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PUBLISHERS PAGE 12 Happy Holidays!

CALENDAR PAGE 14 December 2019

COMMUNITY NEWS 18 The Holidays are Merry and Bright in Davie 22 Cooper City Celebrates the Holiday Season 24 Bear Hugs Needed! 26 BSO Safety Tips to Keep your Holiday Season Merry and Bright

FEATURE STORY 20 Live Like a King or Queen at The Palace at Weston

SCHOOL NEWS 30 Broward Schools Take A ‘Magic Leap’

CAN DO KID 32 Got Horse Flies? These Girl Scouts Can Help!

ASK THE EXPERT 34 The Elusive Stress Fracture in the Runner 39 Can Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities in Your Child?

LEGALLY SPEAKING 37 Your 2020 Resolutions 40 Holiday Time Sharing

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS 41 Staying up Late on Weekends is Detrimental to Your Health

ASK THE SHERIFF 42 A Year of Progress and Transformation

ASK THE MAYOR 43 Davie Update

PET OF THE MONTH 45 Meet Lemonade

PUZZLE PAGE 45 Answer Key 46 Crossword and Sudoku

SEEN ON SCENE 48 Community Snapshots

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1st Farmer’s Market-–Come out for a morning of hometown family fun. Purchase fresh produce and food from local farms. Visit vendors offering artisan foods and products. Find unique handmade gift-ware and crafts. Seasonal monthly market in Davie. 9:00am-1:00pm. Old Davie School, 6650 Davie Road. For more information call (954) 797-1181.

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Hall and the Community Center. For more information, please call Cooper City Recreation Department at (954) 434-4300, #272.

14th Annual Ribbons for the Children– An art exhibit and silent art auction to raise awareness and funds for children and families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS in our community. Guests will enjoy a champagne wall, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on the artwork donated by more than 60 talented local artists. More than 200 guests are expected to attend. 6 PM- 9 PM. Nova Southeastern University Huizenga College of Business Dr. William S. Spears Courtyard Atrium 3301 College Ave, Davie $75 per ticket before November 1. $100 per ticket after November 1. $25 per ticket for NSU students and faculty. For more information visit http://childrensdiagnostic.com/ ribbons-for-the-children/

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members of Davie schools and civic organizations. An evening of holiday music and entertainment marks the official lighting of Davie Town Hall. Enjoy the Jingle Bell Horse Parade hosted by the South Florida Trail Riders before the ceremony. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken. Refreshments are available for a small fee. 6 PM- 8 PM. Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie. For more information call (954) 797-1181

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6th Light Up Cooper City at the Park– Kick off the holiday season and light up Cooper City! Enjoy the lights, community youth performances, bounce houses, train rides, craft fair, and children’s activities. Be sure to bring your camera for a special visitor from the North Pole. Children, ages one to eight, can visit with Santa at the gazebo. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Memorial Park located between City

by Lois Ehlert. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free and open to the public. Noon to 1 p.m. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines.

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Lighting of the Greens– Visit a display of thousands of lights and over 50 beautifully adorned holiday trees, menorahs, and kinaras decorated by

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Kids’ Corner @ The Frank: Story Time Hour– Join The Frank for storytime! Together with their guardian, children ages eight and under build literacy and engage in art activities related to the current exhibition, Inflated. The featured storybook will be “Snowballs”

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The Frank Workshop: Abstract Painting– Holiday Edition-In this hands-on workshop led by artist Jill Lefkowitz, participants will learn to paint on three-dimensional objects such as vases and glasses to create a custom gift hand-painted with their own striking compositions and bold designs. All ages welcome. 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. 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. Early arrival recommended as workshops fill up quickly. Seating is limited. Observers not permitted. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines. com or visit thefrankgallery.org.

Children’s Harbor Winterfest Boat Parade Viewing Party– Children’s Harbor presents its annual Winterfest Boat Parade viewing party. Guests are invited to a premium view of the Intracoastal waterway while enjoying a four-course meal and open bar. Proceeds from the night will benefit Children’s Harbor. 6 to 10 p.m. The Grateful Palate, 3003 NE 32 Ave.

Pet Express Animal Hospital Annual Cookies with Santa” community event– Santa comes to South Florida a little early to get his pictures taken with your kids and your furry member (dogs and cats!) Free photo with Santa will be taken and posted online for your enjoyment! Also, participate in making your own custom DIY ornament for the tree! Cookies and refreshments will be provided during the party as well as gifts and prizes! Don’t miss it and get there on time! 10 AM- 2 PM. Pet Express Animal Hospital, 4200 S. University Dr. Davie. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/petexpress-annual-cookies-with-santatickets-80528457785?aff=ebdssbdests earch

Winter Snow Play– Snow is forecasted for the Town of Davie in December at Winter Snow Play. The Bergeron Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into the North Pole for an evening of holiday fun including 20 tons of snow. Children ages 12 and under are invited to play. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. Enjoy live performances, children’s activities and winter games. Don’t forget your closed-toe shoes and mittens. 6:00pm-9:00pm. Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4201 Rodeo Way, Davie. For more information call (954) 797-1181

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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 PM. Please call to confirm location. David Posnack Jewish Community Center Nina and Louis Silverman Campus in the Holocaust Learning Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road, Davie. 954-434-0290. Steven Kruger skruger24@aol.com

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Winter Model Train Exhibit Polar Express Night – Southwest Regional Library and the Florida Citrus Model Train Society invite you to enjoy a special Polar Express Pajama Night featuring train rides, Santa visit, interactive model train tours, storytelling, crafts & hot chocolate! All ages. 5:30 PM -7:30 PM Preregister 954-357-6733 or Eventbrite. Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines.

