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COMMUNITY NEWS 14 Learn About Community Programs and Services at the Senior Lifestyle Expo 16 Cooper City Dads and Sons Prepare to Spend Quality Time Together 18 Eat to the Beat in Cooper City 20 Kiwanis Club of Cooper City Sponsors Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale 23 Cooper City/Davie Honor Veterans 26 Town of Davie Seeks Contestants for Miss Orange Blossom Pageant 28 Davie Residents Celebrate the Holidays 30 Cooper City Residents Celebrate the Holidays 32 Get Informed and Have Fun at the Fire & Police Expo 34 18th Annual Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair Is a Success

SCHOOL NEWS 34 NSU University Students Get a Taste of Medicine 36 Flamingo Elementary Receives Donation of School Supplies

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8th Orchid Society – The Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society will meet at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, 7:30pm–9:30pm in the Gallery room. For information, visit FlamingoGardensOrchidSociety.com.

9401 Stirling Road, from 9am to 12noon. Participants can meet some of the City’s program activity instructors, learn about City services, gather information from vendors on medical services, retirement opportunities, wellness, and more. For information, visit www. coopercityfl.org.

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Butterfly Chapter – The Broward County Butterfly Chapter will meet at UF-IFAS Broward County Extension Education Conference Room, 3245 College Avenue, in Davie, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. For information, visit www.browardbutterflies.org.

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MLK Celebration – Area residents will have an opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dreams and vision at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Potters Park, 4300 SW 57th Terrace, from 1pm to 4pm. There will be light refreshments, youth entertainment, guest speakers and a poetry contest and kids’ activities. The winners of the Town of Davie’s MLK poem contest will also be announced at the celebration. For information, visit www.davie-fl.gov.

Concert – Introducing the Town of Davie’s new concert series in the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds with a kids korner, adult area with lawn games and refreshments (for purchase). Each concert will be a different genre and feature two different bands. Held from 6pm-10pm. For information, visit www. Support Group – If you are living with chronic fatigue syndrome and davie-fl.gov. fibromyalgia, attend the free meeting which features a discussion and guest speakers. The meeting will be held at 12:30pm, at David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road in Davie. For information, send an email to skruger24@aol.com.

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20th Pancake Breakfast – The Kiwanis Club of Cooper City is sponsoring the 10th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale at Cooper City High School. It is open to the community. Breakfast begins at 7:30am and costs $6. It includes pancakes, sausage, pancake toppings, coffee, juice and pastries. Garage sale vendors can purchase a spot for $25, which includes two parking spaces. They must bring their own tables, chairs and tents. It is free to shop! For information, call 954-298-0036.

opportunity to compete in the Miss Orange Blossom Pageant for a chance to be crowned one of Davie’s Queens. Winners will represent the Town at events throughout the year, including the Orange Blossom Parade and Festival, Hippity Hoppity Hunt and Lighting of the Greens. The pageant will be held from 2pm to 4pm, at the Bamford Sports Complex (Pine Island Park), 3801 S Pine Island Rd in Davie. There will be a rehearsal on January 25. The cost to participate is $25 before January 25 and $30 after. For information, visit www.davie-fl.gov.

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If I Were Mayor – The Town of Davie, in partnership with the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities, is inviting all Davie middle school students to participate in the “If I Were Elected Mayor” contest. The contest is open to all seventh-grade students in public, private as well as homeschooled schools located in Davie. Students are encouraged to learn and write about Home Rule and how it impacts Father-Son Adventure – Calling all Jedi’s. the Town. Completed application and Cooper City dads and their sons will essay must be postmarked by January have an opportunity to enjoy a special 19, 2018. For information, visit www. evening together at the Father-Son davie-fl.gov. Adventure Night. If dad is unavailable, Drawing & Painting Classes – Learn to grandfathers, step-dads, and uncles paint and draw like a professional at are always welcome. The event will the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose be held at the Cooper City Pool and Center. Ages 8 to 100. $12.50 per Tennis Center, from 6:30pm-9pm. For class, start anytime. A purchase information, call 943-434-4300, ext. list of inexpensive supplies will be #233 or visit www.coopercityfl.org. issued at the time of registration. For information, call 954 353-6876 or visit www.artthadpinderoriginals.com.

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Police & Fire Expo – Davie residents will have an opportunity to meet and learn more about some of the people who serve them at the Town of Davie Police and Fire Expo, held at the Public Safety Complex, 1230 South Nob Hill Road, from 10am to 2pm. Visitors will enjoy several demonstrations from Davie’s Fire and Police Department, including: Eat to the Beat – Cooper City residents a helicopter, Dive Team, Vehicle of all ages are invited to Eat to the Extrication Drill, K-9, SWAT, Police Beat. There will be live music, as well Motorcycle Unit, and Rappelling. They as food trucks – creating the perfect can explore the fire engines, rescue environment for a fun family evening trucks, SWAT trucks, community in Cooper City. Just bring chairs, blankets and your appetite! Over 2,000 response vehicles, the smoke trailer, the Crime Scene Unit, and other people are expected to attend the activities. For information, visit www. event, which will be held from 5:30pm – 9:30pm, at Cooper City Sports Complex davie-fl.gov. (Stirling Road and Palm Avenue). For Orange Blossom Pageant – Girls, ages information, call 943-434-4300, ext. 2-24 years old, who are Davie residents #233 or visit www.coopercityfl.org. or attend a Davie school have an

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Baseball – The Town of Davie offers a wide variety of recreational and competitive sports programs throughout the year for boys and girls, ages 3 to 15, at the Bamford Sports Complex, 3801 S Pine Island Road. Through January 21, youth can enroll in baseball. The program runs from February to mid-May. For information, visit www.davie-fl.gov or call 954-327-3944.


