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• Feature Story • MRS. P’s ……. A TRUE “DANCING WITH THE STARS” STUDIO By Brian Weidenbacher


t Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatic Studio, children and adults can develop a strong technical background, as well as gaining the needed experience to perform in a happy, friendly atmosphere. The Studio offers a wide variety of classes on all levels of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern, and Voice. The training needed is presented to the students by trained, responsible instructors that are knowledgeable, patient, and well-versed in their field. The name Pozzuoli is not merely just a staple in the city of Coral Springs, it’s an “institution of learning”. Joseph (Mr. P) and Rosemarie (Mrs. P) have been instructing students in the art of dance and acrobatics since Moby Dick was a minnow. Together, they’ve baptized their pupils with the talent and ability that can only be taught by “true professionals”. Mrs. P’s has showcased numerous dancers for the past 35 years, while the facility, instructors, and “end results” captured, go unmatched. The Ballet classes are Cechetti with strong nods to Russian and French accents. The ballet mistresses are well-versed in pointe, modern, and lyrical. With a variety of styles and teachers, all of the Jazz classes are ballet-based. Students are taught turns, leaps, and jumps, as well as the hottest Hip-Hop and Funk combinations. The Combo classes, for pupils 2 ½ to 6 years of age, offers sessions in ballet/tap, or jazz/tap in each discipline for half hour increments. Acrobatics are

taught to students from 3 ½ to adults, based on their individual skills and knowledge. Beginners are introduced to basic tumbling skills, while intermediate and advanced students are taught handsprings, aerials, and intricate tumbling passes. A spring board is used in the more advanced classes. Lyrical is a combination of ballet and jazz. It incorporates the stability of ballet with the raw energy of jazz. Contemporary music, coupled with strong emotional content, creates a very powerful dance form. Musical Theater introduces students to singing, dancing, and acting. The students are exposed to monologues, character pieces, and ensemble work. For the more advanced students, Pointe is offered. This is a difficult form of

dancing, with an extremely strong emphasis on body alignment and shear strength. Voice, is for student 5 years of age to adults. Certain exercises are used with emphasis placed on pitch, range, and pronunciation. Music styles range from Broadway “legit” to Pop and Country. Style, harmony, and live performance are worked on in class, as well as integrating music theatre, interpretation, and dance. The studio has produced performers that have become Heat dancers, Disney dancers in Orlando and Tokyo, dancers at Busch Gardens, Las Vegas, the Rockettes, Broadway Roundabout, Pal Joey. Performers have also performed in the cast of “Spamalot”, and “So You Think You Can Dance”. Currently, Sami Gayle, formerly a Broadway dancer, was in the Broadway “Grinch Who Stole

Christmas”. She also performed in “Gypsy”, an action film “Stolen” with Nicolas Cage, “Detachment” with Adrian Brody, and is currently in “Blue Bloods”, as Tom Selleck’s granddaughter Nicky. Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatic Studios doesn’t teach just dance. Additionally, they have a Teacher Training Program which has been immensely successful. Many of these teachers that have gone through the program, have become entrepreneurs in the dance school business. Mrs. P’s Broadway Dancers is a group of specially talented individual performers, split into 3 different age groups with 6 levels, ages 7 to 23. This exceptionally energetic, and talented group, are well-trained artists. The group has performed at the Boca Hotel, the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, the Fontainebleau Hotel, Doral Country Club, the Bonaventure Hotel, the Sonesta Beach Hotel, and the Poinciana Club to name a few. They’ve also performed on the cruise ship Discovery I with the “Tokens” and the “Crests”, as part of the Fort Lauderdale Spring Break reunion with Frankie Avalon and Connie Stevens. The time, care and attention given to each student, defines Mrs. P’s ……. simply stated, unmatched, untouched, and unparalleled professionalism. Mrs. P’s Dance and Acrobatic Dance Studio has three convenient locations to choose from ….. in Coral Springs, at 9631 West Sample Road (954) 753-5480 …… Boca Raton, at 23102 Sandalfoot Plaza Drive (561) 488-1961 …….. and Port St. Lucie, at 584 NW University Blvd., Suite 200 (772) 408-0567. Joe and Rosemarie would enjoy the opportunity to properly instruct your child with the knowledge and expertise bestowed on thousands of other students over the many years of instruction. Mrs. P’s …… not only offering instruction and training, but opening windows for future stars and leaders! • December


• Contents • Parkland / Coral Springs / Coconut Creek & Surrounding Areas • November 2013 Issue 67 (828)

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What Happens If You Do Not Have A Will Or A Trust?


By Alan Reinfeld of Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A.

ecently, there has been an influx of intestate probate cases into my office; so I decided to discuss intestacy. If a person does not have a will or trust, and they pass away, then the estate is called intestate. Intestacy specifically refers to a person without a proper estate planning document. If you are intestate, there are several possible scenarios which may occur. Intestacy mainly occurs when there are assets titled in the deceased person’s name which cannot be accessed by any individuals. This can be a little dry. Depending on whether you are married and have children, there have been recent changes in the Florida intestate laws in 2011. If you are married and: Spouse has no descendants, the surviving spouse inherits the entire estate. If all surviving children or grandchildren are of both spouses, and the surviving spouse has no other kids or grandchildren, the surviving spouse inherits the entire estate. If there are descendants of either the living or deceased spouse which are not descendants of the other, then the surviving spouse inherits one-half of the estate. However, if you are not married, then the estate falls into a particular order. I will only go through the first 3 orders of intestate succession, for a more in-depth look, please view Fla. Stat. 732.103. “To the descendants of the decedent.” This includes children of the deceased, as well as grandchildren. “If there is no descendant, to the decedent’s father and mother equally, or to the survivor of them.” “If there is none of the foregoing, to the decedent’s brothers and sisters and the descendants of deceased brothers and sisters.” And so on, for any more information, please view the statute. So what does this mean? Without properly setting out your wishes in a proper estate planning document, a disowned relative may have an interest in your estate. Whoever will manage your affairs after you pass away may not be the person you would have chosen for the job. If you wished to leave a gift for someone not in the intestate statute order, it likely will not happen. Sometimes, it is better to plan ahead, and avoid the complications or fighting that may ensue if your future is not properly planned and laid out.

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• Government & City - Parkland •

Mayor Michael Udine’s Parkland Report


he big news that everyone is talking about around town is the Broward School Board’s boundary process. To those who haven’t been following, here is a brief update. Our local schools are ALL considered under enrolled right now by the School Board, except one, Heron Heights Elementary. HHE is over capacity by a few seats and Park Trails Elementary was under enrolled by almost 250 seats. So the Broward School Board placed HHE in the boundary process for the simple process of a boundary change to even out the student population between HHE and PTE. Please rest assured that all of the proposals presently in play, guarantee that ALL children currently in Parkland for school, will stay in Parkland for school. However during the process, the idea of boundaries in future years was put into play. Everyone is aware that there is more residential building going on in Parkland. We all see it. What people might not be aware of is that the City of Parkland cannot stop any building based on school concurrency. That decision is the purview of the Broward County School Board and they have signed off to allow residential building in Parkland, saying the schools in the area can handle potential building and the future increase in students. Their professional demographers use student generation rates and the


timing of new homes to determine if the area schools can handle the capacity. They have determined that the schools can handle the increased capacity. Regardless of what the School Board said, one of the things that Parkland did, as we were monitoring this future buildout was to make sure that the land developers did MORE than the School Board required. By way of example, the School Board required the new projects in the Wedge area to pay the School Board impact fees of close to 11 MILLION dollars (in land and dollars). These impact fees, by law, are supposed to pay for the “impact” of new students and must be used for more student stations, if necessary. Here’s where this gets a little tricky. Since the Broward School Board is saying the schools in the area are in fact under enrolled, they are not planning to use those dollars (which are by law, set aside to build new school stations) to build new schools or school stations in the area. They claim, per their professional demographers numbers, is that that schools in the area can handle the increase in students. Remember, the new homes will come in over time and not all will be sold to families with children. So as you are reading this column, you are probably saying to yourself: “what if the School Board is wrong; what if the present schools can’t

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handle the increase in students?” That is a fair and appropriate question. I assure you that Parkland has prepared for that contingency. Even though, Parkland, by state law, is not responsible to provide for school stations, we demanded that the developer set aside dollars that we put in a “Parkland Education Fund.” These dollars, almost $2 million at present, provides Parkland with the ability to DONATE (for free) permanent modulars (not portables) to expand the number of classrooms in our area schools. In Parkland, we did not want to risk the education of our children to the risks of overcrowding, so we prepared a “just in case plan”. Again, hopefully, the Broward County School Board has the ability to build a new school on the land set aside in Parkland, but if not, Parkland will be there to assist with more student stations, just in case! If you want to follow updates on this issue over the next few months, check out the Facebook page, ‘Parkland Unites for Neighborhood Schools’. As I am sure there will be more twists and turns to this issue. Reach out and “Friend me” if you want to follow me on Facebook, or look me up on Twitter (www. if you want to follow my updates. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me at

