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CONTENTS PUBLISHERS’ PAGE 16 People Are People Wherever You Go
COMMUNITY NEWS 18 Tremendous Talent on Display at Student Artist Showcase 20 Weston Music Society Hosts Musical Cabaret 22 Community Rallies for Relay For Life 26 EGGstraordinary Fun For All This Easter Season 28 Weston Art Guild Exhibit Expresses Imagination 30 Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation Bruncheon to Help Shine Awareness on Suicide Prevention 34 Hundreds Learned Life-Saving Skills at Community CPR Day 34 Weston University Program Students Get Hands-On “Training” During Law Enforcement Services Day 36 Community Came Together to Celebrate the Arts 37 WestonNights Concert Rocks the Park 38 Spring Cleaning Safety Tips 39 Go Green – Properly Dispose of Hazardous Waste and Electronics 40 Mitzvah Day Proves to Be a Day of Giving and Receiving 46 Additional Bike Lane Coming to Weston 48 Weston Wildlife Warnings – What You Need To Know About Our Natural Neighbors
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ASK THE EXPERT 49 Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle 73 Unexpected Cavities 84 Why Does My Eye Doctor Recommend Vitamins? 88 Considering Removing Your Breast Implants?
INSPIRING INDIVIDUALS 50 City Worker Watches Out for Wildlife 51 Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center Opens Eyes and Hearts 53 Cypress Bay Alumna Ready to Take on Stage or Screen
52 Oh No, I Am Not Ready To Go!
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55 Young Fencer Sets Sights on the Olympics 64 Girl Scout Silver Award Project Brings Smiles to Sick Children 64 Weston Model Goes from Classroom to Catwalk
HOME & GARDEN 56 Home & Garden
SCHOOL NEWS 66 Eagle Point Elementary Teacher Named Bilingual Teacher of the Year 68 Indian Trace Elementary Students Benefit from Social and Emotional Learning 72 Memories Made at Eagle Point Elementary’s Mom & Son Fun Nigh
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76 Gator Run Elementary’s Multicultural Festival Was Cause for Celebration 78 Weston Schools Participate in a Day of Service and Love 80 Cypress Bay Peer Tutoring Program Creates Positive Changet
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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 83 Jeon’s Korean Martial Arts Master Academy Kicks Off Their Grand Opening in Plantation
LEGALLY SPEAKING 86 When Will the Court Issue a “Restraining Order?”
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People Are People Wherever You Go
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Tremendous Talent on Display at Student Artist Showcase BY STACEY BOMSER
he work of Weston’s most talented young artists will be on display this month and next at the Weston Branch Library. The 13th annual Student Artist Showcase runs April 15th through May 18th. The Arts Council of Greater Weston, in collaboration with the City of Weston, sponsors this program as part of its commitment to supporting diverse arts and cultural events in the community. The Student Artist Showcase provides a unique opportunity for student artists to experience the excitement of displaying their work in a gallery setting and for the community to see the incredible art work being created in the Weston schools’ art classrooms. “Organizing an event that highlights the artistic talents of children is extremely rewarding and phenomenal,” states Student Artist Showcase 2019 Director Gryssele Machicote. “The look in the student artists’ eyes when they see their work being admired by others outside their school is breathtaking.” This year’s exhibition will feature more than 200 works of art. Art teachers from all of Weston’s public and private schools are invited to submit eight to ten pieces reflecting the best from their students’ art activities created in the classroom during the cur-
rent school year. Mediums include drawing, painting, photography, collage and more. The student artists will be recognized during an artists’ reception, at which time prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each of five grade categories, ranging from kindergarten through high school. High school winners will receive a cash award; elementary and middle school winners will receive a gift certificate to a local art store. All of the featured artists will receive a certificate of participation and one-day pass to Young At Art Museum. Members of the Weston City Commission will present the awards. Arts Council President Jami Nix Rahn encourages the Weston community to stop by the library to admire the impressive artwork. “This is my favorite time of the year because it is when I get to see all of the exciting work being created by our young students. Make it yours as well. Do stop by the library from April 15 to May 18 to see the amazing work of these super-talented artists. We salute the outstanding art teachers who guide and encourage them.” The Student Artist Showcase exhibit is open during regular Weston Branch Library hours. It is free and open to all library patrons.
The Mayor and City Commissioners will present awards to the winners of the Student Artist Showcase.
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Weston Music Society Hosts Musical Cabaret BY STACEY BOMSER
s part of its commitment to bringing world class music to Weston, the Weston Music Society will host a musical cabaret on Sunday, April 7th at the Bonaventure Country Club. The afternoon event will feature the music of Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd, a jazz ensemble founded by vocalist and violinist Yamit Lemoine. “In keeping with the new focus of the Weston Music Society to bring the best of all musical genres to our community, we are delighted to present Yamit for your enjoyment,” states Weston Music Society Co-President Lou Marett. “It is a wonderful complement to this year’s previous performances including Mágico, a visual concerto, and last month’s free outdoor pops concert at Weston Town Center, both performed by the Symphony of the Americas.” Yamit and The Vinyl Blvd is considered the crème-de-la-crème of jazz bands in South Florida. The ensemble performs regularly at Miami’s most notable and upscale establishments, as well as private events. The Weston Music Society is honored to bring this group of talented musicians to town. Patrons at the musical cabaret will be among the first to hear songs from Yamit and the Vinyl Blvd’s debut album, scheduled for international release
a love of jazz, soul, blues and Broadway. She will perform in all of these styles at the cabaret. While living briefly in New York City, Yamit performed with local jazz musicians, but then switched her focus to the world of musical theater after moving to Miami. It is there that she wrote, directed and produced her musical, Making Angels. After notable success in the performing arts, Yamit has returned to the music scene, now performing locally, nationally and internationally with The Vinyl Blvd. Weston Music Society Co-President Andrea Burghardt encourages everyone to take the opportunity to hear this talented performer in such an intimate setting. “How better to spend a Sunday afternoon, then by enjoying dessert refreshments and hearing the varied sounds of this very popular ensemble.” n The Weston Music Society Musical Cabaret takes place on April 7th from 2:30-5pm at the Bonaventure Country Club. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members, student tickets are $10. For more information on the program or where to purchase tickets, please visit www.westonmusicsociety.org.
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Community Rallies for Relay For Life BY STACEY BOMSER
he community will come together on April 6th for Relay For Life of Weston, an overnight walk to raise funds and awareness on behalf of the American Cancer Society. This year’s theme is Destination Cure – a journey to end cancer. 2019 Event Lead Jennifer Clark-Reich says they wanted a fun theme that celebrates our multi-cultural community. “It is a journey around the world. We have a team doing Paris that will have locks to write messages on and put on a bridge. Italy will be serving Italian food. We even have a team going with the Amazing Race theme.” The event begins with a Survivor celebration dinner, prior to the opening ceremony. Clark-Reich says all Survivors will receive a special purple shirt and doctors from Cleveland Clinic Florida and Memorial Hospital will place medals on the Survivors before
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they take the celebratory first lap of the Relay. Caregivers will also be honored with a special t-shirt and lap. In addition to celebrating Survivors and the loving dedication of caregivers, Relay For Life honors all those who have lost their fight against cancer. “We have pinwheels that we are using to represent those who lost their battle for caregivers to walk the track with during the caregiver lap. We will then place the pinwheels in a remembrance garden,” explains Clark-Reich. “At 9pm, we have our luminaria ceremony. This is the heart of Relay where there are luminaria bags placed around the track. Each bag represents someone who has had cancer; some whom we lost and others who have won their battle.” Clark-Reich says there will be a community service component to this year’s Relay. In partnership with local Girl Scout troops, participants will be able to decorate tote bags and make cards for patients undergoing treatment at local hospitals. NBC6 Six in the Mix host Jen Herrera will serve as emcee during the opening ceremonies. City Commissioners Byron Jaffe and Mary Molina-Macfie will be among the local dignitaries participating in the program. Entertainment will include perfor-
mances by Hip Hop Kidz, singers, bands, the Miss Relay Pageant, and a Kids Zone. Games include Change War, BINGO and a scavenger hunt. Although the evening offers plenty of entertainment, the ultimate purpose of Relay For Life is to raise funds to support the American Cancer Society and its programs within our community. ClarkReich says she would love for Weston Relay to regain its #1 Relay in Broward title, after slipping to second place last year. She is hoping to raise $200,000. “The Weston Relay is a great event where we all come together as a community to make a difference,” shares Clark-Reich. “Whether you come as a survivor to be celebrated, a participant, or just a spectator you are making a difference.” n Relay For Life of Weston takes place on the Cypress Bay High School track from 6pm on April 6th until 8am on April 7th. For more information visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/ RelayForLife/RFLCY19SER?pg=entry&fr_id=91357.
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op on over to Regional Park for Weston’s annual Royal Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20th. This time-honored tradition in the Weston community features thousands of children scrambling to collect candyfilled eggs. Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer encourages everyone to come out and enjoy the family-friendly festivities. “The Annual Royal Egg Hunt is an enjoyable morning for parents to bring children out to the park for a family outing. Many children are in spring attire adorned by little bunny ears, and hopefully you are arriving early and remember to bring a basket for each child to collect those coveted candy-filled eggs. Events like this are memory-makers and that’s what life here is all about.” The Royal Egg Hunt takes place 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.
The event 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. This year there will be a special photo backdrop to capture these precious memories. Kids can also enjoy bounce houses until noon. New this year is the Weston Town Center Easter Family Funday. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will be handing out Easter eggs while taking photos with children. Other entertainment includes live performances by local artists, a Disney Princesses show, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon forms, choo choo train rides, and more. Easter Family Funday takes place on Sunday, April 21st from 3-6pm in Linear Park. Participants should park near Smoke on the Water. n For more information on the Royal Egg Hunt, call the Weston Community Center at 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org/events. For more information on the Easter Family Fun Day, visit www. westontowncenter.net.
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Weston Art Guild Exhibit Expresses Imagination BY STACEY BOMSER
he Weston Art Guild’s newest exhibition, Images of Imagination, opens this month in the Coral Springs Museum of Art lobby gallery. The community is invited to attend an artist reception on April 25th, from 6-7:30pm, to meet the artists and view the exceptional artwork. Weston Art Guild President Lynda Sauls says for this show members were given artistic license to use their imagination however they wish. “We encouraged them to push their styles and take new approaches to their usual styles and mediums.” According to Sauls, the exhibition will feature traditional mediums such as watercolors, oils, acrylics and photography. “Styles to be exhibited will be realistic, geometric, abstract, surreal and impressionistic.” Images of Imagination will feature the work of at least 25 Weston Art Guild members. Sauls says she expects about “Deep Down” by Lifrancis Rojas, from 60 pieces of artwork to be on display. the “Lost Memories” series. The Coral Springs Museum of Art is a favorite venue for members of the Weston Art Guild. “We like to exhibit there because it broadens our audience and allows us to have great exposure and influence on the local community,” notes Sauls. While this will be the last exhibition of the season for the Weston Art Guild,
plans are already in the works for an exhibit at Broward College’s Bailey Hall in October, and then the Guild’s annual Juried Art Show at the Weston Branch Library in November. In addition, the Weston Art Guild has a Pop-Up Gallery in Sunrise, outside Sawgrass Mills Mall. It’s an opportunity for the community to view artwork, see professional artists at work, as well as take classes in various artistic styles taught by Guild members. “We are excited because ACE Educational Supplies is helping promote our classes and workshops, plus offering special pricing for the supplies needed to participate in those programs,” states Sauls. “It is a great opportunity for both of us as we work together to support the arts in our community.” The Weston Art Guild’s Images of Imagination exhibition runs April 9th through May 6th at the “Pixel in Movement” by Magdaly Montenegro Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855 Coral Springs Drive. It is located within the Coral Springs Center for the Arts. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. n For more information on the Weston Art Guild visit www.westonartguild.com.
