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

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

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CO-PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet

10 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

12 February 2018

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COMMUNITY NEWS 14 New Program Helps Families Navigate Many Systems for Children with Special Needs 16 It’s Time to EmBARK Upon the 2018 Walk for the Animals! 21 Noon Tunes Concert Series Returns to Riverwalk

FEATURE STORY 19 Varicose Veins? Might be More than Meets the Eye

21 Get to Know Your Fort Lauderdale Neighbors

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24 City of Fort Lauderdale Is Accepting Applications for Neighbor Leadership Academy

22 Happy Valentine’s Day

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SCHOOL NEWS 26 The Sky’s The Limit: Broward County Public Schools Reaches Highest Graduation Rate in Six Years 28 Congressman Deutch Connects with Fort Lauderdale High School Students 28 It’s All Funds and Games - Get a Clue and Raise Money for the Broward Education Foundation

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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any of us will soon be purchasing chocolates and flowers for our sweethearts, or writing our dearest a love letter or two on February 14th. Valentine’s Day has evolved from a somber Christian day of remembrance into a day for all of us to celebrate those we love the most. The day’s origins, however, are a bit more complicated. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Saints, there are actually at least two Saint Valentines remembered on February 14th, and potentially a third. Valentine of Rome was a Christian priest who was martyred in 269. A few years later, Valentine of Terni, a bishop, was killed in 273. Not much is known about them. Modern histories of their acts, including what led to their deaths, were likely destroyed in the 4th century. What remains are a few wonderful legends. The most endearing of the Legends of Saint Valentine is now referred to as The Golden Legend. According to this legend, on the evening prior to his execution, Valentine wrote a note to the blind daughter of his jailer, a girl named Julia. He signed it simply “Your Valentine.” The following morning, the young girl woke with the ability to see. A miracle! After sitting up in bed, she turned to see the world’s first Valentine’s Day card next to her. Today’s romantic Valentine’s Day customs likely originated in 19th century England and have spread throughout the world. Cupid, the ancient Roman god of love, has become as important a symbol as Valentine himself. In parts of Europe, lovers give each other “Valentine’s Keys” as a symbolic way to unlock their hearts. In the United States, people tend to give gifts of sentiment such as flowers, chocolates and love letters and poems, or gifts of pampering such as massages and jewelry. So, this February 14th, as you give your most cherished loved one that something special, you can also share the rest of the story. Happy Valentine’s Day! Sincerely,

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Huizenga Plaza – 32 East Las information, please call 954-828-5411. trucks, the coolest bar, and over Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 10 bands on two stages. Ages 21 and over. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the festival goes till 2 ArtBravo! – Join ArtServe in the morning. Two& – 1517 E. and a distinguished panel of FCF Broward Child Advocacy Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. experts to recognize South Awards & Reception – The For vending and sponsorship Florida’s top artists for artistic 2018 annual event will opportunities, please call distinction, concept and be held from 5:30 to 8:00 305-303-3976. mastery of technique. ArtBravo, p.m. in the Riverview the annual juried fine art Remembering Our Roots – Ballroom at the Broward show, features accomplished The City of Fort Lauderdale Center for the Performing rising stars who vie for juror invites you to celebrate Black Arts, located at 201 SW recognition and a $1000 cash History Month with exciting 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, prize. Enjoy lite bites courtesy community events such as Florida 33312. Interested of BRIO and spectacular art this. Riverland Park, 950 SW attendees can email events@ from South Florida’s most 27th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale floridaschildrenfirst. accomplished artists. Exhibit from 3:00-5:00pm. For more org, call 954-796-0860, Valentine’s Day – Couples runs through February 23rd information, please call or RSVP online at www. looking for love in an idyllic with a gallery reception on 954-828-5320. floridaschildrenfirst.org. A setting with an affordable price February 15th. Free admission $100 contribution is suggested. tag should follow their hearts at 6:00pm at ArtServe, 1350 E. to Greater Fort Lauderdale. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Known as the “Venice of For more information, please America” for its 300+ miles call 954-462-8190 or visit of inland waterways, and artserve.org. Sistrunk Parade & Festival – complimented by beautiful The conclusion of Black History beaches, romantic waterfront Month starts with a parade restaurants and charming at 9:00am – Departs Lincoln accommodations that allow Park at 9 am and travels east couples relax and rekindle Destination Fridays Mardi on Sistrunk Boulevard to the fire any day of the year. Gras – Travel and explore NW 9 Avenue, and finishes From moonlit strolls and diverse cultures from around with a festival until 7 pm on dancing under the stars to the globe without experiencing Sistrunk Boulevard from romantic restaurants and jet lag! The African-American N.W. 9 to N.W. 12 Avenue. For locations, the destination was research Library and Cultural more information, please call made for amore.  Center presents “Destination 754-779-4376 or visit www. Sunday Jazz Brunch – An ideal Fridays”, an event held the sistrunkfestival.org. way to relax and enjoy Fort first Friday of select months. Lauderdale’s scenic Riverwalk. Enjoy the attractions, fun, This free, live, outdoor concert music, signature delicacies, series brings the area’s best and tourism highlights of local jazz artists. Listen to exotic places all at one location! 30th Annual Las Olas Art Fair the music on three different Living Room Lounge – Every This month’s location is New (Part II)– Howard Alan Events stages on the first Sunday of Wednesday from 8-10 pm Orleans Mardi Gras. Come out presents the 30th anniversary each month from 11 a.m. to 2 get immersed in the local art and enjoy some Cajun cuisine, of the nationally recognized p.m. There is plenty of room scene with Live Painting. Feel dancing, live music, masks, art fair. More than 300 artists to set up chairs, blankets, and the beat of the street with beads, and a special hurricane will display their work along picnic baskets to experience local artists painting large drink. 6:30-9:30pm at the Las Olas Boulevard during the fabulous entertainment. and live in the Living Room at African-American Research the two-day event. Saturday Patrons can also stroll along the the W Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy Library and Cultural Center – and Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. historic brick-lined walkway cocktail specials while seeing 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Ft. Free Admission – Navigational to enjoy live music while new work come to life in the Lauderdale. Admission is $10. Address: 600 E. Las Olas browsing items from local plush and swank surroundings For more information, please Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Free merchants and enjoying food on the fourth floor of this call 954-357-6190. and open to the public. For from area restaurants. For beachside, uber-chic hotel. W more information, please call Fort Lauderdale, 3101 Bayshore more information, please visit www.artfestival.com or call the Special Events Hotline at Drive, Fort Lauderdale. 561-746-6615. 954-828-5363. Walk for the Animals – The 28th Annual 2018 Walk for the Animals presented by VCA Kijiji Moja – The City of Fort Animal Hospitals is the largest Riverwalk Noon Tunes – Breathe Lauderdale invites you to anticipated fundraising event in the fresh air and listen to continue the celebration of for The Humane Society of some of Fort Lauderdale’s Black History Month with Broward County at Huizenga Downtown Ft. Lauderdale Music favorite musical talent in another exciting community Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd., in Festival – The annual 2-day this free concert series every event at Lincoln Park, 600 NW Downtown Fort Lauderdale. event will have great live music, Wednesday, 12:00pn-1:30pm, 19th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Humans and their four-legged beautiful art, amazing food through March 28th at from 12-5 p.m. For more loved ones are all encouraged

