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RESIDENTS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER 9-1-1 CALL RESPONSE TIMES • BAD TEMP AGENCY DEAL COST CITY NEARLY $1 MILLION FROM 2013-2014

CONNECTING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 2001

VOL. 16 • NO. 6

FEBRUARY 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

31 I Know You Love Me - Now Let Me Die

self revealed THE NAKED PROJECT

11 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute celebrates five years, 20 transplants

P. 22-23 Gallery 2014's 'body positive' exhibit, Self Revealed showcases local women from all ages, body types and and backgrounds to redefine beauty

15 Spotlight on Hollywood resident Cristina Brondo

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MUNICIPAL NEWS

Broward Inspector General sheds light on misconduct and mismanagement by top Hollywood officials

Bad temp agency deal cost city nearly $1 million from 2013-2014

The Hollywood Commission CORRESPONDENT dvolz@hollywoodgazette.com held a special meeting recently to discuss a 56-page preliminary report by the Broward Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding TransHire, a South Florida staffing agency that was paid nearly $1 million from 20132014 on unbudgeted, unapproved services. The OIG report found that City of Hollywood officials violated city ordinances, policies and procedures. During the meeting, residents expressed disappointment in the findings of the report and called for reforms in city administration. Residents claim they feel misled and that this incident has impacted their trust in city government overall. Mayor Peter Bober said the findings in the OIG report were indefensible. “I see willful indifference to our codes,” he said. "The city never attempted to obtain competitive rates, which likely led to the waste of taxpayer dollars," said the report from the Inspector General's office that went on to name seven city officials involved in the violations. "In total, the city spent $973,864.34 for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 without the Commission's approval." To facilitate the unauthorized payments, city officials inappropriately used a direct voucher payment system that allowed little accountability and permitted deviation from the controls set out in city code, policies and procedures. The officials ignored actual expenditures year after year and failed to obtain budget approval for temporary services costs that were anticipated. Bober called for the hiring of an internal auditor who would be hired by and responsible to the Commission. Commissioner Kevin Biederman asked if the former Hollywood City Manager, Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark, now the city manager for Coral Gables, could be retroactively fired. “It is clear that the former city manager lied to us. I think there should be criminal penalties for those who deliberately deceived the Commission,” said Biederman. He asked that a complaint be sent to the International City/County Management Association regarding her handling of the TransHire situation. The Commission voted

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in favor of sending a complaint. Commissioner Linda Sherwood said she believes mismanagement took place especially in the human resources and finance departments and recommended that the City of Hollywood have a forensic audit conducted. And Commissioner Traci Callari said she believed that the city officials involved had violated the trust placed in them by the Commission. Vice Mayor Peter Hernandez spoke out about the report during the recent meeting. “I am appalled. This is worse than what I thought it was going to be and I am dumbfounded by what I read. Based on what I read, there are some people who need to go. They violate the trust of the Commission and the people and remain,”

said Hernandez. Hernandez called for the firing of City Attorney Jeffrey Sheffel. He did not get support from the rest of the commission. Under the City Charter, only the City Manager, City Attorney and Community Redevelopment Agency director are hired and can be directly fired by the Commission. “To me it is a trust issue. The City Attorney should have alerted us that something was going on and not tried to gloss it over. It is one thing to make a mistake but it is another thing to try to cover it up.” According to a memorandum from current City Manager Wazir Ishmael, the city has initiated several reforms since the unauthorized expenditure of funds for

temporary services was brought before the commission in September 2014. Human resource policies regarding the use of temporary staffing services have been strengthened. Ishmael said he has reviewed this report and discussed the preliminary findings with the city attorney and some members of his management team. “We will be working with an external, independent, professional with expertise in critical incident intervention and policy development to evaluate the results of the OIG’s investigation; assess the reforms the city has already put in place; and provide recommendations for any additional changes needed to prevent future policy violations,” Ishmael said in the statement.

