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Your Community News Magazine

October 2017

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Over 7k sqft of stunning entertaining & living space. This home’s interior has every upgrade & extra imaginable. 20ft soaring ceilings, crown molding throughout, solid wood doors, high end sound system. Brand new water softening system. State of the art security system/cameras at all entry ways & internally. New kitchen/appliances & pool table stays in game room! Exterior over $275k invested in backyard oasis Offered at $1,980,000. Call Helen Fried from The Rosen Team - (954) 588-2146.


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 $900,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206.


This home is located in desirable gated community of The Meadows. Home features, 2 story, 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, master bedrooms offers sitting area with 2 walk in closets, laundry room, 2 A/C zones, pool and spa, accordion shutters. Offered at $625,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743.


Great opportunity to own this beautiful Courtyard Pool home in Weston Hills Country Club. This home features 4 bedrooms with a guest house. Master Br/sitting area . Spacious Kitchen and living/Dining room, Family room, private sized corner lot and private yard. Offered at $899,000 Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151.


Brand New on the market! A picture perfect 5 bedroom 3 bath residence with a split floor plan is located in the prestigious neighborhood of Weston Hills Country Club. The curb appeal along with the circular driveway welcomes you into the spacious and bright home with the volume ceilings. Must see to appreciate. Offered at $848,988. Call Bibiana Kronfeld from The Rosen Team – (786) 223-4267.


Very desirable Gladiola model features 5-bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms. 1 bedroom downstairs works well as an office or guest room. Screened solar heated pool and covered private patio. Property is situated on a berm with no neighbors behind. Accordion shutters on all the windows. Two large Mater Bedroom walk-in closets. Offered at $599,900 Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206.

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This exquisite Weston Hill residence IS situated on a corner lakefront lot. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool and enclosed entertaining area. Home has been meticulously maintained by original owners who have done extensive remodeling including kitchen and roof. Offered at $899,000. Call Emily Byers from The Rosen Team – (305) 775-1906.


Popular model at Isles at Weston, open & bright floor plan. Home features: soaring ceilings, one bedroom suite downstairs, master suite with large sitting area has 2 walk-in closets, three additional bedrooms upstairs plus oversized loft area, 42” cabinets in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops. Impact windows. Offered at $749,000. Call Candice Miller from The Rosen Team – (954) 696-1798.


Very spacious corner single family home in the quiet neighborhood of Bonaventure Lakes. Home features, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, in-law quarters. Plenty of closet space, pool, paved driveway, 2 car garage. So much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $475,000. Call Claudia Glikman at (786) 302-6474.


Custom home at The Preserve at Emerald Hills. , Home features: 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, over 4,764 sq. ft. of living area, high ceiling, impact glass windows and doors, built with the latest construction building codes. Definitely a must see! Offered at $1,780,000. Call Lilian Cobo from The Ramona Bautista Team at (954) 683-3255


A rare find in The Ridge on Nob Hill. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, over 2400 sq ft of living area, one story, huge backyard large enough to build a pool, A+ schools, 5 minutes to I595 and shopping areas. Ready to move in, definitely a must see. Offered at $475,000. Call Desiree Ocando – (954) 638-7341


Beautiful 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with pool. Huge master bedroom with his and hers walk in closets. Renovated master bathroom, bamboo wood flooring in bedrooms, formal dining room and living room, tank less water heater, new pool equipment (2015), wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, so much more! Offered at $480,000. Call Ana Chavez at (786) 412-3145


Lakefront home located in gated community of Olympia. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over 3500 sq ft of living area, updated kitchen with granite countertop, extra large master bedroom with large walk in closet, private balcony overlooking lake, hurricane shutters, carpet in all bedrooms, clubhouse with many amenities. Offered at $549,900. Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761


Enjoy beautiful sunsets and endless water views from this 2 story pool home in gated “Harbour Lakes Estates”. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage, hurricane shutter, vacuum system, French door and huge foyer, winding staircase, large family room, heated pool with covered patio. Offered at $739,000. Call Ruimara Gisch at (954) 815-5151


One story updated home featuring: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, over 2,000 sqft of living area, professionally enhanced with the latest details in high efficiency, over $60,000 in new LED lighting, security programmed light fixtures inside/outside, central air system with HVAC UV light added to keep it mold-free. So much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $515,000. Call Flor Blanchett at (305) 439-3320


This 2 story single family home is located in the gated community of “Waterview”. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms & 1-1/2 bathroom, high ceilings, open kitchen with eat in area, walk in pantry, stainless steel appliances, granite countertop, convenient storage area under stairs, and so much more. Offered at $327,000. Call Deolinda De Ornelas at (754) 213-3766


Beautiful Spacious Pool Home. Offering, 5 bedrooms plus den/office, 3 full bathrooms, 2 car garage, double door entry, high vaulted ceilings throughout including the expansive master suite, remodeled kitchen, granite counter, wood cabinets. This is definitely a must see. Offered at $550,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743


Welcome home to this beautifully updated 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome in Bahia at Vizcaya. Perfect for a first-time buyer. The unit has two large master bedrooms upstairs, each having their own on-suite bath. Kitchen has all stainless steel appliances and a large pantry. Private fenced paver patio off the back for relaxing in the evening. Community offers bike/jogging path and community pool. Offered at $250,000. Call Karen Helber at (954) 612-6657


CAN DO KID 67 Baseball Player Wins Gold at WBSC World Cup 68 Young Golfer Sets Sights on Augusta



14 Hurricane Irma

70 Weston Woman Named Hispanic Woman of Distinction



16 October 2017

81 Bunker Play



18 Weston Withstands Hurricane Irma 18 Emergency Operations Center Passes the Test

22 Moonlight Movies in the Park Return to Regional Park


22 Weston Art Guild’s Encore! Exhibit Featured Live Painting

56 Trash Talk – Weston Residents Support Recycling Efforts

19 Hats Off To Our Hurricane Heroes 20 Exciting Line-up of Arts and Cultural Offerings Scheduled this Season

24 Arts Council of Greater Weston Coordinates Arts and Cultural Offerings in Our Community

72 The Women’s Center at Broward Health Weston Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

LEGISLATIVE LOOK 30 Phishing and Internet Scams

REAL ESTATE 32 The Real Estate Game Changer

FEATURE STORY 42-43 There’s More to Celebrate as Zona Blu Commemorates its Second Anniversary


19 24 Show Your Support for Weston Friends of the Library 27 Spirit of Life Luncheon Celebrates Lives Touched by JAFCO 28 New Playground Opens at Tequesta Trace Park 36 National Fire Prevention Week 38 Mayor Stermer Named Mayor of the Year 38 BSO Fire Rescue Shares Halloween Safety Tips

60 17 Cypress Bay Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists 62 Manatee Bay Elementary Encourages Individuality

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 90 The World’s Favorite Magazine™


PET CARE 94 Gastrointestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 96 Baires Grill Argentinean Steak House Opening in Weston 98 German-American School of Ft. Lauderdale Immerses Students in Language and Culture


SEEN ON SCENE 102, 104 Community Snapshot

ASK THE EXPERT 65 Am I Too Old for Orthodontics?

40 BSO’s Just Drive Program Warns Teens About Dangers of Distracted Driving

79 The Beauty & Food Connection – Sip & Eat Your Way to Glowing Skin

45 St. Paul Lutheran Church Members Participate in Luther500 Festival

82 Women and Glaucoma 92 Which Breast Surgery is Right for You?


52 Kids Helping Kids Teaches Children a Valuable Lesson

66 Green Tea Found to be Beneficial in Preventing Memory Loss and Obesity

54 The Harvest Drive Yields Year-Round Aid to Families in Need

74 So…You’ve Never Been to a Chiropractor


88 Weston Rotary Club Announces Details on 20th Annual Run For Tomorrow

65 Play…the Business of Learning

78 “Heel Spur Syndrome” and Plantar Fasciitis

46 Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic Surgery Department Receives $2 Million Gift



40 Weston BSO Fire Rescue Urges Residents to “Sound the Alarm”

46 Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Orthopedics Program is Highest Ranked in Florida


58 Two Imagine Charter School Teachers Receive National Character Education Awards

84 The Reality of Equal Time Sharing


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Hurricane Irma


t has been a couple of weeks since those dreadful days. We saw our lights go out, the water come in (and out) and the winds blow. For the most part, however, we were ready. We closed our shutters, prepared our hurricane kits, filled our gas cans and gathered our insurance papers. Some of us evacuated, while others hunkered down and waited for whatever Mother Nature was going to bring. Our community did not come out unscathed, but mercifully the center of the storm avoided us this time. After seeing the near total devastation on the Caribbean island of Barbuda, some of us feel a bit lucky. One of the true honors of publishing this magazine is being able to tell the stories of members of our community doing incredible things. We have already heard countless selfless acts from “Hurricane Heroes” across the community. People putting the welfare of their neighbors before their own. We want to tell these stories. If you know a “Hurricane Hero” drop us a note at editorweston@ourcitymedia.com. Help us tell his or her story.

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6th Lunch Bunch – Join the Weston Friends Club for lunch at a local restaurant at 11:45am. To reserve a seat or for more information about Lunch Bunch and other Weston Friends Club activities and events, please call Rhonda Weissbein at 954-253-4685.


“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn for opening night of Moonlight Movies in the Park. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in Weston Regional Park at 8pm. In this film, the Guardians fight to keep their new-found family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or visit www. westonfl.org.

Bilingual Storytime – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month at a family story time featuring puppets and crafts. All ages are welcome. It’s from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information call 954-357-5430.


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Weston Friends Club Bridge – This group plays the second and fourth Mondays of the month. If you play bridge and are interested in a friendly game, call Judy Good at 954-349-1578.

Juried Art Show – The Weston Art Guild’s 9th annual Juried Art Show opens at the Weston Branch Library. The exhibit runs through December 28th and is open during library hours.

Weston Art Guild Meeting – This month’s meeting features a demonstration by fused glass artist Joni Esser-Stuart. She will explain the techniques involved in creating this kiln-formed decorative and functional art. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at Rick Case Hyundai. Contact Lilfrancis Rojas at 305-310-9586 for more information.

Nov. 4th “Moana” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn for Moonlight Movies in the Park. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in Weston Regional Park at 7:30pm. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org.

10th Knitting & Crochet Club – The Weston Branch Library offers this program for adults (18 and older) who love to knit or crochet. It’s held every Tuesday from 3-5pm. Please bring your own needles and yarn. For more information contact Nuzhat Alam at 954-357-5304.

11th Weston Friends Club Bunko – This group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 9:30am until around noon. For more information about this monthly activity, call Bunko Chair Becky Hooker at 954-557-3460.

14th AAUW Meeting – All are invited to join the American Association of University Women for a presentation on the importance of saving the honey bees by AgScience Consulting President Fabiana Ahumada from 10am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 954-384-4460 for more information. Writer’s Circle – Calling all aspiring writers. Share your writing and read the work of others during this creative writing workshop at the Weston Branch Library from 10:30am-12pm. Contact Kimberly Loycano at kimberlyloycano@yahoo.com for more information about this group.


18th-21st Bulk Trash Pick-up – Free bulk 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 City of Weston Public Works Services Center at 954-385-2600 or visit www.westonfl.org/Departments/ PublicWorks/BulkPickup for a list of what can and cannot be thrown away.