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51st Annual Scholarship Luncheon and Fashion Show – The Fort Lauderdale Alumnae Panhellenic is proud to present their annual event to be held at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. Fashions will be presented by Lilac and Lilies Boutique, Kendra Scott, and Francesca’s. Guests will enjoy door prizes, a silent auction, and raffles as well as a vendor market. *Tickets are $60 and must be purchased by March 1st. Proceeds benefit the Community Foundation of Broward. To purchase tickets, contact Elaine Bess, 954-966-9673.

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 is the largest concentration of historic buildings remaining in Broward County. Recurring daily tours at 1,2, & 3:00pm, Admission: $15 adults, $12 seniors, $7 students – 219 SW 2nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For more information, please call 954-463-4431.  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.


Artis Senior Living to Open New Memory Care Assisted Living Community in Davie

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n July 2018, Artis Senior Living will be opening a 72-suite memory care community in Davie for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents will be able to move freely among neighborhoods in the one-story, 35,000 square foot community. They can also take advantage of an outdoor area on three acres of secured land. The community is strategically located at 2794 S. Flamingo Road, so it is easily accessible from Florida’s Turnpike, I-595, and I-75. Amy DePreker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, answered some questions about the new Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Describe the community. The community will be comprised of four neighborhoods designed to create

an intimate environment with familiar living spaces. The central core, known as the “Town Center,” will feature a host of amenities, including a neighborhood center for community gatherings and a studio for activities, as well as a health center, beauty and barber shop. How do you tailor each person’s living experience? Artis Senior Living of Davie strives to make sure that its residents and their families have a say in how they live. Our philosophy centers around empowerment, pride and fulfillment for all our residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the experience is tailored specifically to each person to ensure independence, dignity and quality of life. What is “The Artis Way? ” We follow what we call “The Artis Way.” Each letter of the word Artis stands for a tenet of the organization.

▸ “A” is the ability to have a voice. We want residents and their families to engage in open communication with our associates to make sure that what we’re doing is the right fit for them.

▸ “R” is about respecting and maintaining relationships. ▸ “T” stands for treasuring each person’s uniqueness. ▸ “I” is for integrity. We promote dignity and respect. ▸ “S” is for success and recognition.

