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Weston Our City

Your Community News Magazine

July 2018

Pediatric Dentistry of Weston

Helps Children Achieve Healthy & Beautiful Smiles

KRUSHOT PHOTOGRAPY

Feature Story Page 38

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PLANTATION Custom Courtyard offers 5BR/5FB/2HB/office & workshop. Brick paver circular driveway w. side entry three car garage. Beautifully landscaped exterior and courtyard, freeform pool, raised spa, summer kitchen. Combination of accordion shutters & hurricane impact windows. Gourmet kitchen boasts cherry cabinets, top of the line appliances, large center island & huge walk-in pantry. Marble floors in social areas, carpeted bedrooms and wood flooring in the large office. Definitely a must see. Offered at $1,995,000. Call Holly & Bob Catania at (954) 614-6206

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WESTON

Spacious one story home. Home features 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, bedrooms have California Clots kitchen features granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large wood cabinets, laminate floors in bedrooms, 12 feet ceilings, impact windows throughout, huge back yard with pool. Must see! Offered at $850,000. Call Ana DeGrace at (954) 562-8068

Home is in Mariposa Pointe. This villa/coach home has many upgrades, modern kitchen cabinets, granite counters, new appliances, tile floors in social areas and wood floors in bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, 10 ft ceilings, new A.C. unit, electric private elevator. Definitely a must look at. Offered at $591,500 Call Angie Guerrero at (954) 815-0671

HALLANDALE Stunning apartment in Parker Towers right on the Beach! Porcelain floors throughout, bathrooms completely remodeled, Kitchen is remodeled with white appliances and gas stove. Quartz counter top. Clean and spacious. Walk-in closets and lots of storage space. Apartment is bright and with a beautiful view to the Intacoastal and the city. Go down in the elevator and just walk to the beach. Impact windows with doors opening to the balcony Offered at $389,900 Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team at (305) 510-8032

WESTON Brand New on the market! A picture perfect 5 bedroom

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Large Estate home in Stonebrook offering 5,500 sqft under A/C. Home features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, den, large office with built in furniture, family room, breakfast area, movie theater, high ceilings, accordion shutters, generator, 3 new A/C units, gas heated pool and lake on a ½ acre lot, storage and 2 car garage, exclusive gated community with gym, tennis & basketball court. Just Listed! Offered at $1,450,000. Call Jeannette Vaught at (954) 682-2526

PLANTATON

New home in the prestigious “Lago Mar” gated community. Home features 4 bedrooms, new roof, new A/C, updated kitchen with new appliances, new Jacuzzi, heated pool, impact windows, wood flooring throughout all bedrooms, resurfaced driveways and so much more! Definitely a must see. Offered at $675,000. Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team at (305) 510-8032

HALLANDALE

Direct intercostal views from this exclusive building, with floor to ceiling windows. Featuring 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, den, balcony, 24 hour concierge and security, two lighted tennis courts, BBQ & Picnic area, pool area, club house on the intra-coastal with billiard room, gym. So much more to offer.. Offered at $174,900. Call Anthony Di Staulo at (954) 682-1994

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Relax and enjoy this beautifully maintained custom home with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. The roomy bedrooms include large walk in closets. Master bathroom has walk thru shower. 12’ ceilings, crown molding, french doors, and marble floors through-out main living area with carpet in the bedrooms. Detached warehouse garage w/12’ ceilings, 10’ doors with room for car lift for a collector or storage for oversized equipment. Lake view from the front door and beautiful and breezy sunsets from the pool area. Offered at $880,000. Call Karen Helber at (954) 612-6657

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One Story Pool Home in exclusive gated community, sits on 11,876 SF canal lot & on Cul de sac St. Home features volume ceilings, covered patio, split plan, tile & laminates, updated custom Kitchen, 3 bedrooms plus den with French doors open, stereo wiring thru out, accordions & storm panels, new impact rated garage doors, gutters & canal drawn irrigation system Offered at $674,900. Call Evelyn Reibel at (954) 673-6591

MIAMI

Two story waterfront home. Features 6 bedrooms 3 full bath and 2 car garage. There is 1 bedroom and a full bath downstairs. Close to shopping, restaurants, parks, & more. Upgrade kitchen with granite countertop and breakfast area. Huge family room. Brand new top of the line high impact windows and recessed dimmable LED light throughout the house. Marble floor in living and dining area. Offered at $489,999 Call Tini Hui (305) 904-3761

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LOCATION!!! LOCATION!!! South Miami neighborhood. This beautiful 3/2 well kept home with a fireplace in the living room, Formal Dining, very spacious kitchen. Laundry room and a Storage room. Large covered patio with a brick built BBQ and a pool. Offered at $775,000. Call Stanley Rosen from The Rosen Team (305) 510-8032

COOPER CITY

This home is in a guard gated community. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 upgraded full bathrooms, custom closets, open floor plan, Brazilian wood flooring, wood cabinetry in kitchen with granite counter tops, high ceilings, 2 car garage, ample driveway, fenced patio, club house. Offered at $519,998. Call Mara Gisch at (954) 815-5151

HOLLY WOOD

Large 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath, Town home at the prestigious Lakes of Emerald Hills, 2 pools, child & dog park, basketball court, & open field near by walking distance. 2017 new roof and 40 years inspection complete. M U S T S E E !!!!! Offered at $283,500 Call Nitza Rozenfeld at (954) 980-0244

CUTLER BAY

Beautiful two story home located in Cutler Cay a privately gated community. Home features 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 car garage, high ceilings, gourmet kitchen, stainless steal appliances, granite countertops, master bedroom features sitting area with large balcony, master bathroom includes separate showers, Jacuzzi, dual sinks, 2 bedrooms upstairs share jack & jill bathrooms. Definitely a must see, so much to offer Offered at $660,000. Call Mirtha West at (305) 773-0308

MIRAMAR

Home located in the community of Sunset Falls. Home features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 car garage, high ceilings, kitchen has upgraded cabinets with granite counter tips & stainless steal appliances, large family room with breakfast area, formal dining room & living room, large master bedroom, 2 bedrooms share a jack & jill bathroom, grilled patio area. Must see.. Priced to sell!! Offered at $495,000. Call Mirth West at (305) 773-0308

MIAMI

Luxury home in private Bay Point. Fully renovated in 2015 with open concept luxury finishes and quality craftsmanship. Features include a Master suite with his and her walk in closets, Chefs kitchen with top rated appliances including two dishwashers, Salt water pool with spa, a five hole mini-golf putting surface installed on a maintenance free artificial turf, Covered terrace, and a Family basketball court. Home features a Savant home automation system with remote access, security cameras, Portable doorbell camera, Impact doors/windows throughout, and 24/hr security with resident only access. Offered at $3,950,000. Call Flor Blanchett or Robert Lopez at (786) 493-6652

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CONTENTS PUBLISHERS’ PAGE

FEATURE STORY 38 Pediatric Dentistry of Weston Helps Children Achieve Healthy and Beautiful Smiles

14 Paradise Found

CALENDAR 16 July 2018

LEGISLATIVE LOOK

COMMUNITY NEWS

52 July is National Grilling Month

18 Weston Philharmonic Society Brings Summerfest’s “The Shape of Music” to Town

CAN DO KIDS

22 Mayor Seeks to Educate Voters about Upcoming City Election 23 Weston Community Center Promotes Active Bodies and Minds 23 Weston Branch Library Rocks This Summer 28 55 Seniors Receive Weston Rotary Scholarships

58 Manatee Bay Student Puts His Heart Into Fundraising 58 Cypress Bay Senior Pursues Path to Becoming a Physician 62 Cypress Bay Student Earns Perfect Score on AP Computer Science Exam

SCHOOL NEWS

30 Weston First Responder Named Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year 36 Swimming Pool Safety

64 Six Weston Students Earn Prestigious National Merit Scholarships 65 Gator Run First Grade Families Experience Math Mania 70 Imagine Charter Second Graders Create Art Museum 72 Eagle Point Elementary School Rewards Readers

POSITIVE PARENTING ASK THE EXPERT 76 Beauty and Wellness Routine at Any Age

42 City Urges Residents to Be Storm Ready this Hurricane Season 46 Weston Art Guild Exhibit Challenges Artists and Audience 48 Futball Fans Bond at AYSO’s Panini Trading Card Event 54 Be Prepared – Fill Out EMS Go Packet 56 Cleveland Clinic Florida Recognized for Nursing Excellence

REAL ESTATE 32 Attracting Millennial Home Buyers

MAYOR’S MESSAGE 34 Safety In And Around Weston

80 Protect Yourself from the Sun

79 Perfectly Polished – White Orchid Nail Lounge Offers the Best in Nail Care & Cleanliness

82 Are Experts Needed in Divorce Proceedings?

85 Low-Speed Whiplash Injuries

85 Early Orthodontic Treatment

90 Beware of High Blood Sugar in the Morning

SEEN ON SCENE 96-97 Community Snapshots

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

HEALTH & WELLNESS

81 Aging and Dry Eye

74-75 Best of Weston Awards

78 Tips to Finding That Good Tempo in Your Golf Swing

LEGALLY SPEAKING

71 Developmental Flatfoot in Children

40 “Mother of Weston” Inducted into Broward Senior Hall of Fame

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89 There’s Nothing Shady About Beautiful Windows!

68 Protecting Our Children

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PET CARE 87 Canine Nutrition

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 88 The World’s Favorite Magazine™

PET OF THE MONTH 91 Your Pet Could Be Our Pet of the Mont!

ROTARY NEWS 92 Be the Inspiration

SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL 93, 95 Class Acts!


