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SCHOOL NEWS By David Volz Broward Virtual School may represent the future of education. Right now it is the largest virtual school in Florida with 7,000 students. Of that number, 350 are taking all their courses online. We serve students who want to take all of their classes online and earn a diploma, said Christopher McGuire, principal of Broward Virtual School. This gives them the flexibility of not having to attend school on a daily basis. This is attractive to students who are involved in extracurricular activities such as sports or acting. Some students want to get a start on college through duel enrollment. We have kids who have medical issues and cant be in school. Broward Virtual School is affiliated with Florida Virtual School, a program that serves students in all 67 Florida counties. Currently all Broward County high school students must take at least one online course to earn a diploma. And a growing number of students are taking more courses. Many will take an online course that is not available at their home school. Those who are taking online courses can be active in extracurricular activities at their home schools. The Broward School district offers 120 online courses. Even though online education is more popular and is likely to be more common in education, McGuire does not expect traditional schools to close. He believes the blended course; a course that includes both time in a classroom setting and an online component will become more common. In schools, kids are working on social skills, they are learning how to get along in society, said McGuire. We will never get to the point where virtual schools will close down traditional schools. Most kids want to be in school. Sometimes there are circumstances that arise where students cant be in school and must take courses online. Also, it takes a tremendous amount of self-discipline to succeed in a purely online environment. Many young people need to be in an environment where a teacher is monitoring their work. In the traditional classroom, the teacher ensures that students are doing their work. In an online situation, the student must do the work without as much supervision. Also, in online education, a student must correspond on a daily basis with a teacher. But technology is here to stay and will affect how people learn. For a lot of kids, online education is a positive experience, said McGuire. There is flexibility in access to course work. Kids need to learn how to access online education because it is more common in college. Also, a lot of industry training is done through e-learning webinars and kids need to be ready for that. Now, McGuire is working to build more capacity so that all students can take online courses so they can graduate. More classrooms are being equipped with digital tools. Elementary schools are piloting a program with textbooks on tablets. More students are submitting their work on tablets. We are working to give teachers more flexibility and doing a more targeted approach to leveraging the use of technology in the next five years, said McGuire. We can do a lot more with an iPad or tablet. The problem with paper textbooks is that they only have a certain lifespan. And if there is an error in the textbook, it wont be changed for a few years. With an online textbook, the error can be corrected immediately. Also, students who are doing well in a lower grade can take high school math courses. I have middle school students taking high school math courses, said McGuire. In coming years, more people will be educated in an online environment. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, with the support of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), presents The Downtown Hollywood Mural Project (DHMP) Discussion a forum that provides insight into the DHMP and its participating artists. Occurring on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Center, 1650 Harrison St., this event is free for members and $10 for non-members. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and reception with the panelists. This discussion will explore the impact of the murals on the community and Downtown Hollywood revitalization efforts as well as the artists concepts and their process. Since launching more than a year ago, the DHMP has successfully attracted 10 contemporary, South Florida-based artists who are creating works on an international scale. With a socio-cultural footprint unique to Miami-Dade and Broward County, vibrant colors, geometric abstraction, and reoccurring themes of flora and fauna unite the growing collection of outdoor works. Moderated by DHMP Art Specialist & Project Manager Jill Weisberg, the panel is comprised of select artists from the mural program. For more information, visit or call 954.921.3274. Broward Virtual School serves 7,000 students Noite & Vote t Vote October 1-21. Winners will be announced in the November Issue. Panel Discussion of Downtown Hollywood Mural Artists set for Thursday, Oct. 24 4


HEALTH NEWS Proud owners Corey and Chelsey rescued Cali (then named Turkey) right before the Thanksgiving holiday last year. While the shelter was not sure of her breed, it wasnt until a walk in T.Y. Park, where she met a dog that looked almost identical; they were told she must be an American Dingo. How cool, right!? She continues to impress her owners everyday with her intelligence, sweetness, athleticism, and pure character. Her favorite activities include hunting lizards and gazing out the living room window with a smile on her gorgeous little face. Her unconditional love proves that she is aware of her being rescued from the shelter. What she doesnt know is that her owners feel even more lucky. MONTHLY FEATURE WANT YOUR PET TO BE PET THE MONTH? E-mail a hi-res photo plus the name of the pet and your pets special traits to pet of the month Cali How will health care reform affect your coverage? By David Volz The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going into effect. This may help more people, especially those individuals who have struggled to find affordable health insurance. The ACA will be especially beneficial to people who have pre-existing conditions because insurance companies will now have to guarantee acceptance to those people with pre-existing conditions. Also, people with lower to middle class incomes will be eligible for premium subsidies through the government. Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment starts October 1, 2013 and ends March 31, 2014. Coverage can begin as soon as January 1, 2014. WHAT HAPPENS OCTOBER 1? As scheduled on October 1, there will be a market place exchange where people will be able to apply and choose a health plan that works best for them and their families. This will allow them to be screened to see if they are eligible for subsidies. Employers with more than 51 employees are obligated to offer health insurance or face a $2,000 per person fine. The reporting process has been postponed for 2015. Employers with fewer than 51 employees will not be obligated to provide insurance. Also, employers will not have to provide health insurance to part-time employees or people who work fewer than 30 hours a week. Those individuals who dont receive health insurance through employment must purchase a health insurance policy or pay a fine. Many people in this situation are expected to buy insurance through the exchanges. Most single people earning less than approximately $45,000 modified adjusted gross income and families with less than approximately $94,000 in modified adjusted gross income will receive a subsidy for health insurance. Gabriel Brakha, owner of Insurance Consultants International, is optimistic about the new program. I have a client who has cancer come into my office. She did not know what to do and was not sure that COBRA would apply to her. With health care reform, she will get insurance for a lower price and the chemotherapy she needs. People in lower to middle income brackets will benefit from this, said Brakha. WHAT ABOUT PENALTIES OR INCREASED RATES? The goal of health care reform is to ensure that everyone receives insurance. Individuals who dont receive insurance at work and dont buy it on their own will have to pay a penalty. This penalty will be up to one percent the first year and increase to up to three percent in three years. It is unknown what will happen after three years. Brakha has found that the new plan offers 10 essential benefits, including emergency room, dental care, mental illness and more. He expects more people to be happy about this new reality. The negative is that it is likely insurance premiums will go up in price by about 30 to 40%. Also, health insurance rates will increase for smokers. Those prices should take effect on January 1st, 2014 and open enrollment starts October 1, 2013. WHO IS INSURANCE CONSULTANTS INTERNATIONAL? Insurance Consultants International is a master agency for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Brakhas firm has a contract with Florida Blue and consists of 12 brokers who speak different languages to guide people through the exchanges. The company offers life insurance, long term care, medicare, annuities, disability and international insurance. We represent many carriers but our goal is to educate you on our products and solutions. Our agency is always available for simple and complex questions related to insurance. To schedule a consultation with Gabriel Brakha or for more information, call 954-271-1131. Gabriel Brakha has over 16 years of experience in International Marketing and Business Development in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Gabriel has negotiated key accounts and established multi-channel distribution networks resulting in significant revenue growth. PAID ADVERTORIAL 5


