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Parkland / Coral Springs / Coconut Creek & Surrounding Areas Issue 71 (834) • February 2014

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groups and professional entertainers, and even a few surprises. The event has been a tradition in Coral Springs for thirty years. In 2005, Hurricane Wilma forced a cancellation to the festival, as the city’s fields were being used for hurricane clean-up. Ernie Kubasek has been with Our Town American since Godzilla was a lizard. After serving for 25 years, he is now the Chairman if the event. He reminisces about the smaller crowds the festival drew when it was held in Mullins Park. enjoy great entertainment and With the assistance of the city, aseball fans look forward food”, noted Roberts. sponsors, and a fantastic group of to the World Series. A crowd of upwards to onededicated volunteers, the event Football enthusiasts hundred thousand visitors is has grown into a “showcase of can’t wait for the Super Bowl. expected to flock to the three our great city”. Basketball devotees wait day festival, which assists Our Town America provides impatiently for the NBA Finals six community non-profit an entertaining adventure and March Madness. But organizations; the American for the entire family, but few Coral Springs residents, and Business Woman’s Association, realize the festival raises much surrounding communities, are need funds for programs and making plans for one of the city’s Mrs. P’s Broadway Dancers, the Kiwanis Club, the Coral Springs services for community nonlongest running entertainment Museum of Art, and the Knights profit organizations in Broward, and business weekend festivals of Columbus. All proceeds from Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade …… Our Town America! this wonderful event are divided Counties. Kubasek noted that This year’s three-day, familyamong the organizations, with thousands of dollars have oriented festival will take place the exception of “start-up” costs. been dispensed to the six area March 7th through 9th, 2014, at “All the money collected filters organizations. the Coral Springs Sportsplex. back into our community”, said The Knights of Columbus Event Coordinator Christine contributes to many charities Roberts promises that this year’s Roberts. Our Town America features an and groups in the Coral Springs event will feature something for everyone. “It will be a wonderful abundance of amusement rides, a area ….. the Our Town America wonderful “food court”, arts and Event, the Knights of Columbus family weekend. The children Tootsie Roll Drive, the Coral can go on any ride for as long as crafts, and great entertainment performed by local community they want, while the adults can continued on page 24

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The Five W’s of Trusts (What, Who, Why, Where, and When) By Alan Reinfeld of Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. Since my last article, people have been calling my office and inquiring on what a trust is and its potential benefits. As a result, I have decided to focus this month’s article on answering, what I like to call, the 5 W’s of a trust. 1) What: a trust is a legal document that transfers property during or after a person’s lifetime for the benefit of someone. For the most part, there are 2 types of trusts: A Revocable and a Non-Revocable. A revocable trust can be changed or altered at any time by the creator or creators of the trust during his or her lifetime, while a nonrevocable trust can only be changed in certain, rare circumstances. 2) Who: a trust can be made out for the benefit of any person that you may want, including young children, your spouse, a friend, or your parents. 3) Why: a trust can automatically transfer property without the use of a will or the need to go to court. Additionally, the use of a trust is usually faster than that of a normal will in transferring property and title as well as it helps avoid the lengthy process of probate in courts. A trust also has the following benefits: it secures your property for the benefit of your beneficiaries, it protects the property from claims from creditors while in the trust, and it also ensures your privacy (as a trust does not become a public record like a will does). Some trusts may even better your tax status with certain trusts if you fall above the taxable exemption. 4) Where: a trust can dispose of property anywhere, so long as the local law of where the property is located is followed and the property is properly titled in the name of the trust. 5) When: a trust can be created today with the help of our attorneys. A trust is a very important document for the preservation of your property in the event of death or incapacitation. There are many factors to consider in creating a trust document and only a licensed attorney can walk you through the fine details of both the creation and the proper funding of a trust. The attorneys at Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. have experience in creating trusts and can formulate a trust to meet all your needs. Call us now to schedule a free consultation and to discuss our special rates. For more information, contact: Alan J. Reinfeld, Esq. Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. 10235 West Sample Road Suite 207 Coral Springs, FL 33065 1-855-LAWS-123 The Law Offices of Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. has offices in Coral Springs, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale. Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. is a full-serviced law firm specializing in a variety of fields such as Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Business/Commercial Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law. Our attorneys and staff seek to provide the upmost service to our clients, while maintaining an effective cost containment strategy. The firm can be reached at 954-334-1520 or www.MyPersonalAttorneys.com.

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• Government & City - Parkland •

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Mayor Michael Udine’s Parkland Report

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y now, everyone is back up to speed after the holidays and New Year. It is hard to believe we are already one month into 2014!

to make sure residents have the highest level of public safety and public safety professionals.

The school boundary issue is progressing through the I am happy to report process. As mentioned in last that we have officially month’s letter, at this point broken ground and started no children that are currently construction on the new in the boundaries for a school “Western Fire Station”. This located in Parkland will be station is located North of moved outside of the City. Heron Bay in the Wedge My thanks to all the Parkland area and will help service City Commission members the Western portion of the City. This completes our fire and everyone who worked so hard on that issue. The stations in accordance with the expert report we received boundary process is always a difficult and emotional a few years ago, discussing the location and the need for one, and our City officials will always stay on top of it three stations to make sure response times are sufficient and keep you informed. As a City, we continue to work and appropriate throughout with Broward County School the City. We were able to Board staff to try to provide construct this station with additional student stations the assistance of some of until, and if, they are able to the Wedge developers, in do so on their own. accordance with our theory that development pays for We are also continuing development. This helps to see the local real estate keep our millage rate as low market push forward. Sales as possible on the existing of homes in Parkland are residents. We look forward to the rapid and cost effective brisk and new construction is moving forward with completion of this facility some properties in the in the near future. Public Wedge starting to CO. We safety is of paramount are continuing to actively importance to us as your monitor and demand that elected officials, and all of us try to do whatever we can the building out there is in

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line with Parkland’s high standards. As I meet and talk with new residents, they tell me that the things that attract them to Parkland are our great parks and open spaces, highly rated schools and the overall sense of community throughout the City. We are continuing to work hard to provide high quality services and offerings for our residents. From the Farmers Markets, to our senior programs, teen groups, and “Buddy” programs, there truly is something for everyone to get involved with! I encourage people to frequently check our website at www.cityofparkland. org for different listings of our events. As I prepared this article, I checked the website and noticed so many activities for Parkland residents of all ages. 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.

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he City of Coral Springs has lots of fun events planned this month and I hope to see you all there. We kick off this month with our Family Fun Day and Car Show on February 1. Bring your family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to this fun-filled event at Downtown Coral Springs, just west of University Drive on Sample Road. Admission is free! There will be food trucks, vendors, bounce houses and entertainment, including a car show and Radio Disney. There will be a nominal fee for some of the activities. Cost to pre-register a vehicle is $15 or $20 on the day of the event. All vehicles, including trucks and motorcycles are welcome to register. Trophies will be awarded to winners in multiple categories. Hope to see you all there! If you’re a local student, don’t miss the City’s Annual Teen Political Forum on March 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event, which is open to local high school students, will be held at J.P. Taravella High School. The purpose of this Forum is to have City and County elected officials enlighten students with their personal experiences as elected officials and address teen issues of interest, concluding with a Q & A from the student audience. This is a great opportunity for students to talk directly to their

elected officials on topics that are significant to them. The event is open to all high school students who live in Coral Springs or who attend our local high schools: Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy. Students may receive service hours for attending the Forum. Students who are home-schooled or attend private schools and live in Coral Springs are also welcome. For details, visit www.CoralSprings.org. Residents who would like to discuss neighborhood improvements, voice a concern, or simply hear more about the City’s presence in their immediate community are invited to attend the Slice of the Springs meetings. The meetings allow residents to interact directly with staff members from all departments of the City, including Police, Fire, Community Development and Code Enforcement. Town Center and Center West will meet on February 20, 2014 at Parkside Elementary from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call 954-3441114 or visit www.CoralSprings. org/slice to see which district includes your neighborhood. Lastly, if you haven’t already heard, the City Commission recently approved an ordinance

amending the City Code regarding “Solicitors, Canvassers, Peddlers, and Itinerate Vendors.” The Ordinance prohibits anyone from soliciting, requesting donations, or advertising in the medians at intersections determined to be unsafe for these activities. As Police Chief Pustizzi pointed out at a recent Commission meeting, a motorist traveling at 40 miles per hour needs 140 feet to recognize the need to brake, apply the brake, then come to a complete stop. If someone slipped off the median in one of the major intersections, in all likelihood the motorist would be forced to make the unenviable choice of striking the fallen solicitor or swerving into traffic to miss the fallen person thereby causing an accident. The City Commission felt this action was necessary to protect the traveling public as well as those soliciting from the medians. For more information on this, visit www.CoralSprings.org. 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.

