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wners David Elias and Shanna Feldman of Belly Love, have created an atmosphere of tranquility, relaxation, and comfort that are certain to produce memories for the entire family. At Belly Love, you can forge a lasting spa experience with a “personal touch”.

By Brian Weidenbacher yourself simultaneously, while allowing the serenity of relaxation to consume your inner self.

Belly Love offers an array of spa treatments and packages to everyone. Choose from relaxing massages, Belly Love offers a wide range calming hand/foot therapy, of spa services, catering not soothing facials, waxing to just pregnant women, but services, and body treatments. anyone interested in a complete See your baby’s face for the spa experience. For initial time with men, and couples, their Ultrasound Belly Love offers the packages. finest services in “2D Gender “We pamper people couples’ massages, Determination”, the correct way, men’s facials, and “3D/4D while guiding them manicures, and Ultrasounds” are throughout the pedicures. Anyone offered with options entire process of searching for a for additional their treatment”, first-class, special features. noted David. spa treatment will Satisfaction find it here. and comfort are David and Belly Love’s top Shanna also provide a distinctive priorities. Every effort is made collection of therapies to help the to provide you with a caliber of mind, body, and spirit prepare treatment and personal service for and acclimate to motherhood. that is unparalleled. The staff From prenatal massages to is well-trained, knowledgeable, balancing facials to pampering and friendly. The lavish spa pedicures, Belly Love’s talented rooms offer only the finest and knowledgeable staff can in treatments and relaxation help reduce any discomfort, therapies for pregnant women, counteract hormonal effects, and friends, and fathers-to-be. enhance the natural “glow” of Belly Love opened its doors in pregnancy. Nurture and pamper February of this year. David and


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Shanna both enjoy seeing the excitement and smiles on the faces of their satisfied patrons. “We pamper people the correct way, while guiding them throughout the entire process of their treatment”, noted David. “We escort them through the entire pregnancy and after the child is born. We get to know them as a family”, he added. Belly Love has now expanded, with the addition of Belly Love Boutique. The knowledgeable staff will assist you as you enter this uniquely adorned store, featuring clothing and items for soon-to-be moms, dads, and infants. Fashionable clothing is available for pregnant women, “daddy scrubs” for that expectant continued on page 10

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Government & City



• Government & City - Fort Lauderdale • Message From The Fort Lauderdale Mayor

Will or Trust? ... Attorney or Computer Program


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

Economic News Brightens Holiday Season! Fort Lauderdale’s Economy on the Right Track!

ecently, clients have asked me if they should use computer programs sold by several companies in order to make a will or trust. In response, I have decided to focus this article on the pros and cons of using these computer programs.

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1. The computer programs to make a will or trust are “cheap”. 2. Computer programs can create a will or trust quite easily and simply, in 5 minutes or less, without going to an attorney’s office for multiple visits. THE NEGATIVES: 1. Laws change all the time, and a program may not be up to date with the current and necessary laws in estate planning. Additionally, there are 50 States with 50 different laws on estate planning and as such, it is difficult to conceive a product that meets every States’ legal criteria. 2. The devil is in the details… everyone has heard this saying before. However, any mistakes in the prepared will or trust will only be discovered when it is too late and likely will invalidate the documents. 3. Before using one of these programs, pay careful attention to the DISCLAIMERS. Generally, they specify that the company is not acting as your attorney and the information provided is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney as well as they cannot apply the law to the facts of your individual circumstances. 4. It is a computer program, not an attorney. An experienced estate planning attorney can think outside the box and boundaries of a program. A computer program, however, is limited by a specific set of guidelines. Therefore, any specific problems or interesting solutions, which may require creative thinking, are limited when using a computer program. 5. These programs do not help you follow the formalities required to have a valid will or trust in Florida. Since the formalities involved in a will or trust can be complicated, there is a chance the document may not be valid. If a will or trust is invalid, the estate can become intestate, which means that your assets or income may be distributed to persons other than those persons you wanted to distribute originally in your will or trust. 6. Sometimes estate planning requires the production of a trust, instead of a will for various reasons, as discussed in previous articles. A program will not be able to provide the individualized specialization you may require. 7. A simple Will can start at a low price of $125.00. In the end, there is no substitute to having an experience attorney review and create your estate planning documents. As only an attorney, not a computer program, can provide you with legal advice and come up with ways to make your wishes a legal reality when the time comes. The Law Offices of Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. has offices in Coral Springs, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale. Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. is a full-serviced law firm specializing in a variety of fields such as Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Business/Commercial Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law. Our attorneys and staff seek to provide the upmost service to our clients, while maintaining an effective cost containment strategy. The firm can be reached at 954-334-1520 or


My fellow Commissioners and I remain passionate and committed to working with each and every one of you to make Fort Lauderdale an even better place to live, work, play, visit, and raise a family.

s we ring in the holidays and look forward to 2014, optimism fills the air in Fort Lauderdale like the familiar sounds of the season. To that end, please mark your Our leading economic indicators are calendars for these upcoming holiday on the upswing, and all signs point events and make plans to join us as toward a bright future for our City. we celebrate the season! Fueling this economic resurgence Light Up Sistrunk - Friday, December is our tourism industry which has 6, 5:00 - 9:00 pm experienced 46 consecutive months of visitor growth. While tourism is Sistrunk Boulevard from NW 9th to at an all-time high, unemployment NW 11th Avenue, is plunging. Our current rate of (954) 828-4746 - 5.8% ranks well below Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, and Featuring outstanding food, fun is considerably lower than both and entertainment, including a kids the state (7%) and national (7.3%) zone with real snow, photos with unemployment rates. Santa, bounce houses, a DJ, and the The housing sector is also heating lighting of a spectacular holiday tree! up with the median price of a singlefamily home in Broward County jumping 31.7% during the past year to $270,000. New construction is booming! Today, we have over 4,000 units either under construction, approved, or in the review process, which represents over $1 billion of private sector investment in our City.

Thanks to our favorable economic conditions, Fort Lauderdale is seeing a new influx of national corporations and regional businesses that are diversifying our economy, expanding our market share, and offering new, well-paying career opportunities for our residents. As you can see, our progressive economic development initiatives and long-term investment strategies are paying off and are sending a clear signal of strength and confidence about the future of Fort Lauderdale.