20th Movie at the Park, Holiday Edition– Get your chairs and blankets ready as Cooper City Recreation presents the holiday-themed movie Elf for your family’s enjoyment. Join us at Memorial Park ( located between City Hall and the Community Center) for a popcorn filled night of family movie

YAA Night Camp/The Grinch (2018)– The Young at Art Museum comes to life at night! Parents enjoy a night out, while the kids have a blast with museum exploration, games, a movie, art activities and more! Bring your favorite pillow or blanket and wear your coolest PJs! Pizza dinner and popcorn snack included. Ages 5-12. 6 PM- 11 PM. $30 for Members. $50 for Non-Members. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie, 954-424-0085, info@youngatartmuseum.org

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Kinara decorating contest. Davie schools and civic organizations are invited to participate. Before the ceremony, the South Florida Trail Riders will present a Jingle Bell Horse Parade. James-Crichton says the evening will also feature live performances, singing and holiday music, as well as the opportunity to take photos with Santa Claus. Jolly Old Saint Nick returns to Davie on Saturday, December 14th for From 6-9pm that night, Bergeron Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with a fresh blanket of snow. “Living in South Florida, many of our residents do not have the chance to interact with snow,” explains James-Crichton. “The Town takes great pride in

providing over 20 tons of snow to our residents so that they can have an opportunity to make snow angels and enjoy a night of frosty fun.” Participants are reminded to wear closed toe shoes and mittens. Winter Snowplay is for families with children ages 12 and under. In addition to over 20 tons of snow, there will be inflatable rides, face painters, winter games, a DJ dance party, and visits with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, plus an opportunity to take priceless pictures with Santa Claus. “These events allow everyone to see and enjoy the unique attributes the Town of Davie has to offer which have contributed to it being the best place to live, work, play and learn,” shares James-Crichton. The Lighting of the Greens takes place on Saturday, December 7th from 6-8pm in front of Town Hall, at 6591 Orange Drive. Winter Snowplay is the following week, Saturday, December 14th, from 6-9pm at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. For more information on holiday events in Davie call 954-797-1181.

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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 right. 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

Great care at a great fee…Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications…I’m a graduate of Life College and have been practicing for over 10 years. I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes that you may know. I am constantly going to seminars and updating my knowledge so I can give my patients the latest information and techniques of my profession. My assistants are Annie and Bianca – really great people. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called Windmill Health Center and it’s at 17160 Royal Palm Blvd., Suite 1 in the Windmill Professional Plaza. Our phone number is 954-217-4881. Call Annie or Bianca for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. For more information regarding our services please visit our website www.WindmillHealthCenter.com. If you would like to email us with your questions, you may reach us at: WindmillHealth@att.net – Rick Behar, D.C. P.S. I am also offering the second family member for only $47. P.P.S. Your time is as valuable as mine. That’s why I have a no-wait policy. You will be seen within minutes of your appointment.

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Live Like a King or Queen at The Palace at Weston BY STACEY BOMSER

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esidents at The Palace at Weston are treated like royalty. The five-star senior living community features spacious, designer-appointed apartments and luxury resort style amenities along with gourmet dining experiences and entertainment options that rival any cruise ship. With a brand new, state-of-the-art leasing center now open, prospective residents and their families can see first-hand the quality of life at The Palace at Weston, which offers a continuum of care with Independent, Assisted Living and Memory Care residences all housed in one magnificent community. Adam Rosenblum, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for The Palace Group, shares more about what to expect when The Palace at Weston Senior Living opens in Summer 2020. What exactly is The Palace at Weston? It is a luxury senior living community offering residents a continuum of care, independent, assisted living and memory care, in three separate buildings; each has its own entrance, amenities and staffing geared to the care level it offers. We invite interested individuals to visit our new leasing center which provides a firsthand opportunity to experience the elegance that will be found at The Palace at Weston. How does the leasing center provide prospective residents with a sneak peek at what to expect? There are two fully furnished one- and two-bedroom models to show someone what an actual residence will include. Each features a kitchen with granite countertops and stainless-steel appliance package, California-style custom closets and luxurious bathrooms. Visitors are able to actually walk out onto the balcony and see the panoramic view they would have from the apartment. In addition, there is a mini theater where visitors can enjoy presentations while sampling delicious catering provided by the talented Palace chefs. The information center makes use of the latest in technology to relate to customers and provide the community’s story with flat-screen TVs and personal iPads and apps offering video tours and 360-degree tours of public areas and residences. The apartments sound beautiful, but what else will The Palace at Weston offer residents? Ritz Carltonstyle amenities and services are trademarks of The Palace Group and include an elegant dining room, state-of-the-art fitness center, piano bar, theater, library and computer center. A monthly fee includes entertainment and social activities, gourmet dining and wine, security, maintenance, transportation, housekeeping, and utilities, including high speed internet, cable TV and satellite TV. Please tell us more about the exciting entertainment options. Each day is like living aboard a luxurious cruise ship. Many senior communities offer happy hours once a week; our communities offer happy hours every night with live entertainment. But

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that’s only happy hour. There are activities that take place every day, morning into night, planned by a full-time activity department. We want people to have a wealth of choices and new experiences, from belly dancing to learning to play the piano to adult education classes with University of Miami OSHER. People want to enjoy high-end amenities and want to be challenged mentally and physically.

