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CALENDAR 10 September, 2017

COMMUNITY NEWS 12 The Search is on…It’s Time for Art Search 2017 12 Dream BIG! Dreams Do Come True! 14 All Aboard! The Transportation Exhibit is Open at The Plantation Historical Museum 16 Westside Regional Medical Center’s New Volunteer Ambassador Program


22 South Plantation High School Student Presents at GEER Conference 24 South Plantation High School Grad Awarded Scholarship from Covenant Village of Florida 27 Dreams Do Come True - South Plantation High School Graduate Receives Broward Education Foundation Scholarship 28 St. Gregory Student Walks in the Footsteps of U.S. Leaders

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2nd Plantation Farmers Market – Every Saturday year-round from 8:00am-2:00pm, Plantation hosts a Farmers Market featuring fresh, certified Organic and non-Organic produce, locally produced 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.

8th Book Sale – Friends of the Library are selling the best used books at the best prices. 9:00am-5:00pm at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library – 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, please call (954)-797-2140. (Also on September 9th, 22nd, and 23rd) Youth Hot Shot Basketball Tournament – The City of Plantation, Parks & Recreation Department will sponsor a Boys & Girls Hot Shot Basketball Contest at the Central Park gymnasium located at 9151 N.W. 2nd Street, Plantation at 7:00pm. The age divisions for this contest are 7 - 8 years, 9 - 10 years and 11 12 years old.  Trophies and awards will be given to the top 3 participants in each age category. Limited to 25 participants per age group. Registration begins Monday, August 26th. Sign up early to guarantee a spot. The entry fee is $10.00 per person, non-refundable. For more information, please call 954-452-2510.

Fall College SAT/ACT Prep Program– Registration begins at 10:00 am. This program is for High School grades 10, 11 & 12. 4-session course meets on Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm (All Mondays). Student must commit to all four sessions. Parents are invited to attend the first ½ hour of the 1st session. West Regional Library – 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. * Registration in person or by phone @ 954-765-1585.



11th September 11th Remembrance Ceremony – A special ceremony to honor the victims, heroes and survivors of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. The event will feature distinguished speakers, as well as music and the presentation of colors. 8:30am at the Sunrise Public Safety Building – 10440 West Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise – FREE admission.

12th 11th Friends of the Library Meeting – Friends of the H.B. Hoffman Plantation Library will hold the first meeting of their new year on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at the library, 501 N Fig Tree Lane, Plantation.  All are welcome to their social time, with refreshments, beginning 9:30 AM, and a guest speaker & business meeting to follow.  Please call the library for any further information, 954-797-2140.

Art Search – Students in grades K-12 are encouraged to submit their artwork in a free visual arts competition, sponsored by the City of Plantation Parks & Recreation Department and the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club, to be seen at the annual Art in the Park event held in November, and again in awards ceremony in December. Any medium except 3-D is accepted and the artwork must revolve around the theme of the year, “Art in Paradise”. All entries must be submitted to Plantation Central Park by 5:00 pm, Friday October 6th. For more information 954-4522510. *Only one entry per person.

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WALK IN MY SHOES 2017 –Register today for the 8th annual event from Key West to Tallahassee runs from Saturday, September 9th – Friday, September 22nd. Join others to prevent abuse, protect childhood, and empower survivors. Walk to raise awareness in your community and stand up against child sexual abuse. Plantation Community Loop Walk is from 3:00pm-3:45pm at the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, 400 NE 4th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Cost to register – $15/walker Registration includes: tshirt, sling backpack, water, and awareness wrist band. For more information, please visit


to take the stage. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. The Lyrical Lounge is presented in partnership with the Jason Taylor Foundation, the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network, the SPEAK! collective, and the Community Foundation of Broward. - 7:00-9:00pm - Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery- 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise. The Lyrical Lounge is presented in collaboration with the Jason Taylor Foundation and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network. For more information, call (954) 747-4662 or email

19th Middle School Book Club – Ages 11-14 or in Middle School, 6:30-7:30 pm. Join the book club to discuss the featured book & enjoy some snacks. Please check with the library on the upcoming title which will be available at the Youth Services Desk.  *Preregistration required. West Regional Library – 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. * Registration in person or by phone @ 954-765-1585

22nd Taste of Sunrise – The inaugural event will showcase area restaurants. Guests will be able to taste a variety of the best local flavors. 7:00pm-10:00pm at the Sunrise Civic Center – 10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise. For more information, please call 954-747-4642.


