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earching for a law firm that diligently works in your best interests, gets fast results, and puts cash in your pockets? Then Reinfeld and Cabrera, P.A. is the ideal choice. Their hard-work and judicial experience pays dividends for your suffering.

Attorneys Alan J. Reinfeld, Esq. and Michael A. Cabrera, Esq. serve clients in Coral Springs and the surrounding areas with a dedicated commitment and an aggressive allegiance to their duties. They are both in agreement that clients should be treated like family, not only during the course of their case, but long after their initial visit to their office. Alan and Michael defend their clients’ legal rights, representing them in the areas of Business/ Commercial Law, Divorce and Family Law, Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Evictions, Landlord/Tenant Law, Probate and Trust Administration, Personal Injury, and Real Estate Law, adding their unmatched personal touch and care, with cost efficient solutions. “We attempt to provide the finest service possible, combined with a personal touch. We provide our services in the most cost efficient manner. We even make house calls”, noted Reinfeld. Reinfeld specializes in Estate Planning, along with Wills and Trusts, while Cabrera focuses on Real Estate, Family Law, and Business & Commercial litigation. Regardless of your legal needs, the firm of Reinfeld and Cabrera, P.A. will represent you with professionalism, competence, expertise, and confidence.

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Michael A. Cabrera, Esq. combines his law school training, work experience, and military background when focusing on your case. These contributing factors, along with your input, bring positive results for your case. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University. Recently, Michael has been inundated with clients having problems with the breaking of leasing contracts. This dilemma is handled easily, as a letter is sent, by the attorney, and a “quick” court date is set. Following service in the U.S. Army (1997-2001) and the Florida National Guard (2001-2002), C a b r e r a sharp-

ened his skills at several well-established law firms. Shortly, he will receive his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and still finds time for community service, volunteering his time at Broward Legal Aid Society. In his “never stop” world of legal matters, Mi-

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Why do young families need a Revocable Trust?

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

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

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In today’s society, it is important to plan for the future of your family. Every day, tragedy happens, from car accidents to people being diagnosed with cancer. It is important that there are plans to take care of your family in case the unexpected happens. Take me for example: my mother passed away from cancer in about four weeks, but because we had a trust I was able to focus more on her and healing then on the financial matters. A revocable trust is a legal document that creates a plan of distribution of a person’s assets. A person sets up a revocable trust, i.e., a “living trust,” during his or her lifetime, which becomes irrevocable upon their death. This means that the person has the power to amend or revoke the trust only during his or her lifetime. During the person’s life, the beneficiaries may include the person him/herself, his or her spouse, children or other close relatives. Once the person passes away, the property that is titled to the trust is distributed pursuant to the terms of the trust. What are the benefits of having a revocable trust? 1. Quick transfer of assets. A properly drafted revocable trust can help the decedent’s family avoid the time-consuming probate process. The person must re-title his or her assets into the trust; this is called “funding” the trust. If assets are not transferred to the trust prior to the person’s death, the only way to transfer any assets to the trust will be through probate. 2. Avoid Probate. At a minimum, probate administration will take over six months. The administration usually costs a minimum of $500 and many times can cost more based on the complexity. There may be other fees and costs associated with administration. 3. Privacy. A revocable trust is a private document that does not require filing with the court. A will, however, is a public document that must be deposited with the court after the decedent’s death. 4. Trust assets are not subject to creditors. Assets properly put into a revocable trust are not subject to most creditors. When a probate administration is opened, creditors may try to claim the money owed to them by filing a claim on the probate assets. 5. Focus on mourning. Avoiding probate and quickly wrapping up the affairs of the deceased helps focus on mourning rather than probate administration. 6. Name a person who will handle your affairs. A revocable trust along with a proper will allows a person to designate who will handle their affairs once they pass away. 7. Reduction of estate taxes. While a trust is not a tax savings tool, there may be some provisions included in the trust that allows you to transfer your wealth by establishing a credit shelter trust in the event of death. For more information, contact: Alan J. Reinfeld, Esq. Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. 10235 West Sample Road Suite 207 Coral Springs, FL 33065 1-855-LAWS-123 The Law Offices of Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. has offices in Coral Springs, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale. Reinfeld & Cabrera, P.A. is a full-serviced law firm specializing in a variety of fields such as Probate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Business/Commercial Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law. Our attorneys and staff seek to provide the upmost service to our clients, while maintaining an effective cost containment strategy. The firm can be reached at 954-334-1520 or www.MyPersonalAttorneys.com.

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Fort Lauderdale Kicks Off New Year with

Outstanding Events!

Art Fair, Riverwalk Street Dance, and MLK Tributes Highlight January By John P. “Jack” Seiler

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he City of Fort Lauderdale kicks off 2014 with a sensational lineup of special events for the entire family! The activities begin on January 4th and 5th with the 26th Annual Las Olas Art Fair. Over the last two decades, this free event has gained a national following and is now recognized as one of the top art events in the country. Featuring more than 150 artists from around the world, the Art Fair transforms Las Olas Boulevard into an outdoor gallery complete with a wide range of original works from paintings, contemporary art, and sculptures, to photography, mixed media, and jewelry. The excitement continues on Saturday, January 18th with the return of a great Fort Lauderdale tradition: The Riverwalk Street Dance! Put on your dancing shoes and bring the entire family to Esplanade Park along downtown’s spectacular New River from 6 - 10 pm as we boogie the night away to the dynamic sounds of Meshelle and Company. Led by lead singer Meshelle Rezic, this local band is well-known for their high energy dance rhythms, creative arrangements, and expansive repertoire which features the greatest hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today! Admission is $5 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Don’t miss what promises to be an unforgettable evening of dancing, music and entertainment! On Monday, January 20th, the City of Fort Lauderdale will partner with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee for the 2014 King Holiday Celebration. Highlights will include the King Holiday Parade & Non-Violence March, which will begin at 10:30 am at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, located at Sistrunk Boulevard and N.W. 31 Avenue and culminate at Dillard High School. Immediately following the parade, neighbors will be treated to performances by many of the top marching bands in South Florida at the 3rd Annual Battle of the Bands & Non-Violence Rally on the Dillard High School Football Field (2501 N.W. 11 Street). The event will feature the area’s