Will families be welcome to visit residents at The Palace at Weston? We want families to enjoy being with their loved ones and be a place where the grandkids want to visit. Each month “Family and Friends” theme parties and events are planned with great live entertainment, fabulous food and beverages, mementoes and pictures, and so much more at no additional charge. Holiday celebrations take place too and it’s not unusual for families to bring ten or more people to an event. Making memories and sharing family togetherness is so important and it truly separates The Palace from competitors. What else distinguishes The Palace? We bring nearly 40 years of senior living experience to what we do. Jacob and

Helen Shaham, founders and owners of The Palace Group, are passionately involved in the day-to-day operations of every one of their communities. The Palace at Weston will be their tenth community. What industry awards has The Palace Group earned? The Palace communities have received notable awards and recognition including the National Association of Home Builders’ prestigious BEST Senior Living and BEST Independent Living Community in the country. The Palace has been recognized for two consecutive years by Gallup as one of the 40 Best Workplaces to work in the world. Furthermore, we seek the highest standards offered by the senior housing industry. Our communities are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation and Facilities (CARF), this means they have undergone a rigorous peer review and extensive inspections to demonstrate that programs and services are of the highest quality, measurability and accountability. Anything else you want readers to know about The Palace at Weston? Please visit our new leasing office and see for yourself why you, or your loved one, should live at The Palace at Weston. We offer a carefree lifestyle with some of the largest senior living residences in South Florida and most include dens offering flex space for a caregiver or to use as an office, den or guest space. The safety and security of our residents is of utmost importance which is why we offer state-of-theart building access with surveillance cameras and video security system, 24-hour manned guardhouse, and underground parking. To learn more about The Palace at Weston Senior Living visit www.ThePalaceAtWeston.com or call 954-217-2000. The Leasing Center is located right off of Weston Road at 15951 SW 41st Street, Suite 500, in Davie.


What do you do after you’ve built the #1 Senior Living in the country? You build another one.

The Palace is coming to Weston. Call 954.217.2000 to schedule your visit to our magnificent brand new Leasing Center.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

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othing says the holidays are here like the twinkling of lights, whether they be brightly lit bulbs on a Christmas tree or delicate candlelight flickering from a menorah. The community is invited to join together to kick off the holiday season on Friday, December 6th at Light Up Cooper City at the Park. “During this longstanding community tradition, the trees at Memorial Park will be covered in lights for everyone to enjoy,” explains Cooper City Recreation Program Specialist Brandon Zickar.

In addition to enjoying the beautiful lights, guests will be treated to choral recitals by local schools and performances by local dance studios. Children can partake in holiday-themed inflatables, train rides and other activities, while adults can do some holiday shopping at the craft fair, which will feature about ten vendors. Santa Claus will be in town for this special event, taking photos with children at the gazebo. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this precious moment. With all this fun, guests are sure to work up an appetite. Zickar says food will be available for purchase. “The American Legion will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs and local non-

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profits will be selling items such as nachos, popcorn, cotton candy and baked goods.” Speaking of food, the beloved Brunch with Santa is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 10am at Cooper City High School. Children, third grade and under, will enjoy waffles, omelets and bagels before posing for pictures with Santa Claus, along with the Cooper City Pageant winners. The program also includes a holiday craft and special holiday-themed games. This event has limited seating. Tickets are $7 per child and $10 per adults (two adults per child limit) and will not be sold at the door. Proof of Cooper City residency is required. All ages will enjoy a special holiday edition of the monthly Movie at the Park. Cooper City presents Elf on Friday, December 20th at 6pm. The movie is free, and food will be available for purchase. Guests should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the

Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross with Santa Claus

movie under the stars. Before the film, the winners of the Holiday Home Decorating Contest will be announced. Prizes are awarded for the Most Creative, Most Lights, and Best Decorated Home. Light Up Cooper City at the Park takes place from 6-9pm on Friday, December 6th at Memorial Park, located between City Hall and the Community Center. Attendees should park in Cooper City High School’s east lot and take the complimentary trolley. n For more information on any of the holiday happenings in Cooper City call the Recreation Department at 954-434-4300 ext. 272.

In our office, we believe the most important thing we can help our patients do is keep their teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. With our friendly, professional care, we can help you get your teeth and gums in the best shape possible. Have healthy and attractive teeth – and keep them that way for the rest of your life. BEFORE

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Jorge E. Mesa, DMD Call to schedule your visit. Walk-ins welcome. We see emergency patients the same day.