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Exceptional Waterfront Estate Features 5 Bedroom, 5.5 Baths + Media Room. 6,546 SF. Large Pool with Hot Tub Spa, Huge Open Patio + Raised Covered Screened Patio. Brand New Roof & Exterior Paint 2018, Impact Windows & Doors, Over ½ Acre with Fenced Yard. Interior Finishes Include Marble/Hardwood Floors, Chef’s Kitchen with 6-Burner Gas Range, Center Work Island, Stainless Steel Appliances. Decorative Coffer Ceilings, Extensive Crown Molding, Huge Master/Sitting Area, A Wet Bar & Fireplace. IF IT’S PRIVACY YOU’RE LOOKING FOR, THIS IS IT!!

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This Exceptional 4 Bedroom, 3 Baths. 2-Car Garage Home Features 3,236 SF. If it’s Privacy you are Looking for, this is it!! Fabulous Waterfront Location in Popular Orchid Island! Newer Roof, Accordion Shutters. Open and Bright Triple Split Floor-Plan. Huge Screened Pool/Patio Area with Large Covered Porch, Built-in Grill and Open Extended Patio to Relax and Watch Nature. Impeccably Maintained, Large Living Areas, Separate Breakfast Area and Family Room Overlooking Pool/Patio and Water. HURRY THIS ONE WON’ T LAST!

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PUBLISHERS’ PAGE

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espite the soaring temperatures and almost daily deluge of rain, summer is one of the best times to be in South Florida. The snowbirds have all flown home and now those of us who live here can enjoy endless miles of beautiful beaches, easy access to the region’s outstanding restaurants, and a chance to experience all the attractions our community has to offer. After all, there is a reason approximately 30 million tourists visit the tri-county area each year. Get in touch with nature with an airboat ride through the Everglades or charter a boat and go deep sea fishing. Take your taste buds on a journey every Monday night at the Food Trucks at Arts Park in Hollywood or sip and savor a cocktail while watching the sunset at one of the many beachfront bistros. Speaking of the beach, that’s a great place to beat the heat. Pack up the cooler with icy cold drinks and enjoy a day of sand and surf, just don’t forget the sunscreen. Water parks and indoor activity centers are another option for wholesome family fun. Whatever you choose to do this summer, enjoy yourself and stay safe. Remember it is hurricane season. Make sure you have your emergency supplies ready, with at least a three-day supply of food and water for each member of your household. Sincerely,

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CALENDAR JULY 2018

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Citizenship Studies – Hispanic Unity offers a free U.S. citizenship preparation class at the Weston Branch Library every Tuesday from 6-7:30pm. The Weston Friends Club 5-Deck Canasta – program covers the U.S. Citizenship This card game is played at a member’s interview and civics questions. For more home on the first and third Wednesday information call 954-357-5304. of the month. If you are interested in joining this canasta group, or for more information about Weston Friends Club, call Judy Good at 954-349-1578. APB Networking Luncheon – The “Invictus” – In celebration of Nelson Association of Professional Mandela’s 100th birthday, the Weston Businesswomen meets the second Branch Library presents this film Wednesday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at MCafe, inside Midtown about how Mandela inspired the South African rugby team to strive for the Athletic Club. For more information World Cup in hopes of soothing the visit www.apbweston.com or call country’s racial tensions. It will be 954-557-4318. shown at 4pm. Call 954-357-5304 for Weston Library Book Club – All are more information. welcome to join a book talk on Rules of Civility by Amy Towles. Copies are available at the information desk. This book club meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at the Bulk Trash Pick-up – Free bulk pick-up Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357will take place on your regularly 5420 for more information. scheduled garbage collection day, which is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for single-family homes and Saturday for multi-family units with dumpsters. All items should be curbside by 7am on your Writers Circle – Aspiring writers collection day. For questions regarding gather on the second Saturday of the bulk pick-up please call the City of month from 10:30am-12pm at the Weston Public Works Services Center Weston Branch Library. For more at 954-385-2600 or visit www.westonfl. information on this program email org/Departments/PublicWorks/ kimberlyloycano@yahoo.com. BulkPickup for a list of what can and cannot be thrown away.

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4th of July Hometown Parade – This Independence Day tradition is one of Weston’s biggest and most exciting events. This year’s parade theme is United by Freedom. The parade begins promptly at 10:30am in Weston Town Center. Weston Resident and CBS4 Meteorologist Craig Setzer is the Grand Marshal. For more information visit www.westonfl.org or call 954-389-4321.

5th French Café – Adults can practice conversational French at the Weston Branch Library every Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. This free program is for intermediate learners. Call 954-3575304 for more information.

10th Italian Café – Adults can practice conversational Italian at the Weston Branch Library every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30am. This free program is for intermediate learners. Call 954-3575304 for more information. Coloring & Conversation – Adults can make a notecard or bookmark, or color a full-page design while listening to music and sounds of nature. All materials provided. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Branch Library. It takes place from 1-2:30pm at the library. Call 954357-5304 for more information.

20th Election Connection – Representatives from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Outreach Team will be at Weston City Hall from 10am-3pm. Residents can stop by to register to vote, update voter information (change name, party or address), and check voter status. For more information call 954357-7050 or visit www.browardsoe.org.

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Weston Friends Club Bunco – This group meets the third Monday of the month at 1pm at a member’s home. For more information on this activity or about Weston Friends Club, please call Elena Hajek at 954-802-6720.

17th Adult Chair Yoga – Experience the benefits of gentle yoga from the comfort of your chair. This is a great practice for seniors as it deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness. This free class is offered every Tuesday from 12-1pm at the Weston Branch Library. Call 954-357-5304 for more information.

19th Summerfest Concert – The Weston Philharmonic Society presents “The Shape of Music.” This intimate concert features the Symphony of the Americas orchestra joined by internationallyrenowned musicians. The concert is at 7pm at Temple Dor Dorim, followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are $30 for general admission, $10 for students, and $50 for Virtuoso. For more information visit www.westonphilharmonic.org or call 954-900-2286.

Kundalini Yoga – Adults can enjoy this free class from 6-7:15pm at the Weston Branch Library. Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, breathing techniques and meditation. Please bring your own mat. For more information call 954-357-5304.

27th Weston Friends Club Lunch & Movie – Join the Weston Friends Club for an outing to see Mama Mia Here We Go Again. For more information on this event, or about Weston Friends Club, please call Nancy Russo at 954-385-1445.

Ongoing Hadassah Meeting – The Weston Chapter of B’not Shalom meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm at Rick Case Hyundai. The group hosts fundraising and educational events such as book and author luncheons, as well as bingo, playing cards and mahjong parties. Contact bnotshalom@gmail.com for more information. 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. Open Mah-Jong – Enjoy a game of mahjong every Thursday from 11am-3pm at the Weston Community Center. Call 954-389-4321 for more information.

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Weston Philharmonic Society Brings Summerfest’s “The Shape of Music” to Town BY STACEY BOMSER

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he Weston Philharmonic Society (WPS) has arranged for Weston to host the Symphony of the Americas’ Summerfest concert. “The Shape of Music” will take place on Thursday, July 19th at Temple Dor Dorim. The area’s proximity to the ocean and the Oscar-winning film, The Shape of Water, were the inspiration behind this year’s concert. Internationally-acclaimed musicians from around the world will join the principal musicians from the Symphony of the Americas for this unique cultural exchange. Under the baton of the Symphony’s artistic director, Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, the musicians will perform classical pieces by many of the masters such as Bach, Handel, and Mozart, as well as Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, and Por Una Cabeza by the legendary Argentine singer-songwriter, Carlos Gardel. Concert soloists include Marco Key-Navarrete, on oboe, performing Handel’s Concerto for Oboe No. 3 in G Minor, David Pedraza, on viola, playing Bach’s Concerto for Viola in C Minor, and Orlando and Svetlana Forte, on violin, playing La Bella Cubano by Jose White. “This program promises a magical evening and follows our mission of bringing the finest music of

all genres to Weston,” states Weston Philharmonic Society Co-President Lou Marett. “The intimacy of this setting is unique and enhances the interaction among the audience, the musicians, and the music.” To further promote interaction between patrons and performers, there will be a dessert reception following the concert. “This gives our attendees a chance to enjoy a variety of delicious desserts and to meet with the visiting artists and the maestro, who provided us with a wonderful evening of music,” adds WPS Co-President Andrea Burghardt. Proceeds from the concert will go toward underwriting the Weston Philharmonic Society’s In-School Music and scholarship programs. According to Vice President of Ways and Means Rose Sklar, “Concert attendees will not only enjoy a very special concert, but also help pass on their love of music to future generations.” Each year, more than 6,000 students participate in the In-School Music program, which brings world-class musicians to Weston elementary schools. In addition, eight Class of 2018 graduates from Cypress Bay and Western High Schools will be able to continue their music studies in college thanks to generous scholarships provided by the Weston

Philharmonic Society. Summerfest’s “The Shape of Music” concert is scheduled for July 19th at 7pm at Temple Dor Dorim. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $10 for students. Virtuoso tickets are $50 and include preferred seating, name listing in the program, and introduction before the concert. Tickets can be purchased at Glamopolitan Beauty Lounge in Weston Town Center and Mia of London Jewelers in Weston Commons. For more information on the Summerfest concert visit www. westonphilharmonic.org or call 954-900-2286.

