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L I F E MAG A Z I N E

SEPTEMBER 2019

WESTON’S GOD SQUAD Pastor Scott Henze & Rabbi Adam Watstein


SEPTEMBER 2019 | FROM THE PUBLISHER

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED SPITITUAL GUIDANCE With the atrocities going on in our community, nation and around the world, many are looking for answers. Watching the news and dealing with the storms, literal and figurative, I came up with the idea of highlighting our Weston religious leaders and institutions. We are coming into the high holidays for our Jewish family this month, our Islam family had and have their holidays coming and Christians will be preparing for Christmas. This month features the institutions in the city, that you may or may not know are here and their religious leaders – the God Squad. You will learn about the leaders, their faith, what they are about and where you can go to worship r find if it fits into

your life. Some of the individuals are new to the community and some have been around for since the beginning. I hope everyone pursues learning more about their individual faith and the multiple faith’s that will hopefully lead to being part of the solution to diminish the tragedies we experienced from a Higher Authority! We have other stories about what’s going on in the city, some Junior Olympians from Weston and what’s new, like the Indian Trace park opening soon. If you have ideas for stories, pictures from an event, or want to promote your event, please send then to me at Jim@ WestonLifeMagazine.com. As always,

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B’nai Aviv Rabbi Adam Watstein

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background?

I grew up in the small town of Sharon, MA. I graduated Emory University, after which I was awarded a service fellowship in Israel, where the bulk of my time was spent working with underprivileged, immigrant communities. I then spent 5 years at the Jewish Theological Seminary and another year at the Machon Schechter Institute in Israel before receiving smicha (rabbinical ordination) and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education. In July of 2012, after serving for four years as the Assistant Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas, I assumed the pulpit of B’nai Aviv in Weston, FL. My deep spirituality, passion, energy, and advocacy have formed my template for Jewish leadership. My rabbinate has moved the congregation into the forefront of Jewish communal organizations in South Florida.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings?

There are 3 primary Jewish denominations, Reform Conservative and Orthodox. B’nai Aviv is affiliated with the Conservative movement, the second largest of the three main religious denominations...though I champion the principle Ahavat Yisrael, to love and welcome a fellow Jew regardless of observance level, education, or denominational background. Consequently, congregants from across the Jewish religious spectrum call B’nai Aviv their spiritual home.

What is the mission of your faith/organization?

“B’nai Aviv is dedicated to serving and nurturing the spiritual, educational, cultural and social needs of its members. Our synagogue is committed to providing these services in an atmosphere of warmth and mutual respect within a congregational family who have a deep-felt desire to promote and ensure the continuity of Jewish life, to perform tzedakah and to support the State of Israel and the United States of America.”

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world?

I sit on the National Council of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and visit Washington DC several times a year to lobby on behalf of a strong, bipartisan relationship between the US and Israel. I also served as the President of the Broward Board of Rabbis for 2 years, collaborating with synagogue clergy across our county on a variety of projects both within and beyond the Jewish community. Programming and social action are particular strengths of mine. I developed and implemented a year-long, family service fellowship at B’nai Aviv called the Kehillah Club, which has benefitted Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in the area. During its inaugural year, over 50 families participated in monthly service projects motivated by the club’s motto Tikkun Olam (Repair the world) One Mitzvah at a Time. Our Kehillah families have partnered with Hispanic Unity, a Broward organization dedicated to enhancing educational outlets for ESL families, participated in “Light the Light,” an annual event for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, packed food pantries, worked with local animal shelters, entertained the elderly at the Daniel Cantor Center, and hosted an annual “Special Olympics” game day for Broward’s local chapter.

What High Holidays are coming in the next few months?

The High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah (“Jewish New Year”) will begin the evening of Sunday, September 29th and end the evening of Tuesday, October 1st and Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”) will begin the evening of Tuesday, October 8th and end the evening of Wednesday, October 9th.

Where are your services held?

B’nai Aviv – 1410 Indian Trace Weston FL 33326

What days and times are your services held?

