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CONTENTS PUBLISHERS PAGE 12 Thanksgiving Traditions, Old and New

CALENDAR PAGE 14 November 2019

COMMUNITY NEWS 18 Harvest Drive Shifts Into High Gear 22 Recycled Fashion Show Supports Creativity and Charity 24 Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Fundraiser Celebrates 20-Year Partnership with NSU

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

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40 What is the Value of Your Health?

FEATURE STORY 20 Fox Vein and Laser Experts: Diagnosis & Treatment of Venous Disease, Tattoo Removal & Laser Procedures

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ASK THE SHERIFF 42 Celebrating Our Diversity

ASK THE MAYOR 43 Davie Update

30 There is a Rising Star Among Us! 32 Best Friends Help Team USA Bring Home the Gold!

ASK THE EXPERT 34 How Is Ankle Arthritis Treated? 39 Beware of the Sippy Cup

LEGALLY SPEAKING 37 Life Can Change in an Instant 41 The Basic Issues Of Divorce

REAL ESTATE 38 Speaking of Taxes...

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PUZZLE PAGE 41 Answer Key 46 Crossword and Sudoku

PET OF THE MONTH 45 Meet “Piper”

SCENE ON SCENE 48 “Best of Davie” Snapshots

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 49 “Our City Davie” Goes to Nashville, TN

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Thanksgiving Traditions, Old and New BY CHRISTY & TERRY JAILLET

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annual banquet benefits the GHOF which conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine 1st Annual Mission BBQ Golf environment. The GHOF also fund Tournament - Benefiting Honor Flight– affiliated researchers working to better South Florida.Honor Flight flies WW2, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans understand our ocean ecosystem and to Washington D.C. for a day and honors educators helping to foster the next era of marine conservationists. $300 them one more time with a tour of per person and $2,500 for a table of the monuments, a mail call and so 10. 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fort Lauderdale much more! When they return they Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in are greeted by a couple of thousand Fort Lauderdale. For tickets, visit www. people who are cheering for them and guyharvey.com/2019-ghof-banquet-andtaking pictures at the airport. It’s very heartwarming to salute these men and fundraiser.html. women one more time! We’re looking for foursomes and potential sponsors. John the Baker is supplying lunch and Mission BBQ is serving dinner! We’ll also be doing some raffles and various other contests! www.HonorFlightGolf. SwampFest Bluegrass Festival– South com Davie Golf Club 8201 Nova Drive, Florida Bluegrass Association, presents Davie, Florida, 33324 “An Afternoon in Mayberry” with Rodney Dillard of the Dillard Family (aka the Darlings on the Andy Griffith Show)​and local favorites Uproot Hootenanny and ​Florida State Bluegrass Band. Other local bands scheduled to perform include Jacksonian Music Factory, Alligator Alley and Pine Island Express. Bring your own acoustic instrument to strum along in the Jam Tent. Admission is $19.95 ages 12 and up/ $12.95 ages 3-11. Children 2 and under, as well as members of Flamingo Gardens and South Florida Bluegrass Association, enter free. Narrated Tram Tour is included in the price of admission.​Chairs are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Tents, coolers, and outside food or beverages are not allowed. Veterans enter free with ID Kids’ Corner @ The Frank– Join The and immediate family is half price at Frank for story time! Together with ticket booth only. 10:00am to 4:30pm. their guardian, children ages eight Flamingo Gardens, 3750 S. Flamingo and under build literacy and engage in Rd, Davie. www.flamingogardens.org/ art activities related to the upcoming swampfest-bluegrass-festival.html exhibition, Inflated. The featured story book will be “Monkey Balloon” by Rebecca Eisenberg and Mindy Winebrenner. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free and open to the public. Noon to 1 pm. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

11th Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society -meeting –The speaker for this meeting will be American Orchid Society accredited judge Carol Holdren. She will speak on “Orchids Everyone Should Have.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Gallery in Flamingo Gardens. www. flamingogardensorchidsociety.com. 305-308-6531.

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11th Annual Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) Banquet-– Guests will enjoy dinner, open bar, live musical entertainment, a video retrospective of the exciting ocean expeditions and research findings from 2019 and a live and silent auction with original Guy Harvey artwork, exciting trips and unique gifts. The 14 NOVEMBER 2019 | OUR CITY DAVIE | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

enjoying adult beverages and delicious bites. Guests will also get to explore The Hangar, MODS’ new, high-tech Makerspace, located in the remastered and expanded To Fly Aviation Exhibit Hall. Tickets are $20 for Museum Members and $25 for Non-Members. Tickets include one drink ticket, exhibit exploration, and science demonstrations. Cash bar, drinks and bites will be available for purchase. 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. To purchase tickets visit, please visit www.Blacktie-South Florida.com. For more information, please call 954.713.0913

15th Young At Art Museum 14th Annual Recycled Fashion Show: Artists Restyled– Cheer in the audience as teens from the museum’s volunteer program and PACE Center Broward present their handmade, environmentallyconscious designs inspired by artists Veterans Day Ceremony –Let’s pay of their choice. Each teen designer tribute to the brave women and men spends an average of 70+ hours creating of the United States military at the garments under the mentorship and Pembroke Pines Charles F. Dodge guidance of YAA’s Teaching Artist team. City Center Memorial Park located at This program includes college level 601 City Center Way. The ceremony coursework in concept development, starts promptly at noon and includes fashion design, pattern making and the presentation of colors and guest speakers; refreshments and snack items sewing, culminating in an exceptional and inspiring evening event. The will be served upon conclusion of the event. No pets are allowed. To purchase celebratory evening will feature a professional runway show with music, a commemorative brick to honor a U.S. emcee, restaurant tastings and artistic Veteran please call 954-392-2116. experiences throughout the museum galleries. 7pm to 11pm. $45, $40 for YAA members. Young At Art Museum | 751 SW 121st Ave. Davie, FL 33325 | 954-4240085 | info@youngatartmuseum.org