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he statistics are shocking. Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in Florida – and the second leading cause amongst college students. Through a foundation named in memory of their son, the Schopp family of Weston is committed to ensuring no other family faces the loss of a child to suicide. “Dylan was charming, loving, energetic, adventurous and outgoing, but most of all, Dylan was the life of the party. A smile so big and bright it could light up a room. A laugh so contagious it could be heard for miles. But Dylan’s young life was cut short,” shares his mother, Debbie Schopp, Director of The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation. “At just 21 years young, the world lost a bright ray of sunshine to suicide. Our foundation strives to spread positivity and hope through community outreach and public awareness of suicide prevention.” One of the ways it is doing this is through its inaugural Sunshine Bruncheon on April 6th. In the past, the foundation hosted a Sunshine at the Park festival at Markham Park, which was one of Dylan’s favorite places. The family dedicated a memorial bench to him in the park’s butterfly garden. The foundation intends to spread the sunshine at
A portion of the funds raised at the event will be put toward a mental health training with the non-profit organization Project 375. In addition, proceeds from the bruncheon will allow The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation to continue its work with suicide prevention programs and mental health advocacy organizations, one of which is the Westonbased Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention (FISP). In addition to sponsoring its annual gala and Hugs for Hope 5K Run/Walk, The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation partners with FISP to organize and facilitate Hope Sunshine Clubs in 40 Broward County middle and high schools. These clubs provide a safe place for students to talk about their emotions and find ways to cope in today’s world. “The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation’s goal David, Dara and Debbie Schopp. and purpose is to celebrate Dylan’s life and help his spirit and energy live on, in hopes of preventing its first bruncheon, featuring a fashion show sponsimilar tragedies,” states Debbie, noting that in addisored by Wish & Shoes, a buffet brunch and silent tion to FISP, the foundation also supports the 2-1-1 auction. Dr. Jessica Leon, of Therapist To Go, LLC, will discuss suicide prevention and awareness tactics. social service hotline and the American Foundation “Many people do not know the signs when it comes for Suicide Prevention. to suicide, and might not know how to help family, n The Dylan Schopp Sunshine Foundation Bruncheon takes place friends and other loved ones that might be going on Saturday, April 6th from 11am to 2pm at Jacaranda Country through a difficult time, so we’ve asked Dr. Leon to Club in Plantation. Tickets are $85. For more information visit www.dylansfoundation.org. join us as keynote speaker,” notes Debbie.
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Hundreds Learned Life-Saving Skills at Community CPR Day BY STACEY BOMSER
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eston’s second annual Community CPR Day was a huge success. Nearly 300 residents, of all ages, turned out to learn critical life-saving skills including how to perform hands-only CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, as well as how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). The free program was presented by the City of Weston, Weston District of the Broward Sheriff Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services, and Cleveland Clinic Florida. In just four hours, 283 people were trained in how to help save the life of a family
member, friend or neighbor. Weston District Chief Todd Draizin says it was fantastic to see such a great turnout. “Residents as young as fiveyears-old participated and learned how to save someone’s life and when to call 9-1-1. Each participant left with a quick reference ‘Know and Go’ card to refresh what they had learned and some parting gifts including safety items provided by Cleveland Clinic Hospital and the City of Weston.” As Weston works toward being a CPR Safe Community, Mayor Daniel Stermer says he was encouraged by the turnout to the city’s second Community CPR Day. “Bystander CPR has saved lives here in Weston – both children and adults. We, as a community, want at least every adult to know CPR.” Community CPR Day was created to help train as many people as possible in hands-only CPR. The fact that kids as young as five can be taught this technique shows how easy and
effective the procedure is. Members of BSO Fire Rescue and volunteers from Cleveland Clinic Florida taught participants how to properly perform chest compressions at a rate of 100-120 beats per minute. “The beauty of hands-only CPR is that it can be performed by anyone physically capable of pushing down hard and fast in the middle of an adult’s chest ,” explains Chief Draizin, who says an easy way to remember is to give chest compressions to the beat of the song Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees or Crazy in Love by Beyoncé and Jay-Z. In addition to learning hands-only CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and how to operate an AED, participants at this year’s Community CPR Day were able to view a “Stop the Bleed” demonstration, which taught how to control bleeding. n Weston BSO Fire Rescue offers free CPR certification classes year-round for residents and those who work in the community. Call Fire Station 81 at 954-389-2015 for more information.
Weston University Program Students Get Hands-On “Training” During Law Enforcement Services Day BY STACEY BOMSER
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ith the Weston University program quickly coming to an end, students recently spent the day learning about local law enforcement services. Students were given a first-hand look at what the Broward Sheriff’s Office does to protect our community. The morning began with an introduction by BSO Captain Kevin Butler. Deputy Kari Pallotto, Weston’s Crime Prevention Specialist, then led students through the day’s activities. Students got to see where and how BSO deputies train during a field trip to the BSO tactical training area and shooting range at Markham
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Park. After a lesson on safe gun use, the Weston U students participated in a handson training exercise. Using blue training guns as props, the students experienced how deputies train on clearing buildings and tactical defense. The students were also treated to a firearms demonstration at the BSO shooting range. Following lunch, the class returned to City Hall where they were able to explore a BSO SWAT armored vehicle and learn about the tactical response tools used. Afterwards, Weston BSO officers explained some of the techniques used to process crime scenes. Students were able to lift fingerprints from a bottle and swab for DNA. The day ended with an attack demonstration by BSO
K-9 deputies. The officers explained the unique handler/dog relationship and the training both go through to become an effective K-9 unit. The Weston University program concludes this month with a City Commission Simulation. Students will demonstrate the knowledge of local government they have learned throughout the seven-month course by carrying out a mock city commission meeting, role playing jobs such as Mayor, City Commissioner, Director of Parks and Recreation, or Fire Chief.
Community Came Together to Celebrate the Arts and print-making stations. The pottery wheel proelebrate the Arts Day is always cause for vided another hands-on activity. celebration within Weston. Despite a rainout Between the ever-popular graffiti wall and the on the original date, this year’s event drew chalk walk, everyone had the chance to express an enthusiastic crowd to Weston Town Center. their creativity and leave their mark on this Approximately 1,500 patrons attended the afternoon memorable day. of art appreciation and exploration. The audience was treated to a musical feast with The one-of-a-kind festival, presented by the City performances by the Cypress Bay Lighting Drama of Weston and the Arts Council of Greater Weston department, Tequesta Trace in partnership with Weston Town Center, featured Middle School symphonic hands-on activities to try, performances to watch, band, jazz band and choir, the and educational exhibits to experience. Sagemont School Synergy Young at Art Museum brought its open-air studio, Rock Band, concert band, giving guests the choir and drama department, opportunity to create as well as young musicians their own masterpiece from the Carreno Music with painting, crafts Academy. The extraordinary afternoon of live entertainment culminated with a finale by Youth All Stars, which also provided the Playing Zoo, where all ages could try playing a variety of musical instruments. “Celebrate the Arts Day is quite unique,” states Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer. “It gives children and parents a true, tactile, all-senses opportunity to interact with and try out a wide variety BY STACEY BOMSER
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of the arts. Celebrate the Arts introduces our youth to a career, an artistry, a culture, or a lifelong passion they may never have been exposed to.” There is an educational component to the day, with local organizations and school clubs exhibiting and offering hands-on activities. This year’s event featured the Cypress Bay Greased Lighting Robotics Club, Art Honor Society and Photography Club, Tequesta Trace Band Boosters, and Sagemont Visual Arts department, as well as representatives from the Weston Music Society, Friends of the Library, and local authors, Ellen Sparer and Sky Myers. There was also a Kid Zone featuring balloon art, face painting and caricature Photo courtesy Taylor Yentes drawings by Carlos Fuenmayor. “Many thanks to the artists, performers, schools, organizations, visitors and perfect weather that made this year’s Celebrate the Arts Day a great event for all,” stated Director Carole Myers. Arts Council President Jami Nix Rahn added, “Thanks to all for the tremendous effort it took to bring these arts activities and fun onstage to Weston Town Center. Celebrate the Arts Day is such a great experience for the whole community.”
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been growing in popularity each year and he hopes to expand the number of shows in the future. “It has become an event that people look forward to every year and we are always excited to introduce new bands to keep the series fresh.” Just last month, WestonNights featured the Aerosmith tribute band, Jaded. Turnstiles, the ultimate tribute to the music of Billy Joel, kicked off the three-concert series back in December. All shows are presented by the City of Weston. Prior to the #NoFilter concert, the community paid tribute to the 17 lives lost during last year’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Mayor Daniel Stermer, joined by members of the Weston City Commission, State Representative Richard Stark and Broward County School Board Member Robin Bartleman, led a moment of silence in honor of those slain students and faculty. #MSD Strong bracelets were distributed to mark the one-year anniversary of that tragic event, which affected so many in our community.
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he WestonNights Concert Series audience quickly realized there was no limit to the talent of #NoFilter. The house band for the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team put on an amazing show at Weston Regional Park, impressing an audience of all ages. The band played chart-topping hits from today, along with classics from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Catapulting off the popularity of the award-winning movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, #NoFilter had the audience singing along to Queen’s We Will Rock You and the show closer, and the movie’s namesake, Bohemian Rhapsody. The Michael Jackson medley was another audience thriller (pun intended), with hit songs such as ABC, Billy Jean and Black Or White. Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, says what really stole the show for him was when the band performed an impressive 40 hits from the 80’s in just 20 minutes. It brought back memories for many concertgoers with songs by Cyndi Lauper and the Fine Young Cannibals. Decker says the WestonNights Concert Series has
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BY DISTRICT CHIEF TODD DRAIZIN t’s that time of year again – spring cleaning time. To make your “Spring Cleanup” a fire safe one, the Weston District of the Broward Sheriff’s Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services would like to share the following safety tips which will extend the life of your appliances, reduce the cost to operate them, and help keep your family safe. Your oven, including your toaster, are a daily provider of family dinners and tasty treats. Spring is a great time to clean the grease and excess food build-up. Keep in mind ovens are made for cooking and not storage, always check inside before you turn them on. As a safety reminder, never leave cooking unattended and have an all-purpose fire extinguisher within easy reach. If you have never used an extinguisher just remember the acronym P.A.S.S. Pull the safety pin, Aim the nozzle attached to the extinguisher to the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle and Sweep the nozzle back and forth until the fire goes out. The clothes dryer never gets a break and if yours seems to take longer to dry each load of laundry a probable cause is a clogged dryer vent. To reduce drying times while increasing home safety, clean the lint build up that forms in the back of the dryer and throughout the vent tubing within the walls all the way through to the outside. There are several companies that can perform this service, generally for less than one hundred dollars; the cost will quickly be recouped in lower drying times. Don’t forget to clean the removable screen at the front of the dryer after each load. Clean your home and garage of stored newspapers, hazardous waste or other rubbish that can fuel a fire. Never store flammable materials near any heat sources such as a water heater, dryer or stove. Properly dispose of oily or greasy rags. If these items must be stored, they should be kept in labeled, sealed, metal containers. If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage. Keep only small amounts in tightly sealed containers and only as a motor fuel - never as a cleaning agent. Your BBQ can also benefit from a good cleaning. Start by disconnecting the gas and lift out the parts layer by layer, a stiff wire brush will quickly clean the grates. Once you get down to the burners, make sure you clean them with a wire brush and inspect them thoroughly for clogged openings or areas of complete rust through. The fire box is next, remove grease and food remnants. Check your propane barbecue grill hose for leaks and cracks. Use your barbecue grill outside and never under overhangs or on balconies. Place it in a safe area away from building, and never store propane indoors. If you are using charcoal instead of propane and you are going to use lighter fluid pay careful attention, once the fire has started don’t add additional lighter fluid.
