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CONTENTS PUBLISHER’S PAGE 12 Summer Fun Starts In This Issue

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

CALENDAR 14 May 2019

MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

COMMUNITY NEWS 16 Wishes Do Come True for This Hollywood Princess! 17 Here’s the Dish on The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s 22nd Annual Cuisine for Art 24 Local Music Fans Rock Out on the Beach at Tortuga

FEATURE STORY 19 South Florida’s Best Kept Secret Leaked: When Your Plumbing Needs Care, Trust Watermen to Be There!

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 20 No Bones About It, This Hollywood Senior Steps Up to The Plate!

SCHOOL NEWS 22 Resilience, Remembrance, and Reflection - Great-Grandchild of Holocaust Survivor Places in 2019 Art Contest 26 Happy Notes Once Again…Scheck Hillel Band Students Earn Highest Marks in District Solo & Ensemble Adjudication

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR 25 Spring Highlights

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CHAMBER NEWS 32 Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Pillars of the Community at its Annual Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony

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Funtastic Friday – Enjoy family fun every Friday night with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more. Local 10 (WPLG) viewers recently ranked Funtastic Friday # 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids” in South Florida list. – ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood – FREE admission – For more information call 954-921-3500. (Also, on May 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st)

Burger Beast Food Trucks – Bring your appetite, your family and your friends to ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood every Monday 5:30-9:30pm. Over 20 trucks participate. For a weekly updated truck line-up visit www. foodtrucksatartspark.com (Also on May 13th, 20th, and 27th)

Downtown Hollywood Artwalk/Mural Tour – Visit galleries and shops in Downtown Hollywood while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music, a mural tour and more during ArtWalk on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 5:00pm-10:00pm and mural tour at 6:00pm. Cost is FREE. For more information, please call 954-924-2980. Full Moon Drum Circle – Bring a drum or other percussion instrument to this FREE guided drum circle. ArtsPark at Young Circle - 1 Young Circle, Hollywood from 7:00pm-9:00pm. – For more information, call 954-926-0204. Russian American Heritage Weekend Concert in the Park– The free event hosted by the City of Sunny Isles Beach is free and open to the public. Experience Russian music, dance, and performances, and more from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Gateway Park, 151 Sunny Isles Blvd., Sunny Isles Beach. Free parking in the Gateway Park garage and overflow parking at Bella Vista Park. For more information, please call City of Sunny Isles Beach Cultural & Community Services at 305-792-1706.

4th Community Unity May Day Festival /Kids to Parks Day – Everyone is invited to this annual May celebration at Foster Park, 609 NW 6th Avenue, Hallandale Beach from 2:00pm-6:00pm. Don’t miss the annual wrapping of the May Day Pole, games, food, and more. Free admission. Food for sale. For more information, please call 954-457-3017. Dream Car Classic – The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles of interest. Attendance is FREE. Vehicle registration is $20. To pre-register for the Dream Car Classic, email Joe Bevelacqua at jbevsr@ msn.com and include your vehicle’s make and model. - 10:00am - 3:00pm - Hollywood Boulevard between 19th & 20th Avenue Downtown Hollywood For more information, call 954-825-1027.

11th Hollywood Beach Sweep – On the second Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. volunteers meet and collect litter and cigarette butts from the beach. Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age to participate and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided to all volunteers along with safety instructions - Charnow Park - 300 Garfield Street, Hollywood.

Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Dirty Dozen Brass Band – The legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a revered New Orleans tradition, who have been a major influence on New Orleans music since 1977. The free series of familyfriendly events in the magnificent Hollywood ArtsPark Amphitheater, celebrates the vibrant cultures of South Florida through music, food, culture. 8:00 pm-10:00 pm, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood.

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Russian American Heritage Weekend Art and Culture Showcase – The free event hosted by the City of Sunny Isles Beach is free and open to the public. Experience Russian food, art, live performances, and more from 5:00pm-8:00pm at Heritage Park, 19200 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach. Free parking is The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood available in the Heritage Park parking 22nd Annual Cuisine for Art– This year’s garage and under the William Lehman event honors Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Causeway. For more information, please Barry. 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm at the Event call City of Sunny Isles Beach Cultural & Center at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Community Services at 305-792-1706. Hollywood ArtsPark Experience: Chicano & Casino Hollywood. Tickets for the fundraiser are $150 per person or $1,500 Free Arts! Family Days – The Art and Batman– Dubbed ‘LA’s house band, Culture Center/Hollywood will offer per table, and are available online at Chicano Batman is an atypical alt-rock interactive arts activities, expanding www.artandculturecenter.org/2019quartet, blending Brazilian Tropicalia upon the current Free Admission Day cuisine-for-art or by calling 954-921with early ‘70s psychedelic soul and program offered for contemporary 3274. Sponsorship opportunities are the romantic pop of old school Latin visual arts exhibitions. For more also available. bands. Free admission: 7:00-10:00 information, please call 954-921-3274 or pm at ArtsPark Amphitheater, 1 N. visit artandculturecenter.org. Gallery Young Circle, Hollywood. For more hours are noon - 4 pm on Free Arts! information, please call 305-672-5202.