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15th “Lyrical Lounge” Teen Open Mic Night– Poets, singers, actors, musicians and other talented teens are encouraged

Kids’ Fishing Derby – The free annual event is open to children ages 5 to 15, and is presented in collaboration with the Sunrise Bass Club. Beginners are welcome! Bring your fishing pole and bait (night crawlers or worms work well). Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 8:30am-10:30am – Welleby Park – 11100 NW 44th Street, Sunrise. Call the Leisure Services Department for additional information: (954) 747-4600.

The Search is on…It’s Time for Art Search 2017 COMMUNITY NEWS



or over 2 decades Art Search has been people to walk around to see the art,” says Clair part of Plantation’s most anticipated annual Kettler. “The tent has now grown so visitors can event, “Art in the Park”. Students in the now enter and walk inside to see the artwork so community are encouraged to participate in it is a true gallery of student art and now has a the yearly art contest created by The Plantation prime space at Art in the Park.” Junior Women’s Club (PJWC). These women also The theme for Art Search 2017 is “Art in select the theme. The contest is then judged by Paradise”. Students are encouraged to drop three PJWC members, the art search committee, off their entries even if the art teachers do not and a city representative. include the contest in their curriculum. The In the past, there was only one winner per City staff will review the entries and select the grade. The winning art was displayed at “Art in best ten in each grade for the judging. The the Park” on panels provided by the City. The name of the student, their school, and grade prize was a $50 US Savings Bond along with a is on the back of the artwork which is hidden traditional blue ribbon presented during a cereso judging is anonymous. Any medium except mony at a City Council Meeting. The artwork was 3-D is accepted and the artwork must revolve then displayed on the second floor of the Central around the theme of the year. The contest is Park Recreation Building for the entire year. open to Kindergarten thru 12th grade students, 2016 Art Search Contest - Councilman Tingom with 2nd place Since then the program evolved when and to homeschooled children. Nova public winners, PJWC members Danielle Durham, AIP Chairwoman, PJWC members, Lisa Thompson, Barbara Clair Kettler, Natalie Benson Barbara Clair Kettler joined forces with schools are also included, and the contest is not Ken Boyce of the City of Plantation Parks & restricted to Plantation residents. Recreation. Together they expanded the contest to include 2nd and 3rd place “The City is a vital part of this contest, thanks to Shannon Ryan and Cheryl winners, and had underwriters funding the contest. The award ceremony became Greenberg who prepare and send out the applications to the schools and who larger and has been held at Central Park with the mayor presenting the awards. collect the entries from the participating schools before the judging appointment.” Although the savings bonds have been discontinued, gift cards from Target added Clair Kettler.  and custom-made ribbons continue today. The amount of each gift card varies All entries must be submitted to Plantation Central Park by 5:00 depending on the sponsorship funds. The committee is actively searching for a pm, Friday October 6th. *Only one entry per person. For more sponsor to underwrite the 2017 contest. The underwriter will have a banner and/or information, call  954-452-2510 or visit For those signage at the Art Search tent at “Art in the Park”. interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Rina Weiner at “Since we now have more than 13 winning artworks to display, the City came up with the idea of using lattice panels they had on hand and provided a tent for

