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What determines the toll rate? The toll rate is based on what’s called “dynamic” or “variable tolling” and it is used on express lanes as a traffic management tool to manage demand on the express lanes. As express lanes traffic builds up, the toll increases and as traffic decreases, the toll goes down.

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What about public transportation? Broward County Transit will be providing express bus service to and from the new Miami Gardens Park-N-Ride to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) at the Miami International Airport. Miami-Dade Transit will be providing express bus service from the Miami Gardens Park-N-Ride to the Palmetto Metrorail station near NW 74 Street in Medley. Express bus service is slated to begin at the end of the year.

Three entrances to the northbound express lanes: • Between W. Flagler Street and SR 836/Dolphin Expressway • Between NW 36 Street and NW 58 Street • Between Okeechobee Road and NW 103 Street Two exits to the northbound express lanes: • North of NW 154 Street on the Palmetto Expressway • First exit from the I-75 Express Lanes northbound is just south of NW 170 Street

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What are the entrance and exit locations? Two entrances to the southbound express lanes: • North of NW 154 Street on the Palmetto Expressway • South of NW 170 Street on I-75 for direct connection to the southbound Palmetto express lanes Three exits from the southbound express lanes: • Between NW 103 Street and Okeechobee Road • Between NW 58 Street and NW 36 Street • Between SR 836/Dolphin Expressway and West Flagler Street

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CONTENTS PUBLISHER’S PAGE 14 From Samhain to All Hallows Eve to Halloween

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

CALENDAR PAGE

MANAGING EDITOR Jon Duka

16,18 October 2019

FEATURE STORY

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20 Fox Vein and Laser Experts: Diagnosis & Treatment of Venous Disease, Tattoo Removal & Laser Procedures

COMMUNITY NEWS 22 BOOM! POW! KAPOW! 28 Bahamas Support Flows from Broward County But Much More is Needed 30 Salvation Army Holiday Angel Tree Program Accepting Family Requests

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24 Young Leader of Today Will Be A Future Leader of Tomorrow

SCHOOL NEWS

34 Children’s Harbor Hosts Back to School Splash for Children in Foster Care

PUZZLE PAGE 36 Crossword & Sudoku 44 Answer Key

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44 Potential Complications of Textured Breast Implants

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45 Debunking Myths When Choosing a Memory Care Community

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

40 Fall Happenings in Pembroke Pines

ASK THE SHERIFF 41 Real Time Crime Center

LEGALLY SPEAKING 42 43

Talking About Death Can I Do This on My Own

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 46 The World’s Favorite Magazine

PET OF THE MONTH 47 Meet “Jagger”!

38 Developmental Flatfoot in Children

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From Samhain to All Hallows Eve to Halloween

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o you celebrate the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain? If you or your kids are dressing up to go trick-or-treating this month you just might. Believe it or not, Halloween dates back about 2,000 years to the area that is now Ireland and the British Islands. The Celts, who inhabited those islands at the time, celebrated their new year on November 1st. The day marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter. For the Celts, winter was a period of struggle and often death. They believed that on that night the barrier between the living and the dead would open and the ghosts of the dead would return. The Celts burned huge bonfires and wore costumes consisting of animal skins and even heads. Their priests, called Druids, would attempt to contact the spirits and tell people’s fortunes. After the Romans conquered the British Isles, the celebration was combined with a Roman festival that commemorates the passing of the dead, called Feralia. About 600 years later Christianity had spread throughout Europe and Pope Boniface IV established the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day, which was later changed to All Soul’s Day, in honor of the dead. It was celebrated on the same day and using the same customs as Samhain. The Middle English term “All Hallows” which translates to “All Souls” evolved somewhere along the way to the word Halloween. Much has changed over the last 2,000 years. Today, Halloween is a festive time focused more on children’s enjoyment. No longer do adults wear macabre costumes made of animal skins. Rather, the holiday today features excited children dressed as their favorite fairy tale characters and superheroes merrily going from house to house collecting bags full of candy. How ever you choose to celebrate Halloween, make sure it’s fun and safe.

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World Vegetarian Day – Celebrate World Vegetarian Day with your favorite salad! Veggie’s promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism every year on the 1st of October, with a focus on the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

5th Fall Fest at Davie Ranch– Join us for this very special Open Play from 10 am -2 pm and enjoy a beautiful country day at the ranch. Entrance fee of $15/child and $10/adult includes: Unlimited pony and horse rides,Hayride, Hand led horse rides, Petting zoo entry,Chicken coop visit, Bounce house, and treehouse playground. Davie Ranch, 5600 SW 61st Ave, Davie, FL. www.DavieRanch.com

Community Pet Adoption Event – Fall in love with a dog or cat. Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division is partnering with Southwest Ranches to have a pet adoption event. This will be a pawsitively great event! Adoption fees waived. 11AM-2PM. Town of Southwest Ranches Town Hall. 13400 Griffin Road. Ivette 954-434-0008.

