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Savanna | The Hammocks | Offered for $375,000 1577 sq. ft. | 3BR | 2BA | Fenced Yard - Enter Code 7772

Weston Hills | Edgewater | Offered at $749,900

1.01 Acre | 310 ft. of Lakefront - Enter Code 7867

2500 sq. ft. | Lakefront | 4BR | 3BA | Pool & Spa - Enter Code 7814

Selling the Weston Lifestyle for over 20 years The Ridges | Cypress Ridge | Sold for $565,00 2600 sq. ft. | 4BR | 3BA | Pool & Spa

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MIAMI

One story 3 bedroom/2 bath home on huge 1.14 acre lot. Home features in-ground pool, 30+ mature fruit trees, quiet established neighborhood, and plenty of space to build your dream home or renovate existing structure. Offered at $1,100,000.00 Call Flor Blanchett at (305) 439-3320

WESTON

Over 4000’sq ft of living area in this 2-story “Nightingale” model. Home features 5BR/6BA plus den, 19X15 bonus room (could be considered 7 bedrooms), huge master bedroom with sitting area, ceramic tile in the social areas and carpeting in the bedrooms, spacious kitchen with granite counter, stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets, covered brick patio, pool, fenced backyard, accordion shutters and so much more. Offered at $875,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

WESTON

Very spacious corner single family home in the quiet neighborhood of Bonaventure Lakes. Home features, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, in-law quarters. Plenty of closet space, pool, paved driveway, 2 car garage. So much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $469,000. Call Claudia Glikman at (786) 302-6474

WESTON

Great opportunity to own this beautiful Courtyard Pool home in Weston Hills Country Club. This home features 4 bedrooms with a guest house. Master Br/sitting area . Spacious Kitchen and living/Dining room, Family room, private sized corner lot and private yard. Offered at $879,000 Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

WESTON

Popular model at Isles at Weston, open & bright floor plan. Home features: soaring ceilings, one bedroom suite downstairs, master suite with large sitting area has 2 walk-in closets, three additional bedrooms upstairs plus oversized loft area, 42” cabinets in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops. Impact windows. Offered at $748,500. Call Candice Miller from The Rosen Team – (954) 696-1798

WESTON

This gated residence is located in the prestigious neighborhood of Savanna in the city of Weston. The property is in pristine condition with immediate vacancy. Home features: 4 bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms, updated kitchen & baths and total privacy with no home directly behind the property and room to build a pool. It’s a must see to appreciate, country club style living with low association dues. Offered at $425,000. Call Camilo Echererry from The Rosen Team at (954) 940-1256.

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WESTON

This exquisite Weston Hill residence IS situated on a corner lakefront lot. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool and enclosed entertaining area. Home has been meticulously maintained by original owners who have done extensive remodeling including kitchen and roof. Offered at $899,000. Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team – (305) 510-2032

MIAMI SHORES

Come see this lovely updated home in the Shores! 3 bedroom, 2 bath with a one car garage. All impact windows and doors. Tank-less water heater, new a/c, and newer barrel roof with gutters. Septic system was moved to front yard so plenty of room for a pool. Kitchen has all stainless steel appliances, farm sink and induction stove top. Offered at $529,000. Call Karen Helber at (954) 612-6657

WESTON

Beautiful 3-bedroom 2-1/2 bath with a loft in Country Isles of Weston. Open floor plan with a permitted enclosed patio. Split floor plan. Master on 1st floor with 2 bedrooms by the large loft upstairs. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac. Walking distance (one block away) from Community Pool. Brand new Air Conditioner Handler and Compressor, Newer water heater. Accordion Shutters and Panels. Offered at $385,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743


HOLLY WOOD

Great opportunity, just steps away from the beach, Hollywood Pier and state parks. Minutes away from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport and Hollywood Circle/South and Las Olas Blvd/ North. Surrounded by brand new residential construction selling for $1.3-$2.1 million! Just Freshly painted inside and out, new a/c, new bathrooms, new asphalt parking with 4 parking spaces, this 2/4 plex is ready to go. AIR B&B opportunity. Offered at $899,000. Call Jorge Prieto at (954) 817-0401

CORAL SPRINGS

Beautiful Spacious Pool Home. Offering, 5 bedrooms plus den/office, 3 full bathrooms, 2 car garage, double door entry, high vaulted ceilings throughout including the expansive master suite, remodeled kitchen, granite counter, wood cabinets. This is definitely a must see. Offered at $550,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743

MIAMI

Beautiful 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with pool. Huge master bedroom with his and hers walk in closets. Renovated master bathroom, bamboo wood flooring in bedrooms, formal dining room and living room, tank less water heater, new pool equipment (2015), wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, so much more! Offered at $465,000. Call Ana Chavez at (786) 412-3145

FT. LAUDERDALE

Custom home at The Preserve at Emerald Hills. , Home features: 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, over 4,764 sq. ft. of living area, high ceiling, impact glass windows and doors, built with the latest construction building codes. Definitely a must see! Offered at $1,777,000. Call Lilian Cobo from The Ramona Bautista Team at (954) 683-3255

MIRAMAR

Corner pool home with 5 br 4 ba with den/office. Brand new double wrought iron door with high soaring ceiling in living and family room. Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen with granite counter top and center island and all new S/S appliances, huge pantry, upstair loft upstair open to the family room below. Updated frameless glass shower doors. Master suite w seating area and his & her closets. Salt water heated pool, backyard amenities kitchen and a putting green area. Offered at $895,000. Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761

WESTON

Beautiful 3-bedroom 2-1/2 bath with a loft in Country Isles of Weston. Split floor plan. Master on 1st floor with 2 bedrooms by the large loft upstairs. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac. Brand new Air Conditioner Handler and Compressor, Newer water heater. Accordion Shutters and Panels. Offered at $385,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743

MIRAMAR

Enjoy beautiful sunsets and endless water views from this 2 story pool home in gated “Harbour Lakes Estates�. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage, hurricane shutter, vacuum system, French door and huge foyer, winding staircase, large family room, heated pool with covered patio. Offered at $ 709,998. Call Ruimara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

WELLINGTON

Lakefront home located in gated community of Olympia. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over 3500 sq ft of living area, updated kitchen with granite countertop, extra large master bedroom with large walk in closet, private balcony overlooking lake, hurricane shutters, carpet in all bedrooms, clubhouse with many amenities. Offered at $499,990. Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761

COCONUT CREEK

Renovated corner town house at Centura Park condominium in Coconut Creek. Featuring a new kitchen, new floors, new bathrooms and new roof. Immaculate place with a parking space, shutters, enjoy barbeque in your patio, nice club house, gym, sauna, tennis court, basketball court, swimming pool, kids pool, Jacuzzi, community salon and billiard. Offered at $230,000 Call Gustavo Parra at (954) 642-6623


CONTENTS PUBLISHER’S PAGE 14 New Year Brings New Beginnings

CALENDAR 16 January 2018

COMMUNITY NEWS 18 All Ages Can Discover their Inner Artist at Celebrate the Arts Day

MAYOR’S MESSAGE 51 Exciting Events and Projects Planned for the New Year

LEGISLATIVE LOOK 51 After the Last Storm and Before the Next

SCHOOL NEWS

18 Weston Art Guild Winners Recognized

54 Indian Trace Elementary Kindergarten Students Are Reading Ready

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

20 Flurries in the Forecast for Weston Winter Safety Expo

56 Falcon Cove Middle School Dominates at Speech and Debate Tournaments

66 Birth Control Pills May Do More Harm Than Good

22 Weston Philharmonic Society Hosts Jazz Jamboree

58 Film Sparks Mental Health Discussion at Cypress Bay

81 New Year, New Yoga Practice 88 Tips for a Pain Free Neck

60 Student Government Association Is Driving Force Behind Cypress Bay’s Harvest Drive 60 Weston Elementary Schools Support Harvest Drive

68 Gator Run Elementary Students Have the Giving Spirit

26 Students Can Develop STEM Skills with Weston Community Center Classes 26 Weston Community Center Expands Adult Offerings 28 Nike Marathon Kids Running Club Promotes Fun & Fitness 34 Stand Up and Be Counted at Temple Dor Dorim’s 20th Annual Mitzvah Day 34 Harvest Drive’s 25th Anniversary Was Cause For Celebration 36 Is It Safe For Me To Begin Exercising? 38 Weston University Students Suit-up for Fire & Emergency Services Day 40 Weston Recognized for Superior Safety 40 Broward Sheriff’s Office ShredA-Thon Yields Big Results 43 Gentle Gynecology & Obstetrics Delivers Modern Medicine 44 Weston to Install Additional Bike Lanes 46 Four Cleveland Clinic Florida Nurses Earn DAISY Award for Exceptional Nursing 52 Mayor Encourages Middle School Students To Ponder Political Life

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70 Manatee Bay Elementary Students Honor Veterans

72 Gator Run Book Lover Becomes Local YouTube Sensation

74 Help! My Child Is Falling Behind!

TEE TO GREEN 80 Eliminating Those 3 Putt Greens

LEGALLY SPEAKING

POSITIVE PARENTING 64 Children’s Honesty Is A Parent’s Greatest Lesson

84 The Collaborative Process

WE WANT YOUR PHOTO! 90 The World’s Favorite Magazine™

86 Keeping Children Safe Online

ASK THE EXPERT

ASK THE EXPERT 65 Reduce Soda from Your Child’s Diet 76 Building A Skin Care Routine With Your Doctor in 2018

92 Male Breast Reduction

PET OF THE MONTH

78 Pediatric Foot and Ankle Sprains Can Be a More Complex Growth Plate Injury 82 Trendy Diets: Do They Put Patients at Risk?

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EDUCATION CONNECTION

62 Cypress Bay Club Celebrates Habitat for Humanity Day

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92 Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Month!

PET CARE 94 The Overweight Pet

ROTARY NEWS 96 Doing Well by Doing Good

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 97 Obtain Optimal Health and Wellness at Symmetry & Flow Healthcare Center 98 The Swim Academy Is South Florida’s Premier Swim School

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 100,102-103 Class Acts!

SEEN ON SCENE 104 Community Snapshots


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PUBLISHER’S PAGE

New Year Brings New Beginnings

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t’s another New Year, and for Our City Media that means a new beginning. New Year’s Day marked the start of the new year. It also served as a point in time when many of us started changes in our lives. Our City Media was no exception. We have upgraded the look, feel and layout of our magazines for 2018. We’ve made every change with you, our reader, in mind. We’ve improved our calendar pages; changed the primary font to an easier, clearer to read style; increased the weight of the paper Our City magazines are printed on.w Have no fear, these improvements will only serve to enhance your reading experience. Each magazine still contains all the critical community and school news you have come to expect. Our team of highly experienced and talented journalists will continue to bring you the latest happenings in your community. We have also re-launched our website, www.ourcityweston.com. Here, you will find a digital version of our publication, with the same types of content found in our print magazines. While you are on the site, check out what’s going on in your neighboring cities. With eight publications, Our City Media is proud to be South Florida’s leader in community news. We truly hope you enjoy Our City’s new look. We have been working on this for some time. If you have any suggestions for making the magazine even better, feel free to drop us a line at publisher@ourcitymedia.com. Sincerely,

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and the Broward Sheriff’s Office present this fun-filled and educational event. It features police, fire and rescue vehicles, children’s activities, ice skating, and much more – including SNOW! Call 954-3894321 for more information.

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“Little Red” Puppet Show – Don’t miss this all-new twist on an all-time favorite. In this updated version, the Wolf and Red both learn some valuable lessons on the way to Grandma’s house. The puppet show is both exciting and educational. This free children’s program takes place from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 954-357-5430.

Weston Friends Club Book Club – “The Happy Bookers” will meet at a member’s home to discuss The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor. If you would like more information on this book club or Weston Friends Children’s Show – The Weston Club, please call Nancy Russo at Branch Library presents a 954-385-1445. fun and high-energy show by Marcela Murad in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. It takes place from 11am-12pm in the multi-purpose room. Weston Friends Club 5-Deck For more information call Canasta – This group plays on 954-357-5430. the first and third Wednesdays “The Tortoise and the Hare” – of the month at 12:30pm in Bob Nathanson and his Puppets a member’s home. If you are To Go perform a free puppet interested in this activity show at the Weston Community or more information about Center. Children learn that Weston Friends Club, please call Judy Good at 954-349-1578. perseverance prevails, as well as the importance of good nutrition and exercise, in this all-new twist on the classic Aesop’s fable. Showtimes are at 1:30pm and 3pm. The shows Bulk Trash Pick-up – Free are best suited for children in bulk pick-up will take place Pre-K through second grade. on your regularly scheduled Children must be accompanied garbage collection day, which by an adult. For more is Wednesday, Thursday information call 954-389-4321. or Friday for single-family homes and Saturday for “Wonder Woman” – Bring multi-family units with the blankets, lawn chairs dumpsters. All items should and plenty of popcorn for be curbside by 7am on your Moonlight Movies in the Park. collection day. For questions In this action film, an Amazon regarding bulk pick-up please princess leaves her island home call the City of Weston Public and journeys to the outside Works Services Center at world where, with help from 954-385-2600 or visit www. an American pilot, she helps westonfl.org/Departments/ end a massive war. This free PublicWorks/BulkPickup for a family event takes place at the list of what can and cannot be Event Stage in Weston Regional thrown away. Park at 7:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.