19th-21st “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – The Sagemont School drama department presents this dark play. Showtime is at 7pm each night with additional showings November 3-5th. Tickets are $15. For more information contact Elizabeth Garrard at egarrard@sagemont.com.

21st Puppet Show – Simply Puppets presents The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and other tales for Halloween. The children’s show takes place from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. It is suitable for all ages. For more information call 954-357-5420.


25th JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon – The Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon benefits JAFCO, a one-ofa-kind organization serving abused and neglected children and those with developmental disabilities. The luncheon festivities begin at 10am at Weston Hills Country Club with a vendor boutique, silent auction and raffle, followed by lunch and Godparent pinning ceremony. Tickets can be purchased at www.JAFCO.org by clicking on “Events.”

31st Halloween Spooktacular – Weston Town Center invites trick-or-treaters to collect candy from retail tenants from 5-9pm. The event will also feature a costume contest, entertainment, vendor booths, and more. For more information visit www.westontowncenter.net.

Ongoing Open Bridge Play – Enjoy an afternoon of bridge at the Weston Community Center on Mondays from 12:30-4pm or Wednesday and Friday from 12:303:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321. Open Mah-Jong – Enjoy a game of mah-jong every Thursday from 11am-3pm at the Weston Community Center. Call 954-389-4321 for more information.

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urricane Irma paved a path of destruction from the Keys through Marco Island and Naples and on up the coast. While Weston was spared the brunt of her fury, the storm did leave its mark on our community, knocking down trees and scattering debris, not to mention rattling nerves. “As a community, Weston generally made it through Hurricane Irma with minimal damage to landscaping and no major structural damage to any home or building that we are aware of,” stated Mayor Daniel J. Stermer. “Weston, and all of the surrounding community, were very fortunate that Irma changed course before her arrival and it spared us from what could have been a devastating event.” The mayor went on to say how pleased he was with how Weston residents and officials responded before, during and after the storm. “Weston was and remains fully prepared to respond to storms such as Irma and appreciates all of the precautions taken by our residents and businesses in advance of the storm – preparedness is the key. Operationally, Weston’s emergency plan and personnel performed wonderfully and are the best proPhotos courtesy City of Weston. fessionals we could ask for when a storm like Irma visits.” Hurricane season runs through November 30th, so it is imperative that everyone remain vigilant. If you used your supplies, or found you were lacking some emergency items, now is the time to restock. As is the case every time we enter the National Hurricane Center Track Forecast Cone, people go into panic mode and the store shelves are quickly emptied of everything from bottled water to batteries.

The Mayor is now reiterating his message to residents and businesses to be Weston Ready. “Take storm preparation as seriously as we do in city government,” urges Mayor Stermer. “Hurricane preparedness is key and residents must remember the first 72 is up to you. This means you need supplies on-hand to be self-sufficient for your entire family for a minimum of three days (72 hours). You can find preparedness checklists just about anywhere, including the City’s website.” Following the storm, the City of Weston website was a great source for information on everything from debris clean-up to park openings. Communication is key, especially during an emergency. That’s why the City encourages all residents to register for E-Notifications by going to www.westonfl.org/Events/EmailSubscriptions.aspx. If on Twitter, follow the City @CityofWeston and add @WestonFLAlert. This account is strictly for notifications of an urgent nature and was used extensively during Hurricane Irma to pass along critical information to Weston residents. In addition, everyone should have their phone registered with CodeRED for emergency only notifications. For more hurricane preparedness tips compiled by the City of Weston, including a link to register for CodeRED, go to www. westonfl.org/Residents/Hurricane/Default.aspx.

Emergency Operations Center Passes the Test BY STACEY BOMSER


urricane Irma was no match for Weston’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC). In 2015 the City of Weston opened its Administrative Services Center adjacent to City Hall and near the Police Services Building. The building houses Weston’s EOC, which serves as a central command center during a crisis or disaster situation. Although Weston activated its EOC last year for Hurricane Matthew, it was really put to the test during Hurricane Irma, with city and critical staff members holed up inside. The 27,000 square-foot facility was built to the latest hurricane codes and equipped with impactresistant windows and back-up power generators. The building’s second floor is a secure space which


includes the Emergency Operations Center, along with the City’s Technology Services Department During Hurricane Irma, Weston’s Emergency Operations Center was fully activated and manned around the clock by the City’s emergency management team, including City Manager John Flint, Weston BSO Police Chief Kevin Butler, District Fire Chief Bruce Angier, and BSO deputies and Fire Rescue personnel. The team monitored the storm, ensured the safety of Weston residents and answered phones in the 24-hour call center. The City also had a representative assigned to Broward County’s EOC and maintained contact with Broward County’s Emergency Managers to coordinate response efforts as needed. As the storm approached, the City mobilized its numerous communications efforts including its new Twitter account, @WestonFLAlert, dedicated to emergency situations. Before, during and after the storm, Weston issued numerous update notices as well as tips on everything from how to secure your home for a storm and how to safely operate a generator to a call for people to donate blood at Cleveland Clinic Florida when the region was experiencing a severe blood shortage. Before and after Hurricane Irma’s impact, the Weston Emergency Operations Center was visited by scientists from the National Severe Storms Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). They had been collecting


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data in the Weston area throughout Hurricane Irma and their truck was spotted near US 27 and Interstate 75. The National Severe Storms Laboratory serves the nation by working to improve lead time and accuracy of severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage. In addition to the EOC, the City’s Administrative Services Center is the full-time home for Permitting Services (commonly referred to as the Building Department), Code Enforcement, Fire Marshal/ Inspections and the Technology Services Department.

Hats Off To Our Hurricane Heroes BY STACEY BOMSER

will happen.” Grateful to have power after the hurricane, Inga Ivan turned to the Facebook group “Weston and Beyond” to invite those without electricity in Weston to come to her home in Savanna, where she was serving coffee for adults and ice-cold popsicles for kids. For those who stopped by it was a respite from the heat and a chance to make new friends, especially for the children who enjoyed the unexpected playdate. With school cancelled following the hurricane, a group of teachers from Indian Trace Elementary School and Cypress Bay High School volunteered at Century Village in Pembroke Pines, passing out hot meals and water to the residents who had no power. Fifteen-year-old Janelle Naylon was moved by the hurricane devastation, particularly in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Seeing people who lost their homes and all their belongings made me want to take action. The whole island was flattened and looters were stealing from the stores.” Janelle organized a donation drive, putting notices in neighbor’s mailboxes, to collect clothing, bedding and medicine to send to St. Thomas. Her collection was flown to the island by PriceSmart Miami. With gestures big and small, Weston residents proved this community comes together in the time of need.



he worst of times has a way of bringing out the best in people. That was certainly the case here in Weston before, during and after Hurricane Irma. While the number of “hurricane heroes” is enormous, and everyone has a story to share, several Weston residents truly embodied the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. Thomas Dougherty went above and beyond, lending aid in Weston and all around South Florida. In the days before the storm, he helped install hurricane shutters on more than 35 homes of friends and neighbors. The former military medic was also called to duty, helping stabilize a broken leg until paramedics arrived after someone was injured making storm preparations. He also stitched up the hand of a friend who sustained a deep cut after the hurricane. In addition, Dougherty aided in the clean-up efforts and helped drive around his Savanna neighborhood taking pictures of the damage for the homeowner association. Dougherty, who hails from the Volunteer State (Tennessee), says he is a huge advocate for volunteering. “I have a heart to help people,” he shares. “I believe in the true power of positivity and good karma. If you do good then good things

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ith puppet shows and pops concerts to magicians and multi-cultural celebrations, the upcoming cultural arts season in Weston promises something for everyone. The City of Weston and the organizations that sponsor art and culture events in Weston have been busy planning a selection of performances and programs sure to appeal to all ages and interests. It all kicks off next month with the Weston Foreign Film Series. The Arts Council of Greater Weston has five fabulous films selected representing various genres and nationalities. All movies feature English subtitles. Series tickets are on sale now at the Weston Community Center and the Friends of the Weston Library Bookstore. The Weston Foreign Film Series cost is $35 for all five films. If available, individual tickets go on sale prior to each showing for $8. Show times are the second Monday of the month, November through March, at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at the AMC Weston 8 Cinema. The highly successful and popular WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series returns in December. A variety of musical genres will be featured with concerts scheduled for December 2nd, February 3rd and March 10th. All concerts take place on Saturday nights from 7-10pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Admission is free and families are welcome. Bring your own lawn chairs and come early to get good seating, and to enjoy the food truck WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series offerings. While foreign films and concerts may appeal to a more mature audience, there are plenty of programs just for kids this season with free magic shows and puppet shows at the Weston Community Center. Bob Nathanson and Puppets to Go present The Tortoise and the Hare on January 20th and Little Red Riding Hood on March 3rd. Magician Gary Midnight will appear on February 24th. The magic show is appropriate for all ages, while the puppet shows are best suited for children in pre-K through second grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Two performances of each show are scheduled at the Weston Community Center, one at 1:30pm and the other at 3pm. The Arts Council of Greater Weston further encourages children’s exposure to the arts through its Student Artist Showcase. Scheduled each spring at the Weston Branch Library, this popular exhibit features the impressive artwork of Weston’s most talented student artists hung in a gallery setting. Prizes are awarded to the top artists in multiple grade categories, from kindergarten through high school. The library will host an exhibit by the Weston Art Guild starting next month. The 9th Annual Juried Art Student Artist Showcase Show runs from November

2nd through December 28th. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held on November 13th from 6-7:30pm. This year’s show will include a selection of artwork by Cypress Bay High School art students. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. In addition, the Weston Art Guild hosts monthly meetings with art demonstrations which are open to the community. Everyone is invited to express their inner artist at the sixth annual Celebrate the Arts Day on Sunday, January 21st (in case of rain it will be rescheduled for January 28th). It is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston, City of Weston and Weston Town Center, in collaboration with Young At Art Museum. This family-friendly event encourages hands-on participation with interactive activities as well as performances by high school bands, choirs and Celebrate the Arts Day drama departments. The Weston community is invited to watch full-length productions by these talented young thespians. The Sagemont School presents Something Wicked This Way Comes October 19-21st and again November 3-5th in the school’s Black Box theater. Cypress Bay High School has three musicals planned for this season: The Little Mermaid, Jr. will be performed February 14-16th, Rent: School Edition will be March 7-10th, and Camp Rock is scheduled for April 11-13th. Contact each school for show times and ticket information. Select members of the Cypress Bay High School band have been invited to play with the legendary Dallas Brass when they perform on Saturday, February 24th at 7:30pm. This concert is presented by the City of Weston in cooperation with the Weston Philharmonic Society. Tickets are on sale now at the Weston Community Center for $20 for adults and $10 for students. The Outdoor Symphony Pops Concert returns on Sunday, March 11th from 6:30-8pm. Presented by the City of Weston, Weston Town Center and the Weston Philharmonic Society, in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater Weston, this free concert will feature a selection of pops and light classics performed by the full Symphony of the Americas orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Admission is free but seating is limited, please bring your own lawn chair. March also marks the third annual Weston World Fest. Hosted by the Weston Arts Council and the City of Weston, this popular program celebrates the diversity of vibrant cultures in Weston. There will be country booths with cultural displays and activities, as well as onstage performances by traditional and contemporary dancers, singers and musicians. Children Weston World Fest are encouraged to participate in the Passport Challenge. Local restaurants will be selling samples of authentic cuisine. Weston World Fest takes place on Sunday, March 4th from 12-4pm at Weston Regional Park. For more information on cultural events in Weston, visit the Events Calendar on the City of Weston website at www.WestonFl.org/Events or the Arts Council of Greater Weston website at www.1weston.com, where you can sign up for a monthly events e-blast.

