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or generations, families around the world have celebrated the start of the holiday season with the beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. The International Ballet Company (IBC) brings this spectacular holiday classic to the stage on Saturday, December 9th and Sunday, December 10th at the Coral Springs Center for the A rts. Tickets are on sale now for this magical theatrical experience. Don’t delay, this fabulous production is always a sell-out.

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This will be the 18th outstanding performance of IBC’s holiday spectacle which promises to be bigger, better and even more magical than ever. The full-scale professional theater production will feature stunning costumes, extravagant scener y and magnificent stage effects including a fierce battle between the giant Rat King and the handsome Prince. Snow actually falls from the sk y, Clara’s bed moves magically on clouds of smoke, and dancers from all around the world dance with joy and happiness. The Nutcracker promises excitement and enjoyment for the entire family. This best-loved holiday classic wows young and old with its delightful tale, unforgettable classical music score by P. Tchaikovsk y, and magnificent dancing. The stor y of a young girl who is magically transported to the Kingdom of the Sweets is followed by a captivated audience who asks the question “was this really all a dream?” Each performance showers the audience with joy and lifts the spirits of all. Celebrate the season with the magic of The Nutcracker. W hether this will be your first time seeing a Nutcracker production or it’s a

time-honored holiday tradition with your family, make the International Ballet Company’s 18th annual performance of The Nutcracker ballet part of your holiday festivities. Call now to book your seats. The International Ballet Company will perform The Nutcracker on December 9th and 10th at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. The theater is conveniently located just off the Sawgrass Expressway; simply head east on Sample Road and turn right on Coral Springs Drive. Tickets for the matinee shows at 2pm are $25 each and the Saturday evening Gala Performance show at 8pm is $35 per ticket. Call the theater box office at (954) 344-5990 or visit www. coralspringscenterforthearts.com to purchase tickets to the spectacular holiday classic, The Nutcracker, presented by the International Ballet Company. There will be a special performance for non-profit organizations on Friday, December 8th at 7pm. Call 954-224-0024 for ticket information.


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Happy Holidays

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he holiday season is upon us, and while the holidays may have different meanings for many of our readers due to their diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs, the one thing we all share is the spirit of community. It was just a few months ago that we witnessed neighbors helping neighbors as we banded together to prepare for Hurricane Irma. And in the aftermath of that storm, strangers became friends and a renewed sense of community was born. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s rekindle those bonds as we open our homes and hearts. Share your holiday traditions with a family of another faith. Teach your children the true meaning of giving, by donating to a worthy charity or volunteering at a community food bank. And as the new year approaches, take a moment to count your blessings and resolve to become a more active member of your community. The perfect place to start is right here in the pages of this Our City magazine. Each and every issue is packed with stories on all the wonderful activities and programs taking place in your community, along with articles on the amazing accomplishments of your neighbors, young and old. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year! Sincerely,

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CONTENTS

FEATURE STORY 19 David Posnack Jewish Day School Ranks as One of Florida’s Best Private Schools

CALENDAR

INSPIRING INDIVIDUALS

10 December 2017

20 A Gift from the Heart - Hollywood Couple Adopts Israeli Battalion

COMMUNITY NEWS

SCHOOL NEWS

12 Home for the Holidays – Celebrate the 11th Annual “Christmas Near the Beach”

24 Night at the Museum – Colbert Museum Magnet School’s Signature Event

14 Downtown Hollywood Remains the Perfect Canvas for Two More Murals

24 Fins Up for South Broward High School’s Shark Club

16 Holiday Cheer is Around Every Corner! 22 Free Arts! Family Days Offered at Art and Culture Center/Hollywood

CAN DO KID 26 Chaminade-Madonna Football Player Scores Big for Two Consecutive Years

ASK THE EXPERT 28 Catching Some Z’s!

CHAMBER NEWS

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30 Time for Holiday Tee – Annual Golf Classic

MAYOR’S MESSAGE 31 Happy Holidays Hollywood!

