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Davie Prepares for Annual Holiday Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Spa Day Makes It Possible to Touch Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Culture Vultures Keeps the Arts Alive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Celebrate at the Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Girl Scouts Swap Clothing and Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Firewall Centers Opens New Building and Receives $100,000 Check . . . . . . . . 28 Town of Davie Hosts Screening of BizBlock Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Davie’s Actors Community Theatre Presents Bus Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Celebrate the Season with the Magic of The Nutcracker – a stunning full-length theatrical extravaganza! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Out of Darkness Walk Supports Suicide Prevention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cooper City High School Student Wins Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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Suicide Walk – Participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” Broward Community 5-mile Walk at Nova Southeastern University, in Davie, from 9am to 1pm. For information, visit

20th 10th Garage Sale/Pancake Breakfast – The Kiwanis Club of Cooper City will host the 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Community Garage Sale, at Cooper City High School, from 7:30am – noon. There will be food, fun, shopping, prizes, and other exciting activities. For information, call 954-964-6800 or send an email to

Daddy/Daughter Dinner – The Cooper City Recreation Department is hosting its annual Daddy / Daughter Dinner at 6:30 p.m., at Pioneer Middle School. The event is open to girl’s 2nd grade and up and their fathers. Participants must provide proof of Cooper City residency. The evening includes dinner, dancing and fun. For information, call 954-434-4300, ext. 233 or visit

17th Fall Market – Boy Scout Troop #636 will be hosting a Fall Market, from 8am – noon at New Horizon United Methodist Church, 5741 South Flamingo Rd., in Cooper City. Shoppers and vendors wanted. For information, call 786-417-6682 or send an email to

11th Veterans Day – There will be a Veterans Day Memorial Service, at 10am, at Veterans Park, 5750 SW 39 Street, in Davie. For information, visit

16th Harvest Drive – The Harvest Drive will provide 2,000 families (approx. 8,000

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Fair and Crafts – On November 17 and 18, at 9am, the public is invited to the Town of Davie Green Fair and Holiday Craft Show at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. The free event is an eco-friendly educational opportunity for you to discover new “green products” and the perfect place to purchase country crafts and traditional arts. For information, call 954-797-1163 or visit

Davie, from 10am-2pm. The nonprofit organization will personally be delivered to the underprivileged children of Guatemala in time for Christmas. For information, call 954-627-2165, send an email to dvu123@ or visit Parade and Fair – Enjoy the fun, food, and festivities at the 13th Annual Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair. The parade starts at 1pm, at the entrance to Forest Ridge and runs west towards Old Orchard Rd. For information, to volunteer, or to enter a float, visit

Dec 3rd Touch A Heart – Participate in the 8th Annual Touch A Heart Spa Day, where you will be treated to an “ex-spa-rience” they will never forget. In return for a donation to help the needy, receive an entire day of pampering at a private home in Southwest Ranches. For information, visit www. or call 954-566-0644.

Thanksgiving Luncheon – Attend a Thanksgiving luncheon, from 11am to 1:30pm, at the Cooper City Community Center. Cost is $3, plus a side dish or dessert. By reservation only. For information or reservations, call 954-434-4300, ext. 255.

26th Driver Safety – Take the AARP Driver Safety Classroom Course and learn proven safety strategies to maintain your confidence behind the wheel. Event will be held from 9am to 3pm, at Cooper City BSO, 10580 Stirling Rd., in Cooper City. For information, call 954-441-8330.

Dec 1st Toy Drive – Drop off your toys for Immanuel’s Kids, at Bergeron Park in

Community Health Fair – The Tabernacle of Christian Faith will be holding a “free” Community Health Fair, from 10am to 2pm, at 6712 Stirling Road, in the Shops of Stirling. For information, call 954-473-1004.

