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CONTENTS PUBLISHERS’ PAGE 10 Thanksgiving Traditions, Old and New

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

CALENDAR 12 November 2019

MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

COMMUNITY NEWS

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

14 AsCERTainable – Miramar Fire-Rescue Obtains a Place at State Conference 16 On the Wings of Love

ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard

22 Welcome Home Heroes!

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28 November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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29 Thankful for Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

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26 With Much Gratitude

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Thanksgiving Traditions, Old and New BY CHRISTY & TERRY JAILLET

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hanksgiving has grown to mean so many different things in America. It, of course, started as a somber day to give thanks for all that we have and to celebrate a bountiful harvest. Tradition suggests that the American holiday commemorates a turkey dinner shared by English Pilgrims and members of the Wampanoag tribe somewhere near Cape Cod in 1621. While the historical accuracy of this story may be hard to determine, the underlying message is worth remembering. Giving thanks often gets overlooked these days. Our always-on, always-connected and increasingly adversarial culture becomes consuming. We see young people glued to their phones, older folks angry about the latest political developments on cable news, and parents frustrated and tired, stretched thin between work, kids’ activities and more. For these reasons, it’s more important than ever to spend time with family, friends and neighbors. Giving thanks and sharing with our loved ones and neighbors is really what the holiday is all about. There are few groups in history more distinctly different than 15th-century English religious refugees and Native Americans. Yet, they could sit down together for a meal and give thanks for all they had. Maybe we should do the same. Sincerely,

Christy & Terry Jaillet

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CALENDAR NOVEMBER 2019

2nd Guns for Funds – Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis hosts this event along with the Miramar Police Department for three days in three locations. The 100% anonymous gun buyback program will give up to $100 gift card for each handgun and up to $150 gift card for each assault rifle / shotgun. 10:00am-2:00pm at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2000 South State Road 7, Miramar. (November 9th 10am-2pm at St. John Paul XXIII Catholic Church, 16800 Miramar Pkwy. and November 16th 10am-2pm at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 8005 Miramar Parkway, Miramar) For more information, please call 954-602-4000. Children’s Movie and Costume Party – Dress as your favorite Sesame Street character and get a chance to win a prize from the raffle. Win cool prizes and spend quality time with your family and friends. Open to all ages. 3:00pm-5:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

5th Thankful Thanksgiving: Saving You Time, Money and Stress –A financial workshop with tips for spending less money and spending more time together during the holidays: Thanksgiving Cover Charge: Yay or Nay?, Friendsgiving - Fun for All, Black Friday & Cyber Money: Do’s and Don’ts, and Military Families: Tips for the Holidays. 5:00pm-6:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090.

12th BizFit Tour – Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis hosts this great event to assist in providing all the resources needed to start, improve, and grow one’s business. Free gift bags to the first 20 participants. Snacks and water will be provided. 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

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 Trivia: Honoring Veterans Day – Enjoy which cultivates both mind and body a special day of trivia, featuring through gentle Qigong exercise and questions related to the military, meditation. The class will be led by an including famous battles, historical instructor from the Florida Falun Dafa events, and famous veterans. Light Association. Please bring a yoga mat or refreshments will be available. Open to ages 18 and above. 11:00am-12:00pm towel with you for sitting meditation. 6:00pm-7:30pm at The Miramar at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090. Miramar. For more information call 954-357-8180. at the Tower Plaza, 6321 Miramar Pkwy, Miramar.

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back to 1621 when the pilgrims gave thanks for their first bountiful harvest in Plymouth Rock. It was repeated when George Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving to be a national holiday on Thursday, November 26, 1789. The signature fall holiday didn’t become a nationwide holiday until President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November a national day in 1863. Congress made it an official legal holiday in 1941. Happy Thanksgiving!º

30th Native American Tribal Craft – Celebrate National Native American month by recreating Tribal Rainsticks. Not only will it look and sound authentic, we just may conjure up a storm. All supplies provided. Open to all ages. No registration required. 1:00pm-2:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call 954-357-8090. Home Advantage Community Festival – Mari Carmen Rodriguez, Broward and Miami-Dade representative of Heroes Home Advantage and Senior Realtor at MCR Group Realtors at Century 21, in partnership with distinguished City of Miramar Commissioner Maxwell Chambers, invites everyone to come out and honor heroes and the community. Enjoy a great day filled with music, live performances, surprise acts and celebrities, kids’ activities, raffles, giveaways, delicious food and drinks from an array of restaurants and food trucks. 4:00 PM-9:00 PM in the courtyard at Miramar City Hall, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar.