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Moonlight Movies in the Park Return to Regional Park


hat better way to spend a Saturday night than watching movies under the stars with your family and friends. Weston’s popular Moonlight Movies in the Park series returns this month with seven fantastic, free, family-friendly films. The season starts on October 14th at 8pm with Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. In this hilarious action adventure sequel, the Guardians find themselves facing a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. They must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. This film is rated PG-13. In November, escape to the islands with Moana. In this animated Disney film, an adventurous teenager leaves the safety and security of her island for a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission. Together, they voyage across the ocean in an action-packed adventure. Along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she has always sought – her own identify. This film is rated PG. Showtime is at 7:30pm on November 4th. The lovable Minions are back on December 9th for Despicable Me 3. In this animated adventure, Gru finds himself in a major identity crisis after he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to destroy the latest bad guy to threaten humanity. Gru discovers just how good it feels to be bad after a mysterious stranger informs him that he has a long-lost twin

brother, who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps. Showtime is at 7:30pm. This film is rated PG. Photos courtesy City of Weston



In an effort to present new releases, the City of Weston has not yet selected its spring movie titles. However, mark your calendar now to save the dates for the January through April Moonlight Movies in the Park: January 20th, February 10th, March 3rd

and April 14th. The titles will be announced as those dates get closer. All movies are projected onto a giant inflatable screen at the Event Stage inside Weston Regional Park, next to the Weston Community Center. Moviegoers should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol is not allowed in the park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on the Moonlight Movies in the Park series call 954-3894321 or check out the Calendar of Events at www.westonfl.org/events.

Weston Art Guild’s Encore! Exhibit Featured Live Painting BY STACEY BOMSER


ypically, an art exhibit features completed pieces on display for patrons to admire. During the Weston Art Guild’s Art Is…Encore! exhibit, six artists demonstrated their artistic techniques during a live paint-in. This unique opportunity was presented during the Weston Art Guild’s second opening for its Art Is… exhibit at Gallery 1310 in the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts. The unique venue is both an artist residence and gallery. The live painting sessions complemented the living-working environment. Six artists, representing different media, demonstrated their technique during the event. In addition to live painting, the artists explained their creative process to visitors while answering questions about their technique, background and future projects. On the first floor of the gallery, Nancy Lussier used pencil, charcoal and pastels to complete a portrait, capturing the look of a photograph from the 1940’s. Four artists were featured on the second floor. Patricia Beltran designed a figurative painting of a drummer using a palette knife with heavy weight acrylic on canvas. Lilfrancis Rojas used mixed media to create an abstract. Her collage technique featured crumbled paper on canvas and Lilfrancis Rojas demonstrates wood. Susan Gillingham painted mixed media artwork. tropical images and seascapes using acrylic on miniature canvas. Kay Kiara created abstract art using different techniques. She began with a collage using paper and fabric on canvas. Then applied a glazed effect using medium gloss and varnish. Later Kiara used alcohol to create movement and add



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texture over acrylic paint. Finally, she added additional texture with glass beads and finished the painting with heavy weight acrylic applied with a palette knife. On the third level, Becky Blackwood used oil on canvas to paint a beautiful bromeliad, Neoregelia Mea. Weston Art Guild President Lynda Sauls says visitors thoroughly enjoyed watching each artist, asking questions and viewing the beautiful work. “We are looking forward to holding live painting events in the future. We feel this is a great way to get local artists and the community in touch with each other.” The Weston Art Guild’s next exhibit will be here in Weston. The 9th Annual Juried Art Show takes place November 2nd through December 28th at the Weston Branch Library. The reception and awards presentation is scheduled for November 13th from 6-7:30 pm.

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Arts Council of Greater Weston Coordinates Arts and Cultural Offerings in Our Community BY STACEY BOMSER


eston is a culturally rich and vibrant comdepartments, and numerous hands-on activities munity, due in part to the efforts of the Arts including a giant graffiti wall. Weston World Fest celCouncil of Greater Weston. For the past 15 ebrates the cultural diversity in our community, with years, this all-volunteer, not for profit organization cultural exhibits, educational programs, entertainhas been dedicated to promoting arts and culture ment and authentic cuisine from countries around throughout our city. This season’s schedule promises the world. Each spring, the Student Artist Showcase not to disappoint with programs and events that celebrates the incredible talent of students enrolled appeal to all ages and interests. in Weston schools. The month-long exhibit is housed The Arts Council of Greater Weston originated at the Weston Branch Library for all to admire. The as an arts alliance to coordinate cultural requests Arts Council also sponsors a summer Instagram for the city. In 2002, City Manager John Flint offered Photo Contest. plans to create an independent organization to chanIn addition, the Arts Council of Greater Weston nel arts and cultural resources. Its first board was works closely with local arts organizations to help Arts Council of Greater Weston Board of Directors. elected in April 2003. The Arts Council and the City promote their programs and events. This includes of Weston formalized their partnership with a written the Weston Philharmonic Society, Weston Art Guild, agreement that year, and this agreement has been renewed every three years Weston Branch Library and Friends of the Weston Library, City of Weston, Weston ever since. Town Center, Bonaventure Town Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida, and area schools. Its mission is four-fold: to assist existing arts and cultural organizations in their “Arts are a vital component to any community’s well-being,” states Arts Council efforts to bring high quality events and programming to enhance the quality of life President Jami Nix Rahn. “Events such as festivals, fairs, and public exhibitions for all residents and neighboring cities; to assist the City of Weston in reviewing provide a chance for people to participate and enjoy themselves. It is our privilege requests to sponsor or provide venues for arts and cultural events; to be a liaison to help support the arts in Weston.” between the community, City of Weston and the Broward County Cultural Affairs Past President Joy Rodenberg agrees. “Whether it is viewing a beautiful piece Division; and to raise awareness for the current issues affecting the arts and culof art, listening to fine music, reading a great book, or attending an informative ture within the community. lecture, art and culture are what unite us.” The Arts Council sponsors several signature events each year. Its longestFor more information on the Arts Council of Greater Weston visit running event is the Weston Foreign Film Festival, which runs November through www.1Weston.com, here you can subscribe for its monthly e-blast March with a different critically-acclaimed film shown each month. Celebrate the of upcoming events. To volunteer or offer program suggestions Arts Day is a community favorite. The family-oriented festival features Young At email info@1Weston.com. Art Museum’s outdoor studio, performances by school band, choral and drama

Show Your Support for Weston Friends of the Library BY STACEY BOMSER


he Weston Branch Library offers more than just books. It is a community center as well, offering everything from story time sessions for children and chair yoga classes for adults to puppet shows and cultural concerts. Most of these programs would not be possible without the Weston Friends of the Library. Originally formed in 1993 with the goal of establishing a library in Weston, the Weston Friends of the Library were instrumental in creating the Weston Reading Center and eventually the building of Broward County’s Weston Branch Library. For nearly 25 years, the Weston Friends of the Library have advocated for and helped support the Weston Branch Library. Like any good friend, this group of community volunteers provides physical, emotional and financial support to the library. It promotes awareness of the library and its services, serves as a liaison between the library and the Weston community, and raises funds to supplement programs not provided by the county. The Weston Friends of the Library sponsor programs and activities for all age groups. “Our most popular adult program is chair yoga,” states Co-President Ellen Korman. “The summer children’s program was a huge hit. We had puppet shows and storytellers and animal shows and a Venezuelan folk music concert.” Co-President Ruth Bettini adds, “Every Thursday, year-round, we have baby, toddler and preschool


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story time that includes reading, singing, crafts and games. Once a month, we also offer baby, toddler and preschool yoga classes.” These programs are offered free of charge and are funded by the Weston Friends of the Library. Most of the money raised comes from the Friends’ Bookstore. Located in the library’s lobby area, the


bookstore sells gently used books and DVD’s that have been donated by members of the community. There are more than 1,000 books for all ages encompassing all genres from fiction and non-fiction to self-help books, travel guides and cookbooks. The majority sell for 50-cents or $1.00. “Four or five times a year, we also have a Book Fair,” notes Korman. “We fill the lobby with hundreds of books and DVD’s and sell them at a reduced price. You are guaranteed to find bargains galore. It’s a wonderful community event and our biggest fundraiser.” In addition to purchasing books and snacks from the Friends’ Bookstore, you can help support the Weston Friends of the Library and its efforts by becoming a member and/or volunteer. “Please remember that libraries are much more than just a place to borrow books. We have wonderful programs and activities for the entire community from babies to seniors,” shares Bettini. “We are a warm and friendly group and would love to have you join us.” For more information on joining the Weston Friends of the Library or becoming a volunteer, stop by the Friends’ Bookstore in the Weston Branch Library lobby, email WestonFriendsOfTheLibrary@gmail.com, or call 954-357-5420.










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he Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options) is gearing up for the Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. This annual event, which is the chapter’s largest fundraiser, will take place on Wednesday, October 25th at Weston Hills Country Club. The Spirit of Life Luncheon is named in honor of Michelle Goldstein, a young woman whose life was tragically ended during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The event was created to celebrate her spirit and love for children. “This Spirit of Life Luncheon holds a special place in my heart,” shares JAFCO Executive Director Sarah Franco. “It honors a wonderful woman who was full of life and brought happiness to those around her. We celebrate her legacy here at JAFCO, where her family continues to provide support for our children.” This year’s luncheon chairs are Ruth Molina and Nancy Bauer. JAFCO Director of Development Operations Shelli Gold says, “they are both lovely women who are leading the committee to great success, already breaking the event’s previous sponsorship records.” Guests at this year’s luncheon will learn about what JAFCO does to serve abused and neglected children, as well as those with developmental disabilities, throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. In addition, JAFCO recently expanded its clinical services by opening an office in Philadelphia to bring JAFCO’s successful model to the Northeast. “JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community, and to work in partnership with families and the entire community,” explains Franco. “We believe that the care of children in our community is our responsibility, one we accept with joy, pride and love…giving

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arents and grandparents may get a bit nostalgic for their youth when they see some of the new playground equipment at Tequesta Trace Park. It features some classic playground equipment updated with modern aesthetics and safety features. “The new playground mixes new play elements found in modern playgrounds, such as the net climber, with old-school play elements with modern versions of both the merry-go-round and seesaw,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. The newly renovated playground also offers a traditional “playhouse” structure, designed specifically for children ages two to five. While the playground equipment was designed according to today’s strict standards for safety, Decker says parental supervision is still the best

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Two grass soccer fields at Regional Park are currently being converted into artificial turf playing fields. Renovation plans for Indian Trace Park are now in the design phase and will include new fields, playground, sports courts, parking and restroom facilities. Future plans include a new Community Center building at Regional Park and construction of a new park in the Bonaventure section of the City. For more information on Weston’s 14 parks and recreational facilities visit www.westonfl.org/ Departments/ParksAndRecreation/ ParksAndRecreationHome.aspx.

