Our City Weston: July 2024

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14 Tree of Life Christian Academy Preschool: Celebrating Over Ten Years of Excellence in Education & Learning


The Florida Land Boom 100 Years Later

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24 Arts Council of Greater Weston Recognizes Three Students for Their Service INSPIRING INDIVIDUALS

30 Spotlight Shines on Girls and Teens with Disabilities

Weston Residents Release Caribbean-Inspired Children's Book

40 Local Native Competes for Team Navy in the 2024 Warrior Games ROTARY NEWS

28 Community Unity and Service: Rotary Club of Weston's New Leadership Team Ready to Serve COMMUNITY

32 Symmetric Harmony a Photo Contest Celebrating Balance and Patterns

38 A Symphony of Summer Sounds

53 Enchanted Evening Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Hosts Special Prom for Sick Teens


44 Why Children Are Better at Learning Languages

52 Protecting Your Eyes From the Sun

56 Arthroscopy of the Foot & Ankle SPECIAL SECTION: HOME IMPROVEMENT

46 Style Meets Sustainability: Top Kitchen Renovation Trends of 2024

48 Curb Appeal on a Budget: Enhancing Your Home's Exterior

50 Home Renovations in South Florida That Maximize Your Selling Price


42 Out and About in Weston LEGALLY SPEAKING

45 Creative Uses for Life Insurance REAL ESTATE

54 Navigating South Florida's Real Estate Market Amid High Interest Rates, Election Year, and Inflation Concerns FROM TEE TO GREEN

60 Great Putting Tips to Build Confidence and Lower Your Score!


62 Exercising Your Dog FROM THE STATEHOUSE

63 New Law Aims to Protect First Responders

64 July Senate Update


64 Meet “Tommy” WESTON CHAMBER

65 Greetings From Your Chamber President!


58 Crossword & Sudoku

65 Puzzle Key


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Since 2013, the teachers and staff at Tree of Life Christian Academy Preschool have been committed to providing students with the highest level of care and education. As parents, we always want the best for our children. Ask any parent what they want in a preschool for their children, and you will always hear three things: safety, learning, and emotional development. Tree of Life has taken those priorities to heart and consistently strives to meet them.

The eleven-time Best of Weston winner and 2023 Best of Davie winner offers a unique, high-level learning curriculum with programs for infants through pre-kindergarten. They offer an innovative dual-core curriculum that includes immersive bilingual teaching. In fact, more Tree of Life students graduate reading at the first-grade level than any other Weston preschool. We visited Tree of Life to learn what makes them unique.

Dual-Core Curriculum

Tree of Life Christian Academy believes a successful education is centered on the curriculum used to teach kids. One of the curriculums has been used internationally for over 50 years. Scholastically, reading is half the battle for preschoolers. Their school’s curriculum has a six-step program to teach reading skills by using a phonetic approach.

At the same time they use a second Preschool Curriculum which is the component of a researched-based system of education. The curriculum has a set

of teaching practices, content areas, assessment tools, and a training model to help teachers use the curriculum to support children’s development. The curriculum is based on Active Learning.

Active Learning is direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas. Children are encouraged to “construct” their own knowledge by pursuing their personal interests and goals, guided by trained adults who understand the importance of learning areas for children in the preschool years.

Child Safety

Tree of Life Christian Academy is dedicated to the safety of every child who attends the school. This includes physical safety, maintaining a sanitary school environment, and ensuring that students’ emotional needs are met. The school employs a full-time armed security guard, has bullet proof entry doors, and offers an on-site clinic for their students. All Teachers are trained and certified in CPR and first-aid. The school even exceeds the CDC COVID-19 safety protocols; Take a tour today to learn about all of the amazing things they offer, making this a very special and safe preschool. In the times we are living in, this Preschool offers every important feature.

Engaging Classrooms & Facilities

The school’s warm and inviting classrooms are filled with age-appropriate materials to help stimulate creativity in each child. Learning centers include blocks, dramatic play, housekeeping, manipulatives, art, library, science, sand & water station, music and movement, as well as writing. The school is equipped with the latest technology, classrooms have Apple iPads, as well as an impressive 1,200 square-foot indoor play area and four outdoor playgrounds, and organic and natural lunches are served.

Committed Teachers & Staff

Tree of Life’s highly degreed and certified teachers motivate, encourage, and create a thirst for learning by building

on each child’s individual strengths, gifts, and talents. As a Christian faith-based school, Tree of Life teaches moral and family values. Every student feels loved and valued every day they walk into this school.

Parents are invited to tour Tree of Life’s facilities, meet with the school's staff, and speak with parents of existing students. After you do, you’ll know why they have been voted Best Preschool of Weston by the readers of Our City. Tree of Life Christian Academy Preschool truly gives children a higher level of care & education. Due to their overwhelming success Tree of Life Preschool has expanded, opening their second location, which will is located in Cooper City.

Tree of Life Christian Academy Preschool is located at 1250 SW 160th Ave in Weston (954) 440-0174 and 4035 Embassy Drive N. in Cooper City (954) 842-2238. To learn more about enrolling your child or to schedule a school visit, call or go to www.treeoflifeacademy.com.

The Florida Land Boom 100 Years Later

One hundred years ago, in July 1924, a former citrus farmer set out to make a fortune in a new industry. 38-year-old George Merrick envisioned creating a “City Beautiful” in South Florida, combining architectural harmony, lush landscaping, and modern amenities. The community was meticulously planned with wide, tree-lined avenues, parks, and a strict architectural code that emphasized Mediterranean Revival-style buildings.

Merrick’s vision became Coral Gables, which served as a model for South Florida community development for decades to come. The development of Coral Gables also accelerated the Florida land boom, a time of explosive growth driven by a booming real estate market. This boom ultimately led to the region we know today and contributed, in part, to the Great Depression.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s was a whirlwind of real estate speculation and development with soaring land prices and extensive urbanization. Real estate speculation ran wild. Land prices skyrocketed as investors traded properties, often sight unseen. Planned communities, luxury hotels, and infrastructure projects, such as roads and bridges, sprouted up to cater to the burgeoning population and influx of tourists.

Many people invested their life savings in Florida real estate, often buying land on credit. This influx of capital fueled further development and speculation. The market became saturated with properties. The rapid pace of development outstripped demand, leading to a glut of unsold real estate. A series of devastating hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 caused significant property damage and undermined confidence in Florida’s real estate market.

By the late 1920s, the real estate bubble burst, leaving a trail of shattered dreams. Property values plummeted, leaving investors with staggering losses and unsellable land. The collapse of the Florida land boom reverberated across the national economy. The loss of wealth and the subsequent bank failures cast a shadow over economic activity. Despite the bust, the infrastructure and developments from the boom period laid the groundwork for Florida’s future growth and development.

The Florida land boom of the 1920s serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of speculative bubbles and the importance of sustainable economic development. Its collapse played a significant role in the chain of events that led to the Great Depression, demonstrating the interconnectedness of local and national economies.

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July 2024 Calendar


Weston’s Hometown Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

Join us for an unforgettable evening of patriotic festivities! Enjoy a live concert by the Shane Duncan Band, a versatile ensemble known for their high-energy performances across a variety of musical genres. Be immersed in a vibrant atmosphere featuring interactive games, festive photo stations, and craft booths. As the sun sets, the grand finale—a spectacular display of fireworks -- will paint the night sky. Hosted at Weston Regional Park from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.


Fourth of July Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk

Gather your family and friends and join the race this Independence Day holiday. It’s hot and humid in South Florida in July, but we are prepared! Race participants always enjoy the popular “hook and ladder shower” at the finish line where race participants will enjoy cooling off. This year’s race is sponsored by the City of Weston and the Weston YMCA Family Center. Race starts at 7:15 am. Scan the QR code to register, or register at the event. For more info call 954-385-2000.