8th “Manon of the Spring” – The Weston Foreign Film Series, presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston and City of Weston, continues with this French film about a beautiful but shy shepherdess who plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father’s land caused his death. Show times are at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8. For more information visit www.1Weston.com.

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19th Coloring and Conversation – Using gel pens, color pencils and card supplies, adults can make a notecard, bookmark or color a full-page design while enjoying refreshments, music, and conversation. All materials provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library. It takes place from 1-2:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information call 954-357-5304.

Celebrate the Arts Day – Join your friends and family from 1-5pm at Weston Town Center. Celebrate the Arts Day highlights hands-on participation in the visual, performing and literary arts. It is presented by The Arts Council of Greater Weston, the City of Weston and Weston Town Center. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org.

Winter Safety Expo – Tequesta Trace Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland from 6-8:30pm as the City of Weston

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21st AAUW Brunch – The Weston Chapter of the American Association of University Women is hosting a brunch to honor Charter Member and former Weston City Commissioner Mercedes Henriksson. It will take place from 11am-2pm at the Bonaventure Country Club. The cost is $45 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets email westonaauw@gmail.com.

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This powerful movie is about the Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic who created a resistance movement against a tyrannical dictator. The program is from 6-7:30pm. For more information call 954-357-5304.

Feb. 3rd WestonNights Concert – Enjoy an evening of music under the stars when the WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series continues at Weston Regional Park. The free concert is from 7-10pm at the event stage. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and come early to get good seating. For more information, call 954-389-4321.

Weston Art Guild Meeting – At this month’s meeting worldrenowned artist Rolande Reverdy Moorhead will demonstrate her one-of-a-kind style. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at Rick Case Hyundai. For more information Weston Community CPR Day – call 305-310-9586. Learn to save a life. Ages 8 and up are invited to participate in a free Hands-Only CPR training event to offer HOPE (Hands On Practical Experience). In one hour you will learn life-saving instruction on CPR, how to operate an AED and the Heimlich maneuver. Instruction is by BSO Fire Rescue and Cleveland Clinic Florida. No reservation is required; just stop by the Jazz Jamboree – The Weston Weston Community Center Philharmonic Society presents between 10am and 2pm. an afternoon of delectable desserts and delightful jazz performed by the Lowell Ringel Jazz Trio from 2-5pm at the Bonaventure Country Club. Tickets are $30 for adults Open Bridge Play – Enjoy an and $10 for students. For afternoon of bridge at the more information go to www. westonphilharmonic.org or call Weston Community Center on Mondays from 12:30-4pm 954-900-2286. or Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-3:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.

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All Ages Can Discover their Inner Artist at Celebrate the Arts Day BY STACEY BOMSER

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“Every year the Arts Council is delighted to bring Celebrate the Arts Day, and many other creative events, to inspire, entertain and support our whole Weston community,” stated Arts Council President Jami Nix Rahn. Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation and liaison to the Arts Council, added that “the City of Weston is happy to participate and make it possible for all activities at this special family event to be free for everyone.” Young At Art Museum will return with its open-air studio. It offers painting, a pottery wheel, print-making and other creative artistic activities for visitors to try. Guests can learn new skills, experience new techniques and even take home their own creations. The hands-on program also features interactive booths such ceramics, art, robotics, rocketry and more. The literary arts will be featured with children’s book authors sharing their beloved stories with guests. There will also be free face painting as well as caricature and balloon artists. As has become a tradition of Celebrate the Photos courtesy Jami Nix Rahn Arts Day, the ever-popular graffiti wall, stretch-

he sixth annual Celebrate the Arts Day promises something for everyone. Not only does it recognize the tremendous talent in our community, but it encourages everyone to discover their inner artist. The family-friendly event takes place on Sunday, January 21st at Weston Town Center. Sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Weston and the City of Weston, in cooperation with Young At Art and the Weston Town Center, this one-of-a-kind festival features arts and crafts booths, live performances and creative hands-on activities for all ages.

ing 28-feet long, and Chalk Walk will provide plenty of space for everyone to express themselves creatively. Weston students will play an active part in Celebrate the Arts Day with musical and theatrical performances by Cypress Bay High School, Falcon Cove Middle School, Tequesta Trace Middle School and The Sagemont School. “There are so many talented, creative kids and teens in Weston,” shared Event Chair Carole Myers. “Celebrate the Arts gives them a chance to shine.” Celebrate the Arts Day takes place on Sunday, January 21st from 1-5pm at Weston Town Center. In case of cancellation due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled to January 28th. For more information call 954-389-4321 or visit www.1weston.com.

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The Judge’s Recognition awards went to Richard Widows for “Bovine and Offspring” and P.L. Brooks for “Bluetooth 3.0”. Patricia Ross’ “Big Eyes”, Jill Lefkowitz’s “About Face” and Nancy Lussier’s “Brianna and Her Friends” received Honorable Mentions. This was the first year Cypress Bay High School First place winner “Cesarina” by Lisa Lee. students were invited to participate in the Juried Art Show. Congratulations to the winners of the Weston Art Guild’s 9th annual Juried Show. Jenna Siegel, of original artwork were on exhibit at the Weston Daniel Bass, Molie Guerrero and Naomi Branch Library for all to admire from November 1st Lopez were the featured student artists. through December 29th. This month, several members of Second place winner “Turning Purple” Judge Susan Hanssen, NWS, AWS, was highly the Weston Art Guild have their work by Judy Nunno. impressed with the featured work. The awardfeatured in Art Fort Lauderdale, the “art artist demonstration. winning watercolorist and art instructor was tasked show on the water”. During this four-day curated They are free to attend with the challenge of choosing the winners of this event, attendees ride the water taxi and private yachts and are held the last juried exhibit. to visit vacant multimillion dollar waterfront manThird place winner “Rhythm of Monday of the month the Season” by Lois Perdue. First place was awarded to Lisa Lee for “Cesarina.” sions that have been transformed into art galleries. at Rick Case Hyundai. Hanssen says she was particularly drawn to this piece Now in its 12th year, the Weston Art Guild profor its beautiful execution. Second place went to Judy motes the arts in our community and shares the work For more information on upcoming exhibits or guild membership, Nunno for “Turning Purple”. Lois Perdue’s “Rhythm of Weston’s professional artists with residents. It wel- contact Publicity Chair Lifrancis Rojas at 305-310-9586. of the Seasons” received third place. comes all visual artists. Monthly meetings feature an

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ment of BSO Police and Fire,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “The night will shimmer when a Florida snowfall surprises the crowd.” BSO will be out in full force, showcasing its impressive fleet of police, fire and rescue trucks, helicopters, and other emergency vehicles for guests to admire and explore. Officers and equipment from the SWAT team, Bomb Squad, Florida Department of Fish & Wildlife, Florida Highway Patrol, Marine Patrol, and Tactical Rescue are scheduled to appear. Members of the Weston CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) will also be on hand.

The Winter Safety Expo will offer informational booths and displays educating the Weston community on all the resources available to keep them safe. There will be a variety of attractions and activities as well, including South Florida-style ice skating, a winter wonderland themed photo area, entertainment, music, dancing, children’s activities and games, and much more. The highlight of the evening will be a sky full of glistening snowflakes. Be sure to bring your camera, because for many Weston children this will be their first time seeing snow. Juice and cookies will be served. The Weston Winter Safety Expo takes place on January 19th from 6-8:30pm at Tequesta Trace Park. For more information, contact the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org.


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Weston Philharmonic Society Hosts Jazz Jamboree BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston Philharmonic Society presents Jazz Jamboree on Saturday, January 27th. Patrons will enjoy an afternoon of delicious jazz and delectable desserts. The musical matinee features The Lowell Ringel Jazz Trio from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Lowell Ringel is a bassist, composer, and music educator who is beginning to emerge in the national jazz landscape. He is the winner of three Downbeat Magazine Student awards and earned first place at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Ringel is joined by pianist Jake Shapiro. The doctoral candidate is also a first-place winner at the Next Generation Jazz Festival and recipient of three Downbeat Awards. Rounding out the trio is drummer Kyle Swan. He has had the privilege of performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jalisco Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival. These gifted and talented musicians have been performing regularly in the Miami jazz scene to great acclaim. “We are delighted to bring musi- Jazz Jamboree committee members Joe Friedman, John Corrado and Roger Lander cians of such high caliber to our community,” shares Weston Philharmonic Society Co-President Lou Marett. Proceeds from Jazz Jamboree will help the Weston Philharmonic Society fulfill its mission to bring fine musical performances of all genres to the Weston community, bring professional musicians to the elementary schools, and provide college

scholarships to deserving music students. “We invite the residents of Weston to come enjoy a wonderful afternoon, knowing your attendance contributes to keeping music a vibrant part of our community,” notes Co-President Andrea Burghardt. Tickets for Jazz Jamboree are on sale now at Glamopolitan Beauty Lounge in Weston Town Center and Mia of London Jewelers in Weston Commons, as well as at the door on the day of the concert. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students. The show takes place from 2-5pm on Saturday, January 27th at the Bonaventure Country Club. Jazz Jamboree is the first of several programs planned for the coming months. On February 24th, the Weston Philharmonic Society and the City of Weston proudly presRingel of the Lowell Ringel Jazz Trio. ent Dallas Brass. This nationally renowned Lowell Photo courtesy KomJazz Photography. group will appear in concert at the Cypress Bay High School Auditorium, with a special performance with select student musicians. The world-renowned Symphony of the Americas returns to Weston on March 11th for its highly popular outdoor Pops Concert at Weston Town Center. For more information on Jazz Jamboree or any of the Weston Philharmonic events, go to www.westonphilharmonic.org or call 954-900-2286.

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Superheroes Seize the Big Screen at Moonlight Movies in the Park BY STACEY BOMSER

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he spring selection of films has been announced for Moonlight Movies in the Park. From January through April, you and your family can spend one Saturday night each month watching movies under the stars at Regional Park. Two superheroes are among the stars of these fantastic, free, familyfriendly films. Wonder Woman premieres on January 20th at 7:30pm. In this award-winning action film, an Amazon princess leaves her island home and journeys to the outside world, which is being consumed by a massive war. With the help of an American pilot, she works to put an end to the conflict. This film is rated PG-13. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is scheduled for February 10th at 7:30pm. In this animated adventure, high school students moonlight as ninjas and fight to defend their island of Ninjago. This film is rated PG. A beloved bull will warm hearts on March 3rd at 7:30pm. Ferdinand is an animated movie about a bull who is captured and torn from his home after being mistaken for a dangerous beast. Determined

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to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. This film is rated PG. Moonlight Movies in the Park concludes on April 14th at 8pm with Spider-Man: Homecoming. In this action film, the young Peter Parker begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero

Spider-Man. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May under the watchful eye of his new mentor, Tony Stark. Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds important is threatened. This film is rated PG-13. All movies are projected onto a giant inflatable screen at the Event Stage inside Weston Regional Park, next to the Weston Community Center. Moviegoers should bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol is not allowed in the park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information on Moonlight Movies in the Park call 954-389-4321 or check out the Calendar of Events at WestonFL.org/Events.

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Students Can Develop STEM Skills with Weston Community Center Classes BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston Community Center offers a wide variety of programs sure to appeal to all ages and interests. The new spring schedule features activities focused on the arts, athletics and academics, including two classes promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills for children. This season there will be two separate Code Explorers programs. PK Sensor and Robotic Programming is specially designed for children ages four and five. Children will explore, learn and experiment with computer engineering, while learning the basic elements of computer programming sequencing, sound integration, and movement programming. The Electrical Engineering class is for older students, with one session for six to nine-year-old’s and another for children ages ten to 13. Students in this program will explore, learn and experiment with circuitry and digital electronics, in addition to learning about electrical components. The class will also cover the theory behind electrical circuits such as Ohm Law, Kirchhoff Law, DC vs AC current, integrated circuits and more. Buildbots Robotics is another STEM program. In this class, students ages six to 14 will explore the magic of Lego Robotics and apply knowledge to design, build and program robots to solve challenges. This class combines creativity, design, logic, teamwork, scalability and problem-solving skills.

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With its location inside Weston Regional Park, the community center is a natural place for children to take part in athletic and fitness programs. The First Tee golf program teaches basic golf skills and fundamentals through an innovative curriculum developed by The First Tee in collaboration with the PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour and Masters Association. The Nike Marathon Kids Running Club helps children create a lifelong commitment to physical activity. This fun fitness program sets realistic goals and provides rewards and incentives for reaching those goals. In addition to coordinating the golf and running programs, Kidokinetics offers two popular athletic programs. The community center’s Youth Karate class teaches children the basic principles of USA Goju Karate including self-defense, fighting, and weaponry to build confidence and self-esteem. Other programs include the Advanced Performance Ensemble for

aspiring thespians, presented by the Inside Out Theatre Company. Superstars Dance and Baton is a high-energy class incorporating cheerleading, baton twirling and dance. Chess Club challenges young minds while also improving memory, self-confidence, intuition, concentration, logical and critical thinking, and reasoning skills. Fun in Spanish allows children, ages two to five, to learn and practice Spanish in a playful, musical and artistic environment. There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the programs at the Weston Community Center. Generally, the tuition is charged either by the month or by the session. To see the complete listing of all classes and programs available at the Weston Community Center go to www.WestonFL.org/Parks or check out the Winter/Spring 2018 edition of the Weston @ Play Parks and Recreation Guide. You can register for classes at the community center located at 20200 Saddle Club Road. For more information, call 954-389-4321.