Dec 5th Decorating Contest – The Town of Davie invites schools and civic groups to participate in the 24th Annual Holiday Tree, Menorah and Kinara Decorating Contest, at the Davie Town Hall. For information, call 954-797-1163 or visit

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or 24 years, Davie residents have gathered to celebrate the

beautifully adorned holiday trees, menorahs, and kinaras. At 6:15 p.m., the Jingle Bell Parade will begin and the South Florida Trail Riders will parade their decorated horses down Orange Drive, between SW 67th and Rodeo Way. Santa Claus will also arrive on a fire engine. After the parade, residents can have their pictures taken with Santa in the Town Hall Building, for a small fee, or just visit with the big guy for free. There will be a free petting farm, bounce houses, climbing walls and more. The winners of the tree decorating contest will also be announced. For those who miss snow, 20 tons of the “white stuff” will be blown for the children to enjoy during the event. There will be two supervised snow play areas: one for children ages 1 to 5 and another for children ages 6 to 12. There will also be traditional refreshments, a holiday magic show, a petting farm, bounce houses, climbing walls and more – all at no charge. “Davie’s Winter Holiday Lighting of the Greens is an annual tradition,” said the Town’s spokesperson Phillip R. Holste. “Residents will see 200,000 lights on Town Hall, get the chance to play in snow, watch a lighted horse parade, have a picture taken with Santa and of course enjoy free cookies and hot cider!”

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holiday meals using their own money or gift cards from Touch A Heart. Unlike many programs, volunteers ost days, the Touch A Heart Foundation have an opportunity to deliver the gifts to the families. is dedicated to raising funds to enhance the “It is such a moving experience,” said Sandy Harnick, lives of less fortunate children in South Florida. who has volunteered for the past four years. “You can On December 3, however, it will focus on pampering change a person’s life by providing a slice of happiness.” more than 250 women during the 8th Annual Touch Throughout the year, the non-profit 501c foundaA Heart Spa Day. The women will be treated to an “extion reaches out to less fortunate children in the South spa-rience” they will never forget as they help make the Florida area. It works with agencies such as: Family Foundation’s mission a reality. Central, American Heart Association, Healthy Mothers, In return for a donation, the women will receive an Healthy Babies of Broward, Boys and Girls Clubs of entire day of pampering, from 9am to 4pm, at a private Broward County, Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, home in Southwest Ranches. For $110, they will receive Jewish Family Services, and more. It provides year two Spa services, breakfast, lunch and shopping. Or, they round assistance to a small group of families, keeping can pay $60 for yoga, lunch and shopping (no services). Touch A Heart’s Deborah Perlman and Lori Samuels their refrigerators stocked and helping with special Guests can come for the day or just a couple of hours. “adopt” families throughout Broward County. Photo by Lisa Nalven circumstances. During Back to School, the Foundation Approximately 70 professionals from the beauty and fills backpacks with supplies for children throughout South Florida. wellness industry will volunteer services, such as blow-outs, make-up, facials, maniEveryone is a volunteer; there are no paid positions. Many of the Foundation’s volcures, pedicures, spray tans, massages, spiritual readings, Reiki sessions, yoga classes unteers are youth, who volunteer in return for service hours. They get involved with and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to shop for belts, hand bags, jewelry, the wrapping, shopping and delivering, as well as many other projects. Members of home accessories and other holiday gifts. the business community have also adopted families as a corporate donation. “Over 100 families and low-income daycare centers will have a wonderful holiday with gifts and a holiday meal as a result of this community effort,” said Lori Samuels, To participate in the Spa Day, volunteer, make a donation or request more informaco-founder of Touch A Heart Foundation. tion, visit, call 954-566-0644 or send an email Touch A Heart uses the proceeds from the Spa event to help fill the “wish lists” of to needy families. Volunteers “adopt” a family and purchase gifts, gift certificates and


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

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The Out of the Darkness Walks will take place in over 250 communities across the country this year. Net proceeds from the event benefit AFSP, a not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Danny was 26-years-old when he took his life on May 7th, 2012. “Danny had a very gentle and sweet heart,” said Marisol. “He was artistic and creative. He had many friends that loved him for who he was, and how he made them feel when they were around him. But sadly, Danny did have one enemy and his name was Depression.” At the time, Marisol knew that Danny was dealing with some difficult issues, but she never believed he would take his life. After he passed, she found a journal that outlined the pain he had been experiencing. Looking back, she realizes that there were many signs. Unfortunately, she did not know how to identify them. “There is a stigma attached to suicide and most people do not want to discuss it,” said Marisol, who has been very open about the cause of Danny’s death. Once she started talking about it, she discovered that she had family members and friends who had been suicidal. She also learned that four of her acquaintances had lost a child to suicide. Marisol now dedicates much of her time to the suicide prevention movement. She expects to raise over $10,000 for the walk, which includes $1,300 from a Cut-a-thon that she helped organize. She also volunteers as a field advocate for AFSP/SPAN-USA and created her own website, “I hope to erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, to encourage those suffering from mental illness to seek treatment, and to show support for the families and friends of the thousands of Americans who die by suicide and the 20 million people that suffer from depression each year,” said Marisol. “If one person can be saved from the depression that killed my Danny, my efforts will be worthwhile.” For information on the Out of Darkness Walk, visit For information on the AFSP, visit

