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CONTENTS PUBLISHER’S PAGE 12 New Year Brings New Beginnings

CALENDAR JANUARY 2018 14,16 January 2018

COMMUNITY NEWS 18 Art Along the Boulevard – The 30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair 21 Get a 5-Star Smile at 21 Smile Design Dental 26 Open Canvas Project Continues: Phase 2 26 Ft. Lauderdale to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 30 Lights and Leashes – Ft. Lauderdale Family Raises Funds for Dogs

SCHOOL NEWS 23 Northeast High School Invention Team Receives $10,000 Grant to Develop Mosquito Breeding Disruptor

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23 Surprising Wins During 1st Year of Debate Competition! 28 School Groups Visit the Stranahan House

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 30 Local Inventor is Finalist in Good Housekeeping and HSN’s Search for America’s Next Great Entrepreneur

POSITIVE PARENTING 32 Keeping Children Safe Online

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7th Annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival – The anticipated event will take place in the middle of Navigational Address: 600 E. Las Olas Denis Diderot, has been an influence the highly anticipated Snow Crab Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free and open on the art of Frank Stella. Playful, Season from 11am-5pm at Esplanade to the public. For more information, picaresque and comic, Diderot’s Park, 400 Southwest 2nd Street, Ft. please visit www.artfestival.com or call novel is a compelling exploration of Lauderdale, in the heart of Downtown 561-746-6615. enlightenment philosophy. Brilliantly Ft. Lauderdale. The free festival is a original in style, it is one of the celebration of the local South Florida greatest precursors to post-modern literature. This event is FREE and open Seafood Industry and highlights some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite seafood to the public. 3:00-4:00pm at NSU Art Museum – One East Las Olas Boulevard, restaurants as they serve up fresh stone crab claws and an array of select Fort Lauderdale, 33301. For more seafood dishes starting at only $5. information and to RSVP, please call Panthers in the Park – Celebrate the new Seafood lovers of all ages are welcome 954-262-0258. year with some winter fun. Ice skate to come out rain or shine and enjoy Shakira – El Dorado World Touron an 80 feet x 40 feet rink under a a day of great food, cold drinks, live Twelve-time GRAMMY® Awardclear canopy at Huizenga Plaza (Bubier music and more, including the crowdwinner and international superstar Park) at the intersection of Las Olas favorite hermit crab races brought Shakira makes a stop in South Florida Blvd. and Andrews Avenue. Weekdays to you by Finster Murphy. For more during her EL DORADO WORLD 3:00pm-10:00pm and weekends information or details on how you can TOUR, presented by Rakuten. The tour, be a sponsor or vendor at this year’s 12:00pm-10:00pm. Skating sessions produced by Live Nation, will feature are 1 hour. Tickets can be purchased at event, contact Event Manager Karly many of her catalog hits. BB&T Center the rink during hours of operation. All Young at (954) 468-1541. -2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33323. prices include skate rental and tax. *$1 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at www. of every admission will go to the Florida ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800Panthers Foundation to benefit the 745-3000. Tickets will also be available South Florida Community. at the BB&T Center box office 

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4th Art of Wine and Food – A monthly wine series which explores different varietals of wine. Small bites will be paired with each wine. $40 per person; $25 per person at the Patron ($525) level and above. Limited seating. Advanced paid reservations required. 6:008:00pm at NSU Art Museum – One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 33301. For reservations and more information, please call 954-262-0249 or visit www.nsuartmuseum.org.

6th-7th 30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Part I) – Howard Alan Events presents the 30th anniversary of the nationally recognized art fair. More than 300 artists will display their work along Las Olas Boulevard during the two-day event. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Free Admission –

Sunday Jazz Brunch – is an ideal way to relax and enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. This free, live, outdoor concert series brings the area’s best local jazz artists. Listen to the music on three different stages on the first Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is plenty of room to set up chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to experience the fabulous entertainment. Patrons can also stroll along the historic brick-lined walkway to enjoy live music while browsing items from local merchants and enjoying food from area restaurants. For more information, please call the Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363.

11th Café Society Book Discussion Group – Jacques the Fatalist and His Master by

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12th Dr. King’s Children’s Birthday Celebration – The King Holiday Weekend begins with a birthday celebration at 10:00am at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale. It continues in the evening with a “Time for Prayer” Vigil at Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale.