Minyan: Monday –Friday at 7:30 am, Sunday at 9:00 am Shabbat Eve: Friday 6:30 pm Shabbat Morning: 9:15 am For Holiday Service Schedule please visit our website bnaiaviv.org or call the office 954.384.8265

What is your website? www.bnaiaviv.org

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St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor Scott Henze

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background? I am a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. I attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville on an R.O.T.C. scholarship where I received his commission in the US Army. Upon leaving Knoxville, I worked in the business world as owner / operator of an outdoor advertising company named Volunteer Outdoor. I was always active in ministry and felt called to enter the seminary in 2012. I graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and was ordained on August 9, 2015. For the past 4 years I served at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Clinton, Mississippi. I am 53 years old and am married to Kathy and together we have three children: Katie, Alex and Ashley. Katie is 19 years old and will be attending the Disney College Internship Program this fall. Alex and Ashely are 16-year-old twins who will be students at Cypress Bay High School in Weston.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings? My religious denomination is Lutheran. We are a part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. TEACHINGS- God is interested in you and your life— right where you are, right now. He knows you, He loves you and desires a relationship with you! That is really what the Bible is all about! It is about how God loves people—you and me—no matter what we’ve done or where we are. He invites us to know Him in Worship. That’s an invitation to know forgiveness, joy, peace and truth in Christ.

What is the mission of your faith/organization? “St. Paul Lutheran Church nurtures and strengthens the families of our diverse community. This is accomplished as we intentionally share the love and forgiveness of Christ through grace-filled worship, education, outreach and service.”

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world? One of our greatest missions and outreach is our Pre-School. Since moving to Weston, I’ve been told by numerous people not associated with our church that it is one of the best pre-schools in the city of Weston. We have an annual Family Fall Festival that features games, crafts, music, hayride, bounce house, and a chili cook-off! This year it will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 11 AM – 2 PM. We serve as a group stocking shelves and packing food boxes at LifeNet4Families Food Pantry in Ft. Lauderdale and we have an annual Mission Trip to Haiti every January. We are also connected with B.O.L.D. Justice which connects us with several other Christian organizations to support Justice Ministries in Broward County. On Good Friday each year our youth present the stations of the cross in Peace Mound Park.

What High Holidays are coming in the next few months? Our next High Holiday is Advent which begins in December.

Where are your services held? In our sanctuary located at 580 Indian Trace, Weston, FL

What days and times are your services held? Every Sunday we have two worship services at 8:30 AM & 11:00 AM

What is your website? www.stpaulweston.org

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Bread of Life Family Ministry Pastors Ingrid & Bruno Valenza

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background? I, Bruno Valenza, am from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and my wife, Ingrid Valenza, is from Bogota, Colombia. We have been citizens of this country for more than 30 years, married for 25 five years and have served in Christian ministries for 20 years. We have six children and one grandchild. My lifelong desire has been to serve our Lord and spread the Gospel of Jesus.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings? In January 2013, Bread of Life Family Ministry, a non-denomination Christian church, was established in the city of Weston with the sole purpose of helping individuals encounter the love of Jesus and restore families through His word. This is accomplished through our weekly services, community services, and weekly gatherings via connection groups, for each age and need, such as married couples, men, women, young adults, youth and children. We also partner and assist with foreign ministries. Our church also provides counseling for marriages who are struggling to find their foundation. All this is based on biblical values and principles in order to build their marriages in a Godly manner.

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world? Upcoming events include and are not limited to: * REJOICE, this our yearly children’s event held on October 31st, where we teach children about Jesus and how to shine His light to others. * Thanksgiving Gathering, held on November 22, where, together as a whole family, we celebrate God’s goodness, faithfulness and provision. * Special Christmas Celebration, held on December 22, where we celebrate the birth of our savior with a special Christmas service and play.

Where are your services held? Bread of Life Family Ministry is located at 2129 N. Commerce Pkwy. Weston, Florida. 33326.

What days and times are your services held? Our weekly general family services are Sundays 10:00 am and Wednesdays 7:30 pm. We also have biweekly connection groups for Married couples, Men, Women, Young Adults, and Teen Youth.

What is your website? For more information please visit our website www.breadoflifefm.org. WESTONLIFEMAGAZINE.COM

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Chabad Lubavitch of Weston Rabbi Yisroel Spalter, Director and Spiritual Leader

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background?