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t’s April, a time many Weston homeowners devote to spring cleaning. In addition to cleaning out your closets or kitchen cabinets, why not tackle the garage or storage space? Residents can safely dispose of old paint, pool chemicals, broken computers and much more at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics Collection event on Sunday, April 28th at Weston’s Public Works Services Center. “Everybody can do their part to protect the environment,” states Karl Thompson, Assistant City Manager/COO. “The HHW events in Weston are the very best and most convenient ways for residents to help ensure the proper disposal of products that are harmful to the environment.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines Household Hazardous Waste as the used or leftover contents of consumer products that contain chemicals with one of the four characteristics: toxic, ignitable, corrosive or reactive. This includes items such as oil and latex paint and thinners, pesticides and fertilizers, pool chemicals, drain cleaners, used motor oil, auto fluids and gasoline solvents, tires, mercury thermometers, and batteries (rechargeable
and automobile). In addition, the Weston event will also accept electronics items such as computers, monitors, televisions, printers and more. This is the second HHW collection event this year in Weston. The first was held on January 6th. Nearly 1,000 people participated in that program, safely disposing of 40,760 pounds of HHW and 27,685 pounds of electronics. Paint was the number one item dropped off, with residents disposing of 24,760 pound of latex paint. Over 8,000 pounds of flammable, toxic or corrosive liquids and solids were also dropped off. In addition, participants disposed of 2,135 pounds of lead acid batteries, 1,200 pounds of motor oil, and 1,650 pounds of aerosol cans. All items are reported in pounds, with liquids weighing approximately eight pounds per gallon. Participating in the April 28th HHW and Electronics Collection is easy. Simply load the items in your car, drive up to the Public Works Services Center, located on South Post Road between Manatee Isles Drive and Saddle Club Road, anytime between 9am and 3pm and crews will unload the items – no need for you to even get out of your car. For more
information, please call the Public Works Services Center at 954-385-2600. If the Weston date is not convenient, Weston residents can drop off household hazardous waste for safe disposal and electronics for recycling at any of three permanent Broward County drop-off locations. The closest is the Central HHW Drop-Off Station at 5490 Reese Road in Davie. It is open on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm. To participate you must bring proof of residency (photo ID and a document that shows your official address such as a tax bill, TRIM notice, voter registration, utility bill, or other official government-issued document). For more information, call 954-765-4999. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY WESTON | APRIL 2019 39
Mitzvah Day Proves to Be a Day of Giving and Receiving BY STACEY BOMSER
early 30 community service projects were completed during Temple Dor Dorim’s annual Mitzvah Day. The “Day of Giving” turned out to be a day of receiving as well, as the hundreds of participants gained from the experience of helping others and making a difference in the community and world. “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 participants, young and old, how fun and easy community service can be, and, of course, how rewarding and meaningful it is.” Rachel DiDio, who volunteered alongside her daughter, Charley, says it was an incredible opportunity to see families come together to make a difference. “These are the moments that help me to ensure my children understand the importance of being kind and giving back.” Lerner says one of the goals of Mitzvah Day is to introduce children to the power of helping oth-
ers who may be less fortunate than ourselves. And often times that meant helping other children. For example, 43 pillowcases were decorated for Camp Fiesta, a camp for children with cancer, 15 capes were made for children’s hospital patients, 80 bookmarks were created and 100 books donated to Kids In Distress, 95 “boo-boo” bunnies were made for children at JAFCO, and 45 blankets were made to benefit Project Linus. Other projects included assembling care packages for the Broward Partnership for the homeless, collecting canned goods for The Cupboard Food Pantry, making dog biscuits and collecting pet supplies for the Good Karma Pet Rescue, decorating cards to send to members of the military, painting and landscaping for Rebuilding Together Broward, and baking homemade treats to deliver to Weston police officers and firefighters. Fundraisers were also held. Yoga for a Cause collected $60 for the Ann Storck Center while a car wash raised over $180 for the Dan Marino Foundation
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Taylor Tip-off Classic – The second annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament takes place at Weston Regional Park. All proceeds go to the Matt Taylor Q-BRCA Foundation to benefit research towards BRCA, a genetic mutation that causes cancer. This family-friendly event features food, DJ, games and more. To register contact email@example.com.
6th “The Frog Prince” – Bob Nathanson and Puppets To Go perform a free puppet show at the Weston Community Center. In this enchanting version of the classic fairy tale, Wanda the Witch casts a spell on the handsome prince, turning him into a frog, and only a kiss from a beautiful princess can break the spell. Showtimes are at 1:30pm and 3pm and are best suited for children in Pre-K through second grade. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 954-389-4321.
& Eat” will get together at the 84 Diner at 9am. For more information about this men’s group, who enjoy breakfast while developing friendships, call Mike Callahan at 954-298-8724
10th APB Networking Luncheon – The Association of Professional Businesswomen meets the second Wednesday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at MCafe, inside the Midtown Athletic Club. For more information visit www. apbweston.com or call 954-557-4318. Recycled CD Craft – Teens will learn how to transform old CDs into colorful sun catchers. The free program is from 3:305:15pm at the Weston Branch Library. Contact the Youth Services Department at 954357-5430 for more information.
Weston Friends Club Book Club – “The Book Markers” will meet at a member’s home to discuss The Blue Pawn: A Memoir of an NYPD Foot Soldier by D. D. Simpson. Simpson, who is a local author, will be there to answer questions. For more information about “The Book Markers” or Weston Friends Club, please call Mary Sedlak at 954 389-3605.
Bulk Trash Pick-up – Free bulk pick-up will take place on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day, which is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for single-family homes and Saturday for multi-family units with dumpsters. All items should be curbside by 7am on your collection day. For questions regarding bulk pick-up please call the City of Weston Public Works Services Center at 954-385-2600 or visit www. westonfl.org/Departments/ PublicWorks/BulkPickUp for a list of what can and cannot be thrown away.
13th “Taking Care of Mother Earth” – Children will learn how to protect the planet during this fun show by children’s performer Marci Poppins. The free program, which includes songs, magic and puppets, is from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information, call the Youth Services Department at 954-357-5430.
15th Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to a book talk on The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. Copies are available at the information desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-3575304 for more information.
“Incredibles 2” – Moonlight Movies in the Park concludes with this Disney Pixar film. Everyone’s favorite family “High School Musical” – The of superheroes is back, but award-winning Cypress this time Elastigirl returns Bay High School drama to crimefighting, leaving department presents this Mr. Incredible home to take perennial favorite. Show care of the kids and discover time is at 7pm in the school Jack-Jack’s secret superpowers. auditorium. Tickets are $10 Show time is at 8pm at the and can be purchased online event stage at Weston Regional at www.lightningdrama. Park. Call 954-389-4321 for com or at the door. For more more information. information call 954-3230350 ext. 3130.
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Weston Friends Club Bunco – “The Bunconeers” meet at 1pm at a member’s home. For more information about this fun monthly bunco group, call Elena Hajek, Chair, at 954-802-6720.
16th Vegan Cooking Class – Chef Shira Levy will demonstrate how to make vegan ice cream, hummus and more using a simple ingredients. Samples will be provided. This tasty and fun program takes place from 6:30-7:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.
18th Earth Day Story Time – Toddlers (12-35 months) and their parents or caregivers can celebrate Earth Day with stories about nature and discuss taking care of our big, beautiful planet. This story time session takes place from 11:30am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. Contact the Youth Services Department at 954-357-5430 for more information.
20th 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.
27th Recycled Object Art – In honor of Earth Day, children (ages
5 and up) can make a fun puppet craft using recycled materials. This free program is presented by Simply Puppets. It takes place from 11am-1pm at the Weston Branch Library. Pre-registration is required; call 954-357-5304.
28th Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling – Drop off your household hazardous waste and electronics items at the Weston Public Works Services Center, 2599 South Post Road, between 9am and 3pm. This is the safe way to dispose of paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, tires, batteries, computers and televisions. For more information call 954-385-2600.
Weston Art Gallery Meeting – Jill Lefkowitz will demonstrate her unique technique of drawing and painting with acrylics on a barrel. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at the Davie Parks Recreation Multipurpose Center, 3801 S. Pine Island Road. Contact Lifrancis Rojas at 305-310-9586 for more information.
May 2nd Mother’s Day Storytime – In celebration of Mother’s Day, the toddler story time session at the Weston Branch Library will read stories recognizing moms, grandmas, and caregivers of all kinds. This free program is from 11:30am-12pm. Call 954-3575304 for more information.
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eston is widely known as a biking friendly community. It boasts 46 miles of paved and marked bike lanes – and that will soon grow thanks to a grant from the Broward Metropolitan Organization’s Complete Streets and other Localized Initiatives Program (CSLIP). The $2.6 million in funding will extend the bike lane and side walk along Bonaventure Boulevard all the way across Weston. Three years ago, the City submitted a CSLIP grant application for the design, engineering and construction of a bike lane and sidewalk to create a complete and connected network of bikeways and multi-modal transportation along the Bonaventure Boulevard corridor. The City recently learned it was awarded the grant, providing for a four to five-foot wide bike lane and sidewalk stretching from Indian Trace to State Road 84. This will provide bikers access to a complete network of paved bike lanes throughout the City. “Weston is an ideal place to cycle, whether recreationally or for transportation,” notes Mayor Daniel Stermer. “We consistently work to enhance our infrastructure to complete and connect any missing links to safely get our residents and visitors to where they want and need to go.”
Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation, adds, “In an active community like Weston it is important to look for ways to enhance the outdoor experience. Improving connectivity throughout the city will reinforce our goal of continuing to be a bike friendly community.” The Florida Department of Transportation will assign a project manager to oversee this grant project. The final plans should be ready by August 2121, and the project completed before 2022. Although a long way off, it will be worth the wait to have a completed bike lane system – and fully paid for by the CSLIP grant. Once finished, the new stretch of bike lanes and
sidewalks will promote mobility and safety for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. In addition to its miles of paved bike lanes, Weston is a popular biking spot because many of the city parks feature Fixit Bike Repair stations equipped with all of the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. There are Fixit Bike Repair stations at Weston Regional Park (near the basketball courts), Peace Mound Park, Emerald Estates Park, Gator Run Park, and Library Park. n For more information on biking in Weston go to www.westonfl. org/residents/bicycle-traffic-safety/biking-in-weston.