5CARDBOARD B OAT R A C E8 a.m.-4 p.m., North LakeTeams of three or more can build boats out of cardboard and race them in North Lake. Cardboard for boat building will be available at the event. Entrants are limited to 40 boats.Information: 954-921-3035HOLL YWOOD A RTSPARK E X P ER I E NC E: ITAL Y6-11 p.m., A rtsPark at Y oung CircleHeadliners include new-generation masters of taranta Canzoniere Greca nico Salentino and Italian DJ, guitarist and bandleader Nicola Conte. Information: 954-921-35008PROF IL ES IN JAZZ S ER I ES6-7:30 p.m., Stirling R oad Library, 3151 Stirling R oadThe Music Club of Hollywood (MCOH) presents its free weekly jazz series with lecturer Robert Grabowski. Featuring organist Dr. Loni Smith.Information: www.musicclub 12HON OR, COURAGE & COMM I TMEN T 5K R U N / W A L K7 a.m.-noon, Charnow Park, Hollywood B eachThis 5K race helps to raise scholarship funds for US Naval Sea Cadets. Cost is $25 per person if you register by 3 p.m. Oct. 11. Active military cost is $5. Active Sea Cadet, JROTC Cadet or students younger than 18 can par ticipate for $15. Race-day registration get a T-shirt. Information: 954-552-8995 HOLL YWOOD WEST C O NC ERT SER I ES 7:30-9 p.m., B oulevard Heights Enjoy this free live music show, featur ing Classic Rock Therapy.Information: 954-921-340415PROF IL ES IN JAZZ S ER I ES6-7:30 p.m., Stirling R oad Library, 3151 Stirling R oadThe Music Club of Hollywood (MCOH) presents its free weekly jazz series with lecturer Robert Grabowski. Featuring guitarist Pat Martino.Information: www.musicclub 18F U LL M OO N D RUM CI R CLE7-9 p.m., A rtsPark at Y oung CircleAll skill levels welcome. Meet at the Palm Court on the west side. Information: 954-926-020419 D OW N TOW N A RTWA L K 7-10 p.m., Harrison Street area The tour starts at 20th Avenue and Hollywood Blvd. at Anniversary Park.Information: 954-921-3500 GET LISTED! Visit more area happenings or to list yours. G O S EEDO W H ATS H OT & H APPENING IN HOLLYW OOD OCT OBE R 24 D EAN N A P O LI TA N O F ort Lauderdale Improv, 5700 S eminole W ay 8 p.m. Information: 954-981-5653 HARD R O C K LI VE!Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole WayOct. 6: Gary Allan, 7 p.m.Oct. 11-13: PBR : Professional B ull Riders B uilt F ord T ough S eries Cooper T ires Invitational, 8 p.m. Oct. 27: Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Oct. 29: John Fogerty, 8 p.m. Oct. 30: WRMF Presents Barenaked Ladies with Whitehorse, 8 p.m.Information: 954-797-5531 6


