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Our City

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February 2018

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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patient’s once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has now found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.

Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Diplomate American Board of Surgery Diplomate, Society of Surgical Oncology Former Medical Director Memorial Cancer Center Medical Director of Institute for Breast Cancer Prevention

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

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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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COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Let There be Light – Soffer and Fine Adoption Center Had Lots to Celebrate 14 Get in Gear for Aventura’s Bike Safety & Ride Event 16 Love, Friendship and Loyalty – The Perfect Dedication for NMB 20 A Miracle of Chanukah – JAFCO Raises Record Breaking $200,000


22 The Victory Center Nears Completion




24 United We Stand – A Salute to Military Heroes

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Joyce Bak, John Brodie, Denise Caligiuri, Paula Montesarchio, Silvia Silva

25 A Parent’s Job in Nurturing their Child’s Potential

SCHOOL NEWS 22 ACES Dance Teacher’s Vision is Right on Pointe

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Stacey Bomser, Helen Penland, Debby Teich

27 Alleviating Neck Pain

POSITIVE PARENTING 26 Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At?

MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE CHIEF 28 Special Valentine’s Day Safety Tips

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 30 The World’s Favorite Magazine™


31 Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Month!

32 Community Snapshots

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Yoga in the Park – The City of Aventura will be offering free yoga classes from 9:00am-10:00am at Founders Park on Fridays (February 2,9, 16, 23). 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. Non-residents 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 please visit, or contact 305-466-8556.

Spring Resident Registration – The City of Aventura opens registration for a variety of activities to Aventura residents at 8:30 a.m. A complete list of activities is available exclusively online at, the City’s Online Registration System (ORS). Returning participants can complete registration online using the ORS. New participants as well as returning participants may register in person at the following locations: • Community Recreation Center 3375 NE 188 Street • Founders Park 3105 NE 190 Street • Waterways Park 3301 NE 213 Street

Market, Food Vendors, Health & Information Booths, Raffles, Prizes and more. 9:00am– 1:00pm at the Patricia A. Mishcon Athletic Field,16601 NE 15th Avenue. Gates open at 8:00 am, for registration and any additional information call the City of North Miami Beach Parks & REC Office at (305) 948-2957.

bike water bottles will be distributed before the bike ride starts. Gates open at 9:00am and the ride begins at 10:00am where members of the Aventura Police Department will escort the community along a safe bike ride within Aventura. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes for the ride. Riders should be able to demonstrate the ability to ride a bike safely on the road. Founders Park is located at 3105 NE 190 Street. For more information please visit, or contact 305-466-8556.

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Soccer League Clinics and Skills Ratings – 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 Humane Society of Greater remaining space will be used Miami’s Walk for the Animals by staff to organize players into 2018 – The largest annual groups. Staff will give each community fundraiser where group instructions to perform more than 3,000 animal drills. Boys soccer clinics will lovers will gather together Trips & Tours for Active Adults – be held at Founders Park and for a morning filled with fun Accompany a group of likegirls’ soccer clinics will be activities for dogs and their minded senior citizens on a day held at Waterways Park. All humans. Entertainment, trip to Bayside Marketplace for Clinics and Skills Ratings will including a one mile walk a guided boat tour from 10:00 be held as follows: 6U- 9:00 around beautiful Bayfront am-3:00 pm. Tours typically AM, 8U- 10:15 AM, 10U- 11:30 Park, treats, giveaways, fun include round-trip fare aboard AM, 15U- 12:45 PM. games, exciting raffles with a comfortable coach bus, fabulous prizes and seriously entrance and/or show fees, and amusing people and doggie the services of a seasoned tour contests like the “Look-Alike” Green Market – Every other leader. Tours are generally and “Best Kisser” contests are Sunday through May enjoy affordable, giving participants all part of the event. You can strolling through Founders the opportunity to cut costs register alone or fundraise Park South from 9am-2:30pm with savings opportunities, as a team or individually. to find fresh vegetables, including group and early8:30am-12:00pm – Bayfront artisan baked goods, juices, booking discounts. All tours Park, 301 N. Biscayne jellies and jams, oils and depart from the Aventura Blvd., Miami. For more vinegars, and so much more. Mall parking lot located near information, please visit www. 3105 NE 190th Street, Aventura. Macy’s. To see a full schedule, (Also on February 18th) register and learn more visit or Ride with the Aventura call 305-466-3883. Police – The City of Aventura and the Aventura Police Department host “Share the GULFSTREAM PARK EVENTS – Road”, a bike safety and ride 901 S. Federal Hwy., event to promote safe cycling Hallandale Beach. 5th Annual Heart Health Walk – practices. Various bike safety The event will feature a 2.6 presentations will be provided • Family Fun Fridays – The mile walk around beautiful and a limited number of entire family will enjoy Snake Creek Canal, Farmer’s helmets, bicycle lights, and 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. • 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. • 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. • 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. 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 12:00-3:00pm 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.





