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Brightline / Virgin Trains USA The New Aventura Stop Will Be a Major Transportation Boost For The City The $76 million in funding that was approved by the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners on October 11th for Brightline, now also known as Virgin Trains USA, to build a railway station in Aventura seems to be a win-win situation for everyone. Not only will it enable commuters from downtown Miami to access the Aventura Mall, Aventura Hospital and local businesses and professionals, but the complement for Aventura residents will be to zip down to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Arena, Bayside and downtown offices in just minutes. The best part? No traffic and parking issues. Aventura City Manager Ronald Wasson confirms the benefits. “I believe this will be something special for Aventura,” he says “The Brightline/Aventura stop will be a major transportation boost for our city. Not only will it easily bring Brickell and the new Downtown Miamians to our businesses, retailers, restaurants and professionals, but the door opens both ways for our folks here to catch a train and hop downtown for sports and entertainment.” Wasson is very familiar with this type of commute. He formerly was the city manager of Rockville Center, a station stop on the Long Island Railroad with direct connection to New York City from the most eastern parts of the Island. This window of opportunity opened for Aventura on October 11th when the Board of Commissioners of Miami-Dade County approved $76 million to fund Virgin Trains USA, the brand name for Brightline, to build a station in Aventura. Tri-Rail had been trying to do the same

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The Diary of Anne Frank, & More Gavin Creel - Sunday, January 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50-$55 with $75 VIP ticket Coming to Aventura as part of the Broadway Concert Series, Gavin Creel won the 2017 Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance as Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Creel is also a Tony Award nominee for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hair. Other Broadway

credits include La Cage Aux Folles, She Loves Me, The Book of Mormon and Waitress. VIP tickets include a pre-show sound check with the artist. The Diary of Anne Frank Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$49 The Olney Theatre Center’s National Players touring production tells the story of 13-year-old Anne Frank who, in 1941, goes into hiding with her family from

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school to the stage in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stand up for justice rather than sit back in apathy Lillias White - Sunday, February 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50-$55 with $75 VIP tickets The Broadway Concert Series continues with Lillias White who won the Tony Award®, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner for The Life and the Tony Award nominee for Fela! Her Broadway credits include Cats, Carrie, Dreamgirls,

Once On This Island, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Chicago. VIP tickets include a post-show meet and greet. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at aventuracenter.org, by phone at 877.311.7469 or 954.462.0222, or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

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two hours driving in rush hour traffic. However, plans do not stop for Virgin Trains USA here in South Florida. This rapidly growing company has an ambitious future in mind. Plans include a Brightline / Virgin expansion for direct service from Miami to Orlando Airport by 2022. Virgin Trains currently is in negotiation with the Florida Department of Transportation to lease right-of-way along the I-4 corridor to extend the line from Orlando International Airport to Downtown Tampa with a stop that includes Walt Disney World, and also is considering an extension to Jacksonville. Think about the possibilities of how this would open up easy transportation to major parts of the state for Aventura residents. Virgin Trains USA also recently acquired XpressWest, a rail corridor that already had Federal approval. With that acquisition, there is a plan in place to begin construction on a commuter line from Las Vegas to California in the first half of 2020. Initial impressions for Brightline service by commuters are very positive. Riders have remarked about how “European” Brightline seems with its

sleek design and comfort features. They report that the trips are relaxing and comfortable. As for safety, Brightline trains operate with locomotives at both ends, so they can simply reverse direction at the end of their run. This avoids the mechanical and electrical problems that can arise from couplings, and eliminates the nuisance and hazards on the vestibules between cars. Brightline operates with high-level platforms by having a bridge plate automatically extend from the car to fill the gap. This removes the need to climb steps, getting passengers on and off the train quickly and safely. It also makes the train universally accessible. All this is Virgin Trains’ mission in order to provide clean and efficient methods of travel locally and farther for commuters and travelers. Projections for completion of the Aventura Station are one year from now. As for the possible near $10 cost of a one-way ticket, Aventura City Manager Ron Wasson was quick to ask “How much does it cost if you ride the Express lane of I-95 in rush hour?” Good thought, and we need to consider how much more is the value of a comfortable stress-free ride to work or on the way for fun?”