How many people are affected by Alzheimer’s and Dementia? Every 67 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. By 2025, the number of people ages 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.1 million. Dementia is becoming more and more of an epidemic. Therefore, the more quality care we can offer, the more fulfilling the lives of those with dementia can lead.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

New Program Helps Families Navigate Many Systems for Children with Special Needs BY HELEN PENLAND

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re you a family or guardian with a child who has special needs? Do you get lost and confused trying to get help for your child? Don’t know where to go or who to speak with? Then this free program is for you. The Family Road Map program was started by Wendy Besman from Tennessee in 2007. As a parent of a son diagnosed with both Autism and Bipolar Disorder, she faced all the challenges that many others had in an effort to get help for her son. She decided to put together a multi-faceted “roadmap” for people in the same situation. It’s grown into a nationwide program. This is not just for nuclear families. As we know, a family may include anyone who is charged with caring for someone else. In this case, family is defined by the person who needs resources. It may be foster parents, adoptive parents, guardian ad litems, extended family members, and others. Family Road Map is offered in Broward County through the South Florida Wellness Network (SFWN). Family Road Map provides training for families and caregivers of children under age 18 with any kind of special needs. Made possible by a one-year, private

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grant to SFWN, the purpose is to explain applicable complicated systems of care in which families find and receive help. Trained facilitators guide guardians through behavioral health, medical, insurance, and education areas in an easy-to-understand format. Instructors also address the justice and foster care systems. All trainers are certified and regularly updated through the Team Up for Families Collaborative (TUFF), a division of the Family Road Map Institute.

As a part of the curriculum, participants gain information through a group of activities using worksheets, a Guide Book, and Activity Book that define concepts the caregiver can use in daily life. They learn proper terms used, treatment team models, procedures, laws, and how to find support. The books are “loaded with family-tested strategies”, while the worksheets are to log data regarding the child’s needs and behaviors along with notes about the systems of care. Lisa Math oversees the Family Road Map program in Broward County. Her personal experience with her daughter’s special needs led Lisa to devote herself full time – giving up two careers in the process – to manage the many resources needed. She eventually became a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist in order to help others in the same position. “I am passionate about being a part of the Family Road Map program. This program has the ability to transform lives. Family members and caregivers leave with more than just knowledge – they leave with a feeling of empowerment so that they can make a difference in the lives of their children,” she commented. To obtain dates and register for training sessions, call 954-533-0585.

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It’s Time to EmBARK Upon the 2018 Walk for the Animals! BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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o bones about it, animal lovers are super excited for the 28th Annual 2018 Walk for the Animals presented by VCA Animal Hospitals. The largest anticipated fundraising event for The Humane Society of Broward County is happening on Saturday, March 3rd at Huizenga Plaza in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Humans and their four-legged loved ones are all encouraged to take the 1.25 mile walk through the beautiful city at 10:00am. Event Chairs Carey Morgan and Deanna Kubinski, both of Fort Lauderdale, are thrilled to be back along with Jacey Birch of WPLG Local 10 News and Doc Reno from BIG 105.9. Registration opens at 8:00am, but it’s suggested to register early by visiting Walk4theAnimals.com. Those interested can register as an individual participant, or can start a Pack (team).

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Packs are perfect for companies and groups throughout the county to collaborate and achieve a common goal while having fun along the way. Prior to the event, some packs elect to do old-fashioned fundraisers such as bake sales and car washes, while others take to current day fundraisers by using social media and creating personal fundraising pages available on the Walk site. Incentive prizes are also available. The annual event has something for everyone. Cute canines will receive star treatment on the red carpet with Little’s Photography as their personal paparazzi, and have the option of taking a dip in the doggie pool if they need to cool off. Pet owners of all ages can enjoy a free pancake breakfast courtesy of IHOP, live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house, and more. Sponsor booths such as VCA Animal Hospitals, Purina, Boehringer

