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Golfing For A Good Cause

May 2013

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Positive Vibrations

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By John Brodie ere are some ideas that you will hopefully be able to put to good use. There are no random coincidences. Every event has meaning.  You have got to pay attention to what’s going on because if you don’t you can totally fail to notice something really important.  It is very easy to get into the habit of coasting along following your day to day habits and routines, half asleep to what’s happening around you.    That “little voice inside your head” which is commonly called intuition is always ready to give you useful insights about what is going on around you. Sometimes you even get what you might call an “A-ha moment” when suddenly a big idea becomes clear to you. Intuition is defined as a direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process. All too often these “golden” insights go unnoticed or maybe ignored. Either you are caught up in habits and routines or it’s just the din of the constant stream of conversation going on in your head that totally drowns out the voice of intuition. This virtually non-stop stream of thoughts is locally generated in your own personal bio-computer also known as a brain. “Intuition” is when you pick up an idea from the network, to put it in computer terms. This gives a whole new perspective to the idea of cloud computing (cloud computing is the use of computing resources - hardware and software - that are delivered as a service over a network). You may call it higher consciousness or another term but the computer network analogy is a good fit. You’re always connected to the “network” but there are usually so many local software programs running that nothing but locally generated and accumulated data is noticed. That’s why so many personal development experts recommend regular meditation. The intent of meditation is to help you “turn-off” the continuous processing of local information so that you have a few moments to make a conscious connection with the network. In meditation, you can slow down locally running programs so they don’t control the full processing power of your bio-computer. This process will help increase your ability to receive information directly from the network and also helps reenergize your nervous system. There are many implications if you accept this computer network model. It means that on some level you can always tap into a network encompassing consciousness and knowledge on a Universal level. Now, consider the concept that every thought in your head also goes out to the network and like a Google query on a Universal scale, the network will work to provide an answer. Two things become clear. Not only should you always be expectantly paying attention so you don’t miss the answers, you better try to make sure you send out requests for things you really want. Whatever you focus on – wanted or unwanted – is what is going to come back to you. This is why the best tip of all is to consistently work on programming your bio-computer to send out positive vibrations!

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The 3rd Annual Sunbelt Senior Charity ProAm Golf Tour drew a large crowd. Golfers Ralph Shannon, Bob Kurtz (professional), Bob Schmidt and Gary Collins.

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Golfing With The Pros For A Good Cause

Ralph Shannon, General Manager of Armer Protection

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By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

any golfers recently got the opportunity to play with the Senior Tour golf professionals, while giving back to a good cause. The 3rd Annual Sunbelt Senior Charity ProAm Golf Tour drew a large crowd of golfers and supporters to TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs on April 15th. Unlike most charity golf tournaments, the Sunbelt Senior Tour paired over 100 amateur golfers with Senior Tour professional golfers for a day on the course. Some of the top golfers included Blaine McCallister and Danny Edwards, who are both 6-time PGA Tour winners. Also, Marc Farry and Barry Lane, both European Senior Tour winners, were in attendance. Golfers, including Ralph Shannon of Armer Protection who also participated in previous tournaments, enjoyed the day of golfing, in addition to a banquet luncheon and raffle giveaways. Our Town News was a media sponsor for the event. “The Sunbelt Senior Tour is different than your typical charity golf tournament because golfers get to play with and are guided by real Senior Touring professional golfers,” said Tom Eubank, Founder and organizer of the Sunbelt Senior

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Tour Golf ProAm Charity Tournament. “The turnout was fantastic. The first year we had 13 teams, last year we had 19 teams, and this year we had 27 teams. We saw a lot of new faces and many returning players. We also doubled the money that was raised for the charity by raising over $19,000. It feels good when you can have fun and do a good thing as well. Many said they would be coming back again for next year’s tournament.” Besides golf, giving back was also at the core of the tournament. Proceeds from the event benefitted the World Institute of Pain Foundation (WIP), which has helped to educate, train, and provide a global forum for the efforts of thousands of pain physicians throughout the world who dedicate themselves to the worldwide phenomenon of acute and chronic pain syndromes. They provide medical care for underprivileged children and families around the world who suffer in pain. “Ira Fox, MD has been practicing in pain medicine for over 24 years and is a member of the Board of Trustees for

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• Government & City - Pompano Beach • Message From The Pompano Beach Chamber Of Commerce By Andrea Freygang

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Taste The Flavors Of North Broward at Pompano Chamber’s Fine Food & Wine

his annual fundraiser for the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce brings out several hundred locals to the Hillsboro Club, 901 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach. On June 4, 2013, you can try some of the area’s best restaurants. With tons of new openings in North Broward this year, this event is sure to be a winner. Please join us for this fabulous evening with food prepared on-site by 25 to 30 of our finest South Florida chefs. You will also enjoy equally fine wines provided by several of South Florida’s best wine distributors, and also this year we will have beer distributors. The evening will also feature a Chinese raffle, a Silent Auction along with an exciting Live Auction featuring fabulous prizes generously donated by local individuals, merchants, restaurants, hotels, spas and businesses large and small. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dynamos of Pompano Beach, a non-profit organization which provides recreational programs for persons with disabilities. Food will be from: Riverside Grille, The Melting Pot, Bragozzo Osteria, Bobby Rubino’s, Sicilian Oven Pizza, Olympia Flame Diner, Sette Bello Ristorante, Farraday’s Steak House, Broward Health Imperial Point - Café Imperial, Broward Health North - The Sample Road Bistro, Checkers Old Munchen, Edible Arrangements, Zuccarelli East, Hillsboro Club, Oceans 234, Café Maxx, Casa Frida, Houston’s and Galuppi’s. Drinks served from PRP Wine, Premier Beverage, Wines for Humanity, Old City News Stand, Organic Cellar Plus, Inc., Southern Wine & Spirits and Blue Martini Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $60 each or 4 tickets for $200 (Save $40!). Tickets at the door will be $70 each. VIP tickets are $85 each or 4 tickets for $300 (Save $60!) and includes VIP Party (Not available at the door). For more information, call the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-941-2940 or visit www.pompanobeachchamber.com.

On May 13, 2013, at noon, a special luncheon at John Knox Village (651 SW 6 Street, Pompano Beach) celebrates the area teachers of the year selected by Broward Schools. “This is one small way of showing our support and appreciation for the dynamic educators who inspire our young people,” said Marianne Miccoli, event organizer. “The teachers receive a complimentary luncheon and an appreciation plaque and are honored in front of the community for their hard work.” This year’s keynote speaker for the event is 2013 Broward County Principal of the Year, Principal Brian Kingsley from Gulfstream Middle School in Hallandale Beach. Kingsley was chosen as Principal of the Year due to his commitment to students and ability to work with the community. According to a Broward Schools nomination, “Brian Kingsley stands out as a champion who is passionate, innovative and effective.” “With 15 years of education experience, three as principal of Gulfstream Middle School, his commitment to his students and the community is outstanding,” the release continues. “He understands the importance of integrating the school into the surrounding community and has quickly become a pillar in the Hallandale Beach community.” The Chamber is also looking for sponsors for this annual event. It’s a great way to show support for the local community and get your name in front of a large group of locals. Please email Marianne Miccoli at mmiccoli@pompanobeachchamber. com or call 954-941-2940 to become a sponsor or to purchase tickets to the event.

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eeping up with all the latest online marketing strategies can be tough, even for the most tech-savvy business owners. That’s why the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber has brought in local experts for a May 10th seminar to cover the multitude of marketing tactics used by today’s leading industry professionals. From making videos to custom websites, to search engine marketing, social media and blogging, the threehour seminar will give your marketing plan a boost as you learn new tips to bring your business to the forefront. The seminar will be held Friday, May 10 from 9 am to noon at Broward Health North, 201 E. Sample Road, Deerfield Beach in the Conference Center. $30 includes breakfast. Seminar topics include: Websites 101, 15 Ways to Improve Your Search Engine Marketing, Why Your Business Needs Video/YouTube, Pick Your Platform: Choosing The Right Social Media Channel For Your Business, and Blogging for Outstanding teachers honored at 2013 North Success. RSVP required as limited spots are available. Spots Broward Teachers of the Year Luncheon must be prepaid in advance to the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. This event is sponsored by the roward County is home to great teachers, and every Greater Pompano Beach Chamber, Broward Health North, year the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce Amplification Inc., Rand SEO, Opt2Web, BNETGraphics and recognizes leaders in the field with an event honoring them. Megha Success Strategies. Call 954-941-2940 or visit www.pompanobeachchamber.com to pre-register. 6 N.E. Broward / May 2013 • Our Town News • www.TheOurTownNews.com

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he Pompano Beach CRA recently celebrated the official Grand Re-Opening of the East Village and Beach areas in the City. Many Pompano Beach residents attended the free event which included fireworks, live music, entertainment, a ribbon cutting, art displays and much more for the entire community. In addition to the unveiling of the City’s enhancements, musicians and vendors lined the newly constructed promenade along Pompano Beach Boulevard to provide entertainment during the event. The night also included an official ribbon cutting for the East Village in the Harbor Village Shoppes, located at 2701 East Atlantic Boulevard, followed by the official launch of the interactive fountain on the beach. A spectacular fireworks display was also launched from the Pier. Additional activities included: ArtHall artist gallery, interactive art projects, kids fun zone activities, vendors, food trucks and live music featuring The Weedline Band on the main stage. The East Village and Beach Redevelopment project, now complete, includes improvements to the Harbor Village Shoppes’ facades, including a new arcade and parking lot, Atlantic Boulevard Streetscape, East Atlantic Boulevard streetscape, various building facade improvement projects along Atlantic Boulevard, and the new pedestrian friendly beach promenade along Pompano Beach Boulevard. The total cost for the entire redevelopment in the East CRA was over $15 million and included both public and private investment.