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Bear Hugs Needed! BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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lthough it’s the most festive time of the year, some are not so fortunate to be celebrating the season surrounded with family and friends. In fact, many individuals are in the hospital not able to celebrate at all. Plantation resident Cristina Pudwell recognized this when she was volunteering at the Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC). The long-time volunteer decided she wanted to do something for these patients. So, she started collecting new stuffed animals to distribute on Christmas morning. It brought such joy to those hospitalized that she carried on the project for five years. The compassionate soul has been volunteering at Westside Regional Medical Center (WRMC) for the last three years and wants to start her “Beary Special” tradition on their campus. “I started delivering bears to hospital patients on Christmas Day after my husband passed away. The holidays can be very difficult when you lose someone, and they can be very lonely if you are hospitalized,” explained Pudwell. “So often, elderly patients are alone in the hospital and I found that delivering the stuffed bears and animals cheered us both up. People tend to think of stuffed animals as just being for kids, but the truth is, the elderly love them too. I have seen grown men tear up when I have given them a bear.” Currently, Pudwell volunteers at the Westside Regional Medical Center gift shop each week and whenever the hospital needs extra assistance. For the last six years, she has logged over 2,000 volunteer hours at BHMC alone and countless hours at WRMC and other area hospitals. “The Christmas Day Bear Deliveries are a special project. If anyone wants

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to donate new stuffed animals, that would be great. I will deliver them to all of the patients at Westside Regional Medical Center which could be as many as 250 people,” added Pudwell. “Being a Plantation resident. I like to serve the seniors in the community. At this hospital a great number of patients are seniors and I hope that we can collect enough stuffed animals to make every patient’s day a little brighter.” n If interested, please drop off new stuffed animals to the gift shop. Westside Regional Medical Center is located at 8201 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33324.

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Dementia Primer: Alzheimer’s Disease

Facts and the Ongoing Search for a Cure

Dr. Ricardo Castaneda is the Director of Clinical Research and Business Development at Miami Jewish Health, which is the newest State-designated Memory Disorder Clinic in South Florida.

Many times, the terminology used by clinicians can be difficult for patients and their families to understand, especially when it comes to how we describe the diseases that can afflict our aging brains. Even though memory disorders may present with very similar symptoms, it is important to understand their differences.

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5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Presentation Come get to know The Artis Way—exceptionally personalized, respectful, caring and secure Memory Care in a custom-designed community that honors and supports each resident as the unique individual they are.

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BSO Safety Tips to Keep your Holiday Season Merry and Bright BY STACEY BOMSER

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he holiday season is upon us and sadly this is also peak season for thieves. The Broward Sheriff’s Office is offering some simple safety tips to keep in mind to keep you and your possessions safe while you are shopping or traveling. Crime Prevention Specialist Deputy Danielle Quinones says when out shopping be aware of your surroundings. She recommends parking in well-lit areas at night. “Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash and multiple credit cards; only carry what is necessary.” Just as you don’t want to become a crime victim, you don’t want your car to either. “Always keep your vehicle locked and do not store shopping bags inside,” cautions Deputy Quinones. “Thieves are watching mall parking lots and shopping plazas for shoppers that place their purchased merchandise inside their vehicles before heading to their next location. If possible, bring your shopping bags with you or drop them off at home, before heading out again.” If your holiday shopping involves a purchase from Craigslist, eBay, Letgo, or another online classified ad website, consider completing your transaction at the BSO Cooper City District Office (10580 Stirling

Rd, Hollywood, FL 33026). It is a Safe Transaction Zone designed to help deter thefts and robberies. “Always be sure to ask questions before buying or selling an item. Trust your instincts!” warns Deputy Quinones. “And if you’re shopping online, only shop on secure sites. Pay with a credit card, not using your bank account; you’ll get better liability protection. Always check your statements for unauthorized transactions.” The holiday season is a time many residents travel. Deputy Quinones offers the following tips to secure your home before leaving for vacation: ▸  Maintain regular lawn maintenance while you are away. Don’t let your grass grow like a jungle! If burglars are staking out houses, they’ll notice these little things. ▸  Put a hold on your mail and newspapers or have a trusted friend, neighbor or family member stop by to collect these items. Having a full mailbox is a dead giveaway that you are not home. Don’t forget to remind them to pick up packages and deliveries by the front door. ▸  If possible, leave a vehicle in the driveway. Have a neighbor park his/her vehicle there to give bur-

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glars the impression someone is home. ▸  Keep a low profile on social media. Do not post/ broadcast that you are on vacation or away. ▸  Keep outdoor lights on during the evening/overnight hours. Indoor lights can be set with timers. Lighting can give the impression that someone is home and possibly deter those ‘unwanted’ guests. ▸  Do not store garage remotes inside vehicles that are left behind while you are on vacation. Install a padlock on the interior of your garage. ▸  Finally, take advantage of the free BSO Home Watch Program. A deputy will check your home for signs of break-ins or suspicious activity while you are out of town. You can pick-up a form at any BSO District Office.


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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER PATIENTS 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.

