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READON LINE 24 PUBLISHER’S PAGE 8 Welcome to the Age of Artificial Intelligence CALENDAR 10, 12 May 2023 FEATURE STORY 14 Get the Body You Crave at The Vera Medical Institute CAN DO KID 16 Local Girl Scout "Helping Heal Through Stories" INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 18 Local Author Ken Kaye Spins TabloidWorthy Mysteries COMMUNITY NEWS 20 Feeling Stressed? Lonely? Anxious? It’s OK to not be OK! Dial 9-8-8 22 James Taylor Headlined the Broward Performing Arts Foundation 2023 Annual Celebration 23 Saving Wildlife in Our Urban Jungle 2023 HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS GUIDE 24 South Florida is Not Always Bright Skies & Beautiful Beaches 26 Weather the Storm with a Hurricane Kit 28 Preparing Your Small Business for the Unexpected REAL ESTATE 29 Return on Lifestyle SCHOOL NEWS 31 Encouraging Young Citizens to Vote: Broward County Registers New Voters in High Schools PET OF THE MONTH 32 Meet “Xandari” HOME TOWN HERO 33 Fort Lauderdale Native Serves Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt TEE TO GREEN 34 How Good is Your Alignment? PUZZLE PAGE 35 Crossword & Sudoku 31 Answers 4 / Our City Fort Lauderdale / May 2023 / OurCityMedia.com

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Palace owners Helen & Jacob Shaham give every resident & family their personal cellphone number and say: “Call us any time you have an unsolved issue.”

Palace owners Helen & Jacob Shaham give every resident & family their personal cellphone number and say: “Call us any time you have an unsolved issue.”

Even though our managers & staff are incredibly responsive, there are times when a request warrants directly speaking to the ultimate decision makers.

Even though our managers & staff are incredibly responsive, there are times when a request warrants directly speaking to the ultimate decision makers.

Like the time our Mr. Arkin told Jacob he wished The Palace had an Oculus (ask any teenager) he could play with his grandsons when they visit. Jacob tried one out, loved the idea and Mr. Arkin got his wish.

Like the time our Mr. Arkin told Jacob he wished The Palace had an Oculus (ask any teenager) he could play with his grandsons when they visit. Jacob tried one out, loved the idea and Mr. Arkin got his wish.

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Or the time our Mrs. Martinez called Helen about the health benefits she enjoys from the hyperbaric chamber she used in a healthcare facility nearby. Helen was so intrigued she tried one herself, and ordered two — one for The Palace at Coral Gables and one for The Palace at Weston.

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Welcome to the Age of Artificial Intelligence

In the mid-15th century, German inventor Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Over the next two centuries, his invention replaced the church’s near-monopoly on the written word. It led to an ever-increasing spread of knowledge, information, and understanding of history.

Similarly, the development of the steam engine kick-started the Industrial Revolution, changing how people lived forever. Economic growth accelerated, people migrated to cities, and goods became less expensive and standardized.

These breakthroughs were followed by the invention of the telephone in the late 19th century and air travel in the early 20th century. More recently, the development of the micro-computer, the Internet, and modern mobile phones have impacted every aspect of human life.

Each of these breakthroughs profoundly impacted the world and led to a democratization of sorts. The printing press allowed for the spread of information to the masses; The Industrial Revolution allowed people to choose vocations rather than inheriting them; And the telephone and air travel enabled people to communicate and meet with people anywhere in the world.

Artificial Intelligence is a similar watershed technology development that will reshape the world. Large language models like ChatGPT and Google’s Bard will soon be omnipresent. How they impact our world is exciting and daunting.

AI is already everywhere in our society. Students use it to “help” write term papers; forecasters use AI to predict hurricane tracks; software engineers use it to create websites; AI is used in healthcare to diagnose illnesses; and finance is used to detect fraud. Soon, any ask that utilizes a computer will likely be completed, at least in part, by communicating with an AI.

Each of the advancements in technology came with accompanying challenges. For example, there were sweatshops across London during the Industrial Revolution, airplanes were quickly turned into weapons of war, and the Internet was used to target people for nefarious purposes. However, each of these innovations has led to incredible growth in human prosperity, creativity, living conditions, and knowledge. We are confident that AI will do the same.

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MAY 4

23rd Annual Riverwalk Tribute

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is pleased to announce the honorees for the 23rd Annual Riverwalk Tribute. This year’s event honors a group of individuals who have made a significant impact in the City of Fort Lauderdale and with Riverwalk: Nectaria Chakas and Robert Lochrie of Lochrie and Chakas, P.A., Keith Costello of Locality Bank, Renée K. Quinn of QuinnProQuo, Bob Swindell of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance. For info, contact Donisha Brockington at 954-468-1541 extension 204 or at events@goriverwalk.com.

