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10 Hurricane Andrew’s Lasting Legacy


12, 14 May 2024


16 Dive into Safety: Making Waves with Lifesaving Lessons for Kids!


18 Egg-citing Adventures: Davie's Dual Egg Hunts Bring Joy to Spring Celebrations

22 Running for a Legacy: Aden Perry Memorial 5K Celebrates Life & Legacy


20 Broward County Hosts High School Voter Drive

26 Broward Schools Swear in Dr. Howard Hepburn

Following Surprise Resignation of Peter Licata


25 Details that TV and Movies Get Wrong


29 The Art of Dentistry

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30 Storm Surge - Navigating the Potential For a Historic Hurricane Season

32 Packing Your Hurricane Kit

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Hurricane Andrew’s Lasting Legacy

On a warm Sunday evening in the summer of 1992, homeowners across South Florida were preparing for a tropical storm in the usual ways. Hardware stores were selling out of plywood, neighbors were helping each other put up storm shutters, and, grocery stores were running out of toilet paper and bottled water. Many were anxious about the storm’s power and size. No one could have envisioned its lasting impact on the lives of so many people.

Hurricane Andrew made landfall just south of Miami at about 5:00 am on Monday, August 24, 1992. The Category 5 hurricane’s intensity and compact size focused its destructive power on a relatively small area, causing catastrophic damage. The storm directly resulted in 65 deaths and left many more injured. It caused more than $27 billion in damage, making it the costliest storm in Florida history. 25,000 homes were destroyed with more than 100,000 more suffering damage.

The hurricane also had a lasting impact on the insurance industry. Many insurers went bankrupt or pulled out of Florida, leading to reforms in how insurance is regulated and provided in hurricane-prone areas. 2022’s Hurricane Ian is having a similar impact on the already fragile Florida insurance market.

Andrew exposed significant weaknesses in building codes, disaster preparedness, and response strategies. In response, Florida significantly overhauled building codes and developed stricter construction standards.

Hurricane Andrew remains a pivotal event in the history of disaster management and preparedness in the United States. The lessons learned from the hurricane led to improved hurricane forecasting, better building practices, and a greater emphasis on emergency preparedness both in Florida and nationwide.

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Get up close and explore, climb, and touch trucks, emergency response vehicles, heavy machinery, construction vehicles, and all sorts of other equipment used for transportation. Guests will also get a chance to meet the personnel who serve and protect the community, including Fire and Police Officers. A hands-on learning experience, guests will be able to ask questions and experience what the vehicles are truly like. Hosted from 9:00 am - Noon at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4201 Rodeo Way. For info, call 954-797-1181.


“Mystery at the Tea Party”

Cooper City residents are invited to join us to celebrate a very important date with sweet treats, activities, and much more. DON'T BE LATE! Join us for a Mystery at the Mother's Day Tea Party on Saturday, May, 4 at Cooper City High School. Registration is open to Cooper City residents only. Proof of residency is required at time of registration. For more event information, please call the Cooper City Parks and Recreation Department at 954-434-4300.


Miami Grand Prix

The Miami Grand Prix is held at the Miami International Autodrome, which is a temporary circuit designed around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. This location is notable as the home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins. The track layout features a combination of high-speed straights and challenging corners, providing an exciting and dynamic race for drivers and fans alike. The circuit is approximately 5.41 kilometers long and features 19 corners, designed to promote overtaking and thrilling racing. For tickets and info, scan the QR code.

MAY 11

Plantation Farmers' Market

Plantation hosts a Farmers Market featuring fresh, certified Organic and non-Organic produce, locally produced honey, homemade hummus, plants and orchids, fresh cut flowers, breads and Danishes, olive oils, cheeses, dips, spreads and more. It is located at Volunteer Park, from 9:00am to 2:00pm, and runs year round. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard. For more info, call 954-452-2558.



