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CONTENTS COMMUNITY NEWS
ASK THE EXPERT
18 Hurricane Season Is Here. Are You #WestonReady?
49 Growing Pains in Children or Merely Flatfeet?
20 Weston Honors Everyday Heroes at 4th of July Hometown Parade
84 OrthoKeratology: Vision Improvement Without Refractive Surgery
22 Weston University Students Take Field Trip to Washington, D.C. 26 Weston BSO Prepares Officers and Residents for Active Shooter Situation 26 Weston BSO Prepared to Protect Weston Students
POSITIVE PARENTING SCHOOL NEWS 53 Sports Legend Inspires Eagle Point Elementary Fifth Grade Math Class
28 Royal Egg Hunt Provided Hopping Good Time
62 Tequesta Trace Middle School Students Excel at ESOL Competition
30 Patrol Stroll Uniform Fashion Show Helps Prevent Fraud
64 Country Isles Music Clubs Promote Performance and Personal Development
55 What To Do When A Storm Approaches
38 Summer Safety Message 39 Women of Weston Offers Support to Local Women Starting or Building a Business 40 Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela
FEATURE STORY 42 Relax and Rejuvenate at Radiance Medspa of Weston
CALENDAR 44 June 2019t
SCHOOL NEWS 46 Gator Run Elementary Wins First Place at SECME STEM Olympiad 48 Falcon Cove Students Use STEM for Social Good 14 JUNE 2019 | OUR CITY WESTON | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
80 Inspiring Year for Rotary Club of Weston
54 Hurricane Season is Here – Be Prepared
37 Weston Friends Travel Club Builds Relationships and Encourages Exploration
68 Yoga Elective Gains Popularity Among Falcon Cove Students
36 Jazz Cabaret Concludes Weston Music Society Season
83 How is the Local and National Market?
HEALTH & WELLNESS
71 Indian Trace Elementary Dual Language Teachers Share Best Practices
34 Weston Relay For Life Continues to Raise Funds and Awareness
67 Everglades Elementary First Graders Help Four Legged Friends
69 Stellar Season for Cypress Bay Sports
52 Reconnecting Kids
58 What’s In Your Bag?
CAN DO KIDS 72 Gator Run Fifth Grader Pens Prize-Winning Essay 75 ACEing Autism Serves Up Life and Tennis Skills 78 Aspiring Fashion Designer Promotes Environmental Awareness 78 Little Miss Weston Proudly Serves Our Community
74 Low-Speed Whiplash Injuries 83 Bonaventure Country Club Welcomes Weston Golfers and Event Planners
TEE TO GREEN 87 How To Practice Your Short Game
PET CARE 90 Heartworm Protection for Dogs
PHOTO OF THE MONTH 92 the world’s favorite magazine™ 93 Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Month!
SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 93 Your Pet
SEEN ON SCENE 93 Community Snapshots
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Hurricane Season Is Here. Are You #WestonReady? BY STACEY BOMSER
eston is ready to weather the storm this hurricane season. Are you? With hurricane season now officially upon us, now is the time to make sure you, your family and your home are prepared in the event that a severe storm heads our way. The City of Weston is asking all residents to get ready. Last year it launched its #WestonReady social media campaign and Assistant Director of Communications Pam Solomon says the City will be expanding that message this year with a video campaign, so be sure to check out the gency scenarios through the year,” explains Solomon. “Here in Weston, our Weston YouTube channel. staff across all of our departments have designated roles should we go into “The message is simple – be ready, Weston. Be #WestonReady,” states an emergency activation.” Solomon. “Although hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th, In the event of a severe storm or disaster situation, the City of Weston our residents should have a basic disaster and communication plan for will activate its Emergency Operations Center, just as it did during their family year-round. Having a plan makes it easier to organize your Hurricane Irma. Solomon says City staff work together to effectively impleactions should the need to implement the plan arise. In regard to hurment the emergency plan. ricanes, there are simple things that we can do at home to ease the stress “We all work on a variety of tasks, from issuing notices to the public, to should a storm threaten our area.” coordinating with other government agencies for services, to securing city According to Solomon, a basic disaster plan requires families to stock facilities and assets (such as back-up generators to power things like sewer up and be ready to ride out a storm and be self-sustaining for at least three lift stations), and working on our stormwater maintenance system to lower days – or 72 hours – following a storm’s impact to our area. She suggests you lake and canal levels,” explains Solomon. “The City’s plan is very compreplan in advance whether you will secure your home and leave the area or hensive and organized. It’s a great team effort.” if you plan to stay at home and ride out the storm, as your needs will be different for each plan. n For more information on how to prepare your family and your home for hurricane season, visit The City itself has a disaster plan in place and was prepared well in www.WestonFl.org/hurricane. It offers suggestions on what needs to be done before, during and after a storm impacts South Florida. advance of hurricane season. “Cities plan and train on disaster and emer-
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here are heroes among us here in Weston. While some fight crime or care for the sick, others teach the young or help the less fortunate. This year’s City of Weston 4th of July Hometown Parade honors The Everyday Hero. “First responders, military personnel, doctors and others are often lauded for their bravery and passionate service to others, but there are plenty of everyday people who do amazing work that benefits our community,” explains Director of Parks and Recreation Don Decker, whose department coordinates the City’s Independence Day festivities. “This year we will honor those unsung heroes.” Decker says The Everyday Hero is significant because there are many everyday heroes that help make our community institutions the successes they are. “They bring heart to our community organizations.” The parade Grand Marshal will be chosen from nominations submitted by community organizations. But Decker says everyday heroes will be evident throughout the parade. “It is safe to say a lot of these
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Parade watchers should bring their own chairs. Prior to the parade will be Weston’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk sponsored by the YMCA of South Florida, the Weston YMCA Family Center and the City of Weston. The race begins at 7am at Weston Regional Park. Visit www.runsignup.com/Race/FL/Weston/ WestonJuly4thHometownCelebrationEvent for race details and registration information. For more information on the City of Weston’s 4th of July Hometown Celebration, visit www.WestonFl.org or call 954-389-4321.
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rom Weston to Washington, D.C., the Weston University Program has covered all forms of government. A one-day field trip to the nation’s capital was the culminating activity for the one-of-a-kind civics program. As soon as the plane landed, the Weston U students, along with Mayor Daniel Stermer, Commissioner Mary Molina-Macfie, City Manager John Flint, Director of Technology Services Ryan Fernandes, BSO Deputy Kari Pallotto and Director of Communications Denise Barrett-Miller and her staff, boarded the bus to begin their whirlwind tour. In less than eight hours, the group toured The Capitol Building, where they stopped by Senator Marco Rubio’s office, posed for pictures in front of the White House, and visited almost
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Weston BSO Prepares Officers and Residents for Active Shooter Situation BY STACEY BOMSER
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n the first three months of this year, 113 people were killed and more than after you are in a safe 200 wounded from mass shootings. They can happen anywhere at any time. place. Hide if running The Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District is working hard to prepare its and escaping is not possible. Get out of the shooter’s view. Lock and block doors officers and the community in the event that such a tragedy would happen here. if possible, close the blinds and turn off the lights. Turn your phone to silent According to District Chief Kevin Butler, the Weston District started Active and turn off vibrate. Text 9-1-1 with your location. Start looking for items that Shooter presentations shortly after the Pulse Night Club shooting two years ago. you can use to fight back such as chairs, fire extinguishers, scissors or pens, The most recent presentation was held at the even hot coffee to throw in the gunman’s face. Bonaventure Town Center. The purpose is As a last resort, Fight. Commit to your actions to educate residents on how to best survive a and act as aggressively as possible to cause mass shooting event. severe or lethal injury to the shooter. “BSO and the City of Weston believe by While BSO hopes it will never come to it, promoting and discussing active shootings, the agency is committed to training individuwe are increasing people’s chances of survivals and its officers on what to do in an active ing a mass shooting,” explains Chief Butler. shooter situation. Chief Butler says his officers “Broward County suffered two mass shootings plan and train for active shooter events. within 14 months. Yes, it can happen again! “Every deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and I If a person hears the message multiple times, attend active shooter training each year,” he they will be better prepared and ready to act.” states. “We receive training on responding to The Active Shooter/Killer Response presen- Mayor Daniel Stermer, BSO Deputy Dominic Raimondi and COP volunteer mass shooting and casualty events. We train Branch Walton address the crowd during the Active Shooter presentation. tation was conducted by Deputy Dominic to activate Incident Command System, operRaimondi and Citizen Observer Patrol volunating in a Unified Command System (multiple teer and former Secret Service Agent Branch Walton. They began by stressing agencies). We train to treat gunshot wounds, trauma injuries and CPR. Each the importance of always looking for the nearest exit everywhere you go. This deputy has received the most current Trauma First Aid Kit.” is good practice in any situation. There could be a fire, bomb threat or other Additionally, Chief Butler says approximately 24 Weston deputies have been incident and knowing the nearest exit can save your life. trained to carry special weapons and all Weston motormen are equipped and In the event of an active shooter situation, Officer Raimondi stressed resicarry special weapons. n Weston BSO offers its Active Shooter presentations to neighborhood communities as well as to dents remember three simple words – Run, Hide, Fight. Run and escape if you businesses in Weston. For more information call 954-389-2010. hear gunshots. Getting away from the shooter is top priority. Call 9-1-1 only
Weston BSO Prepared to Protect Weston Students BY STACEY BOMSER
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ast year’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was a frightening wake-up call to many Weston parents. If it happened there, could it happen here? Hopefully not because the officers of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District are trained and prepared to protect the children of this community. According to Kevin Butler, BSO District Chief for the City of Weston, he, along with every Deputy, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, attend active shooter training courses each year. In addition, all Weston Deputies and BSO staff have taken tours of every school in the City of Weston (all nine Broward County public schools and Imagine Charter School). Weston Firefighters toured the schools with the Deputies and specific Firefighters have been issued helmets and bulletproof vests. “All Supervisors have maps (floor plans) of each school in the City,” explains Chief Butler. “Weston Deputies and School Resource Officers have participated in active killer presentations with school staff.”