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Eight years ago, when she was only 20, Dene Rorie began to experience pain in her eyes and blurry vision. Her primary care physician sent her to Dr. Dan Llewellyn, optometrist, who diagnosed her with Keratoconus, a condition in which the cornea, the clear tissue in front of the eye, slowly weakens, becomes misshapen, and bulges outward into the shape of a cone. Keratoconus can rarely be very painful and always distorts and reduces vision. Dene had the condition in both eyes. Symptoms of Keratoconus usually first appear in early teen

or young adult years, such as in the case of Dene. Its cause is unknown, but researchers suggest that the weakening of the corneal tissue that leads to Keratoconus may be due to an enzyme imbalance in the cornea that makes it more susceptible to oxidative damage. Since the condition has appeared in families such as Dene’s, susceptibility to having it may be due to an inherited gene, but not necessarily so. Because of the irritation and itching it creates, Keratoconus can also be caused or worsened by increased rubbing of the eyes. It is a chronic condition that slowly worsens and lasts a life-

time. Symptoms can include blurred vision and sensitivity to light and glare. In later stages, scarring can develop in the area of the corneal bulge, which can cause pain and further decreased vision Dr. Llewellyn advised Dene that possibly, she would need surgery to slow progression and help prevent more damage. Meanwhile, he prescribed contact lenses that could help with her vision. However, the pain persisted and her vision worsened. Then one morning last year, Dene woke up unable to see at all out of her left eye. Upon examination, Dr. Llewellyn saw

fluid build-up inside the cornea, medically termed Hydrops. Hydrops can be painful. The pain became so intense and her vision so blurred that Dene was not able to work at her hospitality job. That’s when Dr. Llewellyn sent Dene to Dr. Stanley Braverman. He treated the hydrops conservatively with medication drops, hoping that with time, the fluid buildup in the cornea would resolve, and that she would not need a corneal transplant. Fortunately, after three months, the hydrops resolved. She was offered a newer, much less invasive pro-

cedure to halt the progression of her Keratoconus. The procedure is known as Collagen Cross Linking, and it has been approved by the FDA in the United States for the last two years. She decided to go through with this surgery. In the past, corneal transplants were performed, but they were not always successful for this condition and it is very invasive surgery. Thankfully, in 2016, the FDA approved Corneal Collagen Cross Linking. The USA is the 145th country in the world to approve this procedure. It was initially studied in Dresden, Germany, and was approved there in the late 1990’s Corneal Collagen Crosslinking strengthens the cornea and halts the deteriorating progression of keratoconus. It involves the physician repeatedly instilling a specially formulated riboflavin-based medication into the eye under an ultra-violet (UV) light. The UV assists the collagen fibers in the cornea to chemically bond with each other. The result is a strengthening of the cornea. Corneal Collagen Cross-linking does not 100% correct the condition, but it does arrest progression and improves the condition in at least 50% of the treated patients, which improves quality of life. Contact lenses or prescription glasses may further help to improve the patient’s sight to the best corrected vision. As a leader in ophthalmologic research and new procedures, Dr. Braverman performs Corneal Collagen Cross-linking in a specially outfitted surgical suite in his Hollywood office. His office is the only FDA approved site in all of Broward County! With FDA approval, most insurance companies will provide coverage for a patient with a history of the problem and symptoms of its deteriorating effects. “Dr. Braverman did my right eye in January and my left eye in June,” says Dene. “My vision became so much clearer with the addition of new contacts, and I have no pain! Dr Braverman and his staff have been wonderful, so sensitive and professional,” she added, “which really helped me

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CITY NEWS BRAVERMAN Continued From Pg 8 through the process in such a positive way.” About Dr. Stanley Braverman Dr. Stanley Braverman is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/ Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is also an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the Nova Southeastern School of Optometry and the official LASIK and Cataract Surgeon for the Florida Panthers. Along with treating patients, Dr. Braverman, a board certified ophthalmologist, has been a medical researcher, and is the inventor of several eye surgical instruments, and author of many articles for medical journals. Dr. Braverman’s newly trademarked LACE™ procedure (Laser Assisted Cataract Extraction) provides the best possible cataract surgical results. He has lectured at pro-

fessional meetings about upgraded lens implants, advanced cataract surgery and LASIK, both nationally and internationally. He has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Fifteen Leaders in Laser Eye Surgery in 2011, and recently co-authored a book on Z-Lasik that is being distributed internationally. You can find it on Amazon.com. An initial cataract, LASIK or Collagen Cross Linking consultation can be scheduled by calling the Braverman Eye Center at: (954) 458-2112 or (305) 374-8694. For additional information please contact Regina Vasquez, Surgical Coordinator for cataract surgery, or Rosemary Hartford, LASIK and Corneal Collagen Cross-linking Surgical Coordinator, or visit the Braverman Eye Center website at www.braver maneyecenter.com - where you can watch a video of cataract or LASIK surgery and learn more about all of the latest advances in cataract surgery and upgraded lens implants, as well as LASIK Surgery, including Near-Far

