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PUBLISHERS Christy & Terry Jaillet publisher@ourcitymedia.com

10 Back to School in South Florida

CALENDAR 12

August 2019

MANAGING EDITOR Beverly Perkins

COMMUNITY NEWS

OFFICE MANAGER Gabriela Moscoso

15 Father’s Day Event Built Projects and Bonds 19 Westfield Walls – Indoor Urban Street Art Featured at Local Mall

FEATURE STORY 16

Dance Theatre Has The Mettle

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

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24 NSU University School Prepares

& The Medals

Students for Success in College and Life

BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE 26

Educational Options

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR 25 HOT Summertime Tips to Remember!

ASK THE EXPERT 28 Habitual Toe Walkers

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

CAN DO KIDS

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18 Going for Gold – Plantation Girl Scouts Earn Prestigious Award

SCHOOL NEWS 20 Police Officers, News Reporters, and a Guinness World Record Holder Visit All Saints Catholic School 22 SPHS Theatre Director is in The Spotlight

29 Alleviating Dyspareunia on Menopause

MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF 30 Back to School Safety Basics

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ummer vacations are a hallmark of modern life. After the final bell of the school year rings, children from across the country anxiously head home, often looking forward to trips abroad, excursions to the beach, local “staycations” or time at summer camps. Summer break, however, does not last forever. Most local kids return to school on August 14th this year. They will bring with them stories of adventure, excitement and maybe even a little bit of boredom. Like vacation options, the number of after-school programs has exploded. There are a myriad of activities and opportunities for families to choose from. Parents also have more choice in how their kids are educated today; rather than simply dropping a child at the local bus stop, parents now decide between their local public school, charter schools, private schools or online learning. So many choices can become overwhelming. If your family is like ours, you might not have everything planned just yet. Have no fear, Our City Magazine is here to help! Check out Our City’s Back to School Guide in this month’s issue. It contains useful information on the best preschools, private schools and educational programs in the local area. We have included almost every afterschool activity you can think of, from arts to the YMCA. The material is curated to provide our readers with a useful guide to help get ready for the new school year. Remember to enjoy the last couple weeks of summer. Before you know it, school will have already started.

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Mother-Son Superhero Party – The City of Plantation presents a great opportunity for mothers and sons (ages 6-12) to enjoy pizza, tunes, and games. 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at Deicke Auditorium, 5701 Cypress Road, Plantation. $20 per couple (1 mother/ 1 son) $8 per extra son. For more information, please call 954-452-2510.

Business Expo and Home Show – Over 100 vendors will be exhibiting their products and services from 10:00 am-7:00 pm at Westfield Broward Mall, 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, during “No Tax Weekend” (Also on August 4th).

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First Day of School – Broward County Public Schools begins the 2019-2020 academic school year. Be safe and have a great first day back to school.

17th Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event – The City of Sunrise and the City of Plantation have partnered to provide residents with opportunities to safely dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics. Dropoff events are held on Saturdays throughout the year and are open exclusively to residents of Sunrise and Plantation free of charge and with proof of residency. City of Plantation Public Works Compound- 750 NW 91st Avenue, Plantation from 8:00 am-1:00 pm.

20th Symphony of the Americas: Summerfest – Top musicians from across the globe Back to School Round-Up – Kick off will perform live on stage in Sunrise the school year at the free family at Fort Lauderdale’s own Symphony National Night Out Against Crime – event, jam-packed with rides, games, of the Americas concert. The annual Meet your neighbors and the local music, food and fun. Representatives summer music festival concert features police and fire departments as well from Sunrise schools will be on hand internationally acclaimed guest soloists. as other community figures. Child to answer your questions about the Reserved Seating: Adults $18 / Child fingerprinting, bounce houses, SWAT 2019-2020 academic year. Resources for $10 at the Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 and K9 demos, police displays, live families with young children will also West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise, be available. Drawstring backpacks with music, fire trucks, vendors, a dunk 33351. For more information, please call tank, and more. Presented by the City school supplies - and grade-appropriate of Sunrise Police Department at the City 954-747-4646. books - will be distributed free* to the of Sunrise Public Safety Building, 10440 first 1,000 K-12 students with proof of W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise from Sunrise residency. (*Quantities are 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. limited. One book and one backpack per child. Parent/guardian must be present. Driver’s license with Sunrise address required.) 10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Sunrise Civic Center - 10610 Sunrise ComicCon – It’s back! The second West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. For annual ComicCon will feature plenty more information, call the City of Sunrise Leisure Services Department at of fun for the whole family. This year promises more special guests, activities, (954) 747-4600. and so much more. Noon – 7:00 pm at Plantation Community Center the Sunrise Civic Center-10610 West Anniversary – Come out and celebrate Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise. the 2nd anniversary of the community For more information, please call center’s new building. The fun family(954) 747-4646. Summer Story Time – Every Wednesday friendly event is 6:00 pm-10:00 pm bring the little ones (ages 3-11 months) and will include activities such as corn and Thursday (ages 1-2 years) to enjoy hole and large outdoor board games, songs, stories, rhymes, puppets, bubbles, visits from the local police and fire and more at The Helen B. Hoffman departments, free class demos from Plantation Library- 501 North Fig Tree 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, food trucks 6:00Lane, Plantation. Both days at 10:00 10:00 pm, and a movie under the stars am and 10:30 am on Wednesdays for featuring Monsters University at 8:30 all ages. For more information call pm. 5555 Palm Tree Road, Plantation, (954)797-2145. 33317. For more information, please call 954-797-2180. Plantation Farmers Market – Every Saturday year-round from 8:00 am-2:00 Westfield Walls – The 3-week immersive pm, Plantation hosts a Farmers Market art experience highlighting a new featuring fresh, certified organic and breed of street art is free and open to non-organic produce, locally produced the public from noon-4:00 pm in the