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n just a few short weeks, the streets will be filled with princesses and pirates, ghosts and goblins, and superheroes and sports stars. While Halloween can be a fun night for families, it can also be dangerous. Although the fear of poisoned or tampered treats still persists among parents, research shows very few cases occur each year. The real danger is pedestrian injuries and other accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle accidents on Halloween between 4pm and 10pm as compared to the same hours on other days throughout the year. Weston District Fire Chief Bruce Angier offers the following tips to ensure a safe and happy Halloween:

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▸▸ Cross the street only at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. ▸▸ Look left, right and left again when crossing the street and keep looking as you cross. ▸▸ Walk, don’t run, across the street. ▸▸ Always use the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, then walk facing traffic and as far to the left as possible. ▸▸ Teach children to always make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a car. ▸▸ Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. ▸▸ When walking or crossing the street, put electronic devices down and keep your head up.


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▸▸ Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways. ▸▸ Take extra time to look for children at intersections, in medians and on curbs. ▸▸ Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. ▸▸ Eliminate any distractions inside your car that may reduce your concentration on the roads and your surroundings. ▸▸ Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day. Popular trick-ortreating hours are 5:30-9:30pm, so be especially alert during those hours.

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▸▸ Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. ▸▸ If children are mature enough to be without adult supervision, they should trick-or-treat in groups. ▸▸ Only visit well-lit houses. Never enter a stranger’s house. ▸▸ Never accept rides from strangers. ▸▸ Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.

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t’s no secret that smoke detectors save lives. According to the National Fire low-battery warning which usually Protection Association, nearly 900 lives could be saved each year if all homes sounds like a chirping noise. Smoke had working smoke alarms. That’s why BSO Fire Rescue and the City of Weston detectors wear out and should be are teaming up with the American Red Cross for its “Sound the Alarm” campaign. replaced every ten years. “Working smoke detectors are a very important part of your home’s overall fire To ensure your smoke detectors safety plan,” states Weston District Fire Chief Bruce Angier. “The ‘Sound the Alarm’ are in proper working order, keep program is primarily targeting families that do not have working smoke detectors them clean by vacuuming over and and otherwise may not be able to afford them.” around them regularly, because Since the program began in 2014, 268 lives have been saved, 964,320 smoke dust and debris can interfere with alarms have been installed, and 400,143 households have been made safer across the smoke alarm’s operation. Smoke the country. alarms should be installed away Through the “Sound the Alarm” campaign, Red Cross volunteers will install from windows, doors and ducts 100,000 free smoke alarms in high risk neighborhoods nationwide this month. Here which can interfere with operation. in Weston, BSO personnel will Chief Angier says it’s important to be installing smoke detectors in create a family plan in case of a fire. the homes of residents in need “Plan regular fire drills to practice on Saturday, October 14th from your escape plan ensuring everyone 9am to 2pm. in your home knows exactly what to Chief Angier says this is do when the smoke alarm sounds.” Photos courtesy Weston BSO Fire Rescue. a good time to remind all He also suggests parents teach residents of the importance of children what the smoke alarm sounds like so they know when to act. having working smoke alarms in U.S. Fire Administration studies show that having a working smoke detector the home. “Smoke detectors are reduces your chance of dying in a house fire by nearly half. Join the City of Weston recommended on each floor of a and Weston BSO Fire Rescue in helping save lives by identifying neighbors in need. residence, as well as inside and If you need a working smoke detector, or know someone who outside of each sleeping area.” does, please contact Mary Ann Caporrino at Fire Station 81 at It is also recommended to 954-389-2015 before October 6th to register for the “Sound the test your smoke alarms monthly Alarm” program. Only two smoke detectors will be available per and replace the batteries household. yearly, or as soon as you hear a

BSO’s Just Drive Program Warns Teens About Dangers of Distracted Driving BY STACEY BOMSER


n conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15th-21st, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is driving home a message about the dangers of distracted driving. BSO Life Safety Educator Melanie Brocato is conducting Just Drive programs at many area high schools. Just Drive was launched four years ago at Cypress Bay High School. Since then, it has reached nearly 35,000 Broward County high school students. Brocato says the program specifically targets teen drivers because traffic crashes are the #1 killer of teens in this country. “Teens are most at risk because they are the most inexperienced drivers and they are among the age group with the highest use of technology.” Brocato created Just Drive due to the rising concern of distracted drivers. “Distracted driving is anything that takes your mind off the primary task of driving,” she explains. “Distractions may be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your eyes off the wheel), or cognitive (taking your mind off driving). Texting is considered to be one of the most dangerous distractions because it involves all three types of distraction.” Just Drive is aptly named because Brocato says the program’s message is quite simple – just drive. “The program promotes the importance of simply focus-



ing on the task of driving to reduce risk of traffic crashes and ultimately reduce injury and/or death. Research shows that the impairment of distracted drivers is similar to a person driving with a .08 blood alcohol level.” In addition to teaching teens about the dangers of texting and driving and other forms of distraction, it also highlights the importance of seat belt usage, Florida’s Graduated Driver License laws, and DUI prevention. Speakers from the Meagan Napier Foundation will participate in the upcoming Just Drive programs. The Megan Napier Foundation promotes DUI prevention and emphasizes the importance of teen driver safety. “Teens will be exposed to a story of tragedy, forgiveness, and redemption,” shares Brocato. “The presentation highlights the loss of two 20-year-old girls by a drunk driver. The drunk driver, who was charged and convicted of DUI manslaughter, will be there to share his side of the story and the impact it has had on his life and future. This is a unique opportunity to share part of the story teens don’t often hear.” The vehicle from that accident will be brought to each school for the students to see. Brocato says this helps students understand that safe driving is a matter of life and death. Following each presentation, students will sign the Just Drive pledge, committing to do their part to end distracted driving. The Just Drive program is available to the community. For more information, contact the BSO Fire Rescue Public Education Division at 954-831-8210.











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t. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool organized a group trip to Germany this past summer to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The trip explored the origins of the Lutheran denomination which date back to October 31st, 1517, when a monk named Martin Luther sought to reform and unify the Catholic church. “St. Paul wanted to provide an opportunity for our members to explore the Lutheran Christian heritage in the very places where the Lutheran church began, Wittenberg, Germany,” explains Jeremy Becker, Director of Youth and Family Ministry. “A group of 49 from St. Paul joined over 500 other Lutherans from around the United States at the Luther500 Festival.” Becker says the program provided learning experiences, worship opportunities, and service components, as well as day trips to historic Lutheran sites. They visited Wartburg Castle, where Luther translated the New Testament to German, the Augustinian Monastery where Luther studied in Erfurt, his wife’s home in Torgau, and Leipzig, where the Reformation debates took place. The group flew into Berlin, where they learned about Germany’s more modern history, such as the Holocaust and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. “Our goal was to provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the history of the Reformation and the Lutheran Church,” states Becker. “When you walk in the footsteps of Martin


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Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Orthopedics Program is Highest Ranked in Florida BY STACEY BOMSER


nce again, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Cleveland Clinic Florida as one of the best hospitals in the region and highest in Broward County, with its orthopedics program claiming the top spot in the state. This is the eighth consecutive year the magazine has highly ranked the Weston hospital in its annual Best Hospitals issue. For 2017-2018, Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked second among hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area and eighth in Florida. “It is an honor to be acknowledged for the highquality specialty care we provide our patients and to be consistently named of the best hospitals in Florida for the past eight years,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our caregivers continue to focus on achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients and, as a result, an increasing number of our programs have been nationally ranked and recognized as high performing.” For the first time, the hospital’s orthopedics program is ranked nationally. It ranked #31 of the top 50 programs, making it the highest ranked orthopedics program in Florida. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s gastroenterology and GI surgery program once again achieved national ranking, moving up to #42.

In addition, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s cancer and geriatrics programs were rated as high performing. Two procedures, hip replacement and colon cancer surgery, and two chronic conditions, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, were also rated as high performing. U.S. News & World Report publishes its Best Hospitals list to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health factors or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determine the rankings in most specialties. Cleveland Clinic Florida is a nonprofit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It has 255 physicians with expertise in 55 specialties. The Weston medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department. For more information visit www. ClevelandClinicFlorida.org.

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leveland Clinic Florida’s nationally ranked orthopaedic surgery depart“I am excited and honored that our name will be on the Orthopaedic Department ment may soon be even better, thanks to a $2 million gift from the here at Cleveland Clinic Florida,” said Levitetz during a recent event unveiling the Levitetz Family Foundation and new department signage. “We will continue Jeff Levitetz. to be a great custodian for the clinic.” The gift by the philanthropist and The Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic longtime supporter of Cleveland Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida treats Clinic Florida was recognized with the patients affected by bone, joint or connecnaming of The Levitetz Department of tive tissue disorders. Its specialties include Orthopaedic Surgery. The naming was hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery, in appreciation of his significant conhip and knee surgery, as well as a foot and tribution to orthopaedic research and ankle surgery. development, caregiver training, and Jeff Levitetz is the founder and chairman patient care initiatives. of Purity Wholesale Grocers, a distributor of “We are incredibly grateful for the grocery products and general merchandise. support Jeff has shown to Cleveland The company is listed among one of the Clinic Florida,” said Wael Barsoum, MD, nation’s top private companies. President of Cleveland Clinic Florida. He is a celebrated athlete who led “Our donors make it possible to conseveral U.S. wrestling teams, including a tinue innovating and provide advance 2004 U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman team that training for our caregivers that further competed in Athens, Greece. He has also Cleveland Clinic Florida’s patient-censerved on the Board of Directors of USA tered care model and help us achieve Wrestling. Philanthropist Jeff Levitetz with Dr. Wael Barsoum, Cleveland Clinic Florida President, clinical excellence.” In addition to promoting wrestling, at the naming ceremony for the Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. As founder and president of The Levitetz is passionate about developing Levitetz Family Foundation, Levitetz makes charitable gifts to organizations that youth. He has been involved in Florida youth wrestling clubs and established a support children, families, veterans and scientific research. As a longtime supporter scholarship fund to help young athletes attend summer wrestling programs. He also of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Levitetz has made contributions to support the hospital’s co-founded Handshake University. The online training program helps young people Maroone Cancer Center. build self-confidence and develop leadership skills.



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or many Weston students, the first lesson of the school year was one of compassion. Thanks to their efforts, and the generosity of the community, Kids Helping Kids was able to provide much-needed school supplies for disadvantaged students at Royal Palm STEM Museum Magnet School in Lauderhill. Now in its eleventh year, Kids Helping Kids was founded by Lisa Lerner as a means of teaching her own children the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. Each year, the family organizes a school supply drive, collecting backpacks, notebooks, binders, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, highlighters and everything a student would need to have a successful school year. Girl Scout Troop 10646 has been a longtime supporter of this program, as has Temple Beth Emet in Cooper City, which adopted Kids Helping Kids as one of its Mitzvah Day projects. Alaya Spa at the Bonaventure Resort also supported the cause. But Lerner says the bulk of the donations come from the Weston community – friends and neighbors who look forward to this service project each year. “For many families, like mine, this has become an annual tradition. I had many friends who stopped by unsolicited to drop off donations because they know I always collect.”


With her son now a senior at Cypress Bay High School, Lerner says she’s been reflecting on how this program has taken on a life of its own over the years. “With Aaron graduating, he will not be part of this tradition of collecting and donating school supplies next year. It’s made me reflect on the first time we did this, when he was in first grade. I know this experience has instilled a value of ‘doing good for others’ and volunteerism in him, along with compassion and the willingness to help.” She says what’s even more rewarding is seeing how Kids Helping Kids is no longer just a family tradition, but a community-wide tradition to give back. This year, Lerner was joined by friends and family, as well as members of Girl Scout Troop 10646, in delivering the school supply donations to the school. She says it is always a rewarding experience as Principal Ducarmel Augustin and Assistant Principal Priscille Elie, along with many teachers, personally thank the kids for their generous donations and let them know how their efforts are appreciated by the students at Royal Palm STEM Museum Magnet School. “Thanks to the support of the Weston community, Kids Helping Kids has grown so much over the past eleven years and touched so many children’s lives – both on the giving and receiving end,” shares Lerner. “I feel confident this project has taught many children how to give back and I hope this lesson sticks with them throughout their lifetime.”

