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New Year Brings New Beginnings

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MANAGING EDITOR Helen Penland

12 January 2018

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COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Cultural Arts Hosts Exhibit Honoring Tuskegee Airmen

ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard

14 Chamber Provides Care Bears for Children to Emergency Response Units

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Tom Rowe, Barry Stock

16 Youth Advisory Council Engages City Government & Community

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SCHOOL NEWS 24 Four Local High Schools Join Youth Mentoring Program 24 Thousands Unite at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater for “Above The Influence” Rally

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Miramar Cultural Center presents: One Night in Memphis – Experience an unforgettable evening with this high-energy concert that takes you back to that legendary night in Memphis in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash got together and jammed! This show tours nationally and is garnering rave reviews and sold out shows everywhere. One performance at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and $45. VIP Seating is $60 and includes a cocktail.

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5,000 Years of Chinese Culture and History: Presented by Florida Falun Dafa Association – This cultural presentation and behind-the-scenes look at the musicians and instruments of Shen Yun offers a glimpse into 5,000 years of Chinese history. Go back in time to discover true traditional Chinese culture. All ages welcome. 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Trivia at the Library – Test your knowledge! The Miramar Library will challenge your skill with a friendly trivia competition from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Open to anyone 18+ years of age. Light refreshments will be served. To register, please call 954-357-8180.

Meditation for Peace and Illumination – Cleanse your aura in this one-hour meditation session. Registration is not necessary, but seating is first come, first served. Held at the Miramar Library from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

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Writer’s Club – Hosted by The Friends of the Miramar Library, come join this creative Writing Club and together we will write, read, listen and comment! Held from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World – Resident Artist Willie Stewart, former Third Word drummer, leads a vibrant musical ensemble composed of musicians and vocalists celebrating the rhythms of Africa that have influences from cultures throughout the world. Joining them on stage will be a select group of students from Somerset Academy who will showcase their talents alongside their mentors. Two shows: 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25 and $35. Held at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center.

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J.J.’s Book Club – Join us for a discussion about the book, In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. Pick up a copy of the book at the Reference Desk. Held at the Miramar Library from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. Adult Coloring Book Club – A Unique way to de-stress and unwind. Adults will enjoy this calming and meditative exercise. Coloring Books and Colored Pencils provided. Registration required 954-357-8180. Held at the Miramar Library from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