Weston Community Center Expands Adult Offerings BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston Community Center offers a variety of adult programs promoting health and wellness and fostering friendships. It’s a place where people can learn new skills and try new activities – and all at a very reasonable price, if not for free. “The Community Center provides a space for residents to connect, learn and grow,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. The new Posture and Alignment Class is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. Taught by Physical Therapist and Posture Alignment Specialist Randee Engelhard, BS, MPT, PAS, this class is designed to promote proper alignment and correct posture through active muscle engagement that can reduce or eliminate pain. The exercises are based upon the Egoscue Method and involve the use of props designed to help decrease the rotations of the trunk and pelvis, improve rounding of the shoulders, and normalize the curves of the spine. Classes begin the week of February 1st and participants can select either 26 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM

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one session or two sessions per week for the eightweek program. For those looking for more physical activity, there is an Adult Karate program. This USA Goju Karate class focuses on the basic principles of self-defense, kata, fighting, and weaponry. It’s ideal for those seeking strength, conditioning and flexibility, as well as for building confidence and self-esteem. Students can create a beautiful work of art in the Watercolor Painting class. Award-winning watercolor-

ist Rolande Moorhead explains the vocabulary of colors, shapes, and composition and preliminary drawing. Seniors have the opportunity for social interaction and recreation through the Weston Community Center’s partnership with the Weston 55+ Club. This group meets weekly for a wide variety of activities, such as board game days, luncheon outings, movie afternoons, lectures and other events. In addition, adults can join friendly games of bridge and mah-jong. Open Bridge Play takes place on Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons, while Open Mah-Jong is played every Thursday. There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the classes at the Weston Community Center. Generally, the tuition is charged either by the session. To see the complete listing of all classes and programs available at the Weston Community Center go to www.WestonFL.org/Parks or check out the Winter/Spring 2018 edition of the Weston @ Play Parks and Recreation Guide. You can register for classes at the community center located at 20200 Saddle Club Road. For more information, call 954-389-4321.


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Nike Marathon Kids Running Club Promotes Fun & Fitness BY STACEY BOMSER

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his is the time of year when many adults make New Year’s resolutions to exercise more. Why not let that commitment to fitness extend to the whole family by registering your children for the Nike Marathon Kids Running Club at the Weston Community Center? Getting kids active at a young age is critical to creating a lifelong commitment to physical activity. The Nike Marathon Kids Running Club is a fun, simple and effective program that does just that. It is dedicated to improving the health of kids by providing the tools, motivation and support to live happier, healthier lifestyles. Kidokinetics runs the Nike Marathon Kids Running Club at the Weston Community Center. Now in its second year, Kidokinetics Founder Terri Braun says she has received positive feedback from parents about how great the program is, “and the kids love it!” The goal of the program is to train children to run the equivalent of a full marathon, 26.2 miles, over the course of the school year, but kids can join at any time. The next session starts January 17th. “We set individual goals for each child, so someone starting now may only run the equivalent of a 10K or half-marathon,” explains Braun. “We teach the tell children it’s okay to walk; everyone goes at their proper techniques to run and how to breathe. We own pace.”

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Incentives and rewards are provided to help runners reach their goal. “For every mile they run they get a little charm to hang on their water bottle or backpack,” explains Braun. “We also give out special charms to motivate children to accomplish the equivalent of a 5K, 10K, or half marathon. When children complete a full marathon, 26.2 miles, they get a Nike t-shirt and shoelaces.” In addition to running, the Nike Marathon Kids Running Club promotes overall fitness. Braun says only 15-20 minutes of each class are dedicated to running. “The rest of the class consists of stations and other activities with exercises such as jumping jacks and sit-ups. We are constantly working the entire body.” Braun says the Nike Marathon Kids Running Club is a great program for children looking to start a physical activity or those involved with other popular sports such as soccer and basketball. “Running will develop endurance that will aid in training for all other athletic activities.” The Nike Marathon Kids Running Club is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It meets on Wednesdays from 4-4:45pm at Weston Regional Park. Sessions are typically six weeks long. For more information visit www.Kidokinetics.com or call 385-8511.

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The Importance of Home Staging BY ROSE SKLAR

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hinking of selling your home? What home improvement will give you the most bang for the buck? In today’s real estate market, the key to getting top dollar for your property is called staging. Start with the curb appeal. Paint the front door, change out the door knockers, trim the landscape and put in fresh mulch and flowers. Stress appearance, not function. Create the illusion of space by neutralizing colors, removing any heavy draperies or ornate light fixtures. Clean the windows and open the shades. Remove personal items. Take out old bulky wall units, refresh linens and towels, and most importantly, clean and de-clutter. Renovations to sell with the best return on investment include the kitchen and bathroom. According to HGTV, small bathrooms and kitchen renovations recoup at near 100%. Not up to a complete remodel? I recommend a “mini face lift”, which involves a range of improvements starting with small cosmetic repairs, prioritizing kitchen and bathroom hardware and light fixtures, followed by countertops and backsplash. Try reglazing ugly tubs and vanities. Refacing or painting cabinets and installing new appliances, if necessary, work like a charm. According to Home Stager Lori Cesario, “When selling, appearance is more important than function. It is better to put that $800 into paint or flooring, rather than a new water heater. A new water heater will not impress buyers. If a home inspector says the water heater must be replaced, you can always replace it then, or knock off an equivalent amount from the sale price. But appearance is something that is not negotiable, and in fact is something that may only register with home buyers on a subconscious level.” The best money spent on a home is to paint it. Faux paint and dark out of date colors are a turn off. Millennial’s, in particular, account for 30% of current home sales and they do not want their parents’ or grandparents’ home. According to Jill Gold, stager from House Styling & Staging, your home will sell 78% faster if staged, based on statistics from the Real Estate Staging Association. “That means 30 days on the market versus 100 days. Your home’s final selling price will be 6% to 10% more money. That means if your home is worth $600,000, you stand to gain (or not lose on markdowns) $36,000 to $60,000. The price for staging is usually far less than your first price reduction.” Nearly all home buyers (95%) look online to decide which homes to tour. Your home will lose about 1% a month while on the market, according to Zillow. A vacant home must add carrying costs to that amount: mortgage, lawn care, HOA dues, electric, water, insurance, etc. Home staging services cost only one-half to 1% of home value. So let’s recap. Agents are much more likely to show a home that they know is staged and the buyers are much more likely to identify a home to see that is staged. The best home improvement projects and mini facelifts are those that make the home more functional and enjoyable. Once the house is ready to sell, photography, video and social media presence are a must. Rose Sklar is with the Rose & Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker Weston, 2690 Weston Rd, Suite 101. For more information call 954-298-3626 or visit www.eastmeetwest.info.


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Stand Up and Be Counted at Temple Dor Dorim’s 20th Annual Mitzvah Day BY STACEY BOMSER

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his is the 20th anniversary of Mitzvah Day at Temple Dor Dorim. The event began as a way for the congregation to help those in need, but over the years it has grown into a community-wide effort with all ages and all faiths coming together to make a difference. Everyone in Weston is invited to “stand up and be counted” on January 21st when the synagogue hosts this annual day of giving. “Over the years, the congregation of Temple Dor Dorim and the Weston community has helped thousands of people in need by coming together on this one day each year, making a huge impact in the community,” shares Mitzvah Day Chair Lisa Lerner. “Let’s come together this year and grow those numbers.” To date, Mitzvah Day has resulted in over 300 military care packages to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, 300 blankets for AmeriCares, 1,000 bag lunches for LifeNet4Families, hundreds of meals for the Ronald McDonald House, 150 pints of blood donated and over 100 people added to the Bone Marrow Registry. In addition, through bake sales, car washes and other efforts, Mitzvah Day has collected thousands of dollars in donations for the Dan Marino Foundation for Autism, Juvenile Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish, Best Buddies, Hand in Hand for Haiti, and other worthy charities.

This year’s projects include collecting donations for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, selling homebaked dog biscuits to benefit the Humane Society of Broward County, adopt-a-dog by Good Karma Pet Rescue, and collecting shoes for In Jacob’s Shoes. “From making sandwiches to feeding the hungry, and painting houses for foster children to preparing meals at the Ronald McDonald House, each and every project has provided help to people in need and provided a teaching lesson for our children and community,” notes Lerner. She encourages all Weston residents to participate in this year’s program, either by volunteering or simply donating. Lerner promises Mitzvah Day will be the “Feel Good” day of 2018. “You will feel good – warm inside – knowing that you woke up that day and truly helped someone in need. No matter how big or small the project was, it helped someone,” states Lerner. “It also feels good because you are with your kids, teaching them a life lesson of giving back; to not sit there and let someone else take care of it. No matter how old you are, you can make a difference.” While the Hebrew word “mitzvah” literally means commandment, it has come to mean “good deed.” Lerner says Temple Dor Dorim’s Mitzvah Day is a chance for everyone to start the new year completing a good deed. Mitzvah Day takes place on Sunday, January 21st from 9am-12pm at Temple Dor Dorim, 2360 Glades Circle. For more information call 954-389-1232.

Harvest Drive’s 25th Anniversary Was Cause For Celebration BY STACEY BOMSER

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t’s hard to believe that the Harvest Drive started as a humble canned food collection at Country Isles Elementary School 25 years ago. Now entering its 26th season, it has grown into a year-round endeavor feeding thousands of families in need throughout Broward County, including right here in our own backyard. “Our mission has always been to teach children at a young age that their contributions can make a difference in the lives of others,” explains Harvest Drive, Inc., Founder Renee Herman. “And, once again, our students really came through for us! We set a record – serving more than 2,600 families this past Thanksgiving.” She says the 2017 Harvest Drive was the most successful to date, which was important because the need was greater than ever. Herman says the program is now assisting families from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean who relocated to Weston, and other parts of Broward County, after being forced from their homes following last season’s catastrophic hurricanes. Thanks to the generosity of the community, recipient families received a complete Thanksgiving meal along with a week’s worth of groceries and basic household necessities. Herman says there was such an outpouring of support that Harvest Drive was able

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Herman was also overwhelmed by the volume of donations to the Harvest Boutique. She says the Weston community heard the call and generously donated gently used toys and books, as well as children’s clothing. “It was heartwarming to see these families, who waited patiently in line for hours to take their turn shopping at the Harvest Boutique. They were truly blessed when they walked out.” While the holidays may be over, Harvest Drive continues as Herman is quick to point out that hunger is a year-round issue. Approximately every six weeks, Harvest Drive teams up with a local business or agency to assemble Helping Hands Crisis Boxes. Just last month, Temple Dor Dorim participated, packing boxes to extend its reach beyond the Broward Schools. with non-perishable food items which were delivered “It was unbelievable the response we got this to families in need. In addition, plans are underway year. There really are no words to describe it,” she for a Spring Harvest Drive. This collection provides shares. “We were fortunate to be able to reach a lot of families with staple items to help get them through people who are not affiliated with the schools – elderly the summer months when school is closed. and single women with babies. We made so many To learn more about the Harvest Drive and how you can help, visit miracles happen this year.” www.HarvestDriveFlorida.com.


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Is It Safe For Me To Begin Exercising? BY DEREK HUGHES, MS, RD/LDN, CSCS

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oliday season body weight gain is one of the many reasons that New Year’s resolutions often include exercise. Getting enough physical activity is definitely important for our well-being, but so is doing it safely. Doing too much too soon can make your muscles excessively sore, forcing you back off of your new regimen, and could even result in serious injury or death. Here are a few things to ask yourself before diving into a new exercise program: Has a doctor ever said you have a heart condition and that you should only do doctor-approved physical activity? Have you felt pain in the chest when not being active, or felt recent chest discomfort while you were doing physical activity? Do you ever lose consciousness or lose your balance due to dizziness? Has your blood pressure been high? Are you currently prescribed medication for your blood pressure or a heart condition? Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity level? Are you currently pregnant or suffering from a significant illness? If none of these situations describe you, then you should be able to safely ease into additional activity. If Be specific on what you would like to accomplish. “I want to lose weight.” you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Make sure your goal is measurable to help you determine when you meet your goal. “I want to lose 20 pounds.” then you should speak with your doctor, at Make sure your goal is reachable but still challenging. Take into least by phone, to consideration current resources, capabilities and possible barriers. address your exertionIs your goal worthwhile? Why is it important for you to reach this related health congoal? cerns. Tell your doctor Set a realistic and achievable time frame to meet you goal. which type of activities you are interested in, and follow their advice  New Year’s Resolution: “I want to lose weight.” about restricting your  “SMART” Goal: “I will work to lose 20 pounds in 6 months by walking 3-miles daily and decreasing my participation. consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.” Whenever you begin a fitness regimen, the best approach is to ease into the new activity. It is wise to start with only a few days of weekly exercise before gradually increasing your frequency (days per week), then duration (time spent per session), and finally the exercise intensity (how much effort is required). Someone who has been sedentary for months or years may start out with 20 minutes of casual walking for a few days per week, adding another day every week or two. Once you are active most days of the week, then you can try to extend each exercise session by a few minutes at a time until you are sweating for 30 to 60 minutes. After your body adjusts to the new activity, you could progressively challenge your body by including a few hills, a fast-paced walk, or insert brief jogs between slower walking segments of the workout. We start life crawling before we walk, and master that before we run. Likewise, it is seldom appropriate to start back trying to bench press 300 pounds or doing all-out sprints on our first week back in action. When it comes to increasing our fitness levels, slow and steady is the way to win the race. This publication was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number: 1U58DP005790-02 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services or the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Derek Hughes is the Safety & Wellness Program Manager at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Registered Dietitian with 21 years of diverse experience in the health promotion field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and a master’s degree in human nutrition.