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Mayor Seeks to Educate Voters about Upcoming City Election BY STACEY BOMSER

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lection Day may be months away, but Mayor Stermer is encouraging voters to educate themselves now about important issues that will be on the ballot come November 6th. That’s when registered voters will elect two City Commissioners and vote on two City Charter Amendments. Weston City Commission Seat 3 and Seat 4 will both be decided. Seat 3 is currently held by Commissioner Byron Jaffe, who was elected last year to fill the seat vacated by Jim Norton when he ran for Broward County Commissioner. Seat 4 is currently held by Commissioner Toby Feuer, who has served as a City Commissioner from 2010-2018. She is unable to run for re-election due to term limits. During the November election, Weston voters will decide on an amendment which proposes to eliminate term limits for the Mayor and City Commissioners. “To me, as an elected and as a voter, every election is a term limit for any elected and that elected can be voted out of office regardless of term limits. If the elected has not ‘connected’ with their community, then that community has every right to express their views at the ballot box,” states Weston Mayor

Daniel Stermer. “Currently I, along with Commissioner Kallman, are term limited in November 2020 and if our neighbors would like for us to remain, the only way that this could happen would be to change the City Charter in 2018. If not, our terms will end in 2020 and so will our current service.” The other question voters will answer is whether to change compensation for the Mayor and City Commissioners. The proposed amendment will increase salaries to $16,000 per year for the Mayor and $12,300 per year for Commissioners, effective December 1, 2018. The current salary is $13,000 for Mayor and $10,000 for Commissioners. “The last time a Charter Question regarding compensation was put on the ballot was ten years ago,” states Mayor Stermer. “The Weston City Commission annual compensation level is significantly lower than other cities in Broward and across South Florida. The increase sought is equal to what a Cost of Living Adjustment would be at 2% for the past ten years. Other jurisdictions provide compensation and a variety of other ‘benefits’ to their elected officials. I believe that one should want to serve their

community and should do so for the pleasure of serving as opposed to doing so for the compensation and benefits.” While there are only four local issues on the November ballot, Mayor Stermer says it is important to start educating Weston voters now, as the ballot will be lengthy with local, state and national elections as well as numerous amendments and school board questions. “The ballot is anticipated to be 13 pages long,” states Mayor Stermer. “In order to ensure that our neighbors know about and understand the City Charter Questions, we need to begin the process of informing and educating them on why they need to start at the BOTTOM of the ballot and start with the City Elections and then make their way to the top of the ballot. Your City Commission is the government closest to our friends and neighbors and we want to make sure that Weston residents express their thought through their votes in November and the only way to do so is to go through the entire ballot, starting at the BOTTOM and working up the ballot.”

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Weston Community Center Promotes Active Bodies and Minds BY STACEY BOMSER

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eat the heat this summer with programs at the Weston Community Center. There are activities for all ages and interests. Stave off the dreaded “summer slump” by enrolling children in an academic enrichment program. At Buildbots Robotics Camp, children can explore the magic of Lego® Robotics and apply that knowledge to design, build and program robots to solve amazing challenges. The program, for kids ages seven to 14, combines creativity, design, logic, teamwork, scalability, and problem-solving skills. The class meets July 16-20th and July 23-27th, with full-day or partial day options. For more information visit www. buildbots.com. The Chess Club meets every Monday from 4:455:45pm. Children, ages five to 18, will learn to play chess and develop memory, self-confidence, intuition, concentration, logical and critical thinking, and reasoning skills. Chess Club is open to all skill levels. To learn more visit www.chessartkids.com. Little ones can enjoy Fun in Spanish. Ages two to five will learn and practice Spanish in a playful, musical and artistic environment. The program is every Friday from 10-11am. It’s important that children keep their minds as well as their bodies active during the summer months. Kidokinetics is the “fun way to fitness.”

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Children are introduced to a new activity each week in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere. Ages three to seven will develop important building blocks for life such as discipline, confidence, coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and fitness. The summer session runs Wednesday afternoons from July 25th through August 29th. For more information go to www.kidokinetics.com. The Kidokinetics Jr. program is designed for younger children and their parents or caregivers. These classes increase body awareness and help tod-

dlers learn coordination and balance. Ages 15 months to three years meet on Tuesday mornings from 10-10:45am from July 24th through August 28th. Children and adults can learn selfdefense and discipline in USA Goju Karate. Black belt instructors teach the basic principles of self-defense, fighting, weaponry and forms. Students may choose to attend either one or two classes per week. On Mondays, ages six to 12 meet from 6-7pm, and ages 13-18 and adults from 7-8:30pm. On Wednesdays, ages six to eight meet from 6-7pm, ages nine to 14 from 7-8pm, and ages 15-18 and adults from 8-9:30pm. For more information visit www.foxusagoju.com. For adults, free friendly games of bridge and mahjong take place each week at the community center. Open Bridge Play is Monday from 12:30-4pm and Wednesday and Fridays from 12:30-3:30pm. Open Mahjong is on Thursdays from 11am-3pm. Adults may also enroll in a Watercolor Painting class on Fridays from 10am-1pm. The Weston Community Center is located at 20200 Saddle Club Road, inside Weston Regional Park. For more information call 954-389-4321. To see a schedule of all the programs and activities available this summer visit www.westonfl.org/media/docs/misc/ Class_Schedule.pdf. Most classes have a nominal fee.

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ibraries Rock! is the theme of Broward County Library’s Summer Learning Program. It offers plenty of free fun activities and learning opportunities for all ages. Learning and reading over the summer has been proven to help prevent summer learning loss. As children track their reading and attend library programs, they build skills that maintain or improve proficiency scores in reading, spelling, vocabulary, math and more. As adults read and enjoy the library events, they not only have fun and build skills, but also model good learning behaviors to children in the community. Participating in the program is simple. To register for Libraries Rock!, simply stop by the Weston Branch Library or register online at Broward.org/Library/ Summer. Participants can earn points by reading, writing reviews, attending library events, and completing activities. The more you participate, the better your chance of winning prizes such as tickets to local museums and attractions, Florida Panthers hockey tickets, and tablet computers. The Weston Branch Library has planned many special events for children on Saturday mornings, from 11am-12pm, to tie in with the Libraries Rock! theme. On July 7th, aspiring musicians can play a drum while learning about rhythms from

Africa, South America and the Caribbean at On the Go Music. The following week, kids can sing, shake and play along with Musician Noam Brown. He will bring his guitar and plenty of instruments for children to try, while enjoying a morning of singing, rhythm-making and creative movement during Kids’ Music Circle. Children will have a rockin’ good time with Geo Jane’s Dig into Adventures on July 21st. She will conduct a geological adventure full of stories, magic, comedy and audience participation. Marci Poppins presents Libraries Rock! on July 28th featuring magic and puppetry. On August 4th, children can get crafty at Make Instruments from Common Objects. Members of the South Florida Chamber Ensemble will teach kids about musical instruments from each continent. Then, children can make their own instruments and play along with the musicians. Little ones can take part in Zumbini - Music and Dance on August 11th. Babies and toddlers, ages one to three, and their

caregivers will learn, bond, and grow in this upbeat and happy, musical environment. All programs take place in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Weston Branch Library. There are plenty of programs for older children as well, including Make It and Take It Crafts on July 9th from 3-4pm, Lego Builders Club for elementary school students on July 23rd from 3-4pm, and Journal Making for teens on July 31st from 2-4pm. The Libraries Rock! Summer Learning Program is made possible by the Broward Public Library Foundation, Broward County Public Schools, Florida Panthers Foundation, and other sponsors. The Weston Branch Library is located at 4205 Bonaventure Boulevard. It is open Monday through Wednesday from 10am to 8pm and Thursday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. For more information on library programs call 954-357-5420.

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City Congratulates Weston University Class of 2018 Graduates BY STACEY BOMSER

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ongratulations to the Weston University Program Class of 2018. Eighteen students were recognized for completing the unique civic education program offered by the City of Weston. The Mayor and Weston City Commissioners, along with School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson, were on hand for the graduation ceremony, which took place during a City Commission meeting. Students were presented with plaques Photo courtesy City of Weston. and memory books with photos from their various activities throughout the year. Weston University provides select high school students with an in-depth education on the functions of local government. Throughout the seven-month course, students met once a month for a full-day program that highlighted different aspects and characteristics of Weston’s governmental structure.

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The program days included a focus on: local and state government; law enforcement services; community services and public works; fire and emergency medical services; development services including

planning and zoning as well as engineering; local government and finance, and technology services. The class also took a one-day field trip to Washington D.C. where they had the chance to meet Senator Bill Nelson, tour the Capitol Building, and visit the various monuments on the National Mall. The Weston University program concluded with a simulated City Commission meeting during which

students portrayed the various roles of city government, utilizing the knowledge they had gained throughout the program year to present and/or defend their side of several agenda issues. Weston University program coordinator Denise Barrett-Miller says she is extremely proud of the Class of 2018. “It was composed of 18 incredibly bright students who took their academic knowledge and unparalleled enthusiasm and inquisitiveness and applied it to Weston’s local government. Without a doubt, these students are our leaders of tomorrow and we are in excellent hands.” The City would like to acknowledge its Weston University Program Class of 2018: Mariana Acosta, Juan Ariza, Isabella Castiglione, Raphael Cevallos, Amanda Chin, Sydney Eldeiry, Eric Finkelstein, Maria Sofia Grajales, Cristian Herrera, Brian Kessler, Serena Petion, Ethan Releford, Margaret Roach, Alejandro Rubio, Daniel Ruiz, Anjou Sharma, Marianna Sierra, and Lourdes Ubeira.