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. 11:00am-1:00pm Ready-Set-Gobble: Thanksgiving at the Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Cupcake War – Teens get ready to show Center Place, Miramar. For more off your best cupcake decorating skills. information, please call 954-357-8090. Snacks and refreshments provided by Miramar Friends of the Library. Open to ages 10-17. Registration needed 954-357-8180. 4:00pm-5:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar.

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Zumba on the Plaza – Dance your way into shape with Zumba every Thursday evening from 6:00 pm “Meditation for Peace and Illumination” 7:00 pm. The FREE classes are hosted by the City of Miramar and Baptist – Cleanse your aura in this one-hour Health South Florida. Join the fun meditation session. This meditation group outside in the City of Miramar also aids in removing stress and Town Center Plaza, 2300 Civic Center negative thoughts/emotions, and Place, Miramar. leaves you feeling light, happy, centered and at peace. Registration is Indemnity Security & Investigations not necessary, but seating is first come, – The FREE registration training continues at Broward College. BizFit Workshop – Vice Mayor Alexandra first served.  6:00pm-7:00pm at The Miramar Library – 2050 Civic Center Classes have begun and will P. Davis’ tour continues to assist in Place, Miramar. For more information, continue, register and receive your providing all the resources needed to Class D Security license with job start, improve, and grow one’s business. please call 954-357-8090. opportunities available immediately Tonight’s topic is “Finance Matters” – in the sports and entertainment QuickBooks, Fire Inspection Fees, and field, log on to isimiami.com/ More. 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm at the Miramar registration or call 786-759-1192 Multi-Service Complex, 6700 Miramar Thanksgiving – The tradition of giving Parkway, Miramar. thanks for the annual harvest dates

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DR. BARBARA SHARIEF “Commissioner on a Mission!”

Serving the cities of Hallandale Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, and West Park

Commissioner Sharief and Commissioner Fisher presented proclamations to two of our local “Special Olympians” Gina Grant and Lee Scharf. For more information about the Special Olympics, please visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org/broward

Commissioner Sharief and the JetBlue team at the Broward County 7th Annual Autism in Flight Program.

Commissioner Sharief with local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Youth Ambassador. For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org

Commissioner Sharief attended the March of Dimes Women of Distinction Event. For more information, please visit www.marchofdimes.org

Many people have financial difficulties during this time of the year. Here are a few numbers and contacts that may be of assistance: 2-1-1 Broward is the live, 24-hour help-line, providing all people with crisis, health and human services support and connecting them to resources in our community. 2-1-1 Broward is your first call for help. Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness Broward.org/HumanServices/CommunityPartnerships 954-357-8647 End Homelessness Broward.org/EndHomelessness 954-563-HELP (4357) Elderly and Veterans Assistance Broward.org/ElderlyAndVeterans 954-357-6622 Small Business Assistance Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) Broward.org/EconDev 954-357-6400

Financial Assistance with lights, water, rent Broward.org/FamilySuccess 954-357-6367 Hunger Feeding South Florida Feedingsouthflorida.org 954-518-1818 Foreclosure Prevention and Advocacy Browardlegalaid.org/foreclosure-prevention-and-advocacy-project 954-765-8950 Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc. Browardlegalaid.org 954-765-8950

District 8 Broward County Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief Tel: 954-357-7008 • Fax: 954-357-5704 BSharief@Broward.org barbara.sharief.3 • twitter.com/bestmom39 • @barbarasharief


