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Fox Landing a gated community in the city limits of Boca Raton, Lake
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tops, full back splash and under counter lighting; French doors
thru-out, accordion shutter; All Natural gas, house generator,hot water
heater and built in summer kitchen. Hurricane Garage doors. Open
pool and screened patio with beautiful lake views.
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of 6 custom, one acre plus home sites with 4 home sites remaining to
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[ CONTRIBUTORS ]
SERVING: PARKLAND • CORAL SPRINGS
MARGATE • DELRAY BEACH • BOCA RATON
POMPANO • DEERFIELD BEACH • TAMARAC
Sharon and Jack Kornreich
Rachel Carney, Joanna Zhuang
Paula Glickman, Nancy Gonzalez,
Karen Silver, Fern Weissman
Stacy Angier, Jeffrey Bradley, Dr.
Howard Bush, David Duresky,
Jen Esposito, Mark King, Martin
Lenkowsky, Steven Marks, Sue
Merklin, Donice Muccio, Hon.
Michael Udine, Nancy Washor
Jack Bloomfield is the
co-founder and executive
director of One Planet United,
a non-profit humanitarian
organization that promotes
unity among all people.
Sheila & Bennet
Bodenstein have been
married for 49 years and
have been writing about
wine for 29 of those years.
Mark Bohm is an attorney
and freelance writer living
George Faragi is Senior
Pastor of Cornerstone
Christian Center in
Elliot Goldenberg, an
has written books on serious
topics such as espionage
and terrorism, and has been
featured on CNN.
Dr. Renae Lapin, LMFT
and author, provides free
counseling services to
children and families with
the Broward County School
is the author of over 100
published books. She has
also worked as the editor
of magazines and books.
Charles Marcanetti has
been around the food
industry most of his life,
beginning with working in his
father’s restaurant. He enjoys
writing about food.
PGA Golf Instructor John
Nelson is the Director of Instruction
at the Country Club
of Coral Springs. He is in the
Hall of Fame and teacher of
Nancy Ouhib is a
registered dietitian who
lives with her family in
Parkland. She works in
Broward County Schools
with Fuel Up to Play 60.
9381 W. Sample Road, Suite 203,
Coral Springs, FL 33065
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Our February giveaway is a darling
bejeweled elephant on a keychain,
part of a limited edition jewelry line
from St. Jude Children’s Research
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Lauderdale by the Sea
• Ocean front condominium
• 2 bedrooms /
(2nd bedroom convertible)
• Well maintained building
& leasing is permitted
• Views of ocean & city
Pelican Isles/Wyndham Lakes
Tall Pines • Parkland
Pine Tree Estates • Parkland
• 4 bedrooms/3 baths/3 car garage
• Covered Patio/ Open Pool
• Tile/ Laminate floors/ ¼ acre
• 42”upper kitchen cabinets/ granite tops
Cypress Trail • Parkland
• 5 bedrooms /4 baths/3 car garage
• 3650 a/c sq ft/high ceilings/pool & spa
• Interior ½ acre estate/Fenced yard
• Triple bedroom split floor plan
Cypress Head • Parkland
• 5 bedrooms/4 baths/2 half baths
• Over 3900 a/c sq ft /pool/ huge patio
• Expansive master suite + study
• Fireplace/Generator/Newer Roof
Whispering Woods • Coral Springs
• Beautiful ¾ acre estate w/ 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths
• Split bedroom plan, volume ceilings, gas range
• Screened pool & huge covered patio w/ built in grill
• Lushly landscaped, next to community tennis court
Boca Raton • The Addision
• Over 3800 a/c sq ft/ 4 car garage
• Wood burning Fireplace
• Wood kitchen cabinets
• Expansive patio & pool
Cypress Head • Parkland
• 1 acre estate w/ over 4600 a/c sq ft
• 5 bedrooms/ 4 bathrooms/ 3 car garage
• Newer roof, heated pool & spa, Generator
• Granite, crown moldings, fireplace, Summer kitchen
Pine Tree Estates • Parkland
• Direct ocean views & city views from master
• Over 2300 sq ft/ 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms
• Onsite restaurant, fitness, 2 pools & pool bar
• Luxury building with lots of amenities!
• 5 bedrooms/5 baths/3 car garage
• 5479 a/c sq ft/ Casement windows
• Lakefront ¾ acre estate
• 2 Fireplaces/Marble floors
• 5 bedrooms/5.5 baths/4 car garage
• 1.09 acre estate/Elaborate pool/patio
• Media Room + game room
• Loaded with upgraded features
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Give the gift of a smile.
[ FROM THE EDITOR ]
February ushers in our annual focus on finances.
It’s getting close to April 15, the deadline
for federal taxes, so the gathering of documents
and calculations for business expenses,
among other things, have begun in many households.
A tax professional in our area, Mark King, has
written a fascinating breakdown of the options available
to people who haven’t paid their taxes.
But there is more to the financial picture than paying
taxes. We have stories exploring the real cost of divorce,
which can be prohibitively expensive, and Bitcoins, the
hot new currency that is not tied to any country. Planning
for retirement is always tricky, especially since
no one can predict what the stock market will do or
whether one’s job will be eliminated.
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Are you a saver or a spender? There are advantages
and disadvantages, within limits, to both. Another financial
issue in families is teens and money. Cynthia
MacGregor asks the experts how to handle allowances,
money management, and jobs outside the home.
For the second month, medical matters is emphasized
in our pages. We have a wide range of stories, from the
myths of addiction to lessons from hospice patients.
February is American Heart Month and National Children’s
Dental Health Month, which our writers address.
Explaining the skinny-fat phenomenon is among other
Synonymous with this month is Valentine’s Day and
everything lovely associated with it, like flowers and
chocolate. Humor writer Martin Lenkowsky gets personal
about what works as a good gift for his wife (hint:
it’s not flowers or lingerie), year after year. In her Mom’s
Perspective column, Cheryl Pangborn’s idea of romance
involves the eating of barbecue ribs with her husband as
a form of culinary indulgence. My Last Word column
deals with the pitfalls of online dating.
Continuing the theme of love, we celebrate the upcoming
nuptials of engaged couples who are planning the biggest
events of their lives. We wish them all the best.
— Candice Russell
8130 Royal Palm Blvd, Suite 204
(SE Corner Of Royal Palm/Riverside)
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[ PA R K LAN D M AYO R MIC HAEL U DIN E ]
New Western Fire Station
And Brisk Home Sales
By now, everyone is back up to speed after
the holidays. It is hard to believe we
are already one month into 2014.
I am happy to report that we have officially
broken ground and started construction
on the new western fire station,
located north of Heron Bay in the wedge
area. It will help service the western portion
of the city.
This completes our fire stations in accordance with the expert
report we received a few years ago, discussing the location and
need for three stations to make sure response times are sufficient
and appropriate. We were able to construct this station with the
assistance of some wedge developers, in accordance with our
theory that development pays for development. This helps keep
our millage rate for existing residents as low as possible.
We look forward to the rapid and cost-effective completion of
this facility in the near future. Public safety is of paramount importance
to us as your
elected officials and all
of us try to do whatever
we can to make
sure residents have the
highest level of public
safety and public safety
The school boundary
issue is progressing. At
this point, no children
who are currently in the
boundaries for a school
located in Parkland will
be moved outside of
I value your questions or
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the city. The boundary process is always a difficult and emotional
one and we will always keep you informed. We continue to
work with Broward County School Board staff to try to provide
additional student stations.
We also continue to see the local real estate market push forward.
Sales of homes in Parkland are brisk. We continue to
actively monitor and demand that the building is in line with
Parkland’s high standards.
From the farmers’ markets, to our senior programs, teen groups,
and buddy programs, there truly is something for everyone. I
encourage people to frequently check our web site, www.cityofparkland.org,
for different events. There are so many activities
for Parkland residents of all ages.
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The city of Parkland’s Farmers’ Market takes
place on February 2 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Kids will enjoy a free bounce house and face
painting. Most vendors only accept cash at the
market, set for the Equestrian Center at 8350
Racquel Goldman of Parkland leads the VolleyGirls promotional team for the
Delray Beach Open tennis program as a co-captain. The tournament takes place
from February 14 to 23 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center in Delray Beach.
The city of Parkland city commission recently recognized the heroic actions of
Kenneth More, Timothy Whitman, Peter Glassberg, and Dr. Glen Meyers. On
September 26, they witnessed a person drive a car into a canal. They waded to the
sinking vehicle, pulled the unconscious driver to safety on the embankment, and
administered life-saving first aid.
The Rice family of Cooper City won a $1,000 drug prevention grant for Pioneer
Middle School and an iPad for their home, from the National Red Ribbon Photo
Contest, sponsored by the National Family Partnership. Noah Rice, a student, entered
the contest, which emphasizes the message of staying healthy by not using drugs.
Principal Ty Thompson and Eagle Regiment Director John Rusnak of Marjory
Stoneman Douglas High School extend congratulations to Rebecca Tutunick for
being selected as a merit winner in classical music and flute by the National YoungArts
Foundation. A total of five students from Broward County from more than 11,000
applicants nationwide were chosen.
More than $60,000 was raised for the Partners in Breast Health program at the
Holy Cross Dorothy Mangurian Comprehensive Women’s Center at Holy Cross
HealthPlex during the recent sixth annual This One’s for the Girls luncheon. It provides
women with mammograms.
The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, a non-profit organization providing a prom
experience for kids battling cancer, is partnering with three other non-profits for
a collaborative fundraising event. Called the L.O.V.E. Project (Las Olas Valentine’s
Extravaganza), it will take place on February 10 at Timpano Italian Chophouse on Las
Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
Beginners and advanced players are welcome
to adult outdoor bocce ball on Tuesday,
February 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., in Pine Trails
Park, Field #5, Parkland. To register, call 954-757-
4142 or email Tammy Lustig at tlustig@-
The judging day for Parkland’s garden contest
is February 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Applications, found on the city web site, www.-
cityofparkland.org, are due by Monday, February
3. Contact Caitlin Crossin for more information at
954-757-4113 or via email at ccrossin@-
Parkland is sponsoring the Walkabouts
Walking Club on February 7 and 21 from 9
a.m. to 10 a.m., at Terramar Park, 6575 NW 75th
Drive. It is open for anyone age 21 and older.
Participants may join from any time throughout the
seven-month program. To register, contact Tammy
Lustig at 954-757-4142 or via email at tlustig@-
See a free movie, Cloudy with a Chance of
Meatballs 2 (rated PG) on February 7, at 7
p.m. at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End, in
The 57th Annual International Red Cross Ball
takes place on Friday, February 7, at The
Breakers in Palm Beach. Proceeds from the ball
will benefit the organization’s mission, to prevent
and alleviate human suffering in the face of
emergencies. Tickets start at $1,000. Contact
Jennifer Durant by telephone at 561-650-9105 or
via email at Jennifer.Durant@redcross.org.
Smooch Your Pooch is an event on Saturday,
February 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., to pamper
your dog at Barkland Dog Park, 9245 Ranch Road,
in Parkland. Vendors will sell products, including
pet food and accessories. To learn more or become
a vendor, contact Caitlin Crossin at 954-757-4113
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The 5K Family Walk Challenge: Step Up for Education takes
place at 8:30 a.m. on February 8, with participants from Country
Hills and Coral Park Elementary Schools. It takes place at North
Community Park in Coral Springs. This event was created to bring
students an awareness of community, fitness, and the need to work
together to further education needs. For more information, email
Robyne at email@example.com or Irene at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An AARP Driver’s Safety Program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3
p.m. on Saturday, February 14, at Parkland City Hall, 6600
University Drive. It is designed for drivers age 55 and older. It costs $15
for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Participants may receive
discounts on their car insurance. To register, call 954-757-4129 or
Adult Open Lawn Croquet takes place on Wednesday, February
19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Pine Tails Park on Field #2. Advance
registration is required; contact Tammy Lustig by phone at 954-757-
4142 or email at email@example.com.
Dr. Tara Solomon, a gynecologist and promoter of women’s
health, will be the guest speaker at the Parkland Woman’s Club
on Thursday, February 20, at 7 p.m. The location is the Cypresshead
Clubhouse. Contact Traci Sharf at 954-242-2392 for more information.
Parkland’s first-ever hoedown is scheduled for Friday, February
21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Parkland Equestrian Center, 8350
Ranch Road. Rope tricks, barrel racing, music, and bull riding are
available. This is a free event for Parkland residents, but registration is
required. Space is limited to the first 100 families registering online at
cityofparkland.org or at the Parks and Recreation Building at 10561
The Parkland Woman’s Club will present the Great Treasure Sale
on February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Parkland
Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Road. Reserve a spot for $40 and sell
your goods. Call Cindy at 954-663-6391 or email at parklandwc@-
Boomer Impact Day targets Parkland residents born between
1946 and 1964. It will be held on Saturday, February 22, from 9
to 11 a.m. The event will feature a keynote speaker, breakfast, and an
introduction to the volunteer initiative.
Enjoy a performance of dueling pianos at Pine Trails Park
Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End, in Parkland, on February 22
from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Food trucks will arrive at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs
and blankets, but no alcohol.
The Humane Society of Broward County presents the annual
Walk for the Animals at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort
Lauderdale on Saturday, March 1. Registration takes place at 8 a.m.,
while the 1.25-mile walk (bring your dogs, but no cats) starts at 10 a.m.
Create a personal fundraising page at www.Walk4theAnimals.com,
and ask your friends and family to join you in reaching the non-profit
organization’s goal of $530,000.
“On the Road: Sotheby’s Appraisal Day at Florida Atlantic
University” takes place on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. in the Boca Raton campus’ Live Oak Pavilion, 777 Glades Road.
Experts from American and European painting, European furniture, and
Chinese ceramics and works of art will be on hand to provide verbal
appraisals at $45 per item. For more information, call 561-297-2337.
Enjoy bingo on Thursday evenings with cash prizes at Temple
Beth Orr, 2151 Riverside Drive, in Coral Springs. Early bird
games will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-753-
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14 FEBRUARY 2014
Could you have a
BY KENNETH N. WOLINER, M.D., A.B.F.M.
“I was always skinny but … now I don’t even recognize
myself.” Jennifer pulled out some old college pictures from her purse. “See!
This is what I used to look like!”
I nodded empathetically, realizing that Jennifer couldn’t believe what
happened to her body, and she worried that no one else would believe it either.
“You looked pretty athletic. Let me guess, tennis?”
“I was varsity at Radcliffe. I still play six days a week.”
Jennifer continued, “Anyhow, you wouldn’t know it from looking at me.
Ever since I had David eleven years ago, I’ve been gaining almost ten pounds
“Hmmm, your symptoms sound a lot like POSTPARTUM HASHIMOTO’S
THYROIDITIS, where something related to pregnancy causes women to need
more thyroid hormones than they can make on their own ”.
“They actually tested me for that. My doctors always told me my tests
“There is a difference in having labs ‘in the reference range’ and having
an ‘optimal thyroid state’. Dr. Leslie DeGroot, of Brown’s Alpert Medical School,
described the ‘Dangerous Dogmas in Medicine’ as they relate to treatment of
thyroid disorders . Unfortunately, there are quite a few doctors out there
that rely highly upon the gospel they were taught twenty years ago, without
paying enough attention to new data, or their patient’s clinical symptoms.”
I continued taking my history. “So what have you tried to lose weight?”
“My diet was always pretty clean, so even when I tried going ‘low-carb’ or
‘low-fat’, it didn’t seem to make any difference. One health spa in Brazil cut me
down to 300 Calories a day and had me exercise all day. I didn’t lose a pound!”