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pm - 10:00 pm Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2 Street, (954) 468-1541 - goriverwalk.com • Dance the night away at Esplanade Park, located along the banks of downtown’s New River. The event features a live performance by Meshelle and Company playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today! Admission is $5 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. King Holiday Birthday Party - Sunday, January 19, 10 am - Noon, African-American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd, (954) 357-6282 - broward.gov • A free celebration for youngsters honoring Dr. King’s premier drumlines, brass sections, flag corps, and birthday with games, entertainment, storytelling, and dancers showcasing their talents with thrilling music and refreshments. innovative choreography as they vie for top prizes in this King Holiday Parade and Non-Violence March fierce but friendly competition. Monday, January 20, 10:30 am, Martin Luther King Make sure to mark your calendars for these Elementary School, 591 NW 31 Avenue, (954) upcoming events and activities: 828-5435 kingholidaycelebration.com • The county’s Las Olas Art Fair – Saturday and Sunday, January 4 largest King Holiday Parade features local high 5, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Las Olas Boulevard between school bands, drumlines, floats, fraternities, sororities, S.E. 6th and S.E. 11th Avenues, (561) 746-6615 thousands of school children, elected officials and - www.lasolasboulevard.com • A free event featuring representatives from local civic, cultural and religious the finest artists in the country along with top local organizations. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at and regional talent displaying a unique range of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School, 591 original works that appeal to a wide variety of tastes NW 31 Avenue, and culminate at Dillard High School, and budgets. 2501 NW 11 Street. SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch - Sunday, January King Holiday Non-Violence Rally & 5, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Along Riverwalk from Battle of the Bands - Monday, January 20, 11:30 Esplanade Park to Las Olas Riverfront, (954) am Dillard High School Football Field, 2501 NW 11 828-5363 - fortlauderdale.gov • A free, live, outdoor Street, (954) 828-5435 - kingholidaycelebration.com concert featuring the area’s best local jazz artists • Immediately following the King Holiday Parade, the performing soulful sounds on three stages along Fort 3rd Annual MLK Non-Violence Rally and Battle of Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. the Bands will begin on the Dillard High School Otis Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teen Summit - Saturday, Gray Memorial Football Field, located at 2501 NW January 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm African-American 11 Street. Participating bands will “play for peace” in Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd, (954) 357a fierce but friendly competition to commemorate Dr. 6282 - kingholidaycelebration.com • Young adults King’s non-violence legacy. Prizes will be awarded to are invited to attend this free summit that is themed, the top three high school bands. “Change Yourself Before You Change Me.” The event includes teen-oriented culture, panel discussions, We look forward to seeing you at our guest speakers, and dramatic performances. events, and be sure to say “hello”! Riverwalk Street Dance - Saturday, January 18, 6:00

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

Oakland Park Embraces our Rich Diversity One of the aspects of Oakland Park that attracted me as a resident and makes me proud to serve as Mayor is our City’s rich cultural and social diversity. As a parent, it is important for our children to be raised where all residents are respected and enjoy equality. Oakland Park’s commitment to diversity is reflected in a wide variety of ways, including our City’s employee benefits, our Parks and Leisure Services events and activities, and our recently established “Proud Oakland Park” (POP) initiative. I am proud to serve on a City Commission that sees the diversity in our community as an asset to help market our City’s emerging downtown Culinary Arts District and make residents and businesses feel proud to have chosen Oakland Park as their address. In addition to signature events such as our annual Oakland Park Oktoberfest celebration and the Polynesian Cultural Festival, we empower and challenge our staff to offer more programs and events to reflect and appeal to our City’s diversity. Patrons of our The Ethel M.

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Gordon Oakland Park Library enjoy our Hispanic, Creole, LGBT, audio and large print collections. It is especially important that we join parents and our schools with reaching out and communicating that our community is comprised of a diverse population. This is emphasized in our City’s After School Care Program. January is diversity month and in our After School Program, we explore other cultures around the world by showing our children the different types of activities that other children enjoy. The staff exchanges the traditional games and snacks for those that are treasured by children in other countries; they watch movies and listen to music that is common in other cultures. We completely immerse the After School Care program into diversity month and the children love it! In addition, our program will host a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration during the third week of January. The students will write poems and letters about what equality means to them. We take this time of year to be thankful

for how far we have come as a society, and teach our children that people are not different, they are unique and everyone is equal. Even during the hectic holiday season, our staff was already busy planning for Black History Month in February. Events will take place throughout our downtown including at the Art Park, Library and City Hall with our kick-off event on Saturday, February 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy dance, art, spoken word, live music and more in honor of Black History Month. Stay tuned for the schedule of events that will be advertised prior to the event, including the City’s After School Care program touring the AfricanAmerican Research Library and Cultural Center on February 6, and the Moonlit Movie “42 – The Jackie Robinson Story” on February 28. Please call 954-6304500 for updates on events and activities. Whether you are a resident, business owner or someone who works or is visiting Oakland Park, we are proud to welcome you as an important – and equal – member of our family! www.TheOurTownNews.com

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Happy New Year From The Chamber! Message From The Executive Director Of The Deerfield Beach Chamber Of Commerce By Larry DeVille

Breakfast ‘n Deerfield will be the second Thursday in January, not on January 2nd! Watch the Chamber Web Calendar We are looking forward to several special events this year for details on the January 9th Breakfast ‘n Deerfield meeting. starting with the Chamber sponsoring the Bed Race at this For more information, visit http://www.deerfieldchamber. year’s Founders’ Days in February, followed by our Mardi com/announcements/breakfast-n-deerfield-1-9-2014. Gras themed Gala on March 8th, and PigOut N’ Deerfield on March 29th in Sullivan Park on the Intracoastal. After Hours ‘n Deerfield will be held on January 23, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at Gimme A Burger. You can Our 2nd annual Nautical Map and Visitors’ Guide is available enjoy great infusion burger hor ‘oeuvres and micro brewery this month at the Chamber, City of Deerfield Beach and most hotel beverages. Gimme A Burger is located at 1200 E Hillsboro concierge desks. It’s a good one; don’t miss it! Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. You can purchase discounted tickets online at http://deerfieldchamber.com/events.

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Our Women in Business Luncheon will take place on January 22, 2014 at the Deerfield Beach Chamber, located at 1601 E Hillsboro Blvd., from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. 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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Our Lunch & Leads will be held on Wednesday, January 8th and January 22nd from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce, located at 1601 E Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach. The speaker/sponsor of the January 8th meeting is Lauryn Charles of Accountable Financial Services Group. It is never too early to plan for taxes! 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 e-mail at director@deerfieldchamber.com. Since its inception in July of 2010 our LEAD$ Group members have exchanged over 220 leads which account for more than $755,000 in generated revenue.

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The Annual ‘Kids In Distress’ Duck Fest Derby is almost here By Nicol Jenkins Get your rubber duckies ready! Kids In Distress will once again kick off their annual KID Duck Fest Derby to bring awareness to their mission of preventing child abuse, preserving the family, and treating children who have been abused and neglected. The New River in Fort Lauderdale will soon be a sea of yellow as thousands of ducks race for charity. The Eighth Annual KID Duck Fest Derby, presented by JM Family Enterprises Inc., is set for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 1st at Esplanade Park. The ducks will race in this family-friendly event at 3 p.m. Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach Counties is a licensed nationally accredited agency working for prevention of child abuse, preservation of the family, and care and treatment of abused and neglected children. KID partners with

corporations, organizations, municipalities, schools, and individuals to provide services to the underserved population in South Florida. Community members are encouraged to participate in this annual event by forming “duck teams” to sell ducks, or to “adopt” individual ducks for $5 each by visiting www.DuckFestDerby.org. Ducks will be available for adoption until all 20,000 are claimed. The 20,000 rubber ducks will make their way along the New River as they jockey for position to win the $10,000 grand prize. Other prizes include a cruise for two aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, a luxury timepiece donated by Carroll’s Jewelers, a Grande Oaks Golf Club foursome of golf, amazing gift baskets and more. In addition to the race, a KID Duck

‘Broward Partnership for the Homeless’ remains committed to reducing homelessness By Nicol Jenkins

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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and Coral Springs City Commissioner Claudette Bruck at the Breakfast for Champions event.

