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CALENDAR 12 February 2018
COMMUNITY NEWS 14 81st Annual Orange Blossom Festival, Parade and Rodeo Offers Family Fun 14 Golf Classic and Concert to Kick Off Orange Blossom Festival 16 Cooper City Couples to Say I Do…Again 18 Cooper City 5K Richardson Run and Fitness Walk Celebrates 37 Years 20 Join in the Fun at the Mayor’s Countywide Chess Challenge 26 Vote on Your Favorite Recipe at the Chili Cook-Off 26 Broward League of Cities Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2018 28 SAFEWALK-RUN 5K Participants Take Steps to End Domestic Violence 32 I Care I Cure to Host 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run & Family Fun Day 34 Actors Community Theatre of Davie Presents “Four Weddings and an Elvis”
SCHOOL NEWS 36 Cooper City High School Hosts 6th Annual College & Career Fair 36 Cooper City High Basketball Game to Raise Money for Scholarship Fund
CROSSWORD PUZZLE 24 Happy Valentine’s Day
CAN DO KID 30 Eagle Scout Completes Project at Old Davie Schoolhouse
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Bowling – The DavieCooper City Rotary Club, in partnership with the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce, will host a Bowling Tournament at the SpareZ Bowling Alley, 5325 University Dr. Money will help underwrite the Wild Horse Tales Children’s Literacy Event. To sign up or get more information, send an email to email@example.com or call 954-914-4587.
College Fair – Cooper City High School will host the 6th Annual College 101, at 6pm, in the school auditorium. It is open to the community. For information, call the Cooper City High School Guidance Department at 754-323-0215.
8th Say I Do…Again – Cooper City residents can renew their vows during the “Say I Do… Again” ceremony at 6pm, at the Cooper City Community Center. Couples must register in-person by February 6th at the Pool and Tennis Center. For information, visit www. coopercityfl.org.
11th I Care I Cure – Help raise money to fund research grants to find gentler cures for childhood cancer during the 11th Annual I Care I Cure...I Run 5K & Family Fun Day, Mile Run of Color Fun Day at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. For information, visit www.icareicure.org. Run/Walk – Runners and walkers will gather for the 37th Annual Cooper City Richardson 5K Run/Walk, One Mile Fitness Run/Walk at the Cooper City Sports Complex, 10500 Stirling Road. For information, visit www. coopercityfl.org.
17th Garage Sale – Discover some treasures at the Town of Southwest Ranches Garage Sale, from 8am-12noon, at Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park, 5840 SW 148 Avenue. For information, call 954-434-0008. Chess Challenge – Chess players of all skill levels and ages are invited to participate in the Mayor’s Countywide Chess Challenge, from 9am-11am, at the Pool & Tennis Center, 1600 Stonebridge Parkway in Cooper City. Hosted by the City of Cooper City, the event will include Mayors, elected officials and community leaders throughout Broward County. For information, visit www. coopercityfl.org.
23rd Miss Teen USA – The City of Cooper City is partnering with the Miss USA Organization for the Miss Cooper City Teen USA and Miss Cooper City USA pageants. Contestants must register by February 23. For information, visit www. coopercityfl.org.
12th Orchid Society – The Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society will meet at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, from 7:30pm–9:30pm, in the Gallery room. For information, call 954-6625544 or visit Flamingogardens orchidsociety.com.
Golf Classic – The James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic will kick off the Town of Davie’s 81st Annual Orange Blossom Festival. It is hosted by the Davie Golf and Country Club and benefits the Davie
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Summer Youth Golf Program. Competition is open to players of all skill levels and handicaps. To register, call 954-797-4653 or visit www.daviegolf.net. Concert – From 6pm to 9pm, everyone is invited to attend the Orange Blossom Kickoff Concert at the Old Davie School Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road. The event will include a bounce house, petting farm, vendors and food and beverage sales. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy dinner, as well as some live music. Admission is free. For information, visit www. davie-fl.gov.
Equestrian Park, 5840 SW 148 Avenue, from noon to 4:30pm. Admission is free. The cost to register is $50. For information, visit www.southwestranches. org, send an email to akpf@ southwestranches.org or call 954-343-7452.
Orange Blossom Festival – On February 24 (9am-6pm) and 25 (9am-5pm), join in the fun at the 81st Annual Orange Blossom Festival. It will take place down Orange Drive from Davie Rd. west to SW 66th Terrace. The Festival features more than 250 displays. Free activities for both days includes an arts & crafts show, fine arts show, musical entertainment, “Cowboy Town,” Native American display, animal farm, western carriage display, commerce corner, information displays and green product displays. There will be free concerts on Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a free kids’ corner that includes a bounce house, giant slide, rides and climbing wall. The parade begins at 10am on February 25. Admission to the festival is free. Visit www.davie-fl.gov for details. Chili – Area residents will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite recipe at the Southwest Ranches Parks Foundation’s 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser. It will be held at the Sunshine Ranches
Mar. 1st Carnival & Garage Sale – From March 1 to 4, enjoy the “30th Annual Carnival in the Ranches” at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, at 5601 S. Flamingo Road in Southwest Ranches. It features a midway, an International Food Tent, a 4-day indoor garage sale, musical entertainment and games for all ages. For information, visit www.carnival.stmarkparish. org, email carnival@ stmarkparish.org or call 954-473-4495.