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arvest Drive was born 25 years ago this month, when a few moms from Country Isles Elementary organized a holiday canned food drive at the school. Over the years it has exploded into a year-round endeavor, serving students and families in need throughout Broward County. One of the many ways Harvest Drive helps students is through its backpack program. This year, about 350 students in the area received backpacks stuffed with school supplies. In addition to Harvest Drive’s collection, Arise Virtual Solutions in Miramar stepped up once again, providing 144 backpacks for students at three elementary schools. Harvest Drive Founder Renee Herman says she is continually impressed and amazed by the generosity of corporate sponsors such as Arise Virtual Solutions and the Florida Panthers. Not only does the hockey team support the cause by hosting Harvest Drive Days collecting food items during hockey games and having players volunteer at distribution sites, the team is now part of the Harvest Helping Hands Box Program. At the beginning of the school year, the Panthers helped pack 144 boxes of non-perishable food items, weighing more than 40 pounds each, which were delivered to 12 Broward schools to be distributed by social workers to families in need. Last year, Harvest Drive provided 600 boxes and Herman expects to exceed 1000 this school year. She says the demand for food is greater than ever. “According to FeedingAmerica.org, one in eight

Americans is food insecure. It’s even more dire here in Florida, where one in seven people are food insecure and one in four children struggle with hunger. Harvest Drive is working hard to ensure no child goes to bed hungry.” Most of that work is through grass roots efforts run by students and fueled by donations from local families. Herman is asking her Weston neighbors to support Harvest Drive efforts by donating non-perishable food, especially protein items such as peanut butter, tuna, soups and canned pastas. “We were fortunate to escape the brunt of Hurricane Irma’s impact, so consider sharing our blessing by donating your unused hurricane supplies,” suggests Herman. “One can of soup can help make a meal for a family in need.” She says donations are also needed for the Harvest Boutique, especially boys clothing and gently used toys, games and children’s books. Food and merchandise donations can be delivered to Western High School on Harvest Drive Community Drop-off Day, which is on Friday, November 17th, from 3-10pm. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload your car. To help raise funds to purchase perishable items for Thanksgiving, Harvest Drive is hosting its annual Poker Night at Carolina Ale House on Wednesday, October 25th. For more information on Harvest Drive visit www.HarvestDriveFlorida.com.

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eventeen Cypress Bay High School seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to William Braga, Andrew Braxton, Ryan Bush, Isabella Chiurillo, Sydnie Cohen, Hannah Kang, Andrew Kennedy, Lance Kotler, Tyler Kotler, Joseph Li, Richard Liu, Dylan Lyon, Christian Pichardo, Hannah Rothbard, Caleb Wong, Zachary Wurtenberger, and Zonshen Yu. These 17 students were among only 53 Broward County Public Schools students to receive this recognition. “This is an incredible honor for Cypress Bay High School and we are so proud of these students for being recognized for their outstanding scores and academic achievements,” said Marlene Sanders, Guidance Director at Cypress Bay High School. Only 16,000 students nationwide were selected for this honor. The National Merit Semifinalists now continue in the competition to be named National Merit Finalists and ultimately National Merit Scholars. They are competing for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 with the goal of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. Over the years, more than 330,000 outstanding students have won National Merit Scholarships worth over $1 billion. Students qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program based on their results from the Preliminary SAT/

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ree to Be You and Me at MBE is the theme this year at Manatee Bay Elementary School. All year long, the school will celebrate uniqueness and individuality. It’s a nod to the popular 1970’s children’s book and record album, Free to Be You and Me, by actress Marlo Thomas that promoted individuality, tolerance, and gender equality. To complement the theme, this year’s school shirts are rainbow tie-dye. Fifth grade team leader Kathleen White-Ortiz says each year teachers and staff make suggestions and then vote for the school theme. “The winner gets announced at the end-of-year luncheon and staff then have the summer to brainstorm how to incorporate the theme in classrooms and in the school as a whole.” During pre-planning week, teachers got into the spirit of the school theme, expressing their uniqueness and individuality while presenting their teams. White-

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t is true that for many years braces have been as strongly associated with adolescents as acne. However, this has been changing dramatically in recent time. In 2010, the American Association of Orthodontics reported that the percentage of adults being treated with orthodontics has increased to 22 % nationally. This is a 50% increase from a similar study done in the mid 1990’s. One factor which seems to be responsible for this upswing in adult orthodontic treatment is an increase in cosmetic options. The size of braces, even the metal braces, has decreased significantly. Tooth colored braces have been around for a long time, but have had the poor reputation of staining. With advancements in materials, this is no longer a concern. Clear aligners, used increasingly in recent years, have brought another option for adults hoping to hide their treatment. Another factor which seems to have affected the rate of adult orthodontics is self perception. When I turned 25 years old, I remember hearing for the first time that “30 was the new 20.” It was very inspiring to know as I approached 30, I was actually getting younger. Ten years later, I was lucky enough to discover that “40 is the new 30.” This general optimism in aging has brought with it a new industry of “wellness.” Magazines have been created dedicated to health at various stages of life. Doctors espousing the “truth” about longevity have taken over prime time television. Plastic surgeons have plastered local advertising with new technologies in turning back the effects of time. In the dental industry, we have seen whitening material become an over the counter item. In my field of orthodontics, Align Technology, the parent company of “Invisalign,” has poured millions of Wall Street dollars into marketing campaigns targeting adult patients.



arents who care enough to investigate and visit preschools before choosing one for their child certainly believe in the value of an education. Once you as a parent commit to a preschool your obligation is only beginning. In addition to tuition, you must establish a pleasant routine for your child just to get her dressed and bathed and arrive at school on time every day. There are forms that you must complete, parent handbooks to review, meetings with teachers, play dates to schedule, fund raisers, etc. Preschool is a commitment! Many caring and concerned parents monitor their child’s progress in school daily by asking, “What did you do today?” or “What did you learn?”. How would you feel if after three weeks of school the answer was the same every day: “We played”? So now that you are fully committed to the value of a preschool education so that your brilliant child can learn and excel, you find out that “all my child does is play every day”? How is she going to get into the University of Florida, Florida State or Columbia by playing every day? Children love to play, and children love to learn. Which is more important in school, play or learning? The answer is not what you might think; they are both important. Play and learning are not mutually exclusive, in fact children learn through play. Imagine this example of directed play, that is play that is assisted by a teacher. Earlier this week the teacher reads the students a story about a farm. Today is farm day, the teacher announces, and brings out figures of horses, cows, chickens and sheep. There is a barn and a coop. These items were chosen by the teacher to reinforce concepts learned in the story. The teacher asks the children to pick an animal and name the animal. “This is a cow”, says Jenny. “Where do cows sleep?” asks the teacher. “Cows sleep in the barn”, says Miguel, who also chose a cow, and moves his cow into the barn. “What other animals sleep in the barn?” the teacher asks, “Horses sleep in the barn”, Barry answers and moves his horse into the barn. “Why do cows and horses sleep in the barn?” asks the teacher. “Because they are friends”, says Alyssa. Preschoolers frequently play independently. They may be in the farm center with other children, but they may not play cooperatively. They are however observing how their peers play and may incorporate that into their own play, which may be a stepping stone to playing together. It is well established by years of research that play benefits children’s learning and development. Play helps develop language and social and emotional skills. Play has been linked to important brain function. Executive functions like self-control, the ability to stay on task, or mental flexibility are learned through play, according to researchers. Play is fun, but make no mistake about it: play is the business of learning.


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Should age be a factor in the decision to start orthodontic treatment? Absolutely not. In my opinion, there are both advantages, as well as challenges, with treatment of every age group. Treatment of the teen age population has the benefit of growth. We are able to accomplish some goals which would not be possible with adults without the use of jaw surgery. However, hygiene and motivation can become compromised very quickly. Adults, on the other hand, are usually very motivated as they have truly considered the sacrifice of time and finances before starting treatment. Still, treatment time for some adults tends to be longer. Reasons for an increased length of treatment time range from the need to open or close spaces for missing teeth, higher or lower density of bone, or a decreased level of bone support due to a history of gum disease. The most important part of any treatment, regardless of age, is the proper diagnosis of all related conditions of the mouth. This may require input from the dentist, periodontist (gum specialist), or another dental specialist. Once this is accomplished, the orthodontist can create a realistic treatment plan using the orthodontic appliance, whether it be braces or clear aligners, which can accomplish these goals. In short, I like to prescribe to my own philosophy that one is only as old as one feels. If you desire improving your smile and having teeth that fit together comfortably, then you should certainly consider orthodontic treatment. 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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or many years, scientist and tea enthusiast alike have raved about the health benefits of drinking green tea. If you were never a fan of this ancient tradition, a new study may give you just the push you need to take that first sip. Researchers from Northwest A&F University in China have concluded EGCG, a compound found in green tea, is beneficial in protecting against memory loss and combatting the harmful effects of insulin resistance. This research is promising in the sense that it could offer an alternative to those who suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which is caused by several factors—one of them being insulin resistance. The study, published in the FASEB Journal, was conducted on three groups of mice. The first group was a control group consuming a standard diet. The second group consumed a diet that was high in fats and sugars while the third group consumed the high fat/high sugar diet along with some EGCG added to their water. The mice in the second group ended up having a higher body weight than those in the control and EGCG groups. In addition, researchers found the mice in the EGCG group performed better in tests of memory than the mice in the other two groups. The fact that the high sugar/high fat diet is similar to the Western diet led these scientists to conclude EGCG could be an option in combating memory impairment caused by such diets. It is important to note that the study does not give the green light for consumption of unhealthy foods by counteracting their negative effects just by drinking green tea; it actually highlights the importance of nutrition and lifestyle as they affect the outcomes that are taking place in your body. Furthermore, the findings highlight the importance of proper and effective supplementation when nutrition alone is not enough. As a functional medicine doctor, my approach focuses on preventing disease through the optimization of healthy living, which of course would not be possible without adequate nutrition. Know that even if you eat healthy, your body may not be absorbing all the nutrients it needs due to a wide range of factors, including barriers in the gastrointestinal tract that prevent adequate absorption. In today’s hectic world, nutritional deficiencies are not uncommon. At Bellissimo Medical, we can conduct specialized testing to know exactly what deficiencies a patient may have (including those that may affect weight and memory) and we can address these and guide our patients on the type and dosing of medical-grade herbal supplementation that may be needed. In addition, when addressing the bodies vitamins and mineral deficiencies we can maximize your body’s healing potential to help you recover from daily stressors, repair damage and prevent aging. Increased energy, a feeling of overall well-being and increased sports performance are just a few of the many health benefits. Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954384-8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. For information, visit www.BellissimoMedical.com.

