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hen I completed my fellowship training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1987 and began practicing ophthalmology in Hollywood July 1987, I was part of a new wave of ophthalmologists who brought the exciting technique of out-patient cataract surgery to Broward County. Our predecessors would admit patients to the hospital the night prior to surgery and keep them hospitalized for an additional night following surgery. Avoiding the hassles and expenses of hospitalization was attractive, but even more advantageous was avoiding the risks of hospital –induced infections. Out-patient cataract surgery became an almost instant success.

Outpatient Cateract Surgery

For the next decade, those of us on the “cutting edge” of cataract surgery in Hollywood were doing cataract surgery by a procedure called Extracapsular Cataract Extraction whereby we removed the nucleus of the cataract in its entirety. This necessitated that we make a large incision in the eye. The cataract was removed, followed by insertion of an intraocular lens (IOL). At the completion of surgery, five to seven sutures were required to close and secure the surgical incision. The eye was pressure patched. For the next three weeks, we encouraged our post cataract surgery patients with the following refrain: “Do not bend, do not lift, do not exercise, do not exert.” Finally, after three weeks our patients could become “free agents” again and resumed their normal lives. We began suture removal in the office, and by the sixth post-operative week the patient received a final new eyeglass prescription. The IOLs utilized in that era provided fairly good distance vision, but eyeglasses were needed to see near and intermediate distances, with fine tuning of distance vision.

“No Stich” Cateract Surgery

While moving cataract surgery to an out-patient basis was considered revolutionary at the time, an even bigger milestone transpired with the transformation of cataract surgery in the mid to late 1990’s to a highly improved technology called Phacoemulcification (phaco). Instead of removing the cataract nucleus in its entirety, with a hightech ultrasound we could break up the nucleus into tiny fragments and suck them out. This paved the way to tiny incisions in the eye and the advent of “no stitch” cataract surgery. Phaco brought quicker, safer, and better visual outcomes to the cataract surgery arena. With great pleasure, on the very first post-operative day, I was now able to encouragingly tell my patients, “You can now bend, lift, exercise and resume 100% of your activities!” Even more importantly, post-operative edema, infections, and inflammations plummeted with the new technology. Cataract surgeries were now routinely scheduled two weeks apart instead of two months apart. Concurrently, there have been remarkable enhancements in the instruments that we utilize pre-operatively in the office to ascertain the optimal custom fit intraocular lens for any given patient. The quality of these high tech ophthalmic devices and ultrasounds utilized pre-operatively for Iens determinations, as well as the expertise of the staff actually making the measurements, are of paramount importance for excellent visual outcomes.

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From the onset of my career in 1987, through to the present time, we have been blessed with newer generations of intraocular lenses (IOLs) which provide superior vision. Another career milestone occurred within the past ten years with the arrival of the multifocal ReStor IOL. With the ReStor IOL, we can generally correct most patients’ cataracts

and enable them to see near, far, and everywhere in between without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. The ability to read, drive, work on the computer, and see without glasses is an incredible freedom that was never possible with traditional monofocal lenses. My journey in the world of cataract surgery in Hollywood has now hit three decades as I had my 30-year anniversary of practicing ophthalmology on July 1st! Perhaps the most incredible landmark and noteworthy step on this journey has been the landmark transformation in cataract surgery to the new era of laser-assisted cataract surgery that has commenced in earnest in the past five years. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is highly reproducible, far more accurate, and far safer than older techniques of cataract surgery with a scalpel. The laser offers excellent precision thereby producing the absolute best visual outcomes in current cataract surgery. Furthermore, patients with low or moderate levels of astigmatism can have this astigmatism eliminated or greatly reduced at the same time as the cataract procedure, resulting in a markedly enhanced quality of vision and overall outcome. In essence, this is customized laser cataract surgery utilizing high-tech 3D imaging and tailoring the ultra-precise treatment to the unique size and shape of your eye.

My Own Cataract Surgery

On a personal note, even though I am a cataract surgeon, naturally I am not exempt from developing cataracts myself. In fact, in 2014, at age 56, I began to notice the litany of complaints that I have heard from my patients. First, I noticed that while driving at night, I was not as comfortable or confident as I was driving during the day. Second, oncoming headlights became bothersome, and eventually so did the rising or setting sunlight in my face

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while driving. Third, I had always been an avid reader, able to read small print journals or novels for hours at a time prior to the inception of my cataracts. But in 2013 and 2014, I noted that reading tiny print became more of a chore and challenge, curtailing my reading duration. Finally, and most importantly by far, I needed to be positive that my vision was excellent to examine my patients and perform surgical procedures. I decided that it was time to proceed. In July 2014, I was the personal beneficiary of the wonderful transformations of modern ophthalmology that I described. I had advanced laser cataract surgery with the insertion of an ReStor lens in my right eye, with the same procedures to my left eye the following week. My vision is now phenomenal! I wore eyeglasses starting at six years of age and then began with contact lenses around age 13. Until age 56, I needed glasses or contact lenses for everything! Now, for the past three years, I wear no glasses, no contact lenses, nothing. Of course, I practice what I preach and always wear sunglasses with UV400 blocker and polarization outdoors during daylight hours for ocular protection. My quality of vision and depth perception are the absolute best of my entire adult life. I am delighted! Now at age 59 and feeling like the bionic man, I look forward to my next decade serving the community as an ophthalmologist on this thoroughly enlightening journey!

