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New Year Brings New Beginnings
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COMMUNITY NEWS 12 The Cities of Aventura and NMB Salute and Honor Veterans
ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard
14 Let There Be Light – Annual Tree Lighting Shines Bright
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Tom Rowe, Barry Stock
INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 16 Slow and Steady Always Wins the Race – “Jennifer Enslein Day”
SCHOOL NEWS 20 NMB Students Explore H2O Careers at a STEM Workshop 26 ACES Students Are Upstanding Citizens 26 Scheck Hillel Community School Students Earn Academic Achievement in Psychology Awards 30 It’s “Full STEAM Ahead!” at Aventura Waterways K-8 Center
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Aventura Arts & Cultural Center presents the children’s classic staged by Theatreworks USA on at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Based on E.B. White’s heartwarming children’s book, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and a little barn spider named Charlotte. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship. Each show in the series includes free pre-show face painting and arts activities along with a complimentary post-show sweet treat from Hoffman’s Chocolates. Tickets are $16 for individuals ($18 the day of the show) with $3 lap seats for infants 12 months or younger. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877311-7469, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance.
Yoga in the Park – The City of Aventura will be offering free yoga classes from 9:00am-10:00am at Founders Park on Fridays (January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.) Yoga mats will be provided if necessary, but students may bring their own mat, a small towel and water for convenience. Registration is not required, and classes are open to all. Residents are encouraged to obtain a park ID prior to attending class in order to expedite access to the park. Nonresidents will be required to pay the park entrance fee ($5 per adult and $3 per child under the age of 18, if they are accompanied by an adult) upon arrival to Founders Park. All first-time visitors will be required to fill out a waiver of liability upon entering the park for class. Founders Park is located at 3105 NE 190 Street. For more information Havdalah Family Game Night – The free please visit cityofaventura.com, or event, open to the public, will include contact Founders Park at 305-466-8556. a Havdalah ceremony, family game show, DIY rocket balloon light show, artisanal popcorn making, and favorite board games with a Jewish twist. RSVP to www.chabadchayil.org or call Green Market – Every other Sunday 305-770-1919. through May enjoy strolling through Founders Park South from 9am-2:30pm to find fresh vegetables, artisan baked goods, juices, jellies and jams, oils and vinegars, and so much more. 3105 NE 190th Street, Aventura. (Also on January 21st)
Trips & Tours for Active Adults – Accompany a group of like-minded senior citizens on a day trip to the Dania Beach Casino from 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Tours typically include round-trip fare aboard a comfortable coach bus, entrance and/or show fees, and the services of a seasoned tour leader. Tours are generally affordable, giving participants the opportunity to cut costs with savings opportunities, including group and early-booking discounts. All tours depart from the Aventura Mall parking lot located near Macy’s. To see a full schedule, register and learn more visit cityofaventura. com/ors or call 305-466-3883.
20th Youth Basketball Clinics – The clinics and skills ratings introduce the sport and assess players’ skill levels. The City encourages all players to attend the clinics and skills ratings to help maintain equality between teams and ensure integrity of the league. During the skills ratings, one half of the court will be used for skill demonstrations and the remaining space will be used by staff to organize players into groups. Staff will give each group instructions to perform drills. 10:00 am at the Community Recreation Center.
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Winter Classes Begin – Classes in dance, fitness, cultural and life-long learning, enrichment activities, computers, special interest, athletics, and more are available at the Community Recreation Center, and Founders and Waterways Parks. For more information, stop by the Community Recreation Center at 3375 NE 188th Street, Aventura, or call 305-466-3883.
Direct from Las Vegas–An Evening with Cher, Elton, Bette Midler & Streisand – Main Event Entertainment brings back the wonderful variety shows of the ‘70s and ‘80s with Las Vegas’ top impersonators The Edward Twins. Singing live vocals, they recreate the hits of Sonny & Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil
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Ongoing Gulfstream Park Family Fun Fridays – The entire family will enjoy an amazing line-up of entertainment with interactive DJ, games, character appearances and performances. Every Friday night at Champions Plaza from 7:00pm-9:00pm – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. Music in the Park – Live bands of all genres including Top 40, Oldies, Salsa and Classic Rock perform every Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. Soulful Jazz Sundays – Enjoy the smooth sounds of local saxophonist, Travis Bridges, from 7 p.m. to 9 pm at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. International Tuesdays – Featuring music by Benji Rafaeli, performing in more than 10 different languages from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every Tuesday night at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach. P.A.W.S. (Pets Are Worth Saving) Adoption – The Humane Society of Greater Miami has their community outreach program four times a month at the Aventura Mall. Make, meet and/or take home a furry friend while shopping and find out about volunteering opportunities and more. The 1st and 3rd Saturdays are 12:003:00pm and the 2nd and 4th Sundays are 2:00-5:00pm inside the mall near the women’s Macy’s – 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. For more information call (305)696-0800. Supercar Saturday – Bring your cameras and your auto enthusiast friends and family to wander through the curated automotive showcase the second Saturday of each month from 10:00am-1:00pm in the new, stateof-the-art showroom – Lamborghini Broward – 4645 Volunteer Road (I-75 & Griffin Road) in Davie. For more information, call 888-856-3113 or visit warenhenryauto.com.