14th The Museum of Discovery and Science will host Discovery After Dark: “MODS Makes”–The adults-only sciencethemed event invites guests to socialize, create and collaborate with hands-on STEM experiences, augmented reality and Magic Leap Technology while

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Opening Reception of “Inflated”– The Frank presents “Inflated,” an exhibition that turns the concept of volume on its head through the collection of immersive sensory installations in which expansive sculptures are softly buoyant and two dimensional works extrude energetically from the walls. Guests will enjoy a special live painting performance by Wynwood artist, Ryan the Wheelbarrow. This event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 6 to 8 p.m. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

15th-17th, 22nd-24th ACT presents EVELYN IN PURGATORY by Topher Payne–-Often called “The Breakfast Club for teachers,” Evelyn in Purgatory is a funny dramatic com-edy based on the actual NYC public school Reassignment Centers where teachers were sent following a complaint against them. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door, Pine Island Multipurpose Center, 3801 South Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328. For further information call 954327-3941 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) or email actofdavie2016@gmail.com​

16th 5th Annual Classic Car Show–You won’t want to miss Southwest Ranches hottest event of the year. A Classic car show combined with a chili cook off=Spicy Fun. 10am-3pm. Rolling Oaks Park, 17630 SW 56th Street. For more information on entering your car or famous chili, e-mail festival@ swranchesparks.org Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament–Whether you participate as a sponsor or an individual/team player, This is a great way to gain exposure for your business and offers the opportunity to network with many business leaders in our area. Held at The Pembroke Lakes Golf Course with a 1pm shotgun start, this tournament will feature several contests with cash prizes and an award ceremony. Awards include 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place. Additionally, it includes some fun contests such as Closest to the pin, Longest Drive, Longest Putt and Best Dressed Golfer. Noon to 6:30pm. 10500 Taft Street Pembroke Pines, FL 33026. Contact Robert Goltz, at (954) 432.9808 or robert@ miramarpembrokepines.org for more information.

18th Annual Storybook Festiva–- The free Storybook Festival brings together children’s literature, art, music, dance, performances, storytelling and the joys of reading into a memorable day. This year will feature graphic novels, including comic books and cartoons. Furthermore, the author and illustrator of the CatStronauts series, Drew Brockington, will be one of the special guests. The first 1,000 children in attendance will receive a free book. Children are encouraged to arrive at the Festival in costume to participate in the Story Book Parade which begins promptly at 11:00 a.m 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Pembroke Pines Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines.

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Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 6 to 8 p.m. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

17th Jazz in the Pines –Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with both family and friends at a free Sunday concert. Take in the music of Melina Almodovar and see the work of Live Painting Artist Gabriela Esquivel. For complete comfort bring a chair or blanket. Weather permitting. 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Charles F. Dodge City Center located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines. Pets are not permitted. Please call the Special Events Office at 954-392-2116 if you have any questions.

19th Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Fibromyalgia Support Group Meeting– This free group is for people living with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It features a discussion and guest speakers on topics ranging from medical research and coping mechanisms to disability benefits and medications. Friends and family are welcome to attend.12:30 P.M. David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Nina and Louis Silverman Campus, in the Holocaust Learning Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road, Davie. Group Facilitator: Steven Kruger 954-4340290 skruger24@aol.com

21st Frank Contemporaries–- a free monthly pop-up exhibition and meet-up for emerging creative and visual arts professionals to network and foster connections. The November Frank Contemporaries will spotlight artists of Studio 18 in the Pines, Pembroke Pines’ very own arts incubator that offers affordable space and professional development opportunism for emerging and mid-career artists. Featured artists of the evening include Ana Aguerrevere, Yochi Yakir-Avin, Laurence Levine and Rey Lozano. This event is free to the public.

23rd The Frank Workshop: Spray Paint in Motion with Ryan Wheelbarrow– In this fast-paced workshop, Wynwood artist Ryan the Wheelbarrow will demonstrate high-energy spray painting techniques that combine layering, masking and movement. Students will learn authentic street art techniques using water-based nontoxic spray paints. Ages 12+. This event is free and open to the public. All materials provided and no prior experience is required. No advance registration required. First come, first served. Seating is limited. Observers not permitted. 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

DEC 2nd Southwest Ranches December Holiday Lights Contest–Santa’s Elves will be out and about the Town looking for the 3 most festive holiday-decorated homes! To participate, please be sure to fill out the Entry Form by Monday December 2nd, judging will take place on Monday, December 9th, and awards will be given out on Thursday, December 12th!! skutz@southwestranches.org


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

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write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article (by 11/30/19) you will receive my entire new patient exam for $55. That’s with x-rays, biomechanical exam, history and consultation…the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell you THAT YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR TREATMENT, WHICH IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR DISCOUNTED, OR REDUCED FEE FOR SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT.