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24 HEALTH & WELLNESS 33 Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 34 the world’s favorite magazine™

PET OF THE MONTH 36 the world’s favorite magazine™

SEEN ON SCENE 38 Community Snapshots


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CALENDAR DECEMBER 2017

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inflatables and amusement rides. 6:00-10:00pm – $5 ride band for the evening – Food available for sale. 1750 E. Hallandale Beach Symphony of Lights – Blvd., Hallandale Beach. For Gulfstream Park’s annual holiday more information please call, tradition continues through 954-457-1452. December 31st. Attendees can take in the beauty of the 50-foot tree, and light show every hour on the hour. from 6:00pm-11:00pm. Every Friday and Saturday through Dec 23, the free holiday 62nd Annual Candy Cane fun continues with Santa and Parade – The longest running Mrs. Claus, juggling acts and annual parade begins at stilt walkers, face painting, and 7:00pm on the Hollywood Beach train rides who will entertain from Boardwalk at Scott Street and 6–10 p.m. All is completely free of heads south to Harrison Street. charge and everyone is welcome. This year’s theme is “Gingerbread 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Jamboree”. The free event will Beach. For more information, feature marching bands, floats, please call 954-454-7000. community groups, and more. Complimentary bleacher seating will be available at various locations along the parade route from Garfield Street Polk Street.  Parade emcees will be stationed at Charnow Park at Garfield Street and at the Hollywood Beach Theatre at Johnson Street. For more information, please call 954-921-3404.

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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 Santa Clause (PG), 12/8 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG), 12/15 – Jingle All the Way (PG). 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.

City of Hallandale Beach Holiday Celebration – Start the month celebrating the season with community performances, a visit from Santa, holiday music,

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drum circle. ArtsPark at Young Circle – 1 Young Circle, Hollywood from 7:00pm-9:00pm. – For more information, call 954-926-0204.

Soulful Jazz Sundays – Enjoy the smooth sounds of local saxophonist, Travis Bridges, from 7 p.m. to 9 pm at Champions Plaza at Gulfstream Park – 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach.

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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 www. foodtrucksatartspark.com

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.

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.

the wonder of Christmas presented by EOJ Productions. The variety show will feature up-and-coming local singers, dancers, bands and other talent. Take a FREE photo with St. Nick in his beach house and enjoy local vendors and a classic car show. Bring a beach chair or lawn blanket. 4:00pm-9:00pm at the ArtsPark at Young Circle Amphitheather – 1 Young Circle, Hollywood – Admission is FREE. For more information visit www. christmasnearthebeach.com or call 954-428-4480.

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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. Dream Car Classic – The Downtown Hollywood Dream Car Gloves and garbage bags will Classic features dozens of classic be provided to all volunteers along with safety instructions – cars, trucks and other vehicles Charnow Park – 300 Garfield of interest. Attendance is FREE. Street, Hollywood. Vehicle registration is $20. To pre-register for the Dream Car Classic, email Joe Bevelacqua at jbevsr@msn.com 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.

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Christmas Near the Beach – Everyone is invited to the 11th annual holiday show to celebrate

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.

17th Free Arts! Family Days – The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood Suzuki Music Academy will offer interactive arts activities, Children’s Classic Holiday expanding upon the current Concert – The Academy’s widely- Free Admission Day program acclaimed children violinists, offered for contemporary visual under the direction of Mr. Richard arts exhibitions presented Coff, return to the Stirling Road on the third Sunday of each Branch library auditorium to month. For more information, perform a free kid-friendly concert please call 954-921-3274 or of traditional holiday music that visit artandculturecenter.org. families with children of all ages Gallery hours are noon – 4 pm on will enjoy. Along with traditional Free Arts! days. The Center is holiday music, the children located at 1650 Harrison Street. violinists, ages 3 and up, will perform classic favorites by Bach, Global Meditation for World Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven. Peace –Take some time out of your hectic life and meet up with 2:00pm – 3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood. For more information, others who want to meditate to bring peace, love and care to please call 954-357-7550. the world. The group meets in Hannukah – The eight night ArtsPark at Young Circle – 1 celebration will begin in the Young Circle, Hollywood from evening of Tuesday, December 6:00pm-7:30pm. Admission is 12th and end the evening of FREE. For more information, call Wednesday, December 20th. 954-962-7447.