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Each Weston school has an assigned School Resource Officer and Cypress Bay High School has two full-time officers. Chief Butler says all School
the City of Weston to design new signage for the schools to increase response time and coordination. There is currently Way-finding signage near Cypress Bay High School and Falcon Cove Middle School to easily and quickly identify previously unidentified access points to the school. The City installed this signage after learning a lesson from what happened in Parkland. The signage helps facilitate navigation for first responders from outside the area. Students and residents can aid BSO by following the simple “See Something, Say Something” procedure and notifying police if you witness anyone behaving oddly or see anything of concern. Chief Butler says Weston BSO takes all threats of violence seriously. “Any individual who makes threats to harm Resource Officers are equipped and trained to themselves or others, they will be assessed to carry special weapons. determine if they are a risk to the community. We Furthermore, through tours, inspections and complete a Risk Protection Order which may result security assessments the School Resource Officers in a voluntary search of the person’s home or and BSO Crime Prevention Deputies have identified vehicle. Interviews with family members, friends measures to increase safety at Weston schools. or neighbors determine what risk the person poses Chief Butler says BSO is currently working with to our community.”
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housands of children scrambled to collect some of the 30,000 candy-filled eggs at this year’s Royal Egg Hunt. The event is a time-honored tradition in the Weston community, with families of all faiths joining in the fun. The free event was open to all children, ages ten and under. With many dressed in special holiday outfits, the kids were as cute as bunnies as they ran around collecting the colorful eggs. All eyes were on the lookout for one of the special “golden” eggs, which could be redeemed for small prizes. After the egg hunt, families were able to capture priceless memories posing for pictures with the Royal Bunny and taking pictures in front of a special backdrop. Children could burn off their excess candy-fueled energy by jumping in the bounce houses and dancing to music provided by Jimmy Jam Productions. The annual Royal Egg Hunt is presented by the City of Weston and coordinated by the Parks and Recreation Department.
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undreds of survivors, caregivers and supporters turned out for the 2019 Relay for Life of Weston. The annual overnight event raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Event Lead Jennifer Clark-Reich says this year’s Relay was a huge success. So far it has raised a little over $150,000 dollars, but still has not reached its final goal. “Right now, Weston Relay is ranked 3rd in Broward County, but we are hoping to change that. Fundraising continues until August, so it’s not too late to support this important cause.” In addition to financial support, Relay offers social and emotional support to cancer survivors, as well as their caregivers. Clark-Reich says seeing all the survivors coming together to celebrate their journey in the Victory Lap is always uplifting and one of the reasons we all Relay. “I had the chance to speak with a survivor who thanked me and told me how she came to the event for the first time last year and didn’t know anyone but was able to meet people during our Survivor Dinner,” shares Clark-Reich. “She continued to say how they exchanged numbers and have become friends since. It reminded me why we do this
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these talented musicians perform for Weston Music Society patrons. The ensemble is led by vocalist and violinist Yamit Lemoine. Her specialty is songs from the 1920’s-1960’s, presented in jazz and traditional style. She was accompanied by the Vinyl Boulevard, a jazz trio made up of Jim Gasior on keyboard, Lucas Apostoleris on drums, and Lowell Ringel on bass. Weston Music Society patrons may remem-
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BY DISTRICT CHIEF TODD DRAIZIN s the school season comes to an end and many families are preparing to enjoy their well-earned vacations, soaking up the sun or lounging in a pool, the Broward Sheriff Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services - Weston District would like to share the following safety thoughts: Hurricane season starts June 1 and so does our rainy season. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time to review your plan and gather supplies well ahead of any potential storm. Hurricane kits should include essentials for all members of your home – including your pets – such as non-perishable food, water, and medical supplies to last three to five days after a storm. A full list of suggested supplies is available at https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. According to the National Weather Service, Florida is the lightning capital of the country. This is also South Florida’s wet season, with thunderstorms passing through almost daily. An average of 47 fatalities by lightning strikes are reported each year, seven here in South Florida alone and hundreds more are injured. Don’t risk being struck – when thunder roars, go indoors. If you can see lightning or hear thunder, immediately seek shelter inside a building that has electricity or plumbing or a vehicle with a metal roof. Stay away from large trees and open bodies of water. Once indoors, avoid corded phones, computers, sinks, showers, and windows. Storms are not the only concern during this season, hot temperatures can cause heat related medical emergencies such as sunburn, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke if the proper precautions are not taken. Wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and using sunshades will help protect against overexposure to harmful UV rays and the painful sting of sunburn, just because it is not sunny does not mean it is safe. It is important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day and stay away from beverages with alcohol or caffeine, which can dehydrate the body. Sunburns can reduce your body’s ability to sweat and cool your core. Avoid any strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/ extremeheat/warning.html .
Older adults, small children, and pets are among the most vulnerable to heat injuries. When parking your car think L.O.V.E. (leave our vehicles empty). Never leave a child or pet inside a parked vehicle. Even with the windows partially open, temperatures inside can exceed 100 degrees in a matter of minutes. Swimming – in pools and at the beach – is one way to stay cool this summer. Remember pool safety is everyone’s responsibility and you should always practice water safety: never leave a child unattended near any body of water, swim with a buddy, and always provide dedicated adult supervision wherever children are swimming. Add multiple layers of protection: swimming lessons, door alarms, and pool fencing. Free and discounted swim lesson information – plus a wealth of other water-safety resources – are available at www.watersmartbroward.org. n For more information, please contact District Chief Todd Draizin at Weston Fire Station #81 at 954-389-2015 or by email at Todd_Draizin@Sheriff.org.
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tarting or building a business is never easy. Fortunately, Weston women venturing into entrepreneurship can get help from peers through Women of Weston (WOW). It is a support group providing a safe space for local women to share business ideas and grow together. Women of Weston was mooted about a year and half ago by florist Ruta Rouvs. She had moved here from Holland and wanted to start a floral business. Unsure of how to go about that, she drew support from her neighbors and friends and has now made a name for herself. WOW is Rouvs’ way of giving back. “I wanted to be able to do this for other women and moms. So, I gathered some friends from different areas of business to start a support group for women in business,” explains Rouvs. “There are so many women out there in our community
with amazing careers and business experiences, including many who may currently be out of the workforce while they raise their children, and we hope to tap on these women to share their knowledge.” WOW’s first meet and greet attracted about 30 women, but the support group now has 136 members, and is looking for more women to join. Unlike a business networking group, WOW is about women helping women more so than generating referrals. It is warm and supportive. “We aim to provide a safe space for women to share business ideas and grow together,” states Rouvs. “We want to help women start or run their businesses better.” In addition to sharing business advice and words of encouragement, WOW members enjoy a variety of educational and social programs. According to Rouvs, WOW offers
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business-related talks like accounting for small business and Instagram marketing. It also organizes social and informative programs such as dancing, celebrating International Women’s Day and promoting human trafficking awareness. WOW welcomes members from any industry. Current members represent arts and crafts, advertising, beauty, coaching, counseling, design, engineering, fashion, floral, food and catering, health and wellness, interior décor, insurance, jewelry, law, mar-
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keting, medicine, photography, real estate, sports and much more. Membership is free and new members can join WOW at any time. All you need to do is request to join the Women of Weston page on Facebook and answer a couple of questions for approval by the board members: Why do you want to join WOW? and How do you think you can contribute to WOW and its members? n For more information on Women of Weston email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis in Venezuela BY REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD STARK his 2019 Session has many accomplishments and addressing the issue of support for the good people of Venezuela was one that I am proud to sponsor. HM205 was adopted as a House Memorial which requests the U.S. Congress to urge the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance and to intensify financial sanctions against the regime of Nicolas Maduro. Florida will not be silent while millions of people continue to be oppressed. The adoption of Florida House Memorial 205 says to the people of Venezuela: we support you, we have not forgotten you, we are with you. Florida will not be silent in opposition to the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro. This memorial is addressed to the Congress of the United States, requesting Congress to urge the government of Venezuela to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance, to continue and intensify financial sanctions against the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, and to instruct appropriate Federal agencies to hold the regime of President Nicolas Maduro accountable for violations of law and abuses of internationally recognized human rights. The hallmark of democracy is the free and peaceful exercise of rights guaranteed under the constitution of a democratically elected government. In an effort to secure his personal rule and oppress Venezuelan freedoms, the regime of President Nicolas Maduro manipulated elections, established an illegitimate Constituent Assembly to undermine the will of the Venezuelan people, nationalized private industry, abandoned private property rights, and generally assumed control over the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its institutions. The deterioration of basic governance and the economic crisis in Venezuela have led to an unprecedented humanitarian situation in which people are suffering from severe shortages of basic food products and essential medicines. Despite the massive shortages, the regime of President Maduro has rejected repeated requests from civil society organizations to bring humanitarian aid into the country. Over eight million Venezuelans voted symbolically for a free and democratic government. The regime of President Nicolas Maduro has sought to silence peaceful opposition to his government by killing innocent citizens of Venezuela for their political views. Those who cherish democratic principles condemn the perpetration of oppression and intimidation against the Venezuelan people. Numerous Western Hemisphere countries, including the United States, assert that Nicolas Maduro is not the rightful president and, instead, recognize Juan Guaido as the Venezuela’s interim president. The people of Florida stand proudly with the people of Venezuela in the face of tyranny. I will continue this mission until Venezuela is a true democracy once again. Let’s hope that our members of the United States Congress share my concerns, both humanitarian and political. I am proud to say that our local members support these efforts as well.
