Our City Davie: July 2024

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The Democrats Choice!

Former Mayor of Broward County, 14 years in elected office. Business owner and Nurse for 33 years.

Dr. Barbara Sharief is a distinguished healthcare and public service leader who is celebrated for her commitment to community improvement in healthcare, housing, education, and employment.

Personal History

Barbara was born and raised in South Florida as one of eight siblings. Her early life was shaped by the tragic loss of her father to gun violence, an experience that instilled a strong work ethic and a drive to help others. Barbara pursued higher education rigorously, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida International University, a Master’s degree in Nursing, and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) license from the same institution. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Wilkes University.

Work History

Barbara’s career began in healthcare, advancing from registered nurse to ARNP. In 2001, she founded South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., a healthcare company specializing in care for medically complex children, which grew significantly under her leadership.

Political Career

For 13 years, Barbara has served Broward County as a County Commissioner, former County Vice Mayor, and two-time County Mayor. She was the

first African American woman to serve as Mayor and the first African American female President of the Florida Association of Counties. Her tenure included initiatives for insurance relief, affordable housing, healthcare, school funding, teacher pay, and union protection. Barbara also advocated for veterans, reproductive rights, clean drinking water, and veterans’ benefits.

Leadership & Advocacy

As County Mayor, Barbara coordinated responses to Hurricane Irma, the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, and the Port Everglades oil spill. She advocated for all 67 counties in Florida on issues such as quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Barbara also lobbied in Washington on healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, clean water, and rural and agricultural issues.

Notable Accomplishments

Barbara saved taxpayers $33 million in unfunded mandates and secured funding for projects like the Miramar Amphitheater and youth employment programs. She led infrastructure improvements and promoted minority-owned and Certified LGBT+ Business Enterprises.



Barbara sponsored programs such as the Foster Park Reading Library Program and Veterans Appreciation Day.

Her dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses is evident through her initiatives to foster an inclusive business environment.

Legacy & Ongoing Efforts

Barbara’s legacy in Broward County is profound. As a candidate for the State Senate in District 35, she is committed to quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Her experience and values make her exceptionally well-suited to be a Senator, ready to champion her constituents’ needs and rights.

As a successful businesswoman, Barbara founded a home health company that provides jobs to over 500 professionals. With 30 years in healthcare, she understands community challenges and is prepared to fight for her constituents. Barbara is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and The Links, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Sharief exemplifies dedication and leadership, bridging her expertise in healthcare with her passion for public service. Her achievements and ongoing efforts underscore her commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents of Broward County and her readiness to serve as a State Senator for District 35.

Dr. Sharief with Hillary Clinton, highlighting a moment of shared commitment to public service and leadership.
Dr. Sharief and property appraiser Marty Kiar with his dad Monroe Kiar.
Dr. Sharief with supporters Karen and Phil Fortman.
Dr. Sharief, with 30+ years in healthcare and public service, exemplifies dedication and compassion.


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OThe Florida Land Boom 100 Years Later

ne hundred years ago, in July 1924, a former citrus farmer set out to make a fortune in a new industry. 38-year-old George Merrick envisioned creating a “City Beautiful” in South Florida, combining architectural harmony, lush landscaping, and modern amenities. The community was meticulously planned with wide, tree-lined avenues, parks, and a strict architectural code that emphasized Mediterranean Revival-style buildings.

Merrick’s vision became Coral Gables, which served as a model for South Florida community development for decades to come. The development of Coral Gables also accelerated the Florida land boom, a time of explosive growth driven by a booming real estate market. This boom ultimately led to the region we know today and contributed, in part, to the Great Depression.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s was a whirlwind of real estate speculation and development with soaring land prices and extensive urbanization. Real estate speculation ran wild. Land prices skyrocketed as investors traded properties, often sight unseen. Planned communities, luxury hotels, and infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges, sprouted up to cater to the burgeoning population and influx of tourists.

Many people invested their life savings in Florida real estate, often buying land on credit. This influx of capital fueled further development and speculation. The market became saturated with properties. The rapid pace of development outstripped demand, leading to a glut of unsold real estate. A series of devastating hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 caused significant property damage and undermined confidence in Florida’s real estate market.

By the late 1920s, the real estate bubble burst, leaving a trail of shattered dreams. Property values plummeted, leaving investors with staggering losses and unsellable land. The collapse of the Florida land boom reverberated across the national economy. The loss of wealth and the subsequent bank failures cast a shadow over economic activity. Despite the bust, the infrastructure and developments from the boom period laid the groundwork for Florida’s future growth and development.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of speculative bubbles and the importance of sustainable economic development. Its collapse played a significant role in the chain of events that led to the Great Depression, demonstrating the interconnectedness of local and national economies.