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• Government & City - Coral Springs •


he holidays will soon be upon us and I hope to see you all at our annual Holiday Parade on December 11 at 7 p.m. The parade will feature decorated floats and other entries along Sample Road from Coral Springs Drive to City Hall. The parade will feature The Jetsons, courtesy of Advanced Cable Communications. Please note that Sample Road west of University Drive and east of NW 110th Avenue, and Coral Springs Drive north of NW 29th Street and south of NW 37th Street, will be closed on the night of the parade from 5 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. The parade will wrap up our 50th anniversary celebrations. It was a year full of celebrations and I hope you didn’t miss out on the fun. The 50th Anniversary events have been made possible through the support of our wonderful sponsors, which include: Al Hendrickson Toyota, Air Around The Clock, Baptist Medical Plaza at Coral Springs, Advanced Cable Communications, Broward Health Coral Springs, FPL, and Scott J. Brook, P.A. For information on the 50th Anniversary, please visit To find out about becoming a parade volunteer, call Volunteer Services at 954-346-4430. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be held on Thursday, December 12. For more information on participating in the 2013 Holiday Parade, call 954-345-2112 or visit holidayparade. In other news, bond credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed Coral Springs’ Aaa general obligation rating. Coral Springs is one of just two cities in Florida (Boca Raton being the other) and 22 cities nationwide to have earned a Aaa general obligation bond rating from all three rating agencies (the other two rating agencies are Standard and Poor’s and Fitch). The Aaa general obligation rating is based on the City’s reduced, but still sizable tax base, sound financial management practices reflected in historically strong financial reserves, and a minimal debt position with material future borrowing plans. Maintaining a Triple-A bond rating during these very difficult economic times was not easy but the diligent efforts of our City Commission working alongside staff made it happen. If you haven’t already, you should be receiving our new


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trash bins from Waste Pro. Starting January 2014, Waste Pro will collect all household garbage, recyclables and bulk items. For more details, visit I’ve heard that residents are really enjoying the Coral Springs Mega Green Market, hosted by ShopGreenMarkets. com. If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t miss it every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Downtown Coral Springs, at 9400 W. Sample Road. The Market offers fresh and local produce, including fruits, vegetables, baked goods, grains and nuts, gluten free and vegan ready products, flowers, plants and more. 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 Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the City on Facebook at For behind the scenes photos, follow us on Instagram at CoralSpringsFL.

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Finally, A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Back & Leg Pain and Sciatica Caused by Bulging, Herniated or Squashed Discs. In this doctor’s opinion, the best breakthrough treatment for serious back pain of our age is NOT surgery, but a non-surgical, safe and painless, state-of-the-art technology now available in Coral Springs A very well known surgeon told one of my very first patients...”That won’t hurt you, but it’s not going to help.” Those were the words of this well-known surgeon. He was referring to my new disc machine that reduces and eliminates the back pain and sciatic pain out of those with disc problems.

If you are suffering with back pain or sciatica pain due to a bulging, herniated or degenerative disc, this may be the most important article you read this year.

The Back Surgeon Was Dead Wrong! Lucky for my patient, he chose to take my advice. After a thorough examination, I determined he was a candidate for Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression. I recommended a course of treatments to my patient’s delight, the severe back pain he had been taking drugs for was going away. By the end of his treatment, he was totally pain free! He was pain free and off the pain medications for good. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your legs or toes Finally, Some Good News If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs, I GUARANTEE that you will be accepted for treatment only if I truly feel that you can be helped. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told: • Try exercising • Try pain shots • Try physical therapy • Try dangerous back surgery • Try pain medications • Just live with it • Try muscle relaxers If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work or made you worse.

Caution! Decompression is DIFFERENT than old time traction or hanging upside down or inversion machines, which can make your muscles squeeze the discs even harder!

Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Break through Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine I’m callling my squashed disc machine. How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought...”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart...I would feel a whole lot better.” I know you have. And it makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the discs to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! In my clinic, I’ve treated hundreds of patients with nonsurgical spinal decompression with great results so there should be no reason your back pain should be any different. Actually, I’m so sure we can help you with your back problem. I’m willing to back it up...but not with hot air.

I GUARANTEE to accept your case only if I truly feel that you can be helped. That’s right. I can guarantee your acceptance because there are only a small percentage of people that we can’t help. And I’m not going to let you know why you’re not right for the treatment. Call our 24 hour helpline anytime. We can get started with your consultation exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Craig Kuhlmeier D.C. What Some Of Our Patients Who WERE Good Candidates Have Had To Say About Our Program: I have had low back pain since 1992. It would hurt like an “abscess” and go down my right leg to my ankle. It would hurt whenever I was sitting or standing so I would have to switch every few minutes. I didn’t want to have surgery so I tried decompression. I was hoping to have less pain and now I have no pain! If you hurt, don’t wait as long as I did to get help. I’ve never been to an office where I’ve been treated as wonderfully as I have by Dr. Kuhlmeier and his staff. Don’t wait. Go! Brenda Lee - Receptionist - Parkland, FL


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

Upcoming Events Professional Women’s Alliance Wednesday, December 4th at Carolina Club 3011 Rock Island Road, Margate from 11:30am – 1:00pm Speaker: Senator Nan Rich Members $25, Future Members $35


ongratulations to the City of Coral Springs on another successful event celebrating the City’s 50th Anniversary. “Bruce in the USA” went off without a hitch and a great time was had by all who attended. The City staff and lots of volunteers did an outstanding job in giving our residents and businesses that small town feeling of camaraderie and fun in Coral Springs. Leadership Coral Springs Class of 2014 has hit the ground running! This group of 21 business leaders just participated in Simsoc training, an interactive simulation that “is a life changing experience”. The class has already started their fundraising efforts to support the DECA and BPA programs in our local high schools; stay tuned to hear about their progress. I am excited to announce that the Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce has partnered with MyChamberApp on the release of a smart phone application that will be available on November 18th. The App is available for free download for Android, Apple, and Blackberry. The Coral Springs Chamber will be hosting free webinars on Mobile Marketing so stay tuned to your email. The app will offer the following features: It is a mobile friendly business directory that allows for easy access to local businesses while you are on the go. You, as the consumer, can search for a business by category or by distance from your current location. Chamber members can access events and add events to their calendars as well as get reminders and special deals via push notifications.


Rosedale Brick Oven celebrated the opening of their Coral Springs location, located at 2049 N. University Dr., with a ribbon cutting. Stop by for some delicious brick oven pizza or freshly made pasta.

Chamber members will be able to receive a free featured listing on the app which will feature priority placement, member logo and one touch call and directions. To download this app, go to www., visit your app store, or scan this QR code. To become a Coral Springs Chamber member please visit our website at or call the Chamber office at 954-752-4242. Remember people do business with people they know, like and trust!

The Coral Springs Chamber held the Lunch and Learn at Broward College and learned a lot about networking thanks to Judi Hedge.

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After Hours Networking Tuesday, December 10th Location: Bucca Di Beppo Time: 5:30 pm. – 7:00 pm Members $10, Future Members $15 Wake Up Breakfast Tuesday, December 17th Location: The Marriott- Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Boulevard Time:7:30am to 9:00 am, sponsored by The Coral Springs Chamber. Join us for Speed Networking Members $15.00, Future Members $25.00 To RSVP for these events, please go to or call the Chamber office at 954-752-4242.

Cindy Brief, Coral Springs Chamber President, presents Judi Hedge, On the Edge with Judi Hedge, with a certificate of appreciation.

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Number of Employees Annual Dues 1 to 4 ……………………… $315 5 to 10 ……………………… $355 11 to 20 ……………………… $430 21 to 50 ……………………… $545 51 to 100 ……………………… $655 100+ ……………………… $875

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


he City of Coconut Creek will be busy with events during the month of December. The eventful season kicks off with a Senior Expo on December 6th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Coconut Creek Community Center at 1100 Lyons Rd. It is free admission to the event. Plus, there will healthcare vendors performing different types of medical screenings. The Broward Health ManVan will be doing a 30-minute screening for $75.00. Everyone is welcomed, but this is geared for residents 55 and older. Take a break from your holiday shopping to join us on Sunday, December 8th from 4 pm to 5:30 pm at the Band Shell behind the Community Center on Lyons Road. Bring your blankets and chairs. Coolers are also welcome, and Bobby G’s Drivin’ Dinner will have some delicious food for sale! Please leave your pets at home as they are not allowed in the park. I would love to bring my Buckie, but I also need to follow the rules. Buy your wristbands early for the Hayride on December 20th in Sabal Pines Park at 6 pm. The wristbands are being sold at the Coconut Creek Recreation Center and the Community Center. Enjoy the Holiday Hayride, S’Mores, hot chocolate, and the movie Arthur’s Christmas will be shown. The Florida License on Wheels will visit the Coconut Creek Community Center on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 9:30 am to 2 pm. You MUST pre-register to secure an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted. Call 954-545-6604 to make your appointment. You can find complete details at www.coconutcreek. net/events.


Due to the holiday, the Commission will only be meeting on December 12th. The meeting on December 26th is cancelled. Please feel free to call me at the office at 954-956-1404 or e-mail me at If I do not have the answer, I will send you to the appropriate person. Please remember those residents who may be in need or alone on the

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holidays. This season can be the most joyous time of year, but it can be the loneliest time of the year. From my husband Frank, Buckie the boss of our house, and myself have a blessed Holiday Season filled with family, good friends, good food and fun! Please don’t forget the real meaning of Christmas and the Holiday you celebrate. May the New Year bring you good Health and Happiness!


• Community News • City Of Coral Springs Delivers Holiday Cheer To Families By Nicol Jenkins


he community of Coral Springs is once again coming together for the holiday season to help those lessfortunate families in your backyard. Celebrating 18 years in Coral Springs, the Giving Tree project brings together the local community to collect and distribute toys, non-perishable food and cash donations to those families in need in our City. Any extra items will go to helping fill the pantries at local churches and synagogues. “The City created the Giving Tree project in December of 1995, with the goal of providing food for families in need in our community,” said Maria Giacalone, Senior Community Relations Coordinator for City Hall in the Mall and organizer of the Giving Tree project. The Giving Tree is co-sponsored by City Hall in the Mall, Turtle Creek Wal-Mart and Advanced Cable Communications. Donations of food, toys and money will be accepted at City Hall in the Mall through December 17th. The annual tree inside City Hall in the Mall is made from cans of food and gifts donated by Wal-Mart and will eventually go to needy families in the community. Residents can see the tree and donations at the official kickoff ceremony, which will be held on Friday, December 6th at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Mall. The need for food and gifts for the holidays continues to grow for our local neighbors in need. “Every year seems to have a greater need. Things happen to families during the year, and when the holidays

come around they really need the extra help. That is when we, the community, come together to provide the extra that they need, whether it is food items or toys,” said Giacalone, adding, “It is very rewarding being able to see that our community comes together during this time and that our local residents are ready and willing to donate and help their neighbors here in the City.” For more information on how you can help out with the Giving Tree project, call 954-344-1834.

