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CONTENTS PUBLISHERS’ PAGE 10 A Taste For Knowledge

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

CALENDAR 12 September 2019

MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

COMMUNITY NEWS 14 Getting Down and Dirty at the Miramar Community Garden 16 Blaze of Glory – Miramar FireRescue Win First Place in International Competition

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27 Pediatric Foot and Ankle Sprains May Be

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22 Silver Lakes Students Were Cleared for Take Off

MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF 28 Disasters Happen. Prepare

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School Debatriots Had A Historic Season

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MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE CHIEF

23 First Class OBGYN Gives World-Class Care

LEGALLY SPEAKING 25 It’s Time To Review Your Estate Plan

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR 26 So Many Improvements for Miramar

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PHOTO OF THE MONTH 31 The World’s Favorite Magazine™

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7th Mama y Pupa Theater Show – The Miramar Library honors Hispanic Heritage Month with an interpretation of the “Mama y Pupa” storybook told in Spanish. Open to all ages. Sponsored by Friends of Miramar Library. 3:00pm-5:00pm at the Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information call 954-357-8090.

through gentle Qigong exercise and meditation. The class will be led by an instructor from the Florida Falun Dafa Association. Please bring a yoga mat or towel with you for sitting meditation. 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information call 954-357-8090.

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14th Pet Wellness Clinic-Rabies Vaccinations –Hosted by Broward County Animal Care, residents may bring their dogs and cats to receive a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County Pet Solar/Lunar Viewing with the South Registration Tag for $25 if their pet Florida Amateur Astronomers is spayed/neutered, $35 if not. This Association – Four hundred years ago, year, FREE microchips will also the telescope was invented and changed be available with the purchase of a the way we look at the world and the rabies vaccine and Broward County space we occupy. Join the South Florida Rabies Registration License tag. The Amateur Astronomers Association microchips are funded by a grant as they bring the universe closer provided by PetSmart Charities® to with their high-powered telescopes. help protect pets and increase their 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Miramar Library chances of getting back home in case they become lost. If your pet has already – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information call 954-357-8090. received a rabies vaccination and license, please bring proof of the shot and tag for FREE microchip. Must be a Broward County resident to attend. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats in carriers. Please not that only credit/ debit card payment will be accepted. 9:00am-2:00pm at the Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information call 954-357-8090.

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17th Falun Dafa Workshop: Qigong Exercise and Meditation Class–Build a Better World through inner peace with the ancient, high level Chinese cultivation practice of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong). Falun Dafa is a comprehensive Chinese practice which cultivates both mind and body

also aids in removing stress and negative thoughts/emotions, and leaves you feeling light, happy, centered and at peace. Registration is not necessary, but seating is first come, first served.  6:00pm-7:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

Hatha Yoga – All levels are welcome to participate in the class focused on breathing, balance, strength and stretching exercises followed by guided relaxation and meditation. Conducted by Anju Kaimal, Certified Yoga Instructor. Please bring water and a big towel if you do not have a yoga mat and bring any exercise straps or blocks if you have them. 6:00pm-7:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

24th “Meditation for Peace and Illumination” – Cleanse your aura in this one-hour meditation session. This meditation

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Fall Job & Career Fair – Join Representative Shervin Jones, Mayor Wayne Messam and CareerSource Broward for an opportunity to learn about various positions available. 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-893-5010.

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Local Vendor Craft Sale– Show your support and love for your favorite Hispanic Local craft vendor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. All artists will display their hand-made crafts such as beaded jewelry, dolls, jewelry boxes, beauty products, sculptures and so much more from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm at the Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

ONGOING: Zumba on the Plaza – Dance your way into shape with Zumba every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The FREE classes are hosted by the City of Miramar and Baptist Health South Florida. Join the fun group outside in the City of Miramar Town Center Plaza, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar.