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Let There be Light – Soffer and Fine Adoption Center Had Lots to Celebrate associated with extended downtime. ast September Hurricane “We could not be more appreciative Irma blew through South of this much-needed help from the Florida leaving much Petco and PEDIGREE® Foundations,” devastation and heartache in her said Humane Society Executive path. The force of Mother Nature Director, Laurie Hoffman. “This forced the Humane Society of grant illuminates a light of hope at Greater Miami to close doors to its the end of this very long tunnel as we adoption center, clinics, groomtry to get back to normal.” ing center, and boutique for over There certainly was light, and three weeks while they figured out plenty of it, during the annual how to handle the repairs neces“Holiday Lights for the Animals” event sary to reopen. at the Soffer and Fine Adoption Fortunately, Christmas came Center. Hundreds of animal lovearly as the Petco Foundation ers visited the private, non-profit awarded them a $2,500 grant organization dedicated to placing in October to assist with disasevery dog and cat placed in its care ter relief. Then shortly after, in into loving homes, and to promotearly December, the PEDIGREE® ing responsible pet ownership and Foundation gave another $5,000 spay/neuter programs, during the Disaster Relief Grant to help the seasonal celebration. animal welfare organization The shelter was buzzing with recover from losses and damages enchanting holiday music, treats, fescaused by the destructive storm including roof leaks, tivities, and performances. Students from Highland air conditioning damage, property damage and losses Oaks Elementary, Holy Cross Lutheran School, and BY BEVERLY PERKINS



Ojus Elementary School sang holiday favorites while everyone waited for Santa Paws, who arrived on a North Miami Beach Police Department truck, just as the shelter was illuminated with thousands of lights. “Thank you to everyone who joined in the festivities and contributed in their own special way to shine a light of HOPE - Helping Orphaned Pets Everyday!” added Melanie Ochoa, Communications and Marketing Coordinator of Humane Society of Greater Miami. Last year alone, the Humane Society of Greater Miami connected more than 3,300 homeless pets with forever families and served more than 16,000 pets through its preventive clinics. For more information about the Humane Society of Greater Miami, please visit 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, 33160 or

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unday morning, February 25th, all families, friends, and neighbors are invited to take a bike ride with the local police department and learn

about bicycle safety at 9:00am at Founders Park, 3105 NE 190 Street, during the “Ride with the Aventura Police” bike safety and ride event. Once again, the event will be hosted by the City of Aventura and the Aventura Police Department in an effort to promote safe cycling practices. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bicycles, and demonstrate their ability to ride a bike safely on the road. Those who are able to do so will be able to take a ride with members of the Aventura Police Department. The escorted ride will begin at 10:00am and take a safe route around the City of Aventura stopping at various parks along the way. Beginners and parents with young children on


smaller bikes and tricycles can participate in an alternative ride within Founders Park. Fun activities such as a bike rodeo are available as well as a disc jockey to keep the tikes on trikes motivated.

In a bike friendly community, it’s important to be reminded of simple safe riding rules. The Aventura Police Department advises the same important reminders just as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does for cyclists. When riding, always: ▸▸ Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. ▸▸ Inspect your bicycle to be sure all parts are secure and working properly. ▸▸ Adjust your bicycle to fit. ▸▸ Check the tires and brakes. ▸▸ Always keep at least one hand on the handlebars. ▸▸ See and Be Seen. Before the ride, a variety of bike safety presenta▸▸ Go With the Traffic Flow. tions will be given, and a limited number of helmets, ▸▸ Obey All Traffic Laws. bicycle lights, and bike water bottles will be distrib▸▸ Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. uted. Participants will have the opportunity to ask ▸▸ Be Predictable. police officers questions about bike safety, get helmets ▸▸ Stay Alert at All Times. fitted, and speak with representatives of Aventura ▸▸ Look Before Turning. B-Cycle, the City’s bike share system. ▸▸ Watch for Parked Cars. “The community bike ride is a successful public private partnership because it enhances the quality of ▸▸ Avoid Riding at Night. The Aventura Police Department wants to maxilife in our great city and promotes safety for our chilmize everyone’s safety. Always wear a helmet and dren,” said Bryan Pegues, Aventura’s Chief of Police. always follow the rules of the road. “Special thanks go out to all of the law enforcement officers and community leaders who dedicate their For more information, visit or contact the time to make this event successful.”   Aventura Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883.