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honey, homemade hummus, plants and orchids, fresh cut flowers, breads and Danishes, olive oils, cheeses, dips, spreads and more. Volunteer Park – 12050 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation. For more information call (954)452-2558. Certified Car Seat Installation – Every Thursday morning (some exceptions; i.e. Thanksgiving Day), The Plantation Fire Department will happily check or install your car seat free of charge at their Administration Building located at 550 NW 65th Avenue, Plantation. Please call 954-797-2150 to schedule an appointment. *Please note: You MUST have an appointment and you MUST provide your own car seat. Color Chameleon Club – Every Wednesday at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation get ready to relieve stress and color from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Coloring pages and supplies provided

Plantation Orchid Society – The Plantation Orchid Society meets at Diecke Auditorium at 5701 Cypress Road on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm. Speakers cover the various aspects of raising orchids, plus there are raffles, refreshments, and a show table. For more information, please call 954-791-1874. Gentle Mat Yoga – Enjoy a one-hour gentle mat yoga class focusing on strength, flexibility, balance, and mindfulness. All ages and abilities are welcome, whether you are a returning yogi or beginner. Mondays, 10:00 am-11:00 am. $8 for members / $10 for non-members. For more information, please call Melanie at 954-328-2880. Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, 8200 Peters Road, Plantation.


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he City of Plantation prides itself on its many beautiful parks and recreational facilities as well as its many classes, camps, sports, senior programs, and special event activities. From Daddy/Daughter Masquerade Balls and Mother/Son Superhero Parties to Truck or Treat, Selfies with Santa, a Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, and so many more, the agency works hard to meet the needs of Plantation’s ever-growing community. “The Plantation Parks & Recreation Department is proud to offer these types of events to our community. We are working to maintain the hometown community feel that our residents have come to love and expect. One of our recent initiatives is to provide family-friendly, engaging activities and events at all of our recreation facilities to reach as many people as possible,” explained Trish O’Toole, Assistant Director, Parks & Recreation Department.

Just recently, one would say they “nailed” their second Father’s Day event; “Tool Time with Dad” was a huge success. The City of Plantation teamed up with Home Depot to present an opportunity for fathers and their children to create a project together in honor of June’s signature holiday. Forty-two participants ages four and up gathered at the Plantation Community Center for the evening project. Home Depot supplied all the materials and some of their staff along with their trademark orange aprons. The City was sure to have their great staff onsite as well as treats such as pizza, chips, drinks, and cake to celebrate the special occasion. Dads and their children were able to choose from three projects: a toolbox, a basketball court (with a mini basketball), or a planter. After instruction, the ambitious duos worked diligently to build their designs. They were also able to complete them with paint.

The men enjoyed their special time with their young ones and were appreciative of the City providing such an event. “Thanks for putting on this event. My girls loved it,” exclaimed Jason Gouge. “The kids and I had a blast and the staff was great,” added Scott Shey. “It was a great opportunity for fathers and children to build their bond,” said Plantation Parks and Recreation employee Deshaun Sweet. “Our Parks & Recreation staff members have done an amazing job at planning and implementing these creative activities for families to engage with one another, enjoy our parks and community centers, and create lasting memories. We are looking forward to continuing these types of events, community outreach efforts, and partnerships with local businesses and organizations for years to come,” added O’Toole.

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estside Regional Medical Center has a simple mission: “We are committed to the care and improvement of human life.” As a care provider to the Plantation community since 1974, we are committed to meeting the needs of our community. Our facility has offered world-class emergency, heart, stroke, and surgical care for years. Due to the demand for services, we recognized the need to expand to better deliver the care we provide. To address this demand, we began the construction process on a three-story expansion in January 2017. In addition to 72 new private rooms, the expansion will include a new lobby, patient registration area, gift shop and café. Our goal is to create a healing environment with increased natural light in care areas and soothing interior colors. While the new expansion is creating 72 new private rooms, Westside’s bed count is only increasing by 26, from 224 beds to 250 beds. We are excited to transition many of our existing rooms to private rooms. Additional enhancements to Westside include an enlarged surgical recovery area, renovated cafeteria, and a refresh of the interiors in the existing hospital. Expansions of this size require support from many members of the community. We thank the

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ow entering its 27th season serving South Florida, Dance Theatre remains the top choice for dancers of all ages to train. With four Broward locations, including both Southwest Ranches and their recent addition at Plantation Promenade, Dance Theatre has become an integral part of our community one fabulous dancer at a time. Accolades? Of course. Dance Theatre has been awarded the prestigious “Reader’s Choice” and “Best in the West” awards multiple times. Trophies? Thousands. Dance Theatre’s elite team of competitive dancers, DTX, consistently receives top awards at virtually every competition they enter. Testimonials? You bet. Just ask any mother in the carpool line and they’ll tell you that Dance Theatre has been like a home away from home for their children. So, what is it that makes this place so special? “Our formula is simple” says owner and Director Michelle Gerlick, “We build Dance Theatre beautiful, safe, clean Offers facilities, hire the best Classes teachers in the business, for Children Ages 3 and treat each child and Up that walks through our doors as if they were our very own.” “Awards are nice, and our trophies are beautiful,” Michelle continues, “but that’s not what we strive for. We shoulder an enormous responsibility with our promise to educate. It is incumbent upon us to do it effectively. We train exceptional dancers, but we also help to raise exceptional young women (and a few men). Our staff is teeming with strong, positive, intelligent role models who help to guide our students as they mature. We work hard, we have passion, and we care deeply about the impact we have on their lives. When a parent tells me that their child has flourished since enrolling, I melt. When past graduates return to say we helped them find success in life, as with dance, nothing can compare. That is why we do this.” Michelle certainly has the pedigree to run one of the nation’s most successful dance programs. Her mother Joan was a Rockette, June Taylor Dancer,

“Our formula is simple... We build beautiful, safe, clean facilities, hire the best teachers in the business, and treat each child that walks through our doors as if they were our very own.”