Weston’s Annual Hometown

Fourth of July Parade

Show off your patriotic pride at Weston’s annual Hometown Celebration Parade! Cheer on local performing groups, fire trucks, police vehicles, community groups, businesses and more – decked out in red, white and blue as they parade around and through Weston Town Center. Share your patriotic pride with us! Don't forget to tag your photos and posts on social media with #Happy4thWeston. For more info, call 954-389-4321.


Broadway Through the Years

"Broadway Through the Years Two," a musical cabaret directed by Del Marrero, will feature actors and actresses who may or may not have starred in past PPTOPA productions, and will include selections from a variety of popular musicals. Presented by Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts at Pembroke Pines Theater for the Performing Arts, 17195 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines. Show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for tickets or more info.

JULY 13-14

Dinosaurs Weekend at Flamingo Gardens

Travel back to the time before the continents as we know them existed, when lush landscapes covered Africa and Antarctica was green! Grab your prehistoric passport and discover how land bridges, volcanic activity, and plate tectonics allowed dinosaurs such as T. rex, Spinosaurus, Hadrosaur, and more to disperse all over the globe, giving each of today’s continents its own unique selection of these giant reptiles. Dinosaur Weekend will include the opportunity to “excavate” fossils and see a movie short in the Gallery, about the evolution of “Dinosaurs Among Us,” or birds, and how they are truly modern-day dinosaurs. Scan the QR code to learn more or book tickets

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JULY 18-20

2024 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team Trials

The Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar will host the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for track and field. This event will showcase the best Paralympic athletes in the country, culminating in the announcement of the athletes who will represent Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Paris. Scan the QR code for more info or to purchase tickets.


Work Out & Get Motivated! Celebrate spring with an outdoor workout. Led by personal trainer Susan Malinski, this session will get your blood flowing and set you off with a positive mindset. Led by personal trainer Susan Malinski, these sessions will get your blood flowing and set you off with a positive mindset. Text Susan to learn what local park the next workout will be at. For more info visit www.SusanMalinski.com or call or text 954-245-2071.

JULY 24-27

Quarterly Bulk Trash Pickup

The Quarterly Residential Bulk Trash Pickup will occur on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day as follows: Single Family & Multi-family with curbside collections: Wednesday, July 24 | Thursday, July 25 | OR Friday, July 26 Multi-Family with dumpsters: Saturday, July 27. FREE Bulk Pickup will take place on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day and all items should be curbside by 7 a.m. For more info and details on what can be picked up visit www.westonfl.org/ bulk pickup.


Zach Bryan in Concert

The singer-songwriter is known for his heartfelt, raw, and emotional music. Bryan's music career gained significant momentum through his self-released albums, which he recorded in a DIY fashion, often using simple recording setups. His debut album, "DeAnn," released in 2019, was named in honor of his late mother and received critical acclaim for its authenticity and lyrical depth. Concert will be held at Amerant Bank Arena. Fore more info or tickets, scan the QR code.


Blake Shelton at the Hard Rock

As one of Country Music’s chief ambassadors, Blake Shelton has been delivering country music to a diverse audience for more than 20 years. The former judge from the hit show “The Voice” will be taking his talents to South Florida at The Hard Rock Casino. The show starts at 8:00 pm. Scan the QR code for more info or tickets.


Studio 18 Professional Development Gathering

Come together with your fellow artists for a collaborative and supportive peer-led portfolio critique at Studio 18! Present your portfolio and receive valuable and constructive feedback on your artwork. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Pre-registration is required! Scan the QR code to register or learn more.

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On May 20, 2024, at the City of Weston Commission meeting at City Hall, the Arts Council recognized 3 outstanding students with the 2024 Arts Council of Greater Weston Volunteer Service Award. President Laura Dobrzanski noted, “These three students have been absolute rock stars at our Arts Council events for three years, often staying for the entire event and taking on leadership roles. We’re so grateful for their dedication which has really made a difference for us and the whole Weston community”.

Victoria Angarita was born in Venezuela and moved to Weston at the age of 14. She plans to attend Florida International University Honors College majoring in Public Relations and aspires to attend law school specializing in intellectual property law. Victoria has volunteered with the Arts Council since she arrived in the US. It has shaped her experience by giving her a deeper appreciation for the sense of community and teaching her the incredible ways art can bring everyone together.

Mariana Deters was born in El Salvador with her twin brother Fernando and they moved to Florida in 2021. She plans to double major in communications and journalism at the University of South Florida. By volunteering at our events and helping us tremendously by recruiting other volunteers, Mariana has formed many long-lasting friendships and has learned how important it is to serve her community and make a positive impact on society.

Fernando Deters was also born in El Salvador and moved to Florida in August 2021. He plans on attending Rollins College with a major in International Business. He has enjoyed volunteering at our events since he was a sophomore which has instilled in him a sense of responsibility to use his passion for the arts to give back to the community and contribute positively to the world.

Throughout the year, the Arts Council uses approximately 200 student volunteers to help with its events. Claudia Fernandez, Arts Council Student Volunteer Director, comments, “I am thankful for the collaboration of the student volunteers who enthusiastically gave their time, making the success of our events, especially the Weston World Fest, possible. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented group of volunteers."

The Democrats Choice!

Former Mayor of Broward County, 14 years in elected office. Business owner and Nurse for 33 years.

Dr. Barbara Sharief is a distinguished healthcare and public service leader who is celebrated for her commitment to community improvement in healthcare, housing, education, and employment.

Personal History

Barbara was born and raised in South Florida as one of eight siblings. Her early life was shaped by the tragic loss of her father to gun violence, an experience that instilled a strong work ethic and a drive to help others. Barbara pursued higher education rigorously, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Florida International University, a Master’s degree in Nursing, and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) license from the same institution. In 2017, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Wilkes University.

Work History

Barbara’s career began in healthcare, advancing from registered nurse to ARNP. In 2001, she founded South Florida Pediatric Homecare, Inc., a healthcare company specializing in care for medically complex children, which grew significantly under her leadership.

Political Career

For 13 years, Barbara has served Broward County as a County Commissioner, former County Vice Mayor, and two-time County Mayor. She was the

first African American woman to serve as Mayor and the first African American female President of the Florida Association of Counties. Her tenure included initiatives for insurance relief, affordable housing, healthcare, school funding, teacher pay, and union protection. Barbara also advocated for veterans, reproductive rights, clean drinking water, and veterans’ benefits.

Leadership & Advocacy

As County Mayor, Barbara coordinated responses to Hurricane Irma, the Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting, and the Port Everglades oil spill. She advocated for all 67 counties in Florida on issues such as quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Barbara also lobbied in Washington on healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, clean water, and rural and agricultural issues.

Notable Accomplishments

Barbara saved taxpayers $33 million in unfunded mandates and secured funding for projects like the Miramar Amphitheater and youth employment programs. She led infrastructure improvements and promoted minority-owned and Certified LGBT+ Business Enterprises. Community Engagement

Barbara sponsored programs such as the Foster Park Reading Library Program and Veterans Appreciation Day.

Her dedication to supporting minority-owned businesses is evident through her initiatives to foster an inclusive business environment.

Legacy & Ongoing Efforts

Barbara’s legacy in Broward County is profound. As a candidate for the State Senate in District 35, she is committed to quality healthcare, social justice, voting rights, women’s issues, human rights, education, water resources, environmental protection, and good-paying jobs. Her experience and values make her exceptionally well-suited to be a Senator, ready to champion her constituents’ needs and rights.