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ebbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) is excited to host its 3rd Annual Dream BIG Luncheon celebrating DDF President Debbie Zelman’s 50th birthday. The event will be held on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston, Florida beginning at 10:30 a.m. The luncheon will feature a fabulous silent auction and amazing raffles followed by lunch and dessert. Auction items include priceless experiences, sports memorabilia, jewelry, fine dining, vacations, and travel. Co-chairing the event for the third year in a row are Linda Gendler and Sabrina Kurzman. Not only will the luncheon raise awareness about stomach cancer, but a 50th birthday celebration will be held for DDF President and Founder, Debbie Zelman, a 9-year stage IV cancer survivor. Kristi Krueger, News Anchor for WPLG South Florida, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the afternoon. “It is an honor to be a part of Luncheon Committee Co-chair and DDF Board such an important foundation Member Linda Gendler, DDF Founder and President that helps to raise money to Debbie Zelman, and Luncheon Committee Co-chair Sabrina Kurzman ultimately find a cure for stom-



ach cancer. I am so excited to co-chair the Dream BIG Luncheon again this year and keep the tradition alive,” said Linda Gendler. “This year is extra special since we will be celebrating our special friend and ‘Super Survivor’, Debbie Zelman’s 50th birthday,” added Co-Chair Sabrina Kurzman. Tickets are available at $100 for an individual Aura Morales-Guzman, Angela Perez, DDF Board ticket, $125 for those who Member John Nash (of 2016 Silver Sponsor Amerijet International), Todd Vitko, Jennifer Torlone, Yvonne would like to sign Debbie’s Rohrbacher, Evan Karp, and Linda Duffey. birthday card, or $1,500 for a table of 10 guests. Other sponsorship levels are available and include seats. Event proceeds will benefit the organization and its goal to raise awareness and advance funding for stomach cancer. Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. Debbie’s Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. For more information how to purchase tickets, place an ad or tribute in our program book, join the committee, donate, or to become a sponsor, please visit portal/dream-big-luncheon or contact Events@DebbiesDream. org or (954) 475-1200.

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veryone is invited to visit the Plantation Historical Museum. The non-profit, free admission facility proudly announces, “The Transportation Exhibit” which will be open until October 7th, 2017. The exhibit is a representation on the history of transportation while highlighting important events and people throughout time such as the first transcontinental railroad, Henry Flagler and the Pony Express. The collection features the Florida Citrus Model Train Society (FCMTS) and its different scale train layouts. The display is an overview of different modes of transportation from horses to trains. The train club is made up of retired professionals who never gave up their hobby or love of trains. FCMTS President, Ken Sargeant, conducts an educational program, in conjunction with the Operation Lifesaver organization, on train safety to touring summer camps and schools. The Florida Citrus Model Train Society (FCMTS) has set up their N scale, O scale, HO scale, and G scale train layouts and runs various kinds of engines such as diesel, steam and electric. The volunteers of this train club spent unmeasurable hours on every detail such as every tiny person, tiny tree, tiny car and tiny building. Visitors can expect to see model trains running, a recreated early 1900s train depot, a blacksmith shop, a display of miniature cars from the 1960s to 1990s, a military transportation case which showcases hand-made bombers, aircraft carriers, and tanks, and so much more. Some other features in the vignette are an old candlestick telephone, a telegraph key, and a typewriter. The blacksmith shop has

a forge and tools on display with accompanying information about horses. Some of Plantation Historical Society’s members loaned the museum several airline memorabilia from Delta, National, Eastern and Pan Am airlines. “The current exhibit highlights how transportation started from horses and boats and evolved to trains, automobiles, and airplanes. It’s all about how we travelled from one place to another,” says Museum Curator, John Feeney. “Our special feature is the Florida Citrus Model Train Society with their different scale model trains and modules. The members of this club, run different types of trains to match the specific era of their layouts. One layout would have a diesel engine, another may have a steam engine with real smoke puffing through its chimney. This exhibit would be sure to delight kids and bring back memories for the adults.” The Plantation Historical Museum is located at 511 North Fig Lane, Plantation, 33317. For more information, please call 954-797-2722, or visit


