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Chiropractic? Why Not? “A Doctor’s Confession to West Broward”

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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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CONTENTS CALENDAR 14 October

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

COMMUNITY NEWS 16 There Are Many Spooktacular Ways to Celebrate Halloween

MANAGING EDITOR Debby Teich

18 City of Cooper City to Hold Garage Sale and Book Swap

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

20 Davie to Celebrate Government Week 24 Davie Fire Rescue Experiences A Baby Boom

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26 Southwest Ranches Arts and Crafts Festival Offers Great Holiday Shopping 28 Students Get School Supplies at “Shop with a Cop” Event 34 Cooper City Residents Ate to the Beat 36 Barbie Comes Alive at the Old Davie School Historical Museum

IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 22 Broward Tutorial Services Helps Students Achieve Success

INSPIRING INDIVIDUALS 32 Davie Graduates Inducted to “Hall of Fame”

SCHOOL NEWS 44 Western High School Hosts Remembrance Ceremony 45 Western High School Students Win 1st Place in Solar Car Race

ASK THE MAYOR 46 Davie Update

ASK THE SHERIFF 47 Strengthening Security in Our Schools

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 48 Importance of Washing Your Produce

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 50 A Shade Above Makes It Easy to Select Window Coverings 51 the world’s favorite magazine™

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A Bountiful Harvest

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he month of October often conjures up images of harvests, autumn and falling leaves. Watching leaves turn red and fall is less of a common occurrence here than for our friends up north. Agriculture is, however, still an important part of Broward County and South Florida. According to the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture, there were almost 15 thousand acres of land being used for farming in Broward County. This farmland generates about $50 million a year in livestock and crop sales. These figures do not include the well-established horse economy in Plantation, Davie and Southwest Ranches. While most of Broward County is built out with neighborhoods, city parks and commercial developments, there are still over 600 farms producing everything from bell peppers to beef. These farms preserve a past where much of West Broward was composed of ranches and orange groves. There are a number of farms and nurseries where residents can buy locally grown produce. Check out our calendar section each month to find farmers markets in your area. Remember, October harvests happen in paradise too! Sincerely,

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Community Garage Sale – Find bargains at the Cooper City Community Garage Sale, from 7am to 12noon, at the Cooper City Sports Complex, located on Stirling Road at Palm Avenue. No charge to shop! For information, call 954434-4300, #233, or visit www. coopercityfl.org.

Book Swap – Parents and their children can come to the Community Center from 6pm to 7:30pm to swap tickets for books they dropped off from October 5 to 11. At 5:30pm, there will be a special “kids only time,” which allows children the opportunity to go through the children’s books first. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 233, or visit www.coopercityfl.org.

Chess Challenge – Free instructional classes for all levels of chess. Learn the basic concepts and themes, opening moves, strategy, the endgame, tactics and positions. Held on Saturdays, from 9am – 11am at Cooper City Pool and Tennis Center. Complimentary. For more information, please call Cooper City Recreation Department at 954-436-7300.

Ghost Tour– From 7pm – 10pm, join the Ghost Tour and investigate the spirits of Old Davie School campus with professional paranormal team P.R.I.S.M. Limited tickets available. Advance tickets required. For information, visit www.olddavieschool.org.

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school-aged groups educational tours of Davie Town Hall, between 11am and 3:30pm. For information or to sign up, call 954-797-1181 or visit www. davie-fl.gov.

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St. David Carnival – From October 25 to 28, attend St. David Catholic Church’s annual fall carnival at 3900 S. University Drive in Davie. Rides, live entertainment, shopping, freshly prepared food, and more. Discount tickets are now on sale. For information, call 954475-8046 or visit www. saintdavid.org.

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Trick or Treat Shop to Shop – From 10am - 12noon, join the little ghouls and goblins as they gather goodies at Trick or Treat Shop to Shop, at Cooper City Commons Publix Plaza, 9359 Sheridan Street, Cooper City. This year will be bigger than ever as Cooper City joins forces with the Academy of Martial Arts to host a Haunted House. Children can seek treats by going from store to store in the shopping center or visiting the Sheridan Cooper City. There will also be costume contests for each age group (one year old to middle school). No charge. Participants need to arrive five minutes prior to their scheduled contest time and be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a DJ, firetruck and giveaways. For information and costume contest times, visit www. coopercityfl.org.

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Orchid Society – The next monthly meeting of the Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society will be held in the Gallery, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, at Flamingo Gardens in Davie. The speaker for this meeting will be Phillip Hamilton from Bredren Orchids. For information, visit www. flamingogardensorchidsociety. com or call 954-662-5544.

and decorate your pumpkin. Free Halloween games for kids will be available all afternoon. Small prizes will be awarded to winners (while supplies last). The Costume Contest will begin promptly at 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the Spookiest, Cutest and Most Original costumes in the following age groups: 5 and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. For information, call 954-797-1181 or visit www.davie-fl.gov.