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meet with financial advisors and more. The Broward Sheriff’s Office will be on-hand to teach home and car safety tips. Resident adults 62 years of age and older in need of transportation services can register that day with the Cooper City Senior Transportation Program. Cooper City offers a variety of programming for their active adult community. From monthly luncheons to weekly bunco, there is always something to do. For more information on Cooper City’s adult activities, visit www.coopercityfl.org, click on recreation department, then active adult programs.

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alling all Jedi’s. On January 26, Cooper City dads and their sons will have an opportunity to enjoy a special evening together at the Father-Son Adventure Night. If dad is unavailable, grandfathers, step-dads, and uncles are always welcome. The event will be held at the Cooper City Pool and Tennis Center, from 6:30pm-9pm. “Father-son relationships are extremely important to a child’s development,” said Felicia Trainor, Recreation Program Specialist for the Cooper City Recreation Department. “We believe this event provides a positive environment full of fun and entertaining activities to cultivate their bond.” Approximately 100 fathers and sons are expected to attend the night of adventure, which will include dinner, games, activities, and fun. They will rotate around to different activities geared around this year’s “Star Wars” theme. Seating is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are on sale at the Community Center. The cost is $25/pair and $10 each additional son. Proof of residency is required. The City of Cooper City has several other events throughout the year to promote positive family relationships. All of the events are limited to Cooper City residents and require reservations. At Mom-Son Night of Fun, held in September, over 100 moms enjoy an action-packed evening filled with

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activities, prizes, dancing and dinner. At Grandparents Day, held in September, they enjoy fun, games, crafts, snacks and an old-fashioned ice cream party. At the Annual Daddy Daughter Dance, held two months ago,

daughters enjoyed a memorable “date with dad” under the stars in Neverland that included an evening of dancing, dinner and fun. On April 19, tickets will go on sale for the Mother-Daughter Tea, which will be held on May 12. “Our events provide an outlet for our residents to bond with their family and spend quality time together in an entertaining atmosphere free of today’s technology distractions,” said Trainor. “Each year these events have a different theme so they are constantly changing to provide a new exciting experience every time.” n For information, visit www.coopercityfl.org or call 954-434-4300, #233.


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ooper City residents of all ages are invited to Eat to the Beat. There will be live music, as well as food trucks – creating the perfect environment for a fun family evening in Cooper City. Just bring chairs, blankets and your appetite! Over 2,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will be held on January 19, from 5:30pm - 9:30pm, at Cooper City Sports Complex (Stirling Road and Palm Avenue). “We wanted to offer a fun opportunity for families and their neighbors in the community to gather,” said Felicia Trainor, Recreation Program Specialist. “It’s a great family event. We have a large variety of food trucks, so there is something for everyone to enjoy.” The event is offered twice a year – in January and July. There will be live music, bounce houses, face painting, obstacle courses, bear and wine. There will also be a variety of food trucks. Rachel Marx plans to attend with her family. “Last year’s event was a blast,” said Marx. “It was a great way to spend time with friends and neighbors, and also enjoy some delicious food.”

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Kiwanis Club of Cooper City Sponsors Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale

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he Kiwanis Club of Cooper City is committed to serving the children of the world, as well as those in their own community of Cooper City. Throughout the year, the Kiwanis Club of Cooper City reaches out to those in need. On January 20, the club will sponsor the 10th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale at Cooper City High School. It is open to the community. The event typically raises $3,000 - $5,000, which is used for scholarships for Cooper City Key Club seniors and to help defray the cost of some events. Breakfast begins at 7:30am and costs $6. It includes pancakes, sausage, pancake toppings, coffee, juice and pastries. Approximately 400 people typically attend the garage sale, in search of a variety of old and new items. Vendors can purchase a spot for $25, which includes two parking spaces. They must bring their own tables, chairs and tents. The application for vendors is on the group’s Facebook page. Members are involved in events throughout the year. In December, the club visited with the children from Children’s Harbor and made Christmas decorations. They also assembled baskets with food and toys to help local Cooper City residents through the

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Holiday eason. The club does two to three Publix Food Drives, giving the food to the Hope Outreach Center,

Club members meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. All meetings are open to the

which serves all of Broward County. It also does a separate food drive for the CCHS Key Club Harvest Drive. They also participated in the 17th Annual Christmas in July event, coordinated by Broward County Kiwanians in Division 23 and 24, where they provided approximately 1,500 children, as well as their parents, foster parents, caregivers, or house parents, with a day of fun. Participants received backpacks filled with clothes, shoes, school supplies, books, toys, and hygiene products. The club is currently planning a Casino Night with another 501C3 organization for March 17 (St Patrick’s Day).

public. The club is always looking for new members. In 1999, Lydia Kruger joined Kiwanis in Hollywood. In 2007, she became a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Cooper City and currently serves as treasurer. “The more you volunteer, the better you feel,” said Kruger. “So, Kiwanians feel really good! Come feel good with us!” For information regarding the Kiwanis Club of Cooper City, visit www.coopercitykiwanis.org, contact Lydia Kruger at 954-298-0036 or send an email to the club at KCCC2012@yahoo.com.