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want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the left. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar

Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well

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out impurities and uses alpha and beta hydroxy acids and led lights to moisturize and make the skin glow Dr. Susan B. Fox, D.O., RPVI, FSVM is board certified in vascular medicine, phlebology, internal medicine and is a vein and laser expert. She, and her team, have successfully performed tens of thousands of vein and laser procedures. She has lectured across the county, even developing her own procedures and techniques. Fox Vein and Laser Experts have received numerous awards, including the 2019 Best of Weston and the 2018 Our City Readers’ Choice awards. Dr. Fox has also been featured on American and Latin America television programs as a vein expert. She has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. We sat down with Dr. Fox to learn more about the practice. Tell us about your practice. We are a premier vein and laser treatment center in Broward County, with locations in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood. We specialize in the

diagnosis and treatment of venous disease as well as offering several minimally invasive treatments, using our state-of-the-art laser equipment, to treat other issues. We are one of the only providers in South Florida with the PicoWay® laser. This allow us to remove unwanted tattoos and skin discolorations more effectively and more quickly than other methods. With tens of thousands of successful procedures, we have the experience to remove or reduce spider and varicose veins. We help our patients reduce swelling, aching and discomfort. Our medical team evaluates each patient’s individual Before condition and helps them determine which treatment is right for them. We accept most medical insurance plans for medically necessary procedures and offer payment After options for cosmetic procedures. What makes your practice different from others? We are experienced experts in treating vascular disease and skin treatments. In fact, Fox Vein and Laser Experts is a training facility for vein procedures. I have successfully taught physicians and medical personnel in the treatment of venous disease and the use of lasers for over a decade. I was one of the first doctors in the country to perform endovenous laser ablation and I have performed thousands of successful endogenous laser ablations for over a decade. I was the first physician in Broward County

to perform the ClariVein® procedure and one of the first in the U.S. to offer this treatment. In short, we are very experienced at what we do. Our patients’ health and the success of the procedure are our priority. What is Vein Disease? Vein disease is a disorder that occurs when vein valves stop functioning correctly. Normally, the vein valves keep blood moving back toward the heart. When the valves stop functioning properly, some blood will drip slowly downward, causing it to collect in the legs and ankles. Over time, this can lead to spider veins, varicose veins, phlebitis, blood clots and changes in the skin. According to studies, more than ¼ of American adults have some form of venous disease in their legs. Left untreated, you may notice more discolored veins in your legs, or your ankles becoming swollen and turning brown or blue. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our office for a consultation. Do You offer Hair Removal? Yes! In addition to being an effective tool for treating spider veins and sunspots, our GentleMax Pro® laser is incredibly effective at hair removal. Laser hair removal is one of the most convenient and long-lasting ways to eliminate unwanted hair. This machine delivers direct bursts of laser energy to the skin, passing through its uppermost layers and targeting follicles. As the follicles absorb this energy, they will rupture. After the follicle has ruptured, it is no longer able to produce hair. Over a series of treatments, all of the follicles in an area will be ruptured, halting hair growth and leaving the surface of the skin smooth and hair-free. The GentleMax


is & Treatment of ser Procedures Pro® laser is so quick and effective, it decreases the number of treatments patients need. Typically, between four and six sessions over a 12-month period are necessary to achieve dramatic hair loss results. You mentioned tattoo removal, tell us more. Tattoos can be a fun, creative way for people to express themselves. However, sometimes, people regret getting these permanent works of art – that’s why we’re proud to offer our patients access to the gold standard of laser tattoo remove technology – The

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difficult for some patients to tolerate. The PicoWay® laser uses short bursts of laser energy to break up pigmentation. These short bursts are more effective and less painful than traditional laser treatments. Can PicoWay® be used for scar removal as well? Yes, the PicoWay® laser is also quite effective at removing or reducing scars. Because the laser uses short, intense bursts of light, treatment times are significantly shorter than other laser-based scar revision procedures. Patients typically experience little to no downtime following a treatment session as well. What other procedures to you offer? We now offer the Vivace™ Microneedle treatment. This, FDA approved, minimally invasive treatment stimulates the natural production of collagen and is shown to be effective in alleviating facial wrinkles, fine lines, and tightening and toning the face, neck, hands and body. This procedure is quick, does not hurt and has virtually no recovery time. How can patients make an appointment? Patients can make an appointment at either of our locations by calling 954-627-1045 or by visiting our website www.FoxVeinExperts.com

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Recycled Fashion Show Supports Creativity and Charity BY STACEY BOMSER

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wo local students will have their designs featured during Young At Art Museum’s 14th Annual Recycled Fashion Show: Artists Restyled presented by Brian and Nelly Rice. Ashley Rapp and Katherine Lanza are just two of the aspiring artists chosen to present their handmade, environmentally conscious Ashley designs at the event on November 15th. Rapp working on This is the second time both her dress students have participated in this design for this year’s unique program during which teens fashion from the museum’s volunteer program show. and PACE Center Broward debut their couture gowns before an appreciative audience of museum supporters and fashionistas. “Last year I decided to try something new and entered the Recycled Fashion Show,” states Western High School junior Katherine Lanza. “I had no prior experience making a garment whatsoever, but I found myself enjoying the process. So, this year I decided why not make another dress?” Katharine says the inspiration behind her gown came from the kitchen. “One day I saw my mom taking some onions out of her grocery bag. That was when I thought, ‘This is it. This is what my dress will

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be made out of.’ I used any and all forms of packaging fruit and vegetables came in.” American Heritage 11th grader Ashley Rapp also entered this contest somewhat on a whim. “I had previously never worked in fashion and I wanted to expand my artistic abilities.” She says the inspiration behind her design is the silverback gorilla, the endangered animal she was assigned. Ashley used magazines to assemble her gown. “I wanted to use magazines to make my dress to show one of the main causes for the endangerment of the gorilla, deforestation.” Teen designers spend an average of 70 hours creating their garment under the mentorship and guidance of Young At Art’s Teaching Artist team. The free program provides college-level coursework in concept development, fashion design, pattern making and sewing. Other student volunteers model the dresses during a professional runway show complete with music and Miami Fashion Week Founder Beth Sobel as emcee. 2019 Project Runway winner Sebastian Grey will serve as one of the judges. Patrons will be treated to restaurant tastings and artistic experiences throughout the museum galleries. Funds raised from the Recycled Fashion Show