7th Basketball – The boys and girls basketball teams at Old Davie School – On February Cooper City High School will play against the faculty to 24 and 25, during the Orange Blossom Festival Weekend, visit raise money for the James & Lindsay Layer Scholarship the restored 1920s classroom Foundation, which awards & museum. Free guided tours scholarships to Cooper City at 12noon and 1:30pm. Old fashioned activities at Pioneer High School athletes. The game will be held at 7pm, in Village from 12noon to 2pm. the Cooper City High School For information, visit www. gymnasium. Tickets are $5 per olddavieschool.org. person. For information, visit www.browardschools1.com/ coopercityhigh.
Safewalk Run/5K – Take steps to raise awareness about domestic violence and to raise funds for programs and services for Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. The walk will be held at Nova Southeastern University, Davie Campus. To register, visit www. womenindistress.org/events/ safewalk-run-5K.
25th Pasta Dinner – Andy’s 16th Annual Pasta Dinner, held at the Signature Grand in Davie, from 4pm-7pm. It will benefit LifeNet4Families, an organization dedicated to providing necessary food, ancillary services and referrals to those in need in Broward County. For information, visit www.andyspastadinner.com.
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81st Annual Orange Blossom Festival, Parade and Rodeo Offers Family Fun BY DEBBY TEICH
his month, the Town of Davie will celebrate its unique heritage and roots as an agricultural community. Approximately 15,000 people are expected to attend the Town of Davie’s 81st Orange Blossom Festival, Parade & Rodeo. The event kicks off on Friday, February 23, with the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Davie Golf and Country Club, 8201 Nova Drive. Later that evening, there will be a free concert at Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, from 6pm to 9pm. The Festival will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday, February 25, from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. “I have not missed an Orange Festival celebration, since I moved to Davie more than 30 years ago,” said Linda Harrison. “I attended as a child and now I bring my own kids. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate Davie’s heritage with friends and neighbors. Each year gets better and better!” The Orange Blossom Festival will feature more than 250 displays and will take place down Orange Drive, from Davie Road west to S.W. 66th Terrace. Free activities for both days include an arts & crafts show, fine arts show, musical entertainment, “Cowboy Town,” Native American display, animal farm, western carriage display, commerce corner, information displays, and green product displays. There will be free concerts on Saturday and Sunday as well. There will also be a free kids’ corner that includes inflatables, activities, and vendors. The theme for this year’s parade is “Rockin’ Through the Years.” The parade will begin at 10am on Saturday and will proceed down Davie Road between Orange Drive and S.W. 39th Street. More than 80 floats, marching bands, youth groups and others are expected to participate. Awards will be presented to the parade winners after the parade.
Food will be plentiful all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be an oldfashioned Strawberry Festival at the Davie Woman’s Club, 6551 Orange Drive. Fresh strawberries and homemade shortcake will be served, as well as other strawberry creations. Just like in the old west, guests can also purchase fresh home-grown vegetables and fruits at the old fashion farmers market. There will also be a large food court with everything from burgers and fries to gyros available for purchase. Family entertainment will take place on both days throughout the festival. In addition to the free concerts on Saturday and Sunday, visitors will also have an opportunity 2017 Annual Orange Blossom Festival, Parade and Rodeo to see an authentic rodeo on Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm at the Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. Real cowboys and cowgirls from around the world will compete for championship titles as they challenge 2,000-pound bulls, ride bare back, wrestle cattle, barrel race, team rope, and more. Festival, Parade and Rodeo Parking will be available behind Davie Town Hall and can only be accessed via Davie Road. Parking on the festival grounds is $5 per vehicle. For more information, visit the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts page on the Town of Davie’s website.
Golf Classic and Concert to Kick Off Orange Blossom Festival BY DEBBY TEICH
he Town of Davie’s 81st Orange Blossom Festival, Parade & Rodeo will be held on February 24 and 25. On February 23, the Town of Davie will present two events to kick off the Festival – a free concert and the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic. From 6pm to 9pm, everyone is invited to attend the Orange Blossom Kickoff Concert at the Old Davie School Bandshell, 6650 Griffin Road. The event will include a bounce house, petting farm, vendors and food and beverage sales. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy dinner, as well as some live music. Admission is free. During the day, the Davie Golf and Country Club will be hosting the 6th Annual James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic, which benefits the Davie Summer Youth Golf Program. The format will be a 4-player scramble with a 1pm shotgun start. The event will feature team trophies and prizes, course contests, and lunch and dinner for participants. Competition is open to players of all skill levels and handicaps. The entry fee is $500 per team or $125 per individual. There will be over $3,000 in prizes for the top four teams and course contest winners “Davie Golf Club is honored to be the host course 14 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYDAVIE.COM
Last year’s winning team was (l to r): Keith Ng, Roger Stone, Kevin Osceola, and Richard Trotter
for the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic for the 6th year in a row,” said Dave Harris, marketing director and tournament coordinator. “Every year it has gotten bigger and attracted a fun-loving group of golfers. The Town of Davie presents the tournament and receives the support of many local businesses as sponsors. We invite all golfers to come out for a great day on the course.”