Adult Coloring Book Club: A Unique Way to De-stress and Unwind – AAdults will enjoy this calming and meditative exercise. Coloring Books and Colored Pencils provided.  11:00am-1:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

Ageless Grace – Ageless Grace is a profoundly beneficial, brain-body chair fitness workout program for all ages and abilities. Wear comfortable clothes. No registration is required. 10:30am-11:30am at the Miramar Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

Run with the Mayor – Mayor Messam invites anyone wanting to get fit and healthy or who has a love for running to join his “Run Club”. Meet at the Sunset Lakes Publix Parking Lot 184th Avenue and Miramar Parkway every Monday and Wednesday at 5:00 am and Saturday’s at 6:00 am. Doing Business with Miramar-FireRescue – Every Wednesday from 7:00am-11:30am Fire Inspectors and Plans Examiners will give their professional advice on how to pass fire inspections on the first try, discuss any life safety related issues, and visit with their guests. Station 84 -14801 SW 27th Street, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-602-4802. My Brother’s Keeper – The 4th Monday of each month young men in high school are invited to a mentoring program following the concept President Obama’s program to mentor, to expose career opportunities, to teach self-discipline, to be high achieving men, to meet inspirational role models, and do participate in community activities. For more information, please email elaroche@miramarfl.gov or call 954-602-3198.


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any kids attend typical day camps which include arts and crafts, swimming, sports, and such, but some teens opted for a summer of service. HandsOn Broward’s Summer Service Camp gave teens the opportunity to see firsthand the issues in their communities, and the tools and resources they need to respond and become part of the solution. During Summer Service Camp, campers participated in hands-on service projects at partnering nonprofit organizations making a positive mark on their community including Miramar’s very own community garden. The partnership between the two organizations was fruitful to say the least. Three sessions were part of the HandsOn Broward (HOB) program this year, each with a different impact and focus. The third session’s focal point was the “Environment”. “Because of the amazing partnership we’ve had with the Miramar Community Garden over the years, we selected them as a site during our ‘Environment Week’. We know the incredible impact they make in the community, how appreciative they are and how well they treat volunteers, and knew it’d be a great experience for our Summer Service Campers,” explained Melissa Sutliff, Director of Community

Engagement for HandsOn Broward. Dani Rosenthal, Youth Programs Manager at HandsOn Broward, led the sixteen ambitious teens who had all hands-on deck at the Miramar Community Garden (MCG). They helped to install some tree boxes, spread mulch around the young trees, and helped remove weeds and other dead plants from several of the planting bags. They also built a tool caddie and painted the wooden benches. HandsOn Broward empowers people to make a meaningful difference for the causes they care about. However, they don’t focus on a single social issue. The inspirational organization provides daily opportunities for people to do something positive, whether it’s planting sea oats to help strengthen our dunes system, painting a community mural or teaching a child to read. Through their partnerships with hundreds of local nonprofits and businesses, HandsOn Broward has created opportunities for people to revitalize schools, parks, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. Their volunteers create art in public spaces, build

sustainable gardens, renovate community properties, respond to disasters, and work to protect the environment. Additionally, they always provide the Miramar Community Garden with volunteers once a month for their monthly volunteer workdays. “Our nine-year partnership with HandsOn Broward has resulted in hundreds of regional volunteers learning about the ‘Garden’ and coming to lend a hand; something new gets accomplished at every event. HOB’s powerful volunteer database is connected to most volunteer-seeking organizations in South Florida. HOB is key to our garden’s success and we are very grateful to the amazing staff within the organization,” said Elsi Rose, Development & Capital Management Coordinator

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any local residents may not be aware that the Miramar Fire-Rescue Department has had a long-standing tradition of participating in EMS competitions. Not only do these awardwinning firefighter/paramedics enter these events throughout the state and around the corner, the competitive team travels nationally and around the world. Recently, the Miramar Fire Rescue ALS Competition Team (Division Chief Jermaine McFarlane, EMS Captain Tim Roche, firefighter/paramedic Rolando Agrenot, and firefighter/paramedic Frank Zelaya) traveled to the Czech Republic to compete in the Rallye Rejviz International EMS competition where they competed against eleven other teams from Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Cyprus, Turkey, and Slovakia. “One of the best ways to improve your knowledge and skills is to constantly practice.  But to make the practice realistic, you need to add a level of stress and pressure while testing your knowledge and performing skills.  EMS competition scenarios create that stress and pressure as organizers design scenarios with multiple patients, realistic environments, and time constraints,” explained EMS Captain Tim Roche.