13th Hazardous Waste & Electronics DropOff – Get some holiday cleaning done and clean out those garages. Bring all hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, chemicals and fluorescent bulbs along with old electronic items to Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale from 9:00am-2:00pm.

Winter Jam 2018 - Among the biggest annual tours in the world, Winter Jam is once again set to showcase a lineup of some of the best and brightest names in Christian music. Platinum-selling and Billboard Music Award-winning rockers Skillet will headline the Winter Jam 2018 Tour Spectacular. Winter Jam is a ticketless event, but a suggested $15 donation can be made at the door. BB&T Center -2555 NW 136th Ave, Sunrise, FL 33323 – 6:00 pm. CONTINUES PG. 16


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Florida Panthers Hockey Games The Florida Panthers are a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and play at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The excitement surrounding the Florida Panthers is growing in South Florida and these are games you won’t want to miss.

King Holiday Celebration – 8:00am parade line up at Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. 9:30am Parade proceeds east on Sistrunk Boulevard, south on 7th Avenue to Esplanade Park at 400 SW 2nd Street for the Multicultural Festival and Teen Trailblazers Awards ceremony immediately following the parade.

1/12 – The Panthers play the Vegas Golden Knights at 7:30 pm. For tickets and information, please call 954-835PUCK (7825) or visit www.nhl.com/ panthers/tickets. 1/19 – The Panthers play the Calgary Flames at 7:30 pm. For tickets and information, please call 954-835-PUCK (7825) or visit www.nhl.com/panthers/ tickets.

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1/25 – The Panthers play the Washington Capitals at 7:30 pm. For tickets and information, please call 954-835-PUCK (7825) or visit www.nhl. com/panthers/tickets.

Ongoing: Guided tours of History Fort Lauderdale – Explore the stories of South Florida pioneers where the River meets the Railroad with a guided tour at History Fort Lauderdale. This historic village

Tour the Historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens – Tour the historic artists’ estate Tuesday - Sunday, 9 AM - 4 PM - Admission: $20 for adults, $16 for kids ages 6 – 12 - 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. For more information, please call 954-563-5393.


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Art Along the Boulevard – The 30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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anuary is the perfect time for what has become a South Florida tradition right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. Howard Alan Events proudly presents the highly anticipated annual Las Olas Art Fair. However, this year the must-see show is bigger and better because it’s celebrating 30 years on the boulevard. The 30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Part 1) will take place on January 6th and 7th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. The nationally recognized art fair will feature more than 300 local and national artists from 30 different states in a stunning showcase in what looks like an art gallery lining the iconic street. What began three decades with just a few dozen booths selling art from local artists is still presented by Florida-based Howard Alan Events. Fast forward 30 years, and Howard Alan Events is the producer of the nation’s top juried outdoor arts and crafts festivals representing a multitude of artists who work with diverse mediums. Ranked among the Top 100 Art Fairs in the Country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, from Colorado to Florida, Howard Alan Events produces award winning arts and craft festivals in 40 different locations each year. The fully vetted and juried, first-class street-lined art gallery has prices for every budget ranging as little as $25 to over $25,000. All artists are hand-selected by an independent panel of expert judges who carefully and consciously look at hundreds of applicants.

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Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak to the artists during the free 2-day event. This allows the chance to make a purchase more personal while learning the technique and inspiration behind the creation, and possibly commissioning a unique one-of-a-kind piece. Art lovers, collectors, and shoppers can expect to find a vast array of original handmade in America artwork. Artistic media includes paintLas Olas Art FaParitr1 ings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, glass, wood, handmade jewelry, collage, and mixed media. “The Las Olas Art Fair is unlike any other event in the country. After 30 years we have Jan. 6th – 7th Sat./Sun. been able to combine some of the top artisans 10am – 5pm from allover the US with aesthetics of Las Olas. The vibrancy of the street, its architecture, shops, cafes, and the music that is playing lend Free Admission itself to the wonderful art fair,” says Howard ArtFestival.com Alan, President of Howard Alan Events. The event will also feature the unveiling of this year’s winning commemorative poster. The featured art is an original design by festival newcomer Michael O’Connell. Pets are always invited to stroll alongside their owners during the longtime favorite event. 30TH ANNUAL

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Get a 5-Star Smile at Smile Design Dental What makes this practice more unique than others? Smile Design Dental has been carefully planned to deliver excellence in patient experience from the moment one walks through our front door. From warmly greeting patients, to giving a personal tour

of our spa-like, modern facility, to gentle care in the dental chair – our goal is make everyone feel comfortable and in good hands. We provide quality dentistry patients deserve, in a relaxing and chic environment beyond one’s expectations for the dentist’s office.