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• Community News • A MARINE’S STORY...SERVING HER COUNTRY By Brian Weidenbacher


fter completing an article last month about a golf event featuring our Veteran’s, I neglected to mention our country’s women that serve in our military. My apology is extended to every branch of the military where our wonderful women serve with duty, honor, and courage. An extremely nice young lady, by the name of Mylene Gibbs, brought this oversight to my attention. For those that know me personally, it was an unintentional error, as I possess the utmost respect for everyone that serves in our military. Mylene was born in Puerto Rico. Her father was a contractor for the Navy. She served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982 through 1986, at the age of 18. Following Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina, her military career took her to Georgia, Camp Pendleton, California, and Okinawa. During her training, Mylene was educated on the range. She could break-down an M-16 in 30 seconds, and put it back together in 29. “I was Honorably Discharged after 4 years, and I can honestly say those were the best years of my life. I have absolutely no regrets and certainly

no hostilities. It was intense training, but we were treated with total respect”, noted Gibbs. Her father was present at her graduation creating a lasting moment that she still remembers vividly. “He was my biggest supporter”, Mylene lamented. Now residing in Coral Springs with her family, Mylene is a Travel Advisor/Franchise Owner for Bolero Travel Cruise Planners. She has traveled the world, visiting practically every country, and reminisces about her time in the military ….. a life worthwhile, and a life well-spent. Congratulations are extended to not just Mylene Gibbs, but EVERY woman (and man) that serves, has served, and will serve, keeping our great country safe. Thank you from an entire nation. To you, Mylene Gibbs …… Semper Fi, do or die!

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Riverside Elementary School’s December News By Sherry Rosen Assistant Principal at Riverside Elementary

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We can hardly believe we are in the midst of the holiday season and are getting ready for the New Year! This month at Riverside Elementary School, we are excited for our Rocky Chorus students to be performing at Barnes and Nobles Book Store, 2790 N. University Drive, on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for this festive event! A portion of the proceeds goes to Riverside PTO. Please stop by Dunkin Donuts on Riverside Drive and the Sawgrass, and purchase a treat to support Riverside on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Also, our December SAC/SAF meeting will be on the 11th at 2:15 p.m. All community input is appreciated. The staff and children at Riverside Elementary wish our community a safe and happy holiday season!

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e hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. The holidays are here and we will be enjoying Winter Break shortly! Before then, we have some activities going on at our school. There will be a PTA Board and general meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 5th. Please attend to hear an update on the programs that have already taken place and the ones to be held during the rest of the school year. You might want to sign up to volunteer for one of the upcoming events.

By Gaby Franklin Find the perfect holiday gift for your loved ones! The Heron Heights Holiday Shop will open on December 9th. Find great gifts for the children to shop for siblings, teachers, and even their parents. The Holiday Shop will run until December 13th. The same week, we will have Scarfone’s Family Night. Come out to Scarfone’s on December 10th, enjoy a nice meal and support our school. December 14th is HHE Dunkin’ Donuts Day; enjoy some fresh tasty donuts!

After having a nice, busy second week of December, there is early release on December 19th and no school on the 20th. Winter Break starts on December 23rd and activities will resume on January 3rd. We wish everyone a nice, safe and Happy Holidays! May you enjoy the season with your family and loved ones, and may the next year be very productive and full of new adventures! • December


• Schools • It’s the Holiday Season at Park Trails Elementary By Jeaneen Muller


he holidays have already begun at Park Trails Elementary School. Park Trails’ Annual Harvest Drive was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who participated in donating food, because of your generosity we were able to help feed local families in need.

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Please help support our Playground Project. We are currently in the process of obtaining quotes for the renovations, so be on the lookout for our fundraising initiatives once we get back the proposals. In the interim, tax deductible donations can be made via the PTA website. We are also getting the kids excited and involved through our ‘Pennies for Playground’ program, which is a collection of loose change by the kids in their classroom. Our Holiday Shop will begin on December 13th through the 19th. This is a great opportunity for students to purchase gifts for their families and friends for the Holidays! The Broward County Assessment Tests (BAT) for Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th begin on December 2nd and go through the 6th. Please remember to have your child get plenty of rest and have a good breakfast during that week of testing. There will be an early release day on Thursday, December 19th, and schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 20th through January 3rd. School will resume on Monday, January 6th, 2014. We wish our Park Trails Elementary School students and families an enjoyable Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year. See you back in 2014!

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new high-tech and college-prep Free Public Charter School opened in Margate in August 2013.

iGeneration Empowerment Academy of Broward is a school where every students get a computer rather than a backpack full of textbooks. They provide students in grades 6-12 the individualization of online courses combined with the personal attention of teachers on campus five days a week. Over 50% of their junior and senior students are dual enrolled in Broward College, earning college credits while in high school.

“We are redefining the way students learn through innovative techniques. Students perform better if they are engaged, and what a better way to do that than through the use of technology stated the Interim Principal Dr. Timothy Lafferty. Students at the iGeneration Academy Project3_Layout 5/10/13 10:02 AM Pageas1 well as technological receive 1personal attention

resources you would expect from a school of the future. Students at iGeneration Empowerment Academy receive high-tech learning with face-to-face instruction. Students are allowed to move at their own pace in highly collaborative environment while teachers proactively respond to their individual challenges and strengths. iGeneration promises every student that they will qualify for entry to a four year college upon graduation. Currently, they are paying tuition for over half of their Junior and Senior students to be dual enrolled with Broward College. These students will graduate from high school with college credits, saving their families m time and money. To find out more about this Free Public Charter School call them at 754-444-2660 or visit their website:

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• Schools • Living in a technology rich world What does technology mean to you? Ask fifty people this question, and my guess is that you will receive fifty different answers. We all perceive technology differently. I for one love the fact that technology has enabled me to view information from around the world by simply looking up the latest trends on my local search engine, or better yet, have the latest information sent directly to me. The very premise of having a world of communication only a tap away from me at any given time has me hooked on technology. Tablet Computing for all of us Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last three years you all know about the revolutionary device that was launched in April of 2010 that has in essence changed the way we interact with digital devices, of course I’m talking about the Apple iPad . Not only did the iPad spawn a tablet war but it also gave us the “Mobile OS” (Operating System) revolution. Now I’m using my finger to surf the net, play words with friends, check on the weather, add to my calendar and tell the world what I just ate for breakfast. You have to love technology, ok maybe not the “what I had for breakfast” bit, but the rest is something that a decade ago we really would not have thought about as having access to on a personal device. Get back some battery life with IOS 7 Apple launched a brand new version of their mobile device operating system IOS 7 on Sept 18th, at the time of writing this article they are now up to V7.0.3, that’s three new updates in just over a month, whenever I see that kind of release rate on software one has to ask the questions. Did they release too early? Did they not do enough testing? Is the public being used as beta testers? My biggest gripe with IOS 7 is that it has killed my battery life both on my iPad as well as on my iPhone are some tips for extending that battery time as much as possible 1. Exit power hungry apps a. Double click on the “Home Button” to activate the multitasking carousel view and simply swipe these apps that you are no longer using away. In particular power hungry apps include apps like Pandora, I Heart Radio, Skype or your GPS app. 2. Are you in a bad cell area? a. Whenever your reception is bad your cell phone will be trying its best just to stay on the network, this in itself kills your battery life, you’d best help yourself by turning on airplane mode or turning off your cell phone while you are in the bad cell reception area. 3. Turn off Background app and content refresh a. This worked like a charm for me, it almost doubled the amount of time I had on my phone. b. Disable it by going into Settings / General / Background App Refresh


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n 1975, owner’s Joe and Pam Grosso opened the doors of Danny’s Meat Market, providing 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 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. With the holiday’s right around the corner, Joe and Pam stand ready to supply you with all your holiday needs. Whether ordering complete Turkey Dinners with all the trimmings and desserts, or a beautifully designed gift basket for any occasion by Pam, Danny’s takes your worries and solves them in the tastiest manner. 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, 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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By Brian Weidenbacher

wners Ed Pozzuoli and Tom Gendusa have taken Italian dining to an extremely higher level, serving not only the finest food and drinks, but “old world cuisine with an eclectic flair”. The casual upscale dining and fabulous cuisine served at Tavolino’s, is unmatched in quality, freshness, and presentation. The servings at this nostalgic restaurant, are quite simply, the absolute best in the city and surrounding areas. Tavolino Della Nonna, meaning “Table of my Grandmother”, reaches and unparalleled comparison, blending Nouvelle cuisine with traditional Italian cooking, to establish a taste that goes beyond the ordinary. The restaurant itself is a mixture of elegance, charm, and “family-style” allure. “Nonna’s Room”, is like sitting at your grandmother’s kitchen during the 1950’s at Sunday dinner. Original 50’s table and chairs, along with a refrigerator, stove, sink, and other memorabilia navigates the mind to an era when life was simple, fun, and innocent. The nostalgic room creates a mental picture, while the food paints a vivid remembrance to your palate. “Weekly Specials”, depending on availability, adorn the menu. A creation of pasta stuffed with pears and cheese, covered in blue-cheese Alfredo sauce, is an appetizer that would be a chart-topper anywhere. Patrons ordering this fabulous appetizer, tend to scrape their plates to gain every morsel of this dish …… if no one was around, I would actually lick the plate. Whether ordering pasta,

chicken, veal, or fish, you can decide how you would enjoy it prepared. The Seafood Risotto and Blackened Grouper, with tropical salsa, is my personal favorite. After your dining experience, it’s time for dessert. Toss a coin on your selection as everything is home-made and delicious. The Chocolate Volcano, will leave your mouth erupting for more, the Tower of Cannoli will lean gently off your fork into your mouth, and Nana Rose’s award winning Ricotta Cheesecake will smoothly slide down your throat. However, with the great selections on the menu, the Amaretto cookies call your name like Dean Martin’s “olive oil voice”. The freshness and flavor of these cookies explode in your mouth, while sending your taste buds in ten different directions. Tavolino Della Nonna is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday from 11:00AM to close, and dinner on Saturday and Sunday from 4:00PM to close. A private room is available for parties, events, seminars, meetings, and a catering and take-out menu is available. Tavolino is located at 10181 West Sample Road in Coral Springs. Call the restaurant for reservations (suggested) at 954-509-0046. For additional information and a tour of Tavolino’s menu and photos, visit their website at www. Tavolino Della Nonna ……. Great Italian dining, with Grandmother in mind! Tuesday - Thursday ....... 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM Friday ............................. 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM Saturday ......................... 4:00 PM to 2:00 AM Sunday ........................... 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Monday ........................... Closed • December