Jennifer blushed a bit, “I’m ashamed to admit it, but I fall for whatever the latest
diet fad that promises ’30 pounds in 30 days!’ ”
“I’m glad you’ve realized that these bogus diet clinics should really say, ‘I
lost $350 in two weeks! Ask me how!’ ”
“It was worse than that. One diet clinic sold me ‘vitamin supplements’
from their office pharmacy, but they really contained amphetamines, diuretics,
laxatives, and other stuff I still don’t know what was in them. I had the worst
palpitations, headaches and I couldn’t sleep through the night . My primary
had to put me on anti-depressants for six months to handle the withdrawal
symptoms after I stopped them.”
“I’m glad you survived that ordeal, but honestly, you got off lucky. Crash
diets are known to cause hair loss (sometimes permanent), muscle weakness,
and potentially fatal heart arrhythmias . The latest diet craze, the ‘HCG Diet’,
is nothing new; it was debunked back in the 1970’s as a fraudulent scheme
by doctors to exploit their patients for financial gain . Just last October,
the Texas Attorney General forced hCG clinics in that state to stop defrauding
patients with their unethical marketing tactics .”
“Well, I’ve finally decided to make my health a priority. I checked you out
on www.vitals.com, so I know you are board-certified and legit. So what are
you going to do for me?”
“I scheduled 80-minutes with you today, so I have plenty of time to do a
complete history and physical exam. There are some tests I would like done to
pin down exactly what is going on with your metabolism. Untreated thyroid
disorders can lead to pre-diabetes, and that can also lead to weight gain .”
Jennifer did test positive for hypothyroidism and insulin resistance, as
well as a low metabolic rate measured by indirect calorimetry . After being
put on a regimen of behavior changes, diet, exercise, OTC supplements, and
prescription medications, steadily, but surely, her weight decreased an average
of two pounds per week until she lost the 60 pounds she put on over the last
“Dr. Woliner, ever since you fixed my metabolism, I’m not hungry anymore.
Really, I don’t even feel like I’m on a diet. I just eat normally.”
“I’ve finally decided to
make my health a priority.”
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summer stint working at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran, Wyoming
brought Elizabeth Ann Leinster and Devin Blann together.
They were friends for six months before starting to date. Two years
passed from the time they met to Devin’s proposal, which he planned on
the beach with her friend filming the big moment. There was a heart drawn
in the sand.
“I blacked out, cried, and shook the whole time,” said Elizabeth.Their courtship
involved lots of traveling, cooking, bar crawls, trying new foods, water
activities, movies, and “attempting to garden,” says Elizabeth, admitting that
both she and Devin have brown, rather than green, thumbs.
The Addison is the site of their wedding under the old banyan trees. The
Christian contemporary ceremony will be officiated by Reverend Jones. “We
went with neutral colors (champagne, ivories, and golds) with pops of pink
for spring,” says Elizabeth. “My personality is classic and timeless.”
Elizabeth Ann Leinster & Devin Blann
Wedding date: April 27, 2014
The reception is also at the Addison, followed by dancing. The couple is
registered at Kohl’s, Walmart, and Target because they are national and offer
free shipping options. Gifts for bridesmaids include pearl earrings and
personalized flip-flops, given at the bachelorette party in the Bahamas, eye
shadow for the big day, and a framed picture of all six women. Groomsmen
will receive personalized flasks and mugs.
Elizabeth, an in-house marketing coordinator at Wyndham Palm Aire in
Pompano Beach, and Devin, a front office manager at the Trump International
in Sunny Isles, plan to move to Orlando, where they will eventually
have and raise their children. But first comes their honeymoon - a group
tour throughout Asia.
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The online dating site OkCupid united Aubrie Judka and Jeremiah Rose.
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meeting in person at a restaurant in Pompano Beach. Afterward, they
walked miles on the beach, talking, and ended the night with a kiss.
They moved in together after seven months. After a year of dating, Jeremiah
popped the question, by dropping to one knee on the beach. His six-year-old son,
Dylan, seemed to know that the proposal or something big was in the works and
blurted out earlier that day, “I think you’re going to get married tonight.”
Their dating activities include cooking dinner together, watching favorite TV
shows, and playing endless hours of their favorite game, Phase 10. On weekends,
the couple would go to the beach, spend time with family, and go to the park
A summer wedding is planned at Skyview Golf Club in Sparta, New Jersey,
since both of their families are from the New Jersey and Staten Island area. Aubrie
found this perfect venue, which will also host the reception, in one day. It
has floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a beautiful open covered patio overlooking the
mountains, and an outdoor gazebo for the ceremony. To echo the tropical Florida
wedding they wanted, Aubrie and Jeremiah will use tropical colors – bright purple,
orange, and turquoise.
Aubrie Judka & Jeremiah Rose
Wedding date: August 30, 2014
The couple is registered at Bed Bath and Beyond. “The two of us both had fully
furnished places before we moved in together, so we don’t need much,” Aubrie said.
Though they haven’t decided on a honeymoon destination, they are seeking an allinclusive
resort, perhaps in Hawaii or Jamaica. This trip will be taken six months
or a year after they wed. Aubrie, a photographer, and Jeremiah, a manager at a
world-wide call center, rent a town home in Delray Beach, but hope to buy their
own home in a couple of years.
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What Should Men
There’s Only One Answer
pure milk chocolate. It was also filled with little chocolate
When she woke up in the morning, it was already on the
kitchen table wrapped in red cellophane, awaiting her arrival. It
was all she had for dinner when she got home from work that
evening, with, of course, some of her favorite cabernet. I admit
that I helped her eat some of her chocolate shoe.
By Martin Lenkowsky
Buying the right Valentine’s Day gift should be considered
nothing less than an art form. Selecting that special present for
your wife or girlfriend takes time and practice to bring it to
perfection. (And you thought Michelangelo had it hard painting
the Sistine Chapel ceiling?)
After years and years and many tries and efforts, I finally figured
it out. Attention, all my fellow members of the male species.
The only word to know for this holiday is chocolate.
Buying the sugary shoe from a local chocolatier was fun, too. I
even got to sample a few of the store’s specialty items. The shoe
itself was already molded into a woman’s size 6. When I asked
the store owner if she could, perhaps, personalize it and mold
one to my wife’s size 9, she said, “Yes, but it will cost thirty more
We won’t go there, either. Suffice it to say, I thought that was
funnier than my wife did.
Overpriced Valentine’s Day dinners are nice, as are flowers and
bottles of fine wine. In years past, I’ve also made a few trips to
Victoria’s Secret for some burning hot lingerie. But who was I
kidding? Those gifts were for my gratification, as much as my
wife’s. Gentlemen, take heed -- the ultimate magic word for
Valentine’s Day is chocolate. Women go absolutely wild for
In order to show some originality every year, I heartily recommend
a simple change in the chocolate scenery. One year
chocolate roses might work. Then, the following year, try a
pretty glass dish filled with chocolate placed on her pillow
when she’s ready for bed.
Last February, I went out and bought my wife a highheeled
shoe (private joke; let’s not go there) made out of
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Connor Yockus of Coral
Springs, who attends the
North Broward Preparatory
School, is a National
Finalist in Tap Dance and
Merit Winner in Dance
Choreography. Out of approximately
from students in
ten disciplines across the
literary, performing, visual
and design arts fields,
Yockus has been recognized
for his outstanding
work and accomplishments.
Of 687 winners
from 46 states, 171 finalists
from across the nation came together for the 33rd
Annual YoungArts Week in Miami early last month.
Bastian Weiss, a gifted student
at Heron Heights Elementary
the national grade chess
championship in Lake
Buena Vista, Florida. He
received first place for the
under thousand rating in his
division. He has been playing
local and district chess
for the past three years. This
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Pictured, from left to right: Travis Burton, a foundation
board member and vice-president of business development;
Lauren Bendesky, Winterfest Boat Parade junior
captain; Karin Burton, a volunteer; Amanda and Michael
Burton, volunteers; and Juliet Roulhac, Florida Power
and Light regional manager of external affairs, aboard
the Carrie B during the 2013 Winterfest Boat Parade.
The 11U Parkland Pokers keep rolling over the
competition. The team of local young men, playing
together the past few seasons, play in the highly
competitive Premier Majors League. The Parkland
Pokers are a three-time Florida Premier Travel
Baseball Division Champion. Last season, the Pokers
entered five tournaments, making the finals in
all five, losing two in extra innings, and winning
the last three. In the last tournament of the season,
the team took the championship, playing up an age
division and competing with 12U travel teams.
The Unforgettable Prom Foundation, a 501©3 nonprofit
organization, was created to provide the ultimate
high school prom experience for kids battling
cancer who are unable to attend their own proms. A
Prom to Remember takes place every May. This year’s
event is scheduled for May 9 at the Ritz Carlton in
Fort Lauderdale. On December 14, the foundation’s
Fort Lauderdale chapter hosted its annual boat parade
party, during the Winterfest Boat Parade at a
private residence on the Intracoastal Waterway. Three
hundred party guests cheered on the parade’s Junior
Captain, Lauren Bendesky, a cancer patient, who also
attended a past Prom to Remember. The event raised
$7,000 that will go toward the prom.
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Money - it’s a problem bedeviling nearly everyone. There is a balance
to be struck between the desire to spend (on clothes, cars, vacations and
dining out) and the necessity to save for the future.
IN THIS SECTION
As the tax season looms, the Parklander
takes a hard look at a number
of issues facing families. A tax
expert addresses the thorniness of
not paying federal taxes. Those
in default do have options and
hope. The same is true for couples
contemplating divorce. Whether
they opt for a peaceful mediation, a
reconciliation or a dissolution of their
union, knowing what works best is a form of
How much should teens learn about money?
Bitcoins may not be in your personal portfolio, but
they are certainly a hot topic in the media. We also look
at retirement and how to reach that stage of life in comfort.
Planning ahead and setting money aside throughout one’s
working life will ease the path to not working any longer.
24 – TAX PROBLEMS: Not paying
the IRS can have serious
26 – THE COST OF DIVORCE:
Think of more than lawyers’
fees when dissolving a marriage.
28 – SAVERS AND SPENDERS:
Take hold of your habits and
30 – RETIREMENT: Invest early in
life for big rewards later.
32 – BITCOINS: Learn about the hot
new digital currency.
34 – TEENS AND MONEY: Parents
can help children sort out jobs,
credit cards, and allowances.
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By Mark King, E.A.
How to Settle Them
Did you know that unfiled tax returns are a criminal offense, one that
is punishable by one year in jail for every unfiled tax year? The same
punishment applies to willful failure to pay, or when the taxpayer
consistently files returns, but has a pattern of non-payment.
At first, you may receive notices to the effect that you must file your
return immediately to avoid penalty. In some cases, the IRS may
even file a Substitute for Return, or SFR, for you, only without any
of the credit, deductions, or exemptions to which you are entitled. In
other words, you’ll be paying a higher tax amount than you would
Be proactive and handle your tax situation before the IRS resorts to
the SFR stage.
Turn to professionals for help. Enrolled agents are federally authorized
tax practitioners who have demonstrated technical competence
in tax law. They are the only taxpayer representatives licensed to practice
by the U.S. government.
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Here are the five basic ways to settle your tax debt:
1. Payment in Full - The best way to avoid any penalties, fees or tax
complications is, of course, to pay your bill in full, as soon as you are able.
2. Installment Plan - Try to negotiate a realistic payment plan that
works within your budget or your company’s budget.
3. Offer-in-Compromise - You may qualify for an Offer-in-Compromise
(OIC), where you pay the IRS an amount less than 100 percent
on the dollar, but as much as it otherwise would stand to collect. IRS
Offer Examiners are now permitted to consider a taxpayer’s current
and future income potential when evaluating these types of offers.
OICs are not granted freely.
4. Declare Bankruptcy - There are many different types of bankruptcy
filings. A reputable bankruptcy attorney will be able to inform you
about how much debt can be discharged and how these measures
will affect your credit record.
5. Declare as Currently Uncollectible – When your debt is declared
currently uncollectible, the IRS will temporarily stop all collection
measures. You may still have to pay your tax bill, eventually, when
your economic situation improves. The IRS will review your case in
18 months, to evaluate how your financial situation has changed.
Don’t let another day of fees or penalties accrue.
Mark King, EA, is the President of Tax Advisors, Inc., in Boca Raton. He
is an enrolled agent with over 35 years’ experience in helping taxpayers
with their IRS problems.
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CYPRESSHEAD • PARKLAND
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PARKLAND ESTATES • PARKLAND
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CYPRESSHEAD • PARKLAND
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MEADOW RUN • PARKLAND
This 5 BR/ 3 BA/ 3 car garage home boasts a magnificent
waterfront location and is nicely tucked into lovely
guardgate community. Offering 3300 square feet under
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Oversized, screen-enclosed pool. $695,000
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The Real Price of Divorce
Consider Your Options
By Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer
You can’t live with ’em, you can’t live without ’em. Why? Because the
cost of divorcing your significant other is sometimes so expensive
that people can’t, don’t, or won’t spend the money to do so.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true. Taking back one’s independence comes
at a high price. Between lawyer’s fees, alimony, child support, and
assets, the more you collectively have, the worse it is to want out. So,
what’s a miserable couple to do?
It depends on who’s unhappy. If both parties are looking to get
out of a failing marriage and the divorce is uncontested, the procedure
is relatively quick and as painless as possible. But, unfortunately,
more often than not, that’s not the way it happens. By the
time a person reaches the point that he or she wants to officially
split, it’s often too late for civility.
And the more hostile the
process gets, the more expensive
“A divorce can cost anywhere
from $3,500 to $35,000,”
explains Laura Schantz, one
of the partners at Schantz &
Schantz, a Broward County
law firm that specializes in
divorce and family law. “Fees
depend on many things – the
number of issues to be ironed
out, alimony, child support, custody,
the splitting of assets and
more – but mostly on the complexity
of the overall divorce.”
While there’s no average number
of hours spent to legally dissolve
a marriage, most divorces last ap-
proximately six months to one
year. During that time, each party will look for any and all ways to
infuriate the other. “The more issues, the more money,” Schantz continues.
“That’s just the way it is. Law firms generally bill by the hour.
Our fees are based on need and the ability to pay, so while there is a
retainer, who earns more money picks up the tab. After all, everyone
has the right to counsel.”
According to Scott Brook, P.A., who practices family law in Coral
Springs, an uncontested divorce can cost as little as $2,000. “It can
also cost over $1 million for high-end litigation that is complex with
a lot of assets involved,” he says. “More typical is the moderately litigated
case with time-sharing of the children. Every case is different.
I typically don’t give a quote for a retainer.”
Divorce occurs for so many reasons. Historically, cheating, abuse
(mental or physical), or falling out of love were frequent culprits.
And now? “Facebook is a major factor,” says Schantz. “People are
looking to rekindle old flames and they are finding them via social
media. Next is living longer. People get married and, because they are
living longer, it’s difficult to stay married to the same person for so
long. There is also an increase in violence because people stay around
longer than they should.”
The rise and fall of the economy affects divorce. According to
Schantz, when times are tough, people stay, even if they’re unhappy:
“They simply can’t afford to go. With the economy coming back,
people are now able to leave.”
Brook says that the poor economy
to be the reason to postpone
divorce for unhappy couples a
year or two ago, but not so much
these days. “Now it’s a mat-
ter for some that they can’t afford
NOT to get a divorce,” he
says. “When the issues are so
huge, the attempt to live a lie
for the children’s sake takes a
toll. Some people are even borrowing
from their parents to
finance a divorce.”
Why hire an attorney and not
a mediator? “I thought I’d get
a better deal if I went with a
mediator,” a friend of mine
told me. “What I learned
was that, on average, he was
about the same price, but he
couldn’t do as much. Since my divorce
was not amicable, (hiring the mediator) was dumb. He couldn’t even
give me legal advice and it cost me plenty. In the end, I hired an attorney
(at close to $400 an hour) anyway.”