Katherine Lanza poses with her model during last year’s fashion show. The dress was made of newspapers representing the elephant’s loss of habitat.

support Young At Art’s Girls ‘N Power genderempowerment program as well as the museum’s other community initiatives which provide free art programming for homeless and low-income children, teens and families. The Recycled Fashion Show: Artists Restyled takes place on Friday, November 15th from 7-11pm at Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Avenue in Davie. The cost is $40 for museum members and $45 for nonmembers. All ages are welcome. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.youngatartmuseum.org/fashionshow.php.


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Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Fundraiser Celebrates 20-Year Partnership with NSU BY CHRISTY JAILLET

Guy Havey and his foundation, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the NSU Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI) during the foundation’s annual ocean conservation fundraising dinner at the Marriott Harbor Beach in Fort Lauderdale, on November 2nd. It will also honor Nova Southeastern University’s President and CEO Dr. George L. Hanbury II at the event. “This year is particularly special, as we honor both Dr. Hanbury and the incredible scientists and groundbreaking research at GHRI,” said Dr. Guy Harvey.

The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, whose world headquarters is located in Davie, conducts scientific research and sponsors educational programs aimed at conserving our oceans. The foundation wants to ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem. It also funds oceanic research and educational programs that target the next generation of marine conservationists. Guy Harvey, the foundation’s namesake, is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer. He is best known for his iconic artwork depicting sea-life. His sportfish depictions are popular with fishermen and can be found on t-shirts, posters and even cruise ships around the world. Guy is a 10th generation Jamaican and grew up in and around the ocean. His childhood passion for the ocean fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Guy graduated, with honors, from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977 with a degree in Marine Biology. After leaving university, he returned home to Jamaica and resumed his education, earning a Ph.D. from the

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Tickets are on sale now for the Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm, Saturday evening show at 8:00 pm (sold-out), and the Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. All Matinee tickets are only $30 each and the Gala Performance is $40 per ticket. Call the theater box office at 954-344-5990 or visit www.CoralSpringsCenterForTheArts.com to purchase tickets. There will be a special performance for non-profit organizations and Girl Scouts on Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm. Group sales and Girl Scout Leaders can call 954-224-0024 for ticket information.

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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER PATIENTS

Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Diplomate American Board of Surgery Diplomate, Society of Surgical Oncology Former Medical Director Memorial Cancer Center Medical Director, Atlas Oncology: Institute for Pancreatic Cancer IRE/NanoKnife Ablation

Patients diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer have few treatment options. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation or IRE for short has changed that for many patients who are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies. Dr. Robert Donoway, who has one of the largest International experiences for performing this procedure on the pancreas and liver is a Hollywood based, Sloan Kettering trained Pancreatic Surgical Oncologist, and former medical director of two of the local cancer programs remains among a very small handful of Pancreatic surgeons who perform the procedure which is done in the operating room as an outpatient. During the procedure, Dr. Donoway places fine needle probes under direct ultrasound guidance into and around the pancreatic tumor while carefully avoiding critical structures. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is then delivered in 90-microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The pulses destroy the cancer cell membranes which then causes the tumor to die and be absorbed by the body. The average procedure lasts approximately 1-2 hours and the patients may be discharged the following day. A brief recovery means the patient can start chemotherapy and radiation that much sooner. Dr. Donoway is participating in several clinical studies identifying the best chemotherapy and immunotherapies to be used along with IRE. Dr. Donoway states, “The results so far have been very encouraging and we have begun using it for other select cancers. The longest survivors are now out over 5 years and without evidence of cancer recurrence. In the past, without IRE they would have been likely to have only lived a year and so this technique opens the whole new avenue for treating those eligible patients in a more targeted fashion.”

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embroke Pines’ Preston C. Howell secured a spot on the 17th season of NBC’s “The Voice.” On October 1st, Preston sang “Dream a Little Dream of Me” by The Mamas & The Papas during a blind audition on the TV show. He earned a rare, almost immediate, four-chair turn and then a standing ovation from the show’s celebrity coaches. During the blind auditions, the celebrity coaches listen to contestants without seeing them. Coaches then compete for top contestants by spinning their chairs around, indicating their desire

originality is something that is gonna take you really far, and possibly to the finale on this show. Obviously I would love to be your coach. I hope you pick me.” John Legend proclaimed, “Most of the time this show is about fireworks and big riffs and big runs, but you said, ‘I’m gonna do a standard and I’m just gonna sound beautiful doing it.’ The whole idea that you could come out here and do this at your age, to do a song that most people wouldn’t have the cojones to do is such an audacious undertaking. A lot of people know I love the kind of music that you did.”

a professional theater group and has performed in more plays than he can count, but recently decided to focus on singing. Last year he joined a youth a cappella group, Acapop. Recently he started singing in a local pop group, Miami Squadz, which performs at community and charity events. Preston loves to give back to the community with this pop group. In September they performed for special needs kids at a Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital family resource fair. Preston is a sophomore in high

