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Best Preschool in Weston VOTED 5 YEARS IN A ROW! Tree of Life 2017 grows 2015 The faith-based preschool bestof bestof weston weston with the addition of Kindergarten
Highest of graduates in Campus Weston& Facilities A Brandpercentage New Kindergarten Remarkable reading at 1st grade level. by JASON ZAUDER
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For centuries, children have learned about the ‘Tree Of Life’ from the Book of Genesis. At the Tree of Life Christian Academy Preschool in Weston, children are learning• many of life’s lessons in a thriving, modern school. As Tree of Life approaches their• one year anniversary, owners Gabriel and Marcy Buitrago are celebrating what they• have accomplished while looking ahead to • the future.
“Our daughter is in kindergarten and excelling in reading & writing, she has a love for learning and it’s because of her preschool! Amazing teachers giving students the best preparation for their school years ahead! We are blessed to have Tree of Life; Thank you!” - Cruz Family
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Accelerated Reading Program That magic will expand to Tree of Life’s Tree of Life’s campus has been thoughtful- A brand-new kindergarten program. Their ly laid out to make the most of the 13,000 STEM Program kindergarten will be in a separate room square foot building. The classrooms surJASON Low teachertoratio that student will not betoattached the preschool, round an by indoor playZAUDER area where a cusand they are looking to reach a 9-1 stu- tom-made wooden Tree of Life serves as the For centuries, children have learned about Bilingual curriculum (English/Spanish) dent-to-teacher ratio. With kindergarten hub. classroom private theEvery ‘Tree Of Life’ fromhas thetheir Book own of Genstarting on August 18th, Tree of Life has al- bathroom and drinking fountain, as well as ® esis. At the Tree of Life Christian Academy Computers and iPads in Weston, children are learning ready reached fifty percent enrollment, and an Preschool exit to the playground. Students can take many of life’s in acurriculum, thriving, mod-learn That placements will be filling up quickly. There advantage of a lessons bilingual Organic & natural lunches school. As Tree of Life approaches their brand are already wait lists for two- and three-year signernlanguage, and utilize the latest computone year anniversary, owners Gabriel and kinde oldsteach who want to enroll in those programs, We moral & family values Marcy Buitrago are celebrating what they that w and administrators are confident that kinhave accomplished while looking ahead to and t Nurse & clinic the future. dergarten will on alsopremises prove quite popular. dentstarti Kindergarten will be open to all children, 1,200 sq ftofindoor area ready regardless whetherplay or not they attended place preschool at Tree of Life. are al Latest in high security & surveillance olds w and a Convenient drop-off service available derga Kind ers and iPads. All of these features are pro13,000 sqft building on 2 acres regar tected by a state-of-the-art security system, presc 4 outdoor playgrounds which includes security cameras throughout
“We feel like our formula for success is to be different than all the other preschools. Our intention was to create a feeling so LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE that when a child enters our school, there’s a sense of wonder,” said Gabriel Buitrago. YOUR CHILD DESERVES “The children are still going to be learning a lot, but we also wanted them to feel like they are in a magical place.”
and two separate passcode-protected doors one must pass through before entering the building’s interior. When students need a break from learning, they will find organic lunches “We likeday our to formula for success brought infeel every provide the fuelis they to be different than all the other preschools. need to explore the expansive outdoor area. Our intention was to create a feeling so “ A miniature fieldour wasschool, just completed that when a soccer child enters there’s tough to aadd to oftheir four said playgrounds and sport sense wonder,” Gabriel Buitrago. Buitr
The Security & Protection of your precious children is a TOP PRIORITY! • Armed security officer on premises • Bulletproof entry doors • HD security surveillance cameras
“That kindergarten transition is very tough on both the parents and the kids,” said Buitrago. “Many parents have been asking us to start a kindergarten; and with such a low student/teacher ratio, our teachers will have more than enough time with each child.”
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Single family home, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, beautiful lake view, located in the prestigious neighborhood of Weston Hills, ready to move in. All renovated. Landscaping on an oversized lot with custom built free form pool. Offered at $1,325,000 Call Ramona Bautista today for a private showing at 954-854-0937
Beautifully landscape corner home in Weston Hills Country Club. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage, large pool with screen. Kitchen, formal living room, dining room, family room, high ceilings, natural stone saturnine marble floors in living areas, carpet in bedrooms. Large master bedroom with California walk-in closets, master bathroom with his and hers faucets, separate tub and shower, central vacuum, laundry room with sink, 24 hour gated community. AAA schools. Offered at $869,000 Call Ramona Bautista at (954) 854-0937
Brand New on the market! A picture perfect 5 bedroom 3 bath residence with a split floor plan is located in the prestigious neighborhood of Weston Hills Country Club. Bosch Washer and Dryer. Kohler, Grohe and Toto plumbing fixtures, subzero refrigerator/freezer. Thermador Double oven, Dacor cooktop, downdraft and microwave and Miele dishwasher. The curb appeal along with the circular driveway welcomes you into the spacious and bright home with the volume ceilings. Offered at 775,000 Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team (305) 510-8032
One story home in the prestigious Weston Hills. Featuring 5 bedrooms plus office plus recreation/media room, 5.5 bathrooms, over 4,000 square feet of living area, gourmet kitchen, granite counter tops, stainless steel top of the line appliances, Sub Zero fridge, bathrooms updated, marble, wood and wood tile, crown molding, impact windows/ doors, screened patio, saltwater pool. Definitely a must see Offered at $1,125,000 Call Victoria Reese at (954) 990-3512
Two story Nightingale model. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, Den, large master bedroom with sitting room, fully fenced backyard, covered brick paver patio and pool, ceramic tile in social areas, carpeting in the bedrooms, spacious kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, accordion shutters on all windows. Offered at $849,000 Call Holly & Bob Catania at (954) 614-6206
Two story home, 6 beds, 3.5 baths, 1 car garage. Beautiful lake view. Screen/ fence oversize pool with spa. Extra large Patio with Accordion Shutters. Master bathroom with separate Shower & Jacuzzi Tub. Upgraded Kitchen with 42” Wood Cabinets, Kitchen Island, Marble floor. 8” Crown Molding throughout the house. House walking distance from the Community Club House with Gym, Locker Rooms, Showers, Pool Table, Playroom, Pool, Basketball, Volleyball, etc. Walking distant to the schools. Offered at $735,000. Call Oswaldo Moreno at (786) 586-6141
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Two story home on cul-de-sac in one of the most prestigious communities in Weston. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, Smart Home equipped. AC units all independently managed and controlled by Nest smart thermostats. 2 New hot water tanks. Sprinkler system managed by smart app and can be controlled remotely. Low electricity bill due to smart management. Oversized heat pump for pool and jacuzzi. Salt water pool. Ceramic tiling under all custom cabinetry in kitchen. Driveway with 3 car garage. Guard gated community with dual access to A+ schools Offered at $1,099,000 Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team (954) 479-9393
Beautiful custom built home boasts 3200’ square of luxurious living area. Home features: 5BR/3.5BA, 3 car garage, new roof installed June 2018, fenced backyard, pool and spa, covered patio, kichen features granite counters, white wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. Definitely a must see! Offered at $799,900 Call Call Holly & Bob Catania at (954) 614-6206
Beautiful home featuring: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, over 2500 sq ft of living area, over size master bedroom with space for office or sitting area, modern bathrooms, accordion shutters, gated and safe neighborhood, A+ schools, parks, YMCA, easy access to highway, offers so much more… Offered at $545,000 Call Andrea Ferreira (954) 303-8289
Luxury home in private Bay Point. Fully renovated in 2015 with open concept luxury finishes and quality craftsmanship. Features include a Master suite with his and her walk in closets, Chefs kitchen with top rated appliances including two dishwashers, Salt water pool with spa, a five hole mini-golf putting surface installed on a maintenance free artificial turf, Covered terrace, and a Family basketball court. Home features a Savant home automation system with remote access, security cameras, Portable doorbell camera, Impact doors/windows throughout, and 24/hr security with resident only access. Offered at $3,950,000 Call Flor Blanchett or Robert Lopez at (786) 493-6652
Gorgeous 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home on a 12,000 sq ft estate in the prestigious “Lago Mar” gated community. Newer Roof, New A/c, New appliances, New jacuzzi, Heated Pool, Impact windows, updated kitchen, wood flooring throughout the bedroom’s, 1,000 gallon underground propane tank generator, resurfaced driveways and updated patio area with Golf seconds away! This house is TURNKEY. Offered at $629,990 Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team at (305) 510-8032
This Gorgeous 4 bedroom w/Bonus Room & Office Split/Open Floor Plan Home with Gourmet Kitchen, Granite Counters, 42” Cabinets, Double Oven, Large Pantry. Large Master Bedroom w/additional Room for Sitting Area/Gym/Nursery. Walk in Closets and Large Master Bath. Formal Dining Room w/Butler Pantry/Bar. Large Open Living and Family Room w/ Beautiful View of Large Backyard, Corner Lot w/Plenty of Room for Pool and Entertaining. Home is Protected w/Accordion Shutters, Security Cameras. Offered at $662,000 Call Lisa Meyers-Archer at (954) 732-3775
This Equestrian property is on a private street and is truly one of a kind! No association!! Usable 2.98 Acres with awesome horse facilities 8 stall barns, round pens, paddocks, two services entrances 198 Terr. and 196th. This absolutely beautiful house was remodeled in 2014. On Second floor 5 bedrooms plus huge office/gym, 2 baths and 14 closets. First floor two bedrooms with 3 1/2 bathrooms. Detached 2 bedrooms guest house, workshop. Bring an offer! Offered at $1,345,000 Call Rosa Rosales at (954) 303-2701
Relax and enjoy this beautifully maintained custom home with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. The roomy bedrooms include large walk in closets. Master bathroom has walk thru shower. 12’ ceilings, crown molding, french doors, and marble floors through-out main living area with carpet in the bedrooms. Detached warehouse garage w/12’ ceilings, 10’ doors with room for car lift for a collector or storage for oversized equipment. Lake view from the front door and beautiful and breezy sunsets from the pool area. Offered at $854,900 Call Karen Helber at (954) 612-6657
Originally a 4 bedroom, this property was converted into a 3 oversized bedrooms (can be easily converted back...) 2.5 bathrooms. Lots of upgrades throughout, oversized fenced lot with fruit trees and room for two pools! Available to show by appointment only. Offered at $480,000 Call Belinda Moreno at (954) 529-4915
Beautiful two story home located in Cutler Cay a privately gated community. Home features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, stainless steal appliances, granite countertops, master bedroom features sitting area with large balcony, master bathroom includes separate showers, Jacuzzi, dual sinks, 2 bedrooms upstairs share jack & jill bathrooms. Definitely a must see, so much to offer Offered at $657,000 Call Mirtha West at (305) 773-0308
Two story waterfront home. Features 6 bedrooms 3 full bath and 2 car garage. There is 1 bedroom and a full bath downstairs. Close to shopping, restaurants, parks, & more. Upgrade kitchen with granite countertop and breakfast area. Huge family room. Brand new top of the line high impact windows and recessed dimmable LED light throughout the house. Marble floor in living and dining area. Offered at $489,999 Call Tini Hui (305) 904-3761
This fixer upper home is only 1.8 miles from the beach and has lots of potential! It features a really nice vaulted wood ceiling in the living room. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, the large yard includes a very spacious double shed, which can be made into a mother in law suite. New 2018 electric hot water heater, a new electric box outside and a newer sewer system. This home does need a new roof and some TLC. Offered at $120,000 Call Judith Mack at (954) 471-6446
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2535 SANCTUARY DRIVE, WESTON, FL 33327
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Stunning 4 Bedroom, 5.5 Baths. 3-Car Garage, 5,524 SF. Enjoy Amazing Views of 3 Fairways as You Enter this Custom Golf Estate Home in Weston Hills Country Club! Beautiful Grand Entry Doors Welcome You as You Step Onto the Raised Marble Foyer. Maintained to Perfection, Impact Windows & Doors, Over $100,000 in Upgraded Landscaping, Completely Rebuilt Pool/Spa with New Pavers. Marble & Hardwood Floors Throughout, Crown Molding, Plantation Shutters, Gas Fireplace & Wet Bar. Master Suite With His/Hers Baths, Exercise Room & 2 Large Custom Closets. Wolf Kitchen Appliances, Induction Stove, Huge Family Room.
WESTON’S - “WINDMILL RANCHES ESTATES”
3340 PADDOCK ROAD, WESTON, FL 33331
OFFERED AT $2,459,000
Spectacular & Elegant Custom Residence Located in Weston’s Prestigious “Windmill Ranch Estates”! Located on a Quiet Cul-De-Sac Street, This Home Boasts High-End Finishes, Impact Windows & Doors, Soaring 22’ Ceilings, Saturnia Flooring, Custom Millwork & Crown Molding Throughout. 6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths + Office/Library + Safe Room + Media Room w/ Entertainment System, Wet Bar & Wine Cooler. Huge Open Pool/Patio Area Includes a Covered Bar Area W/Built-in Grill and Expansive Lakeviews! Kitchen Features Beautiful Granite Counters, SS Double Ovens, Subzero Refrigerator, Center Work Island & Large Pantry. Surveillance & Lutron Lighting, Circular Paver Drive/Porte Cochere. An Entertainer’s Dream!
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WESTON’S “WIINDMILL RESERVE”- STUNNING LAKEFRONT SETTING!
3055 LAKE RIDGE LANE, WESTON, FL 33332
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Exceptional Waterfront Estate Features 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Baths + Media Room. 6,546 SF. Large Pool with Hot Tub Spa, Huge Open Patio + Raised Covered Screened Patio. Brand New Roof & Exterior Paint 2018, Impact Windows & Doors, Over ½ Acre with Fenced Yard. Interior Finishes Include Marble/Hardwood Floors, Chef’s Kitchen with 6-Burner Gas Range, Center Work Island, Stainless Steel Appliances. Decorative Coffer Ceilings, Extensive Crown Molding, Huge Master/Sitting Area, A Wet Bar & Fireplace. IF IT’S PRIVACY YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, THIS IS IT!!
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This Exceptional 4 Bedroom, 3 Baths. 2-Car Garage Home Features 3,236 SF. If it’s Privacy you are Looking for, this is it!! Fabulous Waterfront Location in Popular Orchid Island! Newer Roof, Accordion Shutters. Open and Bright Triple Split Floor-Plan. Huge Screened Pool/Patio Area with Large Covered Porch, Built-in Grill and Open Extended Patio to Relax and Watch Nature. Impeccably Maintained, Large Living Areas, Separate Breakfast Area and Family Room Overlooking Pool/Patio and Water. HURRY THIS ONE WON’ T LAST!
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2535 HUNTER’S RUN WAY, WESTON, FL 33327
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Picture Perfect 4 Bedrooms Plus Den, 3.5 Baths Lakefront Beauty! If it’s Privacy You’re Looking For, This is it! Open Split Floor Plan, with High Volume Ceilings, Crown Molding Through-out, Upgraded Kitchen that Features 42” Cabinetry, Granite Counters, SS Appliances, Snack Counter & Separate Breakfast Area. Heated Pool/Spa, Remote Control Screened Lanai, Fenced Yard, and Accordion Shutters. Newer Roof 2010, Netural Tile Floors, High-End Laminate Floors in all Bedrooms, Huge Master with Sitting Area, Remote Control Hunter Douglas Blinds & Blackout Blinds. Hurry…This One Won’t Last!
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COMMUNITY NEWS 18 Weston Community Center Programs Allow Kids and Teens to Exercise their Brains and Bodies 18 Adult Programs at Weston CommunityCenter Bring Community Together 22 Summerfest Concert Brings Music of the World to Weston 26 Weston University Police Services Academy Provides Lessons in Law Enforcement 27 Students Should Apply Now for Weston University Program Class of 2019 28 Meet Weston’s New District Fire Chief 30 Weston Recognized as 2018 Healthy Community Champion 30 City Parks Offer Plenty of Fitness and Recreation Opportunities
39 Gymboree Play & Music Promotes Playful Parenting and a Lifetime of Learning
74 Cypress Bay Prepares Students for College Application Process
CALENDAR 40 September 2018
76 Weston Principals Offer Advice for Academic Success
INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL 48 Weston Entrepreneur Named 2018 Hispanic Woman of Distinction 49 Weston Resident to Chair Volunteer Florida Commission 58 Girl Scouts Honor Inspirational Women Including Weston Businesswoman
MAYOR’S MESSAGE 52 Elections - The Cornerstone of Democracy
LEGISLATIVE LOOK 54 Event Planning...So Many Questions, Where Do I Begin?