I was born in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the nerve center and Headquarters of the Chabad Lubavitch Movement, where the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of blessed memory lived. For the first 27 years of my life, I had the privilege of gleaning from his wisdom on a daily basis. Inspired by his teachings of love for all humanity and bringing Judaism to all Jews I decided as a young adult that I would dedicate my life to Jewish outreach. I was educated in Crown Heights and in Detroit, Michigan. I advanced my studies in Yeshiva’s in Israel and California. I eventually received my Rabbinical Ordination from the central Lubavitch Yeshivah in New York. After my marriage to Leah Spalter (Gopin) in 1990, I was involved in Ezras Achim, an organization that spearheaded efforts to help Jews in the then Soviet Union and after the fall of communism their relocation to Israel and other parts of the world. In 1996 Rabbi & Mrs. Spalter moved to Weston to establish Chabad of Weston.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings?

Chabad is a Jewish Organization based on the teachings of the Torah, Talmud and Kabbalistic and Chassidic philosophy.

What is the mission of your faith/organization?

Chabad is an international organization with over 4000 centers in over 100 countries around the globe. Its Mission is to reach out and to bring Jewish life to every Jew wherever they live. Chabad is dedicated to providing every Jew regardless of background, philosophy or level of commitment, an open-door environment for strengthening and enhancing Jewish family life. We serve individuals and families looking for an anchor and non-judgmental, accepting, personalized Jewish experience. Chabad offers “Judaism with a Smile,” and a home away from home for everyone who walks through its doors.

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world?

Our Chabad Chapter here in Weston, operates a warm and friendly synagogue environment, a Hebrew School, Summer camp, A Mikvah (ritual bath), Holiday programs for the community including an Annual Chanukah in Town Center festival, a dynamic Adult Education program. Programs for Women and girls as well as Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Chabad of Weston’s Bikur Cholim serves Jewish Patients at Cleveland Clinic Hospital and their families with meals, lodging and other vital services.

What high Holidays are coming in the next few months?

The coming High Holiday are Rosh Hashanah (September 29-Octpber 1) and Yom Kippur (October 8-9) and Sukkot (October 13-21) We welcome all to come and join us.

Where are your services held?

At Chabad of Weston – 18501 Tequesta Trace Park Lane, Weston

What days and times are your services held? Morning Services: Sunday – 8:30 AM Monday-Friday – 7:00 AM Evening Services: Sunday – Thursday – 7:15 PM

Shabbat Services: Friday Evening – 7:15 PM Saturday Morning – 9:30 AM Junior Congregation: 11:15 AM Shabbat Afternoon Service is 25 minutes before Sundown.

What is your website? www.chabadofweston.com

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Temple Dor Dorim Rabbi David Novak & Rabbi Norman Lipson

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background? I am originally from Manchester, New Hampshire but have lived half my life on the West Coast. With Florida I have now resided in all four corners of the United States.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings? I am a Reform rabbi, ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.

What is the mission of your faith/organization? Temple Dor Dorim welcomes all Jews, their spouses and families to perpetuate Jewish life according to diverse understandings. We understand our role as to be there throughout the lives of the people in our congregation. We are the only vibrant Reform Temple located in Weston. We are a warm, multi-generational community that joyfully celebrate births, graduations, B’nai, weddings, baby namings, and all the simchas that make life wonderful. We also support each other in times of sadness, stress, and life’s painful moments.

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world? We are a leader in Weston for our Early Childhood Center that enrolls students irrespective of religious affiliation. We have education programs for children and adults, pastoral care that reaches out to people in homes and health care facilities, worship that touches people, and a range of social activities. Our rabbi has a “please bother the rabbi policy.”

What high Holidays are coming in the next few months? Our Jewish High Holy Days Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur begin on September 29 at and will be held in Sternlieb Hall at Temple Dor Dorim. For information contact Faye Kotler, Clergy Assistant, at 954-389-1232, extension 120.

Where are your services held? At Temple Dor Dorim – 2360 Glades Cir, Weston, FL 33327

What days and times are your services held? All worship will be complemented by our Generations Choir. Worship is being led by Rabbi David Novak and Cantor Kate Oringel using our wonderful prayer book for the high holy days “Mishkan Hanefesh.” Erev Rosh Hashanah Sunday evening, September 29, 7:30, featuring a sermon by Rabbi Emeritus Norman Lipson Rosh Hashanah Service Monday, September 30, 2019, 10 a.m. Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur Morning Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Yom Kippur Afternoon, Healing, and Concluding Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 4 p.m. Followed by a communal break-the-fast at Dor Dorim.

