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CONTENTS

PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

PUBLISHER PAGE 14 Happy Holidays

MANAGING EDITOR Jon Duka

CALENDAR 16,18 December, 2019

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

FEATURE STORY 20 Home Care Assistance: Because Living at Home is the Best Way to Live

ART DIRECTOR Jacqueline Allard

COMMUNITY NEWS

GRAPHIC DESIGNER Tom Rowe

22 Holiday Season in Pembroke Pines is Snow Much Fun! 30 Santa’s Express is On its Way. Courtesy of the City of Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue

ASK THE EXPERT 38 Heel Spur Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis

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44 Do your hands give away your age?

LEGALLY SPEAKING 39 Holiday Time Sharing

SCHOOL NEWS

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24 Pembroke Pines Charter School Where Volunteering is a Pleasure 28 Broward Schools Take A ‘Magic Leap’

CAN DO KID 32 Local Girl Scouts Keep Rescue Horses in “No Fly Zone”

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 37 Staying up Late on Weekends is Detrimental to Your Health

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR 40 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year in the Most Wonderful City

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he holiday season is upon us. Living in such culturally and religiously diverse communities, the winter holidays can have very different meanings to all of our readers. One thing that seems to be constant, regardless of faith or heritage, is our tendency to celebrate with friends and loved ones. Our family tradition is to celebrate on Christmas Eve Eve (two days before Christmas) with an extended family dinner, followed by a white elephant gift exchange. If you’ve never played, it’s quite simple and entertaining. Participants bring a wrapped gift. Each player, in turn, gets to unwrap a new gift or “steal” one that someone has already unwrapped. Feel free to adopt our family’s holiday tradition as your own. It is always great fun. Speaking of adopting holiday traditions… Our kids beg us each year to celebrate Festivus, the secular holiday made famous on the sitcom Seinfeld. Coincidentally, it is also celebrated on Christmas Eve Eve. Our 16-year-old son is particularly interested in adopting Festivus’ “airing of the grievances”; so far we have successfully resisted! Our family, along with our extended family at Our City Media, wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. We hope you enjoy this treasured time with loved ones regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or even Festivus! Best wishes for a festive and safe holiday season.

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1st Farmer’s Market-–Come out for a morning of hometown family fun. Purchase fresh produce and food from local farms. Visit vendors offering artisan foods and products. Find unique handmade gift-ware and crafts. Seasonal monthly market in Davie. 9:00am-1:00pm. Old Davie School, 6650 Davie Road. For more information call (954) 797-1181.

2nd W Ranches December Holiday Lights Contest– It’s that time of the year to let your lights shine! Entry Form Due Today! For more information contact Susan at 954-434-0008 or skutz@ southwestranches.org

Hall and the Community Center. For more information, please call Cooper City Recreation Department at (954) 434-4300, #272.

14th Annual Ribbons for the Children– An art exhibit and silent art auction to raise awareness and funds for children and families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS in our community. Guests will enjoy a champagne wall, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on the artwork donated by more than 60 talented local artists. More than 200 guests are expected to attend. 6 PM- 9 PM. Nova Southeastern University Huizenga College of Business Dr. William S. Spears Courtyard Atrium 3301 College Ave, Davie $75 per ticket before November 1. $100 per ticket after November 1. $25 per ticket for NSU students and faculty. For more information visit http://childrensdiagnostic.com/ ribbons-for-the-children/

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members of Davie schools and civic organizations. An evening of holiday music and entertainment marks the official lighting of Davie Town Hall. Enjoy the Jingle Bell Horse Parade hosted by the South Florida Trail Riders before the ceremony. Visit with Santa and have your picture taken. Refreshments are available for a small fee. 6 PM- 8 PM. Town Hall, 6591 Orange Drive, Davie. For more information call (954) 797-1181

Together with their guardian, children ages eight and under build literacy and engage in art activities related to the current exhibition, Inflated. The featured storybook will be “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free and open to the public. Noon to 1 p.m. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines.

