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Early detection of cancer saves lives. AutoNation has partnered with IndyCar Champion Driver Ryan Hunter-Reay in the fight against cancer. We’re raising funds and awareness, from coast to coast. Together we can win this race. ”If my mother had discovered her cancer sooner, she could be alive today.” - Ryan Ryan Hunter-Reay IZOD IndyCar Champion

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October 2013 • Volume 10, Issue 9 •




Up Front 10



PUBLISHER’S NOTE Knowledge is Power


A VIEW FROM THE TOP Mayor Becky Tooley Sounds Off












Your guide to local thrills and chills this Halloween

COCONUT CREEK LIFE MAGAZINE is published monthly by Life Media, 3511 West Commercial Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. 954.377.9470 fax: 954.617.9110 e-mail: and is DIRECT-mailed into EVERY home & EVERY business in the city of Coconut Creek. Presently 50,000 residents & 1500 businesses are in the city. An additional 6,000 printed magazines are bulk-dropped in and around the city at high traffic locations and over 300 advertisers of both Parkland Life Magazine and Coconut Creek Life Magazine. Copyright 2013 Life Media/COCONUT CREEK LIFE MAGAZINE. All rights reserved. Reproduction, either in whole or in part is forbidden without written permission from the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to edit submissions and reject any material deemed unsuitable for publication.

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DATEBOOK The Most Comprehensive Chronological Listing of Happenings In & Around Town

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PUBLISHER Sally Nicholas EDITOR-IN-CHIEF JP Faber MANAGING EDITOR Kristan Ashworth publications ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ivette Figueroa CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea GRAPHIC DESIGNER Alisha Riddle MARKETING CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER Dawn Rahicki EVENTS PLANNER Suzanne Holtermann WRITERS Amanda Allen; Shannon Youngs CONTRIBUTING COLUMNISTS Mary Blasi; Carol Brown; Joshua Frachtman; Lori Kenner; Brian Kenney; Fern Leider; David Levens; Debra Perovich; Randi Aileen Press; Becky Tooley PHOTOGRAPHER Downtown Photo/Fort Lauderdale SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR Kristan Ashworth ACCOUNTING MANAGER Geraldine Caramat ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGERS Peter Evans (; Shari Glatter (; Debby Gold (; Jill Horowitz (; Bonnie Judson (; Kim Kadel (; Lisa Lee (; Rona Levenson (; Debbie Perovich (; Rhonda Rosenof (; Beth Tache (

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is Power O It is our job and our mission to provide our readers with the best information possible. Because knowledge is power. Power of awareness, power of prevention and power of support.


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nce again we find ourselves in October and once again we are publishing our breast cancer awareness issue. And I wish we weren’t. I wish we had no new news, no updates on the latest research techniques and treatments, no new stories to share on the harrowing but awe-inspiring stories of hope and survival. Why? Because I wish there was no breast cancer. I wish we had the cure. Unfortunately we are not there yet. I believe that someday we will be, but that day remains in the future. My hope is that the researchers and doctors in the field, the specialists who are on the edge of solving this problem and finding the cure, will keep battling to the finishing line. In the meantime, it’s our job to provide readers with the best information possible, for knowledge is power: The power of awareness, the power of prevention and the power of support. Especially support. Nothing is more important than supporting the individuals in our community that are affected by breast cancer, either as patients themselves or as close relatives or friends of those who are patients. Those in the fight and those who have survived are truly an inspiration to us all.  Talking of inspiration… … . Starting in the upcoming November issue, we will be introducing our “Game Changers”—those people in the community who have truly raised the bar. Moving to the motivations that inspire them, they have achieved their goals and aspirations and made a difference. Some quietly, some publicly, but all effectively. If you would like to suggest someone for Game Changers, let me know at

But let’s not jump into November just yet. Let’s have some fun and remember that Halloween is just around the corner. I don’t know who enjoys it more, us adults or the kids, but the excitement and clamor for costumes and candy is something that has only truly resonated with me recently (My 2 ½ year old son ABSOLUTELY has to have a Tow Mater costume, and nothing less). It’s one of those marvelous holidays that everyone can’t wait to get in on. Perhaps it’s because Halloween is a little scary, but we all know it’s going to be just fine. Just like my hope that one day, while breast cancer may not be eradicated completely, we get to the point where it is really only a little scary but truly going to be fine. So I hope you all spook yourselves silly and enjoy the holiday. Boo!

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Our Local School Resource Officers


he School Resource Officer program (SRO) is a nationally accepted program involving the placement of police officers at local elementary, middle and high schools. The officer, while in school, is involved in a variety of functions. Besides being an active high profile law enforcement officer, the SRO is a resource for students, parents, teachers and administration regarding law issues. SROs are also a link to other service agencies which provide preventive and counseling services within the school district. Working hand-in-hand with the principal in each of our Coconut Creek schools, our SROs assist with finding solutions to problems affecting our schoolage children. Our SRO program is a proactive approach in dealing with young peoples’ pressures and issues. This includes the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, along with peer pressure and gang activity.

Our SRO program also involves a teaching component. They teach lesson plans for subjects that range from “Stranger Danger” to “Bullying and Drug Abuse.” The relationships that the SRO builds with our children are unique. Most children will never have the opportunity to speak with an officer, let alone know them by name. Most students that come in contact with an SRO at an early age are more open to approach officers throughout their middle and high school years. Many have been known to ask SROs for advice and even share issues that are occurring at the home or in school. The SRO Program is not only the first-line of prevention, but also a visible and positive image for all of our students. Thank you Coconut Creek SROs for all that you do! • Edwin Almanzar, Coconut Creek High School • David Barnes, Coconut Creek Elementary • Shana Conley, Coconut Creek High School • Mark Hallman, Tradewinds Elementary • George Jarboe, Winston Park Elementary • Anthony Mancuso, Lyons Creek Middle School • Michael Robertson, Monarch High School. ●




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I T TA K E S A V I L L A G E PA R E N T I N G CO N F E R E N C E Benefitting

Celebrating Our Uniqueness Saturday, October 12, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Florida Technical College 12520 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL • Dynamic TED-style Format – Ten Inspiring Speakers • The Joy of Parenting • Strength Based Parenting: Living fromYour CoreValues •The Unique Experience of Adoption • 15 Minutes to UnderstandingYourTeen•Beyond Courage! The Power to Maintain Your Unique Energetic Signature • Freedom, Power, and Peace:A Workshop for Mothers • Embrace YOU! Creating Fulfilling Relationships with those You Love • Understanding the Unique Experience of Children of Color • LovingYour Whole Child: An Education on Sexuality and Gender Identity • The Education Connection

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Alzheimer’s Family Center’s “Autumnfest” Luncheon – Nov. 1

One of the Alzheimer’s Family Center’s biggest fundraisers of the year returns Friday, November 1 and the community’s support is encouraged for this incredible organization. The 24th Annual Alzheimer’s “AutumnFest” Luncheon will be held at Woodlands Country Club, 4600 Woodlands Blvd., Tamarac. A fabulous shopping boutique will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. so be sure to get there early to secure those wonderful gift items, a sparkling piece of jewelry, stylish fashions and some truly great bargains. Lunch is served at noon. It is part of the tradition of this event to honor those who share the Center’s conviction and who have made a loyal, steadfast commitment to its mission.


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This year’s prestigious honorees are: State Representative James “Jim” Waldman, Dr. Ian Jones, Jones Dental Care, Brenda Searcy and SarahCare Adult Day Care Center. This past year the Alzheimer’s Family Center has provided over 39,782 hours of in-home respite, volunteer companionship, case management counseling and support groups to those individuals stressed by the day-to-day care of a loved one stricken with Alzheimer’s. All monies raised at this fundraiser are used to underwrite vital services for Broward County families struggling with the effects of this disease. The cost to attend is $45 per person and a cash bar will be offered. For vendor or sponsorship opportunities, reservations or more information, call the office at 954.971.7155.


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Home Grown Concert Series Returns – Oct. 11



Nationally renowned Jazz and R&B singer Ruby Baker will take the spotlight at the Band Shell stage Friday, October 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. behind the Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road. Ruby Baker Band performs Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Pop and Gospel and has performed all over the world and opened for such artists as B.B. King, Kenny G., Bonnie Raitt and the late Ray Charles. So bring your family and friends and blankets and lawn chairs for your seating comfort and Ruby Baker come out for a fantastic night of music! Coolers are welcomed too, but delicious food will be available for purchase from Bobby G’s Drivin’ Diner. For more information, contact the Special Events Hotline at 954.545.6620 or go to

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Creek Goes to the Florida Panthers – Nov. 30

The Florida Panthers are taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, November 30, 7:00 the BB&T Center, and the city is selling tickets with tons of perks! For Duffy’s Sky Club ticket price of $60 per ticket, you will receive: a seat in the Duffy’s Sky Club section (400 level); All inclusive buffet, beer, wine and soda; complimentary parking; private lounge and seating areas; outdoor balcony; over 40 Plasma TVs; and a special visit from Redline Lady Panthers. Purchase tickets at the Coconut Creek Community Center at 1100 Lyons Road or online at webtrac by November 10. Questions? Call 954.545.

