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CONTENTS

Our City

PUBLISHER’S PAGE 12 People Are People Wherever You Go

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

CALENDAR 14-16 April 2019

MANAGING EDITOR Anna Kane

FEATURE STORY

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

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19 PH Pool and Spa Supplies Make a Splash This Season

COMMUNITY NEWS 22 Community Invited to Celebrate Spring at ‘Brunch with the Bunnies’ 24 Local Teens Can Ask Questions And Get Answers From Elected Leaders At The Next Teen Political Forum In Coral Springs 26 Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch Returns April 28th with the Gold Coast Model A Car Club 26 Celebrate EarthFest at Sawgrass Nature Center on April 27th 28 Inaugural MSD Heroes Challenge Raises Spirits and Funds 32 The Sawgrass Nature Center Announces The Blooming of the Anual Orchid & Plant Festival 45 Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center Opens Eyes and Hearts

HOME TRENDS 30 Keep the Heat Out…Bring the View In

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR 34 Parkland Update 48 Margate Update

HOME & GARDEN 36-41 April Showers Bring Spring Flowers. Get Your Outdoor Living Spaces Ready for Spring!

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF: MARGATE 48 Spring Safety

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 49 The world’s favorite magazine™

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PUBLISHERS’ PAGE

People Are People Wherever You Go

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e have had the fortune to travel all around the world over the past twenty years. In fact, we have lived in the English countryside, in the urban mega-city of Hong Kong, in swanky Nashville, and in the suburbs of Atlanta. In addition to living in those places, we have visited many more, and seen people of all walks of life: from villagers in rural Thailand to wealthy Europeans vacationing in the Canary Islands. What has been remarkable, throughout our travels, is not the differences we share, but how surprisingly similar people truly are. Don’t get us wrong, there are certainly differences in culture everywhere. A dining delicacy in one country is often considered gross, or worse, in another. However, most people we have met have been primarily focused on the same few values: a safe, peaceful place to raise a family; a sense of pride or validation in their endeavors or occupation; a source of relief from the stresses of our modern world; and belonging to a community. In an era where the twin pressures of globalization and technological innovation often push us in uncomfortable directions and division, it is helpful to remember that there is likely a family just like yours in Nairobi or Singapore or Tehran with ambitions and dreams not too different than the family right next door. In the end, people are people everywhere you go. Sincerely,

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New Urgent Care Now open at The Shoppes at Heron Lakes To better serve the Coral Springs and Parkland communities, Baptist Health has opened a second location. Baptist Health Urgent Care Express is a walk-in clinic providing speedy treatment for minor ailments such as common cold or flu, earaches, minor cuts and rashes.

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3rd Annual Orchid & Plant Festival – The Sawgrass Nature Center is pleased to announce its 3rd Annual Orchid & Plant Festival. Taking place from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, the Festival will allow orchid enthusiasts, and plant lovers in general, the opportunity to vividly experience – and purchase – diverse, colorful and fragrant varieties of orchids, tropical plants, herbs and fruit trees sold by over 20 local vendors. The event will be held at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital,3000 Sportsplex Drive Coral Springs, Florida 33065. For more information on sponsorship, call 954-752-9453.

The Price Is Right Live™– The hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and “Come On Down” to win. The event will take place at 7 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television’s longest running and most popular game show… from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase. The Price is Right Live! is thrilled Sunset Yoga at the ArtWalk to have Jerry Springer hosting – The City of Coral Springs the 2019 stage show in Coral Springs. For more information, CRA will be offering Sunset Yoga classes every Saturday visit www.TheCenterCS.com. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs. Classes are taught by Juliana Trejo from Yoga 4 Life Studios Home Grown Concert Series West. For more details, visit – The Home Grown Concert Series presents the Goodnicks, https://www.coralsprings.org/. a pop, rock, dance, and country band. Show starts at 7 pm at the Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road. Free to the public, all ages welcome, no pets please. Refreshments for purchase. Blankets, chairs and coolers allowed. For more details, call 954-545-6698.

