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September 30, 2010

Broward Health looks to conduct 1,200 mammograms in five days


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Broward Health is urging women to get a mammogram during its second annual Mammo-Palooza week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 11-15.

They expect to screen more than 1,200 women in five days, four times more than what the health system would normally screen during any given week.

Physicians will be on hand to write prescriptions for screenings at all five Broward Health facilities: Broward Health Weston, Broward General Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center and the North Broward Medical Center.

There will also be food, raffle prizes and on-site entertainment.

Call 954-759-7500 or go to to schedule an appointment.


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Get Fit Weston registration underway


Registration is underway for Get Fit Weston, a 60-day initiative that is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Weston, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, the YMCA of Broward County, Billy Beck III Personal Performance & Training Center and the Midtown Athletic Club.

For $20. you get:
· Unlimited Get Fit training classes (at any of the three athletic clubs)
· 10 free one-day passes to Midtown Athletic Club
· 3 free personal training sessions from Billy Beck III
· Free Cleveland Clinic educational seminars
· Access to free or reduced-cost health screenings
· Healthy dining discounts
· A Get Fit T-shirt
· Free access to online fitness and wellness tips, videos and other materials to help make healthy lifestyle choices
· Free entry into the 13th Annual Run for Tomorrow 5K or Half-Marathon (your choice) on Dec. 12.

Sign up at


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E-texbooks available to students, parents and teachers


There are 60 electronic textbooks available to Broward students, parents and teachers online through the district's Broward Enterprise Education Portal.

The district's e-textbook initiative began in 2006 with K-12 science textbooks and has grown with each district-wide textbook adoption since then. A full complement of e-textbooks is available for courses with district-wide adoptions in mathematics, reading, science and world languages.

In addition, publishers have voluntarily offered their available e-textbooks for secondary social studies courses. Additional e-textbooks will be added with upcoming annual, district-wide textbook adoptions.

Visit, click on the Student or Parent Portal and enter the BEEP user name and password, which is the same as their Virtual Counselor user name and password.

If a student or parent needs help with their user name and/or password, they should contact their school. Teachers may access the e-textbooks by going to the website, selecting the Teacher Portal and entering their BEEP user name and password.


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September 29, 2010

Weston starts online newsletter


Weston now has Newsday Tuesday articles available every week online.

The site features a new set of articles each Tuesday. It will also have Happening Now, up-to-the-minute information on events, registrations, construction and happenings in the city.

The city's website is


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September 28, 2010

Registration open for Weston baseball and softball next month


Weston Area Little League is opening online registration Oct. 15 for boys' and girls' baseball for ages 5-18.

Softball is girls only ages 5-16. The Challenger program is free to all participants ages 5-18. Pricing varies per age level.

Visit However, as of now, the site is down.


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September 24, 2010

Weston YMCA serving up event to get families back to the dinner table


The YMCA of Broward County is hosting Dinner is In, part of a national initiative to encourage families to eat dinner together.

The Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston, 20201 Saddle Club Road, will be serving Italian food from 5:30-7 p.m. for free for members and children in after-school programs.

Families also will receive a take-home packet with dinner ideas, advice on packing healthy lunches, snacking tips and family fun activities.

Y team members will also offer dinner-table conversation starters. All items will focus on promoting families eating dinner together, without distractions such as TV, cell phones or magazines.

Similar dinners will be held at the Broward Y's six other locations.

For more information, call 954-424-9622.


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September 23, 2010

Weston opens YouTube channel


Weston has opened a YouTube channel.

Residents can subscribe to the CityofWeston channel and view educational videos to learn more about Weston.

The city also has a Twitter page that is updated frequently.


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Lecture on breast cancer set for Wednesday in Weston


The next lecture in Cleveland Clinic's series will focus on breast cancer 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the hospital's Jagelman Conference Center, 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd., rooms 1 and 2 in Weston.

Speakers will focus on risk, detection and treatment. Seating is limited. RSVP by calling 800-691-6555 or visit


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September 22, 2010

Free health lecture set in Weston Saturday


Cleveland Clinic Florida is hosting a series of free health events and lectures aimed at discussing vital health information for men and women.

The first is set for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Grand Ballroom, 250 Racquet Club Road in Weston.