OUR FUN eveNts october 31st - Thursday FrEE halloween candy giveaway (while supplies last)

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Marilyn Rothstein, Lois Rubin, Annette Lipworth, Suzanne Schwartz, Ilana Miller, Ellen Fox-Snider; Front row: Edna Himmelhoch, Gerald Sussman & Loen Lipworth

Local Org Spearheads SoFla’s Participation in International Solidarity The Women of the Wall (WOW) is a courageous multi-denominational group of women who have been praying monthly at the Western Wall in Jerusalem since December of 1988. Their goal is simply to pray together at The Wall with male supporters nearby, and with women being allowed to wear a prayer shawl and read from the Five Books of Moses. Originated in Parkland, the Western Wall for All’s (WWFA) mission is to promote and advance religious pluralism at The Western Wall and in all aspects of Jewish life in the State of Israel. Events are being planned in Jewish communities around the world to commemorate the Women of the Wall’s 25th anniversary during Women of the Wall Week - November 3-9. A network of synagogues and Jewish organizations within the tri-county area has been formed by WWFA to plan and participate in a local celebration on Sunday, November 3 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Tradewinds Park on Sample Road in Coconut Creek. It will consist of song, prayer and spiritual readings to promote solidarity with The Women of the Wall. What began as a grassroots effort of Ilana and Jack Miller along with Lois Rubin, quickly expanded. Rabbi Bradd Boxman of Congregation Kol Tikvah was there from the beginning giving guidance and support while the planning and outreach was done by the volunteers. The group is proud to have the involvement and support of many of the clergy throughout the tri-county area. For more information, contact Ilana or Jack Miller at or call 954.803.5022. Visit for updates.


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breastcancer awareness



we’ve been bringing you the latest news in breast cancer research, stories of hope and survival, and great fundraising events you can get involved in. Why? Because we hope these stories will educate you, inspire you and motivate you to take your health into your own hands by performing selfbreast exams and scheduling yearly mammograms. We hope it’ll give you a little insight on the questions to ask your doctor. We hope that if you or someone you love is ever afflicted by this terrible disease, you’ll be able to find strength in knowing you’re not alone. The research and developments that are moving forward to prevent and cure cancer are inspirational. We hope that one day the disease will be eradicated; but for now, we offer you a little slice of the steps that are being taken and the people behind them.

Breast Cancer Awareness Issue

IN THIS SECTION 20 Are Mangosteen Fruits the Miracle Cancer Cure? 22 Body Language 24 Sugar’s Role on Cancer 26 RANKL Shines Light on Breast Cancer 28 In the PINK: Upcoming Fundraising Events 30 The Mayor Who Won’t Back Down COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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By Shannon Youngs

Are Mangosteen Fruits the Miracle Cancer Cure? Dr. Jim Duke Deciphers the Fact vs. Fiction Now that numerous scientific studies have been touting its medical benefits— including cancer remission—there is officially a black market for the mangosteen. ▼Mangosteen Fruit


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n the tropical Maluku Islands of Indonesia, growing amongst world famous spices (and the occasional active volcano) is the small purple fruit with a green “hat” and a white center: The mangosteen.

The mangosteen has been called the “Queen of Fruit” due to the legend that Queen Victoria once offered a reward of 100 pounds of sterling silver and knighthood to anyone who could deliver to her a single piece of fruit. Famous journalist and gourmet foodie critic R.W. Apple Jr. once said of the mangosteen, “I’d rather eat one than a hot fudge sundae, which, for a big Ohio boy, is saying a lot.” Needless to say, the mangosteen has always been prized—even among the most prized of delicacies. Unfortunately, it’s extremely difficult to grow and (when you CAN get it to grow) can take over 15 years to even bare fruit. Eating a mangosteen in

the United States was downright criminal until 2006 when the import of mangosteens to the U.S. became legal. In south Florida, Ed Kraujalis (lovingly known as “the mangosteen man”) spent his life trying to start a mangosteen grove, and though his grove lives on today (after several failed attempts and devastating destruction from multiple hurricanes), Kraujalis never even lived to see his trees fruit (today, the future fruits of his grove are sold-out 10 years in advance). And this mangosteen craze was before the fruit was being touted as the cancer miracle fruit—in particular the cure-all compound xanthonoid. Now numerous scientific studies are touting almost every medical benefit under the sun, and a black market for the mangosteen has flourished. In Chinatowns across the U.S. , mangosteens that have been frozen and shipped from Thailand (arriving at market way past their primes and often bruised) are being sold at prices of $10-$30 a fruit. Patrons join expensive


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exotic-fruit-of-the-month clubs in hopes of receiving (equally subpar, equally defrosted) mangosteens. Of the less than 10 groves in the United States (most in Hawaii and Puerto Rico) all of the future fruits are sold out 10+ years in advance. Still, you will see snake-oil salesmen and websites selling supplement pills and juice with less than a smidgen of mangosteen (if the supplements or juice contain ANY mangosteen at ALL!). With more than 200 studies going on in regards to mangosteens, how can you decipher fact from fiction? Legendary botanist Dr. Jim Duke has personally gone through each of these 200 studies and has rated them all on his website ( according to a 4-point scale. Duke is known for his numerous publications on botanical medicine and for developing the Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases for the United States Department of Agriculture. Since 1997, he has lived and worked on a beautiful botanical sanctuary called The Green Farmacy Garden in Fulton, Maryland with his wife, Peggy (a renowned traditional botanical illustrator) and numerous gardeners (fondly referred to as his “Garden Girls”). The Dukes have collected over 300 native and non-native species of plants (for more than 60 years!) that have been traditionally (and nontraditionally) used for medical purposes. Duke explains: “It is difficult to detect which are solid science and which are cheap sponsored ‘prostitutional’ research—they all get published.” He adds, “Truly the publishing herbal scientists are just as bad as BIG PHARMA scientists and the Oncological NIH/NCI scientists—all are fond of accentuating the positive and failing to mention the downside.” Oftentimes, those spreading the pseudo science (or out-right fiction) of the medical world use any medical abstracts and/or studies to incorrectly site their falsehoods (including Duke’s own website). Duke refers to these individuals as “Hypesters.” When weeding through the 200 studies, Duke chose to focus on those published on because this site is commonly used by consumers and often misleading to the untrained eye. Condensing 12 so-called “clinical trials” on the site, four did show positive results, but those four were all (in his opinion) weak trials. Duke suspects these four were commercially sponsored. Eight of the trials were not human clinical trials. Duke says, “I think no more of the reliability of sponsored herbal research than I do of sponsored pharmaceutical; both accentuate the minimal positives and then trivialize the negatives—if the negative findings are (in fact) published at all.” Duke still considers the mangosteen to be a healthy and delicious fruit, but not the super-medicine it is often claimed to be. There are many contradictions in these studies, he says, because even medicinal plants COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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The coveted mangosteen, which takes 15 years to bear fruit, is native to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia.

can interfere with cancer treatments. Each plant species contains 5,000-10,000 chemicals, some of which enhance the strength of cancer treatments, some which work synergistically with cancer treatments, and others that can negate the cancer treatment altogether. Duke believes that the location of a person’s ancestors can affect a person’s reactions to medical plants, such as the magosteen. Humans process herbal/natural medicines differently depending on whether or not their ancestors evolved with the plants. In the case of the mangosteens, Asian ancestors will have had more evolutionary exposure with the garcinia phytochemicals found in mangosteens. Despite a lack of clinical evidence, mangosteen products are marketed to cancer patients as dietary supplements. “Cancer patients should use caution before consuming mangosteen products, as they can potentially interact with cancer treatments and also affect blood sugar levels,” says Duke. He concludes, “Since the fruit is regarded as the ‘Queen of Tropical Fruits,’ I will enjoy it when reasonably priced, but will not listen to the hype put out by the hypesters.” To see Dr. Jim Duke’s ratings of all 200 studies visit or email him directly at  WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 21

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By Kristan Ashworth

Body Language

The Body Painting Project continues to express the inspirational stories of breast cancer survivors


or the third year in a row, the incredible artwork of the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project graces our October covers, because to us it’s such a powerful way to show the courage and beauty of every breast cancer survivor’s journey.

▲ The magazine is another opportunity to reach and inspire women from all over the world


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After their life altering diagnosis, treatment and recovery, these women and many others found even more courage to have their bare torsos painted with dramatic scenes that promote empowerment and healing for them and anyone who has seen this project take shape over the past four years. Behind this amazing project is artist/ photographer Michael D. Colanero, and since discovering him a few years ago, the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project continues to grow with 27 survivors painted and more on the calendar. Each body painting is custom designed to allow the model to express their own story of survival, their feelings, their place in their journey, a pivotal and transformational milestone in their recovery. Colanero continues to work with the same two talented local body painters - Keegan Hitchcock and Luci Ungerbuehler, but will be including additional female artists. Once the survivor is painted, Colanero then photographs the women, chooses the best images and then digitally manipulates them to create visually engaging pieces of art. Some themes are light, positive and inspiring, while others may be a bit deeper, darker and thought provoking. Still other designs single out a specific issue such as early detection or genetics. Photography, like art, has the power to empower. To encourage. To create possibilities. To heal wounds. This is a form of art therapy for both the participants and the viewers alike. The project illustrates cancer’s total lack of mercy or prejudice

regarding who and when it strikes. BCABPP hopes to spotlight survivors of all ages, backgrounds, shapes and sizes during various stages of their pre, post or nonreconstructive options. The nudity required is tasteful, child safe even, and is not used for impact but rather to emphasize the human nature and form. Their human figures tell a story - like the hands of a worker show their history. This is a big month and big year for the project with the opening of its first big museum exhibit at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The exhibit opened on September 7 and will run through November 9 with a big awareness and fundraising event on October 24. The Pink Party, as it’s titled, will feature over 20 of the survivor portraits, speakers, vendors and entertainment - it is sponsored by Broward Health with portions of the proceeds to benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Foundation. Since speaking with Colanero initially, a new development with the project is his creation of SURVIVORS Magazine. Although the ultimate goal of the BCABPP is to create a coffee table book featuring portraits and stories of 50 survivors, the magazine is another opportunity to reach and inspire women from all over the world. With a different survivors’ body painting portrait on the cover, each survivor will have more space to share their inspirational stories than in the coffee table book as well as new developments in their story and other advocate work they may be involved with. The magazine will serve as a way to keep the project alive going forward until there is NO breast cancer.