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Cooper City/Davie Honor Veterans

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n November 11, both the Town of Davie and City of Cooper City offered Veterans Day ceremonies to honor the men and women that have served as military veterans in the United States Armed Forces. In Cooper City, the 2nd Annual Veterans Day ceremony was presented by the Cooper City Recreation Department at Cooper City Memorial Park. It included an introduction and welcome by the City Commission and several veteran guest speakers. BSO police and fire honor guard units presented colors, raise the flag and perform a 21-gun salute. The American Legion hosted a lunch following the ceremony. “Veterans Day gives all Americans a special opportunity to pay tribute to all those brave men and women who, throughout our history, have given freely and unselfishly of themselves in defense our country,” said Christine Garcia, Director of Recreation for the City of Cooper City. “We honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve.” In Davie, approximately 200 people honored veterans at the Town of Davie’s Veterans Day Ceremony, held at Veterans Park. The audience included veterans, family members, the Davie Police Department, Davie Fire Rescue, Boy Scouts, the general public, and others. During the ceremony, the Town Council placed flowers at the monument; there was a 21-gun salute; the Florida Youth orchestra performed patriotic music; and the Police Pipe and Drum performed.

Davie Residents to Celebrate MLK Day

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ach year, on the third Monday of January, the nation celebrates the birth, life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It remembers the injustices that Dr. King fought for in his quest for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. On January 14, Davie residents will have an opportunity to honor his dreams and vision at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Driftwood Estates Park, 3300 NW 77th Avenue, from 1pm to 4pm. Hundreds are expected to attend the celebration, which will include light refreshments, youth entertainment, guest speakers, a poetry contest and kids’ activities. The Town of Davie has Davie residents enjoyed the 2017 MLK festivities.

sponsored the free event for over 20 years. The winners of the Town of Davie’s MLK poem contest will be announced at the celebration. The Mayor and Town Council members will award prizes for the best poems in each overall grade level from participating schools and groups. All entries submitted will receive a participation ribbon. Anyone who enters a poem will have an opportunity to read it aloud at the event.  The annual contest is an opportunity to educate and inform students about the lifetime achievements of the great American Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. All schools and non-profit groups in Broward County are invited to participate. Entries may include any type of poem, from haiku to sonnet. The poems should be a reflection of Dr. King’s dreams and vision. Poems should be submitted to the Town of Davie Special Events Division (3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328) by January 10. “Martin Luther King was an extraordinary man,” said Beverly White, who attends the picnic every year. “He stood for peace, justice, tolerance and so much more. His message is still very relevant in today’s world.” To participate in the poetry contest and for more information, call 954-7971181 or visit www.davie-fl.gov.

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irls, ages 2-24 years old, who are Davie residents or attend a Davie school have an opportunity to compete in the Miss Orange Blossom Pageant for a chance to be crowned one of Davie’s Queens. Winners will represent the Town at events throughout the year, including the Orange Blossom Parade and Festival, Hippity Hoppity Hunt and Lighting of the Greens. “This year will be the second year since we’ve resumed the Miss Orange Blossom pageant,” said Leona Henry, Town of Davie Public Relations Coordinator. “We had some amazing, intelligent and poised young ladies who were contestants in the pageant last year and we can’t wait to see the contestants this year. The pageant is a great way to showcase the wonderful young women that represent the All American Davie Girl.” The pageant will be held on January 27, from 2pm to 4pm, at the Bamford Sports Complex (Pine Island Park), 3801 S Pine

Island Rd in Davie. There will be a rehearsal on January 25. The cost to participate is $25 before January 25 and $30 after. The girls will compete in a party dress of their choice, as well as the western wear of their choice. There will not be a talent competition. One queen and two princesses will be selected in each age division. Last year’s queens were as follows: ▸▸ Tiny Miss (2-4): Olivia Solana ▸▸ Little Miss (5-7): Vanessa Gonzalez ▸▸ Jr. Miss (8-10): Sophia Nardi ▸▸ Miss Jr. Teen (11-13): Cheyenne Johnson ▸▸ Miss Teen (14-16): Jena Iten ▸▸ Miss (17-24): Taylor Jones All contestants will receive goodie bags, and a participant ribbon. The queens and princesses will receive a crown, sash, and trophy. There will also be special awards in all divisions. For information, visit the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department page on the Town of Davie website, or call Angela Salinas at 954-797-1153 or Lisa Alvarez at 954-309-3428.


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Davie Residents Celebrate the Holidays

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avie residents celebrated the holidays with friends and family in a variety of ways. During the Holiday Craft Show and Green Fair, over 100 vendors came together for a two-day craft fair and green market. There were demonstrations, live entertainment and a Kids Korner. During the Holiday Tree, Menorah and Kinara Decorating Contest, school and civic groups decorated the menorahs, kinaras and Christmas trees that lined the entrance to the Davie Town Hall. At Holiday Lighting of the Greens, families watched the Mayor and Town Council turn on thousands of holiday lights to officially proclaim it “holiday time” in Davie. During the Jingle Bell Parade, the South Florida Trail Riders paraded their decorated horses down Orange Drive. Santa visited the Old Davie School Historical Museum for Old Davie Christmas, which included pony rides, a petting zoo and more. At the Winter Holiday Snow Play, children played in 20 tons of snow; took pictures with Santa; and enjoyed a petting zoo, pony rides and more.