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• Government & City - Deerfield Beach • Message From The Calling All Deerfield Beach Executive Director Residents: Your City Needs You! Of The Deerfield By Nicol Jenkins, Editor Beach Chamber Of re you a Deerfield Beach resident or business owner Commerce Deerfield Beach Chamber DIRECTDrive Membership Campaign By Larry DeVille

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he Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce partnered with The Oliver Group to produce a DIRECTDrive Membership Campaign. Beginning with a multi-chamber training session on February 19th at the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce, the foundation was established for each of 4 chambers to initiate its own special membership campaign. Between February 20th and March 25th, themes were established by the individual chambers and teams were recruited for each to engage in a 48 hour campaign. The Deerfield Chamber’s nautical theme was Charting a New Course. We had our kickoff party on March 26th, then the Deerfield teams took 2-hour shifts on March 27th and 28th calling on local businesses. The Sharks, Pirates, Barracudas, “Head” Hunters, Beastie Bouys and Chips’ Ahoy teams successfully recruited and collected payment from 70 new members during the 48-hour campaign. A celebration with our New Members and the Teams was held at Oceans 234 on Thursday, April 18th between 5:30pm and 7 pm. We invite you to join the most successful, influential and powerful business organization in the local area. The Chamber is the business membership organization of influence whose actions contribute to responsible economic growth and a better quality of life for all people. We lead economic development by supporting the growth of area businesses, helping to attract and establish new businesses and fostering a healthy and inclusive business environment. Moreover, we improve quality of life through responsible, sustained leadership on community and regional issues of relevance to our members. For more information, you can contact me at 954-427-1050 or email me at director@deerfieldchamber.com. You can also visit www.deerfieldchamber.com.

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with a desire to contribute to the progress of your City? If the answer is yes, then you may be a perfect candidate for one of the City’s Boards or Committees. The Deerfield Beach City Commission is seeking qualified applicants willing to serve as Board or Committee members. The application window will be open through Tuesday, April 30th at 5 pm. Appointments are being considered for the Beautification Authority, Cultural Committee, Memorial Committee, Community Appearance Board, Planning and Zoning Board, Unsafe Structures Board, and the Deerfield Beach Housing Authority. Permanent residents of the City are eligible to serve on these Boards. For the Community Appearance Board, a member may serve if he or she is either a resident or has a business in the City. Some technical expertise requirements, in addition to the residency requirement, do apply to the Community Appearance and Unsafe Structures Boards. If you are interested in being appointed to either of those Boards, please contact the City so that your expertise can be matched to the requirements. Don’t delay! The application window for City Boards and Committees opens April 1st. The opportunity to apply will end soon. Learn more about the duties of City Advisory Boards and download an application today at www.Deerfield-Beach. com/advisoryboards. For more information, call 954-480-4213 or e-mail web.clerk@Deerfield-Beach.com.

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• Government & City - Deerfield Beach• Be Alert About Your City! By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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he City of Deerfield Beach continues to provide its residents with the latest developments. Residents can receive e-mail updates of the projects and events that they wish to know about simply by registering on their City’s website at www.Deerfield-Beach.com/esubscriptions. The City of Deerfield Beach provides a variety of alerts and subscriptions that allow its residents to create a personalized account that caters to the information they want to know about- from employment opportunities to public meetings and special events. Residents can receive City information at the click of a button. The City of Deerfield Beach has also recently added alert and subscription accounts for the following categories: Beach Parking Sticker Updates and SR A1A Design Improvements. Register today to find out what is happening in your community!

Deerfield Beach Celebrates Earth Day By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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ecycling Perks is giving back to the local community of Deerfield Beach. Recycling Perks is offering $5,000 to local charitable organizations within the City of Deerfield Beach. This Recycling Perks program empowers Deerfield Beach residents that are Recycling Perks users, to determine how to distribute these donations throughout their community. Here’s how to participate and get more information: Log in to your Recycling Perks account to view nominees and vote for the local charity of your choice. Voting ends at midnight on May 6th, 2013. As an incentive, Recycle Perks users will receive bonus points for voting. Go to www.recyclingperks.com to vote now!

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he City of Deerfield Beach is joining many other Cities to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd. Every year on this day, the City examines the many issues impacting Earth and the environment. But, the City has decided to take it one step further. They are cognizant that it shouldn’t be just once a year that residents work together to protect the environment. One of the most precious, yet depleting resources, is water. There are many ways you can save water even while using it. There are even ways to save without having to think about itfrom the bathroom to the kitchen, to your own backyard! You can start by replacing old, inefficient toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, with High Efficiency Toilets using 1.28 gpf or less. These new high-tech toilets flush even better than the old models, and they save water and money in the process! The Broward Water Partnership, which includes the City of Deerfield Beach and 17 other local governments and water utilities, is providing rebates of up to $100 each on WaterSense® High Efficiency Toilets. Join the City of Deerfield Beach as they celebrate Earth/Arbor Day on April 27th at the Middle School Athletic Complex from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. In coordination with the Water Partnership Program, Deerfield Beach residents will receive free, low-flow showerheads at the event, commercial kitchens are qualified to receive free, pre-rinse spray valves. So, on Earth Day, and every day, show your appreciation of our precious resources by saving them! To apply for a rebate and see what other devices may be available to you, visit www.ConservationPays.com. For more information regarding Earth/Arbor Day, please contact 954-480-4454.

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

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akland Park is known as “The City on the Move” and I am honored to serve as Mayor during such an exciting time. From our downtown “Culinary District” to our western border, we have many positive changes taking place. Our City recently cut the ribbon on our NW 39th Street Greenway running between NW 21st Avenue and NW 31st Avenue. This 9-acre linear park is an ideal locale for walking, running and cycling along the C-13 Canal. The plantings along this more than one mile of paved pathway include 162 trees comprising 10 species, 2,800 shrubs, 3,700 ground cover plants and more than 37,000 wildflower seeds. Some of the wildflowers are already in bloom adding an attractive array of colors to the park. We also celebrated our City’s 56th Annual Youth Day and I enjoyed the privilege of riding in Broward County’s longest running parade which got the event started in grand style with colorful floats and talented marching bands from local schools. I am grateful to all of the children, families, schools and community organizations who made Youth Day such a success. Our Oakland Park Kiwanis Club – which I am a proud member of – assisted our Oakland Park Firefighters Benevolent Association with the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Royal Palm Park. And our City’s Jaco Pastorius Park once again served as the home for the Polynesian Cultural Festival on April 15th. Of course, it takes a lot of money and careful spending to run a City and perform at a level that satisfies our taxpayers and other stakeholders. Therefore, I would be remiss if I did give kudos to our Engineering & Community Development Department for their efforts to obtain a nearly $4 million FEMA grant to fund drainage improvements in one of the lower basins that has been prone to flooding and hurricane damage in the past, bringing the total grant funding for this area to almost $6.5 million. Our residents have expressed their appreciation for the staff’s efforts to identify and implement a solution to the past flooding issues. If I could describe our residents in one word, it might be engaged. We had a strong volunteer support for recent activities, such as the annual Waterway Cleanup, the Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society and an Earth Day project along our beautiful Cherry Creek estuary where volunteers planted native mangrove, pond apple and buttonwood trees with the assistance of our Northeast High School Ecology Club. All of this activity is building the excitement and anticipation

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for the June 1st Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for our new downtown plaza, which will be adjacent to South Florida’s largest craft brewery. Funky Buddha will open inside the former Sear’s warehouse on NE 38th Street just east of the North Dixie Highway and the FEC railroad tracks. Our City staff and redevelopment consultants are working closely with Funky Buddha for the June 1st event, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. to midnight and will feature lots of food, beverages, live music and free parking along NE 12th Avenue. The best way to get updates on our City events and activities is to log on our homepage, www.oaklandparkfl.gov, or sign up for our weekly email updates with our City’s Public Information Officer at DavidR@oaklandparkfl.gov. We look forward to seeing all of you in Oakland Park and please invite your friends to “The City on the Move!”

Oakland Park Wins National Transparency Award By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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he City of Oakland Park website has won a “Sunny Award” for the second consecutive year for its transparency. The Sunny Award is presented by the Editors of Sunshine Review to honor the most transparent government websites in the nation. The City’s website, www.oaklandparkfl.gov, scored an “A-” transparency grade on Sunshine Review’s Transparency Checklist. This year, only 247 of the more than 7,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review earned a Sunny Award, with Oakland Park and Miami being the only two Cities in the entire state of Florida recognized. “Oakland Park understands the importance of promoting transparency in everything we do,” said Oakland Park Mayor John Adornato III. “We are honored to receive a Sunny Award and will continue to empower citizens by providing the necessary information to keep them informed on the actions their government is taking on their behalf.” For the 2013 awards, Editors at Sunshine Review analyzed and graded websites on a 10-point transparency checklist which included budgets, financial audits, contracts, academic performance, public records and taxes. “The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority. The winners of the Sunny Awards are cities, counties and school districts that proactively share the public information that empowers citizens and keeps government accountable to the people,” said Michael Barnhart, President of Sunshine Review. “We would like to congratulate the City of Oakland Park for being a champion for transparency and serving as a leader to every state and local government around the nation.” Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency. Sunshine Review collaborates with individuals and organizations throughout America in the cause of an informed citizenry and a transparent government.

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• Government & City - Fort Lauderdale • Message From The Fort Lauderdale Mayor Fort Lauderdale Named A Finalist For All-American City Award By John P. “Jack” Seiler

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e are excited to announce that the City of Fort Lauderdale has been named as a finalist for the prestigious 2013 All-American City Award! Sponsored by the National Civic League, the All-America City Award recognizes cities, counties, towns, neighborhoods, and metropolitan areas across the country for exemplary community-based problem solving and civic engagement efforts that involve public, private and non-profit entities. Fort Lauderdale was commended for numerous projects that demonstrate outstanding civic engagement, cross sector collaboration, inclusiveness, and innovation including: our citywide Visioning initiative and recently adopted 2035 Vision Plan; establishing a multi-agency task force to provide supportive permanent housing to Veterans and the chronically homeless; creating the “Green Your Routine” program to promote recycling, energy conservation, and sustainable living; and working with regional governments to develop the first Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact to mitigate the potential future impacts of climate change and sea level rise. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for these exciting events that are coming up in May: Color Run – Sunday, May 5, 6 am Huizenga Plaza, Bubier Park, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard – www.thecolorrun.com The Color Run is guaranteed to be the craziest, most colorful 5K race you’ve ever done! Race it solo or form a “color team” of four or more members and get ready for the most enjoyable run of your life. SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch – Sunday, May 5, 11 am - 2 pm Along Riverwalk from Esplanade Park to Las Olas Riverfront – www.fortlauderdale.gov Enjoy a free, live, outdoor concert featuring the area’s best local jazz artists performing soulful sounds on three stages along Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk.