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Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, fine needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com
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r. Donoway is a board certified Fellowship-trained Surgical Oncologist who received his MD and Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Sloan-Kettering where he was the General Motors Cancer Research Fellow. He has taught on the faculty at Penn, Sloan-Kettering, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern. Dr. Donoway is the former Medical Director of the Memorial Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Cancer Committee for the Memorial Healthcare System as well as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Memorial Regional in Hollywood. Dr. Donoway serves on the Board of the American Cancer Society & Gildas Club. He has also served as past President of the American Cancer Society Broward County Chapter. Dr. Donoway is active in the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. His accomplishments include being the first Surgeon in Florida to perform Radio Frequency Ablation as well as Laparoscopic Liver Resection. Dr. Donoway is a recent recipient of the South Florida Health Award for the use of Micro-Endoscopy for the detection of early stage Breast Cancer. Dr. Donoway is the Medical Director of the Institute of Breast Cancer Prevention and has been repeatedly named to “TOP DOCTORS IN AMERICA” by Castle Connolly. Dr. Donoway is the ONLY surgeon in Florida performing specialized Pancreatic and Liver ablation therapy for non-resectable tumors. Dr. Donoway is the Former Chair of the Aventura Cancer Committee at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Donoway has privileges and operates at Aventura Hospital, Memorial Regional, Memorial South and Memorial West. ▲▲▲▲▲▲ ▲▲ ▲ ▲
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NMB Students Explore H2O Careers at a STEM Workshop BY BEVERLY PERKINS
orth Miami Beach (NMB) High School students had the opportunity to explore engineering jobs at a CH2M and NMB Water workshop. The focus of the community event was on STEM (Science, Technology. Engineering, and Math) skills and principles. Students were taught the purpose of these important subjects and how they relate and are needed to pursue their future careers. The workshop was held at the Administration Building of the Norwood Water Treatment Plant (WTP) as part of a NMB Water/CH2M Enlace community outreach partnership. CH2M delivers an integrated program for engineering, operations and maintenance, and progressive design-build to achieve a best-in-class water/wastewater utility for NMB Water. Carlos Carrazana, Plant Operator; Paula Silva, current Enlace chair; and Juan F. Aceituno and Pilar Doran with CH2M welcomed the thirteen 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who were joined with Vania Boeva, NMB High School Head of the Science Department, and Joshua Montalvan, NMB High School Advanced Placement Chemistry Teacher. The workshop included presentations about the different engineering disciplines and how it takes a team to design and construct projects such as the Norwood WTP. Cristina Ortega-Castineiras shared with the students in an
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interactive discussion the science and engineering behind their drinking water and how it is treated and delivered to the city’s homes and businesses. After learning that their water comes from the Biscayne and Floridan aquifers, Ortega-Castineiras introduced the students to membrane treatment technology while seeing a sample membrane element. The students’ curiosity was reflected in their questions wanting to learn more about sea level rise and impact to coastal communities such a North Miami Beach. “This first STEM event provided students with the chance to interact with the plant operator and participate in one-on-one mentoring with CH2M’s engineers,” said CH2M Senior Project Manager Juan F. Aceituno, P.E. “Students were very interested in talking about their careers and future in engineering. To me, this was the best part of the event, because I could see their interest and excitement grow as they learned more about how to become an engineer.” Carlos Carrazana then led a tour of the plant’s main control room where students could see the main control screens while interacting with Enlace members. The workshop concluded with a fun speed-mentoring session with the Enlace team to discuss career opportunities and the importance of a college education in their future. All students received community service hours for their active participation in the 3-hour STEM workshop.
