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November 25, 2008

Holiday celebration this Friday at Weston Town Center


A kickoff event to the holiday season is happening at the Weston Town Center (1675 Market St.) 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

Festivities include the lighting of the Christmas tree and the arrival of jolly old Santa Claus.

Call 954-349-5900 for more information.


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November 24, 2008

Run for Tomorrow event to cause road closures on Dec. 14


The north and southbound lanes of Bonaventure Boulevard from South Post Road to Royal Palm Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 6-10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 for the 2008 BB3 Run For Tomorrow.

The event will include a 5K run, half-marathon and 1.5-mile fun walk beginning at Cypress Bay High School, 18600 Vista Park Blvd.

Minor traffic delays are expected on Vista Park Boulevard, on Bonaventure Boulevard between South Post and Griffin roads, as well as on Royal Palm Boulevard/Glades Parkway between Bonaventure Boulevard and Park Road. Motorists are advised to allow for additional time to reach their destination.

Orange safety cones and signs will designate the lane to be used for runners and vehicles. The Broward Sheriff's Office will have deputies stationed at intersections to assist with traffic flow.

-- In related news, the Florida Department of Transportation District Four, Eisman & Russo Consulting Engineers, Calvin-Giordano & Associates and Community Asphalt Corp. are inviting the public to come out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 to celebrate completion of the new exit ramp from westbound I-595 to westbound State Road 84.

The ramp will open to traffic immediately following the ceremony

Parking for ceremony attendees is available off westbound State Road 84, adjacent to the new ramp east of the entrance to Markham Park. RSVP by Nov. 25 to


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November 20, 2008

Moonlight Movies in the Park on Dec. 6


The city of Weston presents Moonlight Movies in the Park with a presentation of the feature film Alvin and the Chipmunks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road.)

The film is projected onto a giant inflatable screen on the event stage inside the park. The event is free.

This live-action/CGI motion picture brings together the celebrated history of its characters – Dave Seville and singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore – adding a new comic sensibility and edge.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for a relaxing night out. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 954-389-4321.


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November 19, 2008

Weston fashion show to help people of Haiti


The School of Fashion Marketing and Design at American InterContinental University presents the Winter Wonderland Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 at its campus, 2250 N. Commerce Parkway in Weston.

Aspiring AIU fashion-design students will display colorful, original holiday fashions, modeled by students from area high schools including Flanagan and Cypress Bay.

The show is free and open to the public in support of the Food For the Poor relief effort to collect food and clothing for the people of Haiti. The country was ravaged this summer by four tropical storms, culminating with Hurricane Ike, which destroyed nearly 60 percent of the country's harvests and left entire cities uninhabitable. Established in 1982, Food For the Poor provides relief throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

AIU asks all who are able to bring canned goods and gently used clothing to help the many in Haiti who now are homeless.

Music and refreshments will round out the evening. For more information, call Karla Lopez at 954-446-6323.


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Residents come together for 8-year-old Weston child


Residents have united in an effort to get 8-year-old Weston resident Michael Stolzenberg four prosthetics he will need for his hands and feet.

Stolzenberg was rushed to the emergency room on July 22 with a bacterial infection that was not responding to antibiotics. He went into septic shock and was put on a ventilator, but his condition worsened. Somehow Stolzenberg survived. However, oxygen deprivation to his limbs resulted in the amputation of his hands and feet.

His only hope of regaining some independence in his life is to have superior prosthetics. While amputees can survive with basis prosthetics covered by insurance, they are usually only faced with one amputation, not four. In addition, as his body continues to grow, the four prosthetics will have to be replaced annually.

As a result, friends and family formed Miles for Mikey to raise money for a trust that will be used for Michael’s medical, health and welfare needs as he grows. The public is invited to join Michael and his family to support him in his quest toward rehabilitation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at Tequesta Trace Park (600 Indian Trace). Registration is not necessary.

To donate or learn more, visit

The Stolzenbergs have been Weston residents since 1994. Parents Laura and Keith, along with brothers Harris, 13, and Justin, 11, have been involved for many years with local sports in Weston, including the Weston Warrior tackle football team and lacrosse program.

Michael would have been the starting quarterback for his Pee Wee team in September. Michael attends Eagle Point Elementary School in Weston.


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November 13, 2008

Weston Philharmonic Society hosts events this weekend


Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are two events presented by the Weston Philharmonic Society.

-- America's Favorites-Classical family concerts are slated for 4 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the Cypress Bay High School Theatre, 18600 Vista Park Blvd.