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Weston University Students Suit-up for Fire & Emergency Services Day BY STACEY BOMSER

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t’s not very often that high school students get to play dress-up, but the 22 students enrolled in the Weston University program got to do just that during their visit to Weston Fire Rescue Station No. 55. On Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Day, students visited with Weston BSO firefighters and paramedics where they learned how physically demanding and academically challenging their jobs are. The day began at City Hall with a welcome and overview by Weston District Fire Chief Bruce Angier. Afterwards, Fire Marshal Adam Bloch spoke to

students about fire safety planning for homes and businesses. Photos courtesy City of Weston. The morning concluded with a presentation by Life Safety Educator Melanie Brocato on the various programs BSO Fire Rescue provides such as CPR classes, dangers of distracted driving presentations, car seat installations, and more. Weston U then visited Station #55 for some handson training. Students used a fire extinguisher to put out a simulated grill fire, used the fire hose to

experience the weight of the equipment, donned part of the 80-pound fire gear, and took a ride in the aerial ladder for a bird’s eye view of Weston. The students toured the rescue vehicles, where they learned about the equipment and medications Firefighter/EMT’s use when saving lives. Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Services Day concluded with an interactive demonstration using the “Jaws of Life” (hydraulic cutters) on a damaged vehicle to illustrate to students the effort needed to rescue victims from a car after an accident. This month, Weston University students study Weston’s Development Services, including Planning & Zoning and Engineering, with a visit to Calvin, Giordano & Associates. Last month, the class learned about the City’s community services and public works department.

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Weston Recognized for Superior Safety BY STACEY BOMSER

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nce again, the City of Weston has been recognized for its superior safety. The 2017 SafeWise Report ranked Weston as the #3 Safest City in Florida. SafeWise considers itself to be the authority on safety and home security news. To identify the 20 safest cities in Florida, it reviewed 2015 FBI crime report statistics and population data, eliminating all cities with fewer than 3,000 residents. SafeWise then narrowed its list based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larcenytheft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. Weston had 0.37 violent crimes and 6.21 property crimes per 1,000 people. Those figures are well below the national average of 3.83 violent crimes and 24.87 property crimes per 1,000 people. What’s even more impressive is that Weston has the highest population of the cities on the list, with 70,000 residents. Of the top ten cities, all the others were under 30,000 residents. That fact was highlighted in the SafeWise Report: “There’s a misconception that larger cities aren’t as safe as smaller ones, which isn’t always the case, and Weston—the

under the leadership of Chief Kevin Butler, for their commitment to keeping our community safe. However, Chief Butler stresses that a safe community still needs to be vigilant. He asks residents to: lock car doors, ensure vehicle key fobs are not left in the vehicle, close garage doors, and keep an eye out for suspicious individuals. “With everyone working together we can continue to keep Weston safe.” The SafeWise Report is the latest safety accolade achieved by the City of Weston. In February 2017, the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Weston #2 in their Safest Cities in Florida listing. In January 2017, NeighborhoodScout ranked Weston as #24 in their list of Top 100 Safest Cities in the United States. And in May 2016, the home security third-ranked city on our list—proves it. With more than and financial website CreditDonkey ranked the City 70,000 residents, this Broward County community reported of Weston as the #1 safest city in Florida. just twenty-six violent crimes. Forward thinking initiatives In case you were wondering, the SafeWise Report like Weston’s Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) Program no doubt ranked Longboat Key as the #1 Safest City in Florida. help keep crime under control. Dedicated COP volunteers Rounding out the top twenty list were Indian River patrol their communities looking for suspicious activity, Shores, Parkland, Melbourne Beach, Marco Island, checking on unoccupied homes, and reporting potential Tequesta, Indian Shores, Valparaiso, Highland Beach, safety hazards.” Bay Harbor Islands, Cooper City, Sanibel, Winter The City of Weston commends the men and Springs, Minneola, Satellite Beach, Oviedo, Indian women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District, Harbour Beach, Midway, and Punta Gorda.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Shred-A-Thon Yields Big Results BY STACEY BOMSER

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ne of the reason’s Weston is continuously named one of the safest cities in which to live is because of its low crime rate. This is due in part to residents’ vigilance in protecting their personal property and identity. Hundreds of people participated in the Broward Sheriff’s Office recent ShredA-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet in Weston. BSO hosts these events at locations throughout the county. Shred-A-Thon helps reduce crime by shredding sensitive documents as a proactive step to reduce the risk of identity theft. Participants can safely destroy personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and any other material that might contain sensitive data. During the Weston event, residents were able to shred up to five boxes of documents. Operation Medicine Cabinet provides residents with the opportunity to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired medications. BSO encourages participation in this program rather than throwing out or flushing medications because if prescription medication gets into the water system, it can be bad for the environment. Another benefit to Operation Medicine Cabinet is that it reduces incidents of theft. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, especially among teens because

prescription drugs are easier for kids to get than illegal drugs. For many, it’s as easy as opening the medicine cabinet. Officials say one in four teens have misused or abused a prescription drug and prescription drugs account for more overdose deaths than street drugs. Programs such as Operation Medicine Cabinet, with its no questions asked policy, are proving successful in keeping prescription drugs off the streets. According to BSO, 428 vehicles participated in the drive-through Shred-AThon and Operation Medicine Cabinet at the Weston Police Services Center. A total of 22,680 pounds of documents were shredded by SafeGuard and 434 pounds of medicines were properly disposed of – that’s an increase of 134 pounds of medication and 2,460 pounds of documents over last year. BSO Crime Prevention Specialist Deputy Kari Pallotto collects unwanted and unused prescription medications for proper Deputy Kari Pallotto thanks Weston disposal. Photos courtesy City of Weston. residents for their support in helping keep our community safe. “Having this event ensures that materials are disposed correctly and not falling into the hands of criminals!” If you missed the BSO Shred-A-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet in Weston, another event will take place on Saturday, January 20th, from 10am-1pm at the Pembroke Pines City Center, 601 SW City Center Way. The next event here in Weston is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th. For more information on BSO’s Shred-A-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet call 954-831-8902.

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ize the significance of having consistency within the staff, but as a physician practicing for 31 years, it is of utmost importance,” explains Dr. Augustino. “They have an awareness that substantiates the quality of care that patients receive. They are hard-working and very much appreciated. Patients find comfort and feel at ease seeing staff members whom they know and who know them.” Something else patients appreciate is the high level of care they receive. “The joy of bringing a baby into the world is one of the reasons all three of us went into this field,” shares Dr. Augustino. “Our practice specializes in personalized patient care and nowhere is that more important than during pregnancy. Throughout the course of prenatal care, patients will have the opportunity to meet the other doctors, but you will always have your preferred doctor. We all cherish and respect that bond between doctor and patient.” Gentle Gynecology & Obstetrics cares for women at all stages of life did not change with the times and now Achille brings a unique perspective to and a growing piece of the practice is Eastman Kodak is gone.” the practice. “As a female, I can relate to menopausal care and bioidentical horDr. Augustino acknowledges that a lot of what patients are going through,” mone therapy. In addition to hormonal there are services he cannot offer she shares. “Having children myself and supplementation for women, men with patients, so he has evolved the practice going through labor, I can share true low testosterone can be treated using a to provide this cutting-edge medicine. experiences that may help many nerbioidentical option rather than a syn“By adding Dr. Achille six years ago vous first time moms. I can also be that thetic regimen. and Dr. Catalano last year, our pracvoice for some moms with teenage girls Additional services include annual tice now provides the expert skills of who are thinking or have explored havwell-woman exams, in-office ultrarobotic surgery.” ing sex. A lot of times, I can just be that sound, family planning and contracepDr. Catalano specializes in robotic girlfriend that you just need to talk to.” tive counseling, in-office lab testing, surgery for complicated gynecological Just as many women feel more mammography and bone density issues including pelvic surgery, labiacomfortable with a female doctor, others screening, and more. plasty and vaginal reconstruction. He prefer to speak to a doctor in their native explains, “New technology, such as the language. Dr. Catalano grew up in n Dr. Michael Augustino, Dr. Fabienne Davinci robot, is allowing us to perform Puerto Rico and speaks fluent Spanish. Achille and Dr. Leonardo Catalano have minimally invasive procedures either “Communicating clearly in the first lanoffices in Weston and Pembroke Pines, with in our office or at an outpatient surgical guage of patients helps put them at ease,” privileges at Memorial Hospital West. The center. This offers patients a faster recov- he acknowledges. Weston office is located at 1605 Town Center ery time allowing women to get back to Making patients feel comforable Boulevard. Appointments can be made by their normal lifestyle sooner.” is one of the hallmarks of Gentle calling 954-384-8668. To learn more about Now patients can undergo major sur- Gynecology & Obstetrics, which takes Gentle Gynecology & Obstetrics gical procedures, such as hysterectomy, pride in its compassionate and dedicated visit www.docAobgyn.com. without an abdominal incision. “A prostaff. “I’m not sure that all patients realcedure which normally would require six weeks for recovery, can now be done with patients returning to work in two weeks,” states Dr. Augustino. “Now many of my patients who have been ‘holding off’ on their surgical procedures because they don’t want to ‘miss that much work’, or simply don’t have the time for lengthy recovery, can have the same procedure robotically with far less pain and be back to normal in less than half the time.” Dr. Achille is also certified in robotic surgery and is an expert in the Mona Lisa Touch. “It is an alternative option for women who cannot use hormones, such as women with breast cancer, who have vaginal dryness, frequent urinary infections and pain with sex,” she notes. In addition to her surgical skills, Dr.

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t’s been ten years since Dr. Michael Augustino started his own practice, Gentle Gynecology & Obstetrics. While the practice has grown and evolved over time, especially with the addition of Dr. Fabienne Achille and Dr. Leonardo Catalano, Gentle Gynecology & Obstetrics remains committed to delivering personalized patient care to women of all ages. Dr. Augustino has been practicing medicine for over 30 years. While he has no intention of retiring, he recognizes that there have been many advancements in the field and he has adapted his practice accordingly with the addition of Dr. Achille’s and Dr. Catalano’s expertise in robotic surgery. “In Obstetrics and Gynecology, there is evolution and a responsibility to practice within current guidelines and trends,” explains Dr. Augustino. “When I started my practice, Eastman Kodak was practically a household name. Every pharmacy and grocery store had a display area with their products, but they

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Weston to Install Additional Bike Lanes 84, providing bicycle connectivity from ince 2013, Weston has been designated a Weston to Broward County’s Markham Bicycle Friendly Community by The League of Park. This bike lane extension was one of American Bicyclists. One of the reasons it earned the proposed route improvements outthis distinguished recognition is because of the City’s lined in the City of Weston’s Bicycle Master commitment to cyclists and bicycle safety. Plan in 2013. Weston already boasts 46 miles of marked bike Adding additional bike lanes throughProposed bike lane extension along Bonaventure Boulevard. lanes and it will soon be adding additional bike lanes out the City is just one of the many cyclists in designated bike lanes and mixed-use trafthroughout the community. An application has been improvements being done to make Weston fic lanes. The bike detection system features a special submitted to the Broward Metropolitan Planning a safer and more bike-friendly community. Last traffic signal of an illuminated stick-figure version of Organization’s (MPO) Complete year, green bike lane emblems a bicycle to indicate when it is safe for bicycles to enter Streets and Other Localized Initiatives Photo courtesy City of Weston. were installed along Bonaventure the intersection. Program (CSLIP) to construct bike Boulevard, between Royal Palm and Weston cyclists also benefit from the Fixit Bike lanes on Bonaventure Boulevard from South Post Road, to make the bike Repair Stations installed in five City parks: Weston State Road 84 south to Indian Trace. A lanes more visible to bikers and Regional Park, Peace Mound Park, Emerald Estates public open house was held for that motorists. Park, Gator Run Park, and Library Park. The Fixit project and it received overwhelming In addition, the Broward Traffic Bike Repair Stations contain all the tools necessary to support by the community. Engineering Department is testing In addition, funding has already an enhanced bike detection system in perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailbeen approved to add bike lanes Weston. Special traffic signals have leurs. They also include a QR code that takes smart along Weston Road from Indian Trace been installed at two intersections phone users to a comprehensive bike repair web site. north to State Road 84. That 1.7-mile along Saddle Club Road, at Royal segment will ensure a dedicated Palm Boulevard/Glades Parkway (all To read the City of Weston’s Bicycle Master Plan visit bike lane along Weston Road all the directions) and at Indian Trace (north www.westonfl.org/media/docs/misc/Weston_Bike_Master_ way from Griffin Road to State Road Plan_010213.pdf. and south direction only), to detect BY STACEY BOMSER

