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This home is in a guard gated community. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 upgraded full bathrooms, custom closets, open floor plan, Brazilian wood flooring, wood cabinetry in kitchen with granite counter tops, high ceilings, 2 car garage, ample driveway, fenced patio, club house. Offered at $549,999. Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151
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
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Gorgeous property 4 beds 3 baths , Spectacular lake view with screenenclosed patio and pool. A very spacious layout with grand foyer. Plantation shutters, AC units less than 4 years old with NEST Wi-Fi thermostats. Kitchen remodeled with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Accordion Shutter, High ceiling , wood floors. Offered at $699,000. Call Claudia Georgiopoulos at (954) 802-1103
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CONTENTS PUBLISHERS’ PAGE 14 We Are All Eagles Now
CALENDAR 16 March 2018
COMMUNITY NEWS 18 WestonNights Concert Series Concludes with Tom Petty Tribute 18 Symphony of the Americas to Perform Free Outdoor Concert 20 Egg Hunts Offer EGGstraordinary Good Time For All
CROSSWORD PUZZLE 50 Hello Spring!
MAYOR’S MESSAGE 52 Why Weston is the Best
LEGISLATIVE LOOK 52 Still Have Unused Gift Cards?
SCHOOL NEWS 53 New Career and Professional Education Program Prepares Falcon Cove Students for the Future 54 Imagine Weston Fourth Graders are Programmed for Success
56 Country Isles Elementary Provides Sweet Dreams with Pajamas and Book Drive 58 Imagine Charter School at Weston Middle School Students Get a Taste for Knowledge 58 Manatee Bay Family Fun Day Focuses on Health & Wellness
22 Celebrate the Arts Day Inspires Creativity 26 Fun and Flurries at Weston Winter Safety Expo 26 Concerned Citizens Learn How to Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic 30 Cultural Events Blossom This Spring 33 Mitzvah Day Promotes Neighbors Helping Neighbors 34 Weston University Students Discover Weston’s Development Services 36 Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives 38 Weston BSO Fire Rescue Life Safety Educator Earns Award 40 Cleveland Clinic Florida Residency Program Recognized 77 Weston Alliance for Youth Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Student Stress and Depression
REAL ESTATE 32 How Inventory Affects Our Market
INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 44 Weston Entrepreneur Attends U.N. General Assembly 46 Children’s Author Offers Help to Young Hurricane Victims
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ebruary 14, 2018, is a date that will forever be etched in all our minds, just like 9-11. It is virtually impossible to come across a person in the community who wasn’t personally impacted by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Seventeen innocent people – 14 students along with three faculty members – lost their lives in a senseless act of violence. Fifteen additional people were wounded. It is hard for anyone to reconcile what happened with any sense of normalcy or justice. There are many questions still unanswered: How could someone become filled with such hate and rage? Why do we allow teenagers to easily purchase assault weapons? How can we keep our children safe? What keeps us going, however, is what we’ve heard from the friends and family of the victims: we, as a community, are better off having known them. They were coaches who rushed to the aid of defenseless students; seniors with aspirations for higher education; freshman just beginning to discover who they are; athletes; band members; and, most importantly, they were fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and friends. As we slowly start to piece together our new normal, let us never forget the 17 innocent lives lost, along with the thousands of survivors who will forever bear both physical and emotional scars from that fateful day. In the hours and days following the attack, our community rallied together. Now that the days have turned to weeks, we must continue to band together and show our support to the Parkland community. The Eagles will soar once more. Sincerely,
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“Rent” – The Cypress Bay drama department presents this modern take on La Boheme. Show time is at 7pm. Tickets are $5 presale or $10 at the door or reserved seating. To purchase tickets or for more information go to www. LightningDrama.com.
Weston World Fest – “Sports, Health and Fitness” is the theme of this year’s event which celebrates the cultural diversity of our community. Weston World Fest offers authentic international foods, country booths with interactive and educational activities, and onstage performances. This free, family-friendly event takes place from 12-4pm at Weston Regional Park. For more information go to www.1weston.com.
JAFCO Golf Classic – Support JAFCO’s mission to care for abused and neglected children by playing in this charity golf tournament. The all-day event kicks off at 8:30am at Weston Hills Country Club and includes breakfast, shotgun start tee-off, contests, bbq lunch, auction and awards, plus a helicopter ball drop. To register or for more information, call 954-315-8671. Our City Weston is proud to serve as media sponsor.
8th Weston Friends Club Book Club – “The Happy Bookers” will meet at a member’s home for a discussion on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime by Mark Haddon. For information about this activity or about Weston Friends Club, please call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445.
Puppet Show – In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Weston Branch Library presents Still She Persisted: Rumpelstiltskin by Simply Puppets. In this new twist on the classic story, the heroine persists and ends up “happily ever after” without the King or Rumpel. The show is from 11am-12pm. For more information call 954-357-5430.
St. David Church & School Carnival – Bring the whole family to a fantastic carnival. Rides & attractions for all ages. grab something to eat at the International food court or country store. Free Parking. 3900 Free Pops Concert – The Symphony S. University Drive, Davie. For of the Americas, under the more info call 954-475-8046 or direction of Maestro James Brooks- visit www.saintdavid.org. Bruzzese, will perform a free outdoor pops concert at Weston Town Center from 6-7:30pm. Limited seating will be available; please bring your own lawn chair. Latin American Choral Music For more information visit www. Concert – The Weston Branch westonphilharmonic.org. Library presents a special
performance by the Amazonia Vocal Ensemble. It will feature selections ranging from the early classical music of Cuba to “Tangerines” – The Weston Foreign modern arrangements of the Film Series presents this film traditional music of Venezuela. about an Estonian farmer who is The concert is from 4-5pm. forced to take in a wounded soldier Call 954-357-5304 for more from the opposite side. Show times information. are at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8; there is limited availability. For more information visit www.1Weston. com or call 954-389-4321. Sunshine at the Park – Enjoy a day of family fun at Markham Park to benefit The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention. From 10am-3pm there will be children’s activities, performances by Hip Hop Kidz and a martial arts demonstration, along with food trucks. Presale tickets are $10 Coloring and Conversation – for adults and $5 for kids. For Using gel pens, markers and more information visit www. color pencils, adults can make a dylansfoundation.org/events/ notecard, bookmark, or color a sunshine-at-the-park. full-page design while listening to music and nature sounds. All materials are provided. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Branch Weston Friends Club Bunco – This Library. It takes place from group meets at a member’s home 1-2:30pm. For more information the third Monday of the month call 954-357-5304.
WestonNights Concert – Enjoy an evening of music under the stars when the WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series concludes with The Petty Hearts, the national Tom Petty tribute show. The free concert is from 7-10pm at Weston Regional Park. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Food truck vendors will be on site. For more information call 954-389-4321.
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31st Royal Egg Hunt – Children, ten and under, are invited to join the fun of scrambling to collect candy-filled eggs. The egg hunt begins at 10am sharp at Weston Regional Park; please arrive by 9:15am. Children should bring their own basket. For more information call 954-389-4321.
7th Introduction to Virtual Reality – The Weston Branch Library is hosting an interactive talk for teenagers about what is happening in the field of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Kids can try out some of the latest equipment at the Creation Station and get hands-on experience with an Oculus Rift or Microsoft HoloLens. The program is from 4-5pm. For more information call 954-357-5430.
Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to join a book talk on The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne. Copies are available at the reference desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.
at 1pm. For more information about this activity or about Weston Friends Club, please contact Elena Hajek at 954-384-2935.
April 2nd Weston Friends Club “Lunch Bunch” – Enjoy new friends and a delicious meal at a local restaurant. To reserve a seat, please contact Rhonda Weissbein at 954-253-4685.
Open Bridge Play – Enjoy an afternoon of bridge at the Weston Community Center on Mondays from 12:30-4pm or Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-3:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.
Weston Art Guild Meeting – At this month’s meeting Kay Kiria, an abstract surreal expressionist, will demonstrate her technique using acrylic and oil paints. The meeting is free
Open Mah-Jong – Enjoy a game of mah-jong every Thursday from 11am-3pm at the Weston Community Center. Call 954389-4321 for more information.
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WestonNights Concert Series Concludes with Tom Petty Tribute BY STACEY BOMSER
on’t be heartbroken! Mark your calendar to attend The Petty Hearts— The National Tom Petty Tribute Show on Saturday, March 10th at Weston Regional Park. “Last year the music world lost an iconic voice in Tom Petty. The Florida native (he was from Gainesville) sold over 80 million records and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame,” shares Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “The City of Weston is excited to welcome The Petty Hearts who will remind us just how special Petty’s music was.” The Petty Hearts is a nationally touring Tom Petty tribute band celebrating the life and musical legacy of Tom Petty’s 40-year career in rock and roll. Known for their authen-
tic renditions of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ extensive music catalog, The Petty Hearts won first place in the Battle of the Tribute Bands at the 2018 South Florida Fair. The WestonNights Concert Series concludes on March 10th with The Petty Hearts, the National Tom Petty Tribute Show. The band’s repertoire includes dozens of Tom from 7-10pm on the event stage in Weston Regional Petty’s best-known Top 40 hits Park. The event stage is close to the park’s largest along with some deeper album playground, which is a plus for families with smaller cuts Petty rarely played live. children as the concert is family friendly. WestonNights concert goers can Concert goers should bring their own lawn chairs expect to hear such beloved hits or blankets to sit back and enjoy the music under the as American Girl, Don’t Come Around stars. Food trucks will be on site selling a variety of Here No More, Free Fallin’, I Won’t food and beverages. Back Down, Runnin’ Down A Dream, The WestonNights Concert Series began in and Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around. December with Majesty of Rock – The Music of Styx The WestonNights Concert and Journey. Last month’s concert featured BIG Rock Series concludes on Saturday, Band playing favorite classic rock hits. March 10th with The Petty For more information on the WestonNights Concert Series call Hearts. The concert takes place 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org/events.
Symphony of the Americas to Perform Free Outdoor Concert BY STACEY BOMSER
eston Town Center will transform into an open-air concert hall for the Symphony of the Americas on Sunday, March 11th. The City of Weston and Weston Philharmonic Society are pleased to present this free, outdoor pops concert. This year’s “music under the stars” program will feature scores from popular Broadway musicals and blockbuster movies, as well as an homage to composer John Photos courtesy City of Weston. Williams. All music is performed by the Symphony of the Americas Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. This concert provides a unique opportunity to introduce the community to the powerful sounds of a world-class symphony orchestra. The outdoor venue is especially nice for families with young children who may not be ready for the traditional theater experience. “Throughout the year, the Weston Philharmonic Society’s In-School Music Program bring recitals by individual instruments to our school children. It is wonderful that they can now hear how a full orchestra sounds,” states Andrea Burghardt, Co-President of the Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS). Organizers note this concert brings the entire community together, with a crowd of everyone from families with toddlers to senior citizens all humming 18 MARCH 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM
along, dancing in the walkways, and enjoying the talented musicians performing in the relaxed setting of Weston Town Center. “One of the most enjoyable nights of the year is the outdoor symphonic pops concert,” shares Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “Those who have been in past years will tell you how special it is to be outside listening to the Symphony of the Americas. It is a treat for the entire family.” This year’s pops concert will feature a selection of Broadway showstoppers, which may include The Music Man, The Producers, and other hit musicals. The playlist will also feature a tribute to composer John Williams whose credits include movie scores from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws and Jurassic Park. Another treat will be La Bikina, a selection of familiar pop songs from Latin America. And, what pops concert would be complete without a performance of the beloved Stars and Stripes Forever. The pops concert is one of several Weston Philharmonic Society programs supported by the City of Weston. “Our organization is thrilled by the return of this worldclass orchestra that, through the generosity of our City, is presented free to the community,” notes WPS Co-President Lou Marett. The Symphony of the America’s pops concert takes place on Sunday, March 11th from 6-7:30pm behind the Bell Tower in Weston Town Center. The concert is free. Seating is limited; guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to enjoy the concert in comfort. For more information go to www. westonphilharmonic.org.