City Hall, First Floor Chambers, 100 North Andrews Avenue – www.fortlauderdale.gov Join us as we honor our outstanding citizens for 2013: Citizen of the Year, Jorg Hruschka; Distinguished Citizen, Betty Shelley; Honored Founders, Beauregard Cummings and Marti Huizenga; and Exemplary Former City Employee, Sue Molnar. Community Appearance Awards – Thursday, May 9, 5 - 8 pm Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, 505 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. – www.fortlauderdale.gov Each year, the awards ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations working to enhance, improve and beautify Fort Lauderdale, while enhancing its visual image and economic vitality. VIVA 500: The Spanish Galleon – May 14 - 19, 9 am - 5 pm daily Bahia Mar Marina, 801 Seabreeze Boulevard – www.sunny.org/vivaflorida Celebrate Florida’s 500th Anniversary by taking a free tour aboard a 170-foot, 490-ton Spanish Galleon reminiscent of the ship Ponce de León sailed when he discovered “La Florida” in 1513. Great American Beach Party – Saturday, May 25, 10 am - 10 pm A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Beach – www.fortlauderdale.gov

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• Community Gives Back • A Prom To Remember By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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alentina Londono had always dreamed of finding that perfect dress and dancing the night away with her friends at the event which marks the highlight of her high school experience- Prom. However, chemotherapy treatments for cancer got in the way of her special day. But last year, her dream became a reality thanks to A Prom To Remember. Valentina and many teens battling cancer were able to attend prom at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. Each year, the non-profit, A Prom To Remember, hosts the ultimate prom experience for teens who are battling cancer. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 10 from 7 pm to 11 pm at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale. The teen guests will arrive in limos and walk the red carpet to show off their dazzling gowns and tuxedos. There will also be guest appearances by Miami Dolphins players, cheerleaders and others. “The goal of A Prom To Remember is to give teens battling cancer the ultimate prom experience,” said Brandon Opre, President of A Prom To Remember. Opre started the organization to help children in his community. “I have always been very involved in the community, specifically with helping children. I had this idea that it would be really cool to give kids who miss their high school proms that same experience we all had in high school. Just because they are going through some tough times, there is no reason they should miss their Prom. The great thing is all the kids are going through the exact same thing, so they can relate to one another’s experience,” he said.

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A Prom To Remember becomes one night where the teens can forget about cancer. The volunteers, including parents and hospital staff, get the reward of seeing the teens smile and laugh. “We try to provide these kids with hope, strength and inspiration. We give them an awesome night so they can put

their worries behind them, and it gives them lasting memories,” said Opre. “Their parents and hospital staff usually see the kids wearing frowns, but for one special night, there are enough smiles to light up the world.” The event would not be possible without the support of many sponsors, including The Ritz-Carlton, Blue Martini, Broward Health, and Doctor’s Choice Pharmacy. A Prom To Remember is still seeking donations to provide each of the 240 teens a gift bag and to help defer the costs of the evening. For more information on A Prom To Remember or to become involved in this event, please call 877-385-7766 or visit www.aPromToRemember.org. They can also be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/aPromToRemember.

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Boys And Girls Clubs Of Broward County Builds Bright Futures By Tiffany Thompson, Staff Intern

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t is a hard task to effectively serve four million young people and to help them obtain bright futures. Although difficult, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Broward County Chapter has successfully achieved this. This organization is aimed at helping children and teens reach their full potential and become respectable and responsible citizens. The club achieves this by focusing on healthy living, education, after school programs and character development. If you do not know about Boys & Girls Clubs of America, its history is rich with community service and leadership. The non-for-profit organization was founded in 1860 in Connecticut. At first, it was geared towards young boys and gave them an opportunity to spend their time doing constructive tasks. Since its conception and founding, the club has grown to over four million members and accepts boys and girls. Branches can be found all over America, and the club is truly making a difference. In Broward County, there are 13 chapters that serve over 13,000 kids. The chapter was chartered in 1965 and has become one of the largest in the country. Broward County’s Chapter of the Boys and Girls Club is very active. Over the next few months, club officials have many events planned that appease to a diverse crowd. On Saturday, April 20th, the organization will host its “46th Annual Dinner Auction” at the Hard Rock Hotel. The evening will raise funds for charity and will feature a silent auction, dinner, and dancing. Another event is the “Bowling for Kids Tournament” which will raise funds for the Marti Huizenga Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs. The night will consist of games, food and, of course, bowling. With the coming of May also comes several other charity events. One event will be the “Annual Dollars and Strikes Night.” This event allows underprivileged students to attend a baseball game at the new Marlins stadium in Miami. For many of the children, this will be the first professional sporting event they have attended. Lastly, on May 9th, the club will host it “Outstanding Women of Broward County” Gala. Like its name suggests, the club will celebrate and honor the gains women have made in professional and community areas. Whether it be watching children after school while their parents are at work, raising funds for charity, helping kids with their homework or honoring important people in the community, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County continuously proves itself to be a major pillar of our community. If you would like to learn more about The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, you can visit their website at http://www.bgcbc.org/.

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continued from page 11 (Fort Lauderdale Mayor Column) Kick off the summer at the Great American Beach Party featuring live bands, a classic car show, sand sculpting, a kids zone, art show, free movie, and the Boogie Knights Disco Revival Concert. Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 27, 9 am Lauderdale Memorial Park, 2001 South West 4th Avenue – www.fortlauderdale.gov Join us as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to our nation in the United States Armed Forces. Again, thank you for demonstrating the importance of giving back to the community and thank you for making Fort Lauderdale an outstanding place to live, work, play and raise a family and, hopefully soon, an All-American City as well!  

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• Community Gives Back • Inaugural Broward Health Ball Raises Almost $600,000

Live2Give Supports Local Charitable Organizations By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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he inaugural Broward Health Ball, held on April 6 at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, raised almost $600,000 for Broward Health hospitals and a new Virtual Hospital. The black-tie ball, attended by 530 guests, was cochaired by professional quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his wife, Lauren, as well as Noreen Salah Burpee, executive director of The Salah Foundation. Adam Kuperstein, NBC 6 News co-anchor, served as master of ceremonies. The Salah Foundation was the event’s title sponsor and Turner Construction Company was the presenting sponsor. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. The live auction featured items, such as a weekend in New York City and a pair of diamond and sapphire earrings donated by Levinson Jewelers. The Continued on page 22

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ynn Cohen started Live2Give to help others in need. Her organization has been successful in its mission and continues to support the community. Live2Give, which was created to support local charitable organizations to obtain the needs for their community, will host an upcoming fundraiser. Mark your calendars! Live2Give will be hosting their second event of the year at the Wow Factory, located at 5891 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek, on June 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm. For $20 per person, you will receive unlimited play on Ballocity, Ropes Course, Laser Tag, Rock Climbing, Laser Frenzy, The WOW Gym and video games and includes a ticket to the Chinese Auction. Lynn Cohen and Scott Shurpin The fundraiser will benefit the SOS Children’s Villages, which provides quality alternative care for children who cannot live with their biological  families. At the event, Live2Give will also be collecting items for SOS Children’s Villages, including hairbrushes, combs for boys and girls, body lotion, deodorant, hair care products, toothpaste, laundry detergent, soap and liquid body wash. Lynn Cohen, Founder of Live2Give, invites everyone to come out to this charitable event. “The mission of Live2Give is to help provide the daily necessities required by local group foster care homes, emergency shelters, adoption agencies, food pantries and soup kitchens so that these organizations do not have to dip into their funds to provide what is needed the most,” said Cohen.   “Being a person who has had troubling times and knowing that there have been people there to help me, it gives me great pride and gratification to be able to give back to those in need,” added Cohen. Tickets for the event may be purchased online at www.live2givefl.org or by calling 954-401-9423.  The organization is also seeking volunteers and donations. Contact them if you would like to donate any item for the event, such as a gift certificate, services, product, or membership. For more information on Live2Give, visit www.live2givefl.org.

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Provide A Loving Home For A Foster Child By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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lison Brown quickly discovered that there is no greater love than becoming a foster parent. “I’ve always said I would foster or adopt a child,” said Brown, who became a foster parent and a single mother to a 5-year-old boy. Brown is one of many to become foster parents through the National Youth Advocate Program, (NYAP). The National Youth Advocate Program is a national organization that has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth and families since 1978. Their goal is to find good enhanced foster parents that will take care of children exposed to abuse, abandonment, and neglect. “There is a burning need for foster parents particularly in Broward County. Each year, hundreds of children come into our care as a result of abuse. We are in need of loving foster parents. They can be married, single, gay, homeowners or renters. What we are looking for are committed individuals that are willing to open up their hearts and homes, helping to provide a child with the stability and care they deserve,” said Candelaria Mota, a Foster Home Recruiter for the National Youth Advocate Program. Through the program, foster parents will receive training, support, therapeutic services for the child, if applicable, and a subsidy to help handle all of the child’s expenses. “Foster parents make a big impact in a child’s life. I have

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seen all kinds of cases of little boys and girls who come into our care as a result of neglect and then a foster parent takes them in and dramatically changes their lives. These foster parents are really helping our future and helping to reshape an entire generation,” said Mota. The foster children have also changed the lives of the foster parents. “It’s very rewarding to help kids. There are so many children out there that need a home and someone to love them and give them the security they need to grow. You gain a child that loves you unconditionally. There are so many kids out there waiting for a loving family,” said Brown. The National Youth Advocate Program helps foster children throughout Florida, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia and Indiana. They just opened offices in West Palm Beach and their closest location is 700 West Hillsboro Blvd, Suite 201 Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. For more information on the National Youth Advocate Program, please visit www.nyap.org or call 954-596-5284.