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By Shannon Youngs

Breakthroughs in the Studies of

Sugar’s Role in Cancer


Matthew Pratt

Matthew Pratt’s grantfunded work was researching how cancer cells were using sugar (specifically a simple sugar called N-acetylglucosamine (also known as O-GlcNAc)) to grow.


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n last year’s Life Pubs October breast cancer awareness issue, we looked into the research of Matthew Pratt, the Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry and Molecular and Computational Biology at the University of Southern California.

His grant-funded work was researching how cancer cells were using sugar (specifically a simple sugar called N-acetyl-glucosamine, also known as O-GlcNAc) to grow. Both Pratt and his team believe that this link is a requirement of all types of breast cancer. A year ago, the question was: Does an individual with increased glucose have an increased risk of cancer (in other words, does a person with a high carbohydrate/ high sugar diet run a higher risk of breast cancer)? In 2011, in a study done by Hoffman-La Roche, a clear link was established between diabetes, altered glucose metabolism, and O-GlcNAc levels. Pratt hypothesized that any dietary changes that prevent the onset of diabetes would show beneficial results for cancer as well, although he was not aware of any human study that demonstrates this. Pratt explains that over the course of a year, there have been many significant breakthroughs in his lab. “What we have found in the past year is potentially an answer to the question, ‘Can we restrict

cancer’s ability to use O-GlcNAc without affecting how healthy cells use O-GlcNAc,’” he says. Before, we knew that cancer cells used this glucose sugar to create a shield protecting the cancer cell from environment stress (such as white blood cells or cancer treatments trying to kill the cell). The problem was that the rest of the human body also used the sugar. In addition, last year the scientific community was not positive of the role (if any) that sugar played in the role of the cancer cell. All that was known was that the sugar was more prevalent in cancers. But, this begged the question: What came first, the chicken (cancer using the existing sugar for survival) or the egg (the presence of sugar increasing the chance of the cancerous environment)? Pratt hypothesized that this glucose “protection shield” contributed to the tumors survival and proliferation. This year Pratt’s breakthroughs answer at least the chicken/egg question. Apparently, the answer is: Chicken. He says, “We have discovered that under conditions of cellular stress, cancer cells make more of a specific metabolic protein [called GFAT] that is largely responsible for transforming glucose taken up by cells into O-GlcNAc.” Since the lab has pinpointed this specific


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GFAT protein as the “chicken,” Pratt and his team can now focus on finding druglike inhibitors for this protein. Once they find an inhibitor, they can see if this would lower O-GlcNAc levels in the cancer cells to that of O-GlcNAc levels in normal/healthy cells. Essentially, this would make it so that the cancer cells could not create their current line of defense (that super forcefield shield) that wards off many current cancer treatments and the body’s natural defense of white blood cells. Pratt says, “We hypothesize that if these inhibitors can be found, they will slow tumor formation by preventing cancer cells from making enough O-GlcNAc to protect themselves from environmental stress.” Now that we know this metabolic protein is what is triggering a cancer cell’s extra consumption of sugar, the next logical question for the everyday-non-superscientist-layman would be, “Is this cell function unique to cancer cells, or do healthy cells also use the same process?” Pratt explains, “The metabolic protein is expressed in other tissues.” He says, however, “We have shown that cancer cells seem to preferentially make more of this protein. This suggests that they need it for survival of the uniquely challenging environments they experience during tumor formation.” In other words, the amount of environmental stress unique to the cancer cell is what makes it different than a normal/healthy cell. Pratt and his team hope that by finding an inhibitor of this enzyme, they will limit the toxic effects on normal cells that don’t experience the same stresses that tumors do. So the hunt for new inhibitors begins! Todate, inhibitors that target the GFAT protein enzyme have been sparse. In the 1980s, one type of inhibitor that was studied extensively (6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine— or “DON” for short) displayed too much


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toxicity, potentially because it inhibited other proteins as well. Pratt and his team are currently synthesizing an inhibitor (RO0509347) that was previously reported on in 2011 by Hoffman-La Roche Inc. The RO0509347 inhibitor was previously studied as a potential treatment for diabetes, but it was not tested in animal or human models of disease. So Pratt and his team are looking into expanding research on this GFAT inhibitor, as well as exploring high and low (scientific Indiana Jones style!) for new inhibitors that have yet to be discovered. Whether it is utilizing the current inhibitor RO0509347 or finding a new and exciting unknown inhibitor, Pratt hopes to have this new plethora of data collected in a year’s time. Optimistically, in his glasshalf-full attitude that is contagious to his colleagues, he states, “I expect that we will have data concerning the inhibitors of GFAT in cancer cells within the next year, which will determine if we will move into animal models of cancer. It’s still early days, but I’m excited about the possibilities.” 

▲ Sugar by any other name: N-Acetylglucosamine (NAG) food supplement molecule. Atoms are represented as spheres with conventional color coding: hydrogen (white), carbon (grey), oxygen (red), nitrogen (blue).

For more questions regarding Matthew Pratt’s research, email matthew.pratt@


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By Shannon Youngs

RANKL Shines Light on Breast Cancer


ntil last year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation had only awarded three grants to recipients residing in Spain. But this year, at the IDIBELL institute in Barcelona, Spain, researcher Eva Gonzalez—who leads a young group of four PhD students and one technician

“We are committed to our line of research, and we believe we can contribute to increasing the current knowledge in breast cancer and impact the clinical practice.” Eva Gonzalez


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—won a grant for $450,000 for the next three years in the grant category of “Career Catalyst” for her ongoing and dedicated research in the areas of RANK and RANKL. Her studies explore the possibility of using the RANK-signaling pathway as a new therapeutic target in breast cancer. “We are committed to our line of research, and we believe we can contribute to increasing the current knowledge in breast cancer and impact the clinical practice,” says Gonzalez enthusiastically. Her grant-winning research focuses on the RANK pathway from two different approaches. First, she and her team analyze the patterns of RANK pathways in over 300 samples from breast cancer patients. By doing this, Gonzalez hopes to, “correlate these patterns with the incidences of cancer relapses and the response to currently approved treatments.” The second area of her research aims to further investigate the role of RANK/RANKL in mammary gland development and breast cancer by transplanting mouse model cells into clinical samples from breast cancer patients. Gonzalez states, “It’s a preclinical model, but we are very close to the patient because we can evaluate…the progression of a human tumor [in a living organism].” The in-depth study of RANKL (and its receptor RANK) is a relatively new one that got its start after breakthroughs in the area of telomeres won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in2009. Telomeres are essentially a “tail” of repetitive DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that do not contain genes. Every time a cell divides, its telomere “tail” is shortened. When the chromosomes’ telomeres shrink to a certain length, the cells cannot longer divide. The length of the telomeres in the body can be used to estimate life expectancy. Cells that have different or uncharacteristic

telomere lengths can indicate a cancerous cell. Within telomeres are proteins called telomerase. These proteins elongate the “tail” of the telomeres. Most adult cells do not have telomerase activity because the cells are old and have already used up their “tails.” Tumor cells divide frequently—faster than healthy cells. Consequently, their telomeres “tails” are a different length than those “tails” of normal cells. For cancer to be able to divide indefinitely, tumor cells have acquired the ability to elongate their telomeres—usually by reactivation of the telomerase protein. Gonzalez’s studies focus on the relationship between the telomerase protein and breast cancer in three ways. First, higher levels of telomerase protein activity indicate an increase in the risk of tumor development. Second, she notes that these proteins are active in cancer cells, but are not (or are very rarely) active in normal cells. And third, she found that because cancer cells have active proteins, the telomeres’ chromosome “tails” are longer in tumor cells compared to normal cells. Based on the results of her research, which found that inhibiting telomerase proteins might be more toxic for tumor cells than normal cells, several drugs have been developed to interfere with telomerase protein activity and the telomere structure itself. These drugs are in clinical trials for the treatment of malignancies and solid tumors—including breast cancer. Using this newfound knowledge of telomeres, it is possible to identify cancer at all stages of its growth. Gonzalez’s studies have found that repelling RANKL from healthy cells can prevent their transformation to cancer. In fact, controlling/preventing RANKL’s role has an effect at all stages of cancer growth. In early COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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stages, RANKL reduction can make the environment less ideal for a healthy cell to transition into cancer. Blocking RANKL can provide a longer timeframe for early detection by stunting the growth of the young cancer cell. RANKL blockers increase a cell’s sensitivity to chemotherapy and helps prevent the cell from becoming immune to cancer treatments. Restricting the normal role of RANKL will also restrict the ability of a cancer cell from building a resistance to drugs and white blood cells; and limiting RANKL restricts the cancer cell’s ability to reproduce. Gonzalez has also found that reducing RANKL-dependency also decreases the chance of the breast cancer relapsing and spreading (especially to the bone, a common breast cancer relapse location). Gonzalez is also looking at how levels of RANKL send “red flags” to medical professionals about the health of the body. A natural reduction in the RANKL in one area of the body could indicate that RANKL is increasing in another area of the body. For example, decreased RANKL signaling may reduce lesions and lung metastasis, but then may trigger the spontaneous production of mammary tumors. This overall seesaw relation suggests that RANK pathways promote mammary tumors and metastasis in a wider “tumor spectrum” beyond its established role in bone metastasis. Gonzalez is using the already approved drug, Denosumab—an inhibitor of RANKL developed by Amgen Inc.—in her clinical trials. It’s currently approved for the treatment of osteoporosis and bone metastasis. Denosumab is an antibody that specifically binds to RANKL and blocks its action. Gonzalez’s research looks into expanding Denosumab’s potential use to help treat breast cancer. “Our results suggest that inhibition of RANKL could also be effective for the treatment or prevention of breast cancer initiation or recurrence after treatment,” she says. “Several undergoing studies aim to further characterize the relevance of these proteins in the breast and as therapeutic targets in breast cancer. The drug is already in the clinic; thus, clinical trials can be initiated shortly to test the efficiency of Denosumab in breast cancer treatment.” Currently, Gonzalez and her team are investigating the relevance of RANK/RANKL in different breast cancers (such as mutated estrogen, pro estrogen, HERS2 gene, BRCA and more) in order to select the population of patients that will most likely benefit from RANK/RANKL inhibition. Patients with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) could potentially benefit greatly from Denosumab due to this type of cancer’s known ability to build resistance to treatments, such as chemotherapy. Her team has a second line of research aimed solely at identifying why TNBC does not respond to chemotherapy and why TNBC acquires resistance to current chemotherapy drugs.  For more information, contact Eva Gonzalez by phone (+34 93 127 47 03) or by email (egsuarez@ COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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The Role of Anti-RANKL During the Different Steps of Cancer Growth


