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Weston Our City

December 2017

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WESTON

Over 7k sqft of stunning entertaining & living space. This home’s interior has every upgrade & extra imaginable. 20ft soaring ceilings, crown molding throughout, solid wood doors, high end sound system. Brand new water softening system. State of the art security system/cameras at all entry ways & internally. New kitchen/appliances & pool table stays in game room! Exterior over $275k invested in backyard oasis. Offered at $1,880,000. Call Helen Fried from The Rosen Team - (954) 588-2146

WESTON

Over 4000’sq ft of living area in this 2-story “Nightingale” model. Home features 5BR/6BA plus den, 19X15 bonus room (could be considered 7 bedrooms), huge master bedroom with sitting area, ceramic tile in the social areas and carpeting in the bedrooms, spacious kitchen with granite counter, stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets, covered brick patio, pool, fenced backyard, accordion shutters and so much more. Offered at $875,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

WESTON

Very spacious corner single family home in the quiet neighborhood of Bonaventure Lakes. Home features, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, in-law quarters. Plenty of closet space, pool, paved driveway, 2 car garage. So much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $475,000. Call Claudia Glikman at (786) 302-6474

WESTON

Great opportunity to own this beautiful Courtyard Pool home in Weston Hills Country Club. This home features 4 bedrooms with a guest house. Master Br/sitting area . Spacious Kitchen and living/Dining room, Family room, private sized corner lot and private yard. Offered at $879,000 Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

WESTON

Popular model at Isles at Weston, open & bright floor plan. Home features: soaring ceilings, one bedroom suite downstairs, master suite with large sitting area has 2 walk-in closets, three additional bedrooms upstairs plus oversized loft area, 42” cabinets in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops. Impact windows. Offered at $748,500. Call Candice Miller from The Rosen Team – (954) 696-1798

WESTON

This gated residence is located in the prestigious neighborhood of Savanna in the city of Weston. The property is in pristine condition with immediate vacancy. Home features: 4 bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms, updated kitchen & baths and total privacy with no home directly behind the property and room to build a pool. It’s a must see to appreciate, country club style living with low association dues. Offered at $425,000. Call Camilo Echererry from The Rosen Team at (954) 940-1256

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WESTON

This exquisite Weston Hill residence IS situated on a corner lakefront lot. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, pool and enclosed entertaining area. Home has been meticulously maintained by original owners who have done extensive remodeling including kitchen and roof. Offered at $899,000. Call Emily Byers from The Rosen Team – (305) 775-1906

WESTON

This home is located in desirable gated community of The Meadows. Home features, 2 story, 5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, master bedrooms offers sitting area with 2 walk in closets, laundry room, 2 A/C zones, pool and spa, accordion shutters. Offered at $625,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743

WESTON

Home is located in the community of Savanna. Home features: 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, open concept floor plan, huge backyard, 3 year old A/C, all new kitchen appliances being delivered, 2 car garage with long driveway, 24 hour guard secured within Weston. Offered at $469,900. Call Aaron Smith from The Blanchett Team – (305) 998-9122


SW RANCHES

Palatial 3 story private gated estate on 7.5 acres. Featuring: library, office, stained glass windows, gourmet kitchen, 12 seat theatre, game room, bowling alley, 4 fireplaces, elevator, 9 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 4 half bathrooms, and so much more. Offered at $ 10,999,999. Call Holly & Bob Catania – (954) 614-6206

CORAL SPRINGS

Beautiful Spacious Pool Home. Offering, 5 bedrooms plus den/office, 3 full bathrooms, 2 car garage, double door entry, high vaulted ceilings throughout including the expansive master suite, remodeled kitchen, granite counter, wood cabinets. This is definitely a must see. Offered at $550,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743

MIAMI

Beautiful 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with pool. Huge master bedroom with his and hers walk in closets. Renovated master bathroom, bamboo wood flooring in bedrooms, formal dining room and living room, tank less water heater, new pool equipment (2015), wood kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, so much more! Offered at $480,000. Call Ana Chavez at (786) 412-3145

FT. LAUDERDALE

Custom home at The Preserve at Emerald Hills. , Home features: 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, over 4,764 sq. ft. of living area, high ceiling, impact glass windows and doors, built with the latest construction building codes. Definitely a must see! Offered at $1,777,000. Call Lilian Cobo from The Ramona Bautista Team at (954) 683-3255

CUTLER BAY

One story updated home featuring: 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, over 2,000 sqft of living area, professionally enhanced with the latest details in high efficiency, over $60,000 in new LED lighting, security programmed light fixtures inside/outside, central air system with HVAC UV light added to keep it mold-free. So much more, definitely a must see. Offered at $515,000. Call Flor Blanchett at (305) 439-3320

WESTON

Beautiful 3-bedroom 2-1/2 bath with a loft in Country Isles of Weston. Split floor plan. Master on 1st floor with 2 bedrooms by the large loft upstairs. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac. Brand new Air Conditioner Handler and Compressor, Newer water heater. Accordion Shutters and Panels. Offered at $385,000. Call Courtney Silverman at (954) 292-0743

MIRAMAR

Enjoy beautiful sunsets and endless water views from this 2 story pool home in gated “Harbour Lakes Estates”. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage, hurricane shutter, vacuum system, French door and huge foyer, winding staircase, large family room, heated pool with covered patio. Offered at $709,999. Call Ruimara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

WELLINGTON

Lakefront home located in gated community of Olympia. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms over 3500 sq ft of living area, updated kitchen with granite countertop, extra large master bedroom with large walk in closet, private balcony overlooking lake, hurricane shutters, carpet in all bedrooms, clubhouse with many amenities. Offered at $499,990. Call Tini Hui at (305) 904-3761

SUNRISE

Beautifully maintained home in West Sunrise. Home features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen with wood cabinets, tile and laminate floors, upgraded bathrooms, living room, dining room, Florida room, hurricane shutters, roof replaced in 2005, pool with child fence, big back yard. Definitely a must see. Offered at $329,000. Call Jackie Rodriguez at (954) 682-9869


CONTENTS

HEALTH AND WELLNESS 66 Overweight and Increased Cancer Risk? 74 How Fit Is Your Back?

PUBLISHER’S PAGE

79 Cupping

14 Happy Holidays

TEE TO GREEN

CALENDAR 16 December 2017

81 How Well Do You Practice Your Putting?

COMMUNITY NEWS

LEGALLY SPEAKING

18 20th Annual Rotary Run For Tomorrow Is Bigger and Better Than Ever

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20 Weston Ranked among USA Today’s 50 Best Cities To Live In 22 Holiday Happenings Around Town 24 Donation Drive Helps Animals In Need

INSPIRING INDIVIDUAL

26 15th Annual JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon

46 Weston Ironman’s Biggest Win was for the Children’s Tumor Foundation

28 City Welcomes Weston University Class of 2018 28 Mayor and Assistant City Manager Receive Home Rule Hero Awards

CAN DO KID

34 Weston FC Girls U12 Team Wins Third Place at Danone Nations Cup 36 Holiday Fire Safety

46 Gator Run Student Overcomes Obstacles

SCHOOL NEWS

38 BSO Suggests Safety Tips for the Holidays

52 Book Tasting Gives Gator Run Third Graders a Sample of Literary Styles

40 Take Advantage of BSO’s Free Home Watch Program this Holiday Season

52 Gator Run Fourth Graders Connect Through Global Read Aloud

44 Cleveland Clinic Florida Appoints Department of Cardiology Chair

54 Indian Trace Elementary Earns Prestigious Florida Power-Library School Award

LEGISLATIVE LOOK

56 Manatee Bay Students Share Messages of Hope with Hurricane Victims

30 Holiday Shopping Tips and Charity Scams

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58 Imagine Charter School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage 60 Cypress Bay Sound of Thunder Rolls with new Band Trailer 62 Country Isles Students Read for the Record 62 Manatee Bay Kindergarten Students Skype with Quackers Author 67 Everglades Elementary School Starts Robotics Club

84 Holiday Cheer

IT’S THEIR BUSINESS 88 Dr. Tamy M. Faierman Opens Weston’s First Holistic Spa and Wellness Center

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 90 The World’s Favorite Magazine™

PET CARE 94 Selecting A New Puppy

ROTARY NEWS 96 We’re This Close to Eradicating Polio

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 97 Dr. Maria Yazji Offers Customized Orthodontics

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 98,100,102,103 Class Acts!

SEEN ON SCENE 104,105 Community Snapshots

68 Falcon Cove Middle School Named National Finalists in eCYBERMISSION Challenge 70 Manatee Bay Elementary and Falcon Cove Middle School Earn Five Star School Recognition 72 Gator Run Hosts Broward Schools’ Parent Food Show 72 Tequesta Trace Middle School Takes Titles in Two New Sports

POSITIVE PARENTING 64 The Biggest Gift Ever…Time

REAL ESTATE

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32 Renovate Then Relocate

FEATURE STORY 43 Blown Away Hair Salon Offers The Hottest Trends In Hair And Skin Care For The Holidays

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65 Just a Baby Tooth 76 Giving the Gift of Health this Holiday Season 78 Arthroscopy of the Foot and Ankle 82 How to Manage Vision Changes, Post-LASIK 92 Moderation: The Best Approach to Cosmetic Surgery

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PUBLISHER’S PAGE

Happy Holidays

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he holiday season is upon us, and while the holidays may have different meanings for many of our readers due to their diverse cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs, the one thing we all share is the spirit of community. It was just a few months ago that we witnessed neighbors helping neighbors as we banded together to prepare for Hurricane Irma. And in the aftermath of that storm, strangers became friends and a renewed sense of community was born. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s rekindle those bonds as we open our homes and hearts. Share your holiday traditions with a family of another faith. Teach your children the true meaning of giving, by donating to a worthy charity or volunteering at a community food bank. And as the new year approaches, take a moment to count your blessings and resolve to become a more active member of your community. The perfect place to start is right here in the pages of this Our City magazine. Each and every issue is packed with stories on all the wonderful activities and programs taking place in your community, along with articles on the amazing accomplishments of your neighbors, young and old. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

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2nd Majesty of Rock – The WestonNights Outdoor Concert Series returns with this tribute to American rock legends Styx and Journey. The free concert takes place from 7-10pm at the event stage in Weston Regional Park. Bring your own lawn chairs and come early to get good seating. For more information visit www.westonfl.org.

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12th Mayors’ Chess Challenge – Join Mayor Daniel Stermer and other elected officials and community leaders from throughout Broward County for this friendly open competition celebrating scholastic chess. Players of all ages and all skill levels are welcome. It takes place from 10am to 12pm at the Weston Community Center. For more information call 954-746-3250.

Tree Lighting – Usher in the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Weston Town Center from 4-8pm. The festivities include a visit from Santa Claus, appearance by Queen Elsa, photo booth, entertainment, bounce houses, and more. A portion of vendor proceeds will benefit the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. For more information go to www. WestonTownCenter.net.

“Despicable Me 3” – Bring the blankets, lawn chairs and plenty of popcorn – it’s time for Moonlight Movies in the Park. In this animated adventure, Gru finds his long-lost twin brother and rediscovers just how good it feels to be bad. The free feature-length film will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen at the Event Stage in Weston Regional Park. The movie is rated PG-13 and begins at 7:30pm. For more information, please call 954-389-4321 or visit www. westonfl.org.

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Adult Coloring Club – Make a note card or bookmark, or color a full-page design, using gel pens, markers and color pencils while listening to music and the sounds of nature. All materials are provided. This adult program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library. It is from 6-7:30pm. Call 954-357-5430 for more information.

7th Weston Friends Club Holiday Lunch – The Weston Friends Club is hosting its annual holiday luncheon at Signature Grand beginning at 12pm. For more information on this popular event or other Weston Friends Club activities, please call Elena Hajek at 954-802-6720.

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to inherit the secrets of his renowned magical act. Show times are at 4:45pm and 7:30pm at AMC Weston 8. Tickets are $8. For more information visit www.1Weston.com or call 954-389-4321.

11th “King of Masks” – The Weston Foreign Film Series presents this heartwarming story about an aging Chinese street performer and his search to find an heir

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18th LEGO Builders Club – Children ages six to 12 can play with LEGOs and build a unique creation which will be on display at the Weston Branch Library until the January LEGO Builders Club meeting. This program is from 3-4pm in the multi-purpose room. Contact the Youth Services Department at 954-3575430 for more information.

Jan. 3rd Knitting & Crochet Club – The Weston Branch Library offers this program for adults (18 and older) who love to knit or crochet. It’s held every Tuesday from 3-5pm. Please bring your own needles and yarn. For more information call 954-357-5304.

13th Weston Library Book Club – All are welcome to join a book talk on Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Copies are available at the reference desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:307:30pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

14th & 15th Rotary Run For Tomorrow & Fun Fest – The Rotary Club of Weston hosts its 20th annual Run For Tomorrow 5K and Half Marathon. The race begins at 6:20am at Cypress Bay High School, followed by the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge One-Mile Family Health Walk. It culminates with the Rotary Fun Fest. Visit dozens of booths featuring health and wellness vendors showcasing their products and services, children’s activities, fitness obstacle courses for young and old, bounce houses, a DJ, and other activities. To register for the race or learn more about the day’s events, visit www.westonrotary.com/ run-for-tomorrow.

music and more. This program is presented by Chabad of Weston. For more information go to www. WestonTownCenter.net.

Weston Friends Club 5-Deck Canasta – This group plays on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 12:30pm in a member’s home. If you are interested in this activity or more information about Weston Friends Club, please call Judy Good at 954-349-1578.