YAA Halloween Party – From 3pm-8pm, Young At Art Museum will host the YAA Halloween Party at the Museum, 751 S.W. 121 Ave. in Davie. Put on your favorite costume and get into the Halloween spirit for a night of artful, frightful fun for the entire family that features Halloween-themed Art Activities, Monster Mash Music Time; Colorful Costume Parade, Family Costume Contest; and more! For information, visit YoungAtArtMuseum.org.

On going Arts and Crafts Show – Don’t miss the 12th Annual Town of Southwest Ranches Country Roads Arts and Crafts Festival, from 10am to 4pm, at the Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park. The festival has something for everyone. For information, visit www. southwestranches.org or call 954-434-0008.

22nd Government Days – On October 22 and 23, the Town of Davie will celebrate Florida City Government by providing

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Is It Haunted? – From 7pm – 9pm, help answer the question, “Is it haunted?” Explore the 1918 Old Davie School, 1912 Viele House and Pioneer Home by only the light of your flashlight. Roast marshmallows and tell spooky stories over the campfire at the Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road. Limited tickets available. For information, visit www. olddavieschool.org.

Davie Halloween –From 1pm 5pm, join the Town of Davie for an afternoon of Tricks and Treats at the Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road, Davie – rain or shine. The South Florida Trail Riders will hold a Horse Costume Contest and the South Florida Cloggers will host a family-friendly Haunted Maze (small fee per person). There will also be free inflatable rides, hayride, train, and a petting farm. The Boy Scout Pumpkin Patch will be open for children of all ages. Pick a real pumpkin from the patch at a small cost per pumpkin and then paint

Lacrosse – Davie Lacrosse is now accepting boys and girls, kindergarten-9th grade, for the 2019 season. The season runs January-April. No experience necessary. For information, visit www.davielacrosse. com. Fast Start Clinics for all levels will be held in December & January. Visit www. faststartlacrosse.com.


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s Halloween approaches, children are eager to put on their costumes and parents are looking for a safe place for them to “Trick-or-Treat.” There are a variety of ways to celebrate the holiday in the Davie/Cooper City area. Some of them include: ▸▸ On October 12, from 7pm – 10pm, join the Ghost Tour and investigate the spirits of Old Davie School campus with professional paranormal team P.R.I.S.M. Limited tickets available. Advance tickets required. For information, visit www.olddavieschool.org. ▸▸ On October 26, from 7pm – 9pm, find out if the Old Davie School is haunted. Explore the 1918 Old Davie School, 1912 Viele House and Pioneer Home by only the light of your flashlight. Enjoy fun and

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spooky activities for the whole family at the Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road. $10pp. Limited tickets available. For information, visit www.olddavieschool.org. ▸▸ On October 27, from 3pm-8pm, Young At Art Museum will host the YAAlloween Party at the Museum, 751 S.W. 121 Ave. in Davie. Put on your favorite costume and get into the Halloween spirit for a night of artful, frightful fun for the entire family that features Halloween-themed Art Activities, Monster Mash Music Time, Colorful Costume Parade, Family Costume Contest, and more! For information, call 954-424-0085. ▸▸ On October 27, from 10am - 12noon, join the little ghouls and goblins as they gather goodies at Trick or Treat Shop to Shop, at Cooper City Commons Publix Plaza, 9359 Sheridan Street, Cooper City. This year will be bigger than ever as Cooper City joins forces with the Academy of Martial Arts to host a Haunted House. Children can seek treats by going from store to store

in the shopping center or visiting the Sheridan Cooper City. There will also be costume contests for each age group (one year old to middle school). No charge. Participants need to arrive five minutes prior to their scheduled contest time and be accompanied by an adult. There will also be a DJ, firetruck and giveaways. For information and costume contest times, visit www.coopercityfl.org. ▸▸ On Saturday, October 27, from 1pm to 5pm, join the Town of Davie for an afternoon of Tricks and Treats at the Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. The South Florida Trail Riders will hold a Horse Costume Contest and the South Florida Cloggers will host a family-friendly Haunted Maze (small fee per person). There will also be free inflatable rides, hayride, train, and a petting farm. The Boy Scout Pumpkin Patch will be open for children of all ages. Free Halloween games for kids will be available all afternoon. The Costume Contest begins promptly at 4pm. Prizes will be awarded for the Spookiest, Cutest and Most Original costumes in the following age groups: 5 and under, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12. For information, visit www. davie-fl.gov.


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s the holidays approach, many are looking for gift items, both new and used. This month, the City of Cooper City will offer two great ways to find them at the Garage Sale and Book Swap. Garage Sale Whether you are selling or buying, this is the place to be for deals galore. Anywhere from 500 people to a few thousand are expected to attend the Garage Sale, which will be held on October 6, from 7am to noon in the parking lot of the Cooper City Sports Complex at Stirling Road at 100th Avenue.

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the children’s books first. “You can never have too many books,” said Trainor. “This book swap is the perfect opportunity to get rid of your old book collection that you’ve read a million times and take home a brand new one. We will have cook books, selfhelp books, biography’s, science fiction, romance novels and so many more that there is bound to be something for everyone.” Trainor says that they are looking for volunteers to help categorize and sort the books the week prior to the Swap. n For information on both events, call 954-4344300, ext. #233.