The tournament is named in honor of the late James B. Pirtle, the founder of Pirtle Construction Company, a Davie business leader and philanthropist. The tournament attracted a large field of 120 golfers last year and received the sponsorship support of many local businesses. Net proceeds will help support the Town of Davie’s Summer Youth Golf Program, which includes a series of Junior Golf Camps. The annual camps are conducted by the professional staff of Greenway Golf, which manages the course for the Town of Davie. Davie’s Junior Golf Camps are open to boys and girls, age 6 to 17, who want to learn the fundamentals of the sport. No experience is necessary and clubs are provided to children who don’t have their own set. Each camp provides ten hours of professional instruction, plus fun, games and lunch. Davie Golf & Country Club is located at 8201 Nova Drive, in Davie. Complete tournament information and entry forms are available online or can be picked up Davie Golf and Country Club, 8201 Nova Drive in Davie and the Davie Pine Island Park Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road in Davie. The deadline to register is February 20. For information, visit www.daviegolf.net/ upcoming-events.
Cooper City Couples to Say I Do…Again BY DEBBY TEICH
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alentine’s Day is a time for love and romance. More than 20 Cooper City couples are expected to celebrate the holiday by renewing their vows during the “Say I Do…Again” ceremony on February 8, at 6pm, at City Hall. Couples must pre-register in person by February 6 at the Pool and Tennis Center. The event is for Cooper City couples and their guests. Some come to celebrate their first anniversaries, while others come back every year and plan their Valentine’s celebration around it. “Renewing your wedding vows at ‘Say I Do...Again’ is a perfect way to reaffirm your commitment and devotion to the one you love,” said Chris Garcia, Recreation Director for the Cooper City Recreation Department. “Join us for a special way to start the Valentine weekend.”
Pictured are some of the couples who renewed their vows last year.
cutting of the cake, first dance, refreshments, prizes from local businesses, and a certificate of re-affirmation from the City. Each participant is encouraged to bring their favorite wedding photo to share. Over the years, some couples have arrived dressed in their wedding attire, while others are more casual. During the registration process, each couple provides
information about themselves, such as how many years they have been married, where they met, and how many children they have. As each one is called up individually to “walk the aisle,” some of this information is shared with others at the event. Last year, couples also played a version of the Not-So-Newlywed Game. Everyone was asked a series of questions and each person gave the answer they thought their partner would. Some of the questions were: “Who would your partner say is the better driver?” and “Who would your partner say is a better kisser?” Each couple also got to take home their very own cake curtesy of Elite Cake Creations in Cooper City. The cost is $5 per couple with a $1 per person attendance fee. Couples must register in-person by February 6th at the Pool and Tennis Center. Couples must be residents of Cooper City. Children must have adult supervision at all times. Space is limited. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 233 or visit www.coopercityfl.org.
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want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the left. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar
Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well
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Cooper City 5K Richardson Run and Fitness Walk Celebrates 37 Years BY DEBBY TEICH
n February 11, runners and walkers will gather for the 37th Annual Cooper City Richardson 5K Run/Walk and One Mile Run/Walk at the Cooper City Sports Complex. “This event is a great opportunity to promote fitness and a healthy lifestyle as we continue to support health initiatives to keep our city’s status as a Healthy Weight Community Champion,” said Felicia Trainor, Recreation Program Specialist for the City of Cooper City.
The timed 5K Run/Walk begins at 8am. It starts and finishes at Cooper City Sports Complex and takes participants on a course through a residential neighborhood. The OneMile Fitness Run/Walk starts at 8:45am and will be held inside the Cooper City Sports Complex. Registration and late packet pickup begins at 7am. The following awards will be presented to runners: Top 3 Overall Male/Female, Top Masters Male/ Female, Top Grand Masters Male/Female, Top Senior Grand Masters Male/Female, Richardson Run Award
The community event honors Jim Richardson and Ken Richardson, two Cooper City residents that have contributed to the success of the race over the past three decades. Both are retired from their professional fields and reside in northern Florida with their wives.
for Top Cooper City Resident Male/Female, and Top 3 Male/Female in each age division. Participants in the One-Mile Fitness Run/Walk will receive a ribbon. The Top Male Master will have their name added to the Harvey J. Johnson Memorial Plaque located
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in the Community Center. The annual award was established in 1990 as a memorial tribute to Harvey J. Johnson, one of South Florida’s Top Male Masters and a Cooper City resident. The cost is: Adult 5K Run/Walk ($20 pre-registration/$25 race day); Youth 5K ($10 pre-registration /$15 race day) and 1-Mile Fitness Run/Walk ($10 - parent may accompany child at no charge). All include a commemorative T-shirt. Jason Frankel plans to run in the race. “I look forward to the race each year,” said Frankel. “I love how the course takes runners through the neighborhood.” The Cooper City Sports Complex is located at 10300 Stirling Road. For information and to download an application, visit www.coopercityfl.org.