Candy Cane Hunt - Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Riverside Park, 555 SW 11th Avenue, (954) 468-1553 - Kids will love hunting for their favorite treats at this fun-filled holiday event. Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade - Saturday, December 14, 6:30 pm Along the New River and Intracoastal Waterways, (954) 767-0686 A Fort Lauderdale holiday tradition that features spectacular illumination, colorful pageantry, and magnificently decorated boats parading down the New River and Intracoastal waterways. Carter Park Tree Lighting - Saturday, December 14, 2:00 - 7:00 pm

Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, (954) 828-7275 Join us at Carter Park as we celebrate the holidays with a tree lighting ceremony, games and activities for the entire family. Santa On The Beach - Friday, December 20, 12:45 pm Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, 1100 Seabreeze Boulevard, (954) 828-7275 - Don’t miss Santa Claus as he makes his annual trek up Fort Lauderdale Beach handing out candy canes and spreading holiday cheer! Kwanzaa Kuumba - Tuesday, December 31, 1:00 - 5:00 pm Bass Park, 2750 NW 19th Street, (954) 828-8498 - Join us for a celebration of family, community, and culture at the annual Kwanzaa Kuumba event at Bass Park featuring food, fun, entertainment, and family activities. Fort Lauderdale Orange Bowl Downtown Countdown - Tuesday, December 31, 4:30 pm - 3:00 am SW 2nd Street from SW 2nd Avenue to SW 5th Avenue - Bid farewell to 2013 and ring in 2014 at the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in South Florida featuring live bands, outstanding food, a family zone, and a spectacular lighted ball drop at midnight! On behalf of the City of Fort Lauderdale, I wish all of you a joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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• Government & City - Deerfield Beach •

Recycling Perks Continues In Deerfield Beach

By Nicol Jenkins

participating local businesses.

“By offering this campaign to residents, we hope to further enhance participation in the recycling and he City of Deerfield Beach remains rewards program. The more the City committed to its recycling efforts. of Deerfield Beach recycles, the more In an effort to raise awareness money it saves.” says Bill Dempsey, President of Recycling Perks. on the value of recycling, the City of Deerfield Beach and the popular Residents of Deerfield Beach who incentive based recycling program, are not currently signed up for the Recycling Perks is giving away an iPad Recycling Perks program can register for Mini. a free account at Throughout the month of Recycling Perks is a rewards December, residents who are registered company incentivizing and providing for the Recycling Perks program savings by encouraging recycling in will automatically be entered for a local communities throughout Florida, chance to win an iPad Mini every Georgia, and Virginia. time they redeem rewards online at Launched in spring 2011, Recycling The Recycling Perks is an incentive program that Perks program is free for residents to promotes participation in curbside use and is part of the City’s curbside recycling and is currently available to recycling program. approximately 400,000 households. Introduced to the residents of Recycling Perks strives to improve Deerfield Beach in October 2012, household recycling efforts, reduce Recycling Perks incentivizes recycling waste, and promote local businesses for the residents of Deerfield Beach. by offering great savings and exclusive Every time a resident recycles using deals that reward recyclers. Simply put: their “all-in” recycling carts, points are You recycle, We Reward! awarded to the resident’s Recycling For more information, contact Perks account. Points can be redeemed Recycling Perks at 757-605-2261. for rewards or discounts from


Rock Star 101 Winter Break Camp The City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation Department is extremely electrified to present a camp of epic proportions, Rock Star 101, that will be held at Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd. The camp is offered to 6-12 year olds from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM with optional extended hours of 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM and will run December 23rd through January 3rd. Participants will learn about vocal techniques, choreography for a music video, song writing, rock and roll appreciation, microphone technique and stage presence. So come rock out! Registration is currently being accepted both online at and in all City of Deerfield Beach Parks & Recreation facilities. Register now as this camp will fill up! Please contact Constitution Park at (954) 480-4494 for additional details.

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Yuletide Parade and Celebration is Back!


he City of Pompano Beach will once again ring in the holidays with a parade and festive celebration.

at the 2400 block of East Atlantic Boulevard to announce the groups in the parade and choose the winning entries.

The Yuletide Parade is back on Atlantic Boulevard! The Yuletide Parade and Celebration will be held on Thursday, December 5th. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. starting from Riverside Drive, heading west on Atlantic Boulevard and ending at McNab Park. Guest emcee, Jeff Martin, from 101.5 LITE FM will join Mayor Lamar Fisher, City Spokesperson Sandra King and a panel of judges located on a platform

The Parade will feature eye dazzling floats, marching bands, dancers, fire clowns, and a variety of other amazing entertainment. After the Yuletide Parade, join us in McNab Park for children’s activities, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos, inflatable slides, and of course Santa Claus!


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Bring your camera for an opportunity to have your picture taken with Santa Claus and other

By Nicol Jenkins

characters in the park. Refreshments will also be available in the park. Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher will light the Yuletide Tree to officially ring in the holiday season in Pompano Beach. A brief firework display will light up the sky to make the Yuletide Celebration the best ever! Please bring nonperishable food items to McNab Park for the less fortunate. For more information on this event, call 954-786-4111.

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• Government & City - Oakland Park • Message From The Oakland Park Mayor By John Adornato III

Oakland Park Farmers Market Offers a Bounty of Bargains


n a weekend morning, you can probably drive 15 minutes from anywhere in Broward County and find a Farmers Market. But on a weekday… during the drive home from work… your opportunities to stop and pick up fresh produce and culinary specialties was limited for the most part to larger supermarket chains… until now that is. Oakland Park started its weekly Farmers Market November 5 and it takes place every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the southwest corner of North Dixie Highway and NE 38 Street. The convenient location provides for plenty of free on-site parking so you never need to worry about carrying heavy bags of produce too far. Our City’s Parks and Leisure Service Department is working with the Oakland Parkbased Urban Farming Institute to serve local consumers interested in farm fresh produce and artisan goods in the heart of the emerging Oakland Park Culinary Arts District. We are excited that our Farmers Market offers an appetizing array of fresh organic produce, prepared foods to take home for dinner, and culinary specialties that reflect the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of our community. South Florida’s climate allows some of our small family farms to produce many of the tropical fruits and vegetables so prized in other countries, but because the supply is often limited to a local area you will never find them in a supermarket. At our Farmers Market, you can find the small bananas so popular in Thailand and even fresh pomelos which look like giant grapefruits, but have a much different/sweeter taste. I almost needed a shopping cart instead of my Oakland Park recycle bag during my visits to the Farmers Market. Every vendor offers something pleasing to the eye and the palate with many items impossible to resist after enjoying a complimentary tasting from the person staffing the booth.