As a successful businesswoman, Barbara founded a home health company that provides jobs to over 500 professionals. With 30 years in healthcare, she understands community challenges and is prepared to fight for her constituents. Barbara is also a proud member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) and The Links, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Sharief exemplifies dedication and leadership, bridging her expertise in healthcare with her passion for public service. Her achievements and ongoing efforts underscore her commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents of Broward County and her readiness to serve as a State Senator for District 35.

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Dr. Sharief exemplifies dedication and compassion in a clinical setting, impacting her community with over 30 years of experience in healthcare and public service.

at the national association of counties on the long-term care and prescription drug guidelines of the affordable care act under President Barack Obama.

Dr. Sharief with Pembroke Pines Democratic Club activists Scott Evans, Lourdes Diaz, Edward Mena, and Jill Robinson Aronofsky at a campaign kick-off.
Dr. Sharief and property appraiser Marty Kiar with his dad Monroe Kiar.
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Dr. Sharief and Rose Mary Santana celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the article in Rosemary News titled ‘Barbara Sharief Gets Closer to Hispanics in Florida.’

Community Unity and Service: Rotary Club of Weston's New Leadership Team Ready to Serve

As tradition dictates, Rotary clubs worldwide usher in new leadership at the end of June. The Rotary Club of Weston is proud to announce Jacqueline Gillman as the incoming president, ready to steer the club towards new horizons of community service and engagement. Jacqueline, along with a team of directors, promises to bring additional energy and innovative ideas to the club’s initiatives.

Joining Jacqueline Gillman in leadership are:

• Mercedes Alvarez, Community Service Chair

• Kurt Asesor, President-Elect for 2025-2026

• Harold Calle, Chair of the Impact Español Group

• Julianne Dinda, Youth Service Chair

• Laura Dobrzanski, Director and Secretary

• Julian Gazzano, Jr., Director at Large

• Margarita Lartitegui, Director at Large

• Cristiano Nicolucci, Immediate Past President

• Maria Ochoa, Director and Treasurer

• Deborah O’Connor Richman, Public Image Chair

• Robert Sirota, Chair of the Evening Group

• Mercy Velazquez, Chair of the Membership Committee

• Paola Vergara, Club Administrator

The Rotary Club of Weston has already set in motion several significant initiatives. Among them is the much-anticipated Food and Wine Festival, scheduled to take place

from September 19 2024. This festival aims to bring the community together to enjoy culinary delights and fine wines, all while raising funds for charitable causes.

Another exciting event on the horizon is the Run for Tomorrow, slated for December 8, 2024. This annual run and festival not only promotes health and fitness but also serves as a major fundraiser for the club's various community projects.

In a meeting held on June 11, the new board officially thanked the outgoing directors for their dedication and hard work over the past year. The meeting also highlighted the achievements of the previous year, with significant accomplishments in scholarship donations, charitable support, and contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Club of Weston proudly reported that approximately 90 students benefited from scholarship donations. These scholarships are pivotal in supporting the educational aspirations of local youth, providing them with opportunities they might not otherwise have. Additionally, the club’s support to various charitable organizations surpassed $100,000, reflecting the community’s generosity and the club’s commitment to making a positive impact. Moreover, substantial donations were made to the Rotary Foundation, furthering the club’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The gavel passing ceremony, a symbolic

gesture marking the transition of leadership, reaffirmed the Rotary Club of Weston’s dedication to continuous improvement and higher achievements. Jacqueline Gillman expressed her gratitude and excitement, emphasizing the club’s ongoing commitment to service above self.

“We are excited about the future and the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Jacqueline Gillman. “Our new leadership team is dedicated to building on past successes and exploring new avenues to serve our community. Together, we will strive to make a meaningful difference.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of Weston and its upcoming events, please visit www.westonrotary.com

Spotlight Shines on Girls and Teens with Disabilities at 11th Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant

Fifteen young girls and teens with disabilities lit up the stage at the 11th Annual Miss Arc Broward Pageant, sending a powerful message of inclusion and acceptance to the South Florida community. Throughout the pageant season, which began in February, contestants participated in various activities and special events designed to build friendships, self-esteem, and confidence, with 20 teen ambassadors from high schools across Broward County serving as mentors.

This year’s contestants included: Hailey Acevedo, 15, Coral Springs; Halia Allen, 13, Hollywood; Zoe Burgess, 15, Coral Springs; Alyssa Custodio, 16, Coral Springs; Grace Ann Garland, 17, Hollywood; Madison Gerstein, 9, Hollywood; Mikayla Golka, 11, Parkland; Kayla Mills, 16, Hollywood; Nevaeh Myers, 15, Jupiter; Elizabeth Rivera, 12, Weston; Luciana Avella Rodriguez, 9, Pembroke Pines; Nola Schader, 15, Miramar; Alessandra Soto, 16, Hollywood; Kiely Vassar, 6, Fort Lauderdale; and Leila Yates, 13, Pembroke Pines.

Contestants showcased their talents and personalities on stage while the audience cheered, applauded, and waved supportive signs. Mikayla Golka, impressed everyone with her deep knowledge of the Florida Panthers, showing her loyalty as a longtime fan of the NHL hockey team. Kayla Mills sang a song and spoke passionately about advocating for those with "invisible" disabilities. Other contestants displayed their talents in various ways, such as singing, dancing, martial arts, and storytelling.

While everyone was a winner, the spotlight

shone especially bright on 11-year-old Mikayla Golka from Parkland and 16-year-old Kayla Mills from Hollywood, who were crowned Little Miss Arc and Miss Arc Broward respectively. It was an emotional moment for their friends and family in the audience at The Parker.

Since being crowned Little Miss Arc, and with the Florida Panthers competing in the Stanley Cup finals, Golka has been using her platform and super fan status to spread a message of inclusion and acceptance to a national audience with an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” prior to the Panthers’ first game of the finals.

“The Miss Arc Pageant is a unique event that empowers young girls and teens with disabilities to pursue their dreams. It celebrates their amazing abilities and shows that individuals with disabilities deserve opportunities to shine,” said Julie Price, Arc Broward CEO. “We are grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who make this pageant possible and promote greater awareness and acceptance of those with disabilities.”

The Miss Arc Broward Pageant was led by co-chairs Natalie Glusman and Candace Kelly. It was presented by Pediatric Associates and supported by numerous sponsors, including iHeart, The Palmer Family, UKG, Princess Cruises, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and more.

Arc Broward offers transformative opportunities for children and adults with disabilities and other life challenges. For more information about Arc Broward’s programs and services, visit arcbroward.com.

Little Miss Arc Mikayla Golka, 11, from Parkland and Miss Arc Kayla Mills, 16, from Hollywood
Contestants in the 2024 Miss Arc Broward Pageant shine on stage
Candace Kelly and Natalie Glusman, co-chairs, Miss Arc Broward Pageant
2024 Miss Arc Broward pageant winners with judges
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Symmetric Harmony invites photographers of all ages and skill levels to explore and capture the beauty of symmetry in our world. This contest focuses on the theme of balance and patterns, encouraging participants to showcase the elegant and often mesmerizing structures found in nature, architecture, and everyday life. Whether it’s the reflection in a calm lake, the intricate design of a building, or the repetitive patterns of leaves, we seek images that exemplify the harmony of symmetry. Join us in celebrating the art of balance and share your vision of symmetric harmony through your lens.

Lifrancis Rojas, Director of the Photo Contest, notes. “I'm thrilled to announce the start of our Instagram picture contest this summer, inviting everyone to showcase their creativity! The theme is "Symmetric Harmony," and we can't wait to see the unique and balanced compositions you come up with. Join us and share your interpretation of "Symmetric Harmony" for a chance to be featured and celebrated!