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GG’s of New York Italian Restaurant and Pizza Now that’s Italian!! By TRISH GIANDO


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s of New York brings back many wonderful memories of when I first moved to South Florida. The Delgardio family established their restaurant business in 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. The family opened the North Lauderdale restaurant in 1976. Today, I consider it to be an icon for this community. My husband and I were newcomers to South Florida back in 1977. We were homesick and because of our Italian descent, we found it difficult to find a “good” Italian restaurant. Alas, we happened upon GG’s of New York. The red-checkered tablecloths, excellent food and warm atmosphere made us feel as if we had found a taste of “home” right here in South Florida. Not many businesses in Florida remain at the same location for this many years. This is a testimonial in itself. GG’s is still offering the finest of Italian recipes, handed down from three generations in the Delgardio family and prepared with the same special care. As a family-run restaurant, they know how important family meals really are. My favorite lunch is the Pasta Faggioli – it tastes just like my Mom’s. Planning a celebration? Party platters are available, ideal for family style events or buffets. Their signature dishes are sure to please guests at any celebration. They offer lunch and early bird specials and a children’s menu. Beer and wine are also served. Prices are good, food is great and the service is exceptional. Check them out. GG’s of New York is located at 5440 N. State Rd. 7, North Lauderdale. 954-484-0400. Hours are: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Open 7 days a week. Dine-in or take out. You may also view their menu online at


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Renzo’s Italian Restaurant in Parkland 5965 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Parkland, FL 33067 For Reservations Call:

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here is a really excellent restaurant at the far end of a shopping plaza, with a BJ’s as the anchor store, on Hillsboro Blvd. just west of State Rd.7/441. This unassuming location is not where you would expect to find one of the best restaurants in the area. Renzo’s Italian Restaurant Parkland owner Patrizia Furlan and Chef Giuseppe Carriero along with a gracious and friendly staff will give you as enjoyable a dining experience as you are likely to find anywhere. Here are a few recommendations for you when you visit. One of the Chef’s favorites is the Linguini Frutti Di Mare featuring shrimp and clams marinara. I got treated to a sampling of delicious dishes. The first was a real surprise – Calamari Steak on the Grill - Grilled calamari strips flavored with olive oil, lemon, a hint of garlic and white wine. The calamari had a charcoal grilled flavor and was firm yet tender – really nice on a bed of arugula lettuce. Next the Chef brought me Yellow Tail Snapper Origanata – it was perfectly cooked and plated with a garlic, butter and parsley sauce, lightly breaded with a side of grilled zucchini and red peppers. While focusing on traditional Italian dishes, Chef Carriero has focused on locally available items with seafood a natural. Next I sampled the Chef’s Sea Bass Livornese. It was served on a bed of angel hair pasta with a light marinara sauce and topped with grilled olives, capers and onions. There is no way I could pick which of the two fish dishes was more delicious. Noticing that I was trying different dishes, another diner, who was having Fettucini Bolognese, reported that it was the best Bolognese sauce she had ever had. This is a wonderful restaurant. It is upscale but family friendly. They have a summer special menu for under $30 a person for a complete meal. I finished off a great, really two meals, with some Tiramisu and an espresso. A visit to Renzo’s in Parkland will be one of the best dining adventures you have ever had.


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• Dining & Entertainment • NU-SUSHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT ….. FOOD FIT FOR AN EMPEROR By Brian Weidenbacher


ince 1991, Nu-Sushi Japanese Restaurant has provided Coral Springs residents, as well as patrons from surrounding areas, with the highest quality food, friendly service, and a menu that something for everyone’s palate. The “authentically different” style of cooking, and the varieties served, makes this restaurant unique and different. Owner/Chef Yuji Azuma has created a work of art at this fantastic establishment, providing his patrons with a dining experience unmatched in Japanese cuisine. The Sushi and Sashimi Dinners (served with Miso soup or salad), will suffice anyone’s taste. The choices are numerous, and the prices are quite reasonable for these wonderful dishes. Multiple “Daily Specials” also adorn the menu. The dining area is clean, the atmosphere is subtle Japanese, and the service is the best around. Appetizers from the Sushi Bar, as well as the Kitchen, will begin your meal tantalizing delight. Moderately priced selections created by Yuji are wonderfully presented and beautifully fashioned. In my humble opinion, the Ebi Fry, Yaki nasu, and the Beef Negimaki were outstanding. The Miso soup, or Seafood soup, perfectly compliments any of the delicious appetizers. There is also an extensive salad selection, and Thai salads. The Special Rolls category will certainly have you scratching your head to make a sensible selection. Every item listed, whether it’s Tempura, Tuna, Hamachi, White Fish Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Teriyaki, Eel, or Salmon Skin, will have you looking forward to your next visit. The Lobster Rolls are, simply put, a taste from the God Neptune! Stop by and select from the “Early Bird Menu”. Visitors can also phone Yuji, and inquire about the “Chef’s Choice”. Simply make reservations for this unique adventure, and you will be served Chef Yuji’s creation for the day. On the dessert side of the menu, my favorite was the Ice Cream Tempura. Born and raised in New Orleans, I imagined there wasn’t a dessert I haven’t tasted ….. until now! The Fried banana is in a class by itself. Nu-Sushi presents a nice wine, beer, and soft drink menu to compliment your meal from the beverage side. The Kirin Ichiban beer went well with my meal. It’s virtually impossible to make a wrong choice when selecting anything from the huge menu. Conveniently located at 1312 University Drive in Coral Springs, Nu-Sushi offers the finest, freshest, and tastiest Japanese food available. The restaurant is open for lunch, Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. Dinner is served from 5:00PM to 10:00PM, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday, while extending closing hours until 10:30PM on Friday and Saturday. Nu-Sushi is closed on Mondays. Nu-Sushi Japanese Restaurant …… Serving the finest Japanese Cuisine for 22 years from the same location. It’s definitely “food fit for an Emperor”! See our coupon savings on page 20 of the OTN Coupon Book


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• Sports / Health / Fitness • THE DIXIE AMATEUR... FUTURE STARS SHINING IN SOUTH FLORIDA By Brian Weidenbacher


olf is defined by its past and its future …… Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods, and female golfers like Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, and Lexi Thompson. It’s a game of rich tradition, history, sportsmanship, and above all, talent. It’s a test, not against your opponents, but a competitive challenge featuring yourself battling nerves, weather conditions, endurance, and the ability to conquer them all. That, basically, is what the Dixie Amateur is all about. The 83rd Dixie Amateur gets under way on December 13th-15th, starting with the Senior Men’s Division. All three rounds of the “no-cut” tournament will be contested over the Heron Bay Golf Club. The Men’s Division, a four round 72-hole event, runs December 19th-22nd using a new format. Players will play both Heron Bay and the Woodlands Gold and Country Club. This Division will play 36-holes at the Woodlands, with a cut to the low 72 scores and ties. The final 36-holes will be played at Heron Bay. There will also be a two round consolation tournament at the Woodlands for those players not making the cut. The Women’s Division will be played at Heron Bay from December 17th-20th, with the Senior Women playing the first three days in a 54-hole “no-cut” event. First played in 1924, the Dixie amateur is one of the oldest, and largest, tournaments in Florida. This year’s event will feature 420 of the top golfers from around the world, grouped together in the South Florida area. The cities of Coral Springs and Tamarac are once again proud to host this prestigious golf tournament. From December 13th through December 22nd, the “future stars of golf” will be showcased in our area. PGA Tour players Hal Sutton, Andy Bean, Lanny Wadkins, Jesper Parnevik, Erik Compton, Brandt Snedeker, and Bruce Fleisher have all won the Dixie Amateur. Lexi Thompson, a local resident and LPGA Touring Professional won the Women’s Division in 2007. Last year’s Women’s Champion was won by Isabelle Lendl, daughter of former Professional Tennis Champion Ivan Lendl. “This year we have about 220 players in the Men’s Division, another 110 competing in the Women’s Division, and 90 in the Senior Division”, said Tournament Director Ben Derauf. “We have a very strong International field assembled with about a dozen countries represented”, he