Egg Hunts Offer EGGstraordinary Good Time For All BY STACEY BOMSER
op on over to Regional Park for Weston’s annual Royal Egg Hunt. It has become a time-honored tradition in this community, with thousands of children taking part each spring in the fun-filled scramble to collect candy-filled eggs. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 31st at 10am sharp at Weston Regional Park, baseball fields one through four. City leaders urge families to arrive at the park no later than 9:15am to allow ample time to park and find the age appropriate field. Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer says the Royal Egg Hunt is a beloved and anticipated annual event attended by literally thousands of families. “With that in mind, I urge parents to plan to arrive early for a funfilled morning. We cannot turn those frowns Photos courtesy City of Weston. upside down when the egg hunt starts, and your child is still in the parking lot. Avoid a ‘scramble’ by being on time and ensure a ‘sunny side up’ smile on your child’s face.” Weston’s Royal Egg Hunt is free and open to children, ages ten and under. There are separate egg hunts for different age groups; parents are permitted on
the field only with the five and under age group. Children should bring their own baskets or bags to collect some of the 30,000 candy-filled eggs. Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, says be on the lookout for the special “golden” eggs, which can be redeemed for small prizes. After the egg hunts, children can take pictures with the Royal Bunny and enjoy bounce houses until noon. For more information on the Royal Egg Hunt, call the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org/events. On Sunday, April 1st, hop on over to Weston Town Center for its annual Easter Egg Hunt. This fun-filled afternoon, from 3-6pm, will feature an egg hunt along with live entertainment, face painting, a bounce house, pony rides, and, of course, a visit from the Easter Bunny. Children should bring a basket for gathering eggs. For more information, visit www.westontowncenter.net and click on “Events.”
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elebrate the Arts Day 2018 was a huge success, attracting more than 1,500 attendees. This year’s event inspired artistic creativity with plenty of hands-on activities for Photos courtesy Arts Council of Greater Weston and City of Weston. all ages, as well as art appreciation with exhibits and performances by Weston students. formed as well as The Sagemont School orchestra and Sagemont Synergy. Cypress Presented by the Arts Council of Greater Weston and City of Weston, Celebrate Bay High School’s award-winning drama department presented songs and the Arts Day is one of many cultural programs designed to bring the community dances from its upcoming musical productions. A soloist from the Carreno Music together. According to Arts Council President Jami Nix Rahn, “The Arts Council Academy rounded out the program. produces a series of events every year to inspire, entertain and support our Weston “There is an exciting array of genuine artistic and performing talent in Weston,” community, from toddlers to students to families to seniors.” shared Event Chair Carole Myers. “Celebrate the Arts Day gives these future stars Celebrate the Arts day is special because it offers something for everyone, from a stage and an audience.” arts and crafts activities to musical and theatrical performances by Weston’s The Weston schools participated with exhibits and interactive booths spontalented students. The Falcon Cove and Tequesta Trace Middle School bands persored by the Cypress Bay Greased Lightning robotics club, photography club, ceramics club, and National Art Honor Society. Western High School’s Rocketry Club was also in attendance. Other tents featured the Weston Philharmonic Society, Weston Friends of the Library, local children’s authors, and a musical playing patch, where guests could try different instruments. Budding artists got the chance to express themselves during Celebrate the Arts Day. Young at Art Museum provided crafts, a pottery wheel and print-making. The Chalk Walk allowed even the smallest artists to leave their mark on the streets of Weston Town Center. Of course, the center of attraction was the 28-foot Graffiti Wall, where everyone joined together to produce a giant abstract work of art.
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BSO was out in full force, showcasing its impressive fleet. Winter Safety Expo guests had the opportunity to check out a BSO helicopter, motorcycle, airboat and SWAT truck, see the robots used by the Bomb Squad, climb aboard a U.S. Coast Guard rescue helicopter, try on some of the equipment used by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Homeland Security, meet members of the Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and visit a U.S. Postal Inspector mobile command center truck. There were also informational booths and educational displays hosted by the Weston Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), YMCA, and BSO Fire Cadets. The evening featured plenty of entertainment for all ages. There were children’s activities including games, bounce houses and inflatable slides. The DJ had everyone Photos courtesy City of Weston. showing off their best dance moves. In keeping with the winter wonderland theme, guests enjoyed South Florida-style ice skating. But the highlight of the night was the sky full of glistening snowflakes. The evening’s chilly weather made the “snow” flurries that much more enjoyable and realistic.
Concerned Citizens Learn How to Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic BY STACEY BOMSER
he opioid epidemic has been declared a national crisis. It is affecting communities across the country, including Weston. That’s why the Weston Branch of the American Association of University Women organized the Stop the Opioid Epidemic program to educate the community on this issue and what can be done to stop it. “Many people are unaware that the opioid epidemic takes away so many lives, young and old, rich and poor, and all races,” explains AAUW Weston Founder and President Kamala Anandam. “AAUW Weston decided to organize a public meeting on this topic to raise the awareness of residents of Weston and neighboring cities.” One of the reasons opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions is because it is so easy to become addicted to pain management medications such as Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, OxyContin, Morphine and Heroin. “Because opioids are addictive and addiction requires larger 26 MARCH 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM
and larger doses with time to be effective, it can lead to overdose resulting in death,” explains Anandam. “That is why it is vitally important for the community to understand the severity of this issue.” According to Don Maines, a research specialist on this subject for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, nationally there were more than 64,000 deaths in 2016 due to opioid overdose, including a small number of recorded deaths right here in Weston. That’s why AAUW Weston, along with the Weston Y and Broward Sheriff’s Office, presented the informational program. It included speakers from law enforcement, government, and the medical professional, along with parents who lost their son. BSO’s Don Maines explained how opioid abuse typically begins with prescriptions to manage pain and ends in illegal drug use when the prescriptions are no longer available. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich both called on the audience to urge legislators to allocate funding to fight this
epidemic, with Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz pointing out that for the first time the life span in the United States has dropped mostly due to the opioid epidemic. Dr. Vanya Fernandez shared that there are alternative medical treatments available to manage pain and opioids should be prescribed only as a last resort and under careful supervision. Dr. Sherwin Mendell spoke about mind over body techniques to overcome addiction. Finally, Dwight and Debi Melgaard, “Warrior Parents” as they call themselves, shared their first-hand experience with their son. Their main message was “Love the person, hate the addiction.” That’s a point Anandam hopes everyone took away from this presentation. “Addiction is a disease, not a moral failure. No stigma should be attached to it. All of us should lobby our elected legislators at the national and state levels to provide adequate funding to prevent and treat this disease.”
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Cultural Events Blossom This Spring Symphony of the Americas orchestra under the direction of Maestro James Brooksrom classical music and classic rock concerts to a celebration of cultural Bruzzese. The free concert takes place from 6-7:30pm on Bell Tower Lane. It is diversity, there’s a lot going on in Weston this season. So mark your calendar. presented by the City of Weston and the Weston Philharmonic Society. You won’t want to miss any of these fun, and mostly free, events. The Estonian film Tangerines is this month’s Weston Foreign Film Series feature. The excitement kicks off with Weston During the war in the Apkhazeti region of Georgina, an Estonian farmer is forced World Fest on Sunday, March 4th. “Sports, to stay behind to harvest his crop of tangerines. Following a bloody conflict at his Health and Fitness” is the theme of this year’s door, the farmer must take in a wounded soldier. Show times are at 4:45pm and event, which celebrates the cultural diversity 7:30pm on Monday, March 12th at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8. in our community. There will be cultural The Moonlight Movies in the Park concludes with Spider-Man: Homecoming on performances, music and food, with country Saturday, April 14th at 8pm. Bring your popcorn, blanket and lawn chairs to enjoy booths from 20 different nations. The free, this family-friendly flick about the young family-friendly event, presented by the Arts superhero and his return home with his Council of Greater Weston, newfound powers. The takes place from 12-4pm at movie will be projected the event stage in Weston onto a giant inflatable Regional Park. screen near the event The WestonNights stage in Weston Regional Outdoor Concert Series Park. It is rated PG-13. concludes on Saturday, March 10th with The Petty Hearts, the Also in April will national Tom Petty Tribute Show. Enjoy an evening of music be the Student Artist under the stars while listening to the greatest hits by this Showcase. Work by talFlorida-grown legend. The free concert is from 7-10pm at the ented young artists from event stage in Weston Regional Park. Weston schools will be The following night, Sunday, March 11th, the Symphony of on display at the Weston Photos courtesy City of Weston. the Americas leaves the concert hall to perform at Weston Town Branch Library. Center. This popular, outdoor pops concert features selections For more information on any of these events visit the Events Calendar of the from favorite movie scores performed by the world-renowned City of Weston webpage at www.westonfl.org/events or call 954-389-4321. BY STACEY BOMSER
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ccording to Steve Harney of Keeping Current Matters, a great number of homes sell during the spring. Many homeowners postpone contacting their Real Estate professional to list their homes until that time. Is that really a good strategy for 2018? The homes listed in spring will represent increased competition to any seller. What does this mean to you in Weston? With the national job situation improving, and mortgage interest rates projected to rise later in the year, buyers are not waiting until spring. If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition amongst buyers. It may make sense to beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market in the spring and list your home today. What does Weston’s single-family inventory look like today? ▸▸ 278 Active Single-Family Listings in Weston. ▸▸ The highest priced is listed for $5,900,000, located in Bonaventure. ▸▸ The second highest is listed for $2,749,000, located in Windmill Reserve. ▸▸ The least expensive is priced for $290,000, located in the Villas of Bonaventure. STATUS: ACTIVE SALES (278)
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According to Facts & Trends, the market statistics for the 2017 calendar year were: ▸▸ For Sale in December 2017: 373 units. Down 2.9% compared to last year ▸▸ Closed in December 2017: 75 units. Down 14.8% compared to last year ▸▸ Placed under Contract in December 2017: 76 units. Up 13.4% compared to last year ▸▸ Average Sold Price per Square Footage: $217. Up 12.4% compared to last year ▸▸ Average Days on Market: 79 days. Up 14.5% compared to last year ▸▸ Sold/Original List Price percentage: 89%. Down 5.3% compared to last year ▸▸ Average For Sale Price (in thousand) in December 2017: $779. Down 2.6% compared to last year ▸▸ Average Sold Price (in thousand) in December 2017: $551. Up 22.4% compared to last year ▸▸ Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales in December 2017: 5 months. Up 13.7% compared to last year Even though the months of inventory for Weston single-family homes is up from 13.7% compared to last year, we are still in a seller’s market with only five months of inventory. Is it time for you to upsize or downsize? With this lack of inventory, now may be the time to sell. Phyllis M. Scarberry, CRS, CLHMS, SRES, E-pro, Certified Relocation Specialist, Realtor® is affiliated with EWM Realtors® International and has been licensed for 23 years and is the Real Estate expert in Weston and its surrounding communities. She has assembled a team of highly trained professionals to help take care of the many details that come with buying, selling and leasing your property. To learn more, call 954-980-3385, e-mail Scarberry.email@example.com, visit www.PhyllisMScarberry.com, or check out her blog at www.ScarberryGroup.com.
Mitzvah Day Promotes Neighbors Helping Neighbors BY STACEY BOMSER
undreds of people, young and old, participated in Temple Dor Dorim’s 20th annual Mitzvah Day. The milestone marked two decades of Weston residents working together to make a difference in our community. More than 25 community service projects were completed. “Mitzvah Day is the one day a year that we get together as a group to give back,” states Mitzvah Day Chair Lisa Lerner. “It teaches how fun and easy community service can be and, of course, how rewarding and meaningful it is. It was a great feel good day for all!” Lerner says one of the goals of Mitzvah Day is to introduce children at young age to the power of helping others who may be less fortunate than ourselves. The temple’s religious school classes participated with preschool students creating more than 100 cards for sick children in the hospital. Some community service projects allowed participants to express their creativity while supporting those in need. Fifty pillowcases were decorated for Camp Fiesta, 20 capes were made for children in shelters, 50 blankets were made to benefit Project Linus, and 48 happy face wall art plates were deco-
rated for residents at a senior center. Other projects involved more physical participation: a car wash raised over $250 for the Dan Marino Foundation for Autism; Yoga for a Cause raised $120 to benefit a synagogue that Temple Dor Dorim adopted in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria; bagged lunches were made for the homeless; and more than 300 dog biscuits were baked and donated to a local animal shelter. Those who were not able to take part in the Mitzvah Day activities were still able to contribute by donating various items to help worthy charities. Four boxes of canned goods were collected for The Harvest Drive, 20 care packages were assembled for members of the military, 50 pairs of shoes were collected for In
Jacob’s Shoes, six boxes of clothes and accessories were collected for Dress for Success, and the Abandoned Pet Rescue collected four boxes of supplies. Looking back on the day’s success, Lerner says Mitzvah Day is always one of the most popular events of the year. “Together we put the ‘community’ in community service.”