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Davie to Celebrate Government Week BY DEBBY TEICH

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hen Davie’s Mayor, Councilmembers and Last year, approximately 150 students attended staff make decisions, they directly impact the activities throughout the week and organizers the people who live there. This month, are expecting the same this year. Between the hours Davie students will have an opportunity to learn of 11am and 3:30pm, students will tour Davie Town what it takes to run their Town. They will tour Town Hall, where they can observe Town staff performing Hall and may even get to visit with the Mayor and/or their daily tasks. They will have the opportunity to Councilmembers. interact with staff that work in Administration; Parks, It is all part of Florida City Government Week Recreation, and Cultural Affairs; Budget and Finance; 2018, which takes place October 22-28. The ongoHuman Resources; Town Clerk’s office; Planning and ing effort, sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, Zoning; Building and Engineering. The kids might raises public awareness about the services that also be able to see and interact with fire engines, as cities perform and educates the public on how city well as police and public works vehicles. government works. Cities are encouraged to involve Schools or groups that are interested should their local schools, businesses, media and civic clubs download a Government Tours Application on the in planning City Government Week activities that Town’s website at www.davie-fl.gov/389/Vendorprovide and foster civic education, collaboration, Applications and submit it no later than October 12. volunteerism and more. The theme for the program Groups may not exceed 40 students per tour group is “My city: I’m part of it; I’m proud of it.” The Town and must adhere to school board standards, as it of Davie will hold Government Week activities on relates to the number of adults required to supervise October 22 and 23. children on field trips. Once registration is full, no “Government Week is a great way for students to other groups will be accepted. experience what it is like working for a municipal For information and applications, visit the Parks, Recreation, & government,” says Jeff Pohlman, Director of Parks, Cultural Arts page on the Town website at www.davie-fl.gov or call Recreation and Cultural Arts for the Town of Davie. Event Specialist Anna Francis at 954-797-1181. “We love being able to show the kids the ins and outs of what we do here.”

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or nearly 15 years, Broward Tutorial Services has helped students achieve academic success in the classroom and on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams. It is the area’s leading provider of college entrance test preparation tutoring. Founder and Owner Michael Eldeiry, and Director of Academics Adam Moss, answered some commonly asked questions about Broward Tutorial Services’ programs and success strategies. What is Broward Tutorial Services? We are Broward County’s premier test prep company for the ACT, SAT and PSAT. We work with students at all levels to help them reach their highest potential. We offer exceptional small group and private one-on-one tutoring as well as one-day workshops to help students prepare for these critical exams. In addition, we offer subject tutoring primarily for high school students. What are the SAT and ACT and why are they so important? The SAT and ACT are standardized tests required for entrance to most competitive colleges and universities. They are commonly taken by students in their junior and senior years of high school. Both tests are accepted equally by all institutions. How does a student know which test to take? The best way to really know which test is right is to have the student take a diagnostic test, which combines half of each test and provides both a baseline score for each and a comparison of which test is better for the student. The SAT is a shorter, less time constrained test with harder reading and more algebra, while the ACT has a stricter time limit and a

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Davie Fire Rescue Experiences A Baby Boom BY DEBBY TEICH

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hen 12 babies were born to Davie firefighters and their families over a one-year period, many joked that there must be something in the water. The proud parents posed for a photoshoot with their infants and the photo went viral. “For a department our size to have this many births within a short time span was remarkable,” said Jorge Gonzalez, Assistant Fire Chief. “We’re all still amazed that all of the babies stayed so photogenic for the entire time. It took a lot of behind the lens action on the part of the parents and Battalion Chief Moran while photos were being taken. We were all so surprised to see the pictures get shared all over the country.” Many of the young babies enjoy play dates together and socialize during the Fire Benevolent Picnic and other family events hosted by the fire department. It is an opportunity to share child rearing tips, such as how to coordinate between their firefighter schedules, spouses’ work schedules and children’s sleeping schedules. Most importantly, they remind each other to make time for their kids. “We’re all going through the same issues together,” said Firefighter Chad Rynning. “It is great that we

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are able to talk to each other and watch our kids grow up together.” There were 11 boys and only one girl. Eight of the 12 babies were the first born. The babies’ names and current ages include: ▸▸ FF Adam Allen – Asher, 13 months ▸▸ Lt. Autumn Boudreau – Maverick, 8 months ▸▸ FF Kelly Barreto-Frie – Aiden, 8 months ▸▸ Capt. Kenneth Cox – Declan, 6 months ▸▸ FF Jason Van Katwyk – Greyson Parker, 6 months ▸▸ FF Chad Rynning – Chad Jr., 9 months ▸▸ Capt. Matt Freeman – Kaine, 6 months ▸▸ FF Arielle Matthews – Dominic, 5 months

▸▸ Capt. Robert Reilly – Connor, 15 months and Hunter, 3 months ▸▸ DE Kenny Slezak – Hailey Grace, 14 months ▸▸ DE Matthew Smith – Benjamin, 16 months “We hope they continue to grow up together and be a close fire family,” said Gonzalez. “We hope they will all be a part of our Recruit Class for 2038!” Lt. Autumn Boudreau says that several children at her station already seem to be interested in the job, including her own. “Their eyes light up when they see the flashing lights and hear the sirens,” said Boudreau. “My son constantly wants to sit in the firetruck.”