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There is not enough room in this column to give props to every vendor or item, but in addition to the fresh fruits and vegetables, you will find gourmet hummus, pâté, smoked fish, honey and myriad spices and blended seasoning mixtures available in small or bulk quantity. We even have vendors specializing in homemade dog treats, gluten-free baked goods and traditional Spanish paella de marisco served to enjoy at the picnic tables or as a takehome dinner treat. Adults should not be surprised if they

are offered a free tasting from a local wine distributor or from the nearby Funky Buddha craft brewery to go along with their paella, Indian curry, or Filipino adobo that are available at our Farmers Market. Shoppers and diners will also be able to enjoy live musical entertainment the first Tuesday of the month and different food trucks may also be on-site offering their popular specialties. One of the signature features of Oakland Park’s Farmers Market is our monthly “Farm to Chef Showcase” presented the first Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. featuring interactive cooking clinics with some of the top chefs in our community. The 90-minute cooking demonstrations culminate with free tasting samples from all three courses and handy recipe cards. If your hands are too full to pick up the recipe cards, you can visit www. or log on to www. to view the recipes, learn more about the chefs and other upcoming events and activities in Oakland Park’s downtown Culinary Arts District. We were all impressed with Chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan of Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School and Catering who conducted the first Farm to Chef Showcase with Executive Chef Giovanni Sposato from D’Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar & Tapas. I felt like I was surrounded by culinary royalty when they invited me to join them on the elevated stage set up in front of the audience seating. We invite and encourage everyone to please visit our Oakland Park Farmers Market each Tuesday and if you happen to see me, please stop and say hello and let me know what you think of our tasteful destination. To learn more about the Oakland Park Farmers Market, please call the City’s Parks and Leisure Services Department at 954-6304500 or the Urban Farmer’s Jon Albee at 954696-9577. Bon Appetit!

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• Chamber of Commerce - Deerfield Beach •

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Message From The Executive Director Of The Deerfield Beach Chamber Of Commerce

continued from page 3 (Belly Love)

By Larry DeVille

father, shirts, uniquely designed diaper bags, stylish dresses, bras, swim suits, stuffed animals, (complete with the ultrasound heartbeat of your yet unborn child), and accessories that a certain to bring a smile to everyone’s face. The boutique offers two changing rooms, a plush sofa and chairs to relax in while browsing, and the comfort of knowing that the owners of Belly Love have your best interests in mind. Dads, as well as fathers-to-be, can get a relaxing massage or facial, while moms and expectant mothers are shopping for that perfect outfit. Jeri will offer her expertise with tips and ideas that will certainly make your pregnancy a time to remember. Allow Belly Love Boutique to enrich your pregnancy, while you relax and enjoy the journey to motherhood. Belly Love, and Belly Love Boutique, combine to bring you the very best of your pregnancy. It offers not only a tranquil atmosphere at the spa, but pampers and indulges you with the finest apparel and accessories during and after that “special day” when you give birth. From a pregnancy spa/ultrasound center, to a maternity boutique, Belly Love is there to guide and assist you. For your convenience, Belly Love is open Monday and Tuesday (10:00 Am to 6:00 PM), Wednesday (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM), Thursday (10:00 AM to 6:00 PM), and Saturday (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM). Belly Love Boutique is open on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The store is closed on Sunday. Belly Love is located at 3420 NW 62nd Avenue in Margate. You may call 954-228-4772 for additional information about the Spa and Boutique. The website is www. Belly Love …… a firstclass pregnancy spa and boutique!


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he Greater Deerfield Chamber of Commerce extends holiday wishes to all our business members and to the community! During this season, we have the following events planned:

On Wednesday, December 4th & 18th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Lunch & Leads will be held at the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce, located at 1601 E Hillsboro Blvd. The speaker/ sponsor on the 4th is Trisha Price, Gear Hero HQ, and on the 20th is Juanita Rendon Lopez, Comcast. Our LEAD$ group is business-to-business focused with only one member per business category. To visit or join, contact Larry DeVille at 954-427-1050 or via email at Since its inception in July of 2010 our LEAD$ Group members have exchanged over 215 leads which account for more than $750,000 in generated revenue. We are actively seeking an auto repair business, an architect, a landscape business, a pest control, a search engine optimization and a roofing company. Breakfast ‘n Deerfield will be held on December 5th. “Time of Giving” Breakfast ‘n Deerfield will take place at the Chamber of Commerce Building, located at 1601 E Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Join us as we thank JM Enterprises for their generous

donation of ceiling tile for the Chamber Banquet Hall and parabolic light fixtures for the entire building. We are providing tabletop space for all our not-for-profit members and charities so we can meet and become more familiar with them!... and as a special request, please bring canned or non-perishable food to donate to Gateway Community Outreach.

Calling all local women in business! Our Women in Business event will be held on Wednesday, December 11th from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The topic will be Holiday Celebration! This is your chance to get in on the ground level with Deerfield Beach’s female movers and shakers in business. Get connected!

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This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Connie Booth. For additional on the information or topic(s) discussed, please contact Connie Booth at 954-651-3777.


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Pompano Beach Chamber News By Ric Green

President of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce

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South Florida Communities Join Forces To Help The Animals

By Nicol Jenkins

Shoreline decorating contest accompanies boat parade on December 8

we are expecting about 70 boaters, which is almost 20 more than last year,” said Dr. Brian Rask, co-chair. “The great thing about the Pompano Beach Live on the Intracoastal? Boat Parade is that it is free and Decorate your home by open to all boaters. There are no December 6 for a chance to win requirements on the amount of prizes during the 51st Annual lights you need on your boat and Greater Pompano Beach Boat Parade Shore Decorating contest. there is no theme that you have to follow. It is all about having Each year, this annual parade fun with family and friends over winds along the Intracoastal the holidays.” from Pompano Beach north to Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield The Pompano Beach Boat Beach and part of the fun is Parade is the only free parade the decorated homes along the that has great Captain’s and way. The parade is December Awards parties, gives out cash 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. but awards, gift cards and many shoreline judging is Friday, great prizes, provides a lot of December 6. Join the fun by recognition for its sponsors, and decorating your home. Call 954- supports local charities. 941-2940 to enter or for more For information or to learn details. how to participate, please This year’s event is already contact the Greater Pompano larger than year’s past. Beach Chamber of Commerce at “For this year’s boat parade 954-941-2940.