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• Dining • Tampa Bay Brewery Auctions Numbered Mugs To Raise Money For Make-A-Wish Foundation At Grand Opening Party By Nicol Jenkins and John Brodie Editor and OTN GM

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t seemed like everybody in town came to celebrate the ribbon cutting at the Grand Opening of the Tampa Bay Brewery Tap House in Coral Springs! The word was already out that the local area had

recently been blessed with a micro brewery pouring the best beers you can find in Florida. They came for the beer of course but also to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Individually numbered Tampa Bay Brewery Mugs were auctioned off and Kathryn Burkhart captured #001 for $300 to Make-A-Wish. Her husband Mike was not going to be left out and added another $110 for Mug #019. Several thousand was raised all together – it’ll be a higher number but you can still get your own mug for a good cause (like having a special glass to drink the best beer around from). Hundreds of guests attended the recent ribbon cutting event for Tampa Bay Brewery in Coral Springs. Coral Springs Mayor Vincent Boccard, along with Tampa Bay Brewery staff and

local residents cut the ribbon. A live radio broadcast started the night off and shortly before the official ribbon cutting the hosts of the program stumbled out with big smiles on their faces. Tampa Bay Brewing is the ultimate brewing experience with 20+ specialty beers on tap, Cask Conditioned Ales on a Beer Engine  and the only authentic microbrewery in South Florida. Customers can tour the brewery and home brewers can bring their homemade beers in for evaluation. The Tampa Bay Brewery is the place to be - a friendly neighborhood brew pub with prices that are not too tough on your wallet.  “This is a great addition to our City. Tampa Bay Brewing Company is microbrewing at its best and I encourage every fan of great beer to come try out our City’s own craft beers,” said Mayor Boccard.    Owner Norm Lehman started as a home brewer and this is definitely a dream come true for him.   “A great beer is like a great wine – it has a unique and distinct quality and flavor that make it special – that’s what you find at Tampa Bay Brewery- Coral Springs Tap House.       Tampa Bay Brewing will offer many more exciting events and charity fundraisers. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and website for upcoming activities- and stop in anytime for a great beer and fun atmosphere!   Tampa Bay Brewing is located at 1221 N. University Drive, Coral Springs (located behind the Men’s Warehouse) and with plenty of parking in the plaza. For more information, call 954-240-9562 and Friend them on Facebook at 

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By Nicol Jenkins, Editor emon Tree Café Diner- the most delicious diner food found anywhere is now located in Coconut Creek! Nestled in the heart of Coconut Creek, you can find this new hidden gem. The Lemon Tree Café - a New York style diner with a contemporary atmosphere- has just opened its doors. Join us to celebrate our GRAND OPENING in April with great food, a DJ, bounce houses, a battle of the bands and many giveaways will be on hand. Look on our website, Facebook page or stop in for more details! Louis Patsalos, Dane and Drew Meyer deliver a family owned diner-style eatery with traditional and healthy food options. “I had a couple diners in Long Island, New York and I wanted to bring the diner concept to South Florida and rejuvenate it with a café look,” said Patsalos. The Lemon Tree Café gives you the ambience of a New York café style eatery and offers food that is made fresh daily, tasty and affordable. Savor the flavor with homemade items, such as lemon ricotta pancakes, Lemon Tree Chicken or our made daily fresh soups, all of which are just a few of the mouthwatering items to satisfy your taste buds. Breakfast is available throughout the day, and 500 calorie meals are guaranteed to please the most healthconscious consumer. Every day the chalkboard style display lists unique and varied items. Kids menus are available that can be decorated to keep the young ones entertained. “Typically, you would have to go to two different restaurants to get what everyone in your family wants for breakfast, lunch or dinner. But we have something for everyone in your party,” said Patsalos. Dine in or Take out. The Lemon Tree Café also offers free local delivery for a 3-mile radius. See our specials in the OTN Coupon Book! Lemon Tree Café is located at 5463 Lyons Road Suite E Coconut Creek, FL 33073 (Winston Park Shopping Plaza). For more information, call 954-570-8822 or visit www.thelemontreecafe.com.

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Salt Life Food Shack Hosts One-Year Anniversary Party

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alt Life Food Shack, the casual seafood restaurant chain, announced its one-year anniversary party on Wednesday, April 24, featuring a full day of complimentary food, drinks and live music by Just Dave. Located at 2660 North University Drive, the popular seafood restaurant will serve up complimentary bar bites and one-free Salt Life Island Punch for customers 21 and over. Salt Life Food Shack will also extend its happy hour to 8 p.m. so guests can celebrate the first year with half off all liquor, house wine and draft beer. Acoustic cover artist, Just Dave, will perform live on the restaurant’s patio from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Our first year in Coral Springs has been amazing,” states Billy Leahy, president of Salty Venture Holdings. “We’re very grateful to the local community that has really embraced us as a new establishment in a very competitive restaurant market. We look forward to saying thank you to our customers with complimentary food and drinks, entertainment, and aggressive promotions. Whether it’s your first time or 20th time visiting us, we invite everyone to join us in celebrating Salt Life Food Shack’s first of many years to come in South Florida.” For more information on Salt Life Food Shack, visit http://www.saltlifefoodshack.com, or follow the restaurant on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/SaltLifeFoodShackCS.

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he Deerfield Beach Wine and Food Festival- A Blue Wave Affair is almost here! Presented by BocaRaton.com & The Bites! Network, the 3rd Annual Deerfield Beach Wine and Food Festival will deliver great food and fun Friday, April 26th through Sunday, April 28th. Set at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, guests are sure to enjoy food tastings and pairings, wine, craft beer, and live entertainment. This year promises to be a festival no one will ever forget with four special events over three days! The Grand Tasting event is on Saturday, April 27 from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The best of South Florida’s culinary chefs will prepare fresh cuisine from around the world. Stroll through the festival to places afar with live cooking demonstrations, sensory tasting classes presented by our Festival Sommelier, a garden and Farmer’s Market and business and retail-shopping bazaar. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www. deerfieldbeachwineandfoodfestival.com or call 561-338-7594.

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ive your loved ones the best in personalized care while maintaining a home like environment. That tailored treatment can be found at Leisure Land Assisted Living, an upscale assisted living facility with the goal of providing holistic care and personalized assistance for their senior residents. Leisure Land strives to ensure a sense of community and provides their residents with a care‐free lifestyle in a home rich in warmth, compassion, and love. They are committed to providing quality individualized care for the retirement years. Residents are treated like family and enjoy their favorite past times in a serene and comforting atmosphere. Individualized attention is at the core of its mission. The facility is limited to six beds, maintaining its charm and home‐like ambience. This makes Leisure Land unique from the standard institutional environment and ensures a sense of care and community. “We believe that visiting our retired loved ones should be a joyous experience for everyone, which is why Leisure Land provides exceptional daily care and assistance for our residents while also offering amenities for visitors and family members,” said Erica Robinson, owner of Leisure Land Assisted Living. “Leisure Land offers quality personal care in a home-like environment for your loved ones. We encourage healthy superior living. We will always strive to exceed your expectations through compassion, superior care, and dignity for all of our residents.”

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Since opening, Leisure Land has provided a loving home for its residents and has put many family members at ease. They provide a variety  of personalized services from day services, activities, transportation to and from appointments and much more. “What makes Leisure Land ALF unique is the home like  environment and family  oriented  atmosphere that we pride ourselves in providing for our clients. We try and make any and all transitions easier for the family and the client. At Leisure Land, we believe everything should start and end with a smile. With leisure time, trips and activities planned, everything is already set out for our residents, so it’s just easy to be here,” said Robinson. Robinson opened Leisure Land to help the senior community and continues her passion for assisting others on a daily basis. “I started this business because I love helping the disabled and the elderly. I always wondered when I was young what happened when you can’t do for yourself anymore. Who is out there to help? Where am I going to end up? The need to answer these questions for myself opened my eyes to this need that we have in the country, and I wanted to be a part of the solution. It’s about making sure that in this phase of life, our seniors still matter and will be taken care of,” said Robinson. LEISURE LAND ALF, INC (AHCA#12330) is located at 2301 Ne 12th Terrace Pompano Beach, FL 33064. For more information, call 754-300-8895.

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• Health & Fitness • Continued from page 14 ( Inaugural Broward Health Ball...)

evening culminated with more than $158,000 raised for a new Virtual Hospital during a bid call. The Virtual Hospital, to be located at Broward Health North, will consist of a space where thousands of nurses will work with lifelike simulated patients to develop, perfect and maintain their skills. As the only hospital-based program in southeast Florida, the Virtual Hospital will provide both new and experienced nurses throughout the Broward Health system with hands-on training. The design will consist of a flexible simulation room that can be used for adult, pediatric and OB simulations.

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Proceeds raised from the event will also benefit a number of critical programs and projects at each Broward Health hospital, including women’s wellness services at Broward Health Coral Springs, the purchase of a Giraffe OnmiBed for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, upgrades to the registration area at Broward Health Imperial Point, the purchase of medical equipment to assist stroke patients at Broward Health North and the purchase of digital imaging equipment at Broward Health Weston. “The inaugural Broward Health Ball exceeded my highest expectations,” said Noreen Salah Burpee, one of the event’s co-chairs. “I personally extend a big thank you to everyone that contributed to this event and I’m looking forward to next year’s Ball.” Additional event sponsors included ARAMARK Healthcare, Florida True Health, Rick Case Automotive Group, Pediatrix Medical Group, 21st Century Oncology, ANF Group, Northwestern Mutual, BCC Financial, Preferred Medical Plan, Med Assets and Lifestyle Magazine. The Broward Health Foundation is the fundraising arm of Broward Health, one of the ten largest public healthcare systems in the nation.  The mission of the Broward Health Foundation is to improve the health of the community by providing resources to promote, support and enhance the programs and initiatives of Broward Health. For more information about the Broward Health Ball, contact Traci Allyn Shur, Director of Foundation Operations, at 954-355-5148.

KOKO FITCLUB CORAL SPRINGS ANNOUNCES “15 MINUTES TO FIGHT CANCER” CHALLENGE

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or 24 hours, beginning Saturday, May 4, at 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, Koko FitClub members, employees and neighbors are invited to participate in one or more 15-minute cardio sessions at their local club. Each 15-minute session earns 500 Koko points that will be tallied up across all 120 Koko FitClub locations throughout the nation. If the 5 million point goal is reached, Koko will donate $20,000 to the ACS in celebration of its 100th birthday on May 22 and funds will be distributed directly to the local communities who participated. “Members of the community and Koko FitClub can make a real difference in the fight against cancer by dedicating just 15 minutes of time to a great cardio workout,” said local Koko FitClub owner Rob Sottile. “We hope it will also inspire 10,000 workouts across the country and encourage people to take charge of their own health and become more active with Koko’s personalized exercise and nutrition system.” Koko FitClub will reward any non-member who volunteers 15 minutes to the 5 Million Point Challenge with a free 15-day membership. For more information about Koko FitClub and the 5 Million Point Challenge, go to www.kokofitclub.com.