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xplorer Ponce de Leon discovered Florida in 1513, claiming the land for Spain. Five hundred years later, settlers from Spanish-speaking countries continue to call Florida home. In fact, almost 30% of the population in Broward County and nearly 70% in Miami Dade is Hispanic. That is why National Hispanic Heritage Month is especially meaningful here in South Florida. Observed from September 15th to October 15th, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Throughout the month, there will be numerous events and celebrations taking place, such as the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Miramar Regional Park on September 16th, a Hispanic Heritage Concert at the NSU Miniaci Performing Arts Center on October 8th, or the Hispanic Heritage Month Festival on October 14th at the Pembroke Pines Branch Library featuring food, music, crafts, and storytelling. Experience all that the region has to offer by taking advantage of the calendar section in Our City magazine. Each month we include a curated list of diverse community activities and events, which appeal to a wide range of people and interests.

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INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 18 Hollywood Resident is a True Warrior

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SCHOOL NEWS 22 Hallandale High School Football Team Grinds and Shines at Miami Dolphins OTA Practice


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COMMUNITY NEWS 12 “It All Turned Out All Right in the End” – Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood Received Funds for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Production 12 26th Annual Jail & Bail Raises $175,000 for the American Cancer Society


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1st Funtastic Friday – Enjoy family fun every Friday night with a DJ, face painter, games, bounce houses and more. Local 10 (WPLG) viewers recently ranked Funtastic Friday # 8 on their “Top 10 Places to Take the Kids” in South Florida list. – ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood – FREE admission – For more information call 954-921-3500. Artspark Movie Night – Gather the family, a blanket, lawn chairs and some popcorn for a night under the stars watching a FREE family friendly flick at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood at 8:00pm. Tonight’s feature presentation is McFarland USA (PG). Other movie nights are as follows: September 8th – Little Mermaid (PG), September 15th – You’ve Got Mail (PG), September 22nd Inside Out (PG), and September 29th Ghostbusters 2 (PG).

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4th Burger Beast Food Trucks – Bring your appetite, your family and your friends to ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood every Monday 5:30-9:30pm. Over 20 trucks participate. For a weekly updated truck line-up visit

5th International Tuesdays – Featuring music by Benji Rafaeli, performing in more than 10 different languages from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Every Tuesday night at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.

6th Gulfstream Park Family Fun Fridays – The entire family will enjoy an amazing line-up of entertainment with interactive DJ, games, character appearances and performances. Every Friday night at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park from 7:00pm-9:00pm – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.


Full Moon Drum Circle – Bring a drum or other percussion instrument to this FREE guided drum circle. ArtsPark at Young Circle – 1 Young Circle, Hollywood from 7:00pm-9:00pm. – For more information, call 954-926-0204.


Temple Sinai of Hollywood Open House – Experience all that Temple Sinai has to offer as they celebrate 75 years in the community. Tour the campus, meet the staff, enjoy refreshments and children’s activities, take the challah baking workshop (1:00), listen to a guest speaker (1:30), and see what is planned for the year ahead. 12:00pm-3:00pm – 1400 North 46th Avenue, Hollywood. For more information, please call 954-987-0026. Hollywood Historical Society 2017 Lecture Series – “From Sandspurs to Sportatorium: Recollections of Hollywood in the 1980s”- Guest speaker Stacy Adams, Hollywood Historical Society Board Member. Free and open to the public from 1:00-3:00pm at the Hollywood Branch Library – 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Broward County (Hollywood Branch Library Meeting Room). Authors will sign books and refreshments will be served. For more information, email or call 954-923-5590.

16th Downtown Hollywood Artwalk/Mural Tour – Visit galleries and shops in Downtown Hollywood while enjoying art, cultural entertainment, live music, a mural tour and more during ArtWalk on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 5:00pm-10:00pm and mural tour at 6:00pm. Cost is FREE. For more information, please call 954-924-2980.

Historic Curci House Tour – This Hallandale Beach treasure can be toured compliments of the Hallandale Beach Historic Preservation Board on the first Saturday of every month between 11am and 4pm. 324 SW 2nd Avenue, Hallandale Beach – FREE admission – Donations accepted – 954-457-1452. Music in the Park – Live bands of all genres including Top 40, Oldies, Salsa and Classic Rock perform every Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.


Hollywood Beach Sweep Clean Up – On the second Saturday of every month from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. volunteers meet and collect litter and cigarette butts from the beach. Volunteers must be at least 8 years of age to participate and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen. This is a program of the Department of Public Works. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided to all volunteers along with safety instructions – Charnow Park – 300 Garfield Street, Hollywood.

