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COMMUNITY NEWS 12 Residents Celebrate Plantation Community Center Grand Opening 12 City of Plantation Fire Station #1 Receives $1.5 Million 14 The Past is Present – The 2017 GFWC Antique Show is Around the Corner 16 Creating a Model Canine Citizen – Dog Smarts 101 Class 30 Hometown Attorney Becomes Partner at Kelley Kronenberg
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Book Club – The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Leisure Reading Room to discuss a non-fiction book selected by the group. Contact Tanya Field for more information (954)797-2140 – Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library – 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. U.S. Citizenship Class – Prepare for the citizenship exam each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm. Reservation is necessary. Please call (954)797-2140 to reserve a space. Free for library card holders (out-of-city membership $15 for 6 months/ $30 for the year). Class is conducted in English and materials are provided. Sponsored by Friends of the Library – Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library – 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation.
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 October 7th, 20th, 21st) Art Search – Plantation 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 954-452-2510. *Only one entry per person.
Open Chess – All ages, novice or expert, are welcome. Come with a partner or play with who is here. Member of the U.S. Chess Federation. Every Friday from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library – 501 N. Fig Tree Lane, Plantation. For more information, please call (954)797-2140.
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Dog Smarts 101 Class – Does your dog chew furniture and shoes; bark excessively; soil your floors, or pull on his leash? Then don’t get mad--get “smart”--at the 2017 special Dog Smarts 101 class. The FREE seminar offers plenty of helpful advice on how to solve some of your worst doggie nightmares-from chewing and pulling to bad potty etiquette. Class is held from 6 to 7 p.m. at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation *Please do not bring any pets to the class.
and are open exclusively to residents of Sunrise and Plantation free of charge and with proof of residency. Bring all hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, chemicals and fluorescent bulbs to Sunrise City Hall, 10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise from 9:00am-1:00pm.
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 Hay Ride, 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 for purchase. The proceeds will benefit the Plantation Police Explorer program. For more information, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 954-452-2510.
28th 5th Adaptive Tennis Program – Free tennis equipment and tennis clinic available at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation Central Park. 6 Top Pro Sport Wheelchairs (4 Adult / 2 Youth), and all equipment provided (balls, racquets, teaching pro). Effective October 1st, clinics will be held the 1st and 3rd Thursday’s each month at The Frank Veltri Tennis Center – 9101 NW 2nd Street (9151 NW 2nd Street for GPS) Plantation, FL 33324. Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM. For more information on the Wheelchair Tennis Program, visit www. PCTC.PlantationTennis.org or call 954-513-3540.
6th Book Sale – Friends of the Library are selling the best used books at the best
7th 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,
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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. saintdavid.org.
21st Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Event – The City of Sunrise and the City of Plantation have partnered to provide residents with opportunities to safely dispose of household hazardous waste (HHW) and electronics. Drop-off events are held on Saturdays throughout the year,
Trick or Trot 5K and Kids’ Dash – Don’t miss the City of Sunrise’s inaugural 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. Individual runners, walkers and families of all ages, skill levels and abilities are welcomed on this USATF-sanctioned route. Costumes are encouraged at the Halloween-themed race. Fees: $10 for Kids’ Dash (10 and under) $15 Early Bird Registration (Price will go up. Register early!) *Registration fee includes a tech t-shirt and commemorative medal. Parking Fee: Markham Park charges an entrance fee at the gate. $1.50 per person (ages 6 and up), $8 maximum charge per car or van (six to nine occupants), $20 maximum charge per commercial vehicle/school bus (10 or more occupants). For additional questions call (954) 747-4600.