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Full Moon Drum Circle – Bring a drum or other percussion instrument to this FREE guided

be at this annual event. The toy drive is put on by multiple organizations within the City of Hallandale Beach and donations are accepted year-round. *Toys will be given to children who are pre-registered for the event from 2-6pm at Foster Park Community Center, 609 NW 6th Ave. Hallandale Beach. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 954-457-1452.

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Hope for the Holidays – Holiday season activities and a visit from one of Santa’s helpers will

Beach Entertainment Series – Relax by the beach and enjoy a different type of music the 4th Sunday each month from November to April at this event. Performances are 2:00pm-5:00pm at South City Beach Park, 1870 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach. For more information contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 954-457-1452.

18th Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Classic – The 34th annual event starts the holidays in full swing. Shotgun start at 11:30am at The Grande Oaks Club – 3201 Rolling Hills Circle, Davie. For more information contact www. hollywoodchamber.org or 954-923-4000


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Home for the Holidays – Celebrate the 11th Annual “Christmas Near the Beach” COMMUNITY NEWS

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or over a decade now, St. Nick will make his annual stop in Hollywood to bring some holiday cheer. Many South Floridians who have attended in years past look forward to “Christmas Near the Beach” (CNTB) which takes place the second Saturday in December at ArtsPark in Young Circle. The festival wants to bring all South Florida communities together to celebrate the season in this jam-packed extravaganza which continues to grow each year. The generous sponsors and vendors have allowed “Christmas Near the Beach” to be free to all who attend. The 11-year celebration promises to be one of the best yet. The jolly fat man in the red suit plans on making his stylish entrance as always on a classic car led by the Florida Sunshine Marching Band. He will then head over to his beach house to take free photos with all his visitors on his sleigh. Those that visit will be offered a free raffle ticket and one family will walk away with Santa’s personal Christmas tree. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, arrive early and stay late. The South Florida style lineup includes bands, choirs, mime, drama, ballet, flash mob dancers, a visit from the Grinch, and so much more. A pre-event of Christmas caroling in Downtown Hollywood will begin at 2:00pm and then the festival will resume from 4-9pm. DJ Mr. E will keep the crowd energized between featured acts and performances. “Many But One Performing Arts” will present an original ballet, with their company of professional and advanced students, bringing Christmas alive through the arts. New this year, CNTB welcomes “EPIC the Band” and the JJRC band featuring Jeff and Christine Maldonado.

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“Christmas Near The Beach is always free and every year’s show seems to top the last. I’m always blessed to see the South Florida community come together from all walks of life and celebrate in this social gathering. Truly a perfect setting for any concert enthusiast, our festival tradition provides a Christmas experience like no other,” says Deena McDaniel, Director Producer EOJ Productions. Saturday, December 9th Christmas Near the Beach will take place at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood – 1 Young Circle, Hollywood 4:00pm-9:00pm- Admission is FREE. For all the details and lineup of artists, please visit www.christmasnearthebeach.com or call 954-428-4480.