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• Chamber of Commerce - Coral Springs • Message from The President of the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce

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By Cindy Brief

Start the New Year Right and Join the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce Value Added Features: • Free Chamber Referral Groups • Free listing on Chamber Website with a direct link to your website • Free Google Mapping in online business directory • Free Ribbon Cutting for all NEW businesses • Free Membership Plaque and Door/Window Decal • Free access to Substantial Discounts with Office Depot • Free download of Chamber logo for your use - “Proud Member of Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce” • Free access to our “Member 2 Member ” Discount Program • Free Job Posting - Add your posting to Chamber Website • Ability to list your business events on the public calendar on the Chamber website • Free Listing on the Chamber App powered by MyChamberApp

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Please remember to utilize the Chamber App, which is another resource that the Chamber provides to drive traffic to your business. This mobile friendly business app allows for easy access to local businesses while you are on the go. In addition, Chamber members can access events and add events to their calendars as well as get reminders and special deals via push notifications. To download this app, go to www.MyChamberApp.com/download, visit your app store, or scan this QR code. To become a Coral Springs Chamber member, please visit our website at www.cschamber.com or call the Chamber office at 954752-4242.

Remember people do business with people they know, like and trust!

Sport Clips Haircuts

Upcoming Events Professional Women’s Alliance Luncheon Wednesday, February 5th Location and Speaker TBA Members $25, Future Members $35 After Hours Networking Tuesday, February 11th Location: Buca di Beppo Time: 5:30 pm. – 7:00 pm Members $10, Future Members $15

port Clips Haircuts, a place that makes it good to be a guy, is new to Coconut Creek and is located at the Coconut Creek Plaza, 4450 N State Road 7 (in front of Home Depot, next to T-Mobile and Batteries Plus). This is the first location in the city, adding to the more than 1,000 Sport Clips across the country. “What’s better than being in a relaxing environment, where sports are on TV everywhere you look, with well-trained stylists and no need for an appointment when it’s time for a haircut?” said Adam Eglin, Team Leader for the new Sport Clips. “Those are just a few reasons why we know Sport Clips will be a hit for the guys here in Coconut Creek.” Sport Clips offers clients: • The MVP Experience – precision haircut, massaging shampoo, steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage • Stylists who specialize in male hair care and stay up-to-date on industry trends • Haircut services without an appointment –

walk-ins are welcome • Large, flat-screen televisions playing sports programming at each haircut station and in the lobby, along with reading materials • Special lighting and massaging chairs in the shampoo area to promote relaxation • Male-focused hair care and styling products “It’s exciting to open our doors and let people come in and experience it for themselves,” said Eglin. “The Sport Clips concept continues to grow as a hair care option for guys, a great place for stylists to work and as a franchise business investment opportunity. We’re glad to be a part of it.” Sport Clips in Coconut Creek will be open Monday – Friday 10:00am – 8:00pm Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm For more information, visit http://haircutmencoconutcreekfl.com

About Sport Clips Haircuts Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas and was established in 1993 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan. The sportsthemed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 20 “FastestGrowing Franchises,” and in the top 10 percent of the “Franchise 500.” Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the “Top Franchises for Veterans” by Franchise Business Review. Our “Help A Hero” program has raised almost $2 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Elliott Sadler, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit www.sportclips.com.

Wake Up Breakfast Tuesday, February 18th Location: The Marriott- Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard Time: 7:30am to 9:00 am, sponsored by The City of Coral Springs Members $20.00, Future Members $30.00 To RSVP for these events, please go to www.cschamber.com or call the Chamber office at 954-752-4242.

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• Government & City - Coconut Creek • Message From The Coconut Creek Mayor By Becky Tooley

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he City is excited to announce that lacrosse is making its debut in Coconut Creek. Residents can learn the basic fundamentals of lacrosse. Classes are available for ages 6 to 14. There are three sessions available: Session I on Thursdays, February 13, 20, and 27 (Register by February 8); Session II on Thursdays, March 20, 27 and April 3 (Register from February 3 through March 15); and Session III on Wednesdays, April 16, 23, and 30 (Register from March 3 through April 12). The cost is free and all equipment will be supplied by the City of Coconut Creek. Another great concert will take place at the Coconut

Creek Community Center on Lyons Road. On Sunday, February 9th at 4 pm, Solid Brass, a 8-piece band will play Classic Rock and R&B songs from the 60’s through the 80’s that was made famous by horn bands such as Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Joe Cocker, The Doobie Brothers, and Stevie Wonder among others. Bring your blanket and chairs. Coolers are welcome, or you can purchase food and drinks from Bobby G’s Drivin’ Diner. Please no pets! This is a great community event where you can sing-along to your favorite songs with friends! Mark your calendars! The 12th Annual B u t t e r f l y Festival will take place on Saturday, February 22 from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Sabal Pines Park. There is something for everyone, from the Business Expo to the great fireworks display to end the day. The

Eagles Tribute Band will perform on the main stage. On the second stage will be Roxx (80’s Music), a Comedy Magic Show with Stephen and much more. A K-9 demonstration, food, rides and more will also be available. You can take the free shuttle from Monarch High School or the Recreation Complex to Sabal Pines Park. There will be no parking in the park that day. For more information, log-on to www.coconutcreek.net/ festival. Please do not bring your pets.

Please if you have any questions about our City, feel free to e-mail me at btooley@coconutcreek.net or call me at 954956-1404. Have a great February and

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

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• Community News •

Having A Criminal History Record Expunged Is A Crucial Step To Getting Hired

24th Annual ‘Walk For The Animals’ supports the Humane Society of Broward County By Nicol Jenkins

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hake a tail… and give back to your furry friends! Don’t miss this year’s Walk For The Animals event in support of our animals in need. Sign up now for the 24th Annual Walk For The Animals, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and sponsored by PETCO Foundation. The event will take place on Saturday, March 1st at Huizenga Plaza in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and is chaired by Carey Morgan and John Glorieux. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the 1.25mile walk will begin at 10 a.m. Honorary Chairs for the Walk include Jacey Birch of WPLG Local 10 News and U-Turn Laverne from 99.9 Kiss Country. You don’t need a dog to join in the fun! The walk is a fabulous way to meet fellow animal lovers, all while raising money for a great cause. There will be

a bounce house and face painting for the younger crowd. Dogs can receive the star treatment with doggie massages, red carpet photos, and a dip in the doggie pools; all while their owners enjoy free pancakes from IHOP and live entertainment from the Thunderhead band. Participants can also visit sponsor booths and pick up fun items.

There are a number of ways to get involved and help the HSBC reach their $530,000 goal. Participants can create a personal fundraising page at www.Walk4theAnimals.com and ask friends, family and co-workers to make donations.

Have a group of friends or coworkers that are dog lovers? Form a Pack or team and raise a minimum of $1,500 and your pack will receive special perks on Walk day. Some ideas to help you reach your fundraising goals are hosting a bake sale, a dog wash or a book sale. If you raise $150 you’ll receive the official Walk t-shirt and dog bandana. The more you raise, the more you earn including, an HSBC canvas tote bag, Kindle Fire HD and VCA Animal Hospitals’ gift certificates are awards for various levels of fundraising. The top three fundraisers will enjoy fabulous prizes for their hard work. The Humane Society of Broward County is a private non-profit organization made possible by the generous donations of animal enthusiasts like you. To learn more about the HSBC, visit www.humanebroward.com.

by Lara Rustici, Esq.

