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14 Not Your Mama’s Craft Show


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16 The Hopkins Team Sell More Than Homes. They Sell an Experience.


SCHOOL NEWS 22 Plantation High School Aerospace Program Blasts Off

18 An Un“FORE”gettable Donation

CAN DO KID 20 South Plantation High School Co-Editor Makes Headlines

27 The New Definition of A Gifted Student



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SCHOOL NEWS 22 Mirror Lake Elementary Reflects on Their 50th Anniversary


28 Fall is in The Air –Mark Those Calendars

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

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your appetite and your holiday shopping list for plenty of food and retail vendors. 10:00am-1:00pm at the Plantation Orchid Society Auction – The Sunrise Athletic Complex, 11501 NW 44th Street, Sunrise. Admission is $5 much-anticipated annual auction will be held from 7 to 9 pm. with a preview is per participant. For more information, contact the Sunrise Leisure Services at 6:45pm. The funds from the auction Department: (954) 747-4600. will enable the organization to provide wonderful speakers for their members at their monthly meetings which take place on the first Tuesday of each month. Refreshments will be served, and it promises to be a fun and exciting Meals & Wheels (MOW) South Florida Celebration – Celebrate the evening. Deicke Auditorium, 5701 35th anniversary of MOW at their Cypress Road in Plantation. For more headquarters located at 451 State Road information, please call 954-791-1874. 7 in Plantation from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm. For more information, please contact Jennifer Wescott at 954-714-6922.


19th Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event – The City of Sunrise and the City of Plantation have partnered to provide Citizens Police Academy – Want to residents with opportunities to safely know more about the Plantation Police dispose of household hazardous waste Department? The Citizens Police (HHW) and electronics. Drop-off events Academy is back and will start on are held on Saturdays throughout October 1st and continue every Tuesday the year and are open exclusively to from 6pm until 8:15pm until November residents of Sunrise and Plantation free 19th. The class is held at the Plantation of charge and with proof of residency. Police Department, 451 NW 70th Terrace. Bring all hazardous waste such as It is FREE, and refreshments are served batteries, paint, chemicals and every night. For more information, call fluorescent bulbs to Sunrise City Hall, Lynn Braden at 954-916-5601. 10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise from 9:00am-1:00pm. For more information, please call 954-452-2535.

for purchase. The proceeds will benefit the Plantation Police Explorer program. For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 954-452-2510.

20th Plantation Garden Club High Tea – The 7th annual traditional high tea event will include delectable specialties, a “Decorated Table Contest” with prizes, a fashion show featuring clothes from Chico’s Pembroke Pines, raffle baskets and silent auction items donated by local businesses and merchants. Event time is 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Renaissance Hotel, 1230 S. Pine Island Road, Plantation. For more information and tickets, please call 954-801-3957.

24th-27th St. David Carnival – St. David Catholic Church welcomes everyone to the annual fall carnival. Patrons are invited to advertise and attend the 4-day event at 3900 S. University Drive in Davie. Rides, live entertainment, shopping, freshly prepared food, and more. Discount tickets are now on sale. For times and more information, please call 954-475-8046 or visit www.


Fall Harvest Festival – Enjoy a horsedrawn hayride, petting zoo, carnivalstyle games, rides and more! Bring

Halloween & Safety Festival – The City of Plantation Parks & Recreation, Police and Fire Departments along with the Plantation Chamber of Commerce present the annual festival from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. at Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation. Admission is $5.00 per person, 2 years and older. Admission includes a Children’s Carnival, Children’s Fun Zone, Children’s Pony Rides, Costume Contests. DJ, Games & Activities, Family Hayride, Fire Exhibits, Halloween Photos, Police K-9 Demonstrations, Pumpkin Patch, A Scary Zombie Diner and a Puppet Show by the Plantation Puppeteers of the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library. Refreshments will be available


53rd Annual Art in the Park – The Plantation Junior Woman’s Club invites you and your family to two fun-filled days of fine artists, entertaining musicians, special events and hands-on art projects especially for children. Presented by Plantation Junior Woman’s Club and hosted by the City of Plantation; the outdoor juried Art Show offering food and beverages for purchase, musical entertainment and featuring a Kids Korner with arts and crafts and entertainment activities for children of all ages. The admission is FREE. Art in the Park will be held at Liberty Tree Park, 7421 N.W. 5th Street, Plantation from 10:00am -5:00pm. For more information call 954-797-9762 or 954-452-2510.

31st Trunk or Treat – Come in your best costume and decorate your truck or flatbed. Don’t forget to bring the candy as everyone has the opportunity to trick-or-treat! Face painting, contests, and a movie will be quite the treat to finish the festivities. 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Plantation Community Center, 5555 Palm Tree Rd, Plantation.