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Residents Celebrate Plantation Community Center Grand Opening COMMUNITY NEWS
BY BEVERLY PERKINS
ourteen years ago, Mayor Rae Carole Armstrong and City Council Members approved and adopted Resolution No. 8729. The resolution authorizes the sale and issuance of the city’s series 2003 Non-Ad Valorem Tax Revenue Bonds. Approximately $2.1 million remained in the bond, which was refinanced in November of 2013. Three years ago, in 2014, The Plantation City Council gave approval to spend the $2.1 million on the new community center. The overall appearance and traditional design of the building was chosen to complement the nearby city buildings such as the Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library and the Plantation Historical Museum. Additional funding sources for the new 11,000 square foot community center
include the City’s capital budget and a generous donation last year of $100,000 from the General Federation Woman’s Clubs Plantation Woman’s Club (GFWC). The charitable 501 (c) (3) club is the oldest civic organization in the City of Plantation. All club proceeds go to scholarships, education, and community improvements. The new facility designed by one of South Florida’s top 25 architect firms, Synalovski Romankik Saye, features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a large space for plenty of programs for the community to enjoy such as Zumba, gymnastics, yoga, and kickboxing. It also has three additional rooms to serve the community. These are perfect for hosting local organization meetings and clubs. A warming kitchen is also on site, so catered events can be hosted. The dedication and grand opening celebration were held in August with an official ribbon-cutting event led by Mayor Diane Veltri Bendekovic. Introductions were made by Debra Generotti, Chairperson, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and Manuel Synalovski and Merrill Romanik, AIA, Synalovski Romankik Saye. Also in attendance were City Council representatives, Peter S. Tingom, Lynn Stoner, Jerry Fadgen, Mark Hyatt, and Ron Jacobs and many community VIPs. “The opening of the new Plantation Community Center on Palm Tree Road is a wonderful addition to the public recreational facilities in the City,” says Helen Ackerman, President of the GFWC Plantation Woman’s Club. “Not only does it have the traditional work-out equipment but also boasts the latest in sound and electronics. A children’s center is a real plus for parents. This facility will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come”. The Plantation Community Center is located at 5555 Palm Tree Road, Plantation, 33317. For room rental rates and more information, please call 954-797-2180. Hours are as follows: Mon – Fri: 8:00AM – 8:30PM, Saturday: 8:00AM – 4:00PM Sunday: Closed.
City of Plantation Fire Station #1 Receives $1.5 Million BY BEVERLY PERKINS
hings are heating up at the City of Plantation Fire Station #1. For six decades, the station has been serving the community in a facility not exactly suitable for such a hard-working organization. Fire Station #1 was established in 1957 to accommodate two small fire units and a few part-time volunteers. Three years later it was expanded, however, it was not built to accommodate the current full-time staff that works twentyfour hours a day, seven days a week. Recently, State Senator Lauren Book and Representative Evan Jenne presented a $1.5 Mayor Bendekovic, Sparky, and Fire Chief Laney million check to the City of Plantation Fire Stearns receive a $1.5 million check from Senator Members of the Plantation Fire Department join Senator Book, Station #1 during the 2017 Appropriation durLauren Book and Representative Evan Jenne to Representative Jenne, and Sparky in accepting the $1.5 million offset the cost of rebuilding Fire Station #1. State Appropriations check for rebuilding Fire Station #1. ing the City of Plantation’s council meeting our structure, we can no longer just modify it.” in August. “Senator Book and Representative Jenne worked tirelessly to secure $1.5 million “Fire Station #1 has been dedicated to serving the residents of Plantation for in appropriation funds for the City’s Fire Station #1 construction project,” said 60 years,” said Book. “I am honored to have the opportunity to present this check Mayor Diane