MAY 6

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Celebration

Visit the Museum of Science & Discovery to observe the geology of the many islands that make up part of the islands found in the Pacific. Learn about different arts that are part of the Asian-Pacific American culture. Explore the science of volcanoes and islands and participate in a shark tooth dig! Meet resident animals and discover which ones come from the Pacific. Join in celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage through dancing, movement and culture-related activities. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Museum of Science & Discovery. For more info visit: www.mods.org/signature-events/

MAY 7

Victoria Park Civic Association Spring Festival 2023

Head to Victoria Park for the annual Spring Festival celebration. There will be food trucks, wine & beer, live entertainment, a kids play area, and games, along with local vendors, raffles, and more. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm at Victoria Park, 2 N Victoria Park Road.

MAY4

Glow with the Flow

Awaken, Move, and Glow with the Flow. Join Lisa Pumper and special guests for this special Full Moon Flow and Bollywood Dance Experience at Las Olas Oceanside Park. This evening is intended to ignite your inner fire and glow as you release stuck emotions, invigorate your radiant energy, inspire you to break out of your limiting patterns of thinking, unleash your divine power to be liberated, authentic, raw & fully expressed! Come as you are and feel supported to express your wild nature, and be free in body, mind and soul! For all levels & newbies. Scan the QR code for info or tickets.

MAY 6

Riverwalk

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Riverwalk & Funky Buddha are back for Rhythm & Brews. Indulge in delectable dishes served up by the best food trucks in the area. Grab a cold Funky Buddha Brew, your blanket and lawn chair and enjoy as Live From 05 rocks out at Esplanade Park. 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Esplanade Park. For info, scan the QR Code.

MAY 12

Movie Splash Down Night

A movie with a splash! Come join the fun and games with us, while lounging by the pool. Light refreshments will be served. May’s movie will be Disney’s “Strange World.” The film follows a legendary family of explorers, the Clades (Gyllenhaal, Quaid, YoungWhite, and Union), who must set aside their differences as they embark on a journey to a mysterious subterranean land inhabited by surreal lifeforms, in order to save a miracle plant Pando that is their society's source of energy. 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm at Bass Park. Scan the QR code for more info.

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MAY 14

Florida Festival Polonaise –Polish American Heritage Event

The easiest and cheapest trip to Poland is just a few miles away for the Polish American community. Polish culture, music, dance, celebrities, food, and beverages can all be experienced at Florida Festival Polonaise in downtown Fort Lauderdale at Esplanade Park. It's cultural immersion at its best- featuring all the wonderful things that Florida's growing Polish population celebrates. 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Scan the QR code for info or tickets.

MAY 19

Friday Night Sound Waves

Friday Night Sound Waves gives you the opportunity to enjoy free music at the beach. The Hot Brass featuring Debbie Pierce is a high-energy eight-to-ten-piece band featuring the music from the supergroup Earth, Wind, and Fire. This hot group also adds more flavor to the show with songs from the 2004 Chicago Earth, Wind, and Fire World Tour. Leader Debbie Pierce is a multi-instrumentalist (Sax/ Vocal/Flute) who has been performing in South Florida for over 20 years. 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Scan the QR code for more info.

MAY 27

Great American Beach Party

Kick off the summer on Memorial Day weekend at the Great American Beach Party, a tradition in the City of Fort Lauderdale. Celebrate with family and friends as a portion of Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach transforms into an entertainment mecca. Highlights from this free, family-friendly event include live bands, water slides, a kids zone, a classic car show, an art show, a sand sculpting contest, a SOCOM Para-Commandos parachute jump, a military tribute, the Walk of Fame ceremony, vendors, exhibitors, and so much more!

11:00 am - 6:30 pm at Las Olas Oceanside Park. Scan the QR Code for info.

MAY 19

Carter Park Jamz

Enjoy a free concert series with a broad range of musical varieties featuring a different live performer each showtime! Carter Park Jamz takes place on the third Friday of select months from 7 to 10 p.m. at Carter Park. Bring your chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks to relax under the stars. From jazz to pop, Carter Park Jamz has it all! 7:00 - 10:00 pm at Carter Park, 1450 W Sunrise Blvd. For info, call 954-828-5411. Visit floridashollywood.org/ArtWalk/

MAY 20

Old School Field Day

Join the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department for a fun and friendly outdoor event with competitive games, old-school funk music, an obstacle course, bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, and light refreshments. The event will be held at Warfield Park. 1000 N. Andrews Ave from noon till 4:00 pm. For info call 954-828-6120.