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ust a few months ago, the Miramar Fire-Rescue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) had the opportunity to attend the 3-day 2019 Florida CERT Conference in Naples, Florida. The Miramar CERT team currently has approximately 150 volunteer member residents and business professionals in the community. However, only nine team members were able to attend the anticipated conference through federal grant funding which covered conference registration and lodging. In addition to the certification training, the members attended a variety of training classes and workshops to better prepare them to assist their community when called upon. On the last day of the conference a very challenging “Disaster Drill” was held that involved participation from CERT teams from across Florida and other states. The drill involved a simulated island and mainland that suffered devastation damage from multiple tornadoes and resulted in many injuries. CERT teams had to set-up incident command and control, and organize a rapid response operation to find victims, save lives and treat injuries. “We are extremely proud of Miramar CERT

member Alison Adams who was quick to volunteer to fill the role of Incident Commander and oversaw the entire Disaster Response Operation. Team Miramar shined as Alison coordinated the incident from the Command Post at Base Camp and assigned Command Positions and deployment teams that performed Search and Rescue, Medical and Logistics Operations. Miramar CERT members Kiki (Gilda) Fortin, Carmen Sanchez, Lynn Williams, Luna Rosado and Sharon Allen led deployment teams and performed search and rescue and medical operations,” explained Scott Rector, Miramar Fire-Rescue Division Chief. Fortin and Sanchez attended the CERT Trainer Course and are now FEMA certified to teach CERT. Williams attended the Volunteer and Donations Management course and is now trained to handle these functions in time of disaster. CERT Member/ Trainer John Stone received many accolades from other teams across the state for the Peer Support class he taught during the conference. Stone was also elected to the Florida CERT Association Board of Board Directors representing Region Two. “The Miramar CERT Program is extremely

empowering and team building opportunities inspires and motivates me and the rest of our members to become the best person, employee, neighbor, and citizen possible. The Florida State CERT conference energized us and gave us the resources needed to become better both at work and in life,” exclaimed Stone. “Team Miramar’s training, preparation, professionalism and dedication were very obvious the minute they stepped into the disaster exercise as they exhibited a very high level of confidence and leadership. They made us so proud as they not only performed their challenging task extremely well, but they also assisted other less experienced teams,” added Rector. To become a CERT Team member and learn more, please visit www.miramarfd.org/em.

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nyone visiting the Miramar Community Garden (MCG) will be happy to see a bit of a metamorphosis. The entrance to Miramar’s favorite community oasis has been transformed with a colorful gateway showcasing a large Monarch butterfly. Visitors will not only have the opportunity to learn more about the 7400-square foot garden located in Historic Miramar, they will now be surrounded by the abundance of butterflies while doing so. “It is unanimous! Neighbors agree that the abundance of flowers has attracted a rainbow of colorful pollinators; Butterflies have returned to the garden! So, it was only appropriate to represent these important pollinators in the form of artwork,” exclaimed Elsi Rose, Development & Capital Management Coordinator. Since the garden’s inception in 2010, many valuable partners have contributed to the City’s commitment to health and wellness education. Partners have included Baptist Health South Florida, Slow Food Glades to Coast, HandsOn Broward, and Feeding South Florida. Most recently, Baptist Health South Florida funded

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the new project and Miami artist Rudolf Kohn was chosen to create the new structure. The Colombian born artist was enamored by the idea and practically donated the sign with materials covered by the long-standing MCG sponsor. Kohn has been practicing his craft in South Florida for over two decades and has been featured locally, nationally, and internationally. “It is part of my mission to create art that builds healthy communities. Gardening and earth consciousness are an integral part of my life on a personal level. I truly believe in the connection to growing food. When I went to Miramar Community Garden I was impressed with the design and saw the love, dedication, and commitment that goes into the space as a place for healthy growth,” explained Kohn. The MCG is maintained by volunteers and serves as an educational resource for the community to learn about the sources of fresh produce and healthy liv-

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network of realtors, lenders, attorneys, home inspectors, title companies and more wanted to do something to give back to those that protect, serve, and care for our country, so they created Heroes Home Advantage™. The real estate rebate program assists military, law enforcement, firefighters, health care professionals, emergency personnel, and teachers by offering discounts to these heroes who are searching for a home. One of these network leaders is Mari Carmen Rodriguez who happens to be a Broward and Miami-Dade representative of Heroes Home Advantage TM and Senior Realtor at MCR Group Realtors at Century 21, 1st Class. The ambitious realtor got involved in the program because she saw a lack of help for this select group of individuals when they were considering homeownership and housing programs. “At my end, I wanted to do more than just put my commission on the table, I wanted more for the hero, so I reached out and involved other related companies who are part of the real estate transaction who have been working with me throughout the years. I asked them to commit to adding discounts and/or pro-