Fort Lauderdale Air Show

The Fort Lauderdale Air Show is set to feature the Air Force Thunderbirds as one of the main attractions. This event is part of the Air Dot Show Tour, which visits various world-class destinations, showcasing the pride, power, and patriotism of military excellence along with civilian expertise. The show offers an opportunity for attendees to experience breathtaking aerobatics and high-performance jets, creating a unique and unforgettable experience over the beautiful beaches of Fort Lauderdale. Scan the QR code to learn more.

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MAY 12

Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. The official Mother's Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis. After her mother's death in 1905, Jarvis conceived Mother's Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. The first official Mother's Day celebration took place in 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia, with a larger ceremony in Philadelphia. Through her efforts, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in 1914.

MAY 13

Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society

Sandi Block-Brezner will present “Culture for Orchids in the Cattleya Alliance.” She is an accredited AOS Judge & Secretary with the West Palm Beach Judging Center, a member of the American Orchid Society, Royal Horticultural Orchid Society, FLOS & a member of Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society. Sandi has received 11 AOS awards, four of which were for Cultural Merit and one for Cultural Excellence. Meeting will be held in the Learning Center at Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo Road. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

MAY 17

Sounds of the Town

The Town of Davie brought back its outdoor Sounds of the Town concert series featuring live music from local bands. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and arrive early to secure their spots and purchase items from the onsite food trucks. This month’s show will feature Start Me Up! A tribute band to the Rolling Stones. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 6:00 pm till 9:00 pm at Bamford Sports Complex & Pine Island Park, 3801 S Pine Island Rd. For more info call 954-797-11815.

MAY 18

Bike Rodeo

Bring family and friends to Suellen H. Fardelmann Sports Complex as we combine our annual Bike Roade with our Safety and Health Fair. This event is open to participants of all ages. There is no fee or registration required. The event will feature a bicycle course, bike safety information, health and wellness organizations, vendor demonstrations, giveaways, and much more! Hosted at the Suellen H. Fardelmann Sports Complex, 10300 Stirling Road. For more info, call 954-434-4300.

MAY 20

Weston Art Guild Annual Luncheon

The Weston Art Guild will host its annual luncheon for members. The Guild was formed in December 2005 as a nonprofit “all volunteer” visual arts organization with the purpose of creating a cultural atmosphere in the community by educating the public on the importance of all forms of visual art. Members are invited to attend the luncheon, which starts at 1:00pm at Bahama Breeze Sawgrass. For more info, visit www.westonartguild.com.

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Memorial Day

This day is a federal holiday dedicated to honoring and mourning the military personnel who died in the line of duty. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was first observed on May 30, 1868. This day was designated to decorate the graves of American Civil War soldiers with flowers. The choice of May 30 was symbolic, intended to ensure that flowers across the country would be in bloom. The observance of Memorial Day was eventually set as the last Monday in May in 1971.

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At Super Aqua Swim School, the commitment to children’s safety and enjoyment is evident in everything they do. From offering lessons for babies as young as 4 months old to hosting private

birthday parties, the school caters to families with a range of services. In a state where drowning rates are alarmingly high, the importance of early water safety education cannot be overstated, making Super Aqua Swim School an essential resource for the community.

What sets Super Aqua Swim School apart is not just its longevity but also its unique approach to teaching. With a focus on play-based learning, small class sizes, and a custom-built facility designed specifically for children, the school creates an environment where children thrive. The pool is maintained at a consistent 90 degrees, ensuring optimal comfort, while a saltwater and UV filtration system provides a safe and clean


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The instruction at Super Aqua Swim School is tailored to each child’s age and level of development, ensuring that every lesson is engaging and effective. Through interactive activities, games, and songs, children not only learn essential swimming techniques but also develop a love for the water. And with ongoing assessments and goal-setting, progress is celebrated every step of the way.

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Residents of Davie enjoyed a fantastic celebration of spring with not one, but two unique egg hunts that brought the community together in festive spirits. The Town of Davie pulled out all the stops with its Hippity Hoppity Hunt and Splash-and-Dash egg hunt, catering to both land lovers and aquatic adventurers.