MAY 29

Memorial Day Ceremony

Join The City of Fort Lauderdale to pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation in the United States Armed Forces. Music for the Memorial Day Ceremony will be performed by the Fort Lauderdale Symphonic Winds, featuring James Perkowski. The ceremony will be held promptly at 9:00 am at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery, 2001 SW 4th Ave. For info, call 954-828-7275.

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Get the Body You Crave at–The Vera Medical Institute

Dr. Carolina Vera’s passion and professional mission is to help her patients feel confident and beautiful in their own skin without invasive surgical procedures while maintaining a natural appearance. This mission is what led her to establish The Vera Medical Institute.

Through Dr. Vera’s artistic eye, gentle touch, and extensive knowledge and background in aesthetic and emergency medicine, she works with her clientele to produce dramatic and long-lasting change.

The Vera Medical Institute offers a variety of treatments, including injectables, PRP Facial rejuvenation, facials & peels, laser treatments, and much more. The institute also offers fat reduction and anti-cellulite treatments along with the increasingly popular Brazilian Butt Lift. With the incredible treatments offered and the welcoming, professional staff, it is no wonder Vera Medical Institute was voted Best Med Spa in this year’s Best of Plantation!

Dr. Carolina Vera

Dr. Vera specializes in nonsurgical treatments to help patients in their journey to achieve the best versions of themselves. Originally from Colombia, Dr. Vera moved with her parents and sister to Fort Lauderdale when she was just nine years old.

Armed with intelligence, determination, passion, and street smarts, she graduated at the top of her high school class and had the prestigious honor of being immediately accepted into Nova Southeastern University Medical School’s dual admissions program straight out of high school.

Being passionate about saving lives, Dr. Vera was drawn to Trauma and Emergency Medicine, eventually becoming a full-time Emergency Room physician in Broward and Dade Counties. Her relentless drive for excellence helped save countless lives. After a successful ten-year career in the ER, Dr. Vera decided to open a private practice to pursue her other passion: Aesthetics.

Cutting Edge, Non-invasive Treatments

The Vera Medical Institute is the culmination of Dr. Vera’s twin passions and abilities: her eye for aesthetics and her skill as a physician. She is on the cutting edge of age management medicine, a proactive and preventative approach focused on optimal human function, appearance, and quality of life.

Dr. Vera and her team take great pride in offering the latest and proven-to-work technologies in the industry. She treats every patient individually and tailors each treatment to their specific needs. They offer every aesthetic treatment under one roof, so patients never need to go elsewhere.

Dr. Vera credits treating people as individuals as a key to her success. She approaches every patient uniquely and seeks to understand that what you see on the outside is a reflection of what is on the inside and offers treatments that will help both.

Face Treatments

Few people are fortunate enough to have “perfect” skin. Whether it is sun damage, acne scars, lines, or wrinkles, almost everyone has something they would like to improve. Fortunately, you can now diminish or correct many of these effects with modern treatments. The Vera Medical Institute offers a variety of options for patients, including Aviclear Acne Treatment, Jawline Contouring, Softwave Ultrasound, PRP Facial Rejuvenation, and more.

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Sometimes, spending hours at the gym and obsessively focusing on your diet isn’t enough to attain the results you want. Luckily, it is possible to transform your appearance by utilizing the technology available at the Vera Medical Institute. Dr. Vera offers treatments like the Sculptra Butt Lift, a non-invasive alternative to the Brazilian Butt Lift that will have your backside being noticed. She also offers anti-cellulite treatments, fat reduction procedures, skin tightening, and much more.

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“Helping Heal Through Stories”

Meet Sydney Barfus, a 17-yearold high school senior from Fort Lauderdale, who has been spreading joy and comfort to sick children of all ages at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami through her amazing project. Sydney's Girl Scout Gold Award Project, titled "Helping Heal Through Stories," involves supplying a storybook cart that provides children with books to keep and follow along with as they listen to Sydney's recorded voice on an audio CD reading the books.

Sydney, a proud member of Troop 10707 in Plantation, was inspired to organize and execute this project because she knows firsthand how comforting it is to have someone read to you when you're feeling scared or stressed. Her goal was to bring this same comfort and joy to children in hospitals. She spent over 140 hours gathering donations from friends and family members, purchasing books, and assembling and decorating the metal locking cart.

The storybook cart includes books in three different languages and corresponding audio CDs. Sydney herself recorded the audio, editing and burning the CDs to ensure that each child can have a personal and interactive experience with the books. Some of the books included are Goodnight Moon in English and Spanish, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Charlotte's Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in English and Spanish, Anwo Ak Anba in Creole and Lotsa Matzah.