Tunes ‘N Trucks Concert Series – The city’s seasonal outdoor concert series features live music and food trucks. Admission is FREE. Tonight’s performance is Latin music with The Music Machine. Food trucks start serving at 6:00pm and music begins at 7:00pm. Bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket to the Sunrise Civic Center Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise. Call (954)747-4600 for more information.


26th Trick or Trot 5K and Kids’ Dash –Don’t miss the City of Sunrise’s 3rd annual Halloween-themed event. The race will take place at Markham Park – 16001 West State Road 84, Sunrise. Packet pickup opens at 5:45 am and race starts at 7:30 am. Runners, walkers & families of all ages, skill levels and abilities are welcome. Early bird registration is only $15 and includes a tech t-shirt and commemorative finisher medal. There will also be a Kids’ Dash for children ages 10 and under at a cost of only $10 per child (includes a t-shirt and commemorative medal). Costumes are encouraged at the Halloween-themed race. For more information, please visit

Sunrise Fire Station Trick-or-Treating – go to any of the five Sunrise fire stations dressed in costume for a fun trick-ortreating experience. Park at one and take a free shuttle to all five. 5:00 pm8:00 pm. For more information, please call 954-747-4600.

Nov 2nd Oktoberfest – Join the Plantation Acres Women’s Club in celebrating the annual harvest festival with plenty of great food and beer. All funds raised during the event sponsor Operation Smile. For ponsorhsips, donations & info contact Amy Rielly at 954-319-0526 or Event is 7:00 pm - 11:00pm at Volunteer Park, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd.

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he GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club is proud to announce that they are bringing back a bygone tradition. From 1963 to 1983 the popular club held a major two-day craft fundraiser and bazaar. Over the years, the anticipated craft fair was held in the Lauderhill Mall, King’s Department Store in Plantation, The Plantation Town Mall, and Deicke Auditorium. It later became the “GFWC Antique & Vintage Show” for 36 years. However, a unique twist to the annual show will be coming back to the Volunteer Park Community Center on November 9th and 10th. This year, the 2019 Craft Fair committee is hard at work to re-invent the show for today’s market. Besides beloved traditional crafts, “Not Your Mama’s Craft Show” will feature many new crafts, plus unique handmade and seasonal treasures just in time for the holidays. Vendors are currently on a waitlist as it has been sold-out for quite some time proving that this will be a successful event. “This is a very fun event for our Club as we have an excellent group of craft fair volunteers who are putting long hours into making this an outstanding community event,” exclaimed Event Chair Joan King. The previous shows featured highlights as a Knitting Shoppe, Pillow Plumpies with appliqued pillows, Mrs. Santa’s Children’s Boutique, Holiday


Gourmet Delights, Attic Finds, ceramic treasures and sculptured eggs, knitting and crewel, homemade quilts, The Weaver’s Shoppe, decoupage, metal crafts, handmade dolls, macramé for the home, beadwork, miniatures, bread dough, decorated homewares, shell and driftwood shops as well as holiday plant booths and handmade aprons. Since the Club’s founding in 1949, Plantation Woman’s Club has strived to serve the Plantation community as its first public service priority. Throughout the years, they have aided police, fire, and other public service sectors of the city to help make Plantation the best place to live, play, and work.   “Our Antique Show was always well attended but this year we expect ‘Not Your Mama’s Craft Fair’ to be a top draw with outstanding craft vendors,” added King.  The Plantation Woman’s Club is a member of

the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) representing women in the United States and all over the world. Their mission is first and foremost to support the local community. Show hours are Saturday, November 9th, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, November 10th, 9:00am - 4:00pm. Free entry and free parking. Volunteer Park Community Center is located at 12050 West Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33323. For more information, please visit or call 954-321-6987.

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When it comes to selling, buying, and/or investing in houses, the Hopkins Team at Compass has a different approach. They believe that real estate is more than just buying or selling a home; it’s about the journey that gets clients there. Hopkins Team clients are sure to have the ultimate experience from the very beginning to long after their transaction is complete which is the top reason why they return and refer others. At the helm of this dynamic team are Dianna and Dondi Hopkins. Together, the mother-daughter duo share almost six decades of real estate knowledge. But it was just thirteen years ago that they co-founded their award-winning team. The Hopkins Team currently has thirty-two of the industry’s most talented, skilled, and efficient professionals who share their same vision. With the help of Compass Real Estate, their company has grown to become one of the topproducing real estate teams in Florida. Besides producing high-quality results, the passionate team puts out high-quality work to be sure their clients receive the very best service and attention. Additionally, the team leaders are long-time Plantation residents who are dedicated to their community. They believe in giving back to create connections and make a difference no matter how big or small. Both are extremely involved in local groups, charities, and foundations. They are most proud of starting a scholarship program called “The Hopkins Team Homes Scholarship Program” which awards $1,000 to deserving young leaders in the local community. Recently, Dondi Hopkins, Founder and Team Leader of the Hopkins Team took some time to answer some frequently asked questions.