14th Meeting of the Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society – Do you like orchids, or, even love them? Interested in learning how to grow and care for the beautiful flowers? The Flamingo Gardens Orchid Society may be the perfect thing for you! The group meeting will be held in the Gallery from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL. The speaker for this meeting will be Allen Black. He will be speaking on Brassovola collata and it’s Hybrids. www.flamingogardensorchidsociety. com 954-554-0825.

SoFIA Fellows program for retired and underemployed adults – SoFIA starts a new program that will harness the power of an older workforce. Sponsored by a generous grant from The Frederick A. Deluca Foundation Inc., the innovative program offers a 10-week training session followed by placement in an unpaid internship with area nonprofits. SOFIA Fellows will enjoy ongoing networking opportunities and inclusion in an alumni job bank. Limited to 15 participants. Application fee of $50 and a one-time enrollment fee of $250. Classes will be held at the SoFIA Tech Lab and Connection (TLC) Center at 2038 N. Dixie Hwy, Suite 102 in Wilton Manors. For more information visit TheSofia.org, email rbanker@TheSofia.org or call (954) 4847117 ext. 112.

15th Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Support Group Meeting – This free group is for people living with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. It features a discussion and guest speakers on topics ranging from medical research and coping mechanisms to disability benefits and medications. Friends and family are welcome to attend. David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Nina and Louis Silverman Campus, in the Holocaust Learning Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road,Davie, FL. 954-434-0290

18th Halloween at the Old Davie School of Folkcraft & History – Pack your wand and flashlight to travel back in time! 2 nights! Oct 18th & 25th. Explore the school and learn about the Muggles of Davie, mix delicious potions, fly your broom and more! A Magical Halloween adventure for the whole family! 6 pm-9 pm. Last entry at 8:15 pm. 6650 Griffin Road, Davie, FL

12th ArtServe’s 30th Anniversary Season Preview VIP Reception – Tickets are $75 each and include gourmet bites and drinks, a gallery display by local visual artists and performances by featured artists of all genres. All proceeds and gifts support ArtServe’s artistic, educational and public service goals. https://artserve.org/season-preview. 6 to 9 p.m. at ArtServe, located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

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13th Annual Country Roads Arts & Crafts Festival!! – Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park, 5840 SW 148 Avenue Southwest Ranches, FL. 10 am - 4 pm. For Information www.southwestranches.org

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24th 23rd City of Pembroke Pines Annual Halloween Tea Party -It’s that time of the season to grab your costumes, wands, capes, hats, masks fangs and makeup for the “Witch’s Brew” Annual Halloween Tea Party. 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at The City of Pembroke Pines Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines Advanced reservations are required to be made no later than October 16, 2019 to reserve seating. The cost to attend is $18 per person. For additional information contact Suzy Felix at

954-450-6888 The City of Pembroke Pines Hosts Coffee with the Mayor – Pembroke Pines residents are cordially invited to enjoy “Coffee with the Mayor” as a part of Florida City Government Week. 8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in the Lobby of the City of Pembroke Pines Charles F.

Fright Night at the Library – An eerie evening full of spooky fun at the grownups only Halloween party. Unearthly live entertainment, light refreshments including spiked blood punch. The evening will feature a presentation from War Party Paranormal, tarot card readings, palm readings and a costume party. 6:309PM. $10, guests 21 and over. South not-so-spooky folk tales by puppeteer and storyteller Katie Adams. 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Southwest Regional Library Auditorium 111. 954-357-7110 ArtServe’s 30th Anniversary Season Preview Community Reception - FamilyFriendly weekend outing, 3 to 5 p.m. 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $20 each and include pizza, arts activities for kids and a one-of-akind performance; admission is free for children 12 and under. https://artserve. org/season-preview

Ninth Annual Rotary Club of MiramarPines BINGO lunch. –Support Local and International Youth Projects, including: Pac-A-Sack - feeding needy children locally. Fundamira - educating children in Colombia. Exceptional Theater Company - theater experience for special needs adults and children. 11:00AM. $50.00 donation includes buffet lunch with dessert, 1 bingo card per game, 1 door prize ticket, and entertainment. Pembroke Lakes Golf and Racquet Club 10500 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL. Reservations: 305528-6413 or 954-258-1277

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28th Regional/ Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd Pembroke Pines, FL 33024. (954) 201-8849

26th The Museum of Discovery and Science “Speakeasy” Gala. -Guests will experience an exciting evening complete with a high-energy cocktail reception, impressive live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing.All proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum’s mission to provide experiential pathways in lifelong learning in science for children and adults and will provide the necessary funds to support the Museum’s programs and community outreach. Black Tie attire 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 Saint David’s Carnival – St. David SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets Catholic Church welcomes everyone can be purchased on www.blacktieto the annual fall carnival. Patrons southflorida.com or by contacting are invited to attend the 4-day event at Hillary Wallace at 954-713-0918 or 3900 S. University Drive in Davie. Rides, hillary.wallace@mods.net. live entertainment, shopping, freshly Harvest Howl – Shadow puppet prepared food, and more. Discount show followed by crafts and games! tickets are now on sale. For times and Recommended for ages 5 and up. Enjoy