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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
Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well
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Weston Wildlife Warnings – What You Need To Know About Our Natural Neighbors generally have no intention of bothering people and ne of the reasons Weston is continually will go away. A licensed trapper or the Florida Fish named one of the best places to live in and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) can America is because of its picture-perfect remove nuisance alligators. setting. Perched on the edge of the Everglades and Coyote sightings are becoming increasingly comsurrounded by wetland preserves, Weston’s natural mon, with several recent sightings here in Weston. beauty means frequent wildlife sightings and Generally nocturnal, coyotes are seldom seen and encounters. encountering one is rare. Still, Weston homeowners With Weston’s close proximity to the Everglades, should be on the lookout. The average Florida coyote alligators are one of the more common wildlife sight- weighs about 28 pounds and its paw tracks are about ings. Mating season (May and June) is approaching; two inches long. a time when alligators tend to become more visible To protect you and your family, secure garbage as they move between bodies of water seeking a cans and clean up pet food and fallen fruit that mate. If you see an alligator, remain calm. They could attract coyotes. Feeding coyotes is illegal, and it will cause them to lose their fear of humans. Pets should be kept in enclosed areas and dogs walked on a short leash. If you encounter a coyote, you can scare it away by yelling and clapping, banging pots and pans together, throwing rocks and sticks, spraying it with garden hoses or sprinklers, using noise making devices (i.e.: air horns and whistles), and installing motion sensor lights. If you encounter an aggressive coyote contact the FWC. Bears are another example of natural Florida BY STACEY BOMSER
wildlife that can sometimes be found wandering into suburban communities. You may recall the famed “Weston Bear”, the Florida Black Bear that stalked neighborhoods during the summer of 2009 and was eventually caught in Weston Hills Country Club. These generally shy and secretive animals will wander into inhabited areas in search of food. Contact FWC if you spot a bear. Other common wildlife sightings in Weston include deer, raccoons, heron and snakes. They pose little danger to residents. The mitigation area, that buffers the city from the Everglades, is a popular deer habitat. Encounters are common, especially in the area of Saddle Club and South Post Road and Manatee Isles Drive. Drive with caution, especially at dusk and dawn when deer are most visible and active. Raccoons are scavengers. Do not leave pet food out and secure your garbage cans. Although they can appear cute and cuddly, raccoons are wild animals that bite and scratch. They may also carry rabies. n To report dangerous wildlife, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 866-392-4286 from 8am5pm or 561-357-4200 after hours.
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Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle BY DR. CARLO A. MESSINA
oot and ankle injuries are very common in sports or in general activities of daily living. Many structures including bone, ligament, cartilage and joint lining may be injured. Injuries may occur from a single traumatic event or from overuse. Injuries may occur during the teenage years that may manifest themselves later on. These injuries may cause stiffness and pain in the foot or the ankle joints, especially after getting out of bed first thing in the morning to walk. This stiffness and pain will be present for a proportional period of time usually to the degree of joint injury. With weightbearing, the joint usually loosens and the person is able to ambulate. This stiffness and pain will redevelop if the person sits for a period of time and tries to get up and walk. As the day goes on, the foot or ankle may ache, especially with excessive activity. Swelling may be present over the area that is injured. Instability may develop if the ligaments have been injured causing the foot or ankle to constantly twist. When these injuries are unresponsive to conservative treatment which may include orthotics, medication or rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery may be neces-
sary to remove the damaged tissue in the foot and ankle. A miniature camera is placed into the injured joint allowing an image to be seen on a television screen. The joint is visualized, and small instruments are introduced into the joint to clean out and repair the damage. Fragments of bone and cartilage are often removed. Suctioning of debris and smoothing rough surfaces will often allow a joint to resume its normal gliding motion. Arthroscopic surgery may be used to treat the following conditions: chronic join pain and swelling; arthritis and bone spurs; loose bone and cartilage fragments; stiff, scarred joints; and ankle fractures that have not completely recovered. The advantages of arthroscopic surgery include: faster recovery; less pain and swelling; avoids large incisions; low risk of infection; outpatient procedure; and quicker return to activities. Joints are designed to give our bodies freedom of movement. Wear and tear of a joint due to injury or due to aging may alter the lifestyle of an individual. When conservative treatments fail, arthroscopic surgery should be considered. The surgery is especially helpful for a fracture that has occurred to the ankle even after the ankle has been fixed surgically. The cartilage in the ankle joint may have been damaged during the injury causing chronic stiffness and pain that may be mild but never goes away completely. Patients often think that this is a very livable condition. However, once treated arthroscopically a full return to activity may be possible. n Carlo A. Messina, DPM, is a Board Certified Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Diplomate American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon with the Foot, Ankle and Leg Specialists of South Florida and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults. His partners are Dr. Robert Sheinberg, Dr. Al DeSimone, Dr. Fernando Moya, Dr. Alexander Bertot, Dr. David Shenassa, Dr. Michael Cohen, Dr. Franz Jones and Dr. John Goodner. The South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine in Weston is located at 1600 Town Center Blvd., Suite C, (954) 389-5900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www. SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.com.
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City Worker Watches Out for Wildlife BY STACEY BOMSER
struggling in the roadway in front of City Hall. He was able to safely move it to the large lake where it belonged. “Sandy’s feats of wildlife rescue have become somewhat legendary around here at the Public Works Services Center,” states Assistant City Manager Karl Thompson. “He is indeed our go-to-person when it comes to wildlife.” Humbled by the compliments, Sandy says he believes taking care of others, including wildlife, is why we were put on earth. He says the universe has provided us with a gift and we are to act responsibly to give back to nature by doing our part. For Sandy, helping animals is the greatest reward of his job. Over the years he has performed many rescues including an Ibis entangled in fishing line dangling from a tree, a duck with a broken leg, turtles with hooks in their mouths, and a blind dog in the water. He says his most memorable experience was helping save seven newborn ducklings from a catch basin. With the ducklings going deeper into the pipe and the sun setting, Sandy devised a plan to put a small light at the opening and play a YouTube video of a duck calling for her babies. Once the ducklings heard the sounds and saw the light, they came out of the pipe one-by-one and Sandy was able to catch them in a net and return them to their mother. Photos courtesy City of Weston
ildlife is abundant in and around Weston. It is one of the joys of living on the edge of the Everglades, but nature’s visitors can sometimes get a little too close to civilization. That’s when Emerito ‘Sandy’ Sandigo, a drainage technician in the Utilities Division of the Weston Public Works Department, steps in. Over the past 14 years of his employment, Sandy has become the City’s go-to-guy for animal questions and concerns. Sandy is often called on to help endangered or injured wildlife. On New Year’s Eve, Sandy rescued an American Kestrel (a small falcon) that he found with an eye injury. His shift was over, and he advised supervisors that he was going to take the bird to the animal hospital, on his own time. In January, Anabella Alfert, a Weston resident and wildlife rescuer with the South Florida Wildlife Center, wrote a letter commending Sandy for his exemplary professionalism and compassion when responding to a call from the Center for assistance within the City of Weston to protect a nest until the eggs hatched and it could be moved. “I applaud the extraordinary efforts displayed by Mr. Sandigo, who demonstrated qualities of a caring and action-drive leader,” wrote Ms. Alfert. “The City of Weston is extremely fortunate to have him represent our community.” One of Sandy’s most recent rescues was a Florida Spiny Shell Turtle found
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Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center Opens Eyes and Hearts BY STACEY BOMSER
ne of the world’s most unique and comprehensive Holocaust museums is here in our backyard. The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center, located within the Alvin Sherman Library on the Nova Southeastern University campus, is a one-of-a-kind experience, offering young and old the opportunity to learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust and why we must practice tolerance and respect to ensure history does not repeat itself. The exhibit is the work of Weston residents Craig and Barbara Weiner. The couple has always felt that the best way for current and future generations to learn the importance of having greater respect for one another, and greater tolerance for our fellow humankind, is through Holocaust education. The Weiners began devoting their lives to Holocaust education in 2012. After taking several trips to Eastern Europe, where they saw school groups from other countries visiting Holocaust memorials and touring concentration camps, they determined that more education was needed here in the United States. “For our first project, we brought a guide from the Buchenwald Concentration Camp Memorial to Florida to provide students with a firsthand lesson,” explains Craig. “Over five months’ time, he taught in roughly 100 schools. It was simply unheard of to make this happen. The program was so unique and impactful.” Recognizing the success of that education program, the Weiners approached NSU to partner with them to create the Holocaust Reflection Contest. It is open to middle and high school students statewide. Students
may enter in one of three categories: essay, film or artwork. Now in its fifth year, Craig says last year they received so many entries that they needed 76 judges to judge all the submissions. But the project the Weiners are most proud of is the one that bears their name, the Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center. It has truly been a labor of love for the couple who have traveled the world curating artifacts and collaborated with renowned institutions such as the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The Center has been fully funded in perpetuity, insuring that it can never close and will be there for future generations to learn from and experience. Empowering Youth with Empathy and Education The primary purpose of the Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center is education. The Weiners, as well as other trained docents, run a day-long program for students in grades eight to twelve. According to Craig, the program begins with a 90-minute tour of the Center during which the students are led from exhibit to exhibit and explained the significance of the various images and artifacts. That is followed by an hour-long session either meeting with a Holocaust survivor or watching and discussing the documentary The Search for the White Rose, which the Weiners collaborated in producing. “The film is about a group of nonJewish German students who had the courage to stand up against Hitler and the Nazis. They serve as wonderful role models for today’s students to learn the importance of standing up and rejecting all forms of hate – racism,
anti-Semitism, bigotry, and intolerance,” states Craig. The program concludes with Barbara and Craig Weiner established the a special preHolocaust Reflection and Resource Center sentation on saw as anti-Semitism within the State the Auschwitz Department. Album. “It’s the only album in exisOne of the main messages of the tence that illustrates the selection process at the concentration camps and Center is that of activism. “We can’t spend our lives being bystanders,” depicts individual family situations,” shares Barbara. “It’s very touching and states Craig. “The Holocaust could have been prevented if the world had not impactful to students.” been bystanders. We want students Throughout the day, the educators try to relate what happened during the and patrons to leave here knowing they Holocaust with what’s happening today, have the power to make a difference.” One of the ways the couple is doing such as the deadly white nationalist that is by promoting kindness. “Society rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. today is taking ‘kind’ out “The only effective way to of mankind,” explains teach Holocaust education is Barbara. “When I work to make it relevant to students’ with the students, I lives today,” explains Craig. challenge them to One of the ways he does this foster kindness. Instead is by asking students how of posting selfies, I many people tragically lost encourage them to take their lives on 9-11. He then pictures of themselves asks the children if they were and others doing kind to read 1000 names each day, deeds. Our entire wish how many days would it take is that you enter this to memorialize all of those Center a kind person victims. The students immeand leave a kinder one.” diately respond with three The Weiners’ hope is days. Craig then explains that everyone who visits that to read the names of only the Holocaust Reflection and Resource the six million Jews that perished Center leaves with a better underduring the Holocaust it would take 16 standing of what results from hate. years and four months. That, he says, Their mission is threefold: remind, makes jaws drop. remember and reflect. Artifacts and Activism “We hope this experience will Students and Holocaust Reflection Remind us of the deadliest genocide in and Resource Center visitors are history, done by humans to humans; amazed by the collection of artifacts Remember and honor the six million on display. There are photos of Nazi soldiers actually inside the Jewish syn- Jewish children, men and women who perished as well as those non-Jews who agogues as they were being destroyed also perished for inhumane reasons; and burned, images from children’s and Reflect on our moral conscience, books spreading Nazi propaganda, our individual responsibility and gas canisters from the concentrarole in making for a better future,” tion camps, arm bands worn by Nazi states Craig. soldiers, drawings made by Jewish prisoners, and much more. Some of the n The Craig and Barbara Weiner Holocaust Reflection and Resource Center is free to the most impressive pieces are an ornate violin with a Star of David carved in its public. It is located on the second floor of the Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman back that survived the Holocaust and Library, which is open daily. For more information an original letter written by President or to schedule a tour email HRRR@nova.edu or Harry Truman referencing what he call 954-262-4578. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY WESTON | APRIL 2019 51
Oh No, I Am Not Ready To Go! BY IVIS MATEOS was feeling a little strange, not sure what exactly was happening, but I know my body well enough to know when something is off. So, I decided to make an appointment to do routine blood work and hoped it was just my busy work and personal schedule taking a toll on me. I was not really anticipating any crazy results back, because a little over a year ago I had complete blood work done for a life insurance policy. Those results came back stating that I was among the top 5% of the healthiest people in the country. Moving forward a year, I go back to my doctor’s office to get the results from the routine check-up and to my surprise, according to the MD reading my results, I am on the verge of dying of a heart attack! I couldn’t believe my ears, he said I was pre-diabetic, possibly had a tumor in my kidney since there were traces of blood in my urine, and my cholesterol was so high I was on the verge of a heart attack. When you are told you are about to die, suddenly it puts life into perspective. I am not ready to go. I haven’t done everything I need to do. I haven’t said the things I need to say to the people that matter most to me. I want my children to be older before it’s time for me to go. I want them to be adults, married, with children. I want to meet my grandchildren. I want to be there for most of their milestones. I want to make sure they have a happy life before I go. So many things went through my mind, while I sat staring at the doctor’s face while he spoke. Life is unpredictable and you never know if you will have time to take care of all the things you need to take care of. But, when you think you are about to die, you realize that you need to start moving, start planning and preparing for that moment when you will no longer be around to take care of your children. Think about a will, life insurance, important documents and information your family might need in order to proceed if you are not around. Do all the things you need to do and say all things you want to say before it’s too late. Luckily for me, my doctor actually gave me the wrong information. I almost did literally die of a heart of attack right in front of his face! Needless to say, I re-tested a week later with another doctor and all I had was a little cholesterol that a change in my diet could fix. Take care of yourself so that you can be the best that you can be for your children and take a moment to reflect on the important things that need to get done.