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Our doctors are proud to serve the communities of South Florida, and do so with utmost integrity and skill. We truly care about our patients and enjoy helping them achieve optimal oral health. Smile Design Dental doctors pursue continuing education to keep up with cutting-edge advancements in the field of dentistry, and make them available right here in our Broward County offices.

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Our friendly hygienists will help patients manage their preventive care, and our front desk staff is happy to help coordinate economical options to pay for treatment. We seek to establish generations long relationships with the families in our areas, and to be a trusted partner in our patients’ oral health.

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At Smile Design Dental, we believe it’s important to give back to the community we call home. Every year we host our Smiles from Heart event in which we provide free dental treatment to those in need at one of our locations. Last year we were fortunate to treat over 200 patients!

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Northeast High School Invention Team Receives $10,000 Grant to Develop Mosquito Breeding Disruptor BY STACEY BOMSER

This year’s Northeast High nfectious diseases such InvenTeam has until June to perfect as Malaria and the Zika their mosquito breeding disrupvirus may no longer be tor. They will showcase a prototype a threat thanks to the of their invention at EurekaFest efforts of a group of students at MIT (Massachusetts Institute from Northeast High School. of Technology). EurekaFest is a The school’s InvenTeam was multi-day celebration designed awarded a $10,000 Lemelsonto empower a legacy of inventors L. Clara Mabour, InvenTeam supervisor and biology teacher, poses next to a MIT grant to develop a mosquito through activities that inspire youth, Northeast High School 2017-2018 InvenTeam photo of her 2013 InvenTeam. breeding disruptor. honor role models and encourage Northeast High is one of only 15 high schools mosquitoes from laying eggs in water sources creativity and problem-solving. nationwide selected as an InvenTeam this year. and then spreading mosquito borne illnesses, “The InvenTeams program represents the future,” InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teach- such as Zika and Malaria, to humans in urban said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer from ers and mentors who receive grants of up to $10,000 to tropical environments. the Lemelson-MIT Program. “We place an emphasis invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Another advantage for the Northeast High team is on STEM-focused projects to develop interest in these The Northeast High InvenTeam is developing that their advisor, Biology Teacher L. Clara Mabour, fields among youth. With InvenTeams, our primary a device to deter mosquitoes from laying eggs in is a former InvenTeam winner. Five years ago, as a goal is to foster high school students’ passion for invenstanding water. With the help of mentor Paul Fucile, Northeast High student, Mabour’s team was awarded tion, in turn inspiring them to consider careers in a senior engineer from Woods Hole Oceanographic a $10,000 InvenTeam grant to create a portable water science, technology, engineering or math.” Institute, the students are creating an autonomous, sanitation system that could be used after natural The InvenTeam winners and grant recipients were automatic and environmentally safe device that disasters. Two members of that winning InvenTeam selected by a panel of judges composed of educators, breaks the surface tension of stagnant water in were invited to attend the 2013 White House Science researchers, staff and alumni from MIT, and repreponds and lakes, as well as shallow containers and Fair, where President Obama rode the bicycle that sentatives from the industry and former Lemelsonunderground sewer systems. Their goal is to prevent powered their water filtration system. MIT Award winners.