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e’ve all seen them; on the beach, bulglegions of patients, some whose lives have potentially ing behind summer shorts or marring been saved, and countless others he’s made more livthe look of an otherwise great “gam” or able and enjoyable because of his “vein whisperer-ish” worse---on our own legs in the mirror: knowledge, talent and years of focused experience. Varicose or spider veins. Defined basically as veins “He’s clearly the top of this pyramid,” offered Adam that have become enlarged and twisted, the “bulge,” Kustin, company spokesperson and someone who’s appears when valves or the pair of “leaflet valves” no clearly enamored of Dr. Soffer’s skill and humility longer meet properly, and simply put, the valves just after seeing what he does every day. “In this field, he don’t work anymore. (Valvular incompetence.) This is as good as it gets, yet the man is so kind, so warm causes blood being pumped from your heart-- that we and so approachable, it has spawned the growth of often take for granted, hard-working veins carry to this practice.” And call me crazy, but when you are and fro-- to back up, if you will, creating the unsightly talking about your vascular health, your overall wellbulge we know as varicose veins. Most common in the being and your potential to enjoy living life, going to superficial veins in the legs, which are subjected to a “medical spa” to be treated for veins that work in high pressure from standing, too much sitting, inactandem with your heart daily—SHOULDN’T be a craptivity or the dastardly leg crossing, these veins can shoot. “You want the best,” said Kustin. “Two people actually be found anywhere on the body, even the face. can walk in with the same bulging vein issue, but While most people seek remedy for the cosmetic there’s no way to tell if either has any real underlyaesthetics, there’s much more reason to check them ing health issues. It’s more than just cosmetic.” And out—especially as we age. And while there are countDr. Soffer’s ability makes sure patients don’t walk less vein clinics, or even mediout just cosmetically beautical “spas” that offer to treat the ful, but walk out KNOWING malady, few bear the pedigree there isn’t a serious hidden of board certified, worldhealth issue that could be life renown cardiologist Ariel threatening just down the Soffer, founder of Soffer Health road. “Sometimes people aren’t Institute, now with SIX locabothered by the bulging vein tions. His professional credits but they experience achy, very could fill a page alone, but tired legs, numbness or restless these life-threatening issues BEFORE they take a his personal passion for this legs and they never associate toll. Before they compromise how a patient lives life field and his journey towards these “symptoms” with vari…and he gets an immediate hug,” half-joked Kustin. it--is much deeper. This IS the cose veins. That’s why seeing a “He SEES people pain free, enjoying life again who doctor who for FOUR years had doctor as qualified as Dr. Soffer didn’t even know it was possible for them. They never an ABC News Health segment and his staff becomes so vital.” connected the dots, he does.” With six offices locally, called “Dr. Soffer’s Second And fixing the issue is relaDeerfield Beach, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Aventura, Opinion.”The same doctor tively simple. “And pain-free,” North Miami Beach, Hialeah/Miami Lakes, Dr. Soffer medical companies still call to test and give input on he added. “Most procedures involve closing the vein, is accessible. His staff is multi-lingual, welcoming new methodology, new tools, techniques and breaksometimes repairing it. The new lasers are very low and most importantly willing to help people start throughs. This IS the doctor who gives a seminar in risk, super accurate and extremely effective. We can the process. New Orleans every year for 3-500 other highly skilled also inject saline. It depends on the severity.” When physicians who travel from all over the country to asked why this doctor has made vein health his focus FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL learn from him. HIS techniques, his innate diagnoswhen he clearly is still regarded as one of America’s tic ability and gain his insight into this specialty. He’s top cardiologists, the answer brought staggering Soffer Health Institute began in Aventura and now there are sevthat talented, and that committed. clarity and a character trait we all want in our doceral locations, including one in Deerfield Beach at 1877 W. Hillsboro And lucky for us, his SoFla locations are graced by tors. “It was emotional for Dr. Soffer. He wanted to Blvd. They plan to open a Weston location next. Members of the staff him –and a hand-picked and trained staff every day. stop fixing the sometimes near unfixable issues in speaks Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Creole and Portuguese. His website heralds almost rock star adoration from cardiology. Instead he wants to help people prevent

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Noon Tunes Concert Series Returns to Riverwalk

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he popular Noon Tunes concert series returns to the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk this month. The lunchtime concerts take place every Wednesday through the end of March. All ages will enjoy the lively midday music when some of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite musical talent take the stage at Huizenga Park, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard, from 12-1:30pm. Noon Tunes kicks off on February 7th with Pitbull of Blues playing a selection of rock-n-roll hits. The concert series continues on February 14th with the Gary King Band (top 40), February 21st with Big City Dogs (classic rock), February 28th with the Fabulous Fleetwoods (southern rock), March 7th with the Andrew Morris Band (country), March 14th with Raise the Roof (Irish and

more), March 21st with Twocan Blue (beach party music), and culminates on March 28th with Big Harvest (reggae). It’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and family or simply take a break from the office and relax and unwind with coworkers. Concertgoers are invited to bring a bagged lunch or pick up a tasty treat from one of the nearby restaurants. For added convenience, the Riverwalk Water

Trolley can get you to and from the event with ease. The free service stops at eight points along the north and south banks of the New River. The Noon Tunes concert series is just one of many musical programs brought to you by the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department. Friday Night Tunes takes place on the third Friday of each month in the spring and fall at Joseph C. Carter Park. The Sunday Jazz Brunch takes place the first Sunday of each month at Esplanade Park. And throughout the summer, the Starlight Musicals concert series takes place on Friday nights at Holiday Park. For more information on the Noon Tunes concert series visit www.fortlauderdale.gov or call the Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363.