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aricose veins are not just a cosmetic problem. They can make your legs ache, burn, throb, itch, and cramp. Untreated varicose veins tend to get worse over time. They can cause leg swelling, phlebitis (inflammation of the vein), thrombosis (blood clots in the vein) and even skin ulcers.. Fox Vein Experts is focused on helping patients find relief from varicose veins. Providing relief from the pain and embarrassment of varicose veins is their focus and passion. No one has more advanced techniques and no one cares more about their patient’s health and recovery than the friendly staff at Fox Vein and Laser Experts. They treat much more than just varicose veins, however. Unwanted hair, tattoos, sunspots and wrinkles can be safely and effectively removed using the latest scientific innovations combined with the most advanced laser system available. We also offer Skin Wave a hydrofacial which is amazing. It sucks

Dr. Susan B. Fox and her team have successfully performed tens of thousands of vein procedures.

out impurities and uses alpha and beta hydroxy acids and led lights to moisturize and make the skin glow Dr. Susan B. Fox, D.O., RPVI, FSVM is board certified in vascular medicine, phlebology, internal medicine and is a vein and laser expert. She, and her team, have successfully performed tens of thousands of vein and laser procedures. She has lectured across the county, even developing her own procedures and techniques. Fox Vein and Laser Experts have received numerous awards, including the 2019 Best of Weston and the 2018 Our City Readers’ Choice awards. Dr. Fox has also been featured on American and Latin America television programs as a vein expert. She has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years. We sat down with Dr. Fox to learn more about the practice. Tell us about your practice. We are a premier vein and laser treatment center in Broward County, with locations in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood. We specialize in the

diagnosis and treatment of venous disease as well as offering several minimally invasive treatments, using our state-of-the-art laser equipment, to treat other issues. We are one of the only providers in South Florida with the PicoWay® laser. This allow us to remove unwanted tattoos and skin discolorations more effectively and more quickly than other methods. With tens of thousands of successful procedures, we have the experience to remove or reduce spider and varicose veins. We help our patients reduce swelling, aching and discomfort. Our medical team evaluates each patient’s individual Before condition and helps them determine which treatment is right for them. We accept most medical insurance plans for medically necessary procedures and offer payment After options for cosmetic procedures. What makes your practice different from others? We are experienced experts in treating vascular disease and skin treatments. In fact, Fox Vein and Laser Experts is a training facility for vein procedures. I have successfully taught physicians and medical personnel in the treatment of venous disease and the use of lasers for over a decade. I was one of the first doctors in the country to perform endovenous laser ablation and I have performed thousands of successful endogenous laser ablations for over a decade. I was the first physician in Broward County

to perform the ClariVein® procedure and one of the first in the U.S. to offer this treatment. In short, we are very experienced at what we do. Our patients’ health and the success of the procedure are our priority. What is Vein Disease? Vein disease is a disorder that occurs when vein valves stop functioning correctly. Normally, the vein valves keep blood moving back toward the heart. When the valves stop functioning properly, some blood will drip slowly downward, causing it to collect in the legs and ankles. Over time, this can lead to spider veins, varicose veins, phlebitis, blood clots and changes in the skin. According to studies, more than ¼ of American adults have some form of venous disease in their legs. Left untreated, you may notice more discolored veins in your legs, or your ankles becoming swollen and turning brown or blue. If you are noticing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to call our office for a consultation. Do You offer Hair Removal? Yes! In addition to being an effective tool for treating spider veins and sunspots, our GentleMax Pro® laser is incredibly effective at hair removal. Laser hair removal is one of the most convenient and long-lasting ways to eliminate unwanted hair. This machine delivers direct bursts of laser energy to the skin, passing through its uppermost layers and targeting follicles. As the follicles absorb this energy, they will rupture. After the follicle has ruptured, it is no longer able to produce hair. Over a series of treatments, all of the follicles in an area will be ruptured, halting hair growth and leaving the surface of the skin smooth and hair-free. The GentleMax Pro® laser is so quick and


s & Treatment of ser Procedures effective, it decreases the number of treatments patients need. Typically, between four and six sessions over a 12-month period are necessary to achieve dramatic hair loss results. You mentioned tattoo removal, tell us more. Tattoos can be a fun, creative way for people to express themselves. However, sometimes, people regret getting these permanent works of art – that’s why we’re proud to offer our patients access to the gold standard of laser tattoo remove technology – The PicoWay® Laser. Older tattoo removal treatments