Winners will be selected by a panel of Arts professionals and notified by direct message

on Instagram two weeks after the Promotion Period ends. First Place winner will receive a $100.00 cash prize; Second Place winner will receive a $75.00 cash prize, Third place winner will receive $50.00 & the photograph with the most likes on the Arts Council Flickr page will receive a $25.00 cash prize. There will be an exhibit in the Weston library sometime during September and October.

The contest is open to residents of Greater Weston age 13 and up. If under 18, they must have parental consent. Each photographer must register for the contest by filling out the Contest Registration Form on www.1weston.com.

They must post their submissions between June 15 and July 31 on Instagram using the hashtag #ACGWSummer24. They must follow 1WestonFL on Instagram and receive direct messages. Participants must also upload their photo to Instagram and caption it with the hashtag designated for this Contest which is found on the contest flyer. Instagram participating accounts must be public in order to share the posts in @1westonfl stories and feed. Complete Instagram Guidelines can be found at help.instagram.com/communityguidelines.

No other method of participation will be accepted. Once submitted, an entry cannot be deleted, modified, or canceled. Photo entries must be representative of the contest theme. No obviously photoshopped images will be accepted. No AI-generated photos will be accepted. Minor burning, dodging, and/or color correction is acceptable, as is minor cropping. Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided entrants must be prepared to provide a release form. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close-up of another person's art.

For a full list of the eligibility requirements, please visit www.1weston.com.

Laura Dobrzanski, President, said, “We are thrilled to kick off our annual Instagram Photo contest once again which invites everyone with a camera to participate and we look forward to seeing the wide variety of unique and creative photos our community will Summer create.”

Just in time for summer, Angela Golden Bryan and her daughter, Erin Shae Bryan, are releasing their first children's book together. The book is called "Anna and the Goat Foot Woman: A Story of Gratitude Inspired by Caribbean Folktales." This magical story takes readers on a journey through Caribbean folklore, highlighting themes of resilience, friendship, and self-discovery. It's perfect for kids aged 8 to 12 and offers a fun escape into Caribbean culture and traditions.

The story is set in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and follows a young girl named Anna. She feels sad about leaving her home but soon finds herself on an exciting adventure. Along the way, she meets new friends who need help escaping from the mysterious Goat Foot Woman. Anna's journey teaches her about courage and gratitude.

Angela has lived in Weston, Florida, for 25 years and is a well-loved member of the community. Before moving to Weston, she grew up in the Virgin Islands, where she developed a deep love for storytelling and her cultural heritage. Angela is excited to share this book with her daughter, celebrating their Caribbean roots and the values of resilience and friendship.

Erin, who graduated from Sagemont High School in Weston, has always loved writing. She published her first book at 16 and has continued to write ever since. Erin has a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Advertising from the University of South Florida and is now working on her master's

degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Working on this book with her mother has allowed Erin to combine her love for storytelling with her Caribbean heritage.

The release of "Anna and the Goat Foot Woman" was made possible by the Resist Foundation. Their grant helped produce the book through Fireburn Heritage, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands and fighting racism through cultural preservation and unity.

▸ For more information about "Anna and the Goat Foot Woman" or to get your copy, scan the QR code or visit www.FireburnHeritage.org

Angela Golden Bryan Erin Shae Bryan

Tired of sitting at home watching it rain? We have a treat for you. On Thursday, July 18, 2024, at 7:00 pm, the Weston Music Society is happy to bring Summer Sounds, a pops and jazz blending, to the community. The concert will be held at the Dor Dorim Auditorium, 2326 Glades Circle.

This will mark the return of a few of the fabulous musicians from the South Florida Symphony, whom you all loved at our spring Pops Concert. A vocalist, backed by a trio of instrumentalists, will bring us favorites from Broadway, Pops, and Jazz that are sure to delight.

The WMS will be honoring Dr. Kamala Anandam with their Platinum Circle Award for service to our community. Founder and President of the Weston Chapter of the American Association of University


Women, Dr. Anandam is known throughout our city for her dedication, enthusiasm and energetic pursuits of good causes.

Toby Feuer, Vice President of Events, comments, “We are so pleased to bring you this summer concert, featuring the music we all love. And we are especially proud to honor Kamala Anandum for all she has contributed to Weston.”

Tickets will be sold online at www.wetonmusicsociety.org or call Mr. Diane Marett at 631-312-6989. The concert ticket will entitle the attendees to be in a drawing for door prizes. General admission tickets are $30, students $10, and a special category for $50 for preferred seating in the first two rows.

The Music Society has been presenting mid-summer concerts for over fifteen years. President Lou Marett noted, "The WMS is proud of its long tradition of bringing

top-level musical entertainment to the families of Weston in the midst of the steamy days of summer. As a follow up to its much acclaimed "Spring Pops" concert in May, all proceeds of the 50-50 raffle will be applied to our scholarship program for both Cypress Bay and Western High Schools seniors who will be pursuing music-related studies fields.”

Mark your calendars now for July 18. We look forward to seeing you .

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Local Native Competes for Team Navy in the 2024 Warrior Games

Anative of Cooper City, Florida, will join more than 250 seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans at the Department of Defense (DOD) Warrior Games Challenge June 21-30, 2024, at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Vincent "Vince" Falcetta will be competing against athletes representing the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. During the 10 days of competition, Falcetta will compete in indoor rowing and swimming.

Hosted by U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC) the DOD organizes an annual premiere and elite adaptive-sports competition, the Warrior Games. This year is the 14th Anniversary, highlighting the exceptional physical skills and mental toughness of seriously wounded, ill, and injured active-duty and veteran service members. Though there are medals distributed during Warrior Games, the competition most highly celebrates personal tenacity, perseverance, and the triumph of the spirit.

Falcetta served for 20 years in loyal service to his country. In 2008, while deployed to Afghanistan, he sustained a combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More recently, Falcetta began to focus on his own well-being and address the physical yet invisible injuries he sustained in the course of his Naval service.

Falcetta began a physical rehabilitation routine to address his physical injuries, which have had a direct relationship with his mental health. He committed himself to a local self-defense and Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym as an assistant coach for youth classes. This not only kept him active, it also contributed to a new sense of purpose and accomplishment after leaving active duty. He has been able to work through some of his

past traumas and have a positive impact on the children in his community.

Falcetta participated in his first adaptive sports camp with Navy Wounded Warrior in November 2023. Connecting with fellow service members has allowed him to further expand his network of support. He even reunited with a former shipmate, Johnathan Boswell, who is also on Team Navy this year.

For more information about the 2024 DoD Warrior Games Challenge, visit dodwarriorgames.com.

About Adaptive Athletics

Team Navy is part of Navy Wounded Warrior’s adaptive athletics program. Serious illness or injury can profoundly impact that way of life, often confining a service member to a hospital bed and significantly altering their physical capabilities. Adaptive athletics have been modified to meet the abilities of injured or ill individuals. Sports also help build self-esteem, lower stress levels, and invite service members to rejoin a supportive team environment.

About Navy Wounded Warrior

Navy Wounded Warrior is an unbiased advocate that bridges the needs of commands, care teams, and service members in planning a way forward after a serious wound, illness, or injury. Staff guides sailors and Coast Guardsmen, with their families and caregivers, to create a comprehensive recovery plan, which provides a holistic approach tailored to individual recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration needs. The program allows service members and their families to feel empowered and supported as they adapt to their new normal. Tens of thousands of seriously wounded, ill, and injured service members located throughout the country received assistance from the Navy Wounded Warrior.

