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January 31, 2011

Upgrades ongoing at Country Isles Park


Work on the sidewalks and the pathway are the next phase of work at Country Isles Park in Weston.

Don Decker, Weston's director of parks and recreation, said the park pathway won't be entirely new, but they are making improvements in regards to accessibility to the playground and small gazebo.

It's because of this that access to the park's playground will be obstructed through Feb. 15.

"This work will round out a list of improvements," Decker said. "We started with a new play structure and surfacing at the playground. We then replaced the aged wooden gazebo with a new, all-steel structure. The sidewalk and parking improvements are the final phase of the work at the park."

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After-school sports session in Weston starts Feb. 1


The YMCA of Broward County is launching its next After School Sports Club session from 3:45-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

The Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston, 20201 Saddle Club Road, will host classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks. Cost for each session is $60 for members and $90 for nonmembers.

Registration is available online at


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January 25, 2011

Bolly Baby Fit….Mommy, Let’s Twist! classes start next month in Weston


Bolly Baby Fit….Mommy Let‘s Twist is the new mother and baby postnatal class offered at the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road, from 10-11 a.m. Thursdays starting Feb. 17.

The fitness class involves various dances, including salsa, Bollywood, African, Hawaiian and Bhangra beats while babies move along.

Cost is $75 for six sessions. For more information, call 954-389-4321.


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January 24, 2011

Weston to get hydrants flushed


Fire hydrant flushing will be conducted throughout Weston during daytime hours from Jan. 24-March 14.

Flushing is done to increase the quality (color and disinfecting residual) of the water in the distribution system. Homeowners are not likely to notice a difference in water pressure or color.

However, if a dishwasher is running, it may pull some cloudy water into the home. The water is still safe, and running the tap for a few minutes will produce clear water again.


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Weston Mommies in Motion to compete in half marathon this weekend

For the second time, Cynthia Velez, of Mommies In Motion, has inspired a group of 15 local moms to train for and compete in the ING Miami Half Marathon on Jan. 30.

These stroller-pushing moms (and one daughter) range in age from 15-45 and all have at least one child younger than 3. Marathon Moms, as they are called, met through Velez's Stroller Strides exercise franchise, a regular workout program in Weston and other cities for moms and their babies.

The runners, almost all complete novices, have been training with Velez for 14 weeks. They will sport matching running skirts and shirts for the race.


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January 21, 2011

Results from Florida Lacrosse Classic in Weston

(Submitted photos)

The Elder Statesmen and Team Tarzan won championship games during the recent Men’s Florida Lacrosse Classic at Tequesta Trace Park in Weston.

The event featured 35 teams from across the United States.

In the Grand Masters semifinals, Team Harley defeated the Slo Moes. The Elder Statesman went over Atlantic Sportswear 12-7 to set up the final. Elder Statesman beat Team Harley 9-6 victory to claim the 2011 Grand Masters National Championship.

The Half-Century National Championship match saw the Elder Statesmen outlast Maryland’s Team Piv’s/Patron 6-5.

In the Grand Masters Brine Division, Team Tarzan (formerly High Peaks and last year’s Brine Division Champions) scored with 40 seconds left to break a 12-12 tie and beat the host FROGS (Florida Real Old Guys) 13-12 to move into the finals. Team Tarzan ultimately beat Mr. Boh’s, breaking a 9-9 tie with a behind-the-back shot as only seconds remained on the clock to win 10-9.


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January 20, 2011

Free outdoor rock concert set in Weston


The seventh annual free Rock & Pop Masters outdoor concert will emanate from Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road, at 7 p.m Saturday, March 19.

A half-dozen singers will take residents back to rock's glory days. The event is sponsored by the city and the Rotary Club of Weston.

For more information, visit .


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Weston film series continues next month with "Italians"

The fifth annual Weston Foreign Film Series continues with "Italians" at 5 and 7:15 p.m. Monday Feb. 14 at the Weston 8 Cinema, 1338 SW 160th Ave. in Sunrise.


Cost is $7 per film and can be purchased in advance at the Community Bank of Broward, Weston Branch, 1504 Weston Road; Weston Branch Library (Friends Bookstore), 4205 Bonaventure Blvd.; or the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.


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January 19, 2011

Weston author spends day at elementary school

(Video by Scott Fishman)


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Tennis center hosting grand slam kickoff Saturday


The Weston Tennis Center, 16451 Racquet Club Road, is hosting the 2011 Grand Slam Kickoff Saturday, Jan. 22.

Tennis starts at 1 p.m.. Refreshments and prizes start at 4 p.m. Cost is $17 for members,$27 for nonmembers.

To reserve your place in the challenge or for additional details, call 954-389-8666.


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January 18, 2011

Weston playground closed Thursday


Gator Run Park playground will be closed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 for equipment repairs.


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January 14, 2011

Weston Symphony Series 2011 takes the stage Feb. 19


The World is a Stage Weston Symphony Series 2011, featuring The South Florida Philharmonic Orchestra's 50-piece ensemble, takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Cypress Bay Theater, 18600 Vista Park Blvd.