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Weston University Students Discover Weston’s Development Services BY STACEY BOMSER
evelopment Services was the latest lesson in the Weston University program. Students visited the offices of Calvin, Giordano & Associates, the City of Weston’s contract provider for planning, zoning and engineering services. During the field trip, students were divided into groups to learn about Calvin, Giordano & Associates’ (CGA) different departments and the services each provides to our City. While working alongside CGA employees, the Weston University program students were able to explore the various career opportunities vital to running a city such Photos courtesy City of Weston.
as civil engineering, traffic engineering, landscape architecture, geographic information systems (GIS), and land surveying, which included flying a drone. The cornerstone of the Weston University program
is hands-on learning. During this particular lesson, stays connected and functioning in the digital realm. students role-played a mock quasi-judicial agenda In addition, the students will be assigned their item to learn the process that planning and develop- roles for the City Commission Simulation. That is the ment issues go through when they are brought to the culminating activity for the Weston University proCity Commission for consideration. gram. Students must utilize all the knowledge of local This month, the Weston University program government they have gained throughout the procurriculum will focus on finance and technology gram to carry out a mock city commission meeting. services. The students will learn how local taxes are The topics covered during the eight-month profigured, explore sources of City revenue including gram have included Local & State Government, Fire non-tax revenues and user fees, and examine the & Emergency Medical Services, Community Services/ Weston Budget. They will also discover how the City Public Works, and Law Enforcement Services.
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want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the left. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar
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Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives BY FIRE CHIEF BRUCE ANGIER
y now it should be common knowledge that smoke detectors save lives. They are an important part of your overall home’s safety, even more so today. Fire research has demonstrated that with today’s modern furnishings, fire can spread much more rapidly than in the past when natural materials were common. Because of manufacturers’ use of these modern materials in your furnishings, the amount of time you have to escape from a fire has been significantly reduced. You should have a sufficient number of properly located smoke alarms in your home to maximize your family’s escape time. You should have a smoke detector inside each sleeping room and outside of each sleeping area on every level of the home. On levels without bedrooms, install smoke detectors in the living room, den, and/or family room. Install them near the stairway to the upper levels. Smoke rises, so mount your smoke detectors high on the walls or ceilings. For the pitched or cathedral ceilings common in many Weston homes, install smoke detectors within three feet of the peak, but not in the apex of the peak. Ideally, your smoke detectors should also be linked so that when one is activated, they all activate warning everyone in the home. You can accomplish interconnection with hard wires or using wireless technology. Many older homes in Weston may not meet these standards for the number and locations of smoke detectors. Homeowners need to recognize that their detection needs have changed over time. It is well worth the investment to upgrade your home’s smoke detectors to meet current recommendations. Simply having the proper amount of smoke detectors is not enough. Your smoke detectors must be maintained to ensure proper operation in the event of a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA), smoke alarms sounded in only about half of the home fires reported between 2009 and 2013. Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. In 21% of all home fire deaths, smoke detectors were present but did not sound. Always maintain your home’s smoke detectors according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Here are some other helpful tips to ensure your smoke detectors will work always properly: ▸▸ Only choose smoke detectors that are recognized by an independent testing laboratory, like UL, and keep the manufacturer’s instructions handy. ▸▸ Test the smoke alarms in your home monthly using the test button. ▸▸ Smoke detectors with non-replaceable ten-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to ten years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke detector right away. ▸▸ Smoke detectors with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. ▸▸ When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or the manufacturer’s instructions. Manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The detector may not work properly if a different battery is used. ▸▸ Never paint smoke detectors. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarm from working properly. If you are having difficulty changing your smoke detector’s batteries because of access or mobility issues, Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue can help. In the City of Weston, call Fire Station 81 during normal business hours at 954-389-2015 to schedule a time for our firefighters to assist you with smoke detector battery replacement. For more information, please contact Fire Chief Bruce Angier at Fire Station 81 at 954-389-2015 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Weston BSO Fire Rescue Life Safety Educator Earns Award BY STACEY BOMSER
ing this a safer, more livable community, but her ongratulations to Weston BSO Life Safety public education efforts also contribute to the Fire Educator Melanie Brocato. She has been Rescue Department’s Class 1 insurance rating. This named Public Educator of the Year by the Fire Inspectors Association of Broward County. This award recognizes her commitment to improving the life and safety of residents of Weston and Broward County, as well as her dedication to the professional development of fire safety. Melanie serves as a member of the Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Public Education Team. Her primary responsibility is serving as Life Safety Educator for the City of Weston. This is a role she takes very seriously. During Fiscal Year 2016-2017, Melanie conducted 110 car seat installations and delivered 72 fire and life safety presentations, CPR classes and fire extinguisher trainings to 4,420 Weston residents and Photo courtesy City of Weston. visitors. Her public education efforts, which reached 21% of the city’s population in 2014, is a well-deserved award, and I’m proud to have helped Weston receive a Class 1 ISO rating. Melanie in Weston.” “Melanie is a tremendous asset to Weston and Melanie regularly participates in the developa pleasure to work with,” stated Weston Fire Chief ment of community safety programs and events. Bruce Angier. “Her efforts are not only makShe was instrumental in implementing the Juvenile
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n July 2018, Artis Senior Living will be opening a 72-suite memory care community in Davie for seniors affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Residents will be able to move freely among neighborhoods in the one-story, 35,000 square foot community. They can also take advantage of an outdoor area on three acres of secured land. The community is strategically located at 2794 S. Flamingo Road, so it is easily accessible from Florida’s Turnpike, I-595, and I-75. Amy DePreker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, answered some questions about the new Memory Care Assisted Living Community. Describe the community. The community will be comprised of four neighborhoods designed to create
an intimate environment with familiar living spaces. The central core, known as the “Town Center,” will feature a host of amenities, including a neighborhood center for community gatherings and a studio for activities, as well as a health center, beauty and barber shop. How do you tailor each person’s living experience? Artis Senior Living of Davie strives to make sure that its residents and their families have a say in how they live. Our philosophy centers around empowerment, pride and fulfillment for all our residents. Instead of a one-size-fits-all philosophy, the experience is tailored specifically to each person to ensure independence, dignity and quality of life. What is “The Artis Way? ” We follow what we call “The Artis Way.” Each letter of the word Artis stands for a tenet of the organization.
▸ “A” is the ability to have a voice. We want residents and their families to engage in open communication with our associates to make sure that what we’re doing is the right fit for them.
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Cleveland Clinic Florida Residency Program Recognized BY STACEY BOMSER
ne of the reasons Cleveland Clinic Florida was named the highest ranked hospital in Broward County by U.S. News & World Report is because the academic medical center integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) just designated Cleveland Clinic Florida as a Statutory Teaching Hospital. This designation is granted to all hospitals with at least 100 or more full-time resident physicians in seven or more graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the Council on Postdoctoral Training of the American Osteopathic Association. Cleveland Clinic Florida currently has 114 residents and fellows enrolled in eleven ACGME accredited programs. These programs include cardiology, colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, plastic surgery, pulmonary disease, general surgery and anesthesiology. “We are proud of achieving this designation which speaks to the breadth, depth and quality of our graduate medical education programs,” said Eric Weiss, MD, Chief Academic Officer and Board Certified Colorectal Surgeon. “Cleveland Clinic Florida is at the forefront of training the next generation of physicians and is committed to improving the quality of healthcare for patients in South Florida, the U.S. and worldwide.” Studies show that patients treated at academic medical centers have better
outcomes. In addition, patients at Statutory Teaching Hospitals benefit because the academic environment encourages physicians to seek innovative solutions to medical problems. Attending physicians must stay up-to-date on the latest medical developments to teach medical students, residents, student nurses and allied health professionals. Residents and Fellows benefit from the unique learning opportunities available and academic support at a Statutory Teaching Hospital. At Cleveland Clinic Florida, Internal Medicine residents have proven to be among the best physicians in the country. The hospital’s overall American Board of Internal Medicine exam-passing rate is 100% the last three years, and residents consistently score in the top 95% in the American College of Physicians In-Training Exam. Colorectal Surgery residents attend Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Annual International Colorectal Disease Symposium. The three-day symposium provides in-depth analytical review of colorectal diseases. The Plastic Surgery residency program follows a didactic curriculum meticulously designed and supervised with the goal of building a long-term understanding of the principles of plastic surgery through core curriculum lectures. Research grants and contracts by the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida, in collaboration with the Lerner Research Institute on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, provide unique opportunities for General Surgery residents to collaborate with world class physicians and researchers and to present their findings at regional and national conferences.
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s a Weston resident and local business leader, Aaron Lee appreciates his good fortune. The current president of Entrepreneurs’ Organization – South Florida (EO-SOFLO) is committed to giving back, both in our community and around the world. As part of this role, Lee attended the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he and other Entrepreneurs’ Organization delegates joined the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals initiative designed to wipe out global poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. “Participating in the 72nd General Assembly was an inspiring opportunity to realize the opportunity to connect my experience and talents as an entrepreneur with a mission that can truly have a lasting global impact,” states Lee. “One of the great benefits of being a member leader in EO is having the opportunity to share in unique and meaningful experiences with people who want to change the world. Being together with more than 30 EO leaders, engaged in discussions about how we can tap into the potential of more than 12,000 global entrepreneurs whose nature it is to see problems as opportunities, was truly remarkable.” Lee and EO-SOFLO are already making an impact by helping rebuild the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma. “Just prior to attending the General Assembly meeting and the launch of EO’s partnership with the U.N., our commu-
nity was struck by Hurricane Irma. That event was very much on my mind during the trip. I recognized that once the national news media moved on to the next big story, that the Keys would continue to be dealing with the recovery process for a long time to come.” Lee says he challenged EO-SOFLO members to assist in the recovery. “In early December, I led a mission of eight members to the lower Keys and Key West to engage with civic and community leaders to identify ways that we could be part of the long-term solution,” he notes. “Since that time, we have continued to coordinate with KeyStrong.org, FEMA and Monroe County leadership to use our resources and ideas to assist with the ongoing recovery efforts.” Although it’s been more than six months since that storm struck, Lee says there is still much work to do in the Keys and EO-SOFLO remains committed to bringing innovation and its entrepreneurial spirit to the challenge. Entrepreneurs’ Organization made that same commitment to helping the United Nations. Lee and the other delegates signed an official charter pledging to support the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals. “These are a set of 17 goals designed to transform the world by 2030,” explains Lee. “What the United Nations has recognized is that in order to achieve this ambitious agenda, they must create partnerships with organizations and entities committed to the same outcome with the resources and passion to deliver results.”
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Children’s Author Offers Help to Young Hurricane Victims BY STACEY BOMSER
lthough Weston was spared the brunt of Hurricane Irma’s fury, a local children’s author is doing her part to help young hurricane victims still recovering. Jayne Bonilla has reprinted If Hurricanes Were Candy Canes, which provides emotional support to children and families who survived a devastating natural disaster. Bonilla, who is a survivor of Hurricane Andrew, describes it as a story of hope, comfort and encouragement that has made a positive impact on communities throughout the United States and Caribbean for the past 25 years. “If Hurricanes Were Candy Canes is about a family that experiences a hurricane and, in the aftermath of the physical rebuilding process, is empowered to create the dialogue essential to emotional rebuilding,” explains
Bonilla. “Children are at the heart of this story as they remind us of their courage and teach us the many silver linings that exist.” Bonilla says following this past season’s Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, there was a dire need for the emotional support If Hurricanes Were Candy Canes has always provided. With only a handful of copies available and an overwhelming demand from parents, teachers and social workers, she reprinted the book to reach families in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico. A portion of the proceeds will benefit H.E.A.R.T. (Homeless Education Assistance Resource Team). In addition, through H.E.A.R.T., Bonilla has donated 200 copies of the book to Broward Public Schools students whose families were forced to relocate here from the Keys, Puerto Rico or Texas after the hurricanes left them homeless.
In addition to helping hurricane victims, Bonilla is also committed to supporting students enrolled in our local schools. “For more than 25 years, I have had the pleasure of participating in countless author visits and book fairs. I love reading my stories to children. Their interaction, Author Jayne Bonilla honesty and personal connection to my writing is inspiring.” Bonilla also created and presents Stand Up for Your Writes, an original program to empower children to express themselves and write purposefully. As for herself, Bonilla says she didn’t get into writing, writing got into her. “I’ve always loved writing for children because of my own children. They have always given me the best material and ideas. And, while my children are now grown, their ideas are timeless.” To purchase a copy of If Hurricanes Were Candy Canes to support hurricane victims, or to learn more about Jayne Bonilla’s upcoming projects, go to www.makeashortstorylong.com.