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Coconut Creek 6th Annual Dog Expo – The Coconut Creek Dog Expo has returned to Windmill Park Dog Park, 700 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. The event will feature a variety of vendors that include service pets, entertainment, food trucks, chance drawing prizes and more. The Expo will be held from 9 am to Noon at Windmill Dog Park, 700 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. To become

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a vendor, contact Heather at 954-545-6698.

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Coral Springs Farmers’ Market – The Coral Springs Farmers’ Market will return for the 2018-2019 season on Sundays with several new vendors. The Market will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at the ArtWalk, 9405 NW 31st Court, Coral Springs. Meet us at the ArtWalk and enjoy a beautiful stroll while shopping for some gourmet items and organic produce. The market features more than 30 vendors selling fresh herbs, baked goods, pastas, as well as olive oil, fresh mozzarella, jams, honey and more. For more details, visit www. coralsprings.org.

April Pool’s Day – Join us at April Pool’s Day on Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cypress Pool, 1300 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs. There will be pool fun, music, and an entertaining and educational experience as you participate in water safety activities, watch real-time scenarios and demonstrations, and learn about resources available to help make your home water-safe. The event is free, but food items will be available for purchase. For more details, visit www. coralsprings.org.

Daniel at the Author Luncheon Community Center, 1100 Lyons event. The luncheon will Road. Free to the public, all be held at 11:30 am at Coral ages welcome, no pets please. Springs Center of the Arts, For more information, visit 2855 Coral Springs Drive www.coconutcreek.net. Coral Springs, Florida 33065. Susanna Daniel’s debut novel, STILTSVILLE, was awarded the PEN/Bingham prize for best debut work published in Keep Coral Springs Beautiful 2010, and her second novel, Clean-up – The City of Coral SEA CREATURES, was a Springs is seeking volunteers to Target Book Club pick. Tickets help beautify the City as part of to the Author’s Luncheon “Keep Coral Springs Beautiful,” Series include a lunch and an Adopt-A-Street program in beverage upon arrival, partnership with Community followed by dessert and chat Foundation of Broward. The with the author. Following Clean-up will take place from the luncheon, the Author will 9 am to Noon to Mullins Park, give a lecture and Q&A with a 10000 Ben Geiger Drive, Coral book signing opportunity. For Springs. Service hours will more information, visit www. be provided and there will TheCenterCS.com. be raffles for participants. To sign up as a volunteer, contact 954-346-4434 or volunteer@ coralsprings.org. Brunch with the Bunnies– Enjoy Vic DiBitetto – An incredibly ‘Brunch with the Bunnies’ powerful performer, comedian from 9:30 am to Noon at the Vic DiBitetto churns energy, Sawgrass Nature Center, honesty and humanity into 3000 Sportsplex Drive Coral nonstop laughter. Vic DiBitetto Springs, Florida 33065. A will perform at 8 pm at Coral fabulous Easter celebration Springs Center of the Arts, event with a delicious brunch, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. Vic raffles, animal encounters, is now a successful national crafts, and pictures with headliner and selling out the Easter Bunny! There are theatres up and down the East two seatings at 9:30 am and Coast. Vic has appeared on 11:30 am. Proceeds benefit television’s America’s Funniest the wildlife in our care. People, where he was a $10,000 Register directly at www. Grand Prize winner as well as sawgrassnaturecenter.org. Stand-Up Spotlight, Last Laugh at Pips and acted in a pilot with Woody Allen and Danny Aiello. For more information, visit www.TheCenterCS.com.

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Author Luncheon with Susanna Daniel – Enjoy lunch and meet with author Susanna

Movie in the Park presents Star Wars, the Last Jedi – Enjoy the film on the new outdoor 15’ x 20’ screen; movie will feature sound and closed captioning. Movie in the Park presents Star Wars, the Last Jedi, at 8 pm at Coconut Creek

Egg Hunt – The City of Parkland presents their annual Egg Hunt at the park. This event is open to a limited number of Parkland families and preregistration is required. Join us for a morning of crafts, music, and lots of eggs! The Egg Hunt will take place from 8 am to 10 am at Terramar Park, 6575 NW 75th Dr. Parkland, FL 33067. For more details, call 954-757-4105.