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55 Seniors Receive Weston Rotary Scholarships BY STACEY BOMSER

Broward College, Audrey Gaskill from Western who he Rotary Club of Weston recently awarded colwill attend the University of South Florida, and HANDY lege scholarships to 55 seniors from Cypress Bay students (and sisters) Jennaie and Maevah Petit Frere, and Western High Schools, The Sagemont School, who will both attend the University of Central Florida. and Helping Advance and Nurture the Development of The 2018 Rotary Scholarship recipients include: Youth (HANDY). Students received their awards during the Rotary’s annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast ceremony which was attended by Rotary members, school administrators, and local leaders. The scholarship program is one of the Rotary Club of Weston’s biggest community service projects. To date, it has given away more than $1 million to deserving students. Most of that money is raised from the Rotary’s annual WestonLawyers.com Golf Classic. This year’s Weston Rotary Scholarship Golf Classic Sponsor Michael Freedland with two-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship recipients Maevah Petit Frere, golf tournament allowed the Rotary Club to Jennaie Petit Frere, Elisa Arevalo, Audrey Gaskill and Rafael Ledezma. present close to $150,000 in scholarships, ranging from $250 to two-year scholarships covering tuition Anabelle Agosto, Melanie Alfonzo, Adi Ben-Dayan, and fees. The awards are based on academic achieveJaden Braziel, Livia Chen, Andrea Chiurillo, Angelo ment, community service and financial need. Devaux, Maria Carlota Guerrero, Gabriela Apitz Lopez, Five students received two-year Florida Prepaid Manuela Luque, Claudia Nieto, Daniela Paez-Pumar, Scholarships from the Weston Rotary, in conjunction Fernando Padron, Dina Salamanca, Manolo Sanchez, with the Broward Education Foundation. Maria Santori, Marian Simo and Julio Urrutia from Congratulations to Rafael Ledezma from Cypress Cypress Bay High School; Jaedan Bonnick, Kevin Bay High School who will attend Broward College, Elisa Favard, Jaime Ferrer, Susana Garcia, Brian Inerfield, Arevalo from Western High School who will also attend Andrea Jorrat, Nicole Marrero, Kyra Mejia, Adriana

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After briefing his Battalion Chief, he grabbed a medical kit and began triaging additional shooting victims in Terminal 2. He remained at the airport, caring for the injured and uninjured alike until 9pm that evening. During the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County award ceremony, Firefighter Moreno was commended for his expedient actions and disregard for his personal safety. He acted selflessly and in the true spirit of fire service during that tragic event that killed five people and injured six others. Weston District Fire Chief Bruce Angier says he is proud to have Firefighter/Paramedic Moreno serve our community. “His courage that day embodies the spirit of the fire service. Dean demonstrated extreme bravery during a chaotic and dangerous situation. His selfless actions undoubtedly helped many, and he is well deserving of the Firefighter of the Year award.” As part of the award, the Sheriff’s Foundation made a $1,000 donation in Firefighter Moreno’s name to BSO Fire Rescue Cadet Post 777. Cadet Posts are for young men and women considering a career in fire rescue and emergency services.

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We treat each child as if they were our own. Our staff has many years of experience working with children and adolescents. We build lasting and trusting relationships with our patients and their families.

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Dentistry, and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Visits are complimentary for children under the age of two.

What is your (Dr. Samira Alempour) background? I moved to South Florida when I was 13 years old and have lived here ever since. I speak English, Spanish, and Farsi. I am a published author and a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. I obtained my Dental Degree from Nova Southeastern University, where I continued on and earned my Degree in Pediatric Dentistry (specializing in the oral healthcare of infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs). I currently live in Weston with my husband, Robert; 6-year-old son, Riad; 4-year-old daughter, Ayla; and one-month-old daughter, Nina.

What is new in pediatric dentistry? We are always looking for ways to improve our services by using the latest technology. Our office is proud to offer Silver Diamine Flouride – a topical medicament used to treat and prevent cavities without having to anesthetize or cut into the tooth. It is a conservative approach used in the treatment of cavities. Silver Diamine Flouride (SDF) has been used in many countries, such as Brazil, Japan, Germany and Austrailia, for many decades with great success. It works great for very young children, because it can be painted on in one to two minutes and the child is ensured a fast, easy and effective visit.

What can patients expect when they What are some ways to help prevent visit the office? tooth decay? We treat each child as if they were We advise patients to eat a healthy our own. Our staff has many diet and maintain good daily oral years of experience working with children and adolescents. We build hygiene. Using fluoride toothpaste routinely will help to minimize the lasting and trusting relationships development of cavities and can with our patients and their even slow down the progression. families. The office has games, What services does your toys, televisions, and a toy tower of Also, reducing or eliminating practice offer? Our practice offers comprehensive prizes in order to create a fun and juice and sweet drinks, such as inviting child-friendly atmosphere. chocolate milk, and sticky snacks, dental care and focuses on preventative treatment modalities All of our patients are given prizes such as gummies, will help to keep for their efforts and for being the and oral health education the protective enamel layer strong. wonderful patients that they are. to prevent the formation of dental caries (cavities). We What is your advice on flossing? At what age should parents bring offer the latest state of the art Parents should start flossing their their children for the first time? technology, including digital children’s teeth at a very young One year of age is the ideal time to (lowest radiation) x-rays and the age to prevent the cavities that bring in your child for their first highest quality dental materials. develop in between teeth. Spacing dental visit to establish a dental In addition to routine dental can vary from child to child, home, as is recommended by the exams, we offer sealants to help but flossing must sometimes be prevent tooth decay by up to 90%, American Academy of Pediatrics, started as young as two to three American Academy of Pediatric restorative treatment of cavities, years of age.

What are the ages of your patients? Our patients include infants, children, and adolescents. We also have special training to comfortably treat patients with specific and special healthcare needs.

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Why is it important to bring children for early dental visits? Early dental visits create the concept of a dental home, where young patients can learn to trust their pediatric dentist and staff. This helps to create familiar and comfortable dental visits. Also, early visits help detect cavities when they are small and more manageable and therefore much easier to treat. Another great benefit of early dental visits

is to ensure that patients are brushing well and taking all the correct measures to prevent early childhood decay. At what age should children start brushing their teeth? The best time to start brushing is when the first primary tooth erupts to ensure good oral health for all of the years to come. We offer special infant toothbrushes with unique handles to our

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in the child’s bite. Such habits should be discussed with your pediatric dentist.

Is thumb sucking a problem? Thumb sucking and pacifiers provide comfort and a sense of security for many babies. Both are a common way to self sooth. If thumb sucking continues beyond two to three years of age, it may cause malpositioning of the teeth and future discrepancies

At what age do most children start losing their teeth? Most children begin to lose their first tooth around the age of six, but every child is different and sometimes it is sooner or later than six years of age. The ideal age to bring a child for their first visit is after they turn one.

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enee Smoley, affectionately known as the “Mother of Weston,” was inducted into the 2018 Broward Senior Hall of Fame. She and nine other of Broward County’s finest seniors were recognized for their volunteer efforts at the 35th annual Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame breakfast, which took place during Older Americans Month. Longtime friend, former Florida State Senator and current Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich had the privilege of introducing Smoley City Manager John Flint, Hall of Fame Inductee Renee Smoley, County Commissioner Nan to the audience. During her acceptance speech, Renee Smoley with County Rich, Areawide Council on Aging Board of Commissioner Nan Rich. Smoley reflected on her many years of service to “Father of Weston” Roy Rogers with Director Joel Fass, and City Commissioners Photos courtesy City of Weston. “Mother of Weston” Renee Smoley. Tom Kallman and Byron Jaffe. the community. Although active in politics, and instrumenNan Rich, School Board Members Robin Bartleman was recognized for her numerous volunteer efforts tal in the incorporation of Weston as a City, Smoley and Laurie Rich Levinson, former City Commissioner over the years. In addition to co-chairing the Steering shared why she never ran for elected office. “I would Mercedes Henriksson, and Roy Rogers, who was also Committee for establishing the City of Weston, she not take it well if I lost! It’s better that I support other instrumental in the founding of Weston and is known chaired the Peace Mound Park project to restore people – that’s what a mother does.” as the “Father of Weston.” the Native American archeological significance to Weston city leaders and community advocates came The breakfast was also attended by numerous the park. Smoley was a member of the Coalition for out to support Smoley as she was inducted into the members of the Arts Council of Greater Weston, School Improvements and Project Ralph, which creHall of Fame. In attendance were City Commissioners Weston Philharmonic Society, and the American ated a youth center for middle school students. She Thomas Kallman and Byron Jaffe, City Manager Association of University Women, including President is involved with the Broward County Commission John Flint, Weston Police Chief Kevin Butler, State Kamala Anandam, who nominated Smoley for the on the Status of Women and sits on the Community Representative Richard Stark, Congresswoman Debbie award and is also a member of the Senior Hall of Fame. Relations Committee for the North Broward Wasserman Schultz, Broward County Commissioner A Broward County resident since 1972, Smoley Hospital District.