"For His Health and Vitality: Men's Health Information for all Ages" will feature Lawrence Hakim, urologist; Alok Shrivastava, urologist; Bassam Eldaif, orthopedic surgeon; David Maron, colorectal surgeon; and Kenneth Fromkin, cardiologist.

Seating is limited. RSVP by calling 800-691-6555 or visit


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September 20, 2010

Come out for "The Wonderful World of Weston"


The Arts Council of Greater Weston is hosting "The Wonderful World of Weston" from 7-9:30 p.m Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Hotel Grand Ballroom, 250 Racquet Club Road.

Local art and culture will be showcased through many exhibits and a host of entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit


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Weston YMCA plans Fiesta for next month


In the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston is hosting a Fiesta from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10.

Latin American dishes, arts, crafts and other themed activities will be featured. The event is free and open to the public.

Call 954-424-9622 for more information.


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Book Fair at Weston library on Saturday


The Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., is hosting a book fair from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

Books will range from $.50-$1.50. The fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Call 954-389-2098.


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September 15, 2010

Spots open for Weston University


Juniors, seniors and select sophomores are offered entry into the Weston University program via their high school (Cypress Bay, Sagemont and Western) by submitting an essay entitled "Communities Need Leaders."

Next year's field of 20-24 students is selected by school administration and, when necessary, the city's director of communications.

The chosen students will spend eight months learning about state and local government.

They will spend one school day each month with city staff. Monthly program days are made up of instruction, conversations, observations and hands-on activities exposing them to city services.

Visit for more information and school contacts for the program.


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September 13, 2010

Watch "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2" for free in Weston next month

The popular Movies in the Park series returns with "Alvin and the Chipmunks 2" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Weston Regional Park's event stage, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the film, which will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen.

The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio returns to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.

Call 954-389-4321.


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Weston Relay for Life raises $168,000


The 2010 Relay For Life of Weston was ranked the number one relay in Broward County, raising $168,000 for the fight against cancer.

The Relay for Life of Weston was also 15th out of the 365 relays in the state.

The next fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. April 16 at Cypress Bay High School.

Those interested in joining a team, helping with the event, purchasing a luminaria in memory of a loved one, or posting a donation can visit or e-mail


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September 10, 2010

AARP driving program offered in Weston next month


The Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road, is offering AARP’s 55 Alive/Mature driving program from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

The refresher course in safe driving is available to anyone 50 and older. A reduction in automobile insurance premiums is allowed to those 55 and older by most insurance companies when the course is completed and the driver has a safe driving record.

Registration is required. Those participating are asked to bring a bagged lunch and their AARP card. Cost is $12 for members, $14 for nonmembers.

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


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Playground closing


The Gator Run Park playground will be closed on Monday, Sept. 13 for minor repairs. The park is at 1101 Gator Parkway.


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September 7, 2010

Weston YMCA opens fall registration for kids


The Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston has opened fall registration for two programs geared toward children.

* During holidays from school, the facility provides child care and a full day of fun, including arts and crafts, swimming and games.

The YMCA Kidz Club will be offered Thursday, Sept. 9 (schools are closed in observance of Rosh Hashana).

Cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

* Parents can also enroll their children ages 3-12 into Y-Fit Kids classes.

Classes include ballet, yoga, hip/hop, Zumba, cycling, outdoor fitness fusion and more. Classes begin Sept. 13 and run for 10 weeks.

Cost is $50 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

Register online at or call 954-424-9622.

-- Scott Fishman


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September 3, 2010

City offices in Weston closed Monday for Labor Day


All city administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day.

Parks will remain open, and there is regular garbage collection.


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Spirit of Life luncheon benefit set for next month


The annual Michelle Goldstein’s Spirit of Life Luncheon will pay tribute to Michelle Goldstein, who died during the 9-11 attack at the World Trade Center in New York City.

The event takes place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13 at the Weston Hills Country Club, 2600 Country Club Way. Cost is $50.

Proceeds will benefit the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options Children’s Village.

For more information, contact Gail Marlow at 954-749-7230 or


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September 2, 2010

Dates announced for fall SAT prep classes in Weston


The Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road, is offering a class for ages 15-20 to prepare for the SAT.

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.

Dates are:
Sundays, Oct. 10–Nov. 28, 1:30- 4 p.m.
Tuesdays, Oct. 12-Nov. 30, 7-9:30 p.m.

Call 954-478-0792 for details.


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