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adiance Medspa of Weston offers a variety of aesthetic and medical aesthetic services to help clients look and feel their best. All treatments are performed under the supervision of Medical Director Dr. Faiza Khalid, who is one of the leading aesthetic physicians in the area. Dr. Khalid shares more about Radiance Medspa’s services, techniques, and special promotions. What differentiates Radiance Medspa from other day spa facilities? At Radiance, we have an evidencebased, patient-centered approach. Our goal is to create natural results with gentle tweakments to provide the best version of the patient themselves rather than like someone else. Our patients leave the spa feeling like a more youthful, rejuvenated and confident version of themselves. Our goal is to provide individualized, non-invasive and non-surgical paths to healthier skin and improved appearance. We offer the most advanced, results-oriented, aesthetic medical spa procedures and physician-grade products, all in the comfort and elegance of an upscale spa. What is your medical philosophy? Medical aesthetics is not a cookie cutter field, and at Radiance Medspa, we don’t treat it as such. We believe in respecting the subtle nuances that are specific to each of us and are dedicated to helping patients look “refreshed” and not “done”. What types of services do you provide? We offer a wide variety of aesthetic and medical aesthetic services to all age groups. Our acne facials and peels
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Sculpting.” This is where strategic placement of Hyaluronic acid fillers to restore volume, Botox to relax selective facial muscles, combined with my magic touch, create beautiful and sculpted results which would have previously been possible only with a scalpel and knife. It’s obvious you are on the cuttingedge in this industry. What is your background? I was trained by some of the best pioneers in the medical aesthetics field. I offer patients almost a decade of experience with injectables, neuromodulators and lasers. Furthermore, I am an early adopter of the latest trends in the aesthetic industry. I have been using microcannula technique fillers since 2012 and was one of the first physicians in this area to offer this technique. In addition, I make sure that my entire staff continue to stay at the cutting edge of the industry through collaboration and training sessions. All of the staff at Radiance Medspa are licensed, insured and work under my direct supervision. What are the latest trends in the medical aesthetic field? Among all age groups, neurotoxins and dermal fillers remain the most popular aesthetic treatment. Although we’re getting more creative with these
modalities, more patients are asking for profile balancing and sculpted jawline with fillers rather than just traditional plumping. A touch of Kybella to melt fat in a double chin brings a final wow to jawline sculpting. Other notable trends include a rise in microneedling. This treatment is amazing and requires little or no downtime, stimulates collagen, and it improves fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture from scarring. What can patients expect when visiting Radiance Medspa? Our patients have the pleasure of seeing the same professional and welcoming staff at each visit; we strongly believe in cultivating a personal relationship with each patient as they progress through their aesthetic and wellness journey. We know patients need the comfort of knowing that every treatment and program will have exceptional and consistent results. Please describe the facility’s spalike atmosphere. Radiance Medspa is where luxury and efficacious treatments connect with experienced providers in a warm and welcoming environment. As soon as you step into our brand new, stateof-the-art facility, you’re greeted by pure opulence with white marbled floor, crystal chandeliers, ambient lighting, a soothing waterfall, and a warm smile that will make you feel right at home. Are you offering any special promotions at this time? We just rolled out our new membership program to make it more affordable to all. New clients can enjoy 15% off as our token of appreciation throughout the month of June. Anything else you would like readers to know? Radiance Medspa of Weston has been voted Best Medspa for the past five consecutive years in Best of Weston. We have been serving Weston and surrounding communities since 2006. Our long history and continued client support are a testament to the quality of our business practices and differentiate us from other similar businesses that are here today and gone tomorrow.
n Radiance Medspa of Weston is located at 1875 North Corporate Lake Boulevard, Suite 200. To schedule an appointment call 954-6590199. To learn more visit www.radianceweston.com.
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Kundalini Yoga – Adults can take part in this unique form of yoga that blends spiritual and physical practices. Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, breathing, techniques and meditation. The class is from 6:157:15pm at the Weston Branch Library. Please bring a yoga mat. Call 954-3575420 for more information.
Father’s Day Craft – Children, ages five to 11, can make a special craft for Father’s Day from 3:30-4pm at the Weston Branch Library. Preregistration is required, please call 954-357-5420 to reserve a space.
5th Mommy & Me Sign Language – Bridge Outreach presents an American Sign Language class for babies (four-18 months) and their parents or caregivers. Babies will learn signs through song and play. The class is from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. Preregistration is required. Please call 954-357-5420.
7th Weston Friends Club Lunch Bunch – This group will meet at a local restaurant. For more information on this monthly event or other Weston Friends Club activities, please call Rhonda Weissbein at 954-253-4685.
8th Children’s Music Circle – Children, ages two to 11, can sing, shake and play along with music specialist Noam Brown during this fun, engaging and interactive program at the Weston Branch Library from 11am-12pm. Call 954-357-5420 for more information.
the Friends of the Weston Branch Library. Space is limited. Please preregister at the Information Desk or call 954-357-5420.
Florida Chamber Ensemble. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will hear stories about composers who loved astronomy as children as well as a song related to that story, set to the music of the composer. Little ones will also learn a traditional dance from the composer’s country. This program is from 11am-12pm. Call 954-357-5420 for more information.
Adult Water Color Painting Class – This art class takes place from 11am-12:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Space is limited. Please preregister by calling 954-357-5420. Weston Friends Club Bunco – A friendly Teen Water Color Painting Class – In Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk – game of bunco is played at a member’s honor of the 50th anniversary of the Join your friends and family for a 4th of home on the second Wednesday of moon landing, teens will create a the month from 9:30am until about watercolor nebula during this free class July holiday celebration run at Weston Regional Park. Race time is 7am. It is 12noon. For more information about from 2-3:30pm at the Weston Branch sponsored by the City of Weston and this activity, please call Bunco Chair Library. Space is limited. Please call YMCA. Visit www.westonfl.org for race Arlene Mendell at 954-659-0111. 954-357-5420 to pre-register. details and registration information. APB Networking Luncheon – The Weston Friends Club 5-Deck Association of Professional Canasta – This game is played at a Businesswomen meets the second member’s home on the first and third Wednesday of the month from Wednesdays of the month. If you are 11:30am-1pm at MCafe, inside the interested in this activity or more Midtown Athletic Club. For more information about Weston Friends information please visit www. Club, please call Canasta Chair Judy apbweston.com or call 954-557-4318. Good at 954-349-1578. Game On! – Teens and preteens can enjoy an afternoon of competitive gaming on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. This free program takes place Moonlight Stories – Children of all every Wednesday from 2-3:30pm ages will enjoy mesmerizing African during summer break. For more storytelling along with drumming 4th of July Hometown Parade – This information call 954-357-5420. and dance during this presentation Independence Day tradition is one of by ORISIRISI African Folklore. It takes Weston’s biggest and most exciting place from 11am-12pm at the Weston events of the year. The parade theme Branch Library. Please call 954-357is The Everyday Hero. The parade begins 5420 for more information. promptly at 10:30am in Weston Town Center. For more information visit www.westonfl.org or call 954-389-4321.
Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to a book talk on Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. 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.
Legos Builders Club – Students in kindergarten through fifth grade can create a scene or character to display in the Weston Library until the next Builders Club meeting. The program is from 3-4pm. Call 954-357-5420 for more information.
15th Adult Acrylic Painting Class – Adults can create a painting to take home during this free instructional class from 11am-12pm. It is sponsored by
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26th Adventures of the Young Astronomers – The Weston Branch Library presents this delightful program by the South
July 18th Summerfest Concert – The Weston Music Society presents an intimate concert featuring the Symphony of the Americas orchestra joined by internationally-renowned musicians. The concert takes place at Temple Dor Dorim. For more information and ticket prices visit www. westonmusicsociety.org.
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Gator Run Elementary Wins First Place at SECME STEM Olympiad BY STACEY BOMSER
or the second year in a row, Gator Run Elementary School won first place overall in Broward County Schools’ SECME STEM Olympiad. The team also won first and second place in the Mousetrap Car competition and first place in the Essay contest. Science Resource Teacher Susan Beren says she is extremely proud of the effort and accomplishments of her students. “I’m a proud ‘momma’,” she boasts. “Actually, these students have been engineering since they were toddlers when playing with toys such as building blocks and racing cars on tracks. SECME builds on what they already know. Science concepts experienced personally and learned in school enhance the understanding of how to engineer successful designs.” The SECME STEM Olympiad has been held in Broward County for over
30 years, with students at the elementary, middle and high school levels competing in engineering events. At the elementary level that means build-
Fifth grader Isabella Baumann’s “Brain Awakens” essay won first place. In addition, Gator Run placed fourth and seventh in the Water Bottle Rocket
ing mousetrap cars, water bottle rockets, and a generator, as well as creative categories of banner and essay. The Gator Run team took first and second place in the Mousetrap Car competition. Mrs. Beren was told that feat has never happened before at the elementary school level.
competition. Mrs. Beren says all the team members deserve congratulations for their hard work in preparing for the SECME STEM Olympiad. She gives a special shout-out to Charlie Russo, Karolos Liveris and Julia Lu for winning first place in the Mousetrap Car competition and scoring points in the Generator
event, and to Craig Guenot, Matheo Rosenqvist, and Minchan Seo for winning second place in the Mousetrap Car competition. She also recognizes Bobae Desjardins, Abraham Burnett, Karolos Liveris, Lucas Martinez, Craig Guenot and Minchan Seo for their efforts in the Water Bottle Rocket competition. Mrs. Beren says banner lead artist Julia Lu also deserves a special mention. The SECME STEM Olympiad is a fun way to encourage students to explore STEM subjects at a deeper level than they get in the classroom. Mrs. Beren believes it benefits students academically and helps prepare them for the future. “STEM activities promote critical thinking and analysis and they give students the opportunity to function as a team of workers who share ideas, strategies and viewpoints respectfully to solve problems. These practices are exactly what is needed in today’s workplace, and especially in a technological society. There are over one million job openings in the fields of engineering and computer science in the United States right now that go unfilled.”
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Chiropractic? Why Not? “A Doctor’s Confession to West Broward”
write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article (by 6/30/19) you will receive my entire new patient exam for $55. That’s with x-rays, biomechanical exam, history and consultation…the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell you THAT YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR TREATMENT, WHICH IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR DISCOUNTED, OR REDUCED FEE FOR SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT.
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
Great care at a great fee…Please, I hope that there’s no misunderstanding about quality of care just because I have a lower exam fee. You’ll get great care at a great fee. My qualifications…I’m a graduate of Life College and have been practicing for over 10 years. I’ve been entrusted to take care of tiny babies to pro athletes that you may know. I am constantly going to seminars and updating my knowledge so I can give my patients the latest information and techniques of my profession. My assistants are Annie and Laurie – really great people. Our office is both friendly and warm and we try our best to make you feel at home. We have a wonderful service, at an exceptional fee. Our office is called Windmill Health Center and it’s at 17160 Royal Palm Blvd., Suite 1 in the Windmill Professional Plaza. Our phone number is 954-217-4881. Call Stephanie or Annie for an appointment. We can help you. Thank you. For more information regarding our services please visit our website www.WindmillHealthCenter.com. If you would like to email us with your questions, you may reach us at: WindmillHealth@att.net – Rick Behar, D.C. P.S. I am also offering the second family member for only $47. P.P.S. Your time is as valuable as mine. That’s why I have a no-wait policy. You will be seen within minutes of your appointment.