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tend to cause patients extreme discomfort, are often risky for people with darker skin tones and commonly are not as effective on colorful or dark tattoos. PicoWay® tattoo removal can remove tattoos with a wide variety of pigments and on patients of all skin types, faster, more effectively and with less pain than traditional tattoo removal methods. Older laser treatments use concentrated laser energy delivered in a consistent beam to break up tattoo pigmentation. These treatments can be somewhat effective in breaking up tattoos but often small bits of pigmentation are left behind. The treatments can also

be quite difficult for some patients to tolerate. The PicoWay® laser uses short bursts of laser energy to break up pigmentation. These short bursts are more effective and less painful than traditional laser treatments. Can PicoWay® be used for scar removal as well? Yes, the PicoWay® laser is also quite effective at removing or reducing scars. Because the laser uses short, intense bursts of light, treatment times are significantly shorter than other laser-based scar revision procedures. Patients typically experience little to no downtime following a treatment session as well. What other procedures to you offer? We now offer the Vivace™ Microneedle treatment. This, FDA approved, minimally invasive treatment stimulates the natural production of collagen and is shown to be effective in alleviating facial wrinkles, fine lines, and tightening and toning the face, neck, hands and body. This procedure is quick, does not hurt and has virtually no recovery time. How can patients make an appointment? Patients can make an appointment at either of our locations by calling 954-627-1045 or by visiting our website www. FoxVeinExperts.com

Fox Vein & Laser Experts n Most insurances are accepted. Fox Vein Experts is located at 2699 Stirling Road, Suite 301-302, in Hollywood and 603 N. Flamingo Road, Suite 365, in Pembroke Pines. For information, call 954-965-4922 or visit www.foxveinexperts.com. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY PEMBROKE PINES | OCTOBER 2019 21


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APOW! The fun word is often seen in cartoon format meaning a “cry out” of satisfaction, awesomeness, or accomplishment is wellsuited for the organization bearing its’ same acronym. Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) certainly has accomplished a lot in its 28 years! The awesome group of individuals and community partnerships under the direction of Learning for Success/KAPOW President John Casbarro has grown immensely and successfully in the past couple of decades. “The KAPOW program brings volunteers into schools and students into the workplace to help them connect their school experiences with its application in the workplace and life,” explained Casbarro. Most recently, the outstanding organization recognized the City of Pembroke Pines for their nineteenyear partnership. This celebration included Mayor Ortis, the city manager, commissioners, city officials, the many school partners, and of course, the many volunteers who supported the 370 students from Pines/FSU Charter, Pines Charter West, and Silver Palms Elementary. It was also announced that the program will be launched at Pembroke Pines Charter East this year.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our staff and volunteers for partnering with KAPOW because this program truly changes children’s lives,” said Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “To discover and learn about all the various jobs in our community opens new worlds and opportunities for students who might otherwise not be aware of what’s out there. And, it’s a lot of fun for all involved.” “Last year in KAPOW I learned valuable skills related to communication and team building. I also learned how these things help in a job and life. It will help me to succeed in school and in the future,” expressed Allyson Mendieta, a former 5th Grade KAPOW student. The celebration concluded with an award ceremony and a legendary video created by Johnny Mullin from the PPFD. The KAPOW School Coordinator of the Year was presented to Pines/FSU Charter teacher Lauren Hindmarsh. The KAPOW Volunteer of the

Year award was given to Andrew Feldman. City departments who hosted field trips for students also received awards and were accepted by Captain Cerino and Chief Picarello. Christina Sorensen accepted the award on behalf of the Cultural Arts Center. Lastly, to express KAPOW’s appreciation to the City of Pembroke Pines, Mayor Ortis, and the Commissioners were honored with the final award of the evening. “We want to thank Charles Dodge for his leadership in initiating this program with the City, Aner Gonzalez, who helps coordinate our partnership, and the heads of all the Departments of the City who have supported the participation of employees in their departments throughout the years. It’s an honor and a privilege to work with the City and these partners,” added Casbarro.

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n 1985, a Connecticut educator saw an opportunity to make the world her classroom. Fortunately, with the help of a congressional staff member, she arranged a trip for her students to visit the nation’s capital so they could attend the second Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan. This special field trip through Envision was inspirational and better than anyone could have imagined. Students were able to see their true potential as learning through experience is what most educators believe to be the best way students learn. Fast forward three decades and Envision has become part of the WorldStrides family, the largest provider of educational travel and experiences for more than 400,000 students annually in over 100 countries. Each year they select high-aspiring students in elementary school through post-graduate levels to attend their programs designed to help students develop the leadership, scholarship and career skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive college and career landscape. Dylan McCormick was nominated by Silver Trails Middle School and was one of the chosen to attend the

Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. this past summer. The ambitious eighth grader joined other outstanding middle school students from across the nation to take part in the unique academic and career-oriented experience. “As an alumna of Envision myself, I was excited for Dylan McCormick to meet, work, and collaborate with other high-aspiring students from across the country,” said Amanda Freitag Thomas, SVP for Envision. As a scholar who always strives to be his best, Dylan was the recipient of The Principals Award. He is also active in STEM and Robotics Competitions, as well as, Speech and Debate. “I was very excited to develop my leadership skills and apply them across the board to my broad spectrum of interests in Science to Architecture,” said Dylan. At the conference, the 7th and 8th-grade students spent six days in and around the nation’s capital where they got to experience the power of democracy among the monuments, collaborate and discover solutions to issues faced today, learn from exemplary stories of courage, and spend a night in a museum.