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the final round. “After three more days of intense workouts and intersquad games, I was one of 18 players chosen to make up the U-12 USA National Team,” explains Spencer. The team traveled to Taiwan over the summer for the Baseball World Cup. Spencer says the team played nine games, which consisted of five pool play games, three super round games, and the Championship/Gold Medal game against Chinese Taipei. Team USA beat Chinese Taipei 7-2 to remain defending champions. “My favorite memory of being in Taiwan playing in the World Cup had to be after the Championship game, I stood on the pedestal, alongside my teammates, the gold medal around my neck, listening to the National Anthem on foreign soil,” shares Spencer. “It was the most incredible feeling knowing I was now a World Champion along the best players in the USA.” Spencer adds it was also incredible to be able to meet the best U-12 players from around the world. The countries that participated were Australia, Nicaragua, Panama, Germany, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Czech Republic, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Although the WBSC World Cup may be over, Spencer says the memories he made will last a lifetime. “My gold medal hangs in my room and I look at it every day. It brings me back to the championship game where we played in a sold-out stadium, Tainan Municipal Stadium, of 11,000 people.” In addition to playing baseball, Spencer says he also enjoys mixed martial arts.



pencer Butt had something special to show his friends at Imagine Charter School at Weston when school started this year. The seventh grader won a gold medal at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Cup, often referred to as the Olympics of baseball. He played on the U-12 USA National Team. Spencer has been playing baseball since he was five-years-old. The shortstop, and sometimes pitcher, currently plays for the 13U Plantation Stars Prime travel baseball team. He was the only player from Broward County, and one of only two from Florida, to make the U-12 USA National Team, after a lengthy try-out process. After an initial tryout in Fort Lauderdale, Spencer was selected as one of 112 players nationwide to tryout at the U-12 National Open in California. After three days, he was one of 36 players selected to move forward to the National Trials for


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t’s every golfer’s dream to play in the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club and Aadi Bhatnagar is no exception. The Imagine Charter School at Weston second grader may be well on his way. At seven years old, he is already playing on the PGA Junior tour against players double his age. Aadi says his interest in golf began when he was three after watching a PGA

tournament with his parents. “A few months later we received a copy of Golf Digest and I held onto it because I wanted to be on the cover of the magazine one day,” he shares. “My mom saw my interest and enrolled me in the school golf program while I was still in pre-K.” The coach recognized Aadi’s talent and love for the game and asked if he would like to be on the Junior PGA team. So far, Aadi has played in nine tournaments. “Because of my consistent straight driving I am called Mr. Consistency,”



he states proudly. “I am called the Wizard of Wonder for chipping my ball out of the sand trap.” That’s not surprising when you consider Aadi’s dedication to the game. “Golf is a game of focus and discipline, so I have to make sure I sleep early and get prepared for my game. You have to practice a lot and warm up before your game by hitting the driving range,” he explains, noting that he practices every day. Aadi is always trying to become a better player. “Even if I am versing another team, I make sure I watch and learn from the other players.” Although the young golfer has won many medals, he has also faced some huge challenges. “I had an accident which injured my right arm and shoulder and kept me away from golf for almost ten months. Coming back to the game after multiple surgeries has been my greatest accomplishment.” Like many golfers, Aadi considers golf the ‘greatest game ever played.’ He says he loves playing because it’s a fun sport and because he gets to spend time with his family. “I love my mom to line me up and coach me on the course and my daddy to be my caddy.”


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ichelle Martinez Reyes was one of 12 honorees at the 16th annual explains Martinez Reyes, noting that Hispanic Women of Distinction luncheon. The charity event recognizes is has not been easy being a successdistinguished Latinas who have contributed to the South Florida commuful Latina in the white male-dominated nity, while maintaining their Hispanic heritage. business community. “I set an example She says she was honored and humbled to receive this recognition. “Working and have to work harder, have higher in PR for so many years, part of my job is to secure awards for my clients and put bars to set and exceed…higher targets a spotlight to their efforts and experience. When the award is for me, it’s incredible and goals…to prove my worth and to have my efforts validated…and it’s a wonderful example for others, particularly value every day. Work hard and be one women. Opportunities like this don’t arise regularly for everyday people like me.” of the best, and the challenges start Martinez Reyes tries to diminish.” to serve as a positive role She offers this advice to other women model both in her perlooking to make a mark on the workplace. sonal and professional life. “Life is full of challenges and obstacles, As Chief Marketing Officer but leaders find a way. If it’s not a who, for Greenspoon Marder, it’s a how, but there’s a way.” a Fort Lauderdale-based Martinez Reyes is also committed to law firm with 22 offices community service. It’s a trait her Cubanacross the country, she is American parents instilled in her and a leader in the business her three sisters. “Part of my upbringing community. In 2016 and was focused on putting others above 2017, she was named a top yourself. Community service and the love “Up and Comer” by South of serving others is deeply rooted in the Florida Business and philosophy and faith that pushing out Wealth magazine. good into the world, even in small doses, “I support the Latin should be the way to not only pay it forward, but to show grace and charity with community by supporting fellow human beings. As we receive, we should give back in spades. It is our duty.” tons of relevant causes That’s a message she is passing along to her son, Madden. The two have lived and fostering opportuniin Weston for the past five years and appreciate all this city has to offer. She is 2017 Hispanic Woman of Distinction ties for others to rise up teaching him her family’s moral code to help others through philanthropic efforts Michelle Martinez Reyes with son Madden. before and after me,” providing both financial and manpower support.

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reast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women in this country. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the breast cancer fatality rate has declined in recent years, in part due to early detection from a mammogram. A mammogram is a quick, safe and painless x-ray that can detect breast lumps up to five years before they can be felt during a selfbreast exam. The ACS recommends all women over the age of 40 receive an annual mammogram. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Women’s Center at Broward Health Weston is encouraging women to get their annual mammograms during the month of October. Last year the Women’s Center at Broward Health Weston provided nearly 1,000 mammograms. It hopes to provide even more this year in an effort to encourage early detection. “Early detection of breast cancer can mean the difference between positive and negative patient outcomes,” states Sharel Morelock, manager of Broward Health Weston’s Women’s Center. “That’s why we use this month to remind women to get their mammograms. So, the more women we can get to have their annual mammograms, the more lives will be saved. And that, ultimately, is the goal of Broward Health Weston.” The Women’s Center will offer evening and Saturday appointments to help accommodate as many patients as possible. Patients should bring a prescription from their doctor for a mammogram. All appointments include a mammography screening and diagnostic analysis by a board-certified radiologist. Most insurances are accepted. In addition to encouraging women to get their mammograms during the month of October, Broward Health Weston is hosting a flamingo flock for the community as an opportunity to honor a loved one with a pink flamingo. Donate $10 to honor a loved one with breast cancer or a survivor with a tag with their name on a pink


flamingo placed in the flock on the facility grounds. All proceeds will benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, a fund that helps women in financial need obtain free mammograms and breast care. For more information on this fundraiser, visit www.browardhealth.org or call 954-344-3344. To schedule a mammogram appointment or for more information call Broward Health Weston’s scheduling center at 954-759-7500. Appointments are strongly encouraged; weekend and evening hours are available. Broward Health Weston is located at 2300 North Commerce Parkway. The entire Broward Health system participates in encouraging early detection mammograms; other sites include Broward Health Medical Center (1600 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale), Broward Health North (201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach), Broward Health Coral Springs (2901 Coral Hills Drive, Coral Springs), and Broward Health Imperial Point (6401 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale).

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ear of the unknown is the primary reason many people delay seeking the help of a chiropractic doctor. What can you expect when visiting a chiropractor for the first time? As a new chiropractic patient, the office staff will welcome and acquaint you to the office. They will take a detailed history of your complaint and health status, including other symptoms or health problems, and past accidents, injuries and illnesses that may have had an effect on your present condition. A good history is important for an accurate diagnosis of your problem. On your first visit, the chiropractor will do a thorough examination of your complaint. This will include a postural assessment, pertinent orthopedic, neurological and other tests, and specific joint and muscle evaluation. X-rays may be taken if they are considered to be necessary. Your doctor will then discuss the findings of the examination and x-rays.

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Providing you with an easily understood diagnosis of your condition is an important part of your chiropractic care. Your chiropractic doctor will then discuss the various treatment options available to you. A well-informed patient is one of the main goals of every chiropractor, and you will be encouraged to ask questions throughout your care. Following the review of your examination findings, the diagnosis of your condition and discussion of treatment, the doctor will provide you with recommendations for care, which will include a detailed plan of treatment and reassessment. Chiropractors consider the re-examination to be a very important component of patient care for it enables a consistent and objective evaluation of a patient’s progress. Once you have given an informed consent to chiropractic care, the doctor will initiate treatment. Chiropractic treatment encompasses a wide variety of specialized procedures, many of which involve hands-on techniques called chiropractic adjustments. These are designed specifically to improve spinal position and joint function. When delivered by chiropractors, chiropractic adjustments have been found to be extremely safe, gentle and virtually painless. Your chiropractor may supplement the adjustment with the use of other techniques, therapies or exercises, depending upon your particular case. Before leaving the office, you will often be given suggestions for home care so that you can play an active role in helping to restore your health. For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Rick Behar or Dr. Marc Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.




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Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, fine needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com

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lantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the main ligament in the arch where it attaches to the heel bone and supports the foot. Its causes can include excessive activity over a short period of time. This condition can occur in flat or high arched feet. Tight muscles, especially the calf and hamstrings, cause increased tension in the fascia. Poor shoe gear as well as walking barefoot on hard floors for prolonged periods of time is often a contributing factor. Symptoms include pain first thing in the morning when getting out of bed and putting the foot down to the ground. With walking, the pain usually diminishes. Pain can also occur after sitting for a prolonged period of time or when getting out of a car and starting to walk. Occasionally, burning, numbness, shooting or tingling into the heel happens with or without weightbearing. Extreme tenderness to touch in the heel or arch region occurs, especially during or after activity. It is commonly associated with lower back pain, due to compensation and abnormal gait. Rarely swelling or discoloration to the heel occurs. Treatment starts with avoiding going barefooted as well as proper shoe gear to support the arch and heel. Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the inflammation, both orally and Ultrasound-guided may be prescribed. Taping the foot to support it can give immediate relief. Custom molded orthotic (shoe insert) to permanently support the foot and prevent reinjury may also be recommended. Frequent stretching of the calf and hamstring muscles to improve overall flexibility is necessary. Night splints are utilized to splint the foot at night to stretch the muscle in the back of the leg. Occasionally, immobilization in a cast or a boot to completely rest the foot depending on level of pain and discomfort may be required. Physical therapy can be used to decrease pain and inflammation. If conservative measures fail, shockwave therapy or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used. Surgery is a last resort to release a small portion of the ligament from the heel. Prognosis is excellent in over 99% of the cases if early and aggressive treatment is performed. No long-term problems are expected and surgery is rarely necessary for this condition. Carlo A. Messina, DPM, is a Board Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Diplomate American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Robert Sheinberg, Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. David Shenassa, Dr. Nathan Vela and Dr. Michael Cohen. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www. SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.org.