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Get Ready For Kindergarten – Join an engaging and active environment where children ages 3 to 5, My Brother’s Keeper: Mentoring for Young Men in High foster their love for books and art while enhancing their language, literacy, and fine motor skills. Held School – A mentoring program for young men in Wednesdays at the Miramar Library from 11:00 am Classic Board Games – Play the classic board games Miramar following the concept of President Obama’s 11:30 am. that your parents grew up with. Experience the fun program and supported by Mayor Wayne Messam. that kids in the ‘70s and ‘80s had. Ages 5-12. Held at Mentoring provides exposure to career opportunities, Basic English – In this class you will learn the basics the Miramar Library from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm. learn discipline, and how to be a high-achieving man. of the English language, enabling you to be easily understood in person, on the phone, applying for a Meetings take place every 4th Monday of the month at the Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Place, job or just socializing. Space is limited to 20 people. Pick up a number at the Miramar Library Reference Miramar. For more information email elaroche@ Desk prior to the start of class. Classes are held miramarfl.gov or call 954-602-3198. Wednesdays, from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Candlelight Vigil for Victims of the Haiti Earthquake – Join The City of Miramar at a candlelight English Improvement: Reading Club – Practice vigil in remembrance of the 8th anniversary of the your English by reading articles, short stories and Haiti Earthquake at the Miramar Cultural Center, books. This club will improve your speaking skills 2400 Civic Center Place at 9:00 pm. For additional through reading and discussion. Recommended for information, please call 954-602-3319. intermediate level readers. Held every Thursday from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. Citizenship Test Preparation – Learn about civics and the United States government. Designed to improve Brain Games: Improve Your Memory in 60 Minutes! – your knowledge and help you prepare you for the Keep your brain sharp with a selection of exciting process of taking the interview/test and the 100 games designed to help enhance your memory skills. Adults only. Held at the Miramar Library from Questions exam. Held every Saturday from 2:00 pm 3:30 pm. 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Cultural Arts Hosts Exhibit Honoring Tuskegee Airmen During a heartfelt conversation with Ms. Hall, she spoke he Miramar Cultural Center presented the exhibiadmirably of the Tuskegee Airmen. She also spoke lovingly tion “Soaring,” honoring the history and legacy of the and proudly of her late husband Richard, who represented Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African-American the Airmen strongly in the exhibit. It’s definitely not without military aviators in the U.S. Air Corps who flew and fought reason. Richard received the first Congressional Appointment with distinction during World War II. They trained in the from the Morehouse Parish in Bonita, Louisiana to the United United States at Moton Field, the Tuskegee Army Air Field States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from Morehouse and paved the way for the eventual integration of AfricanParish in Bastrop, Louisiana. He graduated in 1979 with a American aviators armed forces into the U.S. military. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He received his first all-black military unit was formed in 1941 helping win Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the war and change our nation. Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Curator Dr. Tameka Bradley-Hobbs arranged the After leaving military service, he became a pilot with Richard Hall “Soaring” exhibit which displayed many articles previously United Airlines for more than 20 years. His passions were owned by highly-decorated Major Richard Patrick Hall. Airman Major Hall was exemplified by his character and beliefs: strong in faith; love; honor; commitment mentored by one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. to serving others; dedication to family; and honor. He had a never-ending desire McGee. Colonel McGee is 97 years old and still holds the U.S. Air Force record of to provide direction and help motivate younger generations’ youth to soar in STEM 409 fighter pilot combat missions flown in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam during his (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and to be the best at whatever they 30-year-career. wish to achieve. Prior to his untimely passing last year, Richard Hall carried on the mission A special note: LaTéssa is a true powerhouse. She is a Major and Air Force vetand legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen as President of the Miami Chapter of the eran who graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. She is dedicated Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Items in the exhibit were many things loaned to the Center to advancing Richard’s legacy to serve others. She and Richard met at Scott Air by Hall’s wife, LaTéssa Hall, including one of his flight suits, his flight log book, Force Base in 1985. They wed in 1991, were married for 25 wonderful years, and his Air Force Academy sabre, and more. Also on display were several photos of the have two gifted children, Bryant and Briana. original Airmen, both individual and group photographs. She said, “Our job is to She began the Richard P. Hall Eagles Foundation, Inc. for the purpose of continue his rich legacy. By doing so, we can continue to inspire youth from inspiring youth to SOAR in STEM opportunities for our youth. under-represented areas to follow in the footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen by To learn more and donate to the foundation, go to https://www.richardphalleagleseaglessoar.com/. pursuing a career in the many fields of aviation.” BY HELEN PENLAND

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Chamber Provides Care Bears for Children to Emergency Response Units BY HELEN PENLAND