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and half of a performance duo, along with her father Bob, which thrilled audiences the world over working with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Bennett. Michelle spent nearly every day of her youth inside her parents’ dance school, the Academy of Ballet Arts, perfecting her craft, and then earned both a degree in Dance from Ohio State University, and a degree in Elementary Education from Nova Southeastern. Her professional credits include performing as a Miami Heat Dancer for the NBA, a “Fly Girl” on Fox Television’s In Living Color, and an NFL Super Bowl Choreographer. Michelle has since led her students at Dance Theatre to The Summer Olympics, The Super Bowl, and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, among countless other extraordinary venues. Still not convinced that Dance Theatre is THE place for your young dancer to train? Consider this...they offer a truly comprehensive program where dancers ages 3 through adult, beginner through advanced, can take classes in every possible discipline. These include the basics, like ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, and pointe, as well as specialty classes like strength and flexibility, leaps and turns, and the newest arrival, aerial silks and lyra. In addition, Dance Theatre offers

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two options for dancers who wish to expand their dance education beyond the walls of the studio. Some join their performance company, DTC, which specializes in providing entertainment at amazing venues like Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Florida Marlin, Miami Heat, and Miami Dolphins games. Look for them on TV as they take the field at this season’s Jets game. Go Fins! Other students, those who aspire to become dance professionals someday, join their elite competiDance Theatre Provides a Warm, Friendly, Family Environment tive group, DTX. These girls travel to local, regional and national convenout the registration form. Finally, if tions and hone their skills against the you prefer to register in person, the best from other schools. DTX recently studios will be open for registration returned from the Believe National on Friday August 16th from 4:00pm Dance Competition Finals, where they – 7:00pm, and Saturday August 17th won multiple national titles. They also from 9:00am - Noon. Better hurry walked off with both The Premier Cup though, classes fill quickly! and The Victory Cup, special awards Banners and reserved for the overall highest scoring Trophies Won dances of the entire competition. Way by Dtx at the 2019 Believe to go girls! National For those interested in joining the Finals Dance Theatre family, there are several ways. First, you may call the Southwest Ranches location (Publix Center on Griffin Rd. near Davie Outback) at 954-434-4443, or the new Plantation Promenade studio (Publix Center on Cleary Blvd. & Nob Hill Rd.) at 954-423-4500, and speak to someone today. Second, you can visit their website, www.dancetheatre.net, view the Fall Schedule for each location, and register online at any time by filling


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Going for Gold – Plantation Girl Scouts Earn Prestigious Award BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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n early May, Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida held their annual Gold Award Ceremony. Among the eighteen Girl Scouts presented with a Gold Award this year were Plantation residents, Katherine Gould of Troop 10344, Emily Hui of Troop 10858, and Jaleesa Smith of Troop 10639. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9 – 12 can earn. The level of commitment to complete a Gold Award project is so great that less than 6% of all Girl Scouts in the world earn it. It is accomplished Katherine Gould and Jaleesa Smith by completing a service project with a minimum of 80 logged hours. The project must fulfill a need in the community, create change, and be sustainable with long-term possibilities. Gold Award projects demand the highest level of organizational, leadership, and project management skills.

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Katherine’s project titled Always Wondering: Science for Low-Income Preschoolers was inspired after she took a trip with her troop to God’s Little Lambs, a low-income family pre-school in Oakland Park. The observant scout has loved science since a young age and to her dismay, she noticed that preschoolers don’t enter elementary schools with a basic understanding of the scientific method: observation, curiosity and wonder. She worked closely with the school’s director to develop weekly, age-appropriate, science lessons and experiments for the children. She researched experiments, created a simple template for a lesson plan, and compiled lesson plans that she provided to the school throughout the year. Emily’s project titled Take the Stage was first inspired when she volunteered at Surfers for Autism in 2016. After seeing the event sell out, she realized there needed to be more programs for these children. This eager scout chose to address this need through one of her passions: dance. Take the Stage is offered in partnership with Broward County Parks and the Recreation Special Populations Division and is a program where dance is taught to special-needs children with help from high school volunteers. “Because we are not much older than our participants, my volunteers and I are able to bond with our

students very closely,” explained Emily. “The parents cheer and encourage their children during the classes and the children benefit from improved confidence, coordination, and social and motor skills. The volunteers also gain a lot from the class as they see the students grow and Emily Hui improve every week. There are usually tears from both parents and volunteers at the end of each session.” Jaleesa’s project titled One Note at a Time stemmed from her intense passion for music. The talented scout has played the saxophone for more than six years and learned on her own how to play the clarinet, flute, baritone, trumpet, bassoon, guitar, bass, drums, and piano. However, when she got to high school, she felt others were more musically advanced than she was. So, she created a comprehensive guide designed for any beginning band student or for any player who wants to understand their instrument better. Sunrise Middle School and Fort Lauderdale High School all benefited from her ambitious project.