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hat is the real surprise? This debate team is from a Fort Lauderdale elementary school! The Broward County School Board, spearheaded by Board members Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Laurie Rich Levinson, introduced a pilot program in 2015 to include 12 elementary schools in debate lineups. Statistics show that adding such activities help increase confidence in the children and prepares them for middle school, high school, and college or work life. Kids are more likely to participate in these activities in later educational pursuits. The School Board expanded the number of elementary schools to 30 participating this year. They chose under-performing schools, realigning teachers, principals, and other staff to achieve the outcome of increasing the schools’ performance. The Board also added optional activities, including the debate team. One of the schools was Walker Elementary School. Under the leadership of Principal Philip Bullock, Walker Elementary showed a 95% improvement in academic achievement since the debate team began. Remarkably, there is a higher level of reading, writing, and communication skills. Led by Debate Coach Yonel Aris and assistant Eloise Findlay there are 40 students are in the debate program but only 20 compete at this time. The remaining team members are learning and preparing for next year’s opportunities. Competitors range from 2nd through 5th grades. Walker’s Debate Team has competed in four events and placed at least third place in Broward County elementary school categories; they placed first in an April 6th competition. The team was also invited to open the EdTalk event in November, where they discuss educational strategies. Elementary school categories are different than middle and high schools: ▸▸ Dramatic Interpretation is a single person category when a child gives at least a three-minute presentation of either three poems or section of a short story. The competitor performs a serious, published work.

Walker Elementary School’s Winning Debate Team

▸▸ Dual Interpretation is a two-student classification, also a minimum of three minutes long. Presentations may be dramatic, humorous, or a combination. Additionally, competitors must not touch or look at each other. Limited movement is permitted. ▸▸ Congress Debates involve students emulating our United States Congress by debating bills and resolutions. Competitors are required to do research to support their choice of position and be prepared to respond to questions. For more about Broward County School Board’s debate initiative, check their site at http://www.browardschools.com/debate. OURCITYFORTLAUDERDALE.COM | JANUARY 2018 23


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Open Canvas Project Continues: Phase 2

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n October 28, 2017, Open Canvas Project, Phase 1, kicked off the conversion of a 25,000-square foot, once-abandoned building located at 301 North Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale. The goal is to create and showcase huge works of urban art. With the help of local artists and many other volunteers the abandoned building is well on its way to completion as Phase 2 continued the project November 28th. More than 400 people came together to lend their talent and support. A live band performed under a large banyan tree on the west side of the building as they entertained artists and visitors while they worked. The band remained throughout the afternoon. Directed by Jorg Hruschka, Chief Service Officer of the Neighbor Volunteer Office, dozens of people gathered to add their own touch and style to the new look. Others came to observe and brought their families; some folks even arrived with their small dogs. Constance with volunteers in front of muralist’s contribution to the wall

One of the large walls on the west side of the building is called the “Community Wall,” an idea sparked by local artist Constance Ivana. The city invited anyone who wanted to get involved to help paint the massive, Volunteers adding their creativity to the Community Wall marine-themed area. Adults and children alike helped paint the outlined areas of fish, coral, and under-water plant life. Above the wall remains a frame where an awning used to hang. The frame and the wall above it is lined with painted fish cut into many different shapes and sizes. Jorg was ever-so grateful to the donators of the paint and supplies that has so far helped to support Phases 1 and 2. He stated, “CBs Interactive donated $1,500 worth of paint for the base coat, while artist Kelcie McQuaid and Rebuilding Together donated around 50-60 gallons each of left-over paint. The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale donated $1,000 towards paint and materials for the Little Free Libraries (painted during Phase 1), and Jerry’s Artarama supplied free spray paint. In addition, many artists used their own supplies.” There is still quite a lot of the original 25,000 square feet left to cover. Although many artists continue to paint, a third phase event will follow. Jorg said they hope to complete the project in the Spring of 2018. Do you want to get involved and volunteer? Contact Jorg Hruschka at 954-828-5568 or JHruschka@fortlauderdale.gov.

Jorg Hruschka, Constance Ivana, and her daughter Camryn

Ft. Lauderdale to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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BY DEBBY TEICH

ach year, on the third Monday of January, the nation celebrates the birth, life and dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his quest for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. On January 15, Ft. Lauderdale residents will have an opportunity to honor his dreams and vision at the King Holiday Celebration at Esplanade Park. The city has held a celebration since the federal holiday began in the mid-seventies. Initially, it was conducted by volunteers. Since 2002, it has been produced by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee (MLKCC). “Dr. King sowed the seeds of hope and healing in America,” said Wayne L. Alexander, MLKCC Board Chair. “The King Holiday is a day to pay tribute to the timeliness values he taught through example – the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that were so radiantly defined by Dr. King’s character. The Celebration honors the life and contributions of American’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also led a movement that achieved historical reforms to help make it a reality. It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many people from myriad cultural 26 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYFORTLAUDERDALE.COM

backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of togetherness.” The event starts with the Fort Lauderdale King Holiday Parade and Non-violent March. The parade line-up will be held from 8am-9:30am at Lincoln Park. At 9:30am, the parade departs from Lincoln Park and Sistrunk and proceeds east to NW 7th Avenue (Avenue of the Art), then south on SW 2nd Avenue to Espalanade Park. Last year’s parade featured more than 700 participants, including organizations, schools, cultural and performing arts groups, school bands, marchers, floats and more. Immediately following the King Holiday Parade, from 10:30am – 2:30pm, the MultiCultural Festival will take place at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Festival highlights the rich diversity of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County through cultural performances, food and art. The event is free and open to the public.  In addition to the King Holiday Parade and the Multi-Cultural Festival, the MLKCC organization will also host two events on January 12. At 10am, the MLK Pre-School Birthday Celebration will be held in partnership with the Early Learning Coalition at

the African American Research Library and Cultural Center for child care centers serving Central Broward. At 7pm, the MLKCC will hold a “Time for Prayer” event at Lincoln Park.  The MLKCC is also organizing an MLK Day of Volunteer Service Project for 2018 at Dr. MLK Montessori Academy and conducting an annual youth award program, The Trailblazers Award, that recognizes local youth who are making a difference in their own lives and in their communities in the tradition of Dr. King. For information, visit www.kingholidaycelebration.com.


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School Groups Visit the Stranahan House

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he Stranahan House is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and serves as an epicenter of Fort Lauderdale’s history. Because the museum fulfills Broward County’s 4th grade history requirement, more than 3,400 elementary school students tour the House and participate in education programs each year. The House also offers programs that support the middle and high school curriculum. “The educational tours and programs offer a unique and engaging opportunity for children to learn outside of a traditional classroom setting,” said April Kirk, Executive Director. “They bring history to life for local students, enabling them to understand and experience the past in an interactive and contextual setting.” The Stranahan House was built in 1901 by Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, Frank Stranahan. Originally, it served as a trading post, post office and campsite. When Frank’s wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, became the first school teacher, the site was used as the community center and town hall for the area’s few residents. As the population grew, the House served as a bank, restaurant and residence for the Stranahans. Some of the educational programs include: ▸▸ Where It All Began Tour – Elementary school students learn about the Stranahans’ relationship with the Seminoles, tour the museum, make butter, ring a historic bell and participate in a history scavenger hunt. Middle and high school students use old photos and letters to learn why Frank and Ivy Stranahan came to the pioneer settlement, their relationships with the Seminoles, and the importance of the New River. ▸▸ The Last Egret Tour – The Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museums & Gardens partner to present a program based on Harvey Oyer’s book, The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Last Egret. Students explore

pioneer life as experienced by Charlie Pierce, a young boy growing up in the untamed wilderness of Florida. They learn colorful tales of Seminoles and early citizens. As “pioneers,” they barter for supplies at Frank Stranahan’s Trading Post and participate in hands-on activities, including water testing and butter making. They also learn about the Barrier Island ecosystem and its sensitive food chain as well as the effects of pollution on the New River. ▸▸ Old South Florida Portrait Tour – Students explore two historic homes of pioneer families from the early 20th century. They examine local history, while witnessing the environmental impact on the historical sites of the Stranahan House on the New River and the Bonnet House on Fort Lauderdale beach. They compare and contrast the two families, their homes, and their lifestyles with a focus on historic preservation. ▸▸ Outreach Program – No travel necessary! The Museum comes to Broward County classrooms A student rings the bell during a tour. with items from the past. Students will experience how early pioneers dressed, tools they used, and participate in making butter. It is perfect for kindergarten through second grades. For information about the Stranahan House’s educational programs and tours, contact Jonathan Axler at 954-524-4736 or education@stranahanhouse.org.