Salute to the Fallen – Scheduled to perform will be the Hollywood Hills Jazz Band along with the Hollywood Hills High School Entrepreneur and Leadership Military Academy presentation of colors at 7:00 pm at the Boulevard Heights Community Center and Amphitheater located at 6770 Garfield Street in Hollywood.

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27th Memorial Day Tribute – Celebrate the memory, service, duty and honor of our soldiers. Placement of flags at Cemetery, 9:30am at Hallandale Beach Cemetery, 801 NW 6th Avenue, Hallandale Beach followed by a Reception and Memorial 10:30am at Foster Park, 609 NW 6th Avenue, Hallandale Beach. For more information, please call 954-457-1452.


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nce Upon a Time, a brave tween hoped for a “Royal Ball Glitter Gala” to celebrate her birthday. The 11-year-old was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (an incorrectly formed heart). Her cardiologist recommended her to Make-A-Wish ® Southern Florida with hopes that they would make his young patient’s wish come true. The Hollywood family was ecstatic to receive a call from the non-profit foundation saying that they wanted to grant Angelina Uzdavines’ wish. Lifechanging wishes are granted for children and that have critical illnesses as well as their family. There is never any cost or obligation to them either. Typically, there are five types of wish requests: “I wish to be” (something), “I wish to meet” (someone),

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or the past 36 years, the Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame has recognized seniors, age 60 and older, for their volunteer excellence, for five or more years, in Broward County. Since its inception over four hundred seniors have been elected for the prestigious honor. The new group of nominees will be recognized at the 36th Annual Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame Breakfast on May 10th during Older Americans Month. Two months ago, the 2019 Hall of Fame Election Committee, chaired by Mayor Mark Bogen, met at the Aging & Disability Resource Center to elect the Hall of Fame newest members. The ten new Hall of Famers join the other volunteer elders for a total of 419 elected since 1978 including Barbara (Bobbi) Arnold of Hollywood. Barbara “Bobbi” Arnold is known in the community for her volunteer efforts with Meals on Wheels (MOW). The long-serving MOW volunteer discovered along with other volunteers that many seniors were feeding their beloved four-legged companions before feeding themselves. In order to prevent this,

home-bound and disabled senior pet owners needed assistance with pet provisions. So, in 1999, The Meals for Companion Pets (MFCP) Program was created. Two years later, the vivacious now 78-year-old, took matters into her own hands and started a pet food drive in her backyard. She also went on to recruit, promote, and share the program with others so that more individuals could help deliver the

donated pet food to clients struggling to care for their pets. The demand for the program grew steadily and today, there is a team of 80 volunteers, sorting and delivering pet food each month to more than 114 pets in 75 homes across the MOW service area of Broward County. “Bobbi Arnold is a super star here and I am so pleased she is being recognized. She is amazing. We have worked together on the VCA Hollywood Pet Food

Drive now for seven years and brought in thousands and thousands of pounds of food. As importantly, we have connected the community in this effort and Meals on Wheels of South Florida’s Companion Pet Program has really grown,” exclaimed Linda Ream, VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital Communications Coordinator. “Bobbi is involved in all of our community events now and her role as our Client Care Coordinator has had one of the biggest single impacts on our client care services then any of our other efforts to date. She is just pretty awesome and a real partner for us in pet and community care.” The names of the special seniors will be inscribed on a commemorative plaque, which hangs in the lobby of the Broward County Government Center. The event will commence at 9 a.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation. For purchasing reserved seats and sponsor opportunities at the event, please call Cheryl Morrow, Executive Secretary, at (954) 745-9567, extension 10206. For information, placing an ad in the Memory Album, contact Denise Jones, Community Coordinator at 954-745-9567, extension 10216 or jonesd@adrcbroward.org.