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City Urges Residents to Be Storm Ready this Hurricane Season BY STACEY BOMSER

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urricane Irma was a wake-up call for many Weston residents. Hurricane season is no time to be complacent. Everyone must be prepared for an emergency situation – than means stocking up now on supplies and subscribing to emergency notification systems. Weston’s Emergency Operations Center was called to action during Hurricane Irma. Photo courtesy City of Weston. Last year the City launched a Twitter account, live person or voice mail. Participants may also opt to @WestonFLAlert, specifically to relay information of receive text message and/or email alerts. The City utian urgent matter or regarding an emergency situalizes CodeRED for emergency communications only. tion within the City. In 2017, Broward County launched its emer“@WestonFLAlert was created for notifications of gency notification system, Alert Broward. Broward an urgent nature or those that will impact persons, County residents can subscribe to alerts from the property or travel,” states Communications Director County at www.broward.org/Emergency/Pages/ Denise Barrett-Miller, who recommends residents set the audible alert feature on Twitter to receive real- AlertBroward.aspx. In addition to subscribing to these emergency time emergency alerts. notification systems, the City of Weston urges all resiShe also recommends residents register for dents to be prepared this hurricane season, remindWeston’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System. ing everyone that the first 72 is up to you. The ultra high-speed telephone communication “It is time to have a hurricane plan in place along service is capable of dialing the entire City within with supplies to sustain you and your family for at minutes in the event of an emergency. least three days post-hurricane,” states Director of CodeRED delivers a recorded message from the Public Works Reddy Chitepu, P.E. City Manager’s office describing the emergency situHis department has prepared for storm season by ation and any instructions for immediate or future prepping and testing generators to run traffic signals action. The message will play when answered by a

should power go out. The landscaping department has trimmed and thinned trees to make them more wind tolerant. The police and fire departments have prepared their equipment for response. In addition, the Category 5 storm tolerant Emergency Operations Center is ready should it be called into action, as it was during Hurricane Irma. At that time, the EOC was fully activated and staffed around the clock by the City’s emergency management team, including City Manager John Flint, Weston BSO Police Chief Kevin Butler, District Fire Chief Bruce Angier, and BSO deputies and Fire Rescue personnel. The team monitored the storm, ensured the safety of Weston residents and answered phones in the 24-hour call center. The City is prepared, but homeowners must do their part this storm season. City officials recommend each person be prepared to be self-sufficient – able to live without running water, electricity and telephones – for at least three days following a disaster. This means stocking the proper supplies of food, water, flashlights or lanterns, disposable items, medications, pet supplies, and an alternate cooking source. A complete Disaster Survival Kit list and tips on how to prepare your home and family for a storm’s impact are posted on the city website at westonFL.org/Hurricane.

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Weston Art Guild Exhibit Challenges Artists and Audience BY STACEY BOMSER

images where you need to look for he Weston Art Guild hosted an interactive the hidden fish. We have abstracts exhibit at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery. that ask you to not only find the “Now You See It!” featured works of art that images but figure out the clues to enticed viewers to look beyond the obvious to find the determine what those images are. hidden or difficult-to-see subjects within each piece. We have nature images done in The exhibit featured 42 pieces of artwork creabstract and realistic styles asking ated by 21 local artists using oils, watercolors, pencil, the viewer to find the hidden aniPreening Anhinga by Rasma Yaffa. Sweet Reflections by Judy Nunno. mixed media, digital art work, and sculpture. The mals or birds. We have abstracts Clue: find the alligator and the frog. Clue: look for the typo. artistic genres ranged from realistic and abstract to that ask the viewer to look for success. “The reactions from the patrons were fantasimpressionistic and contemporary. religious symbols,” said Weston Art Guild President tic. They were engaged in each piece as they looked While each piece Lynda Sauls. for the hidden object(s). The Cultural Arts Supervisor, was unique, they all Not only was “Now You See It!” shared a common a challenge for art patrons to find Daniel Dominique, said he has never seen such an interest in a show from the employees to the patrons. theme – a hidden the objects hidden in each piece, The patrons were excited and challenged. Our artists’ image. Patrons were the project was a challenge for reception was a night of electric interaction between invited to view the the artists themselves. the work, artist and patrons.” work as a whole “The artists loved the chalMembers of the Weston Art Guild are currently and then to find its lenge to use their styles to fulfill preparing for three upcoming exhibits: “Think Pink” hidden surprise. An the perspective of this exhibit,” opens October 29th at Bailey Hall at Broward College informative card stated Sauls. “It brought a sense of helped direct the collaboration while keeping their in Davie, “Kaleidoscope” opens November 1st at the viewer to the camouindividual styles and techniques West Regional Library in Plantation, and the 10th annual “Weston Art Guild Juried Exhibit” opens flaged object. true to their individuality.” The Jewel by Nancy Lussier. Clue: it’s a Chapeaux de Vogue. November 14th at the Weston Branch Library. “We have ocean She considers the exhibit a

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Futball Fans Bond at AYSO’s Panini Trading Card Event BY STACEY BOMSER

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IFA World Cup fever hit Weston hard with soccer fans of all ages gathering at Weston Regional Park to collect and trade FIFA World Cup by Panini collector cards. Alan Dagen, AYSO644 Regional Commissioner, arranged for the Panini bus to come to town. Children were able to make a personalized Panini player card and futball fans collected and traded stickers of their favorite players. Dagen says Panini trading cards are like baseball cards. “It’s a similar concept, but for World Cup players. You get a book which has a spot for every player on every national team playing in this year’s World Cup. The cards, actually stickers, will be a picture of the player. People collect the stickers with the goal to fill the book. It’s very popular with kids and adults.” Part of the frenzy is the challenge AYSO644 Regional Director Alan Dagen with a Panini representative. of completing a set. “Do you recall the Pokémon craze of trading cards? This is families together so that one kid can trade a sticker identical,” explains Dagen. “There are some stickers where he has three identical stickers but needs one which are harder to get than others. We put many that someone else has.”

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Pathway to Excellence leveland Clinic Florida has once again been designated a Pathway to is an internationally Excellence organization by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This recognized designation is one of the highest honors in the nursing profession. earned by organizations “Cleveland Clinic Florida first earned the Pathway designation in 2014, a distincthat demonstrate a comtion held by only 163 hospitals,” stated Chief Nursing Officer Kerry A. Major, MSN, mitment to creating a RN, NE-BC. “Having achieved this designation once again solidifies Cleveland Clinic work environment where Florida as one of the best places for nurses to work in South Florida and is a tribute to nurses are respected, our nurses who are dedicated to serving their patients and each other.” appreciated and provided Cleveland Clinic Florida is home to more than 1,000 dedicated nurses providwith opportunities to ing care in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. That number is expected to excel professionally. increase following completion of several expansion projects. Namely, the opening To quality for a Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Emergency Department nursing team this summer of a new 221,000 square foot Pathway to Excellence hospital tower on the Weston campus, designation, health care institutions must meet 12 practice standards necessary for that will include an expanded Emergency an ideal nursing practice environment including a safe and healthy work enviDepartment. Additional Cleveland Clinic ronment, equitable compensation, professional development opportunities and Florida projects include an ambulatory sufficient recognition for achievements. These principles must be evident in the surgery center in Coral Springs and a facility’s practices, policies and culture. Nurses in candidate organizations verify the new medical office in Wellington, which presence of these criteria through participation in a confidential online survey. opened in March. In addition, medical-surgical nurse Alicia Maxwell, RN, has been recognized Nurses at Cleveland Clinic Florida with the DAISY Award for her exceptional and compassionate clinical nursing skills. are longstanding champions for quality She was nominated for this international award by a patient for providing an excepand safety. They continuously initiate tional recovery experience following major surgery. best practices that improve the patient “Alicia and her team of nurses consistently deliver an unparalleled patient expericare experience, and advance patient ence through their clinical expertise and patient-centered care,” commended Major. Cleveland Clinic Florida Chief Nursing Officer Kerry Major (right) presents medical-surgical safety through continuous improve“Our nurses are recognized as exceptional role models in the nursing community, nurse Alicia Maxwell with the DAISY Award. ment activities. and we are proud to have them on our team.”

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CAN DO KIDS

Manatee Bay Student Puts His Heart Into Fundraising BY STACEY BOMSER

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y all appearances, Shawn Moriarty is your typical ten-year-old boy. He plays Little League Baseball, and his favorite positions are pitcher, catcher and first baseman. He also likes to play roller hockey and football with his dad. This thrills his parents, who were originally told by doctors that Shawn would not have much of an active life because he was born with severe aortic stenosis. “I was born with a heart valve that wasn’t working right. It was a problem with my aortic valve,” explains the rising fifth grader at Manatee Bay Elementary School. “When I was one week old, I had my first heart surgery. When I was three years old, I had my major surgery. That saved me and let me be active, run around and play sports.” Now Shawn is doing what he can to help others by supporting the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser at his school. “I asked my family members and friends if they would like to donate, and I also had my mom post my fundraising page online to her Facebook account,” explains Shawn. “My favorite way to raise donations is by setting up a lem-

Shawn is now a pitcher for his baseball team. Born with a heart defect, doctors thought he would never be able to play sports.

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Shawn, his sister Megan, and grandmother host a lemonade stand to raise money for the American Heart Association.

onade stand in my neighborhood. I do this every year with my mom and sister. A lot of cars stop to donate and are happy that we are doing this.” Shawn was the biggest fundraiser at his school, raising more than $700 of the $11,800 Manatee Bay collected this year. “I hope the money raised will help doctors find new ways to treat kids born with heart conditions like mine,” states Shawn. He says he was excited to see his heart surgeon, Dr. Redmond Burke from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, appear in the Jump Rope for Heart kick-off video. “He’s my hero, and I love that he has saved so many kid’s hearts like mine.” In addition to knowing he was helping save lives, Shawn says he was excited and proud of himself for being the school’s top fundraiser. For that, he earned the privilege of throwing 13 shaving cream pies. Students who collected at least $100 were able to throw a pie at the PTA President or one of the Specials teachers – and for every additional $50 in donations collected, students could throw another shaving cream pie. “The teachers got really messy, but I think they kinda liked it,” shares Shawn.