Finally, Blake Shelton pitched, “Your voice is timeless. You’re either born with that or you’re not. And, you were born with that (voice) not very long ago. When you can do what you just did and get all four of us to turn around, congratulations. I’d be honored to be your coach.” As Preston chose his coach, he paused and quietly said, “I pick, I gotta pick John,” securing himself a spot on Team Legend. Preston is the youngest contestant Legend has coached while on The Voice. Preston has always loved music. He grew up singing jazz with his dad. He loves listening to the standards and enjoys dancing while performing. He started performing in choir and joined the Broadway Kids theater group at eight years old. He later joined

school and hopes to become a jazz-pop solo artist. It looks like his dreams may come true! Tune in to see how far our Pembroke Pines neighbor goes in the 17th season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Photo: Justin Lubin/NBC for the contestant to join their team. As his family stood excitedly behind the stage, Preston heard four different pitches from coach/ singers John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and, Gwen Stefani. Each of the coaches vyed to have Preston on his/her team. They were astounded by Preston’s young age (14). Gwen Steffani was in awe. She said, “How is it you are fourteen and your voice sounds like that? When I turned around, you didn’t look like your voice was coming out of your body… We all would die to have you on our team. I would really love to work with you.” Kelly Clarkson gushed, “What I love most about you, Preston, is that you didn’t imitate. Yes, you obviously have that influence, that big band sound, but 30 NOVEMBER 2019 | OUR CITY DAVIE | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

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Best Friends Help Team USA Bring Home the Gold BY JON DUKA

Life-long best friends, Spencer Butt and Brandon Barriera helped the USA Baseball 15U National Team take home the gold at the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup America in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The American Heritage Academy classmates teamed with 18 other boys from around the country for the tournament. The team won eight of nine games on their road to victory. The win marks the fourth consecutive U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier gold medal for the red,

white and blue (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), and the third straight international title after the 15U National Team won its first-ever world championship at the 2018 WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup.

Spencer, a freshman who resides in Davie, and Barriera, a sophomore from Coconut Creek, started their adventure in Houston Texas, where the team met for training and two scrimmage games. Following the short training camp, the team jetted off to Mexico for the tournament. Brandon is a pitcher. He started one of the games during the tournament against Panama. He went 4 1/3 innings and recorded four strikeouts during the contest. Spencer pitches like his friend, and also plays in the middle infield. He is just 14 years old and will be eligible to play on the National team again next year. The USA Baseball National team is one of the most selective teams in the sporting world. Just 20 players make each of the seven age-based teams nationally. More than 3 million American youth play baseball every year. Having a close friend to share the experience with made the tournament even more special for Spencer and Brandon. Team Manager, Troy Cameron commented, “this group of guys represented our nation in the best way possible… they are great teammates, work their tails off and went no-stop until we brought home a gold medal.” Spencer, who is only 14, will be eligible to play

on the U-15 team again next year. This is his second experience playing on a USA Baseball National Team. His experience, undoubtedly, will be extremely helpful for him and his teammates in the future. Both boys look forward to helping American Heritage back to the 4A state championship game again in 2020. Last year the Patriots lost to Calvary Christian in the state championship, 2-1.

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ost people with ankle arthritis have a history of an injury. This would include a fracture, an acute sprain or series of sprains. Studies indicate that arthritic changes may develop anywhere from ten to 34 years after an injury. Other causes include rheumatoid arthritis, genetic predisposition, and side effects related to oral and injectable medication such as steroids. There are many solutions for ankle arthritis depending on the severity of the disease. Oral steroid or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (Alleve, Advil) may be used if needed with the understanding that these drugs are not innocuous and have side effects. Historically physicians will inject a combination of local anesthetic and steroid into the joint to break the pain cycle and provide long-lasting anti-inflammatory effects. Frequent injection of steroid has the potential to accelerate arthritis and must be used cautiously. Recent technology has provided safer and perhaps more beneficial options which appear to be promising for arthritis. Recently, published FDA approved pilot studies in well-known orthopedic journals examined

the success of an injectable compound called hyaluronic acid (Hyalgan) otherwise known as viscosupplementation in the ankle. The compound is derived from rooster combs and has anti-inflammatory effects while acting as a joint lubricant. Patients had improved symptoms based on the degree of arthritis, but its effects did not last as long as the knee. Other injectable options include PRP or platelet rich plasma and stem cell injections which have been shown to also provide considerable benefit – at least comparable to viscosupplementation. The treatment has recently gained traction in the science of tissue repair and is now becoming part of a practitioner’s standard practice. Nutritional supplements such as glucosamine chondroitin compounds have received favorable reviews from respected medical journals; one study indicated that their use directly after an acute injury accelerated cartilage healing. More advanced ankle arthritis may require the aid of bracing and shoe modifications although this may not be the desired treatment option for active patients or patients who are not candidates for surgery. Treatment for late stage ankle arthritis has otherwise been traditionally attended to by surgeons with fusion where worn-out joint surfaces are removed and held together with metal implants to create a stiff and painless joint. Fusion has been proven to be very successful in relieving pain and is a permanent solution to painful advanced ankle arthritis. Its shortcom-

ings include a tendency to develop arthritis in the adjacent joints of the foot. Finally, total ankle replacement is a technique which replaces the ankle with an artificial joint. The purpose and benefits of a total ankle replacement is to relieve pain and regain most of the ankle’s normal function. By doing so it restores a near normal gait. It is not designed to withstand running. The ideal patient for a total ankle replacement is an individual who has little to no malalignment of the ankle, good pulses and sensation, and a near normal body mass index. Poorly controlled diabetics, patients with significant malalignment, sensory neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease are generally not good candidates. Ankle replacements have an average life span of ten to 15 years at which time they may be revised or converted to a fusion. Ankle arthritis continues to be a challenging condition for the foot and ankle specialist, yet we are very fortunate as recent technological advances have greatly improved our ability to treat the condition. Michael M Cohen, DPM, is a Board-Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon and Diplomate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and Board Certified and Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He practices with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida specializing in lower leg injuries and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. The practice includes Robert Sheinberg DPM, Al DeSimone MD, Fernando Moya MD PhD, Alexander Bertot MD, David Shenassa MD, Carlo Messina DPM, Franz Jones DO and John Goodner DPM. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www.SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.org