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TRANSPORTATION

Broward enhances fleet with 31 new buses; tests new tracking technology Estimated launch date for MyRide Broward is Spring 2016.

seats with extra hip to knee space. They will include LED reading lights, air conditioning vents, electrical outlets and USB port at each seat, according to Mary Shaffer, spokesperson for Broward County Transit. Also plans are in the works to equip BCT buses with updated technology known as MyRide Broward. This is a real time tracking system that will allow riders to know exactly where the bus they are about to board is and when it will arrive to pick them up. This technology is now being tested, according to Shaffer. Estimated launch date for MyRide Broward is Spring 2016. “This year we have been working hard on enhancing services and fleets of buses,” said Chris Walton, Director of Transportation for Broward County. “At the same time, we are investing in new technology that modernize our services to keep up with the needs of our growing audience.”

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Questions are being raised about the 911 System. Currently emergency 911 calls are handled by a centralized Broward County program. But many Hollywood residents have complained that their emergency calls are not being handled properly and would like to see the City of Hollywood handle dispatch. During a recent Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Peter Hernandez said that the County’s response to emergency calls has been dismal and that some people don’t want to call for police services. “People are frustrated beyond belief,” said Hernandez. “If this is going to put lives in jeopardy, maybe Hollywood should reorganize its own dispatch service.” - D.V.

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Enjoy native foods, live music, dance exhibitions, alligator shows and more. Information: 954-850-3100

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DRAWN TO THE BEACH 5K RUN/WALK 7:30 a.m., Hollywood Broadwalk, A1A at Garfield Street

This 5K family run/walk aims to promote health and raise funds for educational purposes. Information: 754-581-5644

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DREAM CAR CLASSIC CAR SHOW 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hollywood Blvd. between 19th & 20th Avenue

This free event features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles. Information: 954-924-2980

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MEET THE AUTHOR: DIANA LEE 12:30-2:30 p.m., Xanadu Salon, 3351 Sheridan St.

Diana Lee, a Hollywood resident since 1954, will be signing copies of her new book, “ I Thought She’d Be Prettier: A Journal” and will have books on hand to purchase as well as available online. Information:

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TREASURES OF HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY YARD SALE & FLEA MARKET 7 a.m.-1 p.m., VFW POST 2500, 814 S. Dixie Highway

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21 PARTY ON THE J – JOHNSON STREET INTERNATIONAL MUSIC, ART & FOOD FESTIVAL 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Johnson Street between 56th Avenue and US 441/SR7

The Johnson Street Business District hosts its 3rd annual Johnson Street International Music, Art & Food Festival, highlighting businesses within the district and neighborhood. Enjoy a classic car show, live music showcase and a variety of diverse food. There will be plenty of kids activities and chances to win raffle prizes including handcrafted artwork by local artisans. Information: johnsonstreetbusinessdistrict.com

parking spaces, $10 for one, and $5 for a table rental. Information: 954-549-8602

“BE MINE” DOG SHOW 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hollywoof Dog Park, 800 Knights Road

The premiere “Be Mine” Dog Show

will feature contests including Best Costume, Hardest Trick, Most Unique, Most Obedient, Owner/Dog Look Alike, Best Kisser and more. Proceeds benefit the Hollywood Council of Civic Association’s “Pete Brewer Scholarship Fund.” Cost is free; each event is $5 per dog entered. Information: 954-662-3612

HOLLYWOOD WEST CONCERT 7:30-9 p.m., Boulevard Heights Amphitheater, 6770 Garfield St.

Enjoy a free concert with Viva, playing oldies, pop and rock. Information: 954-921-3404


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That Hovers and Pulses Just Under the Surface: Many of Johnson’s works investigate how we see 2D flat planes in physical space while he creates them as 3D sculptural paintings.