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Cypress Bay Alumna Ready to Take on Stage or Screen BY STACEY BOMSER
interned at the SCAD Casting fter Paloma Leon Velarde gradu- of-a-kind performing arts experience Office, the only professionates from the Savannah College held at various venues throughout ally run casting office at the of Art and Design (SCAD) next Savannah, Georgia, celebrating the university level in the world. month, she would like to move to history of the city and the university’s “Through this office I have New York. Performing 40th anniversary. More gotten so many opportunion Broadway would be a than 60 SCAD students ties,” shares Paloma. “I’ve dream come true for the worked together on this been hired to work the SCAD performing arts major who unique performing arts Savannah Film Festival as a got her start on the stage experience that brought the Festival Concierge, where I’ve at Tequesta Trace Middle audience through four difgotten the opportunity to netSchool and Cypress Bay ferent time periods while work with filmmakers, actors, High School. visiting four historical and and casting directors. I’ve Paloma was very iconic spots in Savannah. also gotten to work and attend involved in school drama Paloma played a 1920’s SCAD’s aTVfest, Georgia’s programs while growing flapper girl, dancing, acting only festival dedicated to Weston native Paloma Leon Velarde (right) performs up in Weston. “At Cypress and singing. She performed television. In these events, in Savannah Songs. Photos courtesy SCAD. Bay, I performed in all as part of the SCAD Bees, a we get to take Master Classes of the shows we did. Some of these performance ensemble choir made up with famous actors in the while also taking a Film and TV class, included Footloose, Legally Blonde, Les of 20 elite singers. “For our portion, we industry such as Sir Patrick Stewart, while also taking a Musical Theatre Mis and In The Heights. I also competed performed a comedic skit. My group Alan Cumming, John Krasinski, Emily Repertoire class.” in the Florida State Thespian competi- of performers were at a casting call. Paloma’s hope is to one day work Blunt, Zach Braff, among many others.” tions. I got Critic’s Choice every year, During this skit we danced and sung to in musical theatre, as that is where It’s unique opportunities like this and even got State selected my senior Yes Sir, That’s My Baby by Frank Sinatra.” that led Paloma to choose to attend she found her love for performing way year (2015).” Acting as if she were part of a castback in middle school. “I would be the SCAD. “They have one of the top perHer most recent stage performance ing call was no challenge for Paloma. happiest person in the world if I could forming arts programs in the nation. was as part of Savannah Songs, a oneSince she was a freshman she has do it as a full-time job.” At SCAD, I get to take a Casting class,
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The Crisis In Venezuela BY REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD STARK outh Florida is home to the largest community of Venezuelans who have left their home country to move to the United States to begin a new life. Doral and Weston are the cities with the largest concentration of Venezolanos, and are fondly referred to as Doralzuela and Westonzuela. Wealthy or poor, leaving one’s home country to relocate to another, whether it is economic or political, or a combination, is difficult for anyone. The history of the United States is comprised of immigrants from around the globe coming to America for a better life. As I write this article, many nations, including the United States and Canada, are doing all they can to bring pressure upon the current President of Venezuela to step down, and allow Juan Guaido, the President of the National Assembly, to take his place until new elections are set. Mr. Guaido has declared himself President in order to hasten Nicolas Maduro’s departure, and he is being recognized as the new interim President by the USA, but Maduro still has support of the military, and is likely to remain in place for now. Since this story is too large to discuss all of the details of the current situation, or to have a clear prediction of what the outcomes will be once this article is published, let me discuss what the Florida Legislature has done since last year, and continues to pursue this year. Most sanctions and pressure on the Maduro regime must come from the Federal Government, but Florida is taking action on its own. Last year, the Florida House and Senate passed legislation stating that Florida will not
conduct business with the Maduro regime any longer through its state pension fund and considered a House Memorial that I proposed to petition the Federal Government to continue to bring pressure to bear upon the Maduro regime, and for humanitarian assistance to be delivered into Venezuela. Due to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, many of the items the legislature was considering came to a halt, including the House Memorial. The current 2019 House Memorial passed through the first committee in early February and acknowledges Juan Guaido as interim President and urges the U.S. Congress and President to bring all the pressure it can to help the Maduro regime step down. Other members of the House are in discussion about adding Temporary Protective Status to the House Memorial. While the outcome of the Venezuelan crisis in April (when this will be published) is not predictable, what is predictable is that the State of Florida and I, as the Representative for Weston, will be doing all we can to help in removing the Maduro regime, assisting the humanitarian situation there, and also supporting people who have relocated here and need assistance in becoming settled. n State Representative Richard Stark (D – Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at RichardStark@myflorida.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287.
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y all accounts Peter Hammer sounds like your typical high school sophomore. He’s active in Student Government, performs in the Advanced Chamber Choir, and plays the drums and guitar during his free time. The big difference is that he travels the world as a competitive fencer. Peter currently ranks as one of the top Cadets in the country and has set his sights on the 2024 Olympics. Peter started fencing when he was twelve, after trying it during a free afterschool program. He says he immediately liked it. “Fencing is not only a physical sport, but predominantly a mental one, requiring a lot of thinking and planning as well as proper execution of actions at high speeds. This sort of fast-paced, strategic game really got me hooked on the sport.” He says he likes fencing because it is a mental game you have not only with your opponent, but with yourself. “It takes a lot of confidence and effort, as well as a proper winner’s mindset to really be successful at fencing. It doesn’t matter if you have trained and worked as hard as possible, perfecting strategies, form and technique, if you don’t have a focused and determined mindset and self-confidence when fencing you will never be able to go far in the fencing scene.” Peter definitely has what it takes. He is currently one of the top ranked fencers in the world, having represented the United States in three international competitions this season. His most recent competition was the Junior
Olympics, where he finished 17th out of the 240 top fencers in the country. His result secures his spot among the top Cadets in the U.S. and that means he will represent the United States in international tournaments during the 2019-2020 season. “It is very surreal seeing as I came from being a novice to an internationally-ranked fencer in four years,” shares Peter. “I remember being 12 and 13 and seeing other fencers dominate competitions, wishing I could do the same and make a name for myself by being one of the best. Being able to have achieved that gives me this great sense of pride and motivation.” Peter has now set his sights on the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, noting that it will take a lot of hard work and dedication to get there. “Only the top four fencers in Division 1 or Senior National List are selected to represent the United States in the Olympics and to reach that level you have to have achieved a high technical and tactical level of fencing at national and international competitions. I am very proud of what I have achieved so far, but I know I still have much to learn and work on to reach one of those four spots.” In addition to fencing competitively, Peter is an official USA Fencing Saber referee, having completed the rigorous training to adjudicate matches. He notes, “The knowledge of the sport the referee must have is extensive and is often times very difficult to understand, making being a referee a position of prestige in the fencing community.”
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Girl Scout Silver Award Project Brings Smiles to Sick Children crafts items to benefit children staying at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. lifelong Girl Scout, Samantha “We love working with kids and Penland is working to earn the we wanted to make a difference and prestigious Silver Award, along with her best friend, Mackenzie Cleary. make children happy while they are in the hospital,” shares Samantha, an For their Smile Makers project, the eighth grader at Falcon Cove Middle girls donated new toys and arts and School. “We thought Smile Makers would be a good name because we hope to make the children smile when they receive a bedside bag or play with the new toys in the playroom.” The project involved soliciting donations from family, friends and local businesses. “We were able to raise $1800 to purchase new toys for the four playrooms at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital,” states Samantha, noting they also collected smaller items, such as arts and crafts kits, puzzles and bubbles, to create 100 bedside bags for the more seriously ill patients. “We decided that our project needed two components – the playrooms and the bedside bags – because we thought, ‘What if there are children who are too BY STACEY BOMSER
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Weston Model Goes from Classroom to Catwalk BY STACEY BOMSER
y all accounts, Samantha Jolie is your typical ten-year-old. The Manatee Bay Elementary fifth grader loves school, her teacher and her friends. She also likes horseback riding, ice skating and swimming. But what sets her apart from her peers is that Samantha is a rising star in the world of modeling. Samantha says she started modeling when she was six-yearsold but had to take a break for almost two years when she lost her front teeth. With a full, beautiful smile, she is now back in front of the camera and walking the runway for fashion week. She has been featured in ads for Roberto Cavalli shoes and for a luxury children’s store in Toronto, in which she modeled clothes by Dolce Gabbana, MiMiSol, Young Versace and other designers. Samantha says one of her favorite jobs was walking for Brandy Melville at Toronto Kids Fashion Week, where she also walked for Petite Parisians. During New York Fashion Week, Samantha walked for designer Eunika Simmons and PLITZS Fashion Marketing. While she enjoys both photo shoots and runway modeling, Samantha says she likes the creativity of print work. “I like how we look so different between one photo shoot and another.” She enjoys the camaraderie of runway modeling. “I like to meet new people,
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hen School Counselor Autumn Chokshi joined Indian Trace Elementary this year, she introduced a school-wide Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program. Through programs such as Bucket Filler Friday and the Tracer-Buddy Program, students are learning critical life skills. “Social and Emotional Learning teaches students how to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, and handle conflicts using appropriate skills and problem-solving techniques,” explains Mrs. Chokshi, noting that better social skills lead to higher achievement scores and grades. “I truly believe SEL promotes happiness in children and happy students are ready to learn without barriers.” In addition to teaching students the skills necessary to manage their emotions, show empathy for others, work collaboratively and communicate effectively, Mrs. Chokshi has introduced a few new programs that promote kindness and cooperation on campus. Based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today?,
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Memories Made at Eagle Point Elementary’s Mom & Son Fun Night BY STACEY BOMSER
or years, the Eagle Point Elementary Foundation has hosted a Daddy Daughter Dance. And for just as long, moms have been asking for a family bonding event for mothers and sons. That became a reality this year with the Superhero Mom & Son Fun Night. Foundation President Sophia LoMonaco says they considered a few different ideas before picking the game night. “We decided on a fun night with minute-to-win-it type games and activities. Boys love to be active and this way they would stay engaged, entertained and work in collaboration with their moms to play together and compete against other mom-son teams.” To add to the excitement, the event had a superhero theme. LoMonaco says that was an easy choice because moms are already superheroes. She says many families got into the spirit of the night, dressing in costume. Mothers and sons visited up to 30 stations
competing in games such as Ironman’s Drone Catch, Robin’s Super Egg Race, Superman’s Cup Find, Ant-Man’s Mega Bowl, Thor’s Connect Four, and more. There was also a selfie station and professional photo booth by Joe Isabella to capture memories of this fun night. LoMonaco says Superhero Mom & Son Fun Night was a huge success. “There were lots of laughs, excitement and all-around fun! Boys were high-fiving their moms when they scored or won an activity or event.” There is already talk about next year’s motherson night. LoMonaco says the Foundation wants it to become a staple event for the school. That’s great news for Isabel Magette, mother of Matthew, a fifth grader. “The event was a great start of a new tradition for Eagle Point Elementary. It was an entertaining evening for moms and sons.