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Aware of Weeks Before Listing Your Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Margate or Parkland Home for Sale BY KIM COX-WRIGHT

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According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That's why it's critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the home inspector flags these issues for you, you will

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Easter Spring Concert at Cokesbury United Methodist Churc Margate – Everyone is welcome to our free Easter Spring Concert on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM. Hope you will join us at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 1801 NW 65th Avenue, Margate, FL 33063. For further information, please call 954-972-3424. We would really love to see you!

Parkland Farmers Market– The City of Parkland is proud to announce the annual Parkland Farmers’ Market presented by Northwest Medical Center. The Market will be held from 9 am to 1 pm at Equestrian Center at Temple Park, 8350 Ranch Road, Parkland. Customers will be able to purchase items such as fresh and organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, beautiful flowers, breads, pastries and other baked goods. For more details, call 954-757-4105.

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Spring Egg Hunt – Children will hunt for eggs and enjoy other Spring activities. The Spring Egg Hunt will be held from 6:15 to 7:15 pm at the Coconut Creek Community Center, 1100 Lyons Road. For more information, call 954-545-6670 or visit www. CoconutCreek.net.

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Teen Political Forum – Ask questions and get answers at the next The Teen Political Forum on Thursday, April 18th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs, Florida 33065. The purpose of this forum is to have City and County elected officials enlighten students with their personal experiences as elected officials and address teen issues of interest, concluding with a Q & A from the student audience. For more information, call 954-344-1005.

19th Coral Springs Camera Club – The Coral Springs Camera Club will meet from 7:30 pm to 9 pm at Senior Center at Sartory Hall, 10150 NW 29 Street Coral Springs, Florida 33065. They offer programs, competitions, mentoring, monthly field trips, workshops all levels of photographers from beginners, advance and experts to help others gain their photography

Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood at 8 pm. For tickets and more information, visit www. seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

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Hoppin’ Into Springs – Bring your own basket and join us for a free Egg Hunt at Hoppin’ Into Springs. The event will be held from 9 am to 11 am at Mullins Park, 10000 Ben Geiger Drive, Coral Springs. Enjoy music and a special appearance from the Easter bunny. For more information, call 954-345-2200.

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39th Citizens Police Academy – Citizens Police Academy is a 14-week program consisting of one class a week on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm. We are pleased to announce the Coral Springs Police Department 39th Citizens Police Academy will begin on Thursday, April 25th at the Coral Springs Police Department, 2801 Coral Springs Drive. The classes cover topics such as Road Patrol Operations, K9, Special Investigations, Communications, and SWAT. Any questions about the Citizens Police Academy can be directed to Debbie Hamilton at 954-346-1746 or dhamilton@ coralsprings.org.

26th Santana – Dance to your favorite Carlos Santana songs at Hard Rock Live. Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carlos Santana brings his “Global Consciousness Tour” to

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Movie In The Park – The City of Parkland is bringing the big screen to your own backyard! Presenting Movies in the Park at the Pine Trails Park Amphitheater, 10555 Trails End, on April 26th

from 8 pm to 10 pm. Join us as we transform the park into our own local movie theater with an 18-foot inflatable movie screen, freshly popped popcorn, and more. Bring your chairs, blankets, and pillows and get comfortable under the stars. For more details, call 954-757-4105.

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Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch – “Savor the Notes” Jazz Brunch will take place at the new City Hall lawn, 9500 W Sample Road, Coral Springs, on Sunday, April 28th from 11 am to 3 pm. Enjoy live music, mimosas, delicious brunch Whoopi Goldberg – Get ready items and local vendors. Plenty for some laughs! Whoopi of free parking will be Goldberg comes to Hard Rock available at the City Hall Event Center at Seminole Parking Garage. There will Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in be Arts & Crafters, Wellness Hollywood on Friday, April Vendors and Painting Fiesta 26th at 8 p.m. For tickets and - Canvas Experience. Text more information, visit www. keyword: CORALSPRINGS to seminolehardrockhollywood.com. 888-777 to receive information on future events or visit www. CoralSprings.org/events.