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Southwest Ranches Arts and Crafts Festival Offers Great Holiday Shopping BY DEBBY TEICH

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ith the holidays approaching, many have already started shopping for those perfect gifts. Chances are you will find them at the 12th Annual Town of Southwest Ranches Country Roads Arts and Crafts Festival. The event will be held on October 20, from 10am to 4pm, at the Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park. With its diverse lineup of artists and crafters, the festival has something for everyone.

“This is an easily accessible little festival, providing holiday shopping and a great chance to find one-ofa-kind bespoke items, food, fun and family entertainment,” said December Lauretano-Haines, PROS Coordinator. Approximately 50-60 vendors are expected to participate with items that are handmade or handembellished crafts and original art. They include hand-crafted jewelry, specialty wood products, mosaics,

paintings, children’s and students’ items, stained glass, holiday crafts, pet items and more. The Town will provide musical entertainment, food, 20 ($100) and 10 x 30 ($150). Since the and fun for the kids, also. number of arts/craft venders is not For those who have the creative limited, there is still plenty of space bug, it is not too late to sign up to available. Food booths are also availexhibit. If you love to sew, paint, knit, able for: 10 x 10 ($100), 10 x 20 ($150) quilt, draw, throw pottery, or do some and 10 x 30 ($200). other type of handiwork and have n Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park is located items to sell to the public, the festival at 5840 SW 148 Avenue. For information or an is a great place to do it. Available application, visit www.southwestranches.org or booth sizes include: 10 x 10 ($50), 10 x call 954-434-0008.

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Students Get School Supplies at “Shop with a Cop” Event BY DEBBY TEICH

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pproximately 120 local students recently participated in the 5th Annual “Shop with a Cop.” The event provided them with the opportunity to start the school year with the supplies they needed. Shop with a Cop provides a fun-filled day for children in need that also creates positive relationships with law

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enforcement. The unique shopping experience assists children and can deter them from choosing a life of crime or violence. The participating children are identified by schools, churches, youth organizations, and social services agencies. The children, ages 5 to 14, were accompanied by a Davie

police officer, volunteer, or a representative from the Davie Civilian Patrol as they filled their carts with $50 worth of school supplies at the Walmart Supercenter in Davie. Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul and Councilmember Caryl Hattan were also present to greet the kids. The event was sponsored by the Dania Beach Lions Club and Walmart of Davie.


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Davie Graduates Inducted to “Hall of Fame” BY DEBBY TEICH

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n October 12, six graduates of Broward County Public Schools who are community luminaries and champions in education will be inducted into Broward Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame during the Publix Super Markets Charities 2018 “Hall of Fame Breakfast” presented by Memorial Healthcare System. Two of them - Jeffrey R. Dion and Michael J. Ramirez – are graduates of Davie high schools. Both will receive a BrightStar Credit Union “Walk of Fame” Alumni star. “Each year it is our privilege to recognize some of the most exemplary, accomplished and distinguished graduates of Broward County Public Schools,” said Shea Ciriago, executive director of Broward Education Foundation. “We take great pride in welcoming these inspiring leaders into the Hall of Fame class of 2018. They are truly making a difference in our community and in education.” Jeffrey R. Dion Jeffrey R. Dion, who graduated from Nova High School in 1985, will be receiving the Bank of America Community Achievement Award, which recognizes significant achievements in any field. Dion is executive director of the National Compassion Fund, which partnered with Broward Education Foundation to disseminate proceeds from the official Stoneman

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Cooper City Residents Ate to the Beat BY DEBBY TEICH

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ver 2,000 people of all ages recently attended Eat to the Beat at Cooper City Sports Complex. There was live music, as well as food trucks – creating the perfect environment for a fun family evening in Cooper City. “It’s a family fun concert with great food, and even better company,” said Felicia Trainor, Recreation Program Specialist. “It’s a great way to bond with your neighbors and enjoy Someplace Special.” Mr. Nice Guy performed in the City’s new show mobile. The event included bounce houses, obstacle courses, beer and wine. The Girl Scouts hosted games for children. Some of the food trucks were: Che Grill, Cold Stone, Cucina Bambina, Gene’s Joint, Granny B’z, Ipeks, Los Chamos, Miami Grilled Cheese, Miami Pizza Truck and more.

