day. Both Weston Diner and Blue Moon Diner serve over 20 breakfast specials starting at just $3.99 on weekdays from 7-11am and over 30 lunch specials served daily from 11am to 3pm. We have daily dinner specials at Blue Moon Diner starting at $7.99 with options ranging from seafood to chicken to steak. We also offer a $1.99 kid’s meal from Tuesday through Sunday after 3pm. Kid’s meals are served with a soft drink and cookie or ice-cream.

How long have you been in business? Weston Diner has been open for 14 years and Blue Moon Diner for six years. Is there anything else you would like readers to know about Weston Diner and Blue Moon Diner? We offer take-out, delivery and

catering. We have two separate dining rooms at Blue Moon Diner that can accommodate any special occasion or party. Weston Diner is located at 4484 Weston Road (at the corner of Weston Road and Griffin Road) and Blue Moon Diner is at 10076 Griffin Road (at the corner of Griffin Road and Nob Hill Road/ Palm Avenue). The Weston Diner is open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7am-3pm. The Blue Moon Diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open 7am-9pm Tuesday through Sunday. There is no dinner service on Monday.


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MC Real Estate Group Has Been Delivering Results For Over 20 Years IT’S THEIR BUSINESS

BY STACEY BOMSER

How long have you been a Realtor? I started

in 1996 with a small independent Broker, Florida International Realty. In 2003, I joined Keller Williams and with Robert Coalla formed The Martinez-Coalla Group, known today as MC Group. Our affiliation with Keller Williams Realty was a perfect fit for us all as we adhere 100% to the core values and beliefs of KW – To be the Real Estate Team of choice for our clients and to operate with God, family then business in mind.

What is the secret to your success and longevity? Our dedication to customer service

is in fact the key to our success. I am proud to say that more than 75% of our business is repeat customers and referrals. Our team prides itself not on quantity, but quality. Our listings vary from a $1500 rental to a $3 million estate. Regardless of the price, every one of our clients receives the same degree of service.

Is this a buyer’s or seller’s market? At this

moment, the market is fair for both parties. However, some areas are turning into a buyer’s market, for example the condominium market in downtown Miami. In Weston, the market varies depending on the price range.

What differentiates MC Real Estate Group from other real estate firms? Our deep

knowledge of the community and the real estate market sets us apart. We offer exceptional customer service and professional expertise. Whether you are a buyer, seller or investor, we are committed to providing the highest level of service and client representation. From showing to closing, we are there for our clients every step of the way.

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he real estate market is constantly changing, but one thing has remained constant – the expertise and customer service provided by Maria Corina Martinez and her Team. It should come as no surprise that they have been ranked #1 in Keller Williams “Weston Office” since 2003. The MC Real Estate Group, formerly known as The Martinez-Coalla Group, has earned a spot in the top ½% of Realtors nationwide. Realtor Maria Corina Martinez answers some commonly asked questions about her business and the current real estate market.

What is your area of expertise? We special-

ize in Residential Real Estate. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or investor, the MC Group is committed to providing the highest level of customer service in everything we do. We are there for our clients every step of the way.

What is your background? I was born in

Caracas, Venezuela. I have a degree in Business Administration from Andres Bello Catholic University. I moved to the United States in 1991.

How did you get into the real estate business? You could say real estate found me. In

1996, I was looking for a place to live after moving from Boston to Florida. I first discovered Weston as a home buyer searching for a new home for my family. I felt in love right away. There is something about Weston you just don’t find anywhere else. I earned my real estate license right after I purchased my home and started my real estate career right away. I truly believe that Weston is one of the finest cities in South Florida.

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home or finding a buyer is only part of the challenge of a successful transaction. There are many details that need to be managed through closing, and MC Real Estate Group brings the depth and breadth of skills and experience required to ensure your transactions go smoothly. Our commitment is to provide you the quality of service and communication you desire and deserve.

What do you offer sellers? We can help home

sellers understand buyer expectations and establish realistic pricing for their home under the current market conditions. Our goal is to leverage our knowledge and experience to help our clients get the best price the market will support while still selling their home in a reasonable period of time. We always tell the truth to our clients.

Do you offer any additional services? While

we specialize in residential real estate, we also have the right network of partners for commercial real estate as well as purchase and the sale of business opportunities. We also provide property management services for our investors. To complement our service, we refer clients to builders, lenders, title companies, escrow agents, appraisers, inspectors and other professionals. MC Real Estate Group with Keller Williams Legacy is located at 1625 N. Commerce Parkway, Suite 105. To schedule an appointment call 954-224-9748. For more information visit www.martinez-coalla.com.

What can buyers expect? For home buyers,

our knowledge of the Weston real estate market is second to none. We know the neighborhoods, the school district, the current market conditions and the right opportunities in today’s market. Our buyer specialists are committed to helping you find the home you want at the best possible price.

What is special about your staff? We have

assembled a team of three talented Realtors, Maritza Martinez, Kimberly Nicoletto and Maru Michelena, plus two bilingual administrative staff personnel. We work together with a common vision on customer service, which is with no doubt our number one priority.

What markets does the MC Real Estate Group serve? We specialize in Weston and

surrounding cities. Due to our large international clientele, we also service other areas from Miami to Boca Raton.

Maritza Martinez, Maria Corina Martinez, Maru Michelena, and Kim Nicoletto.


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More than 20 countries were represented at Gator Run Elementary’s 3rd Annual MultiCultural Festival. Families showcased their different cultures with booths offering crafts and tastes from their native homelands. Children also performed dances and songs in a Showcase of Culture.