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EarthFest – To celebrate Earth Day, the City of Coral Springs will be hosting EarthFest on Saturday, April 27th from 9 am to 1 pm at Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital. This free event offers a unique opportunity to enjoy nature and get up close and personal with wildlife at the beautiful Sawgrass Nature Center. For more information, call 954-344-1117.

Groove and Green – The City of Margate’s Groove + Green event series takes place on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 9 am to 2 pm at the corner of Margate Boulevard and State Road 7. Hosted by the Margate Community Redevelopment Agency, Groove + Green features live music, brunch offerings, a pop-up marketplace, a farmer’s market, and other activities. In addition to food shopping, attendees can also enjoy brunch from food trucks and food stands. For additional information and inquiries, please email info@ grooveandgreen.com or call (954) 785-7475. For vendor and participant inquiries, please go toGrooveandGreen.com/ vendorapplication.


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who mission is to educate the public about South Florida’s unique culture, environment and the many species it contains, to promote healthy living, outdoor activity and to provide excellent care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. “The goal of the event is to raise funds to continue being able to take in over 800 native animals per year for rehabilitation and release back to their nature environment and to take care of the more than 80 animals that are permanent residents at the Sawgrass Nature Center due to their injuries or non-native status,” said Reccasina. Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital is a volunteer-driven, charitable, non-profit organization, founded in 1995 by a dedicated group of volunteers committed to helping wildlife. They want to foster awareness and appreciation of wildlife, particularly Urban wildlife found here in South Florida. Each year, people bring approximately 700 animals into our wildlife hospital, and we provide educational presentations to approximately 7,000 students. Volunteers donate roughly 8000 hours of their time to help us meet our goals, annually.

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dent audience. At the Teen Political “Infinity” Forum, teens can get service hours; there will also be an opportunity to win Raffle Prizes, eat delicious food, and meet elected officials! The event is open to all high school students who live in Coral Springs or who attend local high schools: Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter and J.P. Taravella High. Students who are home-schooled or attend private schools and live in Coral Springs are also welcome. “Our goal is to provide an educational opportunity for high school students to ask questions of their elected officials from local, state and federal levels, while encouraging an interest in the workings of government,” said Joyce Campos, 24 APRIL 2019 | OUR CITY | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

as the students see the benefits of having their voices heard. Our average attendance each year is around 1400 students,” added Campos. All topics of local interest are discussed at the event. At past Teen Political Forums, the students have asked questions covering dress code in school, quality of meals served, teacher salaries, SAT testing, school auditoriums, the status of a school bond issue, among other topics. Teens from Coral Springs benefit greatly from attending this forum. “Local teens who comprise the Steering Committee get to develop their leadership skills as they organize the event, under minimal adult supervision. They research their

elected officials and their backgrounds and learn more about how government is conducted at various levels. Other students who attend the event get to interact directly with these elected officials whom they otherwise may not have an opportunity to meet. They ask questions and get answers to issues that are important to them. It is important for them to know that their voices can be heard and make an impact on those who make decisions,” said Campos. n Students may receive service hours for attending the Forum and the school with the highest attendance will win cash for their school. For more information, call 954-344-1005.


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Savor the Notes Jazz Brunch Returns April 28th with the Gold Coast Model A Car Club

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for purchase. Raffle and auction proceeds will benefit the Coral Springs Community Garden. Parking will be available at the Dr. Paul’s Dog Park and Sawgrass Springs Middle School. n The Sawgrass Nature Center is located at 3000 Sportsplex Drive, south of Sample Road. For more information, call Environmental Coordinator Casey Lee at 954-344-1117.