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Egyptian born Benoit Menasche offers the audience insight into his belief that art is the only constant in civilization. Ben believes that the love and admiration he has for his fellow man, the artist and their art is what makes him a great sculptor and human being. All of these feelings were brought out in his sculpture of the 9/11 Memorial. ▸▸ Success Is a Lifestyle That Doesn’t Require Shoes (April 14) - Clara Hada shares her life story, career changes and sacrifices which turned her dream into a reality. “I’ve always dreamed of the day when I didn’t have to put on shoes and go to a regular job; the day when I could be free to achieve my lifelong dream of being an artist.” ▸▸ Life as a Cuban American Writer in Florida (May 19) – Pulitzer Prize winner columnist for the Miami Herald, Fabiola Santiago, speaks on the process of writing a twice-weekly column and book publishing. She is the author of the novel Reclaiming Paris, which is available in Spanish and has been chosen for the Mariposa Award as the best first book at the International Latino Book Awards.

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Celebrate at the Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair By Debby Teich


ver 500 Davie residents are expected to gather to enjoy fun,

food and festivities at the 13th Annual Forest Ridge Holly Day Parade and Fair on December 1, at 1pm. The parade will start at the entrance to Forest Ridge and run west towards Old Orchard Rd. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family. The theme of this year’s parade is “Winter Wonderful.” It will include floats, classic cars, dignitaries, marching bands and more. It is not too late to help decorate a float, ride on one, or enter your own. Friends and neighbors have created floats by decorating cars, boats, bicycles, scooters and even dogs. “If you can dream it, then you can do it,” said Co-Chair Joan Steinmetz. “If you enjoy participating in a parade or want to add performing in a parade to your resume, then we’d love to have you.” The parade committee will award prizes for the best floats. More than 40 groups are expected to participate. They will throw candy and beaded

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The Center also provided a wonderful option for the young parents when it came time for Ellie to and Jon Rizzo’s Davie home. With three be born; the option of a home birth. With two daughters, all under the age of five, there’s little girls already to care for, delivering the baby plenty of happy commotion, particularly since somewhere else would have meant packing the they welcomed 7-week old Ellie into their family. girls up and disrupting their The healthy 7-pound, 12-ounce baby came into the routine. “I started laboring at world after an-8 hour labor that even big sisters Kali, night, but the kids were able 4, and Lacey, 2 got to be a part of. Faith delivered to sleep and stick to their their beautiful bundle of joy at home, thanks to routines. Nothing interrupted the midwives at the Miami Maternity Center which their schedule. It was wonprovided the natural birthing alternative the Rizzo’s derful,” said Faith. Best of all, were looking for. “I wanted a natural, no drugs birth,” when it came time for Ellie said Faith, 29. “I wanted to be able to do it the way to be born, Kali and Lacey I wanted to. I didn’t want someone telling me how were there to welcome their I would give birth to my children.” little sister. “They had heard about this for nine months, and then they had the chance to see it,” said Faith. here’s never a dull moment in Faith

Williams says the staff of midwives, midwifery assistants and labor coaches at the Miami Maternity Center work off a simple philosophy; that everything they do is for the comfort, health, and well-being of their moms and babies. It is a return to the traditional, non-invasive form of birth, where nature is allowed to take its course and the pregnancy and labor Ellie Rizzo was delivered through a home birth, thanks to the Miami Maternity Center develops without intervention. If an indication Though this was her first home birth, Faith deliv- arises that calls for intervention, only then do ered all three of her children with the help of the they intervene. Otherwise, it is all natural, with Miami Maternity Center, as had her older sisters. no pain medicines, epidurals or need to induce “I had seen how great it was first hand, so I knew it or speed up labor. “Women have been having was something I wanted to do,” she said. Caring babies for thousands of years. The body knows for mothers and families since 1995, the Miami what to do,” said Williams. Maternity Center provides an alternative to the standard hospital and OB/GYN birthing experi- Among the many advantages they offer, moms ence. They provide top quality prenatal care, a come to the same place for their prenatal visits soothing home-like setting for natural birth and as they do for birth. When they come in labor, postpartum care for moms and their new baby. they’ll see the same staff that has been caring “Our slogan is ‘A Better Place to Have Your Baby,” said Carol Williams, midwife and owner of Miami Maternity Center. Faith says that was exactly what she and Jon were looking for when they started their family. They loved the warm, caring and knowledgeable atmosphere the Miami Maternity Center provided, as well as their dedication to following Faith’s natural birth plan. “We knew that’s what we wanted to do because it is not complicating or getting in the way of how it is supposed to be done. It happens the way God intends it to happen and it is a wonderful beautiful thing that doesn’t need intervention so much of the time,” said Faith.