The empowering program enabled students to discover their passion, explore a career, make a difference, and realize their dreams. “I learned how to work together with others, as well as our nations’ history and more about how our country’s government works. My favorite part of the program was visiting the Capitol Building and seeing the inside the workings of our legislative branch and meeting all of these people that had incredibly bright futures,” added Dylan.

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following the storm. In fact, even before the storm left the islands, South Floridians were organizing supplies, raising funds and dreaming up logistics plans. Several small armadas of sail boats, yachts and ferries brought urgent supplies immediately after the storm. Bahamas Consul General Lind Mackey thanked the community but noted, “we are in urgent need of help. As a people, we are hoping to get past the next few weeks.”

It is believed that almost half the homes on grand Bahamas have been destroyed or severely damaged and more than 60,000 islanders are still in need of basic necessities like food and drinking water. Aid organizations have stepped in to provide longterm assistance as the islands begin to rebuild. You can help by: • Donating to the United Nation’s relief organization, UNICEF. Visit www.donate.unicefusa. org to help. • Donate to the Bahamas Dorian Relief Fund at www.bahamas.gov.bs • Donate blood to the Red Cross • Visit Charity Navigator at www. charitynavigator.org to find highly rated charitable organizations Another way to support the Bahamas is to visit soon. Tourism accounts for as much as 60% of Bahamanian GDP and about half of the jobs. As strange as it sounds, perhaps the best way to help our friends off the coast, is to pay them a visit soon.

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Salvation Army Holiday Angel Tree Program Accepting Family Requests BY TERRY JAILLET

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re you a family in need or know of a parent that has fallen on hard times? The Salvation Army of Broward County is now accepting family requests for participation in its Angel Tree Program. The nonprofit organization’s signature holiday initiative provides gifts to underserved children ages 10 and under. Financially challenged parents looking to brighten their children’s holidays may visit The Salvation

Army of Broward County at 1445 West Broward Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale though October 4 (or until demand is met) to receive an appointment card. Lobby hours are Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each year, the Salvation Army of Broward County delivers more than 3,200 gifts and holiday cheer to Broward County recipients. It works with several other agencies in our community to identify and qualify those families who need the most help. Families who meet the guidelines for assistance will be notified for program participation. Their children’s holiday gift wishes will be become “angel” ornament tags that decorate holiday trees strategically located throughout Broward County, as well as listed on a special virtual Angel Tree

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n The Salvation Army is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “meeting human needs without discrimination.” Since 1926, The Salvation Army has been active in Broward County serving thousands of our most needy community members. Today, it offers a number of vital programs including its Economic Stability Program, the Open Door Project emergency shelter, a food pantry, transitional family housing, New Beginnings for pregnant homeless women and disaster services. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyflorida.org/fortlauderdale or call (954) 524-6991


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THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR PANCREATIC CANCER PATIENTS Patients diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer have few treatment options. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation or IRE for short has changed that for many patients who are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies. Dr. Robert Donoway, who has one of the largest International experiences for performing this procedure on the pancreas and liver is a Hollywood based, Sloan Kettering trained Pancreatic Surgical Oncologist, and former medical director of two of the local cancer programs remains among a very small handful of Pancreatic surgeons who perform the procedure which is done in the operating room as an outpatient.

Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Diplomate American Board of Surgery Diplomate, Society of Surgical Oncology Former Medical Director Memorial Cancer Center Medical Director, Atlas Oncology: Institute for Pancreatic Cancer IRE/NanoKnife Ablation

During the procedure, Dr. Donoway places fine needle probes under direct ultrasound guidance into and around the pancreatic tumor while carefully avoiding critical structures. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is then delivered in 90-microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The pulses destroy the cancer cell membranes which then causes the tumor to die and be absorbed by the body. The average procedure lasts approximately 1-2 hours and the patients may be discharged the following day. A brief recovery means the patient can start chemotherapy and radiation that much sooner. Dr. Donoway is participating in several clinical studies identifying the best chemotherapy and immunotherapies to be used along with IRE. Dr. Donoway states, “The results so far have been very encouraging and we have begun using it for other select cancers. The longest survivors are now out over 5 years and without evidence of cancer recurrence. In the past, without IRE they would have been likely to have only lived a year and so this technique opens the whole new avenue for treating those eligible patients in a more targeted fashion.”

