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Pledge to Recycle on America Recycles Day Thursday, November 15th, 2008 On November 15th each year, millions of people become better informed about the importance of recycling as a result of the national America Recycles Day campaign. “It All Comes Back To You” The America Recycles Day slogan says it all. When we recycle and buy products made of recycled material, “it comes back to you.” In a very practical way, we can all do our part to improve our economy and conserve our energy and resources. Here are some tips to further improve your recycling efforts.Take advantage of your curbside recycling program to recycle paper, plastic, glass, cardboard and other items. Florida only recycles 24 percent of its waste, so there’s room for improvement!

Even a little contamination in your recycle bin can hurt. Please keep all plastic bags, egg cartons, food products and similar out of recycling bins. Take your plastic bags back to the grocery store or reuse them. Try to skip the bottled water. Instead, use tap water. Bottled water is expensive, contributes to a lot of waste, and the bottles require a lot of energy and resources to make. Set your computer to sleep or hibernate depending on how long you will be away from your computer. This simple step saves energy and extends the life of your computer. A recent report by Consumer Reports indicates that just putting a computer to sleep for 12 hours out of every 24 will save almost 580 pounds of carbon dioxide annu-

ally. Turning off your computer saves even more! (Keep in mind that screen savers do not actually save energy.) City of Fort Lauderdale residents have been making great strides in the area of recycling, but there are always opportunities to do more. Elevate your recycling efforts by taking the Pledge to Recycle and join others within our City and across the nation who are committed to the reduction, reuse, recycling, and responsible disposal of resources. It takes an individual effort to effect sweeping change. Your commitment to this pledge and your support of recycling will has greater impact and is more important than you may realize.

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NO NOISE IS GOOD NOISE If you’ve complained about noise, rest assured the City is listening. This fall, the City is enacting a new noise ordinance aimed at drowning out noise disturbances with a healthy dose of silence. And for many residents, that’s golden. Whether its “ambient sound,” “amplified sound,” “continuous sound,” or “impulsive sound,” you’ll find relief in one of the City’s newest quality of life initiatives. The new ordinance focuses primarily on late night and early morning disturbances near residential areas. Noise restrictions from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. include construction equipment, sanitation operations, landscaping tools, revved-up motorcycles, constantly “vocalizing” animals and unreasonable volume at entertainment venues. Following citizen concerns and recommendations from a professional noise-consulting firm, the City determined that more specific restrictions for noise control were needed. Under the ordinance, outside noise levels above 50 decibels are generally prohibited in residential areas during the overnight hours. A few exemptions are available, with Commission approval, for situations such as emergency repairs and large public works projects. Noise control officers will investigate and pursue violations of the ordinance. To report noise violations, please call the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

CodeRED® Emergency Notification System Sign up for Code Red During an emergency situation, the City of Fort Lauderdale implements CodeRED® for mass notifications. This high speed telephone communication system allows the City to call residents in the event of an emergency that requires immediate action such as: evacuation notice, utility outage, missing person, fire, or flood, bomb threat, hostage situation, chemical spill, gas leak or as we recently experienced a drinking water contamination. If you aren’t already receiving CodeRED® notifications, you may register on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov or call the City’s 24 hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000. SIGN UP TODAY!


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I would like to start out giving a BIG THANKS to all of the Advertisers, whom without, this publication would not be possible! Please visit our Advertisers and don’t forget to tell them you found them in The Rio Vista News! Well here it is October and we have almost made it through Hurricane season! We all here in Rio Vista have to be thankful and relieved not to have had any real damage this year. We all are anticipating the Important Election both on the Federal level as well as the Local level. So please don’t forget to Vote November 4, 2008 ! I welcome any and all comments to the Publisher and encourage you to express your opinion about our Community or any other issues in this publication!

