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Summer Fun Starts in This Issue

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PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

12 May 2019

COMMUNITY NEWS

MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

14 Run Mayor Run!

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

16 Ladies Who Lunch – City of Miramar Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne Hosts Women’s Empowerment Luncheon

ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard

24 Home Grown – Florida Master Gardeners Visit Miramar Community Garden

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tom Rowe

ASK THE EXPERT 19 Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT 20 Somerset Academy Charter School

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 26 Designing Woman – Miramar Student Selected to Launch Startup

CAMP GUIDE 28 Summer Camp Guide

DENTAL HEALTH 32 Get Your Perfect Wedding Day Smile

MAYOR’S MESSAGE 33 Seasons of Change

LEGALLY SPEAKING 34 Funding Your Trust

MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE CHIEF 35 Human Trafficking Awareness

26 MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF 36 Stroke Awareness Month

EVENT SPOTLIGHT 37 Be Inspired at the 2019 Ft. Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show

PET OF THE MONTH 38 Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Month!

SEEN ON SCENE 41 Community Snapshots!

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 42 The World’s Favorite Magazine™

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e are faced with far more choices and information than ever before. It’s becoming harder and harder for people to wade through the noise. This is especially true, it seems, for parents planning their kids’ summer activities. Luckily, we’ve got you covered! Be sure to check out Our City’s Summer Camp Guide in this month’s issue. We have included a carefully curated reference of the area’s day camps, academic enrichment programs and sporting activities with options for children of all ages. Whether your child is an avid cheerleader, a soccer star, a budding actor or a future scientist, Our City’s Summer Camp Guide has something for everyone and every interest. To make choosing the perfect program, or programs, even easier, we’ve designed the Summer Camp Guide to allow parents to match summer activities to their kids’ interests. When it comes to making the most out of school breaks, Our City has got you covered. But, we are also your go-to resource for children’s activities throughout the school year. Be sure to look for our special Back to School Guide in the August issue for a detailed listing of after-school programs, athletic activities and artistic enrichment pursuits as well as area preschools and private schools. Sincerely,

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Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day is a best chance to be selected, you must celebration honoring the mother of the register by May 24th. family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Happy Mother’s Day!

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15th “All About Mummy” Kids Craft Workshop –Make Mummy something special and unique while spending quality time with her. No registration required. Limited seating available. Open to all ages. 12:00pm-1:30pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

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Ayiti Celebrates – In celebration of “Haitian Heritage Month”, Mayor Messam partnered with the HaitianAmerican Chamber of Commerce to present the cultural concert with Joel & Mushy Widmaier (known from their days with the group Zèklè) and guest artist Beatrice Kebreau. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:00 pm at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar 33025. Advanced purchase tickets are $60. For tickets and information, please call 954-602-4500.

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Ageless Grace – A profoundly beneficial, brain-body chair fitness workout program for all ages and abilities. Conversations with Mayor Messam – As it is set to music, the program Don’t miss the opportunity for a one-on- is fun, easy to do and, emotionally one opportunity to meet and talk with uplifting. Just wear comfortable Mayor Messam. He’s available to answer clothing. No registration is required. any questions about the great city of 10:30am-11:30am at The Miramar Miramar from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, at Cool Runnings Cafe, 9977 Miramar Miramar. For more information, please Parkway, Miramar 33025. call 954-357-8090. Know Your Heritage Craft Workshop – We will create different arts and crafts from all over the world. Share some fun facts about your heritage. Open to ages 3-7 years 3:30pm-4:30pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090. Majah Hype – The NYC based comedian Join me as I host conversations in the community to tell you about issues important to is back at MCC with his internationally you as residents, what’s taking place in Miramar acclaimed tour, “Are You Dumb?” He and answer questions you have about our City. has headlined comedy shows across the Cafe USA, Caribbean and the UAE and been MummyCool and MeRunnings Craft Sale –Local featured on and currently producing Artists and Crafters will be15, selling Wednesday, May 2019 11:30aM - 1:30PM a show for BET. Most recently he has their designs, hand-made soaps, 9977 Miramar Parkway African inspired garments, dolls, wood been interviewed by the Breakfast Club Miramar, FL 33025 (DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and carved products, beaded jewelry, Angela Yee). Showtime is 7:30 pm-9:30 just to name a few. For additional pm at the Miramar Cultural Center information and details, call 954-3578095. 11:00am-5:30pm at The Miramar Theater, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Tickets are $35, $50, $60. For Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please tickets and information, please call 954-602-4500. call 954-357-8090.

observed every year on the last Monday of May. It’s also known as the “unofficial start of summer”.