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The Sawgrass Nature Center Announces The Blooming” Of Its 3rd Annual Orchid & Plant Festival BY NICOL JENKINS

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he Sawgrass Nature Center will be holding its 3rd Annual Orchid & Plant Festival. Taking place from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, the Festival will allow orchid enthusiasts, and plant lovers in general, the opportunity to vividly experience – and purchase – diverse, colorful and fragrant varieties of orchids, tropical plants, herbs and fruit trees sold by over 20 local vendors. The Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital is located at 3000 Sportsplex Drive Coral Springs, Florida 33065. The orchids and tropical plants, though, are only the beginning. This exciting two-day event will be held in Coral Springs and will offer something for everyone to enjoy, including garden art, food vendors, cocktails, birds of prey, live animals, music and much more! All proceeds will benefit the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital, the non-profit organization that provides environmental education programs focused on South Florida’s unique, fragile Everglades and its many resident species. The wildlife hospital also provides expert rehabilitative care for injured and orphaned native wildlife at no cost to the public.

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The Sawgrass Nature Center’s mission is to educate the public about South Florida’s unique culture, environment and the many species it contains, to promote healthy living, outdoor activity and to provide excellent care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife. They want to foster awareness and appreciation of wildlife, particularly urban wildlife found here in South Florida. Each year, people bring approximately 700 animals into their wildlife

hospital, and they provide educational presentations to approximately 7,000 students. Volunteers donate roughly 8000 hours of their time annually to help us meet our goals. “The Orchid and Plant Festival is our major Spring fundraiser to enable us to continue our mission of environmental education and to provide excellent care for sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife,” said Robin Reccasina, Operations & Education Director at Sawgrass Nature & Wildlife Hospital. “This event will offer over 20 vendors featuring beautiful orchids, native and tropical plants, plant supplies, and garden adornments. There will be food and beverages for purchase as well as music and animal encounters.” The event continues to grow each year, and attracts orchid lovers from Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. The entry fee for the Orchid Festival is $7 per person and includes entry to the center’s exhibits. Parking is free. Join Blue Stream as a proud sponsor of this wonderful event. For more information on the event or sponsorship, call 954-752-9453. For more information on the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital, visit their website at www.SawgrassNatureCenter.org.

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR: PARKLAND

Parkland Update MAYOR CHRISTINE HUNSCHOFSKY n April, the Florida Legislature is in the second part of its 60-day session, which ends May 3, 2019. While most people look to local government regarding zoning, community regulations and quality of life issues in their cities, state government has been preempting local control the past few years on issues such as microcell tower location, charter schools and others. State government also continues to work on preempting local control regarding short-term rental regulations and Community Redevelopment Agencies. Some mandates that come from Tallahassee do not come with funding—adding an additional financial burden on local government. While some issues are more conducive to being legislated statewide, others are better legislated locally. For example, residents in the Panhandle will have different needs and wants from their city than the residents of South Florida. Even within South Florida, every community has its own attributes that make it special. By mandating a one-size fits all approach to communities, the legislature takes away local control and inhibits the individual qualities and features of each community. If local residents do not like state-mandated laws, they have to go to Tallahassee and speak to a majority of the State Representatives and State Senators, most of whom live in other areas of the state, and convince them to vote a different way. When issues are controlled locally, residents just need to contact their city commission, which usually consists of five to seven members. It is much easier to attend local city commission meetings than numerous committee meetings in Tallahassee. Parkland has adopted a legislative platform and we continue to monitor bills coming out of the Florida Legislature. To follow what is going on this legislative session, please visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bills/2019 and https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/bills.aspx. I would like to thank our State Representative Kristin Jacobs and our State Senator Kevin Rader for always supporting our community so strongly in Tallahassee. Representative Jacobs is one of 120 Representatives and Senator Radar is one of 40 Senators, but they have earned the respect of so many of their colleagues and they are important voices for us in Tallahassee. Our next City Commission meetings are Wednesday, April 3, and Wednesday, April 17. Commission workshops and recognitions start at 6:00pm and regular Commission meetings begin at 7:00pm. You can view all meeting agendas at www.cityofparkland,org/cc. Keep up with Parkland events by following www.facebook.com/copfl and subscribing to our e-blast “Parkland on Tap” at cityofparkland.org/notifyme to ensure you never miss an event. I love hearing from residents, so please share your thoughts and comments with me at chunschofsky@cityofparkland.org.