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s anyone who has ever been job hunting knows, background checks are routinely performed by employers. The concept of privacy is a thing of the past. Anyone with internet access can obtain virtually any information sought. With just a few clicks, criminal history records can be seen by the general public -- in their entirety. Even if an arrest did not result in a conviction, simply having an arrest record can cause serious challenges to people who are trying to find a job, get approved for housing, or even applying for admission to school. Contrary to popular belief, a criminal arrest record does not simply go away over time. Instead, arrest and court records remain public and permanent unless a court renders an order to seal or expunge. Florida law sets forth the qualifications that must be met to have a criminal record sealed or expunged. First, a petitioner must never

have had an arrest record previously sealed or expunged in any jurisdiction. Additionally, the petitioner must never have been convicted of a crime anywhere, including criminal traffic convictions such as DUI. Finally, a petitioner can only seal or expunge an arrest record if it did not result in a conviction. The eligibility requirements to seal are slightly different from the requirements to expunge. If the Florida arrest does not result in a conviction or a finding of guilt, or is disposed by the Court by a “withheld adjudication,” then it may be eligible to be sealed. If the Florida arrest was ultimately dismissed by the state, or if the Petitioner was found not guilty at trial, the case may be eligible to be expunged. A sealed criminal history record means that it is no longer viewable to the general public. An expunged record means that the record has been destroyed. According to Florida law,

once sealed or expunged, the arrest and court records will be hidden from public view. Except under certain situations, as set forth in the statutes, a sealed or expunged arrest record will not be revealed in a routine, non-governmental background check. Certain exceptions do apply, which are detailed in the Florida Statutes. With certain exceptions, after a record has been sealed or expunged by the Court, the Florida Statutes allow you to lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge a criminal history record on certain applications. For more information, please contact the attorneys at Criminal Record Law, by phone at (800) 228-1099 or visit us online at www. CriminalRecordLawPL.com. Our offices are located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Call today for a no cost consultation to see if Criminal Record Law, PL is right for you.

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he Florida Fire Training Directors Our Chief of Training Mike McNally Association has named the Coral and his staff have done a wonderful Springs Fire Academy as “Florida job at bringing needed programs to the Fire Service Training and Education region.” Provider of the Year” for 2013. The The Donald A. Haupt Training Academy also received this distinguished Center has hosted and delivered training recognition in 2007 and 2011. for over 2,500 students in various fire and Out of 39 deserving training centers medical courses over the past year. The from all across the state, the Coral Academy has assisted the United States Springs Fire Academy was nominated Coast Guard with training, provided and selected as the recipient for this technical rescue training to the region coveted award. and FEMA USAR Florida Task Force The selection committee chose the 2, assisted in training South American Coral Springs Fire Academy for their Firefighters, and has provided valuable outstanding performance in training training, as well as numerous promotional current and future firefighters, as well as exams for area fire departments. their contributions to the development of The academy is a true asset to the fire innovative training programs. service providing in-service training to “The Coral Springs Fire Academy the firefighters of the Coral Springs Fire appreciates this recognition and is Department and partner agencies which proud to be able to provide training to prepares them to respond to and mitigate the fire service,” said Interim Fire Chief a wide range of hazards. Frank Babinec, “Our goal is to provide Congratulations to our local Fire By Nicol Jenkins education and development through Academy! partnerships with surrounding agencies. Parkland / Coral Springs / Coconut Creek & Surrounding Areas • February • www.TheOurTownNews.com

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• Schools •

Heron Heights Elementary School Family Fair and more… By Gaby Franklin his will be a fun month. Starting on February 1st, we have the Heron Heights Elementary School Family Fair. This is a great family event with bounce houses, games and good food. We will start at 12 and the fun will go until 5 pm. The fair will include rides, including The Wrecking Ball and 20-ft. slide, and games like: football toss, spray away and fish cups. The whole community can join in and support our school while having a good time. Come out and play with us! Also, if you would like to help through sponsorship, there are opportunities to sponsor rides. Please contact us through the PTA website at http://www.myvlink.org/hhepta/contact.php. On Thursday, February 6th, we will have an early release day. The PTA General Meeting will take place that same day at 9:30 am. On February 11th, it is HHE Family Night at Scarfone’s. Come enjoy a delicious Italian meal and support our school. School will be closed on February 17th in observance of President’s Day. Remember to go get your morning, or anytime, coffee and treats at Dunkin’ Donuts on February 20th. You can support HHE while getting your coffee! FCAT testing (writing) for 4th grade will take place on February 25 and 26. Last, but not least, we will be holding an Italian Family Dinner and Auction at Heron Heights. This fun night will run from 6 to 8:30 pm on February 28. Get your tickets in advance and come in to enjoy a good Italian meal and some family fun. Many cool items and baskets will be up for auction that night. February is a short month, but it sure promises to be a lot of fun. Keep on learning and having fun. Read us next month to stay in the know as to what is happening at Heron Heights Elementary School!

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A Busy Month At Park Trails Elementary School By Jeaneen Muller

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he month of February will be jammed packed with activities for our school and students!

Let’s get moving… Park Trails Elementary School will be having a Field Day for the students on February 12th and 13th, along with our yearly Jump Rope for the Heart event. It’s going to be a fun and active time for the students and a great way to help fight against heart disease. Please contact your child’s teacher for times and details on these events. Park Trail’s 3rd Annual Man in My Life event will be held on March 12th from 6pm to 8pm. It is going to be a great time, so plan to come join the fun. There will be various games to play and treats to eat. Just a reminder there will be early release on Thursday, February 6th and no school on Monday, February 17th in observance of President’s Day. FCAT Writes for 4th Grade will be held on February 25th, 26th and 27th. Please be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

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PostNet…….JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

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fter my first step through the doors of PostNet, I immediately realized that this is the store I’ve been looking for. Whatever your needs are for design work, printing, copying, or shipping, the friendly staff at PostNet will assist, and supply you, with the finest quality materials and service. Conveniently located at 8202 Wiles Road at the Riverside Square Plaza in Coral Springs, Postnet is your “onestop store” for all your printing needs Owner Jose Luis Mercader, along with NelsyArria and Vanessa Gill, will courteously, and professionally, take care of your business needs. Whether your requirements are for design work, printing, or mailing, PostNet can cut your time and expenses, and allow you to feel confident with their services. In the design portion of the business, PostNet can create logos, and assist you with branding, campaigns,

promotions, marketing materials, websites, mobile websites, and promotional merchandise, while supplying you with invitations, calendars and photo books on the personal level. Print-wise, PostNet can help by producing copy services, business stationery, signs, banners, posters, brochures, flyers, forms, and labels. The company also does binding, laminating, cutting, folding, stapling, and hole punching. PostNet will help you with email marketing, direct mail, faxes and fax to email. They can ship via UPS, FedEx, DHL, and USPS, and even custom packaging is available. Whatever your needs are as far as mail forwarding and parcel receiving, let PostNet handle the details. You can rest assured that privacy and security are at the forefront of these services. Postnet offers the correct mix of services and products

By Brian Weidenbacher to meet your needs. They can design your marketing collateral, print your presentations, and handle you packing and shipping. Private mailbox rentals, fax services, notary public, office supplies, and stamps are just a few of the “extra services” offered by this outstanding company. PostNet mailbox customers have 24-hour access to their mailboxes. Postnet is your neighborhood business center, supplying Coral Springs and the surrounding area with professional, convenient, friendly service. Stop by and see what Postnet can do for you, or your company. You can reach them at 954-752-4055, or visit PostNet at www.postnet.com/ fl154. The store is open Monday thru Friday, from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM, and Saturday from10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. PostNet …… Quality, neighborly service with your best interests at heart!