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or over 40 years, Westside Regional Medical Center has been part of the Plantation community. As the population in the desired suburb grew, so did the hospital as it evolved into a 224-bed medical center and healthcare complex. The medical facility brings comprehensive healthcare and the latest technology to their patients which enables them to provide cutting edge services and procedures to the population they serve. Recently, the center was given $56 million to undergo an expansion which will include a 3-story tower and 72 private rooms so the hospital can better serve its patients. In addition, a new hospital will be built on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie. Construction on the new 3-story patient tower began in August. During the 18 months of construction,

the main entrance will be closed and patients and visitors will be re-routed to the admitting entrance on the east side of the building, or the ER. Due to the on-going expansion, The Westside Regional Center Volunteer Services Department proudly announced their new “Volunteer Ambassador Program”. Volunteers are needed to greet and provide assistance and direction to hospital visitors by escorting guests or transporting those who need wheelchair assistance to their destination. “We want to ensure that our patients and visitors have the help they need during this time, so that is one reason why we are actively looking to build our patient ambassador program,” said Liz Gassew, Director of Volunteer Services. “We are looking for volunteers to help our patients and visitors navigate their way through the hospital so that they are escorted to their destination with a smile. A personal, friendly touch can make such a difference, especially in the hospital setting.” The rewarding positions are open to compassionate, active, and friendly individuals who have some free time available. Volunteers will be trained and given maps, and must learn their way around the hospital. They need to be able to walk and push a

wheelchair. Other areas where individuals can volunteer in addition to the ambassador program are the gift shop, patient units, and in some administrative areas of the hospital. Volunteers are asked to come in for at least one 4-hour shift per week. But more shifts are always available, depending on the individual’s desire and schedule. Volunteers can be any age. The adult auxiliary program is open to those 18 and over, but the “Volunteen” program offers teens (14-18) an opportunity to experience the healthcare setting. “If you want to spend time helping others, the hospital is a great place to volunteer,” says Jenny Mackie, Director of Marketing. Westside Regional Medical Center is located at 8201 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. For more information about volunteering, please call Liz Gassew, Director of Volunteer Services at 954476-3994 or careers/



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hen I completed my fellowship training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1987 and began practicing ophthalmology in Hollywood July 1987, I was part of a new wave of ophthalmologists who brought the exciting technique of out-patient cataract surgery to Broward County. Our predecessors would admit patients to the hospital the night prior to surgery and keep them hospitalized for an additional night following surgery. Avoiding the hassles and expenses of hospitalization was attractive, but even more advantageous was avoiding the risks of hospital –induced infections. Out-patient cataract surgery became an almost instant success.

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For the next decade, those of us on the “cutting edge” of cataract surgery in Hollywood were doing cataract surgery by a procedure called Extracapsular Cataract Extraction whereby we removed the nucleus of the cataract in its entirety. This necessitated that we make a large incision in the eye. The cataract was removed, followed by insertion of an intraocular lens (IOL). At the completion of surgery, five to seven sutures were required to close and secure the surgical incision. The eye was pressure patched. For the next three weeks, we encouraged our post cataract surgery patients with the following refrain: “Do not bend, do not lift, do not exercise, do not exert.” Finally, after three weeks our patients could become “free agents” again and resumed their normal lives. We began suture removal in the office, and by the sixth post-operative week the patient received a final new eyeglass prescription. The IOLs utilized in that era provided fairly good distance vision, but eyeglasses were needed to see near and intermediate distances, with fine tuning of distance vision.

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While moving cataract surgery to an out-patient basis was considered revolutionary at the time, an even bigger milestone transpired with the transformation of cataract surgery in the mid to late 1990’s to a highly improved technology called Phacoemulcification (phaco). Instead of removing the cataract nucleus in its entirety, with a hightech ultrasound we could break up the nucleus into tiny fragments and suck them out. This paved the way to tiny incisions in the eye and the advent of “no stitch” cataract surgery. Phaco brought quicker, safer, and better visual outcomes to the cataract surgery arena. With great pleasure, on the very first post-operative day, I was now able to encouragingly tell my patients, “You can now bend, lift, exercise and resume 100% of your activities!” Even more importantly, post-operative edema, infections, and inflammations plummeted with the new technology. Cataract surgeries were now routinely scheduled two weeks apart instead of two months apart. Concurrently, there have been remarkable enhancements in the instruments that we utilize pre-operatively in the office to ascertain the optimal custom fit intraocular lens for any given patient. The quality of these high tech ophthalmic devices and ultrasounds utilized pre-operatively for Iens determinations, as well as the expertise of the staff actually making the measurements, are of paramount importance for excellent visual outcomes.