Sydney began working on this project at the end of 2022, and the hospital has already implemented the use of the storybook cart. The positive effects it has had on the children's mindset and enjoyment has been nothing short of amazing. What an inspiring young woman, bringing hope and joy to the children who need it most!

▸ If you would like to contribute to this special project, please contact helpinghealthroughstories@gmail.com

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LOCAL Author Ken Kaye Spins Tabloid-Worthy Mysteries

reporters as their main characters that will intrigue and entertain readers.

As a young man in Cleveland, Ohio, Ken wanted nothing more than to become an airline pilot. He was working toward that goal, building hours as a flight instructor, when a spark of inspiration took him in a new direction. His first book idea helped him determine he was better suited for a creative life and pursued a career in journalism. He started writing for Sun Newspapers in Cleveland before moving to South Florida in 1978 to write for Sun Sentinel.

‘true’ stories about crazy scenarios that happen in South Florida and mingle with an eclectic mix of characters, including romantic encounters with powerful women like exotic police helicopter pilots and alien biker chicks. There’s almost always an attractive and intelligent Latina involved, since he’s married to one.

What do a bloody massacre on Hollywood Beach where Marylin Monroe is the prime suspect, an airline crash involving the Broward County Mayor on a fan boat in the Everglades, and a scandal around the U.S. Vice President against the backdrop of a Chinese nuclear missile crisis all have in common? They’re just a few of the scenarios found in local independent author, Ken Kaye’s, mystery-suspense novels. A retired Sun Sentinel reporter living in Weston, Ken has published ten books featuring Broward County tabloid

Ken’s flying experience led him to numerous articles and columns featuring aviation. He was the lead Sun Sentinel reporter on the ValuJet Airlines DC-9 crash in the Everglades in 1996 that killed 110 people, earning multiple awards for his reporting on the story. He also covered weather and hurricanes for 18 years and was the team-lead during the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons. Both years, Sun Sentinel was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Ken retired in 2015 after 41 years in journalism, 37 at Sun Sentinel.

Ken’s passion for aviation and his fascination with the Everglades often find their way into his stories. He casts his main characters as tabloid reporters because they are usually paid to fabricate stories. In his books, they stumble upon fantastical

Ken purchased his home in Weston in 1990. He and his wife, Maria, who is from the Dominican Republic, love living here because it feels like Disney. After decades of writing on deadline, Ken enjoys the freedom to write at his own pace. He spends about four hours a day writing and revising, and publishes his books independently through Middle River Press, owned and operated by Oakland Park residents Judy and Bruce Borich. He’s working on two books now and has ideas for many more. When asked what motivates him, Ken says, “I’m just an old guy who likes to write books.”

▸ You can find all of Ken’s books on Amazon and follow him on Instagram @KenKayeBooks.

Liz Booker is a retired U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot and young adult fiction writer living in Weston. She promotes books featuring women in aviation as @LiteraryAviatrix.

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We all have one thing in common now- we’re all living in this new “normal”. Whether you are experiencing stress, loneliness, or anxiety, remember that we’re all in this together. It’s OK to not be OK. It’s essential to CARE for one another with respect; COMMUNICATE and listen without judgment and CONNECT those who need help with support services in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 9 -8-8 today.

Mental health and well-being is different for everybody. When a person is experiencing challenges to their mental health, it is important that they have the help and support necessary to guide them through it. Mental health challenges can affect a person’s moods, behaviors, and even their cognitive functioning. The norm in some cultures may be to avoid talking about problems, feelings, or mental health concerns. While some individuals can have healthy coping mechanisms, many people often struggle to find proactive methods of dealing with emotional turmoil or unresolved trauma. For any stressful situation, this initiative encourages talking about the feelings you have, providing an open dialogue, and promoting the fact that it is OK to talk about feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety.

United Way of Broward County partnered with the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition, and Department of Children and Families to prioritize mental health struggles in its county wide initiative that promotes “It’s OK to not be OK” and the newly created 9-8-8 hotline. The goal is to provide an outlet of support to the community facing challenges with mental health, or any feelings of stress, isolation, and anxiety. Thus, creating a space for dialogue and offering the very much-needed resources during difficult times by providing someone to talk to.

You might notice the “It’s OK to Not be OK” message around the community which directs people to call the 9-8-8 hotline for support. Please help us to share the message. Trained counselors provide callers with guidance and free resources that will help in most situations. United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Behavioral Health & Drug Prevention’s website, drugfreebroward.org, also provides a prevention resource center with tool kits that provide support for mental and behavioral health issues.