Cypress Bay Senior Pursues Path to Becoming a Physician BY STACEY BOMSER

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elfless. Dedicated. Hardworking. Those are just some of the words used to describe rising Cypress Bay High School Senior Tiffany Goncalves. Those are also attributes of a good physician. Tiffany wants to be a doctor one day. To help prepare for that, she is participating in the Summer Scholar Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida, spending three weeks shadowing physicians. “Students are assigned a mentor and will have an invaluable experience in the hospital setting,” she states. “I am so thrilled and eager to learn!” After that program ends, Tiffany will shadow three local doctors at their practices – an obstetrician/ gynecologist, a pediatric and adolescent endocrinologist, and a gastroenterologist. In addition, she continues to volunteer at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. She’s been there almost two years, having racked up over 280 hours so far. In fact, she was presented the Michael Fux Center 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Award. Tiffany began as a volunteer at the Michael Fux Family Center, serving patients and their families, but is now volunteering in the Child Life Department, supporting children who come to the emergency department. “It’s more hands-on, where my responsibility will be focused on making the children a little more comfortable while they wait to be seen,” explains Tiffany. “As in any emergency department, I am sure I will see

and face many unexpected Member of the Student scenarios and I think this is Government Association and awesome for any student who will be Historian for HOSAwants to attend med school. Future Health Professionals. It will be like taking babyShe also competes for HOSA. steps into a fascinating and “I was honored and very rewarding field.” proud to represent Cypress In addition to her work Bay, placing first at the HOSA in the hospitals and with district level and moving up the physicians, Tiffany will to be placed 4th at the state attend the South Florida level, competing for Health Leadership Training Camp Career Display – Teamwork this month. The four-day Events with my teamleadership workshop is mate, Amanda.” for high school Student This active and deterGovernment Association leadmined young woman is also ers. Less than 240 students academically talented. She statewide will participate in is a member of the National this prestigious program. Honor Society and is a dual“Student leaders who enrolled student, who will Outstanding Volunteer Award winner Tiffany Goncalves attend this workshop will graduate high school with an be given an opportunity to participate in a variety of associate degree from Broward College. leadership development activities,” shares Tiffany. “In She hopes this will put her one step closer to fuladdition, student leaders will have the opportunity filling her dream of becoming a physician. “I want to to share ideas and projects, demonstrate their own become a doctor because it will be a never-ending way unique abilities, and make new friends and contacts of serving and helping people. I don’t see medicine with students from throughout Florida.” as a career. I believe it’s a lifestyle. It’s a choice with These new skills will come in handy when school constant evolving and learning, where day after day, starts in August. Tiffany holds several leadership countless hours and years of study, you devote yourpositions at Cypress Bay. She is an Executive Board self to improve the quality of living.”

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PARTY PLANNING

How To Host a Magical 10Birthday TIPS:Party For Your Child BY NICOL JENKINS

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our child’s birthday should be a joyous time spent celebratingwith family and friends. It can also be stressful trying to planthe perfect party. But these party planning tips can help makeyour child’s birthday a magical one that their friends will talkabout for years to come.

TIP 2: Choose a location and Make it Fun.

When deciding onthe right location for your kid’s birthday party, be sure to discuss the options. Write down a list of possible venues and review them with your child. Narrow down the locations and then start reaching out to the venues for pricing and to seewhat is included in a party package. Some traditional and TIP 1: Plan a party with your always fun birthday party locations child’s interests in mind. can be at a nearby park, abowling In the beginning planning stages, alley, a trampoline center, an ice make sure it will be a party that your skating rink, lasertag, go-kart racing child will enjoy with their friends. and much more! If you choose to Ask your son ordaughter where they have theparty at your house, you would like to have the party. Be sure can bring in outside entertainment togive them some parameters such as such as a bounce house, a magician, location options and budget. deejays, face painting and more!

TIP 3: Pick a Theme that is kid friendly.

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when they are not working on homework or have afterschool activities. When planning the time for the party, make the event last not too short or too long; two to four hours is a good time frame for kids birthdays. Be sure to plan plenty of activities and fun games to keep the guests busy during the entire party.

TIP 6: Find creative and interactive Games. When lookingfor kid friendly games, search for activities that will keep the children active, learning and interacting with one another. If the birthday party is at your home, some favorite activities include a potato sack race, a photo booth, face painting, abounce house, musical chairs and many more! Check your local party stores or online for different game ideas.

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When planning you child’s birthday party, it’s good to get some help during the big day.Ask your close friends, family members or other parents if they can assist with set up, volunteer during the event with activities and with taking photos, and to help close down theparty. This will be a big weight off your shoulders and help youto enjoy the moment and savor the special memories.

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Selecting the food for a kid’s birthday can seem like a trying task. But kids are typically not picky eaters. Most like simple food, such as pizza or chicken fingers. Be sure to ask their parents though if anyone has food allergies. It may be a good idea to pick a variety of food options for the kids and parents to

TIP 10: Hand out memorable party favors. Be sure to thank your guests with unique party favors so they will remember your child’s special day. Some cute ideas for party favors include art kits, coloring books, themed stickers, pictureframes and custom stationery. Whatever you decide to do for your child’s birthday, make it aspecial day that everyone will remember and one that your child will cherish!

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Cypress Bay Student Earns Perfect Score on AP Computer Science Exam BY STACEY BOMSER

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ongratulations to Angela Li. The rising junior at Cypress Bay High School earned a perfect score on the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam. Not only did she receive the top score of 5 on this challenging assessment exam, but she was one of only 112 students worldwide to earn every point possible – that amounts to just 0.2% of all 2017 AP Computer Science A exam takers. Angela says she was shocked, yet thrilled, when she received the news. “The letter was completely unexpected, and it had arrived the day of my 16th birthday. I consider it the best birthday present I have ever received.” She credits her computer science teacher, Tiffani Slutsky, for her success. “She always encouraged me throughout the learning process and gave me extra work and was willing to help anyone anytime.” Mrs. Slutsky says she is proud of her “perfect” student. “I’ve

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enjoyed teaching Angela the last two years. She has a great attitude towards learning, loves being challenged, and has an upbeat personality. Not only did she quickly learn how to code in Java and easily ace the AP Computer Science A test, she helped many of her peers learn the material.” Angela has now completed two computer science classes – AP Computer Science A and AICE Computer Science AS level. She plans on taking AICE Computer Science A-level and AP Computer Science Principles. She says she enjoys this subject because it teaches reasoning and critical thinking. “Coding logically and optimally gives a computer its own mind, which has always appealed to me. You have to approach problems creatively and then switch to thinking systematically while coding. It gives me creative output and freedom while still having concrete results.” In addition to taking the computer science courses, Angela has participated in multiple coding competitions. “Last year, I went to Code Quest at Lockheed Martin

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write one for a lesser amount for chiropractic. When you bring in this article (by 7/31/18) you will receive my entire new patient exam for $55. That’s with x-rays, biomechanical exam, history and consultation…the whole ball of wax. This exam could cost you $250 elsewhere. The law says that I must tell you THAT YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR TREATMENT, WHICH IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR DISCOUNTED, OR REDUCED FEE FOR SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT.

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Several times a day patients thank me for helping them with their health problems. But I can’t really take the credit. My confession is that I’ve never healed anyone of anything. What I do is perform a specific spinal adjustment to remove nerve pressure, and the body responds by healing itself. We get tremendous results. It’s as simple as that! Forty-five million Americans no longer have health insurance, and those who do have found that their benefits have been greatly reduced. That’s where chiropractic comes in. I have a significantly lower fee plan so that more people are able to afford the care they need. An entire week of care in my office costs what you could pay for one visit elsewhere. Another way to save…studies show that chiropractic can double your immune capacity, naturally and without drugs. The immune system fights colds, the flu, and other ailments. So you may not be running off to the doctor as much. Studies show that people actually pay less for their long-term overall health care expenses if they are seeing a chiropractor. You benefit from an amazing offer. Look, it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to correct your health. You are going to write a check to someone for your health care expenses, you may as well

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SCHOOL NEWS

Six Weston Students Earn Prestigious National Merit Scholarships BY STACEY BOMSER

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ix students from Weston are among the 2018 National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. These highly gifted and talented students were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Ryan Bush Four of the winners attended Cypress Bay High School. Congratulations to Ryan Bush, who will attend the University of Pennsylvania, Isabella Chiurillo, who will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Hannah Kang, who will attend the eight-year medical program at Case Western Reserve University, and Tyler Kotler, who will attend Washington University in Saint Louis. “We are very proud of the academic success of these outstanding students,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. “This recognition will broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of excellence.”

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In addition, two other Weston students received $2500 National Merit Scholarships. Congratulations to Sriraj Alturi, who attended American Heritage School, and Amelia Meles, who graduated from NSU University School. The National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who evaluated the students’ academic record, including difficulty of subjects studied and grades earned, scores from two standardized exams, contributions

and leadership in school and community activities, as well as an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official. This year’s National Merit Scholarship program began in October 2016 when more than 1.6 million juniors Tyler Kotler from more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as the initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring students in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists. Only 16,000 students met the high academic standards and other requirements needed to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Four-thousand college-sponsored Merit Scholarships will also be presented. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 students will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

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SCHOOL NEWS

Gator Run First Grade Families Experience Math Mania BY STACEY BOMSER

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irst grade students at Gator Run Elementary School got a chance to show what they know during Math Mania. The first grade team started the event two years ago as a way for students to demonstrate to their parents the math skills they’ve learned throughout the school year. “It’s important for the children to show their parents what they’ve learned and take pride in that knowledge,” shares First Grade Teacher Jordan Goldberg. At Math Mania, students and parents rotated from station to station completing different math activities, with each center representing a different math standard. “As a team, we each took a math standard from our curriculum and created an active game,” explains First Grade Teacher Shannon Martinez. “We had a Place Value Relay where kids were given a number in tens and ones and had to run to a whiteboard and write their number and then run back to their line. We

had geoboards where students created shapes with rubber bands, a time game where they passed from clock to clock writing down the time, and a non-standard measurement game where they went on a scavenger hunt to measure different items with cubes.” Both teachers agree students prefer

students learn more through hands-on experiences and less through worksheets,” notes Ms. Goldberg. While the children had a blast playing the games, the parents were impressed with their children’s knowledge. According to Ms. Martinez, “Parents had big smiles on their faces and the feedback was wonderful. The parents enjoyed seeing their kids hands-on activities such as these to traditional practice what they had learned.” worksheets. “Our students love active, hands-on All ten first grade classes participated in the activities and we are moving towards a future where Math Mania program over two days.