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Falcon Cove Students Use STEM for Social Good BY STACEY BOMSER
alcon Cove Middle School is one are invited to join. Students will learn the Falcon Cove STEMpathy Club are of 30 Broward County Public project design, coding and, most of all, working on exposing special needs students to coding. According to Mrs. Schools middle schools to share creating technology with a humanisFeller, “They are preparing studentin a $60,000 grant supporting the tic approach.” District’s #BrowardCODES for Social After brainstorming problems and taught lessons on how to use resources Good Initiative, STEMpathy. The proissues affecting society, Mrs. Feller says by Scratch and Code.org to elicit a gram is focused on supporting social the club members picked two projects. fondness of technology and the desire to create their own games through and emotional learning experiences, “Both were created out of the desire by while using computer science and our students to meet one of the United these coding languages.” Their second project is STEMpathy STEM to solve real-world problems. Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable The Falcon Cove STEMpathy Club Development goals. The one that reso- Helping the Elderly. The plan is to go out into the community and teach started in February and Advisor Jaymi nated with our students is ‘Imagine seniors how to use their smart phones Feller says they are actively recruiting the world in 2030, fully inclusive of and computers. Mrs. Feller says the members. “All students, with an inter- persons with disabilities.’” students are creating a business plan est in making the world a better place, To attain that goal, members of to launch the project next year in local senior living residences. “Our goal is to hopefully make the elderly feel more in touch with society by helping the elderly with their technology,” explains sixth grader Nate Exelbrit. Mrs. Feller say she is impressed with the ingenuity and passion the students have for the STEMpathy concept. The club tagline is ‘Using technology
and empathy to make the world a better place’, but it’s also benefitting the students. “Helping others while using and building their technology skills will help the students be better problem solvers in all areas of their lives,” notes Mrs. Feller. The Falcon Cove STEMpathy Club will use its share of the $60,000 grant to purchase supplies for their projects and to attend the Broward County Computer Science Fair.
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Growing Pains in Children or Merely Flatfeet? BY DR. CARLO A. MESSINA
oot, ankle and leg problems in the growing child are often considered to be “Growing Pains” in the bone and muscles of the lower extremity. While in a small number of cases this might be true, in a majority of the cases the pains that plague these children and teenagers may be caused by lower extremity malalignment problems. Growing pains are often seen in children who are excessively flatfooted or whose feet point to the outside. Children may also appear very knock-kneed. Tight calf muscles can not only cause but significantly aggravate the pain that these children are experiencing, especially at night. Leg pain is most commonly seen, especially at night after a long day of activity. Pain with activities, especially along the inside of the knee, lower leg, ankle and foot, may also be seen. This is often associated with a general avoidance of activities and sports and premature fatigue with many activities. Many children can also develop lower back pain. Treatment is important early on. Changing a child’s shoe gear to add more support to the foot and ankle may provide immediate help. Avoiding barefoot and flat shoes is necessary. Custom molded orthotics (shoe inserts) will immediately help to realign the foot and the entire lower extremity. This will almost overnight eliminate the problem. Physical therapy may also help to decrease overall muscle tightness and to improve muscle strength and coordination. If the foot is flat and associated with tight calf muscles, stretching the calf muscles in a walking cast is critical to not only eliminate the problem but to prevent a recurrence. If the flatfoot deformity is severe,
there is a small percentage of children that will benefit from a procedure to realign and “correct” the flatfoot. An excellent prognosis is always seen when the cause is identified and the problem treated. 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) 3895900 and in Pembroke Pines at 17842 NW 2nd Street, (954) 430-9901. The practice website is www.SOUTHFLORIDASPORTSMEDICINE.org.
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Everglades Elementary Second Graders Explore Family Heritage BY STACEY BOMSER
merica is a melting pot attracting immigrants from all over the world. While each family has its own unique story, many share the commonality of ancestors arriving at Ellis Island in the early 1900’s. As part of a Social Studies unit on immigration, students in Caroline Long’s second grade class at Everglades Elementary researched how their family first arrived in the United States. After completing a unit on immigration, Colonial America and the history of the Ellis Island Immigration Center which took in 12million immigrants, the class took part in an Ellis Island Reenactment. “I wanted students to share their family history so they could learn about their heritages and really connect to what it may have been like to enter Ellis Island from another country,” explains Mrs. Long. For this project, students had to interview a relative who immigrated
to the United States. They then had to create a PowerPoint or poster explaining their family member’s experience. During the presentation, students also had to convey to their classmates the cultural influence and contributions their heritage brought to this country. To add to the authenticity of the Ellis Island Reenactment, students were asked to dress up according to what
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people from the country wore at the time. Mrs. Long says she was impressed with the effort and enthusiasm students expressed with this project. “It was exciting to see students so engaged and intrigued by each other’s presentations. Students were excited to share
their family trees and families learned more about their ancestry through this project.” She notes that one student was able to trace their entire family tree back to 1642. Other children included family photographs from the early 1940’s in their presentations. According to Mrs. Long, this interactive lesson taught students much more than what they would have learned from a book or worksheet. “Students were able to delve deeper into the topic and overall the lesson projected a sense of understanding that we are truly a melting pot. Students were better able to see that a lot of our foods, beliefs, practices and art are inspired by other cultures brought to this country by immigrants.”
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Encouraging children to be mindful about the power of their Innate Intelligence and teaching how to recognize and accept their feelings, how to work through them instead of hiding them or rejecting them, is a great start to strengthen their worth. Thus, creating a stronger sense of self and individualism. This is more important now than ever before, as we see children more connected to external material things and electronics and less connected with their body, mind and spirit. Our children need to be reminded of their natural wisdom and strengths in order to awaken their full potential. n Ivis Mateos is a mother of two boys and has more than 22 years combined experience in educational consulting and management. In addition to earning her National Administrator Credential, Mateos has lead workshops on curriculum development, teacher development and parenting. She has been the General Manager at Tiny Planet Preschool and an Educational Consultant for Graven International Group for the past three years. For more information, please contact 954-384-4884.
Sports Legend Inspires Eagle Point Elementary Fifth Grade Math Class BY STACEY BOMSER
agle Point Elementary School teacher The students loved this experience and Ms. Mercy Jacobson scored big points with Jacobson loved knowing that she was able to her fifth grade math class when she had create a relatable lesson. “It is important to students utilize their math skills to calculate show children that math is essential to daily Dwayne Wade’s scoring average. It was just life. Our mantra is ‘Math Makes Sense!’” another example of how they use math in In addition to seeing firsthand how the everyday life. math skills learned this year in school are “I always have the ongoing goal of teachpart of everyday life, Ms. Jacobson also ing the children that math is everywhere and incorporated a writing lesson into this project. not merely something they see chapter by After doing some research on Dwayne Wade, chapter in a textbook,” explains Ms. Jacobson, the class composed a letter congratulating who happens to be a huge Miami Heat fan. him on his retirement. “Math needs to make sense as it is part of our The children wrote: “We are sad you are everyday lives.” retiring so we wanted to say a big ‘Thank For this lesson, which coincided with you’ for all the excitement you have given us Dwayne Wade’s retirement from the Miami through the years. You have set an example Heat, Ms. Jacobson had students interpret of hard work and resilience and therefore decimals and fractions. “Using D. Wade’s have inspired us to do our best and follow statistics, we reviewed lessons which involved our goals.” expressing decimals as a percent and calcuMs. Jacobson says teachers should always lating an average for the data. This became look for teachable moments, as they are more relevant to the students during a follow everywhere. “We can all make connections to up lesson where the students calculated their lessons taught in a school setting and make current class average.” learning practical and fun!”
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Hurricane Season is Here – Be Prepared BY STACEY BOMSER
he 2019 Atlantic hurricane season started on June 1st and runs through November 30th. Early predictions are for an average to slightly-above average season in terms of activity. Experts from Colorado State University’s hurricane research team forecast 13 named storms of which five will become hurricanes and two will become major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger). For comparison, during an average hurricane season there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. While the number of storms predicted this year is close to normal, the overall activity – based on the intensity of storms and their energy – is expected to be slightly below average. “This year, we think that there will be a few less tropical storms and lower numbers in hurricanes, but again, the old saying is ‘it only takes one’,” cautions AccuWeather Atlantic Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski. That being said, now is the time to start preparing your family and your home for hurricane season. The first thing you should do is put together your hurricane supply kit, stocked with all the essentials you will need to provide for your family during and following a storm. Be sure to include flashlights and lanterns with extra batteries, first
aid supplies, cash, food and water, and copies of all critical documents. You should also create a family emergency communication plan; know how to get in touch with each other, especially if phone or internet service is knocked out. Register for text and/or email alerts for emergency notifications.
Prepare your home by trimming tree branches and limbs and securing and clearing rain gutters and downspouts. Now is also the time to make sure your hurricane shutters are in proper working order. The beginning of hurricane season is also a good time to familiarize yourself with the terminology. It’s important that you understand exactly what the meteorologists and newscasters are saying and what that means. Here are some of the most common terms as defined by the National Hurricane Center: Tropical Cyclone – an organized rotating system of clouds and thunderstorms that originates over tropical or subtropical waters and has a closed lowlevel circulation Tropical Storm – a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph Hurricane – a tropical cyclone with maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher; a major hurricane is when winds are 111 mph or higher Hurricane Warning – hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected in an area; issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset Hurricane Watch – hurricane conditions are possible; issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset
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What To Do When A Storm Approaches BY STACEY BOMSER
wo years ago, Hurricane Irma set her sights on South Florida. While we were fortunate and escaped the brunt of her powerful strength, that scare was enough to remind us all of how important it is to be ready for hurricane season. Here are some helpful tips on what you need to know to be prepared before, during and after a storm. As the storm approaches Start preparing your home before the storm gets near. That means covering windows and doors with hurricane shutters and bringing in outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down and could become airborne. Charge your cell phone and back-up batteries in case you lose power. Withdraw cash from the bank, as ATM’s will not work in a power outage. Gas up your car and buy extra gas if needed to fuel generators or gas-
powered tools. Fill aluminum or plastic containers with drinking water; you need enough for one gallon per person per day for at least three days. In addition, fill pre-sanitized sinks and tubs with water for bathing and flushing toilets. Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary; this will help keep food safe longer if the power goes out. During the storm Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials. Also check emails and social media sources for emergency notifications. Stay inside, preferably in an interior room with no windows. If the power goes out, use flashlights or battery-operated lanterns; do not use candles or kerosene lamps during the storm. Do not go outside during the eye of the storm – it may appear calm but hurricane-force winds will resume shortly. This is NOT the time to clean-up around the house. After the hurricane Listen to local officials for updates and instructions; do not go outside until authorities say it is safe. Many
disaster-related injuries occur in the aftermath of the storm – watch out for debris and downed power lines. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just six inches of moving water can knock a person down and fast-moving water can sweep a car away. In addition, flood water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. It could also hide dangerous debris. Once it is safe to walk around outside your home, photograph any damage to the structure or property to assist in filing an insurance claim. Don’t forget to check-in with family and friends to make sure everyone is safe.