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lthough the Chamber of Commerce is finding in our interviews about dealing with traumatic events…they talked about a business-related organization, dur- their cuddly animal. Cuddly animals made the children laugh, helped them to ing 2014 the members searched for feel better, and were seen as an important support figures.” She continued, saying a more community-aligned program that cuddlies are a “supportive approach to children and adults who have been conwould have a positive impact for residents. fronted with an event that turned their world upside down.” As you can see, this is After much discussion with police and fire an internationally-accepted approach to assisting children in handling stress. departments and research, they settled on Robert Goltz, Chamber President said, “It took the Chamber almost a year to the Care Bear program which falls under decide which bears to purchase. We tested the plushness, the size, and the quality. the Chamber for Good Non-Profit. Ultimately, we settled on bears that are very plush, about 8 inches tall, and wear a The purpose of the Care Bear project is to t-shirt that says ‘Chamber for Good.’”  raise funds to purchase and donate teddy bears to first response units. They provide The program here officially launched in January 2015. After a fundraising breakteddies to both Police and Fire Departments for responders to give kids they encoun- fast for sponsors, the Chamber was able to purchase an initial 288 bears. The bears ter while answering calls. The goal is to assist unit members comfort distressed were presented at a membership breakfast, police and fire halls, and commission children when exposed to traumatic events. It also helps the youngsters connect meetings. Representatives of the Care Bear project stress the aim is to help support with police in a positive manner. children when they most need it. There is good reason the Chamber for Good to chose this program. Psychological To date, Chamber has raised approximately $2500 from the public; the majorstudies show the use of plush toys greatly reduces the stress and fear children feel ity has been raised from contributions by the business community. Last year the during and after an upsetting experience. One study, published in 2008 by Prof. Avi Chamber supplied first responders with about 5,000 bears. They distribute one bear Sadeh of Tel Aviv University concluded the use of a plushy toy greatly helped dimin- per car in Miramar and Pembroke Pines. ish negative reactions to exposure to war. In fact, the article states, “Soft, huggable The Chamber for Good continues looking for sponsors and donors to the program and receive many stuffed animals in the form of dogs have been distributed to over 14,000 young letters and emails of support from the community. If you would like more information on Chamber children in communities within reach of Hamas rockets and Hizbullah missiles in for Good Care Bear Program, contact Robert Goltz, 954.432.9808, extension 104 or email Robert@ the North to help the youngsters cope with trauma.” MiramarPembrokePines.org. Also, visit the website at http://www.miramarpembrokepines.org/ In another 2013 study Doctor Eva Allsic (Netherlands) states, “The unexpected meetings-events/chamber-good-care-bear-project.

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Youth Advisory Council Engages City Government & Community BY HELEN PENLAND

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ity officials and residents are very proud of Miramar’s Youth Advisory Council! Members of the Council consistently shine both locally and nationally with the initiatives they develop that directly affect the youth of community. Miramar’s Council is made up of 12 students, all in high school, at Miramar and Everglades High Schools and one member from Somerset Academy. Led by Mayor Messam and Police Chief Dexter M. Williams, one purpose of the Youth Advisory Council is to study local issues, government, and policies.

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Students remain on the Council until they graduate. When a seat becomes vacant, Mayor Messam calls schools to invite students to submit applications for the position. Each applicant submits an essay as to why they want to participate and what they can offer as a member. In a collaborative effort, the Mayor and Chief Williams review each submission carefully. Candidates are interviewed individually prior to appointing the next Council member.

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duty and community involvement. During their tenure as a member, they gain knowledge of public administration, policy, administrative procedures, civic engagement, and obtain exposure to leadership. By working within the city government, members increase their understanding of how different departments operate together to create an environment of success. Mayor Wayne Messam with Members of the Youth Advisory Council This month, the Mayor implemented a new requirement held November 15-18 in Charlotte, North Carolina, that Council members work 2-4 hours per week in almost 4,000 delegates and local officials attended. the Mayor’s office and other branches. They’ll act as Delegates from around the country attended multiple assistants, performing various tasks as needed. conferences, presentations, and workshops. Topics Kaelan Rampasard, a member of Miramar’s ranged from leadership skills to social issues. The Advisory Council stated, “Through my experience Summit’s goal was to arm students with resources as a Youth Council member, I’ve acquired a great and tools, preparing them to help plan the future of amount of knowledge pertaining to how the inner their municipalities. works of a municipal government operates, and furCouncil member Roland Bhola wrote, “Without ther understand everyone counts.” The National League of Cities Summit a doubt it is vital for the youth today to be involved, As a part of the Youth Advisory Councils’ duties, since as the next generation, we are responsible for participants attend the National League of Cities spearheading the change that will ultimately nurture Summit with the Mayor. During the latest conference, the development of our future.”