There is an alternative. A divorcing couple can minimize the costs
of a divorce. “I strongly suggest a collaborative legal resolution,” says
Brook. “If the parties can’t be amicable, hire lawyers who are only
willing to reach mediation and will not litigate the remaining issues.
The focus is on compromise.”
The next time divorce comes into the picture, think about your options.
If you cannot work out your differences, go for the marital
dissolution, because taking someone for all they’re worth might be
more obtainable than you think.
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Savers and Spenders
Which are You?
By Cynthia MacGregor
Are you a saver or a spender? How do you think you got
that way? Have you changed your spending habits since the
recession? If married or co-habitating, is your spouse or
significant other a saver or spender? If he/she is the opposite
of you, how does this dichotomy play out for the two of you?
The Parklander consulted financial experts on the evercompelling
subject of money.
Phil Fremont-Smith, founder/CEO of ImpulseSave (https://-
impulsesave.com), counsels, “Go on a savings spree.”
He says that 53 percent of Americans won’t have
enough to retire and 64 percent of Americans don’t
have even $1,000 in their savings account. Only
40 percent of Americans actually sit down with a
budget and allocate savings. Fremont-Smith says,
“People want to save money. People love to save
money. So, why are they so bad at it?”
People can become savers “by making the option of
saving money just as impulsive and instantly
gratifying as spending it and by actually using the
same marketing tools that retailers depend on
to pick our pockets, but to put cash in
your account rather than taking
it out. Our users are now saving
over $3,000 per year.”
But how do people get to be spenders
or savers? Judi Cinéas, LCSW, Ph.D, is a
psychotherapist practicing in Palm Beach and an author of
several books. She says, “How an individual will come to view
and deal with money will depend largely from the money
lessons that they got in their home of origin and how they
interpret these in their current situation.
“For example, a child who grew up in a home where the
parents struggled to provide for them may grow up to be a
penny pincher who needs to be convinced to spend every
dime, because that child picked up the message that money
is not guaranteed and that he needs to save to prevent having
to re-live these struggles. On the other hand, a child whose
parents did not have enough to provide for the family may
also grow up to spend frivolously, because he is making up
for the times when he did not have.
“Children who come from families where money is available also
get different messages. One may be taught that money is there to
spend, while the other is taught to save and invest to insure it will
be there in the future.”
Noah B. Rosenfarb, CPA and Personal CFO/Holistic Wealth
Coach, from Parkland, talks about what happens when a saver
marries a spender. “One of the most common reasons
cited for divorce is conflict around money,” he says. “If
savers and spenders don’t reconcile and agree upon a
life-long strategy that works for their relationship,
there is constant financial stress.”
Dr. Cinélas agrees: “When couples with different
financial views become involved, this can become
problematic, if they do not learn to adapt. There is a
middle of the road where they can happily exist. Both
parties will need to teach each other the value of their
side. The savers can learn to live a little and splurge once
in a while, and the spenders can learn, too, that some
money needs to be set aside to secure future
“If they don’t have a plan
that both parties agree
and adhere to, then finances
can become a strain on the
relationship. When they are working
together, the saver knows how spending and even splurging a
little helps the relationship, and the spender can also share that
view of saving for the sake of the future of their relationship.
“The recession has made people much more aware of the
finiteness of money. I have seen that both spenders and savers
have been sent to more extremes of their behaviors. The fear of
money not being there has increased for many people who were
savers, while others have jumped off that wagon and become
spenders, seeing that their efforts at being fiscally responsible
did not completely shield them.
“For many spenders, there was a reality faced in seeing
that the flow of money they are used to can go away, which
has caused them to begin to look at saving differently. Still
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other spenders found the recession to be a justification of their
behavior and reinforced that ‘enjoy it while it lasts’ mentality.”
South Floridian Steve Siebold, the author of How Rich People
Think, says the recession got people to start looking at money
more in terms of fear and scarcity, instead of from the point
of view of freedom, abundance, opportunity, and possibility.
“While saving is good, the real answer is to focus on earning,”
says Siebold. “What good is saving, if you’re only earning
$30,000 a year? It will take you forever to get rich.”
He adds, “Spending isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but don’t
spend money on pointless things.”
Apart from the effects of the recession, how do spenders turn
into savers? Ken Rupert, author, strategic life coach, and financial
mentor in Hampstead, Maryland, tells us, “When the pain of a
specific activity outweighs the pleasure associated with that
activity, behavior will change. A spender will become a
saver when the pain associated with not saving begins
to eclipse the pleasure associated with spending.”
Elle Kaplan of New York City is the CEO
and founding partner of Lexion Capital
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By David Volz
ESSENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE
Retirement is coming. And, for those who are approaching
middle age, it is fast approaching. Working people need to plan
for retirement. They need to establish a disciplined savings plan
and make sound investments during their working years.
Years ago, most people would retire around age 65 and live into
their seventies. Now, people retire in their early 60s and may
live into their nineties. People need to plan for a much longer
retirement, perhaps even as long as they worked. A retirement
that can last for around 30 years may require a person to have
saved $1 million or more.
Usually, when people leave the workforce, they are no longer supporting
children and may choose a smaller home. They may want
to travel and pursue hobbies, but their overall expenses will decline.
“Younger people need to plan for retirement and start saving
early,” said Peter Weitz, a Senior Vice President of Investments
for Fusion Analytics Investment Partners in Coral Springs.
He offers one easy way to save -- give up Starbucks coffee. Or
if you have another indulgence, like candy bars from the office
vending machine, try to quit the sugar habit.
Arthur B. Barzilay, Managing Director - Wealth Management and
Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Coral Springs,
said, “With advances in technology and medicine, Americans are
living longer. According to the Social Security web site, the average
life expectancy for a man turning 65 today is 83, and for a woman,
it is 85. This is an optimal time to meet with a financial advisor
who can assist in building a diversified portfolio designed to help
provide for long-term growth, while keeping pace with inflation.
Do not forget to budget for increasing health care costs.”
It is very important for younger people to invest aggressively
and be willing to accept the risks associated with the stock market.
Weitz said, “A younger person has time. And, while you can
lose money in the stock market, over time, people who invest in
the stock market will do well. It is important to have a diverse
Those who work for companies with 401K plans should invest
as much as possible in them. This will pay off in the end. People
should prepare for major expenses or setbacks in life. Those who
have children will have to factor in paying for college, while
also planning for retirement. They should buy a Florida Prepaid
People in their 40s and 50s should be investing systematically
and saving for their retirement. “This is like paying yourself,”
said Weitz. “When receiving your paycheck, put some aside in
your savings account.”
One problem Weitz sees is that people are afraid to lose money:
“There is a strong aversion to loss. People are still reeling from
the 2008 recession and they talk about how bad the economy
is. The stock market has recovered more than 100 percent, but
people are scared and want to hold onto their money.”
The earlier a person or married couple can begin saving for retirement,
the better, according to Cecelia Darden, a Certified Financial
Planner and chartered retirement planning counselor in
Coral Springs. She operates an Ameriprise Financial franchise.
Darden said, “People should have a diversified portfolio with a
number of different investments. An individual should know
their risk tolerance. People who work for companies with
a 401K plan should participate. This is one of the best ways
people can accumulate money for retirement income, so when
they quit, they will have money for the rest of their lives. Some
employers match a percentage of employee contributions.”
Younger to middle-aged people should make a strong commitment
to saving for retirement. They should have an arrangement
with money taken out of their checking account
every 30 days and put into a retirement savings account, such
as a Roth IRA. “People really need to save for their retirement
and have a separate retirement account,” said Darden.
“This account should not be co-mingled with other financial
assets that are earmarked for other financial goals, like a new
Retirement will be an important period of one’s life. A person should
plan carefully for it and follow a disciplined financial plan.
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[ FINANCIAL AFFAIRS ]
OF BITC INS
New Currency Changes Model
By Jeffrey Bradley
Bitcoins. You can’t run your fingers through ’em, or find a chestful by
following a pirate map marked with an X. You can’t even get change
for one. But they let you buy stuff, and lots of it. Bitcoin is a digital-only
decentralized currency with no central banking hub. But it
does have a computer network instead that records transactions and
makes more Bitcoins. Which is about as clear as Pluto on a cloudy
night, but it works. Bitcoins are currently accepted at Reddit, OkCupid
and Virgin Galactic, among other vendors.
Bitcoins eliminate calculating annoying exchange rates and the
middlemen who drive up costs. Consumers like the protection of
anonymous transactions, and businesses get to keep more of the
profits. Bitcoins, in fact, have turned the concept of money upside
down. Unlike wealth made by minting precious ores into ingots or
bullion, Bitcoins are the ultimate philosopher’s stone able to transmute
base metals into gold — only minus the alchemy, the metal,
or the stone.
Think of it as a type of weird PayPal. Making transactions requires
installing a Bitcoin “wallet” app on your computer or smartphone.
Identified only by a string of numbers and letters, the digital wallet
address guarantees your anonymity. Wallets are free and easy to
download; they can be opened and closed at will. Purchase Bitcoins
online, or “mine” (generate) them by having your computer
solve mathematical algorithms that help verify the creation and
transfer of new Bitcoins. These algorithms rapidly become exceedingly
dense to prevent Goldfinger types from cornering the market.
Transactions are tracked by an official log and released over
a network of participating computers. Approved log updates earn
users fresh Bitcoins.
Their progression has been bumpy, but steady. In 2009, a U.S. dollar
would net 1,300 Bitcoins. As the economy sagged and faith in world
money markets fell, speculation increased a Bitcoin’s value. It was
worth $230 in early 2013. Cyber attacks caused panic selling that
dropped the price to $72. Chinese speculation drove it up markedly
before the central bank stepped in and dampened trading. This predictably
caused a spike that topped out at $1,200. Bitcoins’ current
value can be monitored on various exchanges, which also allow their
purchase or sale. With real money, of course.
Things can get rough and tumble. The U.S. government is considered
Bitcoin-friendly, only because the currency poses no threat. But
the shadowy legality of the currency has emboldened criminal elements
to attack Bitcoin. Hackers have disrupted service, and server
breaches by malware have emptied more than one infected computer’s
account. Unfortunately, “cryptocurrency” means that you don’t
get back your stolen Bitcoins.
Despite illicit activity, Bitcoins are burgeoning as a peer-to-peer payment
method. Small businesses find the concept especially attractive,
as transaction fees are lower than credit card or debit fees.
The Clevelander Hotel in South Beach hosted the 2014 Bitcoin
Conference on January 25 and 26. Over 500 technology professionals,
business people and policy makers, Bitcoin freaks all, were in attendance
to discuss Bitcoin’s future. Hotel guests got to pay for their
goods and services through BitPay, the conference sponsor. Vanity
Cosmetic Center of Miami also accepted Bitcoins, as did Planet
Linux Caffe in Coral Gables. Customers easily used their phones to
pay for their coffee and pastries, says owner Daniel Mery.
Bitcoins are gaining ground internationally. Bitcoin Black Friday
featured 300 participating merchants last December. Don’t discount
the cachet in being a Bitcoin vendor. “We want to promote Bitcoins
like we promote new technologies,” says Mery.
Even the unofficial Bitcoin wiki now features a tutorial on how small
businesses can implement the system. Radical new systems come
with glitches and setbacks. Yet, Bitcoin’s future seems assured. Why
not? Small businesses get a better rate, and stick it to the man, too.
And there’s hardly a doubt that, when a currency without a middleman
exists, prices will drop. That is, until the big box companies get
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[ FINANCIAL AFFAIRS ]
By Cynthia MacGregor
One of the most important lessons for teens to learn, and one
seldom taught in schools, is money management. How can you
be sure your teenager is learning to handle money responsibly,
to budget, and to use a credit card properly?
Lorra Brown, MBA, author of the Prosperity Diva Financial
Literacy Book, believes teens should not have their own credit
cards until they are 17 or 18, after a bout of financial literacy
Bret Shroyer, co-author (with Tracie Shroyer) of Investing in
Your 401k Kid: From Zero to Little Financial Genius in Five Easy
Steps, suggests that, while teens should never have their own
credit cards, they should learn, from the age of 13 or 14, to
manage a pre-paid debit card. This gives them “some freedom,
but not enough to get in trouble,” he says. “Learning to use a
pre-paid debit card will be good practice for having a credit card
Mark King, E.A., of Boca Raton-based Tax Advisors, Inc., believes
that, if teens are 15 or 16 and have jobs, they should have
their own credit card, but with a limit. Or perhaps they should
have a pre-paid debit card instead.
What’s an appropriate allowance for a teenager? Lorra Brown
believes $20 per week is right at age 13, “with an increase every
year of perhaps $10, depending on the family’s financial circumstances.”
If teens have jobs, though, the allowance should
be reduced “because they will budget more wisely knowing they
don’t have that allowance as a fallback, and they won’t feel they
can blow the whole paycheck.”
But teens should be permitted to keep and budget their own
income from after-school jobs, because it gives them a sense of
being responsible and handling money responsibly. If they have
less time for chores, though, their allowance should be reduced
commensurately. “If they have no time at all for chores because
of an outside job, then they should get no allowance at all,” says
Bret Shroyer has a different take on these matters. “Chores
should not be tied to allowance,” he believes. “Chores in the
house are done by the members of the family who have the
ability and the time. Allowance is a money-teaching tool. It’s
not a gift of extra money. It’s allowing teens to manage money
they would have gotten anyhow. An allowance is the money the
parents would have spent on their teens regardless. It’s handing
over the spending authority to the child. The actual amount depends
on the parents’ resources and the teens’ activities. Whatever
the parents would have spent on the teens anyhow — for
fun, for food outside the house, for clothes — is the appropriate
amount for their allowance.”
If the teens have jobs, he believes, the allowance should be reduced,
starting at age 16 or 17, because you want to wean them
off it totally. By the time they are adults, they are drawing no
allowance at all.
Shroyer believes teens should be permitted to keep and budget
their own income from after-school jobs. But they should
be encouraged to put a substantial portion of that money into
That naturally raises the question of how to teach teens to budget.
Shroyer believes you should go over their allowance with
them and create a list of needs and wants. For example, they
may need a new pair of jeans and want a designer brand. They
may need school lunch money and want after-school pizza.
Mark King says parents should start teaching kids about budgets
based on an allowance, with ten percent or more of all
monies the kids earn, as well as gifts for birthdays and holidays,
to go into a savings account. He believes age 13 is a good time
to start, especially for Jewish kids, who will get plenty of monetary
gifts for their bar/bat mitzvahs. He also suggests teens
watch webinars from investment companies.
Learning to handle money responsibly may be the most important
lesson your teenager learns.
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[ CAR TALK ]
Buy, Lease and Other Decisions
By Steven Marks
Buying a new vehicle can be stressful. The process comes with a
number of decisions. Besides deciding what brand of car to buy,
body style, color, and budget limitations, there are several other
factors to consider.
Probably the most important factor to examine in deciding
to get a new vehicle is how the purchase will be financed. The
buyer’s budget, time frame, and other variables must be taken
The first option is traditional financing. Recognized as the most
popular alternative, it allows buyers to pay off the loan over a
long period of time. Typically, financial institutions will offer a
48-, 60-, or even a 72-month term to finance the vehicle.
An APR, or annual percentage rate, is also set at time of purchase,
based on varying elements, including credit history, and
could also determine the overall factor of payment. A down
payment is also recommended for many buyers to help reduce
the monthly payment; it is accepted at time of purchase.
Another suitable finance option to obtain a vehicle is leasing.
Essentially, leasing is a long-term rental alternative, but can
grant the buyer the option to obtain a higher priced vehicle for
a slightly lower monthly payment. Determined by a number of
contrasting components, including varying rates and residual
values, a lease payment avoids a long-term commitment for the
buyer, since leases tend to last for fewer than four years.
Other benefits of leasing include driving a new car, full warranty
coverage, and no headaches from the car’s depreciation.