Get to Know Your Fort Lauderdale Neighbors BY DEBBY TEICH

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his month, the City of Fort Lauderdale and the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations is offering neighbors a way to get to know each other, as well as City Officials and some of the other departments that serve them. During Neighbor Support Night (NSN), Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall parking garage will be transformed into a warm and inviting setting that provides Fort Lauderdale residents with an opportunity to join together with their City to strengthen community ties, elevate public spirit, and build civic awareness in a casual, fun atmosphere. NSN will be held on February 15, from 5:30pm to 8pm, at Fort Lauderdale City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue. “By participating in this family-friendly event, residents become more informed about programs, services, and who to call for help; put names to the faces of the City employees dedicated to serving them every day; and have a neighborly good time while learning about the fabric of their City,” said Monique J. Damiano, City of Fort Lauderdale Strategic Communications Specialist. “It’s a way for us let residents know we are here for them and we care.” Some of the activities will include: ▸▸ Learn about your City and meet City officials and Community Builders. ▸▸ Take a photo with the Mayor Seiler and City Commissioners. ▸▸ Play in the Kids Zone with life-sized games and face painting. ▸▸ Take home a free Florida-friendly tree. ▸▸ Meet firefighters, police officers, and horses from our mounted patrol unit, ▸▸ Explore job and volunteer opportunities. ▸▸ Climb aboard emergency response and utilities vehicles. ▸▸ Learn about recycling and sustainability. ▸▸ Enjoy live entertainment and refreshments.

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Most of the City’s departments, as well as many of the divisions within the departments, will be participating. They will set up displays to either promote new projects, new or existing services and programs, or to simply provide education and information. Many of the displays include hands-on interactive games and activities, as well as giveaways and educational opportunities. Guests can pick up an “Around the City” passport for a chance to win a raffle. To be eligible for a prize, they have to visit 10 exhibits, get their passport stamped, and turn it back in. The drawing will take place at the end of the event and you do not need to be present to win. Past raffle prizes have included tickets to a hockey game, staycations at local beachfront hotels, tickets to performances, a free clubhouse rental at the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s Club, gift cards to local businesses and restaurants, and spa gift certificates. Attendees will also have the opportunity to select the winner of this year’s “Neighbors’ Choice” award with their votes. As they visit all of the displays, they can cast votes for their favorite one. The winner will get a trophy and bragging rights for the entire year. In 2017, the Human Resources won the Neighbors’ Choice Award. For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/nsn, call 954-828-5289, or email juniar@fortlauderdale. gov. Information and updates will also be provided via social media. Follow the City on Facebook /cityoffortlauderdale, Twitter @FTLCityNews, and Instagram /cityoffortlauderdale. OURCITYFORTLAUDERDALE.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 21


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Arc Broward Receives $250k Capital Grant to Expand Culinary Division BY HELEN PENLAND

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rc Broward, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities, is proud to be awarded a $250,000 capital grant for the purpose of enlarging its Arc Culinary facilities. The funding was received from the Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund of Community Foundation of Broward, created in 2012 from the estate of philanthropist Mary

Porter. Ms. Porter often worked with the Foundation during her lifetime. The plan is to increase the existing facilities by about 8,000 square feet and fully equip the additional space. Not only will the much-needed training area include classrooms, one goal is to add teaching kitchens complete with preparation and cooking areas, refrigeration, utensils, and the latest in cooking tech- (L to R): Gary Bitner, Board of Directors for Community Foundation Broward; Dennis Haas, CEO of Arc Broward; Carolyn Davis, nology. Expanded facilities will give Arc Broward the of Arc Broward; Sheri Brown, Vice President, Grants and Initiatives opportunity to accept more students into its culinary for Community Foundation of Broward and Kurt Zimmerman, program. The additional square footage will also help Board of Directors for Community Foundation of Broward the organization provide more specialized programs core ongoing objectives. According to Arc Broward’s CEO, Dennis Haas, and certifications. “The expansion is key in our continued growth, and Presently, Arc Culinary provides training for only it would not be possible without community advoone Certificate in Entry Level Culinary Arts. Students cates and philanthropists like Mary N. Porter and the get hands-on experience and work side-by-side with professional chefs to prepare them ultimately to gain Community Foundation of Broward. We are honored to carry on her legacy of ‘creating a better community employment in the culinary profession. Throughout for all in Broward County.’” their studies culinary trainees, under the guidance Linda Carter, President/CEO of the Community of their chef instructors, prepare meals served every Foundation of Broward said, “We truly believe in this day; they not only cook for students in all programs project and its power to transform lives to create a but the Arc Broward staff and volunteers as well. better Broward, which was Mary’s vision.” Many student chefs have graduated from the program, now work in the food service industry, and are To read more about the expansion and donate to Arc Broward, go financially independent. This is one of Arc Broward’s to https://www.arcbroward.com/wearccookin.

City of Fort Lauderdale Is Accepting Applications for Neighbor Leadership Academy BY DEBBY TEICH