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Coral Springs Charter School Achieves ‘A’ Rating For Tenth Consecutive Year By Nicol Jenkins

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ur local charter school staff has much to be happy about since they have recently received a high honor. Coral Springs Charter School has achieved an ‘A’ rating not only this year but for the tenth consecutive year. The Florida Department of Education released the 2012-2013 high school grade results. Coral Springs Charter, along with Coral Glades High, Coral Springs High, J.P. Taravella High, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, all received an ‘A’ rating based on students’ performance relative to state standards, graduation rates, participation and success in accelerated courses, and postsecondary preparation. “Coral Springs Charter School is proud to be an A rated school for 10 consecutive years. It is our belief that, in addition to our strong academic curriculum, we provide a superior culture focused on personalization. All stakeholders play an integral part in the success of our school and we are thankful for their support,” said Coral Springs Charter School principal Gary Springer. “I am so proud of the Charter School students for their hard work and their commitment to building a strong future,” added Coral Springs City Commissioner Claudette Bruck. The City also congratulates the following schools for receiving an ‘A’ rating: Country Hills Elementary, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Park Springs Elementary, Westchester Elementary, Imagine Middle School at Broward Charter, and Eagle’s Nest Elementary Charter. Congratulations to our local school!

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Pine Crest student’s charity raises $3,600 for AIDS Foundation By Nicol Jenkins

Mary Help of Christians Catholic School Math Team Places At Competition By Helen Downey

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group of local students recently joined together to give back to a good cause. Creative Kids Care, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by Pine Crest School freshman, Rachel Rutstein, held a recent auction and showing of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the Frank Theatres in Delray Beach to benefit a pediatric health care foundation. Rachel Rutstein co-chaired the event with Pine Crest junior Rushane Wilson. Together with a team of Pine Crest School volunteers from Fort Lauderdale, Creative Kids Care raised $3,600 for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention, care, and treatment programs. The Creative Kids Care donation is enough to cover all medical treatments needed for ten children with AIDS for one year. To learn more about Creative Kids Care, please visit www.creativekidscare.com.

Back row left to right: Kayla Graham, Laura Chiarello, Cristian Benadia, Kayla Hadeed, Emily Pallack. Front row: Connor Gordon, Gabriel Feliciano-Munoz, Nick Landers, David Morales, Joseph McMahon.

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he Mary Help of Christians Catholic School math team made it count at the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Math Competition. The students took second place overall with its Division B team, and second place individually for sixth grade student Connor Gordon from Heron Bay, Parkland. Seventeen catholic schools and 200 students participated in the competition. MHOC Principal Dr. Stephen Brown stated, “We are proud of both of our teams and look forward to calculating our way through the rest of the competitions this year!” Division A Team included: Laura Chiarello, Joseph McMahon, Cristian Benadia, Kayla Graham, and Kayla Hadeed. The Winning Division B Team included: Connor Gordon, Nick Landers, Gabriel Feliciano-Munoz, David Morales and Emily Pallack. Congratulations to our local students!

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Taravella students learn the impact of crashes By Jenna Horowitz

J.P. Taravella High School DECA students brought ooh’s, ahh’s and oomph’s to fellow students through a presentation by the Florida Highway Patrol and their Rollover Vehicle and Safety Belt Convincer. J. P. Taravella’s DECA chapter recently hosted a five-period outdoor assembly as the final event in their Distracted Drivers Destroy Dreams project. This three-month long chapter project came to a “crashing” close with an opportunity for students to ride in a safety belt of the Florida Highway Patrol spoke survey and parking lot observation convincer and witness the effects to the audience about local high of safety belt use. They are expecting of not wearing a seat belt through a school students who have suffered in a positive change in the 73% use of rollover simulator, both manned by the past few years from injuries and safety belts by students, which was Florida Highway Patrol officers. fatalities associated with distracted recently observed by JPT DECA Outdoor bleachers were filled driving crashes. Students left each members. with 300 plus students and teachers assembly with to learn about the consequences D i s t r a c t e d of distracted driving and how to D r i v e r s learn safer habits while on the road. D e s t r o y Multiple students from each class Dreams key period were able to ride in the seat chains, and belt convincer, which strapped them h o p e f u l l y , into a seat going ten miles per hour safer driving that came to an abrupt stop. This practices to device is meant to recreate a crash carry out while where a car swerves off the road behind the and hits an unmoving object, such wheel. as a telephone pole or tree, thus D E C A ’ s showing students who are riding d i s t r a c t e d and watching the convincer how driver project vital a seat belt is even at a low rate will play a of speed. school-wide Students and teachers were also P o w e r P o i n t able to witness the rollover vehicle presentation on using dummies, which showed how JPTV and class easily an adult and young child can d i s c u s s i o n be thrown out of a car in a crash if questions will they fail to wear their safety belts be provided properly. The truck cab spins at 30 for teacher use. m.p.h. and throws the dummies out The project of the vehicle through the windows. will end with After the simulators had been a post-project displayed, Sergeant Mark Wysocky www.TheOurTownNews.com • February • Parkland / Coral Springs / Coconut Creek & Surrounding Areas

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his month, Riverside Elementary School is filled with love and caring. Highlighting the month will be our Jump Rope for Heart Celebration on February 21st! Riverside students will be learning how the heart works, why it is important to keep the heart healthy and how to be heart-healthy for life, in conjunction with raising money for the American Heart Association. During our celebration, Riverside students will be jumping rope and enjoying other heart healthy physical activities.

Below is our Calendar of Events for the month of February: February 7: Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dads sponsored by PNC Bank, from 7:15-7:50 a.m.; and there is a Valentine’s Dance from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. February 11: Interims go home. February 17: No School! February 19: PTO Meeting 8:15 a.m.; and Papa John’s Night. February 25-26: FCAT Writes for 4th grade. February 26: SAC meeting at 2:15 p.m. We hope our school community has a wonderful month filled with activities!

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

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eff Towfighi is a magician. He can break down a computer is sixty seconds, and put it back together in fifty-nine. There 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 competent assistant Charles Lennon (no relation to John), 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 954-345-2422, 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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n April 12, 2014, The Country Club of Coral will play host to the Stoneman Douglas Eagle Regiment Golf Tournament. So, grab those clubs, lace on those golf shoes, and support a great cause for a wonderful organization of young adults. This fund-raiser will support the Eagle Regiment Marching Band program. You and your friends can enjoy a day of great golf and fun, while helping the Marching Eagles Parent Association with the purchase of new uniforms, maintaining instruments, and assisting with supplement travel costs for students during the competitive season. JM Lexus will be sponsoring the Hole In One competition for this wonderful event. Entry fee is $125 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf at a first-rate golf course, cart, goodie bag, banquet, awards, and a beverage. A Longest Drive and Closest To The Pin Contest will also be in place for the event. The tournament will feature a Scramble Format, with Team Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place. Registration begins at 12:00 PM, followed by a Shot Gun start at 1:00 PM. Following the tournament, an Awards Ceremony and Banquet will begin at the conclusion of the event. Individual tickets for the dinner can be purchased for nongolfers attending at $35 per person. For more than 24 years, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Marching Band, under the direction of Mr. John Rusnak, has performed and marched in some of the nation’s most prestigious events. With pride and perfection, the band has appeared in the Tournament of Roses, the Fiesta and Peach Bowl, The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the

DOUGLAS GOLF TOURNAMENT ….. SOARING WITH THE EAGLE REGIMENT Governor’s Inaugural Parade. For additional information on the golf fundraiser, or the Eagle Regiment Marching Band, kindly contact Karen Daum, Public Relations Director for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Marching band at www.kdaum@

By Brian Weidenbacher bellsouth.net, or you can phone 954253-8313 or 954-757-6112. The school is located at 5901 Pine Island Road in Parkland. The Majory Stoneman Douglas Eagle Regiment ….. a true commitment to excellence!

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individual students, creates a bond between teachers and pupil. Trust, understanding, and compassion from the educators, forms a learning skill for the students that helps them gain confidence and belief in themselves. Self-motivation is definitely the key to an education at Pivot Charter School.

PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL …… SELF MOTIVATION EDUCATION

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chools have certainly changed since I attend them long ago. So much so, that I didn’t realize “online curriculums” may well be the future of education. At the Pivot Charter School in Tamarac, Dr. Angela Combs has instituted a program that all students can adapt to. Students from all learning levels are given an opportunity to take their education into their own hands. The program is designed to utilize an online curriculum in a site-based learning center environment that allows students to work at their own pace, receive immediate tutoring, practice in small group instruction, be involved in school-wide activities, and receive individualized support from site-based, and online Florida-certified teachers. Pivot Charter School is a public charter school. Students can participate in the program at NO COST! It doesn’t matter if a student is charging forward with their education, or falling behind, Pivot Charter School can assist them with their educational desires. Students at the school in

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By Brian Weidenbacher Tamarac arrive from many different areas of the community. The school has classes for students in grades 6 through 12, with an enrollment of approximately 200 students. Pivot Charter School supplies students with two learning sessions, 8:00 Am to 1:00 PM, and 11:30 Am to 4:30 PM. This enables students that have jobs, or those that participate in sports, to continue their endeavors and not be pressured into being in a classroom for eight hours. Students have complete access to teachers, and also may utilize a “journal board” to seek answers to questions, or problems, students may have. Every morning, Dr. Combs personally greets each student outside as they arrive for their classes. A warm smile, and a soft message, is Angela’s assurance that each student is special, and deserves to be treated with respect and honesty ……. a quality she looks for, and insists, that every teacher has. Basically, there is no pressure put on the students. “Pace” is the main objective in the learning process. Social understanding, and relationship with the

The program is available to accelerated students that wish to expand their options, students with personal obligations or scheduling constraints, students with college preparatory goals that require accelerated classes unavailable at their local school, or any student looking for choices. Students work with their advising teacher to set their schedule and courses to fit their learning needs. They move through their courses at their own pace, while having access to “one-on-one” help from certified teachers. Caring for students is vital in their education, and Pivot Charter School opens its doors, and hearts, for each and every student that walks through the doors. Students are safely educated in a new “state-ofthe-art” learning center, that provides pupils with a flexible, customizable program that fits their educational requirements. Visit Pivot Charter School at 8155 North Pine Island Road in Tamarac, and witness for yourself the educational concept that may be beneficial to not only your child’s future, but the future of generations that follow. You can call the school at 954-720-3001 for additional information concerning this wonderful learning center. You also have the ability to apply online at www.PivotCharterSchool.com. Pivot Charter School ……. A next generation school for a new generation of students.

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Our Town America.... A F u n -F i l l e d T h r e e D a y C e l e b r at i o n

Springs 4th of July Celebration, Parkland Days, Bingos, various festivals, and their Annual Golf Tournament, to name a few. The organizations contributes to such charities as Women in Distress, Kids in Distress, the Brookwood Home for Girls, Providence Place, and Wheelchairs for Vets. Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatic Studios offers classes in a variety of dance and acrobatics. Mrs. P’s “Broadway dancers’ have performed in various festivals, prominent hotels in the tricounty area, and other festivals. Founded in 1974, the Kiwanis Club of Coral Springs sponsors five Key Clubs and one Builders Club in area schools. Their support includes SOS Children’s Villages-Florida, Christmas in July, Gildas’s Club of South

Florida, and many more. The American Business Women’s Association, helps fund the Brookwood Home for Girls in Coral Springs. The organization meets monthly to do activities, instruct the young ladies in job and interview skills, and basically try to shape their lives in a positive manner. Our Town America runs Friday, March 7th through Sunday, March 9th at the Coral Springs Sportsplex, located at 2575 Sportsplex Drive. The hours of operation are: Friday 6:00PM to 11:00PM Saturday 10:00AM to 11:00PM Sunday 12:00 NOON to 6:00PM Admission is free. There is a charge for food and the amusement rides. Parents will be able to purchase wristbands

for their children at a cost of $25, allowing them unlimited rides in the amusement area. There will also be a $5 charge for parking. For additional information, or questions about participation in Our Town America, kindly call 954-752-0126, or visit them online at www.ourtownamerica. org. Our Town America ……. The yearly celebration that lasts a lifetime!

DANNY’S … NOT YOUR ORDINARY MEAT MARKET

n 1975, owner’s Joe and Pam Grosso opened the doors of Danny’s Meat Market, Iproviding customers with friendly service, an

incredible selection of fresh quality meats, and value for their dollar. In 38 years, nothing has changed ….. except now the couple offers an array of freshly made sandwiches, quiches, assorted homemade stuffed breads, Italian groceries, salads, desserts, homemade healthy soups, pre-made meals, our own spiral honey baked hams, fresh turkeys from Virginia for your holiday meals, catering, custom gift baskets, cakes, various desserts, and numerous “Weekly Specials”. Did I say nothing has changed? The “Specials” offered range in price from $29.95, which includes cube steaks, chicken legs, ground beef, pork chops, ham, and hot dogs, to $54.95 entitling you to steaks, ribs, chicken, hot dogs, Italian sausage, pork cutlets, and a pork roast. Create your own sandwich from a wonderful selection of meats and cheeses, or pick one of the many “healthy options” Danny’s has to offer. These days, price, quality, and freshness seem

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to be a by-gone commodity …… but not at Danny’s! As your eyes survey the wonderful assortment of pork and beef roasts, plump chickens, fresh turkey breasts, filet mignon, the ever favorite leg of lamb, beautifully sliced chops, and assorted mouth-watering homemade sausages, you will find it virtually impossible to make a wrong selection. Remember that kid in the candy store that was “you” ….. well, now you’re the “grown-up” in Danny’s Meat Market making better, healthier choices for you and your kids. Offering an assortment of “pre-made” meals, delicious homemade soups, hot and cold platters, cheese cakes, our signature tiramisu, and assorted cheese cakes (Italian, strawberry, cherry, blueberry and more). The “fish selection” includes lobster tails, shrimp cocktails, sushi grade tuna, and tilapia filets. Without question, Danny’s is in a class by itself. Not only can Danny’s Meat Market supply you with any desire you may have in the “meal or food” realm, but Danny’s can create

the most beautiful designed cake for that special day. Having a party, or “get-together”? Call Danny’s and have them cater it. Party Planning is available …… Large selections of appetizers, desserts, personalized cake pops, cookie pops, cup cakes, edible arrangements, and edible centerpieces. Create your menu, give them a call, and rest easy. Joe and Pam have it under control. For any, and all of your food needs, pass by Danny’s Meat Market at 9813 West Sample Road in Coral Springs, or give them a call at 954-752-6290. You can also visit them on their website, www. dannysmeatmarket.com. You can phone in your orders and have it ready when you arrive. Danny’s Meat Market is open from 8:00AM to 6:00PM (Monday thru Friday), and 8:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturday. As Archie Bunker once said, “Man was put on this earth to eat meat”. If Archie was still around, he would be at Danny’s Meat Market every day. Why do you think he called his son-in-law “Meathead”?

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MOUTH-WATERING BRAZILIAN STEAKS AND BURGERS

By Brian Weidenbacher ll of us, at one time or another, has had a craving for that certain food we just have to have at that moment, or for a meal. For myself, and I can only assume for many others, it’s that juicy, delicious hamburger. In my humble opinion, Giraffas Brazilian Steaks and Burgers is in a class by themselves. Located in Pompano Beach, at 1955 North Federal Highway, Giraffas offers a menu that will have you scratching your head for a selection. The Brazilian Classic Burger portion of the fare has been a staple at this eatery for years. Whether you select the Giraffao (my favorite), Gala de Briga, or the Brutus, your taste buds will be amply satisfied. You simply order your burger the way you like it cooked, and the fun begins piling on the toppings. Also featured on the menu are steaks, chicken filets, salmon, tilapia, wonderfully prepared Brazilian Stroganoff, and South American-Style salads. Quinoa is the latest health craze item around the world, and is portioned into a number of the salads. Giraffas “Chef’s Signature Specials” are unbelievably priced items at $9.90 each. The Sauteed Shrimp Moqueca has a distinct flavor, and essence, unmatched by any Brazilian restaurant around. This perfectly assembled dish carries just the right amount of green and red peppers, onion, tomato, and coconut milk. The shrimp are plump and tasty, while the rice flawlessly compliments the sauce. The Frango Parmegiana is a unique twist on chicken parm. Flame grilled chicken breast is served with melted Gouda cheese and tomato sauce, with sides of rice and French fries. Like I mentioned before, it’s a “unique twist” on an old Italian cuisine favorite. On the dessert side of your meal you will discover that a tough choice has to be made in deciding whether to select the Brazilian Guava Cheesecake, or the Petit Gateau. Both are extremely delicious. As far as my recommendation …… the Petit Gateau! It’s a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. The friendly staff is ready to accommodate you, and your guests, with a delightful experience, while eating at a place that features a distinctive new approach to dining. Giraffas is open Sunday thru Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM). On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open from 11:00 AM to Midnight. For additional information, directions, or questions, call Giraffas at 954-840-8608, or visit their website at wwwgiraffas.com. Giraffas ….. bringing Brazil’s flavor celebration of great food to you!