n this graphic, Eva Gonzalez and her team (consisting of Gonzalo Boigues, Pasquale Pellegrini, Marta Palafox and Alex Cordero) show the benefits of using anti-RANKL treatment at all of the different cancer growth stages (tumorigenesis).

Step 1: Normal breast tissue. During this pre-cancer step, the increased creation of mammary tissue cells occurs. This expansion of the cell population is the target for potential cancer. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step decreases incidences of tumors.



Step 2: Breast tissue with an increased number of cells (a.k.a hyperplasia). The increase of cells can happen for a number of reasons. Some reasons are normal, such as a hormone triggering breast milk development; but, other causes for increased cell production can signal an issue, such as dysfunctional hormones, inflammation or an indicator that there is damage/disease elsewhere in the body. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step increases the amount of time a tumor is in the incubation period, allowing a longer window for earlier cancer detection.






Step 3: Adenocarcinoma, the stage when tissue cells are surviving both white blood cell attacks and cancer treatments. During this step, cells develop resistance to DNA damaging agents. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step increases the cancer’s sensitivity to chemotherapy, therefore helping to prevent survival and resistance.


Step 4:


Metastasis, which is the survival and spreading of the cancer. Metastasis also occurs with breast cancer relapses and often leads to the spreading of cancer to other parts of the body, such as bone metastasis. Reaction to Anti-RANKL: Anti-RANKL treatment at this step actually decreases tumor reoccurrence and decreases metastasis.





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In the PINK:

Show Your Support at Upcoming Fundraising Events FREE Breast Cancer Support Groups Broward Health Coral Springs hosts ongoing FREE Breast Cancer Support Groups including the American Cancer Society’s Look Good…Feel Better Program, a community-based, FREE, national service. It teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. For meeting dates call the Broward Health Coral Springs October is a busy Women’s Center month with plenty at 2901 Coral Hills Drive: 954.344.3344. of fundraising

events that’ll have you seeing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness! Check out the following calendar for what’s going on throughout October and beyond and be sure to come out and show YOUR support!

TooJay’s Supports Florida Breast Cancer Foundation During the month of October, TooJay’s will again feature Pink & White Cookies in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year TooJay’s has chosen the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation to be the recipient of 10% of the bake sale proceeds from each of the 24 Florida locations. Join us in our fight to stamp out Breast Cancer. Our pink and whites are a delicious way to support a terrific organization.

Oct. 1-31 “Power for Pink” Campaign Brighton Collectibles will sell its signature bracelet jewelry piece and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund to help women in need obtain free mammograms. Purchase


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the bracelet at the Coconut Creek Brighton Store at the Promenade, 4425 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek. 954.968.2383.

Oct. 1-31 Mammopalooza Last year Broward Health performed 4,515 mammograms during the month of October. This year they are once again offering the special self-pay rate of $115. Most insurance accepted. Everyone who gets a mammogram during this month will receive a special Vera Bradley tote. Walk-ins are welcome. Women’s Diagnostic & Wellness Center at Broward Health Coral Springs, 2901 Coral Hills Drive, 2nd floor. For appointments call 954.759.7500 or visit www.browardhealth. org/mammo.

Oct. 3 2nd Annual Girls, Pearls, Hats & Heels A fun-filled afternoon of shopping with the latest fashions in shoes and accessories from top designers of 2013. The day will feature fabulous silent auction items, lunch and complimentary bubbly. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. at Quail Ridge County Club, 3715 Golf Rd., Boynton Beach. Cost: $45 with proceeds benefitting the Delray Beach Public Library and the Bethesda Hospital Foundation for breast cancer treatment and educational programs. RSVP: 561.266.0775 or visit www.

Oct. 3-26 Sweaty Saturdays Get your sweat on and help women in your area receive breast cancer screenings with a month-long event of

awesome workouts throughout Coconut Creek, Coral Springs and Parkland. From yoga and Pilates to pole dance fitness and CrossFit workouts, there is something for everyone. The Kick-Off Party and CrossFit Workout will be held Thursday, October 3 from 7:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. at CrossFit SoFla, 4641 N. State Rd. 7, Suite 20, Coral Springs. Then on Saturdays throughout the month, pick a class, sign up and bring a $5 cash donation. All proceeds go to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Go to www.crossFitSoFla. com for class schedules and locations.

Oct. 4 Lipstick Lounge The pink carpet will roll out for an exotic fashion event to benefit Glam-A-THON, Inc. and Broward Health Foundation/ Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Cost: $45 in advance and $55 at the door. 7 p.m.–10 p.m. Passions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. For more information visit

Oct. 5 2013 Community Health and Breast Cancer Awareness Fair Co-sponsored by Chi Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Broward Health, services at this event will include a Mammovan, information tables on family health and breast cancer education, giveaways, onsite blood mobile, HIV/AIDS screening, blood pressure/ glucose screening for diabetes and more. 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs. 954.357.8072. COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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Lunch with the Doctor: Breast Cancer Screening – No Longer a One Size Fits All Cheryl Moss-Mellman, an Internist Breast Specialist with West Boca Medical Center, will discuss customized screening and surveillance plan based on one’s personal level of risk. Co-sponsored by the Education Center of the West Boca Medical Center. 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. at the North Regional/ Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. 954.201.2608.

Making Strides of Broward Presented by the American Cancer Society, this noncompetitive walking event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. 9 a.m. at Huizenga Park, 32 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale.

Oct. 9 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon Join Dr. Louise Morrell, medical director of The Lynn Cancer Institute, community leaders, volunteers and breast cancer survivors at “New Choices, New Hope,” a celebration of the hardworking volunteers who helped pass Florida’s monumental oral chemotherapy parity law. Learn about what the new law means for cancer patients. Cost: $135. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place, Boca Raton. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen South Florida. Visit www.komensouthflorida. org/2013PRL or call Amanda Allen at 561.514.3020 ext. 10.

Oct. 9 Nutrition - A Step Ahead Learn the nutritional steps to promote overall health and decrease your risks for breast cancer and other illnesses. Snacks, beverages and raffle items will be provided. Registrants will receive a free “pink” goodie bag to take home. Co-sponsored by Baptist Health. 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs. Register: 954.837.1130 / programs@ COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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Oct. 13 Glam Doll Strut Thousands of divas will descend on SW 2nd Street in Ft. Lauderdale wearing some of the most fashionable, fabulous and innovative attire imaginable. Four teams will be crowned Queen of Glam-A-THON™ 2013. So grab as many divas, dudes, kids and pets and form a team today! Cost: $45. All funds raised stay locally to assist women affected by breast cancer. glamdollstrut.html.

Oct.14 Not My Daughter ...Find A Cure Now! Shopping Boutique & Luncheon Presented by the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, 40 vendor shopping boutique, music by The Lockets, silent auction, raffles, and more to benefit the Susan G. Komen For the Cure (Miami/ Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate). Cost: $75. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Heron Bay Marriott, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs. www. notmydaughterfindacurenow. com.

Oct. 15 Mad Hatter’s Tea Come wearing a creatively decorated “pink” hat for contest judging and fun! This FREE community event will include refreshments, educational booths, raffles, prizes, chair massage, a meet and greet with Lisa Boccard herself and more. 6 p.m.–8 p.m. at Broward Health

Coral Springs’ Medical Office Complex, 3100 Coral Hills Drive. RSVP: 954.759.7400 / www.