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Cooper City Residents Celebrate the Holidays

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n December 1, the City of Cooper City kicked off the holiday season with Light Up Cooper City at Memorial Park. The family event included a craft show, train, bounce houses, and numerous children’s activities. There were community performances throughout the night and local schools decorated trees for all to see. A special visitor from the North Pole made an appearance. On December 9, Cooper City children enjoyed a magical meal during Brunch with Santa at Cooper City High School. Participants received a photo with Santa, completed a craft project and participated in “holiday” games. There was also a new event to celebrate the holiday spirit - Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The exterior of the homes was judged in the following categories: Most Creative, Most Lights and Best Decorated Home. For information, visit www.coopercityfl.org.

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hen most Davie residents have an emergency, they call the Davie Police Department or Fire Rescue for help. On January 27, they will have an

opportunity to meet and learn more about some of the people who serve them at the Town of Davie Police and Fire Expo. The annual event will be held at the Public Safety Complex, from 10am to 2pm. “The Fire and Police Expo gives the community a chance to interact with the Davie Police and Fire Rescue personnel, and an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at the Police and Fire Departments,” said Leona Henry, Town of Davie Public Relations Coordinator. “Davie residents and the community will have an opportunity to participate in various activities, and enjoy the displays and demonstrations. We hope everyone enjoys themselves

the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog. Children will also have the opportunity to try on some of the gear. Local and state agencies will have tables and booths set up with information about Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), child fingerprinting, drowning prevention, Davie Crime Watch, and more. George Kovacs plans to attend for the fifth time with his three young children. “My kids love visiting with the police officers and fire personnel,” said Kovacs. “They also love all of the demonstrations

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18th Annual Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair Is a Success

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undreds gathered to enjoy another great parade, as well as fun, food, holiday music and stage performances at the 18th Annual Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair. The event was planned and produced by an all-volunteer committee of Forest Ridge residents and funded by generous sponsors. The theme of this year’s parade was “Magical Holly Days.” It included Parade Grand Marshal Santa Claus in a vintage Rolls Royce convertible, Forest Ridge Woman’s Club Dancing Divas, South Florida Cloggers, North Perry Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Soroptimist of Davie, Magnolia Service Unit (Brownies), Veterans, Orange Blossom Beauties, Miss Art Deco, South Florida Trail Riders of Broward, South Florida Roller Girls, Pure Dynamics Dance Studio, Davie Mounted Police, On Pointe Dance Studio, Oak Park neighborhood float, classic cars, Mahi Shriners, Forest Ridge Lords & Ladies, dignitaries and more. “The positive energy and joy was palpable from the entire crowd,” said Kitty Preziosi, event leader of an all-volunteer neighborhood team and cofounder of the parade in 2000. “There were many

delightful children in the parade. So special!” Over 45 groups participated. They threw candy and beaded necklaces to the crowds that lined the streets. Some of the VIPs included Davie Mayor Judy Paul; Davie Councilmembers Susan Starkey and Caryl Hattan; Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools Robert W. Runcie; Broward School Board members Laurie Rich Levinson and Robin Bartleman; Indian Ridge Principal Frank Zagari; Billy the Marlin; Hollyhock Beauty Victoria Post; Publix “Plato” Dinosaur and several popular cartoon characters. After the parade, the crowd moved to the Forest Ridge Greens for the fair. They enjoyed refreshments, hot dogs, inflatable fun, face painting, games, raffles, and more. There were also live stage performances by the Forest Ridge Woman’s Club Dancing Queens, South Florida Cloggers, Pure Dynamics Dance Studio, North Perry Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadets and others. For information and a video of the parade, visit www.hollydayparade.com.

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welve NSU University School Upper School students, who have excelled in advanced level science classes and demonstrated a passion for or interest in healthcare, are participating in a new Fellowship program that works in collaboration with the NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have been Gonzalez, Polina Udalova, Lauren Rouse, Victoria Langone, Noah Cohen, and Ainsley Kohler, Juliana interacting with NSU medical professionals and exploring an array of Michael Herrera, Guya Avshara, Sydney Silverstein, Karishma Dangodara, Isha Goel, and Emmy Holman. health professions. ences, sharing evidence documenting the impact the Fellowship has had on their After the Fellows completed OSHA and HIPAA training, they were lives. Additionally, they will be required to submit journal entries throughout the trained and certified in basic life support by KPCOM clinical faculty and medical program documenting their experiences. students, who will remain active mentors throughout the process. The students Ainsley Kohler, 11th grade, has always loved working with children and hopes participated in the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Tobacco Training and Cessation Program, where they joined KPCOM medical students in a presentation to to work in pediatrics. “Many health issues can be solved or prevented in a person’s local middle school students on effective evidence-based tobacco use treatment and childhood years and I want the opportunity to have an impact throughout the rest of someone’s life,” said Ainsley. prevention. They worked alongside KPCOM faculty members and members of the Sydney Silverstein, 11th grade, wants to study medicine, but is not sure what surgery club in a hands-on, pig feet suturing lesson and experienced the Simulation specialty she will pursue. “We are going to be able to go on rotations with different Lab, where they learned how to measure blood pressure and take blood. This month, the Fellows will participate in one-on-one “standardized patient” types of doctors to see how their daily experiences are, so we can form our own opinions about which specific medical practice we want to pursue,” said Sydney. simulation exercises, where they will record the patient’s medical history and “This will be one of the most valuable portions of the fellowship.” ask important questions. Medical students will evaluate their bedside manner, Michael Gonzalez, 11th grade, who is interested in education and natural scicritical thinking skills and the way they interact with the “patients.” This will help ences, is not sure if he will pursue a career in medicine. “I saw this program as an prepare them for the spring, when they will participate in six rotations as they shadow medical professionals who are meeting with patients in a clinical setting. amazing opportunity to gain experience and a more thorough understanding of what it means to be a doctor and if a profession in medicine could be right for me,” At the end of the Fellowship, the students will be asked to form unique said Michael. research questions of their own and speak to an audience about their experi34 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYDAVIE.COM