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Why Weston is the Best BY DANIEL J. STERMER, MAYOR, CITY OF WESTON
ot only do we live in one of the best places in the nation, as ranked by USA Today in 2017, but this winter we have seen fierce weather throughout the U.S., with the rare exception of South Florida, of course! To go along with this excellent weather, we have had a season filled with events and activities to be enjoyed throughout our parks system. I’d like to highlight additional up-coming events for you and your family: ▸▸ Little Red Riding Hood professional puppet show for children in the Weston Community Center on Saturday, March 3rd; ▸▸ Moonlight Movie in the Park featuring Ferdinand on Saturday, March 3rd, in Weston Regional Park; ▸▸ Weston World Fest on Sunday, March 4th in Weston Regional Park; ▸▸ Symphony of the Americas Outdoor Pops Concert, on Sunday, March 11th in Weston Town Center; ▸▸ Foreign Film Series presentation of Tangerines on Monday, March 12th at AMC Weston 8 Cinema; ▸▸ Weston’s Royal Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31st in Weston Regional Park; ▸▸ Moonlight Movie in the Park featuring Spider-Man on Saturday, April 14th in Weston Regional Park. For details on each event, please visit our website Events Calendar at WestonFL. org/Events for these and many future happenings. SAFEST PLACES TO LIVE. Ranked by numerous organizations and agencies as one of the safest cities in Florida and among the top 100 safest cities in the U.S. in 2017, safety is a quality that has long drawn families to Weston. Part of being a safe community is continued education and resident awareness. ▸▸ Bike Safety: Ensure you and your loved ones have and use front and rear lights on bicycles, which is the law. Additional bike reflectors and reflection on clothing and helmets are strongly urged. ▸▸ Pedestrian Safety: Whether out jogging or just walking the dog, wear reflective clothing or carry a light any time after dusk. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a vehicle, even if you have the right-of-way, to ensure they see you. ▸▸ Burglaries to Vehicles/Vehicle Theft: The majority of burglaries to vehicles can be prevented. They are crimes of opportunity as car doors are left unlocked and valuables left in sight or in the car. Vehicles are also being easily stolen due to people leaving their key fobs in the car. When a key fob (electronic key) is left in the car it will not lock, and allows car thieves to simply enter, start up and drive away with your car and its contents. Remember this simple phrase: Lock It, Don’t Lose It. It’s an easy step to crime prevention. Each spring, in recognition of Earth Day on April 22nd, we offer conservation tips throughout the month of April on our City communications network. Whether you receive our E-newsletter, view our government cable television channel, or follow us on Twitter @CityofWeston, we’ll have easy to implement ‘POP’ tips to help Protect Our Planet. We hope that everyone enjoys the upcoming Passover and Easter holidays and for students looking forward to Spring Break, both here and those away at college, have fun and be safe. Mayor Stermer can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 954-385-2000. 52 MARCH 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM
Still Have Unused Gift Cards? BY REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD STARK
o you still have unused gift cards that you received during this past holiday season? Gift cards are increasingly popular. The market research firm Packaged Facts reported that American consumers spent $46 billion on gift cards in 2017. Retail gift cards are sold by retailers and restaurants and can be used only with those merchants. Retail gift cards issued in Florida do not have an expiration date, expiration period or any type of post-sale charge or fee, including: service charges, dormancy fees, account maintenance fees or cash out fees. However, there are some exceptions: ▸▸ A gift certificate can have an expiration date of no less than three years if it is provided as a charitable contribution. ▸▸ A gift certificate can have an expiration date of no less than one year if it is provided as part of an employee incentive program or part of a loyalty or promotional program when the recipient doesn’t pay for the certificate. Bank gift cards carry the logo of a payment card network, such as American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa, and can be used wherever the brand is accepted. The restrictions on retail gift cards issued in Florida do not apply to cards issued by financial institutions. The Federal Trade Commission recommends the following tips for buying and using gift cards: ▸▸ Buy from sources you know and trust. Avoid buying gift cards from online auction sites, because the cards may be counterfeit or may have been obtained fraudulently. ▸▸ Inspect the card before you buy it. Verify that none of the protective stickers have been removed, and make sure that the codes on the back of the card haven’t been scratched off to reveal a PIN number. ▸▸ Both retail gift cards and bank gift cards are required to print key terms and conditions on the card itself, including: fee information, expiration information, a toll-free number for additional information and a website, if available. ▸▸ Give the recipient your original receipt so they can verify the card’s purchase in case it is lost or stolen. ▸▸ If your card is lost or stolen, report it to the issuer immediately. You may need to show proof of purchase and the ID number on the card. Most issuers have toll-free telephone numbers you can call to report a lost or stolen card.
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switches to a block schedule format. Upon completion of the program, students will earn Microsoft certification in PowerPoint, Word and Excel, ultimately receiving the Microsoft Office Specialist certification. The MOS certification is recognized globally as the
premier credential to validate knowledge, skills and abilities relating to Microsoft Office applications. According to Mrs. Feller, as part of the CAPE curriculum, students learn the fundamentals of the Microsoft Office programs as well as complete lessons emphasizing academic and life learning skills. “Authentic projects that invoke creativity and social awareness are combined with learning the software application features. Examples of this semester’s projects included using PowerPoint tools to create memes, collecting data and using charts and tables to present results, a CEO presentation, and a cooperative research presentation on rebuilding Key West after Hurricane Irma.” In addition to the CAPE program, Falcon Cove also offers students an enrichment in computer coding. “The computer science enrichment allows students to realize that everyone can learn to code,” says Mrs. Feller. “The enrichments provide these middle schoolers a fun, positive exposure to programming.”
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tudents in Lorna Ince’s fourth grade gifted and high achiever class at Imagine Charter School at Weston were encouraged to imagine the possibilities as they explored the wonders of computer coding. With the help of volunteers from Ultimate Software, the class completed Star Wars-themed activities for Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global initiative by Code.org to introduce students in more than 180 countries to computer science and computer programming. The event takes place during Computer Science Education Week.
Mrs. Ince says her class has participated in Hour of Code for the past five years. “The kids have a lot of fun, plus they feel a great sense of accomplishment at the end of the session.” “It was a magical experience” and “It was lots of fun and I was amazed I could code” were just two of the comments from students after successfully completing the Hour of Code activities. “Students had to make Star Wars characters move using block commands they could drop and drag,” explains Mrs. Ince. “The first task was simply to get BB8 to move and collect scraps. They then had to complete more complex tasks that needed repeat commands. By the end, the students had to design their own game. They could choose characters, backgrounds, droids and animals.” Mrs. Ince has a set of twins in her class whose mother works for Ultimate Software and she arranged to have four employees participate in Hour of Code at the school. The Weston-based company is com-
Makerspace Allows Gator Run Students to Imagine & Build BY STACEY BOMSER
here’s more to learning than memorizing facts and answering questions. At Gator Run Elementary School, students are encouraged to use their imaginations to create and build during Makerspace. This is the first year Gator Run has offered Makerspace as a Specials class. Last year, teachers used the Makerspace classroom every couple of weeks for 45 minutes, but this year students have dedicated class time with teacher Amy Koch. “Every class, kindergarten through fifth grade, comes to Makerspace for 30-minute increments two days in a row on a seven-day rotation. The concept is for kids to use their imaginations to create and build whatever they want in an open environment,” explains Mrs. Koch. “In Makerspace, students gain hands-on learning through design, 54 MARCH 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM
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during their time in the Makerspace classroom. “Some of the activities kindergarten through second graders enjoy are Magic Tracks, Model Magic clay, Ozobot color coding robots, and the Lego wall,” shares Mrs. Koch. “Grades three through five gravitate towards the KEVA planks, Straws and Connectors, Magformers, Stop Motion movie making, snap circuits, marble runs, and deconstruction of donated devices.” Mrs. Koch says she is amazed by the students’ love for cardboard and all the things they can build. She says it is super rewarding and fun to provide children with a chance to experience and create. “My hope is that the Makerspace experience provides students an opportunity to explore activities and projects at home, away from the magnetic pull of electronic devices, TV and the internet.”
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elebrate Literacy Week was an extra special occasion at Country Isles Elementary. Not only did students enjoy a presentation by an award-winning master storyteller, but the children were also able to share the joy of reading with students who might not own their own books. Literacy Coach Barbara McDermott organized the school’s “Sweet Dreams” project, in which Country Isles students donated new pajamas and storybooks to kindergarten students at Walker Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale. “The students, parents and staff of Country Isles Elementary are thankful for how fortunate we are and wanted to reach out to others in our community and ‘pay it forward,’” shares Mrs. McDermott. “Our students were extremely generous. Through our Sweet Dreams project, we collected 270 pajamas and 335 books!” While the students, teachers and administrators at Walker Elementary were
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tudents in Patricia Roach’s Health and Wellness class at Imagine Charter School at Weston Middle School are experiencing the benefits of healthy eating firsthand. Using a hydroponic recyclable indoor garden, as well as an outdoor garden, the children are growing fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs. “Hydroponics is a way to grow plants without using soil,” explains Mrs. Roach. “Instead, the plants are grown in a water-based or non-soil based solution that contains all the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.” The class created a hydroponic garden using recycled materials. Mrs. Roach says they used two-liter soda bottles as containers, strips of washcloths for the wick to bring water and nutrients to the plants, and hulled coconut husk for the growing media. “We have grown plants from seeds in our hydroponic garden,” shares Mrs. Roach. “We have also transferred some of the seedlings to our outdoor garden to grow in soil as they were outgrowing their hydroponic containers.” The students have successfully grown cilantro, lavender, jalapeno, mint, chives, lettuce and arugula in the hydroponics garden. In the outdoor garden, the class is growing tomatoes, jalapeno, red bell pepper, sweet peppers, key lime, and lettuce. While the tomatoes and peppers are still growing, Mrs. Roach
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While the children have enjoyed getting their hands dirty in the garden, Mrs. Roach says there is much more to this project than digging in dirt. During class she has taught students how a plant-based diet benefits health and wellness. “We have researched, watched videos, and read articles on how eating healthy really impacts your mind and body. You are using clean eating as fuel to have your mind and body performing at its best. Children will benefit by having a healthy weight, more energy, better grades, and a better mood.” Mrs. Roach believes hands-on projects like the hydroponic garden are invaluable. “Project-based learning increases student learning, engagement and performance. Students really love to dive-in and dig deeper by getting actively involved in their lessons. Hands On, Minds On!”
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anatee Bay Elementary School hosted its second annual Family Fun Day. “The Family That Plays Together, Has Fun Together” was the theme of this year’s event which offered plenty of old-fashioned fun with games like kickball, hula hoop and others. “We host the annual Family Fun Day to promote family bonding, to take a little break from technology and actually be part of our active and vibrant community,” explains Event Co-Chair Jessica Gandara. “It’s a day to make new friendships while focusing on health and wellness.” According to Co-Chair Sheril Foster, “Childhood obesity is unfortunately a big issue in today’s society and with the ease and intrigue of technology, not enough kids are moving or being active. This event is a fun way to get kids exercising while being introduced to healthy snacks and foods they have probably never been exposed to. We wanted to give parents delicious and easy ideas to packing a more nutritious lunch.” Those messages were not lost on attendees. Following the event, the co-chairs say they fielded a lot of positive feedback from parents. One parent said their child
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was now eating carrots and hummus as a snack thanks to the event. Vendors such as Raw Juice, Healthy Express and Substantial Subs offered samples of healthy food choices, while Live Well Chiropractic and Memorial Hospital promoted the importance of health and wellness. That includes getting plenty of exercise. Mark in the Park organized a variety of sports games, Coral Reef gymnastics brought out some of its equipment, and Karate America presented karate demonstrations. But one of the highlights of the day was a giant Zumba class led by fourth grade teacher Tammy Broderick. The Family Fun Day event chairs agree it was incredible to see so many children and families enjoying themselves without electronics. “No one had their phones out except to take pictures and videos,” notes Gandara. “We saw so many people connecting and children working as a team and making new friends.” Foster adds, “We have families that are new to the school and they were in awe. They couldn’t believe what a great community they moved into and they got to meet so many of their new neighbors.”