Sailors and Coast Guardsmen may self-refer to Navy Wounded Warrior, or be referred by a family member, their command leadership or their medical team.

Contact the Navy Wounded Warrior call center at 855-NAVY WWP / 855-6289997, or email navywoundedwarrior.fct@ navy.mil.

A Culture Of Caring

At Oakmonte Village of Davie, our every effort is dedicated to the safety, comfort, and care of our residents. Our entire staff is continuously practicing infection-control procedures to ensure that both residents and staff stay healthy and happy.

Oakmonte Village of Davie’s beautiful 199-unit boutique-style Luxury Senior Living Community offers a continuum of care for seniors including Catered Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. We also offer restaurant-style dining, luxurious accommodations, washers and dryers in each apartment, a wellness center, 80-foot pool, activities & more. If you are ready, your new home awaits! Please call 954-982-2323 or visit us online at www.OakmonteVillageDavie.com.

The new owner of Top Rail Fence, Venezuelan Euclides Jose Marin, celebrated the Grand opening in Weston. This New location in Florida (Broward) is dedicated to offering high-quality materials with the best installation practices performed by highly trained professionals.

The Keyes Company Weston Branch Grand Reopening


Christina Pappas The Keyes Company president. Sherry Clodgo, Keyes - Weston Manager, Ramona Bautista, Keyes Realtors- Team Leader, Mike Pappas, The Keyes Company CEO.
30th Anniversary Celebration
Weston Friends Club Board: left to right: Susan Feinberg, VP Membership; Farida Rautaharju, Recording Secretary; Judy Good, First VO; Nancy Russo, President m, Venus Schroeter, VP Communications


Research shows that children learn languages more easily than adults. Kids naturally pick up languages by being surrounded by them. They learn through experience, without stress or pressure, simply enjoying the process. All they need is exposure and the opportunity to learn a new language.

This exposure highlights a key cognitive advantage children have when it comes to learning languages. In children, neural connections form rapidly, helping them achieve fluency. Their brains are flexible, and this rapid neural development supports the creation of pathways necessary for learning a second language as fluently as a native one. Because of their brain development, children can learn a first and second language in similar ways and at the same time. Although some children may learn faster than others,

they all eventually acquire the language at their own pace.

One major advantage for children learning a second language is the subconscious process. They acquire language naturally, without being aware of grammatical rules, just as they learn their first language. They develop an intuitive sense of what sounds right and what doesn’t. Children learn best through natural communication. According to Krashen’s language acquisition theory, children and second language learners follow a "natural order" in their language development. He suggests that correcting children might hinder their language acquisition and that the input they receive should be understandable. This natural language process enhances cognitive tasks, mental skills, and overall brain health.

Children’s brain development gives them a powerful edge in learning a second language. But it’s not just about brain power; learning a new language also broadens their worldview and shapes their cultural behavior. It helps them develop higher

levels of empathy and the ability to connect with different people and environments. These qualities are essential for creating more global citizens—people with a broad perspective who act with tolerance and kindness.

In conclusion, children’s natural ability to learn languages through immersive and stress-free experiences, combined with their rapid brain development, gives them a significant advantage. This not only aids in cognitive growth but also fosters empathy and cultural understanding, which are vital in today’s diverse world.

Dr. Katya Pizarro is the Founder and President of Elite Language Academy (ELA), a language center in the USA. Her research interests and publications relate to TESOL education, multiculturalism, schooling settings with ESL students, and professional development. She has effectively contributed to ESL teaching in the U.S. She has frequently delivered presentations at Annual TASS, Teaching Academic Survival and TESOL Success Conferences.


Arecent study by two non-profits found that a record 102 million American adults either lack life insurance or don't have enough coverage. Misunderstandings about costs and types of policies are major barriers. Even those with life insurance often don't realize how it can support their financial and estate planning goals.

Types of Life Insurance for Estate Planning

About 52% of US adults have life insurance, but 42% feel underinsured, and 37% plan to buy coverage soon. If you're considering life insurance for estate planning, here are two main types:

1. Term Life Insurance: Pays a death benefit if you die within the policy term, usually 10-30 years.

2. Whole Life Insurance: Lasts your entire life and can build cash value over time.

There are also specialized policies for specific needs, such as covering loan balances, final expenses, or insuring two lives.

Life Insurance Perks You

Might Not Know

About Life insurance is more than a death benefit for dependents. It offers various perks for different life stages and situations. Here are some creative ways to use life insurance in your estate plan:

1. Funding a Trust: Imagine you have a child with special needs, a niece who dreams of college, or a beloved pet. You can name a trust as the beneficiary to set terms on how the money is used. An irrevocable life insurance trust can also avoid probate and might reduce estate taxes.

2. Paying Taxes and Debts: If you own a small bakery or have a valuable art collection, life insurance can cover your estate's tax payments and debts. This prevents the need to sell these assets, ensuring your loved ones inherit them intact.

3. Equalizing Inheritances: Suppose you have a family vacation home that one child cherishes but the other prefers cash. Life insurance can balance the inheritances. The home goes to one child, while the other receives a life insurance payout of equal value.

4. Making Philanthropic Donations: Passionate about a local animal shelter or community theater? You can name a charity as a beneficiary, ensuring your legacy supports a cause you care about.

5. Paying Final Expenses: Final expense life insurance covers end-of-life costs like funeral and medical bills, which can add up quickly.

How to Fit Life Insurance into Your Estate Plan

Life insurance is valuable for everyone, regardless of life stage or circumstances. It adds flexibility to your estate plan, helping you and your loved ones handle future expenses. If you face a life insurance coverage gap, we can help you find the right policy to fit your needs and budget. Schedule a meeting to see how life insurance can enhance your estate plan.

▸ Andrea L. Jakob, PA is located at 12401 Orange Drive, Suite 219 in Davie. They can be reached at 954-862-1479 or on the at www.jakoblegal.com.

Style Meets Sustainability


The most popular kitchen trends for 2024 combine style, functionality, and sustainability. If you plan to renovate your kitchen, here are some top trends to consider.

1. Sustainable Materials

Eco-friendly choices are becoming a staple in modern kitchens. In 2024, many homeowners opt for recycled and sustainably sourced materials like bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled metal. These materials not only look great but also help reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, energy-efficient appliances, such as induction cooktops and smart refrigerators, are in high demand. These appliances save energy and can significantly lower your utility bills.

2. Bold Color Palettes

Say goodbye to bland kitchens! This year, bold color palettes are making a splash. Darker hues like navy blue, emerald green, and charcoal are popular for cabinets and accent walls. These rich colors add depth and sophistication to your kitchen. For those who love a pop of color, vibrant, bright yellow or red accents can be added through backsplashes or small appliances, creating a lively and cheerful space.

3. Smart Kitchens

Technology is transforming kitchens into intelligent spaces. Integrated technology, including smart appliances that can be controlled via smartphone apps, is a growing trend. Imagine preheating your oven from your phone or checking the contents of your fridge while grocery shopping. Voice-activated assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant are also being integrated, allowing hands-free control of kitchen devices.

4. Mixed Materials

Combining different materials is a trend that adds texture and interest to your kitchen. Mixing wood, metal, and stone creates a layered, dynamic look. Contrasting finishes, such as matte and glossy surfaces, add visual appeal and make your kitchen unique.

5. Open Shelving

Open shelving is replacing upper cabinets in many kitchens. This minimalist approach creates a more open and airy feel. Open shelves are not just for storage; they also provide a perfect display space for beautiful dishware, plants, and decorative items, adding a personal touch to your kitchen.