31st Taylor Dayne – Relive 1980s with the American singer-songwriter and actress. With a career spanning three decades, Taylor’s debut single, “Tell it to My Heart”, turned her into an overnight international star in 1987. Showtime is 8:00 pm-10:00 pm at the Miramar Cultural Center Theater, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. Tickets are $35, $50, $60. For tickets and information, please call 954-602-4500.

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ayor Wayne Messam is a very visible community figure in Miramar. So visible in fact, one can usually see him running throughout the city. However, this time he’s taken running to a whole other level. Most recently, the athletic public servant announced that he will be running for President of the United States in the upcoming 2020 election. Mayor Messam views the lack of urgency to plan for the future and take action on the crises coming as the biggest threat facing our nation. Gun violence, climate change, healthcare costs and student loan debt are hot topics the former FSU wide receiver wants to tackle. The gun violence epidemic is taking far too many lives, climate change is damaging more homes and devastating more communities each year, skyrocketing healthcare costs are cutting off many Americans from the possibility of their American Dream, and crippling student loan debt is leaving people of all ages with little hope for the future. During an interview on CBS News when asked why a mayor of a city with a population of 140,000 thinks he is qualified to run for office, Messam

replied, “I’ve been blessed to achieve and live the American dream. My parents immigrated to this country from Jamaica and when you compare mayors to Washington insiders, Americans see that mayors actually get the job done.” Today, Miramar ranks as one of the fastest-growing city economies in the country. Mayors are uniquely positioned to deal with national challenges because they are closest to the people. Since being involved in the City’s local politics for almost a decade, the devoted mayor has dealt with many. His accomplishments thus far include: ▸▸ Championing a living wage for workers. ▸▸ Bringing jobs back from China. ▸▸ Attracting high-paying jobs. ▸▸ Proposing and passing relief on water bills for federal workers who were impacted by

the shutdown. ▸▸ Fighting oil drilling in the Everglades. ▸▸ Declaring Miramar a safe place for immigrants. ▸▸ Suing the state to keep the city safe from gun violence. “Mayors solve big challenges every day. I have always been an ambassador for our great city, and I look forward to continuing to talk about the successes of Miramar across the country,” exclaimed Messam. “The big issues facing our country need fresh eyes and bold ideas from someone closer to the people on a daily basis, so our voices can be heard.” To learn more, visit www.wayneforamerica.com, email info@ wayneforamerica.com, or call 877-WAYNE20.

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n celebration of Women’s History Month, more than 200 women (and some supportive men) attended The City of Miramar’s Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne’s Women’s Empowerment Luncheon at the Miramar Cultural Center (MCC). The ticketed event provided women the perfect opportunity to network, recognize prominent community leaders, and hear inspiring speeches from guest speakers. Everyone was super excited to listen to Angela Rye, the featured keynote speaker. The respected CNN Political Commentator, Attorney/Principal, and CEO of IMPACT Strategies has changed the face of politics to include a gritty, urban and realistic outlook of national and international political topography and its impact

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Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle BY ROBERT H. SHEINBERG, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.

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oot and ankle injuries are very common in sports or in general activities of daily living. Many structures including bone, ligament, cartilage and joint lining may be injured. Injuries may occur from a single traumatic event or from overuse. Injuries may occur during the teenage years that may manifest themselves later on. These injuries may cause stiffness and pain in the foot or the ankle joints, especially after getting out of bed first thing in the morning to walk. This stiffness and pain will be present for a proportional period of time usually to the degree of joint injury. With weightbearing, the joint usually loosens and the person is able to ambulate. This stiffness and pain will redevelop if the person sits for a period of time and tries to get up and walk. As the day goes on, the foot or ankle may ache, especially with excessive activity. Swelling may be present over the area that is injured. Instability may develop if the ligaments have been injured causing the foot or ankle to constantly twist. When these injuries are unresponsive to conservative treatment which may include orthotics, medication or rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary to remove the damaged tissue in the foot and ankle. A miniature camera is placed into the injured joint allowing an image to be seen on a television screen. The joint is visualized, and small instruments are introduced into the joint to clean out and repair the damage. Fragments of bone and cartilage are often removed. Suctioning of debris and smoothing rough