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Love, Friendship and Loyalty – The Perfect Dedication for NMB BY BEVERLY PERKINS


he City of North Miami Beach invited everyone to the unveiling ceremony of Stephane Bolongaro’s world renowned Totor sculpture back in September. However, Hurricane Irma made an appearance and delayed the anticipated event. Fortunately, Mother Nature settled down, things started to resume back to normal, and a second date was set. Many came out to see the large figure and the new Totor Art Plaza in front of City Hall on an incredible South Florida December evening. Totor was donated to the City of North Miami Beach in July 2016 by famed French artist and former North Miami Beach Gallery owner Stéphane Bolongaro. Designed and sculpted in honor of his mother Carla Pia Roux Bolongaro’s pet dog Totor, the sculpture has attracted an incredible amount of widereaching attention. Totor the Dog symbolizes Love, Friendship and Loyalty. Totor was Monaco’s featured piece in March 2017 during Mr. Bolongaro’s art exhibition, which hosted His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. The artist launched his second exhibition of Totor at the Promenade du Paillon in Nice, France, in July 2017. This dedication in North Miami Beach is the

third installation worldwide and the first in the United States of America. Prior to the unveiling ceremony, a VIP reception was held with delicious sliders and other treats sponsored by Morton’s The Steakhouse, La Parisienne, Croissan’Time and many others. VIP attendees received a Totor magnet, 3D printed mini Totor keychain and a white chocolate sculpture of the dog courtesy of Le Chocolatier. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiling of Totor, attendees enjoyed live music by Big City Band. During the ceremony, art contest winners of “What Would Totor Do” were awarded. Contestants, students in grades K-8, had to portray Totor in a unique setting. The winners received Barnes & Noble gift cards and certificates. The grand prize winner received the same plus a miniature sculpture of the prized pup.

The design of the Art Plaza was done by South Florida engineering, planning, and surveying firm, Keith and Schnars, and donated to the City at no cost. The big reveal showed the residents that the City not only wants to have a safe and beautiful residential community, but one which implements art in public spaces.

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Dr. Alan Mendelsohn Has Been a Pioneer in Cataract Surgery for 30 Years



hen I completed my fellowship training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1987 and began practicing ophthalmology in Hollywood July 1987, I was part of a new wave of ophthalmologists who brought the exciting technique of out-patient cataract surgery to Broward County. Our predecessors would admit patients to the hospital the night prior to surgery and keep them hospitalized for an additional night following surgery. Avoiding the hassles and expenses of hospitalization was attractive, but even more advantageous was avoiding the risks of hospital –induced infections. Out-patient cataract surgery became an almost instant success.

Outpatient Cateract Surgery For the next decade, those of us on the “cutting edge” of cataract surgery in Hollywood were doing cataract surgery by a procedure called Extracapsular Cataract Extraction whereby we removed the nucleus of the cataract in its entirety. This necessitated that we make a large incision in the eye. The cataract was removed, followed by insertion of an intraocular lens (IOL). At the completion of surgery, five to seven sutures were required to close and secure the surgical incision. The eye was pressure patched. For the next three weeks, we encouraged our post cataract surgery patients with the following refrain: “Do not bend, do not lift, do not exercise, do not exert.” Finally, after three weeks our patients could become “free agents” again and resumed their normal lives. We began suture removal in the office, and by the sixth post-operative week

the patient received a final new eyeglass prescription. The IOLs utilized in that era provided fairly good distance vision, but eyeglasses were needed to see near and intermediate distances, with fine tuning of distance vision.

“No Stich” Cateract Surgery While moving cataract surgery to an out-patient basis was considered revolutionary at the time, an even bigger milestone transpired with the transformation of cataract surgery in the mid to late 1990’s to a highly improved technology called Phacoemulcification (phaco). Instead of removing the cataract nucleus in its entirety, with a high-tech ultrasound we could break up the nucleus into tiny fragments and suck them out. This paved the way to tiny incisions in the eye and the advent of “no stitch” cataract surgery. Phaco brought quicker, safer, and better visual outcomes to the cataract surgery arena. With great pleasure, on the very first post-operative day, I was now able to encouragingly tell my patients, “You can now bend, lift, exercise and resume 100% of your activities!” Even more importantly, post-operative edema, infections, and inflammations plummeted with the new technology. Cataract surgeries were now routinely scheduled two weeks apart instead of two months apart. Concurrently, there have been remarkable enhancements in the instruments that we utilize pre-operatively in the office to ascertain the optimal custom fit intraocular lens for any given patient. The quality of these high tech ophthalmic devices and ultrasounds utilized pre-operatively for Iens determinations, as well as the expertise

of the staff actually making the measurements, are of paramount importance for excellent visual outcomes.

30th Anniversary From the onset of my career in 1987, through to the present time, we have been blessed with newer generations of intraocular lenses (IOLs) which provide superior vision. Another career milestone occurred within the past ten years with the arrival of the multifocal ReStor IOL. With the ReStor IOL, we can generally correct most patients’ cataracts and enable them to see near, far, and everywhere in between without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. The ability to read, drive, work on the computer, and see without glasses is an incredible freedom that was never possible with traditional monofocal lenses. My journey in the world of cataract surgery in Hollywood has now hit three decades as I had my 30-year anniversary of practicing ophthalmology on July 1st! Perhaps the most incredible landmark and noteworthy step on this journey has been the landmark transformation in cataract surgery to the new era of laser-assisted cataract surgery that has commenced in earnest in the past five years. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is highly reproducible, far more accurate, and far safer than older techniques of cataract surgery with a scalpel. The laser offers excellent precision thereby producing the absolute best visual outcomes in current cataract surgery. Furthermore, patients with low or moderate levels of astigmatism can have this astigmatism eliminated or greatly reduced at the same time as the cataract procedure, resulting in a markedly enhanced quality of vision and overall outcome. In essence, this is customized laser cataract surgery utilizing high-tech 3D imaging and tailoring the ultra-precise treatment to the unique size and shape of your eye.