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• Health & Fitness • First Class Home Health Services “Let Us Help You Care for Your Loved One”

By Nicol Jenkins and Deanna Jones ike its name, First Class Home Health Services really cares me how nurturing and loving her grandmother was, it was and provides only the best in personalized services for then she saw the need to care for the elderly. My grandmother seniors by helping to make the family’s life and that of the also helped raise me. I decided to join the family business because as a firefighter I see a lot of elderly patients who don’t elderly a lot easier. Since 1993, the Dhu family’s motto is “Relax...Don’t Stress… have the care or the means to find the care; this is the reason I Let Us Help”. They work alongside you and your family to got involved in the company,” said Nigel Dhu, administrator help during the golden years of your loved one. They feel for First Class Home Health Services. their mission in life is fulfilled by helping seniors live happy, The close knit family and their team of professional, dedicated healthy lives in the comfort of their own homes by providing and knowledgeable caregivers provide 24 hour care and a quality, compassionate care and safety technology solutions variety of individualized services to the elderly population, to help facilitate their independence and contribute to a better including accompanying them to doctor’s appointments, way of life. shopping, laundry, meal preparation and light housekeeping. Nigel Dhu is a firefighter for Oakland Park Fire Rescue and Other specialties include personal care, monitoring medication worked as a paramedic and emergency room technician, while schedules and basic care of the patient. Our family sees the his aunt and sister are registered nurses. Nigel finds an inner positive results everyday because emphasis is placed on the reward in being able to ease the minds of the seniors and their importance of having experienced caregivers for your loved family members. one. This is the most important thing you can do for them. “Sometimes, their family lives out of state and it gives them First Class Home Health Services is also setting up a fund for peace of mind to know that someone is here to take care of the elderly who have no family and no means to take care of them. Also since we work in the medical field, we understand themselves. the needs required of the elderly. It is the best feeling knowing “Relax…Don’t Stress…Let Us Help” that we are able to put a smile on their faces and give back,” First Class Home Health Services is located at 8050 West said Nigel. Sample Road, Margate FL 33065. For more information, call “My mother started the business in 1993. Her 954-752-8877 or visit www.firstclasshomehealth.com. grandmother helped raise her as a child. She always reminds See our coupon book ad on page 21.

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The Low Vision Institute Celebrates 35 Years of Helping People SEE Again!

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Telescope Implant for Macular Degeneration Now Available in Florida

CentraSight® is the first treatment program to use a tiny telescope that is implanted inside the eye to treat end-stage age related macular degeneration (AMD). Smaller than a pea, the telescope implant uses micro-optical technology to magnify objects that would normally be seen in one’s “straight ahead” vision. If you have been diagnosed with AMD, the telescope implant used in the CentraSight treatment program could dramatically improve your vision and reconnect you to the things that you love to see and do. CentraSight is one of many Low Vision Options we offer. The cost of the device is covered by Medicare for patients meeting eligibility requirements.

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• Health & Fitness • As We See It… Health, Diet and Antibiotics?

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s pet owners, a primary goal is to keep our pets healthy. It’s for this reason that we turn to the veterinary medicine professionals for guidance. As is true in human medicine, these professionals are taught medicine, not health. Their commitment is in diagnosing symptoms and then through the use of pharmaceuticals and surgery, to mitigate the symptom. This is quite different than guiding our pets to health or curing a challenge or disease. The assurance of our pets being healthy comes down to the cumulative actions we, as the pets’ caretaker, take. It is ultimately our responsibility to get complete information and make the best decisions that we can. A common approach from the medical community is that once we are confronted with almost any health challenge, a treatment and a prescription for antibiotics is part of what is referred to “standard of care”. While the theory is prevention of secondary challenges, it often can do the opposite. Our body and specifically our digestive tract, from our lips to our rectum, are populated with beneficial bacteria and other living organisms that are referred to as probiotic digestive flora. These living organisms aid in breaking down food components for absorption and utilization of our foods for nutrition. These same organisms break down contaminates, toxins, and unnecessary food components for excretion. The first problem with antibiotics is that they are indiscriminate killers, not only attacking the bad germs, but the good ones as well. This leads to incomplete digestion and absorption of food at a time when we need to be building our pet’s immune system. The fact here is similar to that of humans; if our pets are sick, they need more and higher quality nutrition for their body to repair itself. Also our pets are filled with flora to protect their body for assault. These flora are killed by most broad-spectrum antibiotics. We then have the problem of the germs that aren’t killed as these breed more resistant strains. This can create more challenges when they need that extra boost for a real problem. It also reduces the effect that natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal foods have in protecting the body. Another challenge that arises, that we are uninformed by the medical community of, is that of secondary yeast infections. Most treatments with antibiotics are followed by yeast infections as the bacteria that keeps it in check are now gone. For this reason, as yeast thrives with sugar and carbohydrates, foods containing these components should be avoided. As sugars, grains and carbohydrates are inappropriate for our carnivorous dogs and cats, they must be avoided at all costs. If your goal is to return your pet to a healthy condition, a species appropriate diet is necessary. While the discovery of antibiotics has been heralded as a major contributor to health, natural antibiotics have always been present in our pets’ bodies and in many natural whole

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foods, herbs, botanicals, and minerals. Instinct and natural order guide our pets to these foods just as wild animals self medicate. While there are appropriate circumstances and events that dictate the administration of antibiotics, they should be viewed with caution and restrain… 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 are 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.

Kang Yun Acupuncture: Takes You To Better Health By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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Dr. Yuexian Shi

ang Yun Acupuncture recently celebrated two years of providing better health to customers in its Coral Springs location and four years in its Fort Lauderdale location. Kang Yun Acupuncture is dedicated to providing health services through acupuncture, Chinese massage, acupressure and herbal remedy to treat different diseases and to improve the quality of life. Owner Dr. Yuexian Shi is a professor at Atlantic Institute of Orient Medicine. He  is  National Board Certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice acupuncture in Florida. Dr. Shi graduated from Beijing Medical University,  a top medical school in China. He is well trained in both Western and Chinese medicine and has more than 27 years of clinical experience in patient treatment. Dr. Shi specializes in pain relief, infertility, headaches, allergy and asthma, weight control, depression and anxiety, arthritis, and more. Their clinic is well known for Acupuncture, Chinese massage and herbal therapy. “We strive to integrate the ancient art of Chinese medicine with modern medical science to provide the highest level of safe and effective patient care,” said Dr. Shi. Dr. Shi finds much reward in helping others and attributes it to a combination of Western and Eastern medicine that help him to make the right diagnoses. Stop by Kang Yun Acupuncture today for better health at 2929 N University Drive, Suite 111 Coral Springs, FL 33065. For more information, call 954-510-4850 or visit http://www.healthrelaxacupuncture.com/.

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• Entertainment • El Galeón Sails Into South Florida By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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ompano Beach will soon be rocking with live music and lots of fresh seafood.

The highly anticipated 29th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is almost here and will be bigger and better this year. The Seafood Festival will offer three days of seaside fun with plenty of live entertainment, arts and crafts, local food, hot sun, cold drinks and, of course, the seafood that South Florida is known for. The event will be held Friday, April 26th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, April 28th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Pompano Beach, just North of Atlantic Blvd., surrounding the Fishing Pier. The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival is a not for profit with proceeds benefitting a wide range of community groups, such as Kiwanis of Pompano and Rotary of Pompano and Lighthouse Point. Besides a larger selection of the freshest seafood in town, this year’s Festival has much more entertainment. Some of the best local bands and musicians will be performing on the main stage which faces the Pier. You can enjoy music from Journey and Beatles Tribute Bands and more, while shopping on the Board Walk offering many local business vendors. There will also be plenty of activities for children to enjoy as well. For more information, call the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-941-2940 or visit www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com.

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he mainsails have been hoisted on El Galeón for its historic Viva Florida 500 Voyage simulating Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León’s arrival 500 years ago. One of the stops will be in Fort Lauderdale. Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico, where he was Governor, in search of an Island of riches and perhaps the fountain of youth. He spotted land April 3, 1513 and promptly named it La Florida. His arrival marked the beginning of a European presence in what is now the U. S. mainland. Ponce de Leon is also credited with discovering the Gulf Stream which led to development of the early trade routes between Spain and the Americas that brought galleons filled with treasures perilously close to Florida’s shores. El Galeón is a 170 foot, 495 ton, authentic wooden replica of a galleon that was part of Spain’s West Indies fleet. El Galeón departed from Puerto Rico en route to Florida, where the Viva Florida 500 Voyage will include calls on ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral and St. Augustine. The travels will begin April 15 and culminate June 3, as part of the state’s Quincentenary commemorations. The ship’s decks will be open to public visits with free tours in Fort Lauderdale, during her stay at Bahia Mar Marina. Visitors will have the chance to learn about the history that began 500 years ago while admiring the craftsmanship and grandeur of these galleons that reached Florida’s coast t AFFORDABLE we do only quality work at the best centuries ago. The ship tours will be available every day from price possible. We are not the cheapest...just the best! 9 am to 5 pm May 14 through May 19. In business for 29 years, we treat our customers fair and The galleon will cover more than 900 nautical miles, with 28 work with them in the delicate matters of deductibles and crew members on board maneuvering more than 9,600 square insurance claims. As well we provide transportation to and feet of sail area, the same way it was conducted in the 16th from and service is our motto. So call us ...or come in for a century. The ship is owned by the Nao Victoria Foundation of quote at our convenient location at: 1815 N St. Rd 7... just Sevilla, Spain. south of Copans/Royal Palm 954 978-1900. And see our ad For free Fort Lauderdale tickets and more information, in the Coupon Book on page 39. visit www.sunny.org/vivaflorida or call 954-765-4466. 27 www.TheOurTownNews.com • Our Town News • N.E. Broward / May 2013

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• Entertainment • Flight Of The Butterflies Now Showing In 3D! By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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ome see breathtaking butterflies in 3D at the Museum of Discovery and Science and AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater in Fort Lauderdale. There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat. See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82, visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of family fun. Don’t miss Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, which is showing through September 30th. It’s a natural history epic, compelling detective story and a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote wintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011, again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The IMAX 3D technology immerses you in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico - to a place it has never been! Visit http://www.flightofthebutterflies.com/. Mark your calendars for Iron Man 3: An IMAX 3D Experience opening on May 3. Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: ‘does

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the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?’ Visit http://marvel.com/movies/movie/176/iron_man_3. You must see your favorite film, Star Trek, on the big screen at the IMAX on opening weekend May 18 through May 19. Don’t miss the new IMAX film, Star Trek Into Darkness at the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, plus enjoy special opening weekend activities. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information, call 954-467-MODS (6637) or visit www.mods.org.