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ACES Students Are Upstanding Citizens BY BEVERLY PERKINS
is to be an t was a perfect time right before the holidays for “upstander” the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES) to and not a celebrate “Upstander Day”. As part of the school’s “bystander”. theme of focusing cultivating connections and In addition to in-class lessons, students were empowering students to make good choices, teachintroduced to ACES new “Upstander Bench.” After ers presented grade level appropriate lessons on how reading an article about how some kids feel lonely at to interact with others in positive, helpful ways. school, especially during recess, ACES parent Laura Students were instructed to play an active role Kitaigorodsky learned how other communities have to ensure others are treated fairly, and that no one utilized “buddy benches” to make students feel more is excluded in their school community. Everyone included. She then presented the idea to teachers and staff. Principal Julie Alm loved the idea and agreed to implement an “upstander bench.” “The upstander bench helps kids during recess not to feel left out,” Ms. Kitaigorodsky says, “but it also gives the opportunity for the rest of the students to be modern heroes and help others.” The goal is that the upstander bench will encourage students to feel empowered to initiate contact with a peer and ensure all students can make connections with their classmates. It will forever be a symbol of unity and togetherness at ACES. “At ACES we strive to imbue students with
a sense of moral character that encourage them to demonstrate empathy,” says Ms. Alm. “The upstander bench provides a means for students to reach out to peers and ensure they feel included.” The bench was installed on the playground near the basketball courts. Claudio Roncoli, a local Wynwood artist, painted the bench. The Argentinian born artist loves to use vibrant colors and balance in his artwork. He used the concept “Be a Hero, Be an Upstander!” to develop the colorful design. The star is meant to represent people, as many superheroes wear stars on their uniforms, and the heart is the universal symbol of love. The geometric rainbow ascends like an abstract tree with branches that bend, like arms hugging around someone. “I believe that calling someone a ‘hero’ is a contemporary concept that students can relate to and apply to real life,” Roncoli says. “Not everyone has the courage to help someone in need, so I think it is wonderful to say, ‘Help someone, be a hero!’”
Scheck Hillel Community School Students Earn Academic Achievement in Psychology Awards BY BEVERLY PERKINS
“AP Psychology was a class that I genuinely enjoyed. he American Psychological Association (APA) I learned that success comes from passion, and I is the leading scientific and professional am grateful for the opportunity to take part in this organization representing psychology in the United States. More than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students are members of the elite group, including affiliate Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). Recently, three Scheck Hillel Community School students earned Academic Achievement in Sarah Benoliel Raquel Dimitri Psychology Awards from exciting journey,” said Sarah Benoliel. “I was deterthe American Psychological Association for excelling in all areas of their 2016-17 AP Psychology course. mined to succeed, and with the guidance of Dr. Rhea Schwatzberg, I was able to attain my goals.” Through the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary “I really enjoyed the class, because the topics were School (TOPSS), teachers recognize top students with relevant to everyday life. It was interesting and worth Academic Achievement awards. the effort,” added Matias Lancewicki. Eleventh grade students Sarah Benoliel, Raquel “This recognition represents my hard work Dimitri and Matias Lancewicki were commended throughout the year. It also gives me confidence because they had the highest averages in their AP in my abilities in this subject area,” exclaimed Psychology class stepping into the final exam.
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Raquel Dimitri. TOPSS is the voice of high school AP Psychology teachers within the APA. They promote excellence in the teaching of psychological science at the high school level. The affiliate publishes the awards in the APA journal. “I’m incredibly proud of Scheck Hillel’s AP Psychology class,” said Dr. Rhea Schwartzberg, Upper School Humanities Teacher. “Our students regularly surpass the national grades on Matias Lancewicki what is known to be a rigorous exam. What gives me even more pride is that our students take this class not only to prepare for the year-end exam but, even more so, to prepare themselves to be involved adults in their colleges and future communities.” The Blue-Ribbon School of Excellence offers 17 AP courses, providing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school and stand out in the college admission process.