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Westfield Walls – Indoor Urban Street Art Featured at Local Mall BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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any South Floridians know or have heard creating unique works of art in real-time. about the infamous Wynwood Walls. On August 3rd, Artist Emmanuel Gonzales will be The brightly colored outdoor gallery in on-site to show how his body of art explores the past Downtown Miami features huge murals by artists and present through realism and portraiture and from around the globe. The area has become an inter- includes a growing retrospective of American icons national destination where tourists and locals alike where each piece is presented as a fragment in a are introduced to well-known and emerging artists larger American patchwork. who bring world-class art to the community. The following week on August 10th, Artist RESQ77 The inspiration for urban street art may have will showcase his latest series, “Tropiculture”. The started in Miami but has grown in many cities where Broward County native focuses on South Florida as talented artists use concrete as their canvas. Although a tropical paradise with a goal of having observers Plantation is a beloved suburb of Ft. Lauderdale and respect and take care of the natural beauty around doesn’t have any warehouse spaces that encomthem. His style brings graffiti and design into a pass grand masterpieces, residents will have the surreal perspective as he uses spray paint and fluid opportunity to appreciate the arts when Westfield acrylic in his pieces. Broward presents Westfield Walls: A Live and Immersive Additionally, the interactive art experience will Art Experience. feature an urban street art lounge, live performances, Admission is free and open to the public on art demonstrations, family-friendly art workshops, Saturdays, August 3rd and August 10th from noon and audience giveaways. Complimentary activities until 4:00 pm, in the mall’s Center Court. The for the entire family include face painting, spin art, a immersive art event will highlight a new breed of social media graffiti photobooth, retailer promotions street art that will encourage the local community to and special offers, makeup stations, a raffle to win a discover and exercise their artistic excellence. Each $250 Westfield Broward gift card, and so much more. weekend, attendees will get to experience local artists “We strive to make Westfield Broward a community

gathering place where people can come together and enjoy the day, and in the case of Westfield Walls, they get to learn about local artists and see them at work firsthand,” said Angel Cabrera, General Manager of Westfield Broward Mall. “It’s fun, energetic and gives a nice focus on the arts that bring people together.” Westfield Broward Mall is located at 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, 33388.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Police Officers, News Reporters, and a Guinness World Record Holder Visit All Saints Catholic School BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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wenty years ago, All Saints Catholic School opened its doors to elementary students. Fast forward two decades and the Sunrise school recently celebrated its platinum anniversary. To honor the milestone, they had their annual Career Day program. However, this one was different from the former ones; all presenters were to be school alumni. Mrs. Karen Holewinski organized the anticipated event. She has been a beloved teacher at the school since 2000 so it was fitting for her to locate previous students. She was thrilled to learn of her former students’ ventures after graduating from All Saints. In keeping up with the tech-savvy generation of today, she contacted most of her former students through social media to ask them to participate in the Career Day program. “I will always be thankful and appreciative for the education and values All Saints provided; kudos to the teachers, Mrs. McNamara, and Fr. Tony,” added Jan Rodriguez, a former All Saints parent. The current students of All Saints had the opportunity to learn about a wide range of occupations from the former students of the school, including registered nurses, local police officers, a City of Sunrise firefighter,

a paralegal, a teacher from St. Thomas Aquinas High School, news reporters, and even a former student that holds three world records in spearfishing. Lauren Petrelli, a news reporter from Fox 4 Morning News in Cape Coral said, “I had the best time meeting the kids and getting to see my former teachers.” Most All Saints graduates used PowerPoint presentations to explain their career while some played games. The ER nurse had students participate in an activity using UV light and GloGerm lotion to demonstrate the importance of proper handwashing. Anchor/ Reporter Michael Cadigan of Spectrum News 1 in Kentucky created a special behind-the-scenes video about his workplace. A local policewoman allowed students to explore her police car, wear a bulletproof vest, and handle some tools. The kindergarten students each drew pictures of their favorite presenters. Most drew pictures of the policewoman who many were intrigued by. “I want to be a police officer now,” said 5th Grade student Jessica Gonzales. “It was a great day seeing all of my former students as adults in their careers,” exclaimed Holewinski.

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SCHOOL NEWS

SPHS Theatre Director is in The Spotlight BY BEVERLY PERKINS

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nd the award goes to…Jason Zembuch-Young! The South Plantation High School (SPHS) Theatre Teacher and Director was the recipient of an Excellence in Theatre Education Award at the 2019 Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The well-loved director was one of twentyfive to have an honorable mention at the 73rd annual signature event which recognizes achievement in Broadway productions. Zembuch-Young has been at SPHS for over sixteen years where he began the “Theatre for the Deaf” program. Since its creation, he has produced every show using both voice and American Sign Language. The conception came because of the unavailability of interpreters to come to the theatre in the evenings when rehearsals took place. “From where it started as an experiment with my hearing actors, it has evolved into really truly being able to embrace a culture and incorporate a deaf culture into the production that we actually have as well as making theatre accessible to all audiences,” explained Zembuch-Young. The dedicated teacher worked within the system to change it and now interpreters are available for day and night as well as all extracurricular activi-

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ties, not just the theatre program. The program is much more than just a show with sign language, it’s assuring that the deaf community is well represented. “Jason has inspired and motivated so many young people to find their voices through art. He is an amazing individual who my son was lucky to have.

He teaches the value of perseverance, dedication, and being meticulous to their craft. In terms of a life lesson, the work ethic is necessary for a path to success no matter what they desire to achieve,” exclaimed SPHS parent Ben Moreno. “I look at my kids as colleagues and I believe that we have a theatre company, that this is not just a bunch of kids putting on a play. We strive as much as we possibly can to produce professional theatre that happens to take place in a high school setting,” added Zembuch-Young. Besides teaching and mentoring his students to be the best they can be, Zembuch-Young and his husband Michael have fostered over thirty-seven children. The duo and their bunch can always be found on the weekends at rehearsals where they interact with his other children (his students) and absorb the culture of the theatre. All foster families receive free admission to his shows since he believes that all children deserve the opportunity to experience the theatre no matter what their situation. The ambitious couple recently adopted a daughter and facilitated the adoption of one of his students by a colleague before she aged out of the foster system.