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New visitor’s center in Pompano Beach Visitors coming to Pompano Beach now have a place to learn about the great activities in and around the City. The Pompano Chamber is extending its office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday through April 15th to assist tourists in navigating the area. With all the changes taking place, we thought this was a great opportunity to help visitors to find all the great things Pompano Beach has to offer. The Chamber is staffing our building on the weekends so that people can find hotels, restaurants, local attractions and more. Not everyone is here Monday through Friday and we thought this was a great opportunity to showcase what Pompano has to offer. This is also a resource for locals to learn more about their City! Visit www.pompanobeachchamber. com or call 954-941-2940 for more information.


oin your community in the effort to save our four-legged friends by attending a pet lover’s awareness event. You are invited to the fourth annual “Art 4 the Animals” event, which is a pet adoption day benefiting the Florida Humane Society and other no-kill animal rescue groups that rely solely on donations. The event will be hosted

by volunteers from our local area on Sunday, December 8th from Noon to 5 pm at the Royal University Plaza, on the NW corner of Royal Palm Blvd. and University Drive in Coral Springs. Artists and students of all ages may donate artwork and photography to be put up for sale at the event. Any size work and any medium is welcome – including sculpture, paintings, drawings, stained glass, photography and jewelry.

animals available for adoption from more than 25 local shelters and pet rescue groups in the South Florida area, plus live music from DJ Jimmy, a pet fashion show, pet agility demo, K-9 unit demo, pet photography, and a Classic Car Show! This is great fun for the entire family! College and high school students can also sign up prior to the event to volunteer for community service credit. Donations and additional raffle prizes are always appreciated. For every pet that is adopted, room becomes available for one more homeless animal to get a second chance at life. AFTA, Art 4 the Animals, was created in 2010 to bring awareness to rescue animals in the South Florida area. The goal remains to raise funds for non-profit 501C3 rescues and shelters.

For more information on this upcoming event or on Art 4 The Animals, contact Adriana Mattei at 754-3681476 or Barbara Cooper at Center Academy at 954The Classics and Canines: 575-1231. You can also visit their website at http:// A Pet Lover’s Extravaganza and Pet Rescue Adoption Day event will include December 2013


• Community News • Community Supports Glam-A-THON™ Breast Cancer Awareness Events


By Nicol Jenkins

he South Florida community Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Assistance once again came together to join is given to underinsured and uninsured in the fight against breast cancer. women in the South Florida area to receive life saving, early diagnostic For the seventh year, Glam-A- testing and mammograms, while those THON™ inspired both men and battling breast cancer receive financial women to bring awareness and raise help, rides to and from treatment and funds for breast cancer. medibras for after surgery. The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund was founded The turnout for the events this year in 2003 by Coral Springs Mayor Vincent was absolutely amazing, according Boccard and his wife Terry in support of to event organizers. At the Lipstick Vincent’s sister Lisa and her fight with Lounge held at the Seminole Hard breast cancer. The Boccard’s joined forces Rock Hotel & Casino inside Passion with Broward Health Coral Springs Nightclub, hundreds of the most Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center. fabulous movers and shakers joined The mission of the Lisa Boccard Breast together to taste, try and experience Cancer Fund is to provide funding for the best that South Florida has to offer. care that may otherwise be unattainable, The following week at the Glam Doll for the women in our community to Strut in downtown Fort lauderdale, obtain free screening mammograms. hundreds of divas, supporters and doggies strutted for a celebrity judges’ Glam-A-THON™, a 501(c)3 nonprofit panel to raise funds for the cause. organization, is a sustainable, dynamic breast cancer charity dedicated to “The beauty of Glam-A-THON™ helping families, friends and neighbors is the amazing strength of our teams, in South Florida. They differentiate their sponsors, supporters and our dynamic efforts with style, sass, and glamorous Glam Board to provide much needed heels. The goal is to take the fear out of funding for local women affected by breast cancer and mobilize women to this terrible disease,” says Tammy make a difference in their community. Gail, founder and nine-year breast cancer survivor. Glam-A-THON was founded 7 years ago by President and breast cancer Last year, Glam-A-THON™ raised survivor Tammy Gail. She along with her over $148,000. All funds raised through Glam Board held the first Glam Doll Strut Glam-A-THON™ benefit the Broward and raised $10,000. Since then, hundreds Health Foundation, the fundraising of thousands of dollars have been raised, arm of Broward Health and the Lisa


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helping hundreds of women in our South Florida community. Glam-A-THON embraces individuality and boasts a fierce independence that distinguishes them from many other charitable causes. Their divas come in all shapes, colors and shoe sizes but the driving force that they all have in common is their point of differentiation. When thousands of Glam-A-THON divas mobilize to make a difference in their community the magic begins. Nowhere in history has there been a Glam Revolution until now! The goal is to bring their mission to a national arena. Each year, the Glam-A-THON army of divas will polish their Prada’s and mend their Manolos in a concerted effort to Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye – one fabulous high-heeled step at a time.

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• Community News •

• Schools •

Gateway Community Outreach Brings The Holiday Spirit To South Florida Families By Nicol Jenkins


his holiday season, Gateway Community Outreach will once again bring cheer, toys and food to our local families who are in need of a little extra help. For 18 years, the mission of Gateway Community Outreach has been to eradicate homelessness by providing services to stabilize the family unit economically while helping them become selfsufficient. This goal continues throughout the holiday season through their Special Touch program, which is designed to meet the extra needs of our community’s most needy families during this time of year. During the month of December, Gateway Community Outreach will deliver a holiday meal with the trimmings, unwrapped toys for toddlers to teenagers, wrapping supplies, gift cards and personal hygiene products to local families. The community is also treated to

holiday festivities. Each year, Gateway has a holiday party and treats the parents and caregivers to food, refreshments, and they can pick out the toys they want to give to their children along with wrapping supplies. Since the need is growing again this year, the organization is seeking the help of residents to donate toys, gift cards and cash donations for area families. They are asking for donations of unwrapped toys for children from 6 months to 12 years old, and requesting Walmart

or Target gift cards for teens, ages 13 to 17. “We are looking for anyone who would like to

donate whether it be an unwrapped toy, canned goods, monetary donations or donating their time as a volunteer,” said Carol Ray, President and CEO of Gateway Community Outreach. Last year, they were able to make the holidays special for approximately 500 children. The staff at Gateway hopes to exceed that goal this year. “Everyone is aware of the economy, and the need is growing. Many parents and individuals are struggling. We want them to be able to provide toys for their children this holiday season,” said Ray. Gateway Community Outreach is located at 291 SE 1st Terrace, Deerfield Beach, 33441. You can drop off unwrapped toys anytime. For more information, call 954-725-8434 or visit their website at