D E J A V U FUN DRA I SER6 p.m.-midnight, S eminole Hard R ock Hotel & Casino, 1 S eminole W ayGo back in time to the Motown era as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County hosts its annual fundraiser. The free festivities include live enter tainment, cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and dancing.Information: 954-584-9990B A C K T O THE 0S ANNUA L G A L A & A U C T I O N7-11 p.m., Chaminade-M adonna College Preparatory, 500 E Chaminade DriveCome dressed as your favorite 0s icon or in your favorite 0s fashion to celebrate the schools 25th anniver sary. Tickets are $100 and include a plated dinner, open bar and live and silent auctions. Information: 954-989-515022PROF IL ES IN JAZZ S ER I ES6-7:30 p.m., Stirling R oad Library, 3151 Stirling R oadThe Music Club of Hollywood (MCOH) presents its free weekly jazz series with lecturer Robert Grabowski. Featuring double bassist Ray Brown.Information: www.musicclub 25A RTSPARK B OO B ASH7-10 p.m., A rtsPark at Y oung Circle, Hollywood B lvd. & U S 1Kids of all ages can enjoy safe Halloween trick-or-treating and a concert featuring the Monsters at this free event. Come dressed in cos tume for the annual Hollywood Lakes Section Civic Associations costume contest. Information: 954-921-350029PROF IL ES IN JAZZ S ER I ES6-7:30 p.m., Stirling R oad Library, 3151 Stirling R oadThe Music Club of Hollywood (MCOH) presents its free weekly jazz series with lecturer Robert Grabowski. Featuring trumpeter Clark Terry.Information: www.musicclubof 31Y OUTH L I G H T TH E N I G H T6:30-11 p.m., Dr. M artin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 2400 Charleston St.This free alternative Halloween event offers an evening of fun, games, bounce houses, face painting, music and more.Information: 954-921-3412HALL OWEEN OP E N HOUSE35 p.m., Joe DiM ag gio Childrens Hospital, 1005 Joe DiM ag gio DriveThis free gather ing offers activities, and information to increase aware ness about the Childrens Hospital, its services and physicians.Information: 954-265-2000ART & MOVIE S & MUSIC A RTSPARK LI VE!8 p.m. F ridays and S aturdays, A rtsPark amphitheater, Hollywood B lvd. & U .S 1FREE F R I DAY MOV I E NI G H TSOct. 4: Casper PG Oct. 11: Gremlins PG Oct. 18: Beetlejuice PG Oct. 25: BOO Bash no movieS ATURDAYSOct. 5: ArtsPark Experience: Italy, 7 p.m. start time Oct. 19: TBA Oct. 26: TBAInformation: 954-921-3500HOLL YWOOD BEA CH T H EATRE MUS IC A N D DA NCIN G 7:30-9 p.m. M ondaysW ednesdays, Hollywood B each T heatre, Johnson S treet and the B roadwalkMO NDAYSOct. 7: Tony Alexander, 1950s-0s, doo-wop Oct. 14: Magic Bus, British rock Oct. 21: Eddie & Dina, popular standards Oct. 28: Nat KayeTUESDAYSOct. 1: JayCee Driesen, the divas Oct. 8: Ruby & Sue, rockabilly & blues Oct. 15: El Loco A tribute to ZZ Top, classic rock Oct. 22: John Ricci, popular standards Oct. 29: Christopher Dean, Deltastyle soul & bluesWED NESDAYSOct. 2: Making Faces, rock, reggae & funky punk Oct. 9: Mike Mettalia & Midnight Shift, blues rock Oct. 23: JD Danner, rockin country Oct. 30: Green River Monsters, Halloween concertFR I DAYSOct. 4: Xpresso, Latin & Top 40 Oct. 11: Rockin Jake, blues Oct. 18: White Noise, classic rock Oct. 25: Replay, dance orientedSATURDAYSOct. 5: Wild Card, classic rock Oct. 12: DJ & the Rockers, rock Oct. 19: Spellbinder, rocknroll Oct. 26: Aces & Kings, classic rockInformation: 954-921-3404A RT A N D C U L TURE C E N TER OF H O LL YWOOD EXHIB I TS10 a.m.-5 p.m., T uesday-F riday, and Noon-4 p.m. S aturday and S unday, 1650 Harrison S t. These exhibits run through Oct. 27. Francesco LoCastro: Advent Lo Castro offers a new body of mixedmedia work and video animation. South Florida-based artist Jessy Nite speaks through a variety of controlled substances. The exhibition Black Eyes features never-seen-before images by ac claimed documentary-style photogra pher Dana Lauren Goldstein. Gustavo Matamoros Poem (20130700) is inspired by the idea of seeing with our minds ear. Matamoros is a sound artist and composer who lives in South Florida. Information: 954-921-3274 6 DREAM C AR CL ASS IC CAR S H OW 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hollywood B oulevard between 19th & 20th A venue This free event features dozens Information: 954-924-2980 7


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By William Gjebre Broward County School officials have expressed concern that taxpayerfunded Ben Gamla Charter Schools may be violating a state law that requires charter schools to be nonsectarian in their programs and operations. The issue arose after a local civic activist complained last month about recent comments made by Ben Gamlas founder, former Democratic Congressman Peter Deutsch, to an Israeli news service regarding the Hebrew curriculum at the Ben Gamla schools. Charlotte Greenbarg urged the School Board to re-examine whether the schools breached the Constitutional separation between government and religion. Last week, in an email to Greenbarg, the director of the School Boards Charter Schools Management/ Support Department said an inquiry had begun. The district shares your concern, said Jody Perry. To that end, we have requested a full explanation of the comments attributed to Mr. Deutsch. Of the facts stated within the body of the article, Perry wrote, the reporter notes that the program at Ben Gamla schools focus on Hebrew curriculum, which includes the history of Israel, Jewish history and Hebrew as a language. School officials later broadened their inquiry by asking Ben Gamlas governing board to provide a breakdown of public fundsthe property and inventory, capital outlay and other public grants received to access the appropriate use of public funds by the groups two charter schools in Broward. NONSECTARIAN STATUTE The state statute that governs charter schools in Florida specifically addresses the nonsectarian nature of public education in the country. Pursuant to Section 1002.33(9)(a), Florida Statutes, A charter school shall be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and operations. Perry could not be reached for additional comment. The districts public information office, in response to a request for additional information, stated past reviews of Ben Gamla schools found the curriculum to be nonsectarian. Im very happy to see that the district is following up, Greenbarg said. I eagerly anticipate Mr. Deutschs reply. The article was written by JTA, a Jewish wire service, and appeared in The Times of Israel newspaper in midJuly. Deutsch could not be reached for comment on the school districts concern and request for explanation. But when the controversy arose last month, Deutsch stated the Ben Gamla schools do not violate the separation of church and state mandate. We are careful not to teach religion. Its illegal to teach religion. Asked then about the JTA story in the Israeli newspaper, Deutsch told his quotes were accurate but that he could not attest to the complete accuracy of the story without reviewing it. He added, however, that he had not made a complaint about any part of the story. In her request for a review of the Ben Gamla schools, Greenbarg referred to the JTA story stating: Deutsch is unabashed about using public money to support what he describes as Jewish identity building. Out of Ben Gamlas collective budget of $10 million a year, Deutsch says 80 percent serves Jewish communal purposes. The article said of Deutsch, He wants to give Jewish kids who otherwise would attend public school an opportunity to be in a Jewish environment and develop a Jewish identity. The review by the Broward school district would involve two Ben Gamla schools, one on Hollywood Boulevard across from Hollywood city hall and the other in Sunrise. There are two other Ben Gamla schools, in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The controversy flared as Ben Gamla teamed with Miami-Dades highly-regarded Doral Preparatory Academy to seek Hollywoods approval of a special exemption to build a four-story 1,050-student middle-senior high school on Van Buren Street, behind the existing K-8 school. It will also seek school board approval for a charter for the facility. BIG TURNOUT AT CITY HALL Four neighborhood associations representing area homeowners are fighting the proposal for another school, citing the likelihood of increased traffic congestion. The matter was discussed informally at a community meeting last Wednesday night at city hall. Commissioner Peter Hernandez, who represents the district where the school is to be built, sponsored the gathering. The meeting was moved outside after more than 250 people unexpectedly showed up. Most of those in attendance were the parents and children who attend Ben Gamla schools. We want to give our kids a better future, said Mike Gerson, who has a fourth grader and a seventh grader at Ben Gamla. Chantale Ragnauth, 31, whose son is in the third grade, said, It feels like family; its an amazing school. People drive through my yard, yelled a neighborhood resident. Commissioner Hernandez cited the concerns of his constituents. We are not against the school but there is a traffic nightmarethere are traffic issues that need to be worked out, Hernandez said. He added that he has tried to get school officials to help solve traffic congestion created by the existing K-8, but got no response. Deutsch, who attended the meeting, said solutions now proposed by the school will improve traffic dramatically. The meeting ended on a bitter note. I love the fact that you came out, Hernandez told the Ben Gamla supporters, drawing jeers when he said most of you dont live here (in the immediate neighborhood). The good thing is he (Hernandez) is only one of seven votes, said Deutsch, drawing cheers from his backers. William Gjebre can be reached at Concern about Ben Gamla curriculum sparks inquiry by Broward Schools Beauty of Wax is located at: 2029-A Tyler St. Hollywood SKIN & BODY CARE OPEN HOUSE Join us October 19th from 10am until 1pm at Beauty of Wax for informative sessions and workshops on Body Sculpting and Beauty Treatments. Sample treatments will be offered. First 20 guests will receive a sampler bag. Raf es with give aways from local businesses. Mimosas will be served. Youre Invited!WINNER 6 YEARS IN A ROW! SCHOOL NEWS 9