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dfp Pilates Teams with Jack & Jill Children’s Center to Help Families in Need

Save the date for the 2nd annual Fort Lauderdale Business Expo!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- dfp Pilates Studios is celebrating the opening of a second Fort Lauderdale location by kicking off its “Family Focus” program -- an ongoing effort geared to assisting one Jack & Jill Children’s Center family at a time. dfp Pilates Studios invites the community to stop by its new location, 3300 E. Oakland Park Blvd., and encourages visitors to bring a gift card for distribution to families in need by Jack & Jill Children’s Center, Fort Lauderdale. According to owner Kelly Doyle Povoli, dfp Pilates Studios’ “Family Focus” concept involves the company’s staff, clients and business network. Jack & Jill Children’s Center will select a family, and dfp Pilates will focus on that family’s needs for up to a threemonth period. “We hope to help parents who are trying hard to make it on their own, but need to overcome immediate hurdles,” Povoli said. “A family may need anything from a computer or furniture to dental work or a car repair.” Many dfp clients at the Rio Vista Studio, located at 604 S. Federal Highway, are also participating in “Family Focus” efforts. Founded in 1942 by the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale to provide quality day care for children of working mothers, the Jack & Jill Children’s Center has grown with the community to become a ‘whole family’ resource – a place for quality early childhood education, and for building parenting skills, confidence, literacy and job readiness. Those who bring a gift card to the dfp Pilates Studio at the new location through mid-October will receive special package pricing, discounts on workshops or complimentary thirty-minute assessments for massage or neuromuscular therapy.

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War Memorial Auditorium Space is limited, so call today to reserve your space for this exciting networking opportunity. Join this premier business-to-business trade show to grow your business and learn more about others. Door prizes will be given away from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Contact the War Memorial Auditorium at (954) 828-53380 for more information. Fax completed applications to Aileen Jenkins at (954) 763-1769 or email them to aileenj@fortlauderdale.gov Application and payment can be mailed to: War Memorial Auditorium 800 N.E. 8th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

dfp Pilates owner Kelly Doyle Povoli (at right), with Jack & Jill Children’s Center Program Assistant Diana Wilson and her sons Ryan Lynch and Royce Lynch (standing),

Special pricing can be locked in and complimentary consultations are being offered for those interested in trying Pilates or Kettlebell endurance training at the dfp studio. Visit www.dfpPilatesStudios.com or call 954-698-1366 for more information.

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Harbordale Elementary A New Face 50 Years Later

have been there for 30 years, some of who actually live in our neighborhood? Did you know that it is 5 minutes from your house if you live in Rio Vista? Did you know that we wear uniforms just like the private schools? Did you know that this school is the best kept secret in town? Did you know that we have a very active parent group? Well with our economy in a tail spin and money getting tight, you may want to actually come and take a look at our little jewel for yourself and form your own opinion about an A+ school in your own backyard. We have numerous fun things happening at school this year that are open to the public. Our next big event will be our Pumpkin Patch which will begin on October 6th and run the entire month. We will have lots of fun events going on with our Pumpkin Patch and we would love for you to come and visit us. We will also be building a tile wall when our new building is complete so if you attended Harbordale in your youth and would like to leave your mark for years to come, contact us to find out how to participate. The parents club has built a brand new website that will list all the things going on for the school year so please feel free to visit us online at www.harbordalehsa.com and find out everything you need to know. Again, come see for yourself our little jewel in the neighborhood. I would love to personally give you a tour.