Dillard High School Hosts Commemorative Air Force Traveling Exhibit By Nicol Jenkins


illard High School in Fort Lauderdale was recently home to a spectacular traveling

exhibit. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron hosted a free RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit sponsored by JM Family Enterprises and Stonegate Bank at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale. Students enrolled in afterschool programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County and Urban League of Broward County were able to experience this unique exhibit at the local school. The educational exhibit featured a 35-seat movie theater housed in a semi-rig and provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit presented a screening of a short original movie, “RISE ABOVE,” which focuses on the obstacles faced by America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel, known today as the Tuskegee Airmen, as they worked toward their goal of

becoming U.S. Army Air Corps pilots in the early 1940s. “The exhibit is truly a one-of-akind adventure similar to something you would experience at Disneyland,” said Brad Lang, CAF Red Tail Squadron Leader, adding, “The overall message is about rising above to reach your potential no matter your circumstances and the message resonates with all ages because of the unique and interactive way it is told. This was truly a one-of-a-kind experience.” Students who visited the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit as part of a school or educational outreach program also received an inspirational dog tag with the six guiding principles of the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s Rise Above educational program. These principles reflect how the Tuskegee Airmen rose above all of the obstacles they faced in order to fly and fight for America. The dog tags read: Aim High; Believe in Yourself; Use Your Brain; Never Quit; Be Ready to Go; and Expect To Win.

Pine Crest Senior Excels on the AP Microeconomics Exam

Pine Crest senior, Gaurish Gwalani, was one of 33 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Microeconomics Exam. In total, 67,682 students took the exam. Gaurish not only received the top AP score of 5, he answered every multiplechoice question correctly and earned the maximum scores on each of the open-ended responses in the free-response section of the exam. According to The College Board, this achievement “...reveals both a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding of this foundational college course.” Gaurish was also recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as a semifinalist, along with 24 of his Pine Crest Class of 2014 peers. Congratulations to our local scholar!


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• Schools • Broward School District wins Florida Green School Award

By Nicol Jenkins


roward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to be the district winner of the Florida Green School Award by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The District was honored for its P3 Eco Challenge. P3 stands for Preserving our Planet for Prosperity. The Florida Green School Award is presented to participants whose outstanding efforts demonstrate success in programs that enhance the quality of education, while preserving the environment. The P3 Eco Challenge recognizes and rewards BCPS schools, teachers, students, administrators and volunteers for their efforts to learn and implement environmentally sustainable measures and green initiatives within their schools and communities. The initiative involves


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the collaborative efforts of several BCPS divisions and departments, including Instruction & Intervention (led by the STEM & Instructional Resources Department), Facilities & Construction, Information & Technology, and the Superintendent’s Environmental Technical Advisory Committee, with support from community partners. In addition to the District taking top honors during the annual Florida Green School Awards Ceremony in Orlando, Driftwood Middle School in Hollywood also received special recognition. Driftwood Middle is among three of last year’s Florida Green School Award winners to be honored during this year’s ceremony for their ongoing green achievements. For additional information on the BCPS P3 Eco Challenge, visit http://

(Left to Right) Colleen Dietz (Driftwood Middle School), Linda Gancitano (Driftwood Middle School), and Rosina Bencivenga (STEM & Instructional Resources).

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• People and Business •

• People and Business • By Brian Weidenbacher lubLink, a Canadian-born corporation, is conveying an exciting form of golf membership to individuals, families, or groups, that has taken the sport to new and electrifying heights. The concept is simple...join, and become a member at over 50 golf courses in North America. ClubLink courses represent some of the supreme efforts by renowned course architects and consultants, including Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Fazio, Fred Couples, Curtis Strange, Mark McCumber, Ron Garl, Ken Venturi, and Mark o’Meara. If you become a ClubLink member, the unique concept provides you with reciprocal access

to each and every ClubLink owned course. Several of the ClubLink courses have been selected by the PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour as tournament sites. Locally, Heron Bay Golf Club has played host to six editions of the Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, and is the current home of the Dixie Amateur Championship. ClubLink is committed to providing every member, and their guests, with a wonderful experience, on and off the course, while providing the finest service available. Not only are ClubLink members entitled to play some of the top courses anywhere, but are guaranteed benefits and amenities not available through traditional golf club memberships, including: • Access to ALL clubs in Southeast Florida, Sun City (Tampa), and Canada • Interest-free financing of membership fees • Preferred tee time access at your home course • 7-day advanced biking privileges • No assessment fees • Complimentary lockers and club storage • Complimentary handicap service • Complimentary range balls (daytime only at Heron Bay) • Exclusive Member Value Pricing program on all golf merchandise • No food and beverage minimum • Specially trained PGA professionals • Golfers of all ages are welcome to join • Banquets, weddings, and meeting room and corporate function discounts • All-inclusive cart plan options Palm-Aire (Cypress, Oaks, and Palm courses), Heron Bay, and Woodlands (East and West courses), are three entities, featuring six outstanding tracks owned by ClubLink in our immediate area. A recent Media Day golf event held at Woodlands proved to be a fantastic selling tool for the organization. Jim Greene,


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Regional Sales Manager for Corporate Events, and John Hand, Regional Membership Sales Manager, presented the ClubLink family, course, and amenities in a manner that few could equal. From the moment our group arrived at the Woodlands, until we depart late into the evening, the service, course conditions, and hospitality proved to be unmatched by other golf establishments. ClubLink makes it easy, convenient, and most of all affordable, for everyone to join their ever-growing family and enjoy six outstanding championship courses, coupled with an array of exceptional club amenities and services.

ClubLink has initiated a plan that relieves the worry and burden when it comes to deciding on a golf membership. There are many options that you can choose when selecting the membership classification that’s perfect for you …… ClubLink even has a payment plan that easily fits your budget. For membership information and availability, call and speak to a membership consultant at 1-800-511-6616, or visit them online at www. You can also dial locally at 954-975-6244. Simply stated, ClubLink ….. One Membership, More Golf!