surfaces will often allow a joint to resume its normal gliding motion. Arthroscopic surgery may be used to treat the following conditions: chronic join pain and swelling; arthritis and bone spurs; loose bone and cartilage fragments; stiff, scarred joints; and ankle fractures that have not completely recovered. The advantages of arthroscopic surgery include: faster recovery; less pain and swelling; avoids large incisions; low risk of infection; outpatient procedure; and quicker return to activities. Joints are designed to give our bodies freedom of movement. Wear and tear of a joint due to injury or due to aging may alter the lifestyle of an individual. When conservative treatments fail, arthroscopic surgery should be considered. The surgery is especially helpful for a fracture that has occurred to the ankle even after the ankle has been fixed surgically. The cartilage in the ankle joint may have been damaged during the injury causing chronic stiffness and pain that may be mild but never goes away completely. Patients often think that this is a very livable condition. However, once treated arthroscopically a full return to activity may be possible. Dr. Robert Sheinberg is a Board-Certified Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialist practicing in Weston and Pembroke Pines since 1988. He specializes in the treatment of infants, children, teens and adults with injuries, pain and deformities. His associates, Doctors Messina, Cohen, DeSimone, Moya, Bertot, Shenassa, Jones and Goodner, care for all musculoskeletal injuries from head to toe. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Pembroke Pines is located at 17842 NW 2nd Street, 954-430-9901, in Weston at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, 954-389-5900, and in Plantation at 220 S.W. 84th Avenue, Suite 102, 954-720-1530. The practice website is www.SouthFloridaSportsMedicine.com.

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SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS CARTILAGE INJURIES Microfractures, Cartilage Transplants, Osteochondral Grafting RECONSTRUCTIVE FOOT, ANKLE AND LEG SURGERY Flat Foot, Bunions, Hammertoes, FRACTURES Ligament Repair, Achilles Tendon Why go to an Emergency Room? Dr. Robert Sheinberg, D.P.M. Dr. Carlo Messina, D.P.M. Dr. Michael Cohen, D.P.M. Dr. John Goodner, D.P.M. Board Certified Board Certified Board Certified Board Qualified All Foot, Ankle, and Leg Fractures Tears, Arthritis Surgery FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST in Children and Adults! SPORTS MEDICINE WESTON PEMBROKE PINES PLANTATION Tendon and Ligament injuries, Heel FOOT AND ANKLE ARTHRITIS 1600 Town Center Blvd. 17842 NW 2nd St.  220 S.W. 84th Ave., #102 Pain, Shockwave Therapy, PRP Injections, Total Joint Replacement, 954-389-5900 954-430-9901 954-720-1530 Arthroscopy and Tendoscopy, Shin Splints, Ankle Replacement, Arthroscopy, SATURDAY HOURS Compartment Syndrome Fusions, Joint Realignment Make Your Appointment Online at www.SouthFloridaSportsMedicine.com FOOT, ANKLE & LEG QUESTIONS? EMAIL THE DOCTOR! DrJohnGoodner@gmail.com (Don’t Send Protected Health Information) PEDIATRICS

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SELF PAY RATES (Procedure cost is in addition to office visit.) New Patient . . . . . . . . . . .$75-$125 Surgery Consult . . . . . . . . . . . $200 Injections . . . . . . . . . .$75 per shot Casts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$175 Follow Up Visit . . . . . . . . $50-$100 Orthotics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $350 Ingrown Nail . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$125 X-Rays . . . . . . . . . . . . $50 per area PRP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$600 Shockwave (3 sessions) . . . . $500 Laceration Repair . . . . . . . . . $250 Wound Care . . . . . . . . . . .$75-$125 (FOR CHRONIC HEEL PAIN & TENDONITIS)

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

Somerset Academy Charter School Attracts New Stu BY TERRY JAILLET

for college success, including research, and SAT/ACT scores. collaboration, and communication. The AICE courses and their corThe program consists of two courses responding examinations are equivataken in sequence: AP® Seminar and lent to first year college and university AP Research. courses. Students earn college credit for Students who successfully complete each examination they pass. Students the program earn the AP Capstone do not have to pursue the AICE Diploma™. This signifies outstanding Diploma in order to take AICE classes academic achievement and attainat Somerset Academy; any student ment of college-level academic and who wants to work at the AICE level research skills. – even for one class – has the opportuIn AP Seminar, typically taken in nity to do so. 10th or 11th grade, students choose The best advantage of the AICE and evaluate complex topics through program is that students are given the multiple lenses; identify credibility and flexibility to choose a course of study bias in sources; and develop arguthat best meets their abilities and interments in support of a recommendaests. Students determine which courses tion. AP Seminar is a project-based they want to take and are able to create learning course. In the subsequent a schedule of courses that are relevant AP Research course, students design, to their future goals. execute, present, and defend a yearlong Industrial Certifications research-based investigation on a topic Industrial Certification Education of individual interest. Each student’s courses offer students an opportunity official AP Research score is based on to win scholarships, earn college credit their academic paper, presentation, and gain marketable industry certificaand oral defense. tions. Students in each pathway particiCambridge International Program pate in the specified Career Technical The Advanced International Certificate Student Organization(s) (CTSO). i.e. DECA, HOSA for their chosen pathway. of Education (AICE) is an innovative These include: and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the Digital Design applied learning. University of Cambridge International The Digital Design Pathway is the AP Capstone™ Diploma Program Examinations (CIE), a division of the development of digital media skills Somerset Academy Charter High University of Cambridge in Cambridge, including design, photography, web School is one of approximately 1,800 England. The University of Cambridge design and audio/video production. schools worldwide to implement the AP is consistently ranked as one of the top This allows students to communicate Capstone™ Diploma program―an inno- five academic universities in the world! ideas with any digital medium with vative program that allows students AICE provides a flexible, broad-based conceptual design. to develop the skills that matter most curriculum that is offered worldwide at schools and colleges in over 161 countries. Cambridge advanced level courses are equivalent to those of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). AICE not only prepares students for university with up to 45 hours of college credit, but it also provides them with the skills required to be successful once there. Students also have an opportunity to earn the AICE Diploma through the Cambridge advanced level courses offered at Somerset Academy Charter High TV Production Technology School and Somerset Arts Conservatory. The TV Production Technology Pathway Students who reside in Florida and is for students seeking a career in the earn an AICE Diploma (and complete field of film and video production. the required number of community Students gain hands-on experience service hours) are eligible for the Bright with film & production equipment, Futures Scholarship, regardless of GPA preparing them for studio activities