10th Dream Car Classic – The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Classic features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles of interest. Attendance is FREE. Vehicle registration is $20. To pre-register for the Dream Car Classic, email Joe Bevelacqua at and include your vehicle’s make and model. – 10:00am - 3:00pm – Hollywood Boulevard between 19th & 20th Avenue Downtown Hollywood – For more information, call 954-825-1027.

9-11 Freedom 5k – Sponsored by Broward Metro Firefighter’s Union and Runner’s Depot, this run is in memory of those who lost their lives on 9/11/01. 6:00am registration, 7:00am start. Race begins and ends at Charnow Park (Broadwalk & Connecticut Street). For more information, please call Runner’s Depot at 954-474-4074.

Soulful Jazz Sundays – Enjoy the smooth sounds of local saxophonist, Travis Bridges, from 7 p.m. to 9



17th Global Meditation for World Peace – Take some time out of your hectic life and meet up with others who want to meditate to bring peace, love and care to the world. The group meets in ArtsPark at Young Circle – 1 Young Circle, Hollywood from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Admission is FREE. For more information, call 954-962-7447.

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“It All Turned Out All Right in the End” – Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood Received Funds for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Production BY BEVERLY PERKINS


t was a sold-out crowd, as many came out to be a “guest” at the Beauty and the Beast Jr. performance at the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. The tale as old as time was just one of the organization’s 2017 Summer Arts Camp productions. Although the cast and crew pulled off an amazing show, BBX Capital Foundation was a behind-the-scenes superstar. This summer BBX Capital Foundation presented a $3,500 check to the Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood to support the organization’s 2017 Summer Arts Camp and its Broadway Actors’ production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. and Disney’s My Son Pinocchio, Jr.   Lois Marino, Executive Director of BBX Capital Foundation, presented the check to Joy Satterlee, Executive Director of the Art and Culture Center/

Hollywood, and Susan Rakes, Assistant Director of the Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood prior to the campers’ performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.    “It is such an honor to support the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s Summer Arts Camp Program which provides such a wonderful opportunity for youth to express their talents,” said Lois Marino, Executive Director of BBX Capital Foundation. “It was so much fun to watch the kids on stage as they presented their performance of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. to a sold-out crowd.” The funds will support the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s mission to cultivate Top Row: Lois Marino, Executive Director of BBX Capital Foundation; Joy Satterlee, Executive Director of the Art and creativity and support the arts in their comCulture Center/Hollywood; Susan Rakes, Assistant Director of the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. Bottom Row: Performers from munity through education, innovation, the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s Beauty and the Beast. Jr.  and collaboration. Enrollment for the to create high quality art programs for children Summer Arts Camps and the production and families in our community,” said Joy Satterlee, of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. included 42 Executive Director of the Art and Culture Center/ South Florida children and more than 450 people Hollywood. “Having the confidence of BBX Capital attended this show. Each summer, more than 200 Foundation is tremendous for our organization. Our youth, ages 4-18, from Broward and Miami-Dade, participate in the 18 unique sessions in the visual Summer Arts Camp has touched the lives of over 250 children. The campers are not only learning and performing arts area.  new skills in the arts, but are also being challenged “The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is creatively, and they are gaining confidence both delighted that the BBX Capital Foundation socially and artistically that is instrumental in their supports the Center’s 2017 Summer Arts Camp. development.” These funds help underwrite the Center’s goals

26th Annual Jail & Bail Raises $175,000 for the American Cancer Society BY BEVERLY PERKINS


any went directly to jail, and did not pass headquarters (the lobby of the Sheraton Suites Hotel) for their trials before ‘Judge’ go, but the American Cancer Society Singer. Some defendants had to face ‘Judge’ Mitch Ceasar, the longtime chair of (ACS) collected much more than $200 the Broward Democratic Party. during David Singer’s 26th annual “Jail & Bail” This year’s honorary chair, Congresswoman Gwen Graham believes in the event. The Hollywood attorney responsible for mission of the American Cancer Society. “Last year, the fight against cancer chairing the anticipated ACS fundraiser raised became personal for my family when my husband, Steve, was diagnosed with $175,000 during this year’s festivities, surpassstage-four prostate cancer. Throughout his battle, the ACS provided great inforing his $5 million fundraising goal for the mation and support to our family,” she said. “I’m humbled to serve as the honorary organization. chair for the Jail and Bail fundraiser and to support this organization which has For more than two decades, the event has helped so many families across our state and country.” employed an innovative technique for raising “This was a highly satisfying year,” said Singer. “We tipped the scales at $5 milDavid Singer money with fake arrests, real police and mock lion and I am very proud indeed, especially of Jail & Bail’s sponsors, like Kerney court trials overseen by ‘Judge’ David Singer himself and some loyal volunteers. Plumbing, Lipton Toyota, Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, Diana Charles Atlas and This was the first phase of the two-part event which concluded with the legendPresenting Sponsor, CitiMed Group.” ary “Up the River Cruise” last month. David Singer Co-hosted the spectacular  Even though the makeshift jail has been taken down, jailbirds will continue to event with Broward State Attorney Mike Satz & Sheriff Scott Israel. The proceeds raise money for the American Cancer Society making Singer’s goal annual goal all benefit the American Cancer Society, which uses the funds for research, eduof $200,000 well within reach. cation and patient services. As in years past, Singer has selected people to form his ‘parole board’ who are taught how to find ‘jailbirds’ (or people whom they want to have “arrested”). Volunteers on the ‘parole board’ may have their worst enemy or best friend arrested and thrown in jail for this good cause. After being thrown in ‘jail,’ the jailbirds make pledge calls seeking ACS donations, aka bail money. If they can raise enough money through pledging, they get out of jail.  This year Broward County Clerk of Court Brenda Forman, Famed Hip Hop DJ Michelle Pooch and Laura Fuentes were arrested by real Broward County Sheriff Office deputies, packed into a paddy wagon and brought to the Jail & Bail David Singer, Beth Tobin, Sheriff Scott Israel Officer Dean Mirra, Michelle Pooch, Officer Robert Kahn