vide more funds in order to have a larger contribution for the heroes and be able to cover most of their closing cost or a significant part of it,” explained Rodriguez. Rodriguez then approached City of Miramar Commissioner Maxwell Chambers with her idea to get more information out into the community by way of a festival. Because of his ongoing support of local schools and the community, the distinguished commissioner did not hesitate. He wanted to be an equal partner and together they created the “1st Annual Heroes Home Advantage Community Festival”. “I am humbled and honored that women from various organizations and area schools have also rallied around this program and have helped me put this event together. Without them, I would not be able to organize so much at this scale.  The festival will take place on November 16th from 4:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Miramar City Hall Courtyard. Many partners, companies, community businesses, and organizations will be in attendance offering ample resources for the Heroes and our entire community. Additionally, attendees will enjoy music, live performances, surprise acts, celebrities, kids’ activities, raffles, giveaways, and delicious food

and drinks from an array of local restaurants and food trucks. “This will be a day to honor our Heroes. We will be providing vital information regarding programs with major funds that can be utilized towards closing costs in the purchase or sale of their homestead property,” exclaimed Rodriguez. “Aside from my 25% commission, my team of affiliated professionals is united in the same goal of providing substantial discounts or funds at the time of closing.”  The “1st Annual Heroes Home Advantage Community Festival” will take place on November 16th from 4:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Miramar City Hall Courtyard, 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar. For more information, please call Mari Carmen Rodriguez at 786-853-3347.

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When I Grow Up, I Want to Be… BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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s part of the Kids and The Power of Work (KAPOW) program, students from Fairway Elementary School recently had the opportunity to learn a lesson taught by Anastasia Diaz, a customer service representative from the Miramar Utilities Department. The unique collaboration between the school district, generous local businesses partners, dedicated volunteers and eager South Florida schools introduce and expose students to career awareness through professionally designed lessons taught by volunteers in the classroom and on work sites. “The KAPOW program bridges the gap between what students learn at school and how it applies to the real world of work. The program exposes students to various careers they never knew existed and allows them to have practical goals for the future. Our volunteers connect with kids by sharing their pathway to success and becomes a valuable mentor in the classroom,” explained Tania Reynolds, KAPOW Program Director. The second-grade students began their lesson about “Job and Career Awareness” with questions asked by Ms. Diaz. She first asked the students if they knew what work was. The adorable bunch responded

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with answers such as “something you do to make money”, “something you do to have a house and eat”, and “a place where you go all day long”. The goals of the lesson were to have students understand that work fills a need for people in the community, to show that being good at a job means using skills learned in school as well as one’s special talents, to see that learning helps prepare people for

work, and to learn that people can do many different kinds of work. Diaz then played “What’s My Line”. The fun game allowed students to see and touch clues from the excited volunteer’s workplace to guess her job. They finished the lesson by drawing images of what they want to be when they grow up. A “YouTuber” was the number one choice for most of the students, while some wanted to be football players, doctors, nurses, and even an astronomer. “I decided to volunteer this year for various reasons. I wanted to find an opportunity as a City of Miramar employee to give back and show the community and the kids that we care. I also wanted to let the kids learn by having fun. I thought that this would be a great way for them to see that there are different ways of interacting with one another and the world. I believe the KAPOW program empowers children to learn, and to stay in school and be successful in life,” explained Diaz. KAPOW is always looking for a business or individual volunteers, as well as schools interested in participating in the program. For more information about volunteering or how your school can participate, email KAPOW Program Director Tania Reynolds at taniakapow@gmail.com or call 305-338-5548.