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On-Line Real Estate Search


ith public access to Real Estate listings via the Internet many buyers in this market conduct 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


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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 necessary, and a backup status listing simply means while a contract has been executed the seller will consider back up offers shall the current contract become void or cancelled. Understanding these points and jargon is step one when searching on line. Important Financial Factors Perfect pictures and a wonderful description can make anyone excited about a home, but to fully protect yourself and be sure you are within budget you need to put other factors into play. As many homebuyers will be purchasing with a mortgage, monthly fees can often drive or end a home purchase transaction. Many varying costs of ownership are often not listed on the popular search sites. Fees like HOA dues, taxes, additional insurance necessary and others are crucial elements to be aware

of. An 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 or ask the listing agent directly. Planning results in protection, do your work and guarantee a successful sale. Beware the bait and switch! Like all forms of marketing, some is ethical and honest while others are misleading and false. Forum and blog sites that advertise Real Estate often lean to the latter. Unethical agents have and will advertise properties that have already been sold, or at unapproved prices with hopes of landing a buyer call on the false advertising. This is commonly referred to as the ‘bait and switch’. To avoid being baited try to stay away from forum or blog like sites offering Real Estate for sale. As at all times, your best bet is to work with a Realtor, but if searching on your own be sure to conduct your research on a viable and ethical site. Keeping these simple ideas in mind will save you time, frustration and possibly money! If in need of true data always consult a licensed Realtor, they are and always will be your best source.

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• Dining & Entertainment •

• Dining & Entertainment • customers to keep coming back! Speciality dishes include their Seafood Pacifica and Fresh Catch Vera Cruz Mahi.


By Brian Weidenbacher f you want New York Style pizza at its best, then travel over to All Star pizza and order the finest quality pie around. Owner James Tramontano has recreated a little New York flair in his restaurant. All Star Pizza is proudly celebrating its 16th year in Deerfield Beach, and has recently expanded to a second location at the Festival Flea Market Food Court. Celebrating it first year at the location, James’ daughter Theresa, has created the same image of friendly service, and great pizza, using only the finest ingredients available. Everything at All Star Pizza is prepared when ordered, and as James notes, “We always use the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Nothing is pre-cooked, and we never skimp”. All Star Pizza carries a large selection and variety of pies, luncheon and dinner specials, including Eggplant and Chicken Parmigiano, Calzones, Stuffed Shells, Baked Ziti, and Manicotti. Various other dishes can be prepared at your request, and all meals are served with a generous salad and garlic sticks. All Star Pizza prides itself on “quick deliveries” (minimum $12.00 orders). Call in your order on your way home, and chances are it will arrive when you get there. So for a taste of New York Italian food that’s been dancing on your taste buds for a while, use a coupon found below and place your order at one of two conveniently locations ……. Deerfield Beach at 1315 Military Trail (954-481-3455), or the Festival Flea Market Food Court. You can dine in, take out, or we conveniently deliver. Simply give us a call and order the best subs, wraps, salads, calzones dinners, wings, desserts, and great pizzas. All Star Pizza is opened Monday through Saturday from 11:00Am to 10:00PM, and Sunday from 12:00PM to 9:00PM. All Star Pizza...Quality food, great prices, and “home run” taste!


On any given night, you can order an affordable and mouthwatering meal! Taco Tuesdays are all you can eat tacos for only $8; Thirsty Thursdays are just $3.99 for a giant 46 ounce margarita with a dinner purchase; Happy Hour is every day offering $1.99 drafts, $2.99 margaritas, mixed drinks and wine, and $7.99 fishbowl margaritas. For the health conscious, there are a large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

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A casual fiesta style atmosphere is always on the menu. Tequila Sunrise has indoor seating, an enclosed airconditioned patio and a private room for parties, weddings, baby showers, wedding rehearsals, corporate parties and more. Most of all, Tequila Sunrise is your local neighborhood restaurant. The owner, who used to be a server at the restaurant, his wife or children will greet you with a friendly smile; while the head chef is always cooking up homemade dishes. “It’s a neighborhood atmosphere. We have regular customers who have been coming here for 18 years. It is a real locals spot,” said Martin. Tequila Sunrise is located at 4711 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL 33334 (in the House of Ladders Plaza). Join their VIP Text Message Club by texting tequila to 71441 and get a free margarita for joining! Visit their website at, or Become Friends on Facebook at Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill. For more information, call 954-938-4473.

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• Sports / Health / Fitness •



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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!



By Brian Weidenbacher

s you enter the doors of Beach Holistic Healthcare, the astonishing world of chiropractic and holistic healing embraces you like a hug from your grandmother. Chiropractic Physician Dr. Alfredo Cajar, wearing a charming smile and a talented grasp on his profession, is certain to overwhelm you with his knowledge and an astute sense of awareness of your problems.

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, freeweights, 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.


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Myself, and two of my coworkers visited Dr. Cajar’s office last week. My associate was suffering from back pain so severe that standing erect was a major chore. Dr. Cajar initially place him on a table lying face down. An Electric Muscle Stimulator was placed on his lower back, sending electric pulses throughout his lower back, adjusting him while deciphering the problem area. He “de-stressed” him while the Stimulator was in

place. Massaging his upper back with the Vibracussor, which breaks down scar tissue using percussion, Dr. Cajar immediately located the problem area. He placed a cushion under him and re-set his hips by slowly twisting his torso, resulting in a substantial reduction in pain. Using a Mechanical Hand Adjuster and hand-held “Cold Laser”, to complete the process, my friend arose from the table pain free and smiling. My other co-worker went through a different exam, which proved to be just as productive. By raising her right arm, visually examining her extremities, and feeling certain areas of her back while applying pressure, Dr. Cajar was able to determine her problem, and recommend how to handle her condition. Skepticism plays a major role in everyone’s life, but in these two cases, “seeing is believing”! Beach Holistic Healthcare treats and helps individuals with nutrition, chiropractic, weight loss,

massage therapy, and blood & lab testing. If you’re not enjoying good health, you’re not enjoying life. Your brain and nervous system control the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. A properly working body is the key to good health. Dr. Cajar does not only make your body well, he keeps it “fine-tuned” and working properly. Just as your car requires regular maintenance, so does the human body. Pain and physical discomfort demand attention. Common sense dictates to us that we need to address these aches and pains immediately. Holistic healing addresses all parts of an individual and not just the physical aspects of a person where manifested illnesses are not apparent. Holistic healing is not just intended to serve as a band-aid, or a “one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of answers, and ultimately, living better, and feeling healthier, while striving for wholeness. It addresses all parts of a person’s life ….. physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual beliefs and values are considered. Dr. Cajar has mastered his profession and can help individuals with chiropractic needs and holistic medicine. Beach Holistic Healthcare is located at 1304 East Atlantic Boulevard, Suite C, in Pompano Beach. Office hours are Monday through Thursday (9:30 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 to 7:00PM). You can call Dr. Cajar at 954-796-2611, fax him at 954-573-1695, or email drcajar@ Visit Dr. Cajar and receive a Nutritional Evaluation, or adjustment for only $30.00.