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SPRING BREAK ACTIVITY GUIDE
pring Break is just around the corner. Many people, from around the country, will soon visit the beautiful beaches of South Florida. Here are some spring break activity ideas for those of us already lucky enough to live here.
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There are camps and activities for almost any interest. Whether your little one aspires to be the next David Beckham, the next Picasso or the next Gloria Estefan, there is likely a camp or activity right around the corner! Look over the next few pages to find information about areas camps that might interest your child.
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Give the kids the thrill of a lifetime while riding on an airboat through the untouched landscape of the Everglades. You will get to see some of Florida’s most exotic wild life including, of course the American Alligator. For more info contact Everglades Holliday Park at 954-434-8111 choose from multi-star resorts like the Margaritaville Beach Resort or find something a bit less expensive off the coast. Mid-week overnight prices won’t kill the budget either!
Check Out a Museum There are plenty of museum options to choose from in the area. Kids of all ages love the Museum of Discovery & Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection is a fascinating place to see many of the cars made famous in Hollywood films as well as some of the rarest Ferraris and Porsches the world over. Or, your family could check out marine life at the Miami Seaquarium. The opportunities are almost endless and, in many cases, just a short drive away.
There are bodies of water almost everywhere you go in South Florida. Almost all of them contain wildlife. There are few better ways to teach the benefits of perseverance and patients than dipping
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Video games aren’t just for kids! There are tons of entertaining video games that families can play together. Our family likes to buy some movie candy, pop some popcorn and go at it. Favorites for family time on the Xbox or PS4 include sing-along games like American Idol, Sports contest like the Madden football franchise or even Dance Revolution.
Staycation at a local Hotel One of the most exciting parts of traveling is staying in a new place, especially for kids. One thing South Florida has an abundance of is great hotels. Families that don’t have the time or finances to travel during Spring Break can get most of the benefits while staying close to home. Families can
hooks into the water and waiting for a bite. Many Broward County Parks allow and encourage fishing. Be sure to have the appropriate licenses. For more info on fishing licenses check out www.myfwc.com.
What better thing is there to do in South Florida when the kids are off school than go to the beach? There is certainly something for everyone: Hollywood Beach’s 1920s-style oceanfront promenade Broadwalk will appeal the nostalgic; Laid-back Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a great place to spend the day eating ice cream, reading a book and enjoying a less-busy existence; Pompano Beach offers terrific shopping and dining; the kids could watch mighty cruise ships set sail at Fort Lauderdale Beach; or, families can get away from it all at the John U. Lloyd Beach Sate Park. If you can’t get away, be sure to make this Spring Break one the remember anyway.
PRIDE Club Promotes Cultural Awareness at Cypress Bay High School BY STACEY BOMSER
eston is a multi-cultural community and no where is that more evident than in our schools. At Cypress Bay High School, the PRIDE (Promoting Relationships In Diversity through Education) club celebrates cultural diversity and works to unite the school community. “When you go to such a big school that has such a diverse population, it is so important to learn about different cultures,” states PRIDE President Emmy Semprun. “It’s one thing to know your friend is from China or Spain, but it is another to really experience what that means to them.” Appreciating one another for who they are is one of the main goals of PRIDE. “Our end is to encourage cultural inclusion, acceptance and curiosity in aim to strengthen every student’s understanding of culture, and differences in general,” explains PRIDE Vice President Nicolas Trigo. “These efforts can manifest themselves in many ways, but we always try to communicate it in a positive, fun environment.” For years, PRIDE has sponsored International Night at Cypress Bay. It’s a chance for students to share their culture and traditions with others. That’s how Emmy first got involved with the club; she
change in the world. “Although today’s political climate is marked by divisiveness, and our society in the status quo is not unified, I foresee a future where everybody is understood, accepted, and encouraged. For now, it’s up to groups like PRIDE to make the small steps toward full inclusion,” states Nicolas, noting that this is particularly relevant because according to National Public Radio, by around 2020, more than half of the nation’s children are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group. That’s already the case at Cypress Bay where, according to U.S. News & World Report, 63% of the student population are minorities. So, it’s not surprising that PRIDE is one of the school’s largest student-run clubs. Emmy and Nicolas take great pride in having led PRIDE President Emmy Semprun and Vice President Nicolas Trigo. PRIDE during their tenure. The leadership skills they have gained will be invaluable as they graduate and danced flamenco at International Night. “When I go on to college next year. Emmy will attend Harvard saw how incredible the event was, and more imporUniversity and Nicolas will be at Yale University. tantly, how freely foreign cultures were shared and “More than anything, PRIDE has taught me about celebrated, I knew I had to get involved.” people,” shares Emmy. “I have learned to see that Nicolas joined PRIDE after seeing the club’s a single person can be much more powerful than involvement on campus and talking to his Spanish teacher, Mrs. Fernandez, who is also the club’s advisor. a crowd; that there is so much to learn from every individual and their unique story.” He sees the PRIDE club as an opportunity to spark
U.S. Navy Brings Virtual Reality to Cypress Bay BY LAUREN PABIAN, STUDENT WRITER
s part of the Navy Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Tour 2018, officers of the U.S. Navy brought a Virtual Reality (VR) experience to Cypress Bay High School. The purpose of the event was to teach high school students about Navy recruitment opportunities. “We’re bringing this event to Cypress Bay to increase Navy awareness,” Chief Petty Officer Kimberly Martinez said. “We wanted to expose the students to some of the opportunities the Navy has to offer and some of the different career paths, specifically our science, technology, engineering and math.” The Navy parked a bus called the Nimitz on the Bay’s campus where students participated in the VR experience. To participate, students put on a VR Oculus headset and experienced a simulation of piloting a high-speed assault craft. “You put the VR glasses on and you can look 360 degrees and it’s like you’re there,” Chief Martinez said. “It’s really cool; it’s first hand and it’s something different than looking at a video game screen at home on your couch.” In addition to the VR experience, Navy officers also brought booths where students were able to get Navy
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accessories like sunglasses and bandanas, take GIFs, and make personalized Navy dog chains. Associate with The Navy Partnership British Beyer said the STEM Tour is very interactive, so students can understand what it is like to be in the Navy. “The Navy travels to schools in order to encourage students to understand the value and excitement of science, technology, engineering and math,” Beyer said. “The tour teaches students what a real Navy mission looks like as well as the type of technology that the Navy is currently using. By giving students a more personal interaction, the Navy can let them experience a hands-on demonstration of STEM activities.” Senior Kristian Terrell said he was interested in the event since he is currently being recruited by the Navy. Terrell said the VR experience was appealing to him because he was able
to get first-hand experience as a special operator. “The VR experience increased my interest in this specific job field; special operators go through a lot of training and they’re usually highly skilled in combat,” Terrell said. “It gave me a really unique opportunity to see what I’d be putting myself into if I decide to become a special operator.” Beyer said this event is important because it allows students to learn about the full range of career opportunities that the Navy offers. “The need for STEM professionals continues to grow and the U.S. Navy wishes to give students a better idea of what opportunities are out there,” Beyer said. “Students are often expected to have an idea of what they want to do post-high school graduation, but the reality is that they often don’t know what is available to them. With the STEM tour, students can learn about these exciting initiatives.” Lauren Pabian is a junior at Cypress Bay High School. She is the News Copy Editor of The Circuit, the school’s student newspaper.
My House Is a Mess and That Is OK! BY IVIS MATEOS
f your house is a mess, you have shoes all over the place, dirty laundry, beds unmade and perhaps your children are having breakfast for dinner, and they are still alive, you’ve had a great day! No supermom here, who are you kidding? Being a parent is enough title for me. No need to impress anyone except my children and keeping the house impeccable is not a trait they care for anyway. Believe me, spending quality time with them and feeding their bottomless pit, a.k.a. stomach, is what our children need and ask
for the most. I do recognize that we live in a society that encourages parents, and mothers especially, to be super humans. We are encouraged to have everything under control, but we can’t and that is still OK. Heck, we have every robot and gadget available to wash dishes, self-vacuum, etc., and it’s still humanly impossible to have everything under control -- so stop putting yourself through that mental abuse.
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One of the beauties of being a parent is the unpredictability of our children. For example, the house is picked up, everyone is fed and bathed, and you decide you just want to sit, close your eyes for a minute, just a minute, and breathe in your favorite scented candle. Less than 50 seconds into what should have been just a minute break, you hear your little girl’s sweet voice say, “Mommy look”; a little hand tapping you on the leg, “Mommy, open your eyes, look” – and as you gently open your eyes you see your four-year-old holding your favorite Deep Burgundy Red Lipstick in one hand, decorated all over her face, all over her pink rabbit print pajamas set and just a few feet away, as you lift your sight, you notice your crisp white walls no longer plain. Ha! This is one of those moments where you need to make a life changing decision, either you go into voluntary cardiac arrest and purposely die from the shock of seeing your white walls and hard work turned into Deep Burgundy Red “art”, or say, my house is a mess and that is OK! I know this is a very difficult split-second decision, but an important one indeed. I say, choose to enjoy these silly artistic moments of exploration our children want to share with us. These are the moments you will be talking about to your kids’ kids. These are the moments you will look back at and laugh at together. These are the moments that will last a life time; not your clean house with crisp white walls. If your house is a mess, it is OK! Ivis Mateos is a mother of two boys and has more than 21 years combined experience in educational consulting and management. In addition to earning her National Administrator Credential, Mateos has lead workshops on curriculum development, teacher development and parenting. She has been the General Manager at Tiny Planet Preschool and an Educational Consultant for Graven International Group for the past three years. For more information, please contact 954-384-4884.
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Tequesta Trace Middle School Bands Bring Music to the Masses BY STACEY BOMSER
he Tequesta Trace Middle School bands have been active this year, performing at various venues and events here in Weston and throughout South Florida. Band Director Heston Curry is a strong proponent of public performances. “Music and the arts are an essential part of any vibrant community. By bringing young musicians out into the community, we are teaching the students and the community the value of live music. It also allows the community who funds our programs to see and enjoy the benefits of music education.”
The Tequesta Trace Middle School band performed at Celebrate the Arts Day.
So far this year, Tequesta Trace band members have performed at Weston’s Celebrate the Arts Day, entertained hockey fans before a Florida Panthers game, participated in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Indian Trace Elementary field day was one of the International Airport’s Winterfest, and played during band’s many community appearances. school. Mr. Curry notes that music offers tremendous the YMCA’s Veterans Day celebration. academic benefits. Last month, the Jazz Catz, the school’s advanced “Recent brain research studies have shown that jazz band, performed at the Melton Mustafa Jazz playing an instrument with others in a group is one of Festival in Miami. Mr. Curry says it was exciting for the only activities that scientists have found stimua middle school to be invited to perform at such a lates all parts of the brain simultaneously,” he shares. prestigious jazz event. “It is now well documented that students who particiThe band has also performed at Weston elemenpate in musical ensembles outperform their peers in tary school events, such as Eagle Point’s Reflections learning gains in math and reading. Furthermore, ceremony and Indian Trace’s field day. Mr. Curry says he welcomes the opportunity to have his middle students learn responsibility, creativity, confidence and teamwork in musical ensembles, and these skills school musicians perform for younger students. are the skills needed in the jobs of the future.” “First, it builds a sense of community. Secondly, it In addition to heading the Tequesta Trace music promotes our music program. And lastly, it brings department for the past five years, Mr. Curry is also a unique musical experience to the students in involved with the Broward County Band Director’s elementary school who may never have seen or Association. This voluntary service organization heard a marching band, concert band or jazz band,” coordinates the school district’s countywide honors explains Mr. Curry. bands. Several Tequesta Trace students have had the There is also a hope that by exposing elementary privilege of playing in the honors band along with school students to these performances, children Broward’s finest young musicians. will want to take band as an elective in middle
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Cypress Bay’s Student Government Presents Lightning Oscars BY JESSIE CHAIET, STUDENT WRITER
ypress Bay High School’s Student Government Association (SGA) brought Hollywood to the Bay for the annual Lightning Oscars. Ranging from “Social Butterfly” to “Outfit of the Bay,” 21 awards were given out at the show; winners were chosen by students after a series of online voting that began in November. “The Lightning Oscars is an event for the student body to come together for a night of fun and laughter,” Event Co-Chair Lexi Gladstone Seniors Jonny Berger and Sam Bialczak said. “Everything we do in SGA is for the student body’s enjoyment.” host the Lightning Oscars award show. SGA adviser Danielle Nascimento said she was extremely happy with Joker.” Berger said he was ecstatic the turnout, as 635 students attended the sold-out event. “We’ve been about winning the award because very blessed to have a sold-out show for the past seven years now. We’re he loves making others laugh. just very happy that Cypress Bay loves the event so much.” “I say jokes in school because Preparations for the event began in October and included creating Juniors Cori Friedman and Jordan Moskowitz pose people think it’s funny and a lot of decorations, writing scripts and finding hosts, presenters and performon the red carpet before entering the event. times school isn’t always the best ers. In order to advertise the event, SGA hung up banners around the and funniest place to be,” Berger said. “It felt good to win because I just feel like school and posted announcements on social media. making people laugh is my duty.” “It took a lot of preparation, but everything for the Lightning Oscars went as Mrs. Nascimento said the Lightning Oscars has been an SGA tradition for the planned,” Gladstone said. “I think all of the promotion beforehand was very effeclast nine years, so she was thrilled to continue the tradition with such a suctive because all of the students at Cypress Bay knew about the event.” cessful night. Seniors Jonny Berger and Sam Bialczak hosted the event. Berger said he “For the most part, everything was amazing,” Mrs. Nascimento said. “I think enjoyed hosting and he received great feedback from the audience about his perthe audience loved it; their applause said it all.” formance. “I loved hosting; it was so much fun. We were told it was one of the best ever, so we know we did a good job.” Jessie Chaiet is a junior at Cypress Bay High School. She is the Print News Editor of The Circuit, her Besides from hosting, Berger received the Lightning Oscar for “Impractical school’s student newspaper.