In the New Year, the resolution for the Broward Partnership for the Homeless remains to continue to help our local homeless population. Since opening the doors of its Huizenga Campus in 1999, Broward Partnership for the Homeless has provided more than 20,000 homeless individuals and

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families in Broward County with the opportunity to rebuild their lives and return to the community as productive citizens. That mission of reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self worth through advocacy, housing and comprehensive services, remains this year and beyond. Much more than simply short-term housing and food, the Partnership provides wrap-around case management and access to comprehensive services, including primary medical and dental care, behavioral health, workforce development, family therapy, life skills training and other services to address the specific issues that led an individual or family to homelessness and to assist them in transitioning to independent living. Currently the focus is on families with children. They have become the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, with an average of more than 200 homeless families each month on the Broward County waiting list for shelter. The Broward Partnership’s family dormitory, which can currently accommodate up to 13 families at any given time, has consistently remained at maximum capacity since its construction in 1999. Thanks to funding from the TD Charitable Foundation’s “Housing for Everyone” Grant Competition and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Partnership is

Fest Derby Fun Zone offers a full day of activities including the KID Olympics, face painting, a bounce house and carnival games. The games and fun will begin at 1 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. This is truly a great event for the entire family and business community! Esplanade Park is located at 400 S.W. 2nd St. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information on duck sales, sponsor participation or event hosting opportunities for Duck Fest, please visit www.DuckFestDerby.org or contact Kids In Distress at 954-390-7620. in the process of renovating its existing west wing to accommodate an additional 30 new short-term bed units for homeless women and single mothers with children. Slated for completion and occupancy by early 2014, the expansion will enable the Partnership to get even more homeless families off the streets and assist them in transitioning to safe, stable housing where they can grow and thrive. At its recent 13th Annual Breakfast for Champions of the Homeless event, the Partnership presented Coral Springs City Commissioner Claudette Bruck with the “Special Recognition Award” in recognition of her dedicated leadership and tireless efforts to assist the homeless, particularly the children. A founding and current board member of Broward Partnership for the Homeless, City Commissioner Bruck helped personally fund and build the original children’s playground on the Huizenga Campus back in 1998, and she is currently spearheading a campaign through the Fort Lauderdale Realtors Association Charitable Foundation to replace and expand the playground so that homeless children can have a safer place to play. She also started and continues to coordinate the annual Christmas party for the children, including a visit from Santa Claus, and over the years she has tirelessly recruited friends and colleagues to visit, volunteer and support the Partnership’s mission. To find out how you can help the homeless and become involved in the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, please visit http://www.bphi.org, or call 954779-3990.

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Don’t rely solely on ‘Uncle Sam’s’ help for retirement. Twenty years ago, retirement was a time to look forward to and savor. But, today, we live in uncertain times. So, for most working adults, retirement has become very complex—requiring years of planning, a well-thought-out strategy, and a phase to be put off as much as possible. We’re living more years in retirement. Why? Company-sponsored pensions have all but become extinct. Thanks to medical advances and healthier lifestyles, people are living longer. In the early 20th century, life expectancy was 47.3 years vs. today’s life span of nearly 79 years.1 According to data from the Social Security Administration, a man who lives to 65 will live on average to age 84, while women of the same age should live to age 86.2 Or course, this is good news; but we need to be prepared for it. The truth about Social Security. And if you believe that Social Security will be there to support you, think again. For retirees in 2013, if you retire at the full age of 66, your maximum monthly benefit is $2,5333—not enough for many of you to live comfortably. While there are no easy solutions, life insurance can guarantee4 the protection of your loved ones and also supplement your retirement savings5 if the death benefit is no longer needed. Leaving a legacy. Life insurance’s primary purpose is to deliver death benefit protection, which can provide a generally taxfree legacy to your loved ones. But permanent life insurance also carries “living” benefits. Your policy earns cash value that accumulates tax deferred. This means you do not pay taxes on any of the accumulation within the policy. Additionally, you can access that money generally tax-free through policy loans.5 This cash value can be used to fund college expenses, a small business loan, or any other anticipated or unexpected event. In addition to the death benefit protection, the cash value of permanent life insurance can also be used to supplement your retirement income. As such, it can be a vital piece of the complex puzzle of retirement planning. This educational third-party article is provided as a courtesy by Connie Booth, Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. To learn more about the information or topics discussed, please contact Connie Booth at 954-651-3777 1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011,” Donna L. Hoyert, PhD, and Jiaquan Xu, MD, October 10, 2012. 2 http://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.htm. 3U.S. Social Security Administration, “Maximum Social Security Retirement Benefit,” March 9, 2012. 4Guarantees backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuer. 5Loans against your policy accrue interest and decrease the death benefit and cash value by the amount of the outstanding loan and interest.

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

Pompano Beach Chamber News By Ric Green

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ocal businesses, residents and visitors can now get information about Greater Pompano Beach on weekends. The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce is extending its office hours to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday through April 15 to assist those in need of information about the area. “With all the changes taking place in Pompano Beach and North Broward County, the Chamber’s Board of Directors thought this would be a great move to help visitors and residents to learn about all the great things Pompano Beach has to offer,” said Chamber Chair George Minnich. For 61 years, the Chamber office has offered an opportunity for visitors and residents to get info on local businesses, events and activities with a real live and informed individual. But from now until April 15, the office will be open on the weekends so that visitors can get info on hotels, restaurants, local attractions and more. Visit www. pompanobeachchamber.com or call 954-941-2940 for visitor’s information or to learn how businesses can join the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Here are some great networking

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events for the month of January. Business with a Twist/Boaters Awards Party will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Marriott, located at 1200 N. Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach. The cost is $10 with RSVP or $15 at door. For more information, contact (954) 941-2940 or e-mail info@ pompanobeachchamber.com.

Wedne$day Winner$ Enterprise Group will meet on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. This is a networking event; bring your business cards! The event will be held at Bobby Rubino’s, located at 2501 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost is $15. For more information, contact Amy Charatan at (954) 678-7220 or e-mail amy@

copansprinting.com; or Diana Jaffe at (954) 856-6512 or e-mail Diana@ thebest4yourpets.com. The Early Birds Enterprise Group will take place on Thursday, January 9, 2014. This is a networking breakfast; bring your business cards! It will be held at Galuppi’s, located at 1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (954) 9412940. Mark your calendars for The Originals Enterprise Group event on Friday, January 10, 2014. This is a networking breakfast group; bring business cards! The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at Marriott Resort & Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach. The cost is $15 for the breakfast buffet; with complimentary parking. For more details, contact Ruthie Brooks via e-mail at cob3@bellsouth. net. Lunch Leaders Enterprise Group will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. This a great way to network at lunch. Be sure to bring your business cards! The lunch will be held at Bobby Rubino’s, 2501 N Federal Highway, Pompano Beach from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, with a cost of $15. For more information, contact Carlos Abad at carlos.abad@ pnc.com or (561) 889-9820.

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PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL …… SELF MOTIVATION EDUCATION

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

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

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

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• Schools • Local students among Sunshine State Scholars Nominees By Nicol Jenkins

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roward County Public Schools is proud to announce that our local students are among the nominees for the 2014 Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program. This program recognizes the state’s top 11th grade students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to encourage them to pursue their postsecondary education and future careers in Florida. Congratulations to: Vivek Miglani of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Nominee); Rodmy Paredes of Cypress Bay High School (Nominee); and Yagna Patel

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of Coral Glades High School (Alternate Nominee). To be eligible for the Sunshine State Scholars Recognition Program, students must meet the following criteria: be a high school junior and have an interest in pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities in Florida; express or demonstrate an interest in STEM-related studies; have a weighted grade point average of 3.9 or higher; and be on track to qualify for the Florida Academic Scholars Award, based on the current guidelines established for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. During the Sunshine State Scholars

program, which takes place in Orlando February 13th through February 14th, the student nominees, along with their parents and a teacher selected by each scholar, will be honored. “I commend each of these students for their outstanding academic accomplishments,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, “They are among the best and brightest students in our high schools and we are excited to nominate them for this prestigious program.” Congratulations to our local scholars for their dedication and hard work!