The 6th Annual PigOut N’ Deerfield Is Here! By Larry DeVille • Executive Director of the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce

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he 6th Annual PigOut N’ Deerfield Beach will take place in Sullivan Park once again, on East Hillsboro Blvd and the Intracoastal, on Saturday, May 4th. There will be free parking at the Cove Shopping Center and paid parking at USA Beach Parking Garage, just a short walk over the Intracoastal Bridge ($3.50 all day parking discount with a coupon, which is available online at www.deerfieldparking.com). This year’s PigOut features a Bar-B-Q competition that will include both backyard and professional cookers. The categories are chicken, ribs, brisket and pork tenderloin. Judges will determine the winner in each category. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to sample each cooker’s entries and vote for the People’s Choice Winner. Music this year will be provided by: Jess Taylor from 11am to Noon; Steve Minotti Band from Noon to 2 pm; Andrew Morris Band from 2 pm to 4 pm; and Uproot Hootenanny from 4 pm to 6 pm. A Kid’s Corner will also be available to keep the children entertained. Adult, soft drinks and water are available for continued on page 36

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• Entertainment • Great America Beach Party Returns To Fort Lauderdale By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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“The purpose of the Great American he Great American Beach Beach Party is to celebrate the beginning Party is back! of summer with a 12-hour festival and Fort Lauderdale’s signature to attract residents and visitors to event is returning to the beach our world famous beach, generating on Saturday, May 25th from 10 a positive economic impact for our am to 10 pm near A1A and Las businesses,” said Angela DiPietro, Olas Boulevard. Public Information Specialist for The City of Fort Lauderdale’s the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks 4th Annual Great American and Recreation Department. Beach Party is the perfect event The City also established the to celebrate Memorial Day Walk of Fame Honorees, who are weekend. recognized for The free event features a portion d i s t i n g u i s h i ng of Fort Lauderdale’s world famous themselves in A1A that will be transformed their respective into an entertainment mecca, featuring music, live fields, while performances, and activities for the entire family. making lifelong, Two stages will feature live bands that will p o s i t i v e perform classic oldies and rock n’ roll hits, including contributions such acts as Riverside Dixieland Band, Across the to the City of Universe and headliners Boogie Knights. Fort Lauderdale. Children and adults will enjoy an array of As part of the activities, including awards program, a beach water slide, each honoree bounce houses, face selected receives a painting, hula-hoop, c o m m e m o r a t i v e limbo and Twister marble paver that will be placed in the Walk contests, a water balloon of Fame to memorialize their outstanding toss and a sand castle accomplishments. The Fort Lauderdale building competition. Walk of Fame is located on the beach along The event will also the east side of A1A at Las Olas Boulevard. feature a classic car show The Walk with vintage automobiles of Fame lining up along A1A, giving Honorees are beach-goers an up close look a nnounced at more than 50 hot rods, as part of ragtops and muscle cars. An the Great art show will include displays from several Fort A m e r i can Lauderdale artists, including up and coming chalk artists. Beach Party. To top off the evening, at 8:30 p.m. event-goers will Past honorees be treated to a special screening of a movie presented have included: by the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The C o n n i e movie will be shown from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on a largerFrancis, Wayne than-life screen set. Huizenga, Chris In 2010, the City of Fort Lauderdale established the Evert, Jimmy inaugural Great American Beach Party to pay tribute Evert, Woody to the legendary Connie Francis on the 50th Anniversary of “Where the Boys Are”- the 1960 film which made Fort Woodbury, Louise Crocco, Brent Jett, Marcia Pinder, Lauderdale an overnight sensation and a ‘must see’ destination Rick Shaw, and George Smith. for visitors. For more information on the Great American Beach Party, visit http://www.fortlauderdale.gov/GABP/.

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Music Lovers Rock The Ocean By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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message of ocean conservation.” Besides great music and a good cause, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said the festival also delivered a boost to the South Florida economy. “It has been a great day, great music, great performances, and it has come together perfectly. We were hoping it would be good for our economy, and it has brought many visitors to Fort Lauderdale Beach. I have met people from all over the world,” said Mayor Seiler. The music performers were also pleased to have so many fans support them and the ocean. “We are honored to be a part of this. We live right on the ocean and a lot of our music is inspired by that energy, including our Moonscapes album. We want our fans to take away a positive vibe,” said Dan Lotti, singer and acoustic guitarist for Dangermuffin. Rayland Baxter is always ready to rock out for a good cause. “Anytime I can come out to a festival and do good; it’s not just for the music but for charity. I am the happiest when I am playing music and being selfless by giving back.” Rayland’s songs have originated from his life experiences and he hopes his fans are taken away to a “dream like” state of mind while listening to his music. Drummer Will Reiss, guitarist Nick Bennett, and bassist Asher Moss enjoyed playing in South Florida. The Wailers also jammed out to a packed crowd of fans. The Wailers lead singer Danglin was happy to relay the positive message of reggae music and of the great Bob Marley. Their musical message remains the same- to celebrate life. “I’ve always loved music, and I believe people are chosen to do music. I believe I was chosen to do music and I am grateful to continue the legacy of Bob Marley. Reggae was founded on the backs of the voiceless and the people that cannot be heard. The music has always been relevant and told a story. When you listen to reggae, there are a lot of untold stories,” said Danglin. The Bright Light Social Hour band members- Edward Braillif, Joseph Mirasole, Jack O’Brien, and Curtis Roush- also played from their heart on the sand. They will be recording more Southern psychedelic rock tunes this summer and hope to be back in South Florida soon. “We thought it was a really cool festival, had an awesome message and we’ll find any reason to play on the beach,” said O’Brien. Country music star Brett Eldredge played an impressive and energized set for the pumped up crowd. Later on, he took the time to sign autographs and take photos with fans. “There is great energy here. Everyone is out for a great cause- to rock the ocean. I am obsessed with the ocean and wanted to promote ocean life and conservation. I will be back at next year’s Tortuga Music Festival,” said Eldredge. Tortuga Music Festival concluded with an extended set from Eric Church. The final set of the weekend was followed by a farewell message from Rock The Ocean’s founder Chris Stacey who encouraged festival goers to leave the beach the way they found it, and promising the return of Tortuga in 2014. • Our Town News • www.TheOurTownNews.com

outh Florida, are you ready to rock?’ Thousands of music fans screamed for their favorite artists and to support ocean conservation at Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The first event of its kind was a two-day packed ughter Jessica celebration full of da s hi d an y Guy Harve fun, sun, music and ocean conservation awareness. Twenty-plus top-tier entertainers performed on three stages located on the sands of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Highlights included electrifying performances by headliners Kenny Chesney and Eric Church, as well as highenergy performances by some of country, reggae and rock’s biggest names including Lynyrd Skynrd, The Wailers, Brett Eldredge, redge and Country singer Brett Eld Eli Young Band, Jake Jack Seiler Fort Lauderdale Mayor Owen, The Avett Brothers, and Grace Potter. Other remarkable musical performances were by artists: Kip Moore, the Bright Light Social Hour, Rayland Baxter, Dangermuffin, Gary Clark Jr. Old Man Luedecke, Sister Hazel, Gloriana, G. Love & Special Sauce, Mac Mcanally, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, and Donavon Frankenreiter. In the heart of the festival grounds, Tortuga Fest featured a one-of-a-kind Conservation Village in partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The village boasted exhibits from 30 world-class preservation and educational organizations and daily appearances by Guy Harvey himself.  “12 out of 10,” Guy Harvey said about the music festival, as he signed autographs with his daughter Jessica. “Overall, I am amazed at the turnout. It was way beyond my expectations. The Conservation Village, the music, and quality of performances were incredible. Many toured the exhibits and listened to the

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• Entertainment • OTN GRAND PRIX @ Xtreme Indoor Karting OUR TOWN NEWS presents The First Annual OTN Grand Prix on May 19, 2013

The OTN Grand Prix will be a 50 Mile Race taking place at Xtreme Indoor Karting in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. on the Sunday before the annual running of the Indianapolis 500. Start time for the race will be 1pm on Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2013. Ten to twelve teams of four drivers each will compete in the Xtreme Race Cars that are capable of hitting speeds close to fifty miles per hour on the one half mile indoor track.

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Continued from page 5 (Golfing With The Pros For A Good Cause) “The local community once again came together for such a needed service. I had the pleasure to play with Golf’s Ironman Professional Bob Kurtz and other seasoned golfers. The event is very special in many ways, with everyone involved and those who will benefit from the event. I look forward to participating in the charity tournament next year. Thanks again Our Town News!” said Ralph Shannon.

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the World Institute of Pain Foundation. He has seen how horrible it can be in countries with no access to medicine and is compelled to give back to the pain community he’s been involved with for many years. Dr. Fox is also the Founder of Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants located in Tamarac and has helped over 50,000 patients in pain since 1996,” said Curt Black, CFO for Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants. “Dr. Fox and Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants wanted to give back to society and improve the level of pain care throughout world and in emerging counties, such as India,

Curt Black, Tom Eubank, and Dr. Ira Fox South America, and Africa.” For more information on the Sunbelt Senior Tour, visit www.sunbeltseniortour.com. For more information on Anesthesia Pain Care Consultants, visit www.apccfl.com or call 954-720-3188. For more information on the World Institute of Pain Foundation, visit www.wipfoundation.org.

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By Scott J. Brook

o not let your fear stop you! As many of you know, I practice Family Law for a living. I deal with many emotional clients and many of them fear the divorce process and the detrimental effects on their children. I have known clients that are afraid to seek a restraining order against their abusive spouse for fear of retribution. As I have shared with them, having fear is okay. You can use your fear in your family law or other matters to sharpen your awareness and to prepare for contingencies. Just don’t let your fear interfere with your commitment to your well-being or that of your children. When I married my wife and her three children, I was afraid that I may not be considered a good stepdad to her beautiful kids. When I started my own law firm 13 years ago, I had fear that I might not succeed as my heart truly desired. When I flew from my home town of New York City to New Orleans at the age of 17 on my first flight to begin my college career at Tulane, I was afraid that I may not be comfortable in a new City and not make enough friends. When I ran my first marathon at 37 years old, I was afraid I would not finish. My fear never stopped me. I used my fear to motivate me and to help prepare me for what was ahead. I am sure you have done the same on many occasions. Don’t use fear as an excuse. If your fear is overwhelming, seek counseling, seek a friend, read a book or choose some option to control your fear. Too many people think fear is a great reason to postpone actions or decisions that are truly

in their best interests. Do you remember that expression? Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Undoubtedly, you have achieved many things to this day despite fears you have had along the way. Recall your accomplishments and what you did to overcome any obstacles and consider applying similar strategies to move past whatever is in your way, including your fears, to achieve your objectives. There is great uncertainty in family law. Going through a divorce is very hard, no matter how amicable. If you can focus more on your commitment, push through your fear and have a little faith, you will go a long way. I assure you. This, too, shall pass. I wish you and your family much health and happiness as you conquer your fear!