W e b s i t e D e s i g n S i n c e 1 9 9 5 B r o c h u r e D e s i g n B u s i n e s s C a r d & L e t t e r h e a d D e s i g n T r a d e S h o w D i s p l a y s S o c i a l M e d i a M a r k e t i n g T V A d v e r t i s i n g 9 5 4 5 2 2 8 7 7 2 | w w w A d E x c e l l e n c e c o m 2 4 5 0 H o l l y w o o d B l v d S u i t e 3 0 0 H o l l y w o o d F L 3 3 0 2 0 SCHOOL NEWS The Miami Dolphins made their first Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC) visit of the new school year, to nearby Ben Gamla Charter School in Hollywood, and nearly 300 children participated in the event. The camp consisted of six interactive football drills, the Dol-Fit message and cheerleader routines. It means a great deal to the kids. It actually brings something they see on TV to reality for them, Ben Gamla Charter Assistant Principal Orli Goldstein said. I think the message is a wonderful thing and the kids realize that eating healthy and exercising is just good and healthy to do. The JTC started with Dolphins Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton expressing to the students the importance of eating healthy, staying physically active and making positive choices. The kids were then treated to six drills, which included a myriad of football-related activities, such as throwing and running with the football, going under hurdles and running in-between step overs and dummies. I think it was a great JTC to begin the new school year, Drayton said. The students, staff and faculty were all very helpful today, and it was a pleasure doing the event at Ben Gamla. Wed be happy to return to the school. Ben Gamla Charter, which serves approximately 675 students in grades K-8, has its own health initiatives, including healthy food choices in the cafeteria and a P.E. program. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps, while also emphasizing the significance of education and making positive choices. You may visit or call (305) 943-7272 to learn more about Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and summer camps. Miami Dolphins visit Ben Gamla Charter School for junior training camp How Much Is Your Home Worth ...Really? When you list your home with me, I pay for a professional independent appraisal so we can eliminate the guessing game and play to WIN! Ask about my 29-day guarantee.Cindy AbrahamVoted Best Realtor In Hollywood, Florida 10


MUNICIPAL NEWS 2014 Hollywood budget passes without tax increase By David Volz The residents of Hollywood have received some good news. Their taxes have not gone up. The Hollywood Commission passed an overall $462.1 budget for fiscal year 2014. The General Fund budget is $197.7 million, an increase of 12.1 percent from 2013. The City is not proposing a tax increase or an increase in the fire assessment fee. The proposed millage rate is 7.4479. One mil represents one dollar per every thousand dollars on a property. Our millage rate is not going up. Property values have gone up. We can balance the budget with the current rate and no tax increase. We are not seeing an increase in the fire assessment which is $189 per residential unit, said Raelin Storey, Public Affairs Director for Hollywood. The budget situation has improved dramatically for Hollywood. The City is moving into a structurally balanced budget. We have been able to build a reserve. We finally have a healthy reserve fund and will not have to raise taxes. If property values increase, we will look at a tax reduction in the future. We are coming out of difficult years and we want to make sure we are on track to build reserves, said Storey. A municipal budget consists of several different types of funds. The General Fund is one of the largest. All services not specifically funded by other sources, as the Water and Sewer Fund or the Parking Fund are funded by the General Fund. The increase in this years General Fund is attributable to an increase in the Citys fund balance reserve, as well as partial salary restorations. This also covers increased pension costs, health benefits and selfinsurance costs, according to Storey. On Saturday, October 12, newlyopened Florida Wushu Kung Fu Academy is offering a free Bully Defense Clinic for Kids. Florida Wushu Kung Fu Academys owner and Grand Master Rafael Qian Rivero, doesnt want his students to get violent. He wants them to protect themselves against violence and bullying. There are certain physical barriers they can use putting their hands up, using their voice, Rivero said. In case theres a physical altercation, we want them to be physically agile and have the skills necessary to get away from the situation. Even though martial arts classes might look aggressive, Rivero says the theory behind them is based on emotional and intellectual strength centered in a calm demeanor. It focuses around empowering kids and helping them with their self-esteem and selfconfidence, he said. The Bully Defense Class is from 11 11:45 a.m. for 6-10 year olds and from noon 1 p.m. for 11-15 year olds. The academy offers Tai Chi, Qigong, Wushu Kung Fu, and Sanshou (Sparring) and Kickboxing for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Florida Wushu Kung Fu Academy is located at 617 N. 21st Ave, Hollywood. For additional information or to register for the Bully Defense class, call (954) 292-6436. Free bully defense clinic for kids set for Oct. 12 Julianna Angelique Utter was born Monday, August 19, 2013 at 10:13am in Memorial Regional Hospital weighing 6lbs, 8ozs, 20inches A Little Mermaid washed up on shore into Our Lives & In Our Hearts! From Christine, Patrick & Big Brother Matthew Utter MONTHLY FEATURE WANT YOUR BABY TO BE BABY THE MONTH? baby of the month E-mail a hi-res photo plus the name of theparents and your babys special traits to Julianna Angelique Utter 11