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ur very own Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie has received the highest honor of “Star” Superintendent of the Year Award. The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) has recognized Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie with its “Star” Superintendent of the Year Award. The “Star” Superintendent Award for exemplary leadership was recently presented at the 68th Annual Joint Conference of Florida School Boards Association and Florida Association of District School Superintendents held in Tampa.

The award recognizes an outstanding School District Superintendent who has made the greatest impact on their local education foundation. Presenting the “Star” award were CFEF President Mary Chance and Katie Scanlan, representing Bank of America, sponsor of this year’s award. The Broward Education Foundation nominated Superintendent Runcie for the award in recognition of his leadership and support of the foundation. The nomination cites the Superintendent’s role in helping the foundation increase its fundraising by over 24 percent in 2013. BEF awarded a record 194 scholarships to BCPS graduates

this year. The nomination also cites Superintendent Runcie’s involvement with the foundation as an active member of the Board of Directors, and his overall leadership in promoting foundation activities and programs. “We’re proud to celebrate Superintendent Runcie’s leadership and support of the Broward Education Foundation,” said Jorene Jameson, BEF’s President & CEO, “He has provided invaluable support of our mission to distribute student scholarships, teacher grants and free school supplies to schools in need. He is a true champion of education.”

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ompano Beach High School has a new school logo. The local school has officially adopted the tornado artwork designed by Jessica Ciani as their school logo. Ciani graduated from Pompano Beach High School in 2011. The design was the winner in a contest initiated by Mr. Thomas among the art students. After being announced the winning design, Ciani then spent an entire semester editing to perfect it. Ciani is currently a student

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at Florida State University with a double major in Studio Art and Art History. She fondly recalls the “incredible teachers and mentors” she had at Pompano Beach High School who “helped and encouraged me in more ways than one.” Regarding her plans for the future, “Since I have been so inspired by all of my public school art teachers, I hope to teach Studio Art in schools someday.” Jessica Ciani has gifted the

copyright associated with her artwork to Broward County and specifically to Pompano Beach High School as its official school logo. School administration and staff appreciate her talent and contribution to the legacy of the school.

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• Schools • iGENERATION ACADEMY OF TECH BROWARD ….. FLYING HIGH By Brian Weidenbacher

iGeneration Empowerment Academy of Broward is not only leading the way in preparing students for college, and a higher learning experience, but transforming these young individuals into becoming leaders of their generation. iGeneration Empowerment Academy has altered student education like no other school. The Academy provides students in grades 6 through 12 both an online and campus instruction, while providing every pupil with a ThinkPad Twist to help with their scholastic experience. iGeneration Academy is a FREE charter school where every child gets an iPad! This blended model of learning encourages students to take personal responsibility for their progress and assists them in becoming better prepared for the rigors of college and the difficulties it may present. Students at iGeneration Empowerment Academy receive high-tech learning, with face-to-face instruction from caring and highly qualified teachers. Students are allowed to move at their own pace of education in a highly and collaborative while instructors Project3_Layout 1 5/10/13 10:02 AMenvironment, Page 1 proactively respond to their individual challenges and

strengths. The educational value for these students far surpasses the tuition costs of other schools. It’s like getting a private school education without the high cost. The concept of iGeneration Empowerment Academy of Broward is unique and unsurpassed in the quality of education presented, and the results met at the conclusion of every pupils training. Currently, over half of the schools Junior and Senior students are dually enrolled at Broward College. These outstanding scholars will graduate from high school, gathering college credits, while saving time and money. iGeneration Academy is presently enrolling students in grades 6 through 12. Space is limited, so call today to schedule a free tour, and reserve your spot today! For additional information, or to find out more about this FREE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL, please call 754-444-2660, or visit their website at www.iSchoolAcademy.org. iGeneration Academy of Broward is located at 6101 NW 31st Street in Margate. iGeneration Academy of Broward …… High tech learning and a college prep institution.

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• Dining & Entertainment • ALL STAR PIZZA...A “SLICE” OF NEW YORK ITALIAN HEAVEN

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!

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salads, entrees, pizzas, Calzones, Stromboli’s, subs (hot and cold), and desserts. A “Kid’s Stuff” menu is also available for the youngsters. Reasonable prices, along with substantial portions, separates Pepperoni Grill from other family-owned restaurants.

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Calendar of Events

January 22- Wednesday Ms Gala Luncheon, 10 am at Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Call 954-731-4224. January 24- Friday KC & The Sunshine Band, 8 pm at Hard Rock Live January 25- Saturday 34th Annual Festival of the Arts, 10 am to 5 pm at Deerfield Beach Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21 AVE, Deerfield Beach, Call 954-480-4429. Nautical Flea Market, 8 am to 5 pm at Community Park, 820 NE 18 AVE, Pompano Beach Visit www.nauticalfleamarket.net.

January 29- Wednesday Winter Concert Series: Joey & The Gigolos, 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Herb Skolnick Community Center, 800 SW 36th Avenue, Pompano Beach, Call 954-786-4590. January 31- Friday Jerry Seinfeld, 8 pm at Hard Rock Live Willie Nelson, 8 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Call 954-344-5990.

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Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct, 5 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise

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PEPPERONI GRILL ……WELCOME HOME DINING!

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wners Chris Muller and Michael Weingard have established themselves as a couple of individuals that take extreme pride in presenting the city of Coral Springs, and the surrounding area, with delicious Italian food prepared the way “mom” cooked. This ItalianAmerican eatery, located at 9174 Wiles Road, has become a staple to local diners and visitors alike. Using only the freshest ingredients, Chris and Michael prepare an array of dishes that are wonderfully served in a friendly, homey atmosphere. As you enter the restaurant, you are graciously seated by your server. Your drink order is taken promptly. The menu selection has an excellent variety of appetizers. Select from home-made soups and

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From the appetizer picks, Mozzarella Sticks, Stuffed Mushrooms, and my personal favorite, the Pepperoni Breadsticks, will certainly put a smile on your face. The Pasta Fagioli is a magnificent blend of beans and macaroni in a savory broth. As far as an entrée, it’s extremely difficult to choose one that isn’t delicious. The Bolognese over pasta, Penne Alla Vodka, Lasagna, or Eggplant Parmigiana, will send your taste buds in five different directions. Both the Deluxe, and the Meat Lovers Stromboli’s, are the best anywhere. As both owners hail from Philadelphia, you can only imagine how great the Philly Cheesesteaks are. Simply stated …… the BEST anywhere (including Philadelphia)! The pies are carefully prepared using the freshest ingredients, blended with an unsurpassed sauce. Lunch portions are also available in most of the menu items. Every item on the menu is cooked to perfection, served by

friendly, knowledgeable waiters, and tastes as if they were cooked by your mother. Let Pepperoni Grill cater your next event or party. An extensive catering menu is available for all occasions. Take the worries and headaches out your next party, and let the boys at Pepperoni Grill make it a complete success. Call 954-345-1604 for all orders or questions. Chris, or Mike, will be happy to give you any information and ideas, and relax all of your concerns when ordering. Pepperoni Grill is open Monday through Thursday (11:00 AM to 10:00 PM), Friday and Saturday (11:00 AM to 11:00 PM), and Sunday (Noon to 10:00 PM). You can also order online at, Order Online@mypepperonigrill.com. Pepperoni Grill ….. Come in, have a seat, and relax. You’re home!