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Free Family Festival Old Davie Christmas– Photos with Santa, Photos with Santa • Old-Fashion Games • Pony Rides Old-Fashion Pony Rides, PettingGames, Zoo • Light Lunch (while supplies last) and a Petting Zoo. Light supplies SPONSORSHIPLunch(while & DONATIONS NEEDED last) 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Free Family Festival. This fun-filled afternoon is made possible by The Old Davie School Historical Museum and donations from the local community. 6650 Griffin Road, Davie, FL 954.797.1044. OLDDAVIESCHOOL.ORG This This fun-filled fun-filled afternoon afternoon is is made made possible possible by by The The Old Old Davie Davie School School Historical Historical Museum Museum and and donations donations from from the the local local community community 6650 GRIFFIN ROAD, DAVIE, FL 33314 • 954.797.1044 OLDDAVIESCHOOL.ORG

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6th Light Up Cooper City at the Park– Kick off the holiday season and light up Cooper City! Enjoy the lights, community youth performances, bounce houses, train rides, craft fair, and children’s activities. Be sure to bring your camera for a special visitor from the North Pole. Children, ages one to eight, can visit with Santa at the gazebo. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Memorial Park located between City

Lighting of the Greens– Visit a display of thousands of lights and over 50 beautifully adorned holiday trees, menorahs, and kinaras decorated by

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SW Ranches December Holiday Lights contest– Santa’s Elves will be out and about through the Town looking for the 3 most festive holiday-decorated homes! Judging takes place today! Kids’ Corner @ The Frank: Story Time Hour– Join The Frank for storytime!

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12th SW Ranches December Holiday Lights contest– And the winners are…. Awards presented to the three Best and Brightest.

14th The Frank Workshop: Abstract Painting – Holiday Edition-In this hands-on workshop led by artist Jill Lefkowitz, participants will learn to paint on three-dimensional objects such as vases and glasses to create a custom gift hand-painted with their own striking compositions and bold designs. All ages welcome. 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. All materials provided and no prior experience is required. No advance registration required. First come, first served. Early arrival recommended as workshops fill up quickly. Seating is limited. Observers not permitted. The Frank – 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines. For more information about The Frank, call 954.392.2120, email thefrank@ppines. com or visit thefrankgallery.org.

Grateful Palate, 3003 NE 32 Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, call 954252-3072 or visit chwinterfest.com.

Pet Express Animal Hospital Annual Cookies with Santa” community event– Santa comes to South Florida a little early to get his pictures taken with your kids and your furry member (dogs and cats!) Free photo with Santa will be taken and posted online for your enjoyment! Also, participate in making your own custom DIY ornament for the tree! Cookies and refreshments will be provided during the party as well as gifts and prizes! Don’t miss it and get there on time! 10 AM- 2 PM. Pet Express Animal Hospital, 4200 S. University Dr. Davie. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/petexpress-annual-cookies-with-santatickets-80528457785?aff=ebdssbdests earch

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17th 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. 12:30 PM. Please call to confirm location. David Posnack Jewish Community Center Nina and Louis Silverman Campus in the Holocaust Learning Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road, Davie. 954-434-0290. Steven Kruger skruger24@aol.com

18th inter Model Train Exhibit Polar Express Night– Southwest Regional Library and the Florida Citrus Model Train Society invite you to enjoy a special Polar Express Pajama Night featuring train rides, Santa visit, interactive model train tours, storytelling, crafts & hot chocolate! All ages. 5:30 PM -7:30 PM Preregister 954-357-6733 or Eventbrite. Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines

Jan 3rd Mr. & Miss Southwest Ranches Pageant –- Watch your local talented cuties and beauties compete for a crown. 6:30 PM. The Rolling Oaks Barn. 17630 SW 56th St, Southwest Ranches. For more information contact Ivette Solera 954-434-0008.

20th Children’s Harbor Winterfest Boat Parade Viewing Party– Children’s Harbor presents its annual Winterfest Boat Parade viewing party. Guests are invited to a premium view of the Intracoastal waterway while enjoying a four-course meal and open bar. Proceeds from the night will benefit Children’s Harbor. 6 to 10 p.m. The

YAA Night Camp/The Grinch (2018)– The Young at Art Museum comes to life at night! Parents enjoy a night out, while the kids have a blast with museum exploration, games, a movie, art activities and more! Bring your favorite pillow or blanket and wear your coolest PJs! Pizza dinner and popcorn snack included. Ages 5-12. 6 PM- 11 PM. $30 for Members. $50 for Non-Members. Young At Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave, Davie. 954-424-0085 info@youngatartmuseum.org