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added. Derauf is also Director of Golf at Heron Bay in addition to running the Dixie Amateur. “It’s like having two full-time jobs”, Derauf noted. Both courses are in wonderful condition. With great weather conditions appearing to be in the forecast, and a field of talented players, the 2013 Dixie Amateur promises to be an event you don’t want to miss. ClubLink, the Tournament host, has structured a tremendous golf tournament, played at two remarkable tracks. Partnership opportunities are also available for interested individuals, companies, and organizations. The Dixie Amateur is reaching out to the community seeking support to establish this year’s event as the best ever. With the assistance of local businesses and organizations, the tournament can provide the players with an experience of a lifetime. The majority of participating players and family will be stationed in the Coral springs area. Being contained is such a small area provides a great opportunity for nearby vendors and businesses to find a revenue spike. Since the bulk of the participants are staying in the Coral Springs and Tamarac areas, most of the attention will be placed on these two cities. There’s no better way of guaranteeing you part of the action than to join the partnership. The Dixie Amateur has devised a unique partnership structure allowing the event to recognize your contributions, at affordable pricing. Steve Buck, the Dixie Amateur Marketing Coordinator, would relish the opportunity to speak to interested parties and explain in detail how your assistance can be a major part of the tournament. There are a number of Premium Partnership levels that can financially promote your company or organization. For information about the Dixie Amateur, Premium Partnerships, ClubLink, and both of the courses being played, you can contact Steve Buck at 954-816-3688, or reach him by email at You can also contact the golf courses directly; Heron Bay is located at 11801 Heron Bay Blvd. in Coral Springs (954-796-2000), and the Woodlands Golf and Country Club can be found at 4600 Woodlands Blvd. in Tamarac (954-731-2500). The Golf Pro Shop at both locations can offer insight to any questions about ClubLink, the Dixie amateur, and the perspective courses. The Dixie Amateur ….. Not just a golf tournament, but an 83 year-old tradition of excellence in the golf world! • December




olf Trader has been a leading retailer in the sale of golf equipment since the store opened its doors in 1991. Conveniently located in the Fort Lauderdale area, your “gateway to golf in South Florida” is just a short twenty-five minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport, and a relaxing fortyfive minute trip from the Miami International Airport. Golf Trader is the “one stop” golf store for out of town visitors, as well as local golfers trying to perfect their game. Since the new airline baggage restrictions have created traveling with golf clubs a difficult experience, not to mention the added stress and expense, Golf Trader has the perfect solution. If you, your family, or friends are traveling to South Florida, they can rent a set for a few days, or longer, for about the same price it would cost to bring their own clubs, without the inconvenience. In most cases, the rental sets will be better quality equipment than most people own. Taylor Made, Callaway, and Adams are just a few of the brand names in their rental fleet. Golf Trader can equip the beginner golfer, to the most advanced, with their incredible and diverse selection of both new and pre-owned golf equipment. Trade-ins are their specialty. A private, select area known as “The Club Vault”, features the largest selection of “close-out” clubs, and premium used clubs in South Florida. You can get the finest drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, wedges, putters, and complete sets from such name brand manufacturers as Titleist, Taylor


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Made, Callaway, Cleveland, Cobra, Mizuno, Adams, and Ping at a fraction of the retail price …… savings to you, resulting in lower scores in your round. What ultimately separates Golf Trader from other competitors, is the friendly, knowledgeable staff greeting every customer that walks through the door, and the professionalism shown to everyone, regardless of their playing ability. The quality service, expert advice, and unmatched dedication shown to customers over the past 22 years, defines the “family” atmosphere in the store presented to the patrons. With over 80 years of combined knowledge among the staff, Golf Trader separates itself from all other competitors. Discover for yourself why Golf Trader is “not just another golf store”! Owner Frank Callahan has created a golf store that surpasses any that you’ve ever visited. The Showroom is stocked with every name brand golf club imaginable, golf bags, balls, shoes, and accessories that meet everyone’s needs. General Manager Bob Piana, makes sure that every customer is satisfied to the highest degree. Bobby’s golf background is witnessed in the passionate way he explains to customers how certain clubs, and balls, can affect their game. His knowledge of the sport is only surpassed by his love for the game. Master Club Fitters, Ty Cody and Steve Cymbalisty, are tops in their field. Using a “state of the art” club-fitting machine that breaks down

your swing, ball trajectory and flight pattern, swing speed, and ball speed, these gentlemen will advise you as to the proper equipment you should play with. Golf Trader has a knowledgeable, professional staff that offers quality service. The store possesses a full service repair shop, re-griping while you wait, a hitting area and swing simulator with updated diagnostic and video equipment. Golf Trader offers the hottest deals and best selections, the newest items in stock, plus, as stated before, new and pre-owned equipment, top rental equipment at affordable prices. Golf Trader is an authorized dealer and club fitter for all “major brands”, with no “gimmicks”. For 22 years, Golf Trader has played a prominent role in the city of Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding communities. Now, for your shopping pleasure, you can not only visit the store, but also place an order by simply calling and speaking to one of the staff members. When you stroll through the doors of Golf Trader, you enter not only a golf store, but a world of golf equipment and

accessories to last a lifetime. There are no gimmicks, no reward points, and no hidden costs at Golf Trader. Just SAVINGS ….and that begins the moment you enter the store. For ALL your golfing needs, swing over to Golf Trader at 8085 West McNab Road in Tamarac, or call them at 954-720-8290. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM, and Saturday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. The store is closed on Sunday. You can also visit Golf Trader at www. I have been a loyal customer of Golf Trader for the past twenty years. The service and quality at the store are unsurpassed. It’s the kind of establishment where you can just stop by, talk to the guys, tell stories, and feel like you’re part of the store. Golf Trader, not just another golf store ….. for me, and I certainly hope for you, the ONLY golf store! • December



Get Your Umbrellas Ready! By Melissa McFarland of Coral Financial Group

By Brian Weidenbacher


here’s nothing better than getting a foursome together, heading out to your favorite golf course, and spending a great afternoon with friends. Well, on May 7th, 2014, you can do exactly that, while supporting a wonderful cause. The First Annual Our Town News Golf Classic will be held at Palm-Aire (Palms Course), with proceeds benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Check-In Time will be 11:15AM. Range balls and practice facilities will be available (included with your golf registration fee). Announcements and start of the tournament will begin promptly at 1:00PM. Immediately following the tournament, an awards ceremony featuring an Italian Buffet, will be served, along with an auction and raffle. Your entry fee includes ….. GOLF, CART, BUFFET, DRINK TICKETS, GOODY BAG, CONTEST HOLES, AND AWARDS. Information and registration forms can also be found in our next issue, and on our website for your convenience. GOLF AND SPONSORSHIP PRICES Individual Golfer ….. $100 Complete Foursome ….. $375 Buffet Dinner Only ….. $35 Tee Sign Sponsor …..$125 Scoreboard Sponsor ….. $100 Closest To The Pin Sponsor ….. $50 Longest Drive Sponsor ….. $50 Tournament Sponsor ….. $250 Putting Contest Sponsor ….. $50 If additional information is needed, please call Brian Weidenbacher at 954-579-9495, or 954-973-3330. Once again, complete registration forms will appear in our next issue. Hope to see you at the tournament !


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oday, lawsuits are everywhere. Lawyers are awarding larger amounts of money than ever before. Homeowners, auto, and watercraft policies have a specific limit on the amount of coverage they will afford for a lawsuit, and if an unfortunate accident should happen that is your fault, do you have enough liability insurance from your current policies to cover your costs for negligence? Since no one can predict how much you may be sued for by an injured party, umbrella insurance is not just for the wealthy anymore, but a needed protection for every policyholder. Umbrella insurance is designed to give you added liability protection above and beyond the limits on homeowners, auto, and watercraft insurance policies. With an umbrella policy, depending on the insurance company, you can purchase an additional 1 to 5 million in liability protection. This protection is designed to “kick-in” when the liability on other current policies has been exhausted. In order to understand why we need an umbrella policy, we must first understand how our primary policies work. The liability portion of a homeowners or auto policy that pays for expenses, such as the injured persons’ medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, and lost wages due to the negligence of the at fault person. The liability portion of an insurance policy also covers legal defense if the negligence would happen to land the at fault person in the court room. After adding up all of the expenses for the injured party and the legal fees of the negligent person, the standard liability on your homeowners or auto policy is often not enough. A personal liability umbrella insurance policy can give you added liability protection without a large added cost. Depending upon each policyholders’ specific situation, the average umbrella policy will run about $350.00 a year. Additional liability insurance is inexpensive, especially compared to the added coverage one gains. Furthermore, liability insurance covers your non-business activities anywhere in the world. Having the added protection of an umbrella policy is coverage no one should go without.

Coral Financial Group is located at 9764 W. Sample Road Coral Springs, FL 33065 (East of Runyon’s Restaurant). Call Coral Financial Group at 954-345-2600. See our ad in the Our Town News Coupon Book on page 25.