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

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

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

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


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Four Local High Schools Join Youth Mentoring Program BY HELEN PENLAND

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our Miramar High Schools (about 250 students) will participate in a pilot program dubbed “Success For Teens” launching during the third week of January 2018. The program, based on the book “The Slight Edge,” is a mentoring system whose goal is to help high school students develop good practices and improve their performance. It also speaks of turning bad habits into good ones. The business book is a great volume regarding traits required to be successful in government and private sectors. Schools participating are Everglades High School, Miramar High School, Flanagan High School, and West Broward High School. The local Chamber of Commerce is working with Broward Educational Foundation to implement the curriculum. Many schools in Broward County offer PIE (Partners in Education) classes for students grades 9 through 12 who have a particular interest in improving their opportunity for success in business pursuits. Partners in Education in Broward County public schools is a program whose goal is to create a school-business partnerships. Their mission

statement sums it up: “To improve student performance by forging meaningful connections between the education and business communities.” The 2018

roll out in the county includes 15-20 high schools. The Chamber is seeking a total of nine mentors (or facilitators) who can dedicate three hours per week for the schools. To this point, they have five committed persons. All facilitators must undergo a back-

ground check and training prior to working with the students. Training is approximately four to five hours which began in December and continues in January. Classes will be held in the various schools. Mentors gear their discussions toward skills not always taught in schools. Their purpose is to stress soft skills including: ▸▸ Good business communication skills ▸▸ Partnering with the business they work for ▸▸ Consistently being on time for work ▸▸ Working hard ▸▸ Interview skills ▸▸ Diplomacy in the workplace ▸▸ Working in a team environment ▸▸ Networking and engaging other people Partnering with the school-business program in Broward County Public Schools gives sponsors and facilitators a chance to influence students in a positive manner. They are the future of our community and this program provides a robust base for their success. There are openings for program facilitators and sponsors of youth programming. To offer your services, contact the Chamber president, Robert Goltz at robert@miramarpembrokepines.org.

Thousands Unite at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater for “Above The Influence” Rally Kathleen Cannon, President/CEO ow in its fifth year, the Annual Broward of United Way of Broward County comPublic Schools “Above The Influence” (ATI) mented, “United Way of Broward County Rally was hosted by the City of Miramar on is proud to be a part of this event and December 9th. Miramar’s new Amphitheater at initiative by providing resources that allow Miramar Regional Park was packed with thousands of students to positively channel their talents people of all ages in support of the Rally’s cause. and creativity.” The nation’s “Above The Influence” Day began “Every day our students demonstrate in 2012 by President Barack Obama in an effort to their greatness in a variety of ways,” said bring attention to teens to carry on a nationwide Broward Schools Superintendent Robert W. discussion about how the country’s youth can remain Runcie. “The ‘Above the Influence March “above” bad influences. Following President Obama’s and Rally’ is a great way for us to connect lead, Mayor Wayne Messam announced “Above The as a community with a show of support for Influence” as one of his initiatives in 2016. It is about a our students and their families, as they state of mind that helps young people evade negative strive to remain ‘above the influence’ and pressures and influences from others, such as avoidpositively impact the lives of others.” ing the use of drugs, alcohol, or participating in many Mayor Messam and School Board Member Patricia other destructive behaviors. Good were instrumental in bringing the event to the City of Miramar. It was held at the new Amphitheater that opened July 4th of this year, under its massive canopy. Unfortunately, the one-mile march had to be canceled because of poor weather. But, despite rain, high winds, dropping temperatures, and flying umbrellas, the Rally carried on as if it were a bright, sunny day! Time was filled with multiple performances by BY HELEN PENLAND

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talented high school bands, cheerleading squads, and majorettes. City and Broward County officials offered encouraging words, of thanks, and even pride to young people for making positive choices and doing the right thing. Throughout the speeches and entertainment, the crowd cheered, sang, and danced. The enthusiasm was palpable! Attendees spoke of the importance of the day and the event, as well as the Mayor’s strong support of not only the day’s meaning, but his connection with people. It was clear this day was very significant for the City of Miramar. For more information about Above the Influence, go to their website at http://abovetheinfluence.com/.


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