Winter Snow Play– Snow is forecasted for the Town of Davie in December at Winter Snow Play. The Bergeron Rodeo Grounds will be transformed into the North Pole for an evening of holiday fun including 20 tons of snow. Children ages 12 and under are invited to play. Bring your cameras for pictures with Santa. Enjoy live performances, children’s activities and winter games. Don’t forget your closed-toe shoes and

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Movie at the Park - Holiday Edition– Get your chairs and blankets ready as Cooper City Recreation presents the holiday-themed movie Elf for your family’s enjoyment. Join us at Memorial Park ( located between City Hall and the Community Center) for a popcorn filled night of family movie fun. 6 PM. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, please call the Cooper City Recreation Department at (954) 434-4300, #272.


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inding someone you can trust to care for an elderly family member can be frustratingly difficult. A qualified and reliable caregiver is a blessing for a family with a parent or grandparent who needs care. Matt and Mariela Rogers, owners of Home Care Assistance, have dealt with these struggles themselves. In fact, it is one of the reasons they founded their company. Home Care Assistance provides quality in-home care to seniors living in and around Pembroke Pines. Their caregivers are known for their responsiveness, empathy and expertise. Their positive and balanced approach to aging is centered on the evolving needs of older adults. It is what enables seniors to live healthier, happier lives at home.

wonderful Great Aunt Willa was clinically diagnosed with long-term dementia at the age of 74. The struggles of dealing with hospitalizations, doctor’s appointments, managing medications, and coordinating medical needs and care left our family confused, frustrated and extremely overwhelmed. Seeing our family struggle during that difficult period helped us realize that caring for an aging family member is a full-

Why is living at home the best way to live? When seniors live at home, they are able to maintain their freedom and a well-deserved quality of life. We can offer you or your loved one a comprehensive alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility.

We sat down with Matt and Mariela to learn more about Home Care Assistance. Why did you start Home Care Assistance? We learned about the challenges that families face when caring for an elderly loved one after Matt’s

What type of care do you provide? We provide personalized care to help you or a loved one live well where most seniors prefer - at home. Our caregivers lend a hand with just about everything from bathing, dressing, and grooming, to preparing meals, medication reminders, and light housekeeping. In addition, our caregivers drive, so they often take clients to doctor’s appointments, to run errands, and even on recreational outings, e.g. the museum or a movie.

We can visit seniors anywhere they need care. We can even accompany seniors on vacations, enabling them to travel in safety and freedom.

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Great Aunt Willa time job and cannot be done alone. This is where our call for making a difference in the transitions of elder people came in, and this inspired us to open our own Home Care Assistance location right here in Pembroke Pines. Thankfully, with the right intervention at a critical time, both Matt’s aunt and parents began to enjoy life again just like before. She lived and enjoyed a simple, balanced life for 6 years in the family farm. Sadly, Aunt Willa passed away in September. We dedicate our growing company to her memory. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crosswords puzzles and her favorite pastime - watching bird feeders at the family farm.

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What part of the care process do you manage? We manage everything. Home Care Assistance manages your caregiver so that you don’t have to. All of our caregivers are employees that are bonded and insured for your protection. Plus, our team manages all aspects of taxes, benefits, and worker’s compensation. We even handle long-term care insurance

claims and payment to make the process stress-free for our clients and their families. What is the Balanced Care Method? The Balanced Care Method is an evidence-based program built on studies that demonstrate that only one-third of our longevity is based on genetics with two-thirds based on lifestyle factors within our control. Home Care Assistance caregivers


How can readers find out more information? You don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help. It’ll be our pleasure to discuss the senior care options available to you or your loved one. Home Care Assistance caregivers provide excellent help at home. Can they assist in locations besides the senior’s residennce? Yes. We can visit seniors anywhere they need care. During hospital stays, our hospital sitters can provide around-the-clock companionship and monitoring for safety. Many residents of senior care communities also hire Home Care Assistance caregivers to provide the personal one-to-one attention they deserve. We can even accompany seniors on vacations, enabling them to travel in safety and freedom.

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Where do most of your clients live? Home Care Assistance provides older adults with quality care in Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Weston, Cooper City, Southwest Ranches, Davie and other cities that surround Pembroke Pines.