The Hippity Hoppity Hunt, held at the expansive Bamford Sports Complex, drew nearly 5,000 attendees who came to partake in the fun. The fields were dotted with over 10,000 eggs, creating a colorful spectacle. Children excitedly searched for "special eggs" that won them delightful prizes. The event was more than just an egg hunt; it included a range of family-friendly activities such as an animal and

petting farm, hayrides, a DJ-led party, kids’ activities, bounce houses, a rock wall, and photo opportunities with Peter Cottontail. Vendor displays and various entertainment options also added to the day's enjoyment.

Adding to the excitement, the town's annual Splash-and-Dash Egg Hunt took place at the Davie Pine Island Fitness & Aquatics Center. Here, children of different age groups plunged into the pool in a lively treasure hunt, making a splash as they collected eggs submerged in the water.

These events are just the beginning of a series of family activities planned for the spring, and the anticipation for upcoming events is high. Davie's residents are already looking forward to more engaging and enjoyable community gatherings as the season progresses.

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Broward County Hosts High School Voter Drive

Broward County Supervisor of Elections, Joe Scott, led a monthlong voter registration drive at county high schools during April. Representatives from the Supervisor of Elections Office visited every high school in the county and met with students in their classrooms, encouraging them to register.

Students were given paperwork and guidance on how to properly fill it out during history, government and civics classes. Many of the students were already registered via the state of Florida’s driver’s license voter registration program. However, others took advantage of the opportunity to participate in future elections.

“No part of my job is more rewarding than helping young citizens vote for the first time,” said Scott in a video released on the Browardvotes.com, “Here in the state of Florida your sixteenth birthday is an

important milestone. I am not saying that because you can get your drivers’ license, I am saying that because you can register to vote.”

Students who registered will not be able to vote till they reach 18 years old, but will automatically be added to the voter register if they participated in the drive. Many of the students received a keepsake water bottle emblazoned with the @browardvotes logo.

“I was really excited. I can’t wait till I turn 18 to vote in my first election. Hashtag adulting!” said Stoneman Douglas junior Jo.

“When you become an active voter, you will have an impact on who our government leaders are at every level, including city, county, state, and national governments,” commented Scott, “I’ll see you at the polls.”

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Hundreds of runners, spectators, and friends converged at the Amerant Bank Arena for a special event dedicated to celebrating the life of Aden Perry, raising funds for a noble cause, and engaging in healthy physical activity. This gathering was orchestrated by Sarah Perry, Aden's mother, who transformed her grief into a mission of community service following her son's tragic death.

Aden Perry passed away in high school while heroically attempting to save another teen from a car accident in a local lake. In the wake of this tragedy, Sarah Perry initiated a community program to provide lifesaving flotation devices near public lakes, continuing her son's legacy of helping others.

The event kicked off with a yoga and stretching class, setting a mindful tone for the 5K run that followed. Participants enjoyed a scenic route around the stadium grounds, energized by a live DJ. Post-run, the atmosphere was filled with joy as attendees indulged in barbecue from Mission BBQ and enjoyed beers while listening to the Beatles tribute band, The Beatlemaniax.

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Gathering for the Reading of a Will

In movies and television shows, there is often a dramatic scene where family members gather in a lawyer's office for the reading of the will, eagerly waiting to find out who gets what.

In reality, there is no gathering, and the process is more private. Some families may have realistic expectations about the terms of the will based on prior family conversations and will not be blindsided. Other families may find out the details of the will after it is filed with the probate court and may be angered, hurt, or bewildered when they learn what is in it (or not in it) for them.

The Truth About Writing a Will

People think that it is easy to write or change a will. Some movies or television shows imply that all you have to do is write something down and put it into an envelope for safekeeping. In the real world, a will that is not created properly may be considered invalid.