Bendekovic. “This is the first time State appropriations funding was to such a deserving organization.” granted to the City of Plantation, and without the Senator and Representative’s The City hopes to use the appropriation funds to construct a new fire station, determined involvement, the City of Plantation would not have received it.” so the staff can operate more effectively. These funds from the State of Florida’s The new, two-story station, which will be located on the same site at 5601 W. appropriations budget are targeted to help offset the cost of rebuilding the station. Broward Boulevard, will meet all necessary requirements for ADA, OSHA, and, “It is so important that we support Plantation’s public safety efforts,” said NFPA. The $5.8 million project was approved as part of the 2016 Public Safety Senator Book. “Plantation’s original fire station was built in 1957 and has since Bond referendum. undergone several renovations in an attempt to keep up with the demands of this “We are sincerely proud of the dedicated members of the Plantation Volunteer growing City. It’s time to replace it.” Fire Association,” Bendekovic added. “Their excellence and outstanding service to “We’ve modified the floor plan several times, and until now have done our best to keep pace with the City’s needs,” explained Fire Chief Laney Stearns. “However, the community has secured an insurance rating of two – one of the highest rated volunteer fire departments in the country.” with the new demands on fire station safety, health requirements, and changes in
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The Past is Present – The 2017 GFWC Antique Show is Around the Corner COMMUNITY NEWS
BY BEVERLY PERKINS
ince the Club’s founding in 1949, Plantation Woman’s Club has strived to serve the Plantation community as their first public service priority. More than 100 club members are preparing for the “35th Annual Antique and Vintage Show” to be held at Plantation’s Volunteer Park Auditorium on Sunrise Boulevard near the Sawgrass Mall on November 11th and 12th. The Antique-Vintage Show will also feature members dressed in outfits that represent older times. The ladies are always delighted to pose for photos as souvenirs of the event. The first show was held at Deicke Auditorium in 1984 and has continued since that time as one of the major winter fund-raising events. “This year’s show promises to be outstanding as all the vendor booths have been rented filling up the main ballroom and adjacent areas to capacity as well as the outside,” says Club President Helen Ackerman. “Glass, vintage clothing, antiques of all kinds, metalwork, bric-a-brac, and a wide variety of collectibles will be featured. A well-loved highlight of each show is the home-made food and desserts available in the food court for eat-in or take out.” 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. Throughout the years, they have provided assistance to police, fire, and other public service sectors of the city to help make Plantation the best place to live, play, and work. The Club is noted for its annual award of four-year university scholarships, all the fountains in Plantation, donations to hundreds of charitable organizations over the years, civic improvement proj-
ects and community involvement. The members have always looked to maximize volunteer efforts to enrich the community by taking on beneficial fund-raising projects such as the selling of driver’s licenses in the 1950’s when Florida only had a limited time window for license sale and renewal. At that time, the Plantation Woman’s Club was the only club in Broward County providing that service through a storefront in Plantation. That activity, and others through the years, provided for the Club’s initial funding and ability to provide financial assistance when needed to numerous projects and causes. “Our membership diversity is the strength of the Club with women of all backgrounds and ages. The only requirement is a willingness to get involved with doing good works as well as enjoying new friendships and community service,” added Ackerman. Show hours are Saturday, November 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, November 12th, 9:00am-5:00pm. Free parking. Donation of $4.50 is appreciated. Volunteer Park is located at 12050 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33323.