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Flexible Care To Fit Your Family’s Needs. Home care services are provided on an hourly or around-the-clock basis. Our caregivers provide support with basic activities of daily living and also have the training and experience to support those living with certain conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Caregivers are also experienced in supporting a successful transition home from the hospital or a rehab facility.

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etween trips to the shopping malls, holiday parties, and baking cookies and treats, it’s a festive, yet hectic time of the year. But we must remember that there a quite a few holiday happenings all around town that should not be missed. For those searching for a unique gift, the 2019 Holiday Ornaments Sale will be held on December 4th and December 6th from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Carl Schecter Southwest Focal Point Community Center, located at 301 NW 103rd Avenue. Handcrafted stoneware ornaments are made by the center’s “Artists in Action” pottery students and staff. A $5 donation is requested per ornament to benefit senior programs at the popular center. However, the most anticipated annual event is SnowFest. For the past four decades, thousands of all ages come out to the Charles F. Dodge City Center, located at 601 City Center Way, to get in the holiday spirit. It doesn’t matter which holiday one celebrates as all are welcome to the free event hosted by the City of Pembroke Pines Recreation and Cultural Arts Department on December 7th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. An abundance of activities will be featured including 75 tons of snow in which to play, a Polar Express slide, a Holiday Carousel and a Gingerbread Bounce House. Children can make their own Santa

Trail Mix, create and take art projects, and enjoy reindeer games. The air will also be filled with the sounds of the holidays with over 500 performers on the holiday stage. Food trucks will also be on-site selling a variety of goodies. “This is a great holiday event for our entire community to enjoy,” said Commissioner Angelo Castillo. “It’s an opportunity for all to gather and share in the holiday spirit together.” Santa and City officials will also need everyone’s help in the lighting of a 35-foot decorated tree on the plaza. The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm.  Although, we are in South Florida,

visitors should also be on the lookout for snow flurries that just may appear throughout the event. Next is the Holiday Open House which will be held at the Carl Schecter Southwest Focal Point Community Center on December 12th. The free annual event which is open to the public is 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The center will be transformed into a holiday wonderland where a multitude of festive holiday exhibits, over 30 themed Christmas trees, live entertainment, hot chocolate and cookies, and most importantly, a visit from Santa will be featured. Finally, as December’s signature holiday approaches, Jazz in the Pines is a nice way to wind down and relax during the season. Grab a blanket or bring some chairs and listen to soothing tunes from the Nikki Kidd Band on the Plaza at the Charles F. Dodge City Center on Sunday, December 22nd from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. There will also be a live art demonstration by artist Jill Leftkowitz. There is free parking, free rides and free activities at SnowFest. Tickets, however, are required for the Snow Area and can be purchased in advance at City Hall, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the third floor in the Recreation and Cultural Arts Offices. For additional locations where tickets can be purchased, please visit www.ppines.com/special events or call the Special Events Office at 954-392-2116.

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or the past 3 years, Leo Sotolongo, Publix Store Manager for store #528, has been volunteering at local elementary schools as part of the Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW) program. This year, the dedicated volunteer has been assigned to Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School where he spends his time with the second graders in Ms. Christine Ortis and Ms. Liz DeCaso’s classrooms. Both educators are big advocates of the KAPOW program. To participate in the KAPOW program, volunteers are assigned to one class at a local elementary or middle school and must visit seven times during the school year for one hour to teach KAPOW’s fun and easy to use, and interactive lessons. Before volunteers begin, a onetime training will explain and educate how the lessons work, how to ensure that they will be successful, and how to have a great time doing it. Visits to work sites are custom designed with their partners to suit each school’s needs and capabilities. “It’s been an honor and privilege to be part of the KAPOW Program, motivating our youth and contributing a small part of shaping their future. The

lessons in the KAPOW program allow us to introduce our youth to different career choices that are available to them in the future. The lessons are interactive and fun which get the students engaged and involved,” explained Sotolongo.  During the second lesson, students made puppets using paper bags of themselves as their future career choice. Some students surprised the animated store manager by designing their puppet to be a Publix store manager. Later during the school year, the students will have an opportunity to have a hands-