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Are You Ready To Reclaim Your Body? BY DR. TAMY M. FAIERMAN
xperiencing a pregnancy is a transforming, powerful event in a woman’s life. It can be a rewarding experience, and nothing is as touching as holding your newborn baby for the first time. There has always been a cultural fascination with a woman’s body both pre- and post-baby and women have been turning to cosmetic surgery, especially the mommy makeover, to regain both their body and their confidence. There is no doubt that pregnancy can be tough on a woman’s body. From rapid weight gain to subsequent loss, your body does not simply bounce back to normal after giving birth. Stretching and laxity in the skin and muscles contribute to changes in the breasts, abdomen, and thighs that stay with your body long after giving birth. Often women find no amount of exercise such as spinning, ballet barre or Pilates can address the entire problem. In modern cosmetic surgery, technologies, procedures and treatments are making it faster and easier to look and feel our best at the various stages in our lives. Also, women today feel more attuned to taking care of themselves from the perspective of mind, body and soul. So how does a doctor incorporate those values and take a more holistic approach to plastic surgery with the women undergoing these procedures? A plastic surgeon with a holistic approach to a mommy makeover uses complementary natural techniques to enhance post-surgical healing. My experience over the years is that holistic and integrative preparation prior to surgery usually results in a quicker, less painful healing process. In the case of a mommy makeover, the cosmetic surgeon typically performs a series of body contouring procedures. These are performed in one operation, commonly including: abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation, and/or breast lift surgery, liposuction and/ or labiaplasty. Because the mommy makeover encompasses many aspects of renewal, pre- and post-procedure preparation may include working with a nutritionist for weight loss and overall health improvement, acupuncture treatments for improved pain management, meditation, and yoga for stress reduction, homeopathic medications before surgery to improve wound healing and organic body skincare. A surgeon’s goal is to produce natural-looking results that will help return your body to a shape that closely resembles your pre-pregnancy physique, or better, and to experience a healthy form of renewal. Getting the mind and the body working together pre- and post-surgery can be a transformative and lasting experience for many women. 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 her office at 954-322-2742 or visit www.reshapeyourimage.com.
Weston Alliance for Youth Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Student Stress and Depression BY STACEY BOMSER
munity leaders, and local businesses Photos courtesy Kip Hunter Marketing ore than 100 parents, teens working together to empower the and concerned community Weston community to protect youth by members attended a town eliminating risk factors associated with hall meeting presented by United alcohol and other drugs,” shares Beth Way of Broward County Commission Tache, Chair of The WAY. on Substance Abuse’s Weston She says The WAY organized the Alliance for Youth (WAY) and the town hall meeting on anxiety, stress Tequesta Trace Middle School PTA. and depression because those are real “Helping our Students Overcome concerns facing Weston students. “The The WAY committee members Kari Pallotto, Moderator Jen Herrera (left), with Obstacles: Anxiety, Stress and pressures our youths face today are John Antonelli, Beth Tache, Renzo Barredo, panelists Billie Morgan, Payton Liberto, Depression” was moderated by Jen Mindy Siegel and Buddy Evans. real; competition to get into universiNori Suarez and Dr. Jason Spielman. Herrera, a Tequesta Trace alumna ties, friendships, family issues, etc. and local TV personality and business owner. A panel Residential Programs for the Neurobehavioral Just because Weston is an affluent city, doesn’t mean of experts answered questions on topics such as bulInstitute; Payton Liberto, President of the HOPE they are immune to difficulties and stresses.” lying, test anxiety, social anxiety, suicidal thoughts, Sunshine Club at Cypress Bay High School; and Nori Tache says The Way is pleased with the reception teen drug use and more. Each panelist offered advice Suarez, an administrative specialist at Cypress Bay. to its town hall meetings and educational agenda. “I on how to communicate with students regarding “Helping our Students Overcome Obstacles: know that we are bringing awareness and exposure these issues. They also provided guidance on where to Anxiety, Stress and Depression” was the second town to mental health issues that many dismiss due to its find appropriate resources for help and demonstrated hall meeting organized by The Way, which has made stigma. We are working hard on preventative stratesimple tests and meditations that can help detect and educating the community on issues facing today’s gies and creating a stronger community for all, but manage stress-related issues. teens its priority. It has also organized parent trainespecially our youth.” The panelists included: Billie Morgan, Director of ings, participated in Red Ribbon activities, and hosted For more information on the Weston Alliance for Youth and how Staff Training and Development for 2-1-1 Broward; The WAY Family Night. you can get involved visit www.drugfreebroward.org/action-teams/ Jason Spielman, Psy.D., Director of Intensive and “We are a group of local volunteers, parents, comweston-alliance-for-youth.
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The Yoga Diet BY CAROLINA SANCHEZ
he Yoga Diet isn’t about losing weight or being skinny. Instead, it’s about getting in line with nature and learning to eat in a way that connects you with yourself and the planet. The idea is to create balance and strength in the body and provide healing to the organs and the blood. Since The Yoga Diet is vegan, it’s also a highly energizing diet and one that creates a calmer and peaceful mind. Here’s what you need to know if you want to eat like a true yogi: Emphasize Hydrating Beverages – The Yoga Diet is hydrating, nourishing and cleansing. It supports the lymphatic system which is one of the body’s natural detox pathways. Replace your coffee with green or yerba mate tea, sodas for plain water or with lemon, and have a cup of vegetable broth with lunch or dinner. At night, you may find a cup of turmeric, peppermint, or ginger tea comforting instead of turning to sweets. Start Morning with Porridge and Fruit – This is commonly consumed on a yogic diet for breakfast due to its warming and energizing properties. Common grains include oats, quinoa, rice, barley, amaranth, and millet, which are all highly prized for their unique vitamin and mineral content. Avoid wheat because it can be inflammatory. Sweet fruits are eaten for their high sugar content which provides energy for the day ahead. They also assist in cleansing the body’s elimination channels. Coconut or soy yogurt can be added. Make Lunch the Biggest Meal of the Day – The digestive fire is greatest at noon, so it’s best to consume the largest meal during this time. Aim for a larger lunch of raw vegetables and salads with vegan-based proteins such as tempeh, tofu, chickpeas, navy beans, or sprouted grains. Other good options include cooked root vegetables, curries, and vegetable or miso soup. Fats should come from nourishing oils such as olive, hemp, or flax. Nuts and seeds may be consumed in small amounts. Allow Space Between Meals – Yogis allow space in between meals to allow for optimal nutrient absorption and proper assimilation of nutrients. This ensures digestion is complete before the next meal is consumed. During the afternoon hours feel free to drink plenty of warm tea, which may help prevent cravings and assist in elimination. Eat Mostly Cooked Foods at Dinner – During dinnertime, it’s important to eat cooked foods but also to keep portions small. Cooked foods ground the body and allow you to rest more efficiently than energizing raw foods do. For your evening meal, consume plenty of cooked vegetables, lentil soup, and be sure to include at least one cooked root vegetable such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, yams, squash, or pumpkin. You may have a hot cup of tea, broth, or some miso soup to soothe you to sleep. Eat with the Right Attitude – The most important part of The Yoga Diet is to eat with gratitude and love. Take time to eat your meals in silence and outside in nature whenever you can. This connects you to the planet on a greater level. It also makes you more aware of your food and helps you learn to eat to nourish your body instead of just eating to satisfy your cravings. The Yogi Diet, combined with your yoga practice, can help you to enjoy a more healing, balanced life in just a couple of weeks. Carolina Sanchez is the owner of Weston Yoga and Wellness Center. It is located at 2600 Glades Circle, Suite 400. The studio will host “It’s a Lifestyle, Not just a Diet”, an introductory Holistic Nutrition/Wellness Workshop, on Friday, April 13th at 6:30pm. To reserve a spot call 954-349-6868.
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he eyes are the first thing we notice when we meet someone. Beautiful eyes can make up for other features that are less than ideal. Likewise, eyes that are tired, droopy, or puffy may not reflect a vibrant inner self. It is often said that the earliest signs of aging are around the eyes. Perhaps people are always questioning whether or not you had a good night’s sleep because your eyes are swollen with bags. Fortunately, at the Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center, we can give you dramatically younger looking eyes through “eyelid lifts,” also known as blepharoplasty. A primary reason for droopy eyes is simply due to age. It can also be hereditary. As everything droops, so do the eyebrows. As the outer part of the eyebrows droop, the skin of the upper eyelids will look saggy, as if you had developed extra skin that was not there several years before. Removing this “extra” skin can drastically improve that droopy look. Another reason for “tired eyes” is because of droopy or migrating eyelid fat. This fat is held back by a thin wall of fibrous tissue called the orbital septum, which weakens over time. The fat, held firmly back by this wall in youth can bulge with age, giving you “baggy” upper and lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty removes this extra fat and tightens the wall, restoring a youthful contour. For those patients with puffiness under the eyes or baggy upper and lower eyelids, laser eyelid surgery can reduce and often eliminate these problems. The end results are a more alert and youthful look around the eyes. The prominent fat pockets can be removed from a hidden incision along the inside surface of the eyelid. This “no stitch,” no external scar technique is utilized when patients have fat prominence of “eyelid bags” alone without excess or sagging eyelid skin. If minimal excess skin is present, a skin pinch technique is combined with transconjunctival fat removal. In this case, a “pinch” of lower eyelid skin is removed. These techniques typically result in less swelling, less discomfort, and shorter recovery time. I will assess which technique is ideal for your eyes during your personal consultation. Recovery from eyelid surgery usually takes seven to ten days. Sunglasses allow you to go out in public immediately after surgery, and make-up can be worn within about one week. Normal activity can be resumed within a few days, and exercise can be resumed within 14 days after surgery. If the eyes looking back at you in the mirror are not reflecting how you are feeling, it might be time to consider a blepharoplasty. Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and has achieved Allergan’s Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Dr. Messa has also achieved Chairman status with Medicis and Mentor Corporation. This award honors distinguished leaders in cosmetic surgery for demonstrating expertise and excellence through a high volume of aesthetic product procedures. The certification is awarded to leaders in the field of medical aesthetics and demonstrates their commitment to innovation, excellence, and the highest level of patient care. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Messa, call 954-659-7760.