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Quality roofing work at fair pricesLICENSED & INSURED Broward County, FL CC#06-R1309-X Fl State Registered Contractor #29027382 International Code Council National Standard Roo ng Contractor JL22235 Save money on your mortgage with new state program The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) recently announced that Florida homeowners who have remained current on their mortgages may apply for federal assistance from the Florida Hardest-Hit Fund Principal Reduction (HHF-PR) Program. The online application, www., opened at 9 a.m. on Sept. 20, and is available in all 67 counties. Applications started to be taken online Weds, Sept. 25 at 9:00 and will close as soon as they receive 25,000 applicationsstatewide, per the website information. Florida Housings Board of Directors approved $350 million in federal Hardest-Hit funds allocated to our state to be used specifically for a principal reduction program, said Steve Auger, executive director of Florida Housing. While our states housing market continues to recover, many Florida homeowners have remained current on their mortgage payments in spite of their homes being substantially underwater. For those who qualify, this new program can help to reduce their principal balance, which can result in a lower monthly payment and put more money in their pockets. Initially, only 25,000 completed and submitted applications will be accepted for eligibility determination, via the website only. When that number has been reached, the ability to start a new application will be disabled so that staff can begin processing the completed applications. However, if additional funding is available for the program after this initial launch, Florida Housing will notify the public prior to re-opening the application process. The Florida HHF-PR program is designed to provide up to $50,000 to eligible homeowners who owe at least 125% more on their home than its current market valuecommonly known as having a home that is underwater. Funds will be applied to reduce the principal balance of the first mortgage to reduce the loan-to-value (LTV) of the first mortgage to no less than 100%. The mortgage can then be recast (re-amortized) or refinanced to produce a lower monthly mortgage payment. The minimum qualifications a homeowner must meet to be considered for participation in the Florida HHF-PR program are as follows: Must be a Florida resident and a legal US resident/legal alien, and occupy the property as the primary residence; Must be current on the monthly mortgage paymentfirst mortgage payment cannot have been 60 or more days late within the past 24 months; The first mortgage must have originated prior to January 1, 2010; The unpaid principal balance for the first mortgage cannot exceed $350,000; The loan-to-value for the first mortgage must be greater than 125%in other words, home must be more than 125% underwater; and The total household income, including all persons age 18 years and older who live in the home, must be less than 140% of the area median income. Principal reduction program funds will be in the form of a 0% percent, deferred-payment loan that will be subordinate to current mortgages on the home. The loan can be forgiven over a five-year period, at a rate of 20% each year. For conventional mortgages, once HHF-PR funds are applied to the principal, the mortgage will be recast (the terms of the loans will remain the same, but the loan will be re-amortized). If the borrower has a FHA, VA or USDA-RD mortgage, the mortgage will need to be refinanced within 120 days after closing on HHF principal reduction funds in order to receive the pro rata forgiveness. If a refinance is not completed within the specified time, the principal reduction loan will be 100% forgiven after a full five years of the borrower remaining in the home. The official Florida HHF-PR website is the only way a homeowner can apply for assistance. Therefore, homeowners should verify that they are using www. before providing personal information via the web. If applicants are suspicious about a website, they can submit a report on the official HHF-PR website by clicking the Report Fraud link on the homepage. Also, they may call the Florida HHF Toll-free Information Line to ensure they are using the correct website address. Application for the Florida HHF-PR program is FREE-OF-CHARGE, and applicants will not be asked to pay for any eligibility determination services in conjunction with applying for the program. First announced on February 19, 2010, by the US Department of the Treasury (Treasury), the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) Innovation Fund for the Hardest-Hit Housing Markets (HFA Hardest-Hit Fund) provides federal funding to states hardest hit by the aftermath of the burst of the housing bubble. To date, $7.6 billion has been infused into the HFA Hardest-Hit Fund for 18 states and the District of Columbia; Floridas allocation stands at more than $1 billion. The goal is to help create sustainable homeownership in our state. For more informaiton, visit Broward Housing Council: http://www. HousingResourcesServices/Pages/ IncomeLimits.aspx Homeowners in every Florida county may apply for the Florida HHF-PR program by using the official website: The site contains all the information users will need to begin the application process, including a program fact sheet and answers to frequently asked questions. The Florida HHF Toll-free Information Line [1-(877)-863-5244] is open Monday through Friday until 5 p.m. MONEY 12


October Party with a Purpose to feature Halloween costume contest set for Oct. 24 at the Swamp Bar Party with a Purpose (PWP) is a monthly networker/fundraiser sponsored by the Hollywood Gazette and hosted at the Hard Rocks Seminole Paradise. Each month, people network and support a different non-profit in the community. Septembers Party at with a Purpose The Swamp Bar, benefitted the Hollywood Womens Club. The next PWP is on Thursday, Oct. 24th at the Swamp Bar to with all net proceeds to benefit the Friends of Broward Homeless. Show up in costume for a chance to win a $100 cash prize! Tickets are $10 at the door. The public is invited to attend. For more information, photos from past events or to RSVP, visit pwphollywood. FOR GOODNESS SAKE PHOTOS BY MELISSA DONALDSON 13