Jan. 6th “Little Red” Puppet Show – Don’t miss this all-new twist on an all-time favorite. In this updated version, the Wolf and Red both learn some valuable lessons on the way to Grandma’s house. This puppet show is both exciting and educational. This free children’s program takes place from 11am-12pm at the Weston Branch Library. For more information, contact the Youth Services Department at 954-357-5430.

Ongoing Winter Extravaganza – The Cypress Bay Band and Choir present this winter concert showcasing the talents of the school’s award-winning music department. Show time is at 6pm in the Cypress Bay Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the door; $10 for upper/outer seats, $15 for center auditorium seats.

Open Bridge Play – Enjoy an afternoon of bridge at the Weston Community Center on Mondays from 12:30-4pm or Wednesday and Friday from 12:303:30pm. For more information call 954-389-4321.

17th Menorah Lighting – The Weston Chanukah Festival takes place from 5-8pm at Weston Town Center. Candles on the giant 18-foot menorah will be lit in celebration. Guests at the free event will also enjoy delicious latkes and jelly doughnuts, Chanukah crafts,

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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Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup. The prize money plus the coveted Commission Cup trophy will be awarded to the elementary school that has the largest number of participants, as a percentage of its enrollment. Imagine Weston has clinched the title for the past six years. Mayor Daniel Stermer encourages all Weston elementary school students and their families to take the first step toward getting healthy by walking in the free One-Mile Family Health Walk. “This has become one of my favorite events of the year. The Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup represents an initiative to begin healthy habits early in life. Weston was recognized by the State Surgeon General as a Healthy Weight Community Champion, and this walk is just one the

many reasons why. It is a win-win situation for all. Fitness, fun and financial rewards!” Even if you don’t walk or run, the entire Weston community is invited to attend the Rotary Fun Fest from 9am to 1pm. The Fun Fest will promote health and wellness with fitness obstacle courses for young and old, free massages and more. There will also be concerts, a DJ, bounce houses, and multiple other activities presented by vendors and businesses from in and around Weston. The BSO Police and Fire Rescue departments and members of the Weston CERT team will be on hand to provide educational information on health and safety topics. The Rotary Club of Weston’s Run For Tomorrow takes place at Cypress Bay High School on Sunday, December 10th. The Half Marathon starts at 6:20am sharp, followed by the 5K at 7:30am sharp. The One-Mile Family Health Walk begins at 9am. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital returns as the title sponsor. DynaServ and Ultimate Software are the platinum sponsors. To register for the Rotary Run For Tomorrow go to www.westonrotary.com/run-fortomorrow. Registration forms for the Mayor’s Get Fit Challenge Cup are available at all Weston elementary schools.

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The magazine recognized Weston’s ideal location in the Fort Lauderdale metro area and recognized the fact that this is a planned community. It also noted that Weston is an expensive city in which to live, with goods and services costing about 19 cents more on the dollar compared to the national average, and utilities being roughly double the cost. However, the authors pointed out that Weston residents, on a whole, are more than capable of covering the additional expenses because a typical household here earns more than $100,000 annually – well above the $57,600 median household income nationwide. Even after adjusting for living costs, the study found Weston’s median income is considerably higher than that of most metropolitan areas. Weston was one of only three Florida cities to make USA Today’s list of most livable cities. Palm Coast (near Daytona Beach) was ranked #39 and The Villages (outside Ocala) was ranked #22. In case you were wonderPhotos courtesy City of Weston. ing, Carmel, Indiana, was named the best city in which to live in the United States. This ranking is not Weston’s first accolade in terms of livability. Family Circle magazine named it one of the Ten Best Towns for Families in 2015. In 2012, Money magazine included Weston on its list of the 100 Best Places to Live - America’s Best Small Cities.

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ith Thanksgiving now behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. You and your family can get into the spirit of the season at the many holiday-themed events taking place around town this month. It all begins on Sunday, December 3rd with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Weston Town Center. This favorite family event is a great way to usher in the holiday season. All ages will enjoy the instant photo booth, live performances of traditional holiday music, and, best of all, snow! Children can pose for pictures with Santa Claus and Queen Elsa as well as play in the bounce houses. A portion of vendor proceeds will benefit the Dolphins Cancer Challenge. The festivities take place from 4-8pm and conclude with local officials lighting the majestic tree in front of the Bell Tower. Like so many snowbirds, Santa Claus will be spend-

ing a lot of time in Weston this season, visiting Weston Town Center on select weekends. On Friday nights, December 8th, 15th and 22nd, enjoy live music while visiting with Santa from 7-10pm. Yuletide Carolers will entertain while children visit with Santa on Saturday evenings, December 9th, 16th and 23rd from 7-10pm. Angie Paulson, Director of Marketing at Weston Town Center, invites the entire community to join the celebrations. “Our goal is to bring everyone together and, hopefully, forge a sense of community between Weston residents. These family-friendly events encourage attendees to enjoy themselves and, in turn, appreciate the amazing community they have here in Weston.” The Weston Chanukah Festival takes place on Sunday, December 17th from 5-8pm at Weston Town Center. Candles on the giant 18-foot menorah will be lit in celebration. Guests at the free event will also enjoy delicious latkes and jelly doughnuts, Chanukah crafts,

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of individuals like you and your supporters to aid us with this.” Donations to the tenth annual Pet Sitting at Weston Food Drive may be dropped off at community sponsors: ▸▸ Animal Health Center @ Weston (2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1, 954-385-8389) ▸▸ K-9 Kuts (16674 Saddle Club Road, 954-349-4441) ▸▸ Expedia CruiseShipCenter (302 Indian Trace, 954-349-1330) You can also call Pet Sitting at Weston, at 954-687-8594, to arrange a doorstep pick-up. Pet Sitting at Weston will be accepting donations through December 18th. For more information visit www.petsittingatweston.com.

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15th Annual JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon COMMUNITY NEWS

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t’s been 15 years since the Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options) hosted its first Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. This year, more than 250 guests gathered to support the tireless work the agency does, raising $50,000 for abused and neglected children as well as those with developmental disabilities. JAFCO Executive Director Sarah Franco shared with attendees the special place the Weston/West Broward Chapter will forever hold in her heart because of its endless love and support. “After Hurricane Wilma, when there was no power at the JAFCO Village, the Weston members did our laundry for two weeks. After Hurricane Irma, when we were running on generator power, Broward County Commissioner and JAFCO Member Nan Rich was on the phone with FPL working tirelessly to help get our power restored. I know we can always count on this community to support JAFCO and all of our needs.” The program began by lighting the Candle of Hope, a five-wick candle which represents the five children who die each day because of abuse or neglect. A memorial candle was lit by Ingrid Jaffe for her daughter, Michelle Goldstein, whose life ended tragically during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The luncheon was named in her honor to celebrate her spirit and love of children. A video presentation, Shining Stars, introduced

Becky, a college student who spent most of her childhood living at JAFCO. Becky then addressed the audience, personally thanking JAFCO staff, donors and volunteers for JAFCO Spirit of Life Luncheon Committee saving her life. Becky shared that she grew up in the group home named after Michelle Goldstein. “I saw her picture every day and on 9-11 I would write a letter thanking her mom, Mrs. Jaffe. Growing up, I always felt there was someone guiding me. When the girls in the house would argue, we always felt a presence calming us down and I know it was Michelle.” The Spirit of Life Luncheon concluded with the heartwarming Godparent pinIngrid Jaffe, mother of ning ceremony. There are more than 100 Michelle Goldstein, pinned members of the JAFCO Godparent Circle Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich as an Honorary Luncheon Co-Chairs Nancy in Weston alone, including 25 women who JAFCO Godparent. Bauer and Ruth Molina attended the luncheon. JAFCO Godparents commit financially and emotionally by Since 1992, JAFCO has been committed to caring spiritually adopting the JAFCO children. By pledging for children in need. The one-of-a-kind non-profit $1,800 per year for ten years, they are helping raise agency serves abused and neglected children as an entire generation of children. JAFCO also estabwell as those with developmental disabilities in lished the Circle of Hope, with donors committing to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. Its support the Children’s Ability Center. Philadelphia office brings the JAFCO model to the Our City Weston is proud to have been the media Northeast. sponsor of the 15th annual Michelle Goldstein Spirit For more information visit www.jafco.org. of Life Luncheon.

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ne Wednesday each month, Weston’s city leaders welcome a select group of high school students into their offices for Weston University. This one-of-a-kind program allows students to explore the various departments and agencies that make up our local government. The Class of 2017-2018 is comprised of 18 students from Cypress Bay High School, The Sagemont School, and Western High School. The City of Weston kicked off the 16th year of its Weston University program during Florida City Government Week, which was fitting for the seven-month civic education program that teaches students about municipal government through a variety of classroom and hands-on experiences. The first session began with City Manager John Flint talking to students about Weston’s status as a premier municipality and its award-winning operations. Next, City Attorney Jamie Cole provided an education in ethics training and Florida’s Sunshine Law (open government), as well as explained his job responsibilities. The class also met with Mayor Daniel Stermer, who spoke to students about politics, their future and his personal passion and commitment to our community. The day concluded with a tour of City Hall and the City’s Administrative Services building.

The monthly Weston University program days consist of instruction, conversations, observations and hands-on activities exposing students to the numerous City services and functions provided to Weston residents. Last month, students explored our Law Enforcement Services and this month students will learn about Weston’s Community Services. Future programs include lessons on Development Services: Planning & Zoning/Engineering; Fire and EMS Services; and Local Government Finance and Technology Services. The program culminates with a mock City Commission meeting in which students play the roles of city leaders and residents to carry out the agenda. The program also Photos courtesy City of Weston. includes a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. “We enjoy giving students a look into the ‘day in the life’; whether it be a firefighter, police officer, engineer or parks director,” explained Weston’s Director of Communications Denise Barrett-Miller, who coordinates the Weston University program. “It opens students’ eyes to not only various career opportunities, but the inner workings of city government.” To learn more about the Weston University program, visit www.westonfl.org/Departments/Communications/ YouthInGovernment.aspx.

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ongratulations to Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer and Assistant City Manager/CFO Darrel Thomas. Each administrator received a 2017 Home Rule Hero Award by the Florida League of Cities. This prestigious award recognizes local government officials across the State for their tireless efforts to advance the League’s legislative agenda and help protect the Home Rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2017 legislative session. Home Rule is the ability for a city to establish its own form of government and enact ordinances, codes, plans and resolutions without prior state approval. Home Rule Hero recipients are local government officials – both elected and nonelected – who consistently support the Florida League of Cities’ efforts to give members of the State legislature a local perspective to an issue. Florida League of Cities (FLC) President and Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer, along with Florida League of Cities’ Manager of Advocacy Programs & Federal Affairs Allison Payne, presented Mayor Stermer with the Home Rule Hero Award during a recent Broward League of Cities meeting. Mr. Thomas was attending a speaking engagement furthering financial leadership throughout Florida at the time and was unable to attend the awards ceremony. The Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to serve the needs of Florida’s cities and promote local

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History of Home Rule in Florida

Mayor Daniel Stermer (right) accepts the 2017 Home Rule Hero Award from Florida League of Cities President and Tallahassee Commissioner Gil Ziffer and FLC’s Allison Payne. Photo courtesy City of Weston.

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The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of the powers of local governments. During the 18th century, cities, counties and parishes across the nation derived their powers from their state constitutions. These local governments relied upon their respective state legislatures for all powers. The 10th Amendment reserved those powers to the state. Ratified on December 15, 1791, as part of the Bill of Rights, it stated: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” In the early 1900’s, states began to adopt Home Rule provisions, allowing cities and counties to enact ordinances at the local level without state “blessing” and without the enactment of special acts, general laws of local application, or similar measures. In Florida, Home Rule language was proposed in the 1968 Constitutional revision, and was adopted by the people. After several legal challenges, the Florida Legislature officially adopted the Home Rule Powers Act in 1973. This ended challenges related to city and county powers. The Florida Constitution states in Article VIII, Section 2(b): “Municipalities shall have governmental, corporate and proprietary powers to enable them to conduct municipal government, perform municipal functions and render municipal services, and may exercise power for municipal purposes except as otherwise provided by law.”


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he holidays are a time to be especially mindful of ways your purchases can cost you more than expected. Here are a few tips to ensure that you get the most for your money and the most out of your holiday: ▸▸ When shopping online, it’s wise to pay with a credit card instead of a debit card, if possible. Both payment methods allow you to dispute a charge if the merchandise never arrives or is different from what was ordered. However, with a debit card, the price will have already been deducted from your bank account. ▸▸ When ordering online, look to ensure that your browser has a secure connection. In the address bar, a padlock should appear if your browsing session is secure. Some credit card providers offer one-time card numbers to be used for online transactions to further protect your financial information. Contact your account holder to see if they offer such a service. ▸▸ Don’t forget, when shopping online there are often additional costs, such as shipping and handling fees. Be sure to include additional charges when comparing prices across multiple websites. Some retailers may offer layaway plans or other payment plans so you can pay for that must-have holiday gift over time or at a later time. Before you agree to such a plan, be sure to ask whether the retailer charges fees to use its payment programs and whether the payments and fees are refundable if a purchase is canceled or must be returned. ▸▸ Keep your receipts and be sure you understand retailers’ return and refund policies so you can return any unwanted items in a timely manner and get a full refund.