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You are invited! THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019

Please join us for The Gateway Gala 2019 and enjoy a night of food and entertainment while helping to raise funds and awareness for Gateway Community Outreach. Gateway is responsible for helping over 30,000 families in Broward County each year with a variety of services to help them get through tough times. While you are enjoying our tropical themed party your contributions through ticket purchases, raffles, auctions and sponsorships will be helping support the work of Gateway Community Outreach. Come ready to eat, drink and party as The Gateway Gala presents one of the tastiest events of the year featuring the cuisine of top area restaurants along with a fine selection of beverages. You will be able to enter to win in auctions for golf, spa and restaurant gift certificates along with wide assortments of interesting and valuable items. We will even have a live auction for a ride on the Goodyear Blimp. The sound of island music will get you dancing and fit perfectly with the tropical vibe of The Parkland Golf and Country Club as they again provide the location for this year’s Gateway Community Outreach Fund Raising Event.

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Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center Opens Eyes and Hearts BY STACEY BOMSER

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ne of the world’s most unique and comprehensive Holocaust museums is here in our backyard. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center, located within the Alvin Sherman Library on the Nova Southeastern University campus, is a one-of-a-kind experience, offering young and old the opportunity to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust and why we must practice tolerance and respect to ensure history does not repeat itself. The exhibit is the work of Weston residents Craig and Barbara Weiner. The couple has always felt that the best way for current and future generations to learn the importance of having greater respect for one another, and greater tolerance for our fellow humankind, is through Holocaust education. The Weiners began devoting their lives to Holocaust education in 2012. After taking several trips to Eastern Europe, where they saw school groups from other countries visiting Holocaust memorials and touring concentration camps, they determined that more education was needed here in the United States. “For our first project, we brought a guide from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial to Florida to provide students with a firsthand lesson,” explains Craig. “Over five months’ time, he taught in roughly 100 schools. It was simply unheard of to make this happen. The program was so unique and impactful.” Recognizing the success of that education program, the Weiners approached NSU to partner with them to create the Holocaust Reflection Contest. It is open to middle and high school students statewide. Students may

enter in one of three categories: essay, film or artwork. Now in its fifth year, Craig says last year they received so many entries that they needed 76 judges to judge all the submissions. But the project the Weiners are most proud of is the one that bears their name, the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center. It has truly been a labor of love for the couple who have traveled the world curating artifacts and collaborated with renowned institutions such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The Center has been fully funded in perpetuity, insuring that it can never close and will be there for future generations to learn from and experience. Empowering Youth with Empathy and Education The primary purpose of the Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center is education. The Weiners, as well as other trained docents, run a day-long program for students in grades eight to twelve. According to Craig, the program begins with a 90-minute tour of the Center during which the students are led from exhibit to exhibit and explained the significance of the various images and artifacts. That is followed by an hour-long session either meeting with a Holocaust survivor or watching and discussing the documentary The Search for the White Rose, which the Weiners collaborated in producing. “The film is about a group of nonJewish German students who had the courage to stand up against Hitler and the Nazis. They serve as wonderful role models for today’s students to learn the importance of standing up and rejecting all forms of hate – racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry, and intolerance,” states Craig.

