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MAKING SPORT PARTICIPATION SAFE Concussion. What was once a word mostly associated with professional athletes has now become a worry for parents of athletes of all ages. While a standard sports physical is required by nearly all school and youth sports leagues, this will not provide doctors with important information about a child’s cognitive abilities should a concussion occur. A baseline concussion test will provide physicians valuable clinical information to use if a child suffers a concussion. A complete history and physical along with the baseline concussion test is the best way to protect a young athlete’s safety. For the health and well-being of our community’s student athletes, Broward Health Urgent Care is offering the following exams at all three urgent care centers:

Sports Physical & EKG $65 • Baseline Concussion Testing $15 Total: $80 Ages 10-18 years. By appointment only. Insurance does not cover these exams. Payment will be due at the time of the appointment.

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MIAMI MARLINS …….

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When ClubLink acquired TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla., it added another PGA TOUR-caliber facility to its family of outstanding courses.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE BACK!

The new addition, which now is a Prestige-level Member Club, hosted the Honda Classic from 1984 to 1991 and then again in 1996.

Members will now have an even wider array of courses to choose from in south Florida, all within 30 minutes of each other in north Broward County. Already on board is Heron Bay Golf Club, formerly known as the TPC at Heron Bay when it played host to six editions of the Honda Classic. Other ClubLink Clubs in close proximity include the 36-hole Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac and Palm Aire in Pompano Beach with its three championship courses. “The acquisition of this prestigious Club demonstrates our commitment to providing our more than 20,000 Members in Florida, Ontario and Quebec the opportunity to truly experience ‘One Membership, More Golf,’” said ClubLink President and CEO Rai Sahi in announcing the purchase in late December. “Since our founding in 1993, that has been our unique business model and one that continues to be very successful.” When TPC Eagle Trace was built in 1983, it became just the second TPC course, and the first member-based club, in a network the PGA TOUR started developing around the United States (the first was TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship). That’s why golfers will see spectator mounds around the course, including grandstand-type seating carved into the area surrounding the 18th green. “TPC Eagle Trace is truly one of the best tests of golf I have ever played,” said Derek Fox, head professional and interim general manager. “We have Members who have played here for 30 years and never tire of the challenge.” The layout has some unique characteristics for a Florida golf course, including an island green, three greens surrounded by wooden bulkheads, and it doesn’t have a single palm tree on the property—a rarity in southern Florida. Fox also made it a point to explain that while the PGA TOUR is not part of the yearly schedule at Eagle Trace, “the golf course has stood the test of time as it currently plays host to the Champions Tour Q-School Final Stage every other year.” Eagle Trace is located east of the Sawgrass Expressway in western Broward County, just north of Atlantic Boulevard and accessible 2014 from Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. www.TheOurTownNews.com 4is easilyApril

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It’s the best time of the year …… Baseball season is around the corner! It’s hot dogs, popcorn, autographs, kids with caps and gloves, dad’s reliving their youth, and talented athletes playing a great sport at the highest level. In South Florida, the Miami Marlins are the heroes of the baseball world. A trip to Marlins Stadium is an exciting fun-filled day, or night, watching professional baseball in an atmosphere that is electric and thrilling. Giancarlo Stanton, the All-Star outfielder of the Marlins leads an offense that promises to put runs on the board and cause extreme trouble for opposing pitchers. Coming off a three-season average of over 31 homeruns, Stanton is ready to have that “break out” season, and establish himself as one of the premier sluggers in the league. Pitcher Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.19 ERA), had a season that most rookies can only dream of. His selection to the 2013 All Star Game, and being selected as National League Rookie of the Year, will undoubtedly catapult this strong-armed right hander into the 2014 campaign. Strong pitching, a powerful offense, and a stellar defense are the ingredients for a championship season ….. and it seems that the Marlins are poised to make that run. The addition of “local boy” Jared Saltalamacchia, a physical presence behind the plate, will certainly fortify a solid infield. The 6’-4” catcher will bring a solid bat to the line-up, and a strong defensive prowess to the infield. Combine these three with a group of other gifted players on the roster, and the future gets only brighter for manager Mike www.TheOurTownNews.com

Redmond. The infield should be solid with veteran Rafael Furcal at second, Garrett Jones holding down first base, Casey McGehee at the hot corner, and speedy Adeiny Hechavarria covering ground at short. The outfield will probably be manned by either Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Bryan Bogusevic, and powerful Giancarlo Stanton. Behind the plate,

just what is needed for the Marlins to make a push for the play-offs. Timely hitting, great defense, and solid pitching are the keys to any team’s success. This Miami team possesses all three components. The excitement of Opening Day always brings the hope and understanding that a new season is here, and anything is possible. An attractive 162-game schedule includes “interleague” against the American League’s West teams. Mid-season break is in July, with the All Star game scheduled for the 15 of the month at Target Field in Minnesota. Hopefully, the Marlins will be well represented. The Miami Marlins’ organization has ticket prices and packages that will fit anyone’s budget. The “Jose’s Heroes” package is only $499 for an 81 game plan in the new Jose’s Heroes section! This includes six limited edition Jose’s Heroes t-shirts, exclusive “meet and greet” with Jose, and K-Card givea-ways and other unbeatable savings. Other Ticket Plans include an 81 Game Full Plan starting at $499, a 40 Game Business Plan starting at $760, and a 40 Game Weekend Plan starting at $902. A 28 Game Weekend Plan begins at $644, a 15 Game Saturday Plan starting at $375, and a 13 Game Sunday Plan beginning at $325. For additional information on the Miami Marlins, log on to their website at www.marlins.com. Miami Marlins baseball ….. THE BEST GAME IN TOWN !

ws his Redmond knohan last t team is bette0r0 record, year’s 62-1 players and has his ve their primed to pro2014. worth in Saltalamacchia should provide the young pitching staff with confidence and trust. Reed Johnson, Donovan Solano, and Jake Marisnick could provide the team with extra strength coming off the bench. Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner, Tom Koehler, and Brad Hand should provide the Marlins with a formidable pitching staff for years to come. Steve Cishek appears to have a lock on being the closer. Redmond knows his team is better than last year’s 62-100 record, and has his players primed to prove their worth in 2014. The team has to remain healthy and perform to their capabilities. This young team, sprinkled with battle-tested veterans, might prove to be

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Government & City - Parkland

Mayor Michael Udine’s Parkland Report

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elcome to Spring! It’s a great time of year in the City of Parkland. Additionally, thank you to our great City employees for everything they do. They make our jobs as elected officials much easier. They make us look good! Things are really going well in Parkland. The beautiful South Florida weather over the last few months again really showed all of us why Parkland is such a great place to live and the entire nation is taking notice. On March 25, I was in Washington D.C. representing Parkland as one in only four Cities in the nation as winners of the Generations United and Metlife, which recognizes “The Best Intergenerational Communities in the Country”. An intergenerational community is not just one where

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multiple generations reside; it is one where individuals of all ages are an integral and valued part of the setting. This perspective is reflected in the families, structures, facilities and services that children, youth and older adults encounter in the community as well as in day-to-day interactions and relationships. March also brought us another edition of our ‘Passport to Parkland’. On March 15, all City departments held an exhibition in which the public was given information about what each department in the City does for our residents. There are so many things for you to take advantage of, and I encourage you to make sure you check out our website at www. cityofparkland.org for more information. We are fast approaching our strategic planning sessions. We do this each year to set budget and policy priorities. As we have some new Commission members, we will this year have full blown strategic

planning sessions to update our priorities and workflow. We appreciate all the public input and ideas we gather throughout the year. We use the City survey responses and the public’s input to come up with plans and ideas. We try to make the difficult decisions and balance the ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ of the City, as we formulate budgets and policy initiative well into the future. While we are happy and gratified that a large percentage of our residents are extremely satisfied with the services of the City, we are constantly looking to improve in all areas. These strategic planning sessions over the years have led to improvements and events that continue to make Parkland great! As always, I value your questions or comments. Reach out and “Friend me” if you want to follow me on Facebook, or look me up on Twitter (www. twitter.com/michaeludine) if you want to follow my updates. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at MUdine@ cityofparkland.org. www.TheOurTownNews.com

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April 4- Friday Coral Springs High School Car Show, 6:30 pm at 7201 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs Call 954-218-9572.

Concerts In The Park- Caribbean Chillers, Jimmy Buffet Tribute, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Pine Trails Park, 10561 Trails End, Parkland Visit www.cityofparkland.org.

City of Parkland Movie in the Park- Planes, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Parkland Amphi- Rock the Ocean- Tortuga Festival, concert times vary, concerts run through April 13 theater, 10555 Trails End, Parkland with artists Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Train, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, and others, on Fort Lauderdale Beach April 5- Saturday Visit http://www.tortugamusicfestival.com. Coral Springs Mega Green Market, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road Call 561-929-0237. April 13-Sunday Parkland Farmer’s Market, 9 am to 1 pm at Equestrian Center at Temple Park, City of Coral Springs Teen Cook Off, 9 am at Whole Foods Market Coral Springs, Parkland 810 N. University Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-345-2119. April 16-Wednesday Fishing Derby, 8 am to 10 am at Pine Becoming Dr. Ruth, Showtimes vary, Show Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland runs through April 20, at Broward Center for Call 954-757-4113. Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Visit www. browardcenter.org. Stars on Ice, 7:30 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise April 18-Friday City of Coconut Creek- Movies in the ParkApril 6-Sunday Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, 8:15 WorldFest 2014, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at pm at Sabal Pines Park, 5005 NW 39 Ave, Sportsplex 2575 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Coconut Creek Springs Call 954-344-1063. April 19-Saturday Parkland Farmer’s Market, 9 am to 1 pm City of Parkland Egg Hunt, 9 am to Noon, at Equestrian Center at Temple Park, at Terramar Park, 6575 NW 75 Drive, Parkland Parkland Call 954-757-4113. April 8-TuesdaY Office Hours with Coral Springs Mayor Vince Boccard, 4 to 5 p.m at Coral Springs City Hall, 9551 W. Sample Road Rd. Call 954-344-5911.

April 22-Tuesday An Evening with John Legend, 8 pm at Broward Center for Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Visit https://www.browardcenter. org.

April 11-Friday Parkland Family Carnival, all day at Pine Trails Park, 10561 Trails End, Parkland Visit www.cityofparkland.org.

April 25-Friday Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre: Maria’s Girls Night Out, 7 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-344-5990.

Concerts in the Park- Ronin Taiko Japanese Drummers, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Pine Trails Park, 10561 Trails End, Parkland Visit www.cityofparkland.org. City of Coconut Creek Homegrown

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Concerts- Pocket Change, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Coconut Creek Community Center April 12-Saturday Stoneman Douglas Eagle Regiment Marching Band Golf Tournament, 1 pm at 10800 West Sample Road Coral Springs Country Club Call 954-263-4037.