Do you specialize in residential or commercial? Our main focus is on resale homes, luxury properties, and new construction and developments. What markets do you serve? We service all of Broward County with a focus in the West Broward area such as Plantation and Davie. What products/services do you offer sellers that differentiates your team from others? We like to create a “Custom Business Plan” for all of our clients. We also offer Home Staging, Market Analysis, Social Media Exposure, Online Marketing, Financing Alternatives, Newspaper and Magazine Exposure, AfterSale Service, Development Services, Virtual Tours, Professional Photography and Videography, and Contract Guidance. Our service to our clients does not end when the transaction ends. We are always there for them for any of their real estate needs and beyond. When one can’t be there, another one can!

What are the latest trends in your business? Home prices are rising slowly with fewer offers. The majority of home buyers are millennials. Everything is online now. By the time we get in touch with buyers, they already know what they want and are well informed on market trends. What advice do you have for those in search of a new home? Find the neighborhood that fits your personal needs and the home will follow. Is this a buyers’ or sellers’ market? It truly depends on the price range. Under $700k is a seller’s market. Over $1million is a buyer’s market; there’s a lot of inventory out there. What type of marketing support do you offer clients? The 150+ members of our in-house marketing and advertising agency ensure that every home we represent is portrayed in its finest light across every platform – from eye-catching billboards and installations to stunning print materials and digital campaigns. Tell us about your team/staff. Our staff becomes part of the family. We have amazing staff that is committed to the success of the team and works tirelessly to ensure our clients are taken care of. Without a doubt, our clients can expect a family environment. After all, The Hopkins Team is a true family and our goal is to help other families find their place in the world and we won’t stop until we do! What do you offer that is new in the field? We are excited to offer “Compass Concierge.” This concierge service helps one sell their home faster and for more money by covering the cost of home improvement services with no upfront fees or interest charged. We also have a Coming Soon platform where we have the ability to launch a listing twice and allow buyers to get access to properties before they hit the market. Is there anything else you would like to share? As a lifetime Plantation resident and mother of four, I am super involved in the community and so is our team. We are extremely focused on customer care. We go beyond our duties as real estate consultants and we act as personal concierges for our customers, connecting them with the best vendors in the area and ensuring they become acquainted with the local community.

Not intended to solicit currently listed property. © Compass Florida, LLC. Equal Housing Opportunity. All information furnished regarding property for sale or rent or regarding financing is from sources deemed reliable, but Compass makes no warranty or representation as to the accuracy thereof. All property information is presented subject to errors, omissions, price changes, changed property conditions, and withdrawal of the property from the market, without notice. Home must qualify under Compass Concierge guidelines. Subject to additional terms and conditions.


An Un“FORE”gettable Donation BY BEVERLY PERKINS


esides reading, writing, and arithmetic, the bring up the school’s needs, we’re supported, you largest topic for the upcoming school year listen to us, and the golf carts are just part of the remains and will continue to be safety. This evidence of what you do to support education past summer Piper High School’s new principal in Sunrise. The citizens should be very proud of Mrs. Marie Hautigan visited the Sunrise City that! Because of you, this year security will be Commission in early June to express her concerns optimized. The children will be safer, the staff over her staff’s inability to navigate will be safer, and we’ll be able to cover the school’s 37-acre campus which the campus.” serves 2,400 students with just Prior to being donated, the one golf cart. The lone cart just City’s golf course contractors, happens to be missing its front Guidant Management Company end and is duct-taped together generously provided mechanical in an effort to extend its life. service and new tires to ensure Right before the 2019-2020 success and a long-life for the academic year began, the Bengals’ new carts. City of Sunrise Commission Principal Hautigan, joined voted unanimously to donate by the school’s security specialist the much-needed golf carts to Piper Stephen Cromwell, presented the City High School to aid in school security Commission with a student-made banner and to improve the faculty’s emergency response reading “Safer because of the City of Sunrise.” abilities. So, they designated two surplus carts The Sunrise City Commission (Mayor Michael from The Bridges at Springtree Golf Club to be J. Ryan, Deputy Mayor Mark A. Douglas, Assistant donated to the Sunrise high school. Deputy Mayor Joseph A. Scuotto, Commissioner “I don’t believe there’s a principal that’s more Neil C. Kerch, and Commissioner Lawrence A. supported by a municipality in this County,” Sofield) continues to prioritize schools and school exclaimed Principal Hautigan. “Every time we security. The City of Sunrise and the Sunrise