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July 2024 Calendar


Town of Davie - Fun on the 4th

The Town of Davie invites everyone to Bamford Sports Complex for an evening of music, rides, kids activities, food trucks and more, with a grand finale of incredible fireworks. The FREE event is open to all Davie families. Gates open at 5:00 pm with events 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Personal fireworks & alcohol are not permitted. Registration required. Register by scanning the QR code.


Fourth of July Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk

Gather your family and friends and join the race this Independence Day holiday. It’s hot and humid in South Florida in July, but we are prepared! Race participants always enjoy the popular “hook and ladder shower” at the finish line where race participants will enjoy cooling off. This year’s race is sponsored by the City of Weston and the Weston YMCA Family Center. Race starts at 7:15 am. Scan the QR code to register, or register at the event. For more info call 954-385-2000.


Broadway Through the Years

"Broadway Through the Years Two," a musical cabaret directed by Del Marrero, will feature actors and actresses who may or may not have starred in past PPTOPA productions, and will include selections from a variety of popular musicals. Presented by Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts at Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for tickets or more info.

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Dinosaurs Weekend at Flamingo Gardens

Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and Antarctica was green! Grab your prehistoric passport and discover how land bridges, volcanic activity, and plate tectonics allowed dinosaurs such as T. rex, Spinosaurus, Hadrosaur, and more to disperse all over the globe, giving each of today’s continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. Dinosaur Weekend will include the opportunity to “excavate” fossils and see a movie short in the Gallery, about the evolution of “Dinosaurs Among Us,” or birds, and how they are truly modern-day dinosaurs. Scan the QR code to learn more or book tickets


Summer Symphony Series

The City of Pembroke Pines presents the Summer Symphony Series with members of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra for fun concerts for all ages, with a mix of lively pops, Broadway hits and contemporary melodies! View below the schedule for our Summer Symphony Series. Admission is free! Hosted at The Charles F. Dodge City Center. For more info, call 954-392-2122.

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JULY 18-20

2024 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team Trials

The Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar will host the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for track and field. This event will showcase the best Paralympic athletes in the country, culminating in the announcement of the athletes who will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Paris. Scan the QR code for more info or to purchase tickets.


Hand Building Vase Workshop

Artist and educator Jose Pita teaches Hand building, a pottery-making technique that involves creating forms using your hands, without a pottery wheel. Learn various hand-building techniques as you are guided through making your own vase. Hosted at Studio 18 Art Complex, 1101 Poinciana Drive. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. For more info, scan the QR code.



Calling all Swifties for the most epic Taylor-themed event. The all-ages Taylor Swift Laser Party is coming to Broward. Immerse yourself in Tay Tay's music provided by DJ Swiftie while surrounded by synchronized lasers and lights. You'll sing and dance to all your favorite Taylor Swift songs for an unforgettable night. For more info and tickets scan the QR code.


Zach Bryan in Concert

The singer-songwriter is known for his heartfelt, raw, and emotional music. Bryan's music career gained significant momentum through his self-released albums, which he recorded in a DIY fashion, often using simple recording setups. His debut album, "DeAnn," released in 2019, was named in honor of his late mother and received critical acclaim for its authenticity and lyrical depth. Concert will be held at Amerant Bank Arena. Fore more info or tickets, scan the QR code.


Blake Shelton at the Hard Rock

As one of Country Music’s chief ambassadors, Blake Shelton has been delivering country music to a diverse audience for more than 20 years. The former judge from the hit show “The Voice” will be taking his talents to South Florida at The Hard Rock Casino. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for more info or tickets.


Studio 18 Professional Development Gathering

Come together with your fellow artists for a collaborative and supportive peer-led portfolio critique at Studio 18! Present your portfolio and receive valuable and constructive feedback on your artwork. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Pre-registration is required! Scan the QR code to register or learn more.

The ultimate family compound in the heart of Davie! Perfect for those needing space or working from home. Private and secluded, this hidden gem sits on 4.2 acres (288’x634’) with over 6,700 sq ft. The main house (4,695 sq ft) includes 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths, and a large converted garage as a home office. Nearby, a detached 1,500 sq ft guest house offers 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a full kitchen, and a dining/living room. Enjoy lounging on the patio, watching stunning sunrises, or relaxing by the pond with its water feature and lit basketball court. The property features a new deck, summer kitchen, resurfaced pool, raised spa, 38kw full house generator with a 1,000-gallon gas tank, 26 exterior cameras for security, and several fruit trees.