April 26-Saturday Rob Thomas, 8 pm at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood April 29-Tuesday Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 8 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise Ghost The Musical, showtimes vary, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Call 954-462-0222. April 2014

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children. There is no charge for the outdoor WorldFest entertainment, music and exhibitions, but there is a $3 parking fee and a reasonable charge for the food and rides. For more information about the event or vendor positions, call 954-344-1063.

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ecycling can now earn you local discount rewards. Our new trash hauler, Waste Pro, is offering single family homes rewards for recycling starting April 1. Simply log on to WasteProRewards.com, sign up and take advantage of local discounts. This program is free and will be expanded to multi-family homes later in the summer. This month, we have some wonderful events planned for the entire family to enjoy. Come and experience diverse cultures that make up our community at our annual WorldFest on Sunday, April 6 at the Sportsplex. The event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature ethnic foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts, games and amusements for

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Your kids will also have a wild time at EarthFest on Saturday, April 12 at Sandy Ridge Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature lots of informative sessions that the entire family will enjoy. There will also be wildlife exhibits, guided tours, plant giveaways for Coral Springs residents, children’s activities and refreshments. The City embraces people of different faiths, and National Day of Prayer celebration highlights the strength in diversity found in our community. Every house of worship in Coral Springs and adjoining cities are invited to participate as we come together to pray. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Coral Springs Charter School. There is no cost to attend. If you’re starting to make travel arrangements for

this summer, make sure to get your passport in time. Passport services are offered at the Coral Square Mall as a convenient location Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For application details and requirements, visit www. CoralSprings.org/chm. City Hall in the Mall is located within Coral Square Mall, 9239 W. Atlantic Blvd. Last, but not least, I’d like to remind you all to call in any suspicious activity you might see in your neighborhood. This helps our Police Department tremendously and they’ve been able to catch thieves red handed thanks to neighbors calling in. To “Make a Call, Make a Difference,” dial 954-344-1800. As always, if you would like to meet with me to discuss any City issues, feel free to visit with me during my office hours. To view my scheduled monthly hours, please visit www.CoralSprings.org/ events. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the City on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ CityofCoralSprings. For behind the scenes photos, follow us on Instagram at CoralSpringsFL. www.TheOurTownNews.com

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Chamber of Commerce - Coral Springs

Message from The President of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce By Cindy Brief

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ebruary and March have been extremely productive months at the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber’s Leadership Institute Class of 2014 organized an extremely successful fundraiser, “A Night at the Piano Bar” and raised over $5,000 to benefit our local high school business professionals in the DECA and BPA programs. In addition, the Chamber facilitated a first time event with our high schools called “Job Shadowing Day” on February 6th to coincide with Groundhog Day. Eleven businesses participated and 35 students were able to shadow various business owners and employees and were able to experience what it’s like to work in “the real world”. It was quite a success and I look forward to growing it more next year!

A group photo of Chamber staff with the students from Job Shadowing Day. The Chamber staff and special event committee are working hard on the Chamber’s Annual Gala, which will be held on April 25th at the Parkland Golf and Country Club. The event will feature a completely new format with an exciting Casino Night theme this year with lots of food, fun and great raffle prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are available to showcase your business. For further information, contact the Chamber office at 954-752-4242. The Government Affairs Committee has been very busy meeting with elected officials and city staff regarding issues, such as signage, food trucks and temporary use permits. They are also reviewing initiatives regarding a business recycling program for Coral Springs. Please remember to utilize our newest resource at the Chamber, the Chamber App,

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Upcoming Events Professional Women’s Alliance

The Benefit Depot celebrated the opening of their Coral Springs location with a ribbon cutting. which helps consumers find local businesses while on the go. For Chamber members this is an easy way to access events and add them to your calendar as well as get reminders and special deals via push notifications. To download this app, go to www.MyChamberApp. com/download or visit your app store. Also, the Chamber’s Membership Directory and Community Profile is online and can be picked up at the Chamber office or at City Hall, City Hall in the Mall and other locations throughout the City. This is a great informational resource. If you need to hire someone or if you are having an event at your business location, make sure to add it to your listing on the Chamber website. There is no fee to do this and it will get your information out to the public. To become a Coral Springs Chamber member, please visit our website at www. cschamber.com or call the Chamber office at

Wednesday, April 2nd at Carolina Country Club 3011 Rock Island Road from 11:30am – 1:00pm Speaker: Trista Boyenga Topic: Body and Sole: What Your Body Says About You Members $20, Future Members $30

After Hours Networking

Tuesday, April 8th Location: BJ’s Brewhouse Time: 5:30 pm. – 7:00 pm Members $10, Future Members $15

Chamber Awards Gala and Casino Night Friday, April 26th Location: Parkland Golf and Country, 9425 Old Club Road Time: 6:15pm to 11:00pm, sponsored by Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Admission for a night of entertainment: $85

To RSVP for these events, please go to www.cschamber.com or call the Chamber office at 954-752-4242. The Chamber welcomes new member, All 4 $3 $2 $1, with a ribbon cutting. 954-752-4242. Remember Business Matters and the Chamber is here to provide you with connections, education and advocacy for your business.

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C o ra l S p r i n g s F i r e A c a d e my N a m e d ‘ F i r e A c a d e my O f T h e Ye a r ’

Coral Springs names new Fire Chief

By Nicol Jenkins t comes as no surprise that Frank Babinec was chosen as the new Fire Chief for the City of Coral Springs Fire Department. Since 1991, Babinec has called Coral Springs home. In 1993, Chief Babinec joined the Coral Springs Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, and then was hired full-time in 2000 as the training officer. During a recent ceremony, the City of Coral Springs Commission and City Manager named Babinec, the new Fire Chief. Babinec was sworn in as the new Fire Chief as his family, friends, and members of his department looked on. His family pinned on his new badge and collar brass to

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ocal firefighters are always giving back and have recently been recognized for their efforts. The Florida Fire Training Directors Association has named the Coral Springs Fire Academy as “Florida Fire Service Training and Education Provider of the Year” for 2013. The Academy also received this distinguished recognition in 2007 and 2011. “We are the only Fire Academy to win this award for the third time. It is a great example of what our firefighters achieve at our Academy. We strive continuously to deliver our best and most effective training to the region we serve,” said Mike McNally, Deputy Chief for the Coral Springs Fire Department, adding, “We not only provide training to our students that want to become firefighters, but we are engaged in our community and region. We offer training for other entities, and we provide the level of training that helps shape and guide our firefighters.” Out of 39 deserving training centers from across the state, the Coral Springs Fire Academy was nominated and selected as the recipient for this coveted award. The selection committee chose the Coral Springs Fire Academy for their outstanding performance in training current and future firefighters, as well as their contributions to the development of innovative training programs. They provide the firefighter and EMT programs, promotional testing, search and rescue, leadership and safety classes. The Academy has even hired some of their former students. “The Coral Springs Fire Academy appreciates this recognition and is proud to be able to provide training to the fire service,” said Fire Chief Frank Babinec, “Our goal is to provide education and development through partnerships with surrounding

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agencies. Deputy Chief Mike McNally and his staff have done a wonderful job at bringing needed programs to the region,” he added. The Donald A. Haupt Training Center has hosted and delivered training for over 2,500 students in various fire and medical courses over the past year. The Academy has assisted the United States Coast Guard with training, provided technical rescue training to the region and FEMA USAR Florida Task Force 2, assisted in training South American Firefighters, and has provided valuable training, as well as numerous

promotional exams for area fire departments. The academy is a true asset to the fire service providing in-service training to the firefighters of the Coral Springs Fire Department and partner agencies which prepares them to respond to and mitigate a wide range of hazards. “The Coral Springs Fire Academy could not make all of this possible without the support of the Fire Chief, City Manager and City Commission,” said Deputy Chief Mike McNally. Congratulations to our Coral Springs Fire Academy!

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signify his promotion. A native Floridian and a resident of Coral Springs since 1991, Chief Babinec spent 7 years as an Assistant Chief (shift commander) and another 7 years as the Deputy Chief of Operations, dedicating over 20 years of service to our community. Chief Babinec spent 12 years as a Lead Instructor for the Coral Springs Fire Academy. Chief Babinec holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and an MBA in Public Administration and possesses a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Babinec will continue to serve our local community for many years to come!

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Summer will be here before you know it! … bring the kids for lots of fun, gymnastics training and so much more at Twins Gymnastics • 954-249-3713 Habla Espanol “The twins team up to win”

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rograms offered for the summer of 2014 range from martial arts to tumbling, open gymnastics, ballet, music, after school programs, and summer camps. The owner’s, twins Maria Elena and Carmen Suarez were born in Ecuador with the same passions ….. dancing and gymnastics! As young teenagers, they were both on the Ecuadorian National Gymnastics Team and placed first in the South American Championships. The ideals and beliefs these two young ladies held close, are the same that are taught to their young pupils at Twins Gymnastics. The goals are simple ….. create an environment where the gymnasts feel confident, strong, and competitive. Three amazingly priced packages are being offered for the summer starting at just $550 for members and $575 for non-members (4 weeks). A 7 week package starting at $965 for members $995 for non-members is also available. Package three is for 10 weeks, no contract, and the price is $1,275 for members and $1,335 for non-members. A Weekly Full Time Rate, or a Full Day Rate gives you the flexibility you may be looking for. (10% off second child, 15% off third child). The hours of operation for the Summer Camp are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Monday thru Friday). Students will also be treated to field trips, movies, and other assorted “fun Summer Camp” things. Your children will receive the finest training and care that is offered anywhere. Following the Summer Camp, parents are treated to a “Summer Camp Program” to show off

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all of what they learned to the parents, families, and friends of the students. Located at 1297 North University Drive in Coral Springs, Twins Gymnastics is the ideal location for students and parents. You can

drop your children off for the various programs offered, go across the street and shop at the mall, or you can stay and watch your child have fun or possibly become a future Olympian.

Snacks available-kids bring lunch. If you are interested in a serious training program for your child, Twins Gymnastics recently, placed first in both the AAU Level 1, and the AAU Level 2 competition at the Coral Reef Invite. The students from Twins Gymnastics have a proven track record, having garnered first place finishes for the past years in various competitions. The first place finishes for both of these teams cemented the fact that Twins Gymnastics is a proven training establishment for future athletes in the sport of gymnastics. The staff at Twins Gymnastics is awaiting your call to answer any questions concerning the programs offered, times, and pricing. Call now: 954-249-3713. See ad on page 65.