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our South Florida residents, including Bruce Braffman and Crystal Felsen of Hollywood, and one organization were honored with awards from the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation at the “19th annual Circle of Friends” luncheon at the Diplomat Resort Kevin Janser, Frank Scholl, Chrystal Felsen, Mitchell and Gail Eisenberg, & Spa in Hollywood in late spring. Zeff Ross, Chrystal Felsen Cindy Arenberg-Seltzer, Chase Book, Bruce Braffman, Stu Siegel Dr. Bruce Braffman Ron Book, Bruce Braffman, Chrystal Felsen, Frank Scholl, Hollywood-Sheridan, Dr. Braffman worked with his colleagues to introduce new and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County were all named “Spirit of procedures and advanced neuroimaging techniques to Memorial that include Healing” award winners. These individuals and the community organization have perfusion, MRI perfusion and MR spectroscopy, a noninvasive tool that measures had a tremendous impact in the worlds of philanthropy and healthcare in South biochemical changes in the brain. Florida. Chrystal Felsen began her career in the Memorial Healthcare System in 1985 The Spirit of Healing and Wasie Leadership awards reward professional excelas a volunteer, doing, in the words of Memorial Regional Hospital CEO Zeff Ross, lence, community service, commitment, generosity and leadership to the Memorial “all the little things that make people’s lives brighter and nicer.” Healthcare System. A decade later, Felsen joined the MHS human resources department and “Our award winners are difference makers in the community,” said Stu Siegel, began caring for the people who care for patients and families. She arrives each board chair of the Memorial and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundations. day long before the sun rises to set up breakfast in the physician’s lounge, prior “They have consistently dedicated their efforts to making South Florida a better to her duties in HR, which include handling paperwork for new hires, departures, place.” licenses and certification. In 22 years on the job, Felsen has never called in sick.  Bruce Braffman, MD is a neuroradiologist that has helped build the Memorial “Chrystal is the personification of what Memorial stands for,” Ross says. “When Neuroscience Institute, developing policies and procedures to standardize and you look at our mission – to heal the body, mind and spirit of those we touch – optimize the multidisciplinary care that is offered to patients. Dr. Braffman and the she is it.” Memorial team foster teamwork and communication that enables them to continually develop and improve best practices for those who have suffered strokes, have To learn more about the Memorial and Joe Di Maggio Children’s pediatric and congenital brain disorders, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Hospital Foundations please call 954-265-3454 or visit them As the subsection chief of neuroradiology within Radiology Associates of online at


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esidents and visitors may have noticed some of the newly wrapped utility boxes at intersections throughout the City. The continuation of the beautification project to enhance the area and showcase the historic cultural arts vibe for which Hollywood is known is in full force. These public art projects have been popping up throughout the country to incorporate art into public places. Artists can express themselves while elevating

the cultural vibrancy of their cities. Typically, these utility boxes are large and grey, and pretty much an eye-sore., but beautification projects such as this one makes a necessity into a piece of art. The city of Hollywood was one of the first to jump on this trend. Since 2013, these traffic cabinets were receiving a pop of color. Images such as historic postcards of the beach, the Broadwalk, marine life, and even an anti-litter campaign adorned the corner boxes.

The 2015 project in Highland Gardens covered 15 boxes, and the new 2017 one has 24 planned with 7 already installed. The remaining 17 are awaiting approval from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). “Advertising our beautiful beaches and beautifying areas of our city is a win/ win situation for neighborhoods,” stated Commissioner Kevin Biederman, District 5 Hollywood Florida. The images currently being used are provided by the Hollywood Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The organization had an art contest for children who reside in Hollywood. They wanted youthful artistic creativity for these new installations. The decision was difficult as the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project review committee and Commissioner Hernandez were only able to select a few winners out of all the submissions. The new project will be installed by Car Wrap Solutions-The Perfect Image of Ft. Lauderdale. Each wrap is under $400, and is funded entirely by the CRA’s advertising budget. “By wrapping these utilitarian boxes with decorative, colorful, creative artwork it not only helps to beautify but also helps to unify the City,” says Joann Hussey, City of Hollywood Public Information Manager. “Teams of engaged residents are selecting the artwork to be installed in neighborhoods and the unsightly but necessary infrastructure gets a much-needed makeover and serve as a canvas for eye-catching art in a public place.”