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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT

NSU University School Prepares Students for Success in College and Life BY STACEY BOMSER

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SU University School is the only Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade private school in the area to be part of a major research university. Since 1971, it has utilized the unique resources, dynamic faculty, and exceptional facilities available on the Nova Southeastern University campus to personalize education for students at all levels. Head of School William Kopas, Ed.D., shares more about NSU University School’s teaching philosophy and college-preparatory curriculum. How would you describe NSU University School? For the past 47 years, NSU University School has provided a challenging and personalized education within a supportive environment for students of average to gifted abilities. Our students are prepared for productive lives and leadership roles through a program that focuses on academic excellence, extracurricular participation, and service to others. What is NSU University School’s teaching philosophy? We are a progressive private school that utilizes the latest research in learning theory to maximize student potential and bring out each student’s special gift or talent. We differentiate and personalize instruction for a wide range of student abilities. Our holistic instruction is oriented towards experiential learning opportunities that reflect real-life programming and utilize the resources available at NSU. Please describe your curriculum. Our college-preparatory curriculum is aimed at students with high academic standards. It is thematically based and integrates technology, real-world problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking. Our Early Childhood and Lower School programs stress the fundamentals of learning and how to learn while challenging students appropri-

ately. Middle School expands on this philosophy and Upper School offers Advanced Placement, Honors and Regular levels of coursework that prepare students for college and beyond. Many of our high school students are involved in university level research projects and work directly with NSU professors throughout the campus. We also have tremendous internship opportunities for our students.

What are the advantages of being part of a college campus? NSU University School is located on a 28-acre campus in the heart of Nova Southeastern University, affording students a safe and secure environment within a thriving scholarly community. Furthermore, our personalization, qualified and passionate educators, and connection to the university enables students to reach their potential and gain a strategic advantage. Within a rigorous and supportive environment, students achieve success in academics, athletics and the arts, and contribute to their community and various service organizations.

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Please describe your students. NSU University School students are engaged and collaborative learners, innovative thinkers, and globally aware citizens who are prepared for college and life. Our inquiry-based curriculum, differentiated approach to learning, and opportunities for mentorship provide students and graduates with the knowledge, skills and confidence for success in and beyond the classroom. In addition, NSU University School students are civicallyminded. Beginning in Lower School, students participate in charitable efforts which continue through high school. On average, a graduating class will have performed over 50,000 hours of community service throughout the four years of Upper School. What are the credentials of your faculty? Our faculty value the importance of education. Over 75% have advanced degrees and a number also teach classes at NSU in both undergraduate and graduate programs. NSU University School teachers understand that every child learns in his or her

own way, so they continually develop new instructional approaches in order to reach every learner. All staff members receive training in differentiation. What is your background? This is my fourth year as Head of School at NSU University School, after serving five years as Upper School Director. Before coming to NSU University School, I was principal at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York. Before that, I served in a variety of administrative capacities including assistant principal, dean of students, and summer school director for 16 years at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. I received my Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University and my Masters from

Northern Arizona University. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, where I was a member of four Big Ten Championship swim teams. In addition, I was an individual Big Ten Champion and a Big Ten Scholar Athlete. Speaking of sports, what types of extracurricular activities does NSU University School offer? We offer abundant opportunities for students including athletics at all levels, visual and performing arts programs, as well as a multitude of clubs. The NSU University School Speech and Debate team is ranked in the top 1% of all teams in the United States and we have had four National Champions in the past three years. Our Robotics team is world ranked and has won two of the last three state championships. Our athletic teams are regularly recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association for athletic and academic excellence. How can prospective families learn more about NSU University School? Our next Open House will be on Tuesday, February 12 at 9:00am. Prospective families will have the opportunity to tour our spectacular campus and see how our teachers inspire students with innovative classroom lessons and 21st century teaching strategies. To RSVP, visit https://www. uschool.nova.edu/admissions/openhouse or call 954-262-4506.

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HOT Summertime Tips to Remember! BY MAYOR LYNN STONER ummer may be drawing to a close. But that doesn’t mean we can stop worrying about South Florida’s sizzling heat and sun. If we spend a lot of time outdoors, or even if we are just running errands on the weekends, we all need to be careful. There is a downside to our beautiful South Florida weather. Skin cancer from too much sun exposure, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions, and it’s important to remember a few important safety tips. Always apply sunscreen. This has probably been drilled into your heads since childhood! Even if you are not going to the pool or the beach, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays all day, every day. That’s also true even on overcast days since clouds only block about 20 percent of the sun’s UV rays. It goes without saying that you should never leave children or pets in an unattended vehicle, even if only for a few minutes. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 130 degrees or more when the outside temperature is only 85 degrees and, in South Florida, we’ve seen the heart-wrenching consequences of not following this important rule too many times. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include a throbbing headache, fainting, fatigue, dizziness, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea, and vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, drink plenty of fluids, especially sports drinks to replace lost salt and other important minerals, remove any tight or unnecessary clothing, and take a cool shower or apply a cool compress or ice towels. If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help because if left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can be fatal. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat. This can include the elderly, people with physical or mental health conditions, and pregnant women. If someone doesn’t have air condition, suggest that they spend time in a library, school, mall or theater during the hottest part of the day. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, clothing. Studies show there is actually little difference in the effect on temperature between dark and light clothing. What’s important is that the clothing is loose and lightweight and that they allow airflow. Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water. Also, if they are outdoor pets, ensure they have a shady spot to get out of the sun. Don’t let your dog linger on hot pavement, as sensitive paw pads may burn. Summer is a great time for family vacations, trips to the beach, hanging outside with friends, and poolside barbeques. Taking a few precious moments to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the effects of the heat and sun will go a long way to ensuring our health down the road.