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From the onset of my career in 1987, through to the present time, we have been blessed with newer generations of intraocular lenses (IOLs) which provide superior vision. Another career milestone occurred within the past ten years with the arrival of the multifocal ReStor IOL. With the ReStor IOL, we can generally correct most patients’ cataracts

and enable them to see near, far, and everywhere in between without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. The ability to read, drive, work on the computer, and see without glasses is an incredible freedom that was never possible with traditional monofocal lenses. My journey in the world of cataract surgery in Hollywood has now hit three decades as I had my 30-year anniversary of practicing ophthalmology on July 1st! Perhaps the most incredible landmark and noteworthy step on this journey has been the landmark transformation in cataract surgery to the new era of laser-assisted cataract surgery that has commenced in earnest in the past five years. Femtosecond laser cataract surgery is highly reproducible, far more accurate, and far safer than older techniques of cataract surgery with a scalpel. The laser offers excellent precision thereby producing the absolute best visual outcomes in current cataract surgery. Furthermore, patients with low or moderate levels of astigmatism can have this astigmatism eliminated or greatly reduced at the same time as the cataract procedure, resulting in a markedly enhanced quality of vision and overall outcome. In essence, this is customized laser cataract surgery utilizing high-tech 3D imaging and tailoring the ultra-precise treatment to the unique size and shape of your eye.

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On a personal note, even though I am a cataract surgeon, naturally I am not exempt from developing cataracts myself. In fact, in 2014, at age 56, I began to notice the litany of complaints that I have heard from my patients. First, I noticed that while driving at night, I was not as comfortable or confident as I was driving during the day. Second, oncoming headlights became bothersome, and eventually so did the rising or setting sunlight in my face

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he Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Conferences (GEER) provides program has spent the year working an internship in a science lab at Florida a forum for physical, biological, and social scientists to share their knowlAtlantic University. The pilot program enables high school students to gain priedge and research results concernmary research experience in active univering everglades restoration. The objectives sity labs through supervised independent of these conferences are to define specific projects in everglades science. restoration goals, determine the best “I hope that more students will follow approaches to meet these goals, and in this program. It has been an excellent provide benchmarks that could be used to way for me work hands-on with scientific measure the success of restoration efforts experts,” said Baldwin. “I would encourover time. age any student looking towards a STEM The very beginning of the educational area of study to seek out opportunities like conferences occurred seventeen years ago this one.” in Naples, Florida in December of 2000. “We are investigating the influence of The most recent, and eighth conference, altered hydrology on ecosystem carbon was held in Coral Springs last April. The exchange by sawgrass (Cladium jamaisconferences recognize the need to synthecense) through a manipulative experiment size information gathered since the first at the FAU-Davie Greenhouse,” Baldwin Everglades conference, the interdisciplinfurther explained. “Resulting data will ary nature of everglades restoration, and assess the degree to which plant photothe need to adapt scientific understanding synthesis and respiration are impacted by to management action. altered scenarios of Everglades hydrolIn addition to the ecologists, biologists, ogy.The three conditions were Inundated and scientists presenting their findings, (soil surface water table), Flooded (+20 South Plantation High School student cm water table), or Drought (-20cm At the 2017 GEER Conference in Coral Springs, John intern John Baldwin was lucky enough to water table).” Baldwin explains his high school internship with attendees. share his internship experience in a poster An internship/senior project is a requirepresentation alongside the professionals. The poster presentation was entitled ment of the South Plantation magnet program. “2017 was the second time South “Bringing the Classroom to the Science”. Baldwin’s supervising professor, Dr. Brian Plantation magnet students were asked to participate in the GEER conference,” Benscoter joined him as he explained and described what he had learned. said Magnet Coordinator JoAnn Cantlupe. “Events like this validate the quality of The senior in the Environmental Science and Everglades Restoration magnet the program as well as provide students with professional speaking opportunities.”