The program concludes with a special presentation on the Auschwitz Barbara and Craig Weiner established the Album. “It’s Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center the only Department. album in One of the main messages of the existence that illustrates the selection process at the concentration camps and Center is that of activism. “We can’t spend our lives being bystanders,” states depicts individual family situations,” Craig. “The Holocaust could have been shares Barbara. “It’s very touching and prevented if the world had not been impactful to students.” bystanders. We want students and Throughout the day, the educators patrons to leave here knowing they have try to relate what happened during the Holocaust with what’s happening today, the power to make a difference.” One of the ways the couple is doing such as the deadly white nationalist that is by promoting kindness. “Society rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. today is taking ‘kind’ out of mankind,” “The only effective way to teach explains Barbara. “When Holocaust education is to I work with the students, I make it relevant to students’ challenge them to foster lives today,” explains Craig. kindness. Instead of postOne of the ways he does this ing selfies, I encourage is by asking students how them to take pictures of many people tragically lost themselves and oththeir lives on 9-11. He then ers doing kind deeds. asks the children if they were Our entire wish is that to read 1000 names each day, you enter this Center a how many days would it take kind person and leave a to memorialize all of those kinder one.” victims. The students immeThe Weiners’ hope is diately respond with three that everyone who visits days. Craig then explains the Holocaust Reflection that to read the names of and Resource Center only the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust it would leaves with a better understanding of take 16 years and four months. That, he what results from hate. Their mission is threefold: remind, remember says, makes jaws drop. and reflect. Artifacts and Activism “We hope this experience will Students and Holocaust Reflection Remind us of the deadliest genocide in and Resource Center visitors are history, done by humans to humans; amazed by the collection of artifacts Remember and honor the six million on display. There are photos of Nazi soldiers actually inside the Jewish syna- Jewish children, men and women who perished as well as those non-Jews who gogues as they were being destroyed also perished for inhumane reasons; and burned, images from children’s and Reflect on our moral conscience, books spreading Nazi propaganda, our individual responsibility and role in gas canisters from the concentramaking for a better future,” states Craig. tion camps, arm bands worn by Nazi soldiers, drawings made by Jewish n The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust prisoners, and much more. Some of the Reflection and Resource Center is free to the public. It is located on the second floor of the Nova most impressive pieces are an ornate Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, violin with a Star of David carved in its which is open daily. For more information or to back that survived the Holocaust and schedule a tour email HRRR@nova.edu or call 954-262-4578. an original letter written by President Harry Truman referencing what he saw as anti-Semitism within the State OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY | APRIL 2019 45


THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patient’s once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has now found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.

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Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, fine needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR: MARGATE

April Update MAYOR ANTHONY N. CAGGIANO o our practicing residents: Happy Passover (April 19th-April 27th), Happy Easter (April 21st), and to our Muslim brothers and sisters…a successful Ramadan (May 5th-June 4th). The Margate Police Department held its first crime prevention workshop, and it was well attended. The Department, which maintains Excelsior status - the highest recognition attainable through the Commission for Florida Accreditation, is asking residents to do one simple thing, “If you see something, say something.” School will be out sooner than you think, remember to sign your children up for Margate’s summer camp before it fills up. Go to margatefl.com for camp registration information. Here’s information about what’s happening in the City: Calypso Cove is Open! The City of Margate’s Calypso Cove Water Park is now open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The water park is located at 6200 Royal Palm Boulevard and features two water slides with a plunge pool; a zero-depth, beach entry pool with water sprayers, and a play structure; and a six-lane lap pool for family swimming. Complimentary shade umbrellas and lounge chairs are available. Food and drinks available for purchase. Springtime Egg Hunt Set for April 13th Thousands of eggs filled with fun prizes or candy will cover the fields at the Margate Sports Complex (1695 Banks Road) for the City’s Annual Springtime Egg Hunt. On Saturday, April 13th beginning at 9 a.m., children eight years old and younger are invited to race across the field to collect as many plastic eggs as possible. Arrive early! Children will hunt for eggs by age group as follows: Field #1: Ages 2 & Under Field #2: Ages 3-5 Field #3: Ages 6-8 Field #3: Special Needs Area (located next to Field 3) Some eggs will contain a ticket redeemable for a special prize. Peter Rabbit will make a special guest appearance for family photographs. Bring your baskets and a camera. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available. HHW, Electronics Collection & Document Shredding on April 13th The City of Margate, in partnership with Waste Management, is hosting the Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection and Document Shredding event on Saturday, April 13th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oriole Park, located at 7055 NW 1st Street. For a complete list of acceptable items and for more information, please visit margatefl.com/HHW or call (954) 972-0828. Drug Take Back Set for April 27th The Margate Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will host the annual Prescription Drug Take-Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th at Walgreens located at 3000 N. State Road 7. Open to the public, this free event allows participants to safely dispose of unused, expired and unwanted medications in its original container with the prescription label removed. Acceptable medications include: Prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and pet medicine. NOT ACCEPTED: Needles, thermometers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, oxygen containers, pressurized containers, inhalers, illicit drugs, and liquid medications.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF: MARGATE