Wow, can you believe that Harbordale Elementary has been in our neighborhood since 1959? Well, that is the year the school was first built where it currently stands. Over the years, there have been changes to it, but not in quite some time. There has been talk over the years of knocking down everything that was there and moving the students to a temporary location while a new school was built. The parents at the school at that time came together and fought the school board insisting that the construction take place in phases and the students remain in place during the new construction. Now some might say that this was a crazy idea but the parents knew that, the real estate market was booming, we had a much in demand piece of property, and once students were moved elsewhere, it would be easy to change the plan of building a new building and just keep the students at the other location permanently. So they came together, fought, and won. The result I am happy to say, was the completion of Phase 1 of the construction which was completed last year in time for our first day back to school. What was Phase 1 you may ask‌ well phase 1 was a brand new Administration building with a conference room, 6 offices, a kitchen, a nurses clinic, a reception area, waiting room a bathroom and 2 Sincerely, storage closets. We also received a huge brand new cafe- Cici Kelly teria with all the bells and whistles. We even have a brand President Harbordale School Association new stage that came in quite handy during our talent show and our Holiday Sing-A-Long. We also had some great times at Bingo Nights & Spaghetti Dinner. There is plenty of room for all of our functions as we continue to grow. For those of you who attended Harbordale in your youth, or for those who have lived in Rio Vista for years you may have noticed that the old cafeteria with the Mural on the outside wall was demolished in August right before the beginning of the new school year. You may be asking why they knocked that building down. What is going on over there? Well I am happy to report that we are now in Phase II of our construction project. We did this to make way for our brand new, two story, sixteen classrooms, state of the art building that is soon to be built. In October/ November you will start to see construction activity on the property. We have been told that it will be complete before the end of this school year and we are pushing hard to make that a reality. Once that building is complete, they will continue on to Phase III which will entail knocking down some of the old buildings, creating a new drop off loop, a new bus loop, parking and green space. We are very excited and as you will see by the photo of the new building, it will certainly be in keeping with all the new construction going on in the surrounding neighborhoods. We are thrilled that our 50 Year Old School is finally getting a facelift! Did you know that Harbordale is an A+ school? Did you know that we have between 14 and 20 kids in a class? Did you know that we have at least 3 classes for each grade? Did you know that we have awesome teachers who

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Art NEWS ART AROUND TOWN For information on these events and others, please visit broward.org/arts Please confirm before you go! Events are subject to change.

Ongoing ART NASA Moon Rock. Broward County Main Library 954-357-7443 3rd Saturday ArtWalk. Walk through Historic and art rich Hollywood. Meet at Comfort Zone Studio & Spa. Downtown Hollywood 954-923-2030 Through November 4 4th Annual Art Competition. Glass Gallery 954-986-5027 Through November 8 Best of the Artists Series 2008. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. St. Lawrence Gallery 954-563-5393 Through November 22 Viva La Propaganda: Political Art. Bear and Bird Boutique + Gallery 954-748-0181 Through November 23 Ivan Toth Depena. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood 954-921-3274 Through November 28 Peter J. Nolan Exhibit. Old Davie School Historical Museum 954-797-1044 Through December 31 Tinomana. Tahitian artist & ArtServe member Tinomana will display his original Polynesian artwork. IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum 954-225-6760 Through January 1, 2009 Memories an Exhibition by the Bonnet House Fine Artists. New River Inn 954-463-4431 Through January 4, 2009 Nothing Moments. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood 954-921-3274 Through January 4, 2009 Elections in Broward County Exhibit- Tap into the History of Broward Elections. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. New River Inn 954-463-4431 Through February 23, 2009 Picasso/Luna. Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale 954-5255500 Through September 30, 2009 Under The Influence. Girl's Club 954-828-9151 November 6, 2008 – March 2, 2009 Coming of Age: American Art 1850s-1950s. Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale 954-525-5500 Through September 30, 2009 Under The Influence. Girl's Club 954-828-9151

Broward Cultural Division Hosts The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute A series of full-day sessions to be offered on four Saturdays, Starting November 1, 2008 at ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Ft Lauderdale BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward Cultural Division, The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and ArtServe announce The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) for South Florida artists to be presented on four Saturdays in November and December 2008, at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. The AEI is an artist-focused course of study designed to assist all artists of all disciplines, by cultivating and advancing their business skills. AEI will be offered as 18 classes convening during full-day sessions (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) on November 1, 8 & 15, and a Business Plan Clinic on December 6, 2008 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm). Registrants will receive an AEI course book, an indispensable resource for artists. Developed by CPAC, the course book features exercises and readings to prepare for each session, and is tailored to the specific needs of artist entrepreneurs. The Business Plan Clinic guides participants through preparation of a simple business plan, an essential tool for any artist. In addition, they learn how to effectively work with lenders to obtain financial support through the Artist Micro Credit Program, a community-based revolving loan program, designed to assist resident Broward County practicing professional and emerging artists. “Artists are the most important ingredient for a creative economy and healthy cultural ecosystem” says Mary A. Becht, Cultural Division director. “The Cultural Division, ArtServe, and the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), Cleveland, OH, in partnership, are investing in the professional development of our artists.” Designed to help artists operate in the marketplace more effectively, the AEI course curriculum covers all aspects of developing an artistic business. continued on page 19………….