Beach Holistic Healthcare ….. “Whole person health”! December 2013


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any individuals argue politics and religion on a daily basis. People awake in the morning to a hot cup of freshly brewed coffee, a newspaper full of political and religious stories, and television commentary laden with additional political dealings. Everyone has different beliefs on many levels. If everyone liked chocolate ice cream, Baskin and Robbins, with their “31 Flavors”, would be out of luck. The only true American thing to argue about, or should I say disagree on, is sports! All males relish delivering their view on the greatest players, teams, catches, or any controversial issue in any of the major sports. Controversy keeps sports in our daily conversations, especially comparing today’s athletes to players from my generation and before. It’s Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays versus Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun. The “clean” athlete, that set their records on hotdogs, alcohol, clean living (Mays and Aaron), and pure talent, against the “contaminated” players that juiced their way to breaking not only records, but the hearts of their adoring fans. While wondering, “What ever became of David Clyde”, here are my humble opinions as to those I consider the best athletes at certain “talents” in the major sports ……. Cheaters not included. GREATEST RUNNING BACK IN


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NFL HISTORY ….. Jim Brown. Retired at the age of 29 as the leading rusher in the Nation Football League. Highest yards gained per carry (5.2) than any other running back in the HOF. He never missed a game, or took himself out after a long run, and never ran out of bounds to avoid contact. When it was third and two, the opposing defense, and every person in attendance at the game, knew number 32 was getting the ball ….. and they still couldn’t stop him!

wide-out separated himself from all of the competition. GREATEST NFL GAME OF ALL-TIME ….. 1959 Championship Game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts. This one, single game showcased the NFL with the first ever over-time game.

GREATEST GOLFER OF ALL TIME ….. Jack Nicklaus. This gentleman has 18 Major victories, and 19 second places finishes in a span of 25 years. He was humble in victory, and gracious in defeat. GREATEST MAJOR LEAGUE Not a bad person for anyone’s children, BASEBALL PLAYER ….. Being a Mickey and grandchildren, to emulate on a golf Mantle fan, this one stings a little ….. Willie course. Mays. There may have been better hitters, GREATEST MALE TENNIS PLAYER better outfielders, and better runners, but ….. Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal is a very Willie did all of it better than anyone! close second. GREATEST MAJOR LEAGUE GREATEST FEMALE TENNIS BASEBALL “PURE” HITTER ….. Ted PLAYER ….. Martina Navratilova and Williams. Nothing else has to be said Serena Williams. I would hate to have to concerning this selection. live on the difference between these two GREATEST “THROWING” great players. QUARTERBACK IN NFL HISTORY ….. GREATEST SOCCER PLAYER ….. Tom Brady. I have never witnessed an Pele. He brought notoriety to the sport, “average quarterback at best” come out creating legends of fans (Americans) that of college, and mature into the type of quarterback he has become. He possesses would have never watched a game of “futbol” in the United States if not for him. the finest mechanics of anyone at the position since Joe Namath. GREATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH ….. Paul W. Bryant. * GREATEST ALL-AROUND NBA PLAYER ….. Michael Jordan. It’s tough to GREATEST PROFESSIONAL go against this choice. FOOTBALL COACH ….. Vince Lombardi. * GREATEST “SHOWMAN” IN NBA HISTORY ….. “Pistol” Pete Maravich. This *Both of these selections need no guy was in a class by himself. He was a further comments. pure magician with a basketball. Well, that’s my list, and I’m sticking to GREATEST HOCKEY PLAYER ….. it. The strength of my opinions, hopefully, Wayne Gretzky. Hard to select someone does not exceed my knowledge on the better than “The Great One”. subject. My opinions are my symptoms. Disagreements on any, or all of the above GREATEST NFL RECEIVER ….. selections, are welcome. It’s sports ….. Jerry Rice. Great receivers are a dime a the paramount thing to disagree about! dozen in professional football, but this


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ou’ll never feel uncomfortable or intimidated when you walk into a “Club Fit Gym”. Club Fit Gym is truly your neighborhood fitness center that is for every fitness level and any age. Owners Lisa Piegari, Scott Croye, and Gil Krohn, and Membership Director Dennis Okunyade take pride in ensuring that every member feels welcome and takes the time to learn about you. Club Fit Gym has convenient locations, in Fort Lauderdale and Cooper City, and they also have a CrossFit location opening in the next 2 weeks in Cooper City called the “The Coop”. All locations offer everything you need to improve your health, boost your quality of life, and achieve your fitness goals. Staff members are certified in fitness instruction and are knowledgeable professionals.

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LET’S TEE IT UP Check out our next issue, Facebook page, and web site for an exciting opportunity to participate in the Inaugural Our Town News Golf Classic. The tournament will be held in early February at the Woodlands Golf Course, with proceeds going to a local charity. So get those practice rounds in, and get ready for a day of golf, fun, and surprises. December 2013


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here’s nothing better than hearing men, and ladies for that matter, argue about their favorite college football team and how the BCS should have their team ranked higher in the polls. For the past 15 years, the Bowl Championship Series has reigned supreme in the selection of ranking teams, and dictating their positions, and in some cases, the bowl games they participate in. All this ends next season …… the BCS format will be replaced by the College Football Playoff in 2014. Plans are still being ironed out, but basically, the top 4 teams in the rankings will compete in a playoff format to determine the National Champions. College football is the only intercollegiate sport that does not have a “playoff” system in place.

The BCS, whether applauded or criticized, was the best formula used since the inception of the “rankings polls”. Formerly, the UPI Poll (coaches) and the AP Poll (sports writers), were the governing masters of the rankings. These two extremely different polls were so incredibly diverse, that on various occasions, named different teams


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“National Champions”. The Coaches Poll (UPI) is sprinkled with coaches that have prejudices and distastes for certain colleges, or coaches, that flaw their votes. The Associated Press (sports writers) is just absurd. This group is composed mostly of individuals that have never played the game, and probably have only worn an athletic supporter to go swimming, and that’s in waist-deep water. These characters know as much about football as I know about nuclear physics.

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The UPI and AP split their vote, and Alabama was left out in the cold. Oh well, kiss that ring good-bye …….. Then there’s the Computer Rankings ….. Now you’re insulting my intelligence. A computer knows only the information that someone feeds it. Injuries, “team letdowns”, complications a certain star athlete is going through, girlfriend problems, school grades or exams, trends, and numerous other difficulties are never taken into consideration.

injuries, and overall insight regarding every team in the nation. They know more about the teams, and certainly in most cases, have a better perception about the team than the head coaches do. The bookies are the “Masters of the Football Domain”.

