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February 24, 2010

YMCA Ultimate Olympics Family Challenge coming to Weston March 13

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The YMCA Ultimate Olympic Family Challenge will feature competition, exercise classes, races, bounce houses and more from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 13 at the Weston Y, 20201 Saddle Club Road.

Cost is $10, $5 for ages 8-12, and free for age 7 and younger.

For more information, call 954-424-9622 or visit www.ymcabroward.org.

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Artists work on display next month at the Weston Branch Library

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An exhibit of 20 oil paintings by Philip Mann will be on display March 1-31 at the Weston Branch Library's multipurpose room (4205 Bonaventure Blvd.)

The exhibit, "Reflections of the Everglades and South Florida," is part of Florida Heritage Month, a statewide salute to the unique sights, sounds and specialties found in Florida.

Residents will also have a chance to meet Mann in person at the library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 16.

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February 23, 2010

Closing of playground in Weston Regional Park extended

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The playground adjacent to the Community Center in the Weston Regional Park (20200 Saddle Club Road) will be closed from Feb. 16- April 2 (originally scheduled to reopen on Feb. 27). The playground is undergoing maintenance and awaiting replacement of a new shade covering, which was destroyed by a storm.

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Weston hotel has first graduate from hospitality training program for people with disabilities

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Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center & Spa in Weston and Hands On Educational Services hosted a graduation ceremony for Fort Lauderdale resident Samantha Fishkin, the first graduate from its newly launched Hospitality Training Program for Persons with Disabilities.

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Fishkin was the first student to complete the training program, which allows people with special needs to work as temporary Hyatt Regency Bonaventure employees in several departments, including catering, housekeeping and human resources. During the two-week curriculum, she worked alongside Executive Chef Bob Axenfeld and his team in the kitchen, to learn everything from food preparation to garnishing.

Fishkin, who suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of a car accident in 1998, will now become a regular part-time Hyatt employee.

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February 22, 2010

Sights from the Weston Artwalk & Showtime


The fourth annual Weston Artwalk & Showtime took place over the weekend at Weston Town Center.

More than 60 local artists were featured, showcasing jewelry, paintings, photos and sculptures. Schools throughout the area were represented, with students' work on display.

The free event is presented every year by the Arts Council of Greater Weston. Look for more in an upcoming Sunday issue of Community News.

-- Scott Fishman

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Commuting information to keep in mind

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Below is some information to consider when venturing on the roads this week:

-- One westbound lane of State Road 84 between Flamingo and Hiatus Road will be closed from 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 until 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26 to remove a utility pole.

-- Traffic on S.R. 84 and I-595, in both directions, will be stopped for 10 minutes between 11 p.m. Feb. 25 and 2 a.m. Feb. 26 while an FPL overhead line is dropped and removed. Florida Highway Patrol will be stationed throughout the corridor to assist with traffic management during the operation.

-- Two lanes of westbound S.R. 84 will be closed at Hiatus Road from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 25. An FHP officer will be on site during the closure to slow down merging traffic.

-- One lane of westbound S.R. 84 will be closed through the intersection of Pine Island Road from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly from Monday through Wednesday morning.

-- One lane of westbound S.R. 84 will be closed between Nob Hill and Pine Island Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

-- The designated U-turn from eastbound S.R. 84 to westbound S.R. 84 at Pine Island Road will be closed beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 through early fall to begin major roadway construction. Motorists will still be able to make the U-turn through the intersection.

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February 18, 2010

Weston library looking for books

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The Friends of the Library Bookstore group at the Weston Branch Library is asking for donations of used books.

Soft and hardcover books of all kinds are sought, especially children's books.

Books can be dropped off at the library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd.

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February 17, 2010

Park and playground closed in Weston through Feb. 26

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The playground next to the Community Center in the Weston Regional Park will be closed Feb. 16-26 to replace the shade cover.

In addition, Windmill Ranch Park will be closed through Feb. 26 for resurfacing.

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February 15, 2010

Weston announces 3D movie in the park next month

Weston will host a free 3D movie in the park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at the event stage in Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

Glasses will be provided to view "Journey to the Center of the Earth."


On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

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February 11, 2010

Annual Weston Artwalk & Showtime around the corner

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The fourth annual Weston Artwalk & Showtime is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at Weston Town Center.

More than 60 local artists will be featured. Festivities include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, photography and more.

The free event is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston.

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February 3, 2010

Sheriff's Office to host prescription drug "take back" program

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The Broward Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the United Way Commission on Substance Abuse, will host a prescription drug "take back" program from 9 a.m.-noon March 13 at the Weston Public Safety Building, 17300 Royal Palm Blvd.

If you bring any unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medication, you receive one $5 gift card to Wal-Mart or CVS while supplies last. Participation is anonymous, and all drugs will be incinerated.

For more information, call Christine Sawyer at 954-557-1124.

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February 2, 2010

Weston synagogue hosting event tomorrow

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The Jewish Theological Seminary and B’nai Aviv synagogue in Weston invite you to an evening of dialogue, discussion and debate, “Conservative Judaism: The Next Generation,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 1410 Indian Trace.

Chancellor Arnold Eisen of Jewish Theological Seminary will serve as moderator.

Panelists include Rabbi Samuel Kieffer, Rabbi Ed Farber, Rabbi Amy Rader and Rabbi Andy Shugerman.

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Weston presents "Marley & Me" in the park

The feature film "Marley and Me" will be shown for free at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at the event stage in Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.


The lovable but naughty and neurotic dog Marley teaches a family important life lessons. Look for the Sun Sentinel and many spots in South Florida in the film as well.

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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Weston school celebrates success of alumni


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Students who excelled at the Sagemont School in Weston are putting their knowledge and training to good use and are leaving their mark on society.

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