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t’s not very often that I get overwhelmed with performances by young children doing hand-stands, or tumbling on a floor, but what I witnessed at Intensity Gymnastics & Parkour is hard to put into words. Marlene and Heinz Rosenecker have established their training facility as “the most complete gymnastics learning center available”. Opening its doors in September, Intensity Gymnastics & Parkour offers the finest training available in an 18,000 square foot facility located at 1690 Banks Street, in Margate. It offers instructional classes for ages 18 months through adult in gymnastics, and ages 7 and up in Parkour. The philosophy is to train each athlete to their fullest potential at a pace that best suits their individual needs, talents and skills. Each student is professionally instructed by teachers

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that are “hand-picked” by Marlene and Heinz. Scott Higgins instructs a group of young girls that are as skilled and eager to, hopefully, blossom into Olympic athletes. These young athletes are well-trained and educated in a manner that is conducive for any serious gymnastic student seeking perfection. Faith Lerro, Alex Greenwald, Kristen Hauser, Kourtney Coven, Alexandra Ardila, and Sophia Rosenecker have all been a part of the Intensity Gymnastics training, and the effort I observed from these remarkably talented individuals was astonishing. Adam Potash handles Level 6-7, the feeder program for the next level. Skill, more than age, dictates their basic development. As Ashley James, Adara Noble, Isabel Spikes, Ava and Elyse Potash, Audrey Stringer, Gabrielle Greenwald, and Shannon Feerik-

Hillenbrand performed their training routine, each child that comprises this group executed their practice with perfection. Even at an early age, these gifted students are taught that repetition is the key to mastering perfection. These truly talents kids practice about 30 hours per week. Classes are set for mornings and evenings (about 4 and a half hours each). An enjoyable, safe environment surrounds the kids, enabling each athlete to achieve their full potential. Brad Short handles the Parkour side of the training. Without question, this is serious holistic training,using movement that was developed from military obstacle course training. Parkour is a disciplined art form where the practitioner explores his, or hers, own physical capabilities within endless environments. It includes running, climbing, swinging,

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vaulting, jumping, rolling, and quadrupedal movement, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. “You approach fear with anxiety and understanding, while feeling a certain calming effect”, Short said. “It’s a harmonized chaotic nervousness that is conquered by your ability to accomplish your goal”, he added. As Brad went through his routine, the concentration and “tunnel-vision” appearance etched on his face, transformed into a solid, well-performed routine that immediately made me realize that this is an intense, serious workout that brings out the best in any person. There’s and emotional, physical, and spiritual side to this hour and fifteen minute fantastic form of workout. Your first visit to Intensity Gymnastics & Parkour is free. You can even join one of the classes for a “trial run”. If you’re thinking about changing venues and becoming a student at Intensity Gymnastics, a complimentary “One Week Free Membership” is waiting for you. Classes are offered in Competitive Team USAG Level Gymnastics, Recreational Gymnastics, Pre-School Gymnastics, AfterCare, Mommy and Me, Birthday Parties, Open Gym, and Parkour. Call Intensity Gymnastics & Parkour at 954-532-4088, for additional information, Summer Programs, Classes, Parties, or Open Gymnastics. Intensity Gymnastics & Parhour …… perfecting the training of young athletes!

Intensity Gymnastics & Parkour 954-532-4088

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North Hills Cleaners Offers The Best In Quality And Service

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By Trish Giando wner, Yorda Hawkins has worked with dry cleaning and alterations since 1977 and has been in Coral Springs for the past 20 years.

  At North Hills Cleaners, you can be assured that all items will be well taken care of and in a timely manner.

  Here you’ll find honesty, integrity and excellent service. “I strive to be the best in both quality and service. I like to treat people the way I expect to be treated,” said Yorda.   If you have a problem stain, they will use the best method without compromising the fabric. Often their expertise enables them to share tips on preventative methods as well. “I try to be honest and loyal to my customers and I am here to help them in any way I can,” said Yorda.   North Hills Cleaners offers dry cleaning and laundering with alterations available on the premises. They also specialize in leather, suede, area rugs and pillows along with cleaning and preservation of wedding gowns.   North Hills Cleaners is located at 4628 N. University Dr. (NW corner of University & Wiles Rd.). 954-227-7788. Open weekdays 7 am to 7 pm and Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm.

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CORAL SPRINGS SPINE AND NERVE …

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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. Dr. Craig Kuhlmeier & Dr. Aliyah Stotter D.C. are the owners of Coral Springs Spine & Nerve, located at 9720 West Sample Road in Coral Springs. Call the 24 hour Helpline at 954-752-7373, and start on your way to a healthier you.

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LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER

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prings Wellness Massage offers customers the ultimate in relaxing massage therapy with a trained Asian staff presenting the best in Asian Massages. Entering the doors, you are greeted by a courteous staff member confirming your appointment, and leading you into a magical world of relaxation, while gentle music fills the establishment with serene, peaceful sounds. Offering the finest in a Relaxing Body Rub, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone, Shiatsu , and Ashiatsu (Back-walking), Springs Wellness Massage has something for everyone. Whether you call for an appointment, or simply “walk-in”, the friendly staff assures that your visit will be calming, peaceful, and tranquil. The Grand opening for Springs Wellness Massage was in November 2013. Owners Lily and Cindy pledge that every patron will receive the finest massage, while pampering you with unequalled service. Call Springs Wellness Massage today at (954) 608-1401, or visit them at 7865 West Sample Road in Coral Springs. Springs Wellness Massage is in operation from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, open 7 days a week. Following a hard day at the office, tough day at the golf course, or simply needing to unwind, the courteous staff is standing by to “get the knots out” of your tired body. Springs Wellness Massage …… pampering their customers on a daily basis.

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New Year...New You!

By Brian Weidenbacher

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 natural bio-electrical to work out your muscles more effectively than a traditional workout. This incredible device helps flatten the stomach, reduces 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!

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BEACH HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE …..

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Chiropractic Physician Dr. Alfredo Cajar, likes to keep things simple when advising patients about their health issues, and the different methods and treatment options he offers. After only a few visits to his office, I realized that his ideas and beliefs are genuine, and his treatment options are different for each individual. Basically, a correct diet and nutrition program, combined with exercise, provides patients with a lifestyle conducive for health and a prolonged existence. “The more patients I see, the better I become as a physician. It may sound odd, but this way I don’t lose focus”, Dr. Cajar said. Without question, healthy nutrition and a good diet lead to a better lifestyle. Genetics, unfortunately, plays a major part in our life and our health. We learn from our parents. We eat what they give us, and usually go through life with the same eating habits, whether healthy or unhealthy. The way we eat, how our bodies process food, and our resulting health are related to our genetics. Dr. Cajar Parkland / Coral Springs / Coconut Creek & Surrounding Areas • February • www.TheOurTownNews.com

can determine the best diet for you to maintain your optional metabolism, lose weight, and improve your health. Everyone’s needs are different, and a wellconstructed diet plays an integral part in our lives. Nutritional health care is essential. Protein, unquestionably, is the single most important thing that our body needs. Sugar, unfortunately, is the least. Dr. Cajar will revolutionize your eating habits and diet in a safe, easy manner. He will individualize your nutritional intake to achieve your proper weight, increase your mental and physical performance, and optimize your metabolism and gain more energy, and live a better life. He will look at a patients deficiencies and prescribe the proper path to take. A lifestyle change takes time. It doesn’t happen overnight. Purification of the body is the first step. The process of a “change to a better life”, is a road that leads to happiness. Dr. Cajar will convey his game plan to you, and your life will suddenly take a turn for the netter. He will check out any health issues you may presently have, and formulate a diet, taking into consideration your family’s history and traits. He will decide your nutritional needs, and always add, but never take away from what you