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including script writing, lighting, shooting and directing, news gathering, and field production.

Business Management & Analysis The Business Management & Analysis Pathway is designed to prepare students for careers in business and the financial industry. Emergency Medical Response The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Pathway prepares students to provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients while exploring careers within the emergency medical services system. Health and Wellness/ Exercise Science The Health & Wellness/Exercise Science Pathway encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including bio-mechanics, sports nutrition, and exercise physiology. Early Childhood Education The Early Childhood Education pathway includes any type of educational program that serves children in the pre-school years and is designed to improve later school performance.

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dents With Diverse Programs as teacher assistants. The course content focuses on teacher responsibilities and tasks including lesson planning and implementation, classroom management techniques, and rules and regulations. Sports Medicine The Sports Medicine Program focuses on experiential learning in the areas of science, health and wellness. Some of the features of this innovative program include two consecutive blocks of science during each school year to enable students to complete hands-on experiments, university level research, and clinical observations. An additional feature of this program is Industry Certification in the area of Health and Wellness. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Students – beginning at a young age – need access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond. At Somerset Academy Charter School, students develop problem solving, critical

and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication skills – that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives. As PLTW students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to explore career paths, engage in problem solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, and build communication skills. Our activity-, project-, and problembased (APB) instructional design centers on hands-on, real-world activities, projects, and problems that help students understand how the knowledge and skills they develop in the classroom may be applied in everyday life. This approach provides students with unique opportunities to work collaboratively, identify problems, apply what they know, persevere through challenges, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. Parents interested in learning more about the myriad of programs and learning opportunities at Somerset Academy Charter School can visit them on the web at www.somersetacademy.com or call 954-442-0233 (North) or 954-404-7616 (South).

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he University of Florida /Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) grants the Florida Master Gardener title to those individuals who complete a Master Gardener training course and the required volunteer hours. The overall purpose of the unique program is to train volunteers who will educate the public on how to solve their landscape, water, plant nutrition, and pest problems. Participants can expect to learn an abundance of topics including environmental horticulture, botany, ecology, pollination biology, soil science, landscape ecology, integrated pest management, organic, community, vegetable, and gardening, and so much more. For the past century, the volunteer-driven program has put land-grant university research and education to work to preserve the balance of natural resources and quality of life for all Floridians.

However, the program relies on dedicated volunteers with an interest in gardening and giving back to their communities. So, it was only natural that the UF/IFAS student volunteers included a visit to the Miramar Community Garden (MCG) on their tour. “I visited the Miramar Community Garden last December and was so moved to see that this is a place where the community learns, shares and practices how to grow their own food and live a healthy life. We currently have active Broward County Master Gardeners teaching other members and the community at large the possibilities of growing healthy, delicious food at low cost,” explained Lorna Bravo, UF/ IFAS Extension Broward County Director. “Our 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer class is introducing a new class module titled ‘Sustainable Urban Agriculture’ and the UF/IFAS Extension is collaborating with assistant professor Dr. Qiu Jiangxiao from Landscape Ecology at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center to bring the resources and knowledge of the University of Florida faculty and staff directly to you locally through our

Extension programs.” Since May 2010, the MCG has offered an average of twenty events per year organized by membervolunteers who have donated over 24,000 hours of service to the Broward community. Due to increasing urbanization and land conversations in Florida, there has been an ever-growing interest in prompting urban agriculture for addressing social-environmental issues. “I feel very excited to be collaborating with Dr. Qiu Jiangxiao and Miramar Community Garden on this wonderful program that connects members of our community and serves as an educational resource for the community to learn about the sources of fresh produce and healthy living, participate in community service, and hands-on health-based learning. Environmental sustainability starts in our own backyards, and UF/IFAS Extension Broward County sees great potential in this project,” added Bravo. The Miramar Community Garden is located at 3700 Largo Drive, Fairway Park, Miramar. To learn more about the UF/IFAS program, please visit http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/broward/urban-horticultureand-natural-resources/broward-master-gardener/ or email lbravo1@ufl.edu.