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raig Kuhlmeier, D.C. and Aliyah Strotter, D.C. at Coral Springs Spine and Nerve, provide superior health and balance through chiropractic care. Located at 9720 West Sample road in Coral Springs, the center offers the finest quality chiropractic care available in a state-of-the-art facility. Protecting the well-being of their valued patients is a top priority, while making everyone feel like a member of their trusted family of experts. Coral Springs Spine and Nerve will meet, and surpass, your expectations. The professionals determine the root cause of your problem, find a suitable solution, and not simply treat the symptom. They will take time to discuss the factors of your problem, determine a specific treatment and options for a speedy recovery, and reduce the likelihood of the same condition returning. Trust and honesty are at the forefront of their practice …… while professionalism and superior knowledge separates them from other chiropractic physicians. Simply stated, if you are in need of a chiropractor’s service, Coral Springs Spine and Nerve is the ideal choice. Offering the absolute finest in chiropractic adjustments, decompression therapy, neuropathy treatment, ultrasound, muscle stem, and laser services, the specialists at the center perform their duties with the utmost care. Maintaining spinal health, while educating their patients in chiropractic care, is a top priority of Coral Springs Spine and Nerve. Pain is the way your body informs you that something is wrong …… our experts will make it right. If you’re tired of waking up in the morning feeling like you need to pull a muscle to jump start your heart, walking to the kitchen seems like a pilgrimage to Mecca, realizing that you couldn’t run out of sight in a year, or that your back feels like the Dolphins held a practice on it …… call the professionals at 954-752-7373, and get the help you need and deserve. Coral Springs Spine and Nerve …… They’ve got your back! See our coupon savings on page 3 of the OTN Coupon Book

Pasquale’s Pizza: A Slice Above The Rest By Brian Weidenbacher


nce you’ve taken your first bite of a Pasquale’s pizza, you instantly realize that every other pizza you’ve ever eaten has now become a distant memory. The freshest ingredients, taste, and quality of a pizza from Pasquale’s is unequalled. In September of 1988 George Marrone, Sr., with sons George, Jr., Mike, and Nick by his side, opened their first store at 10337 Royal Palm Boulevard in Coral Springs. Great food, service, and a friendly family atmosphere, prompted the opening of two more locations serving all of Northwest Broward County. In 2005, the family opened their second Coral Springs location at 5609 Coral Ridge Drive, operated by Michael Marrone. In the summer of 2010, the third South Florida location was established at 4690 North State Road 7, under the supervision of George Marrone, Jr. With a menu extending from great tasting healthy salads, to savory pasta dishes, calzones, pizzas, and zeppoles, Pasquale’s not


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only offers great food, but unmatched service with a sense of gratitude to their loyal customers over the years. From the moment you walk through the doors at any of the three locations, you realize the restaurant is all about family and tasty food. Pasquale’s hasn’t forgotten what created its success and promises to continue the family tradition of serving the freshest prepared food at great prices. If alone or heading out with family for a nice, relaxing meal, Pasquale’s should be your next destination. Depending on which location you choose, ask to speak to one of the Marrone’s. Whether it’s George or Mike, you will immediately realize that you’re not just a customer, but a friend they haven’t met yet. Pasquale’s …… Not just your ordinary pizza restaurant, but a “slice above the rest”!

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It’s Football Season ……. And there’s nothing like watching your favorite team take the field. Now’s your chance to see just how good you are at picking the winners of selected College and Professional games in the Our Town News “Pigskin Picks”! Get ready for an exciting season of FUN.

COLLEGE GAMES ….. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2013 Miami ______ vs Pittsburgh ______ Florida International______ vs Florida Atlantic ______ COLLEGE GAMES ….. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2013 Notre Dame ______ vs Stanford ______ Ohio State ______ vs Michigan ______ Florida State ______ vs Florida ______ Alabama ______ vs Auburn ______ Texas A&M ______ vs LSU ______ Clemson ______ vs South Carolina ______ PROFESSIONAL….. SUNDAY DECEMBER 1, 2013 Miami Dolphins ______ vs New York Jets ______ Denver Broncos ______ vs Kansas City Chiefs ______ New England Patriots ______ vs Houston Texans______ New York Giants______ vs Washington Redskins ______

TIE-BREAKER ….. PICK THE FINAL SCORE • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2013 Alabama______ vs Auburn ______ Select a winner for ALL 12 games. All games must be selected. Place a “check” by the team you think will win each game in the appropriate space next to the team. All ties will be broken by the “ Tie -Breaker ” predicted score of the Alabama vs Auburn game played on Saturday, November 30th, 2013. Entries must be received no later than 5:00PM on Thursday, November 28th, 2013. to be eligible to win. This contest is open to anyone over the age of 18. Enter as many times as you would like. Winners will be notified by E-mail, as well as their names appearing in the following months issue of Our Town News Mail, Fax, or E-Mail your predictions to:

Pigskin Picks … Our Town News …3665 Park Central Blvd. N … Pompano Beach, Fl 33064 E-Mail …, or FAX … 954-973-0123 NAME __________________________________________________TELEPHONE NUMBER __________________ ADDRESS ____________________________________________________________________________________ CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE _________________________________________________________________________ E-MAIL _____________________________________________________ Winner receives $100 CASH prize ….. Top 4 Runner-Ups receive Gift Cards to selected local area restaurants.

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And The Winners Are…

Below are the winners from the September contest of the Pigskin Picks ....... First Place .....Wayne Tobey, Parkland ..... 10 correct (6 points off in tie-breaker) Second Place ..... Ron Renzy, Coral Springs ..... 10 correct (7 points off in tie-breaker) Third Place ..... Dianne Dvoral, Coral Springs ..... 10 correct (14 points off in tie-breaker) Fourth Place ..... Dorothy Maxwell, Parkland ..... 9 correct (11 points off in tie breaker) Fifth Place ..... Bob Buccino, Coral Springs ..... 9 correct (18 points off in tie-breaker) Congratulations to the winners of our Inaugural Pigskin Picks Contest! Winners will be notified, and prizes will be mailed. Thank you to everyone that entered.



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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ooking for that perfect bat for your eight year old, those soccer shoes that will help him become the next Pele, or the ice skates that will eventually turn him into the next Wayne Gretzky ….. then travel over to Play It Again Sports and select your equipment from the neighborhood sporting goods store that offers the best quality merchandise in new and used sports and fitness products. Play It Again Sports is the largest sporting goods franchise store in North America with 380 outlets. Young athletes grow by the minute, stylish teens want “brand name” products, and you, as a cost-minded parent, want affordable prices. Play It Again Sports meets every athlete’s desires and wishes, while saving you money. Why purchase equipment from an over-priced sporting goods store, when you can shop for less at one that offers customers more for less? The owners, Gene and Fortune Privis are both friendly and knowledgeable, and will answer any questions concerning your selected sport, or equipment. Children’s athletic interests change daily …… one day they’re playing baseball, and next week football is their sport of choice. Carrying a store filled with such brands as Nike, Adidas, Taylor Made, Wilson, Easton, and much more, Play It Again Sports makes your work easy. They purchase, sell, and trade new and used sports equipment and fitness gear, while passing the savings on to you! The store is fully stocked with new and slightly used equipment, various machines, clothing, shoes, and items from hockey, lacrosse, basketball, football, and baseball. The latest, and finest, in fitness wear and equipment, long boards, disk golf sets, free-weights, and yoga mats is also available at affordable prices. Call, or visit, Play It Again Sports at 954-510-7545, and conveniently located at 11426 West Sample Road in Coral Springs. You can also view what the store has to offer by visiting them on the web at, Play It Again Sports …… making it affordable to purchase your athletic equipment needs, while confidently supplying you with the trust in a quality store. See our coupon savings on page 11 of the OTN Coupon Book

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Wear ‘Designer Trends’ At Half The Price


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mpress with a Louis Vuitton purse, a Prada handbag or stilettos without breaking the bank. You will always be in fashion for a less price when you shop at Designer Trends. At Designer Trends’ new larger location in Coconut Creek, you can buy, sell or trade your designer clothing and accessories. For six years, Designer Trends, previously named Closet Trends, has specialized in upscale and highend quality clothing, handbags and accessories. The Nice family recently moved their retail store to a bigger and more convenient location at 4450 West Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek. Why shop anywhere else when you can buy luxurious and designer clothing, handbags and accessories for a whopping 70 to 90 percent less than retail prices! Customers can shop from a huge variety of inventory, new and gently used clothing for women and men, shoes, perfume, and accessories from trendy designer brand labels, such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg, Tory Burch and more. New items daily and the latest styles! Need some extra cash? It’s easy; all you have to do is bring in all your trendy apparels, handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, and you can walk out of the store with a new style or extra cash in your wallet! Cash is paid immediately for all accepted items. They also offer a customer reward card for every $10 purchase

George Nice , (left), Dilara Nice, (center) and Jim Nice (right)make designer discount shopping a family affair. or trading of items, you get a $20 gift card towards anything in the store. Right now, there is 50 percent off select handbags. Besides offering high end clothing at unbeatable



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954-422-8810 prices, Designer Trends is family owned and operated and provides a warm environment. Once you enter Designer Trends, you are greeted with a smile by one of the Nice family members, Dilara, George, or Jim, who treat their customers like family. They take the time to know each client and offer fair trades and top of the line items. “When we first opened, the times started getting tough economically, and it made us realize that this is the right business to be in. We want our customers to be able to feel good and look good with affordable fashions. The customers leave satisfied knowing that they got a good deal and found something that they can cherish that they would have paid a lot more for in a mall,” said Dilara. Stop in anytime to shop til you drop! Designer Trends is located at 4450 West Hillsboro Blvd., Coconut Creek. For more information and to make an appointment to sell or consign at your convenience, call 954-422-8810. You can also visit www.