Oct 17 Flea Market Fashion Show The 2nd annual fashion show, luncheon and Chinese auction, with all proceeds benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. $40 per person includes luncheon, fashion show, gift bag and $20 FestiValue coupons. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Festival Flea Market, 2900 W. Sample Rd., Pompano Beach. RSVP by Oct. 3 at 954.979.4555 x135 or

Oct. 18 Gilda’s Club South Florida’s Casino Night Over 300 guests are expected to come out for this annual event that features gaming tables, fabulous silent and live auction prizes, an open bar and dinner buffet. Cost: $125. Benefits Gilda’s Club South Florida programs for men, women, and children touched by cancer. 7 p.m. at Ferrari Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, 5750 North Federal Hwy. Contact Kim at 954.763.6776 or kim@ for tickets and info.

Oct. 19 Pink Party A charity event featuring a pink VIP lounge, live entertainment and prizes for best “pink flair.” Get tickled pink from 8 p.m.–11 p.m. at Blue Martini at the Galleria Mall, 2432 East Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Thru Oct., $1 from each “Tickled Pink” drink will be donated to Gilda’s Club. 954.6532583 /

Oct. 24 PINK Party & Exhibit A celebration of the exhibit,

Breast Cancer Awareness - Body Painting Project, which includes fine art and photography essays of survivors. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, cash bar (1 drink ticket included), music, informational seminars, raffles and a silent auction. Cost: $50 in advance or $60 at door. 6 p.m. at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. 954.340.5000.

Oct. 26 Making Strides of South Palm Beach Presented by the American Cancer Society, this noncompetitive walking event will help bring a lifetime of change for people facing breast cancer and their families. 8:30 a.m. at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, 433 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Visit to learn more.

Oct. 27 Knock Out Breast Cancer Fashion Show & Luncheon Presented by the Coral Springs/ Parkland Blev Echad Chapter of Hadassah, this fundraiser features a fashion show by J. Jill, fantastic raffle prizes, vendors and lunch. Cost: $50. Benefits Hadassah Medical Organization for breast cancer research. 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at the Marriott Heron Bay, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd., Coral Springs. Call Barbara Kloor at 954.345.1545 to give your lunch meal choice (salmon or tri-colored ravioli or vegan plate - chef’s creation). 1827 NW 82nd Ave, Coral Springs, Fl 33071.

Jan. 25, 2014 Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure Save the date! Race begins at 7:30 a.m. in downtown West Palm Beach. Tickets start at $25. www.komensouth  WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 29

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The Mayor

Who Won’t Back Down W

▼Becky and her husband Frank

orking a full-time job can be demanding enough, but when you’re also the mayor of a city, the coach of a girl’s softball team, a mentor to a local student and serve on the boards of numerous community organizations, you take devotion to your community to a whole new level.

Coconut Creek’s own Mayor Becky Tooley has taken on all of the above and more. But in March of this year she was thrown a curve ball that not only challenged her ability to juggle everything that’s important to her, but changed her life forever. It started with the discovery of a lump in her breast. “I had a routine mammogram 11 months prior and everything was fine,” recalls Becky. “Then one day during a self breast exam I found a lump.” She knew her next step would be to receive another mammogram. Given her profession as a Radiologic Technologist, Becky was familiar with reading this diagnostic test and knew the results the moment she saw it. She hoped she was wrong. But after seven biopsies, it was confirmed that the lump she had found, which was the size of a golf ball, was indeed cancerous. Becky was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stage-2 ductal carcinoma. With no family history of breast cancer, she was blindsided.

▼Mayor Becky and the Crush 14 Girls: Bottom from left to right: Sierra Bilinski, Jeyda Brodie, Ms. Becky, Andrea Ordonez and Kristyn Bradt. Top from left to right: Sarah Goldman, Nikki Morales, Amy Robbins, Emily Forbes, Victoria Botelho, Vic Diaz and Emily Estroff


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photo: Downtown Photo/Fort Lauderdale

Coconut Creek Mayor Becky Tooley refuses to retreat from life in her personal—and public— battle with breast cancer

photo: Downtown Photo/Fort Lauderdale

“Losing my hair didn’t bother me because people would ask me what kind of cancer I had and that would give me an opportunity to explain the importance of self-examination.”

As with all cancers, early detection and treatment is key. Receiving the diagnosis in April, she had a lumpectomy right away, and began chemotherapy near the end of May. Becky just started radiation in September. Through the past seven months of surgery and treatments, Becky continued to work both jobs and didn’t miss a day. “It is what it is and I have to do what I have to do,” she says with confidence. Of course she’s had days when she felt sick from the chemo and radiation and had to deal with losing her hair, but Becky says she was raised to make the best of a bad situation. “Losing my hair didn’t bother me because people would ask me what kind of cancer I had and that would give me an opportunity to explain the importance of selfexamination,” she says. Becky has been very open about her story for that exact reason: Turning something bad into something good by educating others on the importance of early detection. She’s always happy to speak to media outlets about breast cancer, and she’s in the process of making a video to share her story. Becky also hopes to start a buddy program that will encourage women to remind friends and loved ones to perform regular self-exams. By Becky’s side through it all has been her husband of 26 years, Frank, a retired New York Policeman. Becky’s been on the City Commission since 2001, so the city COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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employees who adore her have rallied in support as well. Becky coaches the Coconut Creek Crush Softball team, whose players have been among her biggest supporters. “I couldn’t fight this without them,” she says. The girls on the team give plenty of credit to Becky as well, for all of her encouragement. And it’s not just the team that Becky has been there for. She’s been mentoring students for over 10 years and was named “Mentor of the Year” in 2012. She was also recognized that year by the Aging & Disability Resource Center, receiving the honor of induction into the Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame. With so many young women in her life as students and athletes, it was a shock to Becky for her to see how many young women were getting chemotherapy for breast cancer alongside her. That makes Becky’s mission of educating women of all ages even more important to her. “The greatest advice I can give is to perform a self-examination every month and get a mammogram once a year,” she stresses. Becky continues to work hard and not miss a beat as her treatment progresses, and her spirit is admirable. “I have always thought that it’s the little things that mean the most in life. Through this all I have tried to eat better, laugh more and have a positive attitude. I am a caring person and I will continue to fight for what I believe is right.” WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM • 31

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Halloweenfunguide Scared easily? No worries. Looking for Parkland Garden Club Come out for Shriek Week Light Project some frightening Halloween ................................................................... on October 24 for a less scary October 15 at 7:00 p.m. version of the Haunted House fun and spooky ................................................................... other events. surprises? CypressHead Clubhouse, 7501 and For more info: 561.347.3948 Well look no S. CypressHead Dr., Parkland Free Halloween further because • Gardening lovers are invited in the Hammock ...................................................... we’ve got your to join the Parkland Garden Club at its next meeting to October 19; walks depart every half guide to local learn how to make Halloween hour from 6:30-9:00 p.m. chills and thrills! succulent pumpkin & pine cone ...................................................... centerpieces. RSVP to Pam Durie at 954.821.1446

Shriek Week 2013 ...................................................... October 18, 19, 25, 26 (Shriek Week Light on Oct. 24) from 6:00-11:00 p.m. ......................................................

Sugar Sand Park, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton On or before Oct. 4: $5 single haunted house tickets; $15 for 30 discounted activity tickets. Beginning Oct. 5: $7 single haunted house tickets. • The not-so-faint-of-heart can enjoy Haunted House Tours, family activities, a Kids Film Festival and so much more.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton Reservations by 4 p.m. on Oct. 18. Members: $9; Nonmembers: $12; Day-of: $17 • An hour-long nighttime nature walk with ghostly guides and ghouls for ages 6–adult. Costumes welcomed! For more info: 561.544.8615

Family Funday: Painted Pumpkins


October 19 at 3:00 p.m.


Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. $5 per pumpkin • Bring your pumpkin to the museum to create a spooky or crazy character using paint!

No carving necessary. Limited pumpkins will be available for purchase. Ages 3 and up with parent or guardian. For more info: 954.340.5000

Silver Screams Social ................................................................ October 19 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. ................................................................

Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek $10 • An evening of fun, music and magic for the entire family. Enjoy music, appetizers, beverages, and an interactive magic and comedy show from the extraordinary Stephan the Magician. You must come dressed as your favorite movie character (no other costumes accepted). There will be a special contest around this theme. Ages 9 or up with parent or guardian. For more info: 954.545.6620 / www.

Sweets & Swaps Masquerade & Full Moon Masquerade for Girl Scouts


October 19 at 1:30-5:30 p.m. for Daisies and Brownies, 6:30-10:30 p.m. for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors


Long Key Nature Center in Davie $25 per registered Girl Scout; $15 per parent/ guardian • Sweets & Swaps Masquerade for all registered Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies (grades K-3): Come dressed in your favorite ball gown and make a masquerade mask while enjoying sweet treats and making new friends. Register: Full Moon Masquerade for registered Girl Scout


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Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 4-12): Guided nature hike and dinner. Register: muycllt. For more info: Catalina Cano

Halloween Stories & Screams


October 22 at 3:30 p.m.


Parkland Library, 6620 University Dr. Free • Children ages 8 and up are invited to hear creepy Halloween stories, make a Halloween craft, and have a spooky treat. Wear your costume! Parkland Library card required to register. For more info: 954.757.4207 /

- 954.757.4122 / mamos@

Halloween Festival .......................................................... October 26 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. ..........................................................

Equestrian Center, 8350 Ranch Rd., Parkland Prices vary; tickets for carnival games will be on sale at the event (cash only) • Activities will include an interactive DJ with dancing, stilt walkers, photo opps with costumed characters, carnival games with prizes, pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, food trucks and so much more! All proceeds will go to the Parkland Teen Advisory Group. For more info: Melissa Soto - 954.757.4120 / msoto@

8th Annual Haunted High at MSD

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October 25 from 6:00-9:30 p.m.