However, leasing may not be suitable for many buyers, as there
is typically a mileage restriction on the agreement, which can
carry substantial costs when exceeded. Since the vehicle is on
lease, there are also conditions set related to modifications and
damage done to the vehicle. At the termination of the lease,
the buyer has the choice to purchase, finance, or return the
As an alternative purchase option, many manufacturers also offer
a certified pre-owned selection. Vehicles that are accepted
into this program go through a rigorous, multi-point inspection
that carefully covers interior, exterior, and mechanical operation
and appearance factors.
The CPO, or certified pre-owned program, could also include
a supplemental factory warranty, roadside assistance, and other
benefits that mirror a brand new vehicle purchase. Many times,
there are finance offers with special APR rates to make the purchase
more attractive for the buyer.
The remaining choice for purchasing a vehicle is probably the
most flexible. Cash remains king with all purchases. When purchasing
an automobile with cash, it’s possible to receive a better
deal that can discount the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
Buyers can also visit “buy here, pay here” dealers, who typically
offer used cars that may not be offered with a factory warranty
and may rely on local banks for financing options, but are much
more affordable for some. Another growing alternative from
cash is a one-time lease payment that can cover the entire lease
agreement in one lump sum payment.
Every consumer has a different financial situation, and should explore
each option carefully before making a final decision. Rates, payments,
and terms can vary per consumer, based on credit status and situations.
When financing or leasing, credit history plays a key role in
determining the final outcome of the vehicle’s monthly payment.
Purchasing a new vehicle is considered the second largest purchase
decision behind financing a home, so be sure to take time
to review the purchase options that are available.
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[ GARDENING ]
Pretty Palm Trees
By Guillermo A. Salazar
Heed Their Needs
Sunny South Florida with inviting temperatures is the epitome of
tropical landscapes. It is composed of many tropical plants and lush
foliage. One of the most iconic elements in the landscape is the
Palm trees are monocots, one of the largest groups of plants in
the world. Members of the monocot group include corn, lilies,
bamboo, and grasses. Palm trees grow in tropical and subtropical
regions of the world like Asia, Africa, Central America, South
America, and the Caribbean.
Many characteristics make palm trees unique as part of the plant
family, like their ability to tolerate high temperatures. In some instances,
palms can resist temperatures beyond 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Palm trees also have a high degree of drought tolerance, like
some members of the genus phoenix. Many of these are common
in our region, including phoenix roebelenii (dwarf palms) and
phoenix canariensis (canary date palm), among others.
Some of the species of the palm family require minimal care and
fertilization, while other ones require very consistent and high levels
of fertilization in South Florida, due to our high pH, sandy, and
alkaline soil levels. Some palm trees possess an added attribute.
They are self-pruning palms; their long fronds fall down to the
ground after they turn yellow or brown, helping homeowners make
the regular landscape maintenance an easier task than it would be
Palm trees have very unique characteristics that make them different
than shade trees. For example, they have a single growing point
at the apex or tip of the palm tree crown. Palm trees never develop
branches. Keeping them healthy and fertilized will prevent the
death of the main growing point tip, which will consequently kill
the whole palm tree.
Palm trees depend on sunlight to process their nutrients
through the process of photosynthesis.
Having many leaves and fronds will ensure
that the palm grows strong and healthy.
Over-pruning is one of the main causes of
death in palm trees. Follow the appropriate palm-trimming techniques
recommended by the state, county, and the International
Society of Arboriculture.
Some of the easiest care palm trees are native to Florida. They
include the saw palmetto, sabal palm and thatch palm, which require
low or no fertilizer at all. They can grow naturally in our
existing soils without any additional inputs.
But many commonly used landscape palms are not native to
our state. Some of the palm trees that we enjoy come from tropical
countries with excellent annual average temperatures and rich
dark nutritious soil structure, which is acidic with a low pH. Some
of the high maintenance and nutritionally demanding palm trees
commonly used in South Florida include: foxtail palm, royal
palm, queen palm, phoenix roebelli, and adonidia palm.
When fertilizing palm trees, follow the recommendations of
horticulture experts and University of Florida fertilization techniques.
The ideal fertilizer combination for fertilizing palm trees
is 8-2-12 + 4 magnesium. Micro-elements are extremely crucial
and an essential requirement for palms in South Florida.
The application rate of fertilizer should be based on the trunk
caliper or thickness of the trunk. Apply in a wide radius around
the palm base and scatter evenly, instead of applying the typical
ring around the trunk.
Palm trees are wonderful additions for any South Florida landscape,
if you follow recommendations and requirements for
their basic care.
Guillermo Salazar is a Master Gardener with degrees in Environmental
Horticulture and landscape design. He is
a certified landscape inspector and a certified ISA
Arborist. He currently works as adjunct
faculty for the landscape technology program
at Miami Dade College. He lives
in Cutler Bay.
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[ MOM’S PERSPECTIVE ]
Love is in the Air
Over Barbecue Ribs
By Cheryl Pangborn
Love is in the air? Oh wait -- that shouldn’t be a question but a
statement. Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day, a time for romance,
flowers, candy, maybe a shiny gemstone ring, thank you
All that sunshine and lollipops isn’t impressing me these days. I
hope I haven’t become cynical about romance. I think it’s more
like I’ve matured to a point where I can see past the expected platitudes.
Lately, when I read someone’s deep and meaningful post on
Facebook like “if I had to choose between loving you and breathing
my last breath, it would be to say ‘I love
of time, so we mapped out a course of action with a complete lay
of the land that would have put Lewis and Clark to shame. We
had one goal: create the perfect itinerary. No resting. No stopping.
Naturally, even the best-laid plans go awry. That brings me to my
second of the off-the-beaten path romances: the change-up that
goes swimmingly. Nothing is more romantic than having unexpected
changes wind up being better than the plan.
My husband and I have a theory that, if plans go south, and you
have success on the first regroup, you’re golden. That happened on
our Epcot trip. It was like crowds miraculously moved out of our
way. We walked in and were seated immediately at popular restaurants
without a reservation. It was as if the monorail was waiting
there just for us.
Maybe you’re thinking right now that my definition of romantic
is seriously leaning toward loony. Sure, I love a dozen roses as
much as the next girl, but with age came the appreciation for more
tangible things. Like a meal without the little people or strolling
through a store that doesn’t have the word “super” in front of
On a recent trip to Memphis, our
romantic moment was eating the
most fabulous ribs on planet Earth
at midnight in a little restaurant filled
with locals. Why is this romantic? Having
barbecue sauce up to the elbows, sitting
at a chipped Formica table, feeling like a water
buffalo? Not a recommendation for a first date.
This cracks me up. Or maybe even makes me gag.
Years ago, I would have gushed at this declaration. Now, I think it’s
hilarious. I couldn’t imagine my husband saying this to me – with a
straight face. We are one of the most in-sync couples around. We’re
just not cheesy in the lovey-dovey sense. If I think back to some
of our most romantic moments, they’re usually oozing with some
type of humor.
Recently, on our anniversary, we went to Epcot overnight – kidfree.
We don’t have very high expectations for romance. We’re
alone – that qualifies. We had a great time. But I have to say the
romance started with the planning. Sitting outside at our favorite
eatery, we intensely plotted every minute of our 24-hour getaway.
Some might imagine moonlight strolling and hand-holding. But
we were all about doing everything possible in our short window
Most guys would have taken one look at me sucking barbecue sauce
off my fingers and headed for the hills. But after 20 years, hours in
the gym, and the scourge of chronic healthy eating, going completely
against the grain is so freeing. Yes, you read this right, eating ribs,
French fries, and corn fritters is like living on the edge for us. Simply,
this translates into a great memory and that’s romantic to me.
Trust me, we’ve had lots of fancy dinners and strolled beaches hand
in hand, and I love to remember those times. But the moments
that give me the most satisfaction are the ones that involve funny
mishaps, spontaneous date nights, hair-brained schemes, crazy
planning, and even giggling together, covered with sticky food.
Perhaps our idea of romance is unique, but it’s uniquely ours and it
has kept us going in good times and bad.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you romantics. May you find true love
over a plate of barbecue.
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[ HUMOR ]
Letters of love
By Victoria Landis
Many moons ago, we humans used a form of communication
called writing. Our parents lectured us on the crazy expense
of long-distance phone calls. According to them, one call to
the friend who had moved to California would send them into
debtors’ prison. So, we wrote — with a pen or pencil on actual
paper — letters.
It’s a quaint notion now, but one I wish we could bring back.
The U.S. Post Office was awesome then. It used to allow almost
anything as an envelope. We mailed coconuts with the addresses
written in black marker right on the husk. When McDonald’s
came out with the hot apple pie, it was sold in a red cardboard
sleeve, and we used those, too, for mailing purposes. Our keen
eyes began to see every object as having envelope potential.
Guess we thought it was cool. The more we liked someone, the
more inventive we became.
There were a lot of letters exchanged. This should put a permanent
cringed expression on the face of every friend and ex-beau
of mine — I saved all of them. If any of you become amazingly
famous, I could cash in big-time. I’d have to consider it on a
case-by-case basis and the amount of moolah it might bring.
There’s no need for panic, though. Figuring out where the
darned things wound up after the last move could take a while.
Heaven knows what box they could be hibernating in.
About a decade ago, my mom was in one of her cleaning modes.
Mom can’t stand having stuff around. So much so that she’s
constantly trying to give the six of us kids back the tchotchkes
we gave her as presents over many, many years. “Here, honey, I
know you’re going to want this.” No, Mom, I don’t. I gave it to
In some cases, she’ll swear I gave her some weird object that I
have no recollection of ever seeing. Much less buying. Much,
much less ever considering as a gift to my beloved mother. I
think she just wants to get rid of it so much, she’ll convince me
it was my fault it now sits in her cabinet and hopes I simply
don’t remember. Oy.
Recently, I received a sizable box in the mail from my mom. I
opened it and unloaded it, item by item, of stuff you couldn’t
pay me to take. The further I got, the wackier it was. Old and
tattered organza shaped to look like roses and meant to hold
candles. Strange plates with dancing cows and daisies. A white
satin Jackie O-style dress with a little matching jacket. A yard
of monkey-print fabric. Pez dispensers, but not in the original
packages and obviously used.
The entire box was jammed with junk that should have spent its
declining years adorning a landfill. Although I do have a friend
who loves monkeys, and I suppose I could make her a pillow.
During a tornado-like sweep of the upper shelves of the front
hall closet, Mom found a bag filled with old letters. Apparently,
she had deposited every letter each of us kids wrote to my parents
after we went to college or moved away. Pleas for money.
Notes from my grandmothers and aunts and uncles. Descriptions
of family events and disasters. She saved serious missives
from my brother (fondly known as Dr. Vegetables) during his
I happened to be visiting that day and luckily glimpsed inside
the bag by the garage door, meant for the garbage can. I asked
what it was, and when she told me, I grabbed it and squirreled
it away. It made the move to Florida with me and, years later, I
finally tackled it.
Boy, did I hit the mother lode. I have enough good fodder to
last for quite some time, and, as a bonus, plenty of embarrassing
evidence to blow my siblings away, if they ever get too big for
their britches. Not that I’d ever do that, but it’s always a good
idea to have leverage with your brothers and sisters. You never
know when it’ll come in handy.
There were some poignant cards and letters in the bag. Tender
sentiments from good and bad times. And it got me to thinking
how — oops — I wrote earnest letters to those I loved. I
sure hope they had the good sense to throw mine away.
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[ GUY TALK ]
The Power OF WORDS
Influence a Child
By Mark Bohm
Of everything that gets stuffed into the equipment bag, it’s a
sock that often gets lost. Maybe it’s because the fabric readily
gets stuck on other things. Maybe it’s because all the kids have
ones that look the same. For whatever reason, both socks simply
don’t always make it home from hockey practice.
A couple of months ago, I saw my son packing his game socks for
a practice scrimmage. Game socks have a unique color pattern. I
can’t easily replace them at the local pro shop. I told him I’d prefer
he wear some old practice socks, like usual. But, that night, he
wanted the game socks.
When he came home from practice, he unpacked his bag. A while
later, I took a look at the equipment, pieces hanging on hooks
and tubes to dry. Sure enough, one of the socks was missing.
My blood pressure started to rocket. How many times had I reminded
him that he needed to make sure everything made it
back into his bag? And, that night, I’d specifically advised against
wearing the special order game socks.
ever, this one would vie for the upper tier. After deep apologies,
things settled down quickly, but the nagging ache in my stomach
I decided, that night, I’d be more careful with the words I direct
toward the kids. What bothered me most wasn’t that I had
raised my voice, or that I’d been mistaken about the lost item
to begin with. My big lament was that I’d unintentionally conveyed
an awful, incorrect message. Although never using these
words, I essentially said, “You’re irresponsible,” or worse, “I
don’t trust you.”
Those are feelings I don’t have, and certainly would never wish
to impart to my child. I’m afraid, however, at that moment, it’s
what I might have unwittingly communicated.
When I was a boy of probably eight or nine, I came home for
dinner one night and noticed that someone had left one of our
sliding glass doors cracked open. My mom was in the kitchen fixing
the meal, and other adults were milling about, occupied with
this or that. Without anyone asking, I walked behind the dinner
table and closed the door.
I was displeased and made it known. He raced into the room,
startled, embarrassed, probably alarmed at my tone. He said he
was sure he had everything, and started frantically searching
around the room, digging deep inside the bag. When he looked
on the backside of his hockey pants, he found the missing black
sock stealthily attached to a fastener on his hockey pants, dangling
hidden against the black fabric.
“It’s right here!” he barked, throwing the sock to the ground.
Upset, he stormed out of the room.
I stood momentarily speechless, overcome with a sickening combination
of guilt and shame. It was a more penetrating version of
how I typically feel when I lose my temper with one of my kids. I
feel it even when the kid truly did something wrong.
On that night, my boy had done absolutely nothing to deserve a
reprimand. If I were to try and rank my worst parenting moments
Unbeknownst to me, my grandfather had been watching. He
praised me to the hilt. What a smart boy! Look how he takes care
of things! He told me how much he liked it that I’m someone
who sees something wrong and fixes it.
That was about thirty-five years ago, and my grandfather has
been gone for about thirty of those, but I remember that seemingly
trivial event to this day. His words sent a message to a child
that helped shape that kid’s view of himself. He recognized me
as responsible, independent, competent — powerful stuff to a
I try to express positive messages toward my kids, whenever the
circumstances allow it. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions.
But if I have one, it’s to continue trying to boost their self-esteem
through the thoughtful use of language. After all, nothing could
be a bigger shame than sons or daughters not realizing how highly
their parent thinks of them.
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Comedy night every
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The Kinsey Sicks
Sun Life Stadium
The Fab Faux
Color Me Rad 5K
Sun Life Stadium
The Rite of Spring
Knight Concert Hall
The Ed Tour
Soulfrito Music Festival
Sun Life Stadium
American Airlines Arena
KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE
Miami City Ballet Presents:
See the Music
Shen Yun 2014
Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons
American Airlines Arena
Mac Frampton with his Orchestra
Yesterday Once More
Panthers vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Panthers vs. Detroit Red Wings
FEBRUARY 6, 8
Nabucco - Florida Grand Opera
SOA- Pops on Parade
Stephanie J. Black
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
Out of My Hands
From Russia with Love
Knight Concert Hall
Eth’s Dinosaur Zoo
The Love Rule
Irish Rovers Farewell Tour
Megan Hilty with Seth Rudetsky
Miami Heat vs. Chicago Bulls
American Airlines Arena
FEBRUARY 23, 25
The Amazing Adventures
of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog
2013-2014 Smart Stage Matinee
Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks
American Airlines Arena
Panthers vs. Washington Capitals
Carnival Studio Theater
Disney Junior Live! Pirate and
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Sweet, Sweet Wine
Gains in Popularity
By Sheila and Bennet Bodenstein
For centuries, the French style of wine ruled the world. In earlier
times, French wines were probably on the sweet side. But, in
the twelfth century, after the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine
and the future king of England, Henry Plantagenet, the wine
style changed to please the British palate, since the bulk of the
wine production was then destined for England.