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Back to School Guide PRESCHOOLS/SCHOOLS Adventure Bay ELC www.adventurebayelc.com 954-472-3552

Adventure Bay offers a safe and happy harbor where children are kept busy learning, exploring and making new friends.

American Heritage School www.ahschool.com 954-472-0022

A nationally ranked private school with a college preparatory curriculum that provides its’ elite students with a rigorous education that is held to the highest standards. Free, nonstop, express bus transportation is available throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties.

Ben Gamla Charter School www.bengamlaplantation.org 954-587-8348

As the first English-Hebrew Charter School in the United States, Ben Gamla Charter School integrates Hebrew instruction giving students a useful tool in the global society in a safe environment with innovative instructional practices providing maximum student achievement and personal growth.

Christi/STEPSS Academy www.christiacademy.com 954-749-6869

An accredited Christian private school providing mainstream education, and also specializing in ESE, Autism, and other Special Needs with an innovative and faith-based approach to learning.

Developmental Pre-School and Kindergarten DPK www.dpk1.com 954-472-4673

A unique academic setting offering children a fun and exciting environment to develop healthy and positive self-esteems, communication abilities, and learning skills. Individualized instruction enables each child to learn at his/ her own rate in classrooms with a low student-teacher ratio.

Franklin Academy www.franklin-academy.org 754-206-0850

Highly qualified teachers and administrators actively collaborate to create a rigorous and intensive curriculum that is focused on enhancing critical thinking skills of all students. Franklin Academy’s academic content is aligned with the Common Core State Standards with the intent and commitment to promote literacy, reading and writing skills across the curriculum for grades K-12. 26 AUGUST 2019 | OUR CITY PLANTATION | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

Imagine Plantation School

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Kindergarten through 8th Grade students receive an individualized focus on learning, character education, accelerated curriculum, and high expectations with certified teachers. The staff is committed to the Shared Values of Imagine Schools and is committed to the goal of economic sustainability.

An Early Foundations curriculum benefits each child’s core development areas in an environment with loving and nurturing teachers. Children of all abilities are welcome as KinderCare supports inclusion by providing access to their world-class curriculum programs, embracing inclusive participation in their programs.

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Kiddie Academy of Plantation www.kiddieacademy.com 954-990-0333

Infant care-kindergarten is available at the academy. Their core belief is that children’s days should be fun-filled, learning-based and safe. Through hot, family-style meals and daily educational activities, they create an environment kids love and parents trust.

Oakland Academy www.oaklandacademy.net 954-749-0662

A nationally accredited quality, educational preschool providing much more than just daycare. Each child is given a jumpstart on their elementary education with learning opportunities taught in a playful yet effective way to making learning fun.

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Temple Beth Torah - Tamarac www.tbtst.org 954-722-9537

The academically based private school’s philosophy is based on the developmental needs of each individual child in an activity-centered environment fostering a world of understanding and learning. Age appropriate materials are used for exploration in creative arts, number concepts, block building, science, language, social studies, and more. Children will also enjoy art, music, cooking, study of Jewish Holidays, Bible stories, computer and indoor & outdoor play.

NSU University School www.uschool.nova.edu 954-262-4506

NSU University School is an independent, college preparatory school that educates students in grades junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school prepares students for productive lives and leadership roles through a program that focuses on academic excellence, extracurricular participation, and service to others.

All students from pre-school through middle school are educated and encouraged to excel in academics, leadership, discipleship, and Christian service.

Plantation United Methodist Church www.kidsatplaypumc.net 954-584-6246

A fully licensed and accredited, developmental childcare and Christian learning center serving infants through 3-year-olds. Their goal is to help children grow spiritually, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and physically.

St. Gregory Catholic School www.saintgreg.com 954-543-0399

St. Gregory, the Great Catholic School, partners with parents to affirm strong Catholic values and academic excellence. This provides students the foundation to become moral, productive members of society.

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An Apple accredited school recognized by the state of Florida with the Gold Seal certification for excellence in early childhood education. The program is developmentally appropriate and thematically based in all areas such as reading, phonics, language arts, fine/gross motor skills, arts and crafts, science, mathematics, and more.


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Since 2004, Broward Tutorial Services has provided professional small group and one-on-one tutoring to help students attain their highest score on the SAT and/or ACT exams. Students are taught skills to help manage the test, understand the questions, maximize what they know, eliminate mistakes, and recognize and avoid test traps.

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The Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science gives students an outlet for reaching their highest potential in math, computer science and logical reasoning. Each student is challenged by ability level, not by age, using games, logic, puzzles, virtual robotics, and other engaging activities.

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Therapies 4 Kids is the leader in pediatric intensive fitness programs for children with neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism and stroke. Its services include physical therapy, occupational and speech therapies, as well as behavioral and autism treatments (ABA). Therapies

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Dance Theatre’s integrated programs instill an appreciation and love of the arts, while providing the highest quality training. Children receive professional instruction from certified teachers in a warm & friendly environment.

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Classes are led by industry professionals/educators and will provide students with comprehensive curriculum and programs. Their variety of instructors and class levels will meet the needs of aspiring beginners, as well as the seasoned actor.