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Join in the Fun at the Mayor’s Countywide Chess Challenge BY DEBBY TEICH
hess has long been regarded as a game that can have beneficial effects on learning and development, especially when it is played
from a young age. On February 17, chess players of all skill levels and ages are invited to participate in the Mayor’s Countywide Chess Challenge, from 9am11am, at the Pool & Tennis Center, 1600 Stonebridge Parkway in Cooper City. Hosted by the City of Cooper City, the event will include Mayors, elected officials
and community leaders throughout Broward County. “Cooper City is very excited to participate in the Countywide Chess Challenge,” said Chris Garcia, Director of Recreation. “Chess introduces critical thinking skills, which are very important for any age.” The Mayors’ Chess Challenge is a free program designed to bring attention to the benefits of chess in both the academic environment and in the community. The challenge is held in collaboration with the National Scholastic Chess Foundation and several other municipalities in Broward County. Over 100 kids and parents typically attend. It is an opportunity for school-aged children to exercise their minds, as they compete against elected officials and one another. From 9am-10am, volunteers will be available to teach the basics to beginners. Each month, the challenge rotates to different cities in the area. Recent challenges have been held in Parkland, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Coconut Creek
and Weston. Kids get a passport that gets stamped for each month they attend. Many of the students are members of elementary, middle and high school chess clubs throughout Broward. After the February Chess Challenge in Cooper City, the remainder of the 2017-2018 schedule is as follows: ▸▸ City of Hollywood: March 10, 9am to noon, Fred Littman Multipurpose Center ▸▸ City of Oakland Park: March 24, 10am-12noon, Jaco Pastorius Park Community Center ▸▸ City of Wilton Manors: April 14, 10am to noon, Hagen Park Community Center ▸▸ City of Lauderdale Lakes: April 26, 5pm to 8pm, Multipurpose Building ▸▸ City of Miramar: May 5, 9am to noon, Sunset Lakes Community Center ▸▸ City of Pembroke Pines: May 19, 9am to 11am, Club 19 at Pembroke Lakes Golf & Racquet Club ▸▸ City of Hallandale Beach: date/time/location TBD In addition to the Countywide Mayor’s Chess Challenge, Cooper City also hosts a monthly Mayor’s Open Play Chess program at the Cooper City Pool & Tennis Center. Check the City’s web site for upcoming program dates. For information, visit www.coopercityfl.org or call 954-7474600. For schedule updates, visit www.sunrisefl.gov/chess.
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
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Vote on Your Favorite Recipe at the Chili Cook-Off BY DEBBY TEICH
ome like their chili filled with meat, while others prefer it vegetarian. On February 24, area residents will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite recipe at the Southwest Ranches Parks Foundation’s 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser. It will be held at the Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park, 5840 SW 148 Avenue, from noon to 4:30pm. Admission is free. “This event supports development of Southwest Ranches Parks for all to enjoy by supporting our independent Parks Foundation,” said December Lauretano-Haines, Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Coordinator for the Town of Southwest Ranches. “We are excited to be hosting the Chili Cookoff Participants at a prior Chili Cook-off event. again this year and are looking forward kid-friendly entertainment. to a great turnout for our 6th annual event.” The proceeds from the event will benefit The contest is limited to the first 20 contestants. Southwest Ranches Parks and Recreation spaces, via Each contestant must provide 2 ½ gallons of chili. the Southwest Ranches Parks Foundation, which Each tasting sample to be judged is approximately has donated thousands of dollars to date to parks one rounded tablespoon. For only $10, visitors can buy development in the Town of Southwest Ranches. a chili voting card that allows them to sample all of Southwest Ranches’ inaugural council member Aster the recipes and rank their favorites. Knight started the Foundation through his own love Last year, approximately 250 people sampled the of nature and the urge to preserve and protect the chili. First, second, and third place winners received Town’s natural areas. Its mission is to “raise funds one-of-a-kind trophies with hand-beaded plaques. through public and private partnerships for parks, The winner’s name and “Best Chili in Town” title was trails, and green space projects within the town also recorded on a brick located on the commemoraof Southwest Ranches to further the Town’s motto tive walkway at Town Hall. of ‘Preserving Our Rural Lifestyle’ and provide a Organizers are hoping to continue the tradition of superior quality of life for the Town’s residents and a “Council Cup Challenge,” giving council members visitors alike.” who have participated in the past an opportunity to The cost to register is $50. For information, visit www.southdefend their titles during the secretly-judged side westranches.org, send an email to email@example.com or event! The event will also include food, music and call 954-343-7452.
Broward League of Cities Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2018 BY DEBBY TEICH
ina Laklahlani of Davie paid a little less for her first year of college. Last year, she was one of four students that received the 2017 Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government Studies in the amount of $1,000. The deadline to submit scholarship applications for 2018 is February 16. Rina graduated from Nova High School, where she was president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the South Asian Society and an ambassador for the Elephant Sanctuary, a 2,700-acre refuge in Tennessee. She also interned with Congressman Ted Deutch on his Congressional Youth Cabinet. She intends to study Ethics, Politics, Economics and Political Science and has a career goal of going to law school and becoming a member of Congress. The Broward League of Cities will award $1,000 scholarships to four outstanding high school seniors who plan to pursue a major in public administration, political science or other government-related field. Applicants must demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills. Applicants must submit one essay, one personal statement, two letters of recommendation and a high school transcript. They must also participate in an interview. In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria: ▸▸ Must be a graduating high school senior 26 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYDAVIE.COM
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is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resolving issues facing Broward County’s 31 cities and municipalities. Membership is made up of elected officials from municipal governments and area businesses. In addition to its Scholarship for Government Studies program, the Broward League of Cities manages several other annual initiatives that support students, including the Student Ambassador program and Speakers’ Bureau. For an application or information, visit browardleague.org.