Another Luxury home by RCR Homes coming to Plantation Acres! This transitional modern masterpiece features 5 bedrooms, 6 full baths, a powder room, gym, game room, library, and a 4-car garage, totaling over 8,719 sq ft of luxury. Nestled on over an acre (43,758 sq. ft.), it offers privacy and electronic gate entry. The impressive double door entry leads to soaring 12-14 ft. coffered ceilings. The gourmet chef’s kitchen boasts and top-of-the-line appliances. The triple split floor plan provides generous social areas. Enjoy an outdoor summer kitchen, resort-style pool/patio with jacuzzi, deck jets, firepit, and plenty of yard space!

Old-world European architecture. Nestled on 1.2 acres, this 2-story home offers 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a pool, 2-car garage, half-court basketball court, and tennis court. Enjoy high ceilings, a spacious living room with a wood-burning fireplace, and a large den/media room. The formal dining room overlooks the patio and pool area. New Italian porcelain floors throughout the first floor. The second-floor owner’s suite features a fireplace, custom walk-in closet, and a newly renovated bathroom with lighted onyx counters. Additional features include impact windows and doors, and a newer flat roof installed in 2022.

Broward County Launches Small Business Micro-Grant Pilot Program

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) administers a Small Business Micro-Grant Pilot Program to provide working capital for small businesses located within Broward County. The program is intended to assist the smallest of Broward businesses that need financial assistance.

Eligibility Requirements

• Business is currently eligible (meaning they are NOT suspended or debarred) to contract with the federal, state, or local government to receive federal, state, or local grants or loans.

• Registered with a Broward County Business License Tax Receipt (2023 or 2024) (note: registration must have been completed by 5PM on Friday, June 7, 2024)

• Registered with a City Business License Tax Receipt (2023 or 2024)

• Have been in operations on or before October 1, 2022

• Registered with State of Florida Division of Corporations

• Business Tax Filings must be current (2022 or 2023)

The application process is online, and qualified applications will be reviewed by OESBD. Qualifying applicants can apply for $2,500 in reimbursable expenses for their small business for eligible expenses paid within 60 days before their application date.

• Business Gross Annual Revenue of $500,000 or less

• Business Employs 10 full-time people or less

• The applicant(s) must be a majority owner or combined majority owners of the business (50% or more)

• Must be a for-profit business

• Must not be part of a national chain

• Grant eligibility will be based on the address of the business as reported in the application; the home address of a business owner will not be considered unless the business is operating as a home-based business

• One application per business, regardless of total eligible expenses.

Eligible Expenses

• Purchase of Inventory and Supplies

• Business Equipment

• Payment of rent or mortgage of the commercial space

• Publicity, Marketing, and Advertising

• Commercial Security Systems

• Commercial Liability Insurance

• Professional Services

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It’s prom season for South Florida teenagers, and that’s also true for those hospitalized or receiving treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The pediatric facility in Hollywood hosted its annual teen soiree - with help from the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, and A Prom to Remember – to provide sick kids who may have missed their high school proms (or aren’t able to currently attend school for health reasons) an opportunity to experience the special ritual.

The children’s hospital’s Child Life Zone was transformed into an enchanted forest for the evening. Nearly 70 kids enjoyed food, drinks, music, magic, airbrush tattoos, caricature arts of themselves, a virtual reality experience, raffle prizes, and guest appearances by Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and Hooters pageant queens.

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Top Cadets Honored at Broward Schools JROTC Ceremony; Scholarships Awarded

The 2024 Fort Lauderdale Air Show, held on May 11 and 12, brought excitement and awe to the shores of the Atlantic. This year's event featured an impressive lineup of aerial performers and aircraft that left spectators breathless. Thunder Thunderbirds and More

Cadet Colonel Addison App of West Broward High School’s JROTC unit was named Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) 2023/24 JROTC Cadet of the Year. He received the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence during a special celebration and Pass in Review ceremony on May 24, 2024, at Pompano Beach High School. App, a member of the Class of 2024, is attending the United States Military Academy after graduation.

In all, seven top cadets were honored and received scholarships worth a combined total of $10,000.

The cadets were evaluated on their academic performance,

demonstrated leadership, community service, school involvement, and JROTC participation. Rounding out this year’s top winners were:


Cadet Rashad Coleman (11th grade), Coconut Creek High School Distinguished Cadets

• Stefanie Morancy (11th grade), Boyd Anderson High School - Entrepreneur Leadership and Military Academy

• Ashley Melo (12th grade), Coral Glades High School

• Marco Reyes (12th grade), Miramar High School

• Gabriel Fonarov (12th grade), Nova High School

• Anthony Clase (12th grade), South Broward High School

In addition to the top winners, one Outstanding Cadet from each BCPS high school was also recognized during the ceremony. BCPS offers the largest JROTC program in the world, with opportunities in every high school and several middle schools. The 2023/24 school year marked the 50th anniversary of the JROTC partnership between BCPS and the United States Department of Defense, which impacted more than 200,000 JROTC cadets from all four branches of the military.