LEGALLY SPEAKING

Life Can Change in an Instant BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE ll too frequently we are reminded that even the happiest of times can turn to despair in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it’s learning that your best friend suffered a massive heart attack or receiving a call that your cousin was killed by a drunk driver. In today’s world, there are too many tragedies highlighting life’s fragility. Whether in our own Parkland backyard, a nightclub in Orlando, an elementary school in Newtown, a WalMart parking lot in El Paso, a church in Charleston or a country music festival in Las Vegas, we are forced over and over again to face the reality that life can change in an instant. What all of these events have in common is that left behind were devastated families, friends and communities. Innocent people, just living their lives, had no idea their souls would be leaving this earth. We can agree that life does not always go the way you expected. Plans put off until later, may never happen. As an attorney specializing in wills and trusts, I see first hand what may happen to a family after an unexpected death. During a very emotional time, a grieving family is left to clean up a legal and financial mess left behind. To prevent this, I strongly recommend consulting with a qualified estate planning attorney to create an estate plan to take care of your family and assets after you are gone. But as a caring and responsible parent or spouse, there are things you should think about and take care of now. Let’s start with your minor children. Have you thought about who will care for them if you are not around? What about financial support? Do you know if you have the right amount, and the right type, of life insurance for your particular family needs? What about college? How will that be paid for? Do you help look after or support your parents? What will happen to them if you are not around? Now, think for a moment about what your final wishes for your family might be. How do you want to leave assets to your heirs? Are there charities you wish to contribute to? Who will inherit your business and real estate? There are many other questions to consider. Perhaps the lesson to be learned from tragedy is to always try to live a good life full of kindness and gratitude, and to remember to love and cherish our families and friends every day. The reality is that we do not know what the future holds. Life can change in an instant. What are you waiting for?

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MESSAGE FROM THE POLICE CHIEF

Thankful for Holiday Shopping Safety Tips BY CHIEF DEXTER WILLIAMS ovember’s signature holiday is around the corner which signals everyone that it’s time for the season of giving starting with the anticipated Black Friday shopping sales and events. However, with as much joy during this time come many safety concerns that involve those taking. We suggest following these precautionary tips to prevent thieves and other criminals from ruining your holidays: ▸▸ Avoid wearing expensive jewelry or carrying large amounts of cash. Whenever possible, use credit/debit cards. Try to shop with friends or relatives. There is safety in numbers. ▸▸ Don’t leave valuables in your car and always make sure to lock your doors. Covering items to hide them does not work and may only draw attention. If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight before reaching your destination and make sure you are not followed. Returning to your auto (or home), have your keys in your hand, ready to open the door. ▸▸ Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps or sitting in a shopping cart. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings. ▸▸ Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home. ▸▸ Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. ▸▸ Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated. For those that prefer online shopping, keep in mind that most deliveries DO NOT require a signature and are generally left at your front door even if no one is home to accept them. These packages, which quickly catch the eye of potential thieves, offer criminals the “Crime of Opportunity” they are looking for. Safeguard your purchases by: ▸▸ Having packages delivered to your workplace, if possible. ▸▸ Having packages delivered to a neighbor or family member who will be there to accept them. ▸▸ Making sure you have the tracking information for your packages and monitor it. If your packages do not arrive as scheduled, contact the sender immediately. ▸▸ Requesting a signature delivery option if available. This will require the delivery driver to obtain a signature or deliver the package at another time. ▸▸ Requesting a specific drop-off time and date from the carrier, if possible. ▸▸ Arranging to have your packages held at the delivery service site for pick up. ▸▸ Asking the delivery service to leave your packages by the side/back door or enclosed porch where packages are out of sight. As always, if you see suspicious activity call the police immediately. The Miramar Police Department would like to wish the community a safe and joyous holiday season. Chief Dexter Williams