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The 24-hour event replicated a normal workday consisting of nine scenarios. These challenging and potentially lifethreatening scenes included various areas of rescue such as a pediatric overdose, a hang glider crash into a mountain, a bus rollover, a motor vehicle accident, domestic assault, and a critical patient transported by air rescue. After a full exhausting and challenging, yet exhilarating day, Miramar Fire-Rescue earned outstanding recognition and came in first place. “The ALS team has not only greatly improved my skills as a paramedic under duress, but it has allowed me to create very special bonds with some amazing people within our department as well as others from other agencies. It has opened my eyes to the complexities of EMS and has forced me to dive into reading material that I wouldn’t normally go over. I am forever grateful for my teammates and everyone who has helped me in my journey since joining the ALS team in 2016,” stated Fire Fighter / Paramedic Rolando Agrenot. “I have been honored and privileged to be able to

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nowledgeable, kind, compassionate, friendly, professional, and extraordinary are just a few words patients have used to describe Dr. Laviniu Anghel and his practice. First Class OBGYN provides treatment and care for a wide range of gynecological and urinary problems for every stage of a woman’s life as well as obstetric care in their state-of-the-art South Dr. Laviniu Anghel, MD, Florida facilities. Dr. Anghel stays current on all the latest technology, techniques, and treatments in order to provide his patients with the very best, safest, and most effective care. His commitment to his patients is why physicians and women from around the corner and around the

globe regularly consult the boardcertified obstetrician and gynecologist. Furthermore, the multi-lingual doctor speaks English, Romanian, and Spanish which allows him to communicate clearly with an abundance of patients. Dr. Laviniu Anghel, MD, Physician, and President of First Class OBGYN took some time to answer a few questions about his growing practice. Besides great gynecological care, what specific services do you offer? We specialize in Robotic Surgery, Minimal Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery, Infertility, Urogynecology, Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Pain, Bladder Control, Low and High-Risk Pregnancies, Vaginal Infections, Menopause, Laser Treatments, and Hormone Replacement Therapy. We also have a lactation consultant avail-

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able to teach mothers how to breastfeed their newborns. What distinguishes you and your practice from others in the area? We do a high volume of robotic surgeries. Like traditional laparoscopic surgery which requires patients to undergo general anesthesia, roboticassisted surgery is performed using only a few tiny incisions into the abdomen. A laparoscope (small camera) is inserted into the incisions to project images from inside the patient onto a computer monitor, giving our surgeon a better view of the patient. When performed robotically, the surgical instruments are affixed to robotic arms and inserted through incisions. From a nearby console, our surgeon is able to control the robotic arms and complete the procedure with enhanced dexterity and incredible precision. I am proud of my knowledge and expertise in minimally invasive surgery which has earned me a place in the American Association

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of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. I am a proctor in robotic surgery for the Memorial Healthcare System. We also welcome international patients who are seeking gynecological and obstetric care and/or surgery, including mothers who would like to give birth in the United States. We offer an unmatched level of care and service to make these patients feel at ease while in our country. Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? We are super excited to be opening our second South Florida office mid-September in Weston at 1601 Town Center Boulevard. We accept most major health insurance carriers and are open 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday-Friday and have office hours on Saturdays from 8:00 am-3:00 pm. n First Class OBGYN is located at 1951 SW 172 Avenue, Suite #212, Miramar, 33029. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 954-507-4494 or visit www.dranghelobgyn.com.