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The holiday season brings an increase in charitable giving each year as many of us open up our wallets to donate to a favorite cause, help someone in need, or otherwise support our communities. Unfortunately, the holidays also bring out numerous scam artists ready to take advantage of the spirit of giving. Below are tips to help you avoid charity scams this season: ▸▸ Be sure you know that the charity soliciting money is legitimate. Check to see if the charity is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at www.800helpfla.com or by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA. ▸▸ Do your homework and review any solicitation carefully. Be sure you understand how much of the donation will actually go toward the work of the charity as opposed to administrative and fundraising expenses. ▸▸ Never give your credit card number or bank account information to someone who has called or emailed unsolicited. If you are interested in donating to a charity that has initiated contact with you, ask them to send you a pledge form and information about the charity in the mail. Legitimate charities should have no problem with this request. ▸▸ Watch for similar sounding charities. It’s not unusual for scam artists to choose names that sound like the names of legitimate, widely-known charities. Keep your holiday happy and safe from predators. Enjoy the season. State Representative Richard Stark (D-Weston) represents House District 104 which includes all of Weston. You can reach Rep. Stark at Richard.Stark@myfloridahouse.gov or by calling his legislative office at 954-217-0287.


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ost of the original homes in Weston, if not recently renovated, are showing their ages as well as wear and tear. A great pastime of many homeowners is to tune into the latest episode of “The Property Brothers” on HGTV. While the team pride themselves in total renovations, a mere face lift/update may be the more cost-effective approach for most homeowners – especially when the homeowner decides it is time to sell. Remember – 85% of homebuyers do NOT care to renovate – they look for turnkey, renovated homes because the process of moving itself carries its own stress. Buyers would rather pay the higher price for an updated home – folding the cost of your updating efforts into their mortgage. (Sellers spending $7000 may be able to increase the price $35,000-$40,000 – as per a local home stager in South Florida.) ▸▸ Paint – A Simple First Step: The most impactful and cost-effective first step is PAINT. If doors and trim look old and outdated, give them a fresh coat of sparkling white glossy paint. It will make the entire home look cleaner and more contemporary. ▸▸ Create a Bigger Space: To make a room appear larger, paint it the same color as an adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space. If your blinds or draperies are the same color as the paint, the seamless look and feel are extended. ▸▸ De-clutter Rooms: Overcrowding a room with “Paul-Bunyan” sized furniture will only make the room appear small and cramped. Wall shelving can add depth to make a room feel larger but be sure to paint the back of the shelves the same color as the walls to create a feeling of depth. ▸▸ Create Serenity – Especially in the Bedrooms and Baths: Create a relaxing setting with luxurious linens and soft colors that will make a potential homebuyer want to sit back and relax. Creating a spa-like feeling in the bathrooms using white towels, white rugs and a white robe hanging on the back of the door will extend a peaceful, spa-like setting. ▸▸ Make Awkward Spaces Functional: I sold many homes with lofts or landings at the top of a stairway. The loft can easily be turned into a second family room with soft sofas using peaceful colors. The space could also be turned into a quiet homework or reading area. This tranquil space adds value to the home and is a feature potential buyers are sure to remember. ▸▸ Build a Lasting Impression: Clear out the clutter and add pops of color. How you live in your home and how you stage your home for sale are two different concepts. Pack away as many personal items as possible. When a Buyer sees that a Seller has started packing, he knows you are serious about relocating and that you may be more amenable to negotiations. When a homeowner decides to sell, he should be open to recommendations made by their Real Estate agent and the home stager. Both agent and stager are looking at the home with objectivity and care to get you the highest and best price – so that you, in turn, have more spending power when you become the buyer. Phyllis M. Scarberry, CRS, CLHMS, SRES, E-pro, Certified Relocation Specialist, Realtor® is affiliated with EWM Realtors® International and has been licensed for 23 years and is the Real Estate expert in Weston and its surrounding communities. She has assembled a team of highly trained professionals to help take care of the many details that come with buying, selling and leasing your property. To learn more, call 954-980-3385, e-mail Scarberry.p@ewm.com, visit www.PhyllisMScarberry.com, or check out her blog at www.ScarberryGroup.com.


Weston FC Girls U12 Team Wins Third Place at Danone Nations Cup COMMUNITY NEWS

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ongratulations to the Weston FC Girls’ U12 soccer team on placing third in the Danone Nations Cup World Finals. Both the Weston FC Boys’ and Girls’ teams traveled to New York to represent the United States in the world finals. Established in 2000, the Danone Nations Cup is the world’s largest soccer tournament for players ages ten to twelve. Over 2.5 million children participated in the annual tournament, with just 500 players from 32 countries advancing to the World Finals. The road to the international tournament was exciting for both Weston FC teams. This was the third time in seven years that the Boys’ U12 won a spot in the Danone Nations Cup. The boys’ U.S. National Team (Weston FC) finished the tournament ranked 18th of 32 teams.

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This was the first year the Danone Nations Cup held a girls tournament. The Weston FC team, playing as the U.S. National Team, placed third out of the six teams competing. In addition, player Sophia Brelage was named the Best Scorer in the tournament. The Weston City Commission honored the Weston FC U12 Girls’ and Boys’ teams for their accomplishments. Each player received a Certificate of Recognition and then posed for pictures with the mayor and commissioners. This month, the Boys’ U12 team will compete in the inaugural Prospects Cup in Orlando. The global event will bring 16 amateur youth soccer teams from around the world together to compete for the sport’s first youth soccer world championship. Weston FC is one of the eight teams from the United States selected to play in this tournament.


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lthough fires related to Christmas trees and holiday decorations remain relatively uncommon, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious and cause injuries and deaths. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average one of every 40 reported home fires that begin with a Christmas tree resulted in a death. This is compared to an average of just one death per 142 total reported home fires. Furthermore, electrical problems were factors in the one-third of structure fires that involved a Christmas tree or holiday decoration. Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays nationally, claiming more than 500 lives, causing 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in damages, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. Follow some simple, common sense fire safety tips to decrease the chances of fire in your home during this wonderful time of year. ▸▸ Avoid using lit candles and NEVER use candles to decorate a tree. If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked over. ▸▸ Never leave the house with candles burning. ▸▸ Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wire, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear. ▸▸ Use only lighting evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). ▸▸ Do not connect more than three strands of mini holiday light sets, or more than 50 bulbs for the screw-in light sets. ▸▸ Do not leave holiday lights unattended. Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the home or going to bed. ▸▸ Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fire places and portable heaters. ▸▸ Ensure you have working smoke alarms near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with the doors closed. If your family’s holiday celebration includes a Christmas tree, the moisture content in the needles of the tree play a dominant role in determining the fire hazard the tree represents. A tree which has dry needles can readily ignite and cause a rapid fire to spread over an entire room. Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree is important to retain a high moisture content in the needles of the tree. ▸▸ Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. ▸▸ Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches from the base of the trunk. ▸▸ Add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily. Initially, a freshly cut tree may soak up to a gallon a day. ▸▸ Get rid of the tree after the holidays or when it is dry. Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage. Holiday decorations, menorah candles, and Christmas trees are enjoyed in many homes and are the traditional centerpiece of the winter holiday celebrations. However, both real and artificial decorations pose an increased risk of fire. By following these simple, but often overlooked safety tips, you can help protect your family from accidental fires. For more information, please contact Fire Chief Bruce Angier at Fire Station 81 at 954-389-2015 or by email at bruce_angier@ sheriff.org.


BSO Suggests Safety Tips for the Holidays COMMUNITY NEWS

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he holiday shopping season is upon us, and sadly this is also peak season for thieves. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Weston District is offering some simple safety tips to keep you and your possessions safe this season. We are fortunate to live in Weston, one of the safest cities in the country. While the incidence of violent crime may be low, Weston does experience property crime. Vehicle burglary is especially common here, which is why BSO Weston is reminding residents to Lock It, Don’t Lose It. Vehicle burglary is a crime of opportunity. A great majority of these crimes can be prevented simply by removing valuable items from the car or keeping them out of sight. This is particularly important at this time of year when many people are purchasing holiday gifts for loved ones. If possible, do not leave packages visible in the car, especially if going from one store to another. Also, do not think placing your purse, wallet or other valuables in the trunk is safe. BSO cautions that thieves may be watching and waiting for an opportunity to steal. Another simple, but often overlooked, safety tip is to lock the car. Even though most neighborhoods in Weston are gated, crime still occurs. Unlocked vehicles with easy access are a target and temptation that criminals will take advantage of whether you are parked at Publix, the gym, or in your own driveway. BSO wants residents to make it a habit to always lock your car – and take the key fob with you – every

time you leave; even if just for a few minutes to run a simple errand like picking up the dry-cleaning or dropping a child off at sports practice. And when your vehicle is at home, be sure to close and lock the garage. In addition to property theft, vehicle burglaries also put you at risk to identity theft and home burglary. Thieves have access to personal papers, such as the automobile registration or insurance cards, that may contain your home address, not to mention access to your garage door opener. To promote its Lock It, Don’t Lose It message, the City of Weston Communications Department pro-

duced a video on vehicle burglary crime prevention featuring BSO Crime Prevention Practitioner Deputy Kari Pallotto. It is posted on the City of Weston’s YouTube channel. To further help prevent theft and crime in Weston, the Broward Sheriff’s Office offers a Safe Transaction Zone at the BSO Weston District Office, 17300 Royal Palm Boulevard. It provides a safe and secure environment where online buyers and sellers can meet and conduct their transaction. So, if you are considering using Craigslist, eBay, Letgo, or other websites to purchase or sell items this holiday season, take advantage of this free service. Weston BSO is always working to protect residents and businesses. It asks that if you see any unusual activity, including people or vehicles, to please call 9-1-1 immediately.

DON’T BE A VICTIM ▸▸ Never leave items of value in plain view inside your car. This encourages burglaries. ▸▸ Make it a habit to always lock your vehicle doors any time you leave. ▸▸ The majority of car burglaries in Weston occur to unlocked vehicles. Lock It, Don’t Lose It!

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Take Advantage of BSO’s Free Home Watch Program this Holiday Season COMMUNITY NEWS

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ore than 100 million Americans traveled last holiday season, and experts believe the numbers could be even higher this year. That means many Weston homeowners may be away for the holidays. Whether your plans include skiing the slopes, relaxing on a Caribbean cruise, or visiting family and friends, you can rest a little easier knowing your home is under the careful watch of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Simply sign up for the free Home Watch program. While homeowners are away, a BSO deputy, community service aid, or C.O.P. (Citizens Observer Patrol) volunteer will drive by unoccupied residences and perform a daily perimeter check for signs of break-in or suspicious activity. To sign up for this free service, simply download the Home Watch form from the BSO website (www. sheriff.org/homewatch). Once you complete the form, return it to the BSO district office in Weston at 17300 Royal Palm Boulevard or fax it to 954-659-3541. Homeowners must provide the dates and times the home will be unoccupied, along with a contact phone number of a trusted neighbor or local relative. In addition to registering for the Home Watch program, homeowners can further protect their property while they are away by taking a few precautions. The Broward Sheriff’s Office recommends you: ▸▸ Let a trusted neighbor know when you will be out of town, and leave a spare key and an emergency telephone number;

▸▸ Make your home appear occupied by attaching timers to the lights and television sets and set them to turn on and off at different times; ▸▸ Open some of the drapes or blinds; during daytime hours this gives the appearance that someone is home, and during the evening, lights inside the house are more visible; ▸▸ Have your newspaper and mail held, or picked up by a friend or neighbor; ▸▸ Invite a neighbor to park their car in your driveway; ▸▸ Lock your garage door and disconnect the automatic opener; ▸▸ Don’t forget to set your alarm; ▸▸ And, never leave a message on your telephone answering machine stating you are out of town. To that last point, the American Automobile Association (AAA) adds “Don’t broadcast your trip regardless of how delighted you are about the vacation.” This means do not post that you will be away on social media sites. Another important tip from AAA is not to expose personal information on luggage tags, especially if you are departing from a local airport or cruise port. If possible, use your business address instead of home address or use tag covers. For those Weston residents who will be hosting guests this holiday season, BSO reminds you to park in the “cell phone” lot at the airport until your loved one’s flight arrives.

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s the holidays approach, many of BLOWN AWAY HAIR SALON’S guests are looking for the hottest trends in hair and skin care. Located in Cooper City, the full-service salon offers men and women the latest in haircuts, styling, color, conditioning treatments, relaxers, Keratin Treatments and hair extensions to name a few. Its experienced team of artists are ready to assist guests with all of their beauty needs, including special occasions like weddings, proms, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, First Communions and more. From hair to nails, the salon has it all! Guests are relaxed from the moment they enter the upscale salon. They are greeted with a warm welcome from salon coordinators and offered their choice of flavored water, coffee, mimosa, beer or wine. As they enjoy their beverage, they can escape to the soothing sounds of the built-in waterfall or energetic music. They can also stay connected with the salon’s free Wi-Fi. The salon has attracted a team of the most experienced and talented

Roya Shandler, esthetician, has 25 years of experience.

stylists in the area. Since every guest is looking for something different, stylists start each appointment with a consultation to discuss what they are hoping to achieve. All of the stylists have extensive education with Goldwell on color, cut and style. They also take hands-on classes in the salon and in New York City from top artists in the industry to make sure they are current on the latest beauty trends and styles, such as Hair Painting; Ombre, where the color of the hair fades gradually from dark to light; or Balayage, which creates depth and dimension, and leaves hair with a sun-kissed finish. Hair extensions are also a popular look for everyday or special events. Two of the salon’s stylists, Victoria and Taylor, use Hot Heads hair extensions for guests who want longer or thicker hair. They are made of 100 percent human hair. The hair is special ordered to match the color of each guest’s natural hair. It can be used with a flat iron or curling iron. Taylor, who is a certified specialist in hair lengthening and thickening, uses the industry’s leading extension brand, GREAT LENGTHS, which is 100% human hair extensions, as well as Hair Talk tape-in extensions. To see a sample, visit www.greatlengths.net or www. hairtalkusa.com. Since the color process is often very time consuming, BLOWN AWAY HAIR SALON has gone to great lengths to ensure that it is as comfortable, convenient and enjoyable as possible. The salon’s unique and beautiful state-of-the art color bar uses the open-air halo dryers for processing, instead of the traditional dome hair dryer.