The concert will feature Grieg's Overture Peer Gynt (Suite #1) and Piano Concerto, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.

Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the theater door (up to one hour before the show). Tickets are also available for this show and the April concert for a combined rate of $35. These can be purchased in advance at the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

For information, call the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321


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Construction on roundabout in Weston


The city is advising residents that construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Bonaventure Boulevard and Saddle Club Road leaves only one through lane northbound and one through lane westbound.

Motorists should expect delays.


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January 12, 2011

Repairs underway at Country Isles Park


Work on sidewalks and parking upgrades County Isles Park got underway on Jan. 12 and will run through Feb. 1.

The playground will remain open, but repairs will hinder access to the playground.


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Free diabetes services offered in Weston


Diabetes Research Institute Live Well Broward County is a joint effort of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Walgreens in South Florida, LifeScan and a cadre of local physicians who will help residents with diabetes.

Residents can visit the seven participating Walgreens clinics specializing in diabetes 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to receive one-on-one consultation on issues, including free blood sugar screenings, blood glucose meter training, medication therapy management, access to a diabetes resource library, referrals to a local physician and more.

The Weston location is 1751 Bonaventure Blvd.

Those who have a prescription from their doctor and who qualify will also receive a LifeScan OneTouch Ultra Brand Meter to enable them to monitor their blood sugar levels at home.

-- Scott Fishman


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January 11, 2011

Weston touts use of battery-operated transportation for BSO deputies

To date, 15 Weston deputies have already completed their training on the T3 Personal Mobility Vehicle.

Residents should be aware that if a violation is witnessed, the deputies are authorized to issue citations from the the battery-powered mode of transportation.

Mayor Eric Hersh said the cost is estimated at $13,096 for the one vehicle used in Weston that the BSO deputies can each be trained on.

With a height advantage, patrolling proves more effective for locating lost children, criminal suspects and better visual coverage in shopping areas and parks. Traveling at a maximum speed of 25 mph, the T3 is also equipped with lights and a siren. Deputies are required to complete a four-hour training class prior to operating.


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"Karate Kid" kicks into Weston next month

Weston's next Moonlight Movies in the Park is last year's blockbuster "Karate Kid," set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 at the event stage at Weston Regional Park, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

Synopsis: 12-year-old Dre Parker could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Films are projected onto a giant inflatable screen. For more information, call 954-389-4321.


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January 10, 2011

Weston welcomes the Frog Prince next month


Weston presents the Frog Prince, a professional puppet show, at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

In this updated version of the classic fairy tale, Wanda the Witch casts a spell on the handsome prince, turning him into a frog. To break the spell, he now must be kissed by a beautiful princess.

The show is appropriate for children from pre-K to second grade with a parent or guardian.

For more information, call 954-389-4321.


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Weston soccer registration continues through end of the month


Registration for American Youth Soccer Organization's Region 644's spring 2011 recreational season runs through Jan. 31 or until capacity is reached.

The league runs March-May, with all games and practices at Weston Regional Park.

Registration is $140 and includes a full uniform consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks, an individual and team picture and trophy. Visit and click on the "register to play" link.


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January 6, 2011

Dates for this month's free bulk pick-up in Weston


Bulk trash collection is available for single-family homes Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 26-28. Trash must be placed curbside by 7 a.m.

Your bulk collection day is your regular garbage collection day. If items are not collected by the end of the day, they will be collected the following day, depending on the volume of items placed out by the community. Hazardous waste materials can't be accepted.

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


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Fifth annaul Weston ArtWalk and Showtime set for Feb. 27


The fifth annual Weston ArtWalk and Showtime Outdoor Festival is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 at the Weston Town Center, at the northwest corner of Royal Palm Boulevard and Bonaventure Boulevard.

This year’s festivities feature more than 70 local artists exhibiting a wide variety of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, photography, creative crafts, jewelry and more.

The Young at Art Children's Museum in Davie will have an interactive booth with crafts. The Showtime area will provide live entertainment throughout the day. This free event is presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston and sponsored by the city.

For more information, visit .


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Test drive the world's only electric sports car in Weston this month

The Tesla Roadster, the world’s only electric sports car, is coming to Weston Jewelers (1728 Main St.) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22.

Consuming no gasoline and emitting no exhaust, the Roadster accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Test drives are available by appointment only. Contact Iris Gaillard at 754-816-3069 or


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January 4, 2011

Youths in Weston test their chess skills


A Chess Club is open to children ages 5-15 from 4:30-6 p.m. Mondays at the Weston Community Center, 20200 Saddle Club Road.

Cost is $130 for eight sessions. For more information, e-mail Mr. Pham at

To register for classes, sign up at or call 954-389-4321.


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January 3, 2011

Weston offices closed for MLK Day


All city administrative offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All city parks will be open, and there will be regular garbage collection.


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