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TEQUILA SUNRISE MEXICAN GRILL ……. South of the Border Authentic Mexican Food right in your back door!

GIRAFFAS....... MOUTH-WATERING BRAZILIAN STEAKS AND BURGERS

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If you’re searching for the best food from south of the border in Broward County, look no further than Tequila Sunrise. Tempting fresh squeezed Margarita’s, homemade Mexican cuisine, and fresh regional Mexican seafood, adorns a menu that will have you looking forward to your next visit with a renewed anticipation for Mexican fare. Located at 4711 North Dixie Highway in Oakland Park, Tequila Sunrise offers their customers not only great, freshly prepared Mexican food and drinks, but the friendliest and knowledgeable service found anywhere. The staff will work diligently to make certain your dining experience is a memorable occasion. Start your meal with a choice between the Tequila Sunrise Margarita (my personal favorite), the Big Boss, Patron Anejo, Cabo Wabo Rockin’ Silverado, and the 57 Chevy. Other choices are available, but any of the above mentioned drinks will absolutely put you in a “Mexican frame of mind”. Daily Happy Hour is 3 – 7 PM, featuring a nice selection of beers, House Margaritas, wines, and well drinks. Even the 46 ounce

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ll of us, at one time or another, has had a craving for that certain food we just have to have at that moment, or meal. For myself, and I can only assume for many others, it’s that juicy, delicious hamburger. In my humble opinion, Giraffas Brazilian Steaks and Burgers is in a class by themselves. Not only is the quality of meat the absolute best, but the toppings for the burgers, and the numerous side dishes, compliment your meal to the fullest.

Fishbowl House Margarita, wonderfully priced at $7.99, is a great value. The menu selections are endless, and reasonably priced to fit anyone’s budget. An array of enchiladas, burritos, tacos, chimichangas, nachos, and chilaquiles, place the menu at Tequila Sunrise as one of the most bountiful of any restaurant. The Mariscos (seafood) dishes, are some of the freshest, and flavorful dishes, I’ve ever tasted. The Maine Lobster Enchiladas, and Shrimp Veracruz caught my eye from the start. When it arrived at our table, I was not disappointed. The Chimichangas, whether you select chicken, shredded beef, ground beef, shrimp, or crab, will certainly create a bond between your appetite and satisfaction. The taste is extraordinary! The tacos, burritos, and fajitas, hold a special place in my heart (and my stomach). The quality is excellent, and the taste reminds me of sitting in a cantina in Mexico with a gentle breeze messing up my silver hair.

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Tequila Sunrise also has something for “gringos”, unfortunate individuals that can’t, or don’t, appreciate Mexican food. Daily Specials (7 days a week) are also on the menu. “AllYou-Can-Eat Taco Tuesdays” is a favorite for many …… including me! If you are in the mood for great Mexican food while having lots of fun in a lively atmosphere head on over to Tequila Sunrise. The hours of operation are Monday thru Wednesday (11:30 AM to 10:00 PM), Thursday thru Saturday (11:30 AM to 11:00 PM), and Sunday (Noon to 10:00 PM). Call Tequila Sunrise at 954938-4473 for daily specials, information, directions, or how to join their “Text Club”. Tequila Sunrise Mexican Grill …… Great Mexican Cuisine North of the Border! Wide Array of Vegan Dishes www.TheOurTownNews.com

At Giraffas, everything accomplished over the last thirty years is definitely a celebration of the rich flavors, inspired by their rich Brazilian culinary heritage. From the signature grilled steaks and burgers, to their mouth-watering desserts, quality food and service always comes first. Only the highest quality meat, freshest ingredients, and seasonings go into every hand-crafted meal prepared, creating and amazing taste that is impossible to duplicate. Located in Pompano Beach, at 1955 North Federal Highway, Giraffas offers a menu that will have you scratching your head for a selection. The Brazilian Classic Burger portion of the fare has been a staple at this

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eatery for years. Whether you select the Giraffao (my favorite), Gala de Briga, or the Brutus, your taste buds will be amply satisfied. You simply order your burger the way you like it cooked, and the fun begins piling on the toppings. Also featured on the menu are steaks, chicken filets, salmon, tilapia, wonderfully prepared Brazilian Stroganoff, and South American-Style salads. Quinoa is the latest health craze item around the world, and is portioned into a number of the salads. South American natives have been eating it for centuries for its rich protein content, and Americans have reacted positively to its taste and health values. Giraffas “Chef’s Signature Specials” are unbelievably priced items at $9.90 each. The Sauteed Shrimp Moqueca has a distinct flavor, and essence, unmatched by any Brazilian restaurant around. This perfectly assembled dish carries just the right amount of green and red peppers, onion, tomato, and coconut milk. The shrimp are plump and tasty, while the rice flawlessly compliments the sauce. The Frango Parmegiana is a unique twist on chicken parm. Flame grilled

chicken breast is served with melted Gouda cheese and tomato sauce, with sides of rice and French fries. Like I mentioned before, it’s a “unique twist” on an old Italian cuisine favorite. The kids are also taken care of with menu items for their little appetites. On the dessert side of your meal you will discover a tough choice in deciding whether to select the Brazilian Guava Cheesecake, or the Petit Gateau. Both are extremely delicious. As far as my recommendation …… the Petit Gateau! It’s a perfect ending to a wonderful meal. The friendly staff is ready to accommodate you, and your guests, with a delightful experience, while eating at a place that features a distinctive new approach to dining. Giraffas is open Sunday thru Thursday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM). On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant is open from 11:00 AM to Midnight. For additional information, directions, or questions, call Giraffas at 954-840-8608, or visit their website at wwwgiraffas.com. Giraffas ….. bringing Brazil’s flavor celebration of great food to you!