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ulio Santiago is best known as “Dainamite” when performing, and better known as “The Puerto Rican Ninja” when competing on American Ninja Warrior. The Hollywood resident has been a contestant on the television series since season 7, three years ago. Although, he never thought that he would be competing in anything, especially in a nationally known hit series, since he was born with an undiagnosed heart problem which caused dizziness, fainting, and intense headaches. At the age of 24, he suffered a stroke and was finally diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). The condition is what causes irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), fatigue, shortness of breath, blood clots, heart failure, and other heart-related complications including strokes. It has been estimated that 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib. Santiago was prohibited from exercising and instructed to take 800mg of Atenolol every day for the rest of his life. For ten years, Santiago followed the doctor’s orders, but was enthralled with an episode of American Ninja Warrior. The show motivated him to start training, and that was when a miracle happened; the illness just disappeared. He stopped medication, and was determined to compete and help others. However, it wasn’t easy. In the beginning, he couldn’t run more than 50 meters without feeling exhausted and out of breath, so he created a routine of exercises in between

the 3 miles he was running each day along with a special diet. This gave him the stamina to continue. After a month of continuous dedication, he lost 20 pounds and was dehydrated. Sadly, this put him back in the hospital. “At the hospital, the doctors couldn’t believe the test base on my 10 years with AFib. They didn’t find any sign of arrhythmia. It disappeared completely,” said Santiago. “Two days after I left the hospital I started training again, and I never had to take another pill or suffer any symptom of dizziness or faint. I’ve been blessed to be fully cured of a sickness I had from birth.” The Puerto Rican native has now competed in several local competitions and finished as a top competitor. This new way of life has inspired Santiago to help others. In addition to his personal business, Strong Grip LLC, where he teaches boot camp classes, trains others, and even hosts birthday parties, he is launching a new project to help those with addictions. “Based on how I trained and cured myself, I developed a workout and techniques that will help those with addiction to drugs and/or alcohol,” added Santiago. “It is a personal dedication method that will help replace bad habits with new habits. I’m hoping to get into many rehabilitation programs and help as many people as I can, and use my example to inspire the people to overcome obstacles.”


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s the school year came to an end, the Hallandale High School football team had the amazing opportunity to learn from the pros. The Miami Dolphins hosted the Chargers at their Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. After touring the facility, Twan Russell, Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Ambassador and Dolphins alum, spoke about the importance of teamwork and brotherhood. The team also had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field. Following practice, the Hallandale athletes had lunch provided by Papa John’s. “I think it was a great experience. We had an opportunity to get our kids out here to show them how the pros do it. The visit gave my players motivation leading into the off-season workouts. My players Photo Credit:Miami Dolphins walked away with a true insight on what it takes to play on a professional level,” said Hallandale High School Head Football Coach Herman Lovett. “At the end of the day, I thank the Dolphins organization for blessing us to have this opportunity.” “I got to meet a lot of the players and they showed me different things, and I’m

going to reflect that on my playing style,” Hallandale High School linebacker/strong safety Michael Nesmith said. “I was talking to Kenny Stills, and he said that all it takes is grinding and dedication and never giving up as well.” Hard work, dedication, hustle and effort paid off as the Chargers finished strong in the 2016 season, 5-5. This truly reflects their quote, “We Grind, We Shine”. “We finished the spring further than most would have expected to see the program at this point.  With us finishing the spring in the fashion we did gave us as a unit a smooth transition into the offseason getting prepared for the season,” added Lovett.  “The players believe in themselves and trust the coaches to better them as individuals on and off the field.  These young men have developed a ‘REFUSE TO LOSE’ mentality.  If we continue to focus on getting better every day we will be very successful during the upcoming season.” The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to transform the lives of youth football players by instilling character building and reinforcing safety standards that help to increase football participation and grow a new generation of Dolphins fans.