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Four and five-year-old students at A Children’s Carousel Preschool are learning Spanish. Miss Rosa uses music, reading and conversation during the intensive, after-school Spanish Enrichment Program.

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Indian Trace Elementary School students now have the opportunity to learn Mandarin with Mr. Cheng as part of the school’s after school care program.

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Members of the BSO K9 Unit visited Manatee Bay Elementary to celebrate literacy as second grade students finished reading Officer Buckle and Gloria.

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STEM SUPPLIES

Indian Trace Elementary Principal Amy Winder poses with Francisco Diego and Sofia Rodriguez alongside the new items purchased for the school’s MakerSpace thanks to a generous STEM grant from Bentley Systems.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

CELEBRATING DR. SEUSS

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, Country Isles Elementary students dined on green eggs and ham and enjoyed a special presentation of that beloved story.

DR. SEUSS DAY

Teachers and students at Indian Trace Elementary dressed as their favorite characters from Dr. Seuss’ books to celebrate the author’s birthday.

PRESCHOOL PARADE

A Children’s Carousel held its annual Seuss on the Loose Parade in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students, teachers and family members took part in the festivities.

SLIME TIME

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, third graders at The Sagemont School enjoyed learning about the properties of slime and how to use it to make a slimy version of the Cat in the Hat’s infamous red and white striped hat.

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OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS

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For Broward County School’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards ceremony, Eagle Point Elementary nominated Cristina Yanes and Clare Nailor for Outstanding Adult Volunteers and Marta Portillo Outstanding Program Volunteer. All three women have more than 200 volunteer hours.

Ms. Washington’s fifth grade class at Manatee Bay Elementary celebrated the end of FSA writing with a Krispy Kreme doughnut party.


FIELD DAY FUN

For Manatee Bay Elementary School’s Field Day, Coach Rodriguez organized fun and creative games which emphasized exercise and healthy competition. Students from VPK through fifth grade participated, along with administrators, faculty and PTA parents.

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

Principal Heather Devaughn raced PTA President Jeri Wheeler. Photo courtesy Cream of the Crop Photography.

HEALTHY HEARTS

Country Isles Elementary proudly participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser, teaching children how to keep fit and healthy while promoting heart health, education and research.

SCHOOL SPIRIT LIGHTNING STRIKES

The Cypress Bay boys soccer team was recognized by the Weston City Commission for winning its fifth state championship. The players each received a certificate of recognition.

Students at Gator Run Elementary school showed their school spirit during Spirit Week. The children and faculty dressed up for different themes such as favorite team day, Pokemon day and crazy day. Donations were made to help fund school improvements.

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GAME NIGHT

The Eagle Point Elementary School PTA hosted a family night at the Florida Panthers. Students, siblings, parents and faculty enjoyed skating before the game and meeting the mascots.

LIVING HISTORY

Students in Marcela Sotomayor’s second grade bi-literate class at Imagine Charter School at Weston really got into character, actually becoming the subjects of their biography assignment. The students had to create a poster about their person and present a firstperson speech.

BUDDY BONDING

Students in Ms. O’Hara’s third grade class and Mrs. Saul’s ESE pre-K class at Gator Run Elementary enjoy their buddy time. In addition to Book Buddies, the older students also serve as mentors for the Young Athletes Program.

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FIELD TRIP FUN

Students in Mrs. Monioudis’ fourth grade class at Indian Trace Elementary visited the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. The field trip coincided with the social studies curriculum on the study of Florida history.


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EIGHTIES NIGHT

SEEN ON SCENE

The WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series concluded with Totally Awesome 80’s. The band, Private Stock, performed a mix of hair band ballads, glamour girl hits and plenty of classic 80’s tunes which appealed to all ages. Director of Parks & Recreation Don Decker with Mayor Daniel Stermer. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

ALL THAT JAZZ

The Weston Philharmonic Society presented a Jazz Matinee at a private home. It featured music by the JECC Boot Camp, which provides advanced training to young musicians. The audience enjoyed live jazz, dancing, and wine and hors d’ouevres.

HAPPY NEW YEAR Diners at Parc 28 celebrated the Chinese New Year with delicious food, face painting, and special gifts. This is the Year of the Rooster.

MOVING DAY

Congratulations to Cub Scout Pack 183. Fourteen 5th grade boys officially finished their Cub Scout career and crossed over to Boy Scouts. The ceremony was held during the Boy Scout Blue & Gold Dinner at Manatee Bay Elementary.

THOUGHTFUL FRIENDS

Members of the Weston Friends Club gathered for a Valentine’s Day potluck lunch, at which they collected 83 pounds of staple food items for the Pantry of Broward.

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SEEN ON SCENE

Photo courtesy City of Weston.

MAYOR’S CHALLENGE CUP WINNER

Imagine Charter Parent Teacher Partnership President Kari Pallotto, Mayor Daniel Stermer, Imagine Charter Principal Nadine Laham, Weston Rotary President Mary Beth Casey, and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Associate Administrator Scott Singer were on hand for the presentation of the $5,000 prize to Imagine Charter School at Weston for winning the Mayor’s Challenge Cup. The generous award prize was made possible by the Rotary Club of Weston and presenting sponsor Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

LITTLE HELPERS

The City of Weston participated in Broward County School’s Take Your Child To Work Day. The national, public education program helps connect what students learn in school with the actual working world, and highlights the benefits of a balanced work and family life.

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