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on tour when they get to take a field trip to the local supermarket. They will get a behind-the-scenes tour, so they can see how the popular supermarket chain reduces their carbon footprint by recycling. They will also have a chance to run a register, bag groceries, decorate cookies, and above all learn how to provide premier customer service that is the foundation of the thriving business. “Kapow is a wonderful program that allows me to serve in the community I work. Our founder Mr. George believed that we have to be involved as responsible citizens in our community.  I enjoy seeing the students and their families shopping in my store. They remember and greet me warmly,” added Sotolongo. “Having the opportunity to see me away from school and in the environment where I work, allows them to see what a job looks like in real life and solidifies their understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader in our community.”  KAPOW is always looking for business or individual volunteers, as well as schools interested in participating in the program. For more information about volunteering or how your school can participate, email KAPOW Program Director Tania Reynolds at taniakapow@gmail.com or call 305-338-5548.


DR. BARBARA SHARIEF “Commissioner on a Mission!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Santa’s Express is On its Way. Courtesy of the City of Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue BY TERRY JAILLET

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f you take advantage of your weekends by going to bed late and sleeping in, you may be jeopardizing your health without even knowing it. This common practice, known as “social jet lag,” has become an important circadian marker for health outcomes. Those individuals who are habitually following disordered sleep patterns by going to bed late on the weekends and waking up much later than they do during the week are more likely to experience sleepiness, fatigue, worse mood and poorer health overall, according to research. How is that possible? If you think about traditional jet lag, you may realize fatigue and sleepiness are common symptoms because your sleep schedule is disrupted by long hours of travel and time-change. It could take a couple of hours or days for your body to adjust. Now imagine doing that every week! Even though you may not travel every weekend, going to bed late and waking up later than usual, puts your body through the same experience by disrupting your sleep pattern. What’s even worse is that for many people, this is a weekend habit, so they are literally jetlagged every week. Putting your body through those symptoms on a consistent basis, whether it be because you are out drinking or even at home watching TV, will definitely have you feeling less than ideal and will take a toll on your health. Keep in mind sleep duration does not matter when it comes to the negative adverse effects of social jet lag. Sleeping more hours on the weekend is not a way to catch-up for missed sleep during the week and it will not help you recover from going to bed late as much as setting a consistent sleep schedule. In fact, each hour of social jet lag may increase a person’s likelihood of heart disease by 11 percent. Sleep is crucial for recovery. This is the time your body uses cells to repair damage; it also creates antibodies to fight infections and keep you healthy. In addition, sleep time provides for new learning and memory pathways to be formed in the brain. There are numerous studies linking lack of sleep to undesirable outcomes. Because sleep plays a significant role in our health, experts recommend adults get a minimum of seven to eight hours every single night as consistency is better than trying to catch up at the end of the week. The most important goal in functional medicine is the optimization of health and balance, which cannot happen without adequate sleep. If you are going to bed on time and following a sleep schedule and/or routine but are still unable to rest, at Bellissimo Medical we can help you find the root of the problem as well as guide you into making lifestyle changes that will restore your good health and well-being. Call us today and schedule your free consultation at 954.384.8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette practices Functional Medicine and is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. www.BellissimoMedical.com

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Heel Spur Syndrome and Plantar Fasciitis BY DR. CARLO A. MESSINA

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lantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the main ligament in the arch where it attaches to the heel bone and supports the foot. It is often caused by excessive activity over a short period of time. This condition can occur in flat or high arched feet. Tight muscles, especially the calf and hamstrings, cause increased tension in the fascia. Poor shoe gear, as well as walking barefoot on hard floors for prolonged periods of time, is often a contributing factor. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain first thing in the morning when getting out of bed and putting the foot down to the ground. With walking, the pain usually diminishes. Pain can also occur after sitting for a prolonged period of time or getting out of a car and starting to walk. Occasionally burning, numbness, shooting or tingling into the heel happens with or without weightbearing. Extreme tenderness to touch in the heel or arch region occurs, especially during or after activity. It is commonly associated with lower back pain, due to compensation and abnormal gait. Rarely swelling or discoloration to the heel occurs. Treatment starts with avoiding going barefooted as well as wearing proper shoe gear to support the arch and heel. Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the inflammation, both orally and Ultrasound-guided, may be prescribed. Taping the foot to support it can give immediate relief. A custom molded orthotic (shoe insert) to permanently support the foot and prevent reinjury may be recommended. Frequent stretching of the calf and hamstring muscles to improve overall flexibility is necessary. Night splints are utilized to splint