Moving ahead to modern times, the fledgling American wine
industry emulated the French wines as closely as possible. It
must be understood that, up to the Prohibition period in the
U.S., any wine of consequence came from France or Italy, while
domestic wines were imperfect imitations of the real thing.
After Prohibition, wineries began to spring up all over the
country, continuing the process of selling simply made wines.
Most of these were of questionable quality, except for those
from California, where the wines were mostly carbon copies of
those from France. The California grapes, however, produced
wines that were far fruitier than those of France or Italy, while
still remaining dry. As time went on, the fruitier style of the
California wines caught on and became the standard style for
Today, a new style is being born. Since the California grapes are
so fruity, why not make them sweeter? The idea took time to
take hold, as the wine industry is slow to change. The tendency
toward the new style was propelled by America’s love of sweet
Bob Trinchero of Sutter Home Vinyards was the father of the
new style when he introduced the world to blush zinfandel. His
sweet, fruity wine swept the country and, before long, was the
most popular style of wine among consumers, but not with the
gurus who still preferred their wines dry. Since these were the
guys and gals with the power of the press behind them, the new
style was played down and even denigrated in print.
It was the power of the consumer and not the opinions of the
gurus that set a new direction for the wine industry. In the
1980s, many growers pulled out their old familiar varieties and
replanted with zinfandel.
It took about a decade before the public tired of the same
old sweet thing and looked around for a new style. Out came
the zinfandel and in went the Moscato. Currently, the sweet
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Moscato wines are outselling all the other varieties by a very
Now, another new style of wine is entering the marketplace. It
lies halfway between the sweet wines and the dry wines. These
new wines express a bigger, bolder fruit flavor with just a bit of
sweetness in the background to please the advocates of both
styles. Among the first of this new style are the wines from wine
industry legend Cheryl Indelicato under her HandCraft label.
HandCraft Artisan Collection Inspiration White Wine
($12.99): This wine is a blend of some favorite white wine
varieties -- Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Moscato and
Pinot Grigio. Some of these varieties are famed for their classic
dry wines and others for their sweet wines. When blended together,
as in Inspiration White, they form a symphony of flavor
and aroma, without being too sweet or too dry.
HandCraft Artisan Collection Inspiration White Red
($12.99): Again, we have a blending of red wine grapes. In this
case, it is with grapes that display a positive and definable flavor
and aromas -- Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sangiovese. This
wine too displays an explosion of flavor and aroma while retaining
a bit of the sweetness of the grapes.
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[ RESTAURANT REVIEW ]
By Charles Marcanetti
54 FEBRUARY 2014
Welcoming a New
High Quality Food
Just about one month ago, Landlubber’s Neighborhood Bar
and Grill opened at the Regency Lakes Plaza (just north of the
Sawgrass exit/entrance on 441, on the west side of the road)
and just south of Regency Lakes Blvd. (in the strip mall behind
Walgreens and the Shell Station/Firestone Tire store, 6370
North State Road 7, in Coconut Creek – 954-422-WING or
The menu is huge and exceptionally cheap in price, but high
in quality. And, just because it says Landlubber’s, don’t think
there’s no fish. In fact, there is a wide array of many, many different
creative comfort foods and foods with attitudes. “Why,”
you might ask, “would anyone do such a crazy thing?”
I asked Kevin (who, along with his partners, Chris and Alex,
opened this, the third Landlubber’s – Plantation and Cooper
City being one and two) and he said, “It’s simple: We live here,
we hang out here, we raise our families here, so it was only
natural to bring a restaurant to our neighbors where we can all
meet and enjoy ourselves without breaking the bank and without
compromising on quality.”
If that philosophy is indicative of success, Landlubber’s will be
around a long time. Plus, since this is the third installment of a
great eatery, it is reasonably safe to assume that the model for
their business works. So, again, welcome to Landlubber’s and
I hope my friends and readers and neighbors check out this
place. I am certain it will make your go-to list.
Now Hiring After School Staff
Genuine “New York Chinatown” Cuisine
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[ RELIGION ]
Purim is both a morality play, and, in one way at least, the Jewish version
of Halloween. True, there are no pumpkins, witches, or Barack
Obama masks. But for this joyous holiday, recalling the deliverance
of the Jews from their enemies in ancient Persia, there is often a par-
the king that, since the stubborn Jews refuse to obey the king’s
ty, sometimes with colorful costumes, and an oft-told Biblical tale laws, it would be best for the king to
of good versus evil – with good, of
have them all killed.
course, winning out in the end.
Always celebrated on the 14th
day of the Hebrew month of
Adar, that “morality play” – Purim
– takes place this year on
March 15 and 16. Purim is celebrated
in synagogues and Jewish
day schools in our community.
One of those synagogues, Congregation
Shaarei Kodesh of Boca
Raton, annually holds a Sunday
Purim carnival. Children at its Ruth
and Lewis Davis Religious School
learn to bake hamentaschen cookies,
named after Purim’s arch-villain,
The Donna Klein Jewish Academy,
also in Boca Raton, celebrates the
holiday with an annual parade, during
which the school’s children, as
well as its teachers, get to dress up for the
occasion. Since many of those teachers are Sephardic Jews, whose fa-
milial roots go back to the days of the Persian empire, the fun festival
includes colorful tents and gyrating belly dancers.
The cast of characters in this centuries-old story includes the
Persian King Ahasuerus, who has the most desirable women
in the kingdom, including the beautiful Esther, brought before
him to become part of his harem. Esther, like her cousin Mordecai
(who raised Esther as if she were his daughter), is among
the Jewish exiles living in Persia. Soon, she becomes the king’s
favorite and is made his queen.
The twist is that the king doesn’t know that Esther is Jewish. At
the same time, after Esther becomes queen, the proud Mordecai
A Dress-Up Morality Play
By Elliot Goldenberg
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refuses to bow to the king’s grand vizier, Haman, and offends
him. For this transgression, Haman decides to not only punish
Mordecai, but all the Jews in the kingdom. Haman convinces
Hamen’s name has gone down in history
as a metaphor for all those – whether
Hitler, the Crusaders, or the ayatollahs
in today’s Iran – who were desirous of
seeing the Jewish people annihilated.
Perhaps, Mordecai tells Esther, she
became queen in order to save her fellow
Jewish exiles. So, bravely, Esther
admits to the king that she is a Jew
and asks that he grant her a special
favor: to spare her people. Outraged
that anyone would threaten his beautiful
queen, the king takes it even one
step further and condemns Hamen,
not the Jews, to death.
The Passover Seder reminds us that,
in every generation, there are those
who rise up to destroy the Jews, but
God saves the Jews from their hand.
“The Passover story teaches us many
moral lessons,” says Rabbi Charles
Aronson. “One lesson we learn is that
tyrants who try to destroy the Jews
are themselves destroyed. A second lesson is that we must have
courage and confidence in God. And a third lesson is that God
watches over us, and protects us from danger and trouble, if we
have confidence in him.”
Today, besides being a holiday in which people get to dress up
as Purim characters, celebrants also get to enjoy a sumptuous
meal, while having an added treat of delicious hamentaschen
cookies for dessert. Those old enough to legally drink are also
allowed to get so drunk at Purim parties that they can’t tell
the difference between Mordecai and Hamen. Naturally, people
with health issues, and recovering alcoholics, are encouraged
not to participate.
The History of Valentine’s Day
BY REVEREND GEORGE FARAGI
Usually, the first thing people think of in February is Valentine’s
Day and what to get and do for that special loved one. But
I wonder if anyone ever thinks about the roots of this special
Valentine’s Day began in the third century with an oppressive
Roman emperor named Claudius II and a Christian martyr named
Valentinus. Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve
gods and made it a crime punishable by death to associate with
But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christ. Not even
the threat of death could keep him from practicing his Christian
beliefs. He was arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.
During the last weeks of Valentinus’ life, one of the jailors, who
had seen that he was a man of learning, asked if he could bring his
daughter, Julia, to him for some lessons. Julia had been blind from
birth and was a pretty young girl with a quick mind for learning.
Valentinus read stories of Rome’s history to her, as well as
describing the world of nature to her. He taught her arithmetic
and, most important, he told her about God. Consequently, Julia
saw the world through his eyes, trusted in his wisdom, and found
comfort in his quiet strength.
Julia asked him one day if God really heard our prayers. He
answered, “Yes, my child, He hears each one and answers them.”
She told him that she always prayed every morning and evening
that God might give her sight back to her. Valentinus said that
God always does what is best for us, if we will only believe in
Him. She told him that she did believe. They grasped each other’s
hands and prayed together.
Suddenly, there was a bright light that lit up the prison cell and
she cried out loud, “Valentinus, I can see, I can see!”
“Praise be to God,” he exclaimed. On the eve of his death, he
wrote Julia a letter, urging her to stay close to God and he signed
it “From your Valentine.” His sentence was carried out the next
day, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named
Porta Valentini, and buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes
It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near
his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding
love and friendship. Each February 14, St. Valentine’s Day,
messages of affection, love, and devotion are exchanged around
This Valentine’s Day, remember to stay close to God, your true
love, and let us love one another as God would want us to. Happy
Reverend George Faragi is the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Christian
Center Church in Boca Raton. The email is Cornerstoneboca@aol.com.
The web site is www.cornerstoneboca.com
Trip of a Lifetime
BY ERIC B. STILLMAN
What started as a dream more than two years ago turned
into fantastic reality when more than 100 members
of our Broward County Jewish community united in
camaraderie and shared values for A Trip of a Lifetime in
Israel this past November.
Together, we embarked on a journey of exploration.
Whether a person was a first-time traveler to Israel or a repeat
traveler, this was an opportunity to see Israel through a new
• enjoying the beautiful and historic landscape of our
• learning from Israelis what their daily life is like;
• smelling the spices in the markets, trying new foods, and
drinking delicious wine;
• hearing the beautiful voices welcome Shabbat in
• visiting our Jewish family in Nesher, our partnership city
in northern Israel;
• and, feeling the strength of a people and the power of our
community as we participated in an international gathering of
Jews from all over North America.
Most important, we galvanized our Broward County
Jewish community. Many have expressed how deeply they
were impacted by different experiences, from seeing how
our federation helps support a respite camp for children with
serious illness to how we are striving to improve the lives of
soldiers in the Israel Defense Force.
Whatever the reason, whichever moment it was, it
became clear that the Jewish Federation of Broward
County transforms lives every day. Those who were on the
trip now have the good fortune to reflect on their blessings
and to be ambassadors for our Jewish community. For
those who, unfortunately, could not join us this time in
Israel, plans are already underway for another fantastic
trip in 2015.
Stay tuned because I will be asking the question: where
will you be in 2015? With us, making memories of a
Eric B. Stillman is the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation
of Broward County.
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By Stacy Angier, M. Ed.
[ SCHOOL SCOOP ]
Selecting a School
As we enter the new year, many parents are ready to begin their
search for the best school to meet their family’s educational needs.
In the past, most parents were faced with the local public school
as the only option for their child to attend. However, with Florida
being one of the forerunners in educational choice, parents now
have several options to explore.
Not only do they have the local public school, but also a growing
number of private schools, faith-based private schools, charter
schools, magnet schools, and virtual schools to choose from. Before
you begin your search, there are a few things that are important to
Begin by assessing your student’s needs. What type of program
do you think is needed to help your child be successful? Does
your child need a specialized program or a smaller classroom? Is
it important for your child to be placed in a faith-based setting,
an accelerated program, or is more individualized instruction warranted?
Maybe you are looking for a program that has a strong fine
arts offering or athletics for your child’s grade level. It is important
to decide what you are looking for before beginning your search.
For Your Child
Additionally, it is important to make a list of any questions you
have as a result of your research. Take the time to phone the schools
on your list and ask questions. Do you get a warm reception on
the phone? Are your questions thoroughly answered? Are the staff
members friendly? Are you treated with respect and consideration?
When you hang up the phone, you should have answers to your
questions and feel valued by the person from the school.
After making your calls, you will probably find your list is narrowing.
The next step will be your on-site visit or tour; it is essential to
make the visit a high priority. Be observant while on the property.
Does the school provide a safe, secure, and clean learning environment
for its students? Make it a point to tour the entire facility.
Ask to tour during the school hours in order to observe student
Be observant of teacher interaction with the students. Are the relationships
professional yet helpful? Does the instructional setting
match your needs? Carefully examine the safety and security of the
facility as well. The environment and staff should appear prepared
for an emergency. Ask to see the school’s emergency plan.
After determining the type of program you are looking for, do your
homework. With the availability of Internet searches today, there
should be no lack of information about schools in your area. It is
imperative to research all of your options. Check the school web
site, find out what parents think, check inspection reports, and look
into the reputation the school has in your community. Make a list
of the schools that spark your interest.
Don’t forget to examine the cleanliness of the property, too. If the
school does not take care of its property, it is difficult to imagine
the children will be cared for, either. Tour all of the schools on your
consideration list, even if you fall in love with the first facility.
After touring all your possible options, make a list of pros and cons
for each school. Compare and contrast strengths and weaknesses.
Narrow your list to two or three schools. Ask the schools if your
child can shadow at the school; this provides the opportunity to see
how your child might engage in the school setting. Finally, examine
your results carefully prior to making a final decision.
Trust your instincts.
Stacy Angier is the Principal of Abundant Life Christian
Academy in Margate.
2 JANUARY 2014
A large selection of watercolor paintings by artist
Barb Capeletti will be featured this month. She
enjoys expressing herself through landscapes, florals,
and still life paintings in bold, strong colors. Join her
for a reception on Saturday, February 8, at 11:30 a.m.
All Booked Up Book Group:
An Uncommon Grace
by Serena B. Miller
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 10:30 A.M.
Grace Connor, a military nurse formerly stationed
in Afghanistan, hopes that moving to a farm in rural
Ohio will help her recover from the ravages of war.
Knit N Knowledge
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 10:30 A.M.
New beginners should arrive at 10 a.m. and bring
two size 8 knitting needles and 2 worsted weight
Valentine Stories and Craft
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 3:30 P.M.
Join us for a Valentine-themed story and craft to
make your holiday sweet. For age 7 and up. Parkland
Library card required to register.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 3:30 P.M.
Readers’ Theater, for children in grades three to five,
is an integrated approach for involving students in
reading, listening, and speaking activities. Read and
act out short skits based on famous children’s books.
Independent readers are encouraged to participate.
Parkland Library card required to register.
Coffee Bar and Used Book Fair
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8,
10 A.M. TO 1 P.M.
The book fair, sponsored by the Parkland Friends of
the Library, will be held in the lobby.
Teen Film Discussion:
Batman: The Dark Knight Rises
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1 P.M.
Eight years on, a new evil rises from where the
Batman and Commissioner Gordon tried to bury
it, causing Batman to resurface and fight to protect
Gotham City... the very city which brands
him an enemy. After the movie, viewers will discuss
their thoughts on the film and what to expect
for the upcoming Batman movie.
Piper Reed Navy Brat
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 3:30 P.M.
Join us for a book chat for third, fourth and fifth
graders. Read the book before the book club
meets. We will talk about the book, eat a snack,
and make a craft. Reserve your copy of the book
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AND 26,
Parkland Library Chess Club is for children, age
8 and up. Beginners can learn to play. Players,
meet your match. You must be a Parkland Library
card holder to join. Registration is required for
each game date.
The Language of Love through Flowers
and Rose Petals
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 6:30 P.M.
Make your own personal flower arrangement for
that special someone. Participants will learn the
history and meaning of different colored roses and
how to properly arrange them for Valentine’s Day.