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lthough adorable, loyal, and loving, sometimes our furry four-legged friends need a little training. Dawn Hanna, Owner of Oh Behave ® Dog Training, is offering free seminars at the West Regional Library. The class addresses basic obedience, behavior issues, house manners, and puppy training. Dog owners who take “Dog Smarts 101” will be offered plenty of helpful advice on solving their worst doggie nightmares from chewing and pulling to bad potty etiquette. Topics covered will be those such as: furniture and shoe chewing, excessive barking, leash pulling, and accidents in the home. The purpose is to not get mad, but to get smart. The dog training programs are force free, fear free, and pain free. For over 15 years, Hanna has been training and coaching dog owners. The Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) continually attends educational opportunities to stay current on the latest positive reinforcement training methods and scientific studies. She is also a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) which promotes the concept of “No Pain, No Force, No Fear”. For those that are unable to attend her free seminar at the library, Hanna provides group
classes for dogs at Plantation Heritage Park for a nominal fee. The setting allows for teaching basic dog training skills such as sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking. The six-session course will also address problem behaviors. The enjoyable reward based program not just educates and creates model canine citizens, but creates a bonding experience as well. Private dog training is offered to owners who have behavior issues that are not compatible with a class setting. When not teaching two-legged and four-legged friends alike, Hanna enjoys volunteering at shelters, pet friendly events, low cost vaccination clinics, and providing free dog behavior resources through her DogSmarts 101 program. “I always tell people to start training as close to day one when a puppy or adult dog is adopted. Many ‘bad’ and dangerous behaviors are preventable if you work with qualified dog trainers,” says Hanna. “Dogs offer ‘bad’ behaviors because they pay off for the dog. If you want your dog to stop offering bad behaviors, you must limit the dog’s freedom so that bad behaviors no longer pay off. Teach good behaviors and reward your dog heavily for offering good behaviors.” Class is held from 6 to 7 p.m. on October 10th and November 14th at the West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation *Please do not bring any pets to the class. F or more information, please call Oh Behave ® Dog Training at 954-587-2711, or visit www.ohbehavedogtraining.com.
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A Shade Above Makes It Easy to Select Window Coverings BY DEBBY TEICH
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.
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The fabrics are available in a variety of textures and colors. While manual control is an option for this product, it is one of our most popular items for motorization - simply click the remote and set the shade to your preferred setting. We also have multiple head rail styles. We currently carry Combi by Elwin, Neolux by Bandalux and Designer Banded Shades by Hunter Douglas. If you want affordable luxury, consider transitional double roller shades.
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Shade Above Window Fashions provides a unique experience for consumers shopping for window coverings. Their interactive showroom allows customers to operate more than 100 different shades and blinds.
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Describe your self-service option. Our self-service customers receive an additional 20 percent discount off our full-service price by providing their own measurements and installation. We supply a detailed form with measuring directions. Self-service is available on all of our products with the exception of plantation shutters.
Describe your warranty. Customers receive a limited lifetime warranty on most of our products. Unlike many of the competitors, whose in-house service warranties last a year or less, we provide a three-year service warranty. If a service call is needed within the first three years, there is no charge for our technician to visit the home.
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any kids over the summer enjoyed swimming, hiking, sporting activities, lounging around, and hobbies that they don’t get to participate in during the school year. However, Joshua Hoffman, a freshman at American Heritage School, spent his summer graduating from the Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center. The weeklong educational program at the renowned school promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving. The students stayed in “Habitats”, 6 to a room while “Waste Management” (bathrooms and showers) were at the ends of the hallways. They were divided into 16-person teams, and called trainees. Each team had 2 trainers, one during the day and one at night. Joshua was part of the Space Academy program, which is designed for trainees who have an interest in space exploration. Astronauts and Space Academy graduates, who work at Boeing, gave lectures about the next generation of space travel. Classroom studies consisted of studying missions to Mars, astronomy, spacesuits, the International Space Station (ISS), and many other subjects relating to rocketry and space travel. However, the highlight was spending the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to Mars where they could experience the feeling of walking on the moon on a 1/6 gravity chair. They also did team building challenges such as constructing a cube underwater and designing and launching model rockets. Furthermore, the crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), or spacewalk, and returned to Earth in time to graduate with honors. “Attending Space Academy was a phenomenal experience because ever since I was little, I have always been fascinated with what’s outside our world,” exclaimed
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American Heritage School Math Team Win National Championship
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t was just five years ago that Dr. Radleigh Santos and Mr. Rick Rovere launched American Heritage School’s math competition team. Although the MIT graduate and veteran math teacher have worked together coaching students for over a decade, the dynamic duo recently cheered on their students as they earned the 1st place spot as “best private school in Florida in math competition”. Dr. Santos, an alumnus of American Heritage, (he was valedictorian of his graduating class), went on to graduate from MIT in 2002, earned a Master’s in Mathematics from Georgia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from FAU. “Our training program this year was the most rigorous ever, and the students were asked to be more committed to the program than ever before; the results show it worked,” said Dr. Santos. The biggest challenge for the math coaches is managing the program so that it could be successful and fun. In addition to the math team, the multi-dimensional students participate in many other extracurricular activities while maintaining a heavy course load and schedule. “I love teaching math, and I love math competition,” says Mr. Rovere, director of the American Heritage math competition team. “We built a program where students who love math have a home and can make friends with students who share the same passion for math.” In addition to training for competitions throughout the year, the students on the math team offer over 2,000 hours of free math tutoring as a service to their community.” “Math competition can be compared to a sporting event in that students have a variety of natural talents, like sports, and in the end, it is the hard work and practice that determines how far a student can go in the program,” adds Dr. Santos. “We do practice a lot.”