Immediate Access to your Inheritance

In movies and on television, beneficiaries often receive their inheritances immediately after the death of a loved one, allowing family members to access their newfound wealth right away.

The distribution of money and property according to a will is a legal process that involves probate, unless a trust controls the distribution of the inheritance. Probate is the court-supervised process of validating the will, paying off debts, and distributing money and property. This process can be lengthy, especially if there are disputes or complications. It could be months or even years before Junior buys his new fancy car.

Arguing Before a Judge

When the expectations of family and loved ones are shattered in a movie or television show, everyone immediately considers contesting the will. Movies often depict legal matters, including estate planning, as requiring an appearance before a judge; cases are argued in a courtroom and include cross-examinations and emotional accusations.

Some movies and television shows correctly explain that contesting a will does require proving the case in court and it may not always be easy, but it will be expensive!

Real-Life Probate and Trust Administration

Although television and movies are entertaining with their conflicts and cliffhangers, Real-life estate administration is less dramatic than Hollywood would have you believe. An experienced Estate Plan Attorney can help you craft a customized plan that addresses your goals and wishes and provides an uneventful administration at your death. to ensure that your wishes are carried out without the TV drama!

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Broward Schools Swears in Dr. Howard Hepburn Following Surprise Resignation of Peter Licata

Dr. Peter Licata shocked the Broward Schools community last month by announcing his retirement at a regularly schedule School Board meeting last month. He told the board that he regretted informing them that he was retiring.

"It is with great sadness that I write this letter informing you of my anticipated retirement on December 31, 2024. I communicated to the board on December 17, which is protected from the public record, regarding the status of a medical condition that I have been receiving treatments for. After conferring recently with my doctors, my wife, and my four adult children, it is best that I retire from this incredible role as an educator after 30-plus years here in South Florida," he said.

Licata continued, "I am certainly not being forced out, there is no question about that. I think by everyone's belief that they were surprised by this. This is something that happened over the weekend. Friday I spoke to one of my doctors and just indicated that you've got some choices to make. When I talked to my kids they were very happy.

Having grandkids and not seeing them much is not what it's about. I lost my father at 59, my grandfather at 62, and an older brother at 57. So, I'm 59 and I want to out live my dad and make sure to out live everybody else too," he said.

Licata gave the board almost eight months' notice so that they could search for his replacement. The board took less than a day. In an unprecedented move, they appointed Howard Hepburn, the district's Chief Academic Officer, as the new superintendent effective immediately. Hepburn is from Belle Glade in Palm Beach County and has been one of Licata's key lieutenants since joining the school system in July.

“I thank the School Board for their trust and support as I proudly serve the District in this new capacity,” said Hepburn, “As Superintendent, my focus remains on moving our District to an ‘A’ grade and ensuring all students receive a world-class education. We will continue to prioritize closing achievement gaps, increasing student access to accelerated courses and implementing strategies to support continuous student achievement.”

Dr. Hepburn holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Southern College.

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Hurricane Guide


The Atlantic is bracing for an exceptionally active hurricane season this year, potentially setting records for the number of storms. In fact, forecasters from AccuWeather are concerned they might exhaust the list of storm names due to an anticipated surge in tropical activity. Last year saw 19 named storms, yet only four directly impacted the U.S. Among these, Hurricane Idalia stood out as the most significant, hitting Florida with Category 3 force in late August. Tropical Storm Harold brought heavy rains to southern Texas, while Tropical Storm Ophelia affected North Carolina. Lee, transitioning into a tropical rainstorm, brushed the New England coast before making landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada. Predictions for the current season suggest it could surpass the last, potentially making it one of the busiest on record.

"The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to feature well above the historical average number of tropical storms, hurricanes, major hurricanes and direct U.S. impacts," AccuWeather Lead Hurricane Forecaster Alex DaSilva said.