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Life Can Change in an Instant BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE ll too frequently we are reminded that even the happiest of times can turn to despair in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it’s learning that your best friend suffered a massive heart attack or receiving a call that your cousin was killed by a drunk driver. In today’s world, there are too many tragedies highlighting life’s fragility. Whether in our own Parkland backyard, a nightclub in Orlando, an elementary school in Newtown, a WalMart parking lot in El Paso, a church in Charleston or a country music festival in Las Vegas, we are forced over and over again to face the reality that life can change in an instant. What all of these events have in common is that left behind were devastated families, friends and communities. Innocent people, just living their lives, had no idea their souls would be leaving this earth. We can agree that life does not always go the way you expected. Plans put off until later, may never happen. As an attorney specializing in wills and trusts, I see first hand what may happen to a family after an unexpected death. During a very emotional time, a grieving family is left to clean up a legal and financial mess left behind. To prevent this, I strongly recommend consulting with a qualified estate planning attorney to create an estate plan to take care of your family and assets after you are gone. But as a caring and responsible parent or spouse, there are things you should think about and take care of now. Let’s start with your minor children. Have you thought about who will care for them if you are not around? What about financial support? Do you know if you have the right amount, and the right type, of life insurance for your particular family needs? What about college? How will that be paid for? Do you help look after or support your parents? What will happen to them if you are not around? Now, think for a moment about what your final wishes for your family might be. How do you want to leave assets to your heirs? Are there charities you wish to contribute to? Who will inherit your business and real estate? There are many other questions to consider. Perhaps the lesson to be learned from tragedy is to always try to live a good life full of kindness and gratitude, and to remember to love and cherish our families and friends every day. The reality is that we do not know what the future holds. Life can change in an instant. What are you waiting for?

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BY ZONA HORTON, P.A., CRS, GRI REALTOR here are still tax benefits for selling your Florida property, and you can enjoy lower taxes when you move to other areas in the state. Florida is one of the few states that has no state income tax which accounts for the number one reason families are moving to our state at a rapid rate. When you sell your existing home, selling costs are still allowed under the new tax law if tied to the sale of the home and a married couple – or a single taxpayer – lived in the home for at least two out of the five years preceding the sale. The home must be your principal residence. Under the new tax code, homeowners (and home sellers) can deduct the interest on up to only $750,000 of mortgage debt, though homeowners who got their mortgage before Dec. 15, 2017, can continue deducting up to the original amount up to $1 million. Remember, exclude up to $250,000 of the capital gains from the sale if you’re single, and $500,000 if married. The only big catch is you must have lived in your home at least two of the past five years. Most who sell in Florida buy in Florida. Florida ranks 24th nationally in property tax collections per capita, at $1,278 per person. However, we have no state income tax. Other areas in Florida have lower local tax burdens. Which city has the lowest overall local tax burden? According to Florida Realtors, Palm Bay. An average property tax rate in 2017 was $625 per $100,000 in home value. So, for a $250,000 home in Palm Bay, the annual property tax bill is only about $1,562. Which was the highest? West Palm Beach. In 2017, the average property tax rate in West Palm Beach was about $1,203 per $100,000 in home value. Based on the average rate, the annual property tax on our hypothetical couple’s $250,000 home in the city would be about $3,008. With a population of just over 105,146, Davie has an estimated annual local tax of about $4,292. The 2017 average property tax rate in Davie was $1,081 per $100,000 of property value, which is among the 10 highest rates on our list. That puts the annual property tax bill for a $250,000 home in the city at right around $2,704. The total state and local sales tax rate in Davie is 7% (second-lowest in the rankings). The city’s combined state and local gas tax is imposed at the highest rate – 38.025 cents per gallon. Davie imposes a 10% public service tax on electricity; however, there are no local public service taxes on water. Most who sell in the higher-priced counties in South Florida, purchase in some of the lesser-priced and lesser taxed areas of the state. As winter sets in on our neighbors to the north, you will be happy that you relocated to Florida. However, most Florida homeowners have accumulated equity. While the singlefamily home is still deemed to be the desired boutique item, it may make sense to purchase your next home (and perhaps pay cash) and still remain somewhere in Sunny Florida Zona Horton has been successfully selling Real Estate in South Florida for over 30 years. She works for the international Keller Williams family of companies and serves Davie, Cooper City and surrounding cities. Call her for all your Real Estate needs. For information, visit www.ZonaHorton.com or send an email to zonahorton@gmail.com.


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tongue. When the liquid is milk or juice, the result is an increased likelihood of developing cavities. The importance of this is highlighted by the 10 % rise in occurrence of cavities in 2-5 year olds in this decade vs. last. The following are sippy cup tips recommended by the America Association of Pediatric Dentistry: 1. Use sippy cups as they were intended, as a transitional tool from bottle to cup. They therefore should not be used for extended periods of time. 2. Sippy cups should be filled with juice or milk for meals only. 3. A child should not be using a sippy cup for bedtime or naps, unless filled with water. 4. Diluting juice does not significantly reduce the cavity causing ability of the juice Whether it is potty training, removal of a pacifier, or discontinuing the use of a bottle, transitioning our children can be an extremely challenging part of parenting. It is our opinion, that patience and consistency are the keys to success. In terms of the transition from the bottle, we highly recommend creating a routine that promotes the drinking of water. Juices and milk should be saved for meal times only. Getting your child used to this early will surely help reduce the need for avoidable dental treatment. 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.