Feb. 13-14: Andrea Bocelli Feb. 24: Experience Hendrix Feb. 26: Fall Out Boy Feb. 27: The Beach Boys March 3: The Moody Blues March 6: Steve Miller Band March 11: Antony Santos March 12: Adam Lambert March 16: George Thorogood & The Destroyers Show times: 954-797-5531

u Nolan Haan: The Futility of Envy: Portraits of concrete and cinder block walls in acrylic on silk.

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u Maynard Monrow: Still Life: Conceptual, text-based reinventions of the still life/nature morte conventions of classical art.

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Feb. 4-6: Tommy Davidson Feb. 11-14: Craig Shoemaker Feb. 18-20: JB Smoove Feb. 21: Tammy Pescatelli Feb. 24: Kathleen Madigan Feb. 25-27: Josh Wolf Feb. 25, 27: Doug Benson March 2: Cindy Kaza: Medium March 3: Jim Breuer’s Spring Training Tour March 4-6: DeRay Davis Show times: 954-981-5653

u Kiki Valdes: Cartoons,

Cowboys, Abstractions and More: The juxtaposition of imagery with the painting style is a parody and a nod to the American rodeo, 1990s cartoons and modern art.

u Rocky Grimes: On the Run: Combining photocopies, serigraphy, abstract constructs, polished material, and found objects in works. Other exhibitions:

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– Cuban Ties: Jan. 26-Feb. 15. Reception 3-5 p.m. Feb. 9.

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Cooper City Honors Portfolio Exhibition: Feb. 18-March 8. Reception TBD. Information: 954-921-3274

ARTSPARK AT YOUNG CIRCLE GALLERY Noon-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 1 Young Circle

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Acrylic and mixed media paintings over canvas, plexiglas, plaster and acrylic gesso. Information: 954-921-3500

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u Marco Brant Exhibition:

Dedicated to developing “green” art using recyclable items.

u Kim Prisu Exhibition — Singular Art: A French contemporary art movement that groups a number of self-taught artists.

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This free educational session features a “heart healthy” wellness talk. Seats are limited, so RSVP to Diane Ledoux. Information/RSVP: 954-585-0889

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Feb. 5: Akeelah and the Bee Feb. 12: Lady and the Tramp Feb. 19: Annie (2014) Feb. 26: Remember the Titans March 4: Big Hero 6 March 11: Princess Diaries Information: 954-921-3500

MUSIC AT CHARNOW PARK 7:30-9 p.m. Saturdays, Performance Pavilion at Charnow Park

Information: 954-921-3404

PRO FOOTVOLLEY TOUR – HOLLYWOOD BEACH OPEN 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Hollywood Beach

Root on your favorites at this event. Information: 305-213-3275

Rhythmie Wong (Hong Kong) will play. Admission is free with a suggested park donation of $2 for the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center. musicclubofhollywoodflorida.org

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“NIGHT CLUB” CONCERT 2 p.m., Mangrove Hall, Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St.

A dramatic concert by D’Jamin Bartlett and Mark Bornfield. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $2 for the Friends of Anne Kolb Nature Center. Information:

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ARTSPARK LIVE! DILLARD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE 8-9:30 p.m., ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheater, 1 Young Circle

Admission is free. Information: 954-921-3500

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WALK THE TALK FOR EPILEPSY 8 a.m.-noon, North Beach Park to Johnson Street

Presented by the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. Information: 877-553-7453

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Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute celebrates five years, 20 transplants BY DAVID VOLZ