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SAFEWALK-RUN 5K Participants Take Steps to End Domestic Violence BY DEBBY TEICH
ore than 1,000 community members, including corporate teams, student organizations, individual walkers, runners, and their furry friends will take steps this month to raise awareness about domestic violence and to raise funds for programs and services that Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. offers free of charge to victims of domestic violence in our community. This year’s goal is to raise $135,000, which can provide 1,500 nights of safe shelter for adults and children affected by domestic violence. Presented by Ultimate Software, the 19th Annual Women In Distress SAFEWALK-RUN 5K, will be held on February 24, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie. Registration is now open. “Women In Distress saved my life,” said Melissa Stern of Davie, who received help from Women In Distress when she was experiencing the effects of domestic violence. “My friends and family had no idea of the horror I was enduring. Whether you participate as a runner, walker or spectator, please walk with me and support this important event. I cannot think of a better way to spend a Saturday.” Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. Its mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. It
offers a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter program, individual counseling, support groups and professional trainings which are aimed at educating the community on domestic violence. Seventy percent of domestic violence victims report not leaving an abuser due to fear of what will happen to the family pet, so they often stay. Dog registration fees go toward providing services for pets of domestic violence victims to alleviate a barrier to leaving. The fun event will kick off with a warm up, followed by timed race for runners and a more leisurely stroll for walkers, strollers and dogs (on leash) at 9am. Top finishers will receive awards. SAFEWALK participants will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and T-shirt. Kids can enjoy a variety of fun activities and everyone can visit local vendors in the vendor village. Participants can walk or run in honor of those affected by domestic violence. Domestic violence survivors will be cheering on walkers and runners along the route and also walking alongside supporters celebrating the brave steps they’ve taken toward a new violence-free life. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and information on domestic violence will be available for all participants. A registration fee is required in order to participate. Adults (ages 18 and older) are $25; youth participants (ages 6-17) are $15; adult with a dog (on a leash) is $35; Kids ages 5 and under are free. To register, visit womenindistress.org.
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Eagle Scout Completes Project at Old Davie Schoolhouse BY DEBBY TEICH
ighteen-year old Ethan Richards of Davie is on his way to sharing a prestigious title with notables like Neil Armstrong, Michael Bloomberg, Gerald R. Ford, Bill Gates Sr., James A. Lovell Jr. and many others. He recently received his Eagle rank from Troop #128. Ethan joined the Boy Scouts of America when he was in first grade and has been working his way toward becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the program. Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges, as well as completing an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. He got the idea for his project after talking with Leslie Schroeder, Director of the Old Davie Schoolhouse. She suggested a variety of projects and his was on the list. Ethan constructed two large boards suspended by wooden columns with a metal roof overhead. His project is now used to pin papers and maps that have detailed information about the surrounding area for people that are on the walk-
ing tour of the museum. “My Eagle project taught me how difficult it can be to juggle financing a project and meeting a deadline at the same time,” said Ethan. To fund the project, Ethan reached out to friends and family who donated over $1,400. The construction took approximately one week. His parents, as well as four scouts from his troop - Brandon Owen, Richy Bury, Nick Wagner and Devin Dolan – helped him complete the construction. They dug threefoot holes, inserted the wooden columns and steadied them with cement. Next, they built the roofs and lifted them into place on the columns. Lastly, the bolted in the roof and front boards and painted the structure. Ethan’s Scoutmaster, Rick Putman, and Assistant Scoutmaster, Robert Johnson, were also instrumental in helping him earn his Eagle rank. After the project was completed, Ethan presented it at a Town of Davie Council Meeting. Ethan will graduate from high school this year and plans to study fine arts. He intends to stay involved with the troop, helping with projects and events.
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I Care I Cure to Host 11th Annual 5K Walk/Run & Family Fun Day BY DEBBY TEICH
hroughout the year, the I Care I Cure (ICIC) Childhood Cancer Foundation helps raise awareness and funds for cutting edge research
and better cures for childhood cancer. On February 11, runners and walkers of all ages will gather at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, for the 11th Annual I Care I Cure...I Run 5K & Family Fun Day, Mile Run of Color Fun and the Corporate and Student Team Challenge to raise awareness and funds for the foundation. Last year, more than 2,000 participants attended the event, which is ICIC’s largest fundraiser. The race raised over $176,000. It has continued to gain momentum and registrations are already ahead of last year. The 5K Run begins at 8am. The walk/run is open
to adults and children and welcomes both serious and casual competitors. It features a race course and commemorative medals for race category winners and youth participants.
I Care I Cure also hosts a second race, the Mile Run of Color Fun, when participants wear white t-shirts and run a mile while experiencing a deluge of safe, nontoxic, color. This component of the race is open to children and adults. Registration for the Color Fun is only available to 5K or Mile Color Run participants. Businesses and students are encouraged to form teams and compete in the Childhood Cancer Challenge. As soon as teams register they can earn points by getting sponsors, hosting jeans days, bake sales and other fun ways to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.