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

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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ATLAS ONCOLOGY Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Surgical Oncology & Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Practice specializing in Cancer of the Pancreas, Liver, GI Tract, Sarcoma, Adrenal, Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Melanoma. Laparoscopic and Image Guided Cancer Surgery, IRE/NanoKnife for Non-Resectable Pancreatic and Liver Cancer.

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Broward Schools Take A ‘Magic Leap’ BY CHRISTY JAILLET

Local High School Students will soon be living in Augmented Reality! If you look at students wearing futuristic-looking sunglasses, they just might be seeing a lot more than you when they peer back. Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), has partnered with the Florida Panthers Foundation and Plantation-based startup Magic Leap to provide students with cutting-edge technology. The Magic Leap One device may look like a cool pair of sunglasses but it is a powerful headset computer that allows users to experience their own virtual worlds in combination with the real world. It makes the unreal feel real.

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The spatial computing headsets let users see and interact with digital (virtual) content in the real world. This headset computer is a portal into worlds within our world. For teachers, the possibilities are endless, such as bringing dinosaurs to life, immersing students in art and music, virtually flying next to an astronaut, taking a virtual field trip for whale watching, and much more, all without leaving the classroom. This virtual world exposure is being incorporated into students’ curriculum to expand high school educational experiences and increase engagement. An agreement, approved by the Broward County School Board in October, equips the District with a total of 90 Magic Leap One devices. Of the 90, the Florida Panthers Foundation is donating 25, Magic Leap is supplying five and the remainder are being purchased by the District. Magic Leap will also provide teachers with professional development to help incorporate these devices into their instruction.

They will also be offering mentorship opportunities for high school students. “We are excited and grateful for our new relationship with Magic Leap and the Florida Panthers Foundation. It provides our students with opportunities to learn and work with cutting-edge technology,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We’re bringing the future into the classroom to inspire and engage our students. It’s through the support of our local businesses and organizations that we are able to continually innovate and provide our students with world-class educational experiences.”


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wo Davie Cadette Girl Scouts completed one awesome Silver Award project benefitting the city’s horse population. Cadette Girl Scouts Vanessa and Sophia from Troop 11023 worked with local nonprofit Peaceful Ridge Rescue in order to come up with a way to resolve their horsefly problem. They created and installed reusable horsefly traps help control horseflies at the Horse rescue. Peaceful Ridge Rescue, Davie, Florida, is a NonProfit Organization that provides much needed medical and dental care, rehabilitation, and adoption services for rescued horses. With horses come horse flies and these two girls sought to find a solution to reduce these pesky pests and give relief to these “bugged” horses. The girls worked together to research and build 22 reusable insect traps along with a support system that would ensure the traps stay upright. Focusing on sustainability, Vanessa and Sophia demonstrated to volunteers at the ranch how to clean the traps so they can be used again. The Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida held their first Silver Award Showcase honoring the 2019 class of Silver Award Girl Scouts. 76 of the 137 Girl

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with a minimum of 50 logged hours are eligible to receive the award. In order to earn the award, Cadettes must flex their leadership muscles by doing research and taking action on issues of their choice, all while creating positive change. The projects must fulfill a need in the community, create change, and be sustainable with long-term possibilities.

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The Elusive Stress Fracture in the Runner BY DR MICHAEL M. COHEN, DPM, FACFAS

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veruse running injuries occur when training schedules call for ramping up mileage or intensity in time for competition. Too often, runners forget that the sport is not a passive but violent one, as each foot strike results in an impact equivalent to three or four times their body weight. Exuberant training tips the balance in favor of injury. Despite the best intentions of the coach or athlete, overtraining leads to the inability to recover properly and results in injury such as a stress reaction or stress fracture. A stress reaction refers to swelling in bone which may later develop into a stress fracture, a small break in the bone. Stress injuries present with an insidious onset of pain which at times is confused with muscle soreness or tendinitis. Stress reactions and stress fractures represent fatigue failure injuries of bone. X-rays are typically negative in the early stages of injury and better recognized with bone scans or MRI which are very sensitive. As the condition develops, heat, swelling and pain eventually cause the athlete to limp. X-rays may be conclusive in this stage as a fracture line may now be visible. Not all stress fractures are the same. Stress fractures are generally classified into two types: low risk fractures, those that heal well, and high risk fractures, those which do not heal well. The designation of these two terms are essentially based on their location. How do you treat a stress fracture? Treatment for a stress fracture focuses on its intrinsic and extrinsic causes. Intrinsic factors include: Biomechanical (body type, foot type, inherent weakness and flexibility, and running technique); Nutritional (insufficient intake of protein,