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Barbie Comes Alive at the Old Davie School Historical Museum DEBBY TEICH

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or nearly 60 years, Barbie has been a cultural icon. She has evolved with the times and kept up with the latest trends, and is still as popular as ever. Twenty-eight adult, teen and tween Barbie models recently gathered at the Old Davie School Historical Museum for the 8th Annual Tea with Barbie at Old Davie School Historical Museum, which just celebrated its 100th birthday. Attendees included Graduation Barbie, Secret Service Ken, Surfer Barbie, Pajama Party Barbie, Bride and Groom Barbie, and many others. This year, Birthday Barbie also showed up to celebrate Old Davie School turning 100 years old. The event sold out quickly, as it does every year. “Barbie celebrated Old Davie School turning 100 years old this year,” said Leslie Schroeder, Executive Director. “She looks great for 59 and so does Old Davie School at 100! Its community spirit and educational programs continue to attract

visitors of all ages.” The theme for this year’s tea was “Old Davie School’s 100th Birthday Party.” The tables were set with fine linens, china and Barbie centerpieces, as guests enjoyed tea, finger sandwiches, and sweet delights. The event included a Barbie fashion show, opportunities for photos, coloring, raffle prizes and more. Live Barbie dolls modeled the latest Barbie fashions, posed for photos and signed autographs. Many young girls came dressed in their finest dresses, shoes and tiaras. They even brought their Barbie dolls along to participate in the festivities. Over 25 Barbie dolls were raffled off. Thanks to a donation by board member Michael Crowley, one lucky participant went home with a Barbie Dream House. “Barbie is a role model for all girls, showing you can be what you want to be in life,” said Schroeder. “It’s a wonderful way to spend quality time with your favorite girl, especially if she is a fan of Barbie.”

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ust because the temperature really doesn’t dip, and the leaves don’t change color, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the fall season in South Florida. From pumpkin patches to hayrides, there are endless opportunities to usher in autumn and create your own fall festival.

Pick a Pumpkin This time of year, pumpkin patches are popping up on practically every corner. While they’re great photo ops for taking adorable pictures of the kids, these pumpkin patches are also the perfect place to find your future jack-o’-lantern. You can roam the rows of these giant, bright orange squash, searching for that perfect specimen. So, how do you decide which of the literally thousands of pumpkins to pick? According to thekitchn.com, there are six simple steps to picking the perfect pumpkin. ▸▸ Pick it up and tap it: It should feel sturdy. When you tap it, you should hear a hollow sound. ▸▸ Check the coloring: Choose one that has consistent coloring throughout. ▸▸ Look for bad spots: Try to choose a pumpkin without any scratches, bruises, or dark spots. ▸▸ Apply pressure: Flip the pumpkin upside down and apply pressure with your thumbs. If it’s not completely sturdy, the pumpkin isn’t fresh and will rot quickly. ▸▸ Set it down: Make sure it sits flat, unless you want your jack-o’lantern to sit a little crooked.

Harvestthe Family Fun this ▸▸ Carry it from the bottom: Don’t carry it by the stem — instead, cradle it from the bottom or tote it home in a bag. It’s important to keep in mind that not all pumpkins are created equally. There is a difference between ‘pie pumpkins’ and ‘carving pumpkins.’ Carving pumpkins are typically thinner, making them easier to saw into. They also tend to have less ‘guts’, so they’re easier to clean. On the other

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Nothing beats the flavor of farm fresh produce. We are fortunate Gone are the days of simply Starbucks’ famous pumpkin spice latte. in Florida to have fresh fruits and vegetables available all year round. Today, it seems like pumpkin spice is This month look for fresh avocado, infused into every food and beverage imaginable from cookies and yogurt to squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, popcorn and bagels. As unappealing as sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, and citrus (oranges, tangerines and that may be for many folks, there are plenty of people who can’t get enough of grapefruit). This is also the season for tropical fruit such as carambola this festive fall flavor. (a.k.a. star fruit) and guava. Next Fear not pumpkin spice lovers. Now month be sure to look for fresh snap you can savor the flavor all year round peas, strawberries, mushrooms by whipping up your own batch of and eggplant. pumpkin spice to concoct your own While you can certainly find recipes. According to BettyCrocker.com, all this fresh produce at your local all you need is a couple of minutes and Publix, why not truly eat farm fresh few pretty standard ingredients. and check out a local farmers market. Some of the more popular markets are the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood (open Saturday and e ic p S Sunday from 8am-4pm year round in k p m u P DIY poons ground cinnamon at 1940 North 30th Road – it’s South 3 tables ginger nd ou Florida’s largest farmers market), gr s on po 2 teas nd nutmeg Plantation Farmers Market (every 2 teaspoons grou ound allspice Saturday from 8am-2pm at Volunteer 1 ½ teaspoons gr nd cloves ou gr s Park), Parkland Farmers Market 1 ½ teaspoon gether in Mix the spices to the mix(held on select Sundays, November e a small bowl. Stor l jar or through April, from 9am-1pm at al ture in a clean sm r. the Equestrian Center), Tamarac ne ai nt spice co Community Farmers Market (every Sunday 9am-2pm at Veterans’


Memorial Park), the Farmer’s Market at the Shops at Pembroke Gardens (every Sunday from 10:30am to 7pm) and the Aventura Mall Market (every Sunday from 12-8pm).