The Joe DiMaggio dvolz@hollywoodgazette.com Children’s Hospital Heart Institute celebrated its five year anniversary with a special event attended by medical professionals, the survivors of heart donors and heart recipients. Ana Martinez, the second person to receive a heart in the Children’s Hospital Heart Institute in February, 2011 gave an emotional speech. She was 13 when she received the heart. “I remember when a nurse came into my room and told me that a heart was available. At first I could not believe it. I am thankful to have received the heart but I am sorry that another person had to die for me to receive it. I hope people will consider donating their organs.” Martinez, from Immokalee received Dr. Frank Scholl and Dr. Maryanne Chrisant receive a plaque honoring five years of the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Heart Institute. the heart from Elmer Lopez, a boy who died at age 14 during a P.E. class pleased with the success of the program Institute but wants to at Coral Springs Middle School. and praised the medical and health continue looking for He died from a brain aneurysm. professionals who have worked hard to ways to improve. “You Martinez suffered from congenital help patients. never really arrive heart disease. The heart transplant Frank Scholl, M.D. the surgeon and say, we are now was successful and now 18, who has performed most of the heart successful. We always Martinez is planning to become a transplants at the Children’s Hospital want to get better. nurse practitioner. Heart Institute said he loves helping We want to continue Martinez met with Maria children. “I still get goose bumps when working toward being Alberto, the mother of Elmer. “I I see a heart begin beating after a the best and making a am glad that someone can benefit difference in the lives of transplant,” he said. from my son’s heart. This is a -Frank Scholl, M.D. The Heath Institute has completed children who need our good thing,” said Alberto. more than 20 heart transplants and the services.” Chantal Leconte, administrator team looks forward to performing many Maryanne Chrisant, M.D. director and CEO for Joe DiMaggio Children’s of pediatric cardiac transplant was Hospital said she is proud of the Heart more. CORRESPONDENT

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Maria Alberto's son Elmer donated his heart to Ana Martinez (right). Ana is now 18 and wants to become a nurse practitioner. Hearts for Kylee helps families going through a heart transplant. Hollywood Gazette | 954-962-8180 | www.hollywoodgazette.com

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Jubilee Center of Broward offers emergency resources and relief from hunger and despair to meet the needs of Broward County residents. One of the center's four annual fundraising events, Walk 2 Stop Hunger will be held Sunday, March 6, 2016, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 1704 Buchanan Street in Hollywood. The Jubilee Center has been hosting community events since the early 90s and

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ollywood resident for 16 years, Cristina Brondo, shares her immense love for the community by expressing herself through painting and poetry. “I used to spend many days on Hollywood Beach and I loved to watch the palm trees as part of a beautiful landscape,” Brondo says. One romantically expressive poem she wrote is called Palms of Florida, and came very close to getting it published by the Library of Congress. Unfortunately, her health took an unexpected turn and the poem was not published. Born in Argentina, Brondo initially wrote the poem in her native tongue, Spanish. She moved to Florida with her two daughters and son over 25 years ago -- first to Miami, then to Hollywood after her grandson was born, where a neighboring friend helped her translate the poem in English. She then sent it to the Library of Poetry. “I don’t remember exactly the time, but the Library of Poetry sent me a letter to inform me that my poem had won placement and they offered to publish it in the annual book of poetry! I was happy and excited for the award, but not for long.” Around 2005, Brondo started experiencing health issues. “I had an active life -- my job, long walks, swimming; but then I started feeling bad pain and discomfort and started taking aspirin every day. My treating physician was not providing good care and the pain got worse.” Brondo continued working, but could not longer concentrate on doing the things she loves -- painting or writing. In 2006, a follow up with her GI doctor revealed very high blood pressure. Brondo was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Pembroke Pines, but then immediately transferred to Memorial on Johnson Street. “As I always say, God, or an angel, was protecting me because when the ambulance arrived at Memorial, everyone – doctors, nurses,