Spring Safety CHIEF JON SHAW

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appy April everyone! I hope that you are all off to a wonderful spring and are able to get outside to enjoy our beautiful South Florida weather. I can’t believe that we are slowly tiptoeing towards the end of the school year and as soon as we turn around, summer break will be upon us! As a continued effort to educate and provide some useful information to our residents and those living in and around our community, I have compiled some safety tools, or tips, (which I also complete at my home, as well) for you to keep in your toolbox, as you continually work on keeping your family and home safe. Let’s begin with the exterior of your home, the portion of your home that can be seen by everyone and anyone. Please be sure that you keep your garage door closed (completely) at all times! Even if you are home, the sight of an open and empty garage door, can be very appealing to those individuals who are seeking opportunities to commit crime. Check to make sure that all of your windows and doors are closed AND locked each night before you head to bed (and each morning as you head to work)! The appearance of a well secured home is key! Exterior lights should be left on throughout the overnight hours for good visibility around your home. Do you have an alarm system and/or video surveillance system? Be sure that not only are they both properly working, with new batteries installed, if needed. Be sure that your surveillance system is recording! A good recommendation is to use a system that keeps record for a minimum of 72 hours (or more). Plan a day each week that you complete your own “residential safety check”. Take those 5 minutes to secure your home and keep you and your loved ones safe. As always, should you ever have any questions about safety tips and keeping your home safe, please contact the Margate Police Department at (954) 972-7111 and speak with an officer in our Community Relations Unit or if you see an officer out in the city, feel free to say hello and spark up a safety conversation! Margate Chief of Police, Jonathan Shaw


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Coral Springs Welcomes New Mayor BY LYNNE MARTZALL

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cott J. Brook was sworn in by long-time friend and colleague, Judge Carroll Kelly, as Mayor for the City of Coral Springs during a ceremony held in Commission Chambers on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. After opening remarks by City Attorney, John J. Hearn, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Vice Mayor Joy Carter, the Star-Spangled Banner was performed by the Coral Springs Charter School Encore. Mayor Brook provided remarks, thanking his many supporters, especially his family. As a proud resident of Coral Springs since 1997, Brook’s values are rooted in his love of family.  A proud father and grandfather, Brook and his wife, Brenda, have five children and three grandchildren. As a partner in the law firm, Brodzki, Jacobs and Brook, he advocates for families and parents leading community conversations that encourage Coral Springs residents, business owners and visitors to work together like family.  Brook is quite familiar with service in the City of Coral Springs, he served on as a City Commissioner from 2002-2006 and served as the City’s Mayor from 2006 to 2010.  During his term as Mayor, the City of Coral Springs became the first city in the USA to

receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. During his terms of service, Brook consistently demonstrated his commitment to bridging the gap between the citizens of Coral Springs and local government, further promoting transparency and a united community. Brook graduated from Tulane University in 1985, and he remained at Tulane to obtain an M.B.A. on a fellowship. Brook graduated from the University

of Miami School of Law in 1992. As a member of the Florida Bar, Brook has practiced successfully before the Florida Supreme Court, the First District Court of Appeal, the Judges of Compensation Claims of the tri-county area, as well as the Dade and Broward State Courts. Brook is also a private mediator. n Mayor Brook will host office hours at City Hall on Monday, April 15, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. (meetings will be held in 15-minute increments) or to schedule an appointment, please call (954) 344-5911.

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Education Recognition Wake Up Breakfast Sponsored by Broward College Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Time: 7:30am – 9:00am Location: Carolina Club, 3011 N. Rock Island Rd. Members: $20 Non-Members: $30 NEXTgen Lunch & Learn Sponsored By JM Lexus Guest Speaker: Panel of Wellness Experts Topic: Workplace Wellness Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Time: 11:30am – 1:15pm Location: TBD

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