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r. Donoway is a board certified Fellowship-trained Surgical Oncologist who received his MD and Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Sloan-Kettering where he was the General Motors Cancer Research Fellow. He has taught on the faculty at Penn, Sloan-Kettering, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern. Dr. Donoway is the former Medical Director of the Memorial Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Cancer Committee for the Memorial Healthcare System as well as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Memorial Regional in Hollywood. Dr. Donoway served on the Board of the American Cancer Society & Gildas Club. He has also served as past President of the American Cancer Society Broward County Chapter. Dr. Donoway is active in the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Pancreatic Association. His accomplishments include being the first Surgeon in Florida to perform Radio Frequency Ablation as well as Laparoscopic Liver Resection. Dr. Donoway is a recent recipient of the South Florida Health Award for the use of Micro-Endoscopy for the detection of early stage Breast Cancer. Dr. Donoway is the Medical Director of the Institute of Breast Cancer Prevention and has been repeatedly named to “TOP DOCTORS IN AMERICA” by Castle Connolly. Dr. Donoway is the ONLY surgeon in Florida performing specialized Pancreatic and Liver ablation therapy for non-resectable tumors. Dr. Donoway is the Former Chair of the Aventura Cancer Committee at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Donoway has privileges and operates at Aventura Hospital, Memorial Regional, Memorial South and Memorial West. Phone: 954-986-6366, 305-682-1995 • Fax: 954-986-4355 www.AtlasOncology.com


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Children’s Harbor Hosts Back to School Splash for Children in Foster Care BY JON DUKA

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rea Foster kids enjoyed one last summer splash to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the new school year. The children enjoyed splashing down a large water slide, playing water games and feasting on scrumptious barbecue. The event took place on the eight-acre campus of nonprofit agency Children’s Harbor. Children’s Harbor’s aims to provide a safe harbor for and to support at-risk children, youth, and families. The Back to School Splash was held in partnership with the Girl Scouts. “Children in foster care have worries that most students don’t, making a new school year more difficult for them,” said Tiffani Dhooge, Children’s Harbor CEO. “Our goal is to help these children

succeed and truly enjoy and embrace this time of year. The Back to School Bash was one last celebration of summer and a fun way to kick-off the new school year.” A Key aspect of the approach at Children’s Harbor is their focus on keeping siblings together. Seperation from parents can be extraordinarily stressful for kids. Ensuring they are kept together with a brother or sister can make a huge difference in the outcome for a Foster Child. The Center also provided backpacks to more than

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150 students, thanks to generous donations from community members. Providing school supplies to at-risk children provides a double benefit. It ensures the students are prepared on the first day of school and it helps them feel like they are no different from other students at their schools. Established in 1996, Children’s Harbor is a nationally accredited nonprofit agency with a mission to provide a safe harbor and support to at risk children, youth, and families-keeping brothers and sisters together, strengthening families, and rebuilding lives.


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fatigue with activity, especially in young children or teenagers. Inner leg, ankle and foot pain with activity is common. Other symptoms occasionally associated with flatfeet are inner knee pain and lower back pain. Signs of developmental flatfoot include lowering or complete collapse of the arch. The front part of the foot is turned out relative to the back part of the foot and the arch bulges towards the inside of the ankle. Knock-knees are common, which exasperates the deformity. The feet, ankles, and legs just do not appear right upon examination or when the patient is standing. The child can be overweight and lacks athletic ability. General inactivity or avoidance of activity in children is common. Abnormal shoe wear as well as a child or teenager that does not run correctly occurs due to the deformity. Treatment begins with a complete physical examination of the lower extremity and spine to find the underlying cause. This includes examining the child’s gait (walking pattern). Physical therapy may be prescribed to strengthen weak muscles and loosen tight muscles and to help

improve overall coordination. Occasional immobilization of the extremity to loosen up tight muscles with a walking cast is necessary to decrease the deforming force of the calf muscle on the flatfoot. Custom molded shoe insoles (orthotics) to help permanently support the foot and put it in its proper position may be recommended. In most cases, this will overnight correct the fatigue and leg pain that the child experiences. It will also help to allow better performance in activities of daily living or sports. In some cases when conservative treatment fails, surgery can be done to help with the problem. The appropriate treatment plan can be a lifechanging experience for the child. Prognosis is excellent, especially with timely management of the problem. 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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very year I host a “State of the City Address” to inform and update residents and businesses about our great city’s achievements, the current status, our plans and a glimpse of our city’s future. Throughout August and September, six State of the City meetings were held across the city.  We had a great turnout, and everyone got a chance to ask questions and learn more about our city.  If you were unable to attend any of these meetings, I encourage you to watch our “State of the City” video being shown on Comcast Channel 78 and U-verse Channel 99, as well as on our website on my page at www.ppines.com.   The City of Pembroke Pines is celebrating “Florida City Government Week”, October 21 – 27, 2019. Sponsored by the Florida League of Cities, this is a time to encourage residents to learn more about their Municipal government, participate in city activities, raise public awareness about the services that cities perform and to educate the public on how city government works. The City will be hosting our third annual “Coffee with the Mayor” on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 8:00 am-9:30 am at the Charles F. Dodge City Center Lobby, 601 City Center Way. I look forward to spending time with you over a nice cup of coffee. October is a busy month in the City of Pembroke Pines and we hope to see you at all the activities and events being 6/20/18 5:13 heldPMaround the city such as “The Fifth Annual Bow Wow Ween” which will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Craig Rupp Dog Park, 9751 Johnson Street. This event is free for dogs and their owners. Later in the month, come out and enjoy “Jazz in the Pines”. The free concert will feature the band Sound of Vision on Sunday, October 20, 2019, from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way. I also encourage everyone to come to our “Pines Night Out” on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Charles F. Dodge City Center. This free event features food, music, a costume contest, demonstrations, displays, and the opportunity to meet our local Police and Fire Departments. The month ends with another fun and free event, “BOO-VILLE”! This holiday event will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Charles F. Dodge City Center, there will be Trick-or-Treat stations, contests, a pumpkin patch, and plenty of fun activities for ghouls and boys of all ages. For more information, please call the Special Events office at 954-3922116 or visit the City’s website at www.ppines.com/specialevents . As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 954-450-1020, or by email at fortis@ppines.com.