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cArthur High School Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher, Eileen Santiago likes to provide real-world experiences for her students. Her goal as an educator is to teach math, reading, science, social studies and social skills beyond the classroom. Therefore, she is always searching for opportunities to do so. Santiago learned about Junior Achievement Biz Town through her 5th grade daughter who was working on the curriculum in her class at the time, and she knew this would be an amazing place for her students to visit. The indoor center contains a mini city with up to 18 public and private businesses, sponsored by the real businesses. The appearance is that of an actual marketplace to give students real life experiences such as operating a bank, voting for a mayor, selling merchandise, depositing paychecks, reporting, and interviewing business leaders. Biz Town, also known as JA World, had never worked with high school special needs students, so Santiago began adapting and creating a smaller version of the curriculum to fit the needs of her 9-12th grade students, as well as her students in the Postgraduate Alternatives for Secondary Students program. Before visiting the facility, students need to complete a pre-visit curriculum where they learn basic

economic principles to prepare them for their “jobs”. “My goal was for our students to work on basic life skills such as how to manage their own personal bank accounts,” said Santiago. “Students learned to write a resume, interview for a job, write checks and deposit funds, and work with other classmates as a team. After three months, we were ready to visit and run a town.” Upon arriving at Biz Town, Santiago’s students were given their workplace and job functions which they had to perform. Other 11th and 12th grade McArthur students came to volunteer to assist their classmates. Jobs ranged from retail sales professionals, accountants, business managers, and medical professionals to TV and newspaper reporters. The favorites among these Mustangs were the Humane Society and BB&T.

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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

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s a hospital pediatrician, there is one symptom that I often see my patients exhibit and that is fever. Fever is not an illness within itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying disease. In most cases, fever is a sign of the body’s immune system trying to attack and get rid of an underlying illness. It is also a frequent reason for office, emergency room and urgent care visits that can amount to significant stress on parents, as they address the fever and try to figure out its source. To truly understand how a fever works, it’s important to first define it. Fever is any temperature greater or equal to 100.4F or 38C. Any temperature lower than that is not clinically defined as a fever.  From a pediatrician’s perspective, we like to see the trend of the fever because it gives us clues to which direction the illness is heading. Remember that a fever is a symptom of an underlying disease. However, there are some exceptions. A small percentage of kids have a benign condition called febrile seizures, but outside of a specific condition, no amount of fever will cause a child to have seizures.  Fever alone cannot cause brain damage or any long-term consequence. The most common cause of fever in otherwise healthy kids is a viral illness. If there are additional findings such as nasal congestion, cough, headache, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, the fever is the result of the body’s immune response to tackle the underlying virus. Persistent fever with no additional symptoms, especially in non-verbal children, should prompt an investigation for things such as urinary infection or bone/joint infection. So when should parents take their child to the doctor if he or she is experiencing a fever? ▸▸ Fever in anyone younger than 2 months. These babies are at high risk of serious bacterial infection due to their immature immune system. Anyone younger than 2 months with a fever should be evaluated as soon as possible. ▸▸ If the fever is accompanied with these symptoms: lethargy, drowsiness, stiff neck and irritability. These are signs of serious infections like meningitis and should be evaluated immediately ▸▸ When a child refuses to drink, has decreased wet diapers/urine output, and is experiencing persistent vomiting and diarrhea. ▸▸ Fever longer than 3-4 days without any improvement or other symptoms to explain the source of the fever. This includes coughing, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, rash or ear pain. ▸▸ In the era of vaccination, the rates of bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) and meningitis (infection of the fluid around the brain and spine) have dramatically decreased. Unfortunately, kids who lack this protection because they are unvaccinated are still at risk for these infections, and should be seen immediately should they develop fever ▸▸ Kids with chronic medical problems such as cancer, sickle cell, cerebral palsy and others. ▸▸ The greatest risk with fever is dehydration, so the most valuable action is encouraging fluids. Dr. Berkovich, a pediatric hospitalist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, is a board-certified pediatrician, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and the Helfer Society. She received her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University, and completed her pediatric residency at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly Miami Children’s Hospital. The award recipient of the Dr. Arturo J. Aballi Educational Award and the 2016 American College of Osteopathic Pediatrician’s Outstanding Resident of the Year resides in Hollywood with her husband and two children.





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ongenitally prominent ears are a cosmetic deformity that can have a severe emotional and behavioral effect on a child. When a child’s ear protrudes too far from the side of the scalp, a surgical procedure known as an otoplasty can be performed to enhance the position and appearance of the external ear. Five percent of children are affected by prominent ear protrusion. The majority of children genetically inherit the appearance from their parents. Prominent ears can present in a myriad of forms including cup ear, shell ear, bat ear, Machiavellian ear and lop ear. Most commonly children and adults will often camouflage the deformity with hairstyling. Timing of repair can be crucial in avoiding psychological damage. The ear achieves 85% of adult size by age 3 years and nearly adult size by 6 or 7 years of age. As an individual ages, elongation of the lobule (lobe) gives the appearance of continued ear growth. The most common deformity in prominent ears is an underdeveloped or poorly defined antihelix. This is the part of the ear fold that lies inside the outer rim of the ear. The otoplasty surgery is performed through a concealed incision along the back of the ear. Correction of protruding ears uses surgical techniques to create or increase the antihelical fold (just inside the rim of the ear) and to reduce enlarged conchal cartilage (the largest and deepest concavity of the external ear). The cartilage of the ear is reshaped by different suturing techniques. The excess cartilage can be excised and the ear repositioned closer to the side of the head. The procedure usually takes 60 to 90 minutes to perform. It is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia under the direct supervision of a board certified anesthesiologist. The patient can resume their normal activities within three to five days wearing a soft headband for one to two weeks to protect the ears. Ear surgery, otoplasty, offers almost immediate results in cases of protruding ears visible when the dressings that support the new shape of the ear during the initial phases of healing are removed. Children and adults who are concerned about the appearance of their ears can experience both the cosmetic as well as the emotional improvement of otoplasty surgery.