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DEJA VU COUTURE...CHIC CONSIGNMENT HEAVEN quickly, affording you the opportunity to purchase something “new” every day. What’s in store today may be gone tomorrow, so don’t postpone joy by letting that dress, purse or pair of shoes slip by.  The beautifully designed boutique, featuring Moroccan accents, carries the labels of Armani, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Fendi, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Moschino, Prada, Kate Spade, Dior, Missoni, Coach and Robert Cavalli, to satisfy anyone’s taste.  The boutique also carries labels from “up and coming” designers in the fashion genres of rock & funky chic, vintage and classic.


he presence of Moroccan charm as you enter the doors of Déjà Vu Couture brings a certain appeal to this beautifully designed fashion boutique.  Owners Stacy Karron and Joanna Wade have done an outstanding job bringing elegance and charm to their chic consignment boutique located at 10330 West Sample Road in Coral Springs.   Déjà Vu Couture is South Florida’s newest consignment boutique, offering merchandise from designer labels in formal attire to casual wear.  Déjà Vu Couture is stocked with one-ofa-kind apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories for women, men and young adults at a fraction of the retail price. Their fashion savvy stylists can help you create your unique look or dress you up for any occasion.  Inventory arrives daily and the stock changes

If you enjoy buying and consigning designer and vintage labels, Déjà Vu Couture is your kind of boutique.  Bring your new and like-new clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories, and Stacy and Joanna will consign them for you. Complimentary cotton candy when you visit, so stop by for a sweet time. Call 954-840-7370 or visit: for additional information. Déjà Vu Couture ....... a little slice of “chic consignment heaven”! See Ad On Page 39 • December


• Business Connections • KOKO FITCLUB...NOT A GYM, BUT THE FUTURE OF EXERCISE By Brian Weidenbacher


wners and Area Developers Rob and Amy Sottile of Koko FitClub, have such a unique fitness facility, that it will completely revolutionize the exercise and wellness world. With Koko guiding you, you will never waste time exercising again. The patented technology insures that you will always perform the correct exercise, the proper way, and get optimum results in minimal time. In fact, Koko FitClub is so efficient, you’ll get the benefits of a 90 minute workout in just 30 minutes or less. Only Koko creates a customized nutrition program especially for you, designed to fuel your exercise plan. With their integrated exercise and nutrition plan, you’ll see and feel results immediately, while tracking



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your progress digitally on your own MyKoko web page. It’s fast, efficient, and effective ……. It’s Koko FitClub. Koko FitClub is a completely new way to get fit, combining custom exercises, and custom nutrition, resulting in amazing results. KokoFitCheck system starts with private and precise measurements of your lean muscle level each time you come in. Using your FitCheck results, it creates a custom Koko exercise program for strength and cardio, and a nutrition plan to fuel you for the fastest results. For the first time, exercise, nutrition, and technology join together to provide you with an entirely new way to get fit ….. customized precisely to your body and your goals. It’s fast, motivating and effective. Koko FitClub is NOT a gym. Koko

Robert’s father, Arnold, owned several high volume vacuum stores in Brooklyn, NY in the 1960’s. So, basically, Robert was born into the business. After school, and on Saturday’s in the 70’s, he could be found at the store helping his father and gathering the knowledge and expertise needed to be a success in the business. The business has changed immensely since those early days, and continues to evolve today. Gator started in a 600 square foot building in 1989, and quickly expanded because of quality service, expert work, and excellent products. The business was exploding in 1994, so walls were taken out, and construction began enlarging the place to 1,200 square feet. In 2000, practically the same thing happened, and another expansion took place enlarging the establishment to 2,400 square feet, doubling the size. Thanks to its many valued customers, Gator Vacuum now sports a 4,000 square foot building, complete with a showroom and warehouse. This has enabled Gator Vacuum to partner-up with

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makes getting in shape simpler, faster, and more enjoyable than you ever thought possible. The patented Smarttraining technology is just like having your own world-class personal trainer available anytime, on your schedule. Stop by Koko FitClub and see this amazing facility, located at 6290 West Sample Road, Suite 104, in Coral Springs. You can also call for specific information or questions at 954-796-2202, or email them at www. Visit Koko FitClub and see for yourself why people are raving about this outstanding way to get in shape. Koko FitClub ….. Building the future of exercise today! See our coupon savings on page 37 of the OTN Coupon Book

major distributors and manufacturers across the United States allowing them to get an array of quality products and pass the savings on to you. In today’s society, while many businesses have depreciated, Gator Vacuum is fortunate to be flourishing within the community. In 2003, Gator Vacuum went nationwide with their business with the launch of www.Thinkvacuums. com, allowing customers to shop with ease from their homes. Gator Vacuum and Sewing Company is located at 9855 West sample Road in Coral Springs. You can reach them by phone at 954-341-4323. For your convenience Gator vacuum is open Friday through Friday from 8:00AM to 6:00PM, and Saturday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Gator Vacuum ….. “A well informed consumer is our best customer”! See our coupon savings on page 9 of the OTN Coupon Book

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By Brian Weidenbacher

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.

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

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 Check out his website for additional information and ideas at www. 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! • December



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un World of South Florida sets the standards when a civilian is considering purchasing a firearm for the safety of their own lives, as well as their entire family. Thoughtfulness and attention to detail must be the highest of priorities. Randall Waltuch, owner of Gun World of South Florida, along with his talented staff, focus their attention on personal protection taught the appropriate way. A retired police commissioner recently visited the store and gave the establishment nothing but high praise. He was quoted as saying, “I would love to have had some of these individuals under my command. It would have made my job easier.” Wonderful compliments from a man that spent most of his life in law enforcement. Classes in gun safety range from the Introduction of Handguns to Advanced Concealed Weapons and are taught in a premier state-of-the-art facility. The problem concerning handguns brings forth the ageold question... “How does the Police Department feel about citizens carrying concealed weapons”? In a recent interview, Lieutenant Joe McHugh of the Coral Springs Police Department, was quoted as saying, “My personal opinion is that citizens should have protection for themselves, their family, and homes. Responsibility in the use of firearms should be top priority.” Lieutenant McHugh also noted that, “If a civilian is carrying a concealed weapon and is stopped by a police officer, he should immediately inform the officer that he is carrying a concealed weapon and present proper identification.” McHugh also noted that weapons should be stored in a locked area and away from children. Also, verify your instructor’s qualifications before taking any of the classes. Officials of Law Enforcement have a more complicated method of training the police officers in the most advanced tactical use of weapons and do not hold classes for civilians. Officers in the Coral Springs Police Department have training as often as every three weeks. Gun World of South Florida sets itself apart from the others. Surrounding customers with a fully stocked selection of firearms, self defense products, and a knowledgeable professional staff to help with instructions and questions, Gun

World goes unmatched. Stop by and see for yourself how Gun World of South Florida can assist you with any needs you may have for self protection. Gun World... Helping you protect what matters the most. SAFETY TIPS for YOUR FAMILY: 1) Take ammunition out of the gun 2) Lock the gun and keep it out of reach of kids hiding the gun is not enough. 3) Lock ammunition and store it apart from the gun 4) Store the lock box or safe for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys.  Keep out of reach of children. 5) When handing or cleaning a gun, adults should never leave the gun unattended. 

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


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

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 B2000009 formal rooms with A2000248 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. great new store has opened up at 8055 W. Sample Road in In 2011, the United Coral Springs with the area’s nicest selection of plumbing States led 68 countries fixtures from faucets to sinks to tubs. They carry the brands in the frequency of you’ll see in top architecture magazines but without the high end prices. They have put together a beautiful showroom that burglaries. The United is a pleasure to explore. The showroom is open to the general States reported over 2 public as well as contractors and interior designers. For added million burglaries in savings, there are a couple of special discount offers for OTN 2010, while England and readers – see the Kitchen and Bath coupon on page 5 of the Wales together came in November 2013 OTN Coupon Book. second with just over Find great selection and great prices on all the 500,000 reported burmajor brands: Blanco… Altmans… glaries. Amerec… Xylem… Brizo… Kohler…

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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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ill Daly was in a class by himpresented himself was the same way he self. His infectious smile, gentleran his business ….. with honesty, integmanly mannerisms, and amusing rity, and loyalty. Through his legends demeanor, contributed immensely to of friends, and clients, Bill’s “one and his business for the last 37 years. It was done” legacy lives on today. difficult not to like the man that always introduced himself to strangers as, “Bill Thomas Kuruvilla, a licensed agent Daly, Irish-Catholic from Philadelphia”. that became a partner about 10 years You immediately became his friend, ago, guides the agency with the same and instantly realized that the way he 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,



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 is scheduled for November 2nd, and will run for the entire month with coupons and great pricing. 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. See our coupon savings on page 6 of the OTN Coupon Book

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On-Line Real Estate Search With public access to Real Estate listings via the Internet many buyers in this market c o n d u c t research on their own, and while a lot of information can be discovered on-line, the most essential details are often left out. Knowing how to decipher a Real Estate listing and what data to factor into your search may seem as easy at 1,2,3 – “I want 4 bedrooms, 3 baths…” – but in reality searching for the right home can be more of an algebra problem then simple math. Take these factors into your next home search and you just may master the equation. Active, Pending, Backup? Oh My! The number one issue I see, hear and read about regarding on-line Real Estate search is that a large portion of homes of interest are no longer on the market when requests to view are made. No one likes misleading information and this can often feel that way to prospective buyers. As many of the popular Real Estate search sites don’t show current “status”, a buyer is left with no other opinion then ‘here’s a great home for sale’. In actuality however, the home is no longer on the market or has been sold months ago! As true up to date information of status is generally reserved for Realtors, it’s a good idea to check the status with your agent prior to mentally placing furniture in your new home. An active status sale is on market with no current offers, pending means a contract has been executed and the home will close

pending inspections or other factors advertise Real Estate often lean to necessary, and a backup status listing the latter. Unethical agents have and simply means while a contract has will advertise properties that have been executed the seller will consider already been sold, or at unapproved back up offers shall the current prices with hopes of landing a buyer contract become void or cancelled. call on the false advertising. This is Understanding these points and jargon commonly referred to as the ‘bait and is step one when searching on line. switch’. To avoid being baited try to Important Financial Factors stay away from forum or blog like sites Perfect pictures and a wonderful offering Real Estate for sale. As at all description can make anyone excited times, your best bet is to work with a about a home, but to fully protect Realtor, but if searching on your own yourself and be sure you are within be sure to conduct your research on a budget you need to put other factors viable and ethical site. into play. As many homebuyers Keeping these simple ideas in mind will be purchasing with a mortgage, will save you time, frustration and monthly fees can often drive or end possibly money! If in need of true a home purchase transaction. Many data always consult a licensed Realtor, varying costs of ownership are often they are and always will be your best not listed on the popular search sites. source. Fees like HOA dues, taxes, additional “Learn more about insurance necessary and others are TMR’s boutique service crucial elements to be aware of. An in this video!” exorbitant HOA fee or high tax rate can quickly put a home you thought affordable out of your price range. To verify additional fees that you may not be aware of be sure to work with a Real Estate agent “An Exciting or ask the listing agent directly. Three-Day Family Festival Planning results Featuring Coral Springs At Its Best!” in protection, Celebrating Community and Family 1979 do your work Friday, March 7th 6 PM - 11 PM and guarantee a successful sale. Saturday March 8th 10 AM - 11 PM Beware the bait Sunday, March 9th 11 AM - 6 PM and switch! Arts And Crafts Exhibits And Merchants $250 + Tax. Like all forms After February 15th $300 + Tax. of marketing, For more information about participating as a vendor in some is ethical and honest while others are misleading and or email us at false. Forum and Coral Springs Sportsplex, 2575 Sportplex Dr., Coral Springs blog sites that