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INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

Local Inventor is Finalist in Good Housekeeping and HSN’s Search for America’s Next Great Entrepreneur BY STACEY BOMSER

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here’s an expression that “necessity is the mother of invention.” That was certainly the case for Angela Horevitz. The frustrated baker invented Bakers Sto N Go to prevent beautifully frosted cookies and baked goods from getting crushed or smeared. “This product has been long overdue in the baking world,” states Horevitz. “People who like to frost cookies and brownies can now layer their tasty treats on the adjustable shelves inside the container, and the frosting stays intact, and nothing gets ruined.” Horevitz says she came up with the concept back in December 2005, when the idea of a storAngela Horewitz displays Bakers Sto N Go on the set of HSN. age container with shelves popped into her head while meditating. After doing some research, she finalists’ products were featured in the December discovered nothing like this existed. Horevitz spent issue of Good Housekeeping. In addition, the finalists the next year designing and developing the product, presented their products live on HSN on December and in January 2007 she launched Bakers Sto N Go. 4th. Consumers were able to vote for their favorite She says it’s been an incredible journey ever since, product to be considered for the HSN Customer especially being selected as one of five finalists in Choice Award. Good Housekeeping and HSN’s search to find America’s Horewitz is now anxiously awaiting the announcenext great entrepreneur and game-changing conment in a few months when the winner will be sumer product. Bakers Sto N Go and the other four revealed in the April issue of Good Housekeeping

magazine and is invited back on-air at HSN to sell their product. The winner will be selected based on ingenuity, quality and public response to the product. Horewitz says she will scream if she is chosen. “I will let it all out. I have worked so hard to have this moment. It means the world to me. I love my customers, I love connecting with them, I love the satisfaction it brings them, and to know I won this award will allow me the greatest gift of making people’s lives easier in the kitchen.” If Bakers Sto N Go wins, that means good news for Fort Lauderdale as well. Horewitz works with a local manufacturer. “I’m trying to do what I can to help our community from supplies all the way to manufacturing. It’s so important to me to use our local community for our resources to grow.” In the meantime, Horewitz continues to reap satisfaction hearing from her customers. “This is my favorite part of being an entrepreneur. I constantly get emails from little old ladies telling me how they love this item. It is so rewarding connecting with them. That is the greatest part of my job.” For more information go to www.bakersstongo.com.

COMMUNITY NEWS

Lights and Leashes – Ft. Lauderdale Family Raises Funds for Dogs

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even years ago, the Sablich Family moved into their Ft. Lauderdale home. During the holidays they put up the typical outdoor decorations; a few inflatables and lights. But each year that passed they kept adding more and more, and the festivities grew and grew. Fast forward to this past Christmas where neighbors left their homes after Thanksgiving dinner for the annual lighting ceremony. They witnessed the glow of 25,000 holiday lights, saw dozens of holiday-themed items including handmade crafts, animated figures, checked out Santa’s workshop, and even experienced a snowfall every few minutes. The South Florida Winter Wonderland had a special visit from Santa, and a snow pit for the little ones to play in. Their home is also the designated mail drop to send letters to the North Pole. Children came ready with their letters right after eating their holiday turkey. “We get such joy in seeing the faces of those who visit our display, young and old alike. Over the years we have had such positive feedback and have met so many great people. There is nothing more special than seeing a child’s face

light up and watch them dance around the driveway, catching snowflakes,” said Carol Sablich. “This is the driving force that keeps us going year after year. It is such a blessing to spread holiday cheer and provide moments of happiness to everyone who visits.” During the year they were introduced to a pet rescue organization while searching for a furry four-legged friend to add to their family. They ended up adopting three dogs, and wished they could adopt more. So, they decided the next best thing was to not just make their holiday presentation festive, but charitable as well. A partnership was created and 100% of the proceeds collected was donated to 100 Plus Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida. “We want to raise awareness for the organization and collect donations to help them continue to expand their mission of saving abandoned animals in South Florida,” added Lisa Sablich. “We want to continue to save the four-legged friends who give unconditional love and help keep the spirit of the holidays alive year-round.” Since the organization’s inception, more than 3,700 abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs (and approximately 90 cats) have been saved, and found their forever loving homes. For more information on 100 Plus Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, please visit 100plusabandoneddogsofevergladesflorida.org. 