What is your website? dordorim.org

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St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church The Most Rev. Enrique Delgado, Auxiliary Bishop of Miami

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background? Enrique Delgado was born December 26, 1955 in Lima, Peru, he is one of 11 siblings. Delgado studied at University of Lima in Peru where in 1982, he earned a Masters in Economics. Before being called to the priesthood he managed a company with 150 employees. Enrique immigrated to the US and entered the Archdiocese of Miami seminary program where he graduated with honors receiving both a Masters of Theology and a Masters of Divinity. He was ordained June 1996. In 2015 he was awarded a PhD in practical theology. In August of 2010, he was appointed pastor of St. Katherine Drexel, where he completed the construction of the parish’s first church building. In October of 2017 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings? ROMAN CATHOLIC

What is the mission of your faith/organization? St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church is the cornerstone of Weston’s Catholic community. We are one Body, one Spirit, one family actively ministering to the spiritual needs of all as we journey together in the Name of Jesus Christ. Our priorities for the next five years are: 1. To make a deeper commitment to support and nurture our Parish through stewardship (Time, Talent and Treasure) so that we can continue attending to the spiritual and human growth of every member through prayer and service. 2. To organize ministries that reflect the spirit of self-giving of our patron Saint Katharine Drexel. 3. To initiate and further develop Youth and Family Ministries. 4. To establish a solid Catholic identity in our community. 5. Support the Evangelization of the Church

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world? • • • •

Quarterly Food for Hope Outreach Pantry, Fort Lauderdale, FL Backpacks and Christmas Gifts for Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Belle Glades, FL Daily Bread for the need (free) & Fresh Market through St. Vincent De Paul Missions for Haiti, Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela

What high Holidays are coming in the next few months? Advent and Christmas (Dec 1 to Dec 25)

Where are your services held? St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church 2501 South Post Road Weston, FL 33327

What days and times are your services held? Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday Mass @ 8:30 AM Thursday Mass @ 8:30 AM & 7 PM First Friday of the Month Mass @ 8:30 AM & 7 PM Saturday Mass @ 8:30 AM, 5 PM (Eng) & 6:45 PM (Spa) Sunday Mass @ 10 AM (Eng), 12 Noon (Spa), 6:45 pm (Eng) 3rd Sunday of the Month Mass @ 5 PM (Portuguese)

What is your website? www.skdrexel.org

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Reality Church David Solar, Lead Pastor Reality Church

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Where are you from and tell us a little about your background? David was born and raised in the Willamette Valley, located in the heart of Oregon. He has a background in Graphic Design and transitioned into Ministry in 2009. He and his wife have been married for 16 years. They have four young children who all attend school here in Weston. David and his family relocated from the Pacific Northwest in 2014. They planted Reality Church in 2015. He is a bi-vocational Pastor and works a full time job as well as pastoring the church. He enjoys fishing and spending time making memories with his young family. You can often find him getting a child to or from practice, school or lessons.

What is your Religious Denomination? Teachings? Reality Church is a non-denominational Christian Church. Pastor David teaches in a casual & fun manner. He often weaves in a story or two from his own life to bring a light, humorous and realistic atmosphere that is relatable and genuine. Although he often teaches in a series format, you could visit on any weekend and still be able to follow along with the message due to his teaching style that usually recaps the previous weekend’s main point.

What is the mission of your faith/organization? At Reality Church, we believe that the Love of God, Jesus’ sacrifice and the teachings in the Bible are able to transform each of us and that we are all able to grow and improve both individually and together .We believe that God has a plan & a purpose for each of us and we are committed to teaching, learning and growing together. We believe that church, family and community can all be positively effected by seeking God’s will and looking for ways to do good.

What Outreach to you do in our community / the world? We are looking for ways to help the hurting, encourage the hopeless and find the lost. Our message is one of compassion, kindness & peace. David and his wife have both experienced the overwhelming love of God in their lives and marriage and believe that the message of love, forgiveness and faith can help their community one heart at a time. If you’re new to the area or new to church, please consider stopping by, we’d love to get to know you, your story and what God is doing in your life.

Where are your services held? We meet at the Weston Hills Country Club in the Glades Ballroom. On occasion, you will find us at a local park for volleyball, a potluck and outdoor fun and sometimes at the beach for a Baptism Service in the Atlantic.