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n 2010, Broward Education Foundation (BEF) established a Tools for Schools Broward Center to provide students in need with free school supplies. Teachers at Title I Broward County Public Schools are invited to shop free, twice a year, for their students and classrooms. When BEF recognized that fewer teachers from Flamingo Elementary in Davie were visiting the Pompano Center due to the distance, they decided to deliver $12,000 worth of school supplies to the school instead. “Young people in need at Flamingo Elementary now have the tools they need to succeed,” said Christina Fischer, Chair of Broward Education Foundation. “We are committed to equipping students for success and there is a great need for school supplies throughout the year in our district’s Title I schools.” This is the first year that the mobile unit, which is only two years old, visited Flamingo Elementary. Some of the supplies they delivered included backpacks, pens, pencils, composition books, erasers, highlighters, and more. Very often, teachers at the Title 1 school use their own money to purchase supplies for the students.

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“With the addition of our mobile unit, we’ve increased our ability to serve those teachers and schools that do not have easy access to our Tools for Schools Broward center in Pompano Beach,” said Fischer. Since opening its doors nearly seven years ago, donations to Tools for Schools Broward center have benefited almost half a million students and teachers. In partnership with Kids in Need Foundation, local businesses and community leaders, Broward Education Foundation facilitated the distribution of more than $1.5 million in essential supplies for students attending Broward County Schools.  “With the recent influx of students from storm-ravaged areas, basic school supplies are needed more now than ever,” said Frank Mandley, Tools for Schools Broward Committee Chair. “We accept donations throughout the year. Glue sticks, pencils, pink erasers, notebook paper, two-pocket folders, and 100-page composition books are in short supply and high demand.” A $50 cash donation will fill an entire backpack with much needed school supplies. In addition, supplies can be dropped off at Tools for School Broward center at 2300 West Copans Road in Pompano Beach. For more information about Broward Education Foundation’s Tools for Schools Broward center, visit browardeducationfoundation.org, email mari-lee.baxter@browardschools.com or call 754-321-2034.


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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Birth Control Pills May Do More Harm Than Good BY DR. JEAN-CLAUDE NERETTE & STEPHANIE MUNIZ, ARNP

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omen considering taking birth control pills have to seriously study their options and evaluate the pros and cons. Knowing “why” you are taking “the pill” is also important. Although intended to prevent unwanted pregnancies, some women use birth control pills to regulate periods, stop periods and control PMS symptoms such as cramping, heavy bleeding and acne. However, it is important to note that just like any other drug, birth control pills used for this purpose are putting a patch on the symptoms, but do absolutely nothing to address the underlying causes. If you have ever filled a birth control prescription, you probably have noticed there is a very long disclaimer with the explanation of possible side effects and complications that may arise from taking these pills. Some of the possible side effects include depression, weight gain or weight loss, headache, potential increased risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart attack, among others. These pills are made with synthetic hormones that will change the way your body functions. Birth control pills are very effective in controlling pregnancy, because the synthetic hormones trick a woman’s body into thinking she is already pregnant and does not need to ovulate. The pill stops the ovaries from releasing eggs and thickens the cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from getting to the egg. Women take a cycle of pills loaded with hormones for about 21-24 days followed by a cycle of placebo pills or “off” days. Women are still able to experience menstruation monthly because of the “off” pills that create a sudden drop in estrogen levels. However, this is not a natural cycle—it must be noted that your body is being loaded with man-made hormones that mimic the behavior of estrogen and progestin. A natural cycle has high and lows when it comes to hormone levels. The pill keeps women at a high level of estrogen all month long. Another category of pills known as “progestin-only” will eliminate monthly periods so that women only have about four periods a year. Although it sounds convenient, it is important to consider the health implications. Some doctors have deemed these drugs “safe and effective,” while others recommend their patients avoid them. If you are suffering from uncomfortable PMS symptoms, know that you have other options available and, at Bellissimo Medical, we can help. As a functional medicine practice, we are concerned with the underlying causes of these conditions and not just a temporary fix that might bring about dire health consequences in the future. Extreme cramping or uncontrollable acne may hint that there are other issues with your body that need to be addressed. Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954-384-8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. For information, visit www. BellissimoMedical.com.