the foot while sleeping to stretch the muscle in the back of the leg. Occasionally treatment may involve immobilization in a cast or a boot to completely rest the foot depending on the level of pain and discomfort. Physical therapy can be used to decrease pain and inflammation. If conservative measures fail, shockwave therapy (EPAT) or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are used. Endoscopic surgery is a last resort to release a small portion of the ligament from the heel. Prognosis is excellent in over 99% of cases if early and aggressive treatment is performed. No long-term problems are expected, and surgery is rarely necessary for this condition. Carlo A. Messina, DPM, is a Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Diplomate American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Robert Sheinberg, Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. David Shenassa, Dr. Michael Cohen, Dr. Franz Jones and Dr. John Goodner. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www. SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.org.

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BY EVAN BARON ost people think of the holiday season with gleeful anticipation of time with family. For couples who have been through a divorce, the holiday season can often be a very stressful time. This stress can also be felt by the children of a divorced couple. It is not uncommon for holiday visitation issues to surface during this time of year. Hopefully, the parties’ settlement agreement or Parenting Plan is specific as to time sharing. Over the course of approximately 35 years of practice, my clients have experienced many issues concerning holiday visitation. The biggest obstacle to solving an issue in court during this time of year is the reality that court time is very difficult to schedule. Last minute issues will usually will not be addressed. Of course, the parties are always able to try and work things out on their own or with the help of attorneys and mediators. I would certainly suggest not waiting until the “last minute” to address any concerns. The best way to ensure there will be no conflicts during the holidays is to anticipate potential problems ahead of time and address them in the marital settlement agreement and/or Parenting Plan. The more specific your agreement is, the more likely you will not experience conflicts along the way. For couples with minor children Parenting Plans have been mandatory. These Parenting Plans are designed to be very specific as to time sharing in an effort to head off any trouble in years to come. Unfortunately, these Parenting Plans were not used prior to the latter part of 2008 and therefore many existing agreements do not include this provision. I believe the most important thing to remember is that any time-sharing arrangement should always keep the best interest of the children as a priority. Children want to spend time with both parents and this is especially true during the holidays. They also want to be a part of any family gatherings. Sometimes that is not always possible, but advanced planning may be able to achieve this goal. Often parents divide the entire winter break in half, with Christmas day being the “exchange day”. As an example, in odd-numbered years such as 2015 perhaps Dad has the children from the day school ends until noon Christmas Day. Mom will pick up the kids and keep them until school begins again. Next year they can reverse the schedule. In some cultures, Christmas Eve is more of a celebration, so perhaps one parent can celebrate every Christmas Eve and the other Christmas Day. Also remember that “gift giving” is not a competition, with the winner being the parent who spends the most money. Often times the finances of each parent may not be the same and one must buy gifts within his/her budget. For a parent to embarrass the other by purchasing a more expensive and lavish gift is only going to lead to hard feelings and potential problems. Hopefully, the parents can discuss this issue beforehand and plan together. Often parents wish to visit family out of town. Consider the feelings of your former spouse and the children in the planning such a trip. Children have the need to be with extended family during the Holidays. Perhaps holiday trips out of town can be rotated from year to year between parents. Mom and Dad can certainly make the holiday season a joyous time for their children or they can focus on themselves and make it a time that everyone would like to forget. If you need any further questions answered, please feel free to contact my office.