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Four Cleveland Clinic Florida Nurses Earn DAISY Award for Exceptional Nursing means to feel supported. She is a great team member, Nicole Thebeau, RN, a surgical ICU nurse, was eston residents can take comfort in knowwhether it be staying late to help other staff, talkalso nominated for the DAISY Award by the family of ing that as a patient of Cleveland Clinic ing patients through their first time on insulin, or a patient. She is described as kind and professional. Florida they will receive exceptional managing high patient volumes at the clinic and on “Nicole has been my mother’s nurse for seven years, nursing care. The Weston-based hospital recently rec- the phones.” and she is the best one in the world! I breathe easy ognized four nurses with the DAISY Award for their when we are here and Nicole is in charge. She is an compassionate and skillful service. angel and we love her!” Congratulations to DAISY honorees Andrea Fellow surgical ICU nurse, Lourdes Wilson, RN, Buchman Kissane, LPN, Abbee Taddesse, RN, Nicole won the DAISY Award for being the go-to nurse on the Thebeau, RN, and Lourdes Wilson, RN. night shift, for training new open heart and trans“These nurses consistently deliver excellence plant nurses, as well as providing compassionate through their clinical expertise and compassionate care. Her nominator wrote, “Lourdes puts the care in care, and provide a great patient experience,” said caring. She starts with the heart and follows through Kerry Major, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at with it. Because of her training, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland Clinic Florida. “They are recognized as outFlorida’s compassionate nurses are prepared for the Telemetry and Medical-Surgical Nurse Abbee standing role models in our nursing community and challenge of providing the most demanding care.” Taddesse, RN, was nominated by the daughter we are proud to have them on the Cleveland Clinic The DAISY Award is an international program of a patient, who commended her for providing Florida team.” that rewards and celebrates nurses. Throughout the the patient with a great experience while he was Andrea Buchman Kissane, LPN, in the year, Cleveland Clinic Florida recognizes the clinical recovering from a prostatectomy. “She ensured Department of Endocrinology, received a DAISY skills and compassion its nurses provide to patients my dad was comfortable and used assessment and Award for her care of a unique and complex group of and families. Any licensed nurse (RN or LPN) can patients. Nominated by a doctor, Kissane is described critical thinking skills to wean him from the BiPAP. be nominated for the DAISY Award by a co-worker, As a fellow nurse, it was comforting to know that as a hard worker who has made countless contribupatient, family, physician, manager or volunteer. my dad was in the hands of a knowledgeable and tions to the success of the hospital’s Diabetes Clinic. If you would like to nominate a Cleveland Clinic Florida nurse for compassionate nurse.” “Andrea continuously shows the physicians what it the DAISY Award go to www.clevelandclinic.org/DAISY. BY STACEY BOMSER

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Exciting Events and Projects After the Last Storm Planned for the New Year and Before the Next BY DANIEL J. STERMER, MAYOR, CITY OF WESTON

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appy New Year Weston! I and your City Commissioners Toby Feuer, Thomas Kallman, Margaret Brown and Byron Jaffe look forward to continuing to serve you in 2018. We all live in Weston because we consider it a special place. That means different things to different people, but how the City is maintained is an integral part of its appeal. We have many projects underway and many in the pipeline, which help keep Weston ranked as one of the premier places to live in America. Projects to maintain or enhance our infrastructure include upgrades to parks and City facilities such as the newly installed playground and artificial turf fields at Tequesta Trace Park; two artificial turf soccer fields and the initiation of a design for a new Community Center in Regional Park; the redesign of Indian Trace Park; the installation of a restroom at Peace Mound Park; renovations to our three Fire Stations, our Police Station and Public Works facility, and the construction of a new Fire Station in Bonaventure. These improvements are designed to maintain property values and enhance lifestyle. With the winter weather in south Florida come a host of City events and programs that we encourage you and your family to enjoy. The 2018 Weston Winter Safety Expo will be held on Friday, January 19th from 6-8:30PM at Tequesta Trace Park, 600 Indian Trace. Once again, a unique phenomenon takes place within Weston … snow! Join us for an educational and activity-filled evening in a temperate blizzard-like environment that includes ice skating south Florida style. “All the big toys” of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and multiple law enforcement agencies will be present. There will also be bounce houses, a winter wonderland photo area, informational booths and displays, music and entertainment all packaged into one event not to be missed. The WestonNights Free Outdoor Concert Series in the Park continues with live music on Saturday, February 3rd and March 10th. Both concerts will be held at the Event Stage in Weston Regional Park from 7-10PM. Every WestonNights event has food trucks for a complete night out. On February 24th, the Dallas Brass ensemble returns to Weston after inspiring audiences and young musicians around the country with classical, Dixieland, swing, Broadway and patriotic music, and on March 11th we host a free outdoor performance by the Symphony of the Americas Orchestra in Weston Town Center. Wintertime in Weston has spectacular weather and we have equally spectacular events to go with it: the ever-popular free monthly Moonlight Movies in the Park series continues through April along with the Weston Foreign Film Series, free professional puppet shows and magic shows, Celebrate the Arts Day, Weston World Fest, the annual Royal Egg Hunt and much more. New this year, on February 10th from 10am – 2pm at the Weston Community Center we invite everyone to participate in Weston Community CPR Day. This free event will teach you hands-only CPR and offer instruction on AED and Heimlich, all in under one hour. Give an Hour, Offer Life – A cardiac event or drowning can happen anytime. Will you be ready to help? It could be a child, a parent, a friend and YOU who makes the difference between life and death. We encourage all residents to keep engaged and aware of community projects and events by subscribing to Weston’s weekly E-newsletter, Newsday Tuesday, or visit our Events Calendar at WestonFL.org/Events. Mayor Stermer can be contacted via email at dstermer@westonfl.org or at 954-385-2000.

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n the wake of a natural disaster, like Hurricane Irma, it is important to know where to turn for help and information. The primary role of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division is to protect, inform and empower Florida’s consumers and businesses. Some tools are available to consumers at www.FloridaConsumerHelp. com. On that website, you can find information on common scams and frauds, read or request publications on a variety of consumer related topics, or request a speaker for your next event or meeting. Consumers or businesses that need information can contact the Division’s call center, which is staffed with trained analysts who answer questions on almost any topic. The call center can be reached at 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832) en Español.

General tips for consumers:

▸▸ Be skeptical of any unsolicited telephone call, letter or e-mail. ▸▸ Be wary of anyone requiring payment through money transfer, money order or by sending cash. Purchases made by credit card will allow the consumer the ability to dispute charges. ▸▸ Get details in writing before signing agreements, sending money or giving financial information. ▸▸ Check a company’s complaint history at FloridaConsumerHelp.com or by calling 800-HELPFLA (4357352). If the business is regulated by the division, be sure to find out if they are registered. ▸▸ If you receive a solicitation to contribute to a charity, use “Check-A-Charity” at FloridaConsumerHelp.com or call 800-HELPFLA (435-7352) to inquire about the registration status or financial information.

Before Hiring Contractors: Check the license and complaint history of contractors before signing a contract or agreeing to have anyone do work for you. Call the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395 or go to MyFloridaLicense.com. Do not sign an “Assignment of Benefits” form for a contractor if you have not been instructed to do so by your insurance company. How to File a Complaint: Do you have a complaint about a business? FDACS can help, regardless of whether it regulates the specific industry. Call 1-800-HELPFLA (435-7352) or go to FloridaConsumerHelp.com and click “File a Complaint” for assistance. Food Safety Tips: In the event of a power outage, discard perishable food that has been stored in temperatures above 41° F for four or more hours. Dispose of any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch. If in doubt, throw it out! Inspect canned foods for damage. Damaged canned food shows swelling, leaking, punctures, holes, fractures, deep rusting, crushing or denting. If flooding occurs, discard any food not in a waterproof container that has come into contact with flood water. I hope that you did not suffer much damage from Hurricane Irma and/or need to contact any agency to correct any issues that you may have experienced during our recent storm season. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287. OURCITYWESTON.COM | JANUARY 2018 51


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Mayor Encourages Middle School Students To Ponder Political Life BY STACEY BOMSER

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ost middle schoolers dream of becoming professional athletes or pop stars, but how many seventh graders ponder life as a local politician? That’s exactly what the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida League of Cities are asking students to do through a statewide essay contest titled “If I were elected Mayor…” Students must describe how they would make a difference as mayor and how Home Rule (the authority to make local decisions at the local level) helps make their city a great place to live. Weston Mayor Dan Stermer hopes many Weston students will enter. “This contest is an excellent opportunity for students to have their voice heard in local government and for city leaders to see from a student’s perspective what they feel is important and what they would do differently.”

The essay contest is open to all seventh grade students who attend a public or private school, or who are home schooled. It specifically targets this age group because civic education is a required subject taught in all Florida public middle schools. The City of Weston is a strong proponent of civic education. “Getting students involved in local government has always been a passion for our City which is why we have run the Weston University program for high school students since 2002,” states Mayor Stermer. “This contest for seventh graders only builds on that commitment.” Essay entries must begin with the statement, “If I were elected Mayor…”, can be no more than 250 words long, must fit on one page, and should be typed. Only one entry per student. Essays will be judged based on creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought, and appropriate gram-

mar, spelling and essay construction. Winners will be chosen by a committee of the Florida League of Mayors board. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift card and have a chance to be “Mayor for a Day” in his or her city. The second place winner will receive a $50 gift card and the third place winner will receive a $25 gift card. Every student who participates will receive a certificate. In addition to the prizes, the top three winners will receive a joint resolution from the Florida League of Cities and Florida League of Mayors to be presented by their mayor at a hometown commission meeting. The first, second and third place essays will also be published in the Florida League of Cities’ Quality Cities magazine and posted on the Florida League of Mayors’ website. Interested students can download instructions and the official entry form at http://floridamayors. org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/If-I-were-electedmayor-entry-form-2018-1.pdf. The completed entry form and essay should be mailed to: Florida League of Mayors, Post Office Box 1757, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302. All entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 19th. For more information contact Linda Bridges at 800-342-8112.

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Indian Trace Elementary Kindergarten Students Are Reading Ready BY STACEY BOMSER

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tudents enter kindergarten with varying degrees of reading readiness. At Indian Trace Elementary, teachers have adopted a balanced literacy directive to ensure all students develop fundamental reading skills. Kindergarten Team Leader Jennifer Damas says examples of balanced literacy are evident inside – and outside – of each classroom. One of the most notable examples is the hallbraries. “When the students walk in to their building in the morning, they are given an opportunity to pick a book from the hallbrary to read quietly while they wait for the bell to ring,” explains Mrs. Damas. “Kindergarten

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students who are not reading yet are encouraged to tell the story based on the pictures in the book. This teaches students that anyone could be a reader and introduces students to a love for reading.” Teachers further foster that love of reading inside the classroom using leveled classroom libraries, interactive read-a-louds, small and whole group reading instruction, literacy centers and writer’s workshop. “Each component of our reading block is essential in meeting the needs of every child and ensuring that each child reaches their full potential by the end of their kindergarten year,” states Mrs. Damas, explaining that teachers use the Benchmark Assessment System to determine students’ reading level and then work with small groups of no more than four students at equal level on appropriate instructional activities. While the teacher is working with a small reading group, the other students work at the daily five/literacy centers. “These are carefully planned and include the following five choices: read to self; read to someone; word work; work on writing; and listening to read,” explains Mrs. Damas. “These are all choices that students work on independently.”

The classroom library is another important component of the balanced literacy program. Each teacher has cultivated a library that includes picture books, ABC books, counting books, nursery rhymes, realistic fiction books, folktales, poetry books, nonfiction books, and much more. Each library contains books of different degrees of difficulty, so students can choose books based on their reading level. Mrs. Damas says despite the teachers’ best efforts, reading readiness also develops at home. “Parents can help their children by reading a bedtime story daily. It is important for children to have a role model at home to guide them towards the love of reading. Stopping periodically while reading a story and asking questions will help enhance the child’s reading comprehension.”