What days and times are your services held? Our weekend services are on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. We also have small groups that meet throughout the week.

What is your website? Find us online at www.realitychurchflorida.org Facebook Reality Church IG @realitychurchfl

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JAIN Center of South Florida

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Jainism is one of the ancient religions of India. Our last Tirthankara Mahavir swami lived between 599-527 BC. He was contemporary to Gautam Buddha. At present there are more than 150,00 Jains resides in USA. Our national organization is JAINA. Every 2years we have national convention. Last one took place on July 4 th weekend in Los Angeles. Jain center of south Florida is a local chapter located at 1960, North commercial park, Weston, Florida. More than 100families from Dade, Broward and Palm beach county participates here. We also have children Sunday school. Main beliefs of JAINSM - Universe is eternal. It is made up of Six fundamental substances. - 1 Soul (JIV, Consciousness), 2-Matter (Pudgal), 3-Pricipleof Motion (Dharmastikay), 4-Principle of Rest (Adharmastikay) 6-Space (Akash) ,6- Time (Kaal) - AHIMSA (NONVIOLENCE): All forms of the life have soul. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ALL SOULS ARE EQUALâ&#x20AC;? therefore, Vegetarianism is an expression of Compassion for all living. - ANEKANTVAADA (NON-ABSOLUTISM): Jainism presents truth is a relative to the view points from which it is known Like a facets of the diamond. We should be tolerant to others point of view and learn from others. This allows partnership, participation, friendship and harmony. - APARIGRAHA (NONATTACHMENT< NON POSSISSEVNESS): External attachment comes from Materialistic things. Like Car, Money, Power Internal attachment comes from EGO, GRED, DECEIT, ANGER, LIKING and DISLIKING. - Keeping a minimum requirement helps for the environment ecology and soul to get the fuel to go towards the final goal Liberation-Nirvana/MOKSH. - KARMA THEORY: All eastern religions believes in karma and reincarnation, cycle of birth and death to Hell, Animal & plant kingdom, heaven or Human, depends upon good or bad deeds. - Only way, no rebirth is possible, when good deed, and bad deeds =0. Internal Happiness only - Human is the only life whereby following equanimity, tolerance, compassion, service to others, Pennance, meditation and finally renunciation with practicing nonviolence, truth, honesty (non-stealing), celibacy and non-possessiveness will take us to the path of Moksh/ nirvana. - High holidays in next few months - Paryushan: our 8 days high holidays began on 26th august. Here we try to shed our karma by many ways. Practicing Ahimsa, reading and learning scriptures from the scholars, worship in temple, Jiv daya, save animals from getting slaughtered and take care, Penance in various forms. One day fast =36 hours. It begins previous day sunset to the next day and third day after sunrise it can be broken, only water is allowed in daytime, some people go for 3-8days fasting at our community. We repent with pratikraman every day. - Last day is called SMVATSARI where we ask for forgiveness from family, friends and enemies. We should also forgive them. - Diwali: During October November we celebrate this function for 5 days. It is an end of the year and new year beginning. Our last Tirthankara Mahavir swami went to the nirvana on Diwali night. - Our center is located at1960 Commercial Parkway, Weston, Florida. - President Mrs. Sonal Mehta - Sunday 9am to 1pm. - Tuesday and Thursday 8-9pm. - My name is Dr. Deepika k. Dalal - Associate professor in Anesthesiology Uni. Of Miami, JCSF Pathshala teacher and Vice chair o JCSF

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UNITED WAY OF BROWARD COUNTY Annual Car Giveaway

On Thursday, August 15, United Way of Broward County surprised Lizabeth Porras, a Publix Super Market employee in Weston, Florida, with a brand new 2018 Audi Q3 through its annual car giveaway. For more than 19 years, United Way of Broward County has presented a new car to one lucky person, thanks to the generosity of Holman Automotive Group. Throughout the year, Broward County residents who donated a minimum of $365 (only $1 per day) to United Way of Broward County were entered into a drawing to win a 2018 Audi Q3. Porras’s name was randomly drawn from a pool of more than 10,000 entries. She contributed to United Way of Broward County during the year through Publix Super Market’s Employee Giving Campaign. Porras works as an Assistant Store Manager at a Publix in Weston, where she has been employed for 26 years.