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In today’s market place it seems you can find a gold and diamond buyer on every corner or an ad in every magazine saying, “Best Price Here”. But the question becomes “Who can you really trust?” Especially when you have decided to let go of that once cherished possession it can be an emotional time and one that certainly warrants tremendous trust between two parties. Mike and Sue Baid are trusted individuals who have served the local community for well over 20 years with loyal, honest and reliable service. With Mike and Sue you can rest assured that you haven’t just been taken to the cleaners’ as they

say. With their state of the art XRF Nuclear Analysis of Precious Metals machine you can be confident that the quoted price is fair and equitable. Laurence & Co. specializes in up to 11 million dollars in their purchase of acquisitions whether they are Diamonds, Gold, Coins, Colored Gems, Silver, Antiques, Fine Jewelry or Fine Watches. Talking to Mike and Sue about your transitions is just like talking to one of your best friends and knowing that they will guide you through the process with ease. Come on in and talk it over and walk out with your INSTANT CASH!!! See our ad in the coupon book!

Laurence & Co. located at the Festival Marketplace (turnpike and Sample Rd.) 2900 West Sample Rd., Pompano Beach, Fl. 33073 – Booth #4509 (Acapulco & Mardigras-next to Golf Store) 786-253-9606 www.TheOurTownNews.com

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n a growing community, like our town, there are a large number of families that have moved from other areas and have grown accustomed to dealing with one insurance agency. After a successful 20 year career with Mutual of Omaha, John Amodeo established Coral Financial Group in 1993 with the dream of becoming a full service insurance agency. After 20 successful years in business, Coral Financial Group has

done just that. The agency serves the insurance needs of over 6,000 individuals and families and the needs of over 1,000 business concerns. Coral Financial Group is a firm of proven professionals and caring and conscientious people; the kind of people you can depend on. Our primary objectives are to be honest and fair in all of our dealings, to be interested in people and their problems and to treat each and every clients needs as if they were our own. Our office includes three licensed and professional sales associates that combined have over 65 years of experience in the insurance industry. We also have a state of the art computer system for record keeping and a cutting edge rating computer that allows us to compare the rates of country’s finest insurance carriers at the same time. We offer complete programs in auto, boat, homeowners, flood, bonds, commercial property, commercial general liability, worker’s compensation, commercial vehicles and financial services. We are an independent insurance agency and do not work for one company; we work for you. We look for ways to help you save money. One agency for all of your insurance needs! Call Coral Financial Group at 954-345-2600. Coral Financial Group is located at 9764 West Sample Road Coral Springs, FL 33065 (East of Runyon’s restaurant). See our ad in the Our Town News Coupon Book on page 32.

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Let the experts at AA One Transmissions check it out for FREE! By Nicol Jenkins, Editor

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f your vehicle refuses to go into gear or is leaking fluid, AA One Transmissions is the place to go for help! AA One Transmissions specializes in transmission repair, custom rebuilds, exchanges, standards and automatics maintenance and much more. AA One Transmissions also provides free  estimates,  free towing, pickup and delivery as well. Dependability and professionalism is their main mission. When your car breaks down, AA One Transmissions is there to answer your call 24 hours a day. AA One Transmissions utilizes state of the art equipment to diagnose transmission problems, including a dragging clutch, check engine light on, or grinding or shaking of your vehicle.   AA One Transmissions has been in business since 1991 and their professional staff has over 50 years combined experience. This allows great expertise to provide prompt transmission service, quality workmanship, and exceptional results. Often, they will have you back on the road the next business day! They have recently returned to their location in Coral Springs at 11910 Wiles Road.   A one year/12,000 mile warranty is provided on all work. Second opinions are available at no charge! AA One Transmissions is your one stop shop for all your transmission needs. Their ASE certified auto technicians are experienced, knowledgeable, and prepared to exceed your expectations. They provide prompt transmission service, quality workmanship and strive to take care of their customers. They are a proud member of ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association) and also a member of ATSG (Automatic Transmission Service Group).   “We take care of all our customers and specialize only in transmissions,” said Jorge  Fleitas, owner of AA One Transmissions.   AA One Transmissions is a dedicated shop working on many types of transmissions to assure trouble-free performance. So if your car has any signs of transmission trouble, such as

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• People and Business • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

urprise, Surprise, the market is on the rise! As inventory levels have been depleted, home prices have started to climb at what many would call an alarming rate. With increases as high as 14% in some areas, sellers are astounded by the offers they are getting, often well above list price and in many cases with cash. This has raised again the #1 question homeowners have in a seller’s market… “Should I stay or should I go?” While prices are in fact up, and “cashing out” when the market is hot is easy to justify, all owners must consider their next anticipated step prior to making any decision to list and sell. A healthy return on investment makes anyone smile, but if you are simply transferring that return into another property priced in accordance with seller market conditions, you could quickly put yourself in a worse situation then where you started. Be sure to plan your finances long term, don’t only focus on the return you’ll see on the sale of your current home, but be sure to also forecast future returns on your next. If selling to purchase in the same area, we generally refer to this as a lateral move– it can be attractive, but if the dollars don’t add up, don’t make the move.

If you’ve been holding out for the rebound, however, there has not been a better time to place your home on the market. With lower than anticipated inventory levels, and a shortage of true move in ready homes– buyers are anxious to act and have their checkbooks ready. Shall you do decide now is the time, be sure your agent properly analyzes the current market you are in. Closed sales are extremely important as they always have been, but be sure to look at appreciation in the past six months, with prices rising, strategy changes– make sure your agent has a strong understanding of what’s happening in your area and can properly price your home for true top dollar. As many homeowners in this market experience multiple offers, it is prudent to prepare yourself for this ahead of time. There are multiple factors to consider while reviewing offers. Mortgage type, down payment placed, percentage of loan amount vs. purchase price and many more. A higher price with a lower chance of loan acceptance looks nice on paper, but the loss of a buyer that can close can and will quickly evaporate any additional funds you may achieve by going with a higher priced, low chance of closing offer. By sure you and/or your agent know the flags to look for as offers come in. We are definitely in a sellers market, and prices are rising like a high tide. This can cause anxiety to sell, and if you are ready now is definitely the time. Just be sure that you understand all factors in the current market to assure a successful and profitable sale.

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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 31 29 of the April 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: http://youtu.be/ly-SUkSjHOg

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uitting smoking can be very difficult but Smoke Stash has your solution. Conveniently located in Tamarac, Smoke Stash sells various products, such as the AtmosRX® personal vaporizers, electronic hookah sticks, and Luxury Lites, to help people stop smoking. Once you enter Smoke Stash, owner Shawn Mzayek greets you with a smile and a wealth of knowledge on each of the products. “I have customers who have been smoking for years and after they try the products, they don’t want to go back to cigarettes,” said Shawn. AtmosRX® personal vaporizers are available at a cheap price for the kit and use flavored nicotine extract and liquid oil. The product is stylish and easy to use. All you do is fill it with oil, press the power button, inhale and exhale. Plus, Smoke Stash offers a wide variety of flavored oils to choose from so there is no odorous smell. “It’s smoking in a new way. Instead of smelling like an ashtray, it smells good and is better for your body,” said Shawn. The electronic hookah stick and Luxury Lites have no nicotine and cost a lot less than a pack of cigarettes. “They are stylish, tasty and harmless,” he said. Stop by Smoke Stash and see Shawn at 6418 N. University Drive, Tamarac. For more information, call 954-718-9000.

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• People and Business • BIG BOSS JEWELRY & ANTIQUES: Gold, Diamonds, & Fine Watch Buyers Specialists in Fine Quality Estate Jewelry, Diamonds, & Luxury Watches

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hat does it mean to pay the highest on your gold? Throwing in a Free Gas Card? Or paying “up to” $2500 per ounce when the market price is less than $1800? Let us ask you a real question. Did YOU fall for the marketing fluff? Over the years, it seems everyone is buying your gold, diamonds, and the rest of your estate claiming they pay the highest, while taking you to the cleaners without you even knowing about it. Reality is, most buyers buy most of your jewelry for scrap price, and then sell it off to the refinery for a quick buck. Fortunately, you won’t have to do Kal,Lalit,Andy that again, because we at, Big Boss Jewelry, aren’t in for the quick buck; we are here to develop a long-term relationship. This means we’ll pay more for your estate pieces, including the intrinsic merit for your vintage jewelry, brand equity for your watches, and the beauty any gorgeous piece in general carries. We’ll pay more because we require preowned inventory. That is our business. And if we can’t, we’ll tell you upfront it’s not worth selling. No pressure. Give us a try, we know you’ll love the hassle free experience!

continued from page 28 (The 6th Annual PigOut...) purchase. Vendors will be exhibiting their products throughout the day. Also, be sure to check out their outrageous raffle prizes with tickets for only $5 and you don’t have to be present to win. Some of the incredible prizes include: a Weber Genesis EP310 Gas Grill, a 40” LCD Flat Screen TV, 1 night staycation at Doubletree Hilton, wine basket and a $50 gift certificate for Angelo’s Station House Grill. If you want to compete as a Bar-B-Q cooker or want to market your product to the 1000’s that will attend, you can register as a cooker or exhibitor at www.deerfieldchamber.com and look for the PigOut logo on the site. Make plans NOW for Saturday, May 4th to attend this family friendly event sponsored by the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce! continued from pg. 34 (Is Your Vehicle Grinding or Shaking?) the transmission is noisy in neutral, gears slipping, whining, clunking and humming, burning, or lack of response, AA One Transmissions is your one stop shop for transmission repair! For your convenience, AA One Transmissions has two additional locations. One is in Ft. Lauderdale at 5400 N. State Rd. 7, 954-733-2410 and the other in Lake Worth at 3825C S. Military Trail, 561-434-0704.  They also offer 10% OFF to Military Service members, Senior citizens and Students.   AA One Transmissions is located at 11910 Wiles Road in Coral Springs. For more information or for transmission questions, call 954-752-0444. LOOK FOR THEIR COUPONS IN THE OUR TOWN NEWS COUPON BOOK, PG. 15.