My Own Cataract Surgery On a personal note, even though I am a cataract surgeon, naturally I am not exempt from developing cataracts myself. In fact, in 2014, at age 56, I began to notice the litany of complaints that I have heard from my patients. First, I noticed that while driving at night, I was not as comfortable or confident as I was driving during the day. Second, oncoming headlights

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became bothersome, and eventually so did the rising or setting sunlight in my face while driving. Third, I had always been an avid reader, able to read small print journals or novels for hours at a time prior to the inception of my cataracts. But in 2013 and 2014, I noted that reading tiny print became more of a chore and challenge, curtailing my reading duration. Finally, and most importantly by far, I needed to be positive that my vision was excellent to examine my patients and perform surgical procedures. I decided that it was time to proceed. In July 2014, I was the personal beneficiary of the wonderful transformations of modern ophthalmology that I described. I had advanced laser cataract surgery with the insertion of an ReStor lens in my right eye, with the same procedures to my left eye the following week. My vision is now phenomenal! I wore eyeglasses starting at six years of age and then began with contact lenses around age 13. Until age 56, I needed glasses or contact lenses for everything! Now, for the past three years, I wear no glasses, no contact lenses, nothing. Of course, I practice what I preach and always wear sunglasses with UV400 blocker and polarization outdoors during daylight hours for ocular protection. My quality of vision and depth perception are the absolute best of my entire adult life. I am delighted! Now at age 59 and feeling like the bionic man, I look forward to my next decade serving the community as an ophthalmologist on this thoroughly enlightening journey!

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A Miracle of Chanukah – JAFCO Raises Record Breaking $200,000

Honored with the Candle of Hope

are Dr. Linda Kaplan, Caryn Ellman, Children’s Village. She spoke about her Caryn Ellman, Lisa Petrillo and Sarah Sandra Simon, Ann Deshe, Rochelle Franco, JAFCO Executive Director Weinstein and Brooke Soffer he story of Chanukah reminds those who many milestones including learning to celebrate that miracles do exist. So, it was no drive, dating, going to Israel and discovserves in its group home, emergency shelter, family surprise that the JAFCO Chanukah Miracles ering her love for acting. preservation and developmental disability programs. Luncheon proved the theory once again when they “JAFCO gave me the opportunity to be a kid again,” “It’s amazing to see such an outpouring of love from raised a record breaking $200,000 the community,” said Sarah Franco, to fulfill holiday wishes for chilJAFCO Executive Director. “The dren at their annual holiday celAventura/North Miami chapter has ebration luncheon. grown so much over the years. The An unprecedented 475 guests generosity expressed by the chapter attended the Aventura/North Miami at the Chanukah Miracles Luncheon Dade JAFCO chapter luncheon at always puts smiles on the faces of our Turnberry Isle Miami in Aventura precious children during the holidays. before the holidays. The luncheon That is a priceless gift.” featured a shopping boutique, models Becky’s story brought an outpourshowcasing designer fashions from ing of support from the community Chanukah Miracles Committee Jessie Boutique and a silent auction, as who brought along Target, Best Buy well as Channel 10’s Lisa Petrillo who was the emcee. said Becky. “They gave me the chance to focus on and Visa gift cards to help fulfill the holiday wishes of The luncheon honored Barbara Amoils, a long-time me and discover my hopes and dreams, as opposed the 500 children JAFCO serves. JAFCO supporter who has spent many years as co-chair to worrying about my younger siblings and being a JAFCO is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization established in 1992 of the event and is currently the Chapter President. parent to them.” to provide services to abused and neglected children and those with During the luncheon program, JAFCO Alumni The luncheon program also included the developmental disabilities in South Florida. For more information Becky Saka got behind the podium to speak about Godparent pinning ceremony to acknowledge 17 new about JAFCO or the Chanukah Miracles Luncheon, please contact her life and how it changed since she came to JAFCO. members of the Godparent Circle, a group of donors JAFCO Director of Development Operations Shelli Gold at 954-3158671 or email Becky spent most of her teen years growing up in the who pledge to spiritually adopt all the children JAFCO