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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 5901 Pine Island Rd., Parkland $6; $5 with a canned good • See your worst fears come to life as you tour the Drama Department’s haunted house! For more info: Melody Herzfeld 754.322.2150

Parkland Teen Advisory Group Halloween Dance


October 25 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Parkland YMCA Family Center, 10559 Trails End $7 in advance ( buy tickets at the Parkland Amphitheater & the YMCA); $10 at the door • Kids ages 11-16 are invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy music, games, candy and more. For more info: Miles Amos


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October 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Parkland Library, 6620 University Dr. Free • Kids ages 3 to 7 are invited to come in costume and celebrate Halloween with spooky stories, activities, crafts and a Wacky Witch! Parkland Library card required to register. For more info: 954.757.4207 / www.

Coral Springs’ Haunted House


October 25 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. & October 26 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. ..................................................

Coral Springs Gymnasium, 2501 Coral Springs Drive $5 per child, $2 per adult • Trick-or-treaters will wind through the various Haunted House rooms and then have a chance to play on bounce houses and slides. Costumes are

encouraged. Trick-or-treaters will get their share of candy as they leave. For more info: 954.345.2200

Spooktacular Open House Party

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Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Dr. Free • The cast members from the Sherlock’s Dinner Theatre will be walking around interacting with guests. There will be a costume contest for best child, best adult and best group with prizes awarded. Learn about the new cabaret series that will be taking place and the musicians who will be performing. Then grab some free popcorn and head into the theater for a special screening of Sherlock Holmes featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The first 200 people to arrive will receive a goody bag filled with all kinds of treats, including a $20 gift card that is redeemable for select shows at the theater! For more info: 954.344.5990 / www.coralspringscenter

October 25 from 6-10 p.m. (happy hour from 6-7)


Kevro’s Art Bar, 166 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach Free admission • An annual program of the Palm Beach Branch and the Emerging Professionals Committee of the USGBC South Florida Chapter (U. S. Green Building Council) to create awareness of sustainable, environmental and green construction practices for a better world in a fun way! Attendees (ages 21+) enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, a green (sustainable) costume contest (think recycled, reused, repurposed), great music and a 3D haunted house. For more info: David Truong 786.759.1069. RSVP appreciated:


October 30 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. ........................................................

Heron Lakes Shopping Plaza Trick or Treat


October 31 from 5:15 to 6:45


Heron Lakes Shopping Plaza, 5677 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs FREE • Come join us at the Heron Lakes Shopping Plaza for tricks and treats. The business owners would like to share this event as a safe place for our community children. Come show off your costumes and party with us.


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By David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS

Breast Reconstruction Can Lift Spirits After Cancer Diagnosis David J. Levens, MD, PA, FACS, in practice in Coral Springs for 23 years, is a graduate of MIT and Columbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons. Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he has once again been named a Top Doctor in Castle Connolly’s national ratings. Contact him at


econstructive breast surgery can give patients a profound psychological lift at a time when they badly need one. Evolving techniques and devices continue to improve results and make it possible to “recreate” breasts that come close in form and appearance to matching natural or surgically enhanced breasts. The procedure can begin at the same time as mastectomy surgery or after the mastectomy has healed. While awareness of reconstructive options and the percentage of women that undergo reconstruction is increasing, less than 50% of women pursue this option. Sometimes medical issues mandate that reconstruction be delayed and some patients don’t want to have more surgery than is absolutely necessary. But when given the option, many women choose to begin reconstruction at the same time as the mastectomy to spare themselves the experience of waking up with no breasts.

It’s important to note that reconstruction has no known effect on the recurrence of cancer in the breast, nor does it generally interfere with chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Breast reconstruction usually involves more than one operation. The first most complex stage, whether done at the same time as the mastectomy or later on, is usually performed in the hospital with an overnight stay. Follow-up procedures are typically outpatient, either in a hospital or surgical center. Basically, there are two approaches to breast reconstruction. The most common utilizes breast implants. The second approach utilizes a woman’s own body tissue. Generally, implant reconstruction involves the use of a tissue expander as an initial stage followed by placement of a permanent implant, although newer techniques have allowed the selective use of a primary definitive implant without expansion.

Here’s a brief overview of how it works: After the mastectomy, an inflatable expander is placed beneath the chest muscle. Through a valve mechanism under the skin, the expander is gradually filled with a salt-water solution in the office to stretch the tissues to accommodate the permanent implant. For select women a smaller permanent implant may be placed immediately. The rising popularity of techniques using biologic skin replacements to enhance the coverage over the expander or implant has improved outcomes. Also the recent introduction of several latest generation anatomic shaped silicone breast implants helps to simulate a more natural breast. The approach using a woman’s own body tissue includes the use of various soft tissue “flaps” from the abdomen or buttock transferred along with a blood supply to provide living tissue to the mastectomy site to recreate the breast.


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A newer technique involves the use of fat removed by liposuction and transferred by injection to the mastectomy site after it has healed. With any type of reconstruction an important decision is matching the opposite breast. Will the opposite breast be removed preventatively? What procedure if any will be needed for the opposite breast to help achieve better symmetry? As a final stage, nipple and areolar reconstruction can be performed as needed with various minor procedures including the use of skin grafts, skin flaps and tattooing. Despite the best techniques, a reconstructed breast will not be an exact replacement for the natural breast and exact symmetry is not likely. (In fact, no two natural breasts are identical.) Most breast reconstruction patients report that the procedure helps lift their spirits through improving their appearance and quality of life following mastectomy. l COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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schoollife Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School By Fern Leider Taking a moment to reflect on last year’s efforts, Atlantic Tech excelled in many areas thanks to the incredible teachers, staff, students and parents. We’re proud of all its accomplishments: National Magnet School of Excellence-Magnet Schools of America; Silver Medal Recipient-U.S. News & World Report, “America’s Best High Schools” edition; National Model School-International Center for Leadership in Education; “A” Rated for nine years; Among top 3% of high schools nationally; Among top 5% of high schools in Florida; Among top three high schools in Broward County; Great Schools Community Rating 10/10; More than $2.3 million in academic scholarships for 124 seniors; 165 industry credentials earned. But, accolades aside, the new school year brings new opportunities for participation. “Back to School Night” on Sept. 10 was very well attended. The ATC Ambassadors, looking like air traffic controllers in their neon orange vests, were on hand to help everyone find their way around our beautiful 30 acre campus. Parents and guardians visited the

academic and technical classrooms, met the teachers, received course syllabi, and got their questions answered. Student Government and the Senior Class are both sponsored by Ms. Kathy Kelly. The students are gearing up for a year of social events and community service.

Coconut Creek Elementary School By Brian Kenney BOO!!!!! Did we scare you? I hope not too much. Can you believe it’s already October? Our students are sailing away with Common Core this year. We are learning so much from our AWESOME teachers. AHHHHH! Did we scare you again? Our Coconut Creek PTA is so excited about our upcoming events for the month of October: Oct. 3 - Dress Down Day - cost $2. Benefits new technology. Oct. 9 - SAC Meeting at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 7-10 - PTA Fall Book Fair. Oct. 24 - Early Release. Oct. 23-31 - Red Ribbon Week. Oct. 23 - Shade Out Drugs - Wear the coolest sunglasses. Oct. 24 - Red Ribbon Day - Wear RED! Oct. 28 - Sock it to Drugs Day - Wear the Craziest Socks. Oct. 29 - Hugs not Drugs Day - K – 2nd grades bring their favorite stuffed animal & 3rd– 5th grades wear a shirt or Jersey from their favorite sports team. Oct. 30 - Tie One on Against Drugs - Wear a crazy tie! Oct. 31 - Crazy Hair Day - Show off a silly hairdo. See you all in November.●


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sportinglife It’s October…and that means cooler temps are on the way, so head outdoors and enjoy a brisk walk or bike ride! Coconut Creek Life provides the area’s most comprehensive listings for all sports; however, if you have questions please call the contacts listed or check the websites. It’s our pleasure to acknowledge your child’s sport, team or any individual player. Contact us at Coconut Hawks Travel Baseball – Competitive team with 9U, 10U, 13U & 14U divisions. Season runs year round. or Coconut Creek Little League Baseball – Boys & girls league for ages 4-16. Season runs from early February thru June. www. Coral Springs Travel Baseball – Top travel team in the state, 11U Florida Pokers Elite travel team, is currently looking for 11-year-old