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Staying Safe During South Florida’s Summer Season
ummer is synonymous with fun in the sun – kids playing outside, time at the beach or pool and family vacations. And with the increased physical activity, the chance of injuries can also rise. So what are some of the most common injuries during the summer that cause minor emergencies and require urgent care? Baptist Health Urgent Care personnel see a wide variety of injuries during the summer months, ranging from dehydration and sunburn to cuts and sprains and even upper respiratory infections. Healthcare professionals at Baptist Health Urgent Care locations say they definitely attribute the uptick in certain conditions to the summer heat and increase of outdoor physical activity. Some of the most common minor emergencies they treat this time of year are:
▸▸ Dehydration and Sunburn – symptoms can include extreme thirst, nausea and fever. Remember to always use sunblock and stay hydrated, especially if spending long periods of time outdoors. ▸▸ Cuts, Sprains and Fracture - Lacerations that need stitches, sprains that can be treated with slings or crutches and broken bones diagnosed by x-ray. ▸▸ Gastrointestinal Issues - The U.S. Department of Agriculture report an increase in food-borne illness un the summer months. Outdoor cookouts and the associated heat and humidity make them the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. ▸▸ Insect Bites and Stings - More time outdoors means more chances of getting a bite or sting from mosquitoes, spiders and fire ants. Seek immediate attention if severe allergic reactions such as facial swelling, difficulty breathing or weakness occur. ▸▸ Sunburns - Most sunburns can be relieved with at-home remedies such as aloe vera and ibuprofen. A sunburn that results in blistering, extreme pain or chills should prompt a visit to the nearest urgent care facility.
Children’s Health in the Summer Summertime for kids also means a break from school and more time outdoors. Unfortunately, the increased activity can also mean more injuries. Bicycle-related injuries are one of the most common, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy. It found that more than 2.2 million children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for bicyclerelated injuries between 2006 and 2015. Boys ages 10 to 14 are the most likely to be injured, the study says, and the majority of the injuries are bruises, scrapes and cuts. Bicyclists should always wear a helmet. Asthma in kids is another condition that requires attention during the summer months. Heat and humidity and seasonal allergies to summertime blooms can activate asthma. If a child is having a non-severe asthma attack, Baptist Health Urgent Care providers suggest bringing them to a nearby facility to be checked and prescribed inhalers, if needed. And when they’re getting ready to return to school in the fall, many kids need back-to-school physicals. Thorough physical exams and sports physicals are available at Baptist Health Urgent Care Express locations.
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s we enter hurricane season, it’s essential that every family have a fully-stocked emergency supply kit. After a hurricane, or other emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days until aid can arrive. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that everyone have enough food, water and necessities to last for three to five days. A basic emergency supply kit should contain one gallon of water per person per day to use for drinking and sanita-
tion. You should also have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each person, along with a can opener. That includes baby formula and baby food. You also want to include mess kits or paper goods and plastic eating utensils. Every emergency kit should have a battery-powered or hand crank radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert, and extra batteries. Flashlights and lanterns with extra batteries are also essential. Other necessities include a first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, and household cleaning supplies including garbage bags. You may need to go several days without running water, so it’s good to stock moist towelettes along with other personal hygiene items. Be sure to include a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
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and make sure you have charcoal or propane for the grill. While that’s what you need for a basic hurricane supply kit, FEMA does have a list of extra items you should consider adding. Be sure to include eyeglasses and any prescription medication you or someone in the family needs. If you have a baby, your kit should include baby care items such as disposable diapers and wipes. Don’t forget to prepare for your pet’s care as well with pet food and extra water. It’s a good idea to include sleeping bags or blankets and pillows for each member of the family. Your kit should
also contain a change of clothing for every member of the family, including sturdy shoes as there may be a lot of debris. Emergency kits should also include an extra set of car keys, cash because ATM’s and credit card devices might not work without power, and books, games, puzzles and other activities to keep entertained if there is no TV or internet. Lastly, make sure to gather all important documents in waterproof containers. This includes emergency contact numbers, insurance policies (home, auto, life, etc.), medical records, bank account numbers, etc. FEMA recommends you store items in airtight plastic bags and put the entire hurricane supply kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. n For more tips on what to include in a hurricane supply kit visit www. ready.gov/build-a-kit.
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Stellar Season for Cypress Bay Sports BY STACEY BOMSER
ike the power of lightning, Cypress Bay High School dominated during the winter sports season with every team qualifying for post-season play. Cypress Bay Athletic Director Scott Selvidge says it was an impressive showing in every sport. “The boys and girls soccer teams won their District championship. The girls advanced to the State Finals, where they lost to Palm Harbor, 1-0. As such, they finished as State Runner-up. The boys
soccer team advanced to the Regional Semi-Finals. The girls basketball team finished as District Runner-up and lost in the Regional Quarterfinals. The boys basketball team captured its 7th District Championship in the past eight years and advanced to the Regional Finals. Unfortunately, the boys lost on a buzzer beater to Wellington High School. This was the team’s deepest run in the State playoffs in school history. The Cypress Bay wrestling teams captured District
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Tequesta Trace Middle School Students Excel at ESOL Competition BY STACEY BOMSER
equesta Trace Middle School took home a total of 62 recognitions from the ESOL Academic Competition. That included an impressive 18 trophies, along with numerous colored medallions indicating different levels of proficiency. The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program at Tequesta Trace is taught by Judith Ann Franco and teacher assistant Margaret Giraldo. They work with students who speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese as their heritage languages. ESOL students work in two languages every day at school. Students volunteer to participate in the ESOL Academic Competition. According to Ms. Franco, the children work hard to prepare with before school practice sessions, in addition to in-school preparation. “There is a lot of dedication and perseverance demonstrated by the students.” That was certainly evident when you see the sheer number of awards Tequesta Trace earned while competing in nine categories: declamation, original oratory, impromptu speaking, spelling bee, writing, plays/skits, talent, media and, last but not least, art. Ms. Franco says for the declamation category stu-
dents recited work by Edgar Allen Poe, Rudyard Kipling, Craig Kielburger, Pat Mora, Shakespeare, Dunya Mikhail, Wislawa Szymborska, and more. “Tequesta Trace Middle School’s greatest accomboth won individual trophies for Writing. In the plishments were many,” states Ms. Franco. “First Declamation category, Ana Villamil, Sofia Rodriguez, and foremost, the bonding of the team, the mutual Romina Ochoa, Lola Rinaudo, Ashley Perez and Ogla support, everyone learned everyone else’s verse Benedicto all earned individual trophies. In addition, or speech, enjoying the fun involved in learning dramatic pauses, clear enunciation, how to make eye the school won trophies for Best Skit and Best Media. Tequesta Trace students also earned 14 Blue contact, how to show your passion for your piece.” Medallions, 10 Red Medallions, 12 Red White and She is extremely proud of students Sofia Blue Medallions, three Green Medallions and four Rodriquez, Sinay Barico, Lola Rinaudo and Ana Yellow Medallions. Villamil for winning Overall trophies for Language “Our entire school is proud of the accomplishMastery. Sophia Tovar was winner of the Spelling ments of our ESOL students,” states Ms. Franco. Bee. Individual trophies for Original Oratory went “Everyone enjoyed this event. The excitement to Lola Rinaudo, Romina Ochoa and Henrique was palpable.” Andrade. Ana Villamil and Yazmin Giardina
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tudents at Country Isles Elementary School have the opportunity to advance their music skills by joining one of two extracurricular music clubs: the Strings Club and the Recorder Club. With a focus on performance, these clubs are mainstays at events such as the school’s annual Winterfest celebration. “The clubs are for students who have a strong desire to go further with their music education and develop higher order music skills on a particular instrument,” explains Music Educator Walter Halil. “I also want to provide students with the opportunity to participate in a music ensemble so they can experience the joy of making music with others.” The Strings Club is open to third through fifth grade students with some prior experience playing bowed string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello or bass. The students learn to play all styles of music from classical to calypso and jazz to pop.
“This year, we’ve been working on Hoe Down, a fiddle tune, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, a folk tune, The 12 Bar Blues, jazz improvisation and blues style, Ode to Joy, a classical piece, Power Rock, rock music, and Baby Shark, pop music,” shares Mr. Hadid. The Recorder Club is open to fourth and fifth grade students who have mastered the instrument. All Country Isles students learn to play the recorder as part of the third-grade music curriculum. “The recorder is a popular instrument because it is inexpensive, durable and very portable so that students can easily transport it from home to school in their backpacks,” explains Mr. Halil. “It is also easy to play for younger students in that it doesn’t require any exertion to play.” The Recorder Club plays many of the same songs as the Strings Club with a few exceptions of songs that are well-suited for the recorder such as Sponge Bob Square Pants, Down by the Station, and Dance of the Reed Flutes.
The music clubs are a nice complement to the extracurricular activities offered at Country Isles Elementary. Mr. Halil encourages students to explore these opportunities, stating that the benefits of music education are numerous. “Studies have shown repeatedly that children who participate in music activities overall benefit academically and socially, and those benefits continue on into adulthood,” explains Mr. Halil. “Cognitive science has shown that everyone has some musical intelligence just like verbal or spatial intelligence, and it can be nurtured to benefit the development of the whole child.” While Music is one of the Specials classes all elementary school students take, Mr. Halil encourages his students to further their music education in middle school and high school. “Playing in a band or orchestra, aside from allowing a student to follow their aspirations, can give a student a sense of belonging. Under the guidance of a skilled director, students can also develop great listening skills and the ability to empathize with others.”
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How is the Local and National Market? BY PHYLLIS SCARBERRY ccording to Steve Harney, a national prognosticator, last fall, some people predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster and perhaps lead to a housing crash. However, according to two separate reports, buyer demand dramatically increased over the last three months, leading into this spring buyers’ market. Why the increase in demand? Increased buying power. New research shows that 66% of millennials who currently rent are determined to buy a home. Seventy-three percent of those surveyed plan to buy a home in the next five years, with 40% planning to do so within the next two years. According to the National Association of Realtors’ Economists’ Outlook Blog, purchasing a home has become more affordable, which has led to increased demand.