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f you are interested in learning more about the City of Fort Lauderdale and developing your leadership skills, the Neighbor Leadership Academy (NLA) program may be the answer. The City is currently accepting applications for the next Academy, which runs March 7 through April 4. The deadline to apply is February 5. There is no cost to participate. “Fort Lauderdale’s Neighbor Leadership Academy provides valuable information about City processes, programs, and services and equips participants with techniques to enhance or jumpstart their leadership skills,” said Marsha Noel, Senior Management Fellow. “Participants also have the opportunity to network with residents from other neighborhoods and work 2017 Leadership Academy members. Photo credit: Middle River Arts Photograph together on a project that helps build community.” include: City Structure and Leadership Assessment; Ethics and Parliamentary The City of Fort Lauderdale plans to host at least two NLA sessions per year. It Procedures; Navigating the City’s Budget and Effective Decision Making; launched the first five-week session on March 8, 2017, followed by a second session Community Engagement and Volunteer Recruitment; and Fort Lauderdale’s in October 2017. To be considered for the Neighbor Leadership Academy, you must: Future and Relationship-Building Strategies. At the end of the program, partici▸▸ Be at least of 18 years of age. pants receive a Certificate of Completion and are officially recognized before the ▸▸ Be a resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale City Commission. ▸▸ Be willing to commit to five consecutive Wednesdays, from 6pm to 8:30pm. To take learning into action, participants complete a community service Meetings are held at George English Park, located at 1101 Bayview Park. For each session, the Council of Fort Lauderdale Civic Associations board mem- project at the end of the program. Each class determines what community project they would like to lead based on shared interests, hobbies, or neighborhood needs. bers and the Office of Neighbor Support staff select up to 20 Fort Lauderdale resiThe first class of NLA graduates organized the City’s first-ever citywide Meet Your dents that are either new to civic engagement or have been actively volunteering Neighbors Block Parties Day to celebrate the City’s residents and build community in their neighborhood or with the City of Fort Lauderdale. Past participants have included homeowners, association presidents, college students, business owners, together. The block parties were held on November 11, 2017, and November 18, community activists, retirees, homemakers and others. The City strives to ensure 2017, in five neighborhoods. The second graduating class is currently working on each session includes participants from each of the four City Commission districts. a landscaping project to help expand the City’s tree canopy and encourage more walkability in our communities. The Neighbor Leadership Academy curriculum focuses on 10 different topics that are taught by City staff and volunteer guest speakers. Some of the topics may For information or to apply, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/nla. 24 FEBRUARY 2018 | OURCITYFORTLAUDERDALE.COM


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The Sky’s The Limit: Broward County Public Schools Reaches Highest Graduation Rate in Six Years BY TERRY JAILLET

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roward County Schools continued a four-year trend of increasing graduation rates according to the Florida Department of Education. 81% of high school students in the 2016/2017 school year cohort graduated, representing the highest BCPS graduation rate ever recorded. The graduation rate places the school district 41st out of the 75 Florida public school districts. The state’s overall graduation rate improved by 1.6 percentage points to 80.7 percent, ranking Florida as 37th overall. In 2011 Florida adopted the Federal Uniform Graduation Rate method to compare schools and school systems on a more level playing field. Graduation rates are now standardized across the country. The Federal Uniform Graduation Rate method tracks students by “cohort.” Each year, students entering ninth grade are included in a cohort with an expected graduation year four years later. The

number of these students who graduate “on time” is then included in the graduation rate. There are strict rules for adding or subtracting students from the

cohorts that all districts must follow. Each state, however, has different graduation requirements. Florida’s standard diploma is considered a more rigorous credential than some other states making state-by-state comparisons complex. Coral Springs High School saw the largest one-year increase in graduation rate, increasing by 7.6 percent to 94.4 percent. Coconut Creek High School and Piper High School also increased their graduation rates by more than 5 percent. School Superintendent Robert W. Runcie was proud of the performance saying, “We are extremely proud of these results, which highlight our commitment to ensuring our students complete their high school education and are prepared for college and careers.” Several Broward Schools had perfect graduation rates, including the Atlantic Technical College, the College Academy at Broward College, Somerset Academy Charter High School and the Somerset Arts Conservatory.

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Congressman Deutch Connects with Fort Lauderdale High School Students BY STACEY BOMSER

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ongressman Ted Deutch was the latest guest speaker in Fort Lauderdale High School’s LAWTalk Series. The program, which started this year, invites lawyers, paralegals, judges, federal law enforcement agents and others to speak to students at the Pre-Law and Public Affairs magnet school. According to Magnet Coordinator Jennifer Beyland Muha, to date the school has hosted LAWTalks by attorneys from the Broward Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, a special agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration, a paralegal from a local law firm sponsoring a Paralegal Internship program, and attorneys speaking about starting their own firms and running a law practice. This month’s presentation features case managers for the Teen Court and Mediation program at the Broward County Courthouse. As a former real estate attorney and current member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Deutch provided students with a unique prospective. Mrs. Muha says his candor and connection with the students was remarkable. “Congressman Deutch asked students to share with him some of the pressing issues in our nation that require funding from the Federal government. Students raised many issues that were on the floor of the House during January’s budget meetings,” explains Mrs. Muha. “The Congressman then selected 13 students to give one-minute debates in favor of allocating $1 billion remaining in the budget to the various issues, during which time he shared how debate works in our congressional branches. After the debates, the student audience voted where the money should be allocated. This exercise simulated what happened in Congress, as the House of Representatives worked recently to pass a new federal budget.”