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Experience the Personal Touch at Belkis Barajas Spa BY STACEY BOMSER
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women to look and feel their best. Today, Belkis is realizing her dream as the founder of a new day spa bearing her name. The Belkis Barajas Spa offers a complete line of custom skincare treatments. Owner
Belkis Barajas shares more about the spa and its signature products and services. What is the Belkis Barajas Spa? This is a special place dedicated to your beauty and personal care. We have our own line of special skincare and make-up products. What is your background? I have more than 20 years of experience in the aesthetics world. I am committed to providing my clients with the best skincare services available. That is why I have worked so hard to create my own make-up line which contains antioxidants, vitamins Owner and Esthetician Belkis Barajas (center) with Body Treatment and essential oils. Specialist Yajaira Barajas and Manager Pablo Chacon What services do you offer? We offer a complete menu What distinguishes your day spa from its competition? of facial treatments including our Signature Facial All facials are performed by me. Each is unique and performed by me using special lighting to enhance completely personalized for the client to provide the the treatment. Our Gold Facial is another unique best possible results. service we offer. It’s the ultimate way to pamper The Belkis Barajas Spa is located at 15908 W. State Road 84. yourself. In addition, the Belkis Barajas Spa provides Spa hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday body waxing and aesthetic body treatments, as well from 9am to 3pm, and Monday by appointment. For more informaas massage therapy. tion or to schedule an appointment call 954-870-7077.
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Do Lifestyle Choices Affect Glaucoma? BY DR. JANE THERRIEN
eople today are increasingly interested in how lifestyle choices affect health. Patients with glaucoma want to help themselves and save their sight in any way they can beyond medications and surgery. The traditional view has been that lifestyle choices do not play a role in glaucoma, but several studies show that lifestyle factors can influence eye pressure, which is a major risk factor for glaucoma. There is little data, however, on whether these factors impact the development (or worsening) of glaucoma. For example, factors that increase eye pressure do not necessarily increase the risk of glaucoma and factors that lower eye pressure may not protect one from developing glaucoma. Sustained lowering of eye pressure is the most important part of glaucoma treatment, and lifestyle changes are only complementary. Exercise: Aerobic exercise helps lower eye pressure, but the studies were not conducted in glaucoma patients and you must have approval from your primary physician first. Weightlifting can raise eye pressure, especially if the breath is held; however, there is no evidence that it increases the risk of developing glaucoma.
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Yoga: Head-down positions can increase eye pressure and are not recommended for glaucoma patients. High-Resistance Wind Instruments: Eye pressure increases while playing these. Alcohol: Lowers eye pressure for a short duration but some studies suggest that daily alcohol consumption is associated with higher eye pressure. Alcohol use does not appear to alter the risk of developing glaucoma. Cigarettes: Studies indicate that smoking cigarettes increases the risk of glaucoma, and has an overall negative impact on eye health. Caffeine: Drinking coffee increases eye pressure for a short duration. Small amounts of coffee are fine, but excessive caffeine intake is not ideal. One study found that drinking five or more cups of caffeinated coffee increased the risk of developing glaucoma. In summary, lifestyle choices can modify eye pressure and may influence the risk of developing glaucoma. Since there is not enough clinical data to make broad recommendations regarding lifestyle factors, you should discuss with your doctor whether specific changes may be appropriate for you. 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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An appeal is not a re-trial of the case. An appeal does not require witnesses to come to court and give testimony all over again. It is not a “DO OVER.” In an appeal you are asking a three-judge panel to review the lower courts decisions to determine if there were any errors of law. If a judge does not allow certain testimony or evidence to be introduced into a trial, that may be an error of law and can be appealed. If a judge listens to testimony and does not believe a witness, that is a matter of credibility and cannot be appealed. As you can see, the process is very technical in nature. Only issues which are preserved can be appealed. If in a divorce the couple voluntarily enters into a Marital Settlement Agreement, neither one can subsequently file an appeal, since an Agreement was reached. Such an agreement is binding upon the parties. If, however, the parties do not reach an Agreement, and a Judge issues a Final Judgment, either party may file an appeal and question the Court’s ruling. Statistics show that only a very small percentage of appeals are in fact granted. In most instances, if an appeal is granted; the case is sent back to the trial court for further proceedings; consistent with the Appellate Court’s ruling. There generally is no time limit for an Appellate Court to decide and waiting 12 months for a decision is not all that unusual. I strongly suggest that if you are considering an appeal, make sure you are within your 30-day window and hire an experienced attorney. 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. OURCITYWESTON.COM | MARCH 2018 83
THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patients once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has now found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.
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Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, ne needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com
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r. Donoway is a board certified Fellowship-trained Surgical Oncologist who received his MD and Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Sloan-Kettering where he was the General Motors Cancer Research Fellow. He has taught on the faculty at Penn, Sloan-Kettering, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern. Dr. Donoway is the former Medical Director of the Memorial Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Cancer Committee for the Memorial Healthcare System as well as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Memorial Regional in Hollywood. Dr. Donoway serves on the Board of the American Cancer Society & Gildas Club. He has also served as past President of the American Cancer Society Broward County Chapter. Dr. Donoway is active in the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. His accomplishments include being the first Surgeon in Florida to perform Radio Frequency Ablation as well as Laparoscopic Liver Resection. Dr. Donoway is a recent recipient of the South Florida Health Award for the use of Micro-Endoscopy for the detection of early stage Breast Cancer. Dr. Donoway is the Medical Director of the Institute of Breast Cancer Prevention and has been repeatedly named to “TOP DOCTORS IN AMERICA” by Castle Connolly. Dr. Donoway is the ONLY surgeon in Florida performing specialized Pancreatic and Liver ablation therapy for non-resectable tumors. Dr. Donoway is the Former Chair of the Aventura Cancer Committee at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Donoway has privileges and operates at Aventura Hospital, Memorial Regional, Memorial South and Memorial West. ▲▲▲▲▲▲ ▲▲ ▲ ▲
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f your first movements are wrong you can be almost sure to produce a bad swing! A good grip and a solid athletic setup are the foundation of a good golf swing. Everything you are doing right before you are starting your swing you don’t have to correct during the swing. That’s why a proper start is one of the most important keys to longer and straighter shots. There are many ways to mess your swing up early. The most common fault you can find with many golfers is when they take away their club too much to the inside too fast. This is especially true if you are coming from Dean Sklar, PGA the outside with an open clubface – slicing the ball. It’s somewhat counter-intuitive but if you want to come more from the inside you must take your club away on a proper target line. This means that you must take your club back on a line that may be straighter than your think. You should also move the club upwards earlier than you think during your backswing to keep the club on the proper arch. A takeaway that is early to the inside forces you to pick up your arms and club steeply to get them in the air somewhat after your takeaway. This does not only suppress a proper turn of your upper body but usually leads to a downswing that is coming from out to in into the ball leading to ugly sliced and pulled shots. This is also true if you are using your hands too much during your takeaway. The first movements of your swing are essential because your tempo and swing path ultimately result from your takeaway. Here’s what you need to focus on: ▸▸ Take your club away straight back along your target line the first couple of feet. The club should be slightly inside of the ball but outside of your hand-line. ▸▸ Take a closer look at the image. Try to think about your hands and shoulders forming a triangle that you want to move with the big muscles of your back and shoulders. Don’t break your triangle before you’ve reached your right leg. To accomplish this, focus on moving the grip of your golf club and not your clubhead. If you move the grip and your hands towards your right thigh, the clubhead should stay outside of your hands, which is the proper path. If you keep the club and your hands, upper body and shoulders steady as one unit, you will move the clubhead on the proper swing path. ▸▸ Put a golf ball a foot behind the ball you want to play. Two feet behind that second ball put your bucket. You should now be able let the second ball roll softly into the bucket with your takeaway. If the rolling ball is moving the bucket you are moving back too fast. If you don’t move the second ball at all, you are missing the proper line with your takeaway. Always seek the advice of your local PGA Professional whenever you want to improve your golf game and to have more fun. PGA Professional Dean Sklar is a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA of America, an elite group of members who have served the PGA with honor and pride for 25 years. If you would like to talk to Dean about your golf game, contact him at Dean.Sklar@FloridaMoves.com or the Rose and Dean Sklar Real Estate Group at Coldwell Banker, 1760 Bell Tower Lane in Weston, 954-389-6197, or online at www.WestonFloridaUSA.com.
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Timing of Tooth Eruption BY DR. MARIA GROSMAN
ne of the most common anxieties parents share with us concerns the timing of the eruption of teeth. We are often asked: “When are the first teeth scheduled to enter the mouth?” or “Which is ‘better,’ late vs. early erupting teeth?” The truth of the matter is that although there are published milestones, there is still a normal variation/range that teeth may be expected to erupt. In terms of which is better, there is no real benefit for early or late eruption. However, extreme deviations may cause a practical challenge as
we will discuss. Let’s start with the primary (or “baby”) teeth. The first primary tooth to erupt is usually the lower central incisor between 5-8 months of age. The teeth will then follow the “rule of twos,” which is that two additional teeth will erupt every two months until around 2-2.5 yrs old. There is a total of 20 primary teeth equally divided between upper and lower arches. After the eruption of the lower central incisors, we will see the eruption of the upper central incisors, the lower lateral incisors (as the name suggests, next to the central incisors) followed by the upper lateral incisors. The pattern will continue from center laterally with the lower erupting earlier than the upper counterparts. Premature eruption of primary teeth occurs in 1:2000. This can occur in two ways. “Natal” teeth are present at birth and “prenatal” teeth erupt in the first 30 days of life. When teeth erupt prematurely, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider (pediatrician or pediatric dentist) as strategies for feeding will need to be addressed, especially if breastfeeding is planned. There are also structures which are present at birth which resemble premature teeth, but are actually not the primary teeth. One of the most common examples of this is “Epstein pearls.” They are visible cysts located in the upper arch in the front close to where the primary teeth are expected to be positioned. There is no treatment recommended for this as long as there is no interference with feeding and no observed discomfort for the child. As with all published milestones, it is important to acknowledge the fact that these are just averages and that “normal” has a range. We find variation in gender, with females being ahead of males. It is also important to note that deviations in one area may have no bearing on others. For example, there are many children who are either “ahead” or “behind” in dental development, but are at the opposite ends of the spectrum in skeletal growth. They do, however, give us an idea of what to plan for and some guidance on timing of interventional treatment, whether dental or orthodontic, when indicated.
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Regular Use of Heartburn Medication May Jeopardize Your Health BY DR. JEAN-CLAUDE NERETTE & STEPHANIE MUNIZ, ARNP
astrointestinal ailments such as heartburn and acid reflux seem so common nowadays. Most people are familiar with medications, such as Prilosec and Nexium. Some individuals have become so dependent on these drugs they take daily dosages in order to cope with the chronic discomfort. But as popular as they are, these drugs classified as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), have been linked to serious health conditions and even death. PPIs are beneficial, because they are potent and very effective in reducing acid in the stomach. What makes these some of the most over-used drugs in the market is that they are readily available over-the-counter and offer quick relief for conditions such as heartburn and indigestion. An estimated 15 million Americans take PPIs every year either by prescription or over-the-counter. Unfortunately, taking these drugs regularly can put you at a higher risk for dementia, osteoporotic fractures, kidney failure, infection, nutritional deficiencies and early death, according to several recent studies. The risk is created not only by the over use of PPIs, but also due to interaction with other drugs. The situation is so alarming the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has launched a stewardship program aimed at decreasing unnecessary use of PPIs. VA doctors are being very cautious when prescribing PPIs and are removing patients from PPI therapy when there is no clear purpose for their use and patients can tolerate discontinuation. The Food and Drug Administration recommends patients take over-the-counter PPIs for no more than 14 days. No more than three 14-day treatment courses should be used in one year. If you are suffering from a stomach-acid related condition, there are other alternatives to deal with the problem. Changes in lifestyle and better nutrition are a good start, but it is important that you work with a qualified practitioner who can guide you in the right direction. Your condition may require the use of medication or medical grade nutraceuticals and only a professional can dictate what the lowest effective dosage will be, as well as assessing the risks vs. benefits of the drug use. As a functional medicine practice, Bellissimo Medical offers patient advice on how to restore health and balance through proper nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle changes. We do not simply prescribe medication to put a patch on the injury; we do look at family history and underlying causes of conditions. Finding the root of the problem is the only way to effectively treat ailments - simple changes such as eating wholesome foods, having more frequent, smaller meals, taking the right medical grade nutraceutical and cutting back on alcohol may make all the difference in the world. Call today and schedule your free consultation at 954-384-8989. Dr. Jean-Claude Nerette is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Functional Medicine and Stephanie Muniz Nerette is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner and a Diplomate to the Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. Bellissimo Medical is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. For information, visit www. BellissimoMedical.com. 88 MARCH 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM
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Chiropractic Manipulation: The Rand Corporation Speaks BY DR. BEHAR AND DR. BROWNER
n independent non-profit research agency, the RAND (“Research and Development”) Corporation conducts research and development for the United States government and the private sector. Its research programs are extensive, and include military defense, applied education, economics, civil justice, sociology and health sciences. Internationally respected, its health sciences department is the largest non-university based research center in the U.S. For the past 30 years one of its prime functions has been the development of methods to assess the appropriateness of various health care procedures, and to assist health provider groups with research aimed at establishing practice guidelines. In 1991, the RAND Corporation published a major report titled, “The Appropriateness of Manipulation for Back Pain”. Together with other significant reports from the United States, Europe and Canada, the RAND report helped to establish Chiropractic manipulation as a first line approach to management of most back pain. Then in 1996, a second independent multidisciplinary RAND report titled, “The Appropriateness of Manipulation and Mobilization of the Cervical Spine”, concluded Chiropractic cervical manipulation is both effective and safe for many patients. The second RAND report, which comprises 507 literature reviews on effectiveness and safety of cervical manipulation, and ratings on appropriateness for over 1400 specific conditions by a panel of experts from chiropractic, medicine, orthopedics and neurology, established that: ▸▸ Chiropractic manipulation is appropriate for many patients with common categories of neck pain and headache. The best designed neck pain trial reviewed by the RAND panel was conducted in the Netherlands, and reported better long-term results for patients receiving Chiropractic manipulation than those receiving standard medical care or a placebo. The RAND literature review concluded that Chiropractic cervical manipulation provides pain relief and increased range of motion for most patients with sub-acute or chronic neck pain and relief for patients with various types of headaches. ▸▸ Chiropractic cervical manipulation is significantly safer than a number of medical treatments given for the same symptoms. For example, serious complications from manipulation are exceptionally rare, and occur with a frequency of one per one million treatments, compared to 1000 per million with the use of common anti-inflammatory medication, and nearly 16,000 per one million for cervical spine surgery. A significant body of research in the form of randomized controlled trials, and literature in the form of case studies, reports both short and long-term benefits from Chiropractic cervical manipulation for a variety of other conditions, including referred pain to the shoulder/arm/hand, thoracic outlet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome and TMJ disorders. Since the 1996 RAND literature review, there have been a number of other scientific trials from various parts of the world showing positive results of Chiropractic cervical manipulation. This most recent RAND report, supported by new research emerging currently, establishes unequivocally the appropriateness, effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care for many types of neck pain and headache. For a consultation or more information, contact Dr. Rick Behar and Dr. Marc Browner at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Plantation. Contact the Weston location for more information.