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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 954-659-7760.




Local Chamber Leads the Way, Plans to Renovate Office Building by Hollywood Circle


he Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will continue the economic development trend around the City of Hollywood by investing $60,000 on its office building. The renovations, scheduled to start late September, on the two-story building on the corner of US-1 and Taylor Street, will expand the reach of the ongoing transformation around the Circle, in Downtown Hollywood and some of the adjacent residential neighborhoods. “The Chamber wants to be a partner in economic development and there is nothing like leading by example and modeling the way! This is part of business leadership and we hope that our transformation will encourage and inspire oth-

ers to invest in the beautification of the US-1 corridor, one step, one corridor at a time,” said Anne Hotte, Hollywood Chamber’s CEO & Executive Director. “AIA is in good shape, US-1 is next, and in the meantime Dixie Highway and State Road 7 are creating the infrastructure necessary for healthy and sustainable development.” Thirty-six (36) board members, representing a multitude of industries and businesses from all over Hollywood, voted unanimously for the beatification initiative, allowing the Chamber to commit to the greater good of the community. “As we see developers invest in our Downtown and see how stunning Hollywood Circle (formerly Block 55) now looks, and the new residents, visitors and commerce it will bring to our Downtown, there is no limit to what Hollywood can become,” adds Hotte. The renovation plans include replacing windows with hurricane impact resistant glass, repainting the building with new colors, improving the surrounding landscape, removing the awnings and providing new signage and lights. Built in 1996 on city owned land, the 3,500-square-foot building also houses Costa Bella Realty Group and Idea 180. The Chamber hopes that other businesses will follow suit and be inspired by the transformation. The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce represents local business interests, promotes economic growth, provides leadership in community affairs, and delivers services and programs for its business members. As the second largest chamber in Broward County, the Greater Hollywood Chamber serves about 900 members which includes 127 trustees and 36 Board Members in South Florida. For more information about the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, please call (954) 923-4000 or visit website at, and Facebook at

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Hollywood Resident Selected as a Bank of America Student Leader BY BEVERLY PERKINS



ollywood resident and Nova High School senior Olivia Cohen was selected as a Bank of America Student Leader. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation selects only five exceptional high school juniors and seniors for this coveted position in the Bank of America Student Leaders® Program at the YMCA of Broward County. The choices are based on the students’ commitment to serving the community and making Broward a better place to live along with their outstanding academic achievements. The eight-week paid internship opportunity gives junior and senior level students the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience at local nonprofit organizations as part of the Bank of America’s Student Leaders® program. “In the third grade I came to the conclusion that the health I was fortunate enough to have was not something I could simply ignore or take for granted,” said Cohen. “Instead I decided to take action and create my own non-profit organization called Giving & Living.” The entire premise behind Olivia’s organization is that it is “For Kids, By Kids”. To date, Giving & Living has raised more than $18,000 for organizations such as Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish, and Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, Florida. Today, it is much more than just a fundraising group but a

network of students who are interested in volunteering and seeking the right organization to give their time. In addition to the internship, these select individuals from Broward County had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to join more than 200 other Bank of America Student Leaders from around the country for a week-long Leadership Summit. The students met with members of Congress, learned about diversity and nonprofit work, and built and applied leadership skills through hands-on community work experience. “The ability to gain this knowledge at such a young age has begun to turn the wheels in my head to guide me on my path in life. In conjunction with this, the chance to walk on the steps of Capitol Hill and engage in conversation with our local Representatives was an incredible opportunity,” added Cohen. “Overall, the Bank of America Student Leaders Summit taught me that my voice is not only heard but valued in a world full of chaos.” When she isn’t running a nonprofit, Olivia can be seen on the debate stage and is passionate about creating a future for herself that will inspire others and make a difference. Since 2004, the program has supported 2,200 young people nationwide. To learn more about Bank of America’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs and practices, please visit www. and follow the company on Twitter @ BofA_News and @BofA_Community.