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travel players (from Parkland, Coral Springs and Coconut Creek), for Spring 2014 season. Professional instruction by former MLB players, top coaching and competitive schedules. Call Head Coach Doug Scott: 954.263.0669 / dscott@ Girls Basketball Clinics – Learn the fundamentals of basketball through a series of drills & game situations at the Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. Three age divisions available: Girls age division 6-7: Fridays, Dec. 6-20 from 6:15 p.m.–7:15 p.m. $15 for Coconut Creek residents / $20 for non-residents. Age division 8-11: 1-day clinics on Oct. 12, Nov. 23 & Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. $10 for residents / $15 for non- residents. Age division 12-16: Three 1-day clinics on Oct. 12, Nov. 23 & Dec. 14 from 2-4 p.m. $10 for residents / $15 for non-residents. Register by walk-in or online at www.coconutcreek. net/webtrac. 954.956.1580. Coconut Creek Eagles – Tackle Football & Cheerleading & Flag Football & Cheerleading, for ages 5-15. Season underway. Visit www. for info on future season. Shotokan Karate – At the Rec. Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. Ages 5 & up & all levels. Students

tested accordingly to level & ability. Must wear proper karate attire such as ghee, shorts & loose clothing. Beginner & Intermediate class (White thru Green Belts) ages 5 years to adults: Tues. & Thurs., 6-7pm. Advanced Class (Brown & Black Belts) all ages: Tues. & Thurs., 7-8:30pm. 1-month session: $60 kids; $70 adults; $50 family members. 3-month session. $100 kids; $120 adults; $70 family members. 561.703.5367. Coconut Creek Crush Softball –The team is looking for talented athletes who are looking to play at the next level. For more information email John Brodie at or visit Coconut Creek Girls Softball – A non-profit organization designed to give girls a chance to learn a great game, meet new friends & have some FUN! $25 Creek residents & $35 nonresidents. For more information email John Brodie at jabrodie@ or visit Women’s Doubles Volleyball League – For women ages 18 & over. Games on Wednesdays, Oct. 9 – Jan. 22 (No games on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1) from 6:30–9:30pm at Windmill Park, 700 Lyons Rd., at the Volleyball Courts. $50 per team. Register: or in person. 954.545.6670.l Know of a league or sports organization in CC not mentioned here? Please E-MAIL your info with contact number to: info@ Deadline is the 1st of the month prior to the next month’s publication.


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Howl’oween! Treat yourself to a new best friend that you can teach lots of tricks to! Here are just a few of the local shelters/ rescues that are overcrowded with amazing, loving and loyal pets. Find your perfect match today!

tJ.J. is a long hair Chihuahua that’s about a year old. Weighing in at only 6 lbs., he is a major snuggler and must have a human that will be equally affectionate. J.J. is also a play machine and would like a young canine companion to romp with. He is neutered, vaccinated, on heartworm prevention and micro-chipped. Bring this adorable little guy home today! J.J. is available through Chesed Rescue in Boca Raton. Visit for an adoption application.

uVita is a 1-year-old, 26 lb. terrier mix. She may have some basenji and some pit in her, but it’s certain that she’s 26 lbs. of sugar! She’d do best in a home with an active human, a fenced-in yard, and maybe a canine companion. Vita loves to cuddle with her humans in bed, but promises not to hog the covers! Vita is available through Chesed Rescue in Boca Raton. Visit for an adoption application.

tSusie is the sweetest cat and by popular vote was named the “house favorite” at Animal Aid. She’s the official greeter to all visitors and will run up and rub against their leg. Susie is always one of the little faces peering through the window of the door to the cat room ready to meet everyone and hoping someone will take her home. Please file an online application, including the name of the cat, at Animal Aid in Oakland Park by going to application or call 754.223.5378 for info.

uHazy is a handsome and friendly declawed male. He and his brother xFoggy were returned by their previous owners because they were unable to care for them any longer due to their age. Hazy and Foggy both love to be brushed, pet and talked to. They don’t have to be adopted together, as long as they each find a great home! Bring home one of these sweet lap cats and enjoy the unconditional love of a pet! Contact Cats Exclusive Inc., 6350 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate at 954.975.8349 or visit


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elray has yet to reach the heights of Boca Raton in terms of fine cuisine, but Max’s Harvest is leading the way for the city’s growing claim to a sophisticated palate. The most recent creation of restaurateur Dennis Max (of Boca’s celebrated Max’s Grill), Max’s Harvest manages to be both hip and haute, matching what Delray has become, a marriage of an old Florida town with a new infusion of trendy elegance. Max’s Harvest opens onto SE 2nd Avenue just north of pedestrian-mad Atlantic Avenue, just in from the gateway to Delray’s Pineapple Grove arts district. Its curbside seating is perfect for the quiet street, and gives the place a homey, neighborhood feel. But that belies the urbane sensibilities of both its food and interior décor. The mission for Max’s Harvest is to take area produce and humanely raised livestock (their mantra is ‘natural, fresh and locally grown’) and then to re-master traditional dishes in new and innovative ways. The result is the American version of the kind of food you get in places like rural Italy or southern France: Superbly fresh ingredients that are flavorful on their own, then enhanced by creative preparation. In Max’s case, the menu lists the local farms where the greens are grown and the chickens roam.

Among the signature appetizers devised by Chef Patrick Broadhead are the scrumptious Deviled Heritage Hen Farm Eggs, with chives, truffle and sea salt, and the Heritage Meatballs with San Marzano gravy, basil ricotto and pecorino. Easily the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten. For entrees, we tried Lobster Shepherd’s Pie, a tasty variation of the traditional English dish, only with lobster instead of the usual beef (how South Florida!): A nice light touch to a normally heavy plate. We also tried their pan-seared Diver Scallops with toasted cashews and ‘forbidden’ black rice. Just perfectly done, as was their pan-roasted East Coast Black Grouper, cooked with oil-cured tomatoes, red onion, spinach, caperberries and zucchini. Fabulous. Perhaps most surprising was an excellent rib-eye steak with pesto sauce. Maybe it was because the beef comes from a rancher in Clewiston who humanely raises the Japanese Akaushi breed, but it was dropdead delicious (perhaps another reason the meatballs were so nice). The interior was understated, with Tuscan red walls, mahogany wainscoting, photos of old Delray, muted lighting and wooden tables—a calm setting for the real star, the food. All of which is prepared in an open kitchen; always a good sign of honest cooking. Two other things are worth mentioning. First, the service is impeccable, deftly delivered by an army of waiters dressed in black. Second, there are no salt shakers on the table. The food needs no additional seasoning. It’s that good. Max’s is not Delray’s least expensive dining option, but it is easily among the top restaurants in town, a culinary masterwork. ● COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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Learn how to identify & attract local butterflies to your back yard, what plants are best suited to start a butterfly garden, see nectar & larval host plants for butterflies & receive a free Photo Guide to help identify butterflies & host plants. Free with paid admission (adults: $24.95; children (ages 3-11) $19.95; 2 and under are free). 1pm at Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek.

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Volunteers are needed to provide temporary homes for select pets. 5–7pm at the Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP: 954.266.6839.


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Thru 10/20 – The Monster Project Presented by the Play Group LLC. Four freaky, funky original plays by awardwinning playwright & Miami Beach resident Brian Harris & directed by Joyce Sweeney. $20 on 9/26; $25 all other Thurs.-Sun performances (includes complimentary wine). Empire Stage, 1140 North Flagler St., Fort Lauderdale. / 954.678.1476. 2 – The Broward Masonic Square Club 1st Wed. ea. mo. 9am at Willow Wood, 2855 W. Commercial Blvd., Ft. Laud. Ben Nazario: 954.970.6738 / 2 – Stroke Survivor Support Group Free to area stroke survivors and their caregivers. 2pm at the NW Medical Center Conference Room, 2801 St. Rd. 7, Margate. Call Ruth at 954.973.0113 or Suzanne at 954.722.5567. 3 – Free CPR Class w/ the Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Div. 1st Thurs. ea/mo. from 6:30-9:30pm at the Rec. Complex,