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Arecent study by two non-profits found that a record 102 million American adults either lack life insurance or don't have enough coverage. Misunderstandings about costs and types of policies are major barriers. Even those with life insurance often don't realize how it can support their financial and estate planning goals.

Types of Life Insurance for Estate Planning

About 52% of US adults have life insurance, but 42% feel underinsured, and 37% plan to buy coverage soon. If you're considering life insurance for estate planning, here are two main types:

1. Term Life Insurance: Pays a death benefit if you die within the policy term, usually 10-30 years.

2. Whole Life Insurance: Lasts your entire life and can build cash value over time.

There are also specialized policies for specific needs, such as covering loan balances, final expenses, or insuring two lives.

Life Insurance Perks You Might Not Know About

Life insurance is more than a death benefit for dependents. It offers various perks for different life stages and situations. Here are some creative ways to use life insurance in your estate plan:

1. Funding a Trust: Imagine you have a child with special needs, a niece who dreams of college, or a beloved pet. You can name a trust as the beneficiary to set terms on how the money is used. An irrevocable life insurance trust can also avoid probate and might reduce estate taxes.

2. Paying Taxes and Debts: If you own a small bakery or have a valuable art collection, life insurance can cover your estate's tax payments and debts. This prevents the need to sell these assets, ensuring your loved ones inherit them intact.

3. Equalizing Inheritances: Suppose you have a family vacation home that one child cherishes but the other prefers cash. Life insurance can balance the inheritances. The home goes to one child, while the other receives a life insurance payout of equal value.

4. Making Philanthropic Donations: Passionate about a local animal shelter or community theater? You can name a charity as a beneficiary, ensuring your legacy supports a cause you care about.

5. Paying Final Expenses: Final expense life insurance covers end-of-life costs like funeral and medical bills, which can add up quickly.

How to Fit Life Insurance into Your Estate Plan

Life insurance is valuable for everyone, regardless of life stage or circumstances. It adds flexibility to your estate plan, helping you and your loved ones handle future expenses. If you face a life insurance coverage gap, we can help you find the right policy to fit your needs and budget. Schedule a meeting to see how life insurance can enhance your estate plan.

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Cooper City Native Competes for Team Navy In the 2024 Warrior Games

Anative of Cooper City, Florida, will join more than 250 seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans at the Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games Challenge June 21-30, 2024, at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Vincent "Vince" Falcetta will be competing against athletes representing the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. During the 10 days of competition, Falcetta will compete in indoor rowing and swimming.

Hosted by U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) the DOD organizes an annual premiere and elite adaptive-sports competition, the Warrior Games. This year is the 14th Anniversary, highlighting the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of seriously wounded, ill, and injured active-duty and veteran service members. Though there are medals distributed during Warrior Games, the competition most highly celebrates personal tenacity, perseverance, and the triumph of the spirit.

Falcetta served for 20 years in loyal service to his country. In 2008, while deployed to Afghanistan, he sustained a combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More recently, Falcetta began to focus on his own well-being and address the physical yet invisible injuries he sustained in the course of his Naval service.

Falcetta began a physical rehabilitation routine to address his physical injuries, which have had a direct relationship with his mental health. He committed himself to a local self-defense and Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym as an assistant coach for youth classes. This not only kept him active, it also contributed to a new sense of purpose and accomplishment after leaving active duty. He has been able to work through some of his

past traumas and have a positive impact on the children in his community.

Falcetta participated in his first adaptive sports camp with Navy Wounded Warrior in November 2023. Connecting with fellow service members has allowed him to further expand his network of support. He even reunited with a former shipmate, Johnathan Boswell, who is also on Team Navy this year.

For more information about the 2024 DoD Warrior Games Challenge, visit dodwarriorgames.com.

About Adaptive Athletics

Team Navy is part of Navy Wounded Warrior’s adaptive athletics program. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often confining a service member to a hospital bed and significantly altering their physical capabilities. Adaptive athletics have been modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. Sports also help build self-esteem, lower stress levels, and invite service members to rejoin a supportive team environment.