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Jack, Theresa, Debra and Laura greet every customer with a friendly smile.

BLOWN AWAY HAIR SALON is a full Goldwell Salon and uses the finest brands and products. It also uses the organic color line from All Nutrient for guests that are more sensitive to stronger chemicals. These products leave hair with vibrant color, texture and shine, as well as damage-free. The formulas are customized for each guest, depending on whether they want to enhance their natural color or create an entirely new look. Many guests come in for straighteners and other chemical treatments, which have become more popular over the years. These treatments leave the hair looking and feeling silky, smooth and straight, without any frizz or damage. Although many salons offer these treatments after hours, BLOWN AWAY HAIR SALON has a private room with two separate ventilation systems, so it can offer these services during regular business hours without inconveniencing other guests.   Since no look is complete without the proper makeup, the salon has several makeup artists that can help highlight each guest’s best facial features, whether they want their makeup to look natural or dramatic. It offers makeup for weddings and proms, as well as any special event. The salon also specializes in

airbrush makeup, which is light and waterproof, as well as makeup with special effects. BLOWN AWAY HAIR SALON also has a licensed esthetician, Roya Shandler, with over 25 years of experience. She offers free skin analysis, rejuvenating facials, microdermabrasion, lymphatic drainage, LED light therapy, waxing and state-of-the-art skin care products, such as PCA, A Natural Difference, and Osmosis. The salon also offers full nail care, including manicures, pedicures, Shellac, Gelish, pink and whites and acrylics. If you are ready to be pampered, call BLOWN AWAY HAIR SALON today!

New guests will receive 20% off of any first-time service of their choice. This includes all hair, nails and esthetician services.

Blown Away is located at 12393 Sheridan Street in Cooper City. It is open Tuesday, 9am to 6pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 9am to 8pm; Friday, 9am to 7pm; and Saturday, 9am to 5pm. The salon uses Sunday’s and Monday’s for education. For more information, call 954-392-5592 or visit www.blownawayhs.com.

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Appoints Department of Cardiology Chair COMMUNITY NEWS

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leveland Clinic Florida continues to make advances in cardiac care. It has appointed Roberto J. Cubeddu, MD, Chairman of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiology in the Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Cubeddu joined Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2015 as a Section Head of Structural Heart Disease and Director of the Multidisciplinary Valve Clinic. He was recently named Chairman of the Cardiology Department. In announcing the appointment, President of Cleveland Clinic Florida Wael Barsoum, MD, stated, “Dr. Cubeddu is a highly skilled interventional cardiologist and an accomplished administrator renowned for his commitment to excellence and for embracing treatment innovations to improve patient outcomes.” As an interventional cardiologist, Dr. Cubeddu specializes in structural and adult congenital heart disease, with an emphasis on transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), mitral valve repair using the MitraClip, left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) with the WATCHMAN implant to reduce stroke risk due to atrial fibrillation, and paravalvular leak (PVL) closure. Patients from across the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean come to Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Heart & Vascular Institute for life-saving treatment options. Last year, the hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke

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For more information on the Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida got to https://my.clevelandclinic. org/florida/departments/heart.

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eston resident Heath Eskalyo is a member of an elite class of athletes. He recently completed the 2017 Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In addition to finishing a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run, he raised more than $42,000 to help the Children’s Tumor Foundation find a cure for neurofibromatosis. This was not Eskalyo’s first Ironman. He’s previously completed the Florida Ironman, as well as several 70.3 Triathlon events. “To complete an Ironman means you are in an elite club. The Hawaii Ironman is a whole other level! It is like being in the Super Bowl,” he explains. Eskalyo acknowledges training for the Ironman Championship was no easy task, but he says Weston is an ideal location. “The city offers clean, smooth and wide bike lanes. The city even recently installed new traffic lights for cyclists. There are also great sidewalks for running and numerous parks and athletic facilities to swim and strength train.” Throughout his training Eskalyo was not alone. He was part of the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s NF Endurance Team. His team captain was eight-year-old Bella Paesano, who was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). Bella and her family flew to Hawaii to cheer on Eskalyo as he competed in the Ironman race. “They were out on the race course giving me high fives,” shares Eskalyo, noting that Bella was there to greet him as he passed the finish line. He finished the 140.6 mile Heath Eskalyo with Team Captain Bella Paesano. race in 13 hours, 48 minutes and 1 second.

Eskalyo says Bella is the true hero. “Bella faces her diagnosis with resilience, courage and bravery every day. She was truly inspiring to me as my Team Captain and helped me surpass our fundraising goals. To be able to increase awareness and raise funds to fight such a terrible disease was an honor.” According to Eskalyo, the Children’s Tumor Foundation began as the first grassroot organization dedicated to finding treatments for neurofibromatosis (NF) and a model for innovative research endeavors. “As of right now, there is no cure for NF. The Children’s Tumor Foundation NF Endurance Team gives participants like me the opportunity to swim, bike and run – or all three – in endurance events across the country. Over the past three years, the NF Endurance Team has raised more than $4 million to help fund research.” Although the Ironman race may be over, Eskalyo says he plans to continue his involvement with the Children’s Tumor Foundation, as well as the other charities in which he is involved. He also intends to “eat all the foods I put on hold for the past year, and spend more time with family and friends, as the training schedule was insane!”

Gator Run Student Overcomes Obstacles BY STACEY BOMSER

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arlos Fierro is a remarkable young man. Although born with Arthrogryposis, a disorder involving congenital joint contractures, the Gator Run fifth grader lets nothing stand in his way. Not only does he actively participate in P.E., but he also was a member of a travel soccer team. These amazing accomplishments are just some of the reasons Carlos was Gator Run’s nominee for the “Just Do It…I Did!” student awards program. “Just Do It…I Did!” is a district-wide celebration recognizing the accomplishments of students with disabilities in commemoration of Disability and History Awareness Weeks. Carlos was one of 166 students recognized for showing significant improvement and exemplary achievement. He was nominated by Jean Bailey and Diane Iscovitz, Gator Run’s Exceptional Student Education teachers. Mrs. Bailey says nominating Carlos was a unanimous decision. “He has an engaging personality and is described as respectful, kind, thoughtful and friendly. He has a positive attitude and does not let his limitations hold him back. Carlos faces each day with a smile and has a great sense of humor. He is viewed as a positive role model as he follows the classroom rules and is very well behaved.” In the nomination letter, Mrs. Bailey wrote that Carlos is an inspiration to all. “He ‘rolls with the punches’ and never complains. Carlos uses a roll-

ing walker with a seat or a wheelchair as needed since he is able to only walk for short distances due to weakness in his legs. However, he loves playing at recess and in P.E. He wants to be just like all the other students.” Mrs. Bailey also noted that Carlos faces many challenges throughout the school day, but one would never know because of his amazing disposition. “Carlos has difficulty with fine motor skills. He becomes fatigued while writing and has been provided a laptop and assistive technology to help him with his written assignments. He works hard to become more independent with his technology and continues to make academic gains.” In fact, Carlos is now fully mainstreamed in the general education classroom. “He inspires us as well as his classmates with his positive energy and his determination to be independent and excel both academically and socially,” notes Mrs. Bailey. “He has made great gains in all aspects of his life.” Carlos accepted his “Just Do It…I Did!” award with his parents, Carlos and Shantal Fierro, and grandfather, Jose Medina, proudly watching and cheering. “I felt honored and amazed,” shared Carlos when asked what it felt like to be recognized with this special award. “It’s an experience that will be with me for the rest of my life. I was excited to see my parents cheer for me.”

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Gator Run fifth grader Carlos Fierro with his parents, Carlos and Shantal, and Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie


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Book Tasting Gives Gator Run Third Graders a Sample of Literary Styles

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hird graders at Gator Run Elementary School are voracious readers – gobbling up books of various writing styles. To foster their appetite, teachers Laura Rush, Roni O’Hara, Robin Yassen, Christi Grant and Victoria Perez hosted a “Book Tasting” event, introducing students to different literature genres. “Exposing students to different genres exposes them to different words, different kinds of images, text features, vocabulary and whole new worlds,” states Laura Rush, third grade gifted teacher, who credits teammate Roni O’Hara for finding the Book Tasting activity. “It also helps students become more effective writers. Reading different genres gives students a feel of how writing should be done and exposes them to many other writing styles.” During the Book Tasting, Mrs. Rush introduced her class to biography, mystery, historical fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Children went from table to table sampling books of each genre. After flipping through the books, she asked her students to write reflections on what they thought of the cover, perceptions after reading a few pages, what the author did to interest them in the book, and if they would read the book. “Before the start of the activity, in a class discussion, most students stated that they only liked one or two different genres or authors and gravitated toward them

when in the library or in a book store,” noted Mrs. Rush. “After the activity, there was lots of chatter among the students as to how they found different genres interesting and they began asking if they could borrow some of the books.” Not only did the Book Tasting expose students to different literature styles, it also broadened their thinking. “Reading different genres of literature encourages students to learn more about the world around them like people, lifestyles, and cultures that they might not interact with in their everyday life. It helps them become risk takers and try new things they may have never considered doing before,” added Mrs. Rush. Because the first Book Tasting was so successful, the Gator Run teachers plan to do more in the future to introduce students to science fiction, humor, fairy tales and other genres. The Book Tasting is not the only way Gator Run promotes literature. Students watch Swamp Stories on the WGRE morning news, view GRE Book Tips on YouTube, and utilize the GoodReads website.

Gator Run Fourth Graders Connect Through Global Read Aloud BY STACEY BOMSER

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oday’s students are growing up in a global world. Through technology, children in different parts of the world are able to connect and collaborate, sharing their thoughts and feelings. That’s exactly what fourth graders at Gator Run Elementary did during the 2017 Global Read Aloud. Global Read Aloud is a worldwide initiative by teachers who read a common book to their students and then try to make as many global connections as possible. “It is so important in this day and age that students understand that there is a great, big world out there and for them to

interact with people who are different than they are,” explains Lynn Mitchel, a Gator Run fourth grade teacher. “It helps them to realize that although there may be differences, there are many similarities or commonalities.” Mrs. Mitchel, along with Mrs. Hernandez and Mrs. Sherman, read The Wild Robot by Peter Brown to their classes. The students then collaborated within the school and reached out globally, connecting with children around the world through different modes of communication.

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“We used Mystery Skype to connect with a fourth-grade class in Bowmanville, Ontario, in Canada. We sent and received postcards from classes in all 50 states,” shared Mrs. Mitchel. “We also participated in Padlet discussions about the book with students around the world.” Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Mystery Skype is an educational game in which students ask questions of each other to try to guess the location of the other classroom. Students learn about geography, culture, and the similarities and differences of how children live all over the world. Mrs. Mitchel’s class also utilized Flipgrid. It’s a popular video discussion platform used by teachers and students in more than 150 countries. It promotes discussion and builds dialogue as grids (classrooms or groups) share short videos. “Participating in Global Read Aloud not only instilled a love of reading in my students, but it also allowed them to understand that they are part of a world community and that they have the ability to connect with other students with similar interests all around the globe,” stated Mrs. Mitchel. She says Gator Run supports programs, such as Global Read Aloud, that prepare students to be global citizens and to make connections and differences in the world.


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Indian Trace Elementary Earns Prestigious Florida Power-Library School Award SCHOOL NEWS

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ndian Trace Elementary School has a model Media Center. In fact, it is often called the “hub of the school” as it houses not only an impressive book collection, but also the school’s award-winning MakerSpace and WABES studio. These were all factors in earning the school the Florida Power-Library School Award. Indian Trace Elementary is the first and only school in Broward County to achieve this recognition. “I am so humbled and honored to receive this award,” stated Media Specialist Dione Mila. “It is not one person who made this happen, but the collaboration of many stakeholders working together to make the Indian Trace Media Center the model in Broward County.” Earning the Florida Power-Library School Award was no easy task. Indian Trace had to complete a comprehensive evaluation process. “This award is quite prestigious as it is only given out if you receive a score of Outstanding,” asserts Mrs. Mila. “That means you must score Outstanding on all areas of the ExC3EL Evaluation Rubric. No school in Broward has ever won, even though they have tried.” The rubric measured multiple criteria and the school also had to undergo a site visit. Mrs. Mila had to provide evidence of participation in programs such as the school’s afterschool book clubs, the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards, the Read Across Broward program, and more. They also had to document how classroom teachers collaborate with the Media Specialist to integrate the READS standards into the curriculum. “We provided evidence showing my teaching the faculty on the latest curriculum developments and technologies,” added Mrs. Mila. Another element that earned Indian Trace points was its impressive collection. “It is not only up to date and improving all the time, but it provides resources to reflect the school’s social and cultural diversity, with materials provided in other languages,” explained Mrs. Mila.

The use of technology is another reason Indian Trace earned an Outstanding evaluation. “We are lucky to have not only several desktop computers, but we also have ten iPads that students use during MakerSpace and media instruction,” noted Mrs. Mila. “The visiting team that assessed our program was also impressed with our chalkboard tables, whitePrincipal Amy Winder and Media Specialist Dione Mila proudly display the banner Indian board student learning Trace Elementary received for earning the centers, rocking chairs, and Florida Power-Library School Award. various areas for learning and reading. They were impressed with our frugality and ability to implement all these changes and improvements using grants.” Another reason Indian Trace Elementary’s Media Center is so exceptional is because of the many innovative ways it promotes literacy. Just last month the school welcomed Gordon Korman, a New York Times best-selling author of more than 75 books for children and young adults. The school also hosted an annual school-wide Pumpkin Book Report project which brought the love of reading home to families. Its Night Animals project was an example of one of the many collaboration Project Based Learning units. According to Mrs. Mila, “Indian Trace Elementary embraces our media program through collaboration and support. We are all invested in our students’ success and work overtime to make that a positive reality for each student.”