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Happy Notes Once Again…Scheck Hillel Band Students Earn Highest Marks in District Solo & Ensemble Adjudication BY BEVERLY PERKINS  

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or the past seven years, Scheck Hillel has hosted “District 20’s Thursday Solo & Ensemble” to create an opportunity for student-musicians to participate in the adjudication and uphold their observance of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). The opportunity is made possible thanks to the joint efforts of the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) and Scheck Hillel. A record twentytwo Scheck Hillel Community School students received a Superior rating (the highest possible) for Left to right, Jayme Podgorowiez ‘19 solos performed in and Joi Alon ‘20 the 2019 adjudication. In all, thirty-two Scheck Hillel students earned a Superior, Excellent, or Good rating. Scheck Hillel hosted the event for its own members of the band program as well as peers from Miami Country Day School. As part of this nationwide program, student instrumentalists selected and prepared pieces from an approved list of works, performing their solos with piano accompaniment before a Statecertified adjudicator. Each of the following students earned a Superior

rating: Daniel Abbo, of Solo and Ensemble this past March Grade 9 (clarinet); at Seminole High School in Sanford David Almog, where both received Excellent ratings. Grade 7 (trumpet); Each of these nine Scheck Hillel Leonardo Bentata, students each earned an Excellent Grade 10 (trumpet); rating: Jonathan Abbo, Grade 12 (alto Malvina Dimitri, saxophone); Michael Berenstein, Grade 9 (flute); Grade 11 (alto saxophone); Salomon Ellie Esquenazi, Delarosa, Grade 8 (trumpet); Raquel Grade 7 (clarinet); Dimitri, Grade 12 (trumpet); Eitan Solo and Ensemble, Scheck Hillel Community School Eli Gelb, Grade 11 Garzon, Grade 8 (clarinet); Arie (tenor saxophone); Eva Gelb, Grade 7 (clarinet); Sadie Lisker, Grade 7 (trombone); Yitzhak Lopez, Grade Lemmer, Grade 6 (flute); Zachary Lemmer, Grade 9 6 (alto saxophone); Danielle Waijman, Grade 12 (flute); Noah Levine, Grade 8 (alto saxophone); Julia (trumpet);  Mirah Zack, Grade 12 (trumpet). Joshua Luck, Grade 7 (flute); Amit Miara, Grade 9 (flute); Schmutter, Grade 11 (alto saxophone) received a Orel Mizrahi, Grade 8 (mallet percussion); Valerie Good rating. Nichols, Grade 6 (flute); Eduardo Novodzelsky, Grade “It is amazing to see the passion and drive that 8 (french horn); Michael Rafalskyy, Grade 10 (barithese students show every year,” said Matt Villa, tone); Emily Rodman, Grade 12 (clarinet); Benjamin Scheck Hillel’s band director. “More than doubling Ratzker, Grade 11 (alto saxophone); Hannah Stern, from 2018’s fifteen participants to this year’s thirtyGrade 9 (trombone); Eyal Vaxman, Grade 7 (trumpet). two is an amazing representation of the students For the second consecutive year, Joi Alon, Grade motivating each other to grow Scheck Hillel’s arts 11 (alto saxophone) and Jayme Podgorowiez, Grade 12 program. These ratings show student determination; (clarinet) each received a Superior rating and played a nothing comes between them and their development level of difficulty that advanced them to the State level as musicians and as individuals.”

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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.

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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 hinders 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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“ZOEY & MILO”

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These are my 2 Tabby’s. I got them both as babies last year after my Calico I had for 16 years passed away. Zoey (15 months old) is my princess on the right and Milo (1 year) is my lil boy,as I sometimes call him. Zoey’s favorite person is my daughter Tatiana,who she sleeps with every night! I am Milo’s favorite person, as he truly seems to think he is a baby and loves snuggling under my neck whenever he can! Their favorite toys seem to by anything they find to toss around the house.(ie..cat toys, my daughters toys) They love running all around! There isn’t anything I can say they dislike! Their favorite thing to do is eat! They love their treats! They were last seen sleeping in the windowsill!

or years, a new crime trend has been affecting communities, both locally and nationally - the crime of vehicle theft at gasoline stations. The thefts normally take place when the victim is most distracted (i.e. when he or she is pumping gas or going into the station to make a purchase). Purses and other valuables are often left visible and easily accessible from the passenger side of a vehicle while doors often unlocked. A suspect vehicle will drive up next to the victim’s vehicle, quickly open the unlocked door, grab easily accessible items and drive off. It happens in a matter of seconds. These are crimes of opportunity that can be prevented when being prudent and taking the appropriate precautions: ▸▸ Pick gasoline stations that are well lit and have video surveillance cameras at the pump. ▸▸ Always remove your keys and lock the vehicle while you are pumping gas. ▸▸ Keep valuables out of plain sight and remember to lock your vehicle even if you are going inside the station for a moment. ▸▸ Pick your pump with care, if possible, wait for the pump nearest to the attendant or station. ▸▸ Pay attention to your surroundings. ▸▸ Do not be distracted by your cell phone.