“Due to the combination of falling home prices and mortgage rates, the income needed to make an affordable mortgage payment (mortgage no more than 25% of income) on a medianpriced home with 10% down payment and 30-year fixed rate mortgage decreased from $60,425 in June 2018 to $53,783 as of February 2019, and the difference of $6,642 represents a gain in buying power because one can afford a home purchase at a lower level of income.” Those are national stats. What about Weston? Currently, there are only 340 homes available in Weston ranging from $320,000 to $1.8 Million in Windmill Reserve. The median-priced home is $659,000: a 5-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 2-car garage residence with 3051 square feet (under air) in Savanna. Weston market statistics are as follows: Homes For Sale: ▸▸ Up 4.3% compared to last month ▸▸ Up 8.3% compared to last year Homes Closed: ▸▸ Up 50% compared to last month ▸▸ Down 8.1% compared to last year Homes Placed under Contract: ▸▸ Up 51.5% compared to last month ▸▸ Up 16.3% compared to last year Sold/Original List Price Ratio: 87% ▸▸ Down 7.4% compared to last month ▸▸ Down 6.5% compared to last year Average Sold Price: $684,000 ▸▸ Up 13.1% compared to last month ▸▸ Up 26.4% compared to last year Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales: 5.5 Months ▸▸ Down 30.4% compared to last month ▸▸ Up 17.2% compared to last year (very low last year: 2.9 in June of 2018) With a strong economy, low interest rates, and wages continuing to rise, some homeowners will be ready to put their house on the market and move up to the home of their dreams. Because many who live in Weston lean towards staying in Weston, now may be the time to “move up” without “moving out” of our most desirable city. n Phyllis M. Scarberry, CRS, CLHMS, SRES, E-pro, Certified Relocation Specialist, Realtor® is affiliated with EWM Realtors® International and has been licensed for 23 years and is the Real Estate expert in Weston and its surrounding communities. She has assembled a team of highly trained professionals to help take care of the many details that come with buying, selling and leasing your property. To learn more, call 954-980-3385, e-mail Scarberry.firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.PhyllisMScarberry.com, or check out her blog at www.ScarberryGroup.com. Email her for a comprehensive report on what adds value to a Seller’s home.
Everglades Elementary First Graders Help Four Legged Friends BY STACEY BOMSER
ach year, first grade classes at Everglades Elementary School join together to conduct a service project. It’s part of a Social Studies lesson on how to be a good citizen. This year, children donated items to benefit the Human Society of Broward County. The teachers picked this organization because they knew it would appeal to students, many of whom have pets of their own or share a love for animals. “We taught our students that the Humane Society takes in unwanted or injured animals. They take care of the animals and make sure all their needs are met,” explains first grade teacher Mara Miller. “To help them do this, we collected dog and cat treats and toys, soap, sponges, peanut butter and apple sauce. We got the ideas from the Humane Society website. One family even donated a cat playhouse.” Colleague Marcy Winer says the children were eager to support this
cause. “I knew the students could personally relate to this service project because many of them have gotten their own pets from the Humane Society.” According to Mrs. Miller, the ultimate goal of the Humane Society is to find a loving home for each and every animal. “They rely on the help of the community and volunteers to do this.”
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Yoga Elective Gains Popularity Among Falcon Cove Students BY STACEY BOMSER
bout 200 students took yoga as an elective this year at Falcon Cove Middle School, and instructor Carly Feduniec expects even more to enroll next year. The class, which is open to all grade levels, was put in place because students suggested it two years ago. This year, students have learned restorative, yin, vinyasa, hatha and acro yoga. Ms. Feduniec says she is surprised at how open students are to learning new styles of yoga and trying different meditative practices. What she is not surprised about is how adolescent students benefit from yoga. “Overall, yoga enables students to have a better sense of their emotions. By
developing a better understanding of their emotions, teens can then more appropriately process them,” explains Ms. Feduniec. “In addition to connecting with your emotions, yoga encourages self-love and selfacceptance. It builds compassion for the self, which then radiates to compassion for others.” She believes learning to be more mindful is especially important for this generation that is so engrossed in technology. “There is a social-emotional component that they may be missing out on. Considering the perspectives and feelings of others is integral to maintaining healthy relationships and being taught to become more self-aware and
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Indian Trace Elementary Dual Language Teachers Share Best Practices BY STACEY BOMSER
eachers often tell their students you never stop learning. That was case in point when the Dual Language teachers at Indian Trace Elementary School hosted Sharing Best Practices Day, opening up their classrooms to Dual Language teachers from other Weston schools and throughout Broward County. “Once each quarter, the Dual Language program hosts a Sharing Best Practices Day designed to support both the English and Spanish teachers involved in the Dual Language program,” explains Third Grade Spanish teacher Patty De Biase. “This benefits teachers because we can share with our peers and also network.”
This was Indian Trace Elementary’s first time hosting the program. Mrs. De Biase says the teachers went all out to welcome their peers, including decorating the Media Center and serving a Mexicanthemed snack. Of course, the purpose of the program was to share best practices. “Our focus was how to incorporate Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and Keystone, an alternative portfoliotype assessment, into the Dual Language classroom,” explains Mrs. De Biase. During the afterschool program, the teachers collaborated by sharing ideas and lessons. That was followed by a tour of all the Dual Language classrooms. “The tour was the highlight of the afternoon with our visiting teachers taking pictures of centers, projects and getting ideas for their classrooms,” shares Mrs. De Biase. “This was a chance for us to voice and address our concerns and, of course, our best practices.” She and the other teachers look forward to these
quarterly get togethers. “It’s a chance to network with other teachers so that we can collaborate and make our program better.” Dual Language teachers at Weston elementary schools are fortunate. They are able to rely on each other for support and advice throughout the year. Eagle Point Elementary School was the first to start a Dual Language program and it now offers two tracks. According to Mrs. De Biase, “That means they have a set of kindergarten to fifth grade students in the program and another track that started a few years ago and is now kindergarten through third grade. Next year it will expand to fourth and so on.” In the Dual Language program, students are taught half the day in Spanish and half in English. It is offered to both Spanish and non-Spanish speakers.
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ou could say Isabella Baumann has been STEAM-ulated by science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. The Gator Run Elementary School fifth grader’s essay, entitled The Brain Awakens, won first place in the 2019 SECME National Student Competition. Isabella says winning the top prize was very unexpected. “I was excited and happy because it took many weeks of research and hard work to complete it. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to write my essay, and then win for my school.” Science Resource Teacher Susan Beren says Isabella was the obvious choice to write the essay for the competition. According to Mrs. Beren, not only does Isabella like to create, design and build things, but she also loves to express her thoughts verbally and in writing. In her essay, Isabella wrote about how SECME has helped prepare her for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics)
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ne of the most common anxieties parents share with us concerns the timing of the eruption of teeth. We are often asked: when are the first teeth scheduled to enter the mouth? or which is “better” late vs. early erupting teeth? The truth of the matter is that although there are published milestones, there is still a normal variation/range that teeth may be expected to erupt. In terms of which is better, there is no real benefit for early or late eruption. However, extreme deviations may cause a practical challenge as
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Low-Speed Whiplash Injuries BY DR. BEHAR AND DR. BROWNER
he term whiplash was first coined in 1928. Though primarily used to describe the type of injury suffered in rear-impact automobile accidents, over the years whiplash has also been used to refer to any neck injury caused by sudden motion of the head. Because of problems associated with the term whiplash, other phrases have emerged in recent years to try to better describe this type of injury, such as “cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) injury” and “cervical hyperextension/hyperflexion injury”. All these terms have short-comings, and as a result whiplash still remains an integral part of medical jargon. One of the most controversial issues in the study of whiplash – and one of profound interest to both the insurance and legal fields – revolves around injuries reportedly sustained in low speed rear-impact crashes. Can such collisions cause occupant injury? A study by Brault published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1998) gives support to the claim soft tissue injury can occur as a result of low speed rear-impact collisions, despite the fact crash velocities are often so slow as to produce no damage to either vehicle. In this study, human volunteer subjects underwent rear-impact collisions in which the crash velocities were set at 2.5 and 5 miles per hour. Of particular significance is these volunteers were first screened for any pre-existing spinal conditions, then seated in optimal positions with headrests positioned correctly, and finally were aware of the impending crash. In real-life accidents it is exceptionally rare to have all of these conditions in the occupant’s favor. For this reason, the results of this study are especially compelling. Under laboratory conditions designed to minimize injury, a significant 29% of occupants were found to have sustained injury at a crash velocity of 2.5 mph, and fully 38% sustained injury at 5 mph. In the real world, victims of rear-impact collisions were often not anticipating the impact, their head may have been turned, their seated posture was very likely poor resulting in their head being too far from the headrest, and frequently their headrests were positioned too low. Each of these factors amplify and compound the trauma that occurs to muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels and bone. Now add to this list a spine that may not have optimal alignment, optimal curvature, or may have some other pre-existing abnormality or health condition. Perhaps this may not be the first such accident an individual has been involved in. As our understanding of whiplash trauma evolves, and more studies like this one support the contention low speed rear-end collisions do cause injury, the controversy regarding authenticity of such injuries may finally be put to rest. n For a consultation or more information you can reach Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar at Windmill Health Center in Weston at 954-217-4881. They have two additional locations to serve you in Pembroke Pines and Naples; contact the Weston location for more information.
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ndrew Grub has always loved playing tennis. He also enjoyed the time he spent helping his mother, a pediatric speech-language pathologist, during therapy sessions and summer programs for children with autism. So, when it came time to choosing a Bar Mitzvah project three years ago, Andrew decided to combine his interests and start an ACEing Autism program at Midtown Athletic Club. The Cypress Bay freshman has been serving as Program Director ever since. ACEing Autism is a national volunteerdriven, nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect children with autism with unique tennis programs. According to Andrew, ACEing Autism Weston runs adaptive tennis clinics for children who have autism and related disorders. “The clinics aim to develop children’s motor skills, hand-eye coordination, build confidence and improve their general socialization with their
peers, all within a fun, controlled environment,” states Andrew. The curriculum, which was created by some of the top researchers in the field, is tailored specifically to the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) population. “The clinics are structured so that children with a diverse range of abilities can be accommodated, as each child receives customized support from a trained volunteer based on his or her unique needs,” explains Andrew. For example, the children strengthen their hand-eye coordination with drills such as bounc-
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ing, throwing and catching a ball with a partner. Andrew says this also teaches them how to take turns and work together. In addition, the players are taught tennis skills such as how to hit groundstrokes and volleys on the tennis court. “The children derive many benefits from the program including learning how to socialize with their peers through playing games, development of motor skills and an increase in confidence as they see their skills improve,” shares Andrew. Andrew has also benefitted from running the ACEing Autism Weston program by building self-confidence and developing leadership skills. At school, Andrew is an ambassador for the HAAPE (Helping Adults with Autism Perform and Excel) Club and he serves on the School Advisory Council. Outside of school, Andrew is active in local politics. He is the student volunteer coordinator to a candidate running for Weston City Commission in 2020 and serves as a student volunteer for his Homeowners Association. n ACEing Autism Weston runs two six-week sessions each year, typically in the fall and spring. The classes meet on Saturday mornings at Midtown Athletic Club. To learn more about the program, visit https://aceingautism.org/locations/weston-fl/ or email Program Director Andrew Grub at aceingautismweston@ outlook.com.