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ovenant Village of Florida and Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), a non-profit, faith-based, senior living organization headquartered in Skokie, Ill., announced a scholarship recipient who is part of the Employee Dependent Scholarship program. Ivan Sola, South Plantation High School Class of 2017 graduate, was awarded with an $1,800 scholarship to use towards his higher education. His mother, Denise Oliver, has been the Director of Human Resources at Covenant Village of Florida for nearly 5 years. Sola plans to study speech pathology and business administration at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Sola was chosen based on an essay and criteria demonstrating clear educational and career pursuits that are consistent with CRC values, along with involvement in extra-curricular activities. “Ivan has always been a kid who has tried his best. Ivan is well-balanced. Academics are important and so are extracurricular activities,” said Oliver. “I was grateful to CRC for offering this scholarship program. CRC values education and they care for their employees and their children. College is an expense, so the financial assistance is a big help.” Sola says his personal story of overcoming stuttering and his experience with a communications disorder have influenced him to help others with communications disorders grow to their full potential. In addition to excelling acaIvan Sola demically, Ivan played baseball during all four


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lantation resident and Plantation High School graduate Mitra Kiciman was selected as a Bank of America Student Leader. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation selects only five exceptional high school juniors and seniors for this coveted position in the Bank of America Student Leaders® Program at the YMCA of Broward County. The choices are based on the students’ commitment to serving the community and making Broward a better place to live along with their outstanding academic achievements. The eight-week paid internship opportunity gives junior and senior level students the opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on community work experience at local nonprofit organizations as part of the Bank of America’s Student Leaders® program. Mitra, who will soon set off to Duke University, has an incredible passion for science. As an advocate for STEM education, he’s been involved as part of the NASA Student Launch Initiative for three years and has volunteered more than 100 hours of his time at the Museum of Discovery of Science. He has also been involved in his school’s STEM Start™ Summer Camp and Open Lab Nights as part of their Aerospace Engineering Program in an effort to expand their outreach. “My inspiration to give back to my community comes from the opportunities my community has given to me. Throughout my life, I have been accepted to competitive programs, which provided me with extracurricular enrichment both during the school year and in summer. These have helped foster my academic interests, prepared me for college, and improved my educational foundations,” said Kiciman. “While they have been excellent for me, they are inaccessible for many

of my peers, either due to cost or selectivity. Because of how transformative these opportunities have been for me, I believe that they are essential for all students and shouldn’t be limited by ability to pay or academic achievement, especially when the students with the lowest incomes and least successful academic records are the ones most in need of help.” In addition to the internship, these select individuals from Broward County had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to join more than 200 other Bank of America Student Leaders from around the country for a week-long Leadership Summit. The students met with members of Congress, learned about diversity and nonprofit work, and built and applied leadership skills through hands-on community work experience. “The opportunity to place my own accomplishments within the context of a nation of youth who are working to change the world was uplifting and inspiring,” added Kiciman. “Mitra is a remarkable young man with a passion for making an impact, and this experience will equip him to better lead, build relationships and ensure success in college and once he enters the workforce,” said Lori Chevy, Broward County Market President for Bank of America. Since 2004, the program has supported 2,200 young people nationwide. To learn more about Bank of America’s Corporate Social Responsibility programs and practices, please visit www. and follow the company on Twitter @ BofA_News and @BofA_Community.

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rik Aslaksen of Plantation, joined outstanding middle school students from across the United States as they took part in an extraordinary leadership development experience, the “2017 Junior National Young Leaders Alumni Conference”, an Envision program. This was Erik’s second summer participating in the program. The enthusiastic 8th grader attended the Washington, D.C. program in the summer of 2016 after being nominated by his teacher from St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Plantation. The program provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to continue to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century. The students invited to the conference are alumni of the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, an Envision program held each year in Washington, D.C.