all of them were expecting me - treating me with the highest level of care - like I was a person. I mattered and they wanted to help,” she says. After several hours, five bypasses, and complication with her kidneys, Brondo made it. "I stayed in ICU for over 18 days, but I survived. The wonderful staff saved my life,” she says. Life started returning to normal for Wind dancers, rising to the sky, stoic and lame….. Brondo but she lost the opportunity to see her always caressed by the soft breeze poem published. “Rehabilitation and sometimes enclosed in the crazy was a slow and difficult process,” Brondo fury of a wind without brakes. says. “I knew I had to do things to fill the Faithful sentries of the sea and the sand, emptiness and shorten the days. So, I switched painted in gold by the ardent sun. up the routine. I sat down in front of the Mute confidant of nocturnal romances: computer and started work on a novel. It dressed at night with shimmering moon lights. revolved around Tango, the traditional dance Ladies of the dreams of the travelers who music of my homeland -- romantic and dream nostalgically about their green palms, philosophical.” Brondo built a moving to the wind, in golden beaches love story between two lonely souls, Mariana and seas of calm. and Rodrigo, who unite through tango and the Green dancers, gleaned ladies. use of email. Two years later, in 2010, - Cristina Brondo Brondo's book, Amor, e-mail y Tango, Historia will never forget the compassion they de Immigrantes, was treated me with.” published; inspiring her to start painting What's in store for Brondo? again -- eventually finishing a canvas to "I have been living in this beautiful go with her poem, 'Palms of Florida'. city for 16 years and I expect to write Now in her 80s, Brondo says, “ and paint for the rest of my life,” she If I occupy my time doing things that says. I really love, I take my mind off my And while her poem was never problems. It makes me happy and that published in the Library of Congress, it benefits my health.” appears here, in the February 2016 issue Brondo is grateful for all the people of Hollywood Gazette. who took care of her – from her family, You can find Brondo's book on friends and Hollywood neighbors to the Amazon. staff at Memorial. “Marvelous human beings and authentic professionals. I

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hree years ago, Elizabeth Sanjuan was given an assignment by the world-renowned photographer and teacher, Arthur Meyerson, to photograph herself. The assignment turned out to be a significant challenge, and over the course of three months Sanjuan photographed herself thousands of times but never satisfied with the results. “It seemed like I could never take a photo good enough for me to present to him,” she says. “But the problem wasn't about technique, exposure or composition. The problem was that I did not like seeing me. I could not get past an infinitely long list of things that were wrong with my physique.” Sanjuan, like many, had fallen prey to the frenzy of imagery from television programs, movies, magazines and the internet constantly promoting everything from weight loss solutions to every kind of diet, cosmetic procedure or cream to keep looking youthful. Finally, after months of shooting images of herself, it

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“a complete stranger at Costco stopped became apparent her biggest challenge me and asked me why I let my gray hair was not to take the perfect photograph grow? The stranger boldly observed, but to embrace herself -- without the 'You're too young to have negative self-talk those grays. You should and judgment that shadowed and The exhibit will color your hair!' This fueled the fire in me to colored her own run through go against everything and ability to execute a everyone telling how I self-portrait. Mar. 16 and should look, how much The epiphany is free to the I should weigh and what is what drove her color my hair should be!” to create, Selfpublic. All that "Whenever I push Revealed, the is asked is myself to do the things Naked Project, I’m afraid of, whenever I a photo exhibit you leave any featuring women push myself to be visible, "judgments, of all sizes, shapes, the emotional reward ages, race and is always so worth it," bias, or ethnicity. It opens said participant Annie on Feb. 27 at the Segarra. Through my preconceived Sanjuan-Brown dysphoria, through notions of what body Hollywood Arts my physical pain, I love Foundation's my body and I love beauty is at Gallery 2014. myself, and that love was the door," says and continues to be worth “I am proud the work. It is a daily to be able to Sanjuan. fight but it fills me up showcase the with light and keeps me many courageous moving forward." women who have been a part of the Self Sanjuan embraced her real self the Revealed project,” says Sanjuan. moment she realized perfection is an “Many years ago,” Sanjuan recalls,