36 LOVE: Leave Our Vehicles Empty
62 Little Girl Holds Lemonade Stand to Benefit Weston BSO
46 GoChip Allows Weston Library Patrons to Binge WatchPopular TV Shows 46 Learn American Sign Language at Weston Library
REAL ESTATE 32 Weston’s Market: Still Hot to Foreign and Local Buyers
77 Chronic Fatigue and Weakness may be due to B12 Deficiency
ASK THE EXPERT 78 The Key to Aging Beautifully and Naturally Over Time 79 Pink Eye Causes and Concerns 85 Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?
80 Dual Language Program Popularity Grows at Indian Trace Elementary
CAN DO KID 60 Young Entrepreneur Makes Charitable Giving Part of His Business Plan
43 Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Summer Scholar Program Exposes Local Students to Medical Professions
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
53 Florida Do Not Call Lists
34 NFL Players Offer Sports and Life Skills Advice at YMCA Sports Extravaganza 42 Cleveland Clinic Florida Earns Exceptional Care Designations
72 14 Weston Students Named National Merit Scholars
81 Premier Martial Arts Promotes Physical Fitness and Personal Development
LEGALLY SPEAKING 82 Why Litigate When You Can Collaborate? 84 Estate Planning for Blended Families
SCHOOL NEWS 64 Manatee Bay Elementary Yearbook Wins National Contest
ASK THE EXPERT 66 Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle
POSITIVE PARENTING 67 Choices and Consequences
ASK THE EXPERT 68 Prenatal Oral Care and Your Child
TEE TO GREEN 83 Great Putting Drills To Improve Your Putting
HEALTH AND WELLNESS 86 Posture...Who Cares?
PET CARE 87 Gum Disease in Dogs
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 88 Dreams Become Reality with Kitchen Designs & More 90 New Hope for Patients Suffering from Pancreas and Liver Cancer
ROTARY NEWS 91 Weston Rotary Club Initiates Global Grant for AGUAjira Project
PET OF THE MONTH 92 Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Month
CAMP ROUND-UP 93 Camp Snapshots
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Weston Community Center Programs Allow Kids and Teens to Exercise their Brains and Bodies in six-week sesRobotics, applying knowledge to design, build and program robots to solve difficult challenges. This sions, the first runs September program combines creativity, design, logic, teamwork, scalability and problem-solving skills. Using 12 through October 24, Lego programmable bricks along with motors and and the second sensors, children will create robots limited only by their imaginations. For more information go to www. fall session runs October buildbots.com. 29 through Chess Club and Fun in Spanish are other programs that provide an opportunity to exercise young December 19. Aspiring minds, while Youth Karate, Superstars Dance and Baton, Kidokinetics and Kidokinetics, Jr. allow thespians can enroll in the Advanced Performance Ensemble, conducted by the Inside Out Theatre children to work their bodies. The popular Nike Marathon Kids Running Club Company. This class targets serious theater students, ages 15 and older, who are interested in fine-tuning is the first step to creating a lifelong commitment to their performance skills. The program, which runs physical activity. This program, which is for kindergarten and elementary October 8 though February 10, culminates in the school students, focuses performance of a Broadway musical production in a professional theater setting. This year’s performance on fitness and effecwill be The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. tive goal setting, which There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the benefits kids in other programs at the Weston Community Center. Generally, areas of life. All parthe tuition is charged either by the month or by ticipants work towards the session. the ultimate goal of running 26.2 miles by To see the complete listing of all youth and teen programs at the the culmination of the program in March 2019. Weston Community Center go to www.westonfl.org. You can register The Nike Marathon Kids for classes at the community center located at 20200 Saddle Club Running Club is offered Road. For more information call 954-389-4321. Photos: City of Weston
new school year brings opportunities to learn new skills. The Weston Community Center offers a variety of programs for children and teens, with classes for all ages and interests. The fall schedule features activities focused on academics, athletics and the arts. After a highly successful first year, Code Explorers is back with two classes with two levels each. Game Design & Programming Level 1 runs September 11 through October 30. During the eight-week session, children will learn and explore computer science and basic programming with game design. Students will have use of a take-home tablet. Students can then advance to Level 2, which takes place from November 6 through December 18. This program builds upon the techniques learned in Level 1, focusing on scenes, transitions and collision builds. Participants must have an Android 4.4 or above tablet. There is also a PK Coding class. In Level 1, aspiring young coders, ages four and five, will learn the basics of simple machines and robotic movements. In Level 2, pre-kindergarten students can develop their reading comprehension skills by coding a real story. For more information on all of these programs go to www. codeexplorers.org. Buildbots Robotics is another great program for children with an interest in technology. During this class, children will explore the magic of Lego
Adult Programs at Weston Community Center Bring Community Together BY STACEY BOMSER
or many active adults in our community, the Weston Community Center is a gathering place where they can make new friends and develop new skills. “The Community Center provides a space for residents to connect, learn and grow,” states Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. “Opportunities for learning are available to everyone.” Adults can get in touch with their artistic side in the Watercolor Painting class. Award-winning watercolorist Rolande Mooreland teaches the vocabulary of colors, shapes, composition and preliminary drawing, as participants work to complete their personal work of art. Seniors have the opportunity for social interaction and recreation through the Weston Community Center’s partnership with the Weston 55+ Club. This group meets weekly for a wide variety of activities, such as board
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game days, luncheon outings, movie afternoons, lectures and other events. The group has even gone on overnight trips to tour other parts of Florida. Membership is $50 for the year. All fitness levels can participate in the Posture and Alignment Class. Taught by Physical Therapist and Posture Alignment Specialist Randee Englehard, BS, MPT, PAS, this class is designed to correct posture and promote proper alignment and active muscle engagement that can reduce or eliminate pain. The class is offered on Sunday and Thursday mornings. Participants can choose to attend one or two classes per week for the eight-week session. The Adult Karate program is ideal for those seeking strength, conditioning and flexibility. This USA Goju Karate class focuses on the basic principles of self-defense, kata, fighting, and weaponry. It’s a great class for building
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confidence and self-esteem. Sixth-degree Black Belt David Schopp has been teaching this karate program in Weston since 1997. Class is offered either Monday or Wednesday nights. Adults can make new friends while playing friendly games of bridge and mah-jong at the Weston Community Center. Open Bridge Play takes place on Monday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons, while Open Mah-Jong is played every Thursday. Open game play is free of charge. There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the classes and programs at the Weston Community Center. Generally, the tuition is charged either by the month or by the session. To see the complete listing of all classes and programs available at the Weston Community Center go to www.westonfl.org. You can register for classes at the community center located at 20200 Saddle Club Road. For more information call 954-389-4321.
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Summerfest Concert Brings Music of the World to Weston BY STACEY BOMSER
singer-song writer Carlos Gardel. usic and merriment filled the air as the The highlights of the evening included Marco Weston Philharmonic Society presented the Key-Navarro, principal oboist for the Symphony Symphony of the Americas’ Summerfest of the Americas, performing Handel’s Concerto for concert. The intimate performance was held at Oboe No. 3, and husband and wife violinists Orlando Temple Dor Dorim. and Svetlana Forte performing La Bella Cubana by In a program titled “The Shape of Music of the Jose White. World,” musicians and soloists from more than ten “This program was a magical evening and folcountries joined principal members of the Symphony lowed our mission of bringing the finest music of of the Americas orchestra, performing under the all genres to Weston,” states Weston Philharmonic direction of Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese. Society Co-President Lou Marett. “The intimacy of The musicians performed classical pieces by many this setting is unique and enhances the interaction of the masters such as the finale of Mozart’s Jupiter among the audience, the musicians, and the music.” Symphony. Other selections included Over the Rainbow Following the concert, attendees were invited to from The Wizard of Oz, Danse Bacchanale from Samson attend a dessert reception and meet the musicians. et Delila, and Por Una Cabeza by legendary Argentine “We are delighted to present this format, which is the
Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese addresses the audience during the Summerfest concert.
same as our concerts at Cypress Bay High School,” explains Weston Philharmonic Society Co-President Andrea Burghardt. “It gives our attendees a chance to enjoy a variety of delicious desserts and to meet with the visiting artists and the maestro, who provided us with a wonderful evening of music.” This was the 30th anniversary season for Summerfest, which is the longest running music festival in Florida. It also visits Panama. The mission of the Summerfest concert series is to promote music, donate musical instruments, and work with young students, all of which align directly with the Weston Philharmonic Society’s mission. “Proceeds from the Summerfest concert, and all of our events, go toward our In-School Music program which reaches over 6,000 elementary school students each year and our scholarship program which allows local student musicians to continue their music education in college,” notes Rose Sklar, Vice President of Ways and Means for the Weston Philharmonic Society. “So, attendees not only enjoy a very special concert, but also help pass on their love of music to future generations.”
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Chiropractic? Why Not? “A Doctor’s Confession to West Broward”
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want to give credit where credit is due. So, perhaps a confession can help clear the air so there’s no misunderstanding. Before I talk about my confession, though, let me say a few other things first. Let me start by explaining the photo in this letter. You know, when I meet people in town they usually say, “Oh, yeah, I know you, you’re Dr. Rick. I’ve seen your ad with that picture of you and your family.” Well, I’m the guy on the left. Twenty-five years ago something happened to me that changed my life forever. I was a junior in high school and I started getting migraines. I had suffered from intense headaches since childhood. Over the years, I consulted many medical doctors, and specialists. I went through all kinds of tests, MRIs, and treatments. I tried every drug in the market; our medicine cabinet looked like a hospital’s infirmary. And still, nothing helped. But there’s more… A friend of mine convinced me to give a chiropractor a try. The chiropractor examined me, took X-rays, and then “adjusted” my spine. The adjustment did not hurt; it actually felt good. And guess what…I started feeling so much better! From daily migraines, I went down to three a week, and then to once in a great while. That’s when I realized that I wanted to become a chiropractor and help others. That’s how it happened! It’s strange how life is, because now people come to see me with their migraines. They also come to me with their chronic pain, neck pain, shoulder/arm pain, whiplash from car accidents, backaches, ear infections, asthma, allergies, numbness in limbs, athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, just to name a few. Here’s what some of my patients had to say: “Due to an auto accident, I suffered from severe neck pain, vertigo and I could not raise my arm to comb my hair. Now I am symptom free with no medication and I can do everything I could not do before.” – E. Heaney, Hollywood, FL “Thanks to the DRX 9000 and the doctors, I no longer have chronic sciatic pain. It’s been a long time since I have taken pain medication.” – J. Walker, Miramar
Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well
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Weston University Police Services Academy Provides Lessons in Law Enforcement BY STACEY BOMSER
through observation, participation, and interaction with BSO employees and special guest lecturers. “We run this program to give the children in our city the opportunity to see what BSO has to offer,” explains Crime Prevention Deputy Kari Pallotto, who coordinates the program. “We want to teach them what BSO does for the Weston community.” During the seven-week, hands-on program, Police
Services Academy students participated in a variety of programs and activities. Lessons and lectures were held on Monday nights, while field trips were planned for Tuesdays. Deputy Pallotto says the class visited the jail, SWAT team, BSO’s aviation and marine patrol, the BSO gun range at Markham Park, and they met with Federal Air Marshalls. In addition, there were lectures from the traffic homicide unit, the DUI unit, and crime scene investigators. “The children get to learn about different units within BSO, so they can see what career opportunities they could aspire to,” states Deputy Pallotto. She says she was particularly inspired by the number of girls taking part in this summer’s program. “It’s important to introduce girls to law enforcement, so they can see what they can do when they grow up.” Deputy Pallotto says the Police Services Academy is always a popular program with students. “They love it. The parents wish they could go through it.”
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wenty-three Weston students spent the summer learning about law enforcement. They were part of the Weston University Police Services Academy. This unique program, run by the Broward Sheriff’s Office, introduces middle school and high school students, ages 11-17, to law enforcement services. Students gain knowledge and experience
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The Police Services Academy is tied into the Weston University Program, which provides a unique civics education to high school students. Applications for the 2019 Police Services Academy will be available in early June. Visit www.westonfl.org for more information.
Students Should Apply Now for Weston University Program Class of 2019 BY STACEY BOMSER
participating in hands-on activities while exploring the various departments and agencies that make up our local government. The curriculum focuses on local and state government, law enforcement services, community services, fire and EMS services, development services: planning and zoning as well as engineering, then technology and finance. Program days are made up of instruction, conversations, observations and hands-on activities exposing students to the numerous City services and functions provided to Weston residents. The program culminates with a simulated City Commission meeting where students utilize the knowledge they have gained throughout the program year to present and/or defend their side of several agenda issues. The program may also include a one-day trip to Washington DC, so students can better understand the relationship between municipal and federal government. The Weston University program is open to Weston students attending Cypress Bay High School, The Sagemont School, and Western High School. The class size is limited to 20-24 students and BarrettMiller says preference is usually given to juniors and
Weston University program concludes with a simulated City Commission meeting with students playing the roles of city leaders.
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igh school students with an interest in local government are encouraged to apply to be part of the Weston University Class of 2019. The one-of-a-kind program provides a unique civic education in which participants learn about state and local government; in particular, Weston’s municipal government. Developed in 2002, Weston University was originated by City Manager John Flint. Its curriculum was developed by Denise Barrett-Miller, Director of Communications for the City of Weston. “Only through promoting an informed citizenry can we ensure effective governance and civic health,” explains Barrett-Miller. “The Weston University program is Weston’s approach to providing students a civic education that includes a very personal experience through open communication with elected officials and city department personnel. Students are exposed to a variety of career paths in both the public and private sector.” The Weston University program begins in October during Florida City Government Week. Over the course of the school year, students spend one day each month interacting with city leaders and
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Weston University students met with Senator Bill Nelson during a visit to Washington DC.
seniors, but sophomores can apply. All interested students must submit an essay entitled “Communities Need Leaders.” Application information for the Weston University Class of 2019 can be obtained at each school. Cypress Bay students should contact Social Studies Department Chair/Athletic Director Scott Selvidge, Sagemont students should contact Principal Mellesia Nelson, and Western High School students should contact Behavior Specialist and Activities Coordinator Helene Kocis. Each school has its own deadline and selections will be made by late September. For more information on the Weston University program go to www.westonfl.org.