Tales to Tails
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AND 27,
4 TO 5 P.M.
Read to Daisy, a therapy dog, in a program developed
to encourage independent reading and
increase reading fluency. Each child can read for
about five minutes. This program is for children 5
to12 years old.
Films for a Saturday Afternoon – The Englishman
Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain
FEBRUARY 15, 1 P.M.
Starring Hugh Grant, Tara Grant and Colm
Meaney, the film runs 99 minutes. Two English
cartographers visit a small South Wales village
to measure what is claimed to be the “first
mountain inside of Wales.” It’s 1917, and the
war in Europe continues.
Learn How to Play KenKen
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18,
KenKen was developed in 2004 by a Japanese
mathematics instructor, Tetsuya Miyamoto, who
wanted to improve his students’ math and logic
skills. KenKen is a numerical puzzle that uses
basic math operations with logic and problemsolving
skills. For children in fifth grade to
Bricks and Books
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2 P.M.
Children age 7 and up, bring your imagination
and Lego building skills to a new building challenge.
Conquer each challenge with a buddy or
work your own. Parkland Library card required
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 10:30 A.M.
Learn the drawing techniques needed to complete
your own landscape or seascape. Pictures may then
be colored in with watercolor pencils or colored
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COUNTRY HILLS ELEMENTARY
February 6 will be an early release day. We
are very excited for our first 5K Walk/Challenge
with Coral Park Elementary School.
We hope everyone will participate in this
wonderful event on February 8 at North
We welcome new and prospective multi-age
families to join us for an informative orientation
on February 10, at 6:30 p.m. We would
love to welcome you to our fantastic school
and hope to answer questions about your
School is closed on Monday, February 17, for
Presidents’ Day. The PTA meeting will be held
on Tuesday, February 18, at 9:15 a.m. Our
SAC/SAF meeting is on Monday, February
24, at 6:30 p.m., in the Media Center.
Fourth graders are gearing up for FCAT
Writes on February 25. We have no doubt they
will do very well, as our teachers have been preparing
them all year.
Congratulations to our fifth graders who graduated
from the G.R.A.D.E. program. Special
thanks is due Officer Gasper for teaching our
children to be safe and aware.
To volunteer, sign up at www.getinvolvedineducation.com.
We have fantastic volunteers,
but can always use more.
Visit our PTA web site, www.countryhills.-
pta.org, for forms, Sunshine Math Sheets,
and other information. For questions about
the PTA, contact co-presidents Cathi Rush
at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Fris at
email@example.com – Betsy Zaslav
PARK TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Field Day is on February 12 and 13, along with
our yearly Jump Rope for the Heart event. It’s
going to be a fun and active time for the students
and a great way to help fight against
heart disease. Contact your child’s teacher for
times and details about these events.
The third annual Man in My Life event will be
held on March 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. There will
be various games to play and treats to eat. Early
release is on Thursday, February 6. There is no
school on Monday, February 17, in honor of
Presidents’ Day. FCAT Writes for fourth grade
will be held from February 25 to 27. – Jeaneen
RIVERGLADES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Join our monthly PTA meeting on February
5, at 9:15 a.m., in the cafeteria. The PTA
continues to be busy, with fun-filled activities
planned. It’s always a good time to get involved;
we love your support.
Movie night brings Despicable Me 2 (rated
PG) to Pine Trails Amphitheatre on February
7. Don’t forget to visit the concession stand for
water and treats.
On February 14, it’s the PTA’s annual show
of heart-filled appreciation for our staff –
Riverglades Staff Valentine’s Treat Day. Also
on this day, our students will participate in
Jump Rope for the Heart. This is a great
event to fund-raise for the American Heart
Association by getting our kids active and
having fun giving back.
Get ready for our big event of the year
on Saturday, March 8, when the carnival
will feature exciting rides and attractions,
delicious food, and arts and crafts. To
sponsor a game or ride, contact RoseAnn
Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org for further
Look at the PTA web site, www.rivergladeselementarypta.org.
We add new and exciting information
to keep our families informed. As always,
thank you for your support. – Pam Ofstein
RIVERSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Our school is filled with love and caring,
highlighting the month with our Jump Rope
for the Heart Celebration on February 21.
Riverside students will be learning how the
heart works, why it is important to keep the
heart healthy, and how to be heart-healthy
for life, in conjunction with raising money
for the American Heart Association. Riverside
students will be jumping rope and enjoying
other heart-healthy physical activities.
Our calendar of events includes Muffins for
Moms, Donuts for Dads, sponsored by PNC
Bank, February 7, from 7:15 to 7:50 a.m.,
followed by our Valentine’s dance from 6 to 8
p.m. On February 11, interims go home. On
February 17, there will be no school. There
will be a PTO meeting starting at 8:15 a.m.
on February 19, Papa John’s Night. FCAT
Writes for fourth grade will be on February
25 and 26. Our SAC meeting will also be on
February 26 at 2:15 p.m. Please join us for
these events. For more information, call Mrs.
Rosen at 754-322-8250. – Sherry Rosen
WESTGLADES MIDDLE SCHOOL
Join us for the general PTA and board
meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at 8:15
a.m. in the Media Center. Our SAC meeting
will be held on Friday, February 21. To
learn more about the school, budget, and the
school improvement plan, you should attend
the very informative SAC meetings.
There will be no school on Monday, February
17, for Presidents’ Day. Our Spring Book Fair
will be held from February 28 through March
7. Students will visit during their Language
Arts classes. Please make sure your children
bring money, if they want to make purchases.
If you want a great way to advertise your
business, consider a banner at Westglades.
Contact me at email@example.com to
become a banner sponsor. – Betsy Zaslav
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Parents Too Focused on Chores
DEAR DR. RENAE,
ASK DR. RENAE
Teen Wants More Consideration
This might not seem like a big problem, but it is a big problem to me. Almost every time my parents
talk to me, it is about cleaning up the house, my room, the kitchen, and other chores. It is as if there is
nothing more important to discuss in life!
I understand the need to have my chores done, but I do them in my own time, which is always upsetting
to my parents. I get good grades, have respectful friends, participate in sports and school clubs, and stay
away from drugs. I have a better relationship with my teachers than either of my parents and that doesn’t
I am tired of constantly being yelled at about chores, instead of talking about my life. My parents are
always angry at me for not getting my chores done on their timeline, so I cannot talk with them about
important things. I have made a difficult decision about friends, am worried about my younger sister,
and trying to figure out a career for my future. I wish I could discuss these things with them instead
of dishes, room cleaning, and chores. – 15-year-old wishing for more
DEAR 15-YEAR-OLD WISHING FOR MORE,
If you go out of your way to do all your chores, going above and
beyond and doing more than what is expected of you, your parents
might be more likely to talk about what you want to talk
about. By doing your chores, you will be showing your parents
appreciation. By doing a kind act for them, they are more likely
to do a kind act for you by taking the time to talk about things
aside from chores. Also, by getting these chores done, they are
less likely to nag you about it, and it won’t be the only conversational
topic anymore. – Your friend
DEAR 15-YEAR-OLD WISHING FOR MORE,
I can relate very closely to what you are going through right
now. It can be extremely stressful and frustrating, but you cannot
allow it to bring you down. One thing is to always keep your
chin up. As for the situation with your parents, the best thing to
always do is try to communicate with them. Grab their attention.
They may not be hearing you right now, because all they
see is you not doing chores. But you should try and talk to them
and share with them exactly what you did with us. You sound
like a great student and person, especially with all the smart but
tough decisions you have made. Chores can be a pain. But, if we
don’t do them, they will never get done. I hope that what I have
said has helped in some way. – Compassionate Rose
DEAR 15-YEAR-OLD WISHING
I understand where you’re coming from.
Parents just seem to be pre-occupied
with other things. Maybe your parents
are nervous about talking with you
about your future because you are
their oldest child. Try sitting them
down after dinner, or even during
dinner, and tell them how you
feel. Try to get them to see things
from your point of view. Explain
to them that you want to talk to
them about your future, not just
chores. Tell them you’re worried
about your sister. Tell them everything.
Good luck. – Just an average
WISHING FOR MORE,
I understand your yearning for more
with your relationship with your parents.
However, I think you need to think about
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their wishes as well. Their anger comes from the fact that you
do your chores in a different timeline from what they ask.
Maybe if you do your chores more quickly, they will be less
angry, and your conversations can broaden into more topics
that interest you. Compromises are a two-way street. – An
DEAR 15-YEAR-OLD WISHING FOR MORE,
You present a problem with which many kids your age struggle.
It is important to present a suggested solution when you discuss
the problem with your parents. Make sure you include your responsibility
in developing, as well as solving, the problem. Your
parents will need to hear that you understand how stressful and
frustrating it is for them to rely on you to share the daily household
management. An activity away from the house, once your
chores are complete, would be a good opportunity to talk with
them. Show them this article, if you have trouble finding the
right words. It is impressive that you recognize the need to have
a good relationship with your parents, especially at this time in
your life. Don’t be discouraged, if your parents sound defensive
at first. They will think about what you have said and you
will likely notice more interest from them in the future. After
all, they want a better relationship with you, too. Good luck. –
Dr. Renae Lapin
ASK DR. RENAE is an advice column for teens with advice from real
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All advice is reviewed, selected and screened
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[ SCHOOL SCOOP ]
By Nancy Washor
One of the many benefits of working for the Broward County
Public School System for over 35 years is that I observed
the numerous changes and growth of the educational system.
When I began my career in the 1970s, I taught at a middle
school. My class consisted of eighteen mildly mentally challenged
individuals who remained in my room the entire day,
with the exception of going to lunch, music, physical education,
media, and art.
Many parents and educators did not believe this type of placement
was appropriate. Congress passed a law known as Public
Law 94-142 (Education of All Handicapped Children Act).
Before its implementation, beginning in 1975, the teacher had
to advise the guidance counselor and keep a log of the student’s
behavior for a couple of weeks. At the end of that time, the
child’s placement would be adjusted.
Times have changed, in many ways for the better. Thanks to
involved vocal parents and lobbyists, laws have been put in place
to insure proper, well-thought-out decisions in relation to an
individual student’s school placement. Additionally, parents
have become more involved in the decision-making concerning
in its place their child’s education.
Through the years, the school psychologists’ caseload became
dramatically larger. The caseload became so great that testing
often continued throughout the summer. The mind-set evolved
for many (parents and teachers alike) to identify a problem, refer
the student to be tested by the school psychologist, and hurry
up to place the child in the exceptional education program.
We can be grateful that the process has evolved. In recent years,
the tendency within the educational system is to provide equal,
appropriate education for all children, whether they are diagnosed
with a disability or not. This data-driven process uses an
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approach referred to as Response to Intervention (RtI). It requires
a team effort.
A teacher or a parent contacts whoever is in charge of RtI in
the school. Some schools have assigned the guidance counselor,
exceptional education specialist, assistant principal or reading
specialist to organize this process. After a request for RtI is
made, the coordinator disseminates paperwork to the child’s
teacher(s) and parent(s) and the process begins.
The idea is to get the child help, not necessarily get him/her
Concerns can be related to the social, emotional, intellectual or
psychological needs of the child. Throughout this sometimes
lengthy process, forms are filled out and meetings are held,
which include the parent(s), teacher(s), administrator, guidance
counselor and reading specialist. Data is collected and goals are
created by the team. Interventions are put in place and the team
reconvenes every few weeks (or as identified by the RtI team
members) to discuss the results.
The goal is not to rush and test, but rather to get the child the
help he/she needs in a timely manner. This does not always end
in testing of the child. Examples of some services would be
placement of the child in a smaller reading group, specialized
reading instruction (a reading program, such as phonics, in addition
to the basal, the reading book for the class), behavior plan
formulation, or attending a social skills group.
Nancy Washor was employed for over 35 years as an educator for
children with special needs in the Broward County School System.
She received her B.A. degree at Barry University and her M.S. degree
at Florida Atlantic University. She presently advocates for parents
and their children in school-related meetings.
[ MEDICAL MATTERS ]
2014 ANNUAL HEALTH ISSUE
We continue our focus on medical
matters this month with a variety
of exciting stories. Whether
your household includes a family
with young children or a loved one
wondering why he or she is “skinnyfat,”
our writers have you covered.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Our story advises how to deal with a child fearful of
the dentist and a child’s age for a first visit, among
other tips. It is also American Heart Month, when
people should be mindful of their cholesterol numbers, diet,
weight, nutrition, and stress level.
Two stories address addiction from different angles. The addicted
brain is a revealing story about what happens in our heads, when
we put certain substances in our bodies. Another writer in the field of
addiction dispels the myths associated with getting sober.
If you know someone with cancer, there are experimental trials for the
person willing to take part. The chance to improve one’s health and help
medical science are the results of getting involved.
IN THIS SECTION
66 – THE ADDICTED BRAIN: Proof
that drugs can alter the mind.
68 – AMERICAN HEART MONTH:
Be pro-active in protecting
your heart through diet, exercise,
74 – MYTHS OF ADDICTION:
Dispelling beliefs about quitting
drugs and alcohol, among
76 – NEW CANCER TRIALS:
How to sign up for experimental
78 – LESSONS:Hospice patients
teach acceptance and grace.
82 – NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DEN-
TAL HEALTH MONTH: Learn
about tooth care for the youngest
members of the household.
84 – DIETITIAN’S VIEW: There are
benefits to adding turmeric to
88 – EXPLAINING SKINNY-FAT:
A fitness professional breaks
down this body type.
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[ MEDICAL MATTERS ]
Drugs and the Brain
Proof of Alteration
By David Duresky, MA
For most of recorded history, we have reports of people using
and abusing substances. However, it has only been in the past
75 years that treatments for drug addiction and alcoholism have
Sadly, the majority of these treatments have limited success,
are very costly, and can leave an individual, their families, and
friends feeling hopeless. Typically, drug and alcohol treatment
relies exclusively on “talk” therapy. Trying to talk someone out
of a brain disease is about as helpful as trying talk them out of
Recent research, led by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director of the
National Institute on Drug Abuse, has discovered medicines
that can help addicts through detoxification, and allow them to
quickly build a platform for long-term recovery. A platform that
would normally take two to three years without medications
can now be established within a few months or even weeks.
To know how medically assisted treatments work, it is helpful
to gain an understanding of how an individual becomes addicted
in the first place. Taking any substance alters the brain’s
functioning – that is how and why people get high or drunk.
When an individual begins experimentation with drugs or alcohol,
the neurotransmission (a term for how our brains function)
normalizes as the drug, or alcohol, wears off and the substance
leaves the brain.
After prolonged use, the drug wreaks havoc in cellular structure
and function, which then leads to long-lasting or permanent
neurotransmission abnormalities. That is why addiction is called
a brain disease. It is a profound disruption in the functioning of
specific neurotransmitters and brain circuits. Addiction involves
an expanding cycle of destruction, first in the areas of the brain
that process reward, followed by alterations in cognitive functions,
such as learning (memory, conditioning, habits), decisionmaking,
awareness, and emotional functioning.
Addiction impacts every area of the brain. With repeated drug
exposure, the brain becomes recalibrated, tilting the balance
away from willful control over one’s behavior toward behaviors
driven by strong and persistent cravings. The result is compulsive
drug or alcohol use, despite severe health and social consequences.
Changes in brain functioning can be restored with two to three
years of abstinence. That is the problem! During the first critical
months of abstinence, decision-making and judgment are critically
impaired, often resulting in relapse, which creates a vicious
new cycle of using. These changes can be seen in scans of the
brain in the illustration.
Medically assisted treatments come in two basic types. One employs
replacement medication that mimics the substance being used.
These include medicines, such as Suboxone, methadone, and others.
The challenge with these medications is that they are costly and also
addicting; withdrawal from them may be more difficult than from
the original substance used. The second and more promising approach
involves combinations of non-habit-forming, non-addicting
medications that effectively and efficiently restore brain functioning.