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NEWS FROM THE GREATER HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Scenes from Recent Chamber Events The September Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast Meeting took place at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa and featured a popular tabletop expo that highlighted a variety of area business and services. Our keynote speaker was Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, the City Manager of Hollywood; Waste Pro generously sponsored the event. We hope you enjoy these photos from the breakfast. 20


Ever wonder just how many business deals are actually made on the golf course versus the office? According to one vice president of marketing at a Fortune 500 company, its about 80%! Its common knowledge that a good game of golf provides just the entre business people need to close deals and make good business contact. Sure, the paperwork may eventually be signed back at the office, but the real deals are made on the course. Heres more to think about: According to a New York-based study published in the New York Times, 93% of executives said that playing golf with a business associate was a good way to establish a closer relationship and more than a third said some of their biggest deals were made on a golf course. Theres never been a better excuse to play golf before! The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerces 30th Annual Golf Classic is being held on Friday, December 6th at The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. Greg Norman Jr. will serve as the honorary chair of this tournament. We are very excited to work with Greg on this event and are looking forward to a great outing at one of the worlds most sought-after courses, says chamber executive director Anne Hotte. The Westin Diplomat has been listed in Conde Nast Traveler as one of the 100 best golf resorts in the world and the Director of Golf Sean Gradomski, is making sure that our players share that experience! This tournament is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know a client or co-worker better while meeting other movers and shakers in the South Florida community. Serving as a sponsor further serves to promote your business to all who attend and attractive sponsorship opportunities are still available. For details, please call Marie Suarez at 954.923.4000 or visit the chambers website at www. WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS Alex Designs, LLC 10+ years of website design experience, focusing on improving conversion rates and lead generation. Alex Harris 954.240.4980 Allstate Insurance, Bell-Moody Agency Helping families protect the things that are important. Lory Bell-Moody 954.966.2021 Bravo Drugs, Inc. Dependable care from knowledgeable pharmacists. Aillyn Aulon 954.505.7672 Brians Window Tinting of Hollywood Serving the tri-county area since 1980. Jon Cary 954.964.3955 Capital Funding Solutions Striving to find the best and most efficient financial solution for your business. Greg Curley 954.525.1311, ext. 226 Coastal Construction Group Trustee Member Ranked in the top 100 construction management companies in the country John Bennett 305.559.4900 Conkreta Success in real estate development since 1994. Jonathan Brief 305.503.7899 Covert Affairs Investigations, Inc. Experienced, professional and discrete business and private surveillance. Michael Adelstein 954.692.3570 Dobson Landscape and Design Residential and commercial landscaping services and detail. Reggie Dobson 954.687.5913 Exotic Blooms Floral & Events, Inc. Special event planning, catering and more. Laury Lafleur 954.505.3487 Flashback Diner Specializing in home cooking. Jamal Quiz 954.454.8300 Giorgios Bakery & Market American bistro with a Mediterranean twist. Sophia Theodore 954.929.5550 HealthGAINS Clinics, Inc. Leading age-management/wellness facility specializing in hormone replacement therapy. Michael Coletti 954.962.5888 Justin B. Weisberg, PA Statewide traffic and criminal defense. Justin Weisberg 954.463.4096 Levario Coatings International Corporation Innovators in environmentally safe, protective coatings. Saverio Marotta 954.644.1961 Mammoth Export, LLC Linda Fresheda 954.295.5261 Michael A. DiDonna, PhD. Michael DiDonna 216.798.4200 Montanez Variety Selling genuine brand school uniforms and more. Luis Montanez 954.614.5410 Musicians On Call Bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients. Monica Salinas 305.968.3112 Reliable and Quality Wood Flooring, Inc. Residential and commercial hardwood flooring installation and repair. Christian Samuel Tanase 954.924.1098 Stanley G. Swiderski, PA 30 years of experience with an emphasis on personal injury. Stan Swiderski 954.966.0700 Sunset Valet Parking Friendly, professional curbside valet parking service. Eduardo Perez 888.400.5006 Sunstone Wealth Management Providing personal and business solutions with more than 30 years of experience. Steven Hurst 954.270.7661 Team Real Estate Development (H3) Trustee Member Managed by principals with more than 50 years of experience in the real estate industry. Christian Finkelberg 305.454.0915 The Payroll Company Providing complete payroll and accounting services. Daniel Farmer 954.457.0699 Toronto CA Solutions Providing a full range of services to clients in Canada, Florida and abroad. Pramen Prasad 416.226.9840 Travel Host The nations first in-room hotel magazine. Ina Lee 954.463.4733 Whitsyms Nursing Specializing in home care for seniors, Alzheimers patients and those with special needs. Randy Hritsko 561.279.0808 Wheeling and Dealing on the Golf Course NEWS FROM THE GREATER HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach 4000 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood Keynote speaker: Eric A. Mendelson, VP of HEICO Corporation. Sponsored by: PNCBank Welcoming Leadership Hollywood Class 38 35 class members beginning the experience of a lifetime under the leadership of Chair Andrew Zullo and Vice-Chairs Shannon Stough and Chad Simon. Call the Chamber if you want to join the class! $12 members in advance online/$15 members at the door/$20 future members WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Affordable Healthcare Act Educational Seminar 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 330 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood Members free/$25 future members THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 Mediation & Conflict Resolution Education Seminar 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 330 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood Facilitated by Stuart Reed of Law & Mediation, LLC Members free/$25 future members TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Business After Hours 5 to 7 p.m. Taverna Opa Hollywood 410 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood $7 members in advance online/$10 members at the door/$12 future members WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30 W.O.M.E.N. Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Kathleen Cannon, CEO of United Way of Broward County and Elizabeth Cambareri,VP of Leadership Council for United Way of Broward County Memorial Regional Hospital South 3600 Washington Street, Hollywood Sponsor: PNC Bank Members $20; Future members $30 Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events Registration required for all events. Call 954.923.4000 or register online for any of these events at You never know whos going to show up at the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerces annual golf tournament! Friday December 6th at 11:30 am, businesses will be teeing off for good times and good networking! 21