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t turns out our grandparents were right. You really are what you eat. Most often when I’m in a consult about laser and fillers, my conversation inevitably leads to skincare, diet and nutrition. Why is this? Simply put, diet affects your skin. The wrong foods in your diet can damage your collagen, which results in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. So, I often advise my patients to eliminate processed foods and foods that contain a lot of sugar. Then I suggest they incorporate certain foods into their diet. If consumed consistently, they will begin to slowly see a beautiful, natural, healthy glow. Here is a list of my top six go to foods. ▸▸ Avocados: Yes, we are all aware of the avocado toast craze going on. But there are other ways to eat avocados. Avocados are a great source of biotin, which is important for healthy hair and nails. Avocados also contain decent amounts of vitamins A, D and E and omega-9 fatty acids, which help with dry skin. Using avocado oil is also great on salads and is a great oil alternative when sautéing vegetables. ▸▸ Green Tea: Yes, you can sip your way to great skin. Green tea is one of my favorite afternoon pick me ups. It is high on the list of skin friendly foods and drinks because of its high content of polyphenols. Often you will see it listed in skincare products for this reason. ▸▸ Salmon and other fatty fish: Fish is an excellent diet staple for glowing skin. Salmon consumed two to three times a week can slow down aging because it contains astaxanthin, which is a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity. Salmon is a more common fatty fish choice but sardines, mackerel and anchovies are even better choices. A plus up? These fish are all great for hair too. ▸▸ Organic tomatoes: Why organic? Because they simply taste better. The reason I love tomatoes is they are super high in antioxidants and protect the skin from sun damage, which is always a big concern living here in Florida. ▸▸ Berries: Snacking on berries will pack in antioxidants such as vitamin C and they are a natural source of sugar. Berries can help with sugar cravings and are a great substitute when eliminating processed sugar from your diet. Blueberries, cherries and raspberries are among the top picks for better skin. ▸▸ Walnuts: Not a fish lover? Nuts are another great way to add omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your diet. They help your body maintain moisture, give hair a gorgeous shine and help hair to appear fuller because of the protein. Along with the basic aesthetic maintenance regimen of facial fillers and laser treatments, adding these foods and nutrients to your diet along with the use of natural skincare products that have antioxidants and natural ingredients is the key to building a foundation for beautiful skin and hair.






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here may be no place where good timing is more important than a green side bunker. Although there may be no place where your nerves and tension come into play more with proper timing than in that same bunker. Many amateur golfers are scared of a shot from the bunker, and that fear translates into tension. There is no margin for error in the sand if you are hitting a pitch or chip shot from the grass. In those situations, you have to strike the ball precisely. In the sand, because you are not trying to strike the ball itself but the sand behind and underneath the ball, you can miss your shot with the club head by an inch or more and still get a satisfactory result. More than anything else, realDean Sklar, PGA izing that you have room for error should relieve your anxiety, booster your confidence and improve your timing. As with every other shot in golf, especially in the short game area, the successful bunker shot depends on feel. That means you need the same basic fundamentals, which lead to the same good timing, that you use with the other swings. You also have to practice as much in the sand to develop the feel for distance and the different type of shots. The single most valuable thought you can carry with you into a bunker is to finish the swing. I have seen many players just stick their club in the sand. One reason is that they are afraid to swing through to finish because they knock the ball over the green. But I think the main reason is that these golfers have neglected their fundamentals, mainly good posture and good use of the legs, which have so much bearing on success in the sand. I like to teach my students to use an open stance. Your posture should be basically the same for the sand shot as it is for the short shots – knees flexed, bent from the hips so the arms are hanging, weight evenly distributed. You first want to get into the sand and “do the twist.” You want to twist your feet into the sand to build a solid foundation. Open your hips and aim your knees and feet to the left of your intended target with what we refer to as an open stance. You then want to chock down a little on the grip and aim your club head directly at the pin. The next move is to basically take the club head back as if someone was holding the bunker rake directly behind you at a 45-degree angle, and you want to travel upward on the backswing without hitting that rake. This will allow you to come back down to the ball on a steep angle of attack. As you are traveling down with the club on that steep angle you want to imagine a line about an inch behind the ball where you want the club head to enter the sand. As you are exploding through the sand just make sure you finish your swing and try to imagine a photographer that is wanting to take a photograph of you and pose for a picture. Mentally this will make you finish your swing and not stop at the ball. Remember to always practice your short game as much as the long game and you will notice an improvement over time on your score card as you will more than likely be entering smaller numbers on it while having more fun as well out there playing!

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t has been estimated that by the year 2020, the number of Americans living with glaucoma will increase from 60 to 80 million. Given that women outnumber and outlive men, this will result in a vast number of patients who will require optometric care. As we review risk factors for this blinding disease, perhaps gender and hormonal factors should be factored in to the decision-making process. As glaucoma is a disease of the aged optic nerve, it makes sense that those who live longer will have an increased risk. With glaucoma being a disease of progression, it is more essential to diagnose and treat earlier, especially those who may have silent risk factors, such as exposure to internally produced estrogen. The results of a study in Rotterdam, Netherlands, showed that if natural menopause occurs before the age of 45, there was a 2.3 times higher risk to develop open-angle glaucoma even with hormone replacement therapy. In addition, a study in Australia showed that late menarche of onset after 13 years of age, or early menopause before 45 years old, increases risk.

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When looking at the less common forms of glaucoma, women are more likely to be susceptible to narrow-angle glaucoma. There has been a longstanding theory that shorter axial length was the physical difference; however, new evidence reveals that it may also be related to iris thickening and curvature variations. Many studies in the United States and Scandinavia agree that women are more at risk for pseudoexfoliation syndrome, and less at risk for pigmentary dispersion glaucoma. However, because these forms can be more aggressive, so should their management be. Of greatest concern is low tension glaucoma, because it is the most underdiagnosed form—yet according to the Collaborative Normal Tension Glaucoma Study, women have a higher risk. This is likely due to the multi-factorial causes for glaucoma, such as low blood pressure, migraine headaches, and reduced circulation to hands and feet which may contribute to loss of blood flow to the optic nerve. In the past, the pertinent history for glaucoma included family history, age, race, and trauma. Today we need to query further. Age of menses, use of OC/ HRT, and hysterectomy play a key role. Six percent of women enter menopause before the age of 45, and although we don’t typically ask this question, perhaps we should. Perhaps we need to specifically ask them and their partners about this information. Lifestyle choices that may be more focused to our gender should be discussed. Given some of the findings, future treatment may be more targeted toward hormonal control. Globally, women live longer, and 90 percent of centenarians are women. It is important to keep that in mind when determining target IOP and when to treat. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, or call 954-888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.



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s the law stands today, equal time sharing is not presumed to be in the best interest of the children in all situations. I will, however, state that it is becoming the norm rather than the exception. It is believed that frequent contact with both parents will result in better adjusted child. Of course, every case is different and as such, it is difficult to have a set rule for all cases. Parent’s work schedules, travel schedules and locations should be considered. A parent who must leave for work prior to a minor child having to wake up for school could present a problem. A parent who does not have a set schedule, such as pilots or firefighters, also require some planning. Parents who choose to live a distance apart can also complicate the situation. Of course, the other factor which is always considered is child support and how equal time sharing affects the monthly amount to be paid. Child Support in Florida is based upon several factors, one of which is the number of overnights a minor child spends with each parent. An equal time-sharing schedule will result in a reduced amount of support, since it is presumed that each parent will have significant “out of pocket” expenses if each has an equal amount of time with the child.

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This concept of equal time sharing has existed for several years now. I have recently met with prospective clients who seem to share the same issue. A parent has equal time sharing pursuant to their Parenting Plan, but in reality, the parent is not actually exercising his/her 50%. The result is that the parent who is not following the schedule is receiving a financial benefit by a reduced child support payment, but is not sharing in the responsibility of caring for the child. Is there a way to correct this situation, even though the parties had previously reached an Agreement? The answer is “yes” and a correction to this situation can be accomplished by a Petition for Modification. The moving party (the parent who is in fact receiving less support than he/she should) must allege that since the parties entered into their Parenting Plan there has been a substantial change of circumstance that was not anticipated at the time the Parenting Plan was agreed to. To be successful, it is essential that a calendar be kept, listing the actual overnights being exercised by each parent. Just alleging that mom or dad doesn’t have the children 50% of the time without some additional proof will probably not be a strong or successful argument if it were to go before a judge. If the Petition is successful, a new time-sharing schedule would be determined and child support would be recalculated based upon the actual number of overnights each party is exercising. 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.

Increased Risk of Heart Disease Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis Other commonly used drugs for treating breast cancer, like trastuzumab (Herceptin), can also contribute to cardiovascular problems down the road, so patients need to be aware of the risks.” In addition, radiation therapy to the chest area can increase a woman’s risk for heart disease because the treatment is administered in close proximity to the heart.

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Breast cancer survival has improved over the years due to new, innovative therapies. However, some treatments may cause cardiotoxicity, or damage to your heart. This is especially true if you are at risk for heart disease. According to Thomas Samuel, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida breast oncologist, “A significant issue for women with breast cancer is the ‘survivorship’ period, which refers to what happens after they survive the cancer. It’s particularly important to be aware of the risk of heart disease.” Many of the therapies used, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy, can impact a patient’s longterm cardiac risk. Dr. Samuel adds, “For example, some of the agents we use in chemotherapy increase future risk of heart failure. Certain chemotherapy regimens that include medications called anthracyclines can cause weakness of the heart muscle and congestive heart failure.

“Thankfully, today radiation therapy techniques are very safe and localized, and are designed to spare the heart from any significant damage,” said Dr. Samuel. Cardiotoxicity can occur in various forms, including damage to the heart muscle itself, arteries, or the heart valves. Although cardiotoxicity can be life-threatening, it can often be managed effectively with medication and minimally invasive treatments. Diego Sadler, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida cardio-oncologist said, “Fortunately, the percentage of patients affected by these treatments is relatively small and there are now sophisticated imaging modalities that allow early detection and treatment of heart disease resulting from cancer treatment for breast cancer.” Breast cancer patients who have undergone these types of treatments, but who are also at high risk for heart disease due to other conditions, are at an increased risk for cardiotoxicity. “Pre-existing factors such as hypertension, diabetes or genetic conditions affect breast cancer survivors similar to how

they affect the general population; however, having undergone certain cancer therapies may put them at an even higher risk for heart disease,” said Dr. Sadler. It is also important to know that some therapies used in the treatment of breast cancer have the potential to cause cardiac disease many years, even decades after treatment. For this reason, surveillance to allow for early detection and treatment can offer improved cardio-vascular outcomes. The relatively new specialty, cardio-oncology, focuses on the effect cancer treatments have on the heart. Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of South Florida’s leading healthcare providers for both cancer and cardio-oncology care. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s multidisciplinary cardio-oncology team of oncologists, cardiologists, radiologists and cancer support specialists customize unique treatment plans for each patient. They are dedicated to caring for patients in every stage of cancer treatment who are at risk for, or have developed cardiovascular disease. This allows for the safe completion of potentially life-saving cancer treatments with minimal effects to their cardiovascular health – ultimately giving patients the best opportunity for long-term survivorship. For a consultation with a Cleveland Clinic Florida breast cancer specialist, call 800.639.DOCTOR or visit clevelandclinicflorida.org/breastcancer for more information.