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Manatee Bay Students Share Messages of Hope with Hurricane Victims

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or many students at Manatee Bay Elementary School, Hurricane Irma was their first experience in a natural disaster. While Weston made it through the storm relatively unharmed, the 2017 hurricane season devastated Caribbean islands including St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. Students in Ms. Washington’s and Mr. Allison’s fifth grade classes were shocked to learn that more than a month after Hurricane Maria, much of the island of Puerto Rico was still without power and so many homes and schools were destroyed that children were not able to attend class. Weston resident and former Manatee Bay Elementary parent Silvina Pico Abbiati approached the two teachers about getting their classes involved in the aid effort. She is involved with Activados por Puerto Rico, a private sector group providing help to those affected by the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria throughout Puerto Rico. “I know Ms. Washington and Mr. Allison always stand up to help people in need and they also teach their students about the importance of helping each other,” shared Ms. Pico. She was invited to address the students and talk to them about Activados por Puerto Rico’s aid efforts. “I told them that the children there lost everything, they didn’t have houses anymore. Their schools are closed, some because they are damaged or because they don’t have power, so the children cannot study or see their friends.”

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She added, “When I told the students that the children in Puerto Rico don’t have communication or Wi-Fi, they all exclaimed, ‘Oh no!’” After hearing Ms. Pico explain the dire situation facing their peers in Puerto Rico, the students in Ms. Washington’s and Mr. Allison’s classes wrote letters of encouragement in English and Spanish to be delivered to children living in hurricane shelters. “’You are Strong’ was the most simple and encouraging affirmation I read, but they also said, ‘We are thinking of you,’ ‘Help is on the way,’ and ‘Hope you feel better soon,’” shared Ms. Pico. She also invited students at Gator Run Elementary, where she has a fourth grader, to take part in the letter writing campaign. Her older child is a student at Falcon Cove Middle School, where the Latinos in Action Club sponsored a donation drive to collect items to send to Puerto Rico. Ms. Pico says it was inspiring to see the outpouring of support and compassion from the Weston students. “I believe that to build a good and healthy community we need to help each other and teach our kids the importance of being collaborative and that doing small actions to help others from your place of work, school or neighborhood is crucial.”

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Imagine Charter School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

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ach year, Imagine Charter School at Weston celebrates Hispanic Heritage month, exploring the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. Each grade chooses a different country or famous Hispanic to research. In addition, every bi-literate class per grade level chooses a country to study in depth, learning a song or dance to perform at the school-wide Hispanic Heritage Celebration, which culminates with students sampling authentic cuisine from the countries represented. “Second grade bi-literate chose the song Somos Amor, Somos el Mundo (We Are The World) due to the recent natural disasters,” explains teacher Marcela Sotomayor. “Students not only learned the words to this beautiful version in Spanish, but also learned about the history of the song. They learned that the original song was composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to help the fight against hunger in Africa and the Spanish version was done by Gloria and Emilio Estefan to help the people from Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.” Before performing the song, the children explained its significance and

dedicated it to the hurricane victims in Florida, Houston, and Puerto Rico and the earthquake victims in Mexico. Mrs. Sotomayor says from this experience, her students learned that we need to be kind and have empathy, especially when there are so many people in need. As a whole, second grade chose to study Chile. “One reason being that it is not as popular as other countries who normally get represented at our school and in our community,” shares Mrs. Sotomayor. “Also, because I was born in Chile, I wanted to share with my students, peers and their students more about this amazing country that is barely mentioned because it is at the far end of South America.” Mrs. Sotomayor’s and Ms. Ventura’s bi-literate classes researched famous people from Chile such as Nobel Prize winner, poet, teacher and advocate for children Gabriela Mistral, two-time Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, and TV personality Don Francisco, among others. Ms. Romero’s gifted class researched Chile’s native animals and plants. Ms. Stern’s class researched the climate of the different regions of Chile during different seasons. Ms. Grau’s class learned about the traditional food, while Ms. Ford’s class learned about all the must-see tourist attractions in Chile. Each class created a poster, which was displayed in the second-grade hallway.

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Cypress Bay Sound of Thunder Rolls with new Band Trailer

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ith six different bands and ensembles, the Cypress Bay High School band department is always on the move, attending competitions all over the county and state, as well as participating in performances at various venues. To make this easier, the Cypress Bay Band Parents Association organized a fundraiser to purchase a trailer. “The sheer size of our program required us to have a trailer to be able to transport all of our uniforms, props, and instruments to and from competitions and performances,” explained Band Director Michael Scott. Last year, the Cypress Bay Band Parents Association (CBBPA) launched a massive fundraiser, collecting more than $2,300 with a CrowdRise campaign. In addition to the online fundraising, band supporters also organized carwashes and a cookie dough sale. “It took a village to make the trailer happen,” said CBBPA President Sara Schlorf. “The project became a reality thanks to the hardworking students and parents who not only relentlessly fundraised to benefit the program, but also worked building its interiors.” The CBBPA bought a used trailer and then customized the interior to meet the band’s needs. It features an elevated deck, custom shelving to hold instruments, and a dressing room. Assistant Band Director Jonathan Dor noted, “The trailer was absolutely essential to the Sound of Thunder’s operations, so we give a huge shout out to all the parents, students, and donors who helped make it a possibility.”

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Although the Sound of Thunder has secured its trailer, the fundraising continues. “As boosters, CBBPA continues raising funds to support the band program in all its needs,” shares Schlorf. “The band travels across the state and to other states to participate in competition. Every participation is an invaluable learning experience for the students.” Just last month the Sound of Thunder competed in the Florida Marching Band Championships in Tampa. In addition to traveling to band competitions, Cypress Bay also hosts events. According to Mr. Scott, “In March 2018 we are going to host, for the first time, the Music Performance Assessment by the Florida Bandmasters Association, with 30 bands from the south end of Broward County. Last year, we hosted our first Indoor Percussion and Winds competition, hosting nearly 1,400 performers and spectators. It was a great experience and an honor for our program.” The Cypress Bay band department is comprised of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Sound of Thunder Marching Band. The Cypress Bay Band presents a holiday concert on December 14th and 15th in the Cypress Bay auditorium. “We invite the Weston community to participate and have the chance to see the amazing job our kids are doing,” says Mr. Scott. For more information visit www.cypressbaysoundofthunder.com.


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Country Isles Students Read for the Record

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re-kindergarten and Kindergarten students at Country Isles Elementary School enjoyed a special storytime session on Read for the Record Day. BSO School Resource Officer Deputy Mark Skolnick, along with Country Isles’ administrators, including Principal Mindy Morgan, and school staff, read Liz Wong’s Quackers to the children. It’s a charming story about a kitten who grows up believing he’s a duck, until the days he meets another kitten. The Dual Language classes enjoyed the story read in Spanish as well. “Reading aloud to children through Read for the Record Day supports a Balanced Literacy approach to reading instruction,” explains Literacy Coach Barbara McDermott. “Teachers and guest readers engaged children in meaningful discussions about the text, involving logical and critical thinking.” As a follow-up to the read aloud experience, the students completed a Bubble Map, brainstorming words to describe Quackers, the main character in the story. A Bubble Map is a graphic organizer that supports students’ abilities to identify qualities and use descriptive words. Each of the Pre-K and Kindergarten students was given a copy of Quackers to take home. This was funded through a partnership between Broward County

Public Schools, the Children’s Services Council and other sponsors. “They couldn’t wait to go home and share this wonderful story with their family!” stated Ms. McDermott. “With a personal copy of the book, children are able to interact and demonstrate involvement with printed material. This encourages students to be motivated to read regularly.” While the youngest students were enjoying the read aloud sessions on Read for the Record Day, school-wide students participated in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time. It was a literacy experience enjoyed by all. According to Ms. McDermott participating in Read for the Record Day is just one of many ways Country Isles Elementary helps make students lifelong readers. “Family Night Book Fairs, Summer Reading Challenge, Accelerated Reader, and Book Character dress up, as well as ongoing professional development to foster best practices in reading, are just some of the many ways we promote literacy at Country Isles.”

Manatee Bay Kindergarten Students Skype with Quackers Author BY STACEY BOMSER

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n addition to enjoying a reading of Liz Wong’s Quackers on Read for the Record Day, kindergarten students at Manatee Bay Elementary School got the chance to talk to the author via Skype. The Read for the Record campaign was created to highlight the importance of early literacy, and inspire a love of reading from an early age. More than twomillion people take part in the event each year, which involves reading a children’s book to prekindergarten and kindergarten students. This year’s selection, Quackers, is a beautiful story about understanding, acceptance, and learning that it is okay to be whoever you want to be. “The book has such an adorQuackers Author Liz Wong read her story able message that really fits with to kindergarten students via Skype. our school theme for this year – Free to be you and me at MBE,” shares Manatee Bay Literacy Coach Tonia Wood. “I looked up the author, emailed her and she immediately agreed to Skype with us.” Liz Wong held three Skype sessions to reach all eight kindergarten classes. She began each by reading Quackers to the students. “The kids were excited and completely engrossed as she was reading the book,” shares Ms. Wood. “Her storytelling voice was precious and perfect for the mood and tone of the book.” Afterwards, Wong explained how she drew the characters Quackers and Mittens. “She even showed the students some secrets about the book,” noted Ms. Wood. “One was the hidden picture on each page that leads to what happens on the next page.” The author/illustrator then invited the children to ask questions. When asked how she got so good at drawing, Wong explained that it takes lots and lots of

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practice. She shared with students that to get good at anything you need to practice. The Skype session ended with the children waving goodbye, thanking her for sharing her book with them, and then giving her some ideas for possible new books and characters.

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“It seems several of them would love for her to write a book next time about dragons,” noted Ms. Wood. She believes Skyping with the author brought the story to life for her students. “Activities such as this allow students to Principal Devaughn (right) and Assistant get personal with the books Principal Del Barrio read to a Dual they read,” shares Ms. Wood. Language class on Read for the Record Day. “Knowing why an author chose a certain color for a character such as for Quackers helps the students to connect with the book. It also helps bring the characters to life.” Ms. Wood says it is easier for students to relate to stories and learn from them when they get personal with the book. “Hearing how Wong talked about ‘her’ Quackers made him seem so real to all of us. The theme/moral of the story becomes more evident when the characters are relatable.”


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BY SHEILA WOLDENBERG

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ne of the most important decisions we make as parents is how we spend our time. Do we spend so much time earning a living that we don’t have enough time to live our lives? Our decisions about how we allocate our time sends a powerful message to our children. They are watching us and learning from our behavior. This time of year is always filled with excitement and joy. It’s also a time filled with rushing around madly trying to accomplish our day to day errands in addition to the additional holiday events and activities. We all want our children to be happy, especially during the holidays. For many families this means buying present, after present, after present. What message are we sending our children? This is the message that we transmit to our children when we lavish gifts on them: material things can buy happiness. What our children really need is the most precious commodity that we have: the gift of our time.

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Giving our time is a unique present: no one else can provide it. Sharing our time is what our children crave. They need time to sit with their parents and talk about their day. They need time to bond with their siblings. Traditions help enforce time together. These events help our children feel loved and secure. The good part about setting some family traditions is they don’t have to cost anything. I realized when my daughter when off to college how much she missed our family traditions. Occasional trips to the mall and eating lunch at our favorite restaurant means the world to her. She likes it when I buy her something that she needs, but it’s our time together, talking in the car and chatting over a cup of coffee, that mean the most to her. Family trips to visit grandparents – usually long car drives – are some of our favorite memories. When my daughter was little, her special time was with her dad, the coach, on the soccer field. And those special days of playing Uno together during Hurricane Wilma: they will never be forgotten. What about the holiday meals shared with family and friends? How can more presents compare with those precious memories and traditions? We’ve all said that life “goes way too fast”. As a parent of three I can tell you that statement is so true. Remember, that when your children are grown they may not remember the electronic game they received for the holidays but they will rember those days of baking with mom in the kitchen or the weekly Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. Don’t deprive your children of the most important time of their lives…the gift of time. Sheila Woldenberg is the Director of Temple Dor Dorim’s Early Childhood Center. It has earned and maintained the highest form of accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is currently the only preschool in Weston honored with that designation. Call 954389-1232 for more information.