About Navy Wounded Warrior

Navy Wounded Warrior is an unbiased advocate that bridges the needs of commands, care teams, and service members in planning a way forward after a serious wound, illness, or injury. Staff guides sailors and Coast Guardsmen, with their families and caregivers, to create a comprehensive recovery plan, which provides a holistic approach tailored to individual recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration needs. The program allows service members and their families to feel empowered and supported as they adapt to their new normal. Tens of thousands of seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members located throughout the country received assistance from the Navy Wounded Warrior.

Sailors and Coast Guardsmen may self-refer to Navy Wounded Warrior, or be referred by a family member, their command leadership or their medical team.

Contact the Navy Wounded Warrior call center at 855-NAVY WWP / 855-6289997, or email navywoundedwarrior.fct@ navy.mil.

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Style Meets Sustainability


The most popular kitchen trends for 2024 combine style, functionality, and sustainability. If you plan to renovate your kitchen, here are some top trends to consider.

1. Sustainable Materials

Eco-friendly choices are becoming a staple in modern kitchens. In 2024, many homeowners opt for recycled and sustainably sourced materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal. These materials not only look great but also help reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, energy-efficient appliances, such as induction cooktops and smart refrigerators, are in high demand. These appliances save energy and can significantly lower your utility bills.

2. Bold Color Palettes

Say goodbye to bland kitchens! This year, bold color palettes are making a splash. Darker hues like navy blue, emerald green, and charcoal are popular for cabinets and accent walls. These rich colors add depth and sophistication to your kitchen. For those who love a pop of color, vibrant, bright yellow or red accents can be added through backsplashes or small appliances, creating a lively and cheerful space.

3. Smart Kitchens

Technology is transforming kitchens into intelligent spaces. Integrated technology, including smart appliances that can be controlled via smartphone apps, is a growing trend. Imagine preheating your oven from your phone or checking the contents of your fridge while grocery shopping. Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant are also being integrated, allowing hands-free control of kitchen devices.

4. Mixed Materials

Combining different materials is a trend that adds texture and interest to your kitchen. Mixing wood, metal, and stone creates a layered, dynamic look. Contrasting finishes, such as matte and glossy surfaces, add visual appeal and make your kitchen unique.

5. Open Shelving

Open shelving is replacing upper cabinets in many kitchens. This minimalist approach creates a more open and airy feel. Open shelves are not just for storage; they also provide a perfect display space for beautiful dishware, plants, and decorative items, adding a personal touch to your kitchen.

6. Multi-Functional Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming more versatile. In 2024, multi-functional islands designed for cooking, dining, and storage are trending. Some islands even feature built-in seating, making them ideal for casual dining or socializing while cooking.

7. Nature-Inspired Designs

Bringing nature indoors is a popular trend. Natural elements like live plants, natural light, and organic shapes create a calming environment. Earthy tones such as terracotta, sage green, and warm browns can create a cozy, nature-inspired atmosphere.

8. Minimalist Design

Minimalism continues to be a strong trend. Clean lines and uncluttered spaces define this style. Hidden storage solutions, where cabinets and drawers conceal appliances and utensils, help maintain a tidy and sleek appearance.

9. High-Tech Backsplashes

Backsplashes are getting a tech upgrade. Integrated LED lighting provides both functional and aesthetic benefits. Interactive surfaces displaying recipes, videos, and other useful information are becoming more common, making cooking more convenient.

10. Touchless Features

Hygiene and convenience are priorities in 2024 kitchens. Hands-free faucets with motion sensors reduce the spread of germs and make kitchen tasks more manageable. Touchless trash cans that open with a wave of the hand are also popular. These trends reflect a growing emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized style, making kitchens more efficient, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, these trends can help you create a beautiful, functional space that suits your needs.

Curb Appeal on a Budget


Improving the look of your home doesn't have to cost much money. You can make your house look fabulous without spending too much with a few simple changes. Here are some easy tips to boost your home's curb appeal on a budget.

1. Fresh Paint

A new coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home. You don't have to paint the whole house. Painting the front door a bright, welcoming color can make a big difference. Choose a color that stands out but also matches the rest of your house.

2. Clean & Tidy

A clean yard can make your home look much better. Start by mowing the lawn and trimming overgrown bushes. Remove any weeds and sweep the driveway and walkway. Cleaning your windows can also make a big difference. Sparkling windows make your home look more inviting.

3. Plant Flowers & Shrubs

Adding some colorful flowers and shrubs is an inexpensive way to improve your yard. Choose plants that do well in South Florida's warm climate. You can find many affordable options at local garden centers. Plant flowers in your garden beds and add potted plants on your porch or steps.