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ypically, this is not something we think about until our health is negatively impacted and affecting our quality of life. The truth is more than anything else- finance, relationships, material items … health is everything. Without health, we cannot live the quality of life we had intended. How many of us take for granted our health status? And do we really know how we measure up? Without a Functional Medicine approach, you really are missing the boat. Functional Medicine’s goal is to optimize health and prevent bad things from happening not merely being reactive to and managing chronic illness. Most providers of traditional medicines have a focus that is very different as they are reactive to illness and then pile on one medicine after another to treat and manage the symptoms. They rarely have a game plan of weaning you off any medicine they have started. Often times, this approach leads to a piling of medications that simply treat the side effects of the original medication that was administered. The question to ask is … Are you really better with this approach to medicine? Did this really treat your original complaints properly? Or has a band-aid been placed on the item of concern to manage the symptom and not the root cause? I have great news – Functional Medicine is all about prevention and finding the root cause of illness. It is a medicine that uses natural medical grade nutracueticals to correct the deficiencies that may be the root cause of your illness and thus impacting your overall quality of life. In our practice we have had much success in the treatment of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol with management solely on re-creating balance of hormones, life- style and medical grade nutraceuticals through our patented program of Opti-Life. Our goal is to optimize your health and quality of life. So again, how do you measure up? This is where functional medicine shines. Functional medicine uses more stringent parameters when assessing your labs not the regular bell curve which takes into account, 20% of the population which is really sick when coming up with the quote on quote normal range. The Functional Medicine interpretation of the labs is essential to optimization. Using a narrower criteria of “normal” and being aggressive with a corrective plan of care is crucial is preventing health care disasters. For instance, the onset of diabetes and many other chronic health ailments have laboratory signs that were not optimal prior to the progression of diagnosis. Our goal is to prevent these diagnosis’. If you already have a diagnosis and are currently being treated – how is your report card of labs. Are you in the best percentile of the range? If not, then what are you really treating? What is the value of your health and are you ready to find out how you measure up? Let us help you on your journey to Health Optimization. n Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954.384.8989.   Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston.  www.BellissimoMedical.com 


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BY EVAN BARON t seems that DIVORCE is often misunderstood. Unfortunately everyone seems to know someone who is either going through a divorce or has been divorced. Everyone has heard various “horror To solve the Sudoku puzzle, each row, column and stories” about someone’s divorce case. Many people box must contain the numbers 1 to 9. who come to my office for a consultation are lost or confused as to what may lie ahead. A common question is “how do I start this?” Even though every case is obviously different from the next, most cases deal with the same general issues one might encounter in a divorce. I thought it might be helpful to briefly touch upon each one of these. 1. Equitable Distribution: This is the principle by which assets accumulated and debts incurred during the marriage are divided. In most TRAINED IN THE cases the division will be an equal division of both assets and debts. This COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS however is not always true. Florida Statutes allows a Judge to consider Divorce • Relocation • Custody various factors in determining the possibility of an unequal distribuChild Support • Domestic Violence tion. In addition, non marital assets (assets owned prior to the marriage or received from a source unconnected with the marriage; such as an Continuing to serve the inheritance) will not be divided unless these assets were co-mingled with Weston, Davie and Pines areas marital assets or gifted to the other spouse. with over 30 years of experience. FREE CONSULTATIONS 2. Alimony: Alimony is not an issue in every case. There are a number 1655 North Commerce Pkwy, Suite 202 of factors which must be considered in addressing alimony. There are Weston, Florida 33326 several different kinds of alimony which are contained within the law. Law@DivorceBroward.com After Hours: 954-850-3357 The one most people think Our City Media 11/19 Crossword of is “permanent alimony”, The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience. which is a sum of money paid on a monthly income until death or remarriage by Solution the receiving spouse. This is based upon, among other factors, length of marriage, Copyright S P A ©2019 PuzzleJunction.com P A M G I N lifestyle of the parties and S A G A A D E T O M B need and ability. E V E N I L E A L O E There are however other R E N O W N E D Y O K E forms of alimony which T E E T R E can be addressed. These P R E S E N T T A R O are usually for a specific time period, with a beginning and ending date. L E A S E C O D R A Y These payments can be classified under Rehabilitative Alimony (a sum of B E L A T E D O M E N money to allow a spouse to further his/her education or training), “Bridge A B A T I N the Gap Alimony” (a sum of money paid monthly for a term of months or S T E P O N I T G R I M years) or Lump Sum Alimony (a lump sum payment). W I N E S O L E T A X 3. Child Support: To be paid by the parent who has the lesser amount A M Sudoku A E S NSolution E T A I L of time sharing to the parent who has the greater amount of time sharR E S M A D G E M ing, based upon the “net” income of both parties and the Child Support Guidelines. Day care, after school care and health insurance costs for the minor children are additional. Child Support in Florida ends when a child turns 18, or if he/she has not yet graduated from High School, it can 3 8 4 6 9 2 5 1 7 continue until either graduation or the child’s 19th birthday. 9 5 2 3 1 7 4 8 6 Neither parent has a legal obligation to support a child after graduation from High School. There is therefore, no legal basis to request child 6 1 7 5 4 8 2 9 3 support to assist for a college education. If however, either parent agrees 4 6 8 1 7 3 9 5 2 to assist a child through college and it is contained within a written settlement agreement, such a provision is enforceable through the courts. 1 3 9 4 2 5 7 6 8 The above are some issues which generally arise in a divorce/dissolu2 7 5 8 6 9 1 3 4 tion case. It is not all inclusive and as stated before, each case is different. 7 2 1 9 3 6 8 4 5 If you have any questions about your rights and or obligations please give my office a call to schedule a free consultation.