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There’s No Debate That Miramar High School Debatriots Had A Historic Season BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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he Speech and Debate Team of Miramar High School capped off a historic season by competing at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) Nationals and National Catholic Forensic League (NCFL) Nationals. The NSDA National Speech & Debate Tournament is one of the largest academic contests and brings more than 4,500 students from more than 1,200 schools from across the country for a week of rigorous competition to determine national champions. Only 3% of students in the nation and in the world qualified to compete in the illustrious tournament which was held in Dallas, Texas. Having previously competed at several other speech and debate tourneys during the 2018-2019 season such as the Sunvitational Speech & Debate Tournament and Florida Blue Key Speech & Debate Tournament, the “Debatriots” know what it takes to bring home the prize. “This has been an exceptional year for the growth and development of the debate and speech program at Miramar High School. Through exceptionally hard work, collaboration, and veteran leadership, the debate program has exceeded expectations. Nationals

is a great opportunity to showcase the versatility of our student-competitors,” stated Debate Coach Renea L. Moss. Four Miramar High School students, Samuel Simeon, Sophia Williams, Daliss Hicks, and Warren Forstmann, competed at Nationals (three in Speech in the Program Oral Interpretation Category and 1 on the Broward Worlds Team). “Speech and debate have provided an avenue for me to use my voice and express myself, communicating my message to those all over the country. Attending my first nationals and placing second as a sophomore has been an incredible and rewarding experience, furthering my dedication to speech and debate. My words have touched so many and it brings me great honor to have represented my school as well as my community at this competition,” exclaimed Williams. Under the tutelage of 2018 Broward Coach of the Year, Renea L. Moss, the ambitious and determined bunch received the 2019 NSDA School of Excellence in Speech Award. This award is given to the top 20 schools

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(L-R), Warren Forstmann, Sophia Williams, Miramar Debate Coach Renea L. Moss, Daliss Hicks, and Samuel Simeon

in the nation for “Speech” only, one of the highest honors received as a team. Additionally, they came second in Dramatic Presentation at the NCFL. “I am overwhelmed with the pride and joy I have for these students and the school. To know that two years ago they were on the verge of being dismantled to now being considered one of the elite Speech school in the nation is amazing. The kids have worked so hard with all of the odds against them but still persevered and made sure that the world heard their message. That is priceless,” added Moss.

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It’s Time to Review Your Estate Plan! BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE hings change. Despite all the time and thought that went into creating your will or trust, life happens. Often these changes affect your estate planning. If you don’t review and adjust your plan it may not achieve your desired results when you need it most. How often should I review my documents? We recommend reviewing your revocable living trust or will, along with your advance legal directives, at least every three years. This review is especially important if you experienced any major life changes since your documents were executed, including: ▸▸ New family members, or a loss of a loved one ▸▸ Child that has turned 18 or 21 ▸▸ A recently married or divorced beneficiary ▸▸ Beneficiary concerns, like financial, substance abuse or disabilities ▸▸ Creation, sale, or closing of a business ▸▸ Purchase of a new or second home, or an investment property ▸▸ Changes to your beneficiary or successor trustee designations ▸▸ Changes in your relationships with beneficiaries or successor trustees Can a change in the law affect my documents? Yes, very definitely. Let’s look at a common estate planning document, a durable power of attorney. Several years ago financial institutions lobbied the Florida legislature to change the applicable law to protect banks and brokerage firms from liability if a durable power of attorney is misused or forged. The new law suggests certain “magic” language which, if included in the durable power of attorney, provides this protection. If your document was drafted before 2011, it most likely does not contain this magic language. While some financial institutions may still accept your durable power of attorney, it is much more likely that they will not. Another change to the law, which took effect on October 1, 2015, affects your health care power of attorney. The Florida legislature has revised the law to clarify confusion surrounding when a health care power of attorney becomes effective. Your health care power of attorney can be effective immediately, but only if you so designate. If not, your treating physician must first determine that you are unable to manage your own care before they will take instruction from your designated agent. The new law also offers new choices in terms of designating a health care surrogate for a minor child. Because of this change in the law, there is new language that should be part of your health care power of attorney. How do I know if laws have changed that may affect my estate planning documents? The best way to is to contact your estate planning attorney and schedule a periodic review of your plan. Many attorneys provide maintenance programs and will affirmatively contact their clients if relevant laws change. While there is a fee to belong to a maintenance plan, there are usually no charges for required document updates. Life can change in an instant. What are you waiting for?