Since its inception, ICIC has funded more than $1.6 million in research projects both locally and throughout the United States. ICIC was founded in honor of Ian Besner of Davie, who passed away at the age of 11 from the effects of treatments used to combat leukemia. This year’s course will take participants past the Ian Besner Baseball Field at NSU, named in his memory for his love of baseball. “My family and I have known the Besners for many years and have supported I Care I Cure since inception,” said Gavin Kahn, who is co-chairing the event with David Kubiliun. “No family should have to experience a loss of a child, especially when the death is due to treatments that were used to fight cancer.” Advance registration for the 5K Run/Walk is $25 for adults, $20 for children; race day registration is an additional $10. The Mile Color Run registration is $25 for adults, $20 for children or a $10 add on fee for runners registering for the 5K. For information, call 800-8078013; visit www.icareicure.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Actors Community Theatre of Davie Presents “Four Weddings and an Elvis” BY DEBBY TEICH
his month, Davie residents can experience live theater right in their own neighborhood. The Actors Community Theatre of Davie will be presenting “Four Weddings and an Elvis,” a comedy by Nancy Frick. Performances will be held at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose Center on February 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8pm, as well as February 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 2pm. “The plays are always very professionally done and you cannot beat the price,” said John Goodman, who has attended many of the productions. “Four Weddings and an Elvis” will be directed by Jim Doan and Erin Craddock. It is a story about characters in a Broadway-bound play who resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior, and chaotic abandonment to get their way. The dilemmas these crazy characters encounter are the things theatrical nightmares are made of. Cast members include: Erin Craddock, Brenda Fernandez Aulbach, Mihaela Zaharescu, Larry Chidsey, Brian McCormack, and Bill Fragetta. ACT Board members are actively involved in every production. They include: Dana Fredebaugh (president), Bonnie Ladich (VP/producer), Fern Katz
FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS (treasurer), Christopher Harrington (set consultant), Carole Czvekus (volunteers), Barry Katz (tickets), and, William Roach (publicity). ACT is always looking for volunteers. “ACT continues to thrive because of our enthusiastic, dedicated, and committed audiences and
volunteers - the Board of Directors, the actors, directors, production team, ticketing staff and concession crew - and the sponsorship of the Town of Davie,” said Fredebaugh. Since 2000, ACT has provided residents with a way to enjoy local theater at affordable prices. The volunteer group is budgeted by the Town of Davie and run by its Board of Directors. ACT’s script committee, headed by Dana Fredebaugh, selects three shows to produce every year and, most recently, a summer staged reading. After Board approval, they send out the call for directors and auditioners by sending emails through the ACT Gmail account and posting notices on numerous social media sites. All productions are held at the Davie Pine Island Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road. Tickets are $12 at the door (Credit cards accepted only in person) $10 in advance or $8 for groups of 10 or more. To order tickets go to brownpapertickets.com and enter name of show in the Search box or call Fern at 954-473-0372 (9am-6pm) and then send a check payable to the Town of Davie to Fern Katz, 2635 SW 74th Terrace, Davie, Fl. 33314. For further information, call the Center at 954-327-3941 or send an email to actofdavie2016@gmail. com. Be sure to visit and “like” Actors Community Theatre of Davie on Facebook.
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Cooper City High School Hosts 6th Annual College & Career Fair BY DEBBY TEICH
pplying to college can be a source of stress for many students and families. On February 13, Cooper City High School will host the 6th Annual College & Career Fair to help take some of the mystery out of the process. The free event begins at 6pm in the auditorium. It is open to the community. “Ninety-six percent of our students attend secondary education after they graduate from Cooper City High School,” said Christine Siwek, BRACE Advisor. “We want them to be happy and successful with their choices. We also want them to be aware of the financial resources that are available.” At the college fair, students and their families will have an opportunity to visit with representatives from over 70 colleges, technical colleges and universities to learn about their programs, admissions requirements, and other important information. Visit with professionals in Law Enforcement, the Medical field, Business Management, Apprenticeship and more! In addition, financial aid experts will be available in the media center to assist seniors who need help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) form for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Expert panelists and presenters will lead several breakout sessions targeted to parents of students from middle school to high school. The sessions will include information on college admissions, standardized tests, scholarships, financial aid, graduation requirements, and more. They will repeat consecutively for three 35-minute sessions, which will include: ▸▸ College Admissions ▸▸ Financial Aid & Scholarships ▸▸ What you need to know about College Admission Exams ▸▸ Dual Enrollment & Early Admission Opportunities
▸▸ College Planning in Spanish ▸▸ And More… Junior Ryan Solomon attended last year and plans to attend again this year. “Last year’s session was very informative,” said Solomon. “Soon I will be applying to college and I want to make sure I know what to do.” For information, call the Cooper City High School Guidance Department at 754-323-0215.