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Girl Scouts Swap Clothing and Accessories By Debby Teich


embers of the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida - Pine Tree Service Unit

recently had an opportunity to shop for a new wardrobe – for free. It was all part of a Clothing and Accessories Swap, held at the Ivanhoe Community Center in Davie. The girls in Ambassador Troop 10233 came up with the idea for the Swap. “It was a great way to teach the girls how to recycle and reuse,” said Troop Leader Jennifer Thonus. The event involved all of the girls in their service unit, who attend kindergarten through high school. After they cleaned out their closets and drawers, they donated clean, gently used clothes, shoes and accessories (purses, costume jewelry, belts, etc.) for the planet saving activity. Once all of the donations were made, the troop categorized everything by size and style. “Over half of my living room was filled with items,” said Jennifer. At the Swap, the girls could pick out as many items as they had donated. There was a dressing room with mirrors, so they could try things on before they decided on them. There was also a table with a craft project, using recycled water bottles, as well as a continental breakfast. At the end of the event, the girls donated the remaining four bins of clothing to the Salvation Army. Everyone that participated earned a “Go Green” patch. Several girls from Troop 10086 attended the event. “The girls learned that not all of their clothing has to be new,” said Troop Leader Danielle Moreo. “They also had a lot of fun.” Jennifer says that the troop is hoping to make it an annual event.

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Firewall Centers Opens New Building and Receives $100,000 Check by Debby Teich


eptember 27 was a special day for Firewall Centers in Davie.

The nonprofit organization, which serves students through mentoring, tutoring, and college and career planning, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate its new building. It also received a $100,000 check from the AT&T Foundation, which will be used to support Firewall’s T.H.I.N.K. Leadership program. The Aspire grant will provide 50 youth at-risk for academic failure with resources to improve their high school success and increase readiness for college and career. A large crowd gathered for the check presentation, including Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul and Davie councilmembers, Firewall’s board of directors, the Vice Chairman of the Broward County School Board Laurie Rich Levinson and others. Many were also present when Firewall Centers gave a plaque to the Town of Davie to recognize their assistance in making the building a possibility, including Mayor Judy Paul, Vice Mayor Marlon Luis, Councilmembers Susan Starkey and Caryl H at t a n , Hou s i n g & Community Development Director Giovanni Moss, and Neighborhood Resource Specialists Jeremiah Chapman and Melanie Lerch. The T.H.I.N.K. Leadership program is one of 47 recipients nationwide that will share in nearly $10 million from AT&T. Firewall Centers presented a plaque to the Town of Davie.


Applicants were evaluated based on their accomplishments in serving students at risk of dropping out of high-school and their ability to use data to demonstrate the effectiveness of their work. Students in the T.H.I.N.K. Leadership program are assisted with their homework and tutored in specific subject AT&T presented Firewall Centers with a check for areas by their assigned adult $100,000. advocates. Each student’s future track for high school graduation and entrance into a college or career is personalized. Students are even provided with assistance in applying for college, financial aid, and scholarships. “As we work with parents, schools, their teachers and counselors to impact underserved students, we have found out that it is not only important to give kids a safe place to hang out, but a place where they are expected to perform to the best of their ability,” said Executive Director of Firewall Centers, Andy Fernandez. “More and more organizations like AT&T are beginning to realize that in order to truly improve graduation rates, we must have measurable outcomes that show success and provide accountability.” The Davie Firewall Center is located at 13451 SW 7th Place, in Davie. For information, visit or call 954-252-0838.