4. Add Mulch

Mulch is a simple and cheap way to make your garden look neat and tidy. Spread mulch around your plants and flower beds. It helps to keep weeds away and makes your plants stand out. You can choose from different mulch colors to match your home's exterior.

5. Update House Numbers

Changing your house numbers can give your home a fresh look. Choose stylish and modern numbers that are easy to read from the street. This small change can make a big impact on your home's appearance.

6. Outdoor Lighting

Good lighting can make your home look welcoming and safe. You don't need to spend a lot on fancy lights. Solar-powered lights are a great option because they are easy to install and don't add to your electric bill. Place them along your walkway and around your garden.

7. Decorate the Porch

Your front porch is one of the first things people see. Make it cozy and inviting with some simple decorations. Add a comfortable chair or a bench, colorful cushions, and potted plants. A nice doormat can also add a welcoming touch.

8. Fix and Paint the Fence

If you have a fence, make sure it's in good shape. Fix any broken parts and give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. A well-maintained fence can make your whole yard look better. This is also true with metal fences. An aluminum fence will fade and discolor under the South Florida sun. a nice coat of high quality spray paint can add years to a wll constructed fence.

9. DIY Projects

Many do-it-yourself projects can improve your home's exterior. For example, you can build a simple garden trellis or create a birdhouse. These small projects add charm and personality to your home. Improving your home's curb appeal can be simple and easy. With these simple and affordable tips, you can make your house the best-looking one on the block. Happy home improving!

Home Renovations in South Florida


When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can significantly enhance its value and attract potential buyers. With the region's unique architectural styles, climate considerations, and buyer preferences, knowing which renovations to prioritize is crucial. Let's explore a few home renovations that can help maximize your selling price in South Florida.

Kitchen Remodeling:

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and a well-designed and updated kitchen can make a significant impact on potential buyers. In South Florida, where outdoor living and entertaining are popular, consider an open-concept design that seamlessly integrates the kitchen with the dining and living areas. Updating countertops, cabinets, and appliances with sleek and modern options can enhance both

the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space, making it more attractive to buyers.

Outdoor Living Spaces:

South Florida's pleasant climate makes outdoor living spaces highly desirable for homeowners. Invest in creating inviting outdoor areas such as a patio, deck, or screened-in porch that seamlessly blend with the indoor living spaces. Consider adding features like an outdoor kitchen, a pool, or a landscaped garden to enhance the appeal. These additions not only create a relaxing oasis but also add value to your home and increase its overall marketability.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades:

With South Florida's hot and humid climate, energy efficiency is a key consideration for homeowners. Upgrading your home with these features can be an attractive selling point. Install energy-efficient windows and doors to improve insulation and reduce cooling costs. Consider replacing old appliances with energy-star-rated models, which not only save energy but also appeal to environmentally conscious buyers. Adding solar panels to the roof can also significantly increase your home's value, as it demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and offers potential savings on electricity bills.

Bathroom Updates:

Bathrooms are another crucial area of focus for home renovations that can maximize your selling price. Consider updating fixtures, faucets, and lighting to give the space a fresh and modern feel. Opt for neutral colors and timeless designs that appeal to a wide range of buyers. Upgrading the bathroom's functionality, such as adding dual sinks, a spa-like shower, or a luxurious bathtub, can also increase its appeal and overall value.

When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can be a game-changer. Best strategy: Keep the focus on the kitchen, outdoor living spaces, energy-efficient upgrades, and bathroom updates that can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Remember to choose renovations that align with the region's climate, architectural style, and buyer preferences to maximize your selling price and attract a broader pool of interested buyers.


Fifty-eight NSU Law graduates were recognized for clocking a total of 8,258 pro bono hours at a special recognition program hosted by NSU Law’s Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program.

Seven stand-out graduates – Malaak Abdulrazzak, Charles Cramer, Blake Frame, Joseph Freiria, Gabriella Roldos, Breana Sause and Hannah Trieschmann – completed more than 300 hours of pro bono legal service. The balance of the students completed between 50 and 299 hours.

NSU Law alumnus Chad Van Horn, founding partner attorney of Van Horn Law Group, P.A., and primary supporter of NSU Law’s pro bono honor program, spoke at the event as part of the ceremony.

“The students who participate in NSU Law’s Van Horn Law Group Pro Bono Honor Program quickly realize that pro bono legal service is lifechanging, both in terms of the experience gained as well as the lives impacted,” said Van Horn. “A majority of low-income people simply can’t afford legal services, so they have nowhere to turn.

A pro bono lawyer becomes a lifesaver.”

Van Horn and his team at Van Horn Law Group are committed to providing pro bono legal services having taken on more than 340 pro bono cases. Van Horn Law Group believes legal services should be available to everyone, not just those who can afford it.