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Real Time Crime Center BY SHERIFF GREGORY TONY hen time is of the essence and lives are on the line, it is the job of law enforcement to respond to an incident quickly, decisively and effectively. With the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy still weighing heavily on our minds, Broward residents are unfortunately all too aware that any delay in action can cost lives. Since taking leadership of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, my team and I developed and implemented proactive public safety initiatives to keep our schools safe. Our efforts have proven to be pivotal in strengthening our school security. Our mission is far from complete. We are always striving to improve and stay at the forefront of emerging technology — utilizing every resource available and maximizing its impact. Recently, we launched the brand new, state-of-the-art Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) — a powerful crime fighting and crime prevention center that is safeguarding our schools. The RTCC gives us the ability to monitor real life situations in real time, Today, BSO has direct access to live video feeds, monitoring nearly 10,000 cameras in more than 260 public schools and administrative buildings, with plans in the works with Broward County Public Schools to add several thousand more in the near future. Should an incident arise, we begin working a case as soon as it’s reported — saving valuable time. It has the capability of protecting lives and preventing incidents of mass violence. The center is equipped with cutting-edge technology that allows us to identify and investigate potentially dangerous threats to our community better and take swift and effective action to neutralize the threat and mitigate damage. Because of the RTCC, we can obtain critical information and relay it to the responding deputies within minutes or even seconds — far less time and much more accurate than in the past. Originally housed in a 350 square foot office space at the Public Safety Building, the new RTCC operates in a 2,600 square foot area. It has a 40-foot front-video wall, a 16-foot side-video wall and 20 workstations for RTCC personnel. The estimated total cost for the RTCC is $2 million. It is being paid for by reappropriating funds within our budget and acquiring grants. Since January, the RTCC has conducted roughly 150 drills within Broward County Public Schools to test the camera system. RTCC personnel have also monitored and given tactical guidance to officers at the scene of numerous incidents within the schools, including lockdowns for crimes happening on and off school property. Though focused right now on our schools, we are seeking to expand into partnerships with private businesses, houses of worship and anyone interested in protecting their community. If you would like to participate, please visit us at https://www.sheriff.org.

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Talking About Death BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE ooner or later we all die. It will happen to me, and as upsetting as it may be to think about, it will happen to you, too. It’s simply a fact. And while we don’t know when or how death will occur, we hope the end comes peacefully when we are very old, surrounded by those we love, having lived a long and good life. No one lives forever. Death is a part of life, yet most people find the topic very difficult to think about and especially hard to discuss with others. Talking about what will happen to your family when you pass away can be a very emotional subject. And as with all emotionally-charged subjects, it is often easier to ignore. Or think about later. Is estate planning on your “to do” list? Perhaps you are superstitious. Can just talking about something make it more likely to happen? It is common for me to learn that new clients have taken months, often years, from the time they first started thinking about estate planning to when they called our office to schedule a consultation. For many, life provides a burst of motivation encouraging you to take care of matters sooner rather than later. Perhaps a health scare, or a vacation overseas? It may also be seeing the aftermath of a tragedy or the death of a friend or family member. Without proper planning, a grieving family is left to clean up the legal and financial mess left behind after the death of a loved one, during a very emotional time. Is that the last “gift” you want to leave to those you love? So how do you prepare to face what may happen to your family after you are gone? Is it necessary to have a will, a durable power of attorney, or other estate planning documents? The best place to start is by educating yourself as to what estate planning is. There are many websites devoted to wills, trusts, and other documents that you can explore. Take a look at our website and blog at www.idenlaw.com. By learning about the subject, it may be easier to discuss your needs. It won’t make you an expert, but when you consult an attorney you will be better prepared to formulate questions, which leads to the next step. Consider contacting an estate planning attorney to arrange a consultation. Many estate planning attorneys do not charge for this initial meeting. Keep in mind that you need to feel comfortable and at ease with the attorney and office staff you select. Chemistry is important, as are qualifications . Find someone you trust. Remember not all attorneys specialize in estate planning; some just dabble. Ask questions. Do your research. Look for competence and shared values.

