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July 31, 2009

Weston Community Center offers SAT class


The Weston Community Center is offering a class for ages 15-20 on Sunday afternoons from 1:30–4 p.m., Tuesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. or Thursday nights from 7:15-9:45 p.m. to prepare for the SAT.

The instructor, Jeff Steinberg, developed this course in 1990 and taught it at the University of Miami. Content includes commonly overlooked strategies and techniques for beating the SAT.

Contact Steinberg at 954-478-0792 for details to enroll in this course.

Cost is $475, including text and materials. Sessions begin the week of Aug. 16 for the Oct. 10 test.

For more information, call 954-389-4321 or stop by the Weston Community Center (20200 Saddle Club Road).


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July 28, 2009

Gator Run to have new bus look and dropoff locations this school year


Gator Run Elementary School will have a new location for the school bus loop and for students dropped off by car when school is back in session Aug. 24.

Construction is currently in progress. The bus loop formerly on Savanna Drive was moved to Glades Parkway.

Drop-off locations used by students are determined by the neighborhood in which they reside:

PARK ROAD CARPOOL DROP-OFF: for residents who live in Savanna, San Messina, San Mateo and San Sebastian.

SAVANNA DRIVE CARPOOL DROP-OFF: for residents who live in Weston Hills, the Landings and the Meadows.


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July 27, 2009

Town hall meeting for Country Isles Elementary set for Aug. 6


There will be a town hall meeting at Country Isles Elementary (2300 Country Isles Road) for parents from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 in the school's cafeteria.

Several experts from the School Board, the city of Weston and the Broward County Health Department will be available to confirm the school's drinking water purity.


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July 23, 2009

Southwest Ranches teen named ambassador for youth organization


As if being an award-winning teen entrepreneur wasn’t enough, 16-year old Wendi Oppenheim can now add ambassador to her titles and credentials.

A junior at Pine Crest School, the Southwest Ranches resident joins the elite group of "changemakers," part of a generation bound to make a difference.

Ashoka’s Youth Venture announces Oppenheim has been selected as one of this year’s group of national ambassadors comprised of young entrepreneurs. The teens selected are transforming their communities through the launch of their own ventures –- a business, club or organization to benefit the community.

Teams focus on problems related to the environment or education, poverty or civic engagement. Some tackle global topics, others the digital divide or technological solutions to pressing problems.

For more on Oppenheim and her Opp-guide nonprofit database, visit


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July 22, 2009

Roadwork begins on Manatee Isles Drive


Construction has begun along Manatee Isles Drive in coordination with the approved improvements project. The city is asking motorists to utilize caution and remain mindful of potential delays.

The project's plans include the extension of the eastbound right-turn lane back to Isles of Weston Avenue, and between South Post Road and Isles of Weston, the addition of bike lanes and curbing on both sides of the street along with drainage and landscaping. The intent of the improvements is to facilitate traffic flow in the area and eliminate the constant damage and resulting unacceptable appearance of the swales.

Contractors will try to mitigate the impact by not working during peak traffic times.


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July 16, 2009

AARP Safe Driving course for mature adults set for July 25


The city of Weston is offering AARP’s 55 Alive/Mature Driving program 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25 at the Weston Police Services Center, 17300 Royal Palm Blvd.

This is an eight-hour classroom session designed as a refresher course in safe driving. The course is designed especially for older motorists dealing with age-related physical changes. The course is available to anyone 50 and older.

A reduction in automobile insurance premium is allowed for each participant by most insurance companies when the course is completed and the driver has a safe driving record. Advance registration is required.

To register, call Sonny at 954-385-9920.


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July 14, 2009

Weston students boasts spirits with perky pillowcases

Fourth-graders at Eagle Point Elementary in Weston showed their appreciation for troops serving in Iraq by designing pillowcases with a patriotic message.

The students designed their "Perky Pillowcases" in hopes the troops who receive them sleep a little better at night.

The 60 pillowcases will be delivered with care packages filled with toothpaste, deodorant, playing cards and other items.

One of those who a pillow was SFC Christopher Galbusieri. The Fort Lauderdale native is currently deployed and was touched by the gift.

"The students and teachers at Eagle Point Elementary have sacrificed their time to show us soldiers that even the younger generation supports us," Galbusieri said.

"I am from Fort Lauderdale and to receive something from home was a great moral boost."

For more on this story, visit,0,84264.story


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July 9, 2009

Alex's lemonade stand comes to Weston


Joining the battle against childhood cancer, local Weston residents, including several young volunteers, will host an Alex's Lemonade Stand 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at the Publix in the Weston Lakes Plaza (294 Indian Trace).

Juliana Abramowitz, 8, and his brothers Jared, 12, and Jordan, 14, were inspired to get involved with Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation after seeing a local news story on Alexandra "Alex" Scott.

The idea to get involved came from Juliana as she and her dad were watching Fox & Friends early one Saturday morning. Her brothers heard their idea and immediately wanted to get involved as well.


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Resident becomes member of Drexel 100


Dorothy Brooten, PhD, RN, is one of the newest members of the Drexel 100, the university’s alumni hall of fame.

The Weston resident is the first alumni of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions to be lauded with this honor.

Brooten is a member of the Woman’s Medical College Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1962, a predecessor to Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Known for her research on low birth weight prevention, post-discharge care of low birth weight infants, and transitional care targeted to high-risk, high-cost patient groups, Brooten retired in 2000 as the dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

She also served as a consultant to the School of Medicine of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and to the Ministry of Health in Malawi, Africa. She received numerous awards, including the Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founders Award for Excellence in Research from Sigma Theta Tau International; the Jesse Scott Award for integrating education, practice, and research at the American Nurses Association convention in San Diego; and the Contribution to Nursing Science Award from the American Nurses Association.

She has served on the editorial boards of several nursing and interdisciplinary journals and has authored two books and co-authored five.


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July 6, 2009

Webinar workshop set on iPhone app development


The iPhone's popularity has led to one billion downloads in just nine months from a menu of more than 50,000 phone applications.

Instructor Pat Frank will discuss how iPhone app development - from ideation to the sale - can turn into a career opportunity. It's set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at American InterContinental University's Weston campus, 2250 N. Commerce Parkway.

Frank will give a brief overview of the iPhone development process and discuss the design and innovation behind its most popular applications.

Register at


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Weston receives Budget Presentation Award


Weston recently received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2008, presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.

This is the eighth year the city has received award recognition. Assistant City Manager/CFO David Keller and Treasurer Darrel Thomas prepared the annual budget pursuant to the GFOA guidelines and requirements and submitted on behalf of the city.

To receivee the award, the submitting entity must publish a budget document that meets the following program criteria:
* It must serve as a policy document
* It must serve as a financial plan
* It must serve as an operations guide
* It must serve as a communications device

GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 17,600 government finance professionals throughout North America.


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July 2, 2009

Bulk trash pickup dates for July in Weston


Bulk trash pick-up will be taking place in Weston from Wednesday, July 15 to Saturday, July 18.

For single-family homes, bulk trash collection will correspond with your regularly scheduled collection day (Wednesday-Friday) and all bulk trash must be placed curbside by 7 a.m.

Your bulk collection day is your regular garbage collection day only. If items are not collected by the end of the day, they will be collected the following day; it is dependent upon the volume of items placed out by the community.

For multi-family units with Dumpster service (apartments and condominiums), place items alongside the community’s dumpster by 7 a.m. Saturday, July 18.

Hazardous waste materials cannot be accepted.

For more information, visit or call 954-385-2600.


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