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Habitual Toe Walkers BY DR. JOHN GOODNER

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t the beginning of independent walking, toddlers may walk on their toes. Within three to six months the heel should be touching the ground during gait. Intermittent toe walking may be present in normal children until age six or seven. Most children who present as persistent toe walkers are able to lower their heels to the ground when standing but not walking. Walking heel-toe is possible for a few steps but usually awkwardly due to tight calf muscles. Toe walkers are more common in boys and in many cases are a cause of concern. Treatment of habitual toe walkers may be necessary to avoid problems that can occur secondary to compensating for the abnormal posture. Compensation may occur by hyperextending the knee, rotating the entire leg towards the outside or having the foot turn down or out, causing a flat foot. It is important to assess the degree of muscle tightness in the hips, knees and legs. Spontaneous resolution may take place in some cases. If the gastroc soleus (calf muscles) are not severely tight, stretching at home may be of benefit. Usually casting the foot and leg is necessary to stretch out the tight muscle group. Casts may be applied every two weeks for four to eight weeks. Spontaneous resolution may take place in some cases. CAUSES: ▸▸ Tightness of the calf muscles ▸▸ Neurological disorders must always be ruled out SIGNS: ▸▸ Inability to walk in a normal heel-toe gait ▸▸ Persistently on the ball of the foot ▸▸ Bouncing type gait or gait that appears abnormal ▸▸ Pain in legs, especially at night

▸▸ Feet pointing to the outside ▸▸ Arch very flat ▸▸ Arched lower back (hyperlordosis) SYMPTOMS: ▸▸ Pain in the legs especially during activity ▸▸ Pain in the legs at night ▸▸ Fatigue in the feet and legs with activity TREATMENT: ▸▸ Thorough history and physical exam. Neurologic causes must be ruled out. ▸▸ Mild cases may require stretching exercises and night splints. ▸▸ Moderate cases require casting the leg to stretch the calf muscles. The cast is weightbearing and may be necessary for four to eight weeks. There is no pain involved. The child can resume almost all activities in the cast, including riding a bicycle and walking briskly. ▸▸ Following cast removal, splints at night may be needed. Casting the leg is especially important if the child is flat footed. If untreated, the arch will flatten, causing long-term foot, ankle, knee and back problems. ▸▸ Casting is almost always successful in the younger child if the degree of tightness is not severe. Failure to stretch the muscle group with casting the extremity may necessitate surgically lengthening the Achilles tendon or calf muscle. This is done by making three small incisions on the back of the leg, each about one-twelfth of an inch or a small cut in the gastroc aponeurosis. Casts are applied postoperatively for six weeks and night splinting for six to twelve months to maintain the correction. Doing this procedure may have a positive impact on these children for the rest of their life. They can avoid long-term problems with the extremities and back by having this procedure done properly. Dr. John Goodner is a Board Qualified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in sports medicine foot and ankle injuries, foot and ankle arthroscopy, lower extremity trauma, and lower extremity deformities in infants, children, teens and adults. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Plantation is located at 220 S.W. 84th Avenue, Suite 102, (954) 720-1530. The practice website is www.SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE. com. Instagram @SouthFloridaSportsMedicine. Twitter @SFLSportsMed.

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Alleviating Dyspareunia Our City Media 6/19 Sudoku on Menopause

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BY CAMIL MARRERO MD, MPH, FACOG uring the menopausal years, women are typically To solve the Sudoku puzzle, each row, column and upfront to discuss hot flashes, night sweats, and box must contain the numbers 1 to 9. mood changes with their gynecologist. However, most patients avoid talking about pain during intercourse, a condition known as dyspareunia. Patients should not feel embarrassed to address this issue with their doctors and should know that they are not alone. The American Menopause Society reports that 17-45 % of the patients have dyspareunia during menopause. Symptoms include pain in the vulvar area, in and out of the vagina, dryness, burning sensation, itchiness, increase in urinary tract infections, and bleeding or tears after having sex. After menopause the vaginal cells lose water, the tissue gets thinner and lacks elasticity. These changes are known as Vulvar and Vaginal Atrophy (VVA) and are caused by decreasing estrogen levels. Although it seems as if nothing can solve the issue, some treatments are available that may help. Lubricants and Moisturizers For those women who prefer a non-hormonal therapy, lubricants and moisturizers can be used. It is important to understand that this method only provides short term relief and does not work in improving the VVA symptoms. Intravaginal hormonal formulations Low-dose topical estrogen therapy is applied directly in the vagina and in this way the systemic absorption is minimal. Multiple vaginal estrogen products are approved by the FDA with comparable efficacy in improving the thickness and elasticity of the vaginal tissue. Intravaginal estrogens are available in creams, Our City Media 6/19 Crossword rings, or vaginal tablets and suppositories. Another option is a synthetic drug named Prasterone which stimulates estrogen and testosterone production in the vaginal tissue. This medication does not increase systemic Solution hormone levels and as a result it may be a safer therapy for patients with contraindications for estrogen. Copyright R A S P©2019 PuzzleJunction.com R H O V A T Systemic Hormones E O N I D O E M I R S Systemic hormonal formulations are S T E C O T C O M E T available in pills, patches, sprays and topical M Y O P I A D A R E gels. These preparations are usually reserved A D E P E D I C U R E for women with more bothersome symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats as S U R F A E R I E they are absorbed throughout the body which P E S O S A L L O T increases the possibility of other side effects. R E S T S S O D A Selective Estrogen Receptor M E T A P H O R R E X Modulator (SERM) R E B A T E T A M S This non-hormonal oral pill works to act like E N E T A B M I L K S the estrogen hormone in some parts of the body to induce changes to the vaginal E T E S L E E T N O R wall thickness. The daily medication must be taken with food and could be an Sudoku Solution E S S T I N Y D R Y option for women who do not want or are unable to use estrogen. Patients should understand that dyspareunia is unlikely to improve without treatment. Those with symptoms are encouraged to visit their gynecologist where a comprehensive medical history and pelvic examination should be performed. 6 9 5 3 4 7 1 2 8 The patient and her doctor will discuss the treatment options and possible medication side effects. Treatment selection should be based on a woman’s medical 3 8 2 6 1 5 4 7 9 history, preference and ability to take the medication as prescribed. Patients 4 7 1 8 2 9 5 3 6 with a breast cancer diagnosis should discuss this with their doctor before using estrogen in any form. 5 1 9 4 3 8 2 6 7