Cooper City High Basketball Game to Raise Money for Scholarship Fund BY DEBBY TEICH
he boys and girls basketball teams at Cooper City High School have been practicing for their big game against schools faculty – and all for a good cause. The game will raise money for the James & Lindsay Layer Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to Cooper City High School athletes. The game will be held on March 7, at 7pm, in the Cooper City High School gymnasium. Tickets are $5 per person. The scholarship was started in memory of two siblings who graduated from Cooper City High School. Both were athletes who died at the age of 19 in separate automobile accidents. James passed away on August 2, 2001. He played football, golf, basket2015 Basketball game ball, baseball and soccer. Lindsay passed away on August 24, scholarships of $1,000 each. To apply, the athletes must complete a questionnaire 2005. She was a swimmer and also played water polo, basketball, that asks about the importance of family. The siblings’ mother, DonnaLee Layer, soccer, and softball. will work with a committed to review the applications and select the winners. The Family and friends started the scholarship fund in the siblings’ memory, but scholarships will be presented at Senior Awards Night. it quickly ran out of money. Ten years ago, the school initiated the basketball “The student versus faculty basketball game means so much to me and my fundraiser and it has become an annual tradition. Approximately 250 students, parents for a variety of reasons,” said Stacy A. Layer. “First and foremost, it keeps community members and alumni typically attend to watch faculty and staff play the memory of my brother and sister alive so that they are never forgotten. Second, against the students. During half time, the cheerleaders, drum line, and others entertain the crowd. The school’s CTV crew films the event and shares it with the it allows us to reconnect with their friends and the staff at CCHS that we don’t necessarily see more than once a year at the event. And finally, it allows us to give rest of the school. “The game is guaranteed to be an exciting night for all and it is for a great cause,” back to the community. We are long-time residents of Cooper City and my mom and I have both spent many hours volunteering our time with children and in the said Ron Ziccardi, guidance counselor, who has known the family for 28 years school systems, and my siblings and I were all local athletes. The money collected and helps organize the event. “We are able to honor James and Lindsay’s memory from the game allows us to give a local teen a little help via a scholarship on their through the scholarships.” journey to a higher education. A college education was something valued by both All of the money will be awarded to Cooper City High School senior athletes. my brother and sister so it’s the perfect way to honor their memories.” Last year’s event raised $3,000 for three student athletes who were awarded 36 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYDAVIE.COM
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Jumping on the Weight Loss Bandwagon BY DR. JEAN-CLAUDE NERETTE & STEPHANIE MUNIZ, ARNP
f you are jumping on the weight loss bandwagon for your New Year’s Resolution, beware that one size does not fit all. As a new year rolls around, so many people are ready to make the big change—eat the veggies and crowd the gym. However, by March the excitement seems to dwindle and once again you may find yourself disappointed at failing to keep up with that New Year’s Resolution. Depending on the individual, many factors can contribute to this failure. With so much information available - from fad diets to exercise plans that promise to grow abs in 21 days - it can be challenging and overwhelming for anyone to make a commitment and see long lasting changes. Most people dive into these fad diets expecting to lose a massive amount of weight, but fail to realize they can’t change a lifetime of bad habits in 21 days. Although you can create positive habits in 21 days and build the foundation for a healthy eating regimen, it is important to be patient and work with someone who can guide you along the way. That is because when it comes to nutrition, one size does not fit all.
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s I sit down to write this article, I am trying out a new tooth whitening product which we are considering for the practice. We have reviewed the research provided by the manufacturer, have listened to paid experts who lecture on its behalf and have read over the instructions provided for use. Still the last test is personal. The doctor has become the patient. There is no doubt that cosmetic dentistry has become a big part of public demand over the past decade. The surprising part is that the market has opened up to a younger population. We are asked more and more about the appropriate time to consider dental bleaching for children, as well as the effectiveness of over-the-counter products. Let’s first examine the downside/side effects of bleaching. The most commonly documented side effect is sensitivity. This can be from sensitivity of teeth or gum tissue, but is usually the later due to an ill-fitting tray. The good news is that sensitivity goes away after the bleaching product is discontinued. The second most common side effect is leakage of the margins of a present restoration. What this means is that it may shorten the lifespan of a filling or crown. However, well prepared/ fitting dental work would tend to be less affected. What then is the benefit of a professional system versus an over-the counter system (OTC)? The main difference between the two is the concentration of the active ingredient, which is carbamide peroxide in most cases. Professional systems work faster, make teeth whiter, and results tend to last longer. OTC systems are more accessible and are usually less expensive. In my opinion, the most important part of the process, no matter which system is used, is making whitening part of the dental treatment plan. For example, whitening may have no effect on specific teeth which were previously traumatized. Whitening in this situation may make the traumatized tooth/teeth more noticeable due to the increased contrast with other teeth after bleaching. Additionally, if you are planning new dental work, it may make sense to whiten the teeth before choosing a shade for your new dental restorations. The reason is that when whitening your teeth, dental restorations will not whiten with your teeth. For these reasons and many others, a discussion with your dentist may save you heartache and possibly money in the long run. Parents often point out a concern that their child’s front teeth are darker than back teeth. In children between the ages of 7 and 12, this is usually due to the contrast between baby teeth and permanent teeth. Baby teeth are typically lighter in color by multiple shades. The reason for this is differing thicknesses of the layers of the teeth which reflect light differently. Bleaching teeth at this stage is not advised, because this would create a situation in which there will be more noticeable contrast each time a new tooth erupted. In fact, we recommend waiting until all baby teeth fall out before considering whitening. From the vantage point of the dental professional, we are looking for a product that whitens teeth effectively and lasts as long as possible. It should cause only minimal sensitivity (hopefully none) and have an easy delivery system. On that note, I will excuse myself to remove my trays and check out my new shade. 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. 40 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYDAVIE.COM