The Buzz on the Business EXPO BY BEVERLY PERKINS
hat happens when the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce (AMC) invites four other Chambers of Commerce to partner together along with Hotwire Communications and CooLAM Productions at the Newport Beachside Hotel? The answer… a jumbo Business Expo with astonishing attendance, an abundance of exhibitors, superior networking, great food, top speed internet, raffles, and unbelievable music and entertainment! AMC coordinated everything, and included the Hollywood Chamber, the North Miami Beach Chamber, the North Miami Chamber and the Sunny Isles Beach Tourism & Marketing Council to participate in the one-on-one networking event. Over 150 business guests came to explore and view the exhibits provided by the five organizations at the Sunny Isles
Beach property. The Newport team, consisting of General Manager Jon Kranock, Director of Catering & Group Sales Barry Rubin, Senior Catering Manager Maria Medina, Director of Travel Industry Sales Giovanna Bello, Sales Manager Stephanie Paz, Conference Services Manager Angie Solis and Food & Beverage Manager Vladimir Michelle, worked closely with the AMC to arrange everything from valet parking to tables and linen deliveries. John Maddalena, Managing Partner of the Beach Bar on the Newport Pier, provided and served delicious hors d’oeuvres that everyone enjoyed. Each exhibitor had a door prize to raffle, and the hotel provided a grand prize of a weekend at the Newport Beachside Hotel including dinner for two at their acclaimed Kitchen 305, and a spa package for the Aveda Seven Seas Spa & Salon.
Hotwire Communications wired the entire Atlantis Ballroom so everyone at the EXPO could use the internet at top speeds, reaching well over 200 mbps. Music and entertainment was provided by Ran Oz of CooLAM Productions. Halfway through the event, Oz started a karaoke fest, and many guests got onstage to participate. The Business Expo was the perfect example that mixing business with pleasure is sometimes a treat. “It’s always a pleasure to work with the Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce and our local business organizations on this EXPO,” said Jon Kranock, Newport General Manager. “It’s a great way to have them see our venue and meet so many new businesspeople in the community!” For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.aventuramarketingcouncil. com or call 305-932-5334.
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Writing the Future BY ILANA LIPSON COHEN DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT AT SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL
hile we can remember the past, we cannot write the future. Only our children, the future of our community, can do that.” -Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Parenting gives moms and dads more joy and reward than anything else in the world. It also comes with a long list of to-dos’ ...responsibilities beyond the basics of meal prep, scheduling ballet and soccer, and keeping up with super-fast growth spurts. It’s easy to run through hurried tasks of the everyday (even when they feel more exhausting than easy), but one to-do tops the list and perhaps requires the most from us. Call it imbuing core values or passing down traditions...simply put, it’s raising our kids to be good people. And we, as parents, are our children’s first teachers. Our job is to guide, encourage and inspire our children to be kind, respectful, grateful, contributing citizens of the world. Grounded securely in our present and connected deeply to our past, we are building for the future. Such a big responsibility calls for a partner. Our children spend more time with their school teachers and school friends than they do with us at home. This is why selecting the right school for your children - for your family - is so important.
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▸▸ Maximizes achievement - in the way that’s best for your individual child ▸▸ Fosters confidence, identity and integrity ▸▸ Emphasizes words like nurturing, caring and compassionate when describing its community, students, faculty and alumni Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ beautiful words (above) resonate. Even if it’s been a long, exhausting day and - like me - you probably still have much more to do, pause and take a moment to reflect on his message, reinforcing the opportunity of today. It’s our responsibility to empower and inspire our children in the present, in turn writing a vibrantly bright future for us all. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be the keynote speaker at Scheck Hillel Community School’s 2018 Annual Event on Sunday, January 21. To purchase tickets or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please visit eHillel.org/AnnualEvent or call 305-931-2831. From early childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel educates and inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and service learning. Its 14 acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional academic expansion plans. Scheck Hillel is one of the world’s largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For information, please visit eHillel.org.
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It’s “Full STEAM Ahead!” at Aventura Waterways K-8 Center BY BEVERLY PERKINS
ventura Waterways K-8 Center (AWK8) had its first annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Night last month. The theme of the evening was “Hands On, Mind On.” Science fair projects from grades 3 - 8 were displayed along with mousetrap cars for the SECME Competition. Additionally, bridges created by 7th and 8th grade students from the STEAM and International Finance Academy (IFA) were tested which appeared to be the highlight of the evening. Parents and their children gathered around Mr. L. Escudero as he measured the bridges and tested how much weight they could hold. “The bridge weighing challenge was the best. Some of the kids got really creative,” said Deniece Kayghobadi, parent of a 7th grade STEAM student who built a bridge.