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After 20 year of treating veins and using lasers, we are always adding new and cutting edge techniques to our practice. We have been treating veins large and small with lasers, radio frequency, microphlebectomies and liquid and foam sclerosants for years. Now, many insurances are covering the foam sclerotherapy called Varithena. Varithena is a proprietary foam of an FDA approved solution Asclera which is used to close medium to large size varicose veins and venous insufficiency. Usually this is performed under ultrasound guidance with little to no down time and no cuts or incisions. The patient must use compression hose and often local compression over the vein post procedure and stay active but this a great way to treat many problematic veins. How has your practice changed in recent years? Our practice is always changing, evolving and expanding. We strive to be on the cutting edge

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CITY NEWS Picoway has won laser of the year. It is one of the newest and best lasers for skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, spot removal, collagen building and reducing the signs of aging with no pain or down time.

FOXS Continued From Pg 10 with several of our procedures to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz from the skin to help add a beautiful glow to the complexion. Will any of my procedures be covered by insurance? If you have symptoms due to your veins or venous insufficiency then often insurance will ask the person to try conservative measures and if these don’t work in a reasonable amount of time, then they will often cover vein procedures. What about my spider veins? Usually spider veins are not covered by insurance. We offer a variety of treatments and discounted packages for spider veins. The gold standard to treat spider veins is sclerotherapy where we inject a solution into the vein and the vein gradually scars down and seals shut over several weeks. Other options

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Aventura Teacher Planning Day Programs Wondering what to do when school is out? Register for one of Aventura’s many programs during school breaks including teacher planning days, winter camp, spring camp and the 10-week summer camp program. Registration for Teacher Planning Day (TPD) programs and camps can be completed online (cityofaventura.com) using the City of Aventura’s Online Registration System (ORS), or in person at the Community Recreation Center, Founders Park, or Waterways Park. Please be advised that an Aventura ID card is required to register using the ORS. When school is not in session due to teacher planning days, the City offers children ages 5-14 a day-camp feel with a variety of enrichment activities such as sports, health & wellness programs, games, arts & crafts, project-based learning, and recreational activities. The programs are held at the Aventura Community Recreation Center at 3375 NE 188 Street. The fee for each day includes all activities, supplies and lunch at a rate of $43 for residents and $52 for nonresidents. The program is held from 7:00

a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the following days: • A Happy Heart is a Thankful Heart on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - Hearts are filled to the brim this time of year, so join Aventura friends to say thanks with a cheer. • April Showers Bring May Flowers on Friday, April 10, 2020 - Celebrate the blooming season with friends at a spring fling in Aventura. • Sunny Days are Here Again on Thursday, June 4, 2020 Splish, splash, it’s a summer bash! Get together with friends, and have a blast! • A Scoop of Summer on Friday, June 5, 2020 - Celebrate a sweet summer! Enjoy an ice cream party filled with many delicious toppings full of color. For additional information regarding camps or Teacher Planning Day programs, please contact the Aventura Community Recreation Center at 305466-3883.

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There’s “Snow” Place like the City this Winter! Celebrate winter break Florida style at the Aventura Community Recreation Center where campers ages 514 make new friends and enjoy a variety of activities such as sports, art, science, fitness, and much more! When: December 23, 2019 January 3, 2020 - 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (There will be no camp on December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020.) Where: Aventura Community Recreation Center 3375 NE 188 Street. The program fee for each day includes all activities, supplies and lunch at a rate of $136 for residents and $163 for nonresidents.

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For the fourteenth year in a row, The Village at Gulfstream Park has outdone itself with an annual extravaganza, this year Introducing its” Symphony in Lights”. On Opening Night, November 9th, thousands gathered to enjoy the splendor of the season kickoff. Aside from the spectacle of dancing lights synchronized to fabulous holiday music, there were live performances, warm welcomes… and of course, Santa! Emcee for the evening was Lynn Martinez, news anchor at WSVN-Channel 7, media sponsor for the event. She introduced principal representatives of the other sponsors that include Florida Power & Light, the City of Hallandale Beach and the YMCA of South Florida. At 6:30 on the 9th, triumphant seasonal sounds of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra heralded the flip of the switch for the magnificent “Symphony in