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wenty-two years ago, The Culpepper Journalism Foundation (CJF) was established to honor Dr. Alyce Culpepper after she retired from Broward County Public Schools. The purpose of CJF is to promote excellence in scholastic journalism just as the exemplary educator did in her classroom, while providing educational and financial assistance to high school underclassmen so they can attend summer journalism programs at universities. This year, not only one, but two high school seniors were awarded with the 2019-2020 Culpepper Journalism Foundation fellowship. One of these young women was South Plantation’s very own Ysabella De Lauro. The Co-Editor of the The Sword and Shield newspaper actually attended two programs which no other CJF fellow has ever attended. The first was at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill in June and the other at Yale University in August. “This is the first time an applicant applied and attended more than one program,” stated Executive Director Alyce Culpepper. “Ysabella searched for unique programs and found out-of-state universities which had ones that interested her.” The ambitious teen’s first opportunity was at UNC. The traditional summer program allowed her

to improve upon her graphic design skills by using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign which was helpful since she was previously the Features Editor for The Sword and Shield. Students shared their school’s publications and talked about their struggles. Additionally, they listened to guest speakers and editors, and got hands-on experiences with other types of journalism like yearbooks and podcasts. “I learned how to enhance our paper, as well as organize and prioritize stories,” said Ysabella. “This program helped broaden my perspectives and showed me that journalism includes many different forms of scholastic media. It also gave me a glimpse of

what college life is like since I’ll be there next year.” In late August, she traveled to the prestigious private Ivy League research university in Connecticut. The Yale Daily News (YDN) program was held in the YDN newsroom where students worked on their own issues by writing articles, taking photos, and creating illustrations. “As I walked in the door of the YDN, I couldn’t believe I was there! I was a big fan of Rory Gilmore, a character of the TV program Gilmore Girls, who was a Yale journalism major and editor of The Yale Daily News. I was the only high schooler to be asked to work late to finish the first issue of YDN for the community. I was surrounded by editors, graphic designers, artists and photographers. It was so cool to work alongside such passionate and motivated team members,” exclaimed Ysabella. Since its inception, the Culpepper Journalism Foundation has awarded more than $42,000 to eighty-four rising juniors and seniors from almost two dozen different schools to attend summer programs, and then return to their high schools to be mentors to their classmates. For applications and more information, please visit

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Mirror Lake Elementary Reflects on Their 50th Anniversary BY BEVERLY PERKINS


side from celebrating a successful start to the 2019-2020 academic year, Mirror Lake Elementary School plans on celebrating a whole lot more. The Plantation grade school just commemorated their 50th-anniversary last month. The big celebration included the beginning of a mini facelift of sorts. Beautification projects began this past summer with Avi Ram creating a visibly appealing area in front of the

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school near the specialized program classrooms. Home Depot sponsored the project and the talented airbrush artist came out once again to paint an incredible mural on the outside wall. The artwork depicts children of all abilities and it is appropriately titled “A Welcoming School”. “Mirror Lake received the ‘Welcoming School of Excellence’ in 2014 and we continue to refresh and present curriculum to children to embrace diversity every day,” stated Principal Marlen Veliz. Additionally, the media center received Mr. Ram’s artistic touch with some other airbrush paintings. The district is in the process of upgrading the center with new furnishings, computers, carpeting, shelving, and other new supplies along with state-of-theart 21st-century equipment. Principal Marlen Veliz loved the idea and wanted to make other areas beautiful just the same. However,

with safety of the utmost concern, she decided to install an artful entryway door with a full-length decal of the school mascot. The dual-purpose image of the dolphin allows those inside to see out, but those on the outside not to see in. “These decals not only show us off as the ‘Home of the Dolphins’, but also double as a safety screen for our students. Such a clever effect can be added to many more windows throughout our campus with extra funding. We want to include many more safety decals for our school and

are currently looking for sponsors.,” explained the proud principal. “So many wonderful changes have taken place to give our campus a ‘facelift’ for this wonderful occasion. Our families and staff were so excited to begin the new year when they saw the beautiful new additions to the building. What a fantastic improvement for our children. At Mirror Lake Elementary we are always making a difference,” exclaimed Veliz. n For sponsorship inquiries, please call Mirror Lake Elementary at 754-322-7100.