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eston Rotarians are busy preparing for the 20th Annual Run For Tomorrow to be held on Sunday, December 10th. This 5K, Half Marathon, Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge One-Mile Family Health Walk and accompanying Rotary Fun Fest is jointly presented by the City of Weston and the Rotary Club of Weston. “There are several reasons why this year’s event is even more special,” said Jesus Sanchez, Weston Rotarian and Run Chair. “This is the 20th anniversary for this event, and it really has become an institution for area runners and local contributors. With thousands of participants, the Rotary Run For Tomorrow is the largest run and community wellness event in the City of Weston.” Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, returns as the title sponsor for the 2017 event. DynaServ and Ultimate Software, key businesses in our community, are Platinum sponsors of the event. The Run for Tomorrow Half Marathon and the 5K courses are USATF certified and wind throughout Weston, starting from Cypress Bay High School. Once again, artfully designed runner medals and dri-fit shirts are provided to all runners, in addition to winner recognition in each category. Friends, families and kids of all ages have a special opportunity to participate in the Mayor’s Challenge, a one-mile Family Health walk, and the Run Fun Fest, a health and wellness festival. The Mayor’s Challenge walk starts at 9am and is not timed. The Run Fun Fest will be open from 9am to 1pm and features music, stage

performances, multiple fitness and fun activities, health and wellness vendors, and businesses from in and around Weston showcasing their products and services. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Police and Fire Rescue Departments, the Weston Community Emergency Response Team, and the City of Weston will also be on hand to provide educational information on health and safety topics. For 5K and Half Marathon online runner registration forms and information, visit http://www.westonrotaryrun.com. Day-of registration opens at 5am with the Half Marathon starting and 6:20am and the 5K starting at 7:30am. Students attending elementary schools in Weston who wish to participate in the Mayor’s Challenge Family Health Walk can get information at their schools. The school team with the highest percentage of participation wins The Commission Cup and a $5,000 cash prize, and of course bragging rights until next year. There is no cost to register for the walk this year. Proceeds from this significant community event go to the Weston Rotary Club’s local and international charitable, health and educational projects, which include Gilda’s Club, HANDY, Harvest Drive, Hope Outreach, LifeNet4Families, Sandy Nininger Jr. State Veterans’ Nursing Home, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, Broward Education Foundation and Rotary International’s fight to end Polio. For more information about Rotary Run For Tomorrow sponsorship opportunities, Fun Fest exhibitor space or advertising, contact Sponsor Chair Frank Walker at 954-434-2244 or email statefarm7182@gmail.com.

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astrointestinal (GI) parasites include any parasites that live in the stomach or intestines of a host. A variety of GI parasites affect dogs and cats. They range from roundworms and tapeworms, which are visible with the naked eye, to microscopic organisms like coccidia and Giardia. Regardless of their size, GI parasites can cause serious illness and sometimes even death in pets. Some parasites are zoonotic, which means humans can become infected. The following are the most common GI parasites in pets: ▸▸ Roundworms: Roundworms are visible with the naked eye and resemble small pieces of spaghetti. In humans, roundworms can lead to larva migrans, an illness caused by migration of young worms through body organs such as the liver, lungs, and nervous system. ▸▸ Hookworms: These worms attach to the intestinal wall and suck blood and other nutrients from their hosts. Hookworms can cause severe blood loss and diarrhea in infected pets. Infective hookworm larvae in the environment can penetrate the skin and infect a new host. When this happens in humans, the condition is called cutaneous larva migrans. People with this condition may experience itchy skin lesions with a snakelike pattern. ▸▸ Tapeworms: Tapeworms are long, flat worms that are actually made up of numerous segments; each segment contains tapeworm eggs. Humans can become infected if they inadvertently eat tapeworm eggs or infected fleas. ▸▸ Giardia: Giardia organisms are single-celled parasites that live in the intestines. Fecal-contaminated water, food, or soil can be sources of infection. ▸▸ Coccidia: Coccidia are microscopic GI parasites. They can cause severe diarrhea in some infected pets. ▸▸ Whipworms: Whipworms live in the large intestines of dogs and shed eggs into the environment. Female whipworms can produce over 2000 eggs daily, and environmental contamination can persist for years. How Do Pets Become Infected With Gastrointestinal Parasites? In most cases, eggs or infective stages of GI parasites are shed in the host’s fecal material. Once parasites are in the environment, other pets can be exposed through direct contact with feces or exposure to soil, water, or plants that have been contaminated with feces. Some GI parasites can remain in the environment for months to years. Some parasites can infect small animals (like rodents); pets become infected when they prey on these small hosts and eat them. Some GI parasites can infect puppies and kittens when they nurse from their infected mothers, and puppies can sometimes become infected during fetal development.   Tapeworms are slightly different in that they can be transmitted by fleas. The immature stage of the tapeworm lives inside the flea. When a pet grooms a flea off of its hair, it eats the flea (and the tapeworm). The tapeworm then hatches inside the pet and continues its life cycle. What Are the Clinical Signs of Gastrointestinal Parasites? Diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss can be among the clinical signs of GI parasite infection. However, many infected pets don’t show any clinical signs at all. The best way to tell if your pet is infected is to have him or her tested for parasites.  What Is Deworming? Deworming involves administering (or in some cases, applying) medication to treat and control infections with GI parasites. Because puppies and kittens are commonly infected with GI parasites, many veterinarians routinely deworm these young patients several times. Fecal testing can detect GI parasites in most cases, but parasites are not detectable all the time. Even if testing does not confirm parasites, your veterinarian may recommend deworming as a precaution. This is not harmful to your pet.  Deworming medications come in a variety of formulations, including pills, chewable tablets, topical spot-on products that are applied to the skin between the shoulder blades, and liquid medications given by mouth. Your veterinarian can recommend the most appropriate deworming medications for your pet.

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Baires Grill Argentinean Steak House Opening in Weston BY STACEY BOMSER


he famous Baires Grill Argentinean Steak House is branching out, opening its newest restaurant in Weston. For nearly 20 years, it has been serving authentic Argentinean parrillada (barbecue) at its three restaurants in Miami, but now it’s bringing its fresh flavors and delicious dishes to our culinary rich community. CEO Marcelo Ferreiros shares more about the restaurant and what diners can expect at Baires Grill.

What is Baires Grill Argentinean Steak House? Argentine gastronomy

for the quality of its meats. We use the freshest ingredients to make the most simple but delicious dishes. We love to make people feel they are eating a real Argentinean parrillada, and they are because our chef is from Argentina. We’re also known for our grilled empanadas. They are unique because they are not oven-baked, they are grilled. Our empanadas are the best in town!

is recognized worldwide for its famous parrillada (barbecue) and legendary meat cuts. As the name indicates, Baires Grill Argentinean Steak House offers an exceptional variety of meats prepared with a touch of spices and those passionate characteristics unique to South America.

Your Miami restaurants are known for entertainment as well as food. Can we expect that in Weston? At Baires Grill, everything is set

How did you get into this business?

Anything else you would like to add? Food is a very big part of our

My best friend and partner Ricardo Alietti and I started in the restaurant business in 1999 with the opening of Baires Grill. Within a couple of years, due to the great success of the restaurant, and our passion for the business and desire to broaden our horizons, we moved to a new location. We reopened our doors as Baires Grill Argentinean Steak House at the Lincoln Road Mall on South Beach; the first of many. Today we have restaurants in Brickell and Sunny Isles, and now Weston.


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up to provide customers with the best possible experience. Not only at the culinary level, but also when it comes to entertainment. Our new Weston restaurant will feature a daily happy hour and wine is 50% off on Mondays. We will also feature a specials menu.

culture. It brings friends and family together every day and allows for a break from reality and our hectic days. Experience a true taste of Argentina at Baires Grill.

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German-American School of Ft. Lauderdale Immerses Students in Language and Culture BY STACEY BOMSER


hile Spanish may be the most widely spoken second language in South Florida, there are a growing number of people learning to speak German. The German-American School of Ft. Lauderdale has programs for all ages, from preschoolers to adults. Now in its 15th year, it was founded in 2002 to serve the local Germanspeaking community, as well as non-native speakers interested in learning about the German language and culture.

Your Head, Heart, and Hands’, children are introduced to the German language and culture. The classrooms are equipped with educational materials and curriculum elements exclusive to the Montessori method. Our program, furthermore, includes a diverse music and art program. Recorder lessons, Musikgarten, singing, music, and arts and crafts play a role in the various courses offered.

Director Svenja Iglesias answered some commonly asked questions about the German-American School of Ft. Lauderdale’s curriculum and program offerings.

What programs do you offer for school-age children and adults? In our

What is the German-American School of Ft. Lauderdale? We offer a daily, full immer-

sion Montessori preschool program for ages two through five, German language classes at our Saturday school for children and adults, and a full immersion German summer camp. In addition to our German program, we also offer a full-time English preschool program, as well as a free Florida VPK program. It is APPLE accredited.

Please describe your preschool program. With modern teaching methods, hands-on activities, lots of fun and using the motto ‘Learning with

Saturday School, the curriculum includes German, Science and Social Studies lessons at the elementary and middle school level, as well as group lessons teaching German as a Foreign Language for children and adults. Our curriculum incorporates text and workbooks from Germany. Within all courses, the teachers put great effort into meeting the individual study and developmental stages of each student.

How to you assess students’ knowledge?

Our pupils participate annually in The German Language Diploma (Kultusministerkonferenz), administered by the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), and the National German Exam of the American Association of Teachers of German.

In addition, the German-American School of Fort Lauderdale prepare students for the AP German Language and Culture Exam. This Advanced Placement exam assesses high school students’ proficiencies in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication.

Please tell us about your facility. We recently

purchased and moved to our new school, which is centrally-located in Davie. It features five beautiful classrooms and three large playgrounds. The German-American School of Ft. Lauderdale is located at 4200 N. 65th Avenue in Davie. For more information call 954-288-7599 or visit www.germanschoolfl.com.

• German Saturday School The curriculum includes ‘German-, Art, Music, Science- and Social studies lessons at the Elementary-through Highschool Level’ and group lessons teaching ‘German as a Foreign Language’ to children and adults.

• Daily German Full Immersion Montessori Preschool Program For children ages 2 - 5.

• Full Immersion German Summer Camp For children ages 2-8 years • Experience the German language & culture in a peaceful, quiet and fun environment. • Teaching Principles of ‘Learning With Your Head, Heart & Hands’


The curriculum offers projects with ‘hands on activities’ • Group interaction during circle, music, art, story time, puppet shows and outdoor activities. Also offering: Full time English preschool program, Aftercare with bus pick up from elementary schools, and an English Summer Camp.


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Students at Manatee Bay Elementary School donned special glasses to view the solar eclipse.

On the first day of school, principals from Weston elementary schools came out to greet students and families. Seen here are Principal Amy Winder from Indian Trace Elementary and Principal Heather Hedman-Devaughn from Manatee Bay Elementary.

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The Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston University Police Services Academy graduates received recognition certificates. The eight-week program featured lectures, field trips, and hands-on activities such as an introduction to crime scene investigation and tactical shoot house training.


Members of the Weston Friends Club were dressed to impress while enjoying Britishstyle high tea.


Weston Modern Dentistry participated in the 7th annual Smile Generation Serve Day, providing pro-bono treatments to people in need. Five community members received over $7,000 in donated dental services including cleanings, exams, digital x-rays, extractions and restorations.


Members of the Weston Art Guild hosted an opening night reception for their “Art is…” exhibit at the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts gallery.



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urricane Irma left her mark on Weston, knocking down trees and littering the streets with palm fronds. While it may take a while for our city’s lush landscaping to return, the images of Hurricane Irma will forever be remembered and the most vivid will be those of neighbors helping neighbors. From homeowners helping clear debris to children collecting canned food and water to donate to those affected by the storm, Weston residents came together in this time of crisis. During the storm, our city also welcomed members of the National Guard, who came to assist BSO in safeguarding the hurricane shelters in Weston, as well as scientists from the National Severe Storms Laboratory.



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