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Approximately 700 students from the top 52 high schools in math throughout the United States traveled to Buffalo, New York to compete in the 2017 Mu Alpha Theta National Math Competition. American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida was represented by 38 students competing in the 42 individual events and 9 team events. American Heritage took 1st place in 22 events and had 8 perfect scores. After the 3-day competition, American Heritage School of Plantation finished in 1st place overall. The final math score is determined by a combination of individual achievements and teamwork–both vital for success. According to Dr. Santos, American Heritage’s win at nationals could not have happened without both great individual performances and team performances. Mr. Rovere sums it up best when he says, “The purity and relevance of math distinguishes it from other academic or non-academic disciplines. It is the most objective activity–the color of your skin, your nationality, whether you are male or female, it doesn’t matter–all you must do is get the right answer and you win.”
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t was 5 years ago when Plantation resident, Tiernan Ramer, decided to start a charity project. At that time, she was just a 7th grade student at Seminole Middle School. The 12-year-old overheard a group of girls talking about their “shoe problems”. However, their “problem” was that they couldn’t stop buying them. Tiernan knew that this was no joke, it was a real problem for some children, and she was determined to help. She visited a local Broward County shoe charity “In Jacob’s Shoes”, and was saddened to hear that kids in her own community were without shoes. She then created “Tiernan’s Soles Shoe Drive” and started collecting that week. The ambitious teen ended up collecting over 100 pairs of shoes.
On her 13th birthday, she was invited to attend a back to school event as a personal shoe shopper for kids in need. After helping many wonderful families, she was assigned to help an eight-year-old girl who fell in love with the rainbow-laced boots she previously collected. “To see a pair of shoes that she collected make someone so happy was the most satisfying feeling she had ever experienced,” said her mother, Colleen Ramer. “After that her appetite for helping others was insatiable.” Fast forward to high school, and Tiernan had collected over 1,000 pairs winning her the “Mattel Top 5 Young Philanthropists” in the United States award. As a result, “In Jacob’s Shoes” received a donation of $1000 in her name. During her Sophomore year of high school, she was awarded the “Jacob S. Zweig Excellence in Service Award”, and in her Junior year the “Freedom’s Foundation National George Washington Award” for her continued efforts. Currently a senior at South Plantation High School, Tiernan has collected over 5,000 pairs to date, and has no intentions on stopping. Right now, she has about 400 pairs in her family’s garage ready for distribution. These will be transported to “In Jacob’s Shoes”. The local 501(c)(3) public charity, created in
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loving memory of Jacob S. Zweig, provides shoes, backpacks, school supplies and athletic gear to South Florida children in need. “Donating shoes might sound simple but there’s so much more that goes with it. Shoes are the key to walking with confidence. Shoes also have the power to unlock opportunities some kids may never have such as playing sports, having a successful job interview, or even just going to prom,” says Tiernan. “I can confidently say that my volunteer work has not only made a difference today, but will also change tomorrow and every day following.” Whether it is law, social work or education, Tiernan is hoping to find a career path that will support her desire to help the underserved. For more information on how to donate, please visit facebook.com/tiernansoles, or look for donation receptacles in local Plantation salons, doctor’s offices, daycare centers, and gyms. The Plantation Police Outreach Center in Broward Mall is always accepting donations.