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hen people hear Alzheimer’s, they usually think about memory. Does the person remember her family? Does he remember where he lives? But Alzheimer’s disease, as well as other forms of dementia, impact more than memory. Because Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain, there are many other aspects of a person’s life that are affected. A person with dementia often losses the ability to recognize objects, faces, sounds, colors, and/or smells. This is known as agnosia. The damage in certain parts of the brain because of dementia is the cause of this. A person with dementia does not necessarily forget what a cup is. But instead, the eyes see the cup but the brain cannot process that it is a cup. A mom could tell you her daughter’s name and describe what she looks like. But when she sees her, the brain is unable to process recognition. A dad could hear the phone ring, but interprets it as a siren. Communication is also a common aspect of life that is impaired because of dementia. This loss of ability to understand or express speech is called aphasia. Not being able to call a fork a fork is not necessarily because the person forgot that it is a fork. The person may see it as a fork and know what it is used for, but the brain is unable to formulate the right word. Other signs of aphasia include substituting the intended word with another word, using made up words, and having difficulty putting words together. Aphasia does not only affect how the person expresses himself, but also in the ability to understand written and/or verbal communication from others. It is not uncommon for a person to lose the ability to read. Even when they are able to grammatically read the word, there may not be comprehension of what was read. Also, understanding what others are saying or asking could be difficult. This is especially true when there is too much information provided at once or when there are too many outside distractions. There are also changes and deficits in physical ability due to dementia. Completing physical tasks due to a disconnect in the brain is known as apraxia. This can be seen in everyday tasks, such as dressing, brushing one’s teeth, and even walking. The person could feel the button of his shirt and have the dexterity in his fingers to button the shirt. But the message the brain is sending is disconnected from the rest of the body. When you ask the person to stand up, he may understand you and have the physical capabilities, but his brain is unable to send the messages needed to make the movements happen. Caregivers sometimes interpret this as the person being stubborn or resistant. Unfortunately, agnosia, apraxia, and aphasia can all be impacting the person at the same time at varying levels. It is important to understand that an impairment in one area does not necessarily mean the same level of impairments in others. These areas are all separate from the person’s memory issues related to dementia. Artis Senior Living of Davie is a new Memory Care Assisted Living located at 2794 South Flamingo Road in Davie. The community includes a central core, known as the “Town Center” flanked by four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces. It was designed to provide residents with the comforts of home, as well as the opportunity to engage as a member of our community. For information, call 954-990-8941, send an email to davie@artismgmt.com or visit www.artisseniorliving.com.

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educing this one item from your children’s diet can have the greatest single effect on their dental health! When the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, created policy to reduce the number of ounces in a large soda sold in his city’s restaurants, he was criticized by some for violating their human rights. The amount of press that this situation received not only illustrates the degree of political divide in this country, but also the love of Americans for their favorite bubbly beverage. It is estimated that between 50 and 80 percent of children in the United States consume at least one serving of soda per day. Some of these children are consuming multiple servings. Just as concerning as the high frequency of soda drinking are the large quantities. For example, the average serving size of soda in the 1950’s was 6.5 ounces. The average size currently is 20 ounces. As we will see, both the increased frequency and quantity of soda consumption have a negative effect on oral health. To understand why we have singled out soda, it is important to consider the factors contributing to the creation of dental caries (or cavities). In order to have a cavity, there needs to be certain cavity causing bacteria in the mouth and an acidic environment. This acidic environment allows for weakening of the surface of the teeth and the eventual colonization of the interior or the tooth by the bacteria. Sweetened soda contains “simple” sugars, which are easily broken down by oral bacteria. The byproducts are acidic and lead to the weakening of the surfaces of teeth. What about non-sugared or diet soda? As it turns out, carbonation itself is very acidic having a similar negative effect. Here are a number of strategies to reduce the effects of soda and acid causing foods in general. ▸▸ Limit or possibly eliminate soda from our diets. Get into the habit of drinking water. Juice and milk have sugar as well. So, try to limit their consumption to meal times. ▸▸ Rinse. If soda or any sugar foods are consumed, rinse with water afterwards. Water is very good at neutralizing the acidity levels in the mouth. ▸▸ Read the ingredients. Stay away from foods whose first one or two ingredients is sugar. ▸▸ Use topical fluoride regularly. Topical fluoride hardens the surface of the enamel and helps to reverse the effects of the acids. Fluoride can be gotten from toothpaste, rinses, and professional application. An alternative to fluoride is xylitol. Its mechanism of action is different than fluoride, but research of its frequent use is promising. ▸▸ Set a good example. Children are very impressionable and will model most behaviors observed by the adults in their lives. We try to be practical when making recommendations to our families. We do not stress the total removal of all sweet food/drink from the diet. However, following the advice above and common sense strategies can make a significant change in our oral health. Remember, consistency is the key and healthy habits are best started early. Drs. Maria and Alon Grosman are Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist. Their office is located at 4401 S Flamingo Rd on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 954-236-3434.


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ccording to Inman, a Real Estate news source, “We’re in a housing shortage. Real estate agents already know this. Clients, on the other hand, might not.” When offers are not accepted, the consumer must understand that there are probably multiple bids and that the listing agent may have his own pool of buyers. What is an ‘inventory shortage’?: Land is fixed. We cannot grow more of it – unless you are talking some of the man-made islands that may be extremely expensive

to live upon. Supply and Demand 101: Inman goes on to explain, “Houses are fixed. Ordinarily, they stay right where they are. If 100 families want to move into an area, but there’s only 20 homes, then prices will rise because demand is higher than supply. On the other hand, if there were 20 families and 100 homes, prices would fall because supply is greater than demand. Because real estate doesn’t move, brokers unfortunately can’t import real estate from another area to keep prices stable.” Another fact: People gravitate towards coastal areas which drives the prices up. The Economy: Since Trump entered office, the United States has entered the lowest unemployment in recent history. According to the government’s Current Population Survey: Payroll employment rose by 261,000 in October; unemployment rate edges down to 4.1% Low unemployment and a strong economy spur people to get into the real estate market, which raises the demand. In the same token, when sellers see prices rising, they tend to hold on to their properties. Timing the Market: Current sellers in Florida may be experiencing lower property taxes (if they have owned the properties for some time PLUS the homestead exemption). Sellers may also have lower interest rates. Some Sellers looking to buy another home before placing their current homes on the market may suffer from sticker shock – and compare their current homes to what they could buy – which could be another deterrent for Sellers to list. Baby Boomers vs. Millennials: Realtor.com surveyed the public only to discover that 85 percent of baby boomers are reluctant to sell in the next year — and desire to remain in their current investments. Millennials are ready to buy. With our strong economy and rising prices, boomers are holding on. Entry-Level Buyers: Millennials are looking for entry-level housing. Of course, these are the tightest of markets. Because of the school impact, it is difficult for builders to get permits unless they promise more schools. With improvements to the South Florida Building Code, new construction is not as “economical” as it once was. Will This Market Ever Slow Down?: No one knows. During the “bubble,” many homeowners walked away from their homes after drowning in their predatory loans. These “walk-away” homeowners realized the equity they walked away from and are not ready to re-enter the real estate market. This is a contributing factor to the shortage Regardless, buyers need to “jump in” – even if it means not getting everything on their “wish lists.” Build the equity, sell, then move on up! Zona Horton has been successfully selling Real Estate in South Florida for over 30 years. She works for the international Keller Williams family of companies and serves Davie, Cooper City and surrounding cities. Call her for all your Real Estate needs. For information, visit www.ZonaHorton.com or send an email to zonahorton@gmail.com.