Take a Roll in the Hay Have s’more fun at Broward County Parks. Several area parks host hayrides and campfires on select Friday nights from 7-9:30 pm. The cost is $3.50 (plus tax) per person, ages three and up. That includes one hayride and one bag of fixings for s’mores. Preregistration and prepayment are required by calling or visiting the park of your

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demonstrations. Tickets, which range from $1 per individual ticket to 25 tickets for $20, will let you pick and choose which specialty activities you want to participate in; other regular park activities are fee-based. The park’s regular weekend gate entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under free) will be in effect. Tradewinds Park & Stables is located at 3600 W. Sample Road in Coconut Creek. For more information call 954-357-8870. n For more suggestions on fall festivals and events in your community, check out the Calendar page in this magazine.

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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patients once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options, all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.

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Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com

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Western High School Hosts Remembrance Ceremony BY DEBBY TEICH

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ast month, students at Western High School in Davie gathered for the 17th annual Remembrance Ceremony to commemorate America’s fallen heroes and to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Although most of the school’s students are aware of the events of September 11th, the majority were not even born at the time. The memorial service gives them a chance to talk about this tragedy. Since 2002, a student constructed memorial has served as a symbol for Western High students to host the “We Will Never Forget” ceremony. The student constructed monument replicates the Twin Towers, surrounded by the Pentagon, with a flagpole placed in the outline of the state of Pennsylvania. This year, a plaque was dedicated to the 37 Officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who died in the line of duty on September 11, 2001. The audience included members of the local fire departments and law enforcement, as well as Western High School’s JROTC, choral singers, band and Student Government Association. A variety of guest speakers gave speeches that moved the crowd. Photos: Town of Davie

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tudents on the Solar Cat team at Western High School are leaning how to apply physics and mechanics to build an optimal vehicle that can run solely on sunlight. This summer, 13 students represented their school and the state of Florida in a cross-country solar car race from Fort Worth, Texas to Palmdale, California race and won first place in the Classic Division. They raced in the SolarCat V2, which students completed in 2016. Last year, they spent countless hours after school and on weekends to optimize its efficiency. They made it more aerodynamic; enhanced the solar panel array; and reduced overall weight and friction. The race lasted a total of 10 days. For the first three days, judges examined the car’s the mechani-

cal layout, electrical systems, safety procedures and more to make sure it was qualified to participate. The rest of the days were dedicated to racing. The students woke up by 5am each day to prepare for an eight-hour day of racing. “This race was something we will never forget,” said Gabriela Lopez, team member. “Being able to part take in this experience as a high school student is invaluable. It was definitely hard work, but it was more than worth it. We would have not been able to achieve greatness if it wasn’t for all the help and support we received from parents, teachers, school administrators, mentors, our community and everyone that donated and gave us their support.” Lopez believes that the time they spent testing and fixing the car prior to the race helped them win first place. This year, they also had team member, Antonio Garrido, and parent, John Ayala Sr., dedicated to navigating throughout the race. This prevented them from getting lost and allowed them to function better as a team. The Solar Cats won the Lockheed Martin “Excellence in Engineering” Award. In addition, Fernando De

Achurra won the Order of the Solar Cell, which is presented to those extremely special people who believe in high school solar car racing, and the great students who make it happen. The team will not be participating in the 2019 race, which will be a circuit race. Instead it will spend two years building a new car to use for the Electric-Solar Division 2020 Cross Country race. They will still perform maintenance on the current car and continue to display it at public events and fundraisers.

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BY MAYOR JUDY PAUL s of September 1, 2018, the Town of Davie Fire Rescue Department will be classified as a Class 1 Public Protection Classification (PPC) Rating agency. The Class 1 rating is the highest possible score that can be given to any fire department nationwide. Throughout the United States, there are only 329 departments that are a class 1 and only 32 in Florida. There are over 47,000 fire departments in the country. “This rating reflects the hard work and dedication of all Davie Fire Rescue personnel and our commitment to save lives and property,” said Fire Rescue Chief Julie Downey. How the department was rated: ▸▸ Fire Department – 50% is derived from fire operational capacity, including the number and locations of fire stations and how the department maintains and tests its engine and ladder companies. ▸▸ Water supply – 40% is based on availability of enough water to fight a fire, focusing on whether the community has sufficient water supply for fire suppression beyond daily maximum consumption, as well as the number and location of fire hydrants and how often hydrants are inspected and tested. ▸▸ Emergency communications systems – 10% of the score is from the level of communication with the public, such as how well the fire department receives and dispatches fire alarms, including the level of technology and number of personnel in the emergency call center. ▸▸ Community risk reduction - The calculation takes into consideration community risk reduction efforts, such as fire prevention, public fire safety education and fire investigation.