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wo decades ago, The Culpepper Journalism Foundation (CJF) was established to promote excellence in scholastic journalism for Broward County School students. The non-profit foundation was created to provide educational and financial assistance to high school underclassmen so they can attend summer journalism programs at universities in honor of Dr. Alyce Culpepper. The retired South Plantation teacher always encouraged her students to improve their writing, photography, and editing skills at these summer programs. However, not every student could afford the luxury of doing so. Therefore, CJF was born. “I always encouraged my students to attend summer programs (which they did at their own expense) because they benefited from another teacher’s perspective. Most college media professors are or were professional journalists, and students need to practice good journalism that is based on facts and research which the summer program provides as they work hand-in-hand with the professors,” says Culpepper. “The CJF fellowships help the entire journalism class as well as the individual student who is exposed to the college experience while in high school.” In the last 20 years more than $40,000 has been given to high school sophomores and juniors to attend summer programs throughout the United States. During the early years, the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and Comcast Communications provided internships and special fellowships for additional financial support to several recipients. All donations to the CJF go directly to the student fellowships students. The Culpepper family pays Amanda Steffan - Former Associate Producer at for all other expenses including plaques, printing, WPLG-Local Channel 10 and now works at website and promotional materials as well as makthe City and County of ing donations that benefit the students. The Broward Denver Government.
Education Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3), has managed the CJF funds since its inception in 1997. “Often students who receive scholLane Nieset on assignment in Antarctica. arships go on to college leaving their high schools behind. But, recipients of the Culpepper Journalism Foundation (CJF) fellowship are required to return to their staffs and share what they learned during their summer experience,” added Culpepper. “In effect, they give back to Broward County schools.” The CJF gave the first fellowship in During the summer program, Anna Winslow (left) worked with different 1998 to Julie Leventhal, editor of South media on the UF campus in Gainesville. Plantation High newspaper, the Sword and Shield. After earning her degree at the UF, she has been in New York as a lecture agent at WME/IMG Speakers for the last six years. “My journalism background has been invaluable in my career,” she stated. After attending the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications 2017 Summer Media Institute, Anna Winslow, South Plantation High’s recent CJF recipient, said she is sharing with her staff “how important it is to approach stories with a creative and interesting angle to engage readers throughout the school and community” while emphasizing the integrity of the school paper as “factual accuracy is the utmost importance in any publication.” She added, “I know how as an editor I must be a good listener and give constructive criticism while still being firm.” For more information and a complete list of fellowship winners please visit: CulpepperJournalismFoundation.Weebly.com or Facebook: Culpepper Journalism Foundation.
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ouis Reinstein recently joined Kelley Kronenberg as a Partner. The full-service, diverse business law firm that provides litigation and other legal services to established corporations, insurance companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in Florida and other regions of the U.S. welcomed the Plantation resident. “Plantation is my hometown and where my family and I still live today. I am excited to be working here and to further my involvement in this community by providing legal services and counsel to my neighbors,” said Mr. Reinstein. Reinstein focuses his practice on Police Professional Litigation, Correctional Healthcare, Civil Rights Violations, Commercial Litigation and Appeals. He has extensive experience in state and federal civil court working on both trial and appellate cases. Throughout his career, he has handled a variety of matters including business litigation, civil rights actions, commercial litigation, insurance defense, and premises liability Louis Reinstein claims. Prior to beginning his legal career, Plantation, as well as an Honorary Trustee of the Reinstein was a Teacher and Coach at the David David Posnack Jewish Day School. Posnack Jewish Day School. He continues to be Reinstein is a former Chair of the Advisory actively involved in the local community as the Chair Committee for Broward County Affordable Housing of the Educational Advisory Board for the City of and previously served on the Board of Directors for
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Pap Test, more commonly referred to as a Pap Smear, is a screening procedure used to test for cervical cancer. The test will show the presence of precancerous cells on the cervix (the opening of the uterus), and it may also reveal changes in cervical cells that may become cancerous later. This annual exam is as important as a mammogram, and shouldn’t be missed or ignored. During the routine procedure, in your physician’s office, cells from the cervix are gently scraped away and then examined in a lab for abnormal growth. The physician does this by inserting a speculum into the vagina. This will widen the vaginal walls so the cervix can be seen. A swab will then be used to take cells from the cervix. Although, it may be mildly uncomfortable, it is relatively quick and has no long-term pain, or pain thereafter. The results usually return in a few days, and they will be negative or positive. A negative result is great, as nothing was found to alarm anyone. However, a positive result does not mean cancer is evident, but means there may be inflammation, or minor cell changes called dysplasia. These often clear up on their own, so your physician may suggest you have a repeat Pap test in a few months to follow-up and see if any changes have occurred.