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Town of Davie Hosts Screening of BizBlock Series By Debby Teich


oward Thrower of Davie is about to launch a small business.

Before he does, he plans to watch all of the episodes of a new television series called BizBlock. The series is designed to educate and inform microbusiness enterprises and small to medium business owners of successful strategies. “I don’t have a lot of funding and can use all of the free expert advice I can get,” said Thrower. BizBlock is an effort of the Town of Davie Housing and Community Development and is funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) program. Last month, the Town of Davie and BECON-TV (Broward Education Communications Network) hosted an opening reception and screening of the program at the Cinemark Paradise Theater, in Davie. “I am looking forward to our partnership with BECON-TV in providing a wonderful informational TV series that will assist our business owners in being successful,’ said Davie Mayor Judy Paul. The goal of the series is to provide actionable information that can help small business owners succeed. The episodes were developed with the expertise and input of Broward County’s Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). They feature business experts and successful business people who guide others with their expertise. These professionals share their experiences and offer suggestions for successfully managing and growing a

business and focusing on a wide variety of topics, such as Dynamic Business Planning, Branding your Business, Management Techniques, and Advertising and Marketing. The end result is an idea bank for small business owners. “The opportunity to partner with the Town of Davie on this economic development business series is exciting,’ said Dr. Phyllis Schiffer-Simon, General Manager of BECON TV, which is owned and operated by the School Board of Broward County and airs instructional programs in all Broward County schools. “BECON has used its expertise to deliver important information in a lively video format. This new series is a successful collaborative effort with our creative team, the Town of Davie, and Debra Hall Greene, Executive Producer.” “True economic recovery in our country starts right here at home,” said Mayor Paul. “Providing assistance to our microbusiness enterprises and small business community is the first step to rebuilding our economy. We need to keep the doors of local business open and encourage local commerce.” Town of Davie micro and small businesses interested in receiving copies of the series should contact Davie Grants Coordinator Mitch Taylor at 954797-1190 or via email at For more information about BizBlock, where to watch BECON in your area, and any of BECON’s broadcast or instructional programming, visit www. or call 754-321-1000.

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Davie’s Actors Community Theatre Presents Bus Stop By Debby Teich


8pm and November 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 2pm. he Actors Community Theatre of Davie In the season’s second show, Crossing Delancey by will kick off its 2012-2013 season this month Susan Sandler, a single Jewish woman longs to be a with the production of Bus Stop, by William part of the intellectual literary scene. She is, however, Inge. Since 2000, ACT has provided residents with tethered to her roots on the Lower East Side, where a way to enjoy local theater. It all started when the her grandmother is forever trying to fix her up. She Davie Town Council requested that an ad appear in the has her eye on an author, but her grandmother enlists Town’s local paper asking for thespians. Several people the help of a local matchmaker to fix her up with the responded and became the nucleus for the Town’s first owner of a neighborhood pickle stand. Performances community theatre. are February 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8pm and February 16, The volunteer group is funded by the Town of Davie 17, 23 & 24 at 2pm. and run by its Board of Directors. The board’s script The last show in the season, The Shadow Box by committee selects three shows to produce every year Michael Cristofer, takes place in cottages on the grounds and then sends out audition notices throughout South of what, at the time of the play’s debut, is described Florida. The director chooses cast members, who have as a hospital; in practice, we would probably refer ranged in age from 6 to more than 80. Some are firstto it today as a hospice facility. The play focuses on time actors, while others have been acting for years. The three patients and their interactions with the families. plays are performed over two consecutive weekends Performances are May 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 8pm and May and often sell-out. “The plays are always very profes11, 12, 18 & 19 at 2pm. sionally done and you cannot beat the price,” said Alice John F. Hernandez and Lauryn MacGregor in a prior Cooperton, who has attended many of the productions. production of A Streetcar Named Desire. All productions are held at the Davie Pine Island Multi-purpose Center, 3801 The season’s first show, Bus Stop by William Inge, takes place inside a street corner S. Pine Island Rd. Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 in advance or $8 for groups restaurant in a small Kansas town. Due to icy conditions, an interstate bus is forced of 10 or more. For information, call 954-473-0372 or 954-797-1153, send an email to to stop for the night. One by one, the bus passengers are introduced, each with their or visit own quirks and conflicts. Performances will be held on November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at