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Meet Weston’s New District Fire Chief
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BY STACEY BOMSER
n July, Weston welcomed Todd Draizin as the new BSO District Fire Chief. The City of Weston contracts with the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services for fire and emergency medical services. Chief Draizin replaces Chief Bruce Angier, who has taken another assignment within BSO. Chief Draizin says he is excited to bring his vast experience to Weston. “With over 30 years of experience, I look forward to being given the opportunity to bring that knowledge and expertise to Weston in order to maintain its high
Chief Draizin teaches a CERT training class.
standards of public safety.” Prior to joining BSO, Chief Draizin spent 32 years with Sunrise Fire Rescue. His firefighting career began in 1984 as a volunteer for BSO Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. In 1986, he started his professional career as a firefighter for the Sunrise Fire Rescue Agency, while earning his license as an Emergency Medical Technician/ Paramedic. During his tenure with Sunrise Fire Rescue, Chief Draizin worked his way up from Firefighter/ Paramedic to Driver Operator to Fire Captain, then Acting Battalion Chief and, finally, Deputy Fire Chief. As District Fire Chief for Weston, Chief Draizin would like to continue to grow the relations between BSO and the community. “The Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue Services has always enjoyed a robust relationship with Weston and as leader in the Fire Rescue industry. Our public
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educator, in conjunction with crews from the fire stations, coordinates multiple events throughout the year to deliver educational programs, safety messages and awareness to the community. From bicycle safety, child car seat installations, home fire safety talks, in school fire prevention programs, residential smoke alarm programs and more, we are here to significantly improves the victim’s assist the community.” chances of survival, more importantly, He encourages Weston residents it improves their chances to resume to support BSO Fire Rescue through quality of life once they are released programs like CERT (Community from the hospital.” Emergency Response Team). “In As District Fire Chief, Chief addition to the CERT program, where Draizin currently oversees three fire the community assists in serving itself stations in Weston. A fourth, located in times of crisis, multiple opportunities in Bonaventure, is under construction. are available for residents to take swift “As the growth of the community action in saving a life and protecting increases, strategic placement of critical property,” explains Chief Draizin. infrastructure is essential to maintain “Community CPR classes are offered an effective timely response,” notes to bring awareness and first steps to Chief Draizin. take action in saving a life of a family n Chief Todd Draizin is stationed at Station 81 member or neighbor. Initiating CPR located at 17350 Royal Palm Boulevard. You can reach prior to the arrival of rescue personnel him at 954-389-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Weston Recognized as 2018 Healthy Community Champion BY STACEY BOMSER
ust look around. It’s easy to see that Weston is a health-conscious community; from streets full of bicyclists and joggers to parks packed with athletes of all ages playing almost every sport imaginable, it’s always non-stop action. The Florida Department of Health has recognized this, naming the City of Weston as one of its 2018 Healthy Community Champions. According to the Florida Department of Health, nearly two out of every three adults in Florida are at an unhealthy weight. Furthermore, obesity is an epidemic across the country. Obesity increases the risk of many serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and cancer. The Healthy Community Champions Recognition Program was created to encourage Floridians to live a healthier lifestyle. “I am pleased to recognize local communities who have shown a special commitment to improving the health of their residents,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary Dr. Celeste Philip. “Their efforts to implement policies that empower residents and visi-
ing residential areas, commercial areas, and schools.” Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer says the City is proud to have once again received this important recognition. “Weston strives to promote health and fitness and offer opportunities for residents of every age to be active and stay healthy. Medical science has shown us that the benefits of healthier eating and tors to improve their health are an important part of exercise are multiple: It combats diseases; improves creating healthy environments throughout Florida.” mood; controls weight; boosts energy; and improves Weston’s extensive bike lane system was cited as longevity. As a City we need to make it possible for one reason the City earned the Healthy Community residents to have every opportunity to get and stay Champion recognition. According to the Florida healthy. Weston’s infrastructure of recreational park Department of Health, “All locations within the City amenities, sidewalks, and bike lanes along with of Weston are interconnected by sidewalks and bike public safety initiatives so that people feel safe going lanes from neighborhoods to commercial areas, out walking, jogging, biking and playing; along with stores, and food retailers. The city has implemented recreational programming and community education numerous street design standards and specifications all factored in earning us this recognition.” of complete streets. All new and redeveloped roadForty-six communities were named 2018 Healthy ways and park projects in Weston have bike lanes, and Community Champions. Weston was one of nine all city parks and city facilities, including bus shelters, Broward County cities to earn the recognition; are required to have bike racks. Additionally, the city Broward had the most recipients of any county has 46 miles of fully maintained bike lanes connectin the state.
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ith 14 municipal park and recreational facilities, plus 46 miles of paved bicycle lanes, it’s no wonder Weston once again was named a Healthy Community Champion by the Florida Department of Health. The City of Weston offers an abundance of amenities for residents of every age and lifestyle. From athletic fields to jogging paths to shaded playground facilities, it’s easy to get fit and stay healthy in our hometown. At 102 acres, Weston Regional Park is the City’s flagship park. It offers lighted athletic fields for football, soccer and lacrosse, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, and miles of jogging and biking paths. Tequesta Trace Park and Vista Park are also heavily utilized by local sports leagues. One of the city’s oldest and most beloved parks is Peace Mound Park. On many beautiful days, residents can be found walking the tranquil waterfront paths learning about Weston’s historical significance. The Weston Sports Alliance manages the City’s popular athletic leagues. Approximately 9,000 athletes participate in six sports programs: baseball/softball/t-ball; basketball; football; lacrosse; rugby; and soccer. Residents also have access to the Weston Tennis Center. The Cliff Drysdale Tennis facility features 15 hydro-clay courts and one championship hard court. It offers a competitive adult and junior program, including an academy for advanced players, as well as tennis lessons for all skill levels. 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUR CITY WESTON | OURCITYMEDIA.COM
Weston is a cyclists’ paradise. A series of green bicycle signs on the pavement along Bonaventure Boulevard clearly designate a safe space for cyclists. There are also special bicycle crossing signals installed at intersections on Saddle Club Road. No wonder Weston was designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. In addition to working to make the roads safer for bikers, the City of Weston strives to make cycling safer and more enjoyable. It has installed Fixit Bike Repair stations in Weston Regional Park, Emerald Estates Park, Gator Run Park, Peace Mound Park and Library Park. At these stations, bikers will find the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance. Health and fitness are the focus at the annual Run For Tomorrow, sponsored by the City of Weston and Rotary Club of Weston. The charitable run includes a 5K and half marathon, followed by the free Fitness & Health Festival. The Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge One-Mile Family Health Walk draws a huge crowd, with students and families from all Weston elementary schools competing to see which school will win the coveted Mayor’s Challenge Cup and cash prize. The City of Weston also sponsors the annual Fourth of July Hometown Celebration 5K Run/Walk at Weston Regional Park. n For more information on Weston’s parks and recreational facilities, as well as fitness and wellness programs, visit www.westonfl.org.
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BY PHYLLIS SCARBERRY s I peruse the latest market statistics for Weston, I am astounded that the months of inventory for the entire city for all price ranges is just 3.4 months. That means, if we did not take another listing and only sold what was currently listed, it would take 3.4 months to sell it all. The average list price is $751,000 and the average sold price is around $515,000, which is up a point over last year. The average price per square foot is around $215. The average days on market is barely 60 days, and homes are selling within 95% of their originally listed price. The number of homes for sale is down 9.8% compared to last year and number closed is up 1.6%. Homes with contracts are up 13.2% over last year. Is it any wonder we have only 3.4 months of inventory? The under million-dollar-market is still the sought-after price point. The luxury market has around 14 months of inventory and is staying on the market about 200 days. The great news is: Florida is still the most attractive place to live – especially to foreign buyers. According to NAR’s recently published “Profile of International Homebuyers Report,” Florida remained the major destination (19%), although it accounted for a smaller fraction of international clients, given the decline in Latin American and Canadian buyers. The report went on to state: ▸▸ Foreign buyer purchases of Florida residential properties increased to $24.2 billion ($19.4 billion in 2016). This accounted for 21% of Florida’s residential dollar volume of sales (19% in 2016). Nationally, foreign buyers comprised 10% of the dollar volume of existing home sales. ▸▸ Foreign buyers purchased 61,300 residential properties (47,000 in 2016), which made up 15% of Florida’s residential market (12% in 2016). Nationally, foreign buyer residential purchases accounted for 5% of existing-home sales. ▸▸ The median purchase price among foreign buyers increased to $259,400 ($252,500 in 2016), in line with the overall increase in the median price of Florida’s existing home sales of $220,100 ($211,500 in 2016). The median price among foreign buyers was 18% higher than the median price of Florida’s existing home sales. ▸▸ Latin American and Caribbean buyers accounted for the largest fraction of Florida foreign buyers at 34%, although they comprised a smaller share compared to the previous year’s share (39%). On the other hand, the share of buyers from Canada increased to 22% (19% in 2016). The share of buyers from Europe was unchanged, at 23%, as well as the share of buyers from Asia, at 10%, and the share of buyers from Africa, at 1%. While foreign buyers purchased property across the state, 53% landed in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach (our tri-county area). Weston is comprised of about 27 square miles with a population of 66,603. Weston remains Florida’s top destination for both local and foreign buyers alike. Now may be the time to upsize your home in your most favorite city.
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NFL Players Offer Sports and Life Skills Advice at YMCA Sports Extravaganza BY STACEY BOMSER
ore than 400 campers got the chance to meet and practice their football skills with NFL players during the South Florida YMCA Sports Extravaganza, which was held at the Weston YMCA Family Center. Buffalo Bills Running Back and South Florida native Travaris Cadet hosted the event, along with teammate John Miller, who is also from Miami. The event began with a roll call of campers from the Weston, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and South Dade YMCA’s, followed by a warm welcome address from Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer. Cadet then addressed the crowd of eager youngsters. He shared a story about his dream of becoming a professional football player and stressed the importance of
developing a strong work ethic early on in life. After the opening remarks and inspirational speeches, the campers were divided into smaller Mayor Daniel groups to take part in a series of skills clinics. The Stermer with Buffalo Bills Running Back activities focused on agility, speed, coordination, Travaris Cadet teamwork and creativity. The campers were all “Kids are the future and need to be surrounded by menexcited to learn new skills from the NFL athletes. Cadet and his friends also spent time mentoring the tors that lead them on the path of success.” This was the second year the Weston Y hosted the children, stressing the importance of leading a healthy Sports Extravaganza. YMCA of South Florida CEO & life and keeping both their minds and bodies active to build confidence. The program concluded with a photo President Sheryl Woods says the Sports Extravaganza is a nice complement to the Y’s summer camp proopportunity and autograph session. “I like to give back because I have been blessed gram offerings. “This is just one of the many specialty camps the with great opportunities and want to inspire the next generation by leading as a role model,” explains Cadet. Y offers,” states Woods. “All of our camps are about development, building friendships and creating a sense of belonging. By partnering with professional sports players like Travaris and his friends, we also bring an added element of fun and excitement to it.”
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BY DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF TODD DRAIZIN t can happen to you and it only takes a few moments. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 764 children have died from heatstroke caused from being left in hot cars since 1998. Heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all non-crash related fatalities involving children 14-yearsold and younger. Children under the age of four are at a greater risk since their bodies overheat more quickly. Florida ranks second in the United States in the number of hyperthermia deaths caused by children left in vehicles, and South Florida leads the state. The most dangerous mistake a parent or caregiver can make is to think that leaving a child in the car could never happen to them or their family. Even great parents can forget a child in the back seat, it can happen to anyone. The car’s interior temperature can increase up to 20 degrees in 10 minutes. Cracking the window or even opening the window several inches is no match for the rising temperature. Children are not the only ones who can suffer from heatstroke, the elderly and your family’s pet are also at risk. According to the Centersw for Disease Control (CDC), older adults do not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature and are more likely to have chronic medical conditions which require them to take medication that may affect how they adjust to temperatures. A pet’s coat is great for keeping them warm, but our South Florida climate makes it a challenge for your pet to remain cool. The increased temperature of your car interior is no match for your dog’s ability to remain cool which is primarily achieved through panting. There a few simple steps you can take to ensure the safety of your family and your family’s best friend. ▸▸ Place a reminder in plain view, such as a stuffed animal or other item, when your child is in the back seat to remind you to check the back seat before you leave the car. ▸▸ Leave your purse, briefcase or other personal item in the back seat forcing you to look in the back seat before you leave the vehicle. ▸▸ If someone else is driving your child, or your daily routine has been altered, always check to make sure your child has arrived safely. Set a reminder to call your child’s school or daycare to ensure they have arrived and are safe. ▸▸ Your car is not a playground. Keep your vehicle locked when not in use. Not only will you be protecting your child from accidently getting locked in a hot car, you help prevent unwanted burglaries. ▸▸ Act fast if you see a child or pet locked in a vehicle. Call 9-1-1 and take action if they appear to be in distress or unresponsive. ▸▸ Before leaving your car, “look before you lock” and make sure that you have not left any unintended cargo behind. More information on the “LOVE” campaign (Leave Our Vehicles Empty) can be found at http://www.broward.org/MedicalExaminer/LOVE/Pages/default.aspx.
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Gymboree Play & Music Promotes Playful Parenting and a Lifetime of Learning BY STACEY BOMSER
or over 40 years, parents and children worldwide have bonded through Gymboree. A global leader in child development and positive parenting, Gymboree Play & Music offers a unique opportunity for parents and little ones to play, learn and share magical moments as a family. Gymboree Play & Music of Weston Owner Helen Ramos explains Gymboree’s one of a kind program and how it prepares babies and toddlers for a lifetime of learning.
How is Gymboree’s curriculum specifically designed to promote learning through play? Play is essentially a child’s first, natural activity. Our curriculum is developed by our experienced child development program directors and incorporates a balanced whole-child approach with activities to support what your child is mastering right now and what he or she will aspire to later. Classes are designed
in six-month increments to continue to meet a child’s growing interests and abilities. All of the lessons have themes that promote the use of imagination and creativity. While babies might be learning cause and effect as their parent plays peek-a-boo with a scarf, older children might be pretending to be shopping at the grocery story and learning the difference between fruits and vegetables. From birth to age five, there’s always something special awaiting you and your child at Gymboree Play & Music. Why are parents such an integral part of the Gymboree program? One of the most distinguishing features of Gymboree Play & Music, and a key philosophy on which it is based, is our unique approach to parent involvement, which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. The reason is simple: children learn best when parents enter their world of play and imagination. Parents are their child’s first teacher as well as role model. Parental support is also important to a child’s healthy emotional development, building trust between parent and child and helping kids to feel more confident to explore and learn. Our intimate setting allows parents to meet and share information with each other and introduce their children to new concepts, skills and playmates. New parents particularly appreciate the support that Gymboree provides as they help their child explore new experiences and gain new skills. We really strive to educate our parents on the importance of participation during class. We do this by having parents sing along to the songs and model the activities. Parents are often handed props such as balls, scarves or
puppets to engage the child to complete a certain activity. What are some of the new classes being introduced? Gymboree Play & Music is proud to offer Play Lab and Baby Lab. Play Lab is an innovative new program for children, ages two to five, that brings STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning to life with an interactive twist. Play Lab immerses kids in a fun, messy, creative world of vibrant sensory experiences, problem-solving activities, and plenty of confidence-building social interaction. With themes like Stretch, Spin and Squish, your little scientist will be learning like crazy. Parents and children work together as co-creators in our Play Labs. Baby Lab, for babies up to ten months, is a multi-sensory play and learning lab that’s all about building brain power, stimulating reflexes and sharing giggles. Each of our Baby Lab classes has plenty of crawling, rolling and tummy time, but that’s not all. It is also about exploration and engagement as each lab encompasses age-appropriate sound, visual, and reflex stimulation. The themes include Light Exploration, Art, Literacy, and Baby Signs. Why is it important to introduce babies and young children to STEAM? These subjects offer many opportunities for children to use their minds and hands to play, explore and learn. There has been a recent push for STEAM subjects in schools and educators believe the earlier these concepts are introduced the more successful students will be in those subjects in the future. The classes offered at Gymboree strive to break away from passive instruction and allow for more play and investigation because this kind of learning early in life builds skills and interests that serve children throughout their school years, and later in life. Why are Gymboree birthday parties ideal for a first birthday? First birthdays are a must at Gymboree because
it is the most age-appropriate venue to host such an important milestone. With a playscape specifically designed with babies in mind, a one-year-old who may or may not be crawling will still enjoy themselves on their special day. Other centers tend to cater more to older children and may have a limited area for babies. Here at Gymboree, we have over 1,500 square feet of age-appropriate equipment and toys children ages zero to five will be delighted to use. With activities such as bubbles, parachute time and kid-friendly songs to dance to, everyone is guaranteed to have tons of fun. Most importantly, your party will be private for you and your guests. We take care of everything, so parents can actually enjoy their child’s birthday.
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1st Acrylic Art Class – Children, ages 6-18, can create their own painting during an acrylic art class with Corine at the Weston Branch Library from 3-4:30pm. Space is limited; call 954-357-5420 to pre-register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library.
5th American Sign Language Class – Adults and teens can learn American Sign Language at the Weston Branch Library. The free class is presented by the Bridge Outreach for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is paid for by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library. The eight-week class meets on Thursdays from 1-2:30pm. To pre-register call 954-357-5420.
7th “Life in Color” Photo Exhibit – The winning photographs, and other submissions, from the Arts Council of Greater Weston’s Summer Instagram Photo Contest are on display in the multi-purpose room at the Weston Branch Library through September 27th. Images capture “Life in Color.” The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.1weston.com.
8th Acrylic Art Class – Create your own painting during an acrylic art class for adults at
the Weston Branch Library from 11am-12:30pm. Space is limited; pre-register at the Information Desk or call 954-357-5420. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library.