“This is an exceptional group of young scholars distinguished by their academic excellence, past participation in leadership programs and prospects for future leadership potential,” said Andrew Potter, MA; MA NEJS, Chief Academic Officer for the conference. “In addition to diving further into our nation’s rich history in Boston, scholars were challenged to build upon their prior experiences and further their understanding of key leadership characteristics such as courage, character and perseverance.” The six-day conference for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students allowed emerging young leaders to take part in fun and exciting workshops, and participate in simulations to delve deeper into the fundamental aspects of leadership and how those important traits are connected to qualities embraced by history’s greatest men and women. As part of their educational journey, students visited significant historical sites such as Plymouth Plantation, the home of the Mayflower II, the town of Salem, Boston’s Freedom Trail, and Lexington and Concord. “This was my second year with this Junior National Leader’s Conference. Last year we were in Washington D.C. We learned about things like tolerance and how to speak out,”


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▸▸ Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A breast MRI uses magnets and radio waves to take photos of the breast. An MRI is often used in addition with a mammogram to screen women who are at a higher risk for getting breast cancer. Women at a higher risk include those with family history, a genetic tendency, or other factors. Oftentimes, breast MRIs may appear abnormal even when there is no cancer, so it’s not recommended for those women with an average risk.


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▸▸ Mammogram: This is the most popular screening test used, and the best way to detect breast cancer early. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. The non-invasive and quick procedure may be uncomfortable for a quick minute, but can truly save lives. It is recommended to schedule one yearly to lower the risk of dying from breast cancer.





t is highly recommended that women ages 40-44 should begin breast cancer screenings. Regular screenings are used for the early detection of breast cancer. These screenings check a woman’s breasts for cancer before any signs or symptoms of the disease appear. Although breast cancer screenings cannot prevent breast cancer, it can help detect any signs of breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat. This approach is suggested by physicians as well as the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) and The American Cancer Society. Women need to discuss with their doctor which type of screening test is best for them, and when is the appropriate time to have one. Being informed of the benefits and risks are necessary when determining which tests to choose.

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▸▸ Clinical Breast Exam: A doctor or nurse use their hands to feel for lumps or any other changes in the breasts during a regular check-up. ▸▸ Breast Self-Awareness: Women know their breasts best. If there are any changes or symptoms such as lumps, pain, and/or changes in size, report any findings to your health care provider right away. Being familiar with your own breasts is important, but it is not a substitute for the other screening methods. Screenings are often done at a special women’s clinics, hospitals, and sometimes a doctor’s offices. Your health care provider can help you find the place best for you. Most health insurance plans are required to cover mammograms every 1 to 2 years for women beginning at the age of 40 with no out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays, deductibles, or co-insurance. Dr. Jay Cohen specializes in Obstetrics & Gynecology and is affiliated with Plantation General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and has been in practice for more than 20 years. All Women’s Healthcare of West Broward is located at 140 SW 84th Avenue, Suite D, Plantation, FL. 33324. To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 954-452-5850, or visit


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cated to providing a safe, clean and fun family entertainment environment. The model of the park is very easy to understand. We’re people like you who want to exercise, but also like to have fun, lots of fun. Rockin’ jump is a place where you can soar in open jump arenas, dive into a stunt bag, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults. We also wanted a new alternative for birthday parties and family gatherings, where quality food and private party rooms are guaranteed. Our goal is to be part of the Fort Lauderdale community by offering extreme fun, and a great work out for kids and adults alike.  

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values and we want to recognize sports performance by supporting sports leagues and swim teams. We believe there is not better success rather than the one achieved in partnership with your local schools and sport teams. In this regard, we are the new alternative to organize fundraising events for your school and end of the season parties. We have been very successful partnering with local schools such as Bayview Elementary, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, McNab Elementary by promoting community engagement while families, teachers and friends of the school have fun.