unattainable and unworthy goal. "Human beings are not perfect, nor should they be. Our imperfections are part of what makes us 'human,”Sanjuan said. To celebrate her 50th birthday, Sanjuan set out to photograph 50 women in a format that would address the conflicts, outward realities and incredible beauties of a soul revealed in a way that would help women approach their bodies in a more healthful way. “Perhaps I was not the only one approaching this 'fabulous 50' landmark,” says Sanjuan. "Hoping that I could find a way to age gracefully and to embrace a more positive image of my body as it truly was.” Word caught on, friends told friends, mothers told daughters and daughters told grandmothers. "I was really excited when I first heard about the Self Revealed Project, especially because it was going to include trans women," said Diana Hemingway. "So very few women's projects are intentional about including all types of women. I can hardly wait to see this exhibit open to the public. It is a powerful statement of acceptance of our lives and bodies in all our true forms."


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The project incorporates photographic portraiture using three images -- one, allowing each woman to choose a fantastical but meaningful light montage; another, a pose with a word best describing her character and being; and a naked pose un-retouched, real and raw. “I have been photographing for almost 18 months and the original 50 has grown to over 150 images of women of all ages, races, ethnicity and size. The waiting list is still growing.” "Curiously, the mere act of baring oneself physically has been cathartic," Sanjuan says. "The subjects have gained strength and changed their perceptions of themselves. Those grays, sags and lines tell a beautiful story.” Sanjuan wants her project to reach all women from young to old. For younger women, she hopes to take the pressure off. “So many of our young girls see magazines in which all the women have been retouched, slimmed down, wrinkles removed and flawlessly air-brushed to show skin with no blemishes,” she says.

Sanjuan wants older women to take comfort in knowing whether they are 60, 70 80, or 90 years old, it is acceptable to be gray, sag and have lines on your face. "They are beautiful just the way they are," she says. “If we strive for perfection, we are always going to fail.” Self-Revealed celebrates the courage of these women to bare both body and soul and take a monumental step forward in selfenlightenment. Doors will open to the public Feb.27, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Gallery 2014 is at 2016 Harrison Street in downtown Hollywood. The exhibition will run through March 16, 2016 and is free to the public. All that is asked is you leave any "judgments, bias, or preconceived notions of what beauty is at the door," says Sanjuan. For more information, call the Gallery at (954) 505-3291, visit the website at Gallery2014.com or visit them on Facebook.

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MUNICIPAL NEWS

Hollywood 'takes charge' of environmental concerns; adds new stations for electric cars

BY DAVID VOLZ CORRESPONDENT

dvolz@hollywoodgazette.com

People who own electric cars will soon have more places to charge them in Hollywood. During a recent meeting, the Hollywood Commission passed an ordinance that will require new buildings in the City; homes and commercial buildings to have electronic vehicle charging station infrastructure installed. “We want people who have electric cars to have more places to charge them,� said Lorie MertensBlack, chief civic affairs officers for Hollywood citing the benefit that using less gas will have on the environment. Currently, Hollywood residents

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can charge electric cars at the Van Buren Garage, the Radius Garage and the Garfield Garage for a small fee. They can also charge at a

station in the North parking lot at City Hall for free for up to four hours. There are plans to install an additional station in the future. A

number of Hollywood businesses have charging stations and more have plans to add them.


Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library honor members The Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library honored members of the “The Stirling Circle” during a special event at the Gallery of Amazing Things. “The Stirling Circle” is a newly formed group of members who have donated $50 or more or through participation in the Dedicate-A-Shelf program. Julie Mukamal, co-president of the Friends of the Stirling Road Branch Library said, “These are people who very committed to the library and the programs the library offers.” Hannah Hostyk, co-president of the Friends was also pleased that people are eager to support the library and its programs. She said many of the library’s educational and cultural programs are made possible because of support from the Friends. During the reception, members of Friends listened to a lecture on some of the ceramic items on display. Then they were invited to enjoy the Ceramics and Glass Fair being held at the Gallery of Amazing Things. The Friends’ group began when the Stirling Road Branch Library opened in 2003 and has worked hard to raise funds

and support for the library. The group now has more than 320 members. Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr, a librarian, is impressed with the Friends. “This is the biggest library support group in Broward County and the most active. They have really made it a strong community center and taken creative engagement to another level. They offer classes and high quality programs,” said Furr. The Friends of the Stirling Road