THE LEGACY ART STUDIO Call for upcoming workshops! Sculpting the Figure Sculpting the Horse Sculpting the Portrait $100 a day 9am-3pm, one day studio art workshops We are located in downtown Fort Lauderdale at 207 SW 5th Street Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Call to inquire about our wonderful sculpture workshops in San Juan, Puerto Rico and in Pietrasanta, Italy. 954.527.5606

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Produce: The Dirtiest & Cleanest These days, we have more options for organic produce than ever before. Trends show that more consumers are buying organic more frequently because of concerns about health, pesticide exposure, and the environment. But when you stroll into the produce section, do you ever wonder which organic fruits and vegetables you should be buying? Since organic foods are often more expensive, it's important to know what to look for, so you don't end up paying extra for organic fruits and veggies that are pretty clean, even in their non-organic versions.

Can You Spare A Minute"?

One useful source for this information is the Environmental Working Group. Its Web site lists 44 fruits and vegetables ranked by the amount of pesticide residue each contains. Knowing which fruits and vegetables are usually carrying the most pesticides and which are cleanest, you can decide when it would be wisest to buy organic.

Freedom Water Foundation is a non profit organization started by Debbie Frankel andJohn Weller here in Ft. Lauderdale.This is the only organization I know in the Marine Industry that takes children with cancer and their families out for a 3 hour ride with lunch on a yacht to simply "make them smile".

The EWG's "dirty dozen" are peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes (imported), pears, spinach, and potatoes. The "cleanest 12" are onions, avocados, sweet corn (frozen), pineapples, mangos, sweet peas (frozen), asparagus, kiwis, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, and eggplants.

Why do I need your minute???We are looking for families that have this terrible burden in their lives and would enjoy a 3 hour break.Can YOU take a minute to think of somebody deserving?This is not to mention if you, or a friend with a boat would like to take a family out, we would love to hear from you!By the way, it will put a smile on your face as well!

Think especially about buying organic when you're choosing one of the "dirty dozen." And, once you're home, your best bet is to wash all produce, even the organic ones, in warm water before preparing them. Firm produce can be scrubbed with a vegetable brush; softer, riper produce can be washed with a sink sprayer — or use one of those special washing products designed just for produce. Peeling fruits and vegetables does reduce pesticide exposure, of course, but peeling also removes some important nutrients found in the peel, such as fiber.