6. Multi-Functional Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming more versatile. In 2024, multi-functional islands designed for cooking, dining, and storage are trending. Some islands even feature built-in seating, making them ideal for casual dining or socializing while cooking.

7. Nature-Inspired Designs

Bringing nature indoors is a popular trend. Natural elements like live plants, natural light, and organic shapes create a calming environment. Earthy tones such as terracotta, sage green, and warm browns can create a cozy, nature-inspired atmosphere.

8. Minimalist Design

Minimalism continues to be a strong trend. Clean lines and uncluttered spaces define this style. Hidden storage solutions, where cabinets and drawers conceal appliances and utensils, help maintain a tidy and sleek appearance.

9. High-Tech Backsplashes

Backsplashes are getting a tech upgrade. Integrated LED lighting provides both functional and aesthetic benefits. Interactive surfaces displaying recipes, videos, and other useful information are becoming more common, making cooking more convenient.

10. Touchless Features

Hygiene and convenience are priorities in 2024 kitchens. Hands-free faucets with motion sensors reduce the spread of germs and make kitchen tasks more manageable. Touchless trash cans that open with a wave of the hand are also popular. These trends reflect a growing emphasis on technology, sustainability, and personalized style, making kitchens more efficient, eco-friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. If you're planning a kitchen renovation, these trends can help you create a beautiful, functional space that suits your needs.

Curb Appeal on a Budget


Improving the look of your home doesn't have to cost much money. You can make your house look fabulous without spending too much with a few simple changes. Here are some easy tips to boost your home's curb appeal on a budget.

1. Fresh Paint

A new coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to refresh your home. You don't have to paint the whole house. Painting the front door a bright, welcoming color can make a big difference. Choose a color that stands out but also matches the rest of your house.

2. Clean & Tidy

A clean yard can make your home look much better. Start by mowing the lawn and trimming overgrown bushes. Remove any weeds and sweep the driveway and walkway. Cleaning your windows can also make a big difference. Sparkling windows make your home look more inviting.

3. Plant Flowers & Shrubs

Adding some colorful flowers and shrubs is an inexpensive way to improve your yard. Choose plants that do well in South Florida's warm climate. You can find many affordable options at local garden centers. Plant flowers in your garden beds and add potted plants on your porch or steps.

4. Add Mulch

Mulch is a simple and cheap way to make your garden look neat and tidy. Spread mulch around your plants and flower beds. It helps to keep weeds away and makes your plants stand out. You can choose from different mulch colors to match your home's exterior.

5. Update House Numbers

Changing your house numbers can give your home a fresh look. Choose stylish and modern numbers that are easy to read from the street. This small change can make a big impact on your home's appearance.

6. Outdoor Lighting

Good lighting can make your home look welcoming and safe. You don't need to spend a lot on fancy lights. Solar-powered lights are a great option because they are easy to install and don't add to your electric bill. Place them along your walkway and around your garden.

7. Decorate the Porch

Your front porch is one of the first things people see. Make it cozy and inviting with some simple decorations. Add a comfortable chair or a bench, colorful cushions, and potted plants. A nice doormat can also add a welcoming touch.

8. Fix and Paint the Fence

If you have a fence, make sure it's in good shape. Fix any broken parts and give it a fresh coat of paint if needed. A well-maintained fence can make your whole yard look better. This is also true with metal fences. An aluminum fence will fade and discolor under the South Florida sun. a nice coat of high quality spray paint can add years to a wll constructed fence.

9. DIY Projects

Many do-it-yourself projects can improve your home's exterior. For example, you can build a simple garden trellis or create a birdhouse. These small projects add charm and personality to your home. Improving your home's curb appeal can be simple and easy. With these simple and affordable tips, you can make your house the best-looking one on the block. Happy home improving!

Home Renovations in South Florida


When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can significantly enhance its value and attract potential buyers. With the region's unique architectural styles, climate considerations, and buyer preferences, knowing which renovations to prioritize is crucial. Let's explore a few home renovations that can help maximize your selling price in South Florida.

Kitchen Remodeling:

The kitchen is often considered the heart of a home, and a well-designed and updated kitchen can make a significant impact on potential buyers. In South Florida, where outdoor living and entertaining are popular, consider an open-concept design that seamlessly integrates the kitchen with the dining and living areas. Updating countertops, cabinets, and appliances with sleek and modern options can enhance both

the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the space, making it more attractive to buyers.

Outdoor Living Spaces:

South Florida's pleasant climate makes outdoor living spaces highly desirable for homeowners. Invest in creating inviting outdoor areas such as a patio, deck, or screened-in porch that seamlessly blend with the indoor living spaces. Consider adding features like an outdoor kitchen, a pool, or a landscaped garden to enhance the appeal. These additions not only create a relaxing oasis but also add value to your home and increase its overall marketability.

Energy-Efficient Upgrades:

With South Florida's hot and humid climate, energy efficiency is a key consideration for homeowners. Upgrading your home with these features can be an attractive selling point. Install energy-efficient windows and doors to improve insulation and reduce cooling costs. Consider replacing old appliances with energy-star-rated models, which not only save energy but also appeal to environmentally conscious buyers. Adding solar panels to the roof can also significantly increase your home's value, as it demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and offers potential savings on electricity bills.

Bathroom Updates:

Bathrooms are another crucial area of focus for home renovations that can maximize your selling price. Consider updating fixtures, faucets, and lighting to give the space a fresh and modern feel. Opt for neutral colors and timeless designs that appeal to a wide range of buyers. Upgrading the bathroom's functionality, such as adding dual sinks, a spa-like shower, or a luxurious bathtub, can also increase its appeal and overall value.

When it comes to selling your home in South Florida, strategic renovations can be a game-changer. Best strategy: Keep the focus on the kitchen, outdoor living spaces, energy-efficient upgrades, and bathroom updates that can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Remember to choose renovations that align with the region's climate, architectural style, and buyer preferences to maximize your selling price and attract a broader pool of interested buyers.


Summertime means more time spent outdoors, in the pool, at the beach, or even just BBQing! All that outdoor activity means more exposure to direct sunlight. Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing ocular diseases like cataracts, retinopathy, and growths on the eye, including cancer. UV light is certainly responsible for development of corneal and lens conditions regardless of the UV exposure being natural or synthetic. This means the same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well. Also, remember that sunlight reflected off sand and water can cause conditions like photokeratitis, which is responsible for snow blindness so beach- and pool-goers take note.

It is unfortunate that many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose. By wearing UV blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the summer safely while lowering your risk for potentially blinding eye diseases and tumors. It is important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect your eyes from years of ultraviolet exposure. Sunglasses are available for all ages, from birth through life.

According to a national Sun Safety Survey, only about half of people who wear sunglasses say they check the UV rating before buying. The good news is that you can easily protect yourself. In order to be eye smart in the sun, you should use the following recommendations:

▸ Wear only sunglasses that block both UV-A and UV-B rays and that are labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.

▸ Wear polarized lenses. While any lenses that have 100% UV protection will give you protection, polarized lenses will protect your eyes while also giving you the best vision quality.

▸ Choose wraparound styles so that the sun’s rays cannot enter from the side.

▸ If you wear UV-blocking contact lenses, you still need sunglasses.

▸ Wear a hat along with your sunglasses; broad-brimmed hats are best.

▸ Remember the kids. It’s best to keep children out of direct sunlight during the middle of the day. Make sure they wear sunglasses and hats whenever they are in the sun.

▸ Know that clouds don’t block UV light. The sun’s rays can pass through haze and clouds. Sun damage to the eyes can occur any time of year, not just in summer.