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What will Hollywood be like in 25 years? BY COURTNEY BUTTERWORTH

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In the last 91 years of Hollywood’s existence, it has experienced more than a few changes. From an uninhabited block of land to the vibrant city it

“Hollywood will become the next greatest tourist attraction in the U.S. as a result of new hotels and attractions like Margaritaville.” -Antonia D.

is today, Hollywood would be virtually unrecognizable to those who witnessed its humble beginnings. Our population has increased from one to approximately one hundred fifty thousand. Trees that once stood taller than anything else now stand in the shadow of buildings who have taken their altitude to new heights. Within the last few years it seems that Hollywood has gone through many rapid and major changes, leaving

“I think that Hollywood is going to have more of an artistic feel and the beach is going to look more like a tourist destination.”

us to question what the Hollywood of our future will look like. As we look towards a new year filled with even more changes and exciting new opportunities, let us look even further to see what the future holds for the place that we know and love. In order to hypothesize what Hollywood will resemble in the coming years, the Hollywood Gazette asked teens what they think Hollywood will be like in twenty-five years.

“Hollywood is like a cheese, it gets better with age. I think Hollywood will modernize more yet keep the homey feeling it brings.”

Although it is definite that Hollywood will experience change in the next twentyfive years, it is not change to be feared, but instead change to be celebrated. While some things in Hollywood must evolve in order for it continue to be the place that many people love to live in and visit, one thing will always remain constant: the feeling that Hollywood is our home.

“I don’t think anything will be completely different. Houses might be more modern and certain places might be gone and new ones built, but it will still be Hollywood.”

-Geraldine D.

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“I hope that in twenty-five years that the beaches stay clean. I think that Hollywood is going to be more crowded because of our awesome beach.”

“I think Hollywood will might get its own TV show because it’s a beautiful, sunny vacation spot that everyone would love to visit!” -Maria D.

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OPINION

I Know You Love Me - Now Let Me Die

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By Dr. Louis M. Profeta unrealistic expectations that have real-time consequences for those frail bodies that have been entrusted to us.

n the old days, she would be propped up on a comfy pillow, in fresh cleaned sheets under the corner window where she would in days gone past watch her children play. Soup would boil on the stove just in case she felt like a sip or two. Perhaps the radio softly played Al Jolson or Glenn Miller, flowers sat on the nightstand, and family quietly came and went. These were her last days. Spent with familiar sounds, in a familiar room, with familiar smells that gave her a final chance to summon memories that will help carry her away. She might have offered a hint of a smile or a soft squeeze of the hand but it was all right if she didn’t. She lost her own words to tell us that it’s OK to just let her die, but she trusted us to be her voice and we took that trust to heart. You see, that’s how she used to die. We saw our elderly different then. We could still look at her face and deep into her eyes and see the shadows of a soft, clean, vibrantly innocent child playing on a porch somewhere in the Midwest during the 1920s perhaps. A small rag doll dances and flays as she clutches it in her hand. She laughs with her barefoot brother, who is clad in overalls, as he chases her around the yard with a grasshopper on his finger. She screams and giggles. Her father watches from the porch in a wooden rocker, laughing while mom gently scolds her brother. We could see her taking a ride for the first time in an automobile, a small pickup with wooden panels driven by a young man with wavy curls. He smiles gently at her while she sits staring at the road ahead; a fleeting wisp of a smile gives her away. Her hands are folded in her lap, clutching a small beaded purse. We could see her standing in a small church. She is dressed in white cotton, holding hands with the young man, and saying, “I do.” Her mom watches with tearful eyes. Her dad has since passed. Her new husband lifts her across the threshold, holding her tight. He promises to love and care for her forever. Her life is enriched and happy. We could see her cradling her infant, cooking breakfast, hanging sheets, loving her family, sending her husband off to war, and her child to school.