Several key factors are contributing to the forecast of a highly active season. The abundance of warm ocean waters serves as a catalyst for the development

and strengthening of tropical storms. This condition facilitates more frequent storm formation and increases the likelihood of rapid intensification, a trend observed in some of the most devastating hurricanes in recent history. Additionally, the potential for late-season activity is heightened by the unusually warm waters extending into November.

"Sea-surface temperatures are well above historical average across much of the Atlantic basin, especially across the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and the Main Development Region [for hurricanes]," DaSilva explained. The Atlantic water temperatures observed last month were around or even warmer than they were ahead of the blockbuster 2005 and 2020 hurricane seasons.

A significant influence on this year's hurricane outlook is linked to changes in the Pacific Ocean. The rapid shift from El Niño conditions, characterized by warmer-than-average sea temperatures, to La Niña, marked by cooler temperatures, is expected to have a profound impact on Atlantic hurricane activity. La Niña typically reduces wind shear over the Atlantic, favoring more active hurricane seasons. This pattern was observed during the notably busy seasons of 2020, 2021, and 2022, with the

2020 season tying the record for the most named storms.

“It can be helpful to visualize a stack of pancakes," DaSilva explained. When there is a high amount of wind shear, the top of a tropical system can be pushed and tilted away from its base, causing it to become lopsided. If a mature hurricane is in place, it may weaken but will not necessarily dissipate. "A tall, neat stack is what a tropical system wants to be, but wind shear can cause some pancakes to be displaced and the stack could fall over," said DaSilva.

AccuWeather's forecast for 2024 anticipates 20-25 named storms in the Atlantic, including 8-12 hurricanes, of which four to seven could be major hurricanes. This exceeds the 30-year average and suggests a significant increase in the risk of U.S. landfalls.

Meteorologists are using historical weather patterns, or analog years, to refine their forecasts. The 2016 season, featuring Hurricane Matthew's destructive path through Hispaniola, eastern Cuba, and near Florida's coast, serves as a reference for this year. Like 2016, the upcoming season is expected to occur under La Niña conditions, underscoring the heightened risk and the need for preparedness.

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Living in South Florida, we know the sky can go from sunny to stormy in no time, especially during hurricane season. That's why it's important for every family or household to have a hurricane kit ready. Imagine a big storm hits, and you can't leave your house or find a store open. That's when your hurricane kit becomes a treasure chest!

Why You Need a Hurricane Kit

A hurricane kit is like your survival box during and after a storm. It has all the essentials to keep you and your family safe, healthy, and somewhat comfortable when the power goes out, or you're stuck at home. Hurricanes can knock out electricity, block roads, and even cause stores to close for days. With a kit, you're one step ahead, ready to tackle these challenges head-on.

Keeping Your Kit Ready

Once you have your hurricane kit packed, keep it in a place where you can grab it easily. Check your kit every few months to replace expired food and water and to make sure the batteries still work.

Final Thoughts

Having a hurricane kit ready isn’t just about being prepared; it’s about giving yourself peace of mind. In the chaos that a hurricane can bring, knowing you have a kit with essentials for your family can be a huge relief. Start building your kit today, and stay safe and prepared!


Creating a hurricane kit might seem like a big task, but it's easier than you think. Here's a checklist of items that are must-haves in your kit:

1. Water: This is the most important. Plan for at least one gallon per person per-day, for at least three days. This is for drinking and cleaning.

2. Food: Stock up on non-perishable food items that don’t need cooking. Think canned beans, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, crackers, and energy bars. Enough for three days is a good start.

3. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio: Stay updated with the latest weather alerts and news. Don’t forget extra batteries!

4. Flashlights: The more, the merrier. Again, don’t forget extra batteries.

5. First aid kit: Include basic first-aid supplies to handle minor injuries at home.

6. Medications: Keep at least a week’s supply of any prescription medicines you or your family members take. Also include common over-the-counter medications like pain relievers and allergy meds.

7. Personal hygiene items: Think of soap, toothpaste, sanitary pads, and baby wipes. These can make life more comfortable when you can’t shower.