Are you feeling stressed, lonely, anxious or depressed? Or do you know someone who is feeling this way? It’s OK to not be OK. Support and Help are available. And, now more than ever, it is essential to come together and CARE for one another with respect; COMMUNICATE and listen without judgment and CONNECT those who need help with support services in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, please dial 988 today. #ItsOKtoNotbeOK

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JAMES TAYLOR HEADLINED THE BROWARD PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION

2023 ANNUAL CELEBRATION

Broward Center audiences enjoyed a rare intimate performance by James Taylor and his All-Star Band at the Broward Performing Arts Foundation’s Annual Celebration, presented by Dr. Lee and Brigitte Mandel, South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center. The incomparable Taylor, typically seen in arena performances, took the stage in the Au-Rene Theater and thrilled the cheering, sold-out crowd as part of an evening that netted more than $450,000 to support the Broward Center’s education and enrichment programs.

Celebration guests in their finest “campfire chic” attire enjoyed a cocktail reception at the Huizenga Pavilion and the Wendt Terraces before moving into the theater for a performance by the six-time GRAMMY Award-winning legend and his All-Star Band, which included his wife and son. Following the performance, guests had their turn onstage where they enjoyed dinner and danced in the glow of a stylish campfire.

Broward Performing Arts Foundation Chair George Le Mieux addressed guests, highlighting the significant impact of the Broward Center, especially in the area of education. “The Broward Center has the largest, free arts-in-education programs in the country. Over the years, it has reached more than 3.5 million students and has been recognized as a model for education programs around the nation,” he said.

Last year alone, the Broward Center’s education programs served more than 100,000 K-12 students from 175 public schools and delivered programs to more than 500 Head Start preschoolers. More than 50 unique education programs were offered. During that time, the Broward Center also presented more than 700 events, welcomed more than 500,000 visitors, showcased more than 4,700 professional artists and collaborated with more than 100 local cultural and community organizations, all while contributing in excess of $100 million in local economic impact.

Broward Performing Arts Foundation

President Lisa Kitei thanked supporters as well as the Foundation board and members of the Performing Arts Center Authority. “We began hosting our Annual Celebration with a Boardwalk Bash in 2009; it attracted 123 guests and netted under $10,000. Over the years, the event has gotten bigger and better and in its 24-year history has raised

more than $2.6 million for the Center’s education programs thanks to your generous support,” she said.

Presenting sponsors Dr. Lee and Brigitte Mandel expressed their gratitude: “The arts have always held a special place in our hearts, and the ability to give the gift of education through support of the Broward Center's outreach programs is something we cherish. Thank you to all at the Broward Center for an amazing celebration, and a special thanks to James Taylor, whose warmth and love shown through to everyone who was fortunate enough to attend."

In addition to the Mandels and South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, Gold “Fire and Rain” Sponsors were AutoNation, Burdette Beckmann Inc., Ann M. Burris, Linda Haller, Michelle Howland and S. Donald Sussman, The Salah Foundation, Richard and Christine Welch and Deborah and Gary Wendt. Silver “Sweet Baby James” Sponsors included BBX Capital, Jeannette and Marty Engelmann, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Gunster, Hudson Family Foundation, The Ingham Family, Northern Trust, Charlie and Laura Palmer, Lois and John Schmatz, Stiles, Douglas and Linda Von Allmen, Weston Volvo Cars and Weston Nissan and Mark and Linda Wilford. Spirits Sponsor was Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Program Sponsor was Starmark and Invitation Sponsor was Associated Printing Productions Inc.

For more than 30 years, the Broward Performing Arts Foundation has been instrumental in providing support for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Foundation was established in 1985 to deliver the required private funding to build the Center and create an endowment to sustain its operations. Over the years, the Foundation has successfully raised funds to support the Broward Center’s innovative and diverse programming, arts-in-education initiatives, community engagement activities and capital projects. The Foundation completed a $30 million capital campaign to renovate and restore the iconic Parker Playhouse. Prior to this, it raised $60 million to complete the Encore! capital campaign to renovate, renew and revitalize the Broward Center.

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Saving Wildlife in Our Urban Jungle

From time to time, everyone needs someone to look out for them. Even wild animals. The South Florida's Wildlife Center - a non-profit organization that's dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of native wildlife species looks out for our community’s native wildlife on a daily basis. Since 1969, the center has become a cornerstone of the community and an inspiration to animals in distress in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties. They're able to provide their services thanks to the generous donations, grants, and partnerships they receive.