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Downtown Hollywood Remains the Perfect Canvas for Two More Murals COMMUNITY NEWS

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aunched by the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in August of 2012, the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project is the largest walkable mural project in Broward County, and a true example of the CRA’s mission to beautify and add culture to the downtown area “one wall at a time”. The collection of curated outdoor murals by both local, national and internationally recognized artists is a key element in the CRA’s arts-focused initiative to enhance the diversity and vibrancy of Downtown Hollywood, Florida. Two more building façades in Downtown Hollywood have been transformed into eye-catching works of art with the creation of stunning murals by three South Florida artists. The first mural was completed and created by South Beach-based Yuhmi Collective. The husbandand-wife art duo Victor and Michelle Vasquez, were

captivated by Hollywood founder Joseph Young’s “Dream City” vision and the founding story of how “Hollywood by the Sea” was created and transformed through the years. The colorful pastel-hued mural depicts a whimsical undersea scene featuring a mermaid and other sea creatures and reflects the couple’s East Asian influence. The latest mural is the vision of Miami muralist and fine-art painter Fabio Onrack. His mural will feature realistic black-and-white portraits of renowned artists Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Onrack’s work reflects his artistic passion for painting people and places and his exploratory style of painting three-dimensional elements with expressive movement and emotion. “I am really excited to have two new gorgeous DHMP murals added to our collection in Downtown Hollywood,” said Jill C. Weisberg, CRA art specialist/ project manager. “One of the great things about both murals is that they are in super-prominent locations.” The Yuhmi Collective mural is located on the southeast corner of 21st Avenue and Tyler Street, and Onrack’s mural is on the south side of Hollywood Boulevard at 21st Avenue.

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“Thousands of cars will see a beautiful mermaid and her sea turtle friends as they drive by or are waiting at the traffic light,” Weisberg added. “The second mural site faces west, so viewers entering the gateway to Downtown Hollywood will be welcomed by three famous artist portraits.” There is no charge for on-street downtown parking between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Free on-street parking is available in three-hour increments between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Garage parking is available for $1 per hour at the Municipal Garages located at 251 S. 20th Avenue (between Harrison Street and Van Buren Street) and 251 N. 19th Avenue (between Tyler Street and Polk Street). To learn more about the DHMP, visit www.DowntownHollywoodMuralProject.org.


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Holiday Cheer is Around Every Corner! COMMUNITY NEWS

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ot too long after Hurricane Irma made a South Florida appearance, fall approached quickly. After cleaning up, and getting back to the normal routine everyone then celebrated with pumpkin spiced lattes, trick-or-treaters, and turkeys. But once again, in a blink, December has arrived. Activities and celebrations are rampant all over town with the 62nd Annual Candy Cane Parade happening on December 2nd along the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, and then the 11th Annual Christmas Near the Beach holiday show at ArtsPark on December 9th followed by the Hope for the Holidays annual toy drive. For more information on these events, please see the calendar on page 10. Kids of all ages, naughty and nice, are welcome to visit Santa’s Workshop and take photos through December 24th during scheduled hours at the Aventura Mall located at 19501 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180. The magnificent, 60-foot tall holiday display with sparkling gift boxes, 10-foot tall teddy bears, 13-foot tall candy canes, classic English-style rocking horses, 12-foot tall toy soldiers, and more will delight all visitors. However, the eagerly anticipated event held at South Florida’s premier entertainment destination, Gulfstream Park, is back. The popular holiday tradition kicked off on November 24th and is running through December 31st. The holidays always come alive at Gulfstream Park’s Symphony of Lights. The annual event is sure to get all visitors into the holiday spirit. Opening night

included free fun-filled family activities such as “Selfies with Santa”, a DJ, stilt jumpers, juggling acts, face painters, tattoo artists, and train rides. Each night from 6-11:00pm, the 50-foot tree is lit up and there is a light show every hour on the hour giving everyone the opportunity not to miss it. Every Friday and Saturday through December 23rd, the free holiday fun continues with Santa and Mrs. Claus, juggling acts and stilt walkers, face painting, and train rides who will entertain from 6–10:00pm. For more information, please visit www.gulfstreampark.com or call 954-454-7000.

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Call 954-583-6100 or email info@ posnackschool.org or visit our website at PosnackSchool.org.  