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

With Much Gratitude BY WAYNE M. MESSAM, MAYOR OF MIRAMAR s we are nearing the end of the year, it is a time to give thanks. Angela and I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! We give thanks for the many successes this great city has achieved and the opportunities we have been given to get better. We also give thanks for our nation and the men and women who have served our Armed Forces so we can enjoy our many liberties. Please consider joining me and the Miramar Commission as we honor our Veterans this month at the Honor Flight Dedication for their service to our nation on Monday, November 11th at Veterans Park, SW 64th Ave and 33rd Street, Miramar 33023. Also, join us as we take flight by attending my 3rd Annual Aviation Expo sponsored by Spirit Airlines. Witness a feat that will bring the entire travel experience to The Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park this December.  From check-in to landing, this event aims at expanding the minds of our youth to the ever-growing career field of aviation by promoting involvement in S.T.E.M. Bring the entire family and invite friends to experience everything aviation. Meet pilots, air traffic controllers, test out the brand-new Spirit passenger seats, walk through the Fort Lauderdale International Airport entrance and even fly drones. This “can’t miss” event will be taking place over two days at The Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, December 6th for Broward County Schools and December 7th, 2019 - Community Day, which is FREE and open to the public. During the Aviation Expo come see teams compete in the S.T.E.M filled display of excellence that is the Broward County Public Schools VEX Robotics Competition. Gather around to watch a true highlight of the event as students put their knowledge and custom-built robots through a test of agility and navigation. Together with the Aviation Expo, the VEX Robotics Competition provides exceptional educational exposure and recreation for our youth who will follow in the footsteps of who they see and what they experience. These two events are great opportunities to inspire the next generation.   As we prepare for the Thanksgiving and holiday season, keep in your prayers those who are less fortunate. There is no act greater than extending kindness and sharing of our treasures. Our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas are still facing tremendous devastation as a result of Hurricane Dorian. Use this opportunity to serve your community and find a way to give something back. Let’s continue to donate to the many charitable organizations still working hard to help our neighbors.  I would also like to take this moment to thank each one of you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your mayor. Remember, I am always a phone call away. I wish all our City of Miramar residents a safe and wonderful start to the beginning of the holiday season. Enjoy Thanksgiving with friends and family and promise your Mayor you won’t eat more than you can chew. Yours in Service,   Mayor Wayne M. Messam

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ASK THE EXPERT

Heel Pain In Children BY ROBERT H. SHEINBERG, D.P.M., D.A.B.P.S., F.A.C.F.A.S.

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oes your son or daughter complain of heel pain daily, especially during or after activity? Do they remember any traumatic event or did the pain just occur? If this sounds like your child, there is a high probability that they have Calcaneal Apophysitis (or Sever’s Disease). This is actually a condition and not a disease. It occurs when the growth plate (apophysis) located at the bottom and back of the heel (the portion of the bone that allows growth) becomes painfully inflamed. Although plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the ligament that supports the arch) is the most common cause of heel pain in adults, it is extremely uncommon in children. What are the causes? Calcaneal Apophysitis can be caused by a growth plate inflammation on the back and the bottom of the heel; overactivity in children commonly between the ages of eight and 14; tight muscles in the lower extremity, especially the calf muscle; flatfeet; poor shoe gear or walking barefoot; and growth spurts. What are the symptoms? Symptoms of this condition include: discomfort in the heel bone at the end of activity; occasionally painful to the Achilles and ankle; stiffness in the foot in the morning and pain with walking or running; pain alleviated by rest and a decrease in activity; and pain that is usually present during or after a child is done with the activity or sits for a period of time and then tries to get up and walk. What are the signs? Parents should pay attention for the following signs their child might display: ten-

derness to the back and bottom of the heel with touch or grasping the heel; walking on the ball of the foot to avoid touching the heel to the ground; discoloration and swelling are almost never seen in the heel; limping at the end of an activity that may persist as the condition worsens. What can be done to treat this? Treatment recommendations may include: modification of activity and avoiding going barefoot; rest and ice; stretching exercises; proper shoe gear and heel lifts to decrease tension on the heel; night splinting to stretch the tight calf muscle and arch ligament; taping the foot to decrease the pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone; custom molded orthotics to support the foot and help restore proper alignment; occasional immobilization in a boot or cast to completely rest the heel and allow healing; and physical therapy to improve flexibility and diminish inflammation of the growth plate. 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 & Stem Cell Total Joint Replacement, 954-389-5900 954-430-9901 954-720-1530 Injections, Arthroscopy and Tendoscopy, Ankle Replacement, Arthroscopy, SATURDAY HOURS Shin Splints, 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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IMEs • Personal Injury • Worker’s Compensation Most HMOs/PPOs • All Foot Ankle & Leg Emergencies Same Day Appointments • Saturday Appointments Early Morning & Evening Appointments

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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Dr. Alexander Bertot, M.D. Board Certified SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIST