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CENSUS 2020 Be Counted A head count, which has been done every 10 years since 1790, as required by the U.S. Constitution. The census provides vital information for you and your community. Census data determines the number of state representatives in Congress and is used to redraw district boundaries. It is used by communities to plan infrastructure projects, schools, emergency services, and more. Data from the census provides the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs - impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy ( an extimated $7 trillion over the next decade). Census Day is April 1, 2020. Details on how and where you will receive your census survey will be provided as this date draws near. WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ME It is not only your civic duty, it affect the amount of funding your community receives; how your community plans for the future and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to: • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, public works and vital programs • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives

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Ways That You Can Support Census 2020 Whether you have just a moment to spare or can commit to a sustained effort, there are multiple ways you can support a complete and accurate count of our community in the 2020 Census. Sign up to receive updates from the US Census Bureau, connect on social media (Twitter: @uscensusbureau) and spread the word that the census is easy, safe and important.

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Pink Angels from Weston Shamena Khan & Wendi Sugarman Bieber The Pink Angels of the Memorial Foundation will host their Annual Touch of Pink Sunset Party on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Bahia mar, Fort Lauderdale. The evening event will feature culinary delights, crafted cocktails, live music, an outstanding silent auction and raffle, all poolside with an ocean view. Chaired by Joanna Hoffman, the committee is dedicated to making this signature event successful and fun for all. The celebration will honor Dr. Mary Hayes-Macaluso for lifetime dedication in Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Imaging and Radiology, helping breast cancer patients. The Pink Angels organization collaborates with the Memorial Breast Cancer Center to provide resources to heal the spirit for today and provide hope for tomorrow. Since 2008, the Pink Angels have been improving the quality of life for women with breast cancer in the community. For more than a decade, the Pink Angels, through the generous support of community partners, corporations and individuals, have provided breast cancer patients at Memorial Breast Cancer Center with support through programs, services and items that assist with their recovery and survivability. Funding has included nutrition and cooking classes, yoga and meditation, prosthetic and lymphedema items, wigs and more. They will be launching the Pink Angel Stork Fund, which will assist approved patients with funds for IVF services. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2019, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed amongst women and 2,550 cases will be diagnosed in men. More than 41,000 individuals will die from breast cancer this year. The Memorial Foundation raises funds philanthropically to assist patients, families, and to underwrite the cost of programs, facilities, and equipment within the Memorial Healthcare System (www.mhs.net), where no one is ever denied care because of an Inability to pay. The Foundation supports the mission of the Memorial Healthcare System to heal the body, mind and spirit of those we touch. For additional information please contact Memorial Hospital Foundation at (954)265-6438 or e-mail us at PinkAngels@mhs.net. WESTON LIFE MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2019

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WHAT: The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) to host “Speakeasy” Gala on Saturday, October 26, 2019 Guests will experience an exciting evening complete with a high-energy cocktail reception, impressive live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Black Tie attire All proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum’s mission to provide experiential pathways in lifelong learning in science for children and adults and will provide the necessary funds to support the Museum’s programs and community outreach.

WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2019 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Dinner and Live Auction

WHERE: Museum of Discovery and Science - 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL DETAILS:

Tickets can be purchased on Blacktie South Florida. For more information about this year’s event including tickets, sponsorship opportunities, program ads and donations, please contact Hillary Wallace at 954-7130918 or hillary.wallace@mods.net.

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CELEBRITY DESIGNER GUSTAVO CADILE TO HEADLINE 6TH ANNUAL CATWALK FOR CHARITY