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Aspiring Fashion Designer Promotes Environmental Awareness BY STACEY BOMSER
uring an episode of Project Runway this season, the designers were challenged to create garments using unconventional materials such as rope, maps and sleeping bags. That would be no challenge for Maegan Osmond, an aspiring fashion designer from Weston who uses recycled materials to create her unique looks. The homeschooled eleventh grader says she has always been fascinated by art and design. That led her to volunteer at Young At Art Museum, which hosts an annual Recycled Fashion Show to raise money for charity. Seventy-five percent of the garment is to be made from recycled materials. Maegan competed in her first Recycled Fashion Show in 2017. “I found it a great challenge to use my art skills in a new platform for charity and to raise awareness about environmental issues,” shares Maegan. “I have created garments out of plastic bags and chip bags already and plan to create two more recycled dresses
out of playing cards and bottle caps before the year ends.” She says she is not surprised that designing dresses using recycled materials quickly became a personal passion. “It combines so many of my interests into one project – environmental awareness, art, design, and a new challenge to rise to.” Maegan, who has taken only a basic sewing
machine class, is pretty much self-taught. One of her most recent projects was a wedding dress which featured colorful flowers on the train made from recycled dryer sheets. Deputy Kari Pallotto modeled the dress while walking the red carpet during the Broward Sheriff’s Office Patrol Stroll. “It is so heartwarming to see anyone wear one of my designs and have fun in it,” shares Maegan. “Seeing Deputy Pallotto feeling confident in my dress while having a great time, creating memories, was just amazing.” In addition to fashion design, Maegan is a competitive softball player. She plays on the Cypress Bay High School team, as well as a travel team during the summer and fall. Although she intends to pursue business and economics in college, Maegan will continue to further her art and design skills. “I hope one day to create a fashion line specifically catered towards size four to twelve as the body inclusiveness in fashion is steadily improving, but it is still very refined to a few body types which I believe should change.” Maegan encourages other students to pursue their passions and do what inspires them. “Remember that no one can define you but you.”
Little Miss Weston Proudly Serves Our Community BY STACEY BOMSER
but there is no competition or judgeven-year-old Allison “Alli” ing. According to Alli, the Little Miss Besaw is somewhat of a superprogram, for girls ages three to 13, is hero. By day she is your typical really more of a Little Sister program. second grader, but on weekends she She gets to help out in the community puts on her crown and sash to become and be mentored by the older girls. Little Miss Weston. This title has “They are like a family to me,” opened the door for Alli to pursue shares Alli. “They show me how to act her true passion of helping others in public and how to help others in and giving back to a community need. They are always there for me.” that supported her family during a As an only child, Alli’s mom says time of need. this big sister-little sister relationship Little Miss Weston is affiliated has been invaluable to her daughter. with the Miss USA pageant system, “The older girls have really embraced her and been supportive role models. Alli loves spending time with them while serving our community.” Alli’s duties as Little Miss Weston are simple. “I am responsible to be a good citizen and help out when needed.” She really enjoys the community service aspect. As Little Miss Weston, Alli has participated in Relay For Life of Weston to raise money for the American Cancer Society and walked the red carpet in the Patrol Stroll to benefit Special Olympics of Florida.
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“I like being able to go to and help out at the fun events around town,” notes Alli. “Meeting new people is fun too.” Serving as Little Miss Weston has also allowed Alli to expand a community service project she started called Hand 2 Paw Happiness. “I try to bring together kids that need to smile and rescue animals so they can comfort each other. I put the program together, with help from my mom, to help kids like me. I did it in honor of my dad who was killed in the line of duty last year.” (Her father was one of two Palm Beach County paramedics killed in an ambulance crash last year.) When not serving as Little Miss Weston, Alli enjoys gymnastics and ballet, playing tennis, drawing, and playing the electric guitar. She also likes to spend time with her friends at the park and playing with her dogs. n To learn more about Miss Florida USA and its Little Sister program visit www. MissFloridaUSA.com.
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Inspiring Year for Rotary Club of Weston BY FRANK WALKER, ROTARY CLUB OF WESTON PRESIDENT
s President of the Rotary Club of Weston for the year 2018-2019 I would like to personally thank the Weston Community for the wonderful response and support you have given our organization. My Rotary year ends on June 30th. This has been an experience I will not soon forget. We have accomplished a number of record setting feats with your help. Early in the year, we packed and shipped 10,000 meals that were shipped to the Columbian – Venezuelan border and fed thousands of refugees fleeing their country for a better life. We fed the hungry at LifeNet 4 families, a homeless shelter. We built a new relationship with the Jubilee Center, another homeless shelter that feeds hundreds of people each week. We supported them with monitory gifts and labor. We filled a large truck with food and hurricane supplies donated by many Weston residents and drove it to Panama City, Florida. We fed and
supplied household necessities to hundreds of misplaced residents in that area due to Hurricane Michael. We collected and sent bikes to Africa for necessary transportation.
Back on the Weston front, we hosted the 21st annual Rotary Club of Weston’s Run for Tomorrow with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital as the Title Sponsor. We raised over $90,000 to support local charities in the Weston area and beyond. This year’s Run proceeds set a new record, with Robin Lewis as Run Chairperson. This also allowed us to contribute to the Rotary Foundation, where we’re able to multiply dollars and send them all over the world to feed the hungry and fund vaccinations for Polio and supply clean water. We also hosted a foreign exchange student this year, Solenne Bousmar, from Belgium. In the month of April, we hosted the Rotary
Club of Weston’s Annual Golf Tournament with title sponsor FHV Weston Lawyers. This event raised over $100,000 for scholarships to students from Cypress Bay, Western, Sagemont and HANDY. These funds give deserving students a chance to attend college that in many cases would otherwise be financially impossible. This effort could not have been accomplished without the devotion of Mary Beth Casey, Andy Suarez and Michael Freedland. I’ve mentioned a few of the many accomplishments of the 130 members of the Rotary Club of Weston. I am so very proud to have served alongside some of the most giving souls on earth. I am also so grateful to Mayor Dan Stermer and all the City officials, Fire and Sheriff’s personnel for the many hours of effort that they put in to make our events a success. Our theme this year was “Be the Inspiration”. Weston Rotarians worked hard to be just that to our community, just as Weston and its residents were our inspiration each and every day. n The Weston Rotary Club meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Weston Hills Country Club. For additional information visit www.westonrotary.com.
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Emergency Rooms Hospital emergency rooms will treat all injuries, but they are the best place to go for serious injuries or life-threatening medical situations. Some examples of reasons for which you should go to a hospital emergency room (ER) include: • Chest pain and/or shortness of breath • Stroke symptoms • Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding and wounds needing stitches • Broken bones and head injuries • Severe burns • Poisoning • Suicidal feelings • Accidents (car crashes, falls)
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OrthoKeratology: Vision Improvement Without Refractive Surgery BY DR. JANE THERRIEN ould you like to enjoy sports, work out, hike, swim, or do any outdoor activities without wearing glasses or daytime lenses? Introducing Orthokeratology, an advanced procedure that gently reshapes the cornea while you sleep. There are several names for Orthokeratology, such as OrthoK, but the overall concept is the same. There are many people who are ideal candidates for Orthokeratology. These include children and adults who are active and involved in sports, patients looking for an alternative to LASIK surgery, patients who are too young for LASIK surgery, patients who want to correct their myopia without the use of traditional daytime contacts or glasses, children whose parents want a chance to slow and possibly prevent the progression of their myopia, and patients who have difficulties wearing traditional contact lenses because of dry eyes or allergies. It is important to keep in mind that only a qualified licensed eye care practitioner is able to diagnose and determine the best treatment option that is right for you. So how does OrthoK work? Orthokeratology is designed to gently reshape the first few microns of the cornea while you sleep. Once the molds are removed in the morning, the slight change in the curvature of the corneal surface results in clear vision during waking hours, thus reducing the dependence on daytime contact lenses or glasses. The best part about OrthoK is that it is safe, non-surgical, non-invasive and reversible. OrthoK also proves to be a great asset on the field. No matter what level of sports you or your child are involved in, you want the best vision possible. Additionally, glasses are a hindrance for any sports enthusiast, whether professional or recreational, and traditional daytime contact lenses are often equally irritating and inconvenient. While surgical vision correction offers the convenience of not having to wear contact lenses or glasses, it is not for everybody. Like any surgery, there is no guarantee of a perfect outcome with LASIK or other vision correction procedures. Also, like any surgery, there are risks of complications from LASIK and other vision correction procedures. Possible complications include glare and halos around lights, persistent dry eyes and reduced visual acuity or contrast sensitivity. You also must be over 18 for most surgical vision correction procedures, eliminating LASIK and related surgeries as options for younger athletes. OrthoK, on the other hand, is safe, non-surgical, non-invasive and reversible. In fact, OrthohK is so safe that many orthokeratologists are comfortable performing corneal refractive therapy for children as young as five years old. Additionally, OrthoK is ideal for athletes who are too young for LASIK. Advanced Orthokeratology can give them good, uncorrected vision for sports throughout their school years.
n If you would like to learn more and see if you are a candidate for OrthoK, contact Dr. Jane Therrien to schedule a free OrthoK consultation. Weston Family Eyecare is located at 4472 Weston Road. Call 954-888-9393 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations. 84â€‚JUNE 2019 | OUR CITY WESTON | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
Bonaventure Country Club Welcomes Weston Golfers and Event Planners BY STACEY BOMSER
he Bonaventure Country Club has been a staple of the Weston community for generations. In addition to being one of the region’s premier public golf courses, the clubhouse hosts functions and events of all types and sizes. As part of the Bonaventure Resort & Spa, patrons receive exceptional service and value. Director of Sales and Marketing Giselle Sagarra shares more about what the Bonaventure Country Club offers Weston golfers and residents. Please describe the facility. The Bonaventure Country Club is an 18-hole public golf course, featuring a classic Joe Lee design. With mature trees, lush vegetation and freshwater lakes, the area is inhabited with a variety of wildlife. Players of all skill levels will find a challenging test of golf with a touch of nature’s tranquility.