11th Dog Smarts 101 – The Humane Society of Broward County presents a free seminar for dog owners. The program will provide advice on how to handle problems like chewing and pulling to bad potty etiquette. Please do not bring pets to the class. It takes place from 6-7pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information call 954-357-5420.
12th Weston Friends Club Bunko – This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. until about noon. For more information about this activity monthly activity, call Becky Hooker at 954-557-3460.
Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to join a book talk on Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. 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 954-357-5420 for more information. APB Networking Luncheon – The Association of Professional Businesswomen meets the second Wednesday
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of the month from 11:30am-1pm at MCafe, inside Midtown Athletic Club. For more information visit www.apbweston.com or call 954-557-4318.
13th Weston Friends Club Book Club – “The Happy Bookers” will meet at a member’s home to discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. For more information about this bi-monthly book club or Weston Friends Club, call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445.
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24th Weston Art Guild Meeting – This month’s meeting features a demonstration by portrait artist Joseph Gormley. He is well known for his work painting sports figures. The meeting is free and open to the public. It takes place from 7-9pm at Rick Case Hyundai. Contact Lifrancis Rojas at 305-3109586 for more information.
15th Cuentame Un Cuento/Tell Me A Story – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Weston Branch Library presents a bilingual exploration of LatinAmerican folktales using words, rhythms, movement and chants that begin with the simple phrase, “Habia una vez/Once upon a time…” The free program is for children of all ages. It takes place from 11am-12pm. For more information call 954-357-5420
Family Ancestry Research – Learn how to find census records, birth certificates, gravesites and more in this introductory genealogy workshop at the Weston Branch Library. The program is from 2-3:30pm. Call 954357-5420 to pre-register.
October 5th Weston Friends Club Lunch Bunch – Enjoy good company and a good meal 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.
Ongoing Hadassah Meeting – The Weston Chapter of B’not Shalom meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Rick Case Hyundai. The group hosts fundraising and educational events such as book and author luncheons, as well as bingo, playing cards and mahjong parties. Contact email@example.com for more information. Kiwanis Meeting – The Kiwanis Club of Weston meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6pm at the Bonaventure Town Center. Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. For more information contact Saied Taie at 954-815-4756. Open Bridge Play – Enjoy an afternoon of bridge at the Weston Community Center on Mondays from 12:304pm or Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-3:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.
19th Weston Friends Club 5-Deck Canasta – This friendly game is played at a member’s home on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you are interested in this activity or more information about Weston Friends Club,
Weston Regional Park at 8pm. In this action/adventure film, four teenagers are pulled into a magical video game and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or visit www.westonfl.org.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn for opening night of Moonlight Movies in the Park. This free, family event takes place at the Event Stage in
Open Mah-Jong – Enjoy a game of mah-jong every Thursday from 11am-3pm at the Weston Community Center. Call 954-389-4321 for more information.
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Cleveland Clinic Florida Earns Exceptional Care Designations BY STACEY BOMSER
hose of us who live in Weston are fortunate to have one of the coungressive scarring in the lungs. It affects more than 200,000 Americans and try’s top hospitals right in our backyard. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Pulmonary fibrosis causes more list of awards and accolades is extensive, with two new designations than 40,000 deaths in the United States annually. There is no known cure. recently being added to the list. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Cleveland Clinic Florida is the second hospital in Florida to be designated Care Medicine and Sleep Medicine cares for patients with pulmonary fibroa Center of Excellence for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). In addisis. The hospital has a comprehensive pulmonary function lab, equipped tion, it was designated a Care Center by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, with state-of-the-art technology that allows for accurate lung volume meain recognition of its accurately diagnosing and surements as well as a pulmonary hypertension clinic that treats patients treating individuals with pulmonary fibrosis. with advanced lung disease. Patients also Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of only three benefit from the hospital’s pulmonary centers in Florida to provide access to qualeducation and rehabilitation center. ity care and services critical to pulmonary Cleveland Clinic Florida CEO and fibrosis patients. President Wael Barsoum, MD, conHCM is a complex genetic disease that gratulated both departments on their occurs when the heart muscle enlarges and designations. “We are honored to join thickens without an obvious cause, makthe Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s ing it harder for the heart to pump blood. Care Center Network. We look forward Roughly one out of every 500 people is affected to working closely with the foundation by this disease. Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Robert to enhance patient education programs and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiology offers patients advanced and research initiatives. Furthermore, achieving Center of Excellence diagnosis, innovative treatments and comprehensive management of carrecognition by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association signifies our diovascular diseases such as HCM. It works in conjunction with Cleveland commitment to improving patient outcomes for those affected with hyperClinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute in Ohio, trophic cardiomyopathy. These designations reflect our teams’ dedication the largest cardiovascular practice in the country. and Cleveland Clinic’s overall commitment to providing world-class care to Pulmonary fibrosis is a deadly and complex disease which causes propatients and their families.”
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Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Summer Scholar Program Exposes Local Students to Medical Professions BY STACEY BOMSER
leveland Clinic Florida’s Summer Scholar program provides aspiring physicians with a firsthand look at the practice of medicine in a hospital and clinical setting. The program, which is geared toward high school seniors and college premed students, exposes students to different careers in medicine and the path to achieve them. “Cleveland Clinic Florida has a strong commitment to medical education and research,” states Dr. Dana Sands, staff surgeon in the Department of Colorectal Surgery, director of the Colorectal Physiology Center, and Summer Scholar Program physician liaison. “We believe that as an integral member of the community, it is important to offer educational opportunities to foster interest in the field of medicine and secure the future of our discipline.” This past summer, 110 students participated in the Summer Scholar program. Cypress Bay Senior Kavya Sarin was one of them. “During my time at the program, I was able to visit various departments across Cleveland Clinic and shadow a variety of medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, technicians, and therapists,” states Kavya. “Even though I was already interested in medicine before the program started, the firsthand
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experiences that I had at Cleveland Clinic have provided me with a more concrete understanding of how a hospital works and the unique characteristics of different specialties and departments.” Throughout the program, students are exposed to many clinical areas including Internal Medicine, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, the operating room, as well as many sub-specialties. “The students get an unfiltered look at the practice of medicine including all of the triumphs and challenges that accompany each of us daily,” explains Dr. Sands, who participated as Cleveland Clinic Florida’s first summer intern, a Summer Scholar precursor, in
1993. “They get to see and experience the rewards of being a physician and also learn about the dedication and effort that the path entails.” Kavya says after spending six weeks at Cleveland Clinic she is now even more confident about her career choice. “The program has furthered my interest in the medical field.” She was particularly inspired by her experience shadowing Dr. Giovanna DaSilva, a colon and rectal surgery specialist, and observing her perform surgery. “I was happy to see that both the lead surgeon and her assists were female,” shares Kavya. “Having role models in the medical field is especially important for young women because of the long history of gender discrimination in medicine. After recognizing how the progressive nature of Cleveland Clinic was reflected by my experience that day, I was inspired to write my presentation about how the role of women in the surgical field has changed throughout history.” The Summer Scholar program concludes with a case presentation by each student. For more information on Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Summer Scholar program visit https://my.clevelandclinic.org/florida/ medical-professionals/education/summer-scholar-program.
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GoChip Allows Weston Library Patrons to Binge Watch Popular TV Shows BY STACEY BOMSER
ood news binge watchers! Now you can watch some of your favorite TV shows for free and without the hassle of having to download programs. Simply check out a GoChip from the Weston Branch Library. This innovative new device lets you stream hit TV shows to watch on your phone or laptop. The GoChip is a small, rechargeable device, about the size of a mini-flashlight, that holds an entire season of a television series and beams the content to personal devices without an Internet connection. It can be used with PC and Mac laptops, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices. “Libraries are increasingly turning to streaming options to provide state-of-the-art services to our customers,” states Director of the Broward County Libraries Kelvin Watson. “The GoChip in an innovative solution that addresses needs such as portability and access anywhere and everywhere. It complements our existing collections and also helps us bridge the community’s digital divide.” Broward County Libraries is the first library system in Florida, first in the Southeast, and one of the first 12 libraries in the country to offer the GoChip
to patrons. Currently, the Weston Branch Library is one of 15 Broward County Libraries to have the GoChip. Library patrons can check out a GoChip just as they do any other library material. With a Broward County Library Card, the GoChip can be borrowed for seven days and may be renewed twice, two days at a time, for a total of eleven days. At this time, Broward County Library offers 20 TV shows, each with a full season of episodes, on GoChip. This includes family-friendly programs such as Angry Birds, The Goldbergs and The Spectacular Spider-Man. There is also content for a mature audience with shows such as Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Outlander, and The Shield. With GoChip, you can even watch popular shows from the past, including Community, Franklin & Bash, and Rescue Me. The Weston Branch Library is also pleased to participate in the Veterans Connect Hotspot Program. Veterans, active-duty members of the military and their dependents can check out these small, portable internet hotspots that provide free, unlimited access to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network.
The free hotspots will be loaned for one month to veterans, active military members and their dependents with valid Military ID (Veterans Identification Card, Active Duty ID Card, Guard/ Reserve Military ID Card, Retiree Military ID Card, Military Dependent ID Card) or a Driver’s License with a “V” designation. Users then have the option to renew the loan three more times. The purpose of the Veterans Connect Hotspot Program is to assist veterans in transitioning to civilian life by encouraging education, selfdevelopment and career advancement through technology. It also encourages the use of Broward County Libraries’ vast resources and services by members of the military community.
Learn American Sign Language at Weston Library BY STACEY BOMSER
dults and teens can learn a new language at the Weston Branch Library. An American Sign Language class for beginners begins this month. The free program is presented by The Bridge Outreach for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and is sponsored and paid for by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library. The mission of The Bridge Outreach is to break down communication barriers by creating awareness about the deaf community and the importance of learning American Sign Language (ASL). Through its programs, the organization also introduces the hearing community to deaf culture. By doing so, it is bridging the communication gap between the deaf and hearing communities. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, ASL is a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing. ASL is a language completely separate and distinct from English. It relies heavily on facial expression. For example, English speakers ask a question by raising the pitch of their voice, while ASL users ask a question by raising their eyebrows, widening their eyes, and tilting their bodies forward. Students in the ASL Level 1 class will be taught
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how to implement basic signs and expressions which they can use to communicate with the deaf community as well as with other signers. In addition to learning sign language, participants will also learn about deaf culture. This includes the arts as well as specific rules of behavior in communication.
For example, a person using sign language has the floor during a conversation until he or she provides a visual indicator (pause, facial expression, etc.) that he or she is finished speaking. During the eight-week course at the library, students will learn fingerspelling, numbering, facial expression, sentence structure, basic classifiers, vocabulary development, culturally appropriate conversation management, as well as how to initiate a conversation, how to ask basic questions,
how to respond to questions, and how to conclude a conversation. The expected learning outcomes for the ASL Level 1 class include: ▸▸ Students will know basic vocabulary and possess basic grammar skills for communication. ▸▸ Students will be able to make introductions and share personal information about self, family, basic desires and interests. ▸▸ Students will be able to talk about their surroundings by giving and receiving directions as well as sharing information about where they live. ▸▸ Students will be able to use basic strategies for establishment and maintenance of conversations and relationships. ▸▸ Students will have a basic understanding of deaf culture including exposure to ASL literature and art. The American Sign Language Level 1 – Beginner class is taught on Thursday afternoons from 1-2:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. The first class begins on September 6th and the program concludes on October 25th. This class is designed for adults and teens. There is limited space available; pre-registration is required. To pre-register for American Sign Language contact the Weston Branch Library at 954-357-5420.
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Weston Entrepreneur Named 2018 Hispanic Woman of Distinction BY STACEY BOMSER
ristina Miranda Gilson was born in Cuba, raised in Spain, and is now living the American dream. The founder, owner and chief executive officer of Weston-based Housing and Development Services, Inc., has been named one of the 12 Hispanic Women of Distinction honorees for 2018. “I am honored to be selected and join this prestigious group of Hispanic women making a difference,” stated Gilson. “It was a surprise to be nominated and greater even to be selected with this distinction.” She is certainly deserving of this honor. Gilson’s company is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has grown into a multi-million dollar business. Housing and Development Services (HDS) is comprised of two divisions, Housing and Development Software and eHousing Plus, which develop niche software and provide services to the affordable housing and community development markets. Gilson strives to promote diversity
within HDS; 93% of the employees are minorities, of which 57% are female professionals. Ten years ago, Gilson established the HDS Foundation, Inc. The nonprofit allows her company to give back to the community it serves, with particular emphasis on helping teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. As a mother of a daughter with autism, Gilson understands firsthand the unique challenges these young people experience and wanted to help enrich their lives. It supports charities such as Autism Speaks and the Dan Marino Foundation. In 2011, the HDS Foundation partnered with the Exceptional Student Education department at Cypress Bay High School to create a mentoring program providing real life social and work-related programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The foundation later created the BRIDGES Program which focuses on providing life skills, com-
munity engagement, and school social Tech currently employs eight young and athletic involvement including adults. Their first project is providing homecoming, prom and other typical technical services to eHousing Plus. teenage experiences to ESE students. Gilson and the other Hispanic “Be providing Women of Distinction them these positive, honorees were recognized typical and collabduring a luncheon last orative high school month. They were chosen student experiences, from a pool of more than 60 we would help nominees recommended by strengthen their prior honorees, community ability to be in an leaders and non-profit groups. inclusive environThey were selected for their Cristina Miranda Gilson, ment and guide American entrepreneurship Housing Development them to feeling intertwined with their values Services, Inc. Founder/ Owner/CEO empowered to work and traditions. towards their own “Hispanic women today dreams while feeling a bit more suphave a tremendous opportunity to ported by their peers and community,” confront the changing needs of our explains Gilson. world, both professionally and personEarlier this year, the HDS ally,” shares Gilson. “We can leverage Foundation launched ASDY-Tech, an these strengths and turn them into employment opportunities program affirmative life-changing action. We which focuses on providing training can channel our passion into meaningand potential employment to young ful discussions and the change that can adults on the autism spectrum. ASDY- make for better communities.”
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Weston Resident to Chair Volunteer Florida Commission As Chair, Karlinsky vows to continue to ensure that Volunteer Florida operates transparently, believing that utumn Karlinsky has dedicated her life to serv“hard-working taxpayers and generous donors deserve to ing her family, friends, community and fellow know how their money is being spent.” Floridians. Much of this work is through her She says one of her biggest goals is to increase awareinvolvement with the Volunteer Florida Commission, for ness of AmeriCorps and promote its benefits. “Members which she will preside as Chair for 2018-2019. “In 2011, I was appointed by Governor Scott to serve on dedicate a year of their lives to serve in vastly different, the Volunteer Florida Commission,” explains Karlinsky. yet equally important, capacities – education, public land conservation, disaster services – in exchange for a living “From 2014-2016, I served as Commission Chair, and stipend and scholarship that enables them to pursue after receiving unanimous support from my peers, I higher education or enter the workforce.” recently resumed the role for this year.” A longtime Weston resident, Karlinsky is actively She says she is proud to be part of Volunteer Florida. involved in the community having served in several “The organization’s ‘boots on the ground’ approach to different capacities at Imagine Charter School at Weston, dealing with issues in Florida – from at-risk students to Temple Dorim, and Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies. devastation caused by hurricanes – is improving indiAs a volunteer on the Parent-Teacher Partnership vidual lives and transforming entire communities.” at Imagine Charter School at Weston, Karlinsky has served as Gala Chair, Teacher Appreciation Chair, Book Fair Chair, Fun Run Chair, Character Education Week Chair and Red Ribbon Week As Volunteer Florida Commission Special Education Chair. Autumn Karlinsky greeting Chair, Autumn Karlinsky engages with Governor Rick Scott. Through her fundraisvolunteers of all ages and interests. BY STACEY BOMSER
ing efforts, the PTP has raised money for books, technology and other provisions. Karlinsky says one of her greatest accomplishments was recruiting “notable speakers such as First Lady Ann Scott, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, and Sheriff Al Lamberti to visit Imagine Charter at Weston, engaging students in educational discussions, assisting with award presentations and reading books to classes.” Imagine Charter at Weston Principal Nadine Laham calls Karlinsky a “wonder woman” who has volunteered at the school for the past ten years. “She is a creative, detail-oriented, hard-working, clever and communicative organizer who takes on daunting tasks and sees them to a glorious conclusion. We are fortunate to have such a powerhouse student-teacher advocate helping our school.” Karlinsky encourages her Weston neighbors to get involved and volunteer with an organization or program to which they feel connected. “I’m grateful to be appointed Chair of the Volunteer Florida Commission again, allowing me to help make the state, including Weston, a better place to live. Though I serve in an official role, anyone can be a volunteer and get involved in a deserving community or a meaningful cause – it only requires passion and time.” To learn more about volunteer opportunities in the area visit www. handsonbroward.org or www.volunteermatch.com.