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Startups, and more. The JDA fund is the first of its kind in South Florida and provides earlystage seed capital to student entrepreneurs who would otherwise find it difficult to launch their businesses. Dufour was one of the chosen to go in front of the esteemed panel of judges to present “Sexy Sweats”. The high-quality “athleisure wear” fitness apparel line is designed to fit women of all shapes and sizes to enhance the natural curves of anybody wearing them. Its vibrant colors, daring designs, and versatility can be worn inside or outside of the gym. “Having an athletic background in school and a passion for fashion and fitness, I was finding myself in athletic wear sixty percent of the time. So, I came up with the idea of starting my own line,” explained the aspiring 32-year-old designer. “I started sketching out my ideas and after doing a lot of research, I realized ‘athleisure’ was a huge trend in the market and my idea had great potential.”  After hearing about the JDA fund

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Summer camp Guide Archbishop McCarthy Summer Institute www.mccarthyhigh.org 954-434-8820 Archbishop McCarth High School offers an array of enrichment programs as well as sports programs on its campus. Programs include baseball, beach volleyball, dance, band/ music, wrestling bastketball, soccer, drama and more.

Broadway Kids Studio www.broadwaykidsstudio.com 954-693-7500 Broadway Kids Studio offers multiple Summer Camp options. All camp days start at 9am and end either at 4pm or 5pm. Early drop-off is available starting at 8:00am and late pickup is available until 6pm at no additional charge.

math, science, foreign language, cultural diversity, geography, music and art, offering the children many opportunities to explore and use their large and small motor skills.

Broward Elite All-Stars www.elitecheeranddance.net 954-577-3332 Broward Elite is a family owned and operated training facility for kids ages 3-19. They offer affordable Teams and Classes for all ages and levels. Our athletes learn sportsmanship and dedications through All Star Cheerleading.

Camp Carousel www.achildrenscarousel.com 954-424-1898 A Children’s Carousel provides a developmentally appropriate theme-based program that focuses on each child’s individual learning style. The curriculum provides students with hands-on experiences in early literacy,

Camp Chameleon www.campchameleon.com 954-815-9054 Camp Chameleon gives boys & girls the opportunity to play, have fun and just be kids! It encourages enjoyment of the outdoors and teaches children an appreciation for nature. Physical activity is emphasized with a variety of non-competitive sports and games. It provides a festive atmosphere that encourages participation.

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Camp Explorer www.creativechildlearningcenter.com 954-452-3346 The summer program at Creative Child Learning Center – Davie is 9 weeks of fun and learning for students who have a wide range of interests. There are three exciting sessions that include daily field trips to local attractions like Ninja Lounge, Off the Wall & Jungle Island. Plus a fun sport week that inlcudes Miami Heat Jam, Marlins game and the Florida Panthers Ice Tour.

Camp Lingua www.camplingua.com 954-642-2267 Since 2000, Camp Lingua, an internationally recognized language and culture training center is acknowledged for efficacy of its language programs and professionalism. Throughout the years, Camp Lingua has been actively involved in providing activities and services to its students, through partnerships within the community. Campers also take part in traditional camp activities and enrichment electives including sports, boating, arts, music, STEM, as well as weekly field trips.

Gym Kidz Gymnastics www.gymkidzgumnastics.com 954-530-3787 Gym Kidz Gymnastics offers gymnastics

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Children ages 1-9 experience the German language and culture in a peaceful, quiet and fun environment. The teaching principles of ‘Learning With Your Head, Heart, and Hands’ like those of ‘Learning With All Your Senses’ play a particularly important role.

The privately-owned summer camp at C.B. Smith Park for children ages 5-16 is a safe and fun place to spend the summer. Water sports, athletic sports, creative arts, and special events such as color war are always part of the program.

City of Pembroke Pines www.ppines.com 954-986-5027 Pembroke Pines provides camping options for children from 2 years old through 5th grade. Options include sports, swimming, arts & crafts. visit the Pembroke Pines webesite for more info.

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German Summer Camp www.germanschoolfl.com 954-288-7599

KLA Preschools www.klaschoolspembrokepines.com 954-443-6168 During summer camp, students are introduced to fun-filled and exciting activities to enhance their social skills and knowledge.

Little Java’s www.littlejavas.com 954-888-6488 Are you wondering what to do with kids in the Fort Lauderdale - Weston area? You’ve come to the right place! Little Java’s boasts over 12,000 square feet of fun for children of all ages.