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A variety of stations were set up for students and parents to visit, experiment, and explore. These included activities such as: Estimation Station, Paper Plate Maze, Static Electricity, Upcycling Art, Musical Petting Zoo, Shaving Cream Name Tag, Paper Flyer, Catapult, Paper Column Tower, and Straw Rockets. Each was designed to teach the many STEAM lessons in a fun, but educational way. “It was great to experience science in such a handson way, and to celebrate the hard work of the students,” said Melissa Macko, AWK8 Science Teacher and STEAM Academy Teacher. “Parents were all impressed by how much fun they had as they were able to experience science in a whole new light. All of the activities were enjoyable and engaging.” The evening would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the many teachers, committee leaders, and student volunteers. Awards were given out to students who will have their science fair projects entered into
the Miami Dade Regional Science Fair in February. “The night was filled with an electrical current of discovery and excitement,” exclaimed Mrs. I. Robles, AWK8 Assistant Principal. “We are definitely looking forward to the next AWK8 STEAM Night. We are thankful for Our Principal Mr. Bello supporting the event and to Mrs. I. Robles, our assistant principal, who supervised the night,” added Macko.
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he first response to a diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is usually, “What in the world is that?” Although it’s strange sounding, there are more than 200,000 US cases per year. Unlike typical back pain which is caused by some type of trauma to the spine, AS is a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the vertebrae. The inflammatory arthritis affects the spine and large joints making it a form of spinal arthritis. In advanced and more severe cases, abnormal bone growth in the spine may cause the joints to fuse together resulting in an inflexible spine reducing mobility. The good news is that it can be treated by a medical professional. The condition usually begins in early adulthood, in the late teens, and has been more prevalent in men, but women are susceptible to it just the same. However, AS can still develop at any age. It’s been known to be an inherited disease although not everyone with the gene will ever develop it. Symptoms always include pain and stiffness from the neck down to the lower back. Spondylitis often starts at the sacrum (the lowest part of the spine). Pain in the back and joints are also common along with intermittent flare-ups of spinal pain. It could be mild or severe, and eventually lead to a hunched over posture. Unfortunately, the disease can also affect other ligaments and tendons, as well as the eyes and intestines. Some patients experience vision problems, and inflammation in the knees, ankles, and beneath the heel. Fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite may also occur. Typical warning signs of the disease are: ▸▸ Unexplained lower back pain for no apparent reason ▸▸ Unexplained tightness in the chest, pain in heel, and joints ▸▸ Pain comes and goes, but significantly is getting worse up the spine ▸▸ Temporary relief from over-thecounter medications ▸▸ Family history of AS Nonetheless, early intervention and treatment can help control pain and stiffness, and may reduce or prevent deformity. A physician cannot give a single test to diagnose AS, but an extremely detailed exam and patient history will help determine the diagnosis. The physician may also order imaging tests such as an MRI, or x-ray. Treatment includes medication, physical therapy, and in rare cases surgery. Remember, it’s always important to not ignore symptoms. Make an appointment to see a physician as soon as any signs exist.
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he holiday season was that magical time of the year when most of us vowed not to get sucked into the holiday overindulgence, especially when work, kids or commitment beckon the next day. Now that the cheer and festivities are over we need something to look forward to. Let’s make sure that we take time to recover so that we can make “Safety” one of the many resolutions for the year 2018. Henceforth, the NMBPD wishes you Happy New Year and expects that you yield to these practical security measures. The following measures are what the burglars hate most: ▸▸ Secured Doors and Windows: In approximately one-third of home burglaries, the burglar comes in through an unlocked door or window. The first line of defense in your home’s security is having solid core exterior doors with quality grade 1or 2 deadbolt locks. ▸▸ A Loud Dog: Dogs are not only “man’s best friend.” They can also be a burglar’s worst enemy. ▸▸ A Home Security System: Home security systems detect when someone enters your house uninvited, sets off an alarm, and also notifies authorities of an invasion. We recommend doing some online research and checking with local alarm companies to find the best system for your needs. ▸▸ Motion Sensor Lights: Installing sensor lights (which turn on when they detect motion) is a great way to illuminate portions of your property only when needed- like when someone enters the area. ▸▸ Surveillance Cameras: A video surveillance system doesn’t necessarily have to be costly. Installing a video security system can give you peace of mind and act as a deterrent to burglars, especially when you are on vacation. ▸▸ Protecting Warning Signs: Share that you have a dog or home security system with signage on your fence, door or window. Much like putting up security cameras, the information lets a burglar know you are well protected making you less of a target. ▸▸ A Trimmed and Tidy Yard: Untrimmed trees and shrubs provide good hiding places for burglars and can obscure their entry into your home. If you have trees or shrubs that provide hiding places to intruders, we recommend that you trim branches up to six feet from the ground and down to below the window sills. Consider hiring someone to mow your lawn if you are going to be out of town for more than a week. ▸▸ The Appearance that Someone is Home: To accomplish this, you can use motion-sensor lights and timers on a radio or TV to simulate occupancy and create the illusion that you’re home. ▸▸ Helpful Neighbors: Whenever you are away, we recommend asking your neighbors to get your mail and check for any deliveries. We wish you a safe year 2018, and make these security measures part of your resolutions. To learn more about the City of North Miami Beach Police Department, please visit www.citynmb. com. For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1 and all other non-emergencies, please call (305) NMB-POLICE or (305) 662-7654.