Lights”, a dazzling display of lights in motion choreographed to the music. Holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was selected because of its powerfully strong tempo, which added to the drama of the lights reflecting off the trees in The Village. During the evening, firstnighters enjoyed Christmas carol renditions from various choral groups, including the 50member Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, the 60-member Hallandale Magnet Marching Band, and a local band called Pulse, who performed a crowdpleasing mixture of music from top 40s to Latin to seasonal. That was then, but “Symphony in Lights” is ongoing. The extravaganza will continue with its synchronized music every night during the holiday season thru December 31st. Gulfstream principals reported that more than 250,000 LED

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The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s performances this December feature concerts, international film, ballet, classical music and comedy. These shows will be quite a holiday treat for you and your family. The City of Aventura presents a Smart Stage Matinee performance of Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s The Nutcracker on Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m. Set to Tchaikovsky’s popular score based on the tale of E.T.A. Hoffmann, the critically acclaimed performance is choreographed and directed by renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, with an enthusiastic ballet company featuring its team of professional dancers performing the principal roles, as well as a community cast made up of local character artists and children for the party scene. A true holiday tradition and a wonderful introduction to the ballet for grades 4-12. For group sales, please call 954.660.6307 or email groups@Broward Center.org. Single tickets are limited. Tickets are $10 with $3 lap seats for infants 12-months or younger. A traditional holiday favorite, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents the classic ballet The Nutcracker on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. set to Tchaikovsky’s popular score based on the tale of E.T.A Hoffmann. The critically acclaimed performance is choreographed and directed by renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, with an enthusiastic ballet company featuring its team of professional dancers performing the principal roles, as well as a community cast made up of local character artists and children for the party scene. The Nutcracker’s engaging choreography is guaranteed to entertain audiences of all ages. Tickets are $40 with $5 lap seats for children ages 12 months and under. The Miami International Piano Festival continues with The Magic of Opera Arias and Piano Masterpieces on Sunday, December 15 at 5 p.m. This unique program will provide a dialogue between pianists and opera singers of great romantic masterpieces and leads the audience into a journey of these two great art forms. Born in Holguin, Cuba, soprano Eglise Gutiérrez has been named by Opera News as “one of opera’s next wave.” She has performed in opera houses throughout the world and has received universal acclaim. Winner of the 2016 Gilmore Young Artist Award, pianist Micah


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deductible.” So, with that in mind, here is an inexpensive project that could save you a lot of money in the long run. Inspect plumbing connections, appliance hoses and pipes for leaks. Refrigerators with icemakers or water dispensers, dishwashers and washing machines all have hoses that connect to your water supply. If these hoses wear out, blister or crack, or the connections loosen, they can cause leaks that can cause a lot of damage to your home and appliances. Replace these hoses with steelbraided hoses because they are less likely to fail and can be purchased at your local hardware store for around $20. Consult your owner’s manual for hose specifications and recommended replacement intervals. Periodically inspect the pipes under your kitchen and bathroom sinks for leaks. Also, if there’s a bathroom in your home that’s seldom used, turn the faucets on and off, and

flush the toilet once a week to ensure water continues flowing through the pipes properly. “Oftentimes, people will notice a brown spot on the ceiling, bulge in the wall or swelling cabinets - all indicators of water build-up or leaks and most homeowners policies don’t cover longterm leaks,” said O’Rourke. “It’s important to address these things as soon as possible because they can create extensive damage if left untreated.” If you suspect you may have a leak, but the source isn’t easily accessible, time is of the essence. The average cost to hire a plumber is about $300, which is less than the potential amount of damage an untreated leak might cause. Taking care of your property now with these simple maintenance tips could save you time and money in the long run.

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Flood Insurance 101 A flood policy backed by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is separate from a homeowner’s, business or renter’s insurance policy, and is serviced by private insurance companies. Flood insurance provides various levels of coverage for both building and contents, depending on the type of policy you purchase and the type of structure being insured. “It is important to discuss individual coverage needs and the coverages offered by the NFIP policy with an insurance agent,” said Cassie Masone, Vice President of Flood Operations for Selective Insurance—one of the top five largest writers of NFIP flood insurance in the country. “We have strong partnerships with independent insurance agents across the country who can help you find the right coverage based on your geographic area and overall flood exposure,” continued Masone. “Selective Insurance offers this valuable coverage to not only help rebuild properties but also to help people rebuild their lives following a flood.”

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