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Oh’s Tae Kwon Do Center www.ohstaekwondo.com 954-432-6999 Oh’s Tae Kwon Do Center’s camp includes Tae Kwon Do classes, arts and crafts, dancing, movies, bowling, water parks, and ice skating, as well as many other field trips and special activities.

Pembroke Pines YMCA Family Center www.ymcasouthflorida.org 954-727-9622 Summer Camp at the Y provides children with supervised activities that cultivate values, develop skills and nurture relationships. Kids have fun, improve their health, learn new things, and reach their potential.

Premier Martial Arts Karate Camp www.floridapma.com 954-217-6006

Children ages five through thirteen will love this martial arts-focused camp. Fun, discipline and physical fitness are all emphasized. Every week features a different theme such as Nerf Wars, Ninja Warrior, Spy Kids, and Superhero Camp.

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college, Rhythm & Pitch’s fun, intensive curriculum can help take them to the next level.

Shaolin Academy www.theshaolinacademy.com 954-450-4666 Campers will learn self-defense skills, gymnastics; develop their fitness levels; participate in indoor/ outdoor games; go on weekly field trips like skating, swimming, parks; and more.

St. Max School www.stmax.cc 954-432-0206 St. Max School provides a hands-on approach to education, addressing the intellectual, emotional, physical and social aspects of children 18 months to 5 years of age.

Sunghee Ballet Academy www.sbaballet.com 954-434-3030 Summer Intensive Programs are designed to address the individual technical and artistic needs of intermediate and advanced students. This five-week program provides a deep dive into ballet technique and focuses on improving skills and strength.

Tanglewood Academy www.tanglewoodacademy.com 954-639-4993 Tanglewood Academy’s summer camp offers low

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student to counselor ratios and a wide variety of exciting and educational field trips, activities, and more, creating lasting positive memories your child will remember for a lifetime.

The Swim Academy www.theswimacademy.com 954-384-4500 The Swim Academy teaches children to learn to swim with confidence. Kids as young as 3 months old work with Swim Academy teachers to become comfortable in the water. Instruction goes all the way up to expert levels.

The Hit Music Studio www.thehitmusicstudio.com 954-432-3900 At The Hit Music Studio, they understand that students take classes to learn music they like. Teachers go the extra mile to find the music that inspires and motivates the students.

YMCA of South Florida www.ymcasouthflorida.org 954-334-9622

Summer Camp at the Y lets kids own their summer while having loads of fun and adventure from sports, aquatics, art and science to fitness, performances, leadership training and making new friends. They can even explore some of South Florida’s natural habitats where they go fishing, canoeing, and see marine life.


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Get Your Perfect Wedding Day Smile BY DR. ISABEL SUATE s summer approaches, we also welcome the historically traditional and popular June weddings. Amongst all things a bride has to think about and plan, remember one more thing…your smile! Not only is it one of your best accessories, but it will be recorded on pictures and videos forever, so you want to make sure it looks radiant. Don’t leave your dental treatment for the last minute, start planning as far ahead as possible. The bigger the change you want, it’s likely more time will be needed. There are different options for improving your smile before walking down the aisle. Customized Whitening - An effective teeth whitening should be on the top of the list, as it is an easy way to treat any discolorations due to age, drinking dark colored beverages, smoking or other reasons. It enhances your appearance giving a more confident smile and it actually changes the focus on the face, lessening the look of any surrounding wrinkles. A professional whitening is more predictable that an over-the-counter kit. Many dentists have chairside whitening treatments, customized whitening trays or a combination of both. Allow for one or two office appointments and keep in mind you might need a few weeks to get the results you want. Dental Cleaning - Make sure to have a check-up and a cleaning to remove plaque, hard build-up, and stains, it will also freshen breath and keep gums healthy. If it has been a long time since your last cleaning you may need more than one, so schedule well ahead of your wedding date. Orthodontics- Clear aligners are easy and convenient to correct a bad bite or to slightly move teeth for better function and appearance. But, depending on your case, it may take a few months or a couple of years. Cosmetic Bonding - With a toothcolored composite material, the shape of teeth can be improved to cover gaps, lengthen, replace old discolored fillings, fix small chips and improve one’s smile. Usually they can be done in one visit and look very natural. Plan at least a couple of months ahead of the wedding date. Porcelain Veneers -Highly aesthetic restorations are bonded to the teeth to improve the shape and color. Usually a small amount of tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the veneers. They take at least three visits, so consider doing them about three months in advance of your date. Dental implants – An excellent option to replace missing teeth with a very natural look. However, they take time in planning and healing, so think about six months to a year before the big day. Talk to your dentist to make a customized plan to fit your timeline and your budget.