They leave the addicted person with the ability to make better judgments
and decisions. They also reduce urges and cravings.
The majority of individuals taking this approach can be treated in
an outpatient setting, under the continual supervision of a physician.
This approach is less disruptive to their lives, and allows them to be
treated in an environment that supports their recovery.
“Supportive counseling during this time allows the person to increase
their coping skills, deal with painful emotions, and begin to
make the necessary repairs to family and social relationships that
may have been damaged during their addiction,” said Debbie Vadell,
Clinical Director at Peaceful Ridge Recovery in Davie.
The future of addiction treatment
exists today, in the form of medically
assisted treatment and stabilization,
used in conjunction with
advanced, evidence-based behavioral
David Duresky, MA, has worked
in the field of substance abuse and
mental health for over 25 years.
He is the Chief Operating Officer
at Peaceful Ridge Recovery in
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The experienced and professional team led by the medical
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discreet treatment, with the mission in mind: “You only
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allows addicted people to receive services while living in a
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town, Peaceful Ridge Recovery offers a residential treatment program
in a luxury setting with world-class amenities.
Understanding that addiction is a brain disease is critically important
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You will have daily meetings with the medical team who use
non-narcotic, non-habit-forming medicines that allow a person
to detox and build an effective and efficient platform for recovery.
For many people, underlying problems may be in play, such as
trauma, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, obsessions, and
other psychiatric illnesses. The staff will treat these conditions
as a means of getting to the heart of the problem. Specialty
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Get Heart Smart
For Heart Month
By Howard Bush, M.D.
February is National Heart Health Awareness
Month, so now is the time to get heart
smart. Your heart is only the size of your
fist, but it’s the most important muscle in
your body. It is the body’s engine, and it
deserves to be taken care of. Many people
don’t realize that they are not living a
healthy heart lifestyle. Learning the risks
of heart disease can help you be your own
heart health advocate.
An estimated 17.1 million people die of
cardiovascular diseases every year, according
to the World Heart Federation. There
are many risk factors that contribute to
the development of heart disease. It’s important
to know that some risk factors can
be controlled or managed. The more risk factors you have, the
greater your chance of developing heart disease. Higher levels
of each risk factor correlate with a higher risk for heart disease.
Family history of cardiovascular disease, which cannot be controlled,
is an important risk factor. When it is present, it emphasizes
the importance of controlling the other risk factors.
Some of the risk factors can be controlled with just a few changes
in your daily routine. Maintaining a healthy diet, keeping an
active lifestyle, and relaxing are just a few of many steps you can
take to have a healthy heart.
For example, hypertension is the single biggest risk factor for
stroke, and also plays a significant role in heart attacks. It can
be prevented and successfully treated, but only if you have it
diagnosed and stick to your recommended management plan.
Abnormal blood lipid levels -- high total cholesterol, high levels
of triglycerides, high levels of low-density lipoprotein or low
levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol -- all increase
the risk of heart disease and stroke. Improving your diet,
exercising, and taking medication, if necessary, can modify your
blood lipid profile.
Tobacco use also increases the risk of heart disease. The risk
is especially high, if you started smoking when young, smoke
heavily, or are a woman. Stopping tobacco use can reduce your
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risk of heart disease significantly, no matter how long you have
Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke increase their
risk of heart disease as well. Physical inactivity increases the
risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent. People who
don’t exercise regularly are 1.5 times more likely to develop
heart disease. That’s why exercise is such an important part of a
heart-healthy lifestyle. Obesity or being overweight, especially
if a lot of weight is located in your waist area, increases your
risk for health problems, including high blood pressure, high
blood cholesterol, high triglycerides, diabetes, heart disease, and
Type II diabetes is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease
and stroke. Having diabetes makes you twice as likely as someone
who does not to develop heart disease. If you do not control
diabetes, then you are more likely to develop heart disease at an
earlier age than other people, and it will be more devastating. If
you are a pre-menopausal woman, your diabetes cancels out the
protective effect of estrogen and your risk of heart disease rises
Howard Bush, M.D., is a board-certified interventional cardiologist,
who has been a member of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s medical staff
since 1990. His specialty areas of expertise are cardiac catheterization,
stent angioplasty, treatment strategies for acute myocardial infarction,
and peripheral vascular interventions.
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[ MEDICAL MATTERS ]
Myths About Substance
Abuse and Addiction
Get Help for People in Trouble
By Sue Merklin
What is your vision of addiction? Is it the homeless man with a
bottle in a paper bag or a rock star shooting up on drugs?
Statistics show addiction is not associated with an age, a gender,
a race, an income level, or a profession. Addiction afflicts the
three-martini-lunch baby boomer, as well as the young professionals
on drugs to help them cope, perform, or manage pain. It
also afflicts the experimenting college student, the happy hour
senior, and the depressed, sleepless soccer mom.
Process addictions include gambling, sex, the Internet, and
shopping and eating disorders, to name a few. They are all conditions
that result from people ingesting
a substance or engaging in a pleasurable
activity that becomes compulsive
and interferes with health,
relationships, and finances. We all
know someone like this. Addiction
Here are some myths dispelled:
MYTH 1: Overcoming
addiction is simply
a matter of willpower.
You can stop using drugs
or drinking alcohol if you
really want to. These substances
alter the brain in ways
that result in powerful cravings
and a compulsion to use. These brain changes
make it extremely difficult to quit by sheer force of
MYTH 2: Addiction is a disease; there’s nothing you can do
about it. Most experts agree that addiction is a brain disease,
but that doesn’t mean you’re a helpless victim. The brain changes
associated with addiction can be treated and reversed through
therapy, medication, exercise, and other treatments in all stages
MYTH 3: Addicts have to hit rock bottom before they can get
better. Recovery can begin at any point in the addiction process
— and the earlier, the better. The longer substance abuse
continues, the stronger the addiction becomes, and the harder it
is to treat. Don’t wait to intervene until the addict has lost it all.
MYTH 4: You can’t force someone into treatment; they have
to want help. Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be successful.
People who are pressured into treatment by their family,
employer, or the legal system are just as likely to benefit as those
who choose to enter treatment on their own. As they sober up
and their thinking clears, many formerly resistant addicts decide
they want to change.
MYTH 5: Treatment didn’t work before, so there’s no point
in trying again. Recovery from addiction is a long process that
often involves setbacks. Relapse doesn’t mean that treatment
has failed or that you’re a lost cause. Rather, it’s a signal to
get back on track.
MYTH 6: Treatment must be done in an in-patient facility.
recovery is different.
Some addicts cannot
or will not go
away for treatment.
Many people successfully
out-patients, in their
homes. It is not the
location of treatment
that will determine
success, but the relevance
of the treatment
the continuing commitment
level of the
addict and his/her support team.
Wherever an addict is in the recovery process, do not believe
the myth that the addiction will magically disappear or get better
all by itself. Recognize the signs and lend support. You could
save a life. If you are an addict, maybe you could even save your
Sue Merklin is the CEO and Founder of Addiction Reach, which
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Reason for Hope
The basic problem researchers seek to overcome in finding
a cure for cancer is the body’s general inability to fight the
disease. Immune systems can do very little to penetrate the
robust molecular shield found in tumors.
But those shields may no longer be so impenetrable, thanks
to a new experimental drug called BMS-936558, according
to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Studies show
it produces significant shrinkage when used in fighting specific
forms of lung, skin, and kidney cancers.
“Clinical trials with new drugs, like BMS-936558, offer
hope for patients battling advanced cancers and those that
are difficult to treat,” says physician Stephen Garrett Marcus,
a senior biotechnology research executive, and author of a
comprehensive new reference book, Complications of Cancer
“While experimental treatments are not the best option for
everyone with cancer, they can be a very good one for people
for whom current treatments offer poor outcomes. And, in
the greater scheme of things, trial participants are making
an important contribution to others with the disease. While
they may not be cured, their involvement can significantly
move research forward.”
Investigate and, perhaps, enroll in a clinical trial.
• How can a person with cancer rapidly identify promising
clinical trials? The web site of the National Institute of
Health (www.clinicaltrials.gov) maintains the most comprehensive
registry of cancer clinical trials. The site includes
information regarding significant clinical trials in
progress. Each listing features the name of the clinical trial,
the purpose of the study, the criteria that make a person
eligible to participate, the study locations, and contact information.
• How does a person enroll in an experimental program? When
a good fit in a program is identified, a physician’s referral will
help expedite an evaluation. If necessary, self-referral can be
accomplished by calling the medical center directly and making
an appointment to see the physician running clinical trials.
Details for making an appointment can be found at www.-
• What preparations can be made prior to being seen at the
medical center? A complete package of information that gives
a clear story of a person’s medical illness can be very useful and
should be brought to the clinic at the time of the first appointment.
The center at which a person is evaluated for experimental
treatment may give a person a checklist of what to bring to
the appointment. This may include a letter from the person’s
physician, surgical, pathology and radiology reports, and other
test results. Having all relevant information organized for the
first visit streamlines the process for a comprehensive evaluation;
decisions regarding the best treatment option can be made
• How does a person make a decision about whether or not
to enter a clinical trial? Thoroughly understand standard
treatments and experimental options. Information about
these standard and experimental treatments can be provided
by physicians and other caregivers.
• Who pays for the experimental medication? The experimental
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Does our society hold too narrow a view of what defines
strength? The things many would point to as indicators of
strength – youth, wealth, a fully capable body – fall short, says
Charles Gourgey, a veteran hospice music therapist and author
of Judeochristianity: The Meaning and Discovery of Faith
www.judeochristianity.org), a book that explores the unifying
faith elements of Judaism and Christianity.
“Youth is ephemeral, abundant wealth is for just a few, and we
all experience some kind of disability, usually at several points
in our lives,” says Gourgey. “A car accident, the loss of a job or a
home, grief over a loved one’s dying – such things can happen
to anyone and easily destroy our happiness.”
Gourgey says some of the greatest strength he has ever seen
was demonstrated by certain of his patients facing imminent
death. “Some people have complete love and grace when facing
death,” he says. “It’s how they have lived their lives. And, at the
end of their lives, it’s what supports them. Those who, at the
end, are peaceful, grateful and confident share some common
• Their love is non-self-interested. When we have awareness
of and deepest respect for the individuality of others, we overcome
the high walls of ego and experience a tremendous sense
of freedom, says Gourgey. He says he continues to be inspired
by patients who cared more for the well-being of others, including
their fellow hospice patients, than themselves, while facing
their own mortality. Non-self-interested love – loving others for
themselves without expecting or needing anything in return – is
the greatest form of love, according to Gourgey.
Lessons to Learn
From Dying Hospice Patients
with their life’s journey were those who had faith in something
higher than themselves.
The problem with many concepts of faith, says Gourgey, is that
people attach specific doctrines to it, which means some people
will always be excluded. A unifying faith – that all people are
connected and love is the force that binds us – allows for trust,
compassion, and caring.
• They were motivated by an innate sense of what is good. They
didn’t get mad at themselves; they didn’t beat themselves up for
mistakes they might have made in the past. That’s because they
were always guided by their sense of what is good, and they
made their choices with that in mind.
That did not prevent them from making some bad choices or
mistakes over the course of their lives, Gourgey says. But, when
they erred, they addressed the problem with the same loving
compassion they extended to others. “Their compassion overcame
even any self-hate they may have experienced,” he says.
Many patients left lasting impressions on Gourgey and taught
him valuable life lessons. He remembers one in particular.
“She was in hospice, a retired nurse who had developed a rare,
incurable disease,” he recalls. “She would go around every day,
checking to see what she could do for the other patients. She
fetched blankets for a 104-year-old lady who always complained
of cold feet. She sat with and listened to patients who
needed company and someone to talk to. She had an attentive
awareness about her, like she was fully in touch with her soul.”
• They had an unwavering faith that transcended religious
dogma. Faith is the knowledge that there is more to life than
the apparent randomness of the material world; a sense that we
are known to a greater reality and will return to that reality. No
matter what their religion, the patients who were most at peace
Gourgey was with the woman when she died. “She was radiant,
she just glowed,” he says. “She kept repeating how grateful she
was for her life. It was as if the life of love she had lived was
there to transport and support her at the end.”
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Important for All Ages
Do you have a persistent tooth pain that you’re trying to ignore? Are
your pearly whites as pearly and white as you would like? Or, has
an aversion to the dentist kept you from paying proper attention to
your dental health?
The fact is, dental health is an important aspect of overall health.
Untreated dental issues can lead to general health problems. If you
have children, you need to make sure their teeth are getting the
proper attention, both in the dentist’s office and at home. What
better time to address the teeth upon which we all rely than now,
National Children’s Dental Health Month?
The Parklander spoke with three local dentists to get the lowdown
on good dental health, for both kids and adults. Dr. Keith Schwartz
of Coconut Creek treats adults in his practice. Dr. Michelle Handel
of Children’s Dental, of Wellington and East Boca Raton, treats
kids. Dr. Andrew Segelnick of Mini-Mouths Dentistry for Kids in
Coral Springs also treats kids.
Asked what he would tell a fearful patient, Dr. Schwartz said,
“There have been many advances in dentistry, including an anesthesia
wand, which is a computer-assisted anesthesia system. We can
sedate a fearful patient with nitrous oxide, also known as laughing
gas. Materials and techniques have improved, and there have been
advances in cosmetic dentistry, as well. The type of bonding materials
is better. We have porcelain veneers and ceramic crowns to
enhance a smile and take care of discolored or chipped teeth.”
Periodontal (gum) disease is very prevalent and, since it’s usually
painless, many people who have it don’t know they do. Dr. Schwartz
advises, “See your dentist regularly. Dentistry is now pleasant and
painless. We want to educate patients. An educated patient can
make his or her own informed decisions about treatment and
move forward with it to have a healthy mouth for a lifetime.”
Both Dr. Segelnick and Dr. Handel concur that age two is an appropriate
time for a child’s first dental visit, “or six months after their
first tooth erupts,” Dr. Handel adds. Asked if being cavity-prone is
hereditary, Dr. Segelnick says it’s possible, but, “The larger factors
are failure to brush and eating candy.”
Asked about periodontal exams or treatment for kids, he says, “In
any dental visit, the dentist should look for periodontal problems,
but it is not normally necessary for kids to see a periodontist.”
He cautions that some parents have an erroneous mindset that baby
teeth don’t matter, because they’re going to fall out anyhow. But,
he says, “The child will have those teeth till as late as age 11, and
cavities can cause pain, blood problems, and abscesses. They need to
have those cavities filled.”
If kids (and their parents) take care of those teeth, however, they
hardly ever get cavities, Dr. Handel says. Addressing the issue of
when kids have the proper manual dexterity to brush their own
teeth, she suggests a benchmark: “When they can tie their own
If kids do get cavities, Dr. Handel says there is less for them to fear:
“We do laser dentistry — no needle, no drill.”
With proper dental care for both you and your kids, your family can
have smiles that convey a feeling of pride. With the advances in
dentistry, there are many reasons to smile.
Asked how to prepare kids for their first dental
visit, Dr. Segelnick suggests that adults,
who often have a fear of dentists they
can pass on to their kids, say as little as
possible and leave it up to the dentist
to make the child comfortable. Dr.
Handel suggests buying books that
talk about a child’s visits to the
dentist. Read these to the child
and let the author provide preparation.
“If the child is fearful,” Dr.
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child how to keep his or her teeth
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By Nancy M. Ouhib, MBA, RD, LD/N
Turmeric is a spice that is derived from the finger-like stems (rhizomes)
of the Curcuma longa plant. It has been used for centuries
in food preparation and traditional medicines to treat numerous
diseases and conditions.
Noted for its bright yellow color, it is related to and similar in size
to ginger. Turmeric has a characteristic musky, earthy aroma and a
pungent, slightly bitter flavor. Some say that turmeric’s flavor resembles
a combination of ginger and pepper.