What is the philosophy at David Posnack Jewish Day School? The Posnack School’s philosophy is firmly rooted in Torah and is dedicated to the global community of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. At Posnack School, being a student is one who is exceptionally well rounded, delving into texts and traditions, mastering skills and knowledge, valuing diversity, and living a life imbued with Jewish values. Our graduates navigate the world secure in their Jewish identity, and heed the call of leadership with knowledge and a moral compass to lead with kindness and in the service of justice.

What achievements is David Posnack Jewish Day School most proud of? Posnack School graduates rank in the top 5% nationally with 100% college acceptance; a streak of Silver Knight winners and National Merit Scholarship finalists; Posnack School sports teams are routinely named state champions. We are also proud to be ranked #1 Best Jewish School in Florida and ranked #5 Best Jewish School in America by Niche.com.  

Tell us about each of the three schools. Beginning with the Lower School and carrying on across Middle and into High School, David Posnack Jewish Day School offers students a unique learning experience that combines academic rigor in general and Judaic Studies with awardwinning arts and sports programming. The Posnack School’s environment instills confidence in students and prepares them for successful educational journeys in college and beyond. This school year opened with a brand new state-of-the-

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elebrating 43 years of innovative education, the David Posnack Jewish Day School still thrives on their original intention that school should be a place that nurtures the mind, body and soul of the students. What started as an elementary school with only 14 students is now a campus with three schools and serves over 700 students in grades K-12. By combining academic rigor in general and Judaic studies with awardwinning arts and sports programming, the David Posnack Jewish Day School offers its’ students a unique learning experience while preparing them for lifelong achievement. Dr. Richard Cuenca, Head of School, was happy to answer some frequently asked questions about the David Posnack Jewish Day School.

art 32,000 square foot Marcia and Joel Hochberg Middle School building which includes a culinary institute and dining hall.

What is the student/teacher ratio? 15:1

What exactly is the Kulam Program? The Kulam Program at the Posnack School helps students to develop their strengths and overcome challenges by providing them with skills that lead to success at school and beyond. Kulam students receive individualized instruction in a small class setting from highly trained instructors. Students attending Kulam at Posnack School are provided with opportunities to become independent and confident learners.

Does the school offer arts and athletics? We offer drama, music, fine arts, and over 24 sports teams.

Is there anything else you would want those searching for a school to know about yours? Posnack is Accredited By: Association of Independent Schools of

Where are you located? What are your school hours? We are located at 5810 S. Pine Island Road in Davie. Our school hours are as follows Middle and High School hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 am to 3:20 pm; Fridays 8:00 am to 2:40 pm. In the Lower School the hours are MondayThursday 8:15 am to 3:35 pm and Fridays 8:00 am to 2:55 pm.

Do you have scholarship programs? We offer financial aid. We also offer academic and arts scholarships to incoming 9th grade students.

What sets your school apart from other private schools? We are proud to be one of only a handful of K-12 Jewish Day Schools in the United States. Our school is at the forefront of educating the future of the Jewish people.

How do you fit the Judaic component in the curriculum? Is this done in each grade? Judaic Studies and Hebrew are taught across the curriculum in grades K-12 and are scheduled on a daily basis. OUR CITY HOLLYWOOD | DECEMBER 2017

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Hollywood couple recently visited the two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) battalions which they adopted at their bases in Israel in September. The generosity of longtime FIDF supporters FIDF Palm Beach/Broward Region Board Member Gary Balter, who was formerly FIDF’s national board treasurer, and his wife Wendy is beyond appreciated, as they not only adopted one, but two battalions through the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Adopt-a-Battalion program.