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Seasons of Change BY WAYNE M. MESSAM, MAYOR OF MIRAMAR reetings Miramarians, It’s always wonderful approaching a change of season, though living in South Florida, there is a question of just how much change happens from month to month. However, in May we begin to feel summer approaching with hotter temperatures and we also begin to prepare for the school year to come to an end. Finding meaningful summer activities for our children is not only a challenge but is very important. Having three kids of my own all now in college, I remember searching for educational and challenging recreational and educational activities to keep them occupied during the summer. When our children were younger, Angela and I found very few options for our son and twin daughters that challenged them academically. We wanted STEM programs and activities that sparked their interest while preparing them for career choices. Last summer I started a program that does just that and I am offering it again!  The Mayor Wayne Messam Summer Technology Boot Camp offers high schoolers an introduction to the skills and career opportunities of technology. While this event takes place in June, youth from Miramar can sign up and be considered for the program now. The student must be a current 10th - 12th-grade student or a recent high school graduate from a Miramar High School. To register and be considered, log on to www.fvi. edu/summerbootcamp   To ensure the best chance to be selected, you must register by May 24th.  In addition to my Technology and Cyber Security Bootcamp, the City of Miramar offers numerous other camp opportunities for our youth. Opportunities include swimming, arts, STEM activities, cooking classes, and sports, there’s something available for everyone. To get more information about our summer camps, please go to https:// miramarfl.gov/551/Summer-Camps May is Haitian Heritage Month and this year, I’ve partnered with the HaitianAmerican Chamber of Commerce to present Ayiti Celebrates - a cultural concert with Joel & Mushy Widmaier (known from their days with the group Zèklè) and guest artist Beatrice Kebreau. The concert takes place on Sunday, May 5th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar 33025.  I will be giving away 10 tickets to this concert to City of Miramar residents who have read this column. The first 5 people who would like to attend this concert can contact my office at 954 602-3198 and you will be given two complimentary tickets.  Enjoy!   Another one of my Initiatives returns with the kick-off of Conversations with Mayor Messam.  On Wednesday, May 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., I will be at Cool Runnings Cafe, 9977 Miramar Parkway, Miramar 33025 to answer any questions you have about our great city.  I’ve been doing these gatherings for years and it’s an opportunity to talk to me, one-on-one, about your city. Hope to see you there! Yours in Service, Wayne M. Messam Mayor

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hy is funding a trust so important? Once you create a revocable living trust there is one last step that should not be overlooked: funding your trust. Trust funding is the process of retitling assets to name your trust as the new owner or, in some cases, naming the trust as the primary or contingent beneficiary of your assets. Unfortunately, many people fail to follow through with funding . With some important exceptions, all of your real property, personal property and business interests should be funded to your trust. If your trust is not properly funded, your loved ones may still have to go through a probate proceeding after your death before your assets reach your trust and its beneficiaries. We own real property in more than one state. Can we put all our property into one revocable living trust? Yes, and this is one of the advantages of a revocable living trust. Without a funded trust, not only will the property you own in the state where you live be subject to probate, but the real property you own in another state will require an ancillary probate in accordance with that state’s laws. By funding both properties into your single living trust, you eliminate the need for both probate proceedings.

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How can I obtain help with funding my living trust? Your first resource is the attorney who drafts your estate planning documents. If necessary, your attorney can create a deed for any real estate placed into your trust, and assist in transferring non-real estate assets. Your CPA, CFP, or financial advisor can also help with completing forms to name your trust as a new owner or beneficiary. Considering the importance of funding your trust, it is wise to seek professional advice. Our trust is long and contains very personal information. Do we really have to provide a copy to a financial institution, just to fund it? A financial institution needs to know certain vital information about your trust, such as who are the trustees and the successor trustees, and what the trustee’s powers are. Your attorney should prepare for you a Certification of Trust which provides this information without disclosing the personal information in the trust. By Florida statute, any company doing business in the state must accept the Certification of Trust in lieu of the entire trust. Do we have to file a different income tax return for our trust? Assuming your trust is revocable, that is, you maintain control over it and can make changes to it until your death or legal incapacity, you will not have to file a trust income tax return while you are living. You can continue to file your single, joint or separate personal tax returns using your Social Security number as usual. Upon your death, a separate trust tax return and new tax id may be required for what will now be your irrevocable trust. Life can change in an instant. What are you waiting for? Bruce Iden earned his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and his L.L.M in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law. He has been practicing in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law for over 30 years. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Mr. Iden, contact Iden Law Offices at 954-885-0085.