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ou are accompanying your child for their regularly scheduled visit to the dentist and you hear those dreaded words “your child has a cavity.” Initial emotions usually consist of anger. You know that you have purchased every dental tool on the dental isle of the pharmacy. There are three spin brushes sitting on the counter (Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Yellow Angry Bird, and Monsters Inc); the toothpaste is bubble gum flavored; and the drawer contains 300 dinosaur floss handles, a water irrigation system and two fluoride mouth rinses. The lectures about brushing after every meal occur at least once a week. Do you really have to brush their teeth for them at this age? What could you possibly take away from or bribe them with to achieve better dental care. After getting yourself together, anger subsides and reality sets in. You are not a dentist, but you know that cavities do not go away. They get bigger and they can become painful. Additionally, experience tells you that once pain begins, it usually starts on the weekend when the dentist office is closed. So, what are the choices for treatment? You then find out that the cavity is on a baby molar which is a tooth located in the back of the mouth. It is a moderately deep cavity. The choice is to restore the tooth (some form of filling depending on the extent of decay), extract the tooth, or do nothing. As we already mentioned, the last choice is not usually a very practical option unless the tooth was about to fall out on its own. Then it dawns on you. It is “just a baby tooth” and an adult tooth will follow. In this particular instance, considering what your insurance covers, extraction seems to be the least expensive option. Or is it? Primary teeth, aka “baby” teeth, have many very important functions. Cosmetically, the appearance of the baby teeth has a significant impact on a child’s early self perception. This is especially true of the front teeth. Functionally, the teeth are needed for the all important first stage of digestion - chewing. They also assist in proper speech and phonetics. Lastly (and to an orthodontist most importantly), is space maintenance? The baby teeth are made to hold available space for permanent teeth until they are ready for eruption into the mouth. Without holding these spaces, orthodontic treatment is sure to become more difficult, longer in time, and likely more expensive. There are situations in which the tooth is too compromised and extraction is the only option. However, if there is an option to “save” the tooth, I would more likely consider it an opportunity. It is an opportunity to maintain esthetics, speech, and, in most cases, save money (if considering long term saving). When I speak to my patients, as well as my own children, I like to speak of the baby teeth as being just as important as permanent teeth. We must do this if we expect them to learn good habits which will reward them into their adulthood.

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n a daily basis, I have conversations with my patients about the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. In most cases, I am instructing them on the need to lose weight. It is not that excess body fat or being little overweight looks ugly, but it’s the implications and consequences that obesity causes is a huge concern. The problem is this excess fat in your body has a brain of its own and unfortunately it is not in your favor. Let me tell you why. Fat in itself can produce inflammatory chemicals, unwanted hormones, and renders itself a great place to store toxins which can contribute to cancer. It is no surprise that there have been several studies revealing that approximately 40% of cancer cases are linked to obese patients. By the way, obesity is defined as a BMI (body mass index) of 30 and above. For most people, a BMI of 30 mean being approximately 30 pounds overweight. A study from the American Cancer Society suggest that being obese or overweight was associated with cancer cases involving more than 630,000 Americans in 2014, and this includes 13 types of cancer. These cancers include: brain cancer, multiple myeloma, cancer of the esophagus, postmenopausal breast cancer, cancers of the thyroid, gallbladder, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, ovaries, uterus and colon. Moreover, to add to that statistic, in 2013-2014 about two out of three American adults were overweight or obese. Of the documented cancers in those years, 55 % of women and 24 % of men were associated with being overweight or obese.

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Everglades Elementary School Starts Robotics Club BY STACEY BOMSER

Robotics Club provides a unique opportunity for interested students to actively learn about robotics. Ms. Martin says she has about 18 students who consistently attend Robotics Club and another five who visit frequently. “Vex Robotics encourages explorative STEM learning; therefore, our students explore the robot and share ideas to find ways to improve the function of the clawbot and maximize the robot’s abilities. This includes perfecting the pickup and delivery process for accuracy on the field,” explains Ms. Martin. “The students are also responsible for collaborative planning, programming and building a competitive field from scratch.” Ms. Martin says she is thrilled with the interest in Robotics Club, as it’s important to engage young students in STEM activities. “First, STEM pervades every aspect of our daily lives. It provides hands-on and mind-boggling experiences for students engaging in problem-solving scenarios. It also allows students to explore their own questions and concerns in risktaking environments – places where there is no right or wrong.” In addition to the upcoming competition at Plantation Middle School, members of Everglades Elementary School’s Robotics Club will also participate in the Cypress Bay Zone “Elementary Showcase.”

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embers of the Robotics Club at Everglades Elementary School are busy preparing for their first competition, which takes place next month at Plantation Middle School. This is the club’s inaugural year and advisor Marcia Martin, who is also the school’s Science Special teacher, says this group of fourth and fifth grade students is highly committed, meeting at least four days a week. Ms. Martin says students are exposed to robotics through Broward Schools’ partnership with VEX Robotics as part of the district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education curriculum. “At Everglades, we seized the opportunity to use VEX and the Robotics Club as another way to promote STEM education within our school.” As part of specials time, Ms. Martin tries to introduce students to robots, but acknowledges the time is too short to adequately engage an entire class in robotics. “I have introduced the robot to many grade levels and engaged in active discussions on the history of robots, and the many ways in which they may be used in society.”

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Falcon Cove Middle School Named National Finalists in eCYBERMISSION Challenge SCHOOL NEWS

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cience students at Falcon Cove Middle School are hard at work preparing for the 2018 eCYBERMISSION competition. For the past two years, the school has competed in the national finals. And for the past two years, that team has been comprised of four promising female scientists: Emily Lu, Eunice Baek, Oluwagbemisola Awonusonu and Sionika Thayagabalu. Team Ozonators are now all ninth graders attending Cypress Bay High School or American Heritage School. eCYBERMISSION is a web-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NTSA). It is designed to cultivate an interest in STEM subjects by encouraging students in grades six through nine to develop solutions to real-world problems in their communities. Projects focus on one of seven mission challenges: alternative energy sources; environment; food, health and fitness; forces and motion; national security and safety; robotics; and technology. Team Ozonators focused their project on the environment. According to Jessica Velez, eighth grade science teacher and team advisor, the girls wanted to use an everyday item to reduce ground level ozone in

the atmosphere. “They contacted a chemist and based on the informa-

an in-depth question and answer session. As a national finalist, each member of the team received a $4,000 savings bond and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Judging and Educational Event. The week-long program provided educational opportunities and team-building exercises for the students. Ms. Velez says Team Ozonators participated in a live-streamed national showcase where students displayed and demonstrated their winning ideas, as well as attended an awards luntion gathered, the cheon, and toured the nation’s capital Team Ozonators and Advisor Jessica Velez team developed including a visit to Capitol Hill to meet accept their awards as national finalists in the 2017 eCYBERMISSION competition. and tested a with members of Congress. Teams also body butter that competed in a STEM challenge which contained different natural oils. When the oils reacted featured demonstrations and hands-on activities. with the skin, the chemical reaction of the oils helped NTSA Executive Director Dr. David Evans praised breakdown and reduce ground ozone and improve Team Ozonators and the other national finalists. “It’s air quality.” exciting to see students thinking beyond the science More than 6,000 teams competed in the 2017 eCYclassroom, expanding their imaginations and chalBERMISSION competition. In May, Team Ozonators lenging their minds, while developing possible soluwas named one of the 20 national finalists, selected tions to real-world problems. The eCYBERMISSION from a competitive pool of 60 regional finalists by program not only helps envision a more technologia panel of judges consisting of U.S. Army STEM cally advanced and life-changing future, but it also professionals. Each team presented a live four-minute gives us a glimpse into the amazing student talent presentation on their project and then participated in present in STEM education today.”

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anatee Bay recognized for Elementary School our excellence in and Falcon Cove doing so.” Middle School are being Manatee honored for having exemBay Elementary plary community involvement. Principal Heather The two Weston schools are Hedman-Devaughn says she too is proud of her among the 25 Broward County school for receiving this prestigious award. “It is the Public Schools to earn the direct result of the strong family that is represented Five Star School Award for by students, teachers, staff, administration and comthe 2016-2017 school year munications working collabfrom the Florida Department oratively for Manatee Bay’s Falcon Cove Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan of Education. Statewide, success.” with the PTA Board of Directors. nearly 700 schools earned To earn Five Star School That is certainly the case at the recognition. recognition, a school must Manatee Bay and Falcon Cove, The Five Star School Award is presented to show that it has achieved all of which are both consistently schools that are committed to incorporating family the benchmarks and criteria in A-rated schools. That level of and community members into the school environment five categories. Schools must excellence can be attributed to enhance student learning. have active community and to the schools’ community “It is an honor to recognize these schools with business partnerships, family Manatee Bay acknowledges its community partnerships. the Five Star Award,” said Florida Commissioner of engagement and volunteer sponsors with a bulletin board in the school. “Falcon Cove is honored to Education Pam Stewart. “As a former teacher and services programs, as well be recognized by the State of Florida as a Five Star principal, I have seen firsthand the positive impact as organized School Advisory Councils. Schools School,” stated Falcon Cove Middle School Principal family and community involvement can have on the must also earn a grade of “C” or above or a school Dr. Mark Kaplan. “Falcon Cove strives to work closely lives of students. When school leaders and educators improvement rating of “Maintaining” or “Improving” with stakeholders and community partners in order engage the community, the result is higher acafor the year being recognized. to impact student learning. We believe it does ‘take demic achievement and more students prepared for The Five Star School Award was created by the a village’ to raise our youth and we appreciate being future success.” Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council.

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chool meals have changed a lot over the years. Gone are the days of greasy fried chicken and cardboard pizza. Today’s students are dining on delicious and nutritious dishes such as black beans with brown rice and salsa, chicken patty on a whole grain bun, and fish nuggets. Parents were invited to taste some of the featured menu items at Broward County Public Schools’ annual Parent Food Show, which took place at Gator Run Elementary School. Attendees were able to visit different stations set up around the cafeteria, sampling various food offerings. District Food and Nutrition Services administrators were on hand to explain each item and its nutritional benefits, as well as answer questions. One thing parents noticed was the selection of menu offerings reflecting the cultural diversity in Broward County schools. Students can dine on empanadas, Cuban sandwiches, Jamaican beef patties, edamame and hummus.

“Our Parent Food Show afforded parents a wonderful opportunity to sample and provide feedback on some of our current menu items, including various vegetarian dishes,” said Darlene Moppert, MS, RD, program manager and licensed nutritionist with BCPS Food & Nutrition Services. Parents were also treated to a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Rudy Poindexter, from the Food Network’s Chopped. He prepared Asian kale chicken salad while explaining to the audience the importance of supplying students with healthy menu options that are also appealing. Chef Poindexter emphasized his “try it once” rule, explaining that children need to try everything at least one time to experience various types of foods and work a healthy and diverse diet into their daily routines. He also shared the tip that food needs to look enticing for students to want to try it. As part of its “Power Up!” campaign, Broward

During his cooking demonstration, Chef Poindexter explained the importance of offering children healthy, fun recipes.

County Schools Food and Nutrition Services encourages students to power up with healthy and nutritious meals during the school day. It promotes a diet full of fresh items, healthy food, and plenty of options. Broward Schools use farm-to-school fruits and vegetables whenever possible. The USDA regulates what is served in schools, mandating the offering of appropriate servings of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milks and high-quality proteins. Broward Schools’ registered dieticians review the nutritional statistics for new recipes and products served. The District serves nearly 150,000 school lunches each day.

Tequesta Trace Middle School Takes Titles in Two New Sports BY STACEY BOMSER

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roward County Public Schools added two new sports this season for middle school athletics, and Tequesta Trace Middle School has dominated in both. It clinched County Championships in cross country and golf. The Tequesta Trace Middle School boys cross country team took first place at the county meet, led by Francisco Alvarez who finished 11th overall and David Perez. The girls team finished in fifth place, led by Kayla Dinda, who finished sixth overall. That’s quite an impressive record considering countywide there were 20 boys teams and 16 girls teams competing. The school’s inaugural golf season was equally successful with the girls golf team claiming the County Championship. The Lady Cougars were led by Maria Gabriela Sierra, who tied for the lowest individual score, as well as Rileigh Baker. The boys team finished as the County runnerup, led by Mateo Gray, Tommy Lewis and Cameron Carlton. Thirty-one schools introduced golf this season with 188 golfers competing in the First Annual Don Cifra Invitational Golf Tournament. With the addition of the new sports programs, middle school students are now able to compete in seven sports. Tequesta Trace Middle School Athletic Director Howie Schrager says the cross country and golf programs were added to get

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more students involved in athletics. “Our athletic program has experienced a great deal of success thanks to our coaches who work very hard and our student athletes who dedicate time for practices and games,” acknowledges Coach Schrager. He credits their hard work and dedication for the school’s numerous awards. “Our soccer teams have always had tremendous success. Our girls team has not lost a regular season game in two years. They advanced to the semi-finals last year and the finals this year. The girls won the County Championship while the boys soccer team finished in second place.”

Coach Schrager says he would like to see more students get involved in athletics. “Being a part of a team is good for so many reasons. The pride in a student’s face when they are wearing a jersey with their school name on it is priceless. Sports is also invaluable because it teaches children how to work together for a common goal and how to be a good teammate.”


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itness means very different things to different people. Our notions of being fit range from daily walking, to gardening, to working each day at a manual job or playing golf twice a week. For some, being fit means nothing less than marathon running and triathlons. No matter how fit we perceive ourselves to be, one weakness common to most all of us is back fitness. What is back fitness? A fit back requires balance between these five key components: Strength - particularly the muscles of your lower back and abdomen. These “core” muscle groups are notoriously weak and make us especially vulnerable to back strains. Endurance - again, the back extensor and abdominal muscles need the most attention. Studies have shown that these muscles are some of the weakest and most easily fatigued in the body, and can show the most significant gains in strength and endurance when exercised properly. Flexibility - particularly important is hip flexor and hamstring muscle length, as well as various muscle groups of the lower back. There are many good books on stretching, or ask your chiropractor for exercises specific to your needs. Posture - one can have good back strength, endurance and flexibility but still be lacking back fitness because of poor structural alignment. Correct posture is critical to having a fit, healthy back. Spinal discs, joints, muscles and ligaments can only function correctly if posture is normal. Your chiropractor can show you specific exercises to improve your posture.