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IT IS THE POLICY OF THIS STATE TO ENCOURAGE THE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES AND THE EARLY RESOLUTION OF PENDING LITIGATION THROUGH A VOLUNTARY SETTLEMENT PROCESS” The above quote is from the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act. It is probably somewhat contrary to what many of you or friends or family have experienced while going through a divorce. Everyone has heard the “horror stories” of endless litigation and exorbitant fees. There is in fact a way to possibly avoid those issues by using the collaborative process. It is defined as “a unique nonadversarial process that preserves a working relationship between the parties and reduces the emotional and financial toll of litigation.” There are some definite rules that must be followed and not every case is suited for the collaborative process. “As part of this nonadversarial and voluntary resolution of disputes, lawyers who engage in the collaborative law process in a family law matter, and any other lawyers in that lawyer’s firm, may not afterwards represent any party in any related proceeding except to request that a court approve the settlement reached during the collaborative law process or in specified emergency situations in accordance with family law court rules.” As stated above, if for some reason the collaborative process “breaks down” and litigation becomes the only alternative, the collaborative attorney must withdraw from representing his/her client. Therefore, if the process is not successful, either a new attorney must be retained, or the client can represent his/herself. One attorney cannot represent both parties. In addition, both parties must agree to use the collaborative process. The goal of the collaborative process is for both parties and their respective attorneys to act as a team and not as adversaries. In most instances there are other “team members,” such as accountants, financial advisers, or mental health professionals. The “team” schedules meetings with all parties present. An agenda is prepared and the “team” attempts to move forward to resolve all the issues that are involved. This is a process and, therefore, the parties should be prepared to have these “team meetings” on more than one occasion. All parties must sign a written agreement before the process begins stating each client’s intent to resolve the dissolution through the collaborative process; each party’s acceptance that they shall make timely, full and candid informal disclosure of information without formal discovery; and their understanding that if either party initiates a proceeding in court, the process shall terminate and the attorney’s involved cannot continue their representation. Attorneys are now required to advise prospective clients about the collaborative process. Although there is no actual certification an attorney can obtain to be declared a “Collaborative Attorney,” there are attorneys who have been trained in the process. As in all matters of law, experience and training are always beneficial to a client. If you or anyone you know are interested in the Collaborative Process, please give my office a call. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.


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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 the 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. OURCITYDAVIE.COM | JANUARY 2018 43


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retha Franklin said it best when she sang about the importance of being shown a little respect. We all know the foundation of a strong relationship is built on this important quality. It’s even more important when it comes to law enforcement and how we interact with people in all the diverse communities we serve. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that the Broward Sheriff’s Office is launching the Respect Campaign. Beginning this month, and running throughout the year, our Respect Campaign will highlight all the ways BSO’s dedicated men and women in law enforcement, detention, fire rescue and civilian positions build stronger community connections and the many ways we work to get even better. Throughout the year, we will share stories through our social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as on our website at www.sheriff.org, showcasing the interactions and people who make a huge difference in ways both big and small. Stories that highlight BSO’s respect for our profession and respect for the communities we protect. The people who go above and beyond. And the daily interactions with our community’s children – and the acts of compassion that go a long way – in ensuring the safety and well-being for all. We’re also taking the opportunity to look at how we can improve and become even more responsive to the needs of Broward County’s two million residents and many visitors. As part of the effort, we developed a new internal training video that stresses the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect – and how it produces lasting, positive benefits. We’re also seeking feedback from members of our community to help us get even better. After all, listening—truly listening—to others and using their views as meaningful guidance is one of the most sincere forms of respect. This Respect Campaign is the next advancement in our Uniting Broward initiative, BSO’s key community outreach effort which actively unites Broward’s vibrant and diverse community groups across racial, religious, ethnic, cultural and sexual orientation boundaries, to make Broward a better and safer place to live, work and raise a family. As a law enforcement officer for nearly 40 years, I quickly learned that treating everyone with the kindness and respect they deserve produces massive results. That’s why I’ve made community policing a cornerstone of my belief system and have made it a priority during my time at BSO. Far too often we focus only on the small number of bad people, when we should also be focused on the 99 percent who are good people. These are the people that can and will make a difference, and help us make Broward even safer. If you treat people with respect, they are more likely to approach law enforcement with tips or seeking help for a problem before it spirals out of control and becomes a public safety issue. So to quote Aretha Franklin, I’m excited for you to find out what a little respect means to me … and to BSO. For information, visit www.sheriff.org.