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ona Fresca, welcomes the community to enjoy Mexican food that is fresh, light, and made with natural ingredients …. the true Zona Fresca experience. From the traditional Chicken Burrito and “fan-favorite” Baja Fish Taco, to Quesadillas, Delicious Salads and Chili Rellenos, Zona Fresca serves these famed signature menu items that customers have grown accustomed to; while still featuring a Kid’s menu and an assortment of Mexican-brewed domestic beers. It doesn’t stop there - new tantalizing items have been added to the menu such as the Machaca Taco, consisting of slowly braised and shredded beef dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, and queso fresco in a crunchy taco shell. A variety of salsas are made from only top quality produce, the guacamole is made from scratch, daily, using only the ripest avocados; and chips are produced in 100% cholesterol-free

canola oil making Zona Fresca the perfect choice for fresh, flavorful food. And… the salsa bar is free! Zona Fresca doesn’t serve your everyday Mexican food, but Mexican food that you can eat every day. General Manager Romeo Herrera boasts of the relaxed atmosphere that provides comfortable dining for everyone, where he will see to it that your visit is met with total satisfaction, whether you are grabbing a quick bite on your own or with your family or are taking advantage of the roominess to host a large party. Zona Fresca also invites you to lunch or dinner on the airy outdoor patio where you can kick back and enjoy one of their ice cold beverages, like Zona Fresca’s own twist on a Margarita – the “Zonarita”, a wine-based tequila margarita made with freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice. The coastal region on the Baja Peninsula in

Southern California serves as the inspirational design concept for the Coral Springs restaurant. As you walk through the doors of this unique establishment you can visually appreciate the cleanliness of the restaurant and aroma of the freshly prepared food that permeates the air.

Zona Fresca is a reasonably priced, casual dining experience that needs to be taken advantage of. Visit Zona Fresca at 1410 North University Drive in Coral Springs and witness what true “South of the Border” food is really like. The restaurant is open Saturday thru Thursday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Friday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM. You can contact Zona Fresca at 954-227-2828, or visit the website at www.zonafresca.com or become a Facebook fan www.facebook.com/zonafresca. Zona Fresca …… the fresh zone for Mexican food!

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CECILIE’S GOURMET ITALIAN ICES …… NOT JUST A SUMMER TREAT

emember those hot summer days when your throat was dry from the heat and your body craved something cold and tasty. Well, Cecilie’s Gourmet Italian Ices brings back those childhood memories and creates new ones that will bring you back for seconds. Located at 10726 Wiles Road in Coral Springs, Cecilie’s is quite simply an “oasis of flavors” for all Italian Ice lovers. This quaint little shop has every flavor imaginable ….. from the basics, to exotic tastes that will transport your palate to a different dimension. As you enter the establishment, every flavor (including sugar-free) is noted on a colorful display behind the continuous rows of delicious flavors of incredible ices. Whether selecting

traditional lemon flavor, or any of the exotic choices offered, your choice will be a wise one. Evan, the owner, makes everything on the premises assuring customers of guaranteed freshness while using only the finest ingredients. Any flavor selected will make your taste buds rejoice. The guilt of eating ice cream is taken away while enjoying these Italian treats. If you are undecided about your selection, Evan will offer a sample ……. probably making your choice even more difficult. EVERYTING is delicious! You can make your purchase in cups, pints, and quarts. The prices are ridiculously inexpensive. Cecilie’s Gourmet Italian Ices is also available for parties and events. Do yourself a favor and stop by

By Brian Weidenbacher Cecilie’s Gourment Italian Ice and see why this family-owned establishment sets the standards for frozen treats that are surpassed by no one. Call Cecilie’s at 954-753-2727 for any questions about this absolutely remarkably tasting delight and hours of operation. Cecilie’s Gourmet Italian Ices ……. Not just a summer treat, but a year-round tasty enjoyment! See ad on page 16.

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many causes of flooding especially here in South Florida. As I am sure most of you are aware, FEMA has begun the rezoning process in almost all of Broward County. This means that your home may have previously been in a higher risk zone, such as AH or AE. Just because your home may no longer be in the higher risk areas does not mean that you are 100% protected from

potential flooding. A flood can happen for a number of reasons, such as poor drainage in your neighborhood, or a rising canal or lake behind your home. When you are in a lower risk flood zone, the premiums for coverage are much less than those of higher risk zones.

Most homeowners are looking forward to the finalization of this rezoning process so that they can cancel their flood insurance all together. We must all be aware that our current home insurance policies do not have any coverage for rising water from the outside in. The amount of high out of pocket costs to repair your home in the occurrence of a flood, far outweigh the annual cost of a preferred flood insurance policy. Be cautious and aware that saving a few hundred dollars a year may ultimately result in thousands if a claim should occur. Please contact our office so that we may provide you with the knowledge you need when moving forward with your flood insurance.

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EASTER AND PASSOVER …..

C o m m u n i t y U n i t e s To C e l e b r a t e D i ve r s i t y A t Wo r l d Fe s t

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taste of different cultures will soon be coming to the City of Coral Springs. The community of Coral Springs will once again celebrate diversity at the 9th Annual WorldFest Celebration. Bring your family and friends to WorldFest on Sunday, April 6 at the Coral Springs Sportsplex. Attendees will experience the diverse cultures that make up the community of Coral Springs. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature ethnic food, live entertainment, arts and crafts and fun activities for children. Come

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and experience the action and excitement of Teen World and Kid’s World and the new Culture Village, which will offer tabletop displays of various groups with the sole purpose of educating and sharing the beautiful heritages of our City. Once again, the members of the Multi-Cultural Committee will conduct a Cooking Demonstration, where you can sample delicious and ethnic food items. “It’s a lot of fun to walk through the event and see the many different cultures experiencing each other’s cultures,” said Joyce Campos, Community Relations Manager for the City of Coral Springs. “The event just gets better every year.” The mission of WorldFest is for local residents to experience the richness of the diverse cultures that make up the local community. “WorldFest is a family-oriented community event. We offer many interesting activities free of charge for the whole family, including teenagers. Just to give you an idea of some of our exciting activities, we will have live entertainment on stage; Kids World which offers children’s arts & crafts, puppet shows (sponsored by the Northwest Regional Friends

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of the Library); Teen World (sponsored by Pure Energy), and an amazing cooking demonstration of ethnic foods with free sampling and recipes,” said Campos. Food, entertainment, vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available. Community groups and individuals who are willing to volunteer their time to display their talent on stage also are encouraged to sign up! There is no charge for the outdoor WorldFest entertainment, music and exhibitions, but there is a $3 parking fee and nominal fees for the food and rides. For more information about the event or vendor opportunities, call 954-344-1063.

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here’s a little bit more to Easter than just chocolate eggs and a bunny rabbit. The significance of this religious and historical event is an important meaning in the Christian beliefs. The Easter festival (Good Friday through Easter Sunday), is the oldest and most important festival in the Christian calendar. It is a time when most of us gather with our families, share a wonderful meal, and eat lots of chocolates. Most individuals know that it was on this day that Jesus was said to come to life after being crucified on the cross. The Easter story provides an interesting histori-

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cal insight into what life was like over 2,000 years ago. The Sunday prior to Easter Sunday is Palm Sunday. This is when Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover. Today, people remember Palm Sunday by decorating churches with palm branches, and giving palms out to the congregation, in some cases fashioned into the shape of a cross (in remembrance of Jesus dying on a cross). The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22 of the Hebrew month of Nissan. It commemo-

rates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The highlight of Passover is the Seder, observed on each of the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder is a fifteen-step family-oriented tradition and ritual packed feast. The focal points of the Seder are eating matzah, eating bitter herbs, and drinking four cups of wine or grape juice. Whatever your religious beliefs, The Our Town News wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday. Partaking in your religious activities is a wonderful way to express beliefs, share traditions, and hold your principles close in your heart.

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From the Desk of: Elaine Heyler, ESE/Reading Literacy Teacher Mentor and Builders Club Advisor

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reat events are continuing to take place weekly at Coral Springs Middle. Education does not only happen within the classroom but also through academic field trips and hands-on events. Students continue to be offered opportunities that will shape them through character education events, real life experiences and classroom learning. FCAT camp for our students has been taking place after school for Reading, Math and Science. Our 8th graders were offered “Top Writers Club” for

several weeks prior to FCAT writing. The turnout of students was a great success! The Stallion Strong event was held on March 4. We were extremely fortunate to have two motivational speakers as presenters to speak to students on determination and correct decision making. Our speakers

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LIFE …… SEARCHING FOR “THE FOUNTAIN OF MIDDLE AGE”

Coral Springs Middle School Is “Where It Is Happening!”

were retired Miami Dolphin player Troy Drayton and Mary Hall, Voter Services Director. The students were inspired by the presenters! CSMS participated in the County Knowledge Bowl. Two students, Samantha Bonnin and Dylan Byerly represented our school. On April 12, students from Team 803 will be given an opportunity to participate in mock trials at the Broward County Courthouse. The “Builders Club,” is sponsoring a book drive until April 30. The books will be donated to the Early Childhood Education Department of Broward County. Now that Spring is upon us and Spring cleaning has begun, donate those unwanted children’s books at CSMS. Drop off is in the front office. Our goal for this year is 300 books. For more information, contact elaine.heyler@ browardschools.com. All your donations will be given to families in Broward County. On a final note, “Our Youth Mentoring Program,” needs your help! You can SHOW YOUR AWESOMENESS BY MENTORING A STUDENT. If you are interested, contact Ruby Carnrike at 754-3223000, Ext. 3057.