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he next time you’re on the putting green, try these simple practice drills that will help you become a better putter: 1.  Place a golf ball about five to six feet from the hole, then put two tees in the ground, approximately eight to ten inches behind the ball. Place them a little farther apart than the length of your putter head. Make sure they are directly on the target line you intend to putt the ball.   This drill is intended to have you swing the putter straight back away from the ball. If you strike either tee on your back stroke, your backswing path is offline. When you can swing the putter head back and forth between the tees, you will know that the putter is moving along the correct path, ensuring Dean Sklar, PGA you will make solid contact every time. This path is vital, because it helps start your ball on its intended target line. 2. Next, I encourage golfers to hold the finish of their putting stroke until they hear the ball falling into the hole. This drill is effective in training your head and body to stay still over a putt while also helping you maintain the putter face on line throughout your stroke. Finally, your focus on the followthrough will keep your mind off missing the putt.   As I watch golfers struggle with putting, I notice many have trouble with distance control. This problem relates to feel. 3. A good drill to increase feel and improve your distance control is to practice putting with one hand. Start by placing the ball eight to ten feet from the cup, and hit a few putts with just your right hand. Next, repeat the putt just using your left hand.   By now you should notice which hand gives you better control of the putter. From then on, practice your one-hand drill mostly with the dominate hand. 4. Another great tip is a drill I learned from an instructor I had as a junior golfer at a golf camp. He told me that whenever he lines up for a putt and addresses the ball he looks at the hole and makes about two or three practice strokes just staring at the hole only and not the ball. This allows him to feel the distance, so when you get up to make your actual stroke you now have a good idea how far the distance is to the hole without walking up to address the ball without feel. It really works and I have been applying this method of feeling the distance for decades. You will not be knocking the ball past the hole as in the past and as if you had a few practice putts at the hole. This drill will have you feel much more comfortable and confident over putts, improving your distance control, thus giving you a more confident stroke. It’s always a great idea to practice these tips prior to teeing off if you have time or try and split up your time on the driving range and mix in a few of these drills.

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How to Manage Vision Changes, Post-LASIK ASK THE EXPERT

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ptometrists often hear post-LASIK patients say their surgery “isn’t working anymore” or it has “expired”. While the corneal tissue that was ablated is gone forever, eyes can change over time, and laser vision correction does not stop time. There are many reasons why eyes change after laser vision correction. The vast majority of Lasik patients have stable distance vision. A study published in Journal of Refractive Surgery analyzing 4,937 eyes indicates 90.6 percent of patients still see 20/20 binocularly five years after surgery. In the early days of laser vision correction, up to ten percent of patients needed additional surgery after the initial healing period. Currently, the percentage of patients who need an enhancement procedure within the first year after surgery can be as low as 1.4 percent.

Myopic patients

A variety of refractive combinations can be seen after LASIK, but the most common are myopic patients getting more myopic and hyperopic patients getting more hyperopic. A very small group of patients are presented with increasing astigmatism. Younger myopic patients can become more myopic with age. Treating myopic patients’ residual myopia is usually straightforward. It is important to use corneal tomography, such as Oculus Pentacam, to assure corneal stability and thickness. Most surgeons perform photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) over the existing LASIK flap rather than lift the flap. This greatly reduces the risk of an epithelial ingrowth. Patients who are in their 50s and become more myopic often have lenticular changes even though they still correct to 20/20. A referral to the operating surgeon for corneal tomography can be very informative.

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Results of hyperopic LASIK reveals fewer patients achieve 20/20 vision without correction, but these patients can still be some of the happiest. When hyperopic patients become more hyperopic, it can be the result of several factors, including decreased accommodation and increased hyperopia and/ or epithelial hyperplasia. The corneal epithelium does a good job of filling in any irregularity on the corneal surface, and in this case, it works against our laser vision correction treatments for hyperopic patients. Hyperopic LASIK removes a trough of tissue in the mid-periphery of the corneal stroma, resulting in the central cornea becoming relatively steeper. In hyperopic PRK, epithelial cells fill-in this trough, which negates the effect of the treatment. This also happens in hyperopic LASIK, albeit to a lesser extent. Treatment options for these patients include clear lens extraction, glasses, and contact lenses.

Astigmatism

It is unusual to see an increase in corneal astigmatism after laser vision correction. Similar to myopic patients, a patient who has significant withthe-rule astigmatism prior to surgery can develop with-the-rule astigmatism after surgery. Oblique astigmatism cases are more worrisome. On rare occasions, increasing astigmatism is the first indicator for corneal ectasia. While an increase in with-the-rule astigmatism is often treatable with an enhancement procedure, investigate first with corneal tomography for corneal stability. This test is sensitive for corneas that are developing ectasia. Testing is more important today because we can treat corneal ectasia early with corneal crosslinking (CXL) to reduce or prevent the devastating effects of vision ectasia. Most patients who return to the office years after laser vision correction still enjoy wonderful distance vision from this procedure. Nevertheless, eyes change over time for various reasons, and it is important to understand why the refractive status is changing and how to best manage that refractive change. For a consultation or more information, you can reach Dr. Therrien at Weston Family Eyecare, 4472 Weston Road, or call 954-888-9393. Dr. Therrien and her staff look forward to exceeding your expectations.


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Most people think of the holiday season with gleeful anticipation of time with family. For couples who have been through a divorce, the holiday season can often be a very stressful time. This stress can also be felt by the children of a divorced couple. It is not uncommon for holiday visitation issues to surface during this time of year. Hopefully the parties’ settlement agreement or Parenting Plan is specific as to time sharing. Over the course of approximately 35 years of practice, my clients have experienced many issues concerning holiday visitation. The biggest obstacle to solving an issue in court during this time of year is the reality that court time is very difficult to schedule during December and, as such, last minute issues usually will not be addressed. Of course, the parties are always able to try and work things out on their own or with the help of attorneys and mediators. I would certainly suggest not waiting until the “last minute” to address any concerns. The best way to insure there will be no conflicts during the holidays is to anticipate potential problems ahead of time and address them in the marital settlement agreement and/ or Parenting Plan. The more specific your agreement is, the more likely you will not experience conflicts along the way. For couples with minor children, Parenting Plans have been mandatory. These Parenting Plans are designed to be very specific as to time sharing in an effort to head off any trouble in years to come. Unfortunately, these Parenting Plans were not used prior to the latter part of 2008 and therefore many existing agreements do not include this provision. I believe the most important thing to remember is that any timesharing arrangement should always keep the best interest of the children as a priority. Children want to spend time with both parents and this is especially true during the holidays. They also want to be a part of any family gatherings. Sometimes that is not always possible, but advanced planning may be able to achieve this goal. Often parents divide the entire winter break in half, with Christmas day being the “exchange day.” As an example, in odd numbered years, such as 2015, perhaps Dad has the children from the day school ends until noon Christmas Day. Mom will pick up the kids and keep them until school begins again. Next year they can reverse the schedule. In some cultures, Christmas Eve is more of a celebration, so perhaps one parent can celebrate every Christmas Eve and the other Christmas Day. Also remember that “gift giving” is not a competition, with the winner being the parent who spends the most money. Often times the finances of each parent may not be the same and one must buy gifts within his/her budget. For a parent to embarrass the other by purchasing a more expensive and lavish gift is only going to lead to hard feelings and potential problems. Hopefully, the parents can discuss this issue beforehand and plan together. Often parents wish to visit family out of town. Consider the feelings of your former spouse and the children in the planning such a trip. Children have the need to be with extended family during the Holidays. Perhaps holiday trips out of town can be rotated from year to year between parents. Mom and Dad can certainly make the holiday season a joyous time for their children or they can focus on themselves and make it a time that everyone would like to forget. If you need any further questions answered, please feel free to contact my office.

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lift, liposuction and blepharoplasty. One of the most popular operations is the “Mommy Makeover” to address the areas (breasts, abdomen, and thighs) that women cannot improve solely with diet, lifestyle changes, and exercise.

amy M. Faierman, M.D., is committed to helping patients feel beautiful and look their best through her expertise in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, and now, with her new Holistic Spa and Wellness Center.

As Weston’s only female plastic surgeon, Dr. Faierman continues her mission to encourage individuals to seek the best version of themselves and support their inner and outer journey towards wellness. She has designed the Holistic Spa and Wellness Center to nurture the mind, body and soul of people who balance a busy life of work, family, and friends, as well as to counteract the modern-day stresses of our hyper-stimulated world.

In addition to performing body-contouring surgeries, I complement these procedures with minimally invasive facial rejuvenation such as injectables, fillers and laser treatments that help stimulate collagen and tighten the skin.

With your Plastic Surgery practice keeping you so busy, why did you decide to open the new Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center at this time? I have wanted to do this

Dr. Faierman shares more about her practice and the Holistic Spa and Wellness Center.

for a few years now. It was just a natural extension of my belief about health and healing. With the increasingly present research and scientific data supporting the tremendous value of integrative/holistic medicine, I decided that now was the right time.   

Please describe your practice.

As a certified plastic surgeon, I work cohesively with my staff to empower patients to improve their health and life aesthetically, medically, and holistically. I support my patients in improving their lives by taking care of them in a universal manner and addressing many of their needs and personal health goals. We teach our patients to nurture themselves, mind, body and soul.

What is your background and where did you train? I have a multi-cultural background. I was

born in Israel and at the age of eight I moved to New York City, where I was raised. With both my parents originating from South America, I grew up speaking Spanish at home. By the age of nine, I was fluent in Hebrew, Spanish, and English. Because of my love for languages, I later studied French and am fluent in it as well. Having insight into various cultures has been a huge asset in helping me communicate on a deeper level with patients of different origins and ethnicities.  I graduated from The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and proceeded with my surgical training at Montefiore/Albert Einstein Medical Center. I trained in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Microsurgery. I have been working in private practice in South Florida for the past 16 years.

What surgical services do you perform in your practice? Although I trained in many areas of

plastic surgery, my expertise is in cosmetic surgery and body contouring procedures. Body contouring surgery can be performed for many different types of patients: for example, it can be for a woman ready to regain her pre-pregnancy body or a man who underwent bariatric weight loss surgery and has large areas of overhanging skin.

The most common surgeries I perform are abdominoplasty, breast lift, breast augmentation, breast reduction, gynecomastia procedures, brachioplastsy, thigh

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Please describe some of the services of the new Holistic Spa and Wellness Center.

Dr. Tamy M. Faierman

The Center is a place that fosters personal transformation and incorporates 21st century wellness while offering traditional healing practices. Holistic treatments such as lymphatic drainage, acupuncture, facials, ultrasonic facials, and microcurrent are all carefully designed to inspire self-discovery and well-being. Patients will also enjoy the state-of-the art meditation room, which delivers an immersive, relaxing and inspiring experience. Our holistic facial is rooted in the ancient traditions of holistic Aryuvedic medicine and there is really nothing else like it around here. It provides profound healing and blissful rejuvenation so you’ll leave feeling both radiant and rebalanced. In one sentence, our Holistic Spa and Wellness Center is the perfect go-to spot to rejuvenate, re-balance, relax, heal and awaken inner and outer beauty.

What differentiates you? As a female plastic

surgeon, I believe I have additional sensitivity to support many of my patients’ health needs. Having experienced five pregnancies and raising five children myself, I can personally relate to my patients’ challenges. In addition, I work to take care of the individual in a comprehensive fashion, meaning that they have the opportunity to see multiple professionals in my office, as their needs dictate. I work closely with an acupuncturist, a holistic aesthetician, a nutritionist, health coach, life coach, functional medicine doctor and obstetrician/gynecologist in order to support many of my patients’ concerns. Dr. Tamy M. Faierman is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and founder of the new Tamy M. Faierman Holistic Spa and Wellness Center. Her office is located at 17130 Royal Palm Boulevard, Suite 1, in the Windmill Professional Campus. For more information, please call her office at 954-322-2742 or visit www.reshapeyourimage.com.  


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oo much of a good thing is not always the best. Moderation in life results in the ideal balance in many facets of our lives. This holds true for cosmetic surgery as well. From noninvasive treatments to plastic surgery procedures, moderation is the approach I feel yields the best long-term aesthetic results. We have all seen it – from celebrities to people in our local community - the “overdone” “overfilled” or excessively pulled face that resembles an aquatic animal or alien life form more than a natural aesthetic enhanced face or body. The most common mistake is the over injected face and mouth. When fillers are excessively injected to improve facial lines and wrinkles, the natural contours of the face become distorted. Too much Botox or Dysport can leave a patient with a flat, waxy appearing forehead or brow and a motionless mask-like face. The fish mouth or duck lips result from exaggerated injections of soft tissue fillers in and around the mouth. Soft tissue fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane should be injected to fill lines and creases and restore volume where is has been lost throughout the aging process. It is the physician’s responsibility to know when enough is enough with regard to appropriate injection volume. Facial skin laxity or looseness can’t be treated with fillers alone. Skin tightening, such as performed during a facelift, is necessary to lift and achieve the optimal cosmetic result in cases when soft tissue fillers are not sufficient. More filler does not tighten excess facial and neck skin. When facelift surgery is indicated, the technique utilized should be individualized according to the patient’s anatomy. Excessively large breast implants and oversized buttocks enhancement will lead to long term problems for these patients. Breast implant volume is ideally determined by careful measurement of a woman’s anatomy including breast width, height, soft tissue thickness and stretch. Bigger is not always better. Think moderation and individualized enhancement to achieve the ideal aesthetic improvements. The excessively large, wide buttock from large volume fat transfers or B.B.L. will eventually need to be reduced at some point in that person’s life as the effects of aging and gravity results in a large, sagging buttock. It is up to the physician, as the professional, to help guide a potential patient to make the appropriate decision to achieve best cosmetic enhancement. I highly recommend to any individual who is considering plastic surgery or any cosmetic procedure to consult with a physician who is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) organization such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery with documented experience prior to proceeding. 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 the office at 954-659-7760.