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Strengthening Security in Our Schools BY SHERIFF SCOTT ISRAEL eporting suspicious activity or perceived threats at our schools just got a whole lot easier. The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with SaferWatch, recently launched an innovative new mobile app that allows users to report non-emergency incidents and tips in real time directly to BSO. The SaferWatch program covers more than 440 public, charter and private schools in Broward and gives students, parents and teachers the ability to submit photos, videos, audio files or text messages anonymously. Whether it’s a case of bullying, overhearing something of concern or witnessing an incident that gives you pause, the app provides a user an easy way to report important tips and information that may have in the past gone unreported. The information is then sent to BSO Criminal Investigations who will review the information and swiftly take the appropriate action. The more eyes and ears we have in the community, the safer we all become. So, if you see something, send something through SaferWatch. Another great feature about SaferWatch is the ability to alert users of an incident or event at any geo-fenced school in Broward County. For instance, if there is an incident at a school, all users of the app at the school and those who have chosen that school for which to receive alerts will be sent a notification through the app in real time. SaferWatch is a remarkable new tool, but it is just one of many ways BSO is working to strengthen school security. This year, BSO is ensuring that an armed school resource officer, deputy or guardian will be on every public and charter school campus in all BSO-patrolled cities, from the open of school to the close of school. Larger schools have more than one deputy to provide for additional coverage. BSO also provides added armed security on every public and charter school campus in BSO-patrolled cities during the beginning and end of each school day, when the most people are coming and going from campuses. In addition, we are also working closely with Broward County Public Schools to assist with the hiring, equipping and training of their armed school guardians for schools in all Broward County districts. We also know that ongoing training and preparation are vital in every profession—especially law enforcement. To that end, we have provided enhanced tactical training to all BSO school resource officers in the area of active shooter; initiated additional active shooter training for all sworn BSO personnel; and trained and equipped all school resource officers with smaller concealable long gun firearms to ensure they have immediate access in the event of an active shooter incident. BSO is making heavy, but prudent use of the Risk Protection Order Act (RPO), or red flag law, which passed earlier this year. The law is a valuable tool to prevent gun violence by helping keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who demonstrate an obvious threat to themselves or others. Already, BSO has utilized RPOs dozens of times—more than any other county in the state. We are working on the formation of a dedicated threat assessment division which will serve as a clearinghouse for all information related to individuals who potentially pose a threat to our schools and the communities we serve. These enhancements are just some of the ways BSO is working to help keep our schools and our children as safe as possible.

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BY DR. MARIA GROSMAN ou are accompanying your child for their regularly scheduled visit to the dentist and you hear those dreaded words “your child has a cavity.” Initial emotions usually consist of anger. You know that you have purchased every dental tool on the dental isle of the pharmacy. There are three spin brushes sitting on the counter (Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Yellow Angry Bird and Monsters Inc.). The toothpaste is bubble gum flavored. There are three hundred dinosaur floss handles in the drawer, a water irrigation system, and two fluoride mouth rinses. The lectures about brushing after every meal occur at least once a week. Do you really have to brush their teeth for them at this age? What could you possibly take away from or bribe them with to achieve better dental care. After getting yourself together, anger subsides and reality sets in. You are not a dentist, but you know that cavities do not go away. They get bigger and they can become painful. Additionally, experience tells you that once pain begins, it usually starts on the weekend when the dentist office is closed. So, what are the choices for treatment? You then find out that the cavity is on a baby molar which is a tooth located in the back of the mouth. It is a moderately deep cavity. The choice is to restore the tooth (some form of filling depending on the extent of decay), extract the tooth, or do nothing. As we already mentioned, the last choice is not usually a very practical option unless the tooth was about to fall out on its own. Then it dawns on you. It is “just a baby tooth” and an adult tooth will follow. In this particular instance, considering what your insurance covers, extraction seems to be the least expensive option. Or is it? Primary teeth, aka “baby” teeth, have many very important functions. Cosmetically, the appearance of the baby teeth has a significant impact on a child’s early self perception. This is especially true of the front teeth. Functionally, the teeth are needed for the all important first stage of digestion, chewing. They also assist in proper speech and phonetics. Lastly (and to an orthodontist most importantly), is space maintenance. The baby teeth are made to hold available space for permanent teeth until they are ready for eruption into the mouth. Without holding these spaces, orthodontic treatment is sure to become more difficult, longer in time, and likely more expensive. There are situations in which the tooth is too compromised and extraction is the only option. However, if there is an option to “save” the tooth, I would more likely consider it an opportunity. It is an opportunity to maintain esthetics, speech, and in most cases save money (if considering long term saving). When I speak to my patients as well as my own children, I like to speak of the baby teeth as being just as important as permanent teeth. We must do this if we expect them to learn good habits which will reward them into their adulthood. 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. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OCTOBER 2018 52