“By supporting the pro bono efforts at NSU Law, our hope is to bring up a new generation of attorneys who commit to providing pro bono legal services throughout their career,” added Van Horn, “Together, we can have an incredible impact on the underserved in our community.”

Van Horn Law Group, P.A. among the top five bankruptcy firms in the country based on number of cases filed in the last 12 months (pacer.gov), is dedicated to restoring peace of mind to individuals in financial distress by providing first-rate, affordable legal services with compassion, understanding and respect. Its efforts on behalf of

NSU Law’s Pro Bono Honor Program directly align with this mission.

The firm practices in the areas of personal and corporate bankruptcy, student loan consolidation and litigation, foreclosure defense, corporate reorganization, debt negotiation, civil litigation, debt relief, personal injury and consumer law. Van Horn, the author of Everything You Need to Know About Bankruptcy in Florida and The Debt Life, is certified in business and consumer bankruptcy.

Thalita Saide, Korinna Cardiff, Emily Goldberg, Malaak Abduirassa

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Arthroscopy of the Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries are very common in sports or in general activities of daily living. Many structures including bone, ligament, cartilage and joint lining may be injured. Injuries may occur from a single traumatic event or from overuse. Injuries may occur during the teenage years that may manifest themselves later on.

These injuries may cause stiffness and pain in the foot or the ankle joints, especially after getting out of bed first thing in the morning to walk. This stiffness and pain will be present for a proportional period of time usually to the degree of joint injury. With weight-bearing, the joint usually loosens and the person is able to ambulate. This stiffness and pain will redevelop if the person sits for a period of time and tries to get up and walk. As the day goes on, the foot or ankle may ache, especially with excessive activity. Swelling may be present over the area that is injured. Instability may develop if the ligaments have

been injured causing the foot or ankle to constantly twist.

When these injuries are unresponsive to conservative treatment which may include orthotics, medication or rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary to remove the damaged tissue in the foot and ankle.

A miniature camera is placed into the injured joint allowing an image to be seen on a television screen. The joint is visualized and small instruments are introduced into the joint to clean out and repair the damage. Fragments of bone and cartilage are often removed. Suctioning of debris and smoothing rough surfaces will often allow a joint to resume its normal gliding motion.


1. Chronic joint pain and swelling

- Faster recovery

2. Arthritis and bone spurs

- Less pain and swelling

3. Loose bone and cartilage fragments

- Avoids large incisions

4. Stiff, scarred joints

- Low risk of infection

5. Ankle fractures that have not completely

- Outpatient procedures recovered

6. Quicker return to activities

Joints are designed to give our bodies freedom of movement. Wear and tear of a joint due to injury or due to aging may alter the lifestyle of an individual. When conservative treatments fail, arthroscopic surgery should be considered. The surgery is especially helpful for a fracture that has occurred to the ankle even after the ankle has been fixed surgically. The cartilage in the ankle joint may have been damaged during the injury causing chronic stiffness and pain that may be mild but never goes away completely. Patients often think that this is a very livable condition. However, once treated arthroscopically a full return to activity may be possible.

Carlo A. Messina, DPM, is a Board Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Diplomate American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the South Florida Foot & Ankle Sports Institute and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults.

South Florida Foot & Ankle Sports Institute

Pediatrics: We treat flat feet, high arches, fractures, growing pains, warts, toe walkers, in & out toe, limping, and ingrown nails in children.

Fractures: We can diagnose all foot, ankle & leg fractures in children & adults.

Cartilage Injuries: Microfractures, cartilage transplants, osteochondral grafting.

Reconstructive Surgeries: Flat foot, bunions, hammertoe, Achilles tears, more!

Foot & Ankle Arthritis: Total replacement, arthroscopy, fusions, realignment. Sports Medicine: Tendon & ligament injuries, heel pain, shockwave therapy, PRP & stem cell injections, arthroscopy, tendonoscopy, and more!


There is no doubt that the average age of orthodontic patients has lowered through the years. Just open a yearbook from the 50’s and 60’s and you will see many young adults wearing the stereotypical “train tracks” across their teeth. Movies have spoofed the usage of head gears during the high school years, which was common practice in that era. Braces have become smaller, sleeker, more colorful, and worn with pride by many preteens. For those of you who have young children at home, the main question is whether early treatment is right for your child.