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The human papillomavirus (HPV), the most commonly sexually transmitted infection, is a virus that causes warts. HPV types 16 and 18 are the primary cause of cervical cancer. Those that have HPV have an increased risk for developing cervical cancer. There are screenings available to test for HPV as well. The HPV virus can be dormant for years, and then suddenly become active. Therefore, even those in a monogamous relationship should still get regular Pap smears. It is recommended that women should begin having regular Pap smears at the age of 21. Those women at an increased risk for cancer or infection, may need more frequent tests if they are HIV-positive, have a weakened immune system from chemotherapy, or an organ transplant. Also, those that have had irregular Paps in the past may need one every 6 months to be sure there are no changes. Women over the age of 65 with a history of normal Pap test results may be able to stop having Pap smears in the future. 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 www.obgynwestbroward.com.
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ould you and your family know what to do if you awoke to the sound of the smoke alarm and the smell of smoke? In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely. “Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory,” said John McNamara, Acting-Fire Chief for the City of Sunrise Fire-Rescue Department. “That preplanning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire.” Sunrise Fire-Rescue urges residents to develop a home escape plan. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home. Here are some additional tips for developing and practicing a home escape plan: ▸▸ Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. ▸▸ Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out. ▸▸ Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them. ▸▸ Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find. ▸▸ Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. ▸▸ Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
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ost of us are familiar with at least one use of ultrasound – those black and white first “pictures” of a baby. Ultrasound, which uses high frequency sound waves to produce images, has many more medical applications. Ultrasound is similar to the sonar that ships and submarines use to show what’s in the water around them. With medical ultrasound, a wand-like instrument called a transducer sends out waves of high frequency sound. As these sound waves pass through the body, certain structures like organs, tissues and tumors reflect the wave back. That reflection or echo is then used to create a picture of what’s ahead.
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In addition to taking those early pictures of a developing baby, ultrasound has many uses including helping doctors determine the causes of pain, swelling and infection. Doctors also can use ultrasound to view organs including: • Heart and blood vessels including the flow of blood and potential narrowing of vessels • Liver • Gallbladder • Spleen• Pancreas • Kidneys • Bladder • Uterus and ovaries • Eyes • Thyroid and parathyroid glands • Scrotum Ultrasound can help doctors with a number of medical procedures such as a biopsy of a suspicious mass. A breast ultrasound may be one of the tools used to check areas found during a screening mammogram.
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For more information on home escape plans and this year’s Fire Prevention campaign, “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out”, please visit www.firepreventionweek.org. In support of the campaign, Sunrise Fire-Rescue will ramp-up outreach efforts throughout October (“Fire Prevention Month”), visiting Sunrise elementary schools and preschools to teach children about fire-safety. On October 31st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, trick-or-treaters are invited to all five Sunrise Fire Stations for Halloween candy and fire-safety tips! Call (954)746-3465 for details.
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