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he National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently released their 2017 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers in which they surveyed recent home buyers and sellers about their experiences. An entire section of the profile is dedicated to buyers’ experiences with their real estate agents. Steve Harney, national Real Estate prognosticator, honed the survey down to five items as to why you absolutely need to hire an EXPERIENCED real estate agent. “My Realtor helped me understand the process!” If you are new to the home buying process, an experienced real estate professional can explain exactly what to expect during the entire transaction. There are essential steps to a successful closing. They are: ▸▸ A fully executed contract with all important facets initialed ▸▸ Buyer applying for the loan timely with the contract deadlines ▸▸ Lender deadlines met according to TRID ▸▸ Buyer purchasing insurance with the binder in place by closing ▸▸ Loan Approval ▸▸ Walk-through and signing off ▸▸ Review of the Closing Disclosure and/or HUD ▸▸ Title company’s involvement and advising of the wiring of funds ▸▸ Handing over of keys, clickers and keys to the clubhouse ▸▸ Registration with the water company as well as other local utilities ▸▸ Registration with the HOA or COA “My Realtor pointed out the “not-so-obvious” features regarding the property. Whether there is a room that was “stated” as a bedroom in the MLS to a spa that was tagged as a swimming pool, your agent can assess what you are purchasing and create a market analysis based on the truth of what you have seen and are considering to purchase. She is able to assess quickly whether the MLS printout is in line with the actual product being presented and point out the “not so obvious.” “My Realtor negotiated better sales contract terms.” Whether it’s price or closing date, the contract terms can be tricky. From figuring out repairs, move-in dates, pricing, what stays with the property, what should be removed from the property, your agent can take care of all these details to make for a smoother move. “My Realtor provided me with a list of “tried and true” service vendors.” Being in the business exposes one to many who lend, inspect, repair and close transactions. That’s when experience really counts. Having been in the business for many, many years, your agent has brushed up against those who deliver – not just promise. “My Realtor improved my knowledge of the areas, so that I could make an informed decision about where my family would live, work and play.” An experienced agent – especially one who was born and raised in South Florida – knows the areas like the back of her hand. Sizing up your wants and needs and where you would most likely be the most fulfilled is the most rewarding part of her job. If your plans for 2018 include purchasing your home, start your search for a local real estate partner who can help you make the most powerful and confident decisions for you and your family. Be sure to hire a full-time Real Estate professional who treats her business like a business and not a part-time hobby. 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 email@example.com.
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he reality of a dissolution of marriage is that no matter how “uncontested” it might seem, there is a cost for attorney’s fees. Each attorney bills an hourly rate and requires a retainer or a “down payment” to begin representation. I am always asked, “How much will this case cost me?” My response is always the same – it’s impossible to know for sure, since fees are based upon the time an attorney spends on a case. The more complex the case, the more the fees. The more litigation, the higher the fees. In reality, the clients and not the lawyers have control over how much a dissolution will cost. So, what if you are for example a stay at home parent and your spouse is the one who is your sole means of support? How does someone who does not have an income afford representation? Florida law provides for those types of circumstances. Pursuant to Florida Statutes, an individual can request the court to award attorney’s fees from his/her spouse based upon a number of factors. The law states: “A trial court may from time to time, depending on the circumstances surrounding each particular case award a reasonable attorney’s fee after considering the financial resources of both parties.” This provision is based upon ability of one spouse to assist in the payment of fees, as well as the need of the requesting spouse. Since a divorce proceeding is a proceeding in equity, the court is required to consider basic rules of fairness and equity. Therefore, each party should have the same right of representation, regardless of their earning potential. In order to achieve this equity, the court will under certain circumstances require one spouse to contribute to the other spouse’s fees. Since Florida is a no fault state, the court will not take into consideration as a factor who initiated the proceedings. In addition to the financial resources of each party, other relevant circumstances can be considered by the court. These include the scope and history of the litigation between the parties, the length of litigation and the merits of each party’s position in the case. In addition, the court can consider whether the litigation brought by one party has been done to primarily harass the other party. Or whether one of the parties has been attempting to delay or frustrate the proceedings. In other words, unnecessary or unreasonable litigation may cause that person to pay for wasting the courts time.
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.
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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.
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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! OURCITYDAVIE.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 43
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’m sure you are aware by now that the end of February is one of my favorite times of the year, as we host the Annual Orange Blossom Festival, Parade, and Rodeo. The year 2018 marks the 81st Orange Blossom Festival and my 44th year participating in the Orange Blossom Parade! The three-day Festival will kick off with a free concert at the Old Davie School House from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, February 23rd. On Saturday, February 24th, the parade will begin at 10am and travel south down Davie Road from SW 39th Street to Orange Drive. This year’s parade theme is “Rockin’ through the Years.” We would love to have you in the parade and welcome your entries. Contact the Parks Department at (954) 327-3941 for an entry form. There will be some new rules and entry requirements due to security measures, so sign on early and get all your information.
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The Town of Davie celebrated Dr Martin Luther King Jr. at Driftwood Park Estates. There were plenty of activities for the family to enjoy, as well as a free lunch. Photo: Town of Davie
Town of Davie Police Department visited the GreenTree Academy in Southwest Ranches to speak to the kids about safety. The children met some of the members from the motor unit and the horses from the mounted patrol. Photo: Town of Davie
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