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BY MAYOR FRANK C. ORTIS s the year comes to an end, I can’t help but look back at all the wonderful things Pembroke Pines has accomplished in 2019 due to the help and support of our residents and businesses. Thank goodness Hurricane Dorian decided not to visit our great city this hurricane season. We watched in horror for days as it raged war on Abaco and Grand Bahamas and left the islands devastated. When the coast was clear, however, I was so proud of our City and community for coming together with support efforts to help our island neighbors with cargo truckloads of donations. I’d like to thank our staff for diligently working to ensure that hurricane preparations were made prior to the storm, during, and after. We kept everyone informed via advanced communication measures and via our comprehensive hurricane pages at www.ppines.com/hurricane and social media. I’d also like to thank our many residents for their preparations and for heeding the alerts and notices presented for their protection. There was a lot of good news this year! We were awarded the Florida League of Cities Spirit Award for the Raising Positive Children Forum Series held here at the PuzzleJunction.com City Center to help parents, grandparents and educators become aware of critical issues affecting today’s children. We were also recognized from various sources for being one the “Safest Cities,” “Happiest Cities,” ranked #12 as Best City to Retire In, #10 Best City to Relocated To, #2 Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs, and our FSU Charter Elementary School was ranked as having the “Best Public Elementary School Teacher in Florida”, being the “Best Charter Elementary School in Florida” and the “Best Public Elementary School in Florida”. So let’s celebrate our City and the upcoming holidays. There are many exciting and free events planned throughout the city during this holiday season including our annual “Snowfest”, and our “Holiday Open House” at the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center. You can find many more activities and information on our website at www.ppines. com and on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ cityofpembrokepines. I have great hopes for a new year in which all of our best expectations are met. May it be a safe and joyous holiday season for all of you, with a happy and prosperous new year!

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Your 2020 Resolutions BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE s the holidays approach and 2019 comes to a close, we naturally begin to think ahead to resolutions intended to change habits, improve our health or make things better for ourselves and our families. Resolutions are simply promises we make to ourselves. Perhaps your new year’s resolutions include walking 10,000+ steps each day, eating a cleaner diet or spending more time with your children. Whatever your resolutions may be, consider adding to your list an important one: protecting your loved ones. Let’s look at some basic questions and see if you can answer the following: Who will take care of me if I can’t take care of myself? Do I have adequate insurance? Is there a clear successor to manage my financial and business affairs? Are my personal wishes set forth in writing so they are known and accessible when needed? After I am gone, how will my family and loved ones manage the debts, taxes and other legal obligations I leave behind? Have I created a way to reach important family and financial goals? Who will take over my business if I am disabled or gone? What can I do to increase the probability that my business will survive after me? Who will care for my young children if my spouse and I cannot? What financial protection and instructions have I left for their care? When and how will my spouse, children, and other loved ones receive their inheritance? How can I be sure they receive their gifts in a manner which maximizes use and enjoyment but protects against creditors, predators or their own possible fiscal mismanagement?

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Do your hands give away your age? BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. he focus of anti-aging procedures often rests in the rejuvenation of the face. A person’s hands are often neglected, and therefore remain a telltale sign of aging. The hands are continuously exposed to environmental elements. There are distinct signs of aging seen in one’s hand appearance. Characteristics that are treatable with minimally invasive procedures include visible tendons, the bony appearance, visible/prominent veins along with skin pigmentation changes and wrinkles. These changes occur as a result of progressive thinning of the skin overlying the back of the hand with increased skin laxity and loss of soft tissue volume. Rejuvenation of aging hands involves two distinct factors. Firstly, treatment of the overlying skin to remove age spots, pigmentation, and skin wrinkling or laxity, and secondly restoration of lost volume through soft tissue volume enhancement. Ideal hand rejuvenation is achieved by replenishing your skin’s lost volume. The only FDA approved injectable filler for volume restoration in the hands is Radiesse®. This volumizing filler immediately provides the volume and lift that is necessary to diminish the signs of aging hands because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise this product. This filler acts as a scaffold beneath the skin after it is injected providing the structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. This process continues for several months after Radiesse® is injected, extending the initial effect lasting more than a year to achieve long-lasting hand rejuvenation after a single treatment. By adding volume beneath the skin, Radiesse® raises the skin level so that tendons, joints, and veins lose their prominence. Radiesse® is safe, effective and a non-surgical treatment that provides immediate smoothing of wrinkles, scars and replenishes soft-tissue volume loss. Radiesse® doesn’t require allergy testing. The procedure is done with topical anesthesia, with injections taking between ten and fifteen minutes. There may be minor swelling, redness or bruising at the site of the injection, which typically resolves within one or two days. The Radiesse® hand lift is the latest procedure that utilizes microspheres of calcium hydoxyapatite to restore a more youthful appearance to the aging hands. Other procedures can be done in conjunction with Radiesse® hand lifts, such as chemical peels and laser rejuvenation to reduce age spots and improve skin texture.

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