The IDF program is the most personal way to show the IDF soldiers appreciation, support, and love for their bravery and commitment as they protect Israel’s borders every day. The Balter family’s commitment of $90,000 will be used to fund various events and activities to celebrate the soldiers’ achievements and hard work. FIDF organized the visit to the IDF bases in the Golan Heights and near Beit El. The Balters met and heard firsthand from the soldiers of the IDF 162nd Armor Division’s “Afik” Signals Intelligence Battalion and the 877th Division’s “Ofek” Signals Intelligence Battalion. “While meeting the soldiers from my battalion, I felt as though my contribution was greatly needed as these soldiers don’t have any ‘extras.’ They were thankful that we made the effort to meet them and were very appreciative of our support. Each soldier works very hard – at times 12 hours a day – while enduring difficult living conditions,” said Mrs. Balter. “It is important to my family to show them how much we care about them by visiting them and experiencing a slice of their life – and they love hearing that Jews from the around the world love and support them. We need to reinforce this mes-

(From left in civilian clothing) Wendy, Gary, and Adam Balter with IDF “Ofek” Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Yossi Matetyahu (center), holding bags with the “Ofek” insignia near Beit El, Israel, on Sept. 11 (Photo credit: Nir Kafri).

sage to keep them strong.” FIDF’s Adopt-A-Battalion Program is the only of its kind, allowing supporters to go beyond their donation to get more involved by providing financial assistance to soldiers in-need, caring for Lone Soldiers with no immediate family in Israel, and funding rest and recuperation weeks for combat units. Supporters of the program are able to visit the soldiers in their adopted units on IDF bases, and have periodic communication with the units’ commanders. For more information about FIDF and the Adopt-A-Battalion Program, please contact FIDF Palm Beach/Broward Regional Executive Director Sherri Siskin at 561483-2771 or sherri.siskin@fidf.org. 

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he Art and Culture Center/Hollywood recently received funding by a grant from PNC Arts Alive! The multi-year initiative of the PNC Foundation dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts groups has formed a partnership with the Center, and will offer interactive arts activities, expanding upon the current Free Admission Day program offered for contemporary visual arts exhibitions. The new Free Arts! Family Days will be presented on the third Sunday of each month as an opportunity to increase arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. “We’re excited that PNC’s generosity has allowed us to offer this wonderful program to families,” said Joy Satterlee, executive director, Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood. “It’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to connect to and benefit from the arts by participating together in hands-on activities that encourage education, communication, cooperation, and fun!” Free Arts! Family Days focuses on the four key pillars of arts education: visual arts, dramatic arts, dance/movement, and percussion/music. Subject areas such as science, literacy, history and cultural studies will be incorporated into each Free Arts! program date. “We depend on our cultural sector to attract tourism, spur our economy, and educate, which is why PNC has a long history of partnering with arts organizations that strengthen the lives of Main Street communities like this one in Hollywood,” said Cressman Bronson, PNC regional president for Florida East while presenting the grant. “Through PNC Arts Alive, we are increasing arts access and engaging people in new and innovative ways. Now, the Art and Culture Center will be able to offer families a variety of unique and free programs that showcase South Florida at its best.”

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Grab the family, spend quality time, and create your own masterpiece just in time for the holidays. The next Free Arts! Family Day will be held on December 17th. Artist Karen Rifas will be on-site at the non-profit organization creating a project with the guests. For more information on the Center’s Free Arts! Family Days, call 954-921-3274 or visit artandculturecenter.org. Gallery hours are noon - 4 pm on Free Arts! days. The Center is located at 1650 Harrison Street.

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olbert Museum Magnet recently presented its first STEM “Museum Night” of the 2017-2018 school year. Parents, caregivers, relatives and friends were all invited to see what accomplishments these cougars have achieved in such a short period of time thus far. Colbert Museum Magnet is one of six elementary schools in Broward County awarded a Magnet Schools of America Grant in October 2013. Within the past four years Colbert has developed a whole school museum magnet program that delivers rigorous curriculum to prepare learners for 21st century challenges and opportunities. Students use engineering practices to create, build, and design solutions as they discover academics in a new enriching manner. Throughout the year students in grades K-5 work on problem based learning units and engineering design challenges. “Engineering engages students thinking! The students learn how to collaborate, and think critically and creatively!” exclaims Colbert Elementary Principal Marisa J. Fishlock. “Through hands-on project based learning, students apply the science and math skills they have learned to solve real world problems. In addition, exposing students to engineering helps their awareness of career opportunities in science, engineering and technical careers.” This year, third grade students learned all about the field of package engineering. Students were presented with a real-world scenario that involved a fictitious