We loved it!” Mandi Sehgal and her son Nikhil, a first grader, also enjoyed the evening. “Superhero night was a unique event celebrating mothers and their sons. We both had a fantastic time competing as a team. We loved all of the games, especially the drone catch.” In addition to providing a unique family bonding experience, Superhero Mom & Son Fun Night was a fundraiser for the Eagle Point Foundation, raising over $3000 to enhance school technology. “The Foundation’s mission is to support the school and create fun and family-oriented events that bring the school community together,” explains LoMonaco. More than 400 mothers and sons attended the Superhero Mom & Son Fun Night. The event also drew about 75 volunteers, including many middle and high school students who are Eagle Point Elementary alumni, as well as parents and school staff.
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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Seek Professional Help to Lose Weight BY DR. JEAN-CLAUDE NERETTE & STEPHANIE MUNIZ, ARNP
here is more to losing weight than just calorie control – seek professional help. If you’ve ever dieted only to gain weight back, know that you are not alone. In fact, a recent article from the American Psychological Association points out “weight regain is the typical long-term response to dieting rather than the exception.” There are many factors that contribute to this disappointing statistic. One you that you can tackle immediately that will enhance your chances of success is knowing and understanding what caused the weight gain in the first place. Most people think the answer is calorie restriction, but the truth is that cutting calories may or may not work for you. If the root cause is that you are consuming too many calories, then yes. But a calorie excess is not always the problem. Did you know there is also a possibility you may not be eating enough? Something else to consider is that as you lose and continue to lose weight, your body adjusts to the “new normal” by burning fewer calories. If you want to continue to see weight loss then you are forced to continue cutting calories to unhealthy and unsustainable levels. Similarly, if you have tried to cut calories and have not seen any weight loss, your problem could be unrelated to calorie consumption. There is a misconception that in order to be healthy, one must lose weight when in fact, sometimes the total opposite needs to happen. Some individuals need to optimize their health first, in order for their bodies to respond as expected and drop the pounds. One key area to look at would be your hormones. No matter how healthy, or how low-calorie your diet may be, you will not see the changes you seek if your hormones are not balanced. Hormones have a direct impact in maintaining the body’s ideal weight. An imbalance can make you more or less hungry than normal or can interfere with important bodily functions, that in turn, will hinder your weight loss efforts. We need to work with our body, not against it, if we want to change it. As you can see, when it comes to weight loss, there is much more to consider than just the amount of food you are putting into your mouth. This is why it is important to work with a functional medicine doctor who is not only looking to mask symptoms of disease, but prevent it by attacking the root cause, whether is is nutritional choices or other factors such as hormones or lifestyle. Even as important as being evaluated and given an individualized plan by a professional, is to continue working with them after weight loss to ensure your hormones and bodily functions are ideal. Keep in mind that weight loss can also stress the body and cause hormonal imbalances. If you are ready to turn your life around but don’t know where to start, we can help you at Bellissimo Medical, LLC. In the meantime, exercising regularly, consuming balanced and potion-controlled meals, managing stress and sleeping eight hours a night are all things you can do today to get you started. 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 LLC is located at 2665 Executive Park Drive, Suite #3, in Weston. For information, visit www. BellissimoMedical.com
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Gator Run Elementary’s Multicultural Festival Was Cause for Celebration BY STACEY BOMSER
ator Run Elementary School students, families, and faculty came together to celebrate the school’s diversity and anniversary. The fifth annual Multicultural Festival attracted a crowd of nearly 5,000 people. “Our Multicultural Festival is the highlight of the school year at Gator Run,” states Principal Keith Peters.
Clinic we were able to rent a stage to “Students from 47 different countries host the entire festival outside on the make up our school population. The school grounds.” Multicultural Festival is an opporThirty-two countries, from tunity to celebrate our diversity and Armenia to Venezuela, were reprehow our differences bring us together. sented and festival-goers were able You can really feel the pride that is to travel from country to country shared by all who attend, both for getting their passports stamped. Many their own culture but also for a school booths offered food or drink samples community that recognizes that to give guests a taste of the flavors of #everyonematters.” that country. Monaghan says some Festival Chair Erin Monaghan countries gave out keepsakes reprebelieves one of the reasons this year’s senting their culture, such as flowers event was so successful was because or handmade bracelets. of the support of the Weston commuGuests were also treated to cultural nity. In addition to all the Gator Run performances including dance, marfamilies who volunteered their time tial arts, singing and instrumental to prepare booths representing their music, as well as a fashion show. All of cultural heritage, Cleveland Clinic these performances featured stuFlorida sponsored the event. dents, alumni or parents in the Gator “The past four years, the perforRun community. mances were inside on the cafeteria “It was wonderful to experience stage and the country booths were all of the countries displayed. The outside so the festival was divided,” samples and activities were amazing,” explains Monaghan. “Thanks to a shares Gator Run Parent Brandi Hines. generous sponsorship from Cleveland “The performances from each country
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were the highlight of the night. We are excited for the festival next year!” In addition to being Gator Run’s fifth annual Multicultural Festival, this year’s event also served as a celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary. Monaghan says there was a special GRE 20 booth featuring school yearbooks for guests to peruse and reminisce, a giant birthday card to the school for everyone to sign, and a special project for guests to leave their name. She notes that many Gator Run alumni attended the festival to reconnect with former friends and see favorite teachers, administration and school staff.
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Family Dentistry Welcomes Dr. Diana Torres as New Partner BY STACEY BOMSER
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amily Dentistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Diana Torres has become a partner in the practice, handling all business aspects. She will continue to see patients, along with Dr. Guillermo Rodriguez. Dr. Torres brings vast experience in comprehensive dentistry as well as business to the dental practice that has been serving the Weston community for over 20 years. She shares more about her background, commitment to her profession, and dedication to caring for the underserved. What is your background? I have been in the dental field for over ten years. After earning my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Physical Science from the University of Central Florida, I attended the Loma Linda School of Dentistry where I received my Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. While pursuing my dental education, I was subjected to great learning opportunities and experienced faculty who molded me into the practitioner I am today. As I studied meticulously and treated patients in the restorative clinic, I could not help but to think about how comprehensive dentistry could improve their smile, their confidence, and their life. As a result, I took it upon myself to focus on many areas of dentistry and was accepted into the Orthodontic and Endodontic Honors Program. What made you want to go into dentistry? I grew up in a small business-oriented family in Colombia. Everything appeared to be steering me toward
Dr. Guillermo Rodriguez and Dr. Diana Torres.
business, but I experienced greater fulfillment while engaging in health care related services through clinical and volunteer work. My aspiration, as a partner in Family Dentistry, is to combine my family’s industrial techniques with my personal and professional passion to heal and beautify people’s smiles. What services do you provide? I strive to provide the highest level of comprehensive dentistry while educating patients about oral health. I incorporate orthodontics in my daily practice by treating minor crowding and mild cases of malocclusion with Invisalign. I perform root canals on a daily basis and provide patients with great cosmetic options to improve their smile, such as non-prep veneers and conservative smile design. What are your plans as the practice’s new managing partner? My passion to provide optimal care and my hunger for knowledge in the
field further confirm that I want to take my career to the next level. I want to be a leader in the community and, in doing so, I plan to focus primarily on three areas: contributing to the profession through meaningful research; striving for perfection clinically; and giving back to the community in abundance. How do you give back to those in need? Coming from a country where many
people face poverty, I was inspired to devote my time to those who are most in need. I have engaged in various volunteer opportunities, such as taking part in international mission trips to Nicaragua and Kenya. Some of my most gratifying experiences have consisted in performing routine dental therapies to members of marginalized populations. I currently volunteer at the Mission Dental Clinic in Delray Beach. Is there anything else you would like readers to know? I am very excited to have joined Dr. Rodriguez as his new partner. As a wife and a mother of two wonderful boys, I feel compelled to the community and look forward to continuing to provide family-oriented dental services. n Family Dentistry is located at 2625 Executive Park Drive, Suite 2, in the Lakeside Corporate Park. For more information visit www.familydentistryinweston.com or call 954-384-8484.
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Weston Schools Participate in a Day of Service and Love BY STACEY BOMSER
o recognize the one-year anniin honor of Marjory Stoneman versary of the tragedy at Marjory Douglas High School. Peer Stoneman Douglas High School, Counseling Coordinator Julie students at Weston schools observed Sikorski says these students Tequesta Trace Middle School made Cougar Care packages for the homeless. a moment of silence in honor of the distributed the Cougar Care first and third grade students, 17 victims. Many schools also chose to packages to persons in need they created Valentine’s cards participate in community saw while driving for the children staying at service projects, encouragaround with the hospital. ing students to engage in their parents. To help promote kindness, acts of kindness. At Gator Run students in Denise Boehm’s As part of Broward Elementary second grade class at Gator Schools’ “A Day of Service School, the Dual Run drew rainbow pictures and Love”, students at Language classes, with inspirational messages for Tequesta Trace Middle kindergarten residents in a nearby nursing School donated snacks, through grade home. The class also collected three, spread love protein bars, water bottles, donations for the Humane by collecting toys to Gatorade, and personal Society, which they personally Second graders at Gator Run made uplifting donate to patients care items to help the pictures for nursing home residents. delivered when they visited at Joe DiMaggio homeless. Peer Counselors, Manatee Bay SRO students in Jennifer Ramos’ and Skolnick reads cards Children’s Hospital. the facility in March. along with National Junior While many classes at Manatee made by students. Kerry Wolk’s fifth grade classes made In conjunction Honor Society members Bay Elementary marked the day Valentine’s Day cards for School with that project, the third-grade and the Student Council, packed the by reading stories about kindness, Resource Officer Mark Skolnick. dual language class, as well as all donations into Ziploc bags labeled
The Gator Run Elementary third grade Dual Language class displays the Valentine’s cards they made for patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Gator Run Dual Language Team Leader Laura Pantin (left) and 3rd Grade Dual Language Teacher Bernice Vacas presented donations of toys and cards to Child Life volunteers at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
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Cypress Bay Peer Tutoring Program Creates Positive Change BY STACEY BOMSER
embers of the Earn “A” Change club at Cypress Bay High School are making a difference on campus and in the community. Using funds earned by tutoring, Earn “A” Change donates to charities that benefit children here at home and around the world. “Earn ‘A’ Change is ‘A’ way to change the world,” explains Corey Steinman, Director of Community Outreach. “The name basically means that we tutor for students to earn an ‘A’ in their classes, while also providing funds for a donation to charity, which is where the change is. Peer tutoring is arguably the most helpful method for students to learn, so we feel as if we are always making changes.” The club, which was founded in 2013, is open to any interested Cypress Bay student. Corey says students are neither chosen or selected, they just come to a meeting and join the club. “New members fill out forms to meet qualifications and tell us which subjects they have the most knowledge in, so we can schedule tutoring sessions accordingly.” Corey says Earn “A” Change has tutors available in practically every subject necessary and they can tutor at the high school, middle school or elementary school level. “Students, or their parents, arrange for tutoring by filling out a form on our website, where they tell us when they need to be tutored and in what subject, which we take and schedule from there.”