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BY DANIEL J. STERMER, MAYOR, CITY OF WESTON n the United States, our Constitution guarantees us the right to vote. Having that right, you need to affirmatively participate and exercise it by casting your ballot; that is democracy. If you have not registered, you still have until October 9, 2018 to register to vote in the November 6, 2018 General Election by going to www.RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov – every vote does count and matters. On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Weston’s registered voters will have the opportunity to select the new City Commissioner for Seat No. 4 as well as consider two proposed City Charter Amendments. The first amendment proposes a change in the compensation for Mayor and City Commissioners. Since 2002, the City Charter provides for the Mayor and Commissioners to be compensated at the rate of $13,000 and $10,000 per year, respectively. The proposed amendment would increase salaries to $16,000 and $12,300 per year, respectively, effective December 1, 2018, to increase annually on December 1, based on the annual change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The second amendment proposes to eliminate term limits for the Mayor and Commissioners. When incorporated in 1996, the Weston Charter did not contain term limits. Term limits were adopted in 2002. The proposed Charter Amendment language states: The current City Charter provides for term limits for the Mayor and City Commissioners. The proposed amendment would eliminate the term limits. I encourage you to educate yourself on the candidates and amendments. Ask questions. The voting booth is a-kin to a report card for those of us in office or seeking political office. Voters have the power to elect someone into office and they have the power to remove someone from office by electing someone new. The next Weston Performing Arts Season is about to get underway in October and residents will receive the Weston @Play Parks and Recreation Guide in the mail this month, detailing many of the upcoming events as well as Community Center class information. Highlights each year for our residents are the Moonlight Movie in the Park Series, the WestonNights Concert in the Park Series, the Symphony Series, Foreign Film Series, puppet and magic shows, Weston Winter Safety Expo, Weston World Fest, Celebrate the Arts Day and much, much more. Arts, culture and the multitude of events and happenings bringing people together within Weston is the ‘special sauce’ that makes this City great. Lastly, please be mindful that September is the peak of hurricane season which runs through November 30. The adage “the first 72 are up to you” means that you need to have the food and supplies to maintain yourself for 3-days without assistance. I encourage you to continue to be vigilant and prepared for any emergency. Register for Weston CodeRED Emergency Notifications and receive our weekly online newsletter, Newsday Tuesday, to stay informed. Register under E-Notifications at WestonFL.org. For those on Twitter, you can follow us @CityofWeston, as well as on our urgent message only account: @WestonFLAlert. Not that we weren’t already your neighbor, but City communications is now also on Nextdoor to further our communication reach to where you get your information. If you have questions, I am just an email away. Whatever your thoughts on each matter, you should exercise our great country’s democracy and your right to vote.
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Florida Do Not Call Lists BY REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD STARK any constituents are confused as to the calls allowed and exempt from the “Do Not Call” list. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services maintains the Florida specific “Do Not Call” list. Florida residents who do not wish to receive sales calls or sales texts may have their residential, mobile or paging device telephone number included on this list. It is unlawful to make telephone sales calls before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. local time or prevent transmission of the solicitor’s name or telephone number to the party called. The use of auto dialers with pre-recorded messages is also not permitted in Florida except for the following reasons: Exemptions to the Florida Do Not Call Law Some unsolicited sales calls are exempt from the provisions of the law. Solicitors may make calls, when: ▸▸ A prior or existing business relationship exists. ▸▸ In response to an express request of the person called. ▸▸ From a newspaper publisher. ▸▸ In connection with an existing debt or contract. ▸▸ A real estate agent responds to a yard sign or other advertisement. Furthermore, some solicitation calls are not “telephonic sales calls” as defined in the statute because they typically are not selling a product or service. Generally, these calls are from: ▸▸ Charitable organizations seeking donations. ▸▸ Political candidates and political parties seeking donation. ▸▸ Research or survey companies seeking an opinion. ▸▸ Collection agencies trying to locate a debtor or collect on a debt. If you receive a call from a professional solicitor, charity or seller of goods and you no longer wish to receive calls from that entity, tell the organization that you no longer wish to receive solicitations. Additionally, file a complaint with the department so that there will be a record that you have previously requested that the entity stop contacting you via telephone. Businesses and charities are required to maintain a list of consumers who have made a do-not-call request, and it is a violation to call a consumer who has asked to be placed on the company’s do-not-call list. If You Receive an Unwanted Sales Call or Text Anyone who receives an unsolicited sales call should attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller and immediately report the violation to the department by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) and request a form via regular mail, download a Do Not Call Complaint Form, or file a Do Not Call Online Complaint. Unwanted sales texts should be preserved for assistance in completing the submission of a Do Not Text Complaint Form. The department has the authority to contact the solicitor and inform it of the requirements of the law. While the department does not resolve individual consumer problems, your complaint will help investigate the company and could lead to an enforcement action. Subscription to the Florida Do Not Call list is now being offered free of charge for residential and mobile telephone numbers. Your number will remain on the Florida Do Not Call list for five years. It’s fast and easy to subscribe, simply go to www.fldnc.com.
State Representative Richard Stark (D – Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at RichardStark@myflorida.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287.
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that you are entering a relationship of sorts, so you want to like who you are hiring. “Personality over price” is usually the way to go. At some point in the planning process, you will be spending much time with these individuals. You should “click” with your photographer, “jive” with your emcee/band and of course, “love” your wedding planner. n If you are planning an event, have questions, or want more information on event planning please email editorhollywood@ ourcitymedia.com or call 954-732-5155.
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Girl Scouts Honor Inspirational Women Including Weston Businesswoman BY STACEY BOMSER
ichelle Martinez Reyes, of Weston, will be one of three honorees at the second annual Girl Scouts Lead the Way luncheon. The event recognizes inspirational women in Broward County who are leaders in their industry, role models for today’s girls, and embody the characteristics of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader). In the nomination letter, Martinez Reyes was described as a devoted and tenacious businesswoman who takes pride in her work and has seen proven success in the legal marketing industry. It stated, “She is the epitome of a driven, innovative, selfless, hardworking woman.” As Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Greenspoon Marder LLP, Martinez Reyes is part of the leadership team at the firm, which is one of the fastest growing law firms in the country. She focuses on marketing, branding, business development, client relations, and media and public relations efforts across 27 offices nationwide. Martinez Reyes is a leader in her industry who was instrumental in Greenspoon Marder’s rapid expansion, helping to realize a nearly 30% increase in revenue growth over the last two years. She was part of the
firm’s initial national expansion in 2016, adding seven locations and 59 new attorneys. In addition, as CMO she orchestrated and launched the firm’s new brand identity, website, and social media efforts. The nomination letter went on to say that Martinez Reyes is a great example of balance between the work place and selfless voluntary service. She supports numerous local charities and agencies including ARC Broward County, The Jewish Federation of Broward County, Junior Achievement of South Florida, 100 Women Who Care, SOS Children’s Villages, the Dan Marino Foundation, as well as Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida. Her business leadership and charitable work illustrate why Martinez Reyes serves as a role model to today’s girls. “Her admirable qualities can teach young girls today that hard work, humility and wisdom can help you achieve your goals.” The nomination letter also stated that Martinez Reyes embodies the characteristics of G.I.R.L. in numerous ways. “She exemplifies a go-getter by her strong work ethic and motivation to continually succeed. She epitomizes an innovator as she continuously cultivates new ideas. Success can sometimes come hand-in-hand with risks; Martinez Reyes has continu-
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f you watch the TV show Shark Tank, you know that the best businesses solve real-world problems. Maybe that’s why Adam Serota’s Heritage Apparel has been so successful, hitting $250,000 in sales in less than two years. What’s even more impressive is that the company is poised to donate $50,000 this year to charity. Adam, a Cypress Bay High School Class of 2015 graduate, came up with the concept for Heritage Apparel after discovering there was a need for cool, custom t-shirts geared towards college students, especially those involved in Greek life (fraternities and sororities). He designed a shirt for his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and it sold really well; almost every brother bought one. Adam made the shirt through an online printing company but realized he could have made it for half the cost at a local screen printing shop. He then redesigned the shirt to appeal to AEPi’s at other schools and put it up for sale. “I remember sitting there with my roommate the night I posted it, refreshing the webpage every few minutes and seeing dozens of orders pour in by the minute,” shares Adam. “I knew I was on to something and decided that night I was going to go into the busi-
ness of designing and printing Greek apparel.” Adam has since built Heritage Apparel into a viable business, putting what he is learning in the classroom as a Commercial Entrepreneurship major at Florida State University into practice. Commercial entrepreneurship is the practice of identifying problems within society, crafting solutions to those problems, and building the operation needed to execute and sustain those solutions. “All of my peers are as eager as I am about creating their own businesses, and just being with the cohort through the ups and downs of real entrepreneurial days helps a lot,” explains Adam. “My professors, all entrepreneurs, are incredibly knowledgeable on real business, having all owned their own. Someone in the school has dealt with anything I’ve faced thus far in my business and have been more than helpful in getting me past whatever obstacle I’m facing.” Although building a successful business has not been easy, and Adam concedes he has logged long hours in the process giving up a lot of socializing to make it happen, he says he would not have it any other way. One of his greatest sources of pride is knowing how Heritage Apparel is helping the lives
of others. The company is committed to supporting charitable causes. “I donate the most to Dance Marathon, Relay For Life, Light the Night and the charities my clients support through their organizational events, such as CASA, Heroes to Heroes and Make-A-Wish to name a few,” states Adam. He says giving to charity is something he learned growing up here in Weston. “My parents gave me a beautiful life, a happy home, and a chance to succeed at life. Others are no so fortunate and it’s important for anyone who is fortunate enough to give back to do so.” To learn more visit www.theheritageapparel.com.
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Little Girl Holds Lemonade Stand to Benefit Weston BSO BY STACEY BOMSER
sabella Escalona is a little girl with a caring heart and a sweet tooth. The Everglades Elementary School second grader held a lemonade stand this summer to benefit the Broward Sheriff’s Office in Weston. Isabella says she’s always wanted to do a lemonade stand because “it looks so cool!” The project became somewhat of a family affair. “I asked my mom to help me make the lemonade stand. She gave me some money to buy my supplies. My daddy built the tent and my mommy helped me decorate,” explains Isabella. But this was no ordinary lemonade stand. This was for charity. Isabella wanted to raise money for the local police. “I want to be a police woman when I grow up,” she shares. “I wanted to show them that I am thankful for what they do.” Isabella set up her lemonade stand outside the entrance to her neighborhood, The Ridges. She sold pink lemonade, her favorite, for 50-cents a glass, and gave away cookies as a thank-you to her patrons. She collected $181. The reaction from customers was incredible. “People were very excited to see me donating money to the police,” says Isabella. “They told me things
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like, ‘I love what you are doing!’” Isabella personally delivered her hard-earned money to BSO officers at the Police Services Station in Weston. She says the officers were all grateful for her gift. “They were all so happy and thankful. They kept saying ‘thank you’.” Because BSO cannot accept money, Isabella’s generous donation will be used to support the BSO Explorers program. This is a special program for students, ages 14-21, with an interest in law enforcement.
“I want to be in the Explorers program when I go to Falcon Cove Middle School,” states Isabella. “I wish I could be in the club now.” This lemonade stand is just one of many acts of charity conducted by this little girl. This past summer Isabella also made backpacks filled with school uniforms and school supplies to donate to children in need to start the school year. Last year, she donated dog food and dog beds to the Humane Society. She also conducts many community service projects through her participation in Girl Scouts.
Manatee Bay Elementary Yearbook Wins National Contest BY STACEY BOMSER
ongratulations to Manatee Bay Elementary School. The school won first place in Yearbook Life’s 2017-2018 Best Yearbook Contest. Yearbook Life staff evaluated more than 600 yearbooks for overall originality, yearbook creativity, yearbook theme consistency, and yearbook image quality. Manatee Bay’s Free to Be You and Me at MBE certainly checked the boxes for all of those categories.
“I think we won because our yearbook was so creative, different and themed throughout. The book was 3D and full of QR scan codes. We had things we were told no other school has ever done,” stated Yearbook Co-Chair Lisa Vlock. “On every fifth grade class page the teacher recorded an inspirational message for their students, so when the kids scan the code they will actually see a picture of their teacher and hear the message. We also had the principal and assistant principals make recordings. There are numerous QR codes throughout and some are linked to videos like the making of the human peace sign done to music, as well as the chorus club show.” The almost 200-page book was also meticulously planned and designed. Yearbook Co-Chair Leslie Levinson is a graphic artist who has been doing yearbooks since she was a student. “I was Editor and Chief of my high school
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yearbook. I was an editor for the University of Miami 1994 Yearbook. I also prepared the pre-school yearbooks for my kids.” Leslie and Lisa have worked together as Yearbook Chairs at Manatee Bay for five of the past six years. They spent every summer organizing the pages, creating backgrounds and doing the layouts. “We each probably spent at least 1,000 hours or more,” shared Lisa. “The last two weeks before the yearbook was done, we each probably logged over 200 hours, staying up until three or four in the morning.” Leslie says it was all worth it. “It is completely a labor of love. It’s like carrying a baby for nine months and then getting to see it and hold it is priceless.” While their tenure has ended, as both women no longer have children attending Manatee Bay, they are proud to have left this award-winning yearbook as their legacy. “Leslie and I truly put our heart and souls into this yearbook and creating something special for the kids to remember. We never dreamed of winning,” notes Lisa. “It was the perfect way to finish out being yearbook chairs!” Leslie added, “Being it was our last year together doing this it made the award that much sweeter.” As first place winner, the Manatee Bay PTA received $250.
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Back to School BY STACEY BOMSER
t was an exciting start to the new school year. School administrators and teachers were joined by City leaders, including Mayor Daniel Stermer and Commissioner Byron Jaffe, and Broward Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers in welcoming students (and parents) back to school with friendly smiles and warm hugs. The safety of our students is a top priority. The City of Weston, with a contribution from the School Board of Broward County, funds BSO School Resource Officers in all public schools in Weston. Two School Resource Officers are assigned to Cypress Bay High School, one to Falcon Cove Middle School and one to Tequesta Trace Middle School, and one to each of the six elementary schools as well as Imagine Charter School at Weston. Weston is proud to be home to some of the toprated schools in Broward County. The quality of education is evident in students’ success. Last year, 14 Weston students received prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards. In addition, Cypress Bay Junior Angela Li earned a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam. Weston students are equally talented in the arts, with Cypress Bay High School boasting a 2018 Congressional Art Competition winner and its drama department winning five Cappies Awards for the production of Rent. Weston schools excel in athletics as well, with numerous trophies lining the walls of local schools. Even at the elementary school level, Weston schools are accomplishing amazing things. Manatee Bay Elementary School fifth graders are six-time winners of the First in Math national competition. The Spanish Club at Indian Trace Elementary took home several gold medals from the 2018 World Language District Competition. If the first day was any indication, the 2018-2019 school year will be a huge success!