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tudents in Solange Ventura’s second grade biliterate classes at Imagine Charter School at Weston have cultivated an appreciation for art. Throughout the school year, the children created works of art inspired by the world’s great masters. It was all on display at Ventura’s Museum of Art. The museum featured the students’ renditions of work by 13 artists. For example, they created giant flowers with water colors in the style of Georgia O’Keefe and used contact paper and tissue paper to create stained glass windows like Marc Chagall. The children used markers to create pop art like Romero Britta and used watercolors on canvas to create sunflowers like Vincent van Gogh. Other projects included Pablo Picasso cubism portraits with oil pastels and chalk ballerinas like Edgar Degas. “The students learned about each master artist’s life and unique style, what made them famous and why their style was so influential,” explains Ms. Ventura. “The students also had to choose an artist and complete a research project.

They included the artist’s life, friends, family, unique style and influence.” Each poster also featured pictures of five pieces of the artist’s work and a picture of the artist.

“It is important to expose students to art and the masters because everyone can find a style of art that they can identify with,” states Ms. Ventura. “In addition, knowing the struggles and/or upbringing of each artist helps students see a more intimate and personal side of the art. They don’t just see a canvas on a wall, they see a story, a struggle, a feeling.” This was the seventh year Ms. Ventura did this project. She says it’s something she and the students look forward to each year. “They learn so much information that they themselves are amazed by. They also mature in how they look at art and how it makes people feel. This project allows every child to express themselves in a different way and exposes them to cultures, history and experiences.” She says it’s amazing how this project affects the students and instills an appreciation of art. “Many of them travel to different countries and happily ask their parents to take them to art museums and this continues to enrich their view of art.” Ventura’s Museum of Art was attended by students, their parents and grandparents, Imagine Principal Laham, and other classes.

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“This year it was three school days long tudents at Eagle Point Elementary School love to read. That was apparbecause of the number of classes that parent judging by the turnout at the school’s annual Sunshine State Ice ticipated,” shares Mrs. Handler. “We had Cream Party. four rounds with eight games in our first Students who read a minimum of three out of the 15 Sunshine State elimination round, two semi-final rounds, Young Readers Award books and passed the Accelerated Reader quizzes and then our finals. Ultimately, Mrs. were invited. Media Specialist Sharon Handler says this year she saw a 25% Echemendia’s fourth grade class came out increase in the number of stuvictorious.” dents who qualified to attend While only three students compete Media Specialist Sharon Handler with Battle the ice cream party. She hopes from each class, Battle of the Books is of the Books winners Luke Deutschman, Nicolas Penagos and Arav Sonawane from for an even greater increase really a team event. According to Mrs. Mrs. Echemendia’s 4th grade class. next year thanks to an extenHandler, “Many classes make this a true sion into the Sunshine State group effort by having the class help the competitors prepare. They might junior program this past year. take notes on the books and share them with the competing students. Some “Many of the students have classes will do a Kahoot game. I had a few teams come down and review the older siblings and they’ve seen books in the days before the Battle. They take this very seriously!” them participate and asked Mrs. Handler credits programs such as Battle of the Books and the me about it,” explains Mrs. annual Sunshine State Ice Cream Party with encouraging students to read Handler. “I thought this would more and become better readers. “I’ve seen so many students who were not Teams from Mrs. DeLaNuez’s and Mrs. Morales’ be a great opportunity to start ‘readers’ become ‘readers’ once they got lost in books they wouldn’t have 4th grade classes compete in Battle of the Books. our younger kids in the propicked up on their own or didn’t think they would enjoy. And, just as with gram, which in the junior level is mostly picture books, so when they get to third any other skill, the more practice they get, the better they become.” grade they were excited and ready to go for the chapter book program.” Although school may be out for the summer, Mrs. Handler is encouraging her This year, Eagle Point also saw its largest number of classes compete in Battle students to continue to read. She distributed the 2018-2019 Sunshine State lists of the Books. Sixteen classes, from grades three through five, participated in and recommended the summer reading program at the Weston Branch Library. the Jeopardy-style tournament, answering questions about the Sunshine State “I told my students that wherever they might be going, books are definitely Reader books. allowed there!” notes Mrs. Handler.

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or almost a decade, White Orchid Nail Lounge has been one of Weston’s premier nail salons. Unlike some other bustling neighborhood establishments, White Orchid Nail Lounge offers more of a spa-like setting. It’s quiet, serene, affordable, and most importantly clean. Cleanliness is a top priority, as they are the first nail lounge in South Florida to use the FDA Autoclave Sterile System which are typically seen only in hospitals and dental offices. Although not required by the state board standards, White Orchid Nail Lounge goes Ashlee Lai, Owner of White Orchid Nail Lounge, above and beyond to be sure the health and wellness recently took some time to answer some frequently of their clients is a prime concern. Additionally, all asked questions about her salon. pedicure basins are made with non-porous fiberglass What distinguishes your salon from your competition? and lined for extra protection to be sure no bacteria are Besides cleanliness, we take pride in treating our transferred during one of their signature pedicures. clients the way we would like to be treated if we were to The neighborhood salon is also known for always take time out of our day to get a salon service. We want being on trend. All polishes are always current along our clients to escape from their busy lives for some with the latest products and services. From their luxu- quick me-time pampering in a nice ambiance without rious signature White Orchid Pedicure, which includes having to spend much money. a sugar exfoliation, hydrating mask, parrafin dip, mas- Tell us about the Autoclave Sterile System. All our sage, and a warm towel, to their medi-pedi Footlogix instruments are sterilized after every use in a 3-step Pedicure for dry and cracked heels, all clients will truly sterilization process: germicide soak, ultrasonic be pampered during any one of the services provided. debris removal, and medical grade steam steriliza-

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ry eye is a multifactorial disease impacting the ocular surface, whose symptoms include general discomfort and visual disturbance. Dry eye is diagnosed in approximately 3.2 million U.S. women and 1.7 million U.S. men older than 50 years of age. Dry eye rates increase with age, reaching the highest among women 75-79 years of age and men 80-84 years of age. Many patients with dry eye describe features of neuropathic pain, including spontaneous pain, hyperalgesia and allodynia, suggesting dysfunction of the ocular sensory apparatus, which likely impacts the lacrimal functional unit altering tear secretion. In the following sections we review how aging may impact the anatomical structures associated with dry eye. Among other factors, sensitization of the ocular sensory apparatus which occurs with aging is likely influenced by multiple environmental and genetic factors common to other chronic pain conditions and an important driver of ocular pain and dry eye symptoms with aging. The definition of dry eye is “a multifactorial disease of the tears and ocular surface that results in symptoms of discomfort, visual disturbance, and tear film instability with potential damage to the ocular surface. It is accompanied by increased osmolarity of the tear film and inflammation of the ocular surface”. Symptoms of dry eye are varied and include various descriptors of ocular pain (burning, aching, tender, sharp, shooting, dryness), visual dysfunction (unstable vision, glare), and tearing. Signs are varied and can include evidence of aqueous tear deficiency and/or evaporative dry eye. Patients with dry eye may have various levels of ocular sensory apparatus dysfunction and this dysfunction may explain the discrepancy between symptoms and signs of disease. Data supporting this idea includes the fact that many patients diagnosed with dry eye describe features of neuropathic pain, including spontaneous pain, dysesthesias (unpleasant, abnormal sensation such as characterizing ocular pain as hot-burning in nature), hyperalgesia (exaggerated pain response to suprathreshold noxious stimuli such as hypersensitivity to wind), and allodynia (pain in response to normally non-noxious stimuli such as sensitivity to light). These symptoms are likely due to alterations in function of the ocular sensory apparatus, which may loop back and affect the function of the LFU, with subsequent changes in basal and reflex tear secretion. Changes in the lacrimal gland (producer of the aqueous component of tears), meibomian glands (producers of the lipid component) and goblet cells (producers of the mucin component) have all been described with aging. Central nervous system changes are also known to occur with age, with decreased connectivity and network integrity noted in healthy older adults. With regards to the eye, changes in peripheral nerves due to age-related environmental stress and inflammation may propagate upwards and affect the function of the central aspect of the ocular sensory apparatus. In conclusion, sensitization of the ocular sensory apparatus is likely influenced by multiple environmental and genetic factors common to other chronic pain conditions and is likely an important driver of ocular pain and dry eye symptoms in the elderly but remains an understudied component of dry eye. New technology is needed to functionally assess the status of the ocular sensory apparatus and understand the impact of aging on dry eye. This information, combined with ocular surface measurements, will likely improve treatment, with a focus on agents that modulate ocular sensory apparatus function in appropriate individuals. 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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here is no doubt that the average age of orthodontic patients has lowered through the years. Just open a yearbook from the 50’s and 60’s and you will see many young adults wearing the stereotypical “train tracks” across their teeth. Movies have spoofed the usage of head gears during the high school years, which was common practice in that era. Braces have become smaller, sleeker, more colorful, and worn with pride by many preteens. For those of you who have young children at home, the main question is whether early treatment is right for your child. To best answer this question, it is first important to define some terms. When discussing “early treatment,” I personally prefer the term interceptive treatment. It has the connotation of catching something before it becomes a bigger problem. The more common and practical term is “Phased” orthodontic treatment. In this case, treatment done at an earlier age (usually between 6-9 years old) is referred to as Phase I. It is aimed at correction of habits, skeletal discrepancies, as well as severe abnormalities in dental eruption. The later treatment, Phase II, is usually done at around 11-13 years old in order to place all permanent teeth in an ideal position. I call it more practical because in most cases the second treatment is needed. The name serves as a reminder to the parents of this fact. Currently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the first orthodontic evaluation occur by age 7. Does this mean that all children require phased orthodontic treatment? Certainly not. The criteria for starting early treatment should be better or more predictable results. In my opinion, this is certainly the case when the upper jaw is too narrow and must be expanded, when upper front teeth are so protrusive (“buck”) that the incidence of trauma is much more likely (unless corrected), and cases of underbite (when the lower jaw is forward of the upper jaw). These treatments are “no brainers” for two reasons. The body of the younger patient is more amenable to these specific orthopedic (growth) corrections and statistically the preteen is more likely to traumatize a front tooth than at any other time. There are other times that treatment may be done for psychosocial reasons, as some children are very conscious of cosmetics. For those parents who are considering early treatment for their children, I recommend listening with an open mind. See if the reasons for starting treatment make sense to you. The rule of thumb would be “if it does not make sense, don’t do it! I find that most parents have a life philosophy which may make them either more or less open to preventative type treatments. As a parent, I find that I know what my child will be able to handle and be up to. Most importantly, if you decide as a family to start, have fun with it.