Somewhere, Jimmy ”The Greek” Snyder has a smile on his ugly face as wide as the Mississippi River. He and I discussed Case in point ….. NO system will ever this exact thing over In 1966, Alabama was be without flaw, but I dinner one Saturday coming off consecutive think I have the perfect night long ago in New National Championships, solution to this timeless Orleans before a Saints’ looking for three in a row. dilemma. This will game. He loved the This fete had never been definitely never happen notion, but the NCAA and accomplished. The team in my lifetime, but it it’s distain for gambling, was ranked pre-season makes the most sense plus the ramifications it No. 1 in both polls. That of all. In my humble would bring concerning season, Alabama went opinion, there is only organized crime and undefeated, and buried one group of individuals “point shaving”, would a great Nebraska team definitely kill the idea. that should be the 34-7 in the Sugar Bowl. determining factor in the He was the best. He For their efforts, the gave me “7 to 1 odds” selection of the college Crimson Tide finished this would never come rankings ……. the Las THIRD behind Notre to pass. He died before I Vegas odds makers. Dame and Michigan could “officially” make the Think about it for a State. The Irish and second. These guys know bet. Thanks for picking Spartans played against up the dinner check. By more about the teams one another during the way, Jimmy, did the than the coaches do. the regular season and odds go up, or down, It’s their livelihood. It’s played to a 10-10 tie. after all these years To add insult to injury, their business to know with everything that’s neither team engaged in EVERYTHING about happened in sports? a bowl game that year. the players, coaches,

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Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., 2801 NW 55 Ct., Bay 5W, Fort Lauderdale. 954-485-5922.

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G Whether atop a damaged roof or finishing up a 5K run, Robert Borowski and his team always find time to pitch in for the community. .


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Alexandra, marketing coordinator and Kamy, project & networking coordinator spent Oct. 6 with a few thousand others walking or jogging along the sand in Deerfield Beach as part of the 17th Annual Dunn’s Run. The event, sponsored by J.R. Dunn Jewelers, raises funds for the Broward County Boys and Girls Clubs. Borowski, president of Allied Roofing, has made the run before, but for Alex and Kamy, it was the first time. Pitching in to help this community is a natural for Borowski. This business owner shares his success with others who need a little help. When Rebuilding Together Broward, a non profit volunteer group, approached Borowski, he stepped right up to the plate to answer Vandilla Johnson’s plea for help. Johnson, a 47-year old widow who is the court appointed caretaker to four grandchildren, has lived in her Fort Lauderdale home for 14 years. That home was in desperate need of a


new roof and many interior repairs due to the leaking roof. In fact, keeping custody of her grandchildren was hinging on roof repairs. Said Johnson after her roof was repaired, “I thank God for Allied Roofing for giving me a new roof. Every day I come home from work and I see the transformation. It’s almost done now except for the shingles. It’s just beautiful. I’m in tears. I know there is a God.” A Rebuilding Together Broward official explains, “Our greatest need is for roofers and because reroofing is such an expensive process we have difficulty in filling that need. In the case of Ms. Johnson, Allied Roofing has really come through for us.”

About Borowski

Robert Borowski came from Poland to South Florida right after Hurricane Andrew and stayed for 21 years building a reputation along the way for being one of the most reliable and knowledgeable roofing contractors in the area. He did this by becoming skilled at applying all roofing materials – metal,

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“I have a lot of employees from Europe where this trade is a tradition.” tile and shingle – and by hiring craftsmen with the old- school skills of coppersmithing. “I have a lot of employees from Europe where this trade is a tradition,” Borowski said, adding “We are one of the few companies capable of installing all roofing products.” He started Allied Roofing in Pompano Beach and moved to a larger Fort Lauderdale location 11 years ago. He is one of the few roofers who produces his own sheet metal panels which gives him muchneeded product control. His work is visible all over north Broward including at The First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, JB’s restaurant on the beach in Deerfield and the Hillsboro Club on the Hillsboro Mile. The Club with its steeply pitched roof and the constant offshore winds was one of his most challenging jobs, Borowski

Yes, they did! Alex, Robert Borowski and Kamy make it to the 5K Dunn’s Run finish, and they are still smiling. Employees of Allied Roofing, are following a long time company tradition of participating in community events. The Dunn’s Run is one of the benefactors of Broward County Boys and Girls Clubs These clubs offer after school care, homework tutoring, sports and other activities for local students. [Photos courtesy of Allied Roofing]

Borowski is one of the few roofers who produces his own sheet metal panels which gives him muchneeded product control. said. In addition, he had to work around the summer guests. And when JB’s expanded 10 years ago, the Allied crew redid the roof with material guaranteed to withstand the effects of salt and sand for 25 years. In fact, warranties on workmanship and materials are something all customers should insist on Borowski said. Believing that his customers should be fully informed, Borowski presents them with 20 questions that give them an opportunity to compare contracts. “We try to show our customers all their options. An educated consumer is a more satisfied one.”

The Allied website, also contains information important to potential customers. Those who want to know what the replacement of a roof entails, should watch movies of Allied’s latest jobs on YouTube. A strong supporter of community events, he is a member of several chambers of commerce. Borowski contributes to the Pompano Beach Yuletide Parade, Deerfield Beach Founders’ Days’ fireworks and does charitable work for his church and professional associations such as Rebuilding Together Broward.

About Allied Roofing

Allied also installs solar panels, hot water panels and rainwater harvest systems. Borowski says there is nothing magical about his success. He estimates that 80 percent of his business is from referrals. “Good employees give good service and the result is good work,” he says.

By Brian Weidenbacher

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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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


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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.

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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.


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great new store has opened up at 8055 W. Sample Road in Coral Springs with the area’s nicest selection of plumbing fixtures from faucets to sinks to tubs. They carry the brands you’ll see in top architecture magazines but without the high end prices. They have put together a beautiful showroom that is a pleasure to explore. The showroom is open to the general public as well as contractors and interior designers. For added savings, there are a couple of special discount offers for OTN readers – see the Kitchen and Bath coupon on page 5 of the November 2013 OTN Coupon Book. Find great selection and great prices on all the major brands: Blanco… Altmans… Amerec… Xylem… Brizo… Kohler… Bates… Santec… Hansgrohe… Flueurco… Toto… and many more. For a quick peek at the showroom, take a look at our YouTube video at:

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

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