Artis Senior Living to Open New Memory Care Assisted Living Community in Davie


n July 2018, Artis Senior Living will be opening a 72-suite memory care community in Davie for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents will be able to move freely among neighborhoods in the one-story, 35,000 square foot community. They can also take advantage of an outdoor area on three acres of secured land. The community is strategically located at 2794 S. Flamingo Road, so it is easily accessible from Florida’s Turnpike, I-595, and I-75. Amy DePreker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, answered some questions about the new Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Describe the community. The community will be comprised of four neighborhoods designed to create

an intimate environment with familiar living spaces. The central core, known as the “Town Center,” will feature a host of amenities, including a neighborhood center for community gatherings and a studio for activities, as well as a health center, beauty and barber shop. How do you tailor each person’s living experience? Artis Senior Living of Davie strives to make sure that its residents and their families have a say in how they live. Our philosophy centers around empowerment, pride and fulfillment for all our residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the experience is tailored specifically to each person to ensure independence, dignity and quality of life. What is “The Artis Way? ” We follow what we call “The Artis Way.” Each letter of the word Artis stands for a tenet of the organization.

▸ “A” is the ability to have a voice. We want residents and their families to engage in open communication with our associates to make sure that what we’re doing is the right fit for them.


▸ “R” is about respecting and maintaining relationships. ▸ “T” stands for treasuring each person’s uniqueness. ▸ “I” is for integrity. We promote dignity and respect. ▸ “S” is for success and recognition.

How many people are affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Every 67 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, the number of people ages 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million. Dementia is becoming more and more of an epidemic. Therefore, the more quality care we can offer, the more fulfilling the lives of those with dementia can lead.

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ACES Dance Teacher’s Vision is Right on Pointe BY BEVERLY PERKINS

laborate with. Kernohan is the creator of Selah’s Song, hat originally began as a passing thought a program where “no student is ever turned away due in the mind of ACES dance teacher Sally to inability to pay”. Perez, turned into a beautiful and memorable day of giving for a wonderful group of young women. Last fall, Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES) held the first ever “Big Sisters of the Arts” dance donation event. Created by Perez, the vision and mission of “Big Sisters of the Arts” is to make a real-life connection between ACES dance students and other dance students throughout the community. Perez’s goal was to not just receive donaIn November, Kernohan and some of her students tions, but to have students make real connections and travelled to Aventura and were greeted by Ms. Perez bonds with other students who share a love of dance. and several ACES dance students at the Aventura ACES dance students were asked to donate new Arts and Cultural Center (AACC). The visiting and gently used costumes to pass on to “little sisters”. guests moved from table to table selecting from over For several months the ambitious teacher collected 100 costumes and dancewear pieces that were all beautiful pieces from generous ACES students, while donated by ACES students. Afterwards the students simultaneously looking for a group to partner with. were invited into the theater where they created a After a phone call with Brittany Kernohan, short dance piece together with their new found Director of Selah Academy in Hollywood, Perez knew “Sisters of the Arts”. she had found the perfect group to donate and to col“The look of joy on their faces as they entered was


priceless. The excitement and appreciation were so genuine that it touched my heart. It made my day, to be a part of such a wonderful experience,” said Perez. “It was a dream come true. I had this vision in my mind of making a real connection with another group of dancers, and having an opportunity to give back. Watching the girls work together and watching the afternoon play out the way it did was simply spectacular.” “It is so neat to see how a common love of dance can make you an instant friend” said Kernohan as she watched her dance students become fast friends with the ACES dance students. “What the girls created in such a short amount of time was simply awesome,” praised ACES Assistant Principal Jorge Paz. As the students exited the theater, smiles and hugs were exchanged, and hearts were full. What began simply as an idea had manifested into the perfect day of giving and sharing with a wonderful group of students. “It was everything I hoped it would be and more!” added Perez.

The Victory Center Nears Completion BY BEVERLY PERKINS


he Victory Center, which educates individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities, is nearing completion of its brand new 8,500 square foot school. The construction of the new facility began in 2016 and will allow the center to expand its capacity and serve many more children and their families in South Florida. The Center offers evidencebased intervention using the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) in a unique community setting. Every student has an individualized plan with custom goals and interventions to meet their educational, social and behavior needs. The school proudly hosted a hard-hat tour for invited guests to see the progress of the state-of-theart campus, which will include space for students to obtain behavior therapy and to acquire everyday living skills to be functional members of the community. Each classroom will be equipped with its own bathroom and kitchenette. The school will also include a life skills room with showers, a washer and dryer, murphy bed, a microwave, stove top and dishwasher. This space is geared to help kids learn how to develop basic cooking skills, how to do their laundry, 22 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYAVENTURA.COM

as well as teach the importance of basic hygiene. Other elements of the school will also include a multimedia center with flat screen TVs, game consoles, a play center, individual therapy rooms, in addition to sharing a theater for graduation ceremonies, music room, dance studio and art studio with the MAR-JCC. “Our new building will have more opportunities to expand and improve programs for children with developmental disabilities,” said Victory Center CEO Raquel Prancer. “We are excited for the final touches and we can’t wait for the students to begin enjoying their new space.” The nonprofit school was founded in 2000 by Barry and Judi Nelson, the parents of a child with Autism who found themselves frustrated by the lack of appropriate educational opportunities. Since its beginning, The Victory Center has worked out of a handful of rooms on the campus of the Michael-Ann Russell JCC at 18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, Florida. The new school will remain on the property and is being built jointly with the JCC. For more information please contact Raquel Prancer CEO,, 305-466-1142.