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4455 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek. Register: 954.973.6706. 5 – Cody’s Angel Golf Classic Benefits children & families dealing with life threatening cancer. $100, includes golf, prizes, gift bag, silent auction, raffle & buffet dinner. 1:30pm at Boca Lago Country Club in Boca Raton. 954.288.7201 / 8 – MOMS Club of S. Coral Springs & Margate For stay at home moms or moms who work from home. 2nd Tues. each month at 10:30am. Contact Ashley at ashleygerson0107@yahoo. com for info & location. 8 – Coconut Creek Multi Cultural Circle Speakers, food of all nations, & camaraderie. Open to the public. 2nd Tuesday each month, 6:30pm at the Community Center, corner of Lyons Rd. & Coconut Creek Pkwy. Mikkie Belvedere: 954.977.5912 / 10 – Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show (thru 10/12). Presented by the Southern Handcraft Society. Over 60 crafters will display handmade crafts including jewelry, holiday decor, paper, fabric crafts & art. $3 on opening day, free on all others. 10am-9pm on 10/10, Admission is free on Oct. 11 and 12. Show times are 9am-9pm on 10/ 11 & 9am-4pm on 10/12 at La Quinta Inn, 3701 N. University Dr. , Coral Springs. 954.798.1672. 10 – Florida Trail Association’s Broward County Chapter Meeting Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month, Sept. -May at 7:30pm at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek. 954.609.4727 / 12 – It Takes a Village Parenting Conference Featuring ten inspiring speakers. Benefits Indigo Village Educational Foundation. 9am-1pm at Florida Technical College, 12520 Pines Blvd. , Pembroke Pines. www. 12 – Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County (also 10/19 & 26). A combination of bus, walking & food tastings in historic areas and/or buildings. $35 ages 18 & over; free for under age 18 (max. 5 kids free per family). 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sat. each month, year-round, boarding at COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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11am at the east entrance of Macy’s at the Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N. Congress Ave. Suite 483. 561.243.2662 / tastehistoryculinarytours.blogspot. com. 12 – Butterfly Gardening Workshop Learn how to identify & attract local butterflies to your back yard, what plants are best suited to start a butterfly garden, see nectar & larval host plants for butterflies & receive a free Photo Guide to help identify butterflies & host plants. Free with paid admission (adults: $24.95; children (ages 3-11) $19.95; 2 and under are free). 1pm at Butterfly World at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd. , Coconut Creek. 13 – Broward Beekeepers Association Learn about beekeeping as a hobby. Meets the 2nd Sun. each month at 4pm at the Sawgrass Nature Center, 3000 Sportsplex Dr. , Coral Springs. Leo Gosser: 954.344.1493 / 13 – Women’s Club of Coconut Creek Meeting All women residents of Coconut Creek are welcome to attend. 7pm at the Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd. Contact Marion Chamberlain at 954.935.6079 / m_chamberlin@ 14 – North Broward Scottish Rite Club $5. 2nd Mon. each month at 12pm at Margate Lions Clubhouse, 508 Melaleuca Dr. 954.974.4983. 14 – Women’s Club of Coconut Creek All Coconut Creek women are welcome. Annual membership is $20. Meets the 2nd Monday each month (except June-Aug.) at 7:30pm at the Rowe Community Center, 900 NW 43rd Ave. , Coconut Creek. Contact Marion Chamberlin at 954.935.6079 or visit www. 17 –Creepy Crawly Crafts (Session I - Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.) (Session II - Oct. 18 at 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.) $25 for Coconut Creek residents; $35 for non-residents. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580. 18 – Kinder Gym (Fridays thru 11/22). Music, arts & crafts, educational activities & games for boys & girls ages 1-3 (with parent). $15 residents & $20 non-residents. 11:15am-12:15pm at the Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd. 954.545.6670. 18 – Company, The Musical (also 10/19). Presented by North Broward Preparatory School Drama Dept. Appropriate for ages 13 & up. $6/ students; $12/ adults. 7pm the Township Center for the Performing Arts in Coconut Creek, 2452 Lyons Rd. , Coconut Creek. 954.970.0606. 19 – Silver Screams Social An evening of fun, music and magic for the family (children must be 9+ years old). You must come dressed as your favorite movie character. 7-9 p.m. $10. Recreation Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.545.6620 / www.coconutcreek. COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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net/events. 21 – Orchid Auction Presented by the Coral Springs Orchid Society. Guests are always welcome free of charge. 7:30pm in Cypress Hall, Cypress Hammock Park, 1300 Coral Springs Dr. , Coral Springs. 954.755.4412 / 24 – Pet Adoption Ambassador Orientation Volunteers are needed to provide temporary homes for select pets. 5–7pm at the Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Rd., Fort Lauderdale. RSVP: 954.266.6839. 25 – Mission Team Craft Fair (also 10/26). Artwork, candles, woodworking, jewelry, quilts, handcrafts & more. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on 10/25 & 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on 10/26 at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs, 8650 W. Sample Rd. 954.304.6136 / craftfair13@yahoo. com. 29 – Affordable Care Act 101 Seminar on who is eligible & how to enroll. 1-2pm at North Regional/Broward College Library, continued on next page


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1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. 954.201.2600. 31 – Movie Matinee Lunch Bring your lunch & friends. 12-2pm at North Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek. Call for title: 965.201.2601.

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will be recognized. Benefits the Alzheimer’s Family Center. $45. 10:30am-2pm at Woodlands Country Club, 4600 Woodlands Blvd. , Tamarac. 954.971.7155. 2 – Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk/Run Benefits the Scleroderma Foundation. Registration for the run is at 6am & begins at 7am; walk registration at 9am & begins at 10am at Tradewinds Park, 3600 W Sample Rd. , Coconut Creek. www.scleroderma. org/steppingoutsouthflorida / 954.798.1854. 2 – 36th Annual Fair presented by the Women’s Club of Coconut Creek. Proceeds will benefit the 2013-2014 annual scholarship awards for Coconut Creek high school residents & Women’s Club members. 8:30am-3pm at the Coconut Creek Government Center, 4800 West Copans Rd. 954.914.1589. 5 – Running & Dance Fun for Toddlers (Tuesdays thru 12/10). Running exercises & games, & dancing to music for boys & girls ages 18 months – 3 years (with parent). Children must be able to walk & sneakers must be worn. 10:30-11:30am at the Community Center, 1100 Lyons Rd. $15 for residents & $20 non-residents. Register online at www.coconutcreek. net/webtrac or in person. 954.545.6670.

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Sunday Circles with the Friendship Circle of North Broward & South Palm Beach Music, crafts, baking & more for kids with special needs & their families. Every other Sunday from 3:30-5pm. RSVP: / 954.970.9551. Youth Club Basketball, dodge ball, movie nights, volunteer opportunities & more for boys & girls, ages 11-14 (middle school students only). Free for residents; Annual $10 fee for nonresidents. Every Fri., 5:30-7:30pm at the Rec. Complex, 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580.

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9/24/13 4:44 PM Adult Children of Alcoholics Group facilitated by licensed psychotherapist on Tuesdays from 11am-12:30pm at the About Life Design Center, 399 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite 210, Boca Raton. $50/week. Argie Spuck: 954.822.9793. Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Group Emotional, educational & social support for caregivers. The group encourages caregivers to maintain their own personal, physical, & emotional health while optimally caring for the person with dementia. Meets the first Monday of each month at Amazing Age Adult Day Stay, 7306A West Atlantic Blvd., Margate. Call Peggy Ogle at 954.970.9185 or visit Be Kind to Animals Feature Animal lovers of all ages will get up close & personal with native & exotic animals. Every Sunday at 11am at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital in Sportsplex Park in Coral Springs (Sample Rd & Sawgrass Expressway). 954.752.WILD / sawgrassnaturecenter. org. CERT Training For residents who are interested in volunteering for the Community Emergency Response Team to assist the city before, during, or after an emergency or hurricane. Volunteers must be in good physical condition & at least 17-years-old. 954.973.6706 / claurie@coconutcreek. net. Coral Springs Senior Crochet Group Open to all levels. Bring a G hook & worsted yarn. Meets Thursdays at 11am at Sartory Hall in Mullins Park. 954.345.2203. Hospice by the Sea Volunteers with good customer service skills are needed for Hospitality/Information Desk at Boca Care Center & Thrift Shop in Boca Raton. Other opportunities available, visiting patients & families & administrative office positions in Palm Beach & Broward. Michelle: 561.416.5040 / Infant & Pregnancy Loss Support Time Heals offers FREE support to those who have experienced pregnancy and/

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or infant loss as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, SIDS & other causes. Meets monthly at the Boca Glades Branch library. Call Daisy at 954.673.8245, email timeheals@, or visit Toastmasters Club Awesome Master public speaking & impromptu speaking, while building personal & professional confidence & leadership skills. Free. Meets every Friday at 7am; check website for new location. Call David at 954.757.5827 for info. l

Charitable/non-profit items for the November 2013 issue must reach us by October 6. You may e-mail them to or fax them to 954.617.9110. Items with photographs may be mailed to: Coconut Creek Life Magazine, 4611 Johnson Road, Suite 3, Coconut Creek, 33073-4361 (or e-mailed). Sorry, no phone info accepted.

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Protect Yourself from the Real Dangers of Halloween By Joshua Frachtman, Esq.

Joshua Frachtman, a graduate of the University of Florida and Nova Southeastern University, is an attorney at Baker & Zimmerman, P.A. His practice areas primarily focus on personal injury, wrongful death and product defects. He can be reached at JFrachtman@ or 800.886. LAWS. For more information, please visit his firm’s website at


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Growing up, I loved Halloween. I used to look forward to buying a gory rubber mask and trickor-treating across the neighborhood with my friends. As I think back to my childhood, I never worried about the dangerous side to the holiday. Sure, we were always warned to avoid unwrapped food and candy. But the only real “horror” story I remembered was the one about razors in the apples. I don’t know whether my eyes are open a little wider, or whether everyone is armed with more knowledge, but Halloween can be one of the scariest nights of the year—and not because of costumes and decorations. For parents, there is an ever-growing list of safety hazards that you should be aware of, starting with the costumes themselves. Make sure your child’s costume is labeled “flame retardant.” Oversized and baggy skirts or pants can become tripping hazards. For younger kids, make sure that the wigs and beards don’t cover their eyes, nose and mouth. These can pose a breathing and choking hazard. In fact, try to avoid masks whenever

possible. You want to be able to identify your children in the dark. The masks will only make it more difficult to keep track of them. To safeguard against the scare of losing sight of your kids, place glow in the dark tape on the back of their costumes or around their wrists. You may also want to put a name tag on them with your name and phone number in case they get lost. Remind your kids to call your cell phone immediately if they lose sight of you and to call 911 if they get lost. For older kids (over 10), make sure they are traveling in a large group, always cross at crosswalks, stay out of the streets, never go into a stranger’s house and to stay in your neighborhood. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a flashlight with them at all times. When your kids get home, you should probably check their candy bags to make sure there is nothing suspicious. You want to check for unsealed wrappers, holes in wrappers or anything that may have been tampered with. Most importantly, stay away from homemade treats. Now that we have addressed some good practices to keep your kids safe, we should also address how to keep other kids safe when they come to your house. Some of us get carried away with decorations, spider webs and fog. If you want to go over the top, just make sure that there is a clearly marked, well lit path for trick-or-treaters to walk on when they come to your door. Make sure your lawn is clear of toys and bikes. You also want to make sure your pets are secured before you answer the door. A dog attack or trip-and-fall can result in a lawsuit from an unhappy parent. If you take a few steps to protect yourself and your kids from the real dangers of Halloween, then you will be able to enjoy the good scares that you have been looking forward to. l COCONUT CREEK LIFE • OCTOBER 2013

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