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ime has an uncanny way of creeping up on all of us, robbing us of our youth and dispelling any false hopes we may have of impending doom created by the passing years. Weren’t we all young yesterday, embarking on life’s journey with enthusiasm and anticipation? I know life passes quickly, but this is ridiculous. How did it get here so fast? Instead of looking for the “Fountain of Youth”, I find myself searching for the “Fountain of Middle Age”. When I was a young boy, I can vividly remember seeing older people and thinking to myself, “I’m light-years away from being old. I’ve just begun to live my life”. My mind was so untrained, I actually believed that a Roast Beef Po-Boy from Pete’s was a gourmet meal. Now I’m 66 years old. My friends are retiring, limping around with aches and pains, forgetting things, and slowing down to a snail’s pace. Only a few are in better shape than I am, but you notice the change in everyone. I remember when we were www.TheOurTownNews.com

young and energetic, and I could throw that 25yard “out pattern” to Nick Pizzolatto, run with the energy of Secretariat, and had the stamina to stay up all night studying for a math exam. Age is beginning to show, and we are now those old people we used to see and never thought we would become. Taking a shower is a treat that I look forward to twice a day ….. if I have the energy to play golf, it’s three times a day. I fall asleep in my chair watching television. I have to pull a muscle in the morning to “jumpstart” my heart. Everything hurts, except my hair, which thankfully, I still have a full head of. I can even fall asleep standing up …… without falling over. I’m now approaching the “golden years” of a wonderful life, unprepared for the aches, pains, and loss of ability to do the things I was able to do in my youth. I do know that when it’s over, I will have just a few regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done, things I should have done, and many things I’m happy to have done. It’s called living your own life, growing and nurturing it from mistakes, and understanding that we’re human. Life blows by faster than playing ”tag” in a phone booth. So, if you’re still young and adventurous, accomplish everything in life that you are able to achieve. Don’t procrastinate ….. you never really know how much time you actually have. There are no promises that any of us will get to see all the seasons of our lives. Live for today. Say everything that you want your

By Brian Weidenbacher friends and loved ones to remember, and hope that they appreciate everything you’ve done for them in all the years past. Life is a gift for all of us. The way you live your life is your gift to family, loved ones, and friends. Celebrate it every day. Remember ……. Our children are becoming us, but our grandchildren are perfect. Going out is good, but coming home is so much better. It’s okay that you forget people’s names, because they’ve forgotten that they even know us. We tend to sleep better in our recliner with the television on than in bed. Old is still what we appreciate most ….. old songs, old movies, and most of all, old friends! It’s not what we achieve and keep in our lifetime that matters, it’s what we sprinkle around that defines who we are, what kind of life we’ve led, and how we’ll be remembered. I can’t remember the exact words to this ode, but when I was in high school, one of my teachers shared this with me. It made sense then, and even more sense now …… When as a babe, I slept and wept ….. Time crept When as a boy, I laughed and talked ….. Time walked When I became a full grown man ….. Time ran When as a man, I older grew ….. Time flew Soon I shall find as the years go on ….. Time gone Hence my eternity will have begun ….. Time done Today is the oldest you’ve been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be. Enjoy life, embrace your loved ones, and keep what’s important most close to your heart. We have a long time left to teach those younger than us about life. After all, we survived the 60’s and 70’s ….. old age is a breeze! Go out and do something fun. We have a long, great life ahead of us, old friends. April 2014

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ur Town News is teaming up with ClubLink to create a new fundraising golf event to benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County. On Sunday, May 4th golfers will gather at Palm Aire Country Club’s Oaks Championship Course for an afternoon of golf. “There’s nothing better than getting a foursome together, heading out to the Deanna Jones, Our Town General Manager; John Hand, Regional Membership course, and spending a great Sales Manager, ClubLink U.S.; David E. Jelonek, Our Town Marketing Director; afternoon with friends,” said Drew Romanovitz, Chair of the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County; Jim Greene, David E. Jelonek, Marketing Regional Sales & Marketing Director, ClubLink U.S.; and Sandy Romanovitz Director of Our Town News.

“Add to that, the fact that the event will benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation and played on one of ClubLink’s premier golf courses, it’ just an unbeatable combination.” “Money raised will benefit not-for-profit community programs focusing on public safety, education, prevention and awareness initiatives,” said the Sheriff’s Foundation Chairman of the Board, Drew Romanovitz. “The mission of the Foundation, which was founded in 1999, is to continue on page 30

Exciting Events at Park Trails Elementary School

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elcome back students and staff from Spring Break. Spring is here and Park Trails Elementary School is in full bloom! The students are very excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way. The Scholastic Spring Book Fair will begin on Monday, April 7 and run through Friday, April 11. Students will have an opportunity to first preview the fair and then revisit the following day to make their purchases. Mark your calendars for our first ever ‘Park Trails Performs’. This entertaining talent show will be held on the evening of Wednesday, April 9 and will showcase the wonderful talent from some of our students, faculty and staff. You will also have the opportunity to visit the book fair during the show. You won’t want to miss this night. Another Kindergarten Round-Up will take place on Wednesday, April 9 at 9 am in the cafeteria. All parents of incoming Kindergarteners are encouraged to come with their children and learn about all the great things Park Trails has in store for you and your child! Fund A Foot... as part of our 2014 PTA Playground Project Fundraising Campaign we are asking for donations of square footage to replace the sand on our existing playground with poured in place rubber. Donations are in increments of $20 per square foot. For each square foot that you donate, your child’s name will be placed on a “shoe” that will be hung in our school’s hallway. Visit www.parktrailspta.com for additional information. Looking forward, the Playground Committee has organized a Fun Run to help raise funds for our new and improved playground. “Recess Run” will take place on Friday, May 2 and is sure to be fun for all! Finally, thank you to all who participated in the 3rd Annual Man in My Life Night last month. The event was a huge success once again. Park Trails would also like to thank everyone who contributed to our PT Purple Panther Relay for Life Team. We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful event and grateful to our community for helping us raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Please note there will be no school on Friday, April 18. Join our school community at one or many of these events!

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his summer the Reading and Learning Clinic of Coral Springs, Inc. will be offering a program dedicated to beginning readers, entitled “Kids Who Read Succeed.” Educators agree that early success at reading acquisition is one of the keys that unlocks a lifetime of reading habits. The program will include reading instruction containing a balance of activities designed to improve word recognition, including phonics instruction, and reading meaningful text. Phonics will be taught as part of the text because it can help children attain automatic visual recognition of spelling patterns within words for word recognition. Writing activities will also be included because they effect overall reading ability in a positive way. Comprehension strategies will focus on material that is relevant to children as well as the material the children read themselves. Children entering kindergarten and first grade in the fall will benefit from the program. Two classes will be offered. The first session will run from June 16-27 and session three will be held from July 28 through August 8. Each class will meet Monday through Friday from 1:30-3:30 PM. Class enrollment is limited to ten students. To find out more information about this program, please call The clinic at (954) 755-0299.

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ould you like to see your child pick up a book and read for enjoyment? If so, an inspiring and exciting summer reading program offered at the Reading and Learning Clinic of Coral Springs, Inc. will make this possible. The emphasis on the class will be on teaching reading through strong literature based books. Students will choose reading materials that foster motivation to read. They will explore reading strategies through discussions and oral book reading done in the context of sharing. Encouraging students personal responses to literature will improve their ability to construct meaning and strengthen their comprehension abilities. Reading rates will be taught through an explicit speedreading program utilizing computers for visual eye movements. Ultimately, the program will teach students the value of reading. Then they can recognize their own potential as learners. Two sessions are offered. Session 1 runs from June 16 through June 27, Session 3 meets from July 28 - August 8. Classes will be held Monday through Friday. Grades (3-8) will benefit from this program. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Don’t miss out on this unique learning opportunity! Call the Reading and Learning Clinic today at (954) 755-0299.

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Help For Struggling Readers

he Reading and Learning Clinic of Coral Springs is offering a class designed to give problem readers a whole new chance. The program is called Reading Mastery, and it is offered for students in grades 2-5 who are struggling readers. Students in the program learn basic decoding and comprehension skills. Decoding is taught through an explicit phonics method that stresses letter sounds, and blending. Students practice decoding by reading word lists and stories, both aloud and silently. Comprehension activities include a variety of literal and interpretive questions. Students also learn basic reasoning skills, such as making inferences and drawing conclusions. The daily reading selections include realistic fiction, fantasy and factual articles. The Reading Mastery program is designed so that students are given directed reading lessons and are constantly tested as they progress through each level. This is accomplished by constant application and review. Two classes are offered. The first session runs from June 16-27 and the third session runs from July 28- August 8. Each class meets Monday through Friday from 3:30-5:30pm. Enrollment is limited to ten students. Call the Reading and Learning Clinic today to reserve a space! (954) 755-0299. www.TheOurTownNews.com

‘Coral Springs Community Chest’ to raise funds for community at Golf Classic

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oral Springs Community Chest will continue its mission to fund programs and services benefiting local residents. One of their major fundraisers is the 13th Annual Coral Springs Community Chest Golf Classic. This year, the Golf Classic will take place at the Tournament Players Club at Eagle Trace in Coral Springs on Monday, April 28th. Registration starts at 8 a.m, and the shotgun start in a four-person scramble format is at 9 a.m. A delicious luncheon will follow the tournament. Coral Springs Community Chest funds non-profit organizations that have services and programs benefiting Coral Springs residents. This year’s funded organizations include: 211-Broward, Aging and Disability Resource Center, Alzheimer’s Family Center, ARC Broward, Broward Health, Broward Housing Solutions, Center for Hearing and Communication, Challenger Baseball, Children’s Harbor, www.TheOurTownNews.com

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Covenant House, Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Family Central, Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, Friends of Music, Girl Scouts, Henderson Behavioral Health, Impact Broward, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund, Light of the World Clinic, Lighthouse of Broward County, Make-A-Wish of Southern Florida, Mental Health Association, Prestige Club, Sawgrass Nature Center, Jeffrey R. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, SOS Children’s Village and Women In Distress. Coral Springs Community Chest was founded in 1988 on the premise that community resources should provide for community needs. There is no paid staff so 98 percent of the money is reinvested back to the community. Coral Springs Community Chest is funded by corporate and private donations, special events and promotions. The board of trustees include: Kevin Barrett,

Maureen Berk, Cindy Brief, Jeff Campol, Brenda Clark, Erdal Donmez, Susan Grant, Connie Guice, Pat Mirabello, Cort Neimark, Maria Pierson, Alice Zendel Simon and Janice Zaitz. Honorary Trustees are Coral Springs Mayor Vince Boccard, Vice Mayor Larry Vignola and Commissioners Claudette Bruck, Dan Daley and Tom Powers, Florida House State Representative Jared Moskowitz, Florida State Senator Jeremy Ring, and Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter. The cost for the tournament is $225 per player or $900 per foursome and includes greens and cart fees, drink tickets, awards luncheon and gift pack. Sponsorship opportunities from $5,000 to $200 are currently available. Prizes will also be awarded for first and second place, closest to the pin, longest drive and straightest drive. Al Hendrickson Toyota is sponsoring the hole-in-one car with a Corolla S. The deadline to register is April 24. For an application or for more information, call 954-344-5907. April 2014

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April News at Heron Heights Elementary

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pril is full of exciting events at Riverglades Elementary School. We are looking towards another great month of involvement with our Riverglades superstars (our kids) and families. PTA General Election Time is here! On April 9th, PTA will be having our General Election Meeting and monthly board meeting at 9:15 a.m. in the cafeteria. If you have thought about getting involved or want to continue, this is a great time to jump on board. Our families and children need your commitment and support. We love our teachers at Riverglades! Teacher Treats week will begin on April 14th to recognize all those who support us throughout the year. We can’t express how much you are appreciated. On April 9th, Riverglades will once again be providing school-wide Lice Checks to help prevent the spread of lice. This is an important service provided school-wide to our students throughout the year by the team from Louse Calls. Get ready on April 15th for Report Card Day and our favorite Yogurt Craze Fundraiser. It’s time to pick your favorite flavor and celebrate all their hard work and, at the same time, support our school. There is always more information heading your way. If you need more PTA information, don’t forget to log on to the Riverglades PTA website at http://www.rivergladeselementarypta. org/. We are always adding new and exciting information to keep our families informed.