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United We Stand – A Salute to Military Heroes BY BEVERLY PERKINS


he Aventura Marketing Council /Chamber of Commerce (AMC) expressed their gratitude to those in the military with their annual event at Turnberry Isle Miami. Hundreds of community and business leaders came out to show their support and give thanks at this year’s “Salute to the Military” breakfast hosted by Memorial Healthcare System. The occasion featured a tribute to all members of the military and a special address by Colonel Eric LeFevre, Strategic Plans Officer, Florida National Guard. Service members, veterans, and their families were welcomed by AMC Chair Gary Pyott, Memorial Regional South CEO Doug Zaren, and Memorial Healthcare System President and CEO Aurelio Fernandez. The moving program began with recognition of the Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High NJ-ROTC which was followed by ROTC cadets of North Miami Beach Sr. High and Charger Battalion presenting the colors. Wesley W. Wray, AMC’s talented star from the Aventura Young Stars Showcase, passionately sang “God Bless America”. Florida Army National Guard and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) leaders, including Peter Caspari, Rebecca Heinl, Col. Cindy Harkrider and Sgt. Major James Root, Janette Chandler, Family Readiness Support, and 841st Engineer Battalion received special appreciation. Also, on site was Kristy Nevils, Federal Business Coach for veterans, to share information about programs that give active military and veterans the opportunity to do business with the federal government. AMC members proceeded to salute the illustrious 32-year military career of Colonel LeFevre, a leader in air defense artillery and regiment commander,

training soldiers on military, occupational and leadership skills. The decorated colonel synchronized the Guard’s response to the terrorism events of 9-11, has been a counter-drug coordinator, and participated in almost every major disaster response in Florida since 1992. “It never ceases to amaze me the things I see our soldiers accomplish with their energy, ingenuity and drive to succeed. They have hundreds of professional skills that directly translate to the private sector. They also have the skills of leadership and teamwork, are mission-focused, reliable and loyal,” stated Colonel LeFevre. “The American workforce is certainly strengthened by the hard work of our veterans,” In a closing salute to the magnitude of military service, LeFevre shared the words of General Douglas MacArthur, “However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind.”

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A Parent’s Job in Nurturing their Child’s Potential BY ALEXANDRA FINCHELTUB, CLASS OF 2018


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reparing for school, whether it be in preschool or high school, plays an important role in fostering a strong foundation for a child’s education. Such preparation has a positive influence in every way. Sure, it’s important to have all the notebooks and markers from the back-to-school shopping list stowed inside backpacks for the start of the term, but inspiring a positive attitude about learning can define how your children see their time at school and their promise within. The task of inspiring enthusiasm about learning in your child - from toddler to teen - can prove to be very difficult. It calls for active participation from both parent and child, as well as applying strategies that will further help a child embrace talent, interests and the many opportunities to be discovered at school. Several methods can encourage and motivate an interested mind: ▸▸ Starting conversations and debates at home that make kids think – These discussions can focus on almost anything - current events, trivia, media - from emotional to fact-based topics. Such dialogue allows the student to develop skills while instilling confidence and interest in participating in these kinds of discussions at school. ▸▸ Small and simple activities that are enchanting for your child’s mind – Supporting daily reading, playing video or board games, or sparking imagination through creative activities all nurture a positive view of learning and education.

While these methods seem small, the results can be tremendous and influence the choices children make at school and for the rest of their lives as they grow. It is important to remember that students spend more of their day at school than they do at home. Choosing a school that inspires your child to discover passions and maximize potential is the most important part of the preparation process. Developing a lifelong love for learning starts at home and is nurtured at school. Alexandra Fincheltub is a high school senior at Scheck Hillel Community School with her eye on college for the fall. She is an AP Scholar, president of the school’s Books Across Borders Club and a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. She was awarded a superior ranking for her performance on the clarinet for the 2018 Solo & Ensemble, and she is on the writing staff of the Roar Post, the school’s student newspaper. In her spare time, Alexandra loves to read a new book or watch a movie. 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 OURCITYAVENTURA.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 25



playing one sport year-round. Sports should be fun for children. Overuse injuries in children is a concerning trend.” – Dr. James R. Andrews [put in a call-out box] Some of the most common overuse injuries for young athletes include tennis elbow, impact-related running injuries (like shin splints) and many shoulder and elbow related injuries often suffered by baseball pitchers.


n 1982, 12-year-old Andre Agassi and his doubles partner, Roddy Parks, won the National Indoor Boys 14’s Doubles Championship in Chicago, IL. Less than a year later, he was shipped off to Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton. He would go on become one of the greatest tennis players in history. Agassi famously trained exclusively for tennis from a very young age and reached greatness. Most of our children are not prodigies like Agassi. Many however, face pressure to specialize in a sport at increasingly younger ages. The emergence of club teams and travel sports combined with a prioritization of excellence over participation and the year-round warm weather of South Florida makes this trend even more pronounced here than in other areas of the country.