boy from Jordan who wanted to give his older sister a plant from his garden as a wedding gift. The boy needed the students help to determine a way that he could transport the plant. Students worked collaboratively to use their problemsolving skills and creativity to design a package that would keep a plant alive and healthy for several days. The engineered plant packages on display at Colbert’s Engineering Showcase ranged in functionality, mobility, and materials usage. “One of our initiatives this year is taking STEM learning to the next level by integrating the arts. STEM has provided our students with a multitude of rich opportunities to fuse both interdisciplinary and an applied learning,” says Chentel Neat, STEM Magnet Coordinator. “Our art teacher, Ms. Perry, has played an integral role in drawing out the imaginative talent of our students as they infuse their learning of a variety of artistic mediums with science, engineering, and culture. It is our hope that we can continue to build a bridge between science, technology, engineering, math and ART! We’re moving full “STEAM” ahead this year and we invite you to be part of our journey!” Colbert Museum Magnet’s next Museum Night will be held on January 11th, 2018 from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

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outh Broward High School (SBHS) is the second oldest high school established in Broward County, and Hollywood’s only marine science magnet school. Almost 2 decades ago, Professor Neil Hammerschlag, now Dr. Hammerschlag, a marine ecologist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science and Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, and Director of the Shark Research & Conservation Program at the University of Miami, was in search of students to help him make Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to collect shark data for his master’s dissertation.

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Students in the dual enrollment GIS program with Broward College partnered with the shark enthusiast and accompanied him and his crew of researchers on a trip to South Africa to help collect data and perform field experiments. The generosity of a grant, secured by Ted Davis, SBHS Magnet Coordinator at that time, made the trip of a lifetime possible for 3 teachers and 8 students. Debbi Hixon, the current South Broward Maritime/Marine Science & Technology Magnet Program Coordinator, was one of the fortunate teachers to go on the 3-week expedition. Upon return, students continued learning and working alongside Dr. Hammerschlag and were able to join him and other U of M staff on his travels to Key Biscayne and the Florida Keys to learn about the local species. It was then that the SBHS Shark Club was born. Fast forward 12 years, and the Bulldogs are still out catching sharks and sharing with the public their conservation efforts. “Students learn about the importance of the sharks in the ocean ecosystem and what people are doing to cause the decline of the sharks,” explained Hixon. “Taking part in these trips allows students be part of the conservation effort to save this vital species in our oceans.”  The club currently has about 50 members, and they take at least one trip a month then discuss their findings at monthly meetings. They recently went on a few shark research trips with the University of Miami and collected blood samples, muscle biopsies, and small fin clips. They also tagged them to track their movement. “Our shark club began going out to the community to share their personal experiences and help educate the public to understand that sharks are not the maneating creatures they are made out to be,” added Hixon.


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Shivers is already committed to attend Auburn University next fall. “It’s a very special place, that feels like home,” added Chaminade’s top athlete. “Shaun is a hardworking, dynamic, and explosive football player. He works his butt off and he has earned everything he has received,” said Chaminade-Madonna Head Coach Dameon Jones. “He is humble and honored to win the Player of the Week award for the second time in two years.” Each award recipient is presented with a plaque on the field during a Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium, a pair of tickets to a Miami Dolphins home game, access to the Dolphins/RISE pregame tailgate, and a Dolphins/RISE T-shirt. They will also receive acknowledgement of their accomplishment in the game program and through the Dolphins’ and RISE’s social media platforms.