The LAWTalk Series is one of many unique opportunities available to students enrolled in the Pre-Law and Public Affairs magnet program at Fort Lauderdale High School. “Our magnet students are recruited by local lawyers for part-time jobs and internships,” shares Mrs. Muha. “Last fall, a group of students visited the Federal Courthouse as part of a pilot program for teen discourse.” In addition, students learned about the jury selection process and how deliberations can result in different verdicts through a mock trial conducted in the high school’s courtroom by Baumann, Gant & Keeley, PA. The school also boasts state-ranked Moot Court and Debate teams. “Last year, two students won the Best Appellate Brief in the district, one was the top Debate speaker in Florida, and two were ranked first among nationwide debaters for Public Forum,” notes Mrs. Muha. The Pre-Law and Public Affairs magnet program is a college-preparatory course of study that is designed for students who are interested in exploring various careers in legal studies, criminal justice and public service while maintaining a broad curriculum of arts, science, math, language, social studies and technology education. The program is open to all students living in Broward County through Broward County Public Schools’ School Choice application process. For more information visit www.fortlauderdalehigh.org.

It’s All Funds and Games - Get a Clue and Raise Money for the Broward Education Foundation

Heiko Dobrikow, Amber VanBuren, Ric Green, Tim Curtin

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ll amateur detectives and investigating teams are needed for the 23rd annual “Clueless on Las Olas” event on March 22nd. The suspenseful interactive “whodunit” murder mystery on Las Olas Boulevard will have hundreds of attendees searching up and down the iconic Ft. Lauderdale street for seven unique clues. Like the infamous board game “Clue”, participants need to discover the who, what, where, and how the “dastardly deed” was committed. Those sleuths interested need to meet at Laura Ward Park located at the historic Stranahan House on Las Olas Boulevard and Southeast 6th Avenue promptly at 5:30pm. The wily cast of shady crime suspects will be introduced, the mystery will be read, and those seeking clues will help solve the crime by visiting shops and restaurants on Las Olas. This year’s original mystery is entitled “Condo Confidential”. “It’s always great fun to dream up new dastardly villains and plot twists for our guests,” says Tim

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Curtin, Broward Education Foundation board member and Event Co-Chair. “And even more fun to watch them uncover the clues at the shops and restaurants on the boulevard.” Curtin authors the mysteries and is the only one who knows “whodunit.” New this year is the private “V-Eye-P” reception. It will feature a full bar and hors d’oeuvres, a special swag bag, and more. The savviest sleuths will be able to meet the suspects first and get a jump on investigation with dedicated snitches. Additionally, there will be a silent auction and refreshments. Hints may be purchased from “Snitches” but be warned, those darn suspects are masters of misdirection. Upon return to the party, sleuths learn a final clue and accuse a suspect. Great prizes will be awarded to the canniest investigators. “Competition is fierce among the amateur sleuths,” adds Ric Green, Event Co-Chair. “The entire event raises funds for Broward Education Foundation, the fund-raising arm of Broward County Public Schools. Mystery fans win, children win,

and our community wins! “  All proceeds will benefit the Broward Education Foundation to make a difference in the lives of students in Broward County Public Schools. Since 1983, the 501 (c) 3 organization has been recognized for fostering innovative teaching, equipping students for success with much-needed school supplies, stewarding student scholarships and building business and community partners for the nation’s sixth largest school district. Stranahan House at Laura Ward Park – 335 SE 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33301 – Time: 5:30-9:30pm - Cost: $45- For more information, to purchase tickets, and/or to be a donor, please visit CluelessOnLasOlas.com or call 954-288-7201.


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playing one sport year-round. Sports should be fun for children. Overuse injuries in children is a concerning trend.” – Dr. James R. Andrews [put in a call-out box] Some of the most common overuse injuries for young athletes include tennis elbow, impact-related running injuries (like shin splints) and many shoulder and elbow related injuries often suffered by baseball pitchers.

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n 1982, 12-year-old Andre Agassi and his doubles partner, Roddy Parks, won the National Indoor Boys 14’s Doubles Championship in Chicago, IL. Less than a year later, he was shipped off to Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy in Bradenton. He would go on become one of the greatest tennis players in history. Agassi famously trained exclusively for tennis from a very young age and reached greatness. Most of our children are not prodigies like Agassi. Many however, face pressure to specialize in a sport at increasingly younger ages. The emergence of club teams and travel sports combined with a prioritization of excellence over participation and the year-round warm weather of South Florida makes this trend even more pronounced here than in other areas of the country.

Different Strokes for Different Sports…

Does Specialization Make Someone a Better Performer? Author Malcom Gladwell famously coined the “10,000-hour rule.” This “rule” is an adaptation of an old theory about chess masters. It suggests that becoming a master requires around 10,000 hours of dedicated practice and training. Gladwell applied this theory to life more broadly: to become a true expert takes a lot of hard work! Proponents of sports specialization have adapted this theory: if a child shows an aptitude for a sport, having them focus on this sport early sets them on a path to attaining those 10,000 hours, becoming great and potentially gaining a college scholarship.