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Stroke Awareness Month BY MIRAMAR FIRE-RESCUE CHIEF ROBERT E. PALMER

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ay is Stroke awareness month and that is why, we here at Miramar Fire Rescue, would like to share with you some facts on stroke. Educating yourself about stroke can save your life or someone that you love. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to stroke. Some are controllable whiles others are not. Controllable risk factors can be changed or controlled. High blood pressure and high cholesterol, for example, and can be managed with diet and exercise. If exercise doesn’t work, there are medications that can maintain levels within a normal range. Atrial fibrillation, which is an abnormal heart rhythm along with diabetes are also controllable risk factors with the right medications. Smoking is the easiest factor to control. DON’T START and if you smoke, well here is your reason to quit. Smoking doubles the chances of having a stroke. There are plenty of aids out there to assist you to quit. Speak to your doctor for more details. Some uncontrollable factors are things like age, race, and gender. One out of five people who have a stroke is under 55 years of age and the chances of having a stroke increase with age. African- Americans, Hispanics, and Asian/ Pacific Islanders also have a high risk of stroke than people of other races. More women have strokes than men do, and more women die from stroke each year than from breast cancer. Lastly, family history is an uncontrollable factor. If someone in your family has had a stroke, everyone in the family is at a higher risk. Stroke is also known as a brain attack, like a heart attack. A stroke happens when blood vessels in the brain become blocked or burst from the pressure. When oxygen-rich blood cannot be delivered to that area of the brain, the tissue begins

to die, causing damage. Depending on where the damage is and how big of the area affected will determine if a person’s speech, vision and or movement will be impaired. Some damage is reversible, but it is important to act immediately if a stroke is suspected. Symptoms that you should be aware of that could lead you to suspect a possible stroke: Confusion- the person will be unable to understand what is going on. Dizziness- the person could feel faint or light-headed. Loss of Balance- the person could have a loss of coordination. Numbness- a tingling sensation on the face or body. Trouble Speaking- the person could struggle with speaking or have slurred speech. A Severe Headache- pain like no other headache. Trouble Walking- the person stumbles or is unable to walk straight. Weakness- the person may lose the ability to use their limbs or facial muscles. Usually, this will affect one side of the body. Here at Miramar Rescue, we tell our patients that “Time is Tissue”. The longer you delay, the more damage that is caused. If you suspect a stroke, immediately dial 911. Miramar Fire Rescue is located at 14801 SW 27th Street, Miramar, FL 33027. For more information please call (954) 602-4802. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. Also, check us out at Miramarfd.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Be Inspired at the 2019 Ft. Lauderdale Home Design and Remodeling Show BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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esides being a day of remembrance for those who served in the United States military, Memorial Day weekend is also known as the “unofficial” start of summer. In South Florida, the significant holiday is celebrated with picnics, BBQs, a trip to the beach, and perhaps a visit to the annual Ft. Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show. For over four decades, Florida’s premier home design and improvement expo has been an anticipated holiday staple during the three-day weekend (May 24th-27th) at The Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.

Director, Home Show Management Corp., answered some commonly asked questions about this year’s show.

How is the show different from other traveling home shows? Since the Home Design and Remodeling Show is based in South Florida, it stays focused on the needs of South Florida homeowners. Its multimedia marketing campaign is designed to connect businesses to homeowners and offer the best selection and special promotions to South Floridians. What will visitors find at the show? The show has thousands of products and services such as fine art and décor, furniture, flooring, home automation and security, bathroom and kitchen remodeling products, hurricane shutters and impact windows, landscaping and patio improvement, and so much more. Also included with admission are lifestyle and food + wine tasting seminars, designer room vignettes, and stage talks with a TV design celebrity. Who is the featured celebrity presenter? We’re excited to welcome Carson Kressley from Bravo TV’s “Get a Room with Carson and Thom” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy!” Carson’s seminar, “TV Makeover Magic” will shed some light on his new show with co-star Thom Filicia, where they present both high-style decorating along with budget-conscious designs. After each seminar, Carson will also Visitors will find thousands of the latest and greatallow time for Q&A, autographs, and selfies. See him est trends in interior and exterior design. From floorat the Home Improvement Stage at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. ing and surround sound theatre systems to landscapSunday, May 26th and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27th ing and outdoor spas, homeowners will find whatever (Memorial Day). they are searching for. They can shop and compare, but also become educated while engaging with When is the next show in Miami? experts in the home and design field. Additionally, The Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show they will receive special savings exclusive to the event. takes place August 30th to September 2nd (Labor Lisa Morales, Marketing and Communications Day Weekend) at our new location, Mana Wynwood

Convention Center. We’re pleased to have our Miami Home Show take place at the City’s trendiest area in design and real estate development. Is there anything else our readers should know about? Visit www.homeshows.net and save $3.00 on advance admission tickets purchased online by Thursday, May 23rd. Join us on social media between shows to find helpful hints and updates on the latest trends

in home design. The best ways to find us are - @ FLHomeShows on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest; FloridaHomeShow on Facebook and www.homeshows.net/blog for news.

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