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Western High School to Participate in Harvest Drive By Debby Teich


wenty years ago, Renee Herman initiated a canned food drive

to help 25 families in need. As the effort grew and she needed more space, she moved her collection site to Western High School in Davie. This year, she hopes to provide 2,000 families (approx. 8,000 individuals) in Broward County with a complete Thanksgiving dinner, plus a week’s worth of groceries. As in past years, the theme of the Harvest Drive is “Children Helping Children.” Students from over 185 schools, churches and temples will conduct drives and supply the Harvest Drive with non-perishable food which is then distributed to the families. Western High School is one of ten high schools in Broward County that serve as distribution points and it continues to be the largest effort. Last year, the school helped 375 families and it is hoping for even more this year. The families, who are referred by social service agencies and Broward County school social workers, receive an average of 15 bags of groceries containing turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pies and more. They can also “shop” for clothing, shoes, books, bicycles and toys. Every club at Western High School gets involved in the Harvest Drive. The school kicked off the effort last month, when students brought canned goods to the Homecoming Pep Rally. They will also be collecting non-perishables on November 4, during Community Fun Day at Weston Town Center. There will be live music, a DJ and plenty of activities.

The school’s gym will be open for the community to make donations on Nov. 16, from 3 to 10pm. On November 19, from 8am to 10pm, the students and community volunteers will begin the arduous process of sorting and packing the food. They will select appropriate groceries for each family, using a list that has the ages of each family member, but no names. On November 20, the families will pick up their goods. “So many families in our own communities need assistance,” said founder Renee Herman. “It is important for kids to understand the importance of giving back.” More than 1,000 student volunteers understand this lesson. Herman says that they still need corporate sponsors, as well as monetary or gift card donations from individuals to help pay for the perishable goods. “We have to buy turkeys, butter, pies, milk and more for over 2,000 families,” said Herman. With difficult economic conditions and a high unemployment rate in Florida, organizers recognize that hunger has become a year round issue. The Harvest Drive now has an on-going food pantry closet at Western available for families who are recommended by a social worker. To volunteer or to donate food, gently used clothing, toys and bicycles, visit the Western High School gym on November. 16. To identify a family in need of assistance, contact the school’s social worker for detailed information. For information on the Harvest Drive, visit or call 954-444-5548.

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remain one of the most devastating injuries to the young competitive athlete. The ACL is the major supporting ligament within the knee joint providing stability to the knee during running, cutting and twisting sports. Though a traumatic collision with another athlete can cause a rupture to the ACL, a sudden alteration in speed and/or change in direction can also predispose an athlete to this injury. The athlete will often describe a loud popping sensation within the knee joint and experience severe pain, swelling and weakness combined with an inability to ambulate. Diagnosis is usually made by obtaining a proper history of injury and by performing a thorough clinical examination of the involved knee. X-rays and MRIs are extremely beneficial during this evaluation and will often help rule-out concomitant injuries to the adjacent ligaments, menisci and/or cartilage. The goal of treatment is to return the athlete back to his or her prior level of activity, including competitive sports. One may consider conservative/non-operative treatment for those patients that are extremely sedentary and inactive in athletics. In this incidence, treatment may include rehabilitation, bracing and restriction to certain activities. For those individuals who are competitive athletes and participate in high-demand twisting sports, surgical ACL reconstruction is the treatment of choice. Over the last several years, I have seen numerous patients with surgical failures from prior ACL reconstructions that have been referred to my office for further consultation and revision surgery. Having performed over 1,700 Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructions and over 200 revision surgical procedures, I remain convinced that this procedure is extremely technical and should be treated with state-of-the-art surgical technique and attention to detail. Though re-injury may be a common cause of failure subsequent to ACL reconstruction, technique related failures are commonly seen and can often occur from improper graft selection, tunnel placement, graft tensioning, and/or methods of fixation. Timing of surgery and proper postoperative instructions, including return to athletics, also play a significant role in prevention of re-injury. In concordance with the literature barring any anatomical or growth related considerations, I prefer to utilize bone-patella tendon-bone autograft for the young, high-demand athlete. Treatment of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament rupture continues to be a challenging problem for the high school, collegiate and community athletes. It is imperative that young individuals (and parents) understand the importance of pursuing treatment by an experienced surgeon, preferably with a subspecialty interest in knee ligament reconstruction. Failure to do so may predispose an athlete to additional surgery and prevent return to sports in a timely manner. Al DeSimone, MD is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He is Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained in Shoulder and Knee Ligament Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. DeSimone is a partner in the Sports Medicine Associates of South Florida P.A. He practices at the South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, in Weston. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (954) 389-5900.