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our local Chamber of Commerce is offering networking events to help your business grow. The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce will host events in May. You are invited to Business with a Twist on May 1 from 5:30 to 7 pm at 3014 East Commercial Blvd. On May 16th, join other community business members for the Chamber’s Membership Breakfast from 7:45 to 9 am at 255 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach. Look for more upcoming events at www.pompanobeachchamber.com. The Greater Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce offers plenty of networking opportunities. Mark your calendars for LEAD$ @ Lunch on May 1st from 11:30 am to 1 pm at 1601 E. Hillsboro Blvd. To visit or join contact Larry DeVille at 954427-1050 or director@deerfieldchamber.com. On May 16th, the Chamber will host After Hours N’ Deerfield from 5:30 pm to 7 pm at Paragon Deerfield 8, located at 3984 W. Hillsboro Blvd Deerfield Beach. Join Chamber members for drinks and appetizers, a tour of the remodeled Paragon Theatre and film-shorts viewing. More events can be found at www.deerfieldchamber.com. Each month, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce also holds various events, including the Biz Perks Breakfast, lunches and Business After Hours. Visit www.ftlchamber.com. The Oakland Park Chamber of Commerce is also a great resource for area business owners. For more information, visit www.oaklandparkmainstreet.com.

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• School News • Deerfield Beach Elementary School By Drew Gerlach • Interim Assistant Principal at Deerfield Beach Elementary

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eerfield Beach Elementary has had an amazing 20122013 school year and will be finishing strong in May! We will kick off the month with our annual Family Science Night at 6 pm in the school’s cafeteria. This year, we will be partnering with Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science and will have 20 different hands-on stations. Come with a parent or guardian and discover how to dissect a squid, play with insects, and other awesome activities. On May 9th, we will host our Spring Concert coordinated by Mr. Ruswick. This year’s show will have an “Islands” theme and feature music from the Caribbean. The show will begin

at 7 pm in our school’s cafeteria. The next day, all students will participate in our Career Day, where children will learn about the various facets of a multitude of jobs. Remember that interim reports will go out on May 2 with students. We will host PNC Bank on May 9th for our monthly banking day. Safety Patrol, Green Team, 4th, and 5th grade will all be heading to various field trips at the end of the month so please make sure to send in last payments. Finally, the week of May 6 through May 10 is Teacher Appreciation week. Please take time to thank your child’s teacher for all of their hard work and efforts.

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he Miami Dolphins recently dropped by Deerfield Park Elementary School for a Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC) appearance. They visited with approximately 300 students, who participated in six interactive football drills and cheerleader routines as part of the camp. I think it was great for the kids to see the importance of physical fitness. For the kids to know that the Dolphins care enough to come visit them at school, it shows them all things are possible. I think it made a positive impact. Deerfield Park Elementary, which serves a student body

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of roughly 570, is a big advocate of physical exercise and overall health. The school participates in American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart campaign, while also growing their own vegetable garden as part of a grant they received from Whole Foods Market. The school’s PE Coach, Shelton O’Brien Smith has been instrumental in bringing this event to Deerfield Park Elementary to promote Health and Fitness for several years. I would like to express my gratitude to the Miami Dolphins and the numerous parent volunteers that helped to make this event a success.

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f the answer is yes, you can earn your service hours while also learning about leadership. Premier Networking Alliance invites high school and middle school students to Project Leadership Summit XIIIBegin Your Success Now. Get a free dinner during the 13th Project Leadership three-day leadership program, which will be held on three consecutive Monday nights, April 29, May 6, and May 13 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Sartory Hall in Mullins Park, located at 10000 NW 29th St. Coral Springs. This is a 3-day leadership program for high school and middle school students to learn about colleges and careers, including how to become a successful entrepreneur. It is a tremendous opportunity to meet and learn from the community’s outstanding leaders and innovators. Also, earn your community service hours and it looks great on a college application! Refreshments and food will be available. The cost is free! Please bring one canned good that will be donated to a local food bank. Proceeds from corporate sponsorship of the program will benefit youth scholarships. To get an application or for more information, contact Scott Brook at 954-494-9872 or scottbrook@scottjbrookpa.com. Like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/plcoralsprings. To learn more about Premier Networking Alliance, Inc., check out their website at www.pnanetwork.com.

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ith FCAT testing over, students and staff turn their attention to celebrating accomplishments and showcasing the cultural aspects of our diverse school. The month of May will host a whirlwind of opportunities to enjoy children in our learning community. The first week of May will kick off with The Living Wax Museum, a 3- evening event. After selecting and researching noteworthy historical people, students dress in costumes and reenact significant experiences from the lives of their characters. On May 3rd, “Our Footprints Across the Globe” multicultural festival features performances from Greece, Germany, Africa and Caribbean countries. Poetry, dance and dramatic performances by students recognize the contributions from countries around the world to our American culture. The second week of May is stacked with multiple field trip events and recognition ceremonies. Science students will attend www.TheOurTownNews.com

954-496-4674 the “Dr. Kaboom” performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, while Drama students will see the play “My Heart in a Suitcase” at the Coral Springs Civic Center. Athletic students will be recognized at a luncheon at the Golden Coral restaurant in Pompano Beach. The National Junior Honor Society will host its induction ceremony for Honor Roll 6th and 7th graders on May 9th. The week ends with a rousing game of basketball with students against teachers. Usually, the teachers win, but last year the students overturned their losses. This year, the teachers are practicing after school and getting ready to challenge their younger opponents! During mid-month May, the Literary Fair takes place featuring plays, poems and other literary works composed by students. Some of our play-writers will be off to the Sarasota Festival of New Plays. Pompano Beach Middle students will watch the play they wrote performed at the Young Playwrights Festival. Their Drama teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Rogers, and students, entered the winning play, Where Have All My Nuts Gone, from over 3,000 submissions. Congratulations to Luiza De Rezende, Keith Garcia, Felipe Rivera and Taylor Zascavage for their teamwork and talent with this assignment. Finally, the month winds down with grade level field trips to Florida theme parks. 8th graders are off to Bush Gardens, while 7th and 6th graders are visiting Orlando’s Islands of Adventure and Disney World. For more information about Pompano Beach Middle Magnet School, visit pompanobeachmid.browardschools.com.

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April 26- Friday Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, starting at 5 pm and running through the weekend of April 28, at Pompano Beach and Pompano Pier Visit http://www.pompanobeachseafoodfestival.com. Deerfield Beach Wine and Food Festival- A Blue Wave Affair, 7 pm to 10 pm at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach. The event goes through Sunday, April 28th. Call 561-338-7594. Rush, 7:30 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise /Visit www.thebbtcenter.com. Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, Showing through September 30th, at The Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-MODS (6637) or visit www.mods.org. April 28- Sunday Roberta Flack, 7 pm at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. May 2- Thursday Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce 2nd Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast N’ Deerfield, 7:30 am to 9 am at Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, 2096 NE 2nd St., Deerfield Beach Visit www.deerfieldchamber.com. May 4- Saturday 6th Annual PigOut N’ Deerfield Beach, 11 am to 6:30 pm at Sullivan Park, East Hillsboro Blvd and the Intracoastal, Deerfield Beach/ Visit www.deerfieldchamber.com.

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May 10- Friday Crosby Stills & Nash, 8 pm at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

Derby Day Fun Horse Show & Fair at Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park, 10 am to 2:30 pm at 1600 NE 5 Ave, Pompano Beach / Call 954-295-9047. May 11- Saturday May 5- Sunday

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL, 2 pm and 7 pm at the Coral Color Run, 6 am at Huizenga Springs Center for the Arts, Plaza, Bubier Park, 32 East Las 2855 Coral Springs Drive, CorOlas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale al Springs/Call 954-344-5990. Visit www.thecolorrun.com. May 12- Sunday SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch, 11 am to 2 pm, along Riverwalk Bill Cosby, 7 pm at Hard Rock from Esplanade Park to Las Olas Live, Hollywood /Visit www. hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. Riverfront, Fort Lauderdale Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov. May 14- Tuesday May 7- Tuesday VIVA 500: The Spanish Galleon, War Horse, at the Broward Cen- The event will run through May ter for the Performing Arts. The 19th, from 9 am to 5 pm daily, at show runs through May 19. / Bahia Mar Marina, 801 Seabreeze Visit www.browardcenter.org. Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Citizen’s Committee of Recognition Awards, 11:30 am at City Hall, First Floor Chambers, 100 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov. May 8- Wednesday

Visit www.sunny.org/vivaflorida.

May 15- Wednesday Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo, The event lasts until May 18th, at Alsdorf Park, Pompano Beach /Call 954-942-4513. May 16- Thursday

Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce Women in Business event, 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce

Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce Membership Breakfast, 7:45 am to 9 am at Everest University, 255 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Visit www.deerfieldchamber.com. Beach /Call 954-941-2940. May 10- Friday

May 18- Saturday

Music Under the Stars, 7 pm, The event takes place the 2nd Friday of every month, on Atlantic Boulevard & Pompano Beach Boulevard, on the ‘Great Lawn’, Pompano Beach

Star Trek Into Darkness at the IMAX, Shows run through May 19th, at the AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale Call 954-467-MODS (6637) or visit www.mods.org.

Call 954-786-4111. Celtic Woman, 8 pm at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs Call 954-344-5990.

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May 23- Thursday Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce Teacher’s Appreciation Lunch, Noon at John Knox Village/Call 954-941-2940.

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May 25- Saturday Great American Beach Party, 10 am to 10 pm on A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale Beach Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov. Fort Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show, The show runs through May 27th, at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale /Call 954-765-5900. May 27- Monday City of Fort Lauderdale Memorial Day Ceremony, 9 am at Lauderdale Memorial Park, 2001 South West 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov May 31- Friday Riverwalk Burger Battle, 7 pm to 10 pm at Huizenga Plaza, Fort Lauderdale /Visit http://www.goriverwalk. com/3134/burger-battle-iv. June 4- Tuesday Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce Fine Food & Wine event, 6:30 pm at the Hillsboro Club, 901 Hillsboro Mile, Hillsboro Beach Call 954-941-2940. June 6- Thursday The Greater South Florida Chamber Business Expo, 2 pm at the BB&T Center, Sunrise Visit www.thebbtcenter.com. June 8- Saturday Fleetwood Mac, 8 pm at BB&T Center, Sunrise Visit www.thebbtcenter.com. June 12 - Wednesday Dwight Yoakam, 8 pm at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com. www.TheOurTownNews.com


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