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elcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed Spring Break and is ready to keep learning. We are towards the end of the school year. Only two more months to go and summer will be here! April will be a fun month with some very interesting and educational events taking place. On the first Thursday of the month, April 3rd, the monthly PTA board meeting will be held. Get your spring outfits and your best smile ready because on April 3rd and April 4th we will be taking Spring pictures. More information on packages and prices will be sent home with the students as the date approaches. The Scholastic Book Fair will run from April 7 to April 11. As usual, the students will visit the Book Fair with their class once during that week. There will also be an opportunity for parents to visit the fair with their children on April 9th. This will take place in conjunction with Science Night. You can come in and enjoy the different science demonstrations and activities and stop by the Book Fair. The events on April 9th will start at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm. Also, please remember to participate in the Scarfone’s Family Night and Dunkin’ Donuts Day. You can have a nice meal at Scarfone’s on April 15th and, at the same time, help support our school. Dunkin’ Donuts Day is on April 17th. Don’t forget to drop your receipt inside the HHE box before you leave. There is no school on Friday, April 18th. Enjoy this long weekend. FCAT Testing starts the next week for 3rd to 5th graders. This will go on from April 22 to April 30 and into May. We hope everyone does well on their tests. Remember to stay focused and get good rest!

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April Happenings at Mary Help of Christians Catholic School

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emember those Sunday afternoons around the big table in the Italian kitchen? You could hardly wait for Momma’s sauce to be ready. Just the aromas were something to relish! Make some new memories - The place to go is EMANGIA at 7456 Royal Palm Blvd. in Margate. Owner Tony Maaraoui has created a work of art with Italian cuisine that goes unmatched. Everything on the menu is freshly prepared, beautifully presented and outstandingly tasty. Entrée selections are large and difficult to finish (unless you’re extremely hungry). Enjoy five different choices of pasta with sauces ranging from Penne Ala Vodka, Baked Ziti, Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana, and everyone’s favorite Sausage and Peppers. Fish, fresh everyday served over a succulent bed of linguini. Pizza, Stromboli’s and the Calzone’s are some of the best around. Oh, and do yourself a big favor and get the Ultra Chocolate Cake for dessert….WOW! Whether it’s Dine In, Take Out, or Delivery, (min. delivery $10, add $1 delivery charge) EMANGIA stands alone when it comes to Italian food. Having an event? EMANGIA offers an unsurpassed Catering Service. Call them at 954-532-2601 for more information and to learn about their “Daily Specials”. You can also visit the website at www.emangia.com. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Closed Sunday). EMANGIA …… Savor the flavor – Mangia, Mangia.

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ark your calendars for these events taking place at Mary Help of Christians Catholic School. On Friday, April 4, there is a 12:30 pm early dismissal with parent/teacher conferences. Please book your sessions directly via your homeroom parent. The following Friday, on April 11, we will hold our third quarter honors ceremony and Mass at the church. Come along and support our students as they celebrate their success. Wednesday, April 16 is Field Day and all families are welcome to join in the fun. April 17 and April 25 is Easter vacation, and school is closed. Classes resume on Monday, April 28th. Don’t miss the Home and School Association meeting on Tuesday, April 8. Even though we are almost at the end of our school year, we still have lots of volunteer opportunities for you, so join us and lend a hand or just come along to hear about all the great activities at your school! Finally, thanks to all of the families that supported our Auction Gala. We truly appreciate you! www.TheOurTownNews.com

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Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County

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provide moral and financial support to families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty and to fund programs of the sheriff’s office.” The Foundation also seeks to maintain public safety and improve the quality of life

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for all citizens in Broward County. Check-In will be at 11:15 a.m., with range balls and practice facilities available, which is included in the registration fee. Start time will be 1:00 p.m. SHARP.

“Immediately following the tournament, an awards ceremony will feature an Italian Buffet, along with an auction and raffle,” said Jim Greene, Regional Director/ Sales & Marketing for the Florida Region of ClubLink US Corporation. The entry fee includes golf, cart, buffet, drink tickets, goody bag, contest holes and awards. Individual Golfer is $100 with Foursome at $375.00 Our Town News, a staple in the community for more than 17 years, provides pertinent information that relates to their readers. “Our goal is to partner with businesses by adding that personal touch and to support organizations like the Sheriff’s Foundation,” said Deanna Jones, Our Town News General Manager. “We are on a growth trajectory and will be adding new publications to reach an even greater areas of South Florida.” Palm Aire Country Club’s Cypress Championship Course is at 3701 Oaks Clubhouse Drive in Pompano Beach. For information, call Brian Weidenbacher at (954) 579-9495 or Drew Romanovitz at (954) 467-1962. Visit www.sheriffsfoundationof broward.org/foundation. www.TheOurTownNews.com

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Westglades Middle School teacher was among other local teachers to receive the honor of ‘Teacher of the Year’ finalist. Two elementary school teachers, two middle school teachers, one high school teacher, and one alternative school teacher round out the six Teacher of the Year finalists selected to be among the best of the best in Broward County Public Schools. One of the finalists will be named Broward’s top teacher at the annual Caliber Awards recognizing

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Broward’s outstanding teachers. The 2015 Teacher of the Year finalists include: Sheryl Arriola, Westglades Middle School, Parkland; Christopher Crossman, Seagull Alternative School, Fort Lauderdale; Brenda Farkas, Glades Middle School, Miramar; Star Rosario, Silver Shores Elementary School, Miramar; Daniel Shapiro, Bennett Elementary, Fort Lauderdale; and Andrew Shipe, Pompano Beach High School, Pompano Beach. Sheryl Arriola, a seventh grade

teacher at Westglades Middle School, is a 20-year veteran teacher. Arriola believes that “a high-quality education is no longer just a pathway to success – it is a prerequisite.” As the Science Department Chair, she’s preparing students with 21st century skills to become responsible citizens, ready to compete in the business world and debate important issues.

Congratulations to our local teachers!

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LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER

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s soon as you enter 7e Fit Spa, an instant feeling of subtle calmness and relaxation covers your inner being. Paul and Claudia Redclift have created an atmosphere that supplies their clients with unparalleled service, healthy benefits, and long lasting results. 7e Fit Spa is the new way to looking and feeling good. Located at 9315 West Sample Road in the heart of Coral Springs, 7e Fit Spa offers services for anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and non-invasive face lift. The High Tech Infrared Health Sauna is a state-of-the-art compartment that is “body safe” and a natural way to heal and keep your body healthy. It’s temperature controlled to 150 degrees, making you perspire from the inside-out, and designed for the deepest, most detoxifying body cleanse. The Torc Plus is a highly sophisticated and powerful device that mimics the body’s

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cellulite and a postpartum belly, while improving your posture by strengthening your core muscles. 7e Fit Spa offers treatment sessions for the abdomen, arms, thighs, and glutes. Torc Plus is a FDA cleared dual therapy device that synergidtically leverages two technological advancements ….. Bio-Electrical Stimulation (BES) and Cranial Electrical Stimulation (CES), to bring natural and non-invasive body contouring and anti-aging solutions. Paul and Claudia also offer Micro-Current Facial Non-Invasive Face Lift, Micro-Current or Microderm 60 Minute Facials, and LED Light Therapy. All treatments use safe, effective technology, that re-educates the muscles and skin to smooth wrinkles, fade dark spots and eliminate acne bumps. All treatments are progressive (not aggressive). Reduce wrinkles and look younger, with no “down time”. Since the opening of 7e Fit Spa ten months ago, clients have raved about the friendly service, tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, and quality results obtained by their selected treatments. Call 954- 509-0000 today for information about the many services 7e Fit Spa offers. You can also go to their website at www.7eFitSpa.com . Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The Spa is closed on Sunday. 7e Fit Spa ….. a new way to looking and feeling good! --see coupon book-www.TheOurTownNews.com

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THE LOCKER ROOM ….. ONCE A SAFE HAVEN FOR ATHLETES

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or an athlete, the locker room is a special place where he can be himself. Apart from the world of cameras, media, and stupid questions, it’s a sanctuary where a player allows his physical capabilities to be separated from his inner-being. It permits an athlete and his teammates to be themselves, talk about things that only affect the team, and have a private rapport with his “brothers” that the outside world needs to know nothing about. As the old adage states, “What’s said in the locker room, stays in the locker room”. Evidently, this sacred creed no longer exists …… and it’s slowly destroying the brotherhood of athletics. Outside of the players and coaching staff, no one should know what transpires inside the “holy realm of the innercircle”. In my humble opinion, the Rich Incognito / Jonathan Martin fiasco has been blown way out of proportion. The media has taken this “incident” to an entire new level. But being realistic, sports writers, to a certain degree, know as much about the reality of sports as Liberace knew about women. The locker room should be “off-limits” to everyone in the media. It’s the one place where players can joke with, embarrass, and ridicule their teammates. What transpires between those walls is no one’s busi-

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ness. What occurred between Incognito and Martin happens in every locker room in sports. This is the National Football League, not high school or college. It’s time to be a man. If you have a problem with something, or someone, go directly to the source, and iron it out. Reading the texts that were sent between both individuals, it’s painfully obvious that the

two were friends. Veteran players always try to bring out the best in younger players. Unless you’ve been in the locker room of an NFL team, you have no idea what goes on. You might think you do, but you don’t. Bullying? Give me a personal break. How many times have we “ridiculed” our close friends by “busting their chops”, or embarrassing them? It happens all the time ….. I know I did it, and still do. They’re my friends, and I can talk to them about anything. And they can do the same with me. That’s what friends do. Is it “bullying” when a coach like

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Alabama’s Nick Saban screams and hollers at quarterback A.J. McCarron for throwing an interception, or New England’s leader Tom Brady shouting at a receiver for dropping a pass? The media creates these false impressions and readers buy into it ….. big time! It’s a fierce, emotional game played by some of the finest conditioned athletes around. You can let off steam on the field and define yourself as an uncontrollable villain, or suppress your emotions and deal with them in the locker room with your teammates. Incognito has now been chastised for both. On the field he has the persona as a dirty player ….. and now in the confines of a supposedly private domain, a bully. Jonathan Martin needs to grow up and become a man. He couldn’t run home and tell mommy that some big guy is bullying him, so he ran to the media. Both players are basically the same size (Martin is actually 2 inches taller than Incognito). To play in the NFL, a “man” can’t be scared. If you are, it’s not a place for you. This is a man’s game, played by big, angry men! I truly don’t like to vent, but this has gotten to be absurd. I’m tired of hearing about “bullying” between professional athletes. This incident didn’t tear the Dolphins apart, the media did. It’s about time they took credit for it!