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he average age of an Facebook recently launched a American child at the time new product called Messenger Kids. she receives her first smartThis app, which is controlled from phone is 10 years old. More a parent’s facebook account, gives than half of children between the kids the ability to text and video chat ages of 8 and 12 have a smartphone with friends and family while allowthey use every day. Teens watch more ing parents to monitor everything than twice as much YouTube video as the child is doing. It also, of course, television. Three out of four American introduces kids at a young age to the teenagers subscribe to SnapChat Facebook ecosystem. and Instagram. Parental Controls These facts, from a pair of studies A first line of defense for some published by Trendera and Influence parents is setting up parental conCentral, are not surprises to anyone trols on a child’s phone. iPhone users with children. Today’s young people can use the phone’s Restrictions are the first generation of humans settings to limit a child’s phone use. to grow up since the advent of the Parents can limit a child’s ability to iPhone. Kids are typically more use certain apps, block particular technologically savvy and more types of content or restrict the time comfortable integrating technology of day the phone can be used. Similar into every aspect of their lives than parent controls are available on older generations. Android phones. Parents, however, are nervous. Inspect don’t Expect How can they control, or even be Many parents take a different aware of who their children are approach. Realizing their children communicating with? What types of are more sophisticated tech users content are kids sending each other? than they are, these parents simply How does someone protect a curious insist on reviewing their children’s teen from sending an image to some- texts, youtube history, browser one that could have a lasting effect history and the like on a regular on his life? basis. This technique can be very The answers to these questions helpful but it is not foolproof. Apps and others like them are all too often like SnapChat do not preserve uncomfortably nebulous. Fortunately, chat histories. there are some tools available to all of Parental Control Apps us that can make life easier. There are There are many commercial a number of new apps specifically tar- parental control apps on the marketgeted at families with young children. place that allow parents to set times

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of day for phone use, monitor child usage, block content types and enable/ disable games or apps. These products have a range of prices from free up to $60 a year for a family plan. Examples of these include NetNanny, KidLogger, Pumpic and PhoneSheriff. Each has its own uniquie set of features, but the functionality of all of them is similar.

Child Engagement It will come as little surprise to anyone that there are a number of thriving chat rooms and forums filled with teens detailing ways to

get around parental control platforms. Motivated teenagers can be quite clever. An interesting example of this is my own experience with a great app called Life360. Life360 allows parents to get real-time information about their kids’ location, cell phone use and travel habits (e.g. were they speeding). My kids don’t like this app because it drains battery life. One afternoon, I was wondering where my teen son Justin was. I clicked on the Life360 app, pulled up the map, and there he was, in Pyongyang, North Korea! In reality, Justin was two blocks from home playing basketball, but he had very quickly figured out how to “spoof” his phone’s GPS; something I am quite sure I will never know how to do. Whether parents like it or not, our society is never going back to a time where young people use personal electronic devices less. The entire global culture has quickly evolved with the mobile phone at its center. Experts agree that the best way to keep kids safe online is a combination of parental controls, mindful oversight and, most importantly, engagement with children. No one knows what teens will be doing ten years from now, but we can be sure it will include even greater use of technology than today.


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Day in the Life of a Nurse™ Encourages Students to Become Future Nurses at Broward Health Medical Center H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes had At BHMC, students participating in the one-day the opportunity to experience what a typical day is program experienced various activities, includlike working as a nurse at Broward Health Medical ing nurse-led tours of hospital departments. The Center (BHMC). experience allowed students to spend quality time “Broward Health Medical Center is dedicated to with a nurse and ask them individual questions supporting the next generation of nurses and we about their profession and the challenges they face recently were given the exciting opportunity to while hearing stories about their career. Students showcase our world-class met and heard from nurse educators, informamedical facility to South tion systems nurses, nurse researchers and nurse Florida students,” said administrators. In addition to shadowing staff Chief Nursing Officer nurses and listening to various presentations, stuRobyn Farrington, dents learned how to take a person’s blood pressure BSN, RN, MBA/HCM. and pulse, how to listen to a heartbeat through a “Nursing continues to stethoscope and how to scrub in and dress in surgibe one of the fastest cal attire while touring surgical suites. growing and in-demand Broward Health, providing service for more than 75 years, is a healthcare careers and nationally recognized system in South Florida that offers world-class we want to encourage healthcare to all. The Broward Health system includes the statutory students to consider the teaching hospital Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health nursing profession as North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, they plan their futures.” Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health This year, 53 South Physician Group, Broward Health Urgent Care, Broward Health Florida facilities and 61 International, and Broward Health Foundation. For more informaschools participated in tion, visit BrowardHealth.org. the program.

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