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DOWNTOWN NEWS First residential tower to be built since the recession H3, a residential tower with 247 luxury residences that will be located in the heart of downtown Hollywood broke ground on September 12. It is with great excitement that we announce the construction of H3, the first residential tower to be built in downtown Hollywood since the recession, Diego Besga, Partner said. H3 is designed for young professionals, families, and anyone who wishes to live in a modern and artful residential tower in walking distance to downtown Hollywood. The development of H3 in downtown Hollywood will be a significant addition to the district, attracting new residents to the citys urban core, said Jorge Camejo, Executive Director of the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Completion is scheduled for winter 2015. H3 will be located at 2165 Van Buren St, Hollywood. The H3 sales center is slated to open in fall, 2013 and will be located at 2100 Hollywood Blvd, Suite CU 115 or visit www. New residential tower breaks ground Downtown Hollywood Jennifer A. Sandomir PUBLISHER Barbara Pellicano-Tisi ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR Dusty Garon | CREATIVE DIRECTOR Tracey Carswell | EVENT COORDINATOR Caron Conway | LEAD CORRESPONDENT David Volz | CORRESPONDENT Sherry Thien | CALENDAR EDITOR Courtney Ortiz | COVER PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Olsen | PHOTOGRAPHER Melissa Donaldson | EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER Denise Nieves | FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Southeast Offset (305) 623-7788 PRINTER Gilmore Associates DIRECT MAIL SERVICES Hollywood Gazette Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. The entire contents of the publication shall be the property of Hollywood Gazette. No parts hereof may be reproduced without prior written consent of the publisher. Hollywood Gazette is not liable for errors appearing in advertisements beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. The views and opinions expressed by our advertisers and columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Hollywood Gazette. Established in 2001, Hollywood Gazette is Hollywoods only free, independent, community newsmagazine mailed to 25,000 Hollywood residents with an additional 10,000 available at over 100 hightraffic locations throughout Hollywood, Florida. For more information, call 954-962-8180 or visit www.hollywoodgazette. com. ENTRANCE DONATION INCLUDES: Complimentary Hors duvres, Cocktail Specials and Networking!DATE: Thursday, October 24th TIME: 5:30 7:30 P.M. HOST: The Swamp Bar & Lounge at Seminole Paradise; 5721 Seminole Way COST: only $10PROCEEDS BENEFIT: For info call: 954-962-8180 Featuring a Halloween Costume Contest! Show up in costume for a chance to win $100 cash! 25


DOWNTOWN NEWS Local octogenarian is among the artists exhibiting at Downtown Hollywood gallery By Caron Conway D Art Vine, an art gallery, studio and custom framing shop in Downtown Hollywood, is branching out with more artist exhibitions and a unique new concept that soon will pair art with wine. Beginning in October, D Art Vine will carry a variety of European and American fine wines available for purchase by the bottle. By the end of the year, art and wine aficionados can enjoy the best of both worlds, sipping wine by the glass while perusing the contemporary paintings and sculptures on display in the 1,000-square-foot gallery space. Art and wine are a good pairing. Wine is an art in and of itself, said artist Diana Rodriguez, who opened D Art Vine with her brother Carlos in September 2011 at 2000 Harrison St., Suite 4. Even the name of the gallery goes so well with wine. D Art Vine already has undergone a big change in the past six months, Rodriguez added. The gallery used to be like a gift shop. Now its more like a gallery, and Im already hosting more artists within the gallery. In addition to the Rodriguezes, who hail from Bogot, Colombia, seven multicultural South Florida artists with roots that include Latin America and Cuba are currently exhibiting their work at D Art Vine. Among them is local artist Francesco Cristino, 86, a native of Turin, Italy, who started seriously painting at age 80 and specializes in Hollywood Beach scenes. Cristino dabbled in painting as a 16-year-old, some 70 years ago, but after that, I was too busy, said the retired architect, who designed homes and apartment buildings in Chile. Although he never had any formal art training, When you study architecture, you acquire some skill for drawing, said Cristino, who started developing his artistic talent in 2007 while living in Argentina. After the spry octogenarian returned to South Florida two years ago, he found inspiration just a walk away from home along Hollywood Beach. D Art Vine Gallery currently showcases five of Cristinos oil paintings on wood. I want to paint some other things too trees and landscapes and portraits, he said. Rodriguez said that with the addition of new artists and fine wines, D Art Vine is living up to its name. We anticipated the growth of the gallery like a vine, but even more, its about branching, she said. If we all grow together, we all become a very luscious vine. D Art Vine Gallery also specializes in fine art restoration and faux finishes, and offers art classes for adults and children ages 8 and older. For more information, call 954-455-5594 or visit D Art Vine Gallery branches out with fine art and fine wines 26