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Falcon Cove Middle School Dominates at Speech and Debate Tournaments BY STACEY BOMSER

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alcon Cove Middle School is quickly earning a reputation as a speech and debate powerhouse school. The fledgling program started just four years ago, and the trophy case is already filled with dozens of awards. According to Debate Advisor Jennifer Daily, “This is the fourth year of the Falcon Cove Middle School Debate program, which is made up of only eighth graders. It’s the second year in which sixth and seventh graders are able to join the Speech program.” In addition to helping students develop public speaking, critical thinking and listening skills, the speech and debate courses create knowledgeable and worldly students. Local, national and world politics are often discussed during class. The curriculum also includes learning the various types of speech (extemporaneous and original oratory) and debate (Congress, Lincoln Douglas, and Public Forum). “The students go over every event in class and then get to decide which event they want to participate in,” explains Ms. Daily. “If they don’t like the event they chose, they can choose

a different one for the next tournament.” To prepare for competition, students conduct research and work with other students in the same

event to practice their speeches and cases. Ms. Daily says members of Cypress Bay High School’s nationally-ranked Debate Club often mentor the middle school students. “They come over as often as possible to work one-on-one with the Falcon Cove students.” Ms. Daily says about 40 of the students enrolled in

the Debate and Speech courses compete in monthly tournaments, which are typically held afterschool or on Saturdays. Falcon Cove has had a successful start to this year’s season. The school won 13 medals from its first tournament. Esha Jain and Beatriz Navas each earned medals in Congress. Mahathi Konda, Sean Behling and Tanish Bandre medaled in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Andrew Grub, Gregory Cohen, Colin Morrill and Mateo Aristizabal all placed in Public Forum debate. Sara Faruqui and Stefano De Castro received awards for Extemporaneous speaking, while Tess Segal and Ana-Victoria Gomez won in Original Oratory. Falcon Cove took home 17 medals from its second tournament. Gabriela Charry won for Congress. In Lincoln Douglas debate, Tanish Bandre, Mahathi Konda, Jordana Kotler, and Shana Xia all received medals. Public Forum debate wins went to Grace Baek and Priya Khatri, Gregory Cohen and Sean Behling, Lauren Kotler and Sofia Guttmann, as well as Emmett Rosenblum and Jonathan Cohen. In Original Oratory speech, Stefano De Castro, Mia Chacon, Ana-Victoria Gomez, and Allison Fintz all won medals.

Weston Elementary Schools Support Harvest Drive BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Harvest Drive got its start here in Weston 25 years ago at Country Isles Elementary School. What began as a canned food drive organized by three PTA moms with a vision to teach young children the importance of giving back to their community has expanded into a countywide effort providing holiday meals to more than 2,600 families in need. While every school in Weston has now joined the effort, Country Isles remains as committed to this cause as it was back in 1992 when Harvest Drive first started. “Harvest Drive is Country Isles Elementary students with a very special time at Harvest Drive Founder Renee Herman. Country Isles. It is a time when we can give back to our community and teach our children through Random Acts of Kindness,” shares Country Isles Principal Mindy Morgan. “It was bitter sweet when we had to relocate Harvest Drive to a larger location. So exciting that it grew to be so large and our school communities were able to feed so many families in need across the district. It is a wonderful time of year with great memories.” In addition to generous donations of non-perishable foods, Country Isles families supported the cause donating $1,150 through the school’s Tacos for Turkeys family night and leaf donations. According to the PTA, that monetary donation provided approximately 150 families with turkeys for Thanksgiving. 56 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM

Country Isles was not alone in its efforts. All the Weston schools participated in Harvest Drive with generous donations to help local families in need, including more than 100 families right here in Weston.

Country Isles Elementary has been hosting Harvest Drive for 25 years.

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Film Sparks Mental Health Discussion at Cypress Bay BY JESSIE CHAIET, STUDENT WRITER

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s part of the Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) initiative #BCPSListens, Cypress Bay High School showcased the movie Listen: It Only Takes a Moment. The film’s writer, director and producer, Erahm Christopher, said he was happy to be a part of this initiative in order to promote mental health awareness. “I think the Broward County Public School district is doing something that no other public school district is doing in the country,” Christopher said. “I think they’re focusing on approaching the idea of mental health in a way that is really how students want to talk about it; it’s sparking a dialogue that people are afraid to have.” Listen tells the story of several teenagers at a high school; it depicts their struggles with mental health and their relationships with their parents and those around them. “There are teenagers that are dying for people to listen to them,” Christopher said. “I think that if I can create a film that basically

sparks these conversations that teenagers need to have, then I actually believe it can save some lives.” BCPS Cadre Director Michael Ramirez is responsible for executing this initiative, which began on October 24 and will end on February 8. During that time, Listen will be played at 29 Broward County schools. “We began the initiative because we saw a great need not only in our school district but across our communities and across the country around the issue of mental health,” Ramirez said. After each screening of the movie, Christopher held a discussion with his audience. “I think it’s important to help the audience realize that we’re all thinking the same way once the film is over. My hope is that if that conversation will start in the auditorium, it will continue throughout the campus, at home and in the community.” Members of the Helping Overcome Problems Efficiently (HOPE) Sunshine Club volunteered at the screenings. “I love doing these events

Filmmaker Erahm Christopher speaks during an audience discussion after a screening of Listen: It Only Takes a Moment.

because you get to help people, you get to hear other people’s stories,” senior and Public Relations Manager of the HOPE club Laura Tavano said. “We want students to know that if someone is having a problem at home or at school, there’s a club where you can find a safe space.” Christopher said he hopes the movie is shown at schools all around the United States in the future. “I hope Listen spreads across the nation because I think it would be incredible for the youth to own this. I want the youth to take this film like it’s theirs and use it like a megaphone for how they feel.” Jessie Chaiet is a junior at Cypress Bay High School. She is the Print News Editor of The Circuit, the school’s student newspaper.

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Student Government Association Is Driving Force Behind Cypress Bay’s Harvest Drive BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Harvest Drive celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017 and for the past five years Cypress Bay High School has been helping feed families in need right here in our community and across Broward County. The school’s Student Government Association organizes the annual fall food drive at Cypress Bay. According to Harvest Drive Chairperson Emily Fischgrund, a junior, more than 80 school clubs participated, along with Falcon Cove Middle School and Everglades Elementary School. Together, they were

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able to collect enough non-perishable food items to provide a full Thanksgiving meal, plus a week’s worth of groceries and household items, to 175 families. “We helped 103 families that live in Weston and have children that attend one of our schools within the city limits,” explains Emily. “In addition, we provided for 72 families with children who attend Fort Lauderdale High School.” In order to collect all of the needed stuffing and gravy, cranberries and sweet potatoes, as well as peanut butter and jelly, pasta, rice, cereal, soup, laundry detergent, toiletries and other items, the Student Government Association assigned each club on campus a specific item and goal quantity. According to Emily, members of the Student Government made weekly collections from each club and after a month of collecting, bagged the items for each of the 175 families. She says it was amazing to see how the entire school showed its support for this cause. “Altruism is an important skill to learn at an early age. Events like Harvest Drive teach the student body about giving back to the community and students will hopefully be givers when they become adults,” shared Emily. “Harvest Drive is extra special because we are helping

students and their families who live within our own neighborhoods and community.” In addition to Harvest Drive, the Student Government Association hosts Dance Marathon to raise money for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. In its first two years, Cypress Bay has raised over $20,000.


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Cypress Bay Club Celebrates Habitat for Humanity Day BY LAUREN PABIAN, STUDENT WRITER

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he Cypress Bay High School Habitat for Humanity Club filled the school’s courtyard with games, decorations and music for its first annual Habitat for Humanity Day. Senior and Community Outreach Officer Mitchell Hunsucker was appointed to coordinate this event. He said junior and Habitat for Humanity President Matthew Liebman approached him with the idea to create a program to raise awareness for the club. It was Hunsucker’s idea to hold a Habitat for Humanity Day. “This event was so important to hold not only for our club, but for students at the Bay so they could learn how they can make a difference in the community,” Hunsucker said. “Joining Habitat gives students the opportunity to do great things and we intended on reaching out to students who were unaware of our club and what we do.” The courtyard was decorated with blue and green streamers, and featured a photo wall and games like Jenga and a bean bag toss. “I wanted to put out Jenga since the whole idea of the game is to successfully build which is what we do in Habitat,” Hunsucker said. “Even though there were

so many great things going on throughout the day, to me, the most successful part was the display that my dad and I built. We put up a bunch of pictures, so

students can see what we do at Habitat for Humanity and they were also able to decorate it with their handprints; everyone just had so much fun and the wall turned out looking so great.”

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Liebman said he was eager to hold this event since he wanted to bring more attention and publicity to the club. He mainly utilizes social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to promote the club. “We try to promote ourselves as much as we can by thinking of the best ways we could reach students to show them what Habitat is about and all the amazing reasons they should join the club,” Liebman said. “Social media has been our best way of promoting so far, but I think holding Habitat Day was an amazing way of recruiting new members since we are able to speak with everyone face-to-face.” After weeks of hard work and preparation, Hunsucker said he was very happy with how everything turned out. Habitat ended up recruiting many members. “It was such a great experience to run and plan an amazing event like this,” Hunsucker said. “It showed students that they can make a huge difference in the community; I hope next year’s is even bigger and better so even more students can become involved.” Lauren Pabian is a junior at Cypress Bay High School. She is the News Copy Editor of The Circuit, the school’s student newspaper.

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educing this one item from your children’s diet can have the greatest single effect on their dental health! When the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, created policy to reduce the number of ounces in a large soda sold in his city’s restaurants, he was criticized by some for violating their human rights. The amount of press that this situation received not only illustrates the degree of political divide in this country, but also the love of Americans for their favorite bubbly beverage. It is estimated that between 50 and 80 percent of children in the United States consume at least one serving of soda per day. Some of these children are consuming multiple servings. Just as concerning as the high frequency of soda drinking are the large quantities. For example, the average serving size of soda in the 1950’s was 6.5 ounces. The average size currently is 20 ounces. As we will see, both the increased frequency and quantity of soda consumption have a negative effect on oral health. To understand why we have singled out soda, it is important to consider the factors contributing to the creation of dental caries (or cavities). In order to have a cavity, there needs to be certain cavity causing bacteria in the mouth and an acidic environment. This acidic environment allows for weakening of the surface of the teeth and the eventual colonization of the interior or the tooth by the bacteria. Sweetened soda contains “simple” sugars, which are easily broken down by oral bacteria. The byproducts are acidic and lead to the weakening of the surfaces of teeth. What about non-sugared or diet soda? As it turns out, carbonation itself is very acidic having a similar negative effect. Here are a number of strategies to reduce the effects of soda and acid causing foods in general. ▸▸ Limit or possibly eliminate soda from our diets. Get into the habit of drinking water. Juice and milk have sugar as well. So, try to limit their consumption to meal times. ▸▸ Rinse. If soda or any sugar foods are consumed, rinse with water afterwards. Water is very good at neutralizing the acidity levels in the mouth. ▸▸ Read the ingredients. Stay away from foods whose first one or two ingredients is sugar. ▸▸ Use topical fluoride regularly. Topical fluoride hardens the surface of the enamel and helps to reverse the effects of the acids. Fluoride can be gotten from toothpaste, rinses, and professional application. An alternative to fluoride is xylitol. Its mechanism of action is different than fluoride, but research of its frequent use is promising. ▸▸ Set a good example. Children are very impressionable and will model most behaviors observed by the adults in their lives. We try to be practical when making recommendations to our families. We do not stress the total removal of all sweet food/drink from the diet. However, following the advice above and common sense strategies can make a significant change in our oral health. Remember, consistency is the key and healthy habits are best started early. Drs. Maria and Alon Grosman are Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and Orthodontist. Their office is located at 4401 S Flamingo Rd on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Rd. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 954-236-3434.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Gator Run Elementary Students Have the Giving Spirit BY STACEY BOMSER

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ator Run Elementary students learned a valuable lesson this past holiday season – that it’s better to give than receive. For the past eight years, Gator Run students have generously donated toys for students at Walker Elementary in Fort Lauderdale. The relationship between the two schools started after a former Gator Run assistant principal moved to Walker Elementary and recognized the need at her new school. Gator Run School Counselors Lindsay Weinstock and Jackie Grasinger coordinate the toy drive. Ms. Weinstock says it’s important to engage young children in the act of charity. “It helps students recognize how lucky they are and teaches the importance of helping others who are not as fortunate.” The toy drive is a schoolwide event, with each grade level collecting toys appropriate for their age level. “This allows students at Gator Run to not only help other children in need but allows the students to feel that they made a positive difference in a child just like them to have a wonderful holiday,” explains Ms. Weinstock.

holidays or their birthdays without anything to open.” That’s a message the Gator Run students receive loud and clear. Each year the amount of donations exceeds all expectations. Walker Elementary has approximately 600 students. Ms. Weinstock says in 2016 Gator Run set a goal to collect enough toys so that each student at Walker would take home one toy for the holiday. “Gator Run surpassed that goal and was able to collect over 1,400 toys! We set out to collect 1,500 this year (2017), and hope to continue to grow the amount of toys in years to come.” Once the toys were collected, Gator Run administrators, guidance counselors and PTA volunteers caravaned to Walker Elementary to deliver the gifts just in time for the holidays. Ms. Weinstock says the school is always appreciative for the generosity of the Gator Run families. Following last year’s donation, Walker Because each classroom collects toy donations, the Elementary Math Coach Gina Kerkerian shared, teachers play a big role in teaching students about giv- “Thank you, again, for all that you guys did! We truly ing. “We explain that presents are going to a student appreciate your support. There is no doubt in my their age at a school nearby whose family cannot mind our kids will have a wonderful holiday because afford to buy presents,” explains Ms. Weinstock. of your efforts and dedication.” “We discuss how they would feel waking up on the