Different Strokes for Different Sports…

Does Specialization Make Someone a Better Performer? Author Malcom Gladwell famously coined the “10,000-hour rule.” This “rule” is an adaptation of an old theory about chess masters. It suggests that becoming a master requires around 10,000 hours of dedicated practice and training. Gladwell applied this theory to life more broadly: to become a true expert takes a lot of hard work! Proponents of sports specialization have adapted this theory: if a child shows an aptitude for a sport, having them focus on this sport early sets them on a path to attaining those 10,000 hours, becoming great and potentially gaining a college scholarship.

Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At? A 2013 study by the National Institute of Health suggests, however, that timing may be what matters most. The study’s conclusion states “Some degree of sports specialization is necessary to develop elite-level

skill development. However, for most sports, such intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of others should be delayed until late adolescence.”

Health Risks There are essentially two types of sports-related injuries: traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are typically caused when a person does the same physical motion over and over, causing wear and tear. Playing a single year-round sport significantly increases the risk of these types of injuries. Dr. James R. Andrews, founder of the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has become an outspoken critic of specialization. “I have seen my patient population and surgical cases get increasingly younger. Children, parents and coaches need to realize that kids need to take a break from


The benefits and timing gained from specializing vary significantly by sport. Sports where athletes tend to be elite at a young age favor earlier specialization. Parents of star gymnasts or tennis players often contemplate home-school their children to maximize training time. According to a 2016 NCAA survey, almost nine out of ten college gymnasts said they had specialized by the age of 12. Other sports had far less pronounced benefits and trends toward specialization. Football players, for instance, had the lowest levels of high school specialization. In fact, every touchdown scored in this year’s NCAA National Championship Game was scored by an athlete who played multiple sports throughout high school. Interestingly, none of them play any other sport while in college. In fact, multi-sport collegiate athletes are extremely rare.

Should You Make the #1 Sport the Only Sport? Specializing in a single sport at a young age is a bad idea. A study that tracked young athletes between 1990 and 2011 concluded, “For most sports, there is no evidence that intense training and specialization before puberty are necessary to achieve elite status. Risks of early sports specialization include higher rates of injury, increased psychological stress, and quitting sports at a young age.” For High School kids, it’s a bit of a different question. Sports participation like theater or art or music are as much about a teen’s self-identification and pursuit of happiness as they are about pursuing excellence. Being good at something is important to selfesteem and makes that activity more fun. So, if your 14-year-old daughter wants to drop Basketball to focus on Volley Ball, tell her to go for it!


Alleviating Neck Pain BY EDWARD J. FRANKOSKI, D.O.


any individuals suffer from chronic and acute conditions such as headaches, neck/ back pain, fibromyalgia, facial pain, and sciatica to just name a few. Unfortunately, for quite some time there has been a lack of understanding in regard to chronic pain which has led to poor treatments and even worse outcomes. Neck pain is an extremely common area in which many experience discomfort. There are three general types of neck pain; ▸▸ Acute – Pain which lasts less than 4 weeks. ▸▸ Subacute – Pain which lasts 4-12 weeks. ▸▸ Chronic – Pain which last 3 or more months. Most who suffer from acute neck pain don’t even know what caused the issue, and oftentimes don’t even seek treatment. However, when the neck pain becomes subacute or chronic, then it’s likely that some form of medical guidance and/ or treatment is required. Depending on the cause and conditions, there may be specific ways for effective treatments. These recommended tips can help prevent neck pain, and may also help alleviate any symptoms occurring:

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Stay Hydrated The discs between the vertebrae in the cervical spine (neck) are comprised of approximately 80 percent water at birth. However, as one ages the ratio of water decreases, which can cause the discs to lose height, the spine to come out of alignment, and the pressure on the spine to increase. Staying hydrated throughout the day can help prevent further degeneration of the cervical discs, therefore eliminating neck pain. ▸▸ Set a daily water goal. Women typically need 2.2 liters, while men need 3 liters. ▸▸ Keep a reusable water bottle nearby at all times. ▸▸ Create new daily habits such as drinking a full glass of water when waking up each day.

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Limit Hand-Held Phone Use A common habit many don’t even think about, but do all day long is cradle a phone in their neck while talking. This results in extra strain on the cervical spine. Also, many add additional stress on the neck by staring down at their phones for an extended period of time. This habit can, in fact, place up to 60 pounds of pressure on both the neck muscles and ligaments. ▸▸ Use a Bluetooth or hands-free headset. ▸▸ Hold the phone near eye level when texting or reading. ▸▸ Limit phone use when possible.