To best answer this question, it is first important to define some terms. When discussing “early treatment,” I personally prefer the term interceptive treatment. It has the connotation of catching something before it becomes a bigger problem. The more common and practical term is “Phased” orthodontic treatment. In this case, treatment done at an earlier age (usually between 6-9

years old) is referred to as Phase I. It is aimed at correction of habits, skeletal discrepancies, as well as severe abnormalities in dental eruption. The later treatment, Phase II, is usually done at around 11-13 years old in order to place all permanent teeth in an ideal position. I call it more practical because in most cases the second treatment is needed. The name serves as a reminder to the parents of this fact.

Currently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7. Does this mean that all children require phased orthodontic treatment? Certainly not. The criteria for starting early treatment should be better or more predictable results. In my opinion, this is certainly the case when the upper jaw is too narrow and must be expanded, when upper front teeth are so protrusive (“buck”) that the incidence of trauma is much more likely (unless corrected), and cases of underbite (when the lower jaw is forward of the upper jaw).

These treatments are “no brainers” for two reasons. The body of the younger patient is

more amenable to these specific orthopedic (growth) corrections and statistically the preteen is more likely to traumatize a front tooth than at any other time. There are other times that treatment may be done for psychosocial reasons, as some children are very conscious of cosmetics.

For those parents who are considering early treatment for their children, I recommend listening with an open mind. See if the reasons for starting treatment make sense to you. The rule of thumb would be “if it does not make sense, don’t do it! I find that most parents have a life philosophy which may make them either more or less open to preventative type treatments. As a parent, I find that I know what my child will be able to handle and be up to. Most importantly, if you decide as a family to start, have fun with it.

▸ The office of Dr. Maria Maranzini-Grosman (Board Certified Pediatric Dentist) and Dr. Alon Grosman (Specialist in Orthodontics) is located at South Flamingo Road on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-236-3434.

Pet of the Month

Meet Coco, the reigning queen of her home with lazy charm and sassy attitude! This food-loving pup has mastered the art of begging, often sitting patiently by the dinner table for tasty human morsels. Despite her advancing years, Coco's sass and laziness remain unmatched. Her favorite pastime? Snoozing on mom's bed during TV time. We're grateful for this lovable, lazy queen in our family!


Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Month! Every month OUR CITY MEDIA randomly picks a pet of the month winner.

Send Pet’s: Best Picture, Name and about fifty words describing why they’re so special! Include: Your Name, Email, Phone, and City of Residence. Email entries to: anna@ourcitymedia.com GOOD LUCK!

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am excited to share significant updates on two critical issues impacting our community that I have been working on directly: protecting seniors from financial exploitation and the ongoing fight for reproductive rights in Florida.

Protections for Seniors

Our seniors are cherished members of our families and our community. As your Senator, I have fought to protect the health, safety, and dignity of our seniors, including the passage of a new Florida law I was proud to co-introduce. Starting in January, financial institutions will be able to delay transactions from seniors if there is a reasonable belief of exploitation. This new law, SB 556, focuses on combating the increasing scams targeting our elderly through phone calls, texts, and emails designed to deceive them into handing over money or personal information. This law specifically protects those 65 and older, as well as vulnerable adults over 18, addressing the rising threats and substantial financial losses faced by our seniors. Florida ranked second-highest in senior fraud last year, with nearly $294 million in losses reported — and I am proud of this policy victory that protects the most vulnerable in our community.

Reproductive Rights & Healthcare

On May 1st, Florida banned abortion care past six weeks — before most women even know they are pregnant — putting women’s health, safety, and freedom at risk. However, the Florida Supreme Court has placed Amendment 4 on the November ballot, giving voters the power to enshrine abortion access in the Florida Constitution. This is about defending our fundamental rights to privacy, and we must ensure that over 60% of voters support Amendment 4 this November to restore the rights taken away.

It is my greatest honor to serve as your Senator. Whether it's protecting our seniors or fighting for our rights, I am committed to standing up for you. If you have any questions, need assistance, or have ideas for legislation, please reach out to me at book.lauren.web@flsenate.gov or 850-487-5035.

Thank you for placing your trust in me.

Always at your service,

Florida Senate Democratic Leader District 35, West Broward County

A Culture Of Caring

At Oakmonte Village of Davie, our every effort is dedicated to the safety, comfort, and care of our residents. Our entire staff is continuously practicing infection-control procedures to ensure that both residents and staff stay healthy and happy.

Oakmonte Village of Davie’s beautiful 199-unit boutique-style Luxury Senior Living Community offers a continuum of care for seniors including Catered Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. We also offer restaurant-style dining, luxurious accommodations, washers and dryers in each apartment, a wellness center, 80-foot pool, activities & more. If you are ready, your new home awaits! Please call 954-982-2323 or visit us online at www.OakmonteVillageDavie.com

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