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Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle BY DR. CARLO A. MESSINA oot and ankle injuries are very common in sports or in general activities of daily living. Many structures including bone, ligament, cartilage and joint lining may be injured. Injuries may occur from a single traumatic event or from overuse. Injuries may occur during the teenage years that may manifest themselves later on. These injuries may cause stiffness and pain in the foot or the ankle joints, especially after getting out of bed first thing in the morning to walk. This stiffness and pain will be present for a proportional period of time usually to the degree of joint injury. With weightbearing, the joint usually loosens and the person is
able to ambulate. This stiffness and pain will redevelop if the person sits for a period of time and tries to get up and walk. As the day goes on, the foot or ankle may ache, especially with excessive activity. Swelling may be present over the area that is injured. Instability may develop if the ligaments have been injured causing the foot or ankle to constantly twist. When these injuries are unresponsive to conservative treatment which may include orthotics, medication or rehabilitation, arthroscopic surgery may be 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. Arthroscopic surgery is used to treat chronic joint pain and swelling, arthritis and bone spurs, loose bone and cartilage fragments, stiff, scarred joints, and ankle fractures that have not completely recovered.
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Choices and Consequences BY IVIS MATEOS he biggest problem I find persistently increasing in our society today is the lack of accountability and responsibility some children are exhibiting. There is an alarming surge of shortfalls in social emotional areas such as behavior, independence and failure to build strong relationships with peers. As educators and parents, we see an increase in behavioral issues where some children are less remorseful for their actions and show lack of respect for authority. These children believe they are entitled to do whatever they wish without consequence, and we believe it has a direct correlation to lack of parental guidance and proper supervision. Parents need to step it up and raise children to know the importance of having accountability for their choices and consequences, instead of excusing their actions and assuming they are babies or too little to really know what they are doing. Children’s cognitive awareness starts from birth, therefore, there are always teachable opportunities when they are faced with daily choices. Children are also struggling more than ever with building relationships with others. They have become more isolated and struggle with problem solving since most of their interactions away from school are with technology. iPads, parents’ phones, TV, and online mentors such as YouTubers and cartoons like Sponge Bob are taking over the role of raising our children. Social emotional development in our children begins with the relationship parents have with their children. When I asked my 14-year-old what he thought the contributing factors were to the issues we are currently facing with our youth, he explained that he sees parents are giving too much power to their children, children are relying on unsuitable online mentors instead of their parents, and these mentors are not working in the best interest of the child. There are many great tools for parents such as websites where you can search for worksheets and information on parenting. It is also important to find schools that include “Heart and Mind” education in the curriculum, where children are given opportunities to learn about compassion, love, and forgiveness. Part of the responsibility we have as educators, mentors, and parents is to prepare our children for life. Yes, give children choices. Let them choose what to eat, what to wear, etc., because children need to be allowed to think and choose while parents preclude their ability to be accountable. This encompasses an aptness for our children to thrive and excel in all areas of life. Resources: ▸▸ http://www.bevip.org/uncategorized why-the-role-of-a-parent-is-so-important-to-a-childs-development/ ▸▸ https://powerofmoms.com/a-simple-system-to-teach-your-children-aboutchoices-and-consequences/ ▸▸ https://ihelpmoms.com
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BY DR. MARIA GROSMAN hat does your personal oral care have to do with your newborn? More than you think. Unaware of its importance, many women avoid regular dental care during and immediately after pregnancy. In addition, uneducated dentists may not stress its importance and may even be less willing to provide certain services during pregnancy. This is very unfortunate for there are definite implications of poor oral health in pregnant women, their pregnancies, as well as their children. Multiple studies have shown links between periodontal disease (infection of the gums and bones supporting the teeth) and adverse outcomes in pregnancy including preterm deliveries, low birth weight babies, and preeclampsia. Children born to mothers with poor oral hygiene and high levels of certain oral bacteria have a significantly higher risk of developing cavities at an early age. This may be one of the causative factors in a child’s development of a condition called early childhood caries or ECC. ECC is a complicated situation in which cavities occur rampantly at an age in which needed care may be difficult to deliver. Fortunately, most of the causes of both cavities and ECC are preventable. Cavities are caused in large part by having high levels of certain oral bacteria. Although children are not born with these cavity causing bacteria, they are eventually transferred by caregivers to children. This can occur, for example, by blowing on a hot spoon of cereal. It is not natural, or possible, to forever eliminate these bacteria. However, the longer it takes to transfer, the decreased risk of cavities in general and ECC specifically. The way of accomplishing this would be to eliminate cavities in the mouths of mothers (and all caregivers for that matter) and reduce the amount of plaque through regular dental checkups, cleaning and application of topical fluoride (in toothpaste and rinse). It would be easiest to complete all dental work prior to pregnancy. However, it is important to keep in mind that most dental procedures can be accomplished during pregnancy. The safest and most comfortable time to accomplish dental work during pregnancy is the second trimester. We recommend using this time not only to receive services, but also to obtain tips for oral care for mother and baby. There are many special circumstances during pregnancy. For example, nausea and vomiting can create some difficulty in controlling the acid levels in the mouth, which can increase the risks of both enamel erosion as well as cavities in mother. You would be surprised at the creative strategies which can be used to overcome many of these challenges.
The office of Dr. Maria Maranzini-Grosman (Board Certified Pediatric Dentist) and Dr. Alon Grosman (Specialist in Orthodontics) is located at South Flamingo Road on the NW corner of Griffin and Flamingo Road. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 954-236-3434.
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his is a mind, body and soul approach to wellness,” explains Dr. Tamy Faierman, whose unique take on inside-and-out health and wellness has made her a rarity in her chosen field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She is helping define an entirely new category in the space: the holistic plastic surgeon. As women and men alike look for new ways to approach the perennial dilemma of aging, and more and more brands scramble to grab market share in the exploding wellness market, an opportunity has emerged for medical practitioners who can both understand and treat the expanding needs of their patients. A beauty and wellness expert, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, and founder of the Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center, Dr. Faierman has created her own methodology for self-care in the modern age. Combining the most cutting-edge procedures from Western medicine with time-honored traditional practices from around the world, she offers patients an integrative approach that addresses the totality of their health and wellness needs. Dr. Faierman believes she’s found a better, more effective way to support her patients through the many different stages of their lives. “We should not treat everything with just medicine or medical procedures when we can incorporate complementary, holistic and integrative approaches at the same time,” she explains. Treatments at her popular Holistic Spa and Wellness Center in Weston can include everything from acupuncture to pre- and postoperative massage therapies to nutritional support.
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In many ways, integrating traditional healing techniques from around the world with her extensive medical training and expertise seems a natural extension of a global mindset. Born in Israel to parents from South America, raised in New York City, and fluent in English, Spanish, Hebrew and French, Dr. Faierman credits her multicultural journey as a crucial shaper of both her practice and her wellness philosophy. Her medical training in the United States focused on both general and reconstructive surgery. She received her Bachelor of Science magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany and went on to earn a medical degree from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. While completing her training in General Surgery, she received a fellowship in Microsurgery and a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at New York’s prestigious Montefiore Medical Center, University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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cise is also key – not only to help maintain the results of the procedure, but as a centerpiece of one’s overall health and wellness journey. She explains, “Nutrition and exercise are imperative to sustaining excellent long-term surgical results and to your overall longevity. These go hand-in-hand. My recommendation is to begin to undergo a change into a healthier lifestyle as soon as one has the intention, preferably pre-operatively.”
Skincare & Beauty Dr. Faierman’s holistic facial, which has become a flagship treatment offered at the Spa & Wellness Center, is customized down to the last detail, beginning with a cup of organic herbal tea infused with an anti-stress tincture and ending with a guided meditation. The 90-minute session also includes LED facial rejuvenation and a revitalizing hand or foot massage. Dr. Faierman uses only clean, chemical-free skincare products and works exclusively with aestheticians that are holistically trained.
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As a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tamy Faierman is redefining what self-care means in today’s modern beauty climate.
Herbs, natural medications, and homeopathy are also incorporated into Dr. Faierman’s treatment plans, especially to help speed the post-op healing process and to reduce any ill-effects from anesthesia, but also pre-operatively to lessen the anxiety surrounding surgery. Dr. Faierman also integrates ancient healing practices like acupuncture, lymphatic drainage and Reiki to maximize healing, ease pain and discomfort, and to provide relaxation and stress relief.
the best of Eastern and Western medicine to advance self-discovery and total body well-being. The spa features a state of the art meditation room, holistic facials, herbal teas and tinctures, clean beauty products, and integrates ancient healing practices like acupuncture, lymphatic drainage and Reiki. Dr. Looking Inward Faierman also works closely with trusted practitioners In conversation, Dr. Faierman often emphasizes to address the full spectrum of her patients’ needs — the importance of the inner journey of her patients. from aestheticians to nutritionists to medical doctors. “It is important to remember that body, emotion and mind are all connected,” she explains. “Aligning our The “Holistic” Plastic Surgeon outer body often helps reconnect us to ourselves.” With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Faierman She is a firm believer in the restorative powers continues to build her thriving practice by performof meditation and sees it as a foundational building ing traditional cosmetic procedures, from breast lifts block on the path to total wellness. To help encourage and minor facial surgeries, to body procedures like her patients to explore this practice, she has created the “mommy makeover,” which is one of her tradean immersive meditation room at her Spa & Wellness mark specialties. Dr. Faierman also is an expert injec- Center, which offers both guided and unguided meditor and uses non-surgical, non-invasive procedures, tation experiences. like dermal fillers, injectables, and laser treatments. But what truly sets her practice apart from other Reshaping Your Image traditional plastic surgeons is her “whole body beauty Ultimately, Dr. Faierman’s commitment to treat and wellness” approach. her patients using a holistic approach that incorporates traditional healing practices with the very best Nutrition, Exercise and Lifestyle Matter of 21st century medicine is all about empowering the Dr. Faierman stresses the importance of nutrition individual to take control of their bodies through acts and exercise both before and after surgery, and as a of self-care. As she explains succinctly, “I live by the non-negotiable part of a healthy lifestyle. Her clients motto: reclaim your body and yourself!” will often work with an integrative nutritionist to n Dr. Tamy Faierman is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, writer, help speed recovery after a surgical procedure; the beauty and wellness expert, and founder of the Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center. Her office is located at 17130 right dietary modifications can be beneficial in the Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1, in the Windmill Professional post-operative period, helping patients metabolize Campus. For more information, please call 954-322-2742 or visit medications and heal more effectively. Regular exerwww.reshapeyourimage.com. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUR CITY WESTON 69
THE DONOWAY CENTER NEW HOPE FOR ADVANCED PANCREATIC AND LIVER CANCER PATIENTS Patients once diagnosed with locally advanced Pancreatic and Liver Cancers were given little hope and often offered limited treatment options, all with certain short life expectancies despite the treatment they were receiving. However, a new procedure called Irreversible Electroporation, also known as IRE or NANO-KNIFE for short, has changed all that. Patients are seeing a doubling and tripling of their life expectancies based on recently published reports. Though currently used in patients with known locally advanced disease it has found its place in the operating room and used when patients are “unexpectedly” found to have more advanced disease than pre-operative imaging shows.
Robert B. Donoway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Diplomate American Board of Surgery Diplomate, Society of Surgical Oncology Former Medical Director Memorial Cancer Center Medical Director of Institute for Breast Cancer Prevention
Dr. Robert Donoway, a surgical oncologist trained at SloanKettering, is the only surgeon performing these procedures. During the procedure, in the operating room, after it has been determined that the patient’s tumor is non-resectable, needle probes are placed through the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure there is no injury to critical structures such as the Bile Ducts and Portal Vein. High voltage current up to 3000 volts is delivered through the probes in 90 microsecond pulses synchronized with the patient’s heart rhythm to avoid any cardiac problems. The procedure lasts between 1 & 2 hours using imaging to follow the ablative process. After the procedure is completed the probes are removed and the patient is taken to ICU step down for a 24-hour observation period. Most patients are discharged in 2 or 3 days following surgery and because there is no major surgery to recover from they are able to start postoperative neo-adjuvant type chemotherapy and radiation sooner. After 3 to 6 months of combination treatment patients are re-evaluated and restaged. A number have been converted to Resection candidates, which is still deemed the standard of care. Preliminary results have been very encouraging and have more than doubled many patients' life expectancy. Clinical trials are ongoing to use new novel agents including monoclonal antibodies and vaccines as the next line of treatment in this highly selected & heavily pre-treated group. Dr. Donoway is the only surgeon performing this procedure in Florida. For more information about Dr. Donoway visit www.AtlasOncology.com
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r. Donoway is a board certified Fellowship-trained Surgical Oncologist who received his MD and Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Sloan-Kettering where he was the General Motors Cancer Research Fellow. He has taught on the faculty at Penn, Sloan-Kettering, University of Miami and Nova Southeastern. Dr. Donoway is the former Medical Director of the Memorial Cancer Institute and Chairman of the Cancer Committee for the Memorial Healthcare System as well as Chief of Surgery and Surgical Oncology at Memorial Regional in Hollywood. Dr. Donoway serves on the Board of the American Cancer Society & Gildas Club. He has also served as past President of the American Cancer Society Broward County Chapter. Dr. Donoway is active in the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. His accomplishments include being the first Surgeon in Florida to perform Radio Frequency Ablation as well as Laparoscopic Liver Resection. Dr. Donoway is a recent recipient of the South Florida Health Award for the use of Micro-Endoscopy for the detection of early stage Breast Cancer. Dr. Donoway is the Medical Director of the Institute of Breast Cancer Prevention and has been repeatedly named to “TOP DOCTORS IN AMERICA” by Castle Connolly. Dr. Donoway is the ONLY surgeon in Florida performing specialized Pancreatic and Liver ablation therapy for non-resectable tumors. Dr. Donoway is the Former Chair of the Aventura Cancer Committee at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Donoway has privileges and operates at Aventura Hospital, Memorial Regional, Memorial South and Memorial West. ▲▲▲▲▲▲ ▲▲ ▲ ▲
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14 Weston Students Named National Merit Scholars BY STACEY BOMSER
ext month, more than 1.5 million high school juniors across the country will sit down to take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). It serves as the initial screen for the National Merit Scholarship program. This past year, 14 students from Weston earned prestigious National Merit Scholarship awards. They were among the approximately 7,500 distinguished high school graduates who shared in the more than $31 million in scholarship money. Approximately 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarships were presented in 2018. These awards provide recipients between $500 and $2000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. The University of Florida awarded National Merit Scholarships to six Weston students. Cypress Bay High School graduates Andrew Kennedy, Caleb Wong and Zonshen Yu all received this prestigious scholarship, as did Augustina Vincent de Urquiza from Western High School and Michael Galbreath and Fernando Rivera from American Heritage School. Jamie Riesenberg, who attended American Heritage, received a National
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winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. This 2018 National Merit Scholarship program began in October 2016 when more than 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Last September, the highest-scoring students in each state, representing less than one percent of the nationâ€™s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists. About 15,000 students met the high academic standards and other requirements needed to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The Scholars were evaluated based on academic record, including difficulty of subjects studied and grades earned, scores from two standardized exams, and contributions and leadership in school This included Cypress Bay graduates Ryan Bush, and community activities. Students also had to Isabella Chiurillo, Hannah Kang, and Tyler Kotler, submit an essay and be endorsed and recomas well as Sriraj Alturi, who attended American mended by a high school official. Heritage School, and Amelia Meles, who graduated Since its founding in 1955, the National Merit from NSU University School. Scholarship Corporation has presented more than There were 2,500 Merit Scholar designees 338,000 scholarships worth over $1 billion. nationwide. National Merit $2500 Scholarship
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Cypress Bay Prepares Students for College Application Process BY STACEY BOMSER
his is a stressful and hectic time of year for college-bound high school seniors. Over the next few weeks and months, students will be busy writing essays, filling out college applications, possibly retaking the SAT or ACT in hopes of improving their scores, and anxiously awaiting their college acceptances. Fortunately, the college counseling department at Cypress Bay High School is there to help students through the process. “Right now, most seniors should have their tentative list of schools they are applying to, understand the various applications and set up usernames and passwords, have started to draft their essays, figured out who is writing their letters of recommendation, have taken the SAT or ACT, and have met with someone from our department to make sure they are on the right path,” explains Cypress Bay College Advisor Shari Bush. She says there is no magic number as to how many schools a student should apply. “Most students apply to approximately six to nine schools. I am a fan of students having their dream school, safety school and several good fits on their list.” Bush cautions that there is no time to slack off
during senior year, even after you hit the submit button on your last application. “Senior grades matter, especially if a student is deferred or a school wants to see first semester grades. Students should communicate any new important information to the colleges once their applications have been sent. This is also a good time to start looking at scholarships.” Cypress Bay students are taught that the time to start planning for college begins as soon as they enter high school. However, Bush says that junior year is the most important year academically. “Junior year, for most colleges, is the last year of grades that are submitted,” she explains. “It is also the year of the SAT and ACT testing and the year students should be challenging themselves as much as they can and performing well in their classes.” Bush says class placement is critical throughout high school. “Students do not need to be rock stars in every subject. They should go in the direction of their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. I find that students do their best and are the happiest when they are taking classes they are truly interested in and that translates to strong performance.” The underclassmen years build the foundation for your high school career. Bush recommends
freshmen concentrate on developing good study skills and starting to get involved in school clubs and activities. Sophomores should be challenging themselves academically, taking the highest level of classes they can handle. “Balance is very important,” advises Bush. “Try to increase involvement in clubs and activities and get involved in things that match your academic interests.” The Cypress Bay College Advising Department has many resources available to guide students through the college acceptance process. Stop by the office or check out their website (http://cypressbayccc.wixsite.com/cypressbayccc) for more information.