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Another trending crime affecting unsuspecting victims is credit card skimmers. Skimmers are small devices criminals use to steal consumer credit and debit card information which is then used to commit fraud and identity theft. You can help protect yourself from becoming a victim by following simple steps: ▸▸ Check for a security seal on the edge of the gas pump cabinet panel, which is where you insert your credit card, and use the keypad to complete your transaction. If this seal is broken or tampered with, there’s a high probability a criminal has inserted a skimmer. ▸▸ Even if you do not see signs of trouble at the pump, when you use your debit card at the pump, run it as a credit card instead of entering a PIN. “That way, the PIN is safe, and the money isn’t deducted immediately from your account. ▸▸ Use a pump that is in clear view of the attendant or go inside to pay the oldfashioned way. ▸▸ Wiggle the card reader before inserting your payment method. A card reader that has been tampered with will probably be loose or feel unstable. ▸▸ In addition, if you notice any of signs of tampering, use a different pump and alert the gas station attendant. 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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ducators representing the City of Hollywood’s public and private schools will be honored at this year’s Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce “Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony”. Forty educators, from K-12 schools, will be recognized and celebrated for their accomplishments in the classroom on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Orangebrook Golf & Country Club. “Teachers are more than just educators, said Allan Libero, GHCC Education Committee Chair. “They are mentors, friends and a support system to our students. We just want to recognize the lasting impact they make in our community.” To be selected, the nominees had to be chosen by their respective schools. Each nominee had to go through Broward County Public Schools’ multi-stage process to be considered. The following teachers will be honored at this year’s award luncheon: Apollo Middle School: Andrea Markowitz Attucks Middle School: Keturah Somoza Avant Garde Academy Elementary School: Rossy Tavarez Avant Garde Academy Middle School: Marcos Rodriguez Beachside Montessori Village: Kathy Wills Beacon Hill School: TBA Bethune, Mary M. Elementary School: LeAnna Greenidge Boulevard Heights Elementary School: Lauren Alfred

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Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory: TBA Championship Academy of Distinction Elementary School: Lisa Martus Championship Academy of Distinction Middle School: Henry Sucaie Championship Academy of Distinction High School: TBA Colbert Museum Magnet Elementary School: Jeania Pierre Collins Elementary School: Tikysha Maloney-Parrott Dania Elementary School: Ashley Zotter Driftwood Elementary School: Rita Rodriquez Driftwood Middle School: Angela Rigdon Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach K-8: Janet Capote Hallandale Magnet High School: Iquo-Ote Spence Hollywood Central Elementary School: Lisa LaBruto Hollywood Christian School: Jerome Tracey Hollywood Hills Elementary School: Lisa Thayer Hollywood Hills High School : Diana Cabot Hollywood Park Elementary School: Stephanie Jacome International School of Broward: TBA Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital: George Kalam Lake Forest Elementary School: Jordana Levinson McArthur High School: Gerald Armbrister, Jr. McNicol Middle School: Melissa Goulet Oakridge Elementary School: Kelly Moore Olsen Middle School: Tysheena Boggan Orange Brook Elementary School: Maria Sanabria

Sheridan Hills Elementary School: Emily Wood Sheridan Park Elementary School: Marlenys Armelo Sheridan Technical College & High School: Renka Friedman South Broward High School: Tamara Chaplin-Miller Stirling Elementary School: John Alvarez The Quest Center: Burlynn lrving Watkins Elementary School: Lurleen McCogg West Hollywood Elementary School: Brenda Kobrin

We would like to thank our sponsors, SunCredit Union, Joe DiMaggio’s Children Hospital, NV5, and HEICO Corporation the official sponsor of the teacher’s awards, for their support and insuring that each nominated Teacher of the Year is invited to attend free of charge. Congratulations and THANK YOU!


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Leaders Who Lunch -

The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to honor great community leaders at the annual “Business Leaders Awards & Board Installation Luncheon” which was held at the Diplomat Beach Resort. Awards such as “Business Leadership”, “Small Business Person of the Year”, and “Community Impact” went to so many well-deserving individuals. For a complete listing, please visit www.hollywoodchamber.org.

Sharing the Love -

February was the perfect month for sharing the love by connecting like-minded, entrepreneurial, business professionals and making new connections. Owners and managers of local, South Florida businesses came together for another amazing RAC Business Mixer at Aventura’s Novecento. (Photo Credit: Alexey Olivenko)

Lucky Charms – As luck would have it the City of Hollywood had a most beautiful day for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Hundreds came out in their very best green attire to celebrate March’s signature holiday.

Always Packing a Punch –

The MAR-JCC Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) team recently hosted a training for the RSB Indiana team. Thirty-one people from across the USA and Canada trained and became certified RSB coaches. The boxing-inspired fitness curriculum advocates and fights for those with Parkinson’s disease. 34 MAY 2019 | OUR CITY | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

“Fur”tastic Day - The Humane Society of Greater Miami celebrated their 20th annual Walk for the Animals at Bayfront Park. More than 3,000 passionate animal-lovers and their dogs came out for the organization’s biggest community fundraiser.


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