The center's mission is to deliver compassionate care to injured, orphaned, or displaced animals and aim to return them to their natural habitats. With the help of a team of dedicated wildlife professionals and volunteers, the center tirelessly works to provide medical treatment, food, shelter, and a secure environment for the animals. In a year, they treat more than 13,000 animals and have an impressive release rate of 50% for animals brought to the center.

Apart from rehabilitating animals, South Florida's Wildlife Center also plays a crucial

role in education and community outreach. They offer informative programs and tours to schools, community groups, and individuals, with the goal of increasing awareness and appreciation of native wildlife. Their programs cover a range of topics, including conservation, wildlife rehabilitation, and coexistence with wildlife. Plus, they also offer volunteer opportunities for those who wish to make a difference in the lives of animals.

It's worth noting that the center faces some obstacles. The unique environment of South Florida poses several threats to native wildlife, such as habitat loss, pollution, and collisions with cars and buildings. Additionally, they rely solely on donations to operate and provide the best possible care to the animals, which can be challenging at times. Despite these challenges, the team's unwavering dedication and passion for wildlife enable them to overcome the obstacles and continue to make a difference in the lives of animals and the community.

In conclusion, the South Florida's Wildlife Center is an incredible organization that's doing fantastic work in helping to preserve native wildlife species. Their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals, as well as their educational programs and community outreach, are truly commendable. Kudos to the center and their team for the amazing work they do!

▸ The South Florida Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To support the SFWC or learn more, visit www. southfloridawildlifecenter.org or scan the QR code.

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South Florida is Not Always BRIGHT SKIES & BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

South Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and warm weather year-round. However, our home is also no stranger to the devastating effects of hurricanes. Over the years, the region has been hit by numerous storms that have left a lasting impact.

The history of hurricanes in South Florida dates back centuries. Native American tribes who lived here long before European settlers arrived experienced the effects of hurricanes just as we do today. Unfortunately, there is limited information about these storms.

According to Edward N. Rappaport; Jose Fernandez-Partagas & Jack Beven of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the first recorded tropical cyclone to affect the area that is now the state of Florida occurred in 1523, when two ships and their crews were lost along the western coastline. A total 159 hurricanes are known to have affected the state prior to 1900, destroying more than 100 boats and costing thousands of lives.

In 1935, a major hurricane hit South Florida, this time with catastrophic consequences. The storm, known as the Labor Day

Hurricane, had winds of over 185 miles per hour and caused massive storm surges that flooded much of the region. The hurricane caused over 400 deaths and left many communities in ruins.

In the decades that followed, South Florida continued to be hit by hurricanes, although the severity of these storms varied. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall just south of Miami, causing over $27 billion in damage and leaving over 250,000 residents without power. The storm was a wake-up call for many in the region, who realized that they needed to be better prepared for future storms. Building Codes were changed after the hurricane to ensure future structures would fare better.

In recent years, South Florida has been hit by several major hurricanes, including Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm caused widespread flooding and left many residents without power for weeks. Although Broward County was largely spared from the worst of the storm, we still felt its effects. In the aftermath of the storm, many residents were left to deal with the damage to their homes and businesses.

Despite the many hurricanes that South Florida has experienced over the years, residents and officials have learned to be better prepared for these storms. Broward County has invested in infrastructure improvements, including flood control measures and stronger buildings, to help minimize the damage caused by hurricanes. The county also has a robust emergency management system in place, which helps to ensure that residents are informed and prepared for potential storms.

In a recent statement, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller emphasized the importance of being prepared for hurricanes. "We know that hurricanes are a part of life here in South Florida," he said. "That's why we need to make sure that we're doing everything we can to prepare for these storms and protect our residents."

South Florida has a long and storied history of hurricanes, with Broward County being no exception. We are now better prepared than ever to manage the impacts these storms can have. It is still incumbent on all of us to be prepared.

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Weather the Storm WITH A ‘HURRICANE KIT’

Living in South Florida offers numerous advantages, from unparalleled weather to world-renowned beaches and a vibrant culture. However, along with the good comes the possibility of experiencing hurricanes.

Given the potential for storms, it's important to be prepared and think ahead. After a hurricane, you may need to survive on your own for several days, which means having your own food, water, and other supplies. This is where a disaster supplies kit comes in handy.

To create your kit, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends assembling a collection of basic items that your household may need in case of an emergency. You should store these items in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as plastic bins or large duffel bags, and make sure they are stored inside air-tight plastic bags.