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LEGALLY SPEAKING

Can I Do This on My Own? BY EVAN BARON am often asked whether having an attorney is really necessary for individuals going through a divorce. I explain that there is no requirement that a party has legal representation but in most instances it would be a disadvantage. This is especially true if your spouse does in fact have an attorney representing him/her. An individual representing himself/herself must comply with the rules of evidence and procedure. That is not an easy task. Of course, this is assuming that a case winds up in court and before a Judge. The reality is that the great majority of divorce cases are settled by Agreement of the parties, either through direct negotiation or mediation. Does this mean that legal representation is less important? That of course would depend on a number of factors, such as the complexity of the case and the emotional state of one or both parties. It has been my experience over the many years that I have been practicing, that decisions made from emotions, are usually the wrong decisions.

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In the past few months I have had several individuals come into my office to discuss the Agreements that they have already signed. Marital Settlement Agreements are binding contracts and therefore once signed are enforceable. Realizing after you sign, that you may have made the wrong decision, is not the basis for setting aside an agreement. In many of these instances, one or both parties were without representation. In almost every instance the party who is sorry that he/she signed did so because they were tired of fighting and just wanted to get it done. That gave them immediate satisfaction, that the case was settled. Unfortunately, when they were able to consider the actual terms of the Agreement, each of them realized that a mistake was made. It is possible to set aside an Agreement, but it is very difficult. A person must be able to show either fraud or duress. As stated earlier, a claim that a mistake was made, is not a legal basis to set aside the agreement. There are ways to avoid getting into such a difficult situation. Having an attorney guide you through the negotiation process should prevent you from making the wrong decision. Divorce is an emotional experience which can affect how participants react to certain issues. I have seen logical, rational and intelligent people make decisions based upon emotions; such as anger, hate or guilt. Emotions disappear over time, signed Agreements do not. My advice is to never sign a Marital Agreement just to get it “over with”. If you have any doubts, walk away. Listen to your attorney, who can advise you based upon the law and not emotion. So even if your case results in negotiation and not litigation, having an Attorney by your side may save you a great deal of hardship in the future. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY PEMBROKE PINES | OCTOBER 2019 43


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MYTH: Residents with dementia should live among other residents who have the same level of ability or disability. FACT: While grouping similar care needs might make the care providers’ life easier, people with dementia thrive when they’re stimulated mentally, socially and physically. This happens best when everyone interacts. Research has revealed that even residents with significant impairment can sense another resident’s needs, and experience feelings FACT: The ideal place for your loved one is within of purpose, fulfillment and contentment when they an environment that is most like the one they are have opportunities to offer support. accustomed to—the one that will feel most like home. MYTH: Residents with dementia are incapable While you might equate “fancy” with “best,” make of making safe decisions for themselves; only staff your decisions based on your loved one’s day-to-day should be trusted to make decisions. experience. Oftentimes large or highly decorated FACT: Residents of a memory care community places are confusing, disorienting and overstimulatshould be encouraged to have a voice and be autonomous. When people lose the ability to make decisions ing for people with dementia. Technology can also be for themselves, they withdraw emotionally and physi- confounding; tender human interaction with professional, attentive staff is most important. cally. The community’s environment should utilize dementia care best-practices to help residents feel Stay up to date on the latest in dementia care news, as well empowered to make decisions, even if they struggle to as information about upcoming, free, educational seminars for do things on their own. caregivers. Contact Artis Senior Living of Davie to be placed on our MYTH: The best community is the one with the mailing list. Simply call 877-205-6863 or visit www.TheArtisWay. com/OurCityDavie grandest building and the latest technology.

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SAINT DAVID CHURCH & SCHOOL CARNIVAL Carnival Hours:

OCTOBER 24,25,26,27 2019 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT featuring:

Thursday, October 24 Lu White: 6:30 - 9:30pm

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Friday, October 25 The Decades: 7:00 - 10:00pm Saturday, October 26 Sing It Karaoke: 2:00 - 5:00pm Nee’s Kung Fu: 5:00 - 6:00pm Big City Dogs: 7:00 - 10:00pm Sunday, October 27 Saint David School 1:00 - 2:00pm Rick Malinowski: 3:00 - 5:30pm Pure Dynamics: 6:00 - 6:30pm Fire & Ice: 7 - 10pm No pets allowed (proof of permit required)

4-Day Unlimited Ride Bracelets

$50

Specials available in the Church until 6pm on Thursday, October 24th. No credit cards on advance ticket purchase. Not valid with other offers or prior purchases.

Offer expires 10/24/19.

Rides & Attractions for All Ages* *Height restrictions may apply

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