Apply Heat Therapy Good old-fashioned advice is to not overlook the benefits of heat therapy. Applying a heating pad or a hot water bottle for 20 minutes may produce the following benefits: ▸▸ An increase in the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles encourages healing in the neck. ▸▸ The stimulation of sensory receptors in the skin hinder the transmission of pain signals to the brain. ▸▸ The stretching of soft tissues around the spine will decrease stiffness in the neck. It is suggested to try these tips even with severe neck pain, as they can provide even a little bit of relief from chronic symptoms. Edward J. Frankoski, D.O. has received extensive training in Pain Management, and always stays current with all new and up to date through many educational meetings throughout the year. He has been practicing Pain Management in the Aventura area for over fifteen years and he has been involved in drug research as well as procedure research studies. Interventional Pain Physicians of South Florida is located at 21097 NE 27th Court, Suite 340, Aventura, 33180. To schedule an appointment, please call (305)932-1660.



















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alentine’s Day is one of the largest days of the year where most people decide to give flowers, chocolates or something a little more unusual as the perfect symbol of affection towards each other. Thus, we are suggesting that you must be wary during this holiday, as giddy burglars have their hearts racing at the thought of many unattended residences because, so many people have plans for romantic dates and getaways. Additionally, most people become so focused on the act of giving or receiving extra affection that they become less alert to the tricks of online retailers and online cybercriminals looking to prey on the vulnerabilities and inattention of others. Indeed, it is worth noting that online cybercriminals try to take advantage of the increased activity of Valentine’s Day preparations to cause as much damage as possible through various tricks of the trade. Invitations, for example, to download apps “designed” for Valentine’s Day can be a trap, particularly if you accept them from free marketplaces. Spam and e-greeting cards also continue to be popular in the lead for fraudulent activities up to Valentine’s Day simply because they are effective at tricking people into clicking on and opening malicious links. Criminals often add to the end of legitimate Universal Resource Locator (URL) addresses taking shoppers to corrupt sites. Also, there is Quick Response (QR) Code displaying Valentine’s Day advertisements. The danger lies not in the codes themselves, but in what can lie at the other end of the advertisements. For example, when a person uses their smartphone to scan a QR Code, they are taken directly to the site without its URL being displayed or the person being asked first if they want to go the site. With so many teens and adults now browsing and shopping using small screened smartphones and tablets, there are risks to online activity because they cannot always see the full website address. Here are some safety tips that can be used when ordering online: ▸▸ Whether using a home computer or mobile device and before entering any credit card information to order anything online, ensure that you either recognize the URL or that it begins with HTTPS to confirm that the site is secure. ▸▸ When you have finished buying your significant other a sweet treat, consider cleaning the cookies on your computer so you do not leave a footprint for the crooks. ▸▸ While there are daily reports of “harmless” social media pranks, Valentine’s Day provides additional avenues for bullies. Always log out and make sure you are using a good strong password so someone else cannot access your account pages. ▸▸ Do not break someone’s heart or bank account by unintentionally sharing a malicious link with friends as they can so easily go viral on Facebook and Twitter. ▸▸ In addition to taking extra precautions when ordering online, the following safety tips can help ensure that your Valentine’s Day is not spoiled: ▸▸ Do not announce your plans on social media. ▸▸ Wait to post pictures Whatever your plans, we hope that you have a safe Valentine’s Day! 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.


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Kevin and Harrison Miller took a little vacation with the family this past winter break. They were sure to pack plenty of reading material for the 8-hour road trip from South Florida to Savannah, Georgia. They stopped to visit Garibaldi Café, a local favorite in the historic downtown area, where they brought Our City Aventura to read while they waited for their table before celebrating the holiday with food, fun, and friends.


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The Aventura/North Miami Dade chapter of JAFCO hosted its annual luncheon raising more than $200,000 net for abused, neglected and developmentally disabled children in the community. See the full story on page 20.


Aventura Young Professionals “Angels” bring hospital cheer with donations to the Intensive Care Nursery at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.


Aventura Marketing Council / Chamber of Commerce members enjoy the best one-on-one networking in town at a recent Speedbiz hosted by Residence Inn by Marriott Miami Aventura Mall.


Hundreds of community and business leaders came out to show their support and give thanks at this year’s AMC “Salute to the Military” breakfast hosted by Memorial Healthcare System at Turnberry Isle Miami. The occasion featured a tribute to all members of the military and a special address by Colonel Eric LeFevre, Strategic Plans Officer, Florida National Guard. Please see page 28 for the full story.


The Russian American Chamber of Commerce (RAC) celebrated the holidays in luxurious style with a red-carpet event at the The Lexus International Food & Wine Holiday Gala co-hosted by Lexus of North Miami and Lexus of Pembroke Pines. (Photo Credit: Alexey Olivenko)


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Our City Aventura: February 2018  

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