A BASIC EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT SHOULD INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDED ITEMS:

• Water (3 gallons per family member)

• Non-perishable food (3 days worth)

• Battery-powered cell phone charger

• NOAA Weather Radio with extra batteries

• Flashlight with extra batteries

• First Aid Kit

• Whistle

• Package of Surgical Masks (to filter out contaminated air)

• Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape

• Moist Towelettes

• Garbage Bags

You may also want to consider adding these additional items to your kit:

• Prescription medications and glasses

• Infant formula, food, and diapers

• Pet food and extra water for your pets

• Copies of insurance documents, bank records, etc.

• Cash

• Sleeping bags or blankets

• A complete change of clothes for each family member

• Fire extinguisher

• Matches or a lighter

• Personal hygiene items

• Books, games, puzzles

By being prepared with a disaster supplies kit, you can ensure that you and your family are ready to weather any storm that may come your way.

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Preparing Your Small Business FOR THE UNEXPECTED

As a business owner in South Florida, preparing for a hurricane is crucial to safeguard your employees, customers, and assets. With the frequency of hurricanes in the region, it's essential to have a comprehensive hurricane plan in place.

Here are some steps that business owners can take to prepare for a hurricane:

1. SECURE YOUR BUILDING: Before a hurricane strikes, make sure that your building is secure. Cover windows and doors with shutters or plywood, and clear gutters and drains to prevent flooding. If necessary, consider reinforcing your building's roof and walls.

2. DEVELOP A HURRICANE PLAN: Develop a plan that outlines how your business will operate before, during, and after a hurricane. Identify critical business functions and the resources needed to continue operations. Assign tasks and

responsibilities to employees, and ensure that everyone understands the plan.

3. COMMUNICATE WITH EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS: Keep employees and customers informed about your hurricane plan. Share information about the storm's progress, business closures, and reopening plans. Make sure that employees know whom to contact and how to stay in touch during and after the storm.

4. BACKUP CRITICAL DATA: Ensure that all critical data, including financial records, customer data, and business contracts, are backed up and stored in a secure off-site location.

5. HAVE AN EMERGENCY KIT: Keep an emergency kit on hand with essential supplies, such as water, non-perishable food, first aid supplies, and batteries.

6. REVIEW INSURANCE COVERAGE: Review your insurance coverage to ensure that your business is adequately covered for hurricane-related damages.

If a hurricane hits, follow your hurricane plan, and prioritize the safety of your employees and customers. After the storm, assess the damage to your building and assets, and document all losses. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to file a claim.

Several resources are available to help businesses prepare for hurricanes. The Small Business Administration offers guidance on disaster preparedness and recovery, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a Business Emergency Operations Center to support businesses during emergencies.

By taking the necessary steps to secure your building, develop a hurricane plan, communicate with employees and customers, backup critical data, have an emergency kit, and review your insurance coverage, you can help protect your business from the devastation of hurricanes.

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RETURN ON LIFESTYLE

f you want to sell your home for top dollar, one of the most important things you can do is invest in home renovations. Home renovations can significantly increase the value of your property, attract more potential buyers, and help you sell your home faster.

Here are a few ways home renovations benefit you as a seller:

1. High Return on Investment: Home renovations can significantly increase your property's value. Potential buyers are often willing to pay more for a property that has been recently renovated, especially if the upgrades are done professionally and are of high quality. According to a recent report by Remodeling Magazine, home renovations can recoup up to 60% to 80% of their cost at the time of sale.

I2. Better First Impressions: Buyers want a polished, well-maintained property. By investing in home renovations, sellers can create a strong first impression that sets the stage for a successful sale. Upgraded exteriors, well-manicured landscaping, and a welcoming entryway can enhance curb appeal and attract more potential buyers.

3. Sell Your Home Faster: A well-renovated property will likely sell more quickly than one requiring extensive updates. By addressing any necessary renovations upfront, sellers can avoid potential negotiation pitfalls and expedite the sale process.

4. Attract More Buyers: Home renovations attract more buyers to your property. When buyers walk into a clean, modern, and well-maintained home, they are more likely to feel optimistic about the property and envision themselves living there. This will increase buyer interest and potential offers.

5. Address Issues Before They Become Deal-Breakers: Home renovations can also help you address issues with your home before they become deal-breakers. For example, suppose your roof needs repair, or your HVAC system needs updating. In that case, these issues can be addressed before potential buyers visit your property. This can prevent these issues from becoming bargaining chips during negotiations.

Home renovations are essential for those who want to sell their homes for top dollar. By investing in home renovations, you can increase the value of your property, create a positive first impression, sell your home faster, attract more buyers, and address potential issues before they become deal-breakers. Investing in strategic improvements will set your property apart in a competitive market and attract the buyers needed to secure a top-dollar sale.