▸ Be extra careful in UV-intense conditions. Sunlight is strongest mid-day to early afternoon and when reflected off of water. By embracing these simple tips, you and your family can enjoy the summer sun safely while protecting your vision.

For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, or call 954-888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.

Enchanted Evening


It’s prom season for South Florida teenagers, and that’s also true for those hospitalized or receiving treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The pediatric facility in Hollywood hosted its annual teen soiree - with help from the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, and A Prom to Remember – to provide sick kids who may have missed their high school proms (or aren’t able to currently attend school for health reasons) an opportunity to experience the special ritual.

The children’s hospital’s Child Life Zone was transformed into an enchanted forest for the evening. Nearly 70 kids enjoyed food, drinks, music, magic, airbrush tattoos, caricature arts of themselves, a virtual reality experience, raffle prizes, and guest appearances by Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and Hooters pageant queens.


Photo Credit: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation



For many of us, our family home is more than just four walls and a roof; it's a treasure trove of memories, capturing the joys and sorrows of decades gone by. But as time moves forward, circumstances change, and selling the family home can feel overwhelming, especially for those who've lived there for years, if not decades.

To those feeling anxious about moving on, I get it. Leaving behind the familiar for the unknown stirs up a lot of emotions. But remember, while unsettling, change often brings growth and new opportunities.

One big challenge is the empty nest syndrome. The once lively home, filled with kids' laughter and chatter, now feels quiet as they embark on their own journeys. It's natural to feel a sense of loss and nostalgia. However, your children's departure can open a new chapter in your life, filled with possibilities for personal growth and exploration.

Another concern might be the hope that adult children will return, making it hard to leave the family home. While it's understandable to want to keep a space for your loved ones, it's crucial to consider if maintaining a large, empty house is practical. Your children may have moved on and have different living arrangements. Holding onto unused rooms and cluttered closets in anticipation of their return might only weigh you down.

Think about those empty rooms and unused bathrooms. While they hold sentimental value, they represent wasted space and unnecessary upkeep. Imagine transitioning to a home tailored to your current needs—a space where every room serves a purpose and makes life more manageable.

Downsizing to a more practical and efficient living space can offer financial relief. Say goodbye to hefty utility bills and costly maintenance expenses associated with an aging home. Consider

moving into a newer, single-story residence that requires less upkeep and minimizes the risk of unexpected repairs.

Embracing change takes courage and resilience but also opens the door to newfound freedom and fulfillment. As you think about selling your family home, envision the possibilities ahead—a home that's not just a relic of the past but a springboard for a vibrant and fulfilling future.

So, while selling the family home may seem daunting, facing your fears and embracing the potential for growth and renewal is essential. By letting go of the past and welcoming change, you can start a new chapter filled with adventure, discovery, and the freedom to live on your own terms.

Arthroscopy of the Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries are very common in sports or in general activities of daily living. Many structures including bone, ligament, cartilage and joint lining may be injured. Injuries may occur from a single traumatic event or from overuse. Injuries may occur during the teenage years that may manifest themselves later on.

These injuries may cause stiffness and pain in the foot or the ankle joints, especially after getting out of bed first thing in the morning to walk. This stiffness and pain will be present for a proportional period of time usually to the degree of joint injury. With weight-bearing, the joint usually loosens and the person is able to ambulate. This stiffness and pain will redevelop if the person sits for a period of time and tries to get up and walk. As the day goes on, the foot or ankle may ache, especially with excessive activity. Swelling may be present over the area that is injured. Instability may develop if the ligaments have

been injured causing the foot or ankle to constantly twist.

When these injuries are unresponsive to conservative treatment which may include orthotics, medication or rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary to remove the damaged tissue in the foot and ankle.

A miniature camera is placed into the injured joint allowing an image to be seen on a television screen. The joint is visualized and small instruments are introduced into the joint to clean out and repair the damage. Fragments of bone and cartilage are often removed. Suctioning of debris and smoothing rough surfaces will often allow a joint to resume its normal gliding motion.


1. Chronic joint pain and swelling

- Faster recovery

2. Arthritis and bone spurs

- Less pain and swelling

3. Loose bone and cartilage fragments

- Avoids large incisions

4. Stiff, scarred joints

- Low risk of infection

5. Ankle fractures that have not completely

- Outpatient procedures recovered

6. Quicker return to activities

Joints are designed to give our bodies freedom of movement. Wear and tear of a joint due to injury or due to aging may alter the lifestyle of an individual. When conservative treatments fail, arthroscopic surgery should be considered. The surgery is especially helpful for a fracture that has occurred to the ankle even after the ankle has been fixed surgically. The cartilage in the ankle joint may have been damaged during the injury causing chronic stiffness and pain that may be mild but never goes away completely. Patients often think that this is a very livable condition. However, once treated arthroscopically a full return to activity may be possible.

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 South Florida Foot & Ankle Sports Institute and specializes in treating infants, children, teens and adults.

South Florida Foot & Ankle Sports Institute

Pediatrics: We treat flat feet, high arches, fractures, growing pains, warts, toe walkers, in & out toe, limping, and ingrown nails in children.

Fractures: We can diagnose all foot, ankle & leg fractures in children & adults.

Cartilage Injuries: Microfractures, cartilage transplants, osteochondral grafting.

Reconstructive Surgeries: Flat foot, bunions, hammertoe, Achilles tears, more!

Foot & Ankle Arthritis: Total replacement, arthroscopy, fusions, realignment.

Sports Medicine: Tendon & ligament injuries, heel pain, shockwave therapy, PRP & stem cell injections, arthroscopy, tendonoscopy, and more!

Ankle, or Leg

Great Putting Tips to Build Confidence and Lower Your Score!

Good putting requires complete conviction. Here’s a simple drill to inspire confidence for holing more putts. It’s also a good lesson for beginners to get a feel for the ball going in the hole. Start by holing a one-foot putt. Then increase the distance by one foot until you miss: go to two feet, three feet and so on.

See how far back you can go until you miss. When you do miss, start over at the one-foot distance. Try it on breaking putts as well as uphill and downhill putts. If you get out to eight feet without missing, pat yourself on the back.

If you’re struggling to get past two or three feet, try to clear your mind of too many thoughts, and just concentrate on making a firm, decisive stroke—accelerating the putter head through the ball. The more shots you make, the more confident you’ll be when you leave the practice green. Make Center Contact and Keep Your Head Down

Short putts are all too easy to miss, at any level of the game. But two simple things can help you make more of them.

First, try to hit the middle of the ball in the middle of the putter face. To make center contact, align the side-stamp of the ball with the aim mark on your putter. Almost all putters today are designed with the sweet spot behind that alignment aid.

Next, when you stroke the putt, keep your head down for a count of at least one second after the ball is gone. You might want to think to yourself one-thousand one before looking up, especially on a must-make putt.

You would be surprised how often these two fundamentals are neglected. But sticking to them will make you a better putter. Get Low and Keep Your Eyes Level on Long Putts

Have you ever had the feeling you’re going to make a long putt—and then made it? Sometimes you’re unsure of how a putt will break, but you still have to pick a line and stroke the ball on that line with assurance. Check a putt from behind the hole, from the side, and finally from behind the ball. I try to get as low as I can and keep my eyes level.

The No. 1 reason for missing putts is poor alignment of the putter face. I would always want to visualize not only seeing the line but build confidence in my mind of seeing the ball rolling into the hole. That’s why visualizing the ball tracking on your line will improve your chances of making a putt.

I highly recommend spending more time on the practice green prior to going out on the course to build your confidence and not have to warm up on the golf course after putting on the first few holes and thus scoring higher than you should have if you practiced prior to teeing off.