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Weston Principals Offer Advice for Academic Success BY STACEY BOMSER
t’s the start of a new school year and that means a fresh start for all students. In order to make the 2018-2019 year the best it can be, the principals of some of the elementary schools here in Weston shared their advice for academic success. “Have your child set a goal for success in each subject and what he/she would like to accomplish by the next report card, for example, ‘I would like to get a 98% in math overall and I will do this by reviewing my math skills every night and not being afraid to ask questions when I need help,’” suggests Manatee Bay Elementary Principal Heather HedmanDevaughn. “For my daughter, whenever she took the time to study or review every subject every night she always received an ‘A’ report card.” She says parents can help by making sure their son or daughter understands the “why” to what they’re doing. “This can help children develop deep conceptual understanding and also apply skills to life.” Principal Christy de Zayas, at Eagle Point Elementary, recommends parents reach out to their child’s teacher and schedule their first parent/ teacher conference four to five weeks into the school year. “By this time, the teacher will have had an opportunity to get to know your child and evaluate their present levels of performance and have learn-
their child to help them reach their academic and personal goals. Indian Trace Elementary Principal Amy Winder reminds parents to read with their child every night. “This will reinforce skills, give you quality time together, and allow you to bond over a good book.” She also suggests families set a schedule for homework, studying and extra-curricular activities. “Remember that balance is important, and children need time to unwind. They shouldn’t be overbooked.” Principal Morgan also believes in balance. “We can’t forget that our students need to work hard and play hard. Afterschool activities where students can pursue their passion and love are also important for academic success. Physical and creative activity allow the students to grow into individuals.” While technology is an important part of ing goals and targets for the year. This meeting will learning today, Gator Run Elementary Principal Keith Peters says parents should limit their child’s also give you an opportunity to discuss any questions and/or concerns you may have so adjustments technology use after school and on weekends. can be made early enough to guarantee a successful “According to a Pew Research Center survey, 45% of teens say that they are online almost constantly. year of learning and growth.” According to Mindy Morgan, principal at Country Help our kids to have ‘disconnected time’ – time away from technology. Encourage outside interests Isles Elementary, “A clear focus with good comand activities. Those activities are just as impormunication will lead to success.” She recommends tant as academics.” parents discuss organization and study habits with
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Chronic Fatigue and Weakness may be due to B12 Deficiency BY DR. JEAN-CLAUDE NERETTE & STEPHANIE MUNIZ, ARNP
n today’s hectic world, it is common to feel tired because we have so many responsibilities and our to-do lists just keep getting longer - consuming every single second of our existence. But if you’ve tried to address this problem by going to bed early and following an adequate diet to still wake up fatigued and drained, you may be suffering from a vitamin deficiency and specifically a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is necessary for the body to produce red blood cells and DNA, along with supporting neurological function. It is obtained from animal sources such as poultry, eggs, meat and dairy products, including milk. Because of this, vegetarians and vegans are
at high risk for developing a vitamin B12 deficiency and supplementation is important. Selecting foods that are fortified with Vitamin B is critical if you do not consume animal products, as vitamin B12 cannot be found in plants. Older adults are also at risk because they tend to consume less food overall, have limited diets and also have less stomach acid production, which prevents absorption. It must be noted, however, that supplementation alone may not solve the problem and you may need to get injections to treat a possible deficiency. The reason for this is that individuals may suffer from B12 deficiency due to malabsorption, and not because they are not consuming B12-rich foods. If you suffer from Crohn’s or celiac disease, you may be eating the right kinds of foods or taking in enough vitamins, but your body can’t absorb it. This is also the case in patients
who have had part of their stomachs removed in weight loss surgery. In addition, some people lack intrinsic factor, a protein needed in order for the body to absorb B12 and it could be due to genetics or even autoimmune conditions. Some of the symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include: ▸▸ Anemia ▸▸ Weakness ▸▸ Fatigue ▸▸ Numbness or tingling of hands/feet ▸▸ Memory loss ▸▸ Jaundice Because the signs of vitamin B12 deficiency can be confused with symptoms of other conditions, it is important that you work with a qualified practitioner to identify this problem. Severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to depression, paranoia, delusions and other serious effects. At Bellissimo Medical LLC ™, we work with patients to identify vitamin deficiencies and help optimize nutrition through our Nutritional IV Therapy pro-
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Pink Eye Causes and Concerns BY DR. JANE THERRIEN ink eye” is a term that may sound scary, but this common eye problem typically is easily treated and can often be avoided. Anyone can get pink eye, but students, teachers and daycare workers are particularly at risk for the contagious types of pink eye because they work closely with others in the classroom. What Is Pink Eye? Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of the eye and the inside of the eyelids (conjunctiva). Although the conjunctiva is transparent, it contains blood vessels that overlay the sclera of the eye. Anything that triggers inflammation will cause these conjunctival blood vessels to dilate. This is what causes red, bloodshot eyes. What Causes Pink Eye? The primary types of conjunctivitis, based on cause, are: ▸▸ Viral conjunctivitis is caused by a virus, like the common cold. This type of pink eye is very contagious, but usually will clear up on its own within several days without medical treatment. ▸▸ Bacterial conjunctivitis is caused by bacteria. This type of conjunctivitis can cause serious damage to the eye if left untreated. ▸▸ Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by eye irritants such as pollen, dust and animal dander among susceptible individuals. Allergic conjunctivitis may be seasonal or flare up year-round.
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Pink Eye Symptoms No surprise: the primary symptom of pink eye is an eye that has a pink appearance. Other symptoms of pink eye depend on the type of conjunctivitis you have. Symptoms of viral conjunctivitis include watery, itchy eyes and sensitivity to light. One or both eyes can be affected. It is highly contagious and can be spread by coughing and sneezing. With bacterial conjunctivitis, a sticky, yellow or greenish-yellow eye discharge may appear in the corner of the eye. In some cases, this discharge can be severe enough to cause the eyelids to be stuck together when you wake up. One or both eyes can be affected. It is contagious, usually by direct contact with infected hands or items that have touched the eye. Watery, burning, itchy eyes (often accompanied by stuffiness and a runny nose) and light sensitivity are symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Both eyes are affected. It is not contagious. 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. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUR CITY WESTON 79
Dual Language Program Popularity Grows at Indian Trace Elementary BY STACEY BOMSER
Over the summer, Indian Trace Dual Language teachers Patty DeBiase and Frances Charron participated in “When Just English Isn’t Enough Anymore – Multilingualism Matters”, a four-day training program.
very elementary school in Weston now offers a Dual Language program. This is where students learn in both English and Spanish. The immersion program allows students to become fully bilingual and biliterate, something that appeals to families from both English and Spanish-speaking backgrounds. “Approximately 50% of our families come from Spanish-speaking cultures and want their children to learn to read, write and speak in their native language, the other 50% are non-Spanish speakers who recognize the importance of bilingual education at an early age,” explains Indian Trace Elementary Principal Amy Winder. “Both understand that the research shows the earlier you immerse yourself in
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In addition to teaching a language, the quicker you pick it up and the more sucliteracy, the Dual Language cessful you are in school and, program teaches students later, in the business world.” about culture and diversity. Dual Language Team “When you create a classroom Leader Frances Charron, culture like this, everyone who teaches fourth grade becomes united and more Spanish, says she has seen accepting of each other,” shares firsthand the positive effects Principal Winder. “It is a joy to of being bilingual. “My stusee the students learning from dents concentrate better and each other and helping one their capacity of syntax and another in every aspect of the analysis is incredible. The curriculum. Often times, sevchildren are little sponges, eral generations of one family Third-grade dual language students performed they learn so fast; it’s a come in to volunteer and share El Chavo at the end of the school year. fantastic process and being a experiences from their home countries, which further enhances the learning and witness to it is the best!” cultural experience.” Colleague Patty DeBiase, who teaches third grade Students at Indian Trace Elementary are fortuSpanish, agrees. “I remember these students when they started in kindergarten and now they are startnate to also be exposed to the Japanese language and ing fourth grade. It is amazing to hear them reading culture through the Tomodachi program for second and speaking in Spanish. Not just the students that and third grades. “We are so thankful for the technolcome from a Hispanic household, but the English ogy and our district for providing a means for our speakers whose parents don’t speak Spanish and now students to learn Japanese in a virtual setting,” notes they are communicating in a second language.” Principal Winder.
Premier Martial Arts Promotes Physical Fitness and Personal Development BY STACEY BOMSER
t Premier Martial Arts Weston, students develop the skills needed to succeed in life such as confidence, focus, self-esteem and physical well-being. By combining the disciplines of Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kali, students gain realistic personal protection and a fitness system for the modern world. Owner and Master Instructor Kurt Asesor shares more about Premier Martials Arts’
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proven programs and exceptional instruction. How does martial arts benefit the student? It promotes physical and mental well-being. Most fitness programs fail to offer the excitement and interest to keep the participant consistent in their training, therefore setting them up for failure in their results. The successful fitness results of Premier Martial Arts are supported by personal development. Our students learn concepts and receive coaching in focus, goal-setting, self-discipline and confidence that help to keep them on track. It is like having your own personal trainer and success coach all in one. What distinguishes Premier Martial Arts from other programs? We have a very extensive selection process to ensure that Premier Martial Arts has only the best and most talented instructors in the world. Once selected, they are put through an intense and rigorous series of training to guarantee the highest quality of instruction. Once a Premier Martial Arts instructor is certified to teach our unique and effective system, they are then required to receive 40 hours of continuing martial arts and instructor education yearly.
Why is this important? The ongoing training allows our instructors to stay up to date on the latest and most effective self-defense techniques, teaching methods, nutrition and exercise science. This recertification process is our assurance that every Premier Martial Arts student will continue to receive only the very best martial arts training. We expect our instructors to be the best, so you can expect the best from our instructors. Who is your typical student? Martial arts is for everyone. Students come to us from age four to 64. Some students are in shape, while others are overweight. Some come for self-defense and fitness and others for fun. Each person is treated equally and is trained to the best of their own ability and potential. A student is never compared to anyone else. At Premier Martial Arts, our instructors are there to guide, instruct and motivate you to be the best that you can be. Premier Martial Arts Weston is conveniently located at 1375 Shotgun Road, off of Indian Trace. For more information call 954-2176006 or visit www.PremierMartialArtsWeston.com.
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Why Litigate When You Can Collaborate? BY EVAN BARON ften, I meet individuals who are more anxious about the prospect of litigation than they are about the ultimate dissolution of their marriage. This is likely a result of the public’s general perception that divorce proceedings are and always will be adversarial in nature. However, the State of Florida has experienced a paradigm shift. One in which families can address and resolve their divorce (or other family related matters, such as child support, timesharing modifications and Paternity actions), in a team setting which assembles for the sole purpose and goal of helping individuals separate without tearing their families apart. This paradigm shift is called the Collaborative Process. Contemplating divorce is very time-consuming and mentally taxing. The saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” The same, however, is untrue for individuals contemplating ending their marriage. The mental gymnastics required when considering all aspects and potential consequences of a divorce are physically and emotionally draining for anyone. This is especially true in cases involving children. Now, imagine that after careful deliberation, you make the difficult decision that divorce is the right choice for you and your family. However, with that choice, you are faced with the possibility that initiating a divorce will equate to “going to war” with your spouse or each spouse’s attorney going to war on their client’s behalf. This fear is often crippling and results in spouses delaying a divorce proceeding, even though all circumstances point to the divorce being necessary for the wellbeing of everyone involved, including children. Whether spouses decide to forgo a divorce should be based on the potential for reconciliation not because of a fear of the legal process embarked on when dissolving a marriage. Although adversarial litigation is a real possibility for some families, it does not have to be the reality for all families. The Collaborative Process affords families the opportunity to choose a more holistic approach to resolving their case. One that not only provides families with more control over every aspect of their case but also affords families peace of mind. The Collaborative Process is a non-adversarial alternative to obtaining a divorce, child support and timesharing modifications or establishments of paternity. It provides a team setting made up of professionals, including a mental health professional, a financial neutral as well as the attorney for each party. Rather than appear at hearings before a Judge, families take part in team meetings that create an effective environment conducive to resolving cases efficiently and at a lesser cost than traditional litigation. The Collaborative Law Process Act and Rules is Florida Law, having officially gone into effect back in July 1, 2017. The attorneys at Evan H. Baron & Associates are collaboratively trained and able to assist anyone interested in this option. If you or anyone you know is interested in the Collaborative Process and would like more information on how to get started, please contact our office.
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Great Putting Drills To Improve Your Putting BY DEAN SKLAR, PGA PROFESSIONAL ow handicap players understand the importance of a good short game, especially on the putting green. Professional players have exceptional ball striking skills. In fact, a tour event is basically a putting contest. The best putter each week wins the tournament. With the proper techniques, everyone can develop into a solid putter. The following putting drills are designed to improve your ability to hole the ball on the green. Clock Drill Make the short putts. Nothing is more frustrating than hitting a great drive, placing the approach shot on the green and missing a two-foot par putt and walking away with bogey. Practice, practice, and practice from short ranges. The clock drill is excellent reinforcement. Begin by placing three balls in a line at three, six, and nine feet from the hole similar to the twelve, three, six and nine position on a clock. The goal is to make all twelve in a row. If you miss any putt, then go back to the beginning and start over. Ladder Drill Improve your putting from long range. Give yourself the opportunity to make short putts inside five feet from the hole. Percentages that you’ll make a putt dramatically decrease the farther away you are from the hole. The ladder drill is designed to improve putting from longer distances. Place a tee in the ground in a line ten feet, 20 feet, 30 feet and 40 feet away. In this drill, you are attempting to control the distance you hit each putt. The ladder drill begins by hitting a putt to the first tee, which is ten feet away. Next, hit a 20-footer, then 30-footer followed by a 40-foot putt. The idea is to get the ball to stop as close to each tee as possible. The next step is to theoretically close the ladder. From the first tee, hit a 30-foot putt, followed by 20-foot putt followed by a ten-foot putt to the final tee. At the conclusion, you have successfully opened and closed the ladder. The drill continues by going through the same sequence from the opposite direction. If the first putts were all uphill, you are now faced with a series of difficult downhill putts. Once you can successfully navigate this drill, your feel on the greens should improve. Path Drill Many amateurs push or pull the putt off line. This is caused from an in-to-out or out-to-in swing path. The following drill will help develop a consistent path. Find a flat area on the green and place two clubs on the ground wide enough to place the putter head behind the ball. Swing the putter between the two clubs and hit the ball. If the putter hits any of the clubs, you are not swinging the putter down the target line. Make sure the putter head stays low to the ground and follows through. It’s always great to take a lesson from your local PGA Professional and see what tips they have to share and teach to you as well.