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Manatee Bay Elementary Students Honor Veterans BY STACEY BOMSER

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or the past five years, students in Annejeanette Washington’s fifth grade class at Manatee Bay Elementary have recognized Veterans Day by writing letters and making cards for local veterans, as well as family members who have served or are actively serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This year Mr. Allison’s fifth grade class and Mrs. Megee’s fourth grade class joined the endeavor. “It is important for students to understand the sacrifices made by the men and women who served in our military and those who currently serve,” explains Ms. Washington. She notes that this project is personal for her and the Manatee Bay community. “I am the product of five United States veterans. At Manatee Bay, we have many students whose parents or loved ones are veterans. And finally, our Latinas in Action coordinator, Sgt. Major Jorge Cruz, is a veteran and does a lot of activities within the Weston schools.” To prepare for this project, Ms. Washington taught students the history of Veterans Day. Students used History Channel resources to research facts about the holiday and explore what they could do in their com-

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munity to thank local veterans. Their efforts were part of History Channel’s #ThankaVet program. Students also read a Scholastic News article about how military families are affected when their loved ones are called to serve their country. The article included letter stems so that students could draft their own letters to either local veterans at the VA hospital or to family members. Ms. Washington says one student wrote to his mother, an Air Force veteran, “Mom, I will never thank you enough for what you went through and gave up for our freedom.” Another student wrote to a family member how much she loves and misses him and thanked him for his service to our country. That relative wrote a touching letter back. “When I gave her the letter, she read it and squeezed it tight

and cried,” shared Ms. Washington. “All who were standing there could not help but cry as her love for her relative was evident.” Ms. Washington says all who received the letters and cards were filled with emotion and gratitude. “The veterans at the VA Clinic and VA Hospital were in tears, smiling, and felt greatly appreciated, including a 95-year-old World War II Veteran who greeted us at the Sunrise VA Clinic with a warm hug.” She noted that her fiancé and his colleagues at the Social Security Administration look forward to receiving the students’ letters each year. “They proudly display their letters and cards at their office.” In addition to writing letters, Ms. Washington’s students also recorded messages for veterans using FlipGrid, a video discussion platform for educators.


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Gator Run Book Lover Becomes Local YouTube Sensation BY STACEY BOMSER

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ver the years, Weston has been home to many celebrities, from athletes to actors. It’s newest and youngest star is YouTube sensation Arthur DeMichelli Gomes. While his name may not be familiar to everyone, the fifth grader has developed quite a following from his fellow Gator Run Elementary School students. Arthur created Book Tips to promote reading at his school. “I started the show because there was no more Accelerated Reader. I had the idea for the YouTube program and talked to Principal Peters and he liked it.” In each episode Arthur interviews a special guest, typically a teacher or faculty member, about one of their favorite books. Media Specialist Elayne Hollander was his first guest. She shared two special books with viewers: Maxi’s Secrets, which was targeted to third through fifth graders, and We Forgot Brock!, for kindergarten through second graders. In addition to talking about the two stories, Ms. Hollander encouraged students “to read, have great adventures and let books take you places.” Tara Slosson also spoke about the benefits of reading during her segment. The fourth-grade teacher shared that reading “opens your imagination, helps to be creative, and helps with your writing.” In addition to interviewing each special guest about their chosen book, Arthur also uses Book Tips as a forum to encourage students to read more. During one

episode he promoted the school’s book fair. He’s also quick to point out to viewers that many of the featured books are available in the school’s media center. Book Tips has garnered a huge following. Not only are teachers showing each new episode in their classrooms to their students, but people are watching at home. Arthur admits he never thought the show would be as popular as it is. “Not even close,” he jokes. “I made a challenge that when we got to 1,000 views I would cut my hair.” Arthur is now sporting a mohawk and viewership continues to increase. One of the reasons Book Tips is so popular is its entertainment value. Not only is Arthur a charming host, his production element is quite impressive. He does all the filming using two small cameras. His father helps with the editing, interspersing clips from popular movies and TV shows throughout the interview. Although appreciative of Book Tips’ popularity, Arthur says just watching the video about the book does not count – you really need to read each book. He will be entering middle school next year, but hopes Book Tips will continue. “I might hand the mic to my little sister in first grade. Her name is Cora. So be prepared.” You can watch Book Tips on the Gator Run Elementary YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ channel/UCJgKH35EYT9LeEjPwp22GCQ.

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s your child having trouble finishing his/her homework? Is he/she falling behind due to not turning assignments in on time? Do you think your child is lazy or might something be getting in his/her way? As a parent we think that our children are very capable, and they are perfect human beings. If we see our children falling behind in school, our first reaction is to put more pressure on them. We believe that by giving consequences they will change. What should we do when the consequences are not working? Here are three effective steps to follow: Avoid misconceptions: There are several misconceptions in the relationship of being smart, being capable, being socially successful and success at school. During my 25 years of experience in the educational field, I have found that parents and teachers have the misconception that children don’t care about school and they are just lazy. The reality is that all students care; everyone likes to be praised. Students can be smart, have excellent adaptive skills, but not being successful at school due to specific reasons.

Discover the problem: Your child’s behavior and attitude can have different reasons. Once we discover the reason of that behavior, we can help him/ her. We can design a positive intervention plan to overcome the barriers that are impacting his/her academics. Some of the functions of the behavior are: avoidance, attention, or sensory-stimulation. Your child might have trouble completing homework due to some type of learning challenges; therefore, he/she avoids it and does other things; or he/she might want your attention because he/she has learned that you pay attention when he/she does challenging behavior; or he/she might have sensory-stimulation needs and need breaks and movement between tasks. Finding the solution: It is imperative to meet with teachers and administrators to create a plan in school and at home to fulfill your child’s need. In December 2015, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the ESSA is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps. Therefore, it is the school’s responsibility to create a plan to help your child. You might need help from an outside professional to analyze the situation from an objective perspective and put together both plans. Some of the tips to follow at home are: create structure and scheduling at home, and focus on the process and not on the short-term results (grades). In the end, our long-term goal as parents is to train our children to be successful in life and teach them strategies that they can apply to meet their needs. Celina Chocron is the founder of Special Needs 360. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with Autism endorsement, ADHD coach, as well as reading and ESOL endorsement. She has more than 20 years of experience as an ESE specialist, support facilitator, behavioral coach, special education teacher, pre-K and elementary school teacher, curriculum coordinator, and principal. For more information, call 954-394-5265 or visit www.SpecialNeeds360Care.com. 74 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM


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Building A Skin Care Routine With Your Doctor in 2018 DR. TAMY M. FAIERMAN

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or most people, setting a New Year’s goal of looking and feeling young, vibrant and healthy is a priority. The two basics for achieving vibrant health and vibrant skin often have a lot in common from a foundational and holistic standpoint. This is where we begin to make the connection of inner and outer beauty and health. In Cosmetic Surgery, patients typically start with fillers or Botox when it comes to their face. In addition to these injectables, one can begin to achieve improved, glowing skin at any age by starting with an inside-out approach. One job of physicians specializing in skin and aesthetic procedures is to educate patients. Often, physicians create a visual teaching tool, or Beauty for Life pyramid, to provide information and ideas that can keep you looking great at any age. This pyramid and dialogue helps patients make informed decisions about their health, skin and beauty. It also demonstrates next steps and when to transition to other stages such as injectables, Botox and surgery.

The Beauty for Life model is built on the concept of maintaining a daily, healthy foundation and building up from there. An example of my Beauty for Life approach is as follows: The foundational level begins with healthy daily living. Typically, this includes discussing nutrition, sleep, stress management, skin protection, a holistic skincare routine, antioxidants, supplementation and lifestyle habits.   Next is the transformative part of the pyramid. This stage supports a good skincare regimen and healthy habits including a monthly holistic facial. It is comprised of techniques such as acupressure, lymphatic drainage, the use of medical devices such as ultrasonic facial treatments, LED light therapy or oxygen therapy. These devices help during times of hormonal shifts, stressed out skin and sun damaged skin, or simply prevention and maintenance of healthy skin. Rejuvenation is the stage that involves using fillers, Botox and lasers, which help stimulate collagen and tighten the skin and can significantly improve your appearance without surgery. There are many niche products to choose from based on your skin type needs and where the product is used. Your surgeon can best provide you with options during your consultation. Injectables can last for months and even years.   Rejuvenation can also include surgery and has become more acceptable with people living longer healthier lives today. Some examples of various types of surgical procedures today are abdominoplasty, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, gynecomastia procedures, brachioplasty, thigh lift, liposuction and blepharoplasty. One of the most popular operations is the “Mommy Makeover” to address the areas (breasts, abdomen, and thighs) that women cannot improve on solely with diet, lifestyle changes, and exercise.  Dr. Tamy M. Faierman is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and founder of the new Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center. Her office is located at 17130 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1, in the Windmill Professional Campus. For more information, please call 954-322-2742 or visit www.reshapeyourimage.com. 76 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM


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Pediatric Foot and Ankle Sprains Can Be a More Complex Growth Plate Injury BY DR. CARLO A. MESSINA

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njuries to the growth plate in children may cause damage to the structures at the end of the bone that will allow the child’s bone to grow to full adult size. These injuries may be misdiagnosed as a simple sprain of the foot or ankle. However, a more complex injury may be present. Growth plates, which start to close between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, can be damaged in incidents such as simple falls, sports injuries, automobile accidents or other major or minor trauma. If not recognized and treated early, a child’s growth plate injury can lead to shortening of the bone (growth ceases) as the growth plate may close prematurely. Angular deformities of the bone (a curve) may also develop. The severity of these deformities depends on the age at the time of injury, extent of the injury and the part of the growth plate that has been damaged. Certain portions of the growth plate may be injured affecting its growth while other parts grow more normally thus causing a bowing of the bone. Symptoms of a growth plate injury may mimic a sprain. These injuries occur more frequently than realized. There will always be pinpoint tenderness on the bone’s growth plate and a degree of swelling that is proportional to the degree of injury to the area. The child will often limp and try to avoid the body part. Normal treatment for a sprain may involve simple observation and application of an ace bandage or brace. This treatment for a growth plate injury that is severe may be devastating. X-rays are used to evaluate bone and joint alignment. A growth plate can be injured or even fractured with a normal X-ray. In more moderate to severe cases, x-rays will usually show the fracture. When in doubt, a CT scan may be necessary. Treatment options (early diagnosis is crucial): ▸▸ Immobilization in a below-the-knee cast with or without crutches may be necessary if the growth plate is well aligned. These injuries will heal on their own within six to eight weeks. The younger the child, the faster it heals. ▸▸ If the injury has caused misalignment of the growth plate it can sometimes be carefully manipulated back into place and then protected with a cast. The cast would be necessary for a minimum of six to eight weeks. Nonweightbearing would be mandatory. ▸▸ If the misalignment is more severe and not able to be manipulated back into its normal position, surgery would be necessary to restore the growth plate to its proper position. This may help avoid later problems including malalignment or premature growth plate closure that may cause the extremity to be shortened and crooked. The most important thing is immediate diagnosis and treatment. Carlo A. Messina, DPM, is a Board Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Diplomate American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Robert Sheinberg, Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. Franz Jones, Dr. David Shenassa, and Dr. Michael Cohen. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900, and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www.SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.org. 78 JANUARY 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM


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he New Year is the time to make improvements for your family and yourself, including for a healthy body and stress-free mind, and yoga can help with all of that. Here are six good reasons why yoga practice should be one of your resolutions in the coming year.

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oday, new dietary trends, such as “paleo” or “gluten-free” can be confusing to people simply looking for the healthiest diet. By understanding the nutritional makeup of food and its impact on systemic and ocular health, you can better protect your ocular health. Here is a look at what the body needs nutritionally, and what many of today’s common diets do to the eye.

Dietary Basics Most diets can be healthy, as long as they are done properly by ensuring sufficient intake of necessary vitamins and nutrients. The three main components of a proper diet are: protein, carbohydrates and good fats. Proteins help the body maintain muscle mass, speed up metabolism and feel full longer. Carbs provide quick energy when the body breaks them down into single glucose molecules, which are then stored for later use. Lastly, fats keep you warm and provide you with essential fatty acids, which help to control inflammation and aid in blood clotting and brain development.

Paleo Diet This diet’s rather simplistic mantra is, “if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you.” Thus, all processed foods are avoided. The mainstays of the diet include fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood and nuts. Ocular involvement: Research shows a high amount of meat protein, a common concern with paleo, is linked to a higher risk of early cataract development. Vitamin D deficiencies associated with this diet may also lead to an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These then contribute to early retinal vascular damage. One study also suggests the impaired immunity caused by vitamin D deficiency increases risks for corneal diseases, such as ocular herpes.