calcium and vitamin D); and Hormonal (the most notable of which being estrogen. Female athletes with low bone mass have a higher predilection for certain stress fractures). Extrinsic factors consist of training errors and improper equipment. This includes but is not limited to the influences of terrain, running form and improper running shoes. An individualized developmental plan for returning to play should take these factors into consideration. The strategy may require decreasing volume and intensity of activity, equipment changes, dietary modifications, a medical workup, changes in running technique, and cross training. High risk stress fractures lead to frequent complications such as poor healing, non-healing, and at times re-fracturing of a healed fracture. This scenario is very frustrating and at times may lead some to abandon the sport. The immediate treatment for a high risk stress fracture requires halting the progression and avoiding long-term complications. Athletes with a high risk stress fracture are advised to discontinue impact immediately. Unfortunately, with these types of fractures, prolonged weight bearing restrictions and operative management are often treatments of choice. Dr. Michael Cohen is a former marathon runner who achieved a personal record of 2:37 at age 21, 2:50 at age 39, and at 50 was a Top 3 age group finisher in both the ING Miami and Disney Half Marathons. He 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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Your 2020 Resolutions BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE s the holidays approach and 2019 comes to a close, we naturally begin to think ahead to resolutions intended to change habits, improve our health or make things better for ourselves and our families. Resolutions are simply promises we make to ourselves. Perhaps your new year’s resolutions include walking 10,000+ steps each day, eating a cleaner diet or spending more time with your children. Whatever your resolutions may be, consider adding to your list an important one: protecting your loved ones. Let’s look at some basic questions and see if you can answer the following: Who will take care of me if I can’t take care of myself? Do I have adequate insurance? Is there a clear successor to manage my financial and business affairs? Are my personal wishes set forth in writing so they are known and accessible when needed? After I am gone, how will my family and loved ones manage the debts, taxes and other legal obligations I leave behind? Have I created a way to reach important family and financial goals? Who will take over my business if I am disabled or gone? What can I do to increase the probability that my business will survive after me? Who will care for my young children if my spouse and I cannot? What financial protection and instructions have I left for their care? When and how will my spouse, children, and other loved ones receive their inheritance? How can I be sure they receive their gifts in a manner which maximizes use and enjoyment but protects against creditors, predators or their own possible fiscal mismanagement?

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BY ZONA HORTON Believe it or not, I still know people who continue to rent year after year. The money they could have saved through equity by owning their own home does not exist. When you pay off your mortgage as you age, you protect your retirement. Otherwise, you are paying rent for the rest of your life and possibly working menial jobs to meet your monthly rent when you could be traveling to see the grandchildren. To a Real Estate professional who has been in this business for over 34 years, long-term renting does NOT make any sense. Here are a few core reasons you should buy...and buy NOW. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise. The experts show home prices have appreciated by 3.6% over the last 12 months. Nationally, prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.8% over the next year. In Davie and Cooper City, home prices have risen 17.9% compared to last year. Inventory is down 55% over the past year. Trends show that this will continue; therefore, prices will rise and choices remain few. The “bubble” is over – and those who chose to weather the bubble and remain in their homes are coming out on top. Those who chose to bail and rent may still be renting out of fear. A client of mine had purchased her home in 2003 for $232,000; and when her home value sank under the market value (around 2007), she strategically requested and was granted a loan modification. Today she enjoys equity to the tune of $189,000 and a 3.75% fixed mortgage rate for the remainder of the loan. Had she walked away from her home during the bubble scare, she would have lost her equity and the possibility of investing in an upgraded home in the future. Furthermore, she would have thrown money away on rent – as rent prices continued to rise higher than home prices. The rock bottom for home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. 2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase Next Year According to Steve Harney, Real Estate prognosticator, the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac indicates that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have recently hovered just above 3.5%. Low-interest rates increase purchasing power; however, most experts predict rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year. 3. You Are Paying a Mortgage – even when you RENT. Unless you are fortunate to live rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or that of your landlord. Your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to access funds later in life. The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: The price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears both are on the rise. Buying a home sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings. Buy NOW. Make 2020 your year to stop renting OR start looking to purchase that home you really want. 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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Can Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities in Your Child? BY DR. MARTA GROSMAN ver the last 5 decades, fluoride has been added to community water supplies across the country. As a result, we have seen a 50% reduction of cavities in these communities as well as a 50% reduction in dental healthcare costs for children. The numbers are even higher when its use is combined with proper diet, oral hygiene techniques, and use of topical fluorides. Still, the dental community searches for other methods of reducing the incidence of “caries” (cavities). Such a finding would be most helpful to those unable or unwilling to make use of fluoride. One of the more promising substances is xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute derived from agricultural products. It has been around since the 1960’s but has not been tested for use in humans for the purpose of oral health until the 1990’s. Most of the studies use chewing gum as the delivery system of choice. Optimal results are gained with three daily uses. This dosing achieves a reduction in plaque formation, reduces acid production, and interferes with the production of the specific bacteria which initiate cavity formation. Cumulatively, these attributes result in cavity reduction. What seems most promising is the use of xylitol by new parents to reduce cavity formation in their newborns. Babies are not born with the bacteria which cause cavities. These bacteria are naturally transmitted to the mouth of a child by a parent or caregiver. This usually occurs through everyday contact such as sharing of food or blowing on a hot spoon. The use of xylitol has been shown to delay the transmission of some of the most deleterious bacteria and resulted in a decreased incidence of cavities for these children.