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Dr. Marrero is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and an active staff member in Plantation General Hospital; with expertise in Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery including the Da Vinci Robotic System. Dr. Marrero has a complete scope of knowledge in Obstetrics and Gynecology including cancer screening, vaginal deliveries, cesarean sections, colposcopies, open and laparoscopic hysterectomies, open and laparoscopic myomectomies, STD testing, ectopic pregnancies, menopause symptoms, vaginal dryness. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Marrero speaks both English and Spanish. For all her incredible dedication, hard work, and love for her work, she was selected for inclusion into the Leading Physicians of the World. Camil Marrero MD, MPH, FACOG Obstetrics and Gynecology is located at 1200 North University Drive, Plantation, 33322. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 954-474-2229 or visit marreroobgyn.com.

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MESSAGE FROM THE FIRE CHIEF

Back to School Safety Basics BY DON TODD, PLANTATION FIRE CHIEF s the summer draws This one may be difficult, but to a close we begin “Don’t Walk and Text” and disthinking about all courage children from using those things Autumn brings. headphones when walking. Cooler weather, kids’ sports, Stress to your child the need to and of course, back to school. always be aware of their surIt’s that time again for new roundings when walking. Be clothes, fresh haircuts and sure to have a discussion with the customary hustle and your younger children about bustle of getting the kids “Stranger Danger”. back and forth to school. Because we want our kids to Remind your children to have a safe and successful school year, there are some stay hydrated. The beginimportant things to remember to help ensure every- ning of the school year coincides with the hottest one is off to a happy, healthy, and safe start. months of the year and it is best to be prepared. If your child walks to school, make sure they If you are driving your children to school, stay on the main streets, always try to walk with a always use seat belts. And, if you’re transporting friend and always go directly to and from school. little ones, please use an appropriate car seat. The Plantation Fire Department will happily check or install your car seat on Thursday mornings at our Administration Building. Please call 954-797-2150 to schedule an appointment. If your children ride bicycles to school, ensure the bike is in good working order, they always wear helmets, and provide them with a sturdy lock and chain so they can properly secure the bike at school. As darkness comes a little earlier, make sure

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your children have reflective items on their clothes and backpacks so they can be seen by drivers. As drivers, we must also be alert to children walking and playing in the streets at dusk and after dark. Be aware and always obey school zones. Finally, mark your calendars for our Annual Barbecue which will be held on Sunday, November 3rd. Watch for the ticket requests in the mail or order your tickets online. Be sure not to miss this historical event! Be Safe! For more information and safety tips, please visit our website at www.plantation.org, follow us on Twitter @Plantationfire and like us on Facebook at City of Plantation Fire Department.


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SEEN ON SCENE

Chris Pierson, John Alfano, Gary Mule Jane and Mark Grant

MODEL CITIZENS

The Plantation Police Department (PDD) Citizen’s Police Academy Class of 2019 had twenty-two graduates including Mayor Lynn Stoner. The ambitious group toured the PDD gun range and learned gun safety, acquired knowledge about crime prevention, witnessed a K-9 demonstration at the private dog park, processed a crime scene, participated in a DUI demonstration, explored SWAT equipment, and so much more. Chief Howard Harrison presented them with their diplomas. The next class will resume in October. For more information, call Lynn Braden at 954-916-5601. John and Jacqueline Alfano

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MEAT & GREET

Doris Italian Market & Bakery recently hosted an exclusive wine buying event at its Sunrise location. Open to the public, guests enjoyed a sampling of more than 100 wines from around the world and a buffet of authentic Italian cuisine and artisan cheeses.

Doug Fennema, Executive Director and Mykelle Henry, Healthcare Administrator

THE GOLDEN YEARS

The Care Center at Covenant Village of Florida has been recognized as a 2019 recipient of The Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program.

STOP! IT’S HAMMER TIME!

The City of Plantation held its 2nd annual Father’s Day event at the Plantation Community Center. They partnered with Home Depot for “Tool Time with Dad” which was a big success. See the full story on page 15. 34 AUGUST 2019 | OUR CITY PLANTATION | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

SLAM DUNK

St. Thomas Aquinas basketball players and supporters gathered to give thanks to Coach Steve Strand, a Plantation resident and long-time St. Thomas Aquinas staff member. Strand has worked at the school for 42 years, coaching basketball for 41 of them, including 23 at the varsity level. Former players expressed their gratitude for his dedication to their success, both on and off the court. After more heartfelt appreciation by Principal Denise Aloma and Dean Robert Biasotti came a basketball game featuring alumni vs. the 2019 team. Strand will stay on as chief of facilities at the school and mentor to new head coach Ed Nelson.

SUMMER SAFETY

Plantation General Hospital (PGA) presented “Summer Safety Fun” at Barnes & Noble bookstore. Many came out to learn about CPR and pool safety, paint a fire truck, listen to stories, see a magician, and so much more at the annual event.


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