There is no set fee to use Earn “A” Change. Corey says tutees are simply asked to make a donation as “payment” for the peer tutoring session; the typical donation is $20-25 per session. All of the donations go into the club’s account and at the end of the school year members decide which charity to support. Corey says the officers narrow down the list of potential charities to about three to five and the club members then vote. The charity that receives the most votes is the one the club donates to that year. According to Co-President Douglas Sandler, “In past years we’ve made contributions to the Against Malaria Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Children’s Home Society, and the I Care I Cure Foundation. We’ve donated about $4,500 to various charities in past years.” While the hope is that, like the name suggests, tutees will earn an “A” grade from the peer tutoring session, Corey says the Earn “A” Change members also benefit from this experience. “Our club members gain a lot. They get to know and feel as if they are making a change in society by helping out their fellow students earn better grades, and raising funds for amazing causes. This leads to powerful developments in traits such as maturity and humility.” n For more information on Earn “A” Change or to request a tutoring session visit www.earnachange.weebly.com.
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BY DR. BEHAR AND DR. BROWNER t some point in life, most of us fall victim to neck pain. Like other kinds of muscle and joint pain, neck discomfort can be caused by many things, from the benign such as prolonged reading in an awkward position, to the more serious such as an underlying disease process. Though most neck pain is not associated with life-threatening disease, chronic neck pain and its underlying causes can profoundly affect quality of life and long-term health potential. Recurring pain or stiffness of the neck, arm or upper back, or symptoms persisting longer than one or two days should have professional evaluation. Chiropractic doctors are specialists in the assessment and treatment of muscle and joint problems, including neck and neck-related pain. As accurate diagnosis of neck pain is extremely important, your chiropractor will begin with a detailed history of your symptoms. This is followed by a thorough examination of the neck and associated regions, including appropriate orthopedic, neurological and vascular tests. Since your chiropractor is particularly concerned with the structural and functional health of your spine, specific chiropractic examination techniques will be used to assess spinal position and motion. X-rays may be taken to assist in the diagnosis, as may other specialized examination procedures when warranted. Next to in-laws, faulty spinal mechanics is the primary cause of most neck pain. Functional problems of the spine can usually be traced to incorrect spinal alignment due to abnormal posture and previous trauma. Closely associated with abnormal posture are other causes of neck pain such as repetitive strain, muscular weakness and stress producing muscular tension. Old spinal injuries inappropriately treated and chronic postural problems can also result in degenerative arthritic changes to the joints and discs of the neck. As the vast majority of neck pain is directly related to mechanical spinal problems, be they postural, traumatic or stress-related in origin, chiropractic care focuses on correcting abnormal spinal mechanics. Restoring normal position and movement to the spine not only relieves pain, it also protects against more chronic and serious health problems associated with abnormal spinal function: degenerative arthritis, soft-tissue deterioration and nervous system effects. So next time you start reaching for the bottle of pain medication, think: is merely masking the symptom the most intelligent solution to your problem neck? Don’t just hide the problem, fix it!
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Jeon’s Korean Martial Arts Master Academy Kicks Off Their Grand Opening in Plantation BY BEVERLY PERKINS
part from self-defense lessons and other great programs, Jeon’s Korean Martial Arts Master Academy (JKMA) provides a safe, clean, friendly, family-oriented, and traditional Korean environment as well as a state-of-the-art facility where everyone, no matter what age or cultural belief, feels right at home. Grand Master Jeon and his wife Master Grace Lee ensure all students receive personal attention and are provided with the best training to build discipline, respect, focus, balance, defense, and confidence. JKMA is also the home of the Korean Martial Arts Culture & Education Foundation (KMACE). Besides being passionate about teaching martial arts, the husband and wife team are committed to making a difference in their community through their programs. Furthermore, they pride themselves on having a positive impact on people’s lives by instilling discipline and confidence to enrich the lives of many. They are recently broadening their community reach by opening their third location in Plantation this month. Master Grace Lee and Grand
as well as a Korean Language and Culture exchange program bridging Korea and USA and special seminars and programs designed for people of every age and every level. What is special about your staff? Not only are we highly qualified and credentialed martial arts masters, but we also strive to create a friendly and family-oriented environment through the principles of the art. There is no other others in the area? What has made martial arts studio in South Florida your school special? with a team of credentialed instrucBesides being the only school to tions like the instructors we have at teach authentic Hapkido in the area, Jeon’s. Combined our instructors our major distinction is that we are have over 95 years of martial arts a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization experience and each one is certified providing our services to support Master Jae D. Jeon recently took the by multiple and prestigious Korean and benefit children and youth in the time to answer some questions about martial arts organizations. Grand community. Scholarships are offered their academy. Master Jae D. Jeon is the only Master to those who qualify through gifts What classes and/or programs in South Florida with 8th- degree from tax-deductible charities. We do you offer? black belt in both Hapkido and also use donations to subsidize afterWe offer self-defense lessons to Taekwondo certified by the Kukkiwon school, summer camps, and tournapeople of all ages and have special and the MooMooKwan and Korea ment team participation at local and programs for kids, adults, teens, & Hapkido Federation. Grand Master international levels. women. We teach Hapkido SelfHyun S Kang holds 7th-degree black Is there anything else you would Defense private lessons to executives, belt in Hapkido and 4th-degree like readers to know about JKMA? Gumdo (Korean Sword), Taichi and Taekwondo. Master Grace Lee holds Everyone is talking about Mixed Kickboxing for Women and Seniors, 4th-degree both in Hapkido and Martial Arts (MMA) and the great Positive Character building AfterTaekwondo. thing about Hapkido is it offers a school and Camps for kids and youth., Why is your school different from variety of training not found in any other styles. Hapkido is the most complete martial arts system in the world. Hapkido employs strikes, kicks, joint locks, throws, ground fighting, pressure points and more. We have a great team of instructors and students. Be part of our team and get countless benefits including weight loss, lessons to maintain a healthy lifestyle, flexibility, improved concentration, and better grades in school for kids. We invite ALL to join us for a complimentary class.
n Jeon’s Korean Martial Arts Master Academy (JKMA) is located at 1051 S. University Drive (next to LA Fitness and Aora in the Market on University shopping center) in Plantation. For more information, class schedule, and more, please call 954-316-5858, or visit www.LearnTKD.com. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY WESTON | APRIL 2019 83
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When Will the Court Issue a “Restraining Order?” BY EVAN BARON am often questioned about the process involved in obtaining a “restraining order.” Many people believe that such an Order can be obtained if a husband and wife get into a verbal argument or if someone is harassing them. This is not true and Florida law is very specific as to the requirements needed to seek such an order. There is, in fact, really no such legal document as a “restraining order.” The Order that can be obtained is called an Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence. As the title suggests, this order is to protect someone from domestic violence, which is defined as any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. The statute goes on to further explain that anyone who is either the victim of domestic violence or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic
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violence has standing to seek an injunction. The basis for such an injunction therefore must be based upon either acts of violence or acts which would result in the other party having a reasonable belief that there was imminent danger of such violence. Conversely, injunctions will not be issued based upon harassment or threats which do not prove to result in imminent fear of harm. To obtain the Injunction, a sworn affidavit must be filed and presented to a judge. If the Judge feels that the evidence is sufficient, a Temporary Injunction will be issued. This will usually require the Respondent (the person who has the injunction issued against him/her) to vacate the marital residence and to have no contact, direct or indirect, with the complaining party. A hearing will then be held within 15 days, giving both parties the opportunity to present their case to a judge. At that hearing either party can be represented by an attorney. The Judge will then determine if the Injunction shall remain in effect or whether it shall be dismissed. Injunctions can remain in effect for a certain period of time or indefinitely. The Injunction can also be modified allowing minimal contact to discuss issues such as child visitation. The purpose of this Injunction is to offer protection to someone who has been the victim of domestic violence or has a reasonable fear to believe that he/she will be a victim. Unfortunately, it is sometimes abused by individuals who use it as a means to “get back” or punish their spouse. I often say that the Injunction is to be used as a shield to protect an individual and not as a sword to harm someone. The Petition seeking the Injunction is sworn to by the applicant as being true. It is unlawful to lie under oath. Nobody should allow themselves to be a victim of domestic violence. If you are, the law exists for your protection. The law firm of Evan H. Baron and Associates is located at 1655 North Commerce Parkway, Suite 201, in Weston. If you have any questions concerning this issue or any other family law matter, call the office at 954-385-9160.
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Great Tips to Becoming More Accurate and Adding Distance to Your Drives BY DEAN SKLAR, PGA PROFESSIONAL very golfer wants to hit the green on his first shot off a tee, but it’s not so easy. Here are five simple ways to hit the green more often on every drive and add power to your drives. 1. Create some leverage – Don’t pick up the club in your backswing without bracing and grounding your right leg. During your crucial backswing, brace your right leg so you can transfer your weight to your right hip and leg and push down on the grip of your club with your right palm as a way to leverage the club up. 2. Stretch out your lead arm – Try not to bend your left elbow to lift your club. This destroys your coil, your swing width and, subsequently, your swing strength. When you get your arms up for the swing, get your left arm stretched out. Stretch your left shoulder so it’s behind your ball and extend that left arm as far as you can. This positioning gets you a great swing width and not only increases your power, but also the speed of your drive. 3. Shift your body forward – Refrain from pulling your body backwards like you’re letting your club pull you away from the ball. You don’t want to lead with your back foot and have the club steal your momentum. Remember, you’re in charge of the club, not the other way around. Instead, begin your downswing by moving weight on to your left hip. Shift your weight through your left leg and feel it all the way through to your left heel. This motion gets your club down and your power centered. 4. Keep your eye on the ball – A good trick to keep your lower body facing the right direction is to use your belt buckle as a target gauge. When you start your swing, make sure your belt buckle is facing the ball. By the end of the followthrough, your belt buckle should be facing exactly where you want your ball to land, but remember to keep those feet planted. This whole body approach insures greater control and also creates a more powerful swing. I always imagine that a photographer is standing in front of you taking a photo of your belt buckle for an ad in a magazine and just “pose for a picture for the photographer.” 5. Follow through – Follow every shot through, right to the finish and let your shoulders and your arms guide the direction of the ball as you bring your swing to completion. Remember, a powerful swing doesn’t stop once you make contact with the ball, it follows the momentum through. When following through, keep your form with a good grip and bring your leading arm back. Other swing techniques include investing in stiffer clubs, distance balls or even swing analysis, but probably the best investment you can make in your swing is practice. Focus on your form first, then back it up with speed and power. A commitment to practicing on a routine basis will pay off in improvement over time.
n 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. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY WESTON | APRIL 2019 87
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Five Ideas to Help Sundowning Syndrome BY MARY UNDERWOOD, VP MEMORY CARE SERVICES
undowning, or sundown syndrome, is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia that can affect your loved one’s behavior during the transition from day to night. Symptoms of sundowning can include confusion and disorientation at nightfall, with behaviors that range from pacing to irritation and yelling. As a loved one, it can be difficult to watch someone you care about become distressed each night, but thankfully there are things you can do to help curb the symptoms of sundowning.
Maintain Consistent Lighting
The transition between day and night is when sundowning symptoms can become most aggravated. For this reason, one of the best things you can do is create an environment for your loved one where there is limited exposure to dusk lighting. Make sure the lighting inside your home is bright, and be sure to turn on lights well before dusk. If you notice your lighting in specific rooms create long shadows, consider switching out light bulbs for brighter ones and close blinds if possible.