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PET CORNER

DISEASES TRANSMITTED BY PETS

should be sure to wash scratches thoroughly with soap and water. Strep Throat Though your pet is probably not the culprit bringing strep into your household each year, the possibility does exist. Recently, researchers have found that it's more likely that people are infecting their pets. In any case, keep your chilHumans are not likely to catch a disease through their pets, dren from kissing, licking or exchanging food by mouth with but in very rare cases it can happen. Fortunately, most of their pets. these diseases rarely occur in healthy individuals, are mild Ringworm and can be easily treated. Others, like toxoplasmosis, can A fungal infection of the skin, hair or nails, ringworm starts be far more serious. Diseases transmitted from animals to as a rapidly spreading hairless, circular lesion. Humans can humans are called zoonotic diseases. Zoonotic diseases be infected through use of contaminated objects like hair usually live out their complex life cycles in animals, but brushes, towels or clothing or by contact with infected anisometimes cross into human bodies. Usually contracting a mals like cats, dogs, mice, rats and guinea pigs. pet-borne disease requires very close contact with animals Scabies or their excretions, so zoonotic diseases can be avoided Also called sarcoptic mange, scabies is a skin disease with common sense, cleanliness and regular pet examinacaused by itch mites which burrow under the skin. Scabies tions and vaccinations. cause intense itching and scratching that can result in seChildren often put their hands in their mouths, providing an vere eczema. Humans can be infected through contact with easy route for bacteria to travel into their bodies. For exam- infected animals. ple, children who eat dirt are more susceptible to contract- The most effective way to prevent zoonotic diseases and ensure your good health is to ensure good health for your ing zoonotic diseases. Children also are more susceptible pets. This means taking your pet to the veterinarian for to pet-borne illness because they carry fewer antibodies regular exams and vaccinations. Most pet owners find that than adults do. The same holds true for puppies and kitby following their veterinarian's nutritional and health rectens, making them more likely to carry disease than older ommendations, their pets will lead happy, healthy lives with dogs and cats. little risk of zoonotic infections. Although the chances of getting a zoonotic disease from your pet are slim, these are some common pet-borne illnesses that can make people sick: Salmonellosis This bacteria generally makes its way into human bodies through contaminated food. The bacteria can be passed through animal feces and may cause symptoms like fever, vomiting, diarrhea and exhaustion. Roundworms Roundworm eggs and microscopic adult worms can be excreted in the feces of dogs and cats infected by the worms. Children may be at a higher risk for contracting roundworms because they play near pets or touch infected feces and put their hands into their mouths. Because of the risk to children, all cats and dogs should be taken to their veterinarians for regular fecal examinations. Also remember to cover all sandboxes when not in use to prevent children from contacting contaminated feces. Symptoms can include fever, cough, loss of appetite, weakness and lung congestion. Cat Scratch Fever This bacteria is usually transmitted from cats to humans through scratches. The bacteria is found on nails or claws and can cause high fever, loss of appetite, weakness and swollen lymph nodes. In otherwise healthy people, Cat Scratch Fever is usually mild and resolves itself. However, the bacteria caused by Cat Scratch Fever can be extremely dangerous or even fatal if left untreated in immunecompromised individuals. It's important for these pet owners to tell their doctors they own a cat. Young children In 64 million American households pets are a source of joy and perhaps even the key to longer, healthier lives. However, pet-owning households with young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems need to be aware that their animals can play host to diseasecausing microorganisms.

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Jackie Talks……. about the Legend of New River, fact or fiction?

2008 Bonnet House Lecture Series Begins Monday, November 10 at 7pm FORT LAUDERDALE, FL., September 10, 2008 -- Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers a four part lecture series with the first lecture beginning on Monday evening November 10 at 7pm. The lecture series schedule is as follows: November 10 7-8:30pm The Three Marriages of Evelyn Bartlett with guest speaker , volunteer and Bonnet House board member J. Kent Planck January 5 10-11:30am Broward County in the 1940s with Broward County Historical Commission’s Denyse Cunningham and Helen Landers February 2 7-8:30pm The Florida Intracoastal Waterways with guest speaker, historian and author Bill Crawford March 9 10-11:30am The Traditional Culture of the Seminole and Miccosukee Indians with historian and author Patsy West All of the lectures take place on Mondays in our Island Theater. The cost of each lecture is free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

Those of us who make our homes in Rio Vista think of the New River as a peaceful flowing river. It is one of the reasons some chose to live here and to build their homes on the river. Many years ago this legend originated from the Seminole Indians. The Indians had various campsites and one was Cooley Hammock, located near the present site of the First Presbyterian Church. Tony Tommy, Indian Chief, tells that his grandmother was camping in Cooley Hammock when the New River appeared over night. Because the River’s average width is less that two hundred feet and its banks on both sides are perpendicular some say it was plausible. The beginning of the river is the Atlantic Ocean. It extends about eight to ten miles westward with its head waters in the Everglades near Old Davie. Pioneer settlers in Davie disputed this legend saying early maps show the river, but they do admit that a whirlpool, which is water moving in a swift circular motion is produced by the meeting of opposing currents, often causing a downward spiraling action, could have appeared over night. Another whirlpool was sighted near the river’s mouth in Tarpon Bend at Cooley Hammock and one in front of Frank Stranahan’s “Pioneer House” where the present tunnel is located. It makes you wonder! In the early 1900’s boatmen were dredging and digging the Dania cut off canal and their work was stopped because large whirlpools measuring three to four feet across and depths from 90 to 100 feet made it impossible to complete their job. However, in 1939 the U.S. Corp. of Engineers made sounding on the New River and discovered 22 potholes in its bottom, but at that time the deepest was only 37.3 feet. The whirlpools ceased about the time of World War I when the lakes and glades were low. A possible explanation came from a boatman who said that a large barge overloaded with boulders and small rocks was sucked down and sank. These boulders and small rocks could have sealed the cavern’s opening, then sand and muck washed down from nearby canals finished filling up the hole. The result, no more whirlpools. I can say I know of no turmoil on the river. We are just enjoying the quiet serenity of a calm, peaceful body of water and that is a fact! The Henry Kinney Tunnel: I was asked recently, “who is Henry Kinney, and why is his name on the tunnel”? My answer was this: Henry Kinney was a newspaper man, writer and public relations executive. He was the first chief of the Miami Herald’s Broward Bureau. In the 1950’s there was an issue that needed to be addressed, whether the old bridge on US-1 should be replaced with a more modern version, but still opening to allow boats to go under and traffic to line up or should the bridge be replaced with an underground tunnel about 14 feet under the New River? Despite controversy, Kinney conducted a vigorous campaign for the tunnel. Many credit him for the 650 vote margin by which the referendum passed despite the 8 million dollar price tag. Kinney saw the tunnel as a crucial link to our county’s future. Construction began October 1958 and the tunnel was opened December 1960 with the name New River Tunnel. Kinney did see “his” tunnel in operation before his untimely death in 1985. He was 69 years old. Then in 1986 the Florida House unanimously approved a bill that would re-name the tunnel after a crusading newspaper editor, Henry H. Kinney, and this too is a fact!