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Estate Planning for Blended Families BY BRUCE IDEN, ESQUIRE
ours, mine, and ours. Sadly, in America the average marriage lasts only seven years, with one out of two marriages ending in divorce. As over seventy-five percent of divorced individuals eventually choose to remarry, blended families now outnumber traditional nuclear families. And while this family dynamic has become the new normal, it’s a far cry from what was portrayed on the classic television series, “The Brady Bunch.” If you are part of a blended family, you face some unique estate planning challenges. These include providing for your current spouse if he or she survives you,,and making sure that when your spouse dies your children will be taken care of. Obviously, after the first spouse passes, the family dynamic can change dramatically; what the surviving spouse ends up doing with his or her assets can often be unpredictable. As we all know, blood is thicker than water. Let’s explore just a few possible estate planning options. Your spouse. A simple, albeit not wise, approach would be to leave everything to your spouse. As your spouse adores your children, you have no doubt that he/she will take care of your children after you are gone, right? Keep in mind that an unintended consequence of this approach might be totally disinheriting your own children! Consider this: After you are gone, if your spouse becomes incapacitated it is very likely that your spouse’s children will take over the financial affairs of the family. You don’t need a vivid imagination to see how that might turn into a disaster. What happens when your spouse dies? Or remarries? Without thoughtful planning, your assets may ultimately be inherited by your stepchildren, or even by the person who marries your spouse! Proper legal planning can avoid this potential pitfall. Your children. Another solution is to leave assets to your spouse and your children. Of course, this guarantees that your children will not be disinherited, but here too this path may lead to unintended consequences. Leaving assets outright to your children opens up a wide range of concerns, including the possibility that they may squander their inheritance by spending or investing unwisely, or lose most or all in a nasty divorce, an untimely lawsuit, or through bankruptcy. Even if your children are adults, shouldn’t you still protect them from future creditors and predators? Your ex-spouse. You probably don’t consider your ex, but your former spouse plays a role in your estate planning. Think about it. If you leave money to your minor children, it is likely that your ex-spouse will be appointed by the probate court to manage your children’s property. What happens if a child dies while single and childless? Who would inherit their assets? As the next-of-kin of your children, that individual can be your ex-wife or ex-husband! Planning effectively for a blended family requires creativity, experience and know-how. Consult with an estate planning professional to formulate a plan that is right for you and your family. Life can change in an instant. What are you waiting for? Bruce Iden earned his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and his L.L.M in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law. He has been practicing in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law for over 30 years. For more information, or to schedule a consultation with Mr. Iden, contact Iden Law Offices at 954-885-0085.
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Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age? BY CHARLES A. MESSA, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.
he focus of anti-aging procedures often rests in rejuvenation of the face. A person’s hands are often neglected, and therefore remain a tell-tale sign of aging. The hands are continuously exposed to environmental elements. There are distinct signs of aging seen in one’s hand appearance. Characteristics that are treatable with minimally invasive procedures include visible tendons, the bony appearance, visible/prominent veins along with skin pigmentation changes and wrinkles. These changes occur as a result of progressive thinning of the skin overlying the back of the hand with increased skin laxity and loss of soft tissue volume. Rejuvenation of aging hands involves two distinct factors. Firstly, treatment of the overlying skin to remove age spots, pigmentation, and skin wrinkling or laxity, and secondly restoration of lost volume through soft tissue volume enhancement. Ideal hand rejuvenation is achieved by replenishing your skin’s lost volume. The only FDA approved injectable filler for volume restoration in the hands is Radiesse®. This volumizing filler immediately provides the volume and lift that is necessary to diminish the signs of aging hands because of the calcium-based microspheres and gel that comprise this product.
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This filler acts as a scaffold beneath the skin after it is injected providing the structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. This process continues for several months after Radiesse® is injected, extending the initial effect lasting more than a year to achieve long-lasting hand rejuvenation after a single treatment. By adding volume beneath the skin, Radiesse® raises the skin level so that tendons, joints and veins lose their prominence. Radiesse® is safe, effective and a non-surgical treatment which provides immediate smoothing of wrinkles, scars and replenishes soft tissue volume loss. Radiesse® doesn’t require allergy testing. The procedure is done with topical anesthesia, with injections taking between ten and fifteen minutes. There may be minor swelling, redness or bruising at the site of the injection, which typically resolves within one or two days. The Radiesse® hand lift is the latest procedure that utilizes microspheres of calcium hydoxyapatite to restore a more youthful appearance to the aging hands. Other procedures can be done in conjunction with Radiesse® hand lifts, such as chemical peels and laser rejuvenation to reduce age spots and improve skin texture. Dr. Messa is board certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, an active member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a recognized expert in cosmetic plastic surgery and has achieved Allergan’s Black Diamond Award as one of the top 1% of plastic surgery practices in the country by volume. Dr. Messa has also achieved Chairman status with Medicis and Mentor Corporation. This award honors distinguished leaders in cosmetic surgery for demonstrating expertise and excellence through a high volume of aesthetic product procedures. The certification is awarded to leaders in the field of medical aesthetics and demonstrates their commitment to innovation, excellence, and the highest level of patient care. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Messa, call 954-659-7760. OURCITYMEDIA.COM | SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUR CITY WESTON 85
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Posture...Who Cares? BY DR. BEHAR AND DR. BROWNER new patient recently came to our office complaining of chronic neck pain. As a chiropractic doctor, the first thing we noted was this patient’s obvious postural distortion. She disclosed she had just had a routine physical check up and told she was in “excellent health”. This little gem of information sadly revealed how misunderstood posture is by many in the business of health care. So why should we concern ourselves with posture? Your head is a little off center...who cares? All these sophisticated medical tests show you are the epitome of health, right? Wrong! If you have postural faults, however minor, your health will be less than optimum. The greater the postural distortion, the less optimum will be your health. It is that simple. Scientific research has shown abnormal posture not only produces pain, but also causes: ▸▸ deterioration of the discs and vertebrae of the spine, and of ligaments, muscles and soft tissues of the central nervous system (CNS), ▸▸ some “organic” (internal system) disorders, ▸▸ abnormal motion, predisposing to muscle “pulls” and repetitive strain injuries, ▸▸ and reduction in quality of life. Of these postural effects, the most important to overall health and well-being is the impact posture has on the central nervous system. Think for a moment: what does the CNS control? Science shows the CNS, which includes the brain and spinal cord, controls or regulates every component, every organ, and every tissue of the body. In fact, there is growing evidence the CNS directly impacts the immune system, thus affecting the body’s ability to fend off disease. It is no wonder a study published in the Journal of Pain Management states, “Posture affects and moderates all human functions, both consciously and unconsciously, from breathing to hormone production to thinking.” For these explicit reasons, when a patient enters our office, we do not treat them as a symptom: a stiff neck, a sore back. We believe, as chiropractic doctors, our obligation to every patient is to provide them the opportunity to truly improve their level of health. Since posture is so profoundly important to health and to our ability to enjoy life, what is the most logical thing to do? Get checked!
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Gum Disease in Dogs BY MIGUEL E. CORDOVA, DVM
ore than 85% of dogs over four years of age have periodontal disease. It is a progressive inflammation of the supporting structures around the teeth. Periodontal disease starts when bacteria form plaque on the teeth. Within days, minerals in the saliva bond with plaque to form tartar, a hard substance that adheres to the teeth. The bacteria work their way under the gums and cause gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. Once under the gums, bacteria destroy the supporting tissue around the tooth, leading to tooth loss. Inflammation of the bone and tooth support structures is referred to as periodontitis. The combination of gingivitis and periodontitis is known as periodontal disease. Bacteria associated with dental disease can travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys, and liver. What Are the Signs of Periodontal Disease? The signs of periodontal disease include: bad breath; redness or bleeding along the gum line; drooling, which may be tinged with blood; difficulty
chewing; pawing at the mouth; loose or missing teeth; facial swelling, especially under the eyes; nasal discharge; and gum recession. How Is Periodontal Disease Diagnosed? Your veterinarian can see signs of gingivitis and tartar buildup by examining your dog’s mouth. However, since most periodontal disease occurs beneath the gum line, the only way to truly assess your dog’s mouth is to perform an examination while your pet is under anesthesia. Your veterinarian can use a dental probe to measure any loss of attachment around each tooth and take dental radiographs (x-rays) to assess for bone loss, abscesses, and other problems. How Is Periodontal Disease Treated? Treatment depends on the severity of the disease. If your dog has mild periodontal disease, consisting of gingivitis without any bone loss, a thorough dental cleaning that includes the area beneath the gums, followed by dental polishing, can help reverse the problem. After a dental cleaning, your veterinarian may also recommend a plaque prevention gel that adheres to the teeth surfaces to inhibit tartar. Your veterinarian may also recommend a dental sealant that helps prevent tartar from accumulating on teeth. He/she can also recommend the best dental diets or
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Dreams Become Reality with Kitchen Designs & More BY STACEY BOMSER
Contemporary ince 2003, Kitchen Designs & More has been helping Weston residents turn their houses into their dream homes. The full-service design center offers traditional, contemporary or industrial designs to complement any décor style. President and Owner Elliott Landman shares the secrets to this company’s success and why hundreds of Weston homeowners recommend KD&M for a full idea of the scope, from costs to time requirehome renovations. ments. Once the design and budget are approved, What is Kitchen Designs & More? our expert design team will help choose materials KD&M is made up of a group of passionate and and place orders. Afterwards, the final schedule is highly qualified designers, architects, and project provided. From that point forward, Kitchen Designs coordinators with over 100 years of experience. We & More will coordinate each aspect of the material handle the design, project coordination, and acqui- deliveries and completion of labor. sition of materials for all in-home projects, ranging Why do you put such emphasis on client contact? from state-of-the-art kitchens and spa-like master KD&M is mindful of each individual client and their bathrooms to flooring projects, home offices, wall family’s needs, with regards to budget, timing, as units, wine rooms, libraries and more. well as any other special factors and we work hard to What services do you provide? reconcile the details of the project with those needs. We start with an in-home visit. That’s when we talk Our goal is to make the project as enjoyable, transto the client about their wants and needs for the parent, and stress-free as possible for our clients. project, give our insight and design options, and What distinguishes Kitchen Designs & More from its take necessary measurements. KD&M will then cre- competition? ate a full design, line-by-line cost estimate, and pro- We are well-known in the Weston community for the posed schedule of the project so that the client has
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quality of our work. We are the only local kitchen design and project coordination showroom in Weston. We are with our clients every step of the way, from start to finish, making sure that they are constantly in the loop and experience the least amount of stress possible for the duration of their project. Anything else you would like to add? We offer free consultations and estimates. Give us a call or stop by our showroom next to Acquolina, anytime Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5pm, to chat with one of our experienced designers or project coordinators. We invite you to browse our beautiful selection of materials from around the world. Kitchen Designs & More is located in the Waterways Shoppes at 2322 Weston Road. For more information call 954-389-5991 or visit www.KitchenDesignsandMore.com.
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New Hope for Patients Suffering from Pancreas and Liver Cancer
here is NEW HOPE for families of patients undergoing treatment for Pancreas or Liver Cancer. Families that have been told they have no further options can now look into IRE-Nanoknife, a new, minimally invasive, cancer treatment that is showing significant long-term survival. Some Patients have seen a doubling or even tripling of their life expectancy following the procedure, according to recently published reports. During the procedure, fine needle probes are placed throughout the tumor using ultrasound guidance to ensure no injury to critical structures.
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High voltage electrical pulses are then passed through the tumor, killing it. The procedure is preformed, as an outpatient procedure in the operating room, by Dr Robert Donoway, a Sloan Kettering trained Pancreas and Liver Cancer Surgeon and a Pioneer of the technique. Dr. Donoway has been in practice, in South Florida, for over 28 years. He is the former medical director and chairman of the Memorial Health Care and Aventura Hospital Cancer programs and is the former Chief of Surgery at Memorial Regional Hospital. “The procedure is highly effective and kills the tumor almost immediately,” commented Dr. Donoway, “This allows faster resumption of chemotherapy and radiation, leading to faster and better tumor response to those therapies.” Dr Donoway has performed hundreds of the procedures with many of his patients coming from overseas. He is accepting new patients in their offices at 4000 Hollywood
Boulevard, the iconic Presidential Circle building in the heart of Hollywood. For more information visit: theDonowayCenter. com or ATLASOncology.com or visit Dr. Donoway’ s Facebook Pages at: ATLASOncology- the Institute for Pancreas Liver and Advanced Tumor Ablation. To make an appointment contact: Kathryn Anderson, Practice Administrator, at 954-986-6366. Our office is easily reached from Miami/Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Lee Counties at: 4000 Hollywood Boulevard Presidential Circle Suite N-160 Hollywood, Florida (just west of I-95 off Hollywood Boulevard)
Weston Rotary Club Initiates Global Grant for AGUAjira Project BY LILIANA PINZON, WESTON ROTARY CLUB
he Weston Rotary Club is playing a lead role in helping solve a severe water shortage in La Guajira, Colombia. The Weston Rotary, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Rotary Club in Bogota, Colombia, the Cerrejon Rotary Club, designated district funds from five Rotary Districts, and the Rotary Foundation, is getting a Global Grant to provide a partial solution for the severe water problem the Wayuu native population has endured for years. These remote rural areas have been abandoned by the Colombian government for years, and the extreme environmental conditions (drought, mining, etc.) has caused more than 3000 water wells to totally dry up. The scarce water the people find is geographically dis-
perse, making them walk miles every day to get water that is completely unsafe, due to no sewage or garbage collection system in place. The number of dead children in La Guajira is on an average not far from that of Rwanda in Africa, where the under-five mortality rate per 1,000 births is 55, according to the World Bank. La Guajira is at 45. The solution Rotary will be bringing to the area as a pilot is an Atmospheric Generator of Drinkable Water powered by a photovoltaic source (solar panels). Basically, through a process of condensation, the generator extracts water from the atmosphere, supplying 300 liters of drinkable water every day. This solution is autonomous, since it is connected to solar panels and batteries that will guarantee the operation of the machine even during the night. It is completely ecological, not producing any waste or damage to the environment. It works in areas with humidity levels higher than 50% (La Guajira has 75% average). Also, it requires minimal maintenance (the replacement of some filters twice a year and some basic cleaning), and it is fully transportable. It can be installed on a truck or trailer and taken to nearby communi-
ties if desired. The only down side to this project is the limited reach (only 300 people) and the security needed to keep the machine guarded. Members of the Weston Rotary have visited the area and found a school that has committed to keeping the machine working and safe. The local Cerrejon Rotary Club will be in charge of ensuring the machine will keep on working safely and constantly for its 20-year useful life. The next step is the official Global Grant final approval, and then, five months later, Weston Rotarians will return to La Guajira to be present when our machine drips the first drop of clean water. In the future, there are plans to expand this project to other Wayuu communities with additional Global Grants. The Rotary Club of Weston meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Weston Hills Country Club. For more information visit www.WestonRotary.com.
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FIELD TRIP FUN
At Camp Chameleon, campers enjoyed daily field trips to attractions such Jump Zone and the water park, as well as good old-fashioned fun back at camp with wheelbarrow races and other activities.
The Inside Out Theatre Company’s three-week Advanced Intensive summer program performed Beauty and the Beast.
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Campers at Tiny Planet’s summer camp beat the heat with fun water play, while little ones enjoyed discovery time.
It’s been a fun summer at Camp Sagemont with Color War and a silly face challenge. The Teen Travel Camp visited the historic Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.
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It was a wet and wild summer for campers at Camp TDD. Children enjoyed a visit to the waterpark, Cowpoke Day, and a dance party.
It was non-stop fun during a USA vs Israel World Cup themed Color War at Camp B’nai Aviv. Children proudly showed their team spirit while participating in activities such as tug of war, relay races, cake decorating, and more.
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Fun and fitness went hand in hand at Mark at the Park Summer Sports Camp. Campers enjoyed playing games like indoor hockey, competing in Color War activities, and lots of fun field trips.
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At Camp Lingua, campers enjoyed a fun-filled summer with language lessons, horseback riding, outdoor activities, and making new friends.
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The Broward League of Cities acknowledged Mayor Daniel Stermer and other recipients of the 2018 Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities.
Mayor Daniel Stermer with Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky and Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross.
LUNCH BUNCH Members of the Weston Friends Club enjoyed lunch at La Pequena Columbian restaurant before seeing the movie Mama Mia! Here We Go Again at the AMC Weston 8 theater.
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Club of Weston Installation Dinner, while the beginner Jazz Band performed at ArtServe’s Jazz Friday. The school also recognized its 2018 Musicians of the Year: Sebastian Gonzalez, Carmel BenDavid, Jeston Curry and Brandon Castro.
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