Steering clear of stimulants in the afternoon is a great way to ensure that your loved one is set up for a restful night. By avoiding things like caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and smoking after noon, you can help reduce triggers that can lead to a stressful night for both you and your loved one.
Create a Relaxing Environment
Create a soothing area where your loved one can enjoy their nighttime routine. Choose activities and sounds that are calming, like reading a book together, watching their favorite television program, or listening to relaxing music. If they are still feeling overwhelmed, try engaging with them through conversation, a calming game, or singing. Sometimes providing a gentle distraction is enough to help soothe sundowning syndrome.
Daytime Activity & Nighttime Routine
A restless mind and body can lead to a higher chance of sundowning syndrome. If possible, try to add activities into your loved one’s day. Whether it’s a few short walks, or an engaging puzzle, keeping stimulated is good for the mind and body. As the day transitions to night, it’s important to stick to a routine in order to make your loved one feel secure in a time of day that can be otherwise distressing for them.
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The best thing you can do to better understand the effects of sundowning syndrome is observe your loved one’s behaviors. Some people find that keeping a detailed log of their loved one’s routine can help, as it can pinpoint triggers. You know your senior family members and loved ones better than anyone, and by watching their behaviors, you will be able to identify what can easily soothe them or what seems to set off their symptoms. Keep in mind that it’s important to make changes to routine slowly to prevent further confusion and anxiety. Artis Senior Living of Davie is a new Memory Care Assisted Living located at 2794 South Flamingo Road in Davie. The community includes a central core, known as the “Town Center” flanked by four distinct “neighborhoods” that serve as intimate living spaces. It was designed to provide residents with the comforts of home, as well as the opportunity to engage as a member of our community. For information, call 954-990-8941, send an email to email@example.com or visit www.artisseniorliving.com. 88 APRIL 2019 | OUR CITY WESTON | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
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Considering Removing Your Breast Implants? BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, M.D., F.A.C.S. espite the evidence that breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure that results in higher patient satisfaction with their breasts and enhanced psychological wellbeing, an increasing number of women are electing to remove their breast implants. In 2017, more than 45,000 breast implant removal procedures were performed – a twenty percent increase over the previous three years. The impetus to undergo breast explantation is multi-factorial, ranging from implant related complications like implant rupture, hardening (capsular contracture) or breast pain, to large breasts with size dissatisfaction to autoimmune symptoms which patient’s attribute to their breast implants. After the implant is removed, the breast can appear empty or “deflated.” To avoid this unaesthetic result, the breast can be lifted (mastopexy) and volume can be restored with the patient’s own fat (autologous fat transfer) or by rearranging or reshaping the breast with adjacent breast tissue, a socalled augmentation. All these techniques have been shown to be successful in plastic surgical literature. When the implants are removed, patients are often pleased with the aesthetic outcome and report very high patient satisfaction rates. Additionally, in a Journal of Immunologic research in February 2017, it was noted that in numerous studies, patients with symptoms of breast pain, muscle aches, and fatigue, those symptoms were reduced once the implants and capsules were removed. In this same article, blood markers for autoimmune disease were unchanged after implant removal in the majority of patients. There is an extensive body of medical literature demonstrating that breast augmentation with both saline and silicone implants is safe without a direct link to autoimmune disease. The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a highly personal one, and therefore treatment options should be individualized based on each person’s unique aesthetic goals. If you are considering breast augmentation, a breast implant exchange or replacement, or implant removal, it is important to discuss your goals with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. 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.
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Q&A: Ready for a run? There’s much to know before you go. According to recent statistics, U.S. participation in running and jogging has grown 70% over the past decade. In 2018, it was estimated that over 60 million Americans were involved in the sport. The number of people running in non-traditional events like warrior and color runs has increased dramatically in the past five years. Running properly is of utmost importance, regardless of whether you’ve been running for years or just getting started, or if you’re running just for recreation or are serious about the sport and have goals to break personal bests. And sometimes it requires some trial and error to figure out what will work best for you. We asked Leonardo Oliveira, MD, sports health and running medicine specialist, to answer key questions about Leonardo Oliveira, MD running, and how runners of all types can prepare.
Q. Is running good for everyone? A. Running is a great way to boost your metabolism, burn calories and improve your cardiovascular health. But it’s important to run with proper technique and incorporate warm up and recovery exercises. Q. Are there different types of runners? A. Runners can fall into two groups. • Endurance athletes who are always training for their next marathon or striving to improve their performance • Weekend warriors who enjoy running for recreation and fitness Q. What are typical running injuries? A. Runners typically present with overuse injuries. Overuse injuries result from increased demand over time on the muscles, bones and tendons.
Q. How can a sports health specialist help? A. During your consultation, a sports health physician will address structural and functional issues that can lead to injuries. These include your individual capabilities; such as muscle strength and flexibility, as well as external factors; such as environmental conditions, running surfaces and shoe wear. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Oliveira in Coral Springs or any other Cleveland Clinic Florida sports health specialist, call 800.597.2037 or visit ClevelandClinicFlorida.org/ SportsHealth to schedule online. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida Sports Health, visit ClevelandClinicFlorida.org/ SportsHealth.
Q. Is running bad for your joints? A. Running can help with weight maintenance and weight loss. This actually decreases the load on your joints and helps to prevent arthritis.
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always obvious to the naked eye, it can be detected by a urinalysis. However, you may notice that your pet is drinking more water, urinating more frequently, and urinating in inappropriate places. What Is a Urinalysis? As the name implies, a urinalysis is the analysis of a pet’s urine. While a urinalysis is generally performed to evaluate the health of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, it can also provide information about the state of organs such as the liver and the pancreas. How Is a Urinalysis Performed? During a urinalysis, the technician will first evaluate the urine color and clarity or cloudiness. The urine is then assessed for specific gravity, which measures the ability of the kidneys to concentrate urine. Insufficient ability to concentrate urine is noted by an abnormal specific gravity and is often one of the first signs of early kidney disease. The urine is then applied to a treated dipstick that changes color to identify the pH (acidity or alkalinity) of the urine and the presence of several substances, such as protein, glucose, red blood cells, and white blood cells. For example, the presence of glucose in the urine often indicates diabetes. Protein in the urine may be a sign of kidney damage. Finally, the urine is centrifuged to separate
the solids from the liquid, and the sediment is examined under a microscope for crystals, red blood cells or white blood cells, bacteria, and other abnormal substances. What Other Tests May Be Done to Detect Kidney Disease? A urinalysis should be evaluated with the results of a chemistry panel blood test. In early kidney disease, a low specific gravity may be the only abnormality identified. When the kidneys lose the ability to concentrate urine, the pet begins to urinate larger amounts. To make up for this loss of fluid, the pet drinks more than usual. As kidney disease progresses, the concentrations of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine rise in the blood. These two waste products are normally removed from the blood by the kidneys. When the kidneys aren’t functioning efficiently, the waste products increase in the blood and can be identified by the chemistry panel. A diagnosis of kidney failure can be made by confirming a loss of urineconcentrating ability combined with increased BUN and creatinine blood levels. n Animal Health Center @ Weston is “The Gentle Practice You Can Rely On”. Dr. Miguel E. Cordova and his staff are committed to caring for your precious pets. The practice is located at 2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact 954-385-8389 or www.animalhealthcenteratweston.com.
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Students in Mara Miller’s first grade class at Everglades Elementary are excited about reading. They have earned their Everglades Reading Challenge shirts for reading and taking Accelerated Reader tests.
Students and faculty at Indian Trace Elementary dressed as their favorite fictional characters for the school’s annual Literacy Parade.
National Junior Honor Society members from Imagine Charter Weston volunteered at Peaceful Ridge Rescue helping clean and care for the rescue horses.
Children in Lisa Reed’s kindergarten class enjoyed a special snack after making cards for friends in Kristina Posada’s ESE Intellectually Disabled kindergarten/first grade class at Manatee Bay Elementary. 94 APRIL 2019 | OUR CITY WESTON | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
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The Operation Smile Club at Gator Run Elementary School sold Valentine Grams to raise money for surgeries and celebrate Broward Schools’ Day of Service and Love.
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Congratulations to the Tequesta Trace Middle School Girl’s Volleyball team on winning its second consecutive MSAA County Championship. The girls finished the season with a perfect record, 13-0. Orian Drore was named tournament MVP.
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First graders and their parents attended the Math Extravaganza at Gator Run Elementary School. Families spent the morning solving math problems.
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Students and parents from Manatee Bay Elementary School enjoyed Family Fun Day, an evening of physical activity, healthy food, and togetherness. Photos courtesy Joe Isabella
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Moms and sons strutted their stuff at Superhero Mom & Son Fun Night, presented by the Eagle Point Elementary Foundation.
The Tequesta Trace Middle School Jazz Catz attended the Melton Mustafa Miami Jazz Festival at the Historic Lyric Theater in Miami. It was the only middle school band to perform on stage. Students attended workshops with internationally-renowed jazz performers Brianna Thomas, Jessie Jones Jr. and Marshall Davis Jr.
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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.
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On Community CPR Day, nearly 300 residents learned how to perform hands-only CPR, as well as the Heimlich maneuver and how to use an (AED). The free program was presented by the City of Weston, Weston District BSO Fire Rescue, and Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Mitchell Stern, Evie Kramer, Jodi Epstein and Shannon Tuaty
Family and friends showed support for Jodi Epstein as she was honored at Young At Art Museum’s Woman of Vision luncheon for her dedication to the museum and its community initiatives.
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards BY PAT SHORT HORNSBY, ROTARIAN
ervice to youth is an important part of Rotary’s mission. Among the many programs supported by Rotarians around the world, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) conferences offer opportunities for young leaders in the community to come together to learn skills and make friendships that will serve them well past their high school years. The Rotary Club of Weston was pleased to sponsor four students to South Florida’s District 6990 RYLA 2019. In early February, approximately 100 students from high schools in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties and Grand Bahama Island, gathered at Florida National High Adventure Sea Base camp on Islamorada in the Florida Keys for
seminars and activities on ethics, problem solving, leadership, project planning, school violence and bullying issues, communication and teamwork. The weather was perfect for plenty of fun, too, including a ground-level ropes course and a boat trip. Rotarian volunteers chaperoned and acted as facilitators over the jam-packed, three-day weekend. “These students, recommended by their school teachers and counselors, are the people who will be running our world in the near future,” said Ellen Blasi, a past District 6990 Governor and RYLA 2019 Chairperson. “Our goal is to provide training and encouragement to help them build confidence, selfesteem and effective leadership skills. Most of them are already holding leadership positions in their schools and communities, and we look to broaden their horizons so that they can continue to grow in those roles.” The students made new friends and learned more about their own interests and capabilities while figuring out how to protect a raw egg on a 20-foot drop, writing and performing skits, and planning a community service project in groups divided by color. Friendly competition fueled
the fun as the teens participated in largely selfdirected exercises. Applications for RYLA 2020 will be taken in the fall of 2019 through local Rotary clubs. If you know a young person who would benefit from sponsorship to this program, the Rotary Club of Weston would like to hear from you. For a brief overview of the experience, search YouTube for “District 6990 - The RYLA Experience” and visit https://ryla. rotary6990youth.org for pictures, videos and more information. The Rotary Club of Weston actively supports area youth with scholarships and many volunteer activities, as well as sponsorships for Rotary programs such as Interact, Youth Exchange and RYLA. To learn more, visit www.westonrotary.com. n The Rotary Club of Weston meets weekly at 7:30 AM on Thursdays at Weston Hills Country Club. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY WESTON | APRIL 2019 97
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