Sports Specialization: Should Kids Focus on What They are Best At? A 2013 study by the National Institute of Health suggests, however, that timing may be what matters most. The study’s conclusion states “Some degree of sports specialization is necessary to develop elite-level

skill development. However, for most sports, such intense training in a single sport to the exclusion of others should be delayed until late adolescence.”

Health Risks There are essentially two types of sports-related injuries: traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are typically caused when a person does the same physical motion over and over, causing wear and tear. Playing a single year-round sport significantly increases the risk of these types of injuries. Dr. James R. Andrews, founder of the Andrews Institute for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has become an outspoken critic of specialization. “I have seen my patient population and surgical cases get increasingly younger. Children, parents and coaches need to realize that kids need to take a break from

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The benefits and timing gained from specializing vary significantly by sport. Sports where athletes tend to be elite at a young age favor earlier specialization. Parents of star gymnasts or tennis players often contemplate home-school their children to maximize training time. According to a 2016 NCAA survey, almost nine out of ten college gymnasts said they had specialized by the age of 12. Other sports had far less pronounced benefits and trends toward specialization. Football players, for instance, had the lowest levels of high school specialization. In fact, every touchdown scored in this year’s NCAA National Championship Game was scored by an athlete who played multiple sports throughout high school. Interestingly, none of them play any other sport while in college. In fact, multi-sport collegiate athletes are extremely rare.

Should You Make the #1 Sport the Only Sport? Specializing in a single sport at a young age is a bad idea. A study that tracked young athletes between 1990 and 2011 concluded, “For most sports, there is no evidence that intense training and specialization before puberty are necessary to achieve elite status. Risks of early sports specialization include higher rates of injury, increased psychological stress, and quitting sports at a young age.” For High School kids, it’s a bit of a different question. Sports participation like theater or art or music are as much about a teen’s self-identification and pursuit of happiness as they are about pursuing excellence. Being good at something is important to selfesteem and makes that activity more fun. So, if your 14-year-old daughter wants to drop Basketball to focus on Volley Ball, tell her to go for it!


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ifestyle lift, S-Lift, Whisper lift, and Feather lift. The names may change, but these procedures are almost identical. Cosmetic surgeons will change the name of a straightforward procedure in an attempt to gain new patients, attract attention to “their” practice, or to lure an uneducated patient into thinking that “their” procedure is somehow “better” than what has been done thousands of times before by well-qualified plastic surgeons. The original “facelift procedure” was performed by Dr. Eugen Höllander in 1901, and involved elevating with tightening the facial skin only. The procedure has evolved and undergone multiple transformations. Today, a facelift typically involves elevation of the skin on cheek and neck with tightening of the underlying muscle (the SMAS in the cheek and the platysma on the neck). The 21st Century approach to facial rejuvenation focuses on a structured reconstruction as well with fat grafting and tissue tightening. As skin ages, there is a loss of collagen and elastic, which results in increased skin laxity. This, coupled with loss of the underlying soft tissue volume, results in prominent nasolabial folds, jowls, and neck bands. In order to improve the appearance of the face and neck, a skin tightening procedure should be performed. This can be accomplished several ways – lifting and removing excess skin, a skin resurfacing procedure with laser or chemical peel, or restoring loss of soft tissue volume with fat or synthetic fillers. These techniques can be used alone or in a combination, depending on each person’s individual facial anatomy and appearance goals.  In describing face lifting procedures, the facial skin is elevated, the underlying muscle is tightened and the excess skin is removed. When the skin laxity is limited to the cheek area, a mini or short-scar facelift can be performed (scar is limited to the area in the front of the ear). If neck skin laxity and neck bands are present, additional incisions can be made behind the ear and under the chin. This technique is referred to as a full facelift, or face and neck lift.  The Lifestyle lift and S-Lift have similar incisions with limited undermining or elevation of the face and neck skin. If there is heaviness or sagging of the eyebrow, then a browlift or forehead lift is performed. In certain cases, depending on the patient’s facial appearance, a facelift is performed in combination with soft tissue volume addition by fat transfer, skin smoothing with a chemical peel or laser resurfacing.  The most important factor to consider when making a decision to have elective cosmetic surgery is the surgeon, the facility, and the anesthesia provider. Only have facial plastic surgery by a surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery in an accredited outpatient facility or hospital. Anesthesia should be administered by a licensed, board certified anesthesiologist or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). 

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Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and has achieved Allergan’s Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Dr. Messa has also achieved Chairman status with Medicis and Mentor Corporation. This award honors distinguished leaders in cosmetic surgery for demonstrating expertise and excellence through a high volume of aesthetic product procedures. The certification is awarded to leaders in the field of medical aesthetics and demonstrates their commitment to innovation, excellence, and the highest level of patient care. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Messa, call the office at 954-659-7760. OURCITYFORTLAUDERDALE.COM | FEBRUARY 2018 31


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