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Water, Water Everywhere? BY PAT SHORT HORNSBY, WESTON ROTARIAN
ere in Weston, we take for granted that when we turn on a tap, clean water flows. We can cook, bathe and clean our homes without a second thought. We flush and it’s gone. Sadly, it’s not like Weston in many other parts of the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 844 million people across the globe don’t have access to safe drinking water. Another 2.3 billion
Rotarian volunteers and partners provide wells and water filtration systems for people in need of clean water around the world.
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have no access to sanitation. And, over a million die each year from water-borne illness and sanitationrelated disease. Add conflict and climate change to the equation, and WHO predicts that by the year 2025 half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas. Rotarians have stepped forward to make a difference by making water and sanitation one of their primary areas of focus. In fact, Rotary has set a goal to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone by 2030. A lofty goal, you might think. But Rotarians in South Florida and worldwide are working together to make this goal a reality. To date, 23 million people now have safe water and 21 million have access to sanitation and hygiene because of Rotary projects. Many, if not most, of these sustainable water and sanitation projects are funded in part with grants from The Rotary Foundation. Globally, 1.2 million Rotarians work to build wells, fund hygiene education programs, clean the waterways, and build sanitation systems. All of these projects include a sustainability factor, to ensure ben-
eficiaries are able to maintain systems and education programs long after our Rotary volunteers are gone. From South Africa to Honduras to the Philippines to Flint, Michigan – wherever there is a water crisis – you’ll find Rotarian volunteers on the ground and raising funds to help people live safer, healthier lives. The impact of clean water availability goes far beyond basic health. Women and children are touched the most, as the ability to attend school is often affected by the availability of sanitation, and women may spend hours each day collecting water for a family’s most basic needs. Access to clean water is a serious economic issue in many developing countries, as well as a health concern. The Rotary Club of Weston has participated in water and sanitation projects, and raises tens of thousands of dollars annually for The Rotary Foundation. Through the Foundation and efforts of passionate Rotary volunteers, the goal of clean water for all becomes more achievable each year. If you have an interest in serving others and tackling the big issues that affect us all, Rotary may be just the place for you. The Rotary Club of Weston, a diverse group of professionals and business people, is dynamic, fun and involved in improving lives at home and abroad. The Rotary Club of Weston meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Weston Hills Country Club. For more information go to www.WestonRotary.com.
IT’S THEIR BUSINESS
South Florida Rheumatology Opens Weston Office Who is your typical patient? Our typical patient presents to our office for evaluation of many common rheumatic disorders. It is truly rewarding how we can treat these patients, alleviating their pain while restoring their functionality. However, we also often encounter patients with very complex, rare and difficult to treat autoimmune disorders. Every day is an exciting new challenge.
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or over 30 years, South Florida Rheumatology has been serving patients suffering from rheumatic disorders such as osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, lupus, osteoporosis, as well as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis. It was Broward County’s first rheumatology practice. With the opening of its newest office in Weston, staffed by two Spanish-speaking physicians, South Florida Rheumatology is now able to reach a more diverse population of patients. Yesenia Santiago-Casas, MD, FACR, FACP, shares more about the services offered at the new Weston location and what patients can expect at South Florida Rheumatology. Why did South Florida Rheumatology decide to open a Weston office? Weston is an underserved area for patients suffering with rheumatic disorders. Taking into consideration this continuingly growing Spanish-speaking population, we felt that opening a Weston office staffed by Dr. Lopez-Lopez and myself, who are both fully bilingual board-certified rheumatologists, would be a perfect fit.
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What is your medical background? I joined our practice after serving as an attending physician and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico. I completed my undergraduate training there, serving as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and later becoming an attending physician in rheumatology. What is Dr. Lopez-Lopez’s training? Dr. Linnette Lopez-Lopez joined our practice in July 2016. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, where she also served as an assistant professor. Dr. Lopez-Lopez received her medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. In addition, Dr. LopezLopez has contributed in several major research projects. What does a rheumatologist treat? We treat patients with a wide array of rheumatic disorders including osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Paget’s disease, polymyalgia rheumatica, Sjogren’s, sarcoidosis, systemic vasculitis, and polymyositis, among others. We understand the challenges patients living with these conditions face and focus every day on providing the best patient care. We do not perform surgery as a rheumatologist utilizes medication and other modalities. We refer to our surgical colleagues only when there are no other options. 98 MARCH 2018 | OURCITYWESTON.COM
Linnette Lopez-Lopez, MD
Why is personalized patient care particularly important in this field? In rheumatology, we often encounter very complex and difficult to treat diseases that may present in an atypical manner making them truly challenging to diagnose and treat. Certainly, addressing each patient that we encounter and designing a treatment plan that works best for that particular patient is of utmost importance. We work with each patient to create a customized plan that may include medication, joint injections, lifestyle modifications, and physical therapy. Our goal is to create a treatment plan that can allow our patients to return to enjoying their daily lives.
What is new in this field? Rheumatology is continuously evolving. Several new biologics have been recently approved for the management of psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, uveitis, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoporosis. Our office actively participates in clinical research, while maintaining our commitment towards providing the best patient care. What can patients expect to find in the new Weston office? We have a staff of medical assistants and x-ray technicians. We also offer four examining rooms, a vitals room, infusion suite, and onpremise lab. What differentiates South Florida Rheumatology from other practices? Our physicians are widely recognized among the best rheumatologists in South Florida, with extensive experience at local hospitals, universities, and medical associations. Our founding partners, Dr. Charles Kahn and Dr. Wayne Riskin, have received the honor of being named Florida Super Doctors for several years. They both served as President of the Florida Society of Rheumatology and have had teaching appointments at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Together, we understand the challenges patients living with rheumatic disorders face. We work with each patient to create a customized treatment plan and help them achieve control of their disease and live a full life. The new Weston office of South Florida Rheumatology is located at 1040 Weston Road, Suite 215. Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am to 5pm. To schedule an appointment with either Dr. Yesenia Santiago-Casas or Dr. Linnette Lopez-Lopez call 954-961-3252. The practice has additional offices in Hollywood at 4700 Sheridan Street, Suite C, and in Pembroke Pines at 1 SW 129th Avenue, Suite 401. For more information visit www.southfloridarheumatology.com.
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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL LIGHTNING STRIKES
Congratulations to the Cypress Bay High School boys soccer team on winning its 15th consecutive District Championship, beating South Plantation High School.
Award-winning children’s author Angela Cervantes spoke to students and autographed copies of her books during Everglades Elementary School’s book fair.
Students in Ms. Kobelin’s third grade class at Country Isles Elementary practiced their reading skills by reading to Miss Jennifer and Chloe, a specially-trained educational therapy dog, through the Wags-n-Tales program.
Indian Trace Elementary School kicked off Celebrate Literacy Week with a fictional character parade.
Everglades Elementary School participated in the Dan Marino Foundation WalkAbout Autism. Team “Otters 4 Autism” raised $500.
On Polar Express Day, students in Katherine Shamoun’s second grade class at Eagle Point Elementary dressed in their pajamas and enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa to celebrate the winter holidays.
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Country Isles Elementary held its annual fifth grade Jamboree to culminate a lesson on the Westward Movement. Students enjoyed line dancing, playing horseshoes, campfire songs and more.
Students in Mrs. DelPozzo’s, Mrs. Rush’s and Ms. O’Hara’s third grade classes at Gator Run Elementary School took part in academic glow games. They had to answer task cards in order to take a turn at the various activities. The children lit up with excitement when they answered questions correctly.
Falcon Cove Middle School students showcased their special skills during the school’s annual talent show, Falcon’s Got Talent. The Irish dancing troupe Treblemakers placed second out of 23 acts.
Preschool students from A Children’s Carousel enjoyed International Marketplace Day, “visiting” different countries to learn about their languages, foods and flags.
Indian Trace Elementary students enjoyed a Grammy-style awards ceremony following the PTA Reflections talent and art showcase. It featured singers, dancers, musicians, photographers and more.
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Community professionals visited Eagle Point Elementary School for Career Day.
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Everglades Elementary School fifth graders participated in a field trip to JA Biztown, where they got to try out different careers and experience real life working responsibilities.
Students in Mrs. Auguste’s Pre-K class at Eagle Point Elementary worked in their poetry journals while learning about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students in Crystal Ortega’s kindergarten class at Eagle Point Elementary participated in Junior Achievement, learning about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. Parent volunteers taught students that money-smart people know the difference between needs and wants.
TRASH TO TREASURE
The B’nai Aviv Early Childhood Education Center is using loose parts learning to encourage preschool students to explore and create. As part of a recycling theme, children created robots using upcycled materials.
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The community came together for an afternoon of interactive, hands-on participation at Celebrate the Arts Day, presented by the City of Weston and Arts Council of Greater Weston. Photos courtesy City of Weston. Photos courtesy City of Weston.
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The Winter Safety Expo, sponsored by the City of Weston and Broward Sheriff’s Office, was a chance for the community to get up close and personal with the people and apparatus that protect us. In keeping with the winter wonderland theme, snow flurries fell at the Tequesta Trace Park site. Photos courtesy City of Weston.
The Weston Chapter of the American Association of University Women honored Charter Member and former Weston City Commissioner Mercedes Henriksson.
BIG Rock Band rocked the park with young and old enjoying the classic rock hits during the WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series.
Music lovers enjoyed the Jazz Jamboree presented by Weston Philharmonic Society. It featured the award-winning Lowell Ringell Trio.
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Former Bollywood actress Somy Ali, founder of No More Tears, mingled with guests at a fundraiser benefiting the organization’s survivor programs for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
The Gregory family of Weston was all smiles after winning a 2018 Jeep Wrangler from a Carolina Ale House contest during football season. Weston Carolina Ale House Owner Joe Marouf (left) and Lou Moshakos, Founder and CEO, LM Restaurants and Hospitality Management (right), were on hand to present the keys to Scott Gregory (in Jeep) and his family, Kylie, Nicole and Paige.
The Weston Friends Club canasta group surprised Margaret Adams with a celebration in honor of her 90th birthday.
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