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NU-SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT …..UNMATCHED IN JAPANESE CUISINE

ince 1991, Nu-Sushi Japanese Restaurant has provided Coral Springs residents, as well as patrons from surrounding areas, with the highest quality food, friendly service, and a menu that serves up something for everyone’s palate. The “authentically different” style of cooking, and the varieties served, makes this restaurant unique and different. Owner/Chef Yuji Azuma has created a work of art at this fantastic establishment, providing his patrons with a dining experience unmatched in Japanese cuisine. The Sushi and Sashimi Dinners (served with Miso soup or salad), will satisfy anyone’s taste buds. The atmosphere is subtle Japanese, and the service is the best around. “Daily Specials” and moderately priced

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selections created by Yuji are wonderfully presented and beautifully fashioned. Begin your meal with the tantalizing appetizers from the Sushi Bar. The Ebi Fry, Yaki nasu, and the Beef Negimaki are outstanding. The Miso soup, or Seafood soup, perfectly completes the variety of delicious appetizers. And, don’t forget the extensive salad selection, and Thai salads. The Special Rolls category will certainly have you scratching your head to make a sensible selection. Every item listed, whether it’s Tempura, Tuna, Hamachi, White Fish Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Teriyaki, Eel, or Salmon Skin, will have you looking forward to more. The Lobster Rolls are, simply put, a taste from the God Neptune! Stop by and select from the “Early Bird

Menu”. Visitors can also phone Yuji, and inquire about the “Chef ’s Choice”. Simply make reservations for this dining adventure, and you will be served Chef Yuji’s creation for the day. Don’t Miss this unique dining experience!! Conveniently located at 1312 University Drive in Coral Springs, the restaurant is open for lunch, Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. Dinner is served from 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, while extending closing hours until 10:30PM on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Mondays. Nu-Sushi Japanese Restaurant …… serving the finest Japanese Cuisine for the past 22 years and proud to say in the same location.

B-INTERNATIONAL COMPUTERS …… SIMPLY THE BEST WHILE CELEBRATING THEIR 23RD ANNIVERSARY

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here aren’t any problems that arise with your computer that B-International Computers can’t fix. When you’re in business for over 23 years, you have to be doing something right. The folks at B-International are professional, reliable, and dependable. Jeff would like to thank the many loyal customers that he has served, and emphatically states that quality, friendly service will continue to be the norm at B-International. B-International stays one-step ahead of the competition, by informing customers that when their computer, I-Phone, I-Pad, or Tablet is in need of repair, the “experts” are there to assist you. Don’t run out and purchase a new product, let Jeff, and his staff, relax your worries. Repairs are completed in the least amount of time, and will certainly meet your expectations. Affordable pricing and customer service is always at the forefront at B-International. Located at 9864 West Sample Road in Coral Springs, B-International is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday thru Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For additional information, contact the store at 954345-2422, or pay a visit to their website at, www.binternationalcomputers. com. Regardless of the problem, it will be solved at B-International …… Quality service at the right price!

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FRLAEF Announces Winners of 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competition

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estaurant and Lodging Association’s Educational Foundation (FRLAEF) today announced the winners of the 14th Annual ProStart Culinary Team Competitions which were held Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. A total of 60 schools participated in the competition with 16 schools winning top awards throughout the day’s events. More than $800,000 in scholarships was distributed to the winning schools. All participating teams were comprised of high school juniors and seniors that are enrolled in the ProStart curriculum program during the 2013-2014 school year. Teams participated in four competitions which included the Cracker Barrel Management Competition, the Johnson & Wales University Culinary Competition, the Keiser University Edible Centerpiece Competition, and the Coca-Cola Company Waiters Relay Competition. J. P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs won first place in the overall competition. Tarpon Springs High School took home second place in the overall competition, with Leto High School in Tampa placing third. “FRLAEF is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “It is designed to increase the quality and employability of today’s high school graduates by providing them with school-to-career training and giving them more opportunities for foodservice and lodging careers, and higher education. We congratulate all the winners and participants of the team competitions.”

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Gun World of South Florida is located at 1700 S. Powerline Road Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-596-0526 You can also visit their website at www.gunworldofsfl.com.

Fourth Place: Sandalwood High School, Jacksonville Kathreen Gross-Dunbar, instructor Overall Competition Winners First Place: J.P Taravella High School, Coral Springs Scott Goodman, instructor Second Place: Tarpon Springs High SchoolCathleen Ryan, instructor Third Place: Leto High School, TampaDebra Hladky, instructor

Fifth Place: East Ridge High School, Clermont-Lucressie McGriff, Ken Pitts, instructors Cracker Barrel Management Competition Participating teams demonstrated their knowledge of the restaurant and foodservice industry by developing a business proposal for a new restaurant concept. The business proposal consisted of a defined restaurant concept, supporting menu, and supporting marketing plan. Teams prepared a comprehensive written proposal, verbal presentation and visual display.

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GUN WORLD OF SOUTH FLORIDA ……. HELPING WITH YOUR PROTECTION

un World of South Florida sets the standards when a civilian is considering purchasing a firearm for the safety of their lives, as well as their entire family. Knowledge of gun safety is one of the primary focuses that Gun World instills in every individual that makes a purchase at the finest controlled safety gun shop in South Florida. Classes on professional firearms training is conducted on site by trained instructors. All employees and trainers have served in the military or in law enforcement. Courses focus on personal protection, and range from the Introduction of Handguns to Advanced Concealed Weapons, and are taught in a premier state-of-the-art facility. The customer friendly service and knowledgeable employees certainly separate Gun World from their competitors. The establishment is fully stocked with a large selection of firearms, pepper spray and other self-defense products, and offers a professional staff to assist you with all your questions concerning firearms by trained specialists. “We have the best trainers in South Florida”, said Randy Waltuch, owner of Gun world of South Florida. “We have over 210 years of combined experience, and we do whatever we need to make sure our customers are satisfied with their purchase and training”, Randy added. “I am a customer service oriented business owner. There is no better feeling than to have an unhappy customer enter our store, turn him into a happy individual with expert service and understanding, and have them come leave smiling. We are customer service friendly. Unlike other gun stores, we take the time to speak to our clients and answer their questions”, Randy added. As opposed to other shooting ranges, Gun World has a fully climate controlled areas, complete with a top quality air system that provides clients with an advanced air filtration that keeps the place at 72 degrees year round. Additionally, two extra wide shooting ranges are provided, along with classrooms for their educational courses. Customers can also relax in the large, comfortable customer lounge during breaks, that also provides a full view of the range.

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Gun World of South Florida is a 13,000 square foot facility located at 1700 South Powerline Road in Deerfield Beach that carries a wide selection of inventory to make your selection easy and affordable. Gun World’s clients range in age and gender, and in many cases senior citizens and seniors have enlisted for classes. For additional information about Gun World and the services offered, call 954-596-0526. You can also visit their website at www.gunworldofsfl.com. Gun World of South Florida ….. Helping you protect what matters most! By Brian Weidenbacher

SAFETY TIPS for YOUR FAMILY: 1) Take ammunition out of the gun 2) Lock the gun and keep it out of reach of kids. Hiding the gun is not enough. 3) Lock ammunition and store it apart from the gun 4) Store the lock box or safe for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys.  Keep out of reach of children. 5) When handing or cleaning a gun, adults should never leave the gun unattended. 

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CORAL SPRINGS SPINE AND NERVE …

By Dr. Craig Kuhlmeier

MULTI-TARGET DEVICE ….. FIGHTS ACHES AND PAINS

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attling against aches and pains is “mission possible” for the M6 Robotic Class IV Laser. The unit is a totally robotized, multitargeted device, used to treat patients suffering from numerous pathologies affecting a wide area, or localized areas, allowing for automatic applications.

The laser works by employing two synchronized wavelengths of light, which transfers energy to damaged tissues at the cellular level. That light triggers metabolic reactions in the cell that stimulates healing, and reduces pain and inflammation. To be able to decrease the inflammation pathway and the swelling on a cellular level, it makes sense to decrease pain. High-intensity lasers have a photochemical effect that triggers the lymphatic system: substantially reducing swelling, inflammation, and pain. They have an analgesic effect on nerve endings. Analgesic simply means the reduction of pain. The laser amplifies pain relief. It’s high-intensity slightly, but comfortably, raises the temperature of deep tissues, micro-circulation increases and tissues receive nuch needed oxygen, water, and nutrients that facilitate healing. Micro-circulation refers to the blood supply of a small, defined area. The M6 Robotic Laser increases blood circulation wherever we use it, such as in the knee compartment. It is one way we help rehydrate the ligaments and meniscus. This reduces pain in the area, and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Tendon and ligament injuries, herniated and bulging discs, sciatica, degenerative discs and joint conditions, neurological pain conditions, pre and post-surgical treatments, and much more are effectively treated by the M6 Robotic Laser. When a physical condition, or injury, affects mobility, or quality of life, there is one goal ….. a rapid return to every-day activities. Its use is cleared by the FDA and proven successful, as evidenced by extensive, credible studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions, including Harvard University.