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hile a puppy can tug at anyone’s heartstrings, choosing a puppy should be more than an emotional decision. All too often, the cute and cuddly puppy that is purchased on impulse is relinquished to a shelter because it grew up to be a large, rambunctious dog. That’s why it pays to do your homework before you even look at a puppy. Start by researching the kind of adult dog that will be most compatible with your lifestyle. A book on dog breeds is a good starting place, but also ask veterinarians for their suggestions. They are very familiar with the different dog breeds and suitability for each home. You can also visit dog shows to see many different breeds at once and talk with dog breeders and trainers. Consider the size of the adult dog and how it would fit into your household. Would you prefer a lap dog or do you have room for a large dog? Research the exercise and grooming requirements of different breeds. Some breeds, such as herding dogs, require more exercise and may be best suited for someone who is looking for a jogging partner. Other breeds need regular grooming, so you will need to plan for those expenses. Some breeds may be predisposed to certain health conditions. In some cases, you may ask the breeder to test for the condition, if possible, or provide a written guarantee should the condition occur. Mixed-breed dogs may be less likely to have certain health conditions than purebred dogs.

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Most breeders and some shelters will provide you with paperwork that the puppy has been examined by a veterinarian, has been checked/treated for parasites, and has received at least the first round of vaccines. Many breeders may also provide you with a health guarantee. A healthy puppy should appear alert and energetic, not lethargic (tired); be well fed, with a little fat covering the ribcage; have a good coat, without dry, flaky skin or bald patches; walk and run normally, without limping; have no discharge from the eyes, nose, or ears; follow a tossed toy with its eyes; not cough, sneeze, or appear to have difficulty breathing; and turn to look at you when you clap or make a noise behind it. Puppies should be comfortable when handled. Try holding the puppy and touching the ears, mouth, and paws. If the puppy becomes aggressive or struggles to get away, it might not be the kind of dog who will snuggle with you on the couch or allow you to trim its nails. Choosing a healthy puppy with a good disposition will increase your chances of raising a dog that will be a great fit for your household and your best friend for years to come!

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If you prefer a purebred dog, ask veterinarians and breed clubs for advice on how to locate a reputable breeder. You’ll want to interview several breeders and ask to see the puppy’s parents and the breeding facility, if possible. It is important to visit the facility to ensure that a limited number of puppies are raised in a sanitary, well-socialized environment. Animal Health Center @ Weston is “The Gentle Practice You Can Rely On”. Dr. Miguel E. Cordova and his staff are committed to caring for your precious pets. The practice is located at 2701 Executive Park Drive, Suite 1. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact 954-385-8389 or www.animalhealthcenteratweston.com.

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We’re This Close to Eradicating Polio

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or only the second time in history, mankind is about to eradicate a deadly said to myself and to my friends ‘We have a moral obligation to give, out of whatdisease. Smallpox was the first. Poliomyelitis became epidemic in the 20th ever we have, and if we don’t have enough, we need to convince others that do century, with annual polio cases reachhave the resources to support our cause,’” says ing 20,000 per year by the early 1950s in the Margarita, speaking of her experience on an U.S. alone. Then, in 1955, Jonas Salk developed NID. “I’m grateful for whatever voice I can give the first polio vaccine, followed by Sabin’s oral to the cause to eradicate polio, and very thankvaccine in 1962. Vaccinations reduced cases ful for the voices and support of others.” dramatically, and the horrible threat of lifetime One of the biggest “others” is the Bill & paralysis, death or disability was eliminated in Melinda Gates Foundation, which has pledged the U.S. by 1979 when the last naturally occurto match every dollar raised by Rotarians in the ring case appeared here. However, the virus fight against polio with $2, for three years. With still raged in most other countries. a dose of polio vaccine costing $.60, this means It was then that Rotary International made that every $100 raised by Rotarians for The the promise of a polio-free world and has Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus program secures worked tirelessly ever since, contributing milenough vaccine to immunize 500 children. So lions of volunteer hours and $1.7 billion in the far this year, there are fewer than 15 reported effort to immunize children. By 1988, the Global cases of polio in the world. We are this close Polio Eradication Initiative spearheaded by The to reaching the goal of a polio-free world. The Rotary Foundation, WHO, UNICEF and the CDC final effort will still take several years and set out to systematically immunize populations, millions in resources to ensure the wild virus is Rotarian volunteers travel to India and other polio endemic countries to help track the disease, and certify countries as completely eliminated worldwide, forever. with mass vaccination campaigns known as National Immunization Days. polio free. Rotarians and their partners have How can you help? One way is to help immunized more than 2.5 billion children. This effort has brought the case count organize a Purple Pinkie event at your child’s school, to teach student’s the down from approximately 350,000 in 125 countries to 37 cases in three countries value of sharing and how their efforts can save a child from polio in a commu(Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria) by 2016. Massive National Immunization Day nity not as fortunate as their own. Another way is to donate to the END POLIO (NID) initiatives in polio endemic countries such as India (now on its way to being NOW – District 6990 GoFundMe campaign to raise enough for 100,000 doses certified polio-free) are one way that Rotarians help in the fight to eradicate polio. of vaccine. Any donation, no matter the size, will make a difference in the fight Five years ago, Weston Rotarian Margarita Lartitigui was inspired to join to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. For more information on how you Rotary and do something meaningful by a saying attributed to Ghandi that urges can help, contact Rotary District 6990 PolioPlus Chair Margarita Lartitegui at us to be the change we want to see in the world. “When I returned from India, I mllartitegui@yahoo.com.

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Dr. Maria Yazji Offers Customized Orthodontics

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You have earned many accolades over the years. What are some of your greatest accomplishments? I am a Top 1% Invisalign and Hidden braces provider. I’ve been named an Invisalign Super Elite Premier Provider since 2005, which places me in the top 1% of Invisalign doctors in the United States. In addition, my practice has been recognized as a Center of Excellence Provider for Incognito, Maria Yazji, DDS/MS, shares more lingual-hidden braces, making us one about her practice and the various of the Premier Esthetic Orthodontist orthodontic options now available. practices in the country. Apart from that, I’ve been specially trained in Maria Yazji, DDS/MS What products and services do Dental Sleep Medicine, making me a you provide? I always strive to be Sleep Apnea Qualified Dentist. on the leading edge of the numerous technological and procedural advances in orthodontics in order Why are aesthetics important in orthodontics? to offer patients the highest quality of treatments We treat the teeth with the face in mind because available. My practice provides orthodontic treatit’s about more than just the teeth. From the facial ments using Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, 3M Incognito proportions and profile, to the Hidden Braces, Wild Smile Braces for children, architecture of the gums, to silver and ceramic braces, Insignia Advanced Smile the shape, size and color of the Design, AcceleDent Aura, and Propel, as well as teeth, even the shape of the Phillips Zoom Whitening, night and athletic mouthlips, every detail counts when it guards, and oral appliance therapy treatment for comes to having your best smile. obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To complement procedures, we offer Botox and fillers. What distinguishes you from other orthodontists? We offer 100% customized orthodontic solutions. For our younger patients, we We use the most advanced technologies to create help children express their customized brackets, wires, and aligners to fit each unique personalities through of our patients’ teeth and only their teeth. their braces. Kids can pick their r. Maria Yazji Orthodontics offers customized orthodontic treatment for all ages. Using advanced software and the best products on the market, Dr. Yazji can create a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique smile. Since opening her practice in 1995, she has created literally thousands of happy smiles.

favorite shapes and colors for their braces – from footballs to super diamonds. They can even mix and match for a style all their own. Is there anything else you would like readers to know about your practice? We consider our patients to be family. We believe in going the extra mile. We have a Smile Rewards Program that allows active patients to accrue points that they can spend on prizes. Additionally, we love running contests of all sorts. As part of our giving back program, we offer free custom mouthguards to children twelve and under living in Weston. Dr. Maria Yazji Orthodontics is located at 2751 Executive Park Drive, Suite 101, in Weston. To schedule an appointment call 954-217-3737. There are two additional offices in Miami and Brickell. For more information visit www.OrthodonticsInMiami.com.

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL Coach Cunningham and the Broward County Boys Cross Country Champions

FAST CATS

Congratulations Cougars! Tequesta Trace Middle School’s boys cross country team won the first ever Middle School Championship. Francisco Alvarez and David Perez led the team to victory at the County Invitational Meet at Markham Park.

WINNING SEASON

Congratulations to the Falcon Cove Middle School Boys Soccer Team led by Coach Vargas and Coach Hoopes. They went undefeated this season to win the Broward County Championship.

PROUD PRINCIPAL

Indian Trace Elementary School Principal Amy Winder (center) received the Elementary Principal Advocacy Award from the Florida Association of Media in Education. Media Specialist Dione Mila joined her at the FAME conference to receive this prestigious award which is presented to only one elementary and one secondary school principal each year.

SPACE CADETS

Students in Miss Myndi’s and Miss Bouchra’s Pre-K class at A Children’s Carousel work on their Lunar Lander designs as part of a STEM session.

COFFEE TALK

The Falcon Cove Middle School PTA hosts a monthly “Coffee with The Kap” meeting for parents to talk about current events on campus. The casual meeting provides a forum for open dialogue with Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan.

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Everglades Elementary School participated in Broward County’s Read for the Record Day. Five lawyers from Lawyers for Literacy were among the guest readers who read the story Quackers to pre-K and kindergarten students.

Falcon Cove Middle School’s Fall Book Fair was a huge success. To celebrate, Principal Dr. Mark Kaplan donned a wig for the morning announcements after Media Specialist Stacey Farmer and her team of PTA Volunteers broke a sales record.

PUMPKIN PATCH Students at A Children’s Carousel enjoyed the preschool’s annual Pumpkin Patch Festival.

WEARABLE WORDS

Students and teachers at Manatee Bay Elementary dressed up as vocabulary words in celebration of Halloween.

READING ROUND-UP

Principal Eliot Tillinger got into the spirit at Everglades Elementary School’s Saddle Up and Read Book Fair.

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SECTION SNAPSHOTS HEAD FROM SCHOOL

Photo courtesy City of Weston.

PLEDGE PRIDE

Members of the Gator Run Elementary Student Council led the Pledge of Allegiance at a recent City Commission meeting. The children all proudly wore the button they were given in recognition of Florida City Government Week.

Photo courtesy City of Weston.

OATH OF OFFICE

Everglades Elementary School held its Student Council induction ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Stermer and several of the City Commissioners, along with Broward County School Board Members and school administrators, were on hand for the event.

PINK POWER

HONOR STUDENTS

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Eagle Point Elementary School’s National Elementary Honor Society.

Manatee Bay Elementary collected more than $1,800 with its “Dress up for Diabetes” day in honor of third grader Brynn Zeeman. Over 600 students participated in the event which benefited Team Brynn’s fundraising efforts for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

FUN RUN

Everglades Elementary students were doused in color at the Boosterthon Fun Run, which raised money for the school.

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PAELLA PARTY

As part of its Hispanic Heritage celebration, Eagle Point Elementary School hosted its annual Paella Day. Students enjoyed a delicious feast of the traditional Spanish dish.

CULTURAL PRIDE Indian Trace Elementary was invited to participate in Broward Schools’ Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Students wore the national costume of their country and sang America by Luis Miguel.

LET’S DANCE

PTA volunteers decorated Falcon Cove Middle School’s cafeteria for the All Souls 6th Grade dance.

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Photo courtesy City of Weston

Members of the Weston Broward Sheriff’s Office police and fire/rescue provided crime prevention and life safety information during the Isles of Weston community’s Fall Festival.

PHILANTHROPIC PROCLAMATION

Photo courtesy City of Weston

Harvest Drive Founder Renee Herman accepted a proclamation from Mayor Daniel Stermer recognizing the 25th anniversary of the Harvest Drive. The annual food drive began at Country Isles Elementary School and now involves more than 200 schools working together to feed 2,400 families in need each Thanksgiving.

The Weston Area Toastmasters celebrated Tony Vivaldi’s 100th original speech. Tony has been a member since 2005 and is the group’s longest-standing member. He has reached Toastmasters’ highest level, Distinguished Toastmaster.

BOOK BUDDIES Members of the Weston Friends Club enjoyed reading Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Book Club is just one of many social programs available each month.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Mayor Daniel Stermer and City Manager John Flint congratulated Denise BarrettMiller for her 20 years of dedicated service to the City of Weston as Director of Communications.

GO FOR GOLD

Congratulations to Nicolas Liway. He won a gold medal in forms and a silver medal in sparring at the Taekwondo Canada Open 2017. He is a member of the U.S. AAU National Team.

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FOOD, FUN & FRIENDS

The Weston Friends Club held its Food & Fun Kick-Off Cocktail Party. Chef Vivian Goshen demonstrated how to make delicious appetizers which the members and guests enjoyed.

Photos courtesy Broward Sheriff’s Office.

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Founding Chapter President Mara Gober, Linda Ardman, Joann Silk, and Chapter President Beth Salamone

Keynote Speaker Mark Eiglarsh and wife, Beth

WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE

Kathleen Cannon, Linda B. Carter, Madeline M. Pumariega, Ramola Ramesh Motwani, and Lisa Lutoff-Perlo were honored as “Women of Excellence” at the inaugural Sapphire Luncheon hosted by Cleveland Clinic Florida Women’s Professional Staff Association. The event honored women in the community who are innovative leaders achieving professional and personal excellence.

SPIRIT OF LIFE Doris Berkell, Broward School Board Chair Abby Freedman, Lynn Goldman, Broward School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson, Sandy Rizzo Weiner, and Susan Loewenstein

The Weston/West Broward Chapter of JAFCO hosted its 15th annual Michelle Goldstein Spirit of Life Luncheon. It raised $50,000 for abused and neglected children as well as those with developmental disabilities.

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