For registration or more informa- Many thanks to Merrilyn and the tion, please contact Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Linda Schaller at 954-563-5393 ext. 137 or lindaschaller@bonnethouse.org.

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The Winterfest Celebration embraces the dual goals of providing a means for the community to come together and enjoy spectacular and unique events as well as attract positive national attention to the Greater Fort Lauderdale area as a tourist destination and as a great place to live and work. Winterfest is best known for it’s one of a kind Boat Parade, but the scope of the festival has expanded to include a full complement of events: Winterfest White Party - November 7th This is an exclusive kick-off party for the Winterfest Celebration and is by invitation only. Golf and Tennis Classic at Coral Ridge Country Club - November 21st -Presented by Ruden McClosky $200 per person for golf / $125 per person for tennis Winterfest Family Fun Day - November 23rd - This free event along the new staging location of the parade - Las Olas Riverwalk is a great event for the whole family. Lanson Champagne Winterfest Black Tie Ball presented by Clos du Bois in association with Patron - December 6th - Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, this elegant affair with the JM Lexus Welcome Reception will feature a silent and live auction. Shoreline Decorating Extraganza - December 9th Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade - December 13th - The parade begins on the New River in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and ends at Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano. Grandstand viewing is available at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and VIP Viewing Area at Stranahan House. So SAVE the Date: December 13th Winterfest Boat Parade “Rockin the Night Aweigh”

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Warning Labels for Caffeinated Energy Drinks Super-caffeinated energy drinks popular with teenagers, with names like Red Bull, Monster and Full Throttle, should carry warning labels, says a group of prominent caffeine researchers. In an article published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Johns Hopkins University say caffeinated energy drinks should carry labels that note caffeine doses and warn of potential health risks for consumers. The caffeine content of energy drinks varies from 50 milligrams to more than 500 milligrams per serving. A regular 12-ounce cola drink has about 35 milligrams of caffeine, and a 6-ounce cup of brewed coffee has 80 to 150 milligrams of caffeine. Some energy drinks contain the caffeine equivalent of 14 cans of Coca-Cola, said Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology and one of the study authors. “Yet the caffeine amounts are often unlabeled, and few include warnings about the potential health risks of caffeine intoxication,” he said. Dr. Griffiths notes that caffeine intoxication is a recognized clinical syndrome included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases. It is marked by nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, gastrointestinal upset, tremors, rapid heartbeats, restlessness and pacing, and in rare cases, even death. In a 2007 survey of 496 college students, 51 percent reported consuming at least one energy drink during the last month. Of these energy drink users, 29 percent reported “weekly jolt and crash episodes,” and 19 percent reported heart palpitations from drinking energy drinks, the report stated. This same survey found that 27 percent of the students said they mixed energy drinks and alcohol at least once in the past month. “Alcohol adds another level of danger,” Dr. Griffiths said. “Caffeine in high doses can give users a false sense of alertness that provides incentive to drive a car or in other ways put themselves in danger.” The American Beverage Association, in a statement, said the study wrongly focused on “novelty” brands rather than mainstream energy drinks that make up the bulk of the market. The group said mainstream beverages contain moderate amounts of caffeine that are often less than those found in popular coffeehouse beverages. “It’s unfortunate that the authors of this article would attempt to lump all energy drinks together in a rhetorical attack when the facts of their review clearly distinguishes the mainstream responsible players from novelty companies seeking attention and increased sales based solely on extreme names and caffeine content,” said the statement. Dr. Griffiths and his colleagues are currently collecting case reports of intoxication from energy drinks in children and adolescents.