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kids of all ages to play safely while parents socialize with other parents. The pre-teens/teens have a separate space, and the toddlers have their own area making it safe for all. At Rockin’ Jump families get the exercise they need and lots of laughs along the way. It’s funny how much adults want to participate as much as the kids. We have also developed a Rockin’ Club program where we will combine academics and fitness after school. Rockin’ Jump is located inside Xtreme Action Park at 5300 Powerline Road, Ft. Lauderdale. For more information, please call 954-656-1241 or visit

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Bruce Abramson, president of A Shade Above Window Fashions, has been in the window covering industry for more than 30 years. He recently answered some questions about his business and what differentiates it from the competition. Describe your showroom. We’ve been serving the tri-county area since 1984. In 2000, we were selected as the nation’s first Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Gallery. Our newly updated state-of-the-art gallery features an array of products offered by Hunter Douglas, the world’s premier window covering manufacturer. We also offer a wide variety of shades and blinds from other top national brands. We provide both full service and selfservice out of our 2,500 square foot showroom. We have products to fit all budgets. What products and services do you offer? We provide many of the top products on the market, including plantation shutters, honeycomb shades, roman shades, horizontal blinds, vertical blinds, transitional double roller shades, roller shades, Luminette™, Silhouette™, Prioutte™, PowerView™ motorization and Skyline™ panel track. Our full-service includes professional measuring and installation. Our Hunter Douglas certified installation technicians visit the home to measure the windows using laser technology to ensure accuracy. We

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s far as awareness campaigns go, September is just brimming with a wide array of causes, including designations like “National Head Lice Prevention Month” and “World Rabies Day”. One of this month’s campaigns, “Falls Prevention Awareness Day”, observed in the U.S on September 22nd, seeks to curb something we should find truly scary: injury obtained when someone takes a fall. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults age 65 and older, one-inthree of whom will fall each year. With more than 15% of all Sunrise residents being in this same age demographic, the risk is of relevance here. Over the last five years, Sunrise Fire Rescue (SFR) responded to over 5878 injuries resulting from a person falling. The good news is that these occurrences can be reduced in both frequency and severity through evidence-based programs, such as SFR’s Community Paramedic program and A Matter of Balance classes, the latter of which is offered free of charge through the City of Sunrise Senior Center in partnership with the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). Upon implementing these prevention efforts and conducting ongoing educational outreach, 9-1-1 call data from 2012 – 2016 reveals that SFR has seen a steady reduction in the number fall-related injuries each year. Now celebrating a decade of ongoing Falls Prevention Awareness Day campaigns, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has announced this year’s campaign theme: “10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls”. The NCOA recommends older adults take the following actions to reduce personal risk factors that may make them more vulnerable for fall-related injuries: ▸▸ Stay Active. Lack of exercise results in diminished muscle tone and bone density, whereas physical activity can maintain - and even increase - strength and balance. Activities like Tai Chi and Chair Yoga have been proven to buffer against possible injuries resulting from a fall, and to reduce a person’s likelihood of falling in the first place. These classes – like A Matter of Balance - are offered at the Senior Center; call (954) 572-3670 for details. ▸▸ Visit your doctor, regularly reviewing medications for side effects and interactions. Have your vision and hearing checked, updating prescription glasses and hearing aids if needed. ▸▸ Use assisted devices, such as a walker or wheelchair, as advised and use them consistently. These devices can be wonderful aides in maintaining independence and quality of life, when used faithfully as directed.    ▸▸ Do a home safety check to identify and correct common hazards like loose rugs, cluttered walkways, and insufficient lighting. Installing grab bars in the shower is strongly recommended. Home safety modifications may be available locally at no cost to eligible seniors, through programs such as Home Touch and the Barrier Free Housing Program; call the ADRC at (954)745-9779 for more information on those resources and numerous others. For more information and safety tips, visit the City of Sunrise website at, ‘Like’ us on Facebook at Sunrise Fire-Rescue and follow us on Twitter@SunriseFRD.


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