By Brian Weidenbacher need. Beach Holistic Healthcare is precisely that …… a healthcare center, not a weight loss center. Body fat plays an essential part in the human body. As in everything, too much is detrimental. “Basically, anything sold in a box, is not refined, and bad for you”, Dr. Cajar said. “Eat less refined foods, stay away from sodas, and be smart about your caloric intake”’ Cajar added. “Carbs stick with you, and the results are not favorable. Even store bought milk, to an extent, is not refined”, lamented Cajar. Manufacturers of orange juice add dyes modify their product. For anyone choosing to live a better lifestyle, determination and willpower play a major part. We have to coax our bodies into burning fat. What you eat, or don’t eat, has much to do with your health and well-being. Beach Holistic Healthcare is located at 1304 East Atlantic Boulevard, Suite C, in Pompano Beach. Office hours are Monday through Thuirsday (9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM). You can call Dr. Cajar at 954-796-2611, fax him at 954-5731695, or email drcajar@gmail.com. Visit Dr. Cajar and Our Town News readers will receive a Nutritional Evaluation, or adjustment, for only $30.00. Beach Holistic Healthcare ……. “Whole person health”!

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ife insurance is probably the most important insurance policy you will ever purchase. It is important to know what types of policies are out there and what the benefits are for each. More and more people are now living longer and outliving their life insurance. This is your last legacy you will leave to your family and loved ones, so why not make sure they are adequately protected. There are three types of life insurance: Whole Life, Universal Life and Term Life. Below will explain the key differences in all three so you can make the most informed decision. Term life insurance, just as the name says, is purchased to last a set amount of time or a term. Terms may be from one year to 30 years. The amount of time that the life insurance is purchased for should represent the time that an insured person feels they need that coverage. Sometimes people use the length of their home mortgage, and sometimes they think about how many years their children will depend upon them for support. Since the life insurance company only takes on liability for a set amount of time, they will offer larger premiums. Of course, longer terms will usually cost more than shorter terms. But the fact that a term exists, means that this sort of life insurance will cost less than any permanent insurance for the same face value of death benefits. Whole life insurance is the next type and is the traditional form of life insurance. It does not expire at a set term, as long as you continue to pay the premiums. The policy will last for an insured’s whole life. It can also build up a cash value that can be taken out or borrowed against. In this way, Whole life is not just insurance; but it can also become an asset. Whole life insurance is, of course, more expensive then term life for the same amount of coverage. However, in small amounts, it can be an affordable way to purchase life insurance that will settle final expenses for an older person, or a person with health issues. Finally, we have Universal life insurance. Universal life insurance is a fairly new product compared to the others and is more complicated. It is permanent life insurance, but can also have a term insurance rider. For instance, a man with three kids may want extra protection while his children are young. Then, when he anticipates that his children will not depend upon him, he may drop the extra term life, and just have the permanent life insurance. The central thing about universal life insurance is that it is also used as an investment. Policies may be tied to market rates, so any money put into the policy that is not needed to pay for the current life insurance bill could grow as an investment. This can increase the value of the policy’s cash amount, and even increase the face value or death benefit of the life insurance. It is important to have some sort of protection in place regardless of your circumstances. Making sure your family is well taken care of should be a top priority!

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THE HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE GURU

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re you ready for Obamacare? Well, get ready! Healthcare reform takes effect on January 1, 2014. Don’t navigate into the unchartered-waters of Obamacare alone …… let Morty Katz be your Independent Insurance Agent. Since the start of Morita Financial Concepts, founded in 1982, Morty has dedicated himself to providing the finest service and products for his clients. His “out of the box” vision and thinking, produces the needs and goals for his many clients. Morita Financial Concepts can, and will, provide you with the right policy that suits your needs.

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Whether it’s Annuities, Disability, PPO/HMO, Life and Health, LongTerm Care, Group Insurance, Mortgage Protection Plans, or Pre-Need/Financial Expense Planning, Morty can relieve the burden in the selection of a plan that’s right for you. This Independent Insurance Agent “Guru”, can also take care of your Life Insurance, Term Life Insurance, Permanent Life Insurance, Whole Life Insurance, Universal Life Insurance, Single Premium Whole Life, Health Insurance, Retirement Planning, Disability Insurance, and Supplemental Health Insurance. Morty’s knowledge and understanding of every aspect of the insurance laws and qualifications, are

• Business Connections • explained and clarifeid to his clients before a choice is made. Morty’s insurance expertise separates him from most other agents. If you’re suffering from lack of sleep trying to figure out what plan is best for you, waking up with knots in your stomach, or getting headaches wondering what tomorrow will bring, Morty can cure your symptoms and ease your mind. Call him at his office (954) 256-0747, or (954) 854-6585 (cell). You can also fax him at (267) 589-3230, pay him a visit at 8400 N. University Drive, Suite 213, Tamarac, Florida 33321 or email inscenter124@aol.com. Check out his website for additional information and ideas at www. Moritafinancial.com. Morita Financial Concepts, Inc. will provided needed assistance for you and your loved ones. Morty Katz, “The Health & Life Insurance Specialist” …… a “Guru”, becoming an “Oracle” in the insurance world!

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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, tune-ups, 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 954969-9111 for all your auto needs. Discount Tire and Auto Repair ……. Taking care of your car’s needs, while saving you headaches and money!

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he Coral Springs Police Department was awarded the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Gold Standard Excellence, making it the first and only department in the country to receive Accreditation with Excellence for both Law Enforcement and Communications. CALEA recently changed their accreditation programs to challenge and hold enrolled clients to a Gold Standard of best practice resulting in considerable benefits. Prior to receiving this, the Coral Springs Police Department received the Flagship Law Enforcement Accreditation and Communications accreditation.

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Coral Springs Police Department Received Highest Level Of Accreditation

The award signifies the agency is not only a stellar agency but has successfully met a body of internationally recognized professional standards in one of four public safety credentialing programs offered by CALEA: Law enforcement accreditation, public safety communications accreditation, public safety training academy accreditation and law enforcement recognition. “Accreditation validates a police department’s standing in the community, making sure that they are following the necessary principles

and guidelines of the top law enforcement agencies in the country,” Police Chief Tony Pustizzi said. “We know we have a great Police Department, but when we hear that out of 130 top agencies in the country that we are the best in the country, it is truly a humbling experience,” City Manager Erdal Donmez said.

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As We See It… Is My Pet Food Really Safe?