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The Music Club of Hollywood (MCOH) STUDENTS

FREE CONCERTS PRESENTED BY MUSIC CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD

Calendar Sun, Jan 12 Jubilee Chorus, A Capella Group 3:00pm - 4:00pm Anne Kolb Nature Center 751 Sheridan Street

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Tues, Feb 4-25 Classical Music Appreciation Classes Feb 4: Hello Cello Feb 11: Operatic Entrances Feb 18: Camille Saint-Saens Feb 25: Cool Clarinets Tues, Jan 14-28 6:00-7:30pm Classical Music Appreciation Classes Stirling Road Library Jan 14: Handel 3151 Stirling Road Jan 21: Beethoven Jan 28: Virtuoso Violins Tues, Feb 4-25 6:00-7:30pm Florida Ukulele Network (F.U.N.) Stirling Road Library Grace Art Center 3151 Stirling Road 75 N. Federal Highway, Rear Suite Dania Beach Tues, Jan 14-28 Florida Ukulele Network (F.U.N.) Sat, Feb 9 Grace Art Center Mark Bornfield & D’Jamin, Musical 75 N. Federal Highway, Rear Suite Blockbusters: Broadway, Pop & Jazz Dania Beach 3:00-4:00pm Anne Kolb Nature Center Fri, Jan 17 751 Sheridan Street Dillard Center for the Arts Big Band 7:30-9pm Sat, Feb 22 The Hollywood Beach Theater Young Musician Recital 100 Johnson St. Music Club of Hollywood Meeting Parking Garfield Garage 10:00am-11:30am Fri, Jan 31 Valerie Tyson R&B, Dance Music 7:30-9pm The Hollywood Beach Theater 100 Johnson St. Parking Garfield Garage

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Tues, Mar 4-18 Florida Ukulele Network (F.U.N.) Grace Art Center 75 N. Federal Highway, Rear Suite Dania Beach Sat, Mar 9 Roy Connor, Folk Music Revival 3:00-4:00pm Anne Kolb Nature Center 751 Sheridan Street Sat, April 12 Young Musician Recital Music Club of Hollywood Meeting 10:00-11:30am Sat, April 27 Scholarship Auditions 10:00am-3:00pm Anne Kolb Nature Center 751 Sheridan Street Register www. musicclubofhollywoodflorida.org Deadline mid-March

Sun, May 4th Harp Society Annual Recital 3:00-4:00pm Tues, Mar 4-18 Anne Kolb Nature Center Classical Music Appreciation Classes 751 Sheridan Street March 4: Bohemian Composers Mar 11: Jewish Composers Mar 18: Rachmaninoff 6:00-7:30pm Contact: (954) 560-9675 Stirling Road Library 3151 Stirling Road

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D’Jamin Bartlett & Mark Bornfield In Concert February 9, 2014

FREE CONCERTS PRESENTED BY MUSIC CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD

Roy Connors, In concert March 9, 2014

National Federation of Music Clubs www.nfmc-music.org

Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 musicrelated clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages. Dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent, the NFMC conducts annual Junior Festivals with more than 117,000 participants. NFMC offers more than three quarters of a million dollars in state and national competitions, including four $15,000 biennial Young

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Artist awards, and the $10,000 Ellis Award for Duo-Pianists. The Young Artist and Ellis Duo Piano awards include two years of performance bookings. Federation members work to create a dynamic musical and cultural environment in their communities through education and sponsorship of musical events. The Federation champions American music with awards and commissions. Federated States proclaim November American Music Month, in which the annual Parade of American Music focuses on programs of music by American composers. Awards are given annually to recognize educational institutions for their promotion and presentation of American music. Other areas of Federation interest include: • Sponsoring of National Music Week, the first week of May each year • Support for legislation on bills affecting the welfare of musicians, music education and development of American musi-

cal life • Recognizes and promotes outstanding American music and composers annually through programs such as American Music Month (November), Parade of American Music and Crusade for Strings • Sponsors musical therapy programs in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons • Provides opportunities for study and performance to musicians with disabilities and visual impairments • Works with affiliated music and arts departments in hundreds of universities and colleges • Promotes community awareness, support and involvement in the performing arts including opera, dance and poetry • Campaigns for higher standards in church, radio and television music • Encourages songs of our heritage through a Together We Sing program • Aids and encourages music education in schools, public and private

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• Sports / Health / Fitness • ‘Club Fit Gym’: CORAL

Neighborhood Fitness For Everyone

BEACH HOLISTIC HEALTHCARE …..

A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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

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

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

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By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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.

Members enjoy: • Expert personal training services • Leading strength training and cardiovascular equipment • Group fitness classes – including Zumba, MMA, Kickboxing, and

Spinning (All classes are included in membership!) • Spacious 23,000 square-foot facility • State-of-the-art boxing room • Family-oriented environment • Childcare and nursery care is also available! • Full service smoothie bar/nutrition/supplements • Sauna and steam rooms

In the Fort Lauderdale location, they have a dedicated area for Women Only with a free weight area, and 30 separate cardio machines Besides the many amenities, experienced staff and state of the art equipment, there are ‘No Contracts’ and no pressure! “It is very important for our members to get results. We have a fitness director to guide them through the program and we are very involved in promoting health and fitness in the community,” said Okunyade. Results become a reality at Club Fit Gym! The owners and staff have seen body transformations and leaps in self esteem. “We’ve had clients who have come in who were overweight or depressed and have seen positive changes. When they get control of their body, they feel a sense of empowerment,” added Okunyade. “We really care and get to know our members. We are committed to you,” said Piegari. Stop in today to start your new fit life and meet one of the owners! Club Fit Ft Lauderdale is located at 1427 East Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park; Call 954-306-6735; and Club Fit Coooper City at 9900 Griffin Road, Cooper City; Call 954-434-8489. The CrossFit location is coming to Cooper City by October 15th.

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SPRINGS HOLIDAY PARADE ….. A SPECIAL “THANK YOU

By Brian Weidenbacher

Our Town News had the distinct pleasure of participating in the 2013 Coral Springs Holiday Parade. It was a special night for everyone involved, including our incredible sponsors that gave their time, and support, to our publication. Without their assistance and help, Our Town News would have been watching, and not participating, in this wonderful evening of fun and pageantry. Our friends at Savino of Coral Springs Funeral Home, Inter State Security, Reinfeld and Cabrera Lawyers, The Attic Thrift Store, Keyes Realty, The Christmas Palace, and Bo Landy Marketing, were gracious and giving, while helping create a festive night for the magazine and the thousands of parade-goers. Donna Brown, Mrs. Florida United States 2013 also graced our entry in the parade. “Thank You” from the entire staff at Our Town News. Without your kindness, none of this would have been possible. Our advertisers are the best! December 2013

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OLYMPIC HOPEFULS ……. THE JOURNEY STARTS EARLY

CORAL SPRINGS SPINE AND NERVE …

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MULTI-TARGET DEVICE ….. FIGHTS ACHES AND PAINS

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

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Gold ….. The word “gold” sounds powerful. It’s bright, coveted, sought-after, and shines like a proud Marines’ boots at inspection. It’s the reason people flocked to California in 1849, and the material we slide on our ring finger when we get married. It’s also the substance that’s shaped into a round, cherished medal placed around an athlete’s neck every four years, while their country’s national anthem is played. Such is the power of the Olympics, and the trip to get there. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier are in the midst of that exciting, adventurous pilgrimage together, searching for gold in Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games. Haven and Brandon’s history together began in 2002, as competitive roller skaters. After winning the Silver Medal in 2003 at the USA Artistic Roller Skating National Championships, the pair traded their “wheels for blades”, proving to be a wise choice. In 2008, the duo was awarded the Bronze Medal in the US National Intermediate Pairs Competition Championships. As with any young person, growing, maturing, and development

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played a major part for both of these wonderfully talented athletes. The couple parted ways for a period, and as fate would have it, gravitated back together in 2011, realizing that the chemistry was stronger than ever ……. ultimately becoming the 2013 Gold Medal winners at the World Junior Pair Champions held in Milan, Italy. Work-ethics, goals, dedication, and devotion are the main components shared by this charming team. Add to these goal-oriented qualities the brilliant coaching of Silvia Fontana and John Zimmerman, and you can see how the 2014 Olympics is a realistic goal. Andrew Torgashev, lacing up his skates at the age of 5, became enchanted by the sport, and after two short years convinced his parents to allow him to compete …. a decision that did not go unrewarded. The North Broward Prep student is a true warrior on the ice. After turning in a top performance while winning the Juvenile Division of the 2012 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships, Andrew backed it up by winning the 2013 Prudential U. S. Figure Skating Championship in Omaha, NE. His performance in Omaha was so solid, not even a