How challenging is it? The par-72 course has hosted scores of professional tournaments over the years, including the Dixie Amateur Tournament. PGA Tour Professionals such as 2019 Masters Tournament winner Tiger Woods, as well as Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik, have all competed here. Would a regular golfer enjoy playing this course? Absolutely! Our famed golf course is fun to play with wide fairways lined with palm trees and
beautiful water features, especially our famous Hole 3. It features the best waterfall par-3 hole in the region. What can golfers expect when they come to Bonaventure Golf Club? We pride ourselves on ensuring golfers have the best experience possible, by providing superb amenities and outstanding service to our valued customers. How can golfers play the course? We are a public course, with rates as low as $40. We also offer a variety of golf memberships ideal for local golfers. You can book tee times on our website and find more information on the golf membership packages. In addition, Bonaventure Golf Club specializes in corporate, civic and charity golf tournaments, so you have plenty of chances to play our course while supporting a great cause. Is there a clubhouse? We have a beautiful clubhouse overlooking the golf course. It’s an outstanding location for events of all types including weddings, quinces, family gatherings, social occasions and corporate meetings. What types of dining options are there at the club? Our 19th Hole Bar & Grille offers a daily lunch menu featuring salads, sandwiches, gourmet hamburgers, grilled chicken, cold beer and refreshments. We also offer a delicious Sunday Brunch buffet.
Anything else you would like to add? The Bonaventure Country Club has worked hard over the years to become a staple of the community and, in the process, we have earned recognition as one of the region’s premier golf experiences. Come experience it for yourself. n The Bonaventure Country Club is located at 200 Bonaventure Boulevard. For more information call 954-389-2100 or visit www.golfbonaventure.com.
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Divorce Has Become A Generational Issue BY EVAN BARON previously wrote an article discussing the rise in “grey divorces”, which are divorces for people in their 50’ and older. Statistics have shown that from 1990 to 2015 divorce rates had doubled for people 55 to 64 and had tripled for individuals 65 and older. There are many theories as to why this increase occurred for this age group. “Baby Boomers” tended to marry at a young age and upon becoming empty nesters, realized they were no longer compatible with their spouses. Women in the work force now had the financial freedom to move on with their lives, without having to necessarily depend upon their spouse to support them. People were now living longer and so a long-term marriage took on a different meaning. However, the exact opposite is happening with Generation X and Millennials. The overall divorce rate has fallen 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. There are several theories as to why this is happening. Couples are now getting married at an older age, after they have established their careers. The cost of obtaining a college or post graduate degree also has had an impact. Two individuals with large college loans to pay back are less likely to “tie the knot” until they are earning a salary sufficient to pay their loans and start a family. Most couples in that age group that I know have decided to live together before they make their marriage commitment. Marriages later in life, has proven to result in fewer divorces.
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The marriage rate during that time has fallen as well. Less marriages should mean less divorces. If couples get married later in life, the chance of a marriage lasting seems to be greatly enhanced. Statistics also show that more highly educated couples who marry later in life have a greater chance of staying married. The decline in the marriage rate explains the increase of Paternity cases that I have seen in my practice. Individuals who decide not to marry may still want to raise a family, sometimes with the expectation that having a child will result in marriage. When the relationship fails, issues concerning minor children need to be addressed. In Florida, if a child is born outside of marriage, the Father may have no rights without a court order declaring him to be the father. Once Paternity is established the father would have all the same legal rights and responsibilities that any father would have if the parents had been married. Any couple who is in a nonmarital relationship and has a child should consider the above.. 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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How To Practice Your Short Game BY DEAN SKLAR, PGA PROFESSIONAL ometimes, golfers have to rely on a strong wedge play game to get out of tough obstacles or drive the ball those last few yards to the green. If you’re unsure of your chipping or pitching, or you struggle on bunker shots around the hole, the tips below can help you to improve your wedge game and ultimately reduce the number of strokes for each hole. Most golfers don’t get a lot of experience before they’re already playing their first round of golf with getting balls out of tricky bunkers and onto the green. These bunker shots require your short clubs, called wedges, to lift the ball out of the sand trap and back up onto the playing green toward the hole. Similarly, players who find themselves in the rough grass just outside the putting green might have to chip or pitch their ball over the last few yards with a wedge in order to maintain control and guide the ball closer to the hole. Bunker Shots When a player gets caught in a sand bunker or green side bunkers, the best option to get them closer to or in the hole is to utilize a wedge club to knock the ball firmly but gently enough to get it up and out of the pit and onto the playing field without going too far past the target. Perhaps the most important element of sharpening a player’s technique when it comes to bunker shots is to assess and understand the point of entry drill for sand shots as well as adjusting to different sand conditions. Depending on the depth of the ball in the deep rough, the thickness and wetness of the sand, and the distance to a hole, a player will have to reassess the angle of attack to the ball required to gently drive the ball out of the bunker. It’s important, too, for golfers to remember to not hit the ball too high or even too low as either will result in catastrophe — if he/she hits it too high, the ball will just drive further down into the sand trap, while if he/she hits it too low, it might “scull” it far past the intended target (the pin) or even directly up in the air. Chipping and Pitching Over Obstacles Sometimes it may be required that a golfer hit a lob shot, also known as a flop shot, to lob the ball over a particularly rough patch before the putting green. Many players try to imagine targets in front of them such as water or a bunker to carry the ball over and then try to identify strengths and weaknesses around the putting green in order to better and more rapidly improve their games. Shortening a player’s backswing and accelerating the club may also improve chipping as hitting the ball down will pop it up quickly before driving it directly toward the hole along the surface of the putting green. Similarly, practicing these shots can also help to improve chipping. It’s important for players to remember that a good and successful chip drill requires that players keep the club moving through impact in order to provide a full chip with the most control, and players should favor chipping over pitching when possible.
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 | JUNE 2019 87
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eartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition that affects dogs, cats, and up to 30 other species of mammals. It is caused by parasitic worms (heartworms) living in the major vessels of the lungs and, occasionally, in the heart. The scientific name for the heartworm parasite is Dirofilaria immitis. Although heartworm disease is virtually 100% preventable, many dogs are diagnosed with it each year. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states. The American Heartworm Society (AHS) estimates that one million dogs in the United States are infected with the disease today, and this number may be rising. What Is ProHeart 6? ProHeart 6 is an injectable medication that is used in dogs six months of age or older to prevent heartworm disease. Your veterinarian will administer ProHeart 6 as a single injection under your dog’s skin. Once the drug is given, it continuously prevents heartworm disease for six months. Using ProHeart 6 means that you don’t need to remember to administer a monthly oral or topical heartworm preventive medication to your dog. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. To properly protect your dog, ProHeart 6 should be administered within one month before mosquitoes appear where you live. If you are switching from another heartworm preventive medication, ProHeart 6 should be administered within one month after the last dose of the other product. This will help ensure that your dog is continuously protected. In addition to preventing heartworm disease, ProHeart 6 treats hookworm
infections. Hookworms are parasites that can live in the intestines of dogs. These parasites attach to the inner lining of the intestines and drink blood. Hookworm infections can cause severe diarrhea, blood loss, and weight loss. In young puppies, severe hookworm infections can even be fatal. Hookworms can also infect humans, so treating infected dogs also helps to protect other family members. Important Safety Information Before initiating heartworm prevention with ProHeart 6, your veterinarian may recommend a full physical examination for your dog. Some diagnostic testing may also be recommended, including a heartworm test. Any dog that tests positive for heartworm disease should be treated before receiving ProHeart 6. Your veterinarian will likely review your dog’s medical history before administering ProHeart 6. Be sure to discuss any of your dog’s previous illnesses or medical problems with your veterinarian. ProHeart 6 should not be used in sick, debilitated, or underweight dogs or in dogs with a history of weight loss. It should be used with caution in dogs with a history of allergies, such as food allergy, flea allergy dermatitis, or allergic reactions to vaccines. Talk to your veterinarian about administering ProHeart 6 along with vaccines. 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 Caroline Long’s second grade class at Everglades Elementary School researched different species of whales and dolphins and then published their very own book, Deep Sea Dive with Whales and Dolphins.
Manatee Bay Elementary Principal Heather Hedman-DeVaughn celebrated with students who fulfilled the i-Ready challenge, completing various online math and reading lessons over Spring Break.
Country Isles Elementary School hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to acknowledge the parents and members of the community who support the school.
To celebrate El Dia de los Ninos y el Dia de los Libros, community leaders and parents served as guest readers, reading to Dual Language students at Indian Trace Elementary School in both English and Spanish.
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After learning about the parts of a flower, students in Helene San’s prekindergarten class at Everglades Elementary did some spring planting.
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Members of the Manatee Bay Elementary Student Council led the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent Weston City Commission meeting.
Students in Helene San’s pre-kindergarten class at Everglades Elementary School learned about color blending by making beautiful butterflies.
Film students at Falcon Cove Middle School have been busy working on scripts for their short film.
BIRTHDAY WISHES Students and faculty at Indian Trace Elementary School showed their love for Nurse Nancy as she celebrated her 80th birthday.
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Indian Trace Elementary School held its field day at Tequesta Trace Park this year because the school’s fields are being renovated. 94 JUNE 2019 | OUR CITY WESTON | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
The Relay For Life team from Indian Trace Elementary School received the Silver Award for raising $5,000 for the American Cancer Society fundraiser.
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VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION The Arts Council of Greater Weston held its annual Volunteer Appreciation reception at which time it recognized the members of our community who generously donate their time and effort to bringing outstanding arts and cultural events such as Weston World Fest, Celebrate the Arts Day, Weston Foreign Film Series and the Student Artist Showcase to town. In addition, the Arts Council supports local arts organizations including the Weston Music Society and Weston Art Guild. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | OUR CITY WESTON | JUNE 2019 95
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More than 100 Weston Music Society members and music lovers attend a jazz salon featuring Yamit and the Vinyl Boulevard. The ensemble is one of the premier jazz bands in South Florida.
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The 2nd annual Taylor Tipoff Classic 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament attracted 72 players and 150 guests. The event raised money for BRCA Cancer Research and honored Matt Taylor, who passed away two years ago from stomach cancer. Team BRCA-king Ankles won.
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Hundreds of families participated in Weston’s annual Royal Egg Hunt, with children collecting over 30,000 candy-filled eggs and posing for pictures.
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