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MARCH 12TH MARKED ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BENEFIT FOR THE JACK AND JILL CHILDREN’S CENTER OF BROWARD COUNTY

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n March 12th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the evening, Beth and Kenny Simigran of The Fran Payne Society opened their doors, welcoming guests to an exclusive event for The Jack and Jill Children’s Center of Broward County. E s t a b lished in 1942, the center represents one of the oldest non-profit providers in all of Broward County. In the early stages, its mission was to provide childcare for middle class women entering the workforce as their husbands were oversees in World War II. However as time evolved, so did the organization; now the center provides early childhood education and family support programs to low-income working families in Broward County. This community-based organization hosts several events year round to help provide scholarships for the children and to support the family programs. The intent of the evening was to give thanks to members of the Fran Payne Society while also exposing the new invited guests to the soci-

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ety, in hopes of raising awareness of how becoming a member, ultimately benefits the organization in which it is connected to; The Jack and Jill Children’s Center. All of the parties who contributed, including the hosts Mr. and Mrs. Simigran, the directors from the center, and the Giraffas Staff were more than pleased with the turnout, as nearly eighty guests attended the affair. The event s t a r t e d out with a cocktail hour, catered by Giraffas Brazilian Kitchen and Grill®. Guests

gravitated towards the light bites served throughout the evening. Prepared were restaurant favorites such as the Frango crème de Limon, Sliced Contra filet steaks, Shrimp Moqueca, and Brigaderos. “We are so happy that we were selected to cater the event. The guests were enamored by the eth-

nic flavors in our food,” said Hector Rodriguez, Culinary Trainer for Giraffas in Florida. Followed by the cocktail hour were presentations delivered by Steve Halmos, a former Board Member, and others who gain support through the center. One particular woman presented an emotional speech, exposing her families’ experiences working with the organization. “Ashlee did a phenomenal job Cont. on page 51

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CORAL SPRINGS DOWNTOWN LIONS WELCOMES COMMUNITY SUPPORT

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he Coral Springs Downtown Lions Club, along with Wings Plus, is hosting a charity dinner event on Monday, April 28, from 5:00 to 9:00 PM. All that patrons need to do is mention that they are there for the Lions Fundraiser, and Wings Plus will donate a portion of each dinner check to the Lions Club. There is no additional cost. As always, Lions will also be accepting used prescription eyeglasses and hearing aids to be recycled. “Our club has been serving the local community for over 30 years. This is an opportunity to come out to support our efforts and to learn more about Lions and the work we do,” said Ralph Russo, president of the Coral Springs Downtown Lions Club. “Wings Plus is generously supporting us, and we are proud to say that every dollar donated will go toward our charitable causes and service projects, including programs that benefit youth, fight blindness and diabetes, protect the environment, and aid disabled and disadvantaged members of our community.” The Lions are a group of men and women identifying needs within the community, while working together to fulfill those needs. They meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:00 PM at Wings Plus on Sample Road. For more information, contact Ralph Russo at (954) 345-1904 or coralspringsdowntownlions@gmail.com, or visit www.csdowntownlions.org.

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speaking about the organization, and all that it has provided to her family. Her thoughtful words educated the guests about the impact the center has had on her life and the impact it can have on others lives,” said Maria Meyer, Director of Development Jack and Jill Children’s Center. Following her speech, a short video was played for audience members to watch. The four-minute video was a short documentary, with unscripted commentary about her family and two others families ex-

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periences with The Jack and Jill Center. The segment was emotional and visceral, adding yet another positive element to the night. Beth and Kenny Simigran were proud to host the affair. As hosts, their goal was to entertain, educate, and drive awareness about an organization they know produces real outcomes. Overall, their efforts paid off, marking yet another successful benefit for The Jack and Jill Children’s Center of Broward County.

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As We See It…

Life Is A Balancing Act, Even For Our Pets?

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e are always carefully planning food preparation for ourselves and our families on a daily basis . Why don’t we do the same for our pets and question everything from quality, to ingredients? Why are we so clueless when it comes to our pets. For the past 40 years, we have been programmed, through the pet food and veterinary industries to believe that our pets’ nutritional needs are so unique and complicated that only a commercially manufactured pet food is complete and healthy. For thousands of years, dogs and cats have been domestic pets , however commercial pet foods are only recent creations. These creations were introduced in 1955 and have provided us with convenient, modern kibble. How did our pets survive before this? Diets for humans are balanced by eating a variety of foods that are based on our omnivore physiology. These diets include a variety of foods from each of the biologically appropriate food groups. The ideal for humans includes fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and berries. These can all be eaten in their raw, natural form. You will notice two variations from our USDA recommended diets. There are no grains as all grain products MUST be processed for our bodies to accept them. And yes humans can eat and easily digest raw meat and fish as they do in many cultures worldwide, although with the dangers of factory farming we rarely practice that here today. Constant variety presents all the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes and other nutrients the body needs. Dogs and cats are carnivores based on their anatomy and physiology. Their teeth are designed for tearing meat and crushing bones. Their digestive system is specialized to best utilize the nutrients that are in these foods. We can confirm these diets by looking at their wild relatives. Lions, tigers, wolves, and panthers hunt animals, not corn plants. You can use this simple method for your dogs or cats. We recommend breaking their food groups into how they eat in nature. Poultry and small animals are usually eaten whole, bones and all. Prepared real foods usually contain ground bone and high quality meat. Larger red meats are usually muscle meat with liver and other organs included. These meats prepared as real food for your pets can be

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whole or ground. Their final food group is fish and other seafood which again in nature is consumed whole. All are generally consumed with water from ponds and puddles that contain algae and extracts from the herbs within them. These components aid in detoxification of the body as well additional nutritional components to the body. These whole natural foods bring natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino and essential fatty acids to your pet’s body just as the bone will provide your pet with the natural calcium in the proper digestible form for strong bones. The red muscle meat builds strong muscles including the heart. Fish provides Omega 3 fatty acids that help the body heal and fight off health challenges. Keep it simple… every day feed a different food, rotating through the groups. You’ll be able to tell what your pet needs by the way they react to various foods and you’ll observe that their favorites will change on a regular basis as their conditions and challenges change. Quantity varies as it does with us. Using different combinations and blends will keep it interesting and your pet will be healthier and happier. Bill Piechocki, nutritionist and Dr Diane Sudduth, DVM are partners in Fiesta Pet Deli in Pompano Beach, FL and co-hosts of the PetHealthCafe.com radio show. Our 40 years in the animal field has provided us unparallel vision and information which we pass to our clients on a daily basis. We can be reached at www. PetHealthCafe.com or 800-940-7387

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The Three “P’s” to achieving TOP Dollar!

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f in the market to sell your home, you probably want what all home sellers want.. Top Dollar! Many sellers however do not always understand what it takes to obtain top dollar, often placing themselves in a “behind the 8 ball” position. When this takes place optimism can quickly turn to pessimism, making your sale much more stressful then necessary. If a top dollar sale is the result you are hoping to obtain, these three simple tips can and will help you start out on the right foot. Price You needn’t be in the Real Estate industry to understand the importance of pricing correctly to obtain true Top Dollar. Under pricing positions you in a quick sale low profit situation, and over pricing places you in a wait and hope situation, neither of which will produce the results you desire. Pricing too low, while obviously netting you less, can lead buyers to assume something is wrong

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with the property. Too high and your traffic will be low to nil, with any offers coming in generally being low ball offers. Work with an agent who understands both the values of the community you are in as well as the value your home offers in current market conditions. Pricing in an aggressive but realistic manner will bring higher levels of traffic as well as justifiable offers, often leading to a top dollar sale!

Photos You wouldn’t post a fuzzy, off center picture of yourself on Facebook – so why do it when selling your home? I’ve seen time and time again lackluster photos of homes for sale in the MLS. Pictures taken with cell phones, a picture focused on a table when trying to show a dining room, people in the background, etc. In this day and age, with Internet search being the #1 source of interest from homebuyers we simply cannot be as cavalier with our photos. Pictures SELL, so please be sure to have your home photographed by a reliable source or at the very least be sure to show the home in it’s true best light. Wide angle lenses, correct lighting, crisp and focused images, these are imperative parts of the process if you demand top dollar. A cell phone doesn’t cut it, do it right and your home will shine,

do it wrong and there may be no contract to sign. Promotion Promotion and marketing is simply crucial if seeking top dollar for your home. More interest brings higher dollars; it’s a simple fact to understand. As your buyer base grows, your value grows with it. Many agents will place your home on the MLS and hope for the best. This strategy is dated by decades, and while it can and may bring offers, they will often not be at the highest amount possible. Local advertising, social media marketing, video tours, high quality photos and pertinent ‘on-site’ information are necessary if your goals are to obtain the highest amount possible for your sale. If in the market be sure to work with an agent who provides this type of marketing on a consistent basis. More exposure equals more showings, which in turn brings higher offers! We all want the best for ourselves, in life and in any and all monetary transactions. With the right strategy and team put into place for your homes sale, you can make the best outcome available a reality!

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Security Officer Career By Robert M. Zajic, General Manager of Inter State Security Corporation

There are many misconceptions about security officers and what roles they play in society. Many feel security is a meaningless job and security officers are want-to-be cops or someone who lacks the skills to do something else. Truth is, to become a Florida state Robert Zajic licensed security officer you must attend a state certified school, complete 40 hours of classroom training and pass a written test with a score better than 70%; while some schools require an 85% or better to pass. After passing the test and receiving a certificate, fingerprints are sent to the FDLE and FBI for a full background check, only after this has been completed and approved are you permitted to work as a security officer. Thereafter, they are required to renew their license every 2 years with the State of Florida. There are several types of security officers and duties for which they are hired. Unarmed officers, which do not carry firearms, are the most popular. These are officers that are usually hired for gated communities, roving patrols and condominium lobbies. Depending on the property, they are mostly required to stop and identify guests entering the property to ensure they are expected. Essentially you have a security officer to regulate traffic entering the community. Security officers that carry firearms are considered “armed” and you will most likely find them in banks, stores, high crime areas and events.

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Security is an integral part of the country’s workforce with over 1 million employed by contract companies in the United States. Currently, there are only a little over 700,000 sworn police officers. As a contract agency, I can say we work closely with several police agencies to help with investigations whenever possible, mostly by our video surveillance systems we install in our gatehouses. We have successfully aided the police on several occasions with information that resulted in an apprehension of criminals. Security is a position that is often used as a stepping stone to further one’s career in Law Enforcement. Being a security officer allows the person to understand how to deal with people and have first-hand experience with different situations, which may prepare them for law enforcement. Security personnel often are exposed to physical and psychological trauma that can have lasting effects. This has always been an issue, but todays more violent and angry culture combined with drug and alcohol-related violence results in more instances of security personnel being physically or verbally abused, and sometimes by the people that hire them. Despite this, we have had many of our security officers go onto successful careers with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Police Departments, Federal Corrections and County Corrections Officers. Many security officers take their job serious and have been accredited with saving lives. Derrick Brun, an unarmed security guard employed by the Red Lake School District in Minnesota, was praised for his heroic role in protecting children during the 2005

Red Lake High School Massacre. Derrick’s bravery cost him his life. Richard Jewell, a security guard at Atlanta, Georgia’s Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics, saved hundreds of lives when he first noticed the suspicious package and got the area evacuated. Therefore, when you deal with a security officer, remember that they have invested a significant amount of time and money to obtain their license in order to serve and protect.