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t seems like just yesterday that we had that massive Pet Food recall and yet recalls continue as does the controversy that surrounds pet foods. We hear customers continue to ask, “What is the best food for my pet?” Most of the recalls of foods have been on dry kibble products by the biggest brands in the world. The main problem that is cited is Salmonella. This is a bacterial contaminant that is transmitted by poor sanitation. So why is this a problem? All major brands of pet foods are owned by large food manufacturers that should have the expertise and facilities to produce a healthy product. They speak of precise formulations, quality ingredients, and freshness in packaging. We see pictures of the clean and sterile manufacturing plants that make it almost impossible for human hands to even touch the product. The FDA and the USDA always issue the same warning every time there is a Salmonella scare… wash your hands after handling, be sure the food is well cooked, etc. Most of you may not have thought of this but kibble is a baked product. It has undergone many hours of a high heat process to create the finished product. In addition, many of the ingredients are also cooked products. Chicken meal, fish meal, meat meal, etc, are all rendered products, meaning they are cooked at high temperatures then dried at high temperatures. If we are told that cooking makes Salmonella safe and dry pet food is cooked, where does the contamination come from? We need to start that investigation at the source of the ingredients. We usually associate Salmonella with meat. Dry kibble pet foods often contain less than 10% meat and then cooked well done which should kill the bacteria, which, if they are using the premium meats they imply, the kibble should be uncontaminated. Are you paying for quality that is not there? Meat meals are usually made from non-human consumption meats, which means, they may already be contaminated. Let’s also look at the flavor coatings they add to make this

un-natural kibble palatable to your pet. They are usually cooked fats and oils. Again, we see that it is cooked so it should be Salmonella free. Hmm…. And to top it off, they usually list some ingredients and a package to keep the product fresh and safe. These products are anti-bacterial. If kibble is less than 10% real meat, then what is the other 90% of this food and how can it benefit our carnivores? Given just these few questions, is it possible for dry food to NOT be contaminated? And without even touching the quality of the other food waste that goes into manufactured pet foods, there are other things to consider as well. If you can’t buy an ingredient in the food store, then it’s not a food and should be suspect. As with our diet, the best foods for our pets are fresh, local when possible, and seasonal. It should be prepared with the minimum amount of processing. In the case of our cats and dogs, this is a variety of real meats, fed as naturally as possible. Our pets’ diets, like our own, require many different foods as each food has its’ own unique list of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients to offer the body. It is time to step back and ask ourselves, is this food in my pets’ best interest or is it really only for my convenience. Bill Piechocki, nutritional and animal health specialist and Dr Diane Sudduth, DVM are principles at BioVance Animal Health which operates Fiesta Pet Deli in Pompano Beach, FL, and are also co-hosts of the #1 educational PetHealthCafe.com internet radio show. For over 40 years in the animal health field, they have provided us unparalleled vision and information which they pass to their clients on a daily basis. You may reach them at www.BioVanceAHcom or 800-940-7387.

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t is no secret that today’s home burglaries are a problem. According to data from the FBI 2012 crime report it suggests that we can expect 1 in Robert Zajic every 36 homes in the United States to be burglarized in 2013. Each burglary usually results in an average loss of $1,675 per break in. Statistically 34% of burglars enter through the front door and head directly to the master bedroom. The most common items in the master include cash, electronic equipment, gold, silver, jewelry, and guns. Other entry points include, 23% enter the home through the first floor windows, 22% enter through the back door, 9% enter

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through the garage, 6% enter through other unlocked entrances and storage areas of the home, 4% enter through the basement, and 2% enter through second floor entrances. The next areas to be targeted are home offices and formal rooms with openly displayed valuables. Most of these items are easy to sell through pawnshops and flea markets or are easy to pass on through a black market type of trade for use in the perpetration of other crimes. The misconception is that most burglaries happen at night because people falsely believe that criminals prefer to operate under the cover of darkness, whereas in fact they occur between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. These are the times people are at work and kids are in school. The peak time is 10 am to 3 pm. Homeowners are usually home after 6 pm and this significantly increases a burglar’s chance of being caught. In 2011, the United States led 68 countries in the frequency of burglaries. The United States reported over 2 million burglaries in 2010, while England and Wales together came in second with just over 500,000 reported burglaries. One of the most important things to a burglar is to be able to get in and out of a home quickly and with very little hassle. On aver-

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age, a burglar will spend eight to twelve minutes in a home. The more difficult you make your home for burglars to enter the less likely they are to target your house. With affordable technological advances today it could possibly play a large part in the reduction of burglary rates throughout the US. This is why we suggest you invest and purchase a quality alarm system WITH a quality surveillance camera system. The best thing is to have one professionally installed so you know you are adequately covered. Some insurance companies will also give you a discount on your homeowner’s policy for having these systems installed. Alarm signs and (or) decals are also a great way to let potential burglars know your house is protected. Currently, data shows that homes without security systems are 2.7 times more likely to be targeted by a burglar. Whichever company you choose to purchase and install your systems, make sure they are licensed, insured and reputable. Make your home more difficult to enter by installing jams on windows, patio doors and deadbolts on all entry doors. Ensure that overgrown shrubbery is trimmed, and keep the outside of your home clutter free and make sure to lock your doors. Inter State Security Corp is located at 9660 West Sample Rd. #104 Coral Springs, FL 33065. For more information, call 954-753-4700.

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BILL DALY INSURANCE … 37 YEARS OF FRIENDLY SERVICE

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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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Calendar of Events February 1- Saturday 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. Family Fun Day and Car Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Downtown Coral Springs, 9400 W. Sample Road • Call 954-345-2119. Fishing Derby, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, Parkland • Call 954-757-4113. Jerry Seinfeld, 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood • Visit http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Jake Shimabukuro, 8 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs • Call 954-344-5999. Happy Lunar New Year, Vietnamese Music Show, 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood • Visit http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. February 2- Sunday City of Parkland Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Equestrian Center at Temple Park, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland • Call 954-753-5040. February 4- Tuesday Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center, Sunrise • Visit http://www.thebbtcenter.com. February 5- Wednesday Steve Solomon’s Cannoli, Latkes & Guilt!, Showtimes vary; Show runs til February 16, at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs • Call 954-344-5999. February 6- Thursday Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center, Sunrise • Visit http://www.thebbtcenter.com. February 7- Friday Movies in the Park- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Part 2, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Parkland Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End Parkland Call 954- 753-5040. February 8- Saturday 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. Smooch Your Pooch, 9 a.m. to Noon, at Barkland Dog Park, 9245 Ranch Road, Parkland • Call 954-753-5040. February 9- Sunday City of Coconut Creek Homegrown Concert- Solid Brass, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Coconut Creek Community Center February 13- Thursday Alan Parsons Live Project and The Orchestra with former members of ELO, 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Visit http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. February 14- Friday Happy Valentine’s Day! Andrea Bocelli, 8 p.m. at BB&T Center, Sunrise • Visit http://www.thebbtcenter.com. Darlene Love, 8 p.m. at Parkland Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale

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The People’s Tenor- Michael Amante, 7:30 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive • Call 954-344-5999. February 15- Saturday Isn’t It Romantic… An Evening with Nicole Henry & Her Band, 7:30 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive Call 954-344-5999. Unitown 2014, 8 a.m. at Gold Coast Camp, Lake Worth • Call 954-344-1063. 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. February 16- Sunday City of Parkland Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Equestrian Center at Temple Park, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland • Call 954-753-5040. Liza Minnelli, 7 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5 AVE, Fort Lauderdale • Visit https://www.browardcenter.org. February 19- Wednesday Masters of Illusion, 7:30 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive • Call 954-344-5999. Trisha Yearwood, 8 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5 AVE, Fort Lauderdale • Visit https://www.browardcenter.org. February 20- Thursday Coral Glades High School Drama presents: Little Women the Musical, 7 p.m. at JP Taravella High School, 10600 Riverside Drive, Coral Springs • Call 754-322-1250. February 21- Friday Deana Martin “Deana Sings Dino”, honoring her father, the King of Cool- Dean Martin, 7:30 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. The show will also run on February 22 at 7:30 p.m. • Call 954-344-5999. Coral Springs Mayor’s Office Hours at Whole Foods, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Whole Foods Market, 810 N. University Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-344-5911. Hoedown event, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Equestrian Center at Temple Park, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland • Call 954-753-5040. February 22- Saturday Concerts in the Park- Dueling Piano Show, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pine Trails Park, 10561 Trails End, Parkland • Call 954-753-5040. February 25- Tuesday Demi Lovato, 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center, Sunrise • Visit http://www.thebbtcenter.com. February 27- Thursday Panthers vs. Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center, Sunrise • Visit http://www.thebbtcenter.com. February 28- Friday Without A Hitch: A Comedy Murder/ Mystery Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. The show will run through March 30th; showtimes vary. • Call 954-344-5999. Sergio George presents Salsa Giants, 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood • Visit http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Disney Junior Live! Pirate and Princess Adventures, 4 pm and 7 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise • Visit http://www.thebbtcenter.com.

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