The laser works by employing two synchronized wavelengths of light, which transfers energy to damaged tissues at the cellular level. That light triggers metabolic reactions in the cell that stimulates healing, and reduces pain and inflammation. To be able to decrease the inflammation pathway and the swelling on a cellular level, it makes sense to decrease pain.

fall on the ice detracted from his routine. Saveology Iceplex Skating Development Director Nancy Mariani, has implemented a successful formula for the skaters, and the coaches have worked their magic in bringing out the very best qualities in every performer. Congratulations are extended to Nancy, the wonderful coaches, and the many talented, artistic skaters. For additional information about the 750,000 square foot twin ice arena, open skating, leagues, and skaters, kindly call 954-341-9956, or visit the Saveology Iceplex Facility at 3299 Sportsplex Drive in Coral Springs. The combination of the Florida Panthers and the Saveology Iceplex, has delivered a world of frost and ice to the Sunshine State and our warm climate. Just as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall) in the movie Apocalypse Now “loved the smell of napalm in the morning”, these dedicated athletes “love the feel and sound of the ice in the morning”. For them, and Kilgore, it smells and feels like, “VICTORY”!

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High-intensity lasers have a photochemical effect that triggers the lymphatic system: substantially reducing swelling, inflammation, and pain. They have an analgesic effect on nerve endings. Analgesic simply means the reduction of pain. The laser amplifies pain relief. It’s high-intensity slightly, but comfortably, raises the temperature of deep tissues, micro-circulation increases and tissues receive nuch needed oxygen, water, and nutrients that facilitate healing. Micro-circulation refers to the blood supply of a small, defined area. The M6 Robotic Laser increases blood circulation wherever we use it, such as in the knee compartment. It is one way we help rehydrate the ligaments and meniscus. This reduces pain in the area, and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Tendon and ligament injuries, herniated and bulging discs, sciatica, degenerative discs and joint conditions, neurological pain conditions, pre and post-surgical treatments, and much more are effectively treated by the M6 Robotic Laser. When a physical condition, or injury, affects mobility, or quality of life, there is one goal ….. a rapid return to every-day activities. Its use is cleared by the FDA and proven successful, as evidenced by extensive, credible studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions, including Harvard University. Dr. Craig Kuhlmeier & Dr. Aliyah Stotter D.C. the owner of Coral Springs Spine & Nerve, located at 9720 West Sample Road in Coral Springs. Call the 24 hour Helpline at 954-752-7373, and start on your way to a healthier you.

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FRANCHESCA CHIERA ……HER FAVORITE COLOR IS GOLD

• Sports / Health / Fitness •

By Brian Weidenbacher

Franchesca Chiera skated her way into the hearts of thousands as she won the Eastern Sectional Senior Title in Ashburn, Virginia, earning not only the gold medal, but a place in the Olympic Trials. For the 16 year-old Coral Springs figure skater, the road to Sochi, for the 2014 Olympics, might be paved with gold as well. Chiera turned in yet another dominant performance, overshadowing her closest competitor, Kiri Baga of Boston, by a staggering 21 points in the Senior Women’s Division. Her combined score of 172.78 was her personal best, scoring the top mark in the short program and free skate competition. The next stop for Franchesca, a true “angel on the ice”, will be Boston on January 5th, to compete for one of the three spots on the U.S. Olympic Team. The field includes two-time National Champion Ashley Wagner and 2010 Olympian Mirai Nagasu. As she vigorously trains at the Saveology. com Iceplex, Franchesca knows full well what she needs to accomplish, and the measures to succeed. “I’m just going to take one step at a time, and not dwell on the big things. If I’m successful, and finish in the top three, that will be amazing”, said the young skater. “Four years ago, my dream was to go to the Olympics. Now, I’m actually going to the Olympic Trials. It’s truly amazing”, she added. Not a bad effort for a young lady that was competing at the Novice Level last year, and didn’t advance past the regionals. She blasted past a seasoned field of competitors this year, proving that success does come with persistence, diligence, hard work, and heart. Ilona Melnichenko, one of Franchesca’s coaches, said “We are extremely proud of her. It wasn’t a surprise for me to see her skate the way she did at the Eastern Regionals, because she skates that way at practice”. Even at a young age, coaches could see the talent in this young performer’s skating ability. “She skates like the wind”, Melnichenko said. “Her work ethics are unquestionably strong, and she has a very supportive family”, she added. Franchesca will have to perform well in Boston. The competition at the Senior-Level Nationals in Boston will be against an experienced field of ladies. If Franchesca skates to her potential, which she undoubtedly will, she’ll be headed to Sochi. An Olympic Gold Medal is definitely within her reach …… and Boston will be just another stepping stone!

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• Business Connections • Friday, October 18, 2013

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

Robert Borowski, president of Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., goes beyond his success to help his community, from building roofs to jogging beaches

continued from page 3 (Reinfeld and Cabrera...) chael finds a small amount of time deaths and misfortunes, invariably for himself, and his new passion ….. saves clients heartaches and headgolf! aches. Florida native, Alan J. Reinfeld, presents his unique style of practice to his clients. His congenial charm, friendly mannerisms, and infectious smile, attributes immensely to the success of Reinfeld and Cabrera. Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and Political Science, from Florida Atlantic University, and his Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center, Alan possesses every quality of knowledge that will get his client a positive outcome. Alan is a member of the Florida Bar, acknowledged to the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, the American Bar Association, the Broward County Bar Association, and the Dade County Bar Association. He is regularly seen at Chamber of Commerce functions in both Coral Springs and Tamarac. Alan is quick to point out to clients the importance of having wills and trusts. Being prepared for untimely

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Both Michael and Alan are keenly involved in civic activities and community events. Whether coaching Youth Soccer, finding time for involvement in High School students Ethics Seminars, assisting local charity events, or supporting the Our Town America Festival, Reinfeld and Cabrera, P.A. responds to the communities needs with unquestioned assistance and loyalty. Naomi Reinfeld Cabrera, the ever bubbly and personable Office Manager, diligently runs the office, and helps coordinate the daily schedules. Her wonderful demeanor, and articulate communication skills, provides both attorneys with pertinent information for their cases. Prior to her duties with the law firm, she was a Math professor at Florida Atlantic University and Broward College. Naomi, like her husband Michael, will soon be receiving her Masters Degree in Business Administration.

With three locations to serve you ….. 10235 West Sample Road, Suite 207, in Coral Springs, 950 South Pine Island Road, Suite A-150, in Plantation, and 2933 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 201 in Ft. Lauderdale, the Law Office of Reinfeld and Cabrera, P.A. wants to represent you, offering the finest professional services and legal knowledge at a reasonable and affordable price. The firm offers a free initial consultation, by telephone or in person. For additional information, you can call 954-334-1520, 1-855-LAWS-123, or visit them at www.mypersonalattorneys.com …… for your convenience, Alan and Michael also make “house calls”. The firm would also like to remind everyone to give thanks to the people that you love, and make sure they are taken care of this holiday season. The Law Office of Reinfeld and Cabrera, P.A. ……. Getting results with integrity, honesty, and expertise, while continuing to never compromise their principles.