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In April, Joe Scott, the Supervisor of Elections for Broward County, conducted a month-long voter registration campaign in high schools across the county. Officials from the Elections Office visited each high school and interacted with students in their classrooms, encouraging them to register to vote. During history, government, and civics classes, students were given forms and instructions on how to complete them correctly.

Although many students had already registered via the state of Florida’s driver’s license voter registration program, others took advantage of the opportunity to participate in future elections.

In a video released on Browardvotes.com, Scott said, “Helping young citizens vote for the first time is the most gratifying part of my job. Here in Florida, your sixteenth birthday is a significant milestone, not because you can obtain your driver’s license, but because you can register to vote.” While the students

who registered won't be able to vote until they turn 18, they will be automatically added to the voter register if they participated in the drive. Many of the students received a souvenir water bottle with the @browardvotes emblem.

“I was thrilled,” said Stoneman Douglas

junior Jo. “I can't wait to vote in my first election when I turn 18. Hashtag adulting!”

Scott emphasized that becoming an active voter would have an impact on who our government leaders are at every level, from local to national. "I'll see you at the polls," he said.

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Fort Lauderdale Native Serves Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

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Technician 3rd Class Juan Tolosa, from Fort Lauderdale, removes a screw on a diesel hydraulic power supply in the hangar bay of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), on April 17, 2023.

After undergoing 18 months of repairs at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, the Theodore Roosevelt recently returned to its home port in San Diego, California, with over 2,700 sailors, constituting the majority of the carrier's assigned force.

According to USS Theodore Roosevelt spokesperson Ben Anderson, the ship conducted "at-sea certifications of upgraded and replaced systems" en route to San Diego, and is currently docked at Naval Air Station North Island to complete maintenance and training and certifications for future missions.

While the Navy doesn’t reveal details regarding any aircraft carrier's upcoming operations, Anderson said the Roosevelt will conduct a deployment in 2024.

Given heightening tensions between the United States and China, Juan will likely join his shipmates to protect the United State’s national interests in the western Pacific Ocean.

The mission of US aircraft carriers is to project power and presence and to support US military operations around the world. These massive warships serve as mobile airbases, capable of carrying and launching a wide variety of aircraft, including fighters, bombers, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

Aircraft carriers allow the US to respond rapidly to crises and conflicts, as they can be quickly deployed to any region of the world. They are also used to provide air support for ground troops during military operations, as well as to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

In addition to their military missions, aircraft carriers also serve as symbols of US power and prestige, demonstrating America's ability to project force and protect its interests around the globe.

“Fair winds and following seas, Juan!”

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How Good Is Your Alignment?

The single most important – and frequently overlooked – full swing fundamental in golf is the setup position. So, here are some stepby-step tips for how to take your stance and achieve that per fect setup.

Alignment in the Golf Stance

At address your body (feet, knees, hips, forearms, shoulders and eyes) should be positioned parallel to the target line. When viewed from behind, a right-handed golfer will appear aimed slightly left of the target. This optical illusion is created because the ball is on the target line and the body is not.

Foot Position

Your feet should start out shoulder-width apart but adjust depending on whether you’re playing woods/long irons, middle irons or short irons.

The feet should be shoulder-width (outside of the shoulders to the inside of the heels) for the middle irons. The short iron stance will be two inches narrower and the stance for long irons and woods should be two inches wider. The target-side foot should be flared toward the target from 20 to 40 degrees to allow the body to rotate toward the target on the downswing. The back foot should be square (90 degrees to the target line) to slightly open to create the proper hip turn on the back swing. Your flexibility and body rotation speed determine the proper foot placement.

Ball Position in the Golf Stance

The position of the golf ball in one’s stance varies depending on the club used. The ball placement in your setup position varies with the club you select. Your middle irons should be played in the middle of your stance.

The correct ball position for the long irons and fairway woods plus your driver is to be played off the inside left heel.

Keep Your Weight on the Balls of Your Feet

Your weight should be balanced on the balls of the feet, not on the heels or toes. With short irons, your weight should be 60% on the target-side foot. For middle iron shots the weight should be 50/50 or equal on each foot. For your longest clubs, place 60% of your weight on the backside foot. This will help you swing the club on the correct angle on the back swing.

The Final Setup Positions

Always practice proper alignment out on the driving range by placing two clubs down on the ground parallel to each other after you feel you are properly aligned to your intended target and see how well you are lined up. Better yet, while on the golf course ask your playing partner to stand behind you and see if you are properly aligned. The best way is to take a lesson from your local PGA Professional just on alignment. They are the experts in the game

▸ PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean about your golf game, contact him at Dean@ SklarTeam.com or visit Rose and Dean Sklar at Coldwell Banker online at www.SklarTeam.com.

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