Turmeric is grown throughout India, other parts of
Asia, and Africa. India is the primary exporter of
alleppey turmeric, although Peru and China are
additional sources. Alleppey turmeric is highly regarded
for its deep yellow to orange-yellow color.
Chinese turmeric, which is of comparable quality to
alleppey, is characteristically more brownish in color.
The use of turmeric as a powerful coloring agent for food
and fabric dates as far back as 600 B.C. Marco Polo, in
1280, mentioned turmeric in notes of his travels in
China: “There is also a vegetable that has all the
properties of true saffron, as well as the smell
and the color, and yet it is not really saffron.”
In medieval Europe, turmeric was known
as Indian saffron. Since then, turmeric has
been used as an inexpensive substitute for
saffron to color and flavor prepared mustard,
pickles, relish, chutneys, and rice dishes as
well as butter and cheese. It is also used in spice
blends in the Caribbean, India, North Africa, the
Middle East, and Indonesia, such as curry powder and
rendangs (spicy meat dishes). It is also commonly used in fabric dyes.
In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric
has been used to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis
pain, and regulate menstruation. Turmeric has also been applied
directly to the skin for eczema and wound healing. Today, traditional
or folk uses of turmeric include applications to deal with
heartburn, stomach ulcers, gallstones, inflammation, and cancer. It
is dried and taken by mouth as a powder or in capsules, teas, or
The primary biologically active constituent of turmeric is a chemical
called curcumin, which only comprises about two to six percent
of the spice. It is believed that curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory
and antioxidant properties, which may contribute to its
potential to prevent such conditions as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease,
heart disease, and arthritis. Clinical confirmation of these benefits
is still very limited. Progress in establishing recommendations for
the effectiveness in people, especially at typical dietary intakes, is
still incomplete and unconfirmed.
It is important to note that curcumin is poorly absorbed through
the gastrointestinal tract. Formulations to improve the distribution
in foods and absorption of curcumin from ongoing
clinical studies should improve our understanding of how it
can best be used to improve human health.
Turmeric is considered safe for most adults. High dos-
es or long-term use of turmeric may cause indigestion,
dizziness, nausea, and/or diarrhea. In animals,
high doses of turmeric have caused liver problems.
No cases of liver problems have been reported in
people to date.
People with gall bladder disease should avoid using
turmeric as a dietary supplement, as it may worsen the
condition. Turmeric may slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric
along with medications that also slow clotting might
increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications
that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel
(Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen
(Advil, Motrin, and others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn,
others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin,
and warfarin (Coumadin).
The choice to use a dietary supplement can be a wise decision that
provides health benefits. However, these products may be unnecessary
for good health or they may even create unexpected risks. Unlike
drug products that must be proven safe and effective for their
intended use before marketing, there are no provisions in the law
for the Food and Drug Administration to approve dietary supplements
for safety or effectiveness before they reach the consumer.
Always tell your physician about any complementary health practices
you use. Give him/her a complete picture of what you do to
manage your health. This will help to ensure safe and coordinated
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With a staff of six physicians, five nursemidwives,
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concerns, aging issues, reproductive medicine, and infertility issues
are all dealt with at Royal Palm Ob/Gyn.
“We deliver over 1,000 babies each year,” says President Bruce
Zafran, M.D. “Patients are offered a variety of birthing options,
including water births in a natural environment at the hospital.
High-risk obstetrics and advanced maternal age are of special interest
in our practice.”
Treating “young women of all ages,” the practice prides itself on
having some of the most experienced gynecologists in the field of
minimally invasive surgery. This includes Da Vinci robotic surgery
for hysterectomies, allowing the patient to return to work often
within a week. Minimally invasive surgery is a rapidly growing
field in women’s health care, treating conditions such as abnormal
uterine bleeding, and permanent contraception without traditional
surgical methods. Cancer screening, preventive care, and pre-conception
counseling are essential concerns at Royal Palm Ob/Gyn.
Fashion models and Olympic swimmers are among the patients.
Service is provided to women with all kinds of insurance from
Medicare to military. Even the uninsured are given care. Also provided
is care on an emergency basis at Northwest Medical Center
in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Physicians are available for questions
by email. The languages spoken are English, Spanish, French,
German, Russian, and Hebrew.
With hours extended for the convenience of patients, they are
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What is Skinny Fat?
Define Your Exercise Goals
By Jen Esposito
Skinny fat represents people who have average, or even below average,
weight for their age, sex and height, but have a higher body fat
percentage than would be appropriate for them. These people are
skinny, but not lean. In women, this may result in a size 4 gal who
still has visible cellulite in the hips, thighs, and buttocks. In men, you
may see a flabby mid-section or lower back, even though they may
be able to maintain a size 34 waistline.
Now that you know the definition, you may wonder if you are skinny
fat, how you got this way, and what you can do to change. Perhaps
you are thinking, “I am an avid runner.” Or, “I take spin class several
times each week, so why am I still not lean?”
Several factors contribute to becoming skinny fat, which include
what kind of food you eat and your exercise program. Additionally,
your heart rate range while exercising can significantly influence
your body composition.
From a nutritional perspective, the amount of available fuel you have
in your body as stored carbohydrate and stored body fat, as well as
the food you eat each day, will help determine what you burn for
fuel while you are exercising. Many people benefit from nutritional
counseling and using a meal plan designed to help them direct their
bodies to burn more fat for fuel, both when exercising and at rest. It
is recommended to seek a qualified and appropriately credentialed
professional to further discuss your nutritional needs.
When evaluating your workouts, think about why you are exercising.
There are many healthful reasons to do so. But, if your reason for exercising
is to reduce body fat, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
It is worth considering that, when exercising at a high level of exertion,
during which you may be breathless and sweaty, your heart
must work harder or faster to meet the demand for oxygen created
during that exercise. The primary job of the body is to stay alive under
all conditions, and this means your body will choose the most
readily available and easily
processed fuel to meet the
This is important for you,
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when you are really pushing
yourself while working
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its source for fuel. Unfortunately,
your last meal and easily accessible
are stored in your muscles, actually
provide less energy when
broken down than stored body
fat. As a consequence, when you are
really exerting yourself, not only are you burning
carbohydrates for fuel, rather than fat, you are also getting less
energy out of the process.
Stored fat molecules are much larger than carbohydrate molecules.
It costs energy for your body to tap into and break down these cells
for fuel. When you’re working out at a high intensity, your energy is
better spent supporting the job your heart is doing keeping you alive,
rather than tapping into and breaking down fat cells for fuel.
Have hope. You can enjoy the health benefits of exercise and also
look leaner. The bottom line is, the next time you get ready to exercise,
consider whether or not you want to burn your last meal for fuel
or you want to burn your cellulite or spare tire for fuel. Then, adjust
your diet and intensity of exercise accordingly, and let skinny fat be
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Don’t Trust Dr. Google
By Glenn Kalick, D.V.M.
Last fall, I had an interesting email correspondence with a client who
was moving from Massachusetts to Coral Springs. He wanted to ask
me a few questions about myself and my practice. But, quickly, the
interview went from my background and the policies of Brookside
Animal Hospital to his dog Gus, a one-year-old English Bulldog
with a vomiting problem.
Gus was vomiting frequently. It was apparent he didn’t bring Gus to
a veterinarian. I asked him about the medications he was giving Gus.
The dose, the frequency of administration, and the types of medications
were not typical of what veterinarians use or recommend.
The client did tell me that he did not have a veterinarian and he was
using information from Google. Most veterinarians and physicians
whom I know refer to people like this client as consulting with Dr.
Google, who answers all, but knows no specifics. He is never liable.
Veterinarians and physicians spend hours defending their points of
view as doctors of record, compared with a computer.
Dr. Google recommended a dietary change. The owner tried venison,
duck, salmon, and a raw diet. Gus vomited repeatedly through
all of the changes. He tried Pepcid and Cimetidine for acid control.
That didn’t stop the vomiting, but the situation was a little better. He
tried to feed Gus with elevated food bowls. No luck. He fed Gus
multiple small meals a day and that seemed to work the best. But
he also worked and twice-a-day feeding was all he had time to do.
The dog owner read that Gus might have a foreign body in his stomach
or something called an intusseption, but he said that he couldn’t
afford an x-ray or ultrasound. He did tell me that, along with consulting
Dr. Google, that his friend was a veterinary technician who
said there were other things that he could try.
He read about a product called Cerenia that stops dogs from vomiting
and wanted to know if I could write him a prescription for it and
I told him that I could not. There is something called a veterinarianclient-patient
relationship that had yet to be established. I need to
see the patient and we need to establish a relationship before prescriptions
are written. I told him that I had a veterinarian friend in
his area who owed me a favor and that I would ask him to see Gus.
But the owner would need to pay for his own diagnostics, if needed.
Dr. Rob saw Gus and took an x-ray. They immediately saw something
strange. Dr. Rob showed the client the gastric foreign body
on the radiograph. Dr. Rob performed the required surgery and removed
two pacifiers and one pair of infant socks from Gus’ stomach.
The dog had a history of eating the client’s daughter’s baby toys,
pacifiers, and socks.
For months, Gus suffered. Dr. Google can only make recommendations
based on the information supplied by the computer operator.
He can’t take x-rays or blood for analysis. He can’t palpate an animal’s
abdomen or evaluate its hydration status. He can’t comment on
enlarged lymph nodes or take a temperature.
As with most cases, Gus needed diagnostic tests and someone who
could properly evaluate the tests. This also necessitated a current
relationship with a doctor who could ask the pertinent questions and
set up a diagnostic and treatment plan.
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Gus did very well after surgery. The owner said that he will be happy
when his daughter is finished with the pacifier. I told him that, as his
daughter gets older, the pacifier and socks become Barbie dolls and
Glenn Kalick, D.V.M., is the owner of Brookside Animal Hospital of
Coral Springs. The web site is www.Brooksidevet.com.
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[ EQUESTRIAN NEWS ]
THE AGE TO BEGIN
By Donice Muccio
Around the Barn…
I am frequently asked what is a good age for a child to start riding
lessons. For teaching purposes, a five-year-old child is not too young,
as long the school horse is safe and will tolerate a beginner learning
balance and how to be kind to the horse’s mouth.
A young child who shows an interest in horses is quickly able to
learn good form. I have found that children want to please their instructors
and show kindness to the horses, if correctness is explained
in a manner they can understand.
Our six-year-olds are able to show independently in Walk/Trot
classes because they have learned proper body positions and control
of the horse or pony. Obviously, the instructor needs patience
to teach the very young, as sometimes the lessons include discussing
the student’s daily school activities or the last fun family outing. As
an instructor, I absolutely love the stories and then we get right back
to working on riding skills.
Alyssa Catania, shown above on Malachi Acres’ Arabian mare, Kat’s
Simone, is now six years old. She is a very gutsy little girl. Her confidence
is amazing, as you can see the moment she lands in the saddle.
The most satisfying part is watching the five-year-old beginners turn
into college-bound students who have some kind of equestrian goal
while attending college. Many of the students participate on the college
equestrian team. I suspect Alyssa will be one of those students.
The college students have started coming back to visit Malachi
Acres during the winter break. It is a thrill to see them and I always
offer them a ride on one of their favorite horse buddies or a chance
to test-ride one of our new school horses. It is a special time of the
year for all of us who have taught these students, now young adults
still loving horses.
The barn is a wonderful place to be!
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[ RECREATION ]
Braving the Cold
By Martin Lenkowsky
Only for Diehard Fans
It has been more than 32 years since Amy and I moved to Coral
Springs from our apartment in Forest Hills, New York. During
those three-plus decades, I’ve had to brave the cold New York
City winter on just three occasions. The first was my nephew’s
bar mitzvah. The second visit was to surprise my sister-in-law
on her birthday. The most recent trip was last January, when I
went to visit my brother in the hospital.
During each Big Apple visit, I couldn’t wait to get back to my
warm, sunny South Florida pool and backyard. I had almost
forgotten how horrible it was to get into a freezing cold car, or
to scrape ice and snowflakes off the windshield.
Now that February – winter’s harshest month – has arrived,
I can’t stop thinking about this month’s Superbowl. This year,
unlike any before, the biggest extravaganza in sports will not
be played in the temperate confines of some mild sunbelt
stadium. Nor will the AFC and NFC champions face off
under a climate-controlled, domed arena, no matter what
This month’s big game will be played at MetLife Stadium in the
New Jersey Meadowlands, an outdoor venue with no protection
from the blustery northern cold or potentially heavy snowfalls.
From a sports perspective, I kind of like it. If a six-foot, fiveinch,
320-pound athlete making millions of dollars for playing
a game catches a cold, it’s not my worry. Nor do I have much
sympathy for those crazy fans willing to brave the harshest of
elements. (I guess if they can afford those ticket prices, they
deserve to go and enjoy.)
Putting the subject into a little more perspective, my daughter
and I went to New York a few weeks ago for a New York
Giants/Minnesota Vikings Monday night football game at
MetLife Stadium. The air temperature at game time was somewhere
in the low 50s. Granted, it was not exactly a New York
City winter night by any stretch of the imagination. However,
to a man who has lived down here for more than thirty years,
and his daughter, a Coral Springs native, it might as well have
been minus 10 degrees.
We were freezing! Before the game even started, I bought, for
the two of us, thick New York Giants’ scarves. Plus, my daughter
went to the concession stand – not for a bottle of beer, but
for a cup of hot chocolate.
The kind folks sitting in front of us probably thought we
were doing this for their amusement. They had just flown
down from Minnesota to cheer on their team. Not only were
they wearing sleeveless shirts, but they were laughing at our
freezing cold Florida bodies. They even said, “This is like July
Of course, I can only take this hypocrisy so far. Should someone
offer me a free ticket to the big game, my only response
would most likely be, “How much for a hot chocolate?”
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ND R 93
By Candice Russell
[ LAST WORD ]
Searching for Love
In All the Wrong Places
What do you notice first in someone you might like or even
love? Is it eyes or a winning smile? Many women say they’re
drawn to men for their intelligence or sense of humor. Many
men want women with a slim or athletic body.
Because people have such trouble finding mates these days, they
turn to web sites like Plenty of Fish, which is free, and feebased
services like eHarmony and Match.com.
Interests can be the points around which men and women or
women and women or men and men unite. I foolishly joined
Meet Cat Lovers, in the hope of meeting a man who liked cats.
But many of the profiles of men don’t even mention ownership
of a single feline. In fact, some men post photos of themselves
Hope was momentarily raised in one response -- an age-appropriate,
self-employed male with a master’s degree. He listed a
wide range of reading interests and relatable hobbies, including
cooking, learning and music. I was on
board. I also appreciated the fact that he
was a non-smoker with a dry, sarcastic
sense of humor.
But further reading provided information that
left me less than thrilled. This guy doesn’t drink.
Ever. Not even a glass of champagne on December 31.
His favorite hobby is camping, which I would only do if held
as a hostage at gunpoint. Camping is my definition of a horrific
experience. I tried it in childhood and adulthood with results of
sleeplessness and body aches. But, for the right guy with chemistry
ignited between us, maybe I could try camping again. So, I
was still interested in reading the rest of his profile.
Then came the worst possible admission by my potential suitor,
a revelation that was a deal-breaker. The site asked him to fill
out an answer to this: “Always wanted to try.” Of all the things
he could have answered, from sky-diving, to a weekend in Paris,
he wrote about sharing in the bedroom.
(Those who have seen the film Bob and
Carol and Ted and Alice will know what I
mean). This is something I would never
do, even at gunpoint.
So, it’s “no” to dating sites for me. But
I remain optimistic. If you happen to
meet the clone of tall, sensitive, rumplyhaired
singer Rick Springfield in your
travels, please suggest he stop by.
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