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Pediatric Foot and Ankle Sprains May Be a More Complex Growth Plate Injury BY ROBERT H. SHEINBERG, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.

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njuries to the growth plate in children may cause damage to the structures at the end of the bone that will allow the child’s bone to grow to full adult size. X-rays can fail to provide a complete and accurate picture of the diagnosis. These injuries may be misdiagnosed as a simple sprain of the foot or ankle. However, a more complex injury may be present. Growth plates, which start to close between the ages of 13 and 18, can be damaged in incidents such as simple falls, sports injuries, automobile accidents or other major or minor trauma. If not recognized and treated early, a child’s growth plate injury can lead to shortening of the bone (growth ceases) as the growth plate may close prematurely. Angular deformities of the bone (a curve) may also develop. The severity of these deformities depends on the age at the time of injury, extent of the injury and the part of the growth plate that has been damaged. Certain portions of

the growth plate may be injured affecting its growth while other parts grow more normally thus causing a bowing of the bone. Symptoms of a growth plate injury may mimic a sprain. These injuries occur more frequently than realized. There will always be pinpoint tenderness on the bone’s growth plate and a degree of swelling that is proportional to the degree of injury to the area. The child will often limp and try to avoid the body part. Normal treatment for a sprain may involve simple observation and application of an ace bandage or brace. This treatment for a growth plate injury that is severe may be devastating. X-rays are used to evaluate bone and joint alignment. A growth plate can be injured or even fractured with a normal X-ray. In more moderate to severe cases, x-rays will usually show the fracture. When in doubt, a CT scan may be necessary. Treatment options include: 1. Immobilization in a below-the-knee cast with or without crutches may be necessary if the growth plate is well aligned. These injuries will heal on their own within six to eight weeks. The younger the child, the faster it heals.

2. If the injury has caused misalignment of the growth plate it can sometimes be carefully manipulated back into place and then protected with a cast. The cast would be necessary for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Nonweightbearing would be mandatory. 3. If the misalignment is more severe and not able to be manipulated back into its normal position, surgery would be necessary to restore the growth plate to its proper position. This may help avoid later problems including malalignment or premature growth plate closure that may cause the extremity to be shortened and crooked. The most important thing is immediate diagnosis and treatment. 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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Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. BY MIRAMAR FIRE-RESCUE CHIEF ROBERT E. PALMER eptember is here, which is also recognized as “National Preparedness Month”. The Miramar FireRescue family wants to remind the community that September serves as a great opportunity to prepare yourselves for now and throughout the year. Also, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face this time of year such as hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. Often, after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, you and the community will be the first ones to act, so it’s important to prepare in advance to help ourselves and the community. Have a plan; Your family may not be together by the time a disaster strikes, so know how you will contact one another and regroup if separated. When creating a plan keep in mind some of these factors: ▸▸ Different ages of members within your household. ▸▸ Dietary needs. ▸▸ Pets or service animals. ▸▸ Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment. Not all disasters are natural disasters, for example, a fire can happen at any time. Learn to use a fire extinguisher. Make sure you have one or more up-to-date extinguishers at home and that everyone living in the household knows where they are located. An ABC type of extinguisher is the most common to have at home. Miramar Fire-Rescue recommends that only those trained in the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers consider using them. Natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly get everyone out. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. The following are some smoke alarm tips to follow: ▸▸ Test batteries monthly. ▸▸ Replace batteries in smoke alarms monthly. ▸▸ Install smoke alarms on every level of your home including the basement, both inside and outside of sleeping areas. ▸▸ Replace the entire smoke alarm every 8-10 years or follow manufacturers recommendations. ▸▸ Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking. This month also take the time to learn lifesaving skills like CPR and First Aid. Studies show that the sooner CPR is performed the greater the chances of survival are for that victim. Anyone can learn CPR and first aid, The American Heart Association reports that a high percentage of Americans feel helpless to act in the event of a cardiac emergency because they do not know how to effectively administer CPR. CPR classes will equip you with the appropriate training needed to make the right decisions in the event of a cardiac emergency. Being aware and having the desire to be accident-free keeps you and your loved ones safer and reduces the number of causalities and accidents. Visit Miramarfd.org to sign up for one of our monthly CPR/First Aid classes. Personal preparedness is the best protection against the dangers of disaster.