Dr. Franz Jones, D.O. Board Certified SPINE SPECIALIST

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ovember is not only the start of our holiday season, but it is also Diabetes Awareness Month. Why is Diabetes Awareness Month so important? There are 114 million reasons why it’s so significant because 114 million represents the number of Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, it is estimated that 30 million – or 9.4 percent of Americans have diabetes. About 84 million Americans have prediabetes. Although prediabetes is not an actual disease, it is a big wake up call to make life-long changes to prevent someone from developing diabetes. Without any changes made in their lifestyle 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 diabetes in the future years. Not only is it important to remember that along with diabetes come other major health complications such as nerve, kidney, and heart damage, as well as additional health care costs. According to the American Diabetes Association the average medical expenses for people living with diabetes is about $13,700 a year, with $7,900 relating to diabetes alone. However, there is hope, studies show that when prediabetics lost 5 percent to 7 percent of body weight, the chances of becoming diabetic decreased. Below are some diabetes prevention tips form the American Diabetes Association: ▸▸ Get More Physical Activity Research shows that aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes. It is most beneficial to have a fitness program that includes both. ▸▸ Eat Plenty of Fiber - Fiber helps reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control and promotes weight loss by helping you feel full. High in fiber foods include fruits, beans, whole grains, and nuts. ▸▸ Go for Whole Grains - Whole grains help maintain blood sugar levels. Try to make at least half your grains whole grains. Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat, including various breads, pasta products, and cereals. ▸▸ Lose Extra Weight - If you’re overweight, diabetes prevention may depend on weight loss. Every pound lost can improve your health. ▸▸ Skip Fad Diets and Just Make Healthier Choices - Fad diets may help you lose weight at first. But their effectiveness at preventing diabetes and other long-term effects aren’t known. Instead, make variety and portion control part of your healthy-eating plan. Share your concerns about diabetes prevention with your physician. He or she will appreciate your efforts to prevent diabetes and may offer additional suggestions based on your medical history or other factors. Miramar Fire-Rescue wants to encourage everyone to make a few simple changes in their lifestyle that may help avoid the serious health complications of diabetes in the future. 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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This past August the Jean Louis Family ventured out to the Eastern Caribbean. During their summer vacation the adventurous family of seven enjoyed Barbados. The island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies was the perfect place to relax and unwind before heading back to school. In addition to sightseeing, the sun-loving bunch was sure to enjoy the warmth of the beautiful beaches. They even snapped a souvenir shot with Our City Miramar while playing in the sand.

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SEEN ON SCENE

NEVER FORGET- Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis and Commissioner Yvette Colbourne reflected on September 11th at Miramar’s “September 11 Memorial” located at Bass Creek Rd, Miramar, Florida.

GRAND GESTURE

With Hurricane Dorian devastating parts of the Bahamas, Tropical Financial Credit Union helped collect much-needed relief supplies for the thousands of storm survivors. The credit union worked with local media to publicize the drop-off locations and within two-and-half-days, collected thousands of pounds of supplies to send off to the Grand Bahama island. Pictured: Al Goenaga, Amy McGraw and Doug Leever of Tropical Financial with first responders from the Miramar Fire & Rescue Dept. which accepted hurricane-relief supplies collected by the credit union

“PAWS” ITIVE TRAINING

The Miramar Fire-Rescue Department’s pet rescue committee contacted Pet Tech to come out to the station and teach pet CPR and first aid. The five firefighters became certified and can now teach others.

THE 911 IS #1

Just a few months ago, the Miramar Fire-Rescue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) had the opportunity to attend the 3-day 2019 Florida CERT Conference in Naples, Florida. See the full story on page 14.

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The relief collection after Hurricane Dorian was in partnership with the City of Miramar. Miramar Fire-Rescue collected donations at all of their stations and then assisted with sorting and loading all of the donations up and the city made arrangements for delivery to the Bahamas.

OPEN HOUSE YOGA IN THE GARDEN

Many enjoyed the birds, the bees, and the nice breeze while practicing their poses in the Miramar Community Garden (MCG). A lotus or two was easily spotted. 32 NOVEMBER 2019 | OUR CITY | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

Each month the public is invited to tour Miramar FireRescue stations, check out the trucks, and meet the firefighters.


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Our City Miramar: November 2019  

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