8. Copies of important documents: Keep copies of insurance policies, identification documents, and bank account records in a waterproof container.

9. Cash: ATMs might not work if the power is out, so have some cash on hand.

10. Emergency contact information: Write down phone numbers of family, friends, and local emergency services.

11. Pet supplies: Don’t forget about your furry friends! Include food, water, and any medications for your pets.

12. Blankets or sleeping bags: Stay warm and cozy if the air conditioning is out.

13. Batteries: Keep a couple of USB charging batteries handy to enable you to keep cell phones charged and functioning.


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As hurricane season approaches, preparing to protect your home and loved ones is crucial, and this includes your pets. Pets are an integral part of many families, and ensuring their safety during a hurricane is as important as securing the safety of any family member. Below, we offer comprehensive tips and strategies to keep your pets safe before, during, and after a hurricane.

Before the Hurricane

Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit: Just as you would for any family member, prepare an emergency kit specifically for your pet. This should include:

• At least a three-day supply of water and food in airtight containers.

• Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container.

• Collars with ID tags, a leash, and a harness.

• A pet carrier with bedding and toys to help reduce stress.

• Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.

• Litter box, litter, paper towels, plastic trash

bags, and household chlorine bleach for sanitation.

• Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior tendencies in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

Ensure Your Pet’s Identification is Up-toDate: Check that your pet’s tags are secure and legible. Consider microchipping your pet if not already done, as it can be a lifesaver in reuniting lost pets with their owners.

Know Your Shelter Options: Not all shelters accept pets, so it’s essential to plan ahead. Research pet-friendly hotels, motels, or boarding facilities both in and outside your immediate area. You can also check with your local animal shelter—they may have a foster program available during emergencies.

During the Hurricane

1. Bring Pets Indoors: Well before the storm hits, bring your pets inside where they can stay dry and safe. Create a comfortable area in a room without windows and remove

any toxic items that pets might accidentally consume.

2. Calm and Comfort Your Pet: Hurricanes can be frightening for pets. Your presence is comforting, so stay close and show calmness and reassurance through gentle petting and talking softly.

3. Maintain a Routine: As much as possible, stick to your pet's regular routine for feeding and bathroom breaks. If it’s not safe to go outside, prepare an indoor area where your pet can relieve themselves.

4. Securely Confine Pets: During the storm, place pets in a carrier or secure room to prevent escape or injury. This also makes it easier to evacuate quickly if the need arises.

By incorporating these measures into your hurricane preparedness plan, you can greatly reduce the stress on your pets and ensure their safety and comfort during a potentially chaotic time. Remember, planning ahead is the best way to protect all members of your family, including the four-legged ones.

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As May begins, I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible journey we embarked on throughout the month of April in the name of child safety and abuse prevention – trekking 1,500 miles across Florida in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month & National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

We kicked off in Key West on April 2 and logged 20+ miles each day, ending in Panama City on April 27. Walking hand-inhand with thousands of educators, advocates, and survivors, we walked across the state, took our safety curriculum to schools, and engaged in meaningful conversations on the importance of education and awareness in child safety.

It was truly inspiring to witness the outpouring of support and solidarity from individuals across the state who share our dedication to protecting children and empowering families, including elected leaders from both sides of the aisle.

As a survivor myself, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead this movement and for the overwhelming support of our community. Now that the Walk in My Shoes campaign has concluded, I am immensely proud of all that we accomplished together. If you'd like to learn more or get involved, I encourage you to visit LaurensKids.org.

Thank you for standing with us in this important cause. It is the greatest honor and responsibility to serve as your Senator. I am always working for you, and I am here to help solve problems you may be facing – which is why my dedicated staff and I remain ready to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.

If you need assistance, have an idea for legislation, or need help in another way, please reach out to me at book.lauren.web@ flsenate.gov or 850-487-5035. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for the trust you've placed in me.