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rooklyn-born Jesus Rodriguez started Coral Tint 17 years ago. Since that beginning, the company has grown into a staple for professional, high-quality window tinting service for automobiles, commercial buildings, residences, and yachts. High-quality window tint gives your vehicle a 55% to 70% heat reduction, 99% ultraviolet ray protection, and designed to meet the needs of modern car owners and meeting requirements of the state “window tinting” legislation. Coral Tint can help protect your home and business from the harmful effects of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays,


while adding privacy and beauty to your property. Jesus, and his talented staff, can assist customers with window tinting in a variety of designer colors and transparent tones to compliment any décor. The process of installation is simple, the cost is low, and the benefits are endless is savings. Coral Tint has taken a popular car improvement that has been around for decades, and brought it to a new level. The product also adds strength and shatter resistance qualities should breakage occur due to an accident, intruders, or storm. Coral Tint also specializes in the finest alarms, stereos, neon, smoke tail lights, and Lamborghini doors, installed while you wait, transforming your car into a comfortable, attractive “road soldier”. Let the professionals at Coral Tint apply specially crafted window film to your vehicle, presenting impressive and long-lasting results, while saving you money, protecting your

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valuables, and most importantly, your family. All tinting for windows is computer cut, assuring the finest Coral Tint is conveniently located at 10734 Wiles Road in Coral Springs, a quarter of a mile west of Coral Springs Drive. Give them a call at (954) 7525672, and discover how the highly qualified professionals can assist you with your needs. Window tinting also makes a wonderful holiday gift. Stop by, and talk with Jesus. He will answer any questions you may have about this money-saving product. Coral Tint …… Quality window tinting, affordable pricing, and friendly service. Offering more, while you pay less! See our coupon savings on page 33 of the OTN Coupon Book Find Local Savings Inside The Our Town News Monthly Coupon Book

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my life. I am down to 3 cigarettes a day. I have tried so many ways to quit smoking, this is my newly found favorite cigarette. The flavor is amazing, the cost is cheaper than cigarettes, I don’t smell like cigarettes, I can smoke it anywhere, and most of all I am doing it for my health,” said a happy customer.

tmosRx® introduces to you the amazing world of Natural Health Science with electronic Vaporizer. Atuitting smoking can be very difficult but Smoke Stash mosRx® brings to you the next generation of portable has your solution. vaporizers with highly advanced microchip technology and Conveniently located in Tamarac, Smoke Stash sells controlled vaporization. AtmosRx® is a hand-held tempera- various products, such as the AtmosRX personal ® ture controlled heating system that operates well and gently vaporizers, electronic hookah sticks, and Luxury Lites, to heats herbal oil vaporizer to release just the essence. help people stop smoking. AtmosRx® provides you access to world’s smallest portable Vaporizer revolutionizing the Aromatherapy industry. Wide ranging designs and styles are available at Vaporization is a process which burns the plant and creates the essence only without making any changes to its elements. Whereas combustion, which is a harmful reaction on burning, changes the components of burning substance and emits smoke and harmful effects, which are many times toxic as well. Vaporization is a clean smooth process which allows you just to feel the essence of herbal formula and is legalized to have anytime anywhere. “I purchased the ATMOS RX; BEST INVESTMENT of


Once you enter Smoke Stash, owner Shawn Mzayek greets you with a smile and a wealth of knowledge on each of the products. “I have customers who have been smoking for years and after they try the products, they don’t want to go back to cigarettes,” said Shawn. AtmosRX® personal vaporizers are available at a cheap price for the kit and use flavored nicotine extract and liquid oil. The product is stylish and easy to use. All you do is fill it with oil, press the power button, inhale and exhale. Plus, Smoke Stash offers a wide variety of flavored oils to choose from so there is no odorous smell. “It’s smoking in a new way. Instead of smelling like an ashtray, it smells good and is better for your body,” said Shawn. The electronic hookah stick and Luxury Lites have no nicotine and cost a lot less than a pack of cigarettes. “They are stylish, tasty and harmless,” he said.

Stop by Smoke Stash and see Shawn at 6418 N. University Drive, Tamarac. For more information, call 954-718-9000.


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• Business Connections • North Hills Cleaners Offers The Best In Quality And Service


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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As We See It… Is Diagnostic Testing Really That Accurate?


t seems every time a client comes for help, a common complaint is that their veterinarian has run numerous tests, prescribed treatments and the works. Symptoms vanish for a while only to return, sometimes with even more problems. End result - it may actually be the tests! Look at how the system works. You visit the vet, they draw blood and give you medication based on the symptom. The blood is sent to an off-site laboratory to be analyzed, with the results in a few days. The blood test reveals a limited breakdown of blood chemistry with very broad ranges. These broad parameters cannot distinguish what is normal or abnormal because of the restricted information provided. An example, results can vary because of diet. Blood chemistry can vary greatly between a dog eating kibble and fresh food. Unless a nutritional evaluation is also provided, the results can be greatly skewed. A second component overlooked is the physiological condition of the animal. If the pet is stressed, excited, or even had a very recent meal, results can again be skewed. Another factor is the limitation of these tests. They don’t show most nutritional challenges, pathogens, or specific problems. An example, we may show an increase in white blood cells that could indicate anything from infections to cancers and a vast array of other challenges which can be misleading. Another question that needs to be addressed is the chemical values compared to previous tests, looking for changes and variations. Let’s say multiple tests show “normal” values but have gone from a low normal to a high normal. Without a proper comparison, we wouldn’t see a changing situation. We must understand that blood tests are an invasive procedure and while we view them as generally safe, side effects can occur. The same concerns are present with other diagnostic procedures such as x-rays, MRI, and various scans. While these procedures can be tools for specific challenges, they should not be considered routine. For example, we all know

the dangers of x-rays, yet most of the time, veterinarians do not consider the amount of previous x-rays that your pet has already been exposed to. The point is this, before agreeing to a full work-up of testing, ask what they are looking for and how the test can help in finding a conclusion. Also be sure to consider the possible challenges that this test could cause. We leave you with many more questions that should be addressed and that’s the way we see it. Bill Piechocki, nutritionist and Dr. Diane Sudduth, DVM co-own Fiesta Pet Deli in Pompano Beach and co-host radio show. Our 40 years in the animal field has provided us unparalleled vision and information which we pass to our clients daily. We can be reached at or 800-940-7387. • December


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COMMENTARY & REVIEW MUSIC & STRESS It would seem that some of us go through life having stress sometimes. Many things would cause this. Job loss, bad news, death, financial pressures, someone let you down and on and on it goes. I know several persons who apply different ways to handle stress. One of these is to listen to good music. Could a smile or exercise be helpful also.


It has been reported that more than 100,000 people have been killed including children. IRAN GOING NUCLEAR Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu will not allow the Jewish nation to suffer another holocaust. We believe for peace not destruction. WORLD CUP In a friendly match played in Orlando on Sunday 11/10/2013 USA Women Soccor team defeated Brazil.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES GOOD OR BAD Dr. Billy Graham at age 95 yrs still believes that there is hope for America. May the rest of his time be greatly blessed.

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I certainly miss my parents and grandparents especially during the festive season. Christmas is however still a fun time for me and family sending cards, gifts, playing music and also try to look at what is happening around us and what might lie ahead. There is not many good news around these days Some people are afraid and possibly losing hope, even some young people are committing suicide. Dr. Luke writing about a good news “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath annointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind and to set at Liberty them that are bruised. The Christmas story of hope to the world. Read more about it in (Luke 4:18) Also about the birth of Jesus in the new testament. Whichever holiday you celebrate have a good one with your family.

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ome visit us at our new location...10 minutes from anywhere in Northwest Broward. We feature the widest variety of quality tires. As well we can help keep your car in the best condition possible with services for all your needs including: brakes... front end...alignments...oil changes...and any other service that will keep your vehicle in fine running order. At DOLPHIN TIRES we pride ourselves in quality service and getting the job done right. Come visit us at: 2189 N. St Rd 7 in Margate...or call at: 954 366-1306 and see our ad in the Coupon Book on page 29.

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Calendar of Events December 1- Sunday City of Parkland Farmer’s Market, 9 am to 1 pm at Equestrian Center at Temple Park, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland. Chris Mann in Holiday Concert, 7:30 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Call 954-344-5990. Laffing Matterz, showtimes vary, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. December 6- Friday City of Coral Springs Giving Tree Celebration, 5:30 pm to 7 pm at City Hall in the mall, 9239 W. Atlantic, Coral Springs. Call 954-344-1834. December 7- Saturday Donny & Marie Christmas in South Florida, 7:30 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise. December 11- Wednesday City of Coral Springs Holiday Parade, 7 pm on Sample Road, Coral Springs. Rain date is Thursday, December 12th. Call 954-345-2112. December 14- Saturday The Nutcracker, 2 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-344-5990. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, 6 pm, Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal.

December 28- Saturday Florida Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7 pm at BB&T Center Sunrise. ZZ Top, 8 pm at Hard Rock Live . December 29- Sunday Be Kind to Animals event, Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, 3000 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-752-9453. December 31- Tuesday Salute to Vienna, 8 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-344-5999.


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