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he vertebral column (backbone) is made up of 33 vertebrae. These vertebrae are then grouped into divisions called the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back). A fibrous disc (intervertebral disc) connects each pair of the vertebrae. Healthy spines have discs that cushion the vertebrae allowing for normal flexibility and movement of the spine. Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) is the weakening of one or more of these intervertebral discs. Unfortunately, the condition develops as a natural part of the aging process. These discs between the bones of the spine are made up of cartilage, fibrous tissue, and water. With age, the discs weaken, flatten, bulge, or break down. Sometimes there may be a genetic component in some individuals who suffer from DDD, but the true cause can be a combination of things, but usually it’s simple “wear and tear” or the result of an injury. Degenerative Disc Disease in the lower back, or lumbar spine, occurs when a disc is compromised and causes pain. The disc itself does not have a blood supply, so if an injury occurs it is unable to repair itself the way other tissues in the body can. DDD is so common that an estimated 30% of individuals ages 30-50 years old have some degree of disc space degeneration. Many may not ever even experience pain or have it diagnosed. After a person reaches the age of 60, some level of disc degeneration is considered normal and nothing to be alarmed about. ▸▸ Symptoms. Symptoms vary with each individual depending on the location and the type of disc degeneration. However, a primary symptom of the disease includes sharp and/or chronic pain in the back and neck. Other signs are weakness or numbness. As a disc undergoes change, the body may react and develop bone spurs as well. These bony growths may take up space, therefore compressing the nerves, and causing weakness in the arms and/or legs. ▸▸ Tests. If a patient presents any of the above symptoms, their doctor may order X-rays, an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), or a CT (Computed Tomography) scan. ▸▸ Treatment. The severity of the condition will determine the best approach for treatment before considering surgery. Nonoperative measures may include: heat and/or ice therapy, activity modification, medications, physical therapy to strengthen the muscles, and epidural injections. These measures are often effective in providing pain relief. Surgery, such as a discectomy, may be required for those patients not responding to any of the nonoperative measures, whose disc changes have resulted in spinal cord compression, who have a structural abnormality, or those who have such severe chronic pain. The procedure removes the disc and any associated bone spurs which are compressing the spinal cord and/or surrounding nerves. The removal makes room for the spinal cord and nerves to move freely again, and the pressure is relieved. Felix M. Ramirez, D.O. has received extensive training in Pain Management, and always stays current with all new and up to date through many educational meetings throughout the year. He has been practicing Pain Management in the Pembroke Pines/Hollywood area for over fifteen years and he has been involved in drug research as well as procedure research studies. Interventional Pain Physicians of South Florida is located at 2301 N. University Drive, Suite 204, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. To schedule an appointment, please call (954) 447-0577.


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nce you have secured your realtor, have marketing tools prepared such as photos and descriptions, and have knowledge of what homes have been selling for in your neighborhood, it’s time to price your home. Your real estate professional will also be able to show you the area comps, but it’s not a bad idea to request your agent see a couple of properties comparable to yours. A great option is to hire a certified appraiser to help you to come to a number. Check for comparables not any older than 6 months because the market changes drastically very often. Also check property comparables that are all in the same sub division as yours. Even if a house sold like yours, it might be in a different sub division, and in many cases, that can affect the property value. The Broward County Property Appraiser is also a good source of information, as well as Zillow.

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Many times, owners want to try listing at a higher price because everyone believes that their home is the most beautiful place and will naturally be worth more, especially if updates have been made. It is perfectly acceptable to do that but always be aware that it may not have the activity expected. Sellers typically want to know if they make renovations to their kitchens and/or bathrooms if the value will increase. Each decision is addressed individually, and your real estate professional will be able to guide you properly. It is also very important to know that in the city of Hollywood, there is no “price per square foot” rule. The sales are based solely on the house and comps.  Most of the properties in Hollywood are not in communities where they have a certain number of models.  Models make it is easy to figure the going rate. Don’t believe advertising that lists square feet being sold, since it is untrue in our city. If your house was listed before and it was unsuccessfully not sold, it’s important to make sure to analyze the entire listing so the same mistakes aren’t made again. When these situations happen, there are many factors that could be the reason: price, condition, or simply the “functionality” of a property. It’s recommended to reevaluate and correct before reentering the property on the market again. Many times, it happens that many people find the cheapest way to list their property and they find that they are alone in the process.  This way may cause for the property to stay longer on the market without getting any positive results.   Alex Bruno is a top producer at RE/MAX 5 Star Realty for 12 years, and is currently a Top 1% Selling RE/MAX real estate owner/agent in South Florida and Number #1 in the City of Hollywood. Additionally, he also has an impressive collection of accolades proving his unparalleled service to all clients in the Broward and Miami-Dade real estate markets. To learn more, please call (954)673-7739, visit the website at or email

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Many went directly to jail, and did not pass go, but the American Cancer Society (ACS) collected much more than $200 during David Singer’s 26th annual “Jail & Bail” event. See the full story on page 12.


Each year more than a dozen Hollywood neighborhoods host National Night Out events to send a message to criminals that they’re organized and crime isn’t welcome in their neighborhoods. Hollywood Police Officers, Command Staff members, City Officials and Crime Prevention Specialists make stops at these neighborhood gatherings to meet residents and answer questions. National Night Out is a free event filled with activities, refreshments, food and neighbors.


Hollywood-based Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation recently held their annual fundraiser, the “Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic”. The event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino for the Conine Clubhouse (a hotel-like facility where families can stay for free while their child is hospitalized), raised nearly $145,000 and included more than 300 attendees. The tournament was won by Aventura resident Aron Dermer. (Photo credit Fortson Photography)



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