This transition to doing more and more did not just happen on a specific day in some month of some year. Our endof-life psyche has slowly devolved and shifted and a few generations have passed since the onset of the Industrial Revolution of medicine. Now we are trapped. We have accumulated so many options, drugs, stents, tubes, FDA-approved snake oils and procedures that there is no way we can throw a blanket over all our elderly and come to a consensus as to what constitutes inappropriate and excessive care. We cannot separate out those things meant to simply prolong life from those meant to prolong quality life.

We could see her welcoming her husband back from battle with a hug that lasts the rest of his life. She buries him on a Saturday under an elm, next to her father. She marries off her child and spends her later years volunteering at church functions before her mind starts to fade and the years take their toll and God says:

“It’s time to come home.”

This is how we used to see her before we became blinded by the endless tones of monitors and whirrs of machines, buzzers, buttons and tubes that can add five years to a shell of a body that was entrusted to us and should have been allowed to pass quietly propped up in a corner room, under a window, scents of homemade soup in case she wanted a sip. You see now we can breathe for her, eat for her and even pee for her. Once you have those three things covered she can, instead of being gently cradled under that corner window, be placed in a nursing home and penned in cage of bed rails and soft restraints meant to "keep her safe." She can be fed a steady diet of Ensure through a tube directly into her stomach and she can be kept alive until her limbs contract and her skin thins so much that a simple bump into that bed rail can literally open her up until her exposed tendons are staring into the eyes of an eager medical student looking for a chance to sew. She can be kept alive until her bladder is chronically infected, until antibiotic

resistant diarrhea flows and pools in her diaper so much that it erodes her buttocks. The fat padding around her tailbone and hips are consumed and ulcers open up exposing the underlying bone, which now becomes ripe for infection. We now are in a time of medicine where we will take that small child running through the yard, being chased by her brother with a grasshopper on his finger, and imprison her in a shell that does not come close to radiating the life of what she once had. We stopped seeing her, not intentionally perhaps, but we stopped. This is not meant as a condemnation of the family of these patients or to question their love or motives, but it is meant be an indictment of a system that now herds these families down dead-end roads and prods them into believing that this is the new norm and that somehow the old ways were the wrong ways and this is how we show our love. A day does not go by where my partners don’t look at each other and say, “How do we stop this madness? How do we get people to let their loved ones die?” I’ve been practicing emergency medicine for close to a quarter of a century now and I’ve cared for countless thousands of elderly patients. I, like many of my colleagues, have come to realize that while we are developing more and more ways to extend life, we have also provided water and nutrients to a forest of

Nearly 50 percent of the elderly US population now die in nursing homes or hospitals. When they do finally pass, they are often surrounded by teams of us doctors and nurses, medical students, respiratory therapists and countless other health care providers pounding on their chests, breaking their ribs, burrowing large IV lines into burned-out veins and plunging tubes into swollen and bleeding airways. We never say much as we frantically try to save the life we know we can’t save or perhaps silently hope we don’t save. When it’s finally over and the last heart beat blips across the screen and we survey the clutter of bloody gloves, wrappers, masks and needles that now litter the room, you may catch a glimpse as we bow our heads in shame, fearful perhaps that someday we may have to stand in front of God as he looks down upon us and says, “what in the hell were you thinking?” When it comes time for us to be called home, those of us in the know will pray that when we gaze down upon our last breath we will be grateful that our own doctors and families chose to do what they should instead of what they could and with that we will close our eyes to familiar sounds in a familiar room, a fleeting smile and a final soft squeeze of a familiar hand. Dr. Louis M. Profeta is an emergency physician practicing in Indianapolis. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Patient in Room Nine Says He's God. Feedback at louermd@att.net is welcomed.

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