Plantation High School Aerospace Program Blasts Off BY BEVERLY PERKINS


lantation High School (PHS) Aerospace students were recognized for winning 6th and 7th places in the national finals at The American Rocketry Challenge. The Colonels have now earned their 11th top-ten win at the largest student aerospace competition in the world. PHS is the only Florida school to have ever placed in the top-ten. The aerospace students also placed 3rd overall at NASA’s Student Launch Initiative (SLI) with their eight-foot rocket which flew to over a mile in altitude while collecting data over a remote-controlled robotic antenna which earned them the “Most Innovative Approach to Mission” award for their novel design. This was their 22nd successful launch with NASA for their Student Launch program. At the helm of these award-winning students is Joseph P. Vallone. The Aerospace Technologies and


Design Instructor and the Career Technical Education Department Head was teaching physics years ago when he wanted to get his students involved in a real-world application of what they were learning in class. So, the enthusiastic educator sold the idea of making rockets for a contest to a handful of students and the project took off! The students were sold and entered the contest making rockets out of any scrap they could find, launching on campus, and failing miserably, yet they had the spark to continue the following year and made the national finals and have been winning ever since. In fact, they have been so successful over the years that the contest

organizers have instituted rules limiting the number of students and teams a single school can enter in a competition. “With every top 20-win, schools are invited to write a proposal to NASA to participate in their Student Launch Initiative. These rockets are roughly 8 ft tall, weighing up to 25 lbs. and fly to a mile altitude while conducting some sort of scientific experiment during flight. Many of our experiments are based around electronic payloads that the students build and program from scratch,” explained Vallone.  As part of the program, the students also work with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to earn a small Unmanned Aerial System Safety Certification which is an industry recognized certification in drone piloting. Furthermore, the ambitious group continually does outreach activities with younger students. “Many of my students leave PHS and go into STEM fields like computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and aerospace engineering. I have former students who have interned at NASA, Lockheed Martin, ULA, and SpaceX.  The last Delta V Heavy launch from Cape Canaveral had a PHS Aerospace alumnus as the payload integration engineer.  This is akin to a high school football coach watching one of his players score the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl,” exclaimed Vallone.

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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Use in the Foot and Ankle BY DR. JOHN GOODNER


ealing after an injury involves a well-orchestrated and complex series of events where proteins in the blood act as messengers to regulate the entire process. Many proteins involved in the healing process are derived from small cell fragments in the blood called platelets. Platelets are small, colorless, cell fragments present in the blood. They are formed in the bone marrow and are freely passing through the bloodstream in a resting state. However, when an injury occurs, the platelets become activated and start to gather at the injury site to release beneficial proteins called growth factors. This is the beginning of the healing process. For many years, blood components derived from the patient and then delivered to the site of injury have created growing interest for use in orthopedic procedures. New research and technology have expanded the application of this therapy for use in orthopedic procedures. What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentration of platelets

and growth factors created from a small amount of your own blood. Increased levels of growth factors have the potential to improve signaling and recruitment of cells. What conditions can it treat? PRP can be used to treat arthritis (foot or ankle), ligament injuries (acute or chronic), tendon injuries (acute or chronic), joint pain, chronic inflammatory conditions, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, chronic nerve irritation (neuritis), shin splints and heel spurs. How does the PRP process work? Doctors will recover a small amount of blood from your arm using a small needle and a specially designed syringe. The blood then goes through a rapid spinning process that separates and concentrates the platelets and other beneficial growth factors from the blood. The entire PRP production process is usually done in less than 20 minutes. What happens after that? The injected area will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic (Lidocaine). The blood with its PRP will be injected into the area directly or with the aid of ultrasound or x-ray. Am I a candidate for treatment with PRP? Speak with our doctors and ask if PRP is right for you. We will perform an examination to determine if the use

of PRP will benefit you. If you are on anti-inflammatory medications or blood thinners, your physician may temporarily discontinue the use of these until your treatment has taken place. What are the risks associated with this treatment? PRP uses your body’s own natural properties to treat your injury. Side effects utilizing PRP systems are very uncommon. 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. Instagram @SouthFloridaSportsMedicine. Twitter @SFLSportsMed.


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SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS CARTILAGE INJURIES Microfractures, Cartilage Transplants, Osteochondral Grafting RECONSTRUCTIVE FOOT, ANKLE AND LEG SURGERY Flat Foot, Bunions, Hammertoes, FRACTURES Ligament Repair, Achilles Tendon Why go to an Emergency Room? Dr. Robert Sheinberg, D.P.M. Dr. Carlo Messina, D.P.M. Dr. Michael Cohen, D.P.M. Dr. John Goodner, D.P.M. Board Certified Board Certified Board Certified Board Qualified All Foot, Ankle, and Leg Fractures Tears, Arthritis Surgery FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST FOOT, ANKLE, & LEG SPECIALIST in Children and Adults! SPORTS MEDICINE WESTON PEMBROKE PINES PLANTATION Tendon and Ligament injuries, Heel FOOT AND ANKLE ARTHRITIS 1600 Town Center Blvd. 17842 NW 2nd St.  220 S.W. 84th Ave., #102 Pain, Shockwave Therapy, PRP Injections, Total Joint Replacement, 954-389-5900 954-430-9901 954-720-1530 Arthroscopy and Tendoscopy, Shin Splints, Ankle Replacement, Arthroscopy, SATURDAY HOURS Compartment Syndrome Fusions, Joint Realignment Make Your Appointment Online at FOOT, ANKLE & LEG QUESTIONS? EMAIL THE DOCTOR! (Don’t Send Protected Health Information) PEDIATRICS