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Do you offer childcare? We have a large, clean childcare area with an experienced and caring staff, some of whom have been with us for over ten years. We also have a television monitor on the cardio deck, which allows you to check on your child from a distance during your workout. Do you offer free trial classes? Yes. Come

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Horse Show – Members of Davie’s Masterpiece Equestrian Center IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team pose with their High School Grand Champion Trophy and Ribbon from the October 7 IEA Show in Plantation. Photo (l to r): Sammi Ramer, Rachel Buis, Sarah Brinkerhoff, Millie Pryce, Danica Pryce, Summer Wright, Madison Liebl, Mary Moran, Nikki Yager, and Jamie Buis.

Fire Safety – Members of Girl Scout Troop #10086 earned their Fire Safety Try-It at the Ivanhoe Community Center & Fire Station. The girls toured the facility, used the fire hose, and learned about fire safety with the Fire Chief from Tamarac.

Food Drive - The Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School Lady Mavericks Girls Soccer Team held a food drive. In one week, they collected 535 pounds of food, which was donated to the “The Pantry” of Broward County.

Grandparents’ Day - In celebration of Grandparents’ Day, the City of Cooper City hosted a special afternoon for grandparents and their grandchildren. It was filled with enjoyable activities, including an old fashioned ice cream party.

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Chocolate Festival – Danny Jackson decorated his own cupcake and then ate it at the Festival of Chocolate, held last month at the Nova Southeastern University Arena in Davie. Flag Retirement - In honor of Patriots Day, the City of Cooper City hosted a Community Flag Retirement Ceremony. Local scouting groups provided a respectful flag ceremony and demonstrated proper flag etiquette, including how to fold a flag and properly dispose of it.

Sea Dragons – Davie’s South Florida Sea Dragons raced at the I Tri’d 5-15 Kids Triathlon in Pompano Beach. Photo (l to r): Andrew DiStefano, Alex Supik, Nicholas DiStefano, Adam Garfinkel, and Ryan Fisher.

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SKIN. Your Largest Organ. Protect it. Don’t neglect it.


kin cancer is on the rise in epidemic proportions. As patients are becoming more aware of the dangers of skin cancer, we as dermatologists are diagnosing these cancers more frequently. Every race, every age is at risk. The three most common types of skin cancer in order of frequency include: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell and squamous cell usually present as pink/red, rough of scaly lesions that are not healing in usual sun exposed areas. Melanomas can have a number of colors, brown, black, blue, red and even white anywhere on the body. It is extremely important to check our skin for any of these types of lesions. Any changes in growth, healing, and/or symptoms such as pain, bleeding or itching should alert the patient to seek evaluation. Each patient should have an annual skin exam by a board certified dermatologist.

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Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are standardly diagnosed with a skin biopsy and are cured by surgical removal. The most comprehensive and secure way to remove them on cosmetically important areas, such as the head and neck, is Mohs Micrographic Surgery. This procedure was pioneered by renowned dermatologist, Fredrerick Mohs and has evolved into the gold standard for skin cancer removal. It is done by dermatologists especially trained in this important procedure. We have performed thousands of these procedures over years and we continue to service our community. Melanomas are removed surgically if diagnosed early and survival rates are close to 100%. If detected late, and the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes, survival rates decrease dramatically. There are numerous chemotherapy protocols that are used for lesions that have spread depending on the patient’s individual case. Remember, the most important service you can do for your skin with regards to cancer is prevention. Aside from your regular dermatological exam, daily sunscreen use is vital. Use it frequently and plentiful. It is by far the greatest single tool you can use to help your skin. The added benefit is wrinkle prevention as 90% of a person’s wrinkles are caused from UV exposure.



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Vote for your favorite! Rules are simple. 1. You must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license to qualify. 2. Complete at least 15 categories and mail in ballot by December 7, 2012 to qualify (one entry per person), one ballot per envelope. Mail entire page to: Reader’s Choice 2012. 1960 N. Commerce Pkwy., Suite 3, Weston, FL 33326 Results will be announced in the December 2011 Special issue of Reader’s Choice Davie.


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