he term whiplash was first coined in 1928. Though primarily used to describe the type of injury suffered in rear-impact automobile accidents, over the years whiplash has also been used to refer to any neck injury caused by sudden motion of the head. Because of problems associated with the term whiplash, other phrases have emerged in recent years to try to better describe this type of injury, such as “cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) injury” and “cervical hyperextension/hyperflexion injury”. All these terms have short-comings, and as a result whiplash still remains an integral part of medical jargon. One of the most controversial issues in the study of whiplash – and one of profound interest to both the insurance and legal fields – revolves around injuries reportedly sustained in low speed rear-impact crashes. Can such collisions cause occupant injury? A study by Brault published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (1998) gives support to the claim soft tissue injury can occur as a result of low speed rear-impact collisions, despite the fact crash velocities are often so slow as to produce no damage to either vehicle.

In this study, human volunteer subjects underwent rear-impact collisions in which the crash velocities were set at 2.5 and 5 miles per hour. Of particular significance is these volunteers were first screened for any pre-existing spinal conditions, then seated in optimal positions with headrests positioned correctly, and finally were aware of the impending crash. In real-life accidents it is exceptionally rare to have all of these conditions in the occupant’s favor. For this reason, the results of this study are especially compelling. Under laboratory conditions designed to minimize injury, a significant 29% of occupants were found to have sustained injury at a crash velocity of 2.5 mph, and fully 38% sustained injury at 5 mph. In the real world, victims of rear-impact collisions were often not anticipating the impact, their head may have been turned, their seated posture was very likely poor resulting in their head being too far from the headrest, and frequently their headrests were positioned too low. Each of these factors amplify and compound the trauma that occurs to muscles, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels and bone. Now add to this list a spine that may not have optimal alignment, optimal curvature, or may have some other pre-existing abnormality or health condition. Perhaps this may not be the first such accident an individual has been involved in. As our understanding of whiplash trauma evolves, and more studies like this one support the contention low speed rear-end collisions do cause injury, the controversy regarding authenticity of such injuries may finally be put to rest.

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ROTARY NEWS

Be the Inspiration BY FRANK WALKER, WESTON ROTARY PRESIDENT

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s the Rotary Club of Weston enters its 32nd year as the premier community service organization in Broward County, we reflect upon this year’s theme, “Rotary: Be the Inspiration”. Barry Rassin, Rotary International President for the 2018-2019 Rotary year, chose this theme to exemplify what Rotary wants to accomplish in each community, namely, to inspire others to be the best they can. Be inspired to reach your full potential and help others be an inspiration in the families, in the occupation and in the community. However, the theme also is a bold shout out to the 1.5 million Rotarians in over 200 countries worldwide that we must be an inspiration to each other. It is an absolute honor and privilege to lead the Rotary Club of Weston in the coming Rotary year starting on July 1. The Rotary Club of Weston is a large, diverse and ever-evolving group of professionals that similarly believe the Rotary “Service Above Self” motto and in the power of helping those in need locally and internationally.

The Weston club sets out to foster, encourage and facilitate numerous meaningful and much needed community service projects throughout Weston, Broward County and across the globe. Locally, we will continue to work on initiatives, including but not limited to, Life Net 4 Families, The Harvest Drive, Hope Outreach, Susan B. Anthony Center for Recovery, and Habitat for Humanity. Globally, in 2018, our club will focus on literacy projects in Panama and clean water projects in the Bahamas, Colombia and Guatemala. Of course, we will also continue our unyielding support of the Polio Plus Program to ensure that we have a polio free world by the end of 2018. All projects are funded from the proceeds of our major charity event, the Rotary Run for Tomorrow, which occurs on December 9, 2018, at Cypress Bay High School. Our club also remains steadfast in its commitment to develop the leaders of tomorrow. Our other major event is our 32nd annual golf tournament which

provides the funds to support college scholarships. In May, our club awarded over 60 college scholarships to graduating seniors at Cypress Bay High School, Western High School, The Sagemont School and HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected and Disadvantaged Youth). These awards totaled well over $150,000 and exemplify why we remain one of the premier scholarship programs in Broward County, in conjunction with a strong community partnership with the Broward Education Foundation.  With all that, I am most proud of the exemplary manner in which our members go about to achieve their service goals. Our members are warm, passionate, engaging and eager to share their hearts for Service Above Self and the family of Rotary. I personally invite you to join us. Come serve with us and make a real difference in 2018! The Rotary Club of Weston meets Thursdays at 7:30am at the Weston Hills Country Club. For more information contact frankrotary2018@gmail.com visit www.WestonRotary.com.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

ACADEMIC OLYMPIANS

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The Manatee Bay Elementary 5th Grade Science Olympiads placed 2nd overall at a competition at FAU. The team, along with Advisor Ms. Weingartner, celebrated their accomplishment.

Congratulations to the Gator Run Elementary SECME team on receiving the Overall Best in the County award for the elementary school division. SECME is a nationwide STEM club that integrates science, mathematics, engineering, art and technology. The Gator Run team also won 1st place in the Water Bottle Rocket and Mousetrap Car events.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The Rotary Club of Weston presented 55 deserving students with college scholarships ranging from $250 to a two-year scholarship covering tuition and fees.

MARVELOUS MATHLETES

Everglades Elementary School competed at the BCCTM competition. Pictured here are Fifth Grade Teacher Stephanie Bauman with students Junsouh Hong, Aadish Kachhal, Luke Malinkauskas, and Roshini Shivakumar.

FUNDRAISER FUN

Manatee Bay Elementary students who raised a minimum of $100 for the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association were able to throw a shaving cream pie in the face of one of the school’s Specials Teachers or the PTA President. The school raised $11,800.

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COLLEGE BOUND

Cypress Bay High School held its annual Academic Signing Day. College Advisors Shari Bush and Ysabella Herrera celebrated with seniors as they officially announced where they will attend college.

Girl Scout Troop 10259 created a rock garden at Indian Trace Elementary School to promote an anti-bullying message. The theme of their project was peace, love, and happiness.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM SCHOOL

STUDENT SHOWCASE

Country Isles Elementary School hosted its annual Interactive Academic Fair to showcase student work. The event featured science experiments, math games, ladybug release, slime making, and performance by the school band.

ANIMAL ADVENTURE Fourth graders from Everglades Elementary School enjoyed a field trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Manatee Bay Elementary hosted its annual Night of the Arts. It featured musical performances and a gallery of student artwork.

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ART APPRECIATION

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The Cypress Bay High School cheerleaders cheered on runners as they crossed the finish line at the Cleveland Clinic Florida 5K Run/Walk to a Healthier Future.

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Weston BSO officers celebrated National Bike to School Day with students at Gator Run Elementary School. The event, which promotes safe routes to school, is part of a movement to encourage bicycling as a healthy way for kids and families to commute to school.

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SEEN ON SCENE

Artists Lifrancis Rojas, Kay Kiria and Lisa Botto Lee.

Palace VP of Construction Alon Ben-David, Weston City Commissioner Byron Jaffe, Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer, Palace Owners Jacob & Helen Shaham, Weston City Commissioners Margaret Brown, Toby Feuer, and Thomas Kallman.

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

Weston City Commissioners helped break ground on The Palace at Weston. The luxury senior living community, projected to open in 2020, will offer three distinct levels of care: independent, assisted living and memory care.

Weston Art Guild President Lynda Sauls with artist Monica Azpurua.

HEALTHY START Cleveland Clinic Florida hosted its 4th annual 5K Run/Walk to a Healthier Future. Awards were presented to the top finishers.

Artists Kay Kiria and Titi Mora.

ART APPRECIATION Kevin Favard & Cory Moogerfeld

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The Weston Art Guild held a reception to celebrate the opening of its “Now You See It” exhibit at the Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery.

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FASHIONABLE FRIENDS

Members of the Weston Friends Club enjoyed a luncheon and Chico’s fashion show.

Meet Ravikanth “Reddy” Chitepu, P.E., Weston’s new Director of Public Works. He brings more than 23 years of experience in civil anwwd environmental engineering.

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION

Weston resident Betty Politte (right) was among the volunteers honored by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts for donating their time to one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the U.S.

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GECKO PARX GRAND OPENING

Hundreds of families attended the grand opening of Gecko ParX. The 40,000 square foot indoor action park features ten different attractions including trampoline, ropes course, rock climbing, American Ninja course, multi-purpose pit for jousting and slackline, as well as a soft play area for young children. The one-of-a-kind facility also offers seven private party rooms and an adult lounge overlooking the play area.

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