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Vegetarian/Vegan While vegetarian diets can vary significantly, their defining characteristic is abstention from the consumption of meat, including red meat, poultry, seafood and flesh of any animal. Vegans abstain from eating animals or any animal byproducts. Ocular involvement: In a 2011 study, researchers found a correlation between a lower risk of cataract development and a lower consumption of meat. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, found this lifestyle is, at times, also associated with low dietary levels of protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, vitamin A, omega-3 and iodine. Such shortages may contribute to ocular issues; night blindness or corneal ulcerations arise from vitamin A deficiency, low EFA intake worsens dry eye disease (DED), and optic neuropathy can arise with vitamin B12 deficiencies.

Gluten-Free While some patients eliminate gluten from their diet due to rumors that it’s the root of all modern maladies, in several cases, valid medical reasons exist for avoiding gluten, including wheat allergy. Ocular involvement: Wheat is sometimes found in cosmetics and lotions, causing a wheat allergy to manifest as allergic conjunctivitis, eye irritation and eczema on the lids and the periorbital skin. Most commonly, vitamin A, vitamin D, and calcium malabsorption associated with wheat allergy can lead to retinopathy, night blindness, an increase in cataracts, dry eye disease and, occasionally, idiopathic intracranial hypertension. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, or call 954-888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.


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T IS THE POLICY OF THIS STATE TO ENCOURAGE THE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES AND THE EARLY RESOLUTION OF PENDING LITIGATION THROUGH A VOLUNTARY SETTLEMENT PROCESS” The above quote is from the Florida Collaborative Law Process Act. It is probably somewhat contrary to what many of you or friends or family have experienced while going through a divorce. Everyone has heard the “horror stories” of endless litigation and exorbitant fees. There is in fact a way to possibly avoid those issues by using the collaborative process. It is defined as “a unique non-adversarial process that preserves a working relationship between the parties and reduces the emotional and financial toll of litigation.” There are some definite rules that must be followed and not every case is suited for the collaborative process. “As part of this nonadversarial and voluntary resolution of disputes, lawyers who engage in the collaborative law process in a family law matter, and any other lawyers in that lawyer’s firm, may not afterwards represent any party in any related proceeding except to request that a court approve the settlement reached during the collaborative law process or in specified emergency situations in accordance with family law court rules.” As stated above, if for some reason the collaborative process “breaks down” and litigation becomes the only alternative, the collaborative attorney must withdraw from representing his/her client. Therefore, if the process is not successful, either a new attorney must be retained, or the client can represent his/herself. One attorney cannot represent both parties. In addition, both parties must agree to use the collaborative process. The goal of the collaborative process is for both parties and their respective attorneys to act as a team and not as adversaries. In most instances there are other “team members,” such as accountants, financial advisers, or mental health professionals. The “team” schedules meetings with all parties present. An agenda is prepared and the “team” attempts to move forward to resolve all the issues that are involved. This is a process and, therefore, the parties should be prepared to have these “team meetings” on more than one occasion. All parties must sign a written agreement before the process begins stating each client’s intent to resolve the dissolution through the collaborative process; each party’s acceptance that they shall make timely, full and candid informal disclosure of information without formal discovery; and their understanding that if either party initiates a proceeding in court, the process shall terminate and the attorney’s involved cannot continue their representation. Attorneys are now required to advise prospective clients about the collaborative process. Although there is no actual certification an attorney can obtain to be declared a “Collaborative Attorney,” there are attorneys who have been trained in the process. As in all matters of law, experience and training are always beneficial to a client. If you or anyone you know are interested in the Collaborative Process, please give my office a call. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.


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he average age of an American child at the time she receives her first smartphone is 10 years old. More than half of children between the ages of 8 and 12 have a smartphone they use every day. Teens watch more than twice as much YouTube video as television. Three out of four American teenagers subscribe to SnapChat and Instagram. These facts, from a pair of studies published by Trendera and Influence Central, are not surprises to anyone with children. Today’s young people are the first generation of humans to grow up since the advent of the iPhone. Kids are typically more technologically savvy and more comfortable integrating technology into every aspect of their lives than older generations. Parents, however, are nervous. How can they control, or even be aware of who their children are communicating with? What types of content are kids sending each other? How does someone protect a curious teen from sending an image to someone that could have a lasting effect on his life? The answers to these questions and others like them are all too often uncomfortably nebulous. Fortunately, there are some tools available to all of us that can make life easier. There are a number of new apps specifically targeted at families with young children.

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Facebook recently launched a new product called Messenger Kids. This app, which is controlled from a parent’s facebook account, gives kids the ability to text and video chat with friends and family while allowing parents to monitor everything the child is doing. It also, of course, introduces kids at a young age to the Facebook ecosystem.

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A first line of defense for some parents is setting up parental controls on a child’s phone. iPhone users can use the phone’s Restrictions settings to limit a child’s phone use. Parents can limit a child’s ability to use certain apps, block particular types of content or restrict the time of day the phone can be used. Similar parent controls are available on Android phones.

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times of day for phone use, monitor child usage, block content types and enable/disable games or apps. These products have a range of prices from free up to $60 a year for a family plan. Examples of these include NetNanny, KidLogger, Pumpic and PhoneSheriff. Each has its own uniquie set of features, but the functionality of all of them is similar.

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filled with teens detailing ways to get around parental control platforms. Motivated teenagers can be quite clever. An interesting example of this is my own experience with a great app called Life360. Life360 allows parents to get real-time information about their kids’ location, cell phone use and travel habits (e.g. were they speeding). My kids don’t like this app because it drains battery life. One afternoon, I was wondering where my teen son Justin was. I clicked on the Life360 app, pulled up the map, and there he was, in Pyongyang, North Korea! In reality, Justin was two blocks from home playing basketball, but he had very quickly figured out how to “spoof” his phone’s GPS; something I am quite sure I will never know how to do. Whether parents like it or not, our society is never going back to a time where young people use personal electronic devices less. The entire global culture has quickly evolved with the mobile phone at its center. Experts agree that the best way to keep kids safe online is the combination of parental controls, mindful oversight and, most importantly, engagement with children. No one knows what teens will be doing ten years from now, but we can be sure it will include even greater use of technology than today.


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Pest Control & Termite Professionals No-TeNT TermiTe TreaTmeNT The pet food industry has painted the picture for us of the “eager eater.” The impression is that a happy, healthy pet will eat every meal with gusto. Please do not try to entice your pet to eat if it isn’t interested. If you provide a good quality food and a liberal amount of water, your pet will eat when it wants and do better than having to eat when you want. Another common myth maintains that spaying or neutering causes obesity. This is absolutely false. Any pet, neutered or not, will gain weight if it is over fed relative to its energy requirements. Spaying or neutering may slightly slow the pet’s metabolism, as will normal aging, and it will then burn calories off more slowly; therefore, it may require less food. Keep in mind the surgery doesn’t cause the weight gain, eating too much does and you have control over that. The right nutrition will encourage weight loss while helping your pet feel full. Work with your veterinarian to choose the proper food.

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any people are unsure about what Rotary is, exactly. Is it a networking club or a service organization, or something else? The answer is “yes” to all. While there is a networking component, unlike other organizations that bill themselves as networking clubs, referring business to others is not the primary focus for Rotarians. Instead, Rotarians are asked to use their talents and the resources associated with their vocation to make a difference. Rotary membership operates on a premise that the membership of each club should reflect a cross section of the business and professional service of the community. Membership in a Rotary club is based on the activity of a member’s principal business or professional firm or institution — such as accounting, engineering, manufacturing, health care, etc. Each Rotarian is expected to use his or her unique professional talents and resources to further the Object of Rotary, which is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” Another facet of the emphasis on vocation in Rotary is one of ethics. Rotarians are expected to deal honestly and fairly with all — employThe Rotary Club of Weston holds its annual drawdown ers, employees, associates, party to raise money for college scholarships.

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competitors and the public — in their business dealings, and promote high ethical standards in all businesses and professions. Rotarians believe they can and should use their vocational talents to address the problems and needs of society, and set an example for young people as they determine their future career paths. The Rotary Club of Weston is a diverse group of area professionals that gives thousands of volunteer hours and raises well in excess of $100,000 annually to benefit student leadership training and scholarships, feed the hungry or homeless, provide clean water and vaccines, and improve the lives of people here at home and around the world with dozens of humanitarian projects. If you would like to add a rich new component to your life in the New Year, take a look at Rotary. The Weston club is fun, dynamic, welcoming and always happy to add new members interested in giving back and making new connections in the process. The Rotary Club of Weston meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Weston Hills Country Club. For more information go to www.WestonRotary.com.


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Manatee Bay Elementary held its annual Publix Math Night. Students solved realworld math problems regarding pricing, nutritional content, weight, and quantity while shopping with their parents.

STEM SKILLS

Students in Mrs. Monioudis’ fourth grade class at Indian Trace Elementary School made tables using only newspapers as a STEM project in engineering.

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Second graders at Country Isles Elementary School are having fun gardening while learning about life cycles and how plants grow. This ongoing study will allow students to chart the growth and needs of plants. As the culminating activity, students will harvest their garden to enjoy a salad full of fresh vegetables.

LEGAL EAGLES

Students in Christina Stewart’s and Mary Angelo’s social studies classes at Falcon Cove Middle School participated in the Mock Trial at the Broward County Courthouse.

RESPONSIBLE STUDENTS Principal Amy Winder recognized Indian Trace Elementary School’s Students of the Month. The character trait was responsibility.

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Cypress Bay High School Senior Gustavo Duran participated in Broward Schools’ Debate Initiative Luncheon and Student Exhibition. Gustavo is currently ranked #1 in Florida and 4th in the nation in Extemporaneous Speaking.

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PATRIOTIC PLEDGE

Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer posed with students in Meryl Jefferson’s 4th grade class from Manatee Bay Elementary School. The children, dressed in period costume, led the Pledge of Allegiance before a Weston City Commission meeting.


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Country Isles Elementary students had a blast at their first Boosterthon Color Run. Building fitness and character into the school’s fundraising efforts was a huge success.

HOLIDAY DÉCOR

Students in Mrs. Weingartner’s fifth grade class at Manatee Bay Elementary made ornaments to give to Children’s Harbor.

HURRICANE HELP

Students at The Sagemont School packed more than 30 boxes of donations and 15 crates of water to send to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, as part of the school’s annual Day of Giving. Students also created cards with uplifting messages to include with the donations.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL Members of the Manatee Bay Elementary Student Council colored posters to promote participation in the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge One-Mile Family Health Walk. Photos courtesy The Sagemont School

HISTORIC PERFORMANCE

STUDENT LEADERS

Indian Trace Elementary School held its annual leadership assembly to induct the new Student Council cabinet. Outgoing president Joel Cortes came back to pass the Awinita (talking stick) to incoming Student Council President Alessio Mazzi.

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Falcon Cove Middle School entered its musical theatre production of The Addams Family into the Thespian Mainstage category, for the first time in the school’s history.


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KINDNESS COUNTS

First Graders at Everglades Elementary expressed the character trait of kindness by writing letters, drawing pictures, and sending holiday care packages to soldiers serving overseas in Kuwait.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Imagine Charter School at Weston National Junior Honor Society members helped pack donations at the Harvest Drive. For Veterans Day, students created approximately 1,000 cards which were delivered to soldiers and veterans.

SHARING AND CARING

The Cypress Bay UNICEF Club collected more than $4500 in its Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign. With more than 1,000 members it is the high school’s largest club and is the #1 UNICEF Club in the country.

FESTIVE FEAST

Pre-K and kindergarten students dressed in homemade Pilgrim and Native American costumes for Manatee Bay Elementary School’s Thanksgiving Feast.

MAKING STRIDES

Tequesta Trace Middle School was well represented at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Junior Honor Society and Student Council members, along with teachers and parents, came out to help raise funds for cancer research.

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SEEN ON SCENE OPENING NIGHT

Members of the Arts Council of Greater Weston celebrated opening night of the Weston Foreign Film Series. Pictured here are President Jami Nix Rahn, Carol Lema, Irene Carraway, Gryssele Machicote, and Joy Rodenberg.

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MUSIC UNDER THE STARS

Commissioners Toby Feuer, Tom Kallman and Margaret Brown were on hand to welcome an audience of all ages to the WestonNights Outdoor Concert featuring Majesty of Rock – The Music of Styx and Journey.

First place winner Lisa Lee with WAG Vice President Rasma Yaffa.

WAG WINNERS

Third place winner Lois Perdue with Rasma Yaffa.

Congratulations to the winners of the Weston Art Guild’s 9th Annual Juried Show. The exhibit was featured at the Weston Branch Library through the end of December.

RIBBON CUTTING

Honorable Mention winner Jill Lefkowitz with her piece, “About Face”. Photos courtesy City of Weston.

Mayor Daniel Stermer and Director of Parks & Recreation Don Decker joined Gator Run Elementary Principal Keith Peters at the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the school’s new shaded playground.

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Members of the Weston Art Guild came out to celebrate the opening of President Lynda Sauls’ solo show at ArtServe. Pictured here are artists Magdaly Montenegro, Lifrancis Rojas, Lynda Sauls, Kay Kiria and Becky Blackwood.

GIVING SEASON

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