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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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obert Borowski, 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, alliedroofingfl.com 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.

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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.

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Selling on your own? schedules which allow them to be out and about during what was once considered working hours. If you are not available to show your home to potential buyers when convenient for them, you instantly put yourself at the end of their list of interest. A Realtor’s job is to market and show property 24-7 that’s simply what they do. If your schedule does not allow you to show your home at anytime convenient to a buyer, working with an agent can and will allow more showings, in turn bringing more offers for a potential sale.

With market conditions on the rise, many homeowners are facing the reality of a positive net sale. While 98% of home sales are procured by a Realtor, there are still some homeowners who wish to sell on their own in hopes of saving the standard commission due on a Realtor procured sale, but is it this a prudent decision or simply penny smart and dollar foolish? If in the market to sell on your own, or doing so currently, take these factors into play to strategize your best plan of action. Have you got the time to save a dime? When buyers have interest in a home they want to see it as soon as they possibly can. As our technological world has made waste of the standard 9-5 workday, many buyers have

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A ‘For Sale’ sign is not sufficient advertising The name of the game in Real Estate sales is exposure. You can’t sell at a premium if no one knows what you’re selling. While a “For Sale By Owner” front yard sign tells the public your home is on the market, the demographic that sign reaches is extremely low. To obtain true top dollar a seller needs to obtain true exposure and marketing of the home for sale. Print adverting, On-Line marketing, postcard mailers, video brochures and more can and will bring a higher dollar amount simply be educating more potential buyers on your specific property. Marketing properties in the correct way is a task that most Realtors excel at, if trying to obtain top dollar – work

with an agent that markets the home in it’s best light, correct marketing alone can bring you a higher net amount then if selling on your own. Are you a Legal Eagle? Knowing how a contract reads, what factors to be aware of and how the terms can affect you may be the most crucial reason to work with an agent. If selling on your own your only true step to legal security is to obtain a lawyer’s advice; this service however can be obtained by simply listing your property with a licensed Realtor. An agent can and will explain, direct and protect you throughout the entire transaction. Knowing which hurdles to look and be prepared for may not only save you money, but can also save your sale. I’ve seen sales lost for simple lack of knowledge many times, if selling today or in the future it’s always smart to hire an experienced agent to have your legal “back”. We all love to save a buck or two – it’s in our nature and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, if the hopes of saving money put you in a less then stellar sales situation – ask yourselves, is it really worth it? “Learn more about TMR’s boutique service in this video!”

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As We See It… Do You Know The Myths of Pet Health & Care! You would think that today, in our high tech world we would find it easy to acquire accurate and solid information for our pet’s health and welfare. The internet allows us almost instant access to what we believe is cutting edge, accurate, up-to-date information. The reality is that finding the truth can be more difficult. There are numerous sources, many of which are based on opinion. They are designed to specifically to sell products and concept, not the facts. When you are searching for answers concerning your pets’ health and well-being, do you want an opinion or real answers based on truthful facts? We are going to dispel a few of the most basic myths which have a profound effect on your pets’ health and well-being. Once you know these facts, you will be armed with the knowledge to ask the proper questions of those providing care and advice for your pet. Myth #1 Dogs and cats have evolved and are now omnivores… This is absolutely false. According to taxonomists, the specific scientists that study and classify biological life, dogs and cats are indeed carnivores. While being domesticated and having adapted to our lives, they definitely have not evolved into being processed kibble feeders. This notion is pushed on us as a false marketing concept by manufacturers and pet food dealers selling low quality, high profit foods that are unfit as a diet for most forms of life. Myth #2 Real, fresh, unprocessed foods are dangerous to both ourselves and our pets…To believe this, one must first ask how life itself existed prior to pasteurization. The truth is that every creature on the planet eats raw foods except man. Only man and those animals that were fed processed diets suffer from the ever growing list of new diseases and health challenges. This concept is encouraged, with the help of several political government agencies, to allow the use of dangerous, low quality and contaminated foods into the food chain. It also allows for the addition of toxic

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additives to extend shelf life and appearance of perishable products. Nature has created everything we need in a natural form. Myth #3 Regular medical care, treatments and vaccines are required… While regular evaluations from health specialists are beneficial for you and your pets’ well-being, treating with toxic and dangerous drugs and vaccines must be weighed against the risks they pose. The majority of our worldwide pet population is not following our regimen of “annuals” resulting in fewer health challenges and greater longevity. The problem is that we confuse medical care with health. Medicine today, unfortunately is mostly profit motivated. Myth #4 Only a professional can guide your health decisions…Humans and pets are born with an innate ability to survive and thrive. This natural instinct is evident on a daily, moment-to-moment basis. We realize not to jump off a cliff because we’ve learned even a small fall hurts. Our pets sense things such as changes in weather and danger. We also have that ability to sense when something is wrong with our pets. Since eightyfive percent of all health challenges are related to diets, changing their diets should be paramount. While this list only focuses on a few of the myths, logical factual information will put YOU in charge of your pets’ health and care. This approach is applicable to ourselves as well. Remember, health is paramount to a great life and that’s the way we see it! Bill Piechocki, nutritionist and Dr Diane Sudduth, DVM are partners in Fiesta Pet Deli in Pompano Beach, FL, and co-hosts of the PetHealthCafe.com radio show. Our 40 years in the animal field has provided us unparallel vision and information which we pass to our clients on a daily basis. We can be reached at www.PetHealthCafe. com or 800-940-7387.

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How to avoid a Worker’s Compensation Claim

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

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Accidents on the job site have become more common than ever before, from very minor incidents such as small cuts and bruises to very serious accidents that may even result in death. However, many accidents that take place can be avoided. Workplace injuries come along with a cost. From an injured worker’s viewpoint, there’s the physical injury and recovery to deal with along with the lost wages and re-entry into the work place. From the employer’s viewpoint, the cost develops into dollars and cents when his employee files a worker’s comp claim. Of course, the type of work you perform will have a great impact on the type and severity of the injuries to which you or your employees may be exposed. Heavy manufacturing operations and construction will have a much higher incident of severe injuries compared to those working in an office environment.

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

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Here are a few things to keep in mind about workplace safety: • A safe work environment is everybody’s job – As an employee, keep your eyes open and be aware of your immediate surroundings. If you see an unsafe situation, let your supervisor know as soon as possible. As an employer, a safe work environment is key to avoiding potential claims. • Always seek proper training – Know how to operate the machinery you may be responsible for, such as factory equipment. No shortcuts! If you don’t like what you see, bring it to your supervisor’s attention. • Wear the correct safety clothing – Steel toe shoes, or other safety footwear, high visibility vests, hand protection, proper safety eye protection and head protection, such as hard hats. • Safety guides and rules - Always follow workplace safety guides and rules.

Throughout the years, safety guides and rules have been established for different industries by OSHA. Many of the guides have been put in place as a response to corrected unsafe work techniques. As an employee, you must always follow your employer’s safety procedures. Keep in mind it’s everybody’s job to keep the workplace accident free, employers and employees alike. If you see an unsafe condition, get it fixed! Do not leave an unsafe condition uncorrected because you may be the next person who suffers a serious injury.

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