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he law office of Cecere Santana, PA recently relocated to the Amtrust building in Plantation. The new location, right in the heart of Broward, makes it easier for clients throughout the county to visit the practice. For over a decade, the team of attorneys at Cecere Santana, PA has been representing clients that have been involved in car accidents, slip and falls, and any other sort of injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Additionally, the highly experienced attorneys help those whose home or business has been damaged by a hurricane, fire, flood, or any other property loss, and they also handle all cases relating to Worker’s Compensation, Immigration, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Partners Michael Cecere and Erick Santana took the time to answer a few questions about their practice. How does the move to the new space help your practice? Besides the great central location with easy access for clients, the move to a larger facility included an upgrade to our computer and software systems. This allows

us to have immediate access to up to date information on our clients, allowing for a faster response to their needs. What distinguishes you from your competition? At Cecere Santana we pride ourselves in offering the best legal advice and obtaining the maximum recovery for our clients. We are committed to our clients’ best interest and we work hard so they can receive

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the compensation they deserve. Most importantly, we pride ourselves in offering our clients excellent customer service. Our attorneys are always available to speak with our clients and answer all their questions. We walk our clients through each step of the legal process making sure they are aware of what is happening and that we always have their best interest in mind. Is there anything else you would like readers to know about you and/or your business? Although Cecere Santana, PA was founded a decade ago, our partners have been handling injury and property cases for more than 20 years. We have offices throughout South Florida in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade to better serve our clients. Our consultations are always free, and we work on a contingency basis, which means you have no costs or fees up front, we don’t get paid until we resolve your case. Home and hospital visits are also available. Cecere Santana, PA is located at 8211 West Broward Blvd., Suite 460, Plantation, 33321. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 954-653-9969, or visit www.helpfortheinjured.com and/ or www.helpforthehomeowner.com.

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ASK THE MAYOR

Davie Update BY MAYOR JUDY PAUL

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he Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are sponsoring a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor . . .” A required subject taught in all Florida public middle schools, civics education is vital to encouraging meaningful public participation. This contest is offered to all seventh-grade students in public and private schools and the information has been shared with the schools this week. This year, we are encouraging the students to learn about, and write about, home rule and how it affects their city. Entries must be postmarked by January 19, 2018. Essays will be judged by a committee comprised of members from of the Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors. Three statewide winners will be selected. Winners will receive a joint resolution from the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities which I will present at a council meeting in Davie. Prizes are as follows: ▸▸ The 1st place winner will receive a $100 gift card and a chance to be “mayor” for a day. ▸▸ The 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card. ▸▸ The 3rd place winner will receive a $25 gift card. Completed application and essay must be postmarked by January 19, 2018, and be sent to: ▸▸ Florida League of Mayors Post Office Box 1757 Tallahassee, FL 32302 Questions? Please contact Linda Bridges at the League office at 1-800-342-8112. Visit the Florida League of Mayors website at floridamayors.org to obtain more information and the application form.

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Our Fire Chief, Julie Downey, wants to remind everyone that a special program, “A Safe Haven for Newborns,” is dedicated to reaching pregnant teens and women of all ages before they reach the crisis stage. They assist them as the moms make their decision in the best interest of their baby and themselves, whether with counseling, parenting, health related issues, adoption or confidentially placing their newborn with a “Safe Haven.” For information, call the Confidential 24/7 & Multilingual Florida Helpline: 1-877-767-2229 or National Helpline: 1-844-767-2229. The Safe Haven Law is a safety net for both the mother and the newborn infant. It allows mothers, fathers or whoever is in possession of an unharmed newborn, approximately seven days old or less, to leave them at “Safe Havens,” any Hospital, staffed 24/7 Fire Rescue Station, or Emergency Medical Service Station, with no questions asked, totally anonymous and free from fear of prosecution. For more information on any Davie program or event, just call 954 327-3941 or visit the Town of Davie newly renovated website at www.davie-fl.gov.

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GOLD AWARD

Kim Denmark recently made her way through the Town of Davie as she continues her “Walk” Across America campaign, an initiative to bring awareness to homelessness, especially affecting veterans throughout the United States. Mayor Paul personally welcomed Kim to Davie and presented her with a key to the Town. Photo: Town of Davie

Ashley Klement of Cooper City received her Girl Scout Gold Award. Her project included delivering 100 Care Packages to Cleveland Clinic.

EAGLE SCOUT

Ethan Richards of Davie completed his Eagle Scout project at the Old Davie Schoolhouse. He recently presented his project at the Town of Davie Council Meeting.

HOPE

At Santa’s Enchanted Fire Station, Davie Fire Rescue and DFR’s Benevolent Association collected $815 and toys for HOPE Outreach Davie to brighten the holidays for many local families. Photo: Town of Davie

GIFT WRAPPING

Davie-Cooper City Rotarians, Cooper City High Interact students and Nova Southeastern University Rotaract students wrapped gifts for 120 at-risk students from 12 local schools. Photo: Town of Davie

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Davie Police Officer Bogdon spoke to the preschool kids at For Kids Only Academy in Davie about police officer responsibilities, making good choices, and why & how to call 911 if needed. Photo: Town of Davie 50 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYDAVIE.COM

Congratulations to Officer Assam for receiving the 2017 School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year Award from the Broward County Crime Commission. Officer Assam, who is the SRO at Western High School, was recognized for all her involvement in the lives of her students and for being a positive role model in to them. Photo: Town of Davie


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