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Flatfoot in Children

DFlatfoot is one of the most common conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system of children and teenagers. There is a tendency for the child’s flatfoot to be ignored or treated with benign neglect. The facts are that it is NOT normal, the majority of children do NOT outgrow it and there IS cause for some concern.

Flatfeet are a genetic problem. Ligaments in the arch which connect the bones together are loose, allowing the arch to collapse. Congenital bone abnormalities as well as trauma to the tendons and ligaments in the inner arch can cause flattening of the arch and foot. A common cause of developmental flatfoot is tightness in the calf muscles, which aggravates the severe foot deformity.

Symptoms include young children constantly preferring to be carried by a parent or be put in a stroller due to fa -

tigue in their legs. Leg pain, especially at night and premature fatigue with activity, especially in young children or teenagers. Inner leg, ankle and foot pain with activity is common. Occasionally associated with inner knee pain and lower back pain.

Signs include lowering or complete collapse of the arch. The front part of the foot is turned out relative to the back part of the foot and the arch bulges towards the inside of the ankle. Knock-Knees is common which exasperates the deformity. The feet, ankles, and legs just do not appear right upon examination or the patient is standing. The child can be overweight and lacks athletic ability, General inactivity or avoidance of activity in children is common. Abnormal shoe wear, as well as a child or teenager that does not run correctly, occurs due to the deformity

Treatment begins with a complete physical examination of the lower extremity and spine to find the underlying cause. This includes examining the child’s gait (walking pattern). Physical therapy to strengthen weak muscles

and loosen tight muscles and help to improve overall coordination. Occasional immobilization of the extremity to loosen up tight muscles with a walking cast is necessary to decrease the deforming force of the calf muscle on the flatfoot. Custom molded shoe insoles (orthotics) to help permanently support the foot and put it in its proper position. In most cases this will overnight correct fatigue and leg pain that the child experiences. It will also help to allow better performance in activities of daily living or sports. In some cases when conservative treatment fails, surgery can be done to help with the problem. The appropriate treatment plan can be a life-changing experience for the child! Prognosis is excellent, especially with timely management of the problem.

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Many parents have been educated early in regards to the potential hazards in the misuse of baby bottles. As bottles are used for infants/babies, they usually contain milk or formula. Parents are now being educated against putting their child down with a bottle for fear of contributing to early childhood caries (ECC). In fact, the occurrence of multiple cavities at this young age, ECC, was for a long time referred to as “baby bottle cavities.”

Parents have also been instructed to wean their child off of the bottle as their child approached the toddler years. In comes the “sippy cup.” It is not a bottle. It is spill proof. It is perfect for travel, prevents spills, and kids seem to keep quieter longer when they have them. It is perfect for use…and misuse.

The problem is that functionally, the use of the sippy cup creates the same exposure to sugary beverages as the bottle. The use of both bottles and sippy cups necessitate an extension forward of the tongue with a simultaneous retraction of the cheeks. This action causes an exposure of the front teeth to liquid, while at the same time removes the natural cleansing effect of the saliva and tongue. When the liquid is milk or juice, the result is an increased likelihood of developing cavities. The importance of this is highlighted by the 10% rise in occurrence of cavities in two- to five year olds in this decade vs. last.

The following are sippy cup tips recommended by the America Association of Pediatric Dentistry:

• Use sippy cups as they were intended, as a transitional tool from bottle to cup. Therefore, they should not be used for extended periods of time.

• Sippy cups should be filled with juice or milk for meals only.

• A child should not be using a sippy cup for bedtime or naps, unless filled with water.

• Diluting juice does not significantly reduce the cavity causing ability of the juice.

Whether it is potty training, removal of a pacifier, or discontinuing the use of a bottle, transitioning our children can be an extremely challenging part of parenting. It is our opinion that patience and consistency are the keys to success. In terms of the transition from the bottle, we highly recommend creating a routine that promotes the drinking of water. Juices and milk should be saved for meal times only. Getting your child used to this early will surely help reduce the need for avoidable dental treatment.

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