▸ 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@SklarTeam.com or visit Rose and Dean Sklar at Coldwell Banker online at www.SklarTeam.com.



Exercise can have many health benefits for your dog. Regular exercise burns calories, reduces appetite, improves muscle tone, increases metabolism, and improves temperature regulation. It can be a valuable contributor to weight loss and maintenance. Exercise can also help stimulate your dog’s mind, thereby preventing boredom and destructive behaviors.

Needs and Precautions

Individual exercise needs vary based on breed or breed mix, sex, age, and level of health. If your dog is a 6- to 18-month adolescent or a sporting, herding, hound, or terrier breed or mixed breed, your dog’s exercise requirements are high. However, strenuous exercise can cause problems in some dogs, especially those that are not fit or are very young or old. Athletic owners should consider this to avoid overexerting their dogs, especially in hot or humid weather. When starting a new exercise routine, go slowly for the first week to give your dog a chance to adapt to it. On hot or cold days, go easy or rest. Consult

your veterinarian before beginning an exercise program for your dog.

Get Moving

Various kinds of exercise can help satisfy your dog's instinctive urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve, and chase. Here are some good exercise options for most dogs:

• Walking or jogging

• Fetch

• Playing with other pets

• Running off-leash

• Swimming (great for arthritic dogs)

• Tricks for low-calorie treats (see the box for ideas)

• Tug of war if appropriate for your breed You can help your dog get plenty of exercise by scheduling regular playtimes and walks. For walks, work up to a brisk, 10- to 20-minute walk or jog once or twice a day. If you don’t have time to walk your dog, hire a dog walker. Consider adopting another pet so that your dog has a playmate that encourages activity. If you don’t want to commit to a new pet, try scheduling regular visits with the pet of a friend or relative. Doggy day care centers

can also help ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise throughout the day.

Low-Calorie Dog Treats

• Apple slices

• Banana slices

• Carrot slices

• Commercial dog treats (low-calorie or formulated for a smaller dog)

• Green beans

• Lean meat (cooked)

• Popcorn (without butter or oil)

• Unflavored rice cake pieces

If your dog has food allergies, consult your veterinarian about which treats are safe and appropriate. Do not feed your dog (or cat) grapes or raisins because they have reportedly caused kidney problems in pets.

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. For more info call 954-385-8389 or visit them online at animalhealthcenteratweston.com.


New laws will go into effect

starting July 1. CS/SB 1764 - Car Racing Penalties, which was signed into law, targets activities such as street takeovers and stunt driving. In 2023, we saw a staggering 191% increase in citations state-wide. We have all seen the videos on social media and in the news showing teenagers taking over our intersections in the late evening and stunt driving. This law will increase the penalties not just for the drivers, but also spectators. The law will also raise the fine from $500 to $2,000. Additionally, fines for subsequent violations within a year of a prior conviction will increase, with penalties escalating to third-degree felony. Having a conversation with your teenager is crucial, regardless of whether they own a car, as this law also raises the fine for

spectators from $65 to $400. Along with these penalty increases, the bill also authorizes law enforcement to seize cars involved.


• Freedom Summer Tax-Free Holiday

- July 1 to July 31. During this time, you can purchase recreational supplies and enjoy tax-free admission to various events.

• Back-to-School Tax-Free Holiday

- July 19 to August 11. This holiday is a great time to stock up on school supplies and other essentials including computers priced at $1500 or less.

• 2nd Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday -August 24 - September 6. Consumers have the opportunity to purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies.

For more information on Tax-Free Holidays visit: www.floridarevenue.com


If you or a family member need assistance during hurricane season it is important to contact the registries listed below ahead of time:

• Broward Special Needs Registry: call (954) 831-3902

• Broward Senior Registry : call (954) 831-3902

• Disaster Assistance: call 1-877-693-5236

• Broward County Emergency Management: call (954)831-3900

• Broward County Hurricane Hotline: call (954)831-4000 or 311

Pet of the Month

Hi there! I'm Tommy, a special little Shih Tzu with a big personality. I adore playing and giving kisses to my mom and grandma. My favorite hobby? Barking at people and pets, but only when they can't see me! I'm quite the clever boy and can sprint like the wind when I want to. While I enjoy my regular meals, nothing beats my mom's homemade food. It's simply the best!"


Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am excited to share significant updates on two critical issues impacting our community that I have been working on directly: protecting seniors from financial exploitation and the ongoing fight for reproductive rights in Florida.

Protections for Seniors

Our seniors are cherished members of our families and our community. As your Senator, I have fought to protect the health, safety, and dignity of our seniors, including the passage of a new Florida law I was proud to co-introduce. Starting in January, financial institutions will be able to delay transactions from seniors if there is a reasonable belief of exploitation. This new law, SB 556, focuses on combating the increasing scams targeting our elderly through phone calls, texts, and emails designed to deceive them into handing over money or personal information. This law specifically protects those 65 and older, as well as vulnerable adults over 18, addressing the rising threats and substantial financial losses faced by our seniors. Florida ranked second-highest in senior fraud last year, with nearly $294 million in losses reported — and I am proud of this policy victory that protects the most vulnerable in our community.

Reproductive Rights & Healthcare

On May 1st, Florida banned abortion care past six weeks — before most women even know they are pregnant — putting women’s health, safety, and freedom at risk. However, the Florida Supreme Court has placed Amendment 4 on the November ballot, giving voters the power to enshrine abortion access in the Florida Constitution. This is about defending our fundamental rights to privacy, and we must ensure that over 60% of voters support Amendment 4 this November to restore the rights taken away.

It is my greatest honor to serve as your Senator. Whether it's protecting our seniors or fighting for our rights, I am committed to standing up for you. If you have any questions, need assistance, or have ideas for legislation, please reach out to me at book.lauren.web@flsenate.gov or 850-487-5035.

Thank you for placing your trust in me.

Always at your service,

Lauren Book

Florida Senate Democratic Leader District 35, West Broward County

GREETINGS FROM YOUR Chamber President!

As the summer sun shines brightly over South Florida, it’s the perfect time for residents to explore their own backyard and support the local businesses that make the City of Weston and our surrounding areas vibrant and unique. This summer, we encourage everyone to consider a "staycation" – enjoying all that our area has to offer while boosting the local economy.

Discover Local Gems: Instead of traveling far, take the opportunity to discover local attractions, shops, and restaurants. South Florida is home to an array of hidden gems, from boutique stores to family-owned eateries. Spend a day visiting local museums, art galleries, or historical sites that you might not have explored before. Not only will you have a great time, but you’ll also help sustain the businesses that define our community’s character.

Support Seasonal Markets and Events: Summer is a prime time for local farmers’ markets, craft fairs, and community events. These gatherings offer a chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce, unique handmade goods, and enjoy live entertainment. Attending these events supports small businesses and fosters a sense of community spirit.

Plan a Local Adventure: Take advantage of the natural beauty and recreational activities available in our area. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike in a nearby park, or a kayaking trip, there are countless ways to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to home.

Dine Local: Summer is a great time to explore the culinary scene right here in our city. Many restaurants feature seasonal menus highlighting fresh, local ingredients. Try out a new eatery, or revisit a favorite spot, and consider ordering takeout or delivery if you prefer to dine at home.

By focusing on local experiences and supporting our local businesses, we can enjoy a fulfilling summer while contributing to the economic well-being of our community. Let’s make this summer a time of discovery, relaxation, and community support!

Now and in the future, the Chamber is dedicated to being a Convener of Leaders, a Catalyst for positive change, and a Champion for a strong business community. For more information and our event calendar, visit www.westonflchamber.com.

Yours in Service,

Patty Archer

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