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BY EVAN BARON ost people think of the holiday season with gleeful anticipation of time with family. For couples who have been through a divorce, the holiday season can often be a very stressful time. This stress can also be felt by the children of a divorced couple. It is not uncommon for holiday visitation issues to surface during this time of year. Hopefully, the parties’ settlement agreement or Parenting Plan is specific as to time sharing. Over the course of approximately 35 years of practice, my clients have experienced many issues concerning holiday visitation. The biggest obstacle to solving an issue in court during this time of year is the reality that court time is very difficult to schedule. Last minute issues will usually will not be addressed. Of course, the parties are always able to try and work things out on their own or with the help of attorneys and mediators. I would certainly suggest not waiting until the “last minute” to address any concerns. The best way to ensure there will be no conflicts during the holidays is to anticipate potential problems ahead of time and address them in the marital settlement agreement and/or Parenting Plan. The more specific your agreement is, the more likely you will not experience conflicts along the way. For couples with minor children Parenting Plans have been mandatory. These Parenting Plans are designed to be very specific as to time sharing in an effort to head off any trouble in years to come. Unfortunately, these Parenting Plans were not used prior to the latter part of 2008 and therefore many existing agreements do not include this provision. I believe the most important thing to remember is that any time-sharing arrangement should always keep the best interest of the children as a priority. Children want to spend time with both parents and this is especially true during the holidays. They also want to be a part of any family gatherings. Sometimes that is not always possible, but advanced planning may be able to achieve this goal. Often parents divide the entire winter break in half, with Christmas day being the “exchange day”. As an example, in odd-numbered years such as 2015 perhaps Dad has the children from the day school ends until noon Christmas Day. Mom will pick up the kids and keep them until school begins again. Next year they can reverse the schedule. In some cultures, Christmas Eve is more of a celebration, so perhaps one parent can celebrate every Christmas Eve and the other Christmas Day. Also remember that “gift giving” is not a competition, with the winner being the parent who spends the most money. Often times the finances of each parent may not be the same and one must buy gifts within his/her budget. For a parent to embarrass the other by purchasing a more expensive and lavish gift is only going to lead to hard feelings and potential problems. Hopefully, the parents can discuss this issue beforehand and plan together. Often parents wish to visit family out of town. Consider the feelings of your former spouse and the children in the planning such a trip. Children have the need to be with extended family during the Holidays. Perhaps holiday trips out of town can be rotated from year to year between parents. Mom and Dad can certainly make the holiday season a joyous time for their children or they can focus on themselves and make it a time that everyone would like to forget. If you need any further questions answered, please feel free to contact my office. n The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.


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Staying up Late on Weekends is Detrimental to Your Health BY DR. JEAN-CLAUDE NERETTE & STEPHANIE MUNIZ, ARNP

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f you take advantage of your weekends by going to bed late and sleeping in, you may be jeopardizing your health without even knowing it. This common practice, known as “social jet lag,” has become an important circadian marker for health outcomes. Those individuals who are habitually following disordered sleep patterns by going to bed late on the weekends and waking up much later than they do during the week are more likely to experience sleepiness, fatigue, worse mood and poorer health overall, according to research. How is that possible? If you think about traditional jet lag, you may realize fatigue and sleepiness are common symptoms because your sleep schedule is disrupted by long hours of travel and time-change. It could take a couple of hours or days for your body to adjust. Now imagine doing that every week! Even though you may not travel every weekend, going to bed late and waking up later than usual, puts your body through the same experience by disrupting your sleep pattern. What’s even worse is that for many people, this is a weekend habit, so they are literally jetlagged every week. Putting your body through those symptoms on a consistent basis, whether it be because you are out drinking or even at home watching TV, will definitely have you feeling less than ideal and will take a toll on your health. Keep in mind sleep duration does not matter when it comes to the negative adverse effects of social jet lag. Sleeping more hours on the weekend is not a way to catch-up for missed sleep during the week and it will not help you recover from going to bed late as much as setting a consistent sleep schedule. In fact, each hour of social jet lag may increase a person’s likelihood of heart disease by 11 percent. Sleep is crucial for recovery. This is the time your body uses cells to repair damage; it also creates antibodies to fight infections and keep you healthy. In addition, sleep time provides for new learning and memory pathways to be formed in the brain. There are numerous studies linking lack of sleep to undesirable outcomes. Because sleep plays a significant role in our health, experts recommend adults get a minimum of seven to eight hours every single night as consistency is better than trying to catch up at the end of the week. The most important goal in functional medicine is the optimization of health and balance, which cannot happen without adequate sleep. If you are going to bed on time and following a sleep schedule and/or routine but are still unable to rest, at Bellissimo Medical we can help you find the root of the problem as well as guide you into making lifestyle changes that will restore your good health and well-being. Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954.384.8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette practices Functional Medicine and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Anti-Aging & Regenerative 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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ASK THE SHERIFF

A Year of Progress & Transformation BY SHERIFF GREGORY TONY hat a year it has been for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. When I took command of this organization, I pledged to put public safety first. I am proud of the improvements we have made and the initiatives we have implemented toward our mission of providing high quality services to Broward County. Here are some highlights: SCHOOL SAFETY: We have worked diligently to improve the safety of our schools. We have launched the Real Time Crime Center, which gives us the ability to monitor surveillance cameras across all Broward County Public Schools. We have expanded the Guardian Program and developed an active shooter training curriculum and video. We have provided Bleeding Control Kits to all road patrol deputies as well as public schools. TRAINING AND PREPAREDNESS: Our training division and course curriculums reflect today’s public safety priorities. We have reallocated one million dollars to increase the manpower of our training division. We are the first agency in the state of Florida to have a nationallycertified active shooter training unit, and in collaboration with our federal partners, we have certified instructors in Active Shooter and Basic Tactical