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BY SHERIFF GREGORY TONY t the Broward Sheriff’s Office, we’ve come so far since the first African American, Deputy James Primous, joined the ranks in 1951. We’ve made great strides in diversifying the agency at every level to reflect Broward’s vibrant melting pot. As a person who has experienced inequality firsthand, I understand the importance of diversity in public safety. In order to serve Broward citizens to the best of our abilities, we must mirror our communities. Failure to do so — a problem public safety agencies have historically faced — often leads to avoidable consequences, including a lack of understanding, communication and, ultimately, distrust. I believe what makes us different as individuals make us more complete as a whole. And I am committed to making our entire agency more reflective of Broward County. I have increased the hiring of minority deputies and firefighters, two areas where minorities have been underrepresented in the past. Today, more than 60 percent of the agency is comprised of minorities — greater than the percentage of Broward as a whole. More than 40 percent are African American; in addition, nearly 20 percent are Hispanic. BSO also proudly employs many strong, dedicated women — who have made up more than half of our recent promotions — and people from a diverse set of religious beliefs and sexual orientations throughout the agency. We’re accomplishing all this through a variety of means, from greater outreach to communities that have been underrepresented in the past to the creation of new initiatives, mentorship and scholarship programs that reach our youth and promote careers in public safety. BSO now has the most diverse command staff in the agency’s 104-year history. Recently, I had the distinct honor of promoting Colonel Nichole Anderson as the first African American and the first woman to serve as undersheriff in the agency. I have also had the pleasure of naming BSO’s first two colonels of Cuban descent, Colonel Oscar Llerena and Colonel James Reyes. Make no mistake, however. These leaders are not in their positions because of the color of their skin, gender, religion or sexual identity. They were promoted because of their qualifications. Collectively, they have devoted decades of selfless and dignified service to BSO and the citizens of this great county. When I became sheriff, I promised to do what was best for the agency and bring forth the best personnel to keep our communities safe. We have so many talented people in this agency, and so many are worthy of positions of leadership. What I have done is simply level the playing field for everyone and provide qualified individuals an opportunity to rise to the top. As always, we are looking for good men and women to join our team. If you think you have what it takes, visit us at jobs.sheriff.org.

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Davie Update BY MAYOR JUDY PAUL he following is an excerpt from the town’s budget presentation which was passed on Sept 18. “The Town of Davie strives to involve many different stakeholders in the budget development process, including the citizens, local businesses, Town Council, advisory committees and Town staff. The Town officially began the Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Budget process on March 7, 2019 with the Budget kickoff for all of the Town’s departments and divisions. On March 8, 2019, a Management Retreat was held for key departmental staff and Town Administration. Two weeks later, on March 22, 2019, the Town Council conducted its annual Vision and Goal Setting Session at which it affirmed the strategic plan and budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2020. Town Administration conducted three Employee Budget Sessions with Town employees to discuss the Town’s financial standing and to solicit feedback pertaining to the Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget. The Town additionally conducted one Community Forum in May 2019. The forum focused on various projects throughout the Town, priorities, the Town’s current financial position, and the projected budget outlook for Fiscal Year 2020. The Town Council held a Budget Workshop on July 31, 2019 as well as the Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Improvements Program Workshop. Town Council subsequently approved the proposed millage rates and preliminary special assessment rates to be placed on the Truth in Millage (TRIM) Notices that would be sent to all property owners by the Broward County Property Appraiser in August. The Fiscal Year 2020 Budget and associated millage rates were considered by the Town Council during two public hearings on September 5, 2019 and September 18, 2019. The Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Budget incorporates an operating millage rate of 5.6270, which is unchanged from Fiscal Year 2019. Budgeted property tax revenues (ad valorem operating) in the General Fund, however, will increase by approximately $3.4 million due to new construction and improved property values. According to the July 1, 2019 Certification of Taxable Value provided by the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office, the Town of Davie experienced a 7.44% increase in gross taxable value for Fiscal Year 2020. This equates to a gross taxable value of $10.3 billion as of July 1, 2019, compared to the final taxable value of $9.6 billion for the prior year. The Town’s voted debt ad valorem millage rate is assessed equal to the rate required to generate sufficient revenues to pay debt service on the Town’s voter‐approved general obligation (GO) bonds. In Fiscal Year 2020 the voted debt millage rate will decrease to .2853 mils from .3851 mils assessed in Fiscal Year 2019. Fiscal Year 2020 will be the fifth consecutive year the Town’s voted debt millage rate will decrease, which directly results in a savings to Davie property owners. The primary reasons for the decreased millage rate in Fiscal Year 2020 is the completion of the 1999 GO Bonds (Parks and Recreation) and the Town’s higher taxable value. During Fiscal Year 2018, a significant need was identified to begin replacing multiple aging fire apparatuses. In order to generate enough funding to replace a fire engine, approximately $600k was required. Consequently, Fire Protection Assessment rates increased approximately 5% in Fiscal Year 2019. Fire Protection Assessment rates for Fiscal Year 2020 will remain unchanged and allow for the replacement of a second fire engine. “ PLEASE!!!! To stay in the know about Davie events and meetings and to avoid issues related to storms and declarations of emergencies, please sign up for alerts and notifications at our website. www.davie-fl.gov. Help us to help you through an open line of communication. Thank you!!!

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