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The New Definition of A Gifted Student BY BEVERLY PERKINS


eachers are dedicated and eager to give their students the best possible education. However, in order to do so, they need many tools to bring their classroom dreams to life. Unfortunately, many dig deep into their own pockets to provide their students with necessary items to assist in their learning experience. A history teacher in a Bronx public high school was surprised to learn how much money he and his colleagues were spending on books, art supplies, and the many other materials. The ambitious instructor then decided to create a website where teachers could post classroom project requests, and donors could choose the ones they wanted to support. Fast forward almost two decades later and every public school in America can utilize to get what they need. Jordanna Egan, Tropical Elementary School second grade teacher, discovered the program six years ago and has been using it for her classroom ever since. From LEGOS and books to rocking stools and magic sand, DonorsChoose has helped this dedicated educator give her students the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

“The elementary grades are such important years. I love to watch my students grow both personally and academically. Although they are all very different, they all have one thing in common, they love coming to school. We have a lot of fun rooted in STEM in our classroom,” exclaimed Egan. A typical day in the local educator’s classroom

begins with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). She encourages and challenges her students to think outside of the box. She recently met her most recent DonorsChoose goal which was to get dryerase tables. These tables promote creative and collaborative problem solving which happens to be a pivotal element of STEM. “I have yet to meet a student who does not get excited and motivated by both markers and color. These tables will motivate my students to show their thinking in a way that isn’t permanent and allows room for mistakes. Many students are limited by what they are comfortable showing because they are so scared to make mistakes. These tables provide these students with a tool that takes this constraint away,” explained Egan. “The possibilities are truly endless. I am excited to add these tables to our classroom. I have the next generation of industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineers in my classroom.” Egan has been so pleased with the program that she is currently a DonorsChoose ambassador. The position allows her to train her fellow educators and help them obtain funding.

Plantation Acres Women’s Club presents

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Saturday, November 2nd 2019 • 7-11PM $30 Dinner Buffet

Raffles • Silent Auction • Dancing • Cash Bar To date, our organization has awarded over $100,000 in support to families in need and educational scholarships.

Sponsorship, donations, and tickets please contact Linda Brent, PAWC President 954.242.4029 or Amy Rielly, PAWC VP 954.319.0526.

Your support in the community is vital and greatly appreciated.

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Mark Those Calendars BY MAYOR LYNN STONER o anyone new to South Florida, they may believe we have only three seasons: hot, hotter, and stay inside! But those of us who have lived here a while know we have multiple seasons, even if they aren’t as obvious as those up north. October is the unofficial start of the South Florida fall season. We feel it right away: from the cooler breezes to the moderate temperatures and lower humidity. It’s the perfect season to get out and enjoy all that the City of Plantation has to offer its residents


and visitors. Fall is also a great time to connect with neighbors and friends at one of the many events hosted by the City. The City’s annual Halloween and Safety Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19 at Volunteer Park. Your Trick-or-Treaters will enjoy a Children’s carnival, games & activities, inflatables, police and fire exhibitions, and more. Speaking of Trick-or-Treat, join us on Halloween evening at Plantation Community Center for Trunk or Treat. Wear your best costume, decorate your truck or flatbed truck, and enjoy the evening with friends and family while handing out candy. A movie will be shown after dark. Another popular event for all of South Florida is the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club Art in the Park event, a juried art show held at Rae Carole Armstrong Liberty Tree Park. For two days, visitors can check out fine artists, entertaining musicians, special events and hands-on art projects especially for children. Plantation concert series, Rock the Park, starts November 1st and is held on the first Friday of each month, from November through April. Food trucks start serving at 6:00 PM and the music begins at 7:00 PM. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to Central Park. Admission is free. (A wine and beer truck will also be available.) One of the City’s most popular events is the Annual Firefighters Barbeque. Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy chicken & ribs with the Secret Veltri Sauce. Throughout the day, you and your family will enjoy the bounce houses, carnival games, live music, and more. Residents should watch for the ticket purchase letter in the mail or call the Fire Department in October at 954-797-2150. Veterans Day is a day to honor those who served in the Military. Plantation honors its Veterans each year at a service in Veterans Park, located on Lauderdale West Drive and Sunrise Boulevard. Join elected officials and local dignitaries on Monday, November 11th at 9:30 AM. The official holiday season kicks off in grand style with the annual It’s a Wonderful Life in Plantation holiday parade. This year’s parade is scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd, and as in the past, it runs down Broward Boulevard to NW 69th Avenue, and ends at City Hall. Kick-off is at 9:00 AM. The City of Plantation is hard at work planning events and opportunities for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Don’t sit on the sidelines! Stay tuned… we have some new events in November and December that I will share with you next time. The Office of the Commission is located at 400 NW 73rd Avenue, Plantation, 33317. To contact please call, 954-797-2221 or visit