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Epilogue

The hen is back with "Prissy Fashion Wisdom". Now what are we going to talk about for the Fall? In my last article we talked about shoes that fit....this time let's talk about feet!

By J.C.Driscoll

Some of the girls in the barnyard are always complaining they need a pedicure but never seem to have the time, or have layed enough eggs to pay for it. Now, if time or finances are a problem go buy cuticle cream and a nail file and just clean those babies up! If your polish is growing out, for "chicken sakes" take the polish off....Remember...less is more. Keep those tootsies tidy! Also, on maintaining those tootsies.....Don't forget the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show! Putting your best foot forward as you board the yachts barefooted, you need to have them looking their best! And, last, but not least....whoever thought the Boat Show was where you were to wear high heels! Silly Girls!!!!! Until the next issue, my best, Ms. Prissy

continued from Warning Label page 17…….. For more information, go to www.bpru.org/energydrinks/ And for more on how energy drinks may be linked to risky teen behavior, read my recent Well column, “Taste for Quick Boost Tied to Taste for Risk.” To learn more about the caffeine content of the beverages your teen is drinking, check out the Web site Energy Fiend, which lists caffeine content of dozens of different beverages. Although I haven’t checked every item for accuracy, I have checked several of the listings and found the data to be reliable.

The sun has finally taken back earths oceans, lakes and streams, and dust-filled winds relentlessly across the treeless plains. The mountains and their snow-capped peaks have all but disappeared. Blackened rocks the only signs that they were ever here. The awful stench of sulfur fumes still permeate the air. While writhing waves of steam provide a glimpse of Satan’s hair. Our moon was swept into the void when comets spun close by. The lunar tides mere memories in history’s book of sighs. It didn’t take ten thousand years to reap this thermal whirlwind. Ten thousand days were time enough to set the stage in motion. Fossil fuels have cooked our food to satisfy the masses. CO2 clings to the clouds as creeping poison gases. Slash and burn on mountain tops assure another planting. But smoking hills congest our lungs and leave our children panting. There was a time when fish were there, abundant in the waters. Now we fear a short supply won’t feed our sons and daughters. If and when our planet’s life begins this downward spiral. Mankind may seek reasons for his children’s non- survival. There will be no lovely work of art like Pompeii’s guarded treasures, Mayan ruins and Egypt’s sphinx will be forgotten pleasure. Instead we’ll have the river beds, still stilted and trash-laden. Dropping off into a sea already fouled and blatant. The world’s supply of bombs and germs will someday be in orbit. And herald to the Universe: “Earth’s finally gone and done it”. AMEN Broward Cultural Division continued from page 9…………... It helps artists identify and develop their personal brand, develop strategies for communicating with their target market, raise capital and identify a variety of tools for protecting their work legally. As an Artist as an Entrepreneur graduate, Steven Sylvester says, “When it comes to artists that have an understanding of business, I find my difference in the marketplace. It isn’t other artists that are buying your work, but business people; you must be a credible supplier.” AEI is led by a premier faculty composed of leading business practitioners and artists familiar with arts and culture from the South Florida region. Faculty members instruct artists through a series of lectures, panels and discussions. Participation costs $100 and includes light refreshments and free parking. Register online at www.broward.org/ arts and click on ‘Workshops,’ or call Broward Cultural Division’s Grants Administrator James Shermer at 954357-7502: E-mail: jshermer@broward.org.

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