Catwalk for Charity, the year’s most anticipated fashion fundraiser in South Florida returns for its sixth consecutive year! This prestigious annual event which boasts more than 400 of top designers, celebrities, tastemakers and philanthropists will take place on Sunday September 22nd, 2019 at the JW Marquis in Miami, FL. The event is hosted by Angels for Humanity, a Florida-based nonprofit organization, and benefits impoverished children in Haiti without access to quality education, medical, dental and vision care. This year’s Fashion Show will feature Go-To Celebrity Designer Gustavo Cadile, personal designer to celebrities including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Longoria, Reese Witherspoon, and Kim Kardashian. Returning hosts will be Three-Time Emmy Award Winning News Anchor, Calvin Hughes and Celebrity Actress and Producer Garcelle Beauvais. The Fashion Show Fundraiser will commence with a half-hour exclusive Red Carpet VIP reception, which will provide first access to the highly anticipated silent auction and cocktails portion of the event, as well as front row seats at the fashion show. VIP Cocktail reception tickets are $300. General tickets are $250. The event is the primary fundraiser hosted each year by Angels for Humanity, which enables them to bring relief to more than 5,000 underprivileged children in Haiti. Programs like their back-to-school distributions in October, and their Mission Care trips in December. They also partner with various schools, including Prodev Elementary school, as well as“Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs” Hospital, Haiti’s only hospital for cancer-stricken children. “I was glad to have taken part in this mission trip and to see the smiles in the children’s faces, most of whom had never before seen a dentist.” Dr. Julio E. Hernandez, of Miami Cosmetic Dentistry, was one of the doctors who took part in their Dental Care Mission trip last December. The group provided dental care services and surgery to more than 400 children. Tickets to the 2019 Catwalk for Charity will be available on July 15, at www.AngelsforHumanity.org and now on Eventbrite. WESTON LIFE MAGAZINE I AUGUST 2019

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Local Athletes Are on Track for a

Bright Future

Track and field programs have become increasingly popular in middle and high schools. Both boys and girls are lacing up their sneakers and racing to the finish line competing for titles, for scholarships, and for the attention of college scouts. However, the high school track season only runs half a year and many athletes are left with no way to continue training after the spring season. This not only posed an issue as to how these athletes would keep conditioned during the other half of the year, but also as to how they could continue to compete at and showcase their skills year round . Fortunately, Jennifer Keller, an event planner and parent of a top track athlete, was determined to come up with a solution. Three years ago, she approached Antwon Chaney, her son’s track coach at Cypress Bay High School, about starting a year-round program for those interested in staying in superior shape and competing at a higher level during the winter and summer months. Between her planning skills and his coaching skills, the West Express Elite club track team was born. “I felt this was a need which was being overlooked and I wanted to start a club with a coach who would implement a track training program for those students who have no opportunity to train in the off-season months,” explained Keller. WESTON LIFE MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2019

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Antwon is a Miami native who grew up in the intercity of Dade County and has been living in Weston for thirteen years. The aspiring educator was an Assistant Coach for the Alabama State University football team. But in the spring of 2016, he returned home to South Florida with a desire to continue to give back to the community and he began coaching at Cypress Bay High School (CBHS) under Coach Mark Guandolo. While coaching track at Cypress Bay during the 2016-2017 season he inspired many athletes to take their love of track to the next level. The West Express Elite youth club track team currently has 25 members and continues to grow. Students in middle and high schools can join the team at any time. They may join even if they are not involved in their school track programs. Practice is typically 5 days a week, but some weeks it might drop to 3 days since academics are of primary concern and an integral part of the club. Fundraising and participating in community activities are also part of being on the team. Since its inception, West Express Elite has competed as a club team where they have had the ability to showcase their talent all over the country. For the past 3 years they have had the honor of having runners qualify and compete in the American Athlete Union (AAU) Junior Olympics. Veterans Josh Keller and Bri Hay have had many successes within the club and both continue to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to get to the next level. For Josh, that means running for a college track program. The elite senior runner has already met with top universities during his junior and senior year and looks forward to seeing what the future holds. Bri has several years left before thinking about college, but her future is definitely bright. This year, first-year race walker Cory Scott is #5 in the nation, new long jumper Isabella Pazzaro (Falcon Cove Middle School) is making quite an impression on the track while Vinicius Barbora (Tequesta Trace Middle) is 27th in the nation for the 1500 meter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that with hard work and determination, our runners and this club can accomplish anything. Jennifer and I wanted to be sure we provided the opportunity and support for them to excel to the best of their ability and achieve their goals starting in their own backyard. From here, anything is possibleâ&#x20AC;? added Chaney. For more information or to register, please email info@westexpresselite.com or call Coach Chaney at 305-927-4881.

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JEFF CONINE CELEBRITY POKER CLASSIC

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND WESTON EVENT

An evening in Weston with Jewish National Fund featured former Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member, Relationship Expert, Motivational Speaker, and Author, Siggy Flicker.

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Event Co-Chair Vivian Grossman; Professor Marianne Porter, Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University; Professor Linda Johnson, Graphic Design Associate Dean, Florida Atlantic University

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