he Miami Dolphins strive to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment in an effort to create leaders of tomorrow. The nonprofit organization, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), dedicates itself to harnessing the unifying power of sport to advance race relations and drive social progress while developing meaningful educational programming. Together the two organizations formed an alliance to achieve their similar goals. The perfect partnership shows their dedication to promote positive youth programs in educational systems. An example of their joint venture is a sixteen-week awards program which lasts the duration of the Dolphins season. The program recognizes members Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins

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leep is one of the most commonly asked about topics for pediatricians. Whether your child is a newborn who wakes every hour or a teenager who never seem to get enough sleep, parents often worry. How much is too much? What happens if my child doesn’t get enough? Babies do not develop regular sleep cycles until about 6 months of age. While newborns sleep about 16 to 17 hours per day, they may sleep 1 or 2 hours at a time. As babies get older, they need less sleep. The question of “sleep training” comes up often, and there is no one right answer. Some families need the structure of a sleep schedule while others may be ok with a more relaxed approach. Studies have not shown any one method to be superior; so, parents must decide what works best for them. The most important factor in a baby’s sleep is the environment. You should always put your baby to sleep on his or her back—not on the stomach. Use a firm crib mattress and keep pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals out of the crib. These steps, as well as avoiding exposure to smoke, can help prevent SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. Home monitors have recently made their way on the market. Home apnea monitors track the breathing and heart rate of sleeping babies. An alarm goes off if breathing stops briefly (apnea) or if the heart rate is unusually slow. This might sound like a good idea; however, most newborns do not need a monitor. Home apnea monitors give little or no protection from SIDS. Research has not shown a clear link between apnea and SIDS. Even full-term newborns in the first few weeks of life may have brief periods of apnea, but this is not linked to SIDS. Studies have found that parents of monitored infants said they felt more depressed, compared to parents of infants who weren’t monitored. Toddler’s bedtime can also be a source of stress.  Children this age often resist going to sleep, especially if they have older siblings who are still awake. The key to helping them is consistency and routine. Start about 45 minutes to 1 hour before bedtime. Use this time to read a story, listen to quiet music, or bathe. Be consistent and make bedtime the same time every night. This helps your child know what to expect and helps establish healthy sleep patterns. If there is a special toy or object that your child enjoys sleeping with, use that as a tool to signify bedtime. These often help children fall asleep—especially if they wake up during the night. Make sure the object is safe. Avoid ribbons, buttons, or other parts that may be choking hazards. Stuffing or pellets inside stuffed toys can also be dangerous. Helping your child develop good sleep habits can be a challenge, and it is normal to get upset when a child keeps you awake at night. Try to be understanding. A negative response by a parent can sometimes make a sleep problem worse. If you have concerns about your child’s sleeping habits, be sure to bring it up with your pediatrician. Dr. Berkovich, a pediatric hospitalist at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, 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. She resides in Hollywood with her husband and two children.


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Proceeds from the golf tournament will support programs and educational services the chamber offers to its members, advancing its mission to “foster a business climate that promotes success, integrity, and excellence for our members and the greater Hollywood community.” The tournament also features fun contests including “Hole in One” for a Hollywood Kia car. Last year, Dan Serafini from GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, impressed all participants by hitting a shot that won him the Hole in One prize, a Hollywood 2017 SUV KIA Sportage. “We always support the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s golf tournament because it’s always such an exceptional event,” Serafini said. “Last year was even more exceptional for me because I made a hole-in-one.” Shotgun is at 12:00pm noon and the Awards reception, featuring a fabulous silent auction starts at 4 pm. Golf classic sponsorship packages are now available. For more information or to register for the event, please call the chamber at 954-923-4000 or visit www.hollywoodchamber.org.


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More than 250 local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) supporters and members of the LGBTQ community gathered at Hallandale Beach’s renowned Gulfstream Park to support Equality Florida. The event raised funds which will be donated to Equality Florida and The Safe and Healthy Schools Project.

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