You wake up each morning with every intention of eating good today. Youll skip the drive thru line on your way to work. Youll refuse to get fast food with co-workers at lunch. Youll boycott the vending machine in the midafternoon. And you wont even think about having dessert after dinner. But then your cravings win. Your friend drops by with a big fresh blueberry muffin and a latte for breakfast. A group of co-workers invite you to that greasy spoon down the street for lunch. Cake is passed around at the mid-afternoon staff meeting. And after dinner your honey surprises you with a bowl of your favorite ice cream. You tell yourself that tomorrow will be different. Tomorrow you wont give in to food cravings. But then tomorrow comes with its own special circumstances, and cravings get the best of you once again. Why Do Food Cravings Always Win? Lets face it, we live in a world where food temptations are everywhere...which lead to cravings, which lead to you eating things that you shouldnt. Again. And again. And again. Until youre so fed up with your body that you dont even know where to begin to get yourself back on track. Stores display the most tantalizing junk food items right where you could easily reach them. TV commercials for greasy, fattening foods portray them so scrumptiously that you literally salivate. Sugary snack items have full-page, glossy pictures in your favorite magazines. And as if all of these werent enough, the people in your daily life are another, constant source of food temptation. To make matters worse, youve been conditioned since childhood to have a positive association with the act of indulging in your cravings. You use food as a reward. You use food as a source of emotional comfort. You use food as a way to relieve stress. And quickly these associations and uses of food become habit. A habit not easily broken. New Technique to End Food Cravings Food cravings dont need to have the upper hand on you anymore. Heres how you can fight back using your most powerful asset: your brain. Remember that your mind is an amazing thing. Once your mind is made up about something its nearly impossible to change it. Try This Powerful Mind Exercise: Imagine that you are peacefully floating down a river on a raft. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and you are having a fun, relaxing time. You feel wonderful about the river because its making you feel happy. Now change perspectives for a moment. Youre now in a plane flying over the river and the raft. Instantly our eye is drawn to an enormous rocky waterfall. Then you look back to the person floating on the raft, having a wonderful time, headed straight for the treacherous falls. With this new perspective of the river, do you think that youd agree to get on a raft and take your chances floating toward the falls? Laughable, right? Youve seen the hidden danger of the river. You know it leads to pain and suffering. Now your negative association (watery death) with the river has replaced your initial positive association (relaxing fun). This is the key to overcoming food temptations and putting an end to food cravings: building negative associations in place of existing positive ones. Ill break this process down for you in two steps: Step One: Create a STRONG Negative Association with Unhealthy Food You may not have realized it, but up until this point youve placed unhealthy, fattening foods on a pedestal in your mind. As long as the wrong foods are on that pedestal youll continue to give into your cravings and will continue to gain fat. Take the wrong food off that pedestal by listing off everything negative about them... These foods make you unhealthy. These foods cause weight gain. These foods drain your energy. These foods kill your confidence. These foods lessen your quality of life. Every time that you feel tempted to eat an unhealthy food, focus on your list of negatives. Kick the junk off the pedestal and put something healthy in its place. Step Two: Create a STRONG Positive Association with wholesome foods Now that your mental food pedestal has been cleared, put truly wholesome food items on it. Juicy fresh fruit, crispy vegetables and savory lean meats are the place to start. List off the things that you love about healthy food... These foods make you healthy. These foods promote fat loss. These foods boost your energy. These foods improve your quality of life. I encourage you to immerse yourself into the world of healthy, wholesome foods. Browse the aisles of your local natural foods store. Stroll through a farmers market. Pack healthy snacks to bring to work. Clear your kitchen of junk. Use the technique above consistently and you will soon find that healthy, wholesome foods are your favorite. And craving the wrong foods will be a thing of your past. Shondelle Solomon-Miles is the Head Fitness coach and owner of Synergize Home of CrossFit 954. To schedule a FREE one-on-one consultation with Shondelle visit (954) 880-3135 I Love Hollywood Gazette! Hollywood Gazette How to Win The Battle of The Food Cravings Gavin Duffy named player of the year Shondelle SolomonMiles Hollywood-resident Gavin Duffy was recently recognized by the Gold Coast Junior Golf Foundation as player of the year in the 6 and under division for the 2012/2013 season. Gavin played in 10 tournaments and won 1st place in two of them including the Okee Cup qualifier allowing Gavin to represent his age division in the Okee Cup. Gavin is a first grader at Beachside Montessori School and has been participating in the Orangebrook Golf & Country Club Junior Golf clinics since he was 3 years old. Gavin will be playing in the boys 8 and under division this coming year. THE LIGHTER SIDE 27


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rfntbnb fff ffn f ftntn fbt bf bnft rfbf f nrbfnrr f frrtnbf rff rntbtt tt tt rb tntb ttf tt t ff b rrr bbt tttr frb tff rbtf tfbf t nf ttr r r r nt tt tt t rt fbff t ftrbtnr trbfn btfr rrrr f rrf f rt t rntbt rntbt tntt tb rrbr rbfnb bbbrb fb bt rbb rr r fnr ft ttt rtb ttb tnt b r rt rt tb t t r t t b ff rff rr bn f f frbt tff b fr tf tnb rfrft rrrrnt tf rrr rftfff rntrrrt ffbf bfffrrbt rft ff f t f bnrr rfbf nf b rbtn fr t nf bn n tb rf tb fff fb b f rfrn r rr ft ffr br b f bf b rtnt b r rt t t rt rtttb rt r rt COOKING WITH The Board of Commissioners of the South Broward Hospital District recently voted to adopt the millage rate of 0.4000 making this millage rate the smallest one ever adopted by the District. Since 2010/2011 fiscal year, the District has not used tax dollars to fund uncompensated care delivered in any of its hospitals. Uncompensated care provided by the District in fiscal year 2014 is projected to exceed $1 billion. Memorials successful strategic vision over the past few years and its strong financial position have paved the way for this historic trend to continue, said Frank V. Sacco, president and CEO, Memorial Healthcare System. For homeowners, the commissioners vote helps to provide relief in property taxes. Assuming a home had an assessed value of $136,000 in 2003 and that homes assessed value increased by the maximum allowed under the Save our Homes limitations, (i.e. 3 percent, per year), to $150,000 in 2013; the homeowner would have paid the district $235.77 in 2003 at the 1.7336 millage rate set that year, and would pay $60.00 in 2013 at the current 0.4000 millage rate. This represents a $175.77 or a 74.6% reduction in the homeowners tax bill from the District. The new rate of 0.4000 represents a 33.33 percent decrease from last years rate of 0.6000, yielding $15.5 million in total District tax receipts. Of these tax receipts, the District disburses $7.7 million to cover the required state funds for the Medicaid match program, as well as support community redevelopment agencies in several municipalities and pay for property appraiser fees. The remaining $7.8 million in net tax revenue collected from property taxes goes to support only the primary care clinics operated by the District for the uninsured residents of the District. The total net tax revenue represents only 0.5 percent of $1.56 billion in total budgeted net revenue for the District. South Broward Hospital district adopts the lowest millage rate in its history By chance we met on Dixie Highway one early morning. He said if you take my picture I will play a song for you on my guitar. Having done both we went our separate ways with a refreshing remembrance of kind and simple human interaction. Hollywood Gazette Photographer Tom Olsen MOST LIKED PHOTO IN SEPTEMBER ON HOLLYWOOD GAZETTES FACEBOOK PAGE 29


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