The program will consist of Copland's Outdoor Overture, Anderson's Typewriter, Syncopated Clock and Bugler's Holiday, excerpts from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, Groffe's On the Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite and Berlin's Symphonic Portrait.

Tickets for each performance are $5 and can be purchased at the Community Bank of Broward, 1504 Weston Road, the Music Education Center, 90 Indian Trace, or at the box office the day of the concert.

More information can be found at

-- To kick off the holiday season, the Weston Philharmonic Society presents its annual gala and fundraiser at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at the Renaissance Hotel, 1230 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation.

Tickets are $135 and are available by return invitation or reservation with contact.

The black-tie event includes cocktails, dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds support musical activities in the community and at Weston schools.

For more information, call 954-385-5606.

For a story on the Weston Philharmonic Society's upcoming season, visit,0,3742787.story


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November 11, 2008

Weston sports open registration for youths

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Photos courtesy of WALL Web site

The Weston Area Little League has baseball and softball registrations under way for the upcoming season. The season starts in February and runs through May. Evaluations start Dec. 8.

Program is open to ages 5-18. A free Challenger division for special-needs children is also available. To register, visit


In addition, registration for the American Youth Soccer Organization for players ages 4-19 begins online at on Nov. 15.

Cost is $145 and includes 10 games, uniform, trophies, pictures, insurance and more. Games and practices are held at Weston Regional Park and run from mid-February through May. For more information, e-mail or go to


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November 7, 2008

SW Ranches Fire Rescue having open house this weekend


The fire-rescue facility in Southwest Ranches is having an open house 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8. The building is at 17220 Griffin Road -- due to construction, residents are requested to park on Southwest 46th Street.

You can come get to know your firefighters and paramedics.


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Water chlorination starts next week

Mandatory water chlorination will begin the week of Nov. 10 through the 20th throughout the entire city's water supply.

Residents may notice a slight odor or taste of chlorination. If you have questions or problems:

For the Bonaventure area, 954-888-6087

For the Indian Trace areas of Weston (all areas except Bonaventure), 954-385-2600
After hours and weekends 954-389-4321

Director of Public Works, 954-385-2600
Assistant City Manager/COO, 954-389-4321


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November 5, 2008

Free puppet show at Weston Community Center


Photo courtesy of Puppets to Go

The Last Dinosaur puppet shows are set for 1:30 and 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Weston Community Center, inside Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

A young boy accidentally activates a time machine in a natural history museum, which begins a fascinating journey back through time and encounters with dinosaurs.

The shows are free. Call 954-389-4321 or visit


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Weston school hosts Green Day 2008

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Indian Trace Elementary School (400 Indian Trace) will host Green Day 2008 at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

The event is highlighted by a campus beautification project, courtesy of The Brickman Group and the school’s PTA. Teachers, students, parents and administrators will be assisting in the initiative.

The Brickman Group, along with Arazoza Brothers, is donating the plant material, mulch, supplies and equipment needed to beautify Indian Trace Elementary. Volunteers will focus on key areas of the school grounds, including the carpool area, the main entrance and the butterfly garden at the entrance to the media center.

One of the main ideas behind the event is to provide a hands-on lesson for students as they learn about plants and the environment through an activity that involves teamwork.

The Brickman Group has worked with The Children’s SOS Village in Coconut Creek, Kids in Distress, The Ronald McDonald House and The Boys and Girls Club doing similar beautification projects.


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November 4, 2008

SW Ranches organizing tree planting project

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Southwest Ranches is working with residents to increase canopy lost at the hands of Hurricane Wilma with a tree planting project 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park, 5840 SW 148th Ave.

Gumbo limbo and other native trees are being supplied by resident Alyn Kay and John Demont of Redland Nursery. Mulch for the project is being donated by resident Norman Hickmore. About 100 trees will be planted.

Labor to plant the trees will be provided by volunteers and Scouts and leaders
from Boy/Cub Scout Troop 160. Anyone interested in helping can participate.

For more information, call 954-343-7452.


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November 2, 2008

Weston church presents Family Fun Day

The seventh annual Craft Fair & Family Fun Day takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Crossroads Baptist Church (Ladies Missions, 2475 Glades Circle).

The Kids Fun Zone will feature crafts, games and prizes. Other activities include an obstacle course, bounce house, Thomas the Train and dunk tank. Food booths will feature hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, sodas and snow cones.

Vendors will have hand-crafted artisan jewelry, crafts, gifts and a pastry booth featuring homemade baked goods and jam. The event is free.

For vendor space availability, call Carolyn Barnes 954-385-9926.


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