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Get to Know Your CRO! BY CHIEF DEXTER WILLIAMS he Miramar Police Department’s Community Resource Officer (CRO) Unit, is an integral part of the department’s belief in the community policing philosophy of modern policing. The CRO Unit partners with the residents and businesses through educational and social events, collaborating in an effort to enhance the safety and quality of our community. The CRO Unit holds several events throughout the city of Miramar. “Coffee with a Cop” is just one of the many events that provide citizens an opportunity to interact and engage with officers through casual conversation, without any hidden agendas. Getting to know one another, over a cup of coffee, has proven to be very beneficial interaction: building the bond and trust between the police department and the community. Another very successful event is our “Cone with a Cop” event. This event is similar to our “Coffee with a Cop”, but it’s geared toward the youth in our community. Children of all ages can come out to a designed area with their parents and have a free cone of ice cream and engage with the police officers. This interaction is priceless. It’s never too early to build a foundation of trust and form close relationships with the community. CRO’s are assigned throughout the city into what we call “zones”, from the farthest east of the city to the farthest west. Each CRO is responsible to attend homeowner association meetings, where they discuss crime trends and educational tips on how to protect yourself and your property as well as meet with businesses in their assigned zone. CRO’s are also responsible for diligently monitoring and ensuring compliance from sexual offenders, who reside within the city’s boundaries, through unannounced and periodic checks. Offenders who are found non-compliant are reported to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and are removed from the city. If you’re planning on going on vacation or having your home tented for fumigation, go online to our website, Miramarpd.org, and submit a vacation patrol request. Your designated CRO will patrol your home while your away and check for any suspicious activity. The unit also conducts bike patrols throughout the city, so they can have a more interpersonal touch while doing routine patrol. Get to know your Community Resource Officer by logging on to our website, Miramarpd.org, and visiting their page under the About Us section. Please feel free to email or calling your assigned CRO with any questions or concerns. We would love to hear from you!

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EMAIL PHOTOS TO: editormiramar@ourcitymedia.com Harrison and Batya took a trip across the ocean to Eilat. The southernmost city in Israel (and undisputedly a favorite vacation destination for locals and tourists alike) is known for its incredible diving, historic landscapes, and vibrant nightlife. Although, these college boys were ready for all kinds of adventures in the resort town they were sure to take a little piece of home with them on their journey. Right before plunging into the Red Sea, they took a souvenir snapshot with Our City Miramar.

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SEEN ON SCENE

BEST IN BLUE

The Miramar Police Department (MPD) enjoys engaging with residents in the community. From “Cone with A Cop” events and attending local school graduation ceremonies and summer camps to putting on band-aids, Miramar’s ‘Best in Blue’ can always be found just around every corner.

REMEMBER MY NAME

Fame! JR. was presented by talented Little Broadway Summer Campers. Their performance was based on the classic musical Fame which was set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street. The bittersweet but inspiring story of achieving ones’ dream of “hitting the heights” and putting their “name in lights” had everyone on their feet at the Miramar Cultural Center.

GO FISH

“Fishing for Futures” was the idea of a Miramar police officer who wanted to help children learn new ways to spend their time positively, while teaching them respect for themselves, others and the outdoors. The officers volunteer their time and teach kids how to fish. After several outings, the kids get to keep their rods and a tackle box. 32 SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUR CITY MIRAMAR | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

BIG NIGHT OUT

Neighbors, the local police and fire departments as well as other community figures came together at Shirley Branca Park for “National Night Out”. The community-building campaign is held the first Tuesday in August every year and promotes police-community partnerships.


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Our City Miramar: September 2019  

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