Keeping Children Safe Online BY TERRY JAILLET
he average age of an Facebook recently launched a American child at the time new product called Messenger Kids. she receives her first smartThis app, which is controlled from phone is 10 years old. More a parent’s facebook account, gives than half of children between the kids the ability to text and video chat ages of 8 and 12 have a smartphone with friends and family while allowthey use every day. Teens watch more ing parents to monitor everything than twice as much YouTube video as the child is doing. It also, of course, television. Three out of four American introduces kids at a young age to the teenagers subscribe to SnapChat Facebook ecosystem. and Instagram. Parental Controls These facts, from a pair of studies A first line of defense for some published by Trendera and Influence parents is setting up parental conCentral, are not surprises to anyone trols on a child’s phone. iPhone users with children. Today’s young people can use the phone’s Restrictions are the first generation of humans settings to limit a child’s phone use. to grow up since the advent of the Parents can limit a child’s ability to iPhone. Kids are typically more use certain apps, block particular technologically savvy and more types of content or restrict the time comfortable integrating technology of day the phone can be used. Similar into every aspect of their lives than parent controls are available on older generations. Android phones. Parents, however, are nervous. Inspect don’t Expect How can they control, or even be Many parents take a different aware of who their children are approach. Realizing their children communicating with? What types of are more sophisticated tech users content are kids sending each other? than they are, these parents simply How does someone protect a curious insist on reviewing their children’s teen from sending an image to some- texts, youtube history, browser one that could have a lasting effect history and the like on a regular on his life? basis. This technique can be very The answers to these questions helpful but it is not foolproof. Apps and others like them are all too often like SnapChat do not preserve uncomfortably nebulous. Fortunately, chat histories. there are some tools available to all of Parental Control Apps us that can make life easier. There are There are many commercial a number of new apps specifically tar- parental control apps on the marketgeted at families with young children. place that allow parents to set times
of day for phone use, monitor child usage, block content types and enable/ disable games or apps. These products have a range of prices from free up to $60 a year for a family plan. Examples of these include NetNanny, KidLogger, Pumpic and PhoneSheriff. Each has its own uniquie set of features, but the functionality of all of them is similar.
Child Engagement It will come as little surprise to anyone that there are a number of thriving chat rooms and forums filled with teens detailing ways to
get around parental control platforms. Motivated teenagers can be quite clever. An interesting example of this is my own experience with a great app called Life360. Life360 allows parents to get real-time information about their kids’ location, cell phone use and travel habits (e.g. were they speeding). My kids don’t like this app because it drains battery life. One afternoon, I was wondering where my teen son Justin was. I clicked on the Life360 app, pulled up the map, and there he was, in Pyongyang, North Korea! In reality, Justin was two blocks from home playing basketball, but he had very quickly figured out how to “spoof” his phone’s GPS; something I am quite sure I will never know how to do. Whether parents like it or not, our society is never going back to a time where young people use personal electronic devices less. The entire global culture has quickly evolved with the mobile phone at its center. Experts agree that the best way to keep kids safe online is ta combination of parental controls, mindful oversight and, most importantly, engagement with children. No one knows what teens will be doing ten years from now, but we can be sure it will include even greater use of technology than today. OURCITYAVENTURA.COM | JANUARY 2018 33
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The City of North Miami Beach hosted its “5th Annual Team NMB Gives Back” event. Every year the city raises money to help make Thanksgiving Day a special occasion for families in need. This year, the city raised enough money to provide turkeys and gift cards for 100 families. The City of North Miami Beach is the only city that delivers these goods directly to the homes of each family.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Aventura Village recently held their groundbreaking ceremony and evening networking reception where guests enjoyed fabulous music, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.
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RedBike hosted Aventura Young Professional’s evening networking reception where AMC members 40-and-under enjoyed a complimentary spin class, excellent networking and healthy lite bites provided by AC Hotel Aventura.
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The City of Aventura and The City of North Miami Beach thanked, honored, remembered, and saluted those serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. See page 12 for all the details.
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