Why Are My Periods So Painful? BY CAMIL MARRERO MD, MPH, FACOG ave you ever wondered what could be the constant recurrent pain you have with every menstrual cycle? Endometriosis can be the answer. Endometriosis is a chronic and painful gynecological condition that affects women in their reproductive years. The endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines inside the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus in the abdominal cavity. These abnormal pockets of tissue called endometrial implants can involve the fallopian tubes, ovaries as well as other areas in the abdomen. With endometriosis the displaced tissue continues to react to the normal menstrual cycle changes, thickening, breaking down and bleeding through the cycle. Because this tissue is trapped within the abdominal cavity the affected areas get irritated and inflamed developing scar tissue and adhesions between organs. Symptoms of endometriosis are variable. While in some cases patients may have little to no symptoms, in others, the irritations and adhesions can cause severe menstrual cramps, pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements or urination, heavy menstrual bleeding or even bleeding between menstrual cycles. Furthermore, the patient can experience infertility problems as well as chronic fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea particularly worse during the menstrual cycle. To diagnose endometriosis and other conditions that can cause pelvic pain, your doctor will ask you to describe your symptoms, including the location of your pain and when it happens. The doctor will need to perform a complete physical exam including a pelvic examination. A pelvic or transvaginal ultrasound can help get views of the pelvic reproductive organs, although its role in diagnosing endometriosis can be limited. Some of the findings in the ultrasound can include endometriomas or blood-filled cystic cavities. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can help with diagnosis as well as surgical planning, giving your surgeon detailed information about the location and size of endometrial implants. Doctors often begin with conservative treatment approaches first, opting for Laparoscopy surgery if initial treatment fails. Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter pain medication, such as NSAIDs like Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve). Your doctor may recommend hormone therapy in combination with pain relievers if you’re not trying to get pregnant. Supplemental hormones are effective in reducing or eliminating the pain of endometriosis. Hormonal medication may slow endometrial tissue growth and prevent new implants of endometrial tissue. Hormone therapy is not a permanent cure for endometriosis. You could experience a return of your symptoms after stopping treatment. Hormone therapy can include contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, progesterone intrauterine devices, implants, progesterone injection, and the progesterone-only pill. Recently, the FDA approved a new non hormonal medication in two different dosages to treat moderate to severe endometriosis pain that works by lowering the amount of estrogen in the body. This new medication is an option for patients that can not use hormones or patients that try hormone therapy without any improvements in their symptoms. Please remember that having severe pelvic pain in your cycle, that does not allow you to have a fruitful life in school or work is not normal. If you have any of these symptoms, please visit a gynecologist.


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. 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 954-406-1601 or visit

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Our busiest event season is under way and volunteers are needed to help plan these EXCITING events! 5th Annual Dream Big Oceanside Jazz Bruncheon October 27, 2019 - Wild Thyme at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 4th Annual Dream Fore A Cure Golf Tournament November 14, 2019 - Jacaranda Golf Club (Plantation, FL) 11th Annual Night of Laughter January 26, 2020 - Improv Comedy Club (West Palm Beach, FL) 2nd Annual Miami Night of Laughter March 8, 2020 - Miami Improv Comedy Theater (Doral, FL) 11th Annual Dream Makers Gala April 18, 2020 - Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort (Hollywood Beach, FL) Help us with:


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ire Prevention is cammonthly and the battery should be paigned in the month changed if they are not working. of October, although Batteries should be changed twice per year. the message should be ▸▸ Two exits from every room should be a part of the followed year-round. Fire escape plan. If the main exit is blocked by fire, a Departments target young window may be used to leave the room. If the children during this month, window is on a second story, a collapsible ladder but everyone should have a can be used for egress. plan in case of fire. ▸▸ Every household should have and practice a fire This year, the National escape plan twice per year, a good rule of thumb Fire Protection Association is to practice it when you change your smoke (NFPA) has announced the theme as “Not Every alarm batteries! A meeting place should be set Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” up in an area near the home that has an unobAn escape plan should be created and practiced structed path. A meeting area such as the mailbox, by all family members. Please remember to a tree, or a light post should be designated as part include your pets. of the plan. According to the NFPA, “these messages are more ▸▸ If a fire occurs in the home, it is imperative that important than ever, particularly because today’s all family members GET OUT and STAY OUT, and homes burn faster than ever.” call 911 for help. You should never go back inside A home escape plan should include several compofor anyone or anything! nents as follows: working smoke alarms, two ways out Additional safety tips include: of every room, a meeting place outside the home, and ▸▸ Remove the clutter from your home. Hallways a clear path to the meeting area. and doorways should always be accessible and ▸▸ Smoke alarms should be installed on every level clear of clutter. of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside ▸▸ Never leave the kitchen or the stove unattended sleeping areas. The smoke alarms should be tested while cooking. If possible, make your kitchen a


child-free zone. Children should never be left unattended in a kitchen while cooking. ▸▸ Extension cords should be kept to a minimum. Overloading circuits and using damaged extension cords are common hazards in residential fires. Extension cords should be used on a temporary basis. Next Month, Mark Your Calendars…It’s BBQ Time! The Volunteer Fire Association’s 63rd Annual Barbecue will be held on Sunday, November 3rd, from noon to 5:00 PM at Pine Island Park. The firefighter’s barbecue is the largest and longest- running, singleday event in the City’s history. Once again, this City-wide celebration will feature live music, a Kid’s Zone with bounce houses and games, raffle prizes, live demonstrations, and of course Former Head Chef Frank Veltri’s famous chicken and ribs. Pre-event, discount order forms are being mailed to every home in Plantation. Prices go up at the gate. Don’t miss this huge, City-wide event. Pre-order your tickets today, call 954-797-2150. For more information and safety tips, please visit our website at, follow us on Twitter @Plantationfire and like us on Facebook at City of Plantation Fire Department.

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ENTER YOUR PET TODAY! Email entries to: Must include the following information to receive your prize. Owner name, City of residence and your email and/or phone number. Please send a high-resolution photo with your entry. Tell us a little bit about your pet… Animal Name & Breed • Age & Gender Favorite Person • Favorite Toy • Likes & Dislikes Favorite Thing To Do • Last Seen • City of Residence Yoshi is our sweet Shiba Inu. He will be 8 years old this October. We brought him home December 2011 and he hid under the Christmas tree like a present. He is very playful and loves to be tickled under his chin. He loves his squeaky toys and any toy that he can get the stuffing out. His favorite treats are carrots and boiled eggs. He loves to sunbathe on the pool deck. Yoshi does not like thunder or any buzzing noises. He loves his family.

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THE WORLD’S FAVORITE MAGAZINE™ During their European summer adventure, Neil and Perri Trenk were sure to see Venice. The capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea with no roads and only canals. The Plantation couple had plenty to see and plenty to do. “Must-Do” items included a visit to St. Mark’s Square, a ride in a gondola, and a photo op on the Rialto Bridge for the best view and backdrop with Our City Plantation.

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Many residents and city officials came out on a beautiful Saturday morning in August to the unveiling of Westside Regional Hospital’s new patient tower. The grand opening event included tours, fun kids’ activities, a photo booth, games, and so much more showing the “Best side of Westside”.


More than 100 children and adoptive families came out to celebrate going back to school at JAFCO’s annual “Backto-School Picnic” at the Children’s Village in Sunrise. Children enjoyed inflatable water slides, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, motorcycle rides and plenty of delicious food. Most importantly, children were provided with all the tools needed for a successful school year as a result of the generous donations collected in drives around the area. The nonprofit organization serves abused, neglected and developmentally disabled children in the tri-county area.


Plantation resident and Plantation TooJay’s team member, Terry Brown won the in-house recipe contest. More than 1,200 TooJay’s employees were challenged to create a new sandwich for the menu. The Deli and Line Cook put a twist on a Philly favorite and created the “Philly Grilled Cheese”. The mouth-watering combo of thinly sliced roast beef, green and red peppers, onions, and melted American and provolone cheeses has become a new favorite.



From the Pink Slip Duo performing folk songs of the 60s, and representatives of the Plantation Historical Museum promoting this year’s Christmas exhibit at Sunrise Comic Con to “Honoring Our Veterans Day”, there’s always much happening at the Plantation Historical Museum. 34 OCTOBER 2019 | OUR CITY PLANTATION | OURCITYMEDIA.COM

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400 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 200C Sunrise, FL 33325




954.306.1007 400 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 200C • Sunrise, FL 33325


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

4-Day Unlimited Ride Bracelets


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

Offer expires 10/24/19.

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

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