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Medical Response, FBI ALERRT Program and Incident Command Structure. We have invested $500,000 toward enhanced Racial Equity and Cultural Diversity Training and increased the number of deputies trained in crisis intervention. For the first time in BSO history, construction for a state-of-the-art Regional Training Center is underway which will provide for more intensive, frequent training to address today’s public safety challenges. PROMOTIONS: Our agency’s leaders are experienced and are a better reflection of the communities we serve. I understand firsthand the importance of diversity in public safety. We have the most diverse command staff in the agency’s 104-year history. I believe experience is a priceless resource, and I have promoted more than 200 employees from within the organization. COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: We have implemented progressive community policing initiatives and are listening to your needs. Our countywide Neighborhood Support Team is designed to make law enforcement more visible and reduce fear in our communities. We are focusing on collaboration and engagement from all community stakeholders to unify efforts to meet community needs. LAW ENFORCEMENT TRUST FUND (LETF): Accountability and distribution of funds will be more fair and equitable.

We have increased the opportunity and expansion of funds provided to support nonprofit organizations through the LETF. INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE: We have expanded youth programs and opportunities to further develop the ambition of our young people. We have established the Bureau of Recruiting to ensure we are hiring the most diverse, qualified personnel. We have developed the BSO Legacy Program, which provides scholarships, sponsorships and internship opportunities. The program’s objective focuses on helping minority students reach their goal of a career in public safety. I am proud of the work we have accomplished thus far and am excited about what’s to come. The men and women of this organization are committed to their duties and embrace their responsibilities as public safety professionals. As your sheriff, I am humbled at the outpouring of support from all of Broward’s communities. As we move forward, we will continue to listen to your needs, demonstrate transparency and maintain accountability while never losing sight of our public safety mission. From our BSO family to yours, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season. SUCCESS = REWARD ■ You can stay connected by following the sheriff on Twitter @ BrowardSheriff or emailing him directly at ask_the_sheriff@sheriff.org.


ASK THE MAYOR

Davie Update BY MAYOR JUDY PAUL s you know, the town has had continued discussions with the City of Sunrise regarding the water and sewer surtax imposed on Davie residents by the Sunrise Utilities. Though this dialogue hasn’t reached a specific conclusion, I want to inform you that Davie residents on Sunrise Utilities will not be receiving a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase in Fiscal Year 2020. Town of Davie residents being served by the City of Sunrise Utility will be spared an increase related to the Consumer Price Index for Fiscal Year 2020. The City of Sunrise Price Index Ordinance provides that: “Beginning on October 1, 2008, and on each October 1st thereafter, the water and sewer rates and base facility charges shall be adjusted to reflect the cost of doing business, measured by fluctuation in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) - All Urban Consumers, Water and Sewerage Maintenance, as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics or its successor agency based on the percentage change in the CPI from the previous June to June of the year in which the adjustment is effected.” Sunrise has had the ability to annually adjust water and sewer rates by an annual index for a number of years and has consistently applied such an index. As the City of Sunrise is considered to be in a favorable financial position and are still evaluating their long-term capital needs as part of their utility master plan, they are suspending the price index for the Fiscal Year 2020. The price index adjustment savings are estimated to be 3.27%. Although this is very much appreciated we are still monitoring opportunities to address the State authorized surcharge. The City of Sunrise has foregone this increase, anticipated to be 3.27%, for their water and sewer rates and base facility charges system-wide. “FEMA has approved $8,616,591 for the State of Florida to help the Town of Davie defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the town for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Davie between Sept. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017, following the September 2017 storm. During that time period, town workers and contractors gathered and hauled away 711,546 cubic yards of vegetative debris and 50,000 cubic yards of construction/demolition debris from roads and public property. They also removed 190 damaged trees and 3,910 hanging limbs that were determined to pose a threat to public health and safety.” Hopefully, the check is in the mail so that we can replace the funds expended from our emergency reserve fund. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. The results determine how many seats in Congress each state gets. It’s mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790. When you respond to the census, your answers are kept anonymous. They are used only to produce statistics. The U.S. Census Bureau is bound by law to protect your answers and keep them strictly confidential. The law ensures that your private information is never published and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court. Your help matters. Getting a complete and accurate count in 2020 requires everyone’s help. And there are many ways for individuals, businesses, community organizations, and others to play a role.

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Meatballs & Martinis

More than 75 people joined the Davie Chamber of Commerce at the Meatballs and Martinis event held at Anthony’s Runway 84. Fun was had by all as much-needed funds were raised for the David Posnack JCC Giborium U.

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A Packed house watched as the Southeastern Rodeo Circuit crowned its 2019 Finals at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds.

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United Way Mayors’ Gala

More than 600 guests attended Broward County’s Mayors’ Gala at the Marriott Hrabor Beach. The Wizard of Oz themed event raised funds to support United Way of Broward County.


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