REAL ESTATE

How Long Do We Rise? BY ZONA HORTON, P.A., CRS, GRI REALTOR here are many things we know for sure about Real Estate in Florida. Some of them include: ▸▸ It is a desirable place to live because of weather, water and related activities. ▸▸ It has no state income tax. ▸▸ Homeowners can claim homestead exemption. ▸▸ Employment levels are high. ▸▸ The economy is growing. ▸▸ Housing prices are growing. According to local studies, Miami was 65.4 percent above its long-term pricing trend, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach topped out at 63.4 percent and 58.3 percent, respectively. ▸▸ It maintains a strong demand for housing due to low inventories and our robust economy. ▸▸ It is still experiencing a Seller’s market in most areas To add to that, interest rates are slowly rising. According to the experts, who admit the housing market is difficult to predict, short of a catastrophe, there will not be a downfall of pricing; however, there may be a slowdown of rising prices. According to KCM, some attempt to compare the current housing market to the market leading up to the “boom, bubble and bust” that we experienced a decade ago. They connect price appreciation to that era and conclude that we are on a similar trajectory, speeding toward another housing crisis. KCM goes on to explain, “however, there is a major difference between the two markets. Last decade, while demand was being artificially created by extremely loose lending standards, a tremendous amount of inventory was coming to the market to satisfy that demand.” A normal or balanced market should have approximately six months’ supply of inventory. When the numbers jump to about 11 months’ supply, this could lead to the housing crisis. “When questionable mortgage practices ceased, and demand dried up, there was a glut of inventory on the market which caused prices to drop as there was too much supply and not enough demand,” explained KCM. However, the luxury market has slowed – so the price point of your home may determine the days your home is on the market. Stellar marketing is key to bring in those Buyers. How does today’s Real Estate market differ from the Bubble Days? There are those who believe that low mortgage rates have created an artificial demand in the current market. If interest rates continue to rise, some of the current demand will dry up. So, what about the low inventory? What Inventory Numbers . . . ▸▸ Did we see last year and until now? ▸▸ Are actually moving down and what are the price points? ▸▸ Reflect the luxury market (over $900,000+)? These issues will be addressed in next month’s article. Because of our lack of inventory, if a home is priced right and marketed to the max, a seller can expect: ▸▸ A great price as Buyers may outbid each other ▸▸ A quick sale ▸▸ Fewer challenges as Buyers don’t want to “rock the boat” on the deal and risk angering the Seller To know the market and the marketing that will create desirability for Buyers to buy are just two action items of a true expert. Hiring the “right professional” is key.  How long do we rise? No one knows. Better catch the wave.

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The Difficult Issue of Relocation BY EVAN BARON nyone involved in family law, whether it be an attorney, mediator or even a judge, will agree that relocation cases are often the most difficult and challenging. Let me first explain the concept of relocation. A relocation occurs when one parent is seeking permission to relocate with a minor child more than 50 miles from their home. This generally occurs post judgment, meaning after the parties have already been divorced; although it could be an element that is addressed during the dissolution itself. It is not the parent’s relocation that becomes an issue, but rather the minor child’s. Several years ago, the Florida Legislature passed a relocation statute, which dictates how these matters must proceed. A parent who was or is married to the other parent (paternity cases are not always the same) must receive either written permission from the other parent or a court order allowing the relocation to occur. Assuming there is no agreement between the parents, Florida Statutes require the “relocating parent” to file a Petition to Relocate. If a time-sharing schedule has already been established by the court, a request to modify the time-sharing schedule must also be included. The Petition must be served upon the other parent, who will have twenty days to respond. The petition must include the following language: “A RESPONSE TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION OBJECTING TO RELOCATION MUST BE MADE IN WRITING, FILED WITH THE COURT, AND SERVED ON THE PARENT OR OTHER PERSON SEEKING TO RELOCATE WITHIN 20 DAYS AFTER SERVICE OF THIS SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION TO RELOCATE. IF YOU FAIL TO TIMELY OBJECT TO THE RELOCATION, THE RELOCATION WILL BE ALLOWED, UNLESS IT IS NOT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD, WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE AND WITHOUT A HEARING.” The Petition must include the following: ▸▸ A description of the location of the intended new residence, including the state, city and specific address if known ▸▸ The home telephone number of the intended new residence ▸▸ The date of the intended move ▸▸ A detailed statement of the specific reasons for the proposed relocation. If it is based upon a job offer which has been reduced to writing, it must be attached. ▸▸ A proposal for the modified time-sharing schedule. In deciding whether to grant the relocation, the Court must consider: ▸▸ The relationship between the minor child and the nonrelocating parent ▸▸ The age and developmental stage of the child and the likely impact a relocation will have on that child ▸▸ The feasibility of preserving the relationship between the child and the nonrelocating parent ▸▸ The child’s preference, taking into consideration the age and maturity of the child ▸▸ Whether the relocation will enhance the general quality of life for the child and the parent seeking relocation ▸▸ The reasons the nonrelocating parent is in fact objecting ▸▸ The current economic and employment circumstances of each parent ▸▸ Whether the relocation is being sought in good faith ▸▸ Any other factor affecting the best interests of the child As you can see, this is a complicated issue. It would be best for both parties to seek legal counsel before considering such a move.

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