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MILLER RENOVATIONS .. CREATIVE KITCHENS AND BATH

A NEW YEAR... A NEW LOOK

Larry Miller, owner of Miller Renovations, makes it clear that his company is not the “run-ofthe-mill” renovation company. From the smallest job to the most major renovation, Miller Renovations takes great pride in creating the living environment that you and your family deserve. The completed project is the result of intelligent and highly experienced planning, design, coordination and expert craftsmanship. The entire team at Miller Renovations blends talent and expertise, building a better and more efficient kitchen or bath. Only 100% domestic products and materials are used. Miller Renovations offers personalized design services, the highest craftsmanship, and

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the best economical solutions, supported by exceptional service and professional installation. You may be able to get lower pricing, but never Larry’s superior quality and workmanship. Whether creating a kitchen, bathroom, or any other remodeling project, you can’t beat the experience at Miller Renovations that has more than 23 years of quality experience. Whether working with the client through the preliminary phases, pricing, construction, and installation, the completed project will become a fantasy dream kitchen or bath a reality. Miller says, “Your vision becomes my vision”. Whatever your plans, Larry approaches each job as a total remodel.

The average homeowner doesn’t understand the scope of the work involved, but Larry’s step-by-step process relieves this pressure. He will never deceive customers, always representing his company with friendly, honest service, and the highest integrity. Larry never wants his clients to say, “I should have”, or “I wish I had known”. Over the years, Miller Renovations has proved to be the top of its class. For all your renovation needs, you can contact Larry at 954254-3130. Located at 10160 NW 39th Court in Coral Springs, Miller Renovations stands ready to serve you. Give them a call and see what a true professional renovator can be. See ad in coupon book.

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BILL DALY INSURANCE … 37 YEARS OF FRIENDLY SERVICE By Brian Weidenbacher

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ill Daly was in a class by himself. His infectious smile, gentlemanly mannerisms, and amusing demeanor, contributed immensely to his business for the last 37 years. It was difficult not to like the man that always introduced himself to strangers as, “Bill Daly, Irish-Catholic from Philadelphia”. You immediately became his friend, and instantly realized that the way he presented himself was the same way he ran his business ….. with honesty, integrity, and loyalty. Through his legends of friends, and clients, Bill’s “one and done” legacy lives on today. Thomas Kuruvilla, a licensed

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agent that became a partner about 10 years ago, guides the agency with the same ideals that Daly applied when he started the company. Kuruvilla maintains the same direction with clients, both new and old, in selection of their insurance needs. Thomas takes care of each individual, making sure they are not over, or under, insured. His “hands on approach” reflects a by-gone era in insurance practices, answering customers questions, giving them the best coverage for their money, and helping them understand their coverage completely. As someone in the office commented, “it’s like having a bunch of little Bill’s running around”. Everyone is there to

carry on a tradition of serving clients with honest, friendly, quality service ….. the only way Bill Daly Insurance Agency, Inc. knows how to operate. Whether you’re searching for auto, business, homeowners, commercial, life, or health insurance, Bill Daly Insurance Agency, Inc. can supply you with the coverage you require. Call today at 954-753-0980, or email StephanieG@BDalyInsurance.com, for all your insurance needs. Located at 10235 West Sample Road, Suite 203 in Coral Springs, Bill Daly Insurance Agency, Inc. is awaiting your call, or visit, to help select a perfect coverage option for you. See our coupon savings on page 32 of the OTN Coupon Book

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Smoke Stash

Introducing Atmos Rx®

SMOKE STASH ……. FOR ALL YOUR SMOKING NEEDS By Brian Weidenbacher

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hether you’re presently a smoker, looking to quit, or in need of products for your smoking needs, Smoke Stash is your one-stop supply store. Located at 6418 North University Drive in Tamarac, allow owner Shawn Mzayek to show you around his fully-stocked emporium. His knowledge, awareness, and expertise will lead you in the right direction for sound choices and reliable service in your selection of all your smoking requirements. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Smoke Stash will educate you concerning state-ofthe-art products, as well as directing you in finding what you’re looking for. Shawn and his staff pride themselves on customer

satisfaction, while stocking only the finest brands for every kind of smoker. Whether you’re in search of the finest cigar, or the perfect tobacco, hookahs and shisha, Smoke Stash has an amazing variety to choose from. Smoke Stash also has a complete stock of incense and scented candles to create and maintain a clean home while creating a relaxed atmosphere. “I have customers that have been smoking for years and after they try our products, they don’t want to go back to cigarettes”, Shawn said. His infectious smile and mannerisms create a relaxing atmosphere while shopping for that perfect product.

The most popular products at Smoke Stash are e-cigarettes, eHookahs, and eVaporizers; all healthy alternatives to cigarettes using an eLiquid that is much safer than tobacco smoke and does not include the harmful toxins and carcinogens. “It’s smoking in a new and different way. Instead of smelling like an ashtray, the scent is pleasant and it’s better for your body”, said Mzayek. Smoke Stash also carriesAtmosRX personal vaporizers, electronic hookah sticks, and Luxury Lites to help individuals stop smoking. AtmosRX personal vaporizers are available at reasonable prices for the entire kit. The product is stylish and easy to use. All you do is fill it with oil, press the power

button, inhale and exhale. Smoke Stash offers a wide variety of flavored oils for this product, so there are no odorous smells. The electronic hookah stick and Luxury Lites have no nicotine and costs considerably less than a pack of cigarettes. “They are stylish, tasty, and harmless”, added Mzayek. Stop by Smoke Stash and see for yourself the variety of smoking needs that a truly professional shop carries. Shawn, and his expert staff, can supply you with the perfect product for your smoking needs. Give them a call at 954-718-9000 and inquire about the many different items in the world of smoking. Smoke Stash ….. smoking with a personal touch!

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LARRY BERFOND ……. ENGAGING, FUN, AND ONE OF A KIND PART ONE OF A SERIES

Larry Berfond Owner of International Jewelers Exchange hen I was informed about a chance meeting that was going to take place with Larry Berfond, I had absolutely no idea what was going to take place. After nearly three hours in his office, and a lunch break, I realized that trying to condense his life’s story to this point was an impossible task. To properly write about his accomplishments and life travels, the “story” would be about the length of War and Peace. During Larry’s college days, he worked for two years as a “co-concert” promoter on Long Island for Sly and The Family Stone ….. and the journey began. From there, his life took off and the doors of a different world opened for him. In 1969 he opened Yorkville Glass and China, a fine China glassware shop, supplying restaurants, the public (including movies and TV set such as The Godfather and the Exorcist), and the United Nations

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Consulates. By the time 1973 arrived, Larry was off to Florida and the adventure really unfolded. He opened additional China and Glassware Shops (Yorkville China and Glass in 1973). Soon, realizing that most people ate out and didn’t require dishes etc., he started Corner of the World Wine and Cheese in Tamarac. By the time 1974 arrived, Mr. Berfond’s Corner of the World led to Fine Wine Knowledge and Catering (Cartwheels). Many unique experiences and opportunities arose from this company. Larry began catering wine and cheese events for Miami celebrities on a regular basis, including William Paley (CBS TV / Warner Bros / Miami Seaquarium), and Jackie Gleason and The Inverrary Classic serving Presidents and luminaries visiting the yearly event. As the years rolled on by, Larry got the restaurant bug and in 1977 opened Lo-Cal Express Restaurant in Boca Raton. This “low-calorie” dining restaurant served Pita Bread Sandwiches and Salads, something unheard of and way before its time in the restaurant business. In 1979, Larry opened “Night Train”, which exploded onto “the” dining and music scene in Boca Raton, featur-

ing guitarists and fine wines, while infusing his daytime supply of healthy foods into the mix. The “idea man’s” creations led the newspapers to dub him, “Nouvelle Cuisine Found in Florida” (the new upcoming trend by Food Critics) ….. the place went crazy! Following the birth of his child, Larry decided that he did not want to work day and night, and “retired” at the age of 30. Like most people that retire at an early age, the itch for something new and exciting entered Larry’s realm of thought. What was next for this man of constant movement? Was his baptismal into the food world just a stepping stone for bigger and better accomplishments? Could a new adventure bring him to the pinnacle of his never-ending creations? Larry realized that he wasn’t ready to “pack it in”, and the wheels started to spin. What comes next might surprise most people, but after sitting down with this creative genius, I was ready for anything. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. This first part of Larry Berfond’s tale is just the tip of the iceberg……. and it’s a BIG iceberg!

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very car on the road needs to have its oil changed. Occasionally, it needs the brakes checked, tires, a tune-up, or alignment. Discount Tire and Auto Repair replaces your worries with great service, reliability, expert repairs, and affordable pricing. Raj Islam, owner of Discount Tire and Auto Repair, has “reinvented” the auto repair industry by combining quality products and quick service, using a friendly, courteous approach while assisting you with your car’s needs. At Discount Tire and Auto Repair, there’s no appointment required. Simply stop in, and your problems are solved. The highly skilled mechanics are available to repair air conditioners, brakes, tuneups, and complete engine repairs, while offering the best service and prices anywhere. These gentlemen can diagnose, and solve, any problem that may arise Oil changes (including filter) start at $9.99 for most vehicles (4 quarts). If synthetic oil is needed, simply add $20, and drive away content ….. it’s that simple. Hard pressed for time? No problem. You’re in and out faster than me heading to an All You Can Eat seafood buffet. Need tires? Discount Tire and Auto Repair has the finest quality brands starting at $49.99. Used tires can be purchased for as little as $19.99. Buy 4 new tires, and the alignment is FREE! Choose from an abundance of companies ….. Goodyear, Michelin, Uniroyal, Pirelli, Dunlop, BF Goodrich, Yokohama, Toyo Tires, and Hankook. Get a complete tune-up and receive $50 off. Pricing for all the above mention services is good with a coupon from the Our Town News coupon booklet. Conveniently located in Margate at 125 South State Road 7, Discount Tire and Auto Repair makes it stress-free for you in all aspects of tire, auto repairs and vehicle service. Visit, or call, Raj at 954-969-9111 for all your auto needs. Discount Tire and Auto Repair ……. Taking care of your car’s needs, while saving you headaches and money! See our coupon savings in the OTN Coupon Book in center.

Ocello’s 49 Years in Business

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ere at Ocello’s we use the latest technologies with 8 service bays to serve you. We are the dealer alternative for our customers… WITH THE SAME SERVICE AT A LOWER COST. Ocello’s is truly a bumper to bumper award winning repair center. Conveniently located at South Gate and Pine Island, (Coral Springs Drive) at 8151 N. Pine Island Rd., S.W. corner of Publix Center. Call 954-7220110 and visit us on the web at www.ocellossautomotive. com. See our coupon savings on pg. 13 of the OTN Coupon Book.

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