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“EXPLODING” Community Invited To Benefit Tomorrow Dania Beach Is Growing In All Areas

By Marylynne Newmark sfsuntimes@aol.com

Those are the exact words of Dan Murphy, Economic Development Manager for the city. Driving east on Dania Beach Boulevard to the beach, the changes are very apparent. The old Dania Beach Hotel on the corner of Dania Beach Boulevard and Federal Highway has been leveled, with the property planned to be the keystone of downtown redevelopment with an

upscale multimillion dollar condo complete with restaurants and retail space. There is also signage indicating that the Hollywood Holocaust Museum will be relocating to a renovated building on Federal Highway just south of Old Griffin Road. The two shopping centers east of Federal Highway on the south side of Dania Beach Boulevard were the first commercial upgrades several years ago for

this formerly sleepy city. Across the street, Key College and several commercial buildings add another perspective to growth. One block east, Dania Beach Jai-Alai and Casino and its surrounding property was recently purchased by an Argentine group with plans for a large expansion of the gaming areas, while retaining normal activity for Jai-Alai and pari-mutuel fans; plans are also pro-

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Larry Blustein, editor of South Florida Sun Times, frequent sports writer for the Miami Herald, high school sports commentator on WQAM, and highly visible interviewer on ESPN’s Generation Next Sports Network, has been struggling to win his own game during the past ten years. Larry has been very open in the media in his personal battle with polycystic kidney disease and has been an outspoken voice for the countless children and adults waiting for transplants as their health deteriorates. His, as well as their long hard journey usually is paved with a road of challenges and disappointments. When the public

Larry Blustein (Left) and Steve Cummings when Larry was inducted into the Broward County High School Wrestling Hall of Fame became aware of the struggle that Larry Blustein endured, waiting for a transplant match and the enormous cost of finding, matching, physical preparation and the procedure itself, he was encouraged to start a

foundation to help others going through the same ordeal. That was the birth of the Our Boy Blu Foundation. After years of searching for a match among family and personal friends,

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City Of Hollywood Advisory Board Appointments Applications Now Being Accepted The City of Hollywood is seeking applicants to serve on various Boards and Committees of the City on a voluntarily basis. Appointments will be made by the City Commission on

Firefighters’ Pension Board, Green Team Advisory Committee, Historic Preservation Board, Hollywood Housing Authority, Marine Advisory Board, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Advisory Appointments will be made by the Board, Planning and Development Board, City Commission on June 25, Police Officer’s Pension Board, Unsafe, 2014 at 4:30 PM. The Office of Structures Board, & Young Circle ArtsPark the City Clerk is currently Advisory Board accepting applications To be considered for any appointment, June 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM. The Office applicants must comply with specific of the City Clerk is currently requirements for each board accepting applications for vacant or committee. The application deadline expiring positions that exist on the is Friday, May 16, 2014. You can following: apply online at the City’s website Affordable Housing Advisory www.hollywoodfl.org All completed Committee, African American interest forms must have a resume Advisory Council, Artwork, Selection attached and be returned to the Committee, Civil Service Board, Office of the City Clerk at Hollywood Community Development Advisory City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard. Board, Crime, Watch Advisory Board, For additional information, contact Education Advisory Committee, the Office of the City Clerk at Employees’ Retirement Plan, 954.921.3211.

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Sam Simon, Director of business development, and Laurent Meyer, Founder and CEO of EnsureYourRent™ By Marylynne Newmark sfsuntimes@aol.com

It’s a concept that has worked in Europe for decades with proven success. So much so that, unlike American landlords, European property owners do not stress out when the rent is due. According to Laurent Meyer, founder and CEO of EnsureYourRent™, “In the US alone, 46 million tenants stop paying rent yearly, resulting in a total loss of $7 billion in residential rental

HALLANDALE BEACH Hallandale Beach City Commissioners paid tribute to one of their own last week as Vice Mayor Alex Lewy resigned from the commission. The Vice Mayor, who occupied seat two, resigned to take a position in Miami. Page 1D

income for property owners. Additionally, U.S. landlords will spend huge amounts of money on tenants who renege on their leases. When tenants fail to pay their monthly rent, it puts a huge strain on the landlord who still is obligated to pay a mortgage payment, building insurances, repairs, collection fees, court fees, attorney fees and maintenance. Seeing all the things that landlords

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EnsureYourRent What we cover? Unpaid Rent + Collections + Evictions ™

EnsureYourRent™ go through during the entire rental process, Meyer came to the United States with a revolutionary idea: guarantee unpaid rent. when your tenant don’t pay the rent, we pay! Especially in Florida which is loaded with rental properties. “What EnsureYourRent™ does for the landlord is to guarantee that their rental income is safe and secure, “ says Meyer. “Everyone wants reliable tenants,” he adds, “but that doesn’t always happen. There are a number

From Page 1A process (not to mention the stress, time consumption and aggravation) and collections adds up to thousands of dollars. With EnsureYourRent™ the landlord never has to deal with any of the hassle. “When your tenant doesn’t pay the rent, we pay!” pronounces Meyer. “Costs range from 4.99% to 9.99% of the monthly rent based on the results of our patent-pending screening process,” says Meyer, “but peace of mind for the landlord is 100%. And

Seeing all the things that landlords go through during the entire rental process, Meyer (L) came to the United States with a revolutionary idea: guarantee unpaid rent. When your tenant don’t pay the rent, we pay! help landlords and other property owners who have a portfolio of any size, from one property to thousands of properties. As Meyer explains, “Everyone is subject to the loss of rental income. But with EnsureYourRent™ everyone can now be protected!” Prior to becoming founder & CEO of EnsureYourRent™, Meyer had success in an extensive background in real estate and businesses in the U.S. since coming from France seven

internet-based applications and expert in the SaaS and API development. Sam Simon is Director of Business Development. Simon brings decades of experience to EnsureYourRent™ in marketing and promotion as a corporate entertainer, motivational speaker and trainer. In fact, it was a recent performance that Meyer attended that lead to some conversations, a friendship and Sam developing a passion for what Laurent has endeavored to do with E n s u r e Yo u r R e n t ™ . Simon will be spearheading being the face…and voice…of the company, introducing the various markets to E n s u r e Yo u r R e n t ™ through a series of motivational presentations, as well as training the growing staff of the company. E n s u re Yo u r R e n t ™ has been successfully issuing guarantees in Florida since February and that will continue until September 2014, when the company begins working on its national expansion. Both Laurent and Simon will be working to develop relationships with investors for financial backing to take EnsureYourRent™ national, with plans to be available in all 50 states before the end of 2015.

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of reasons why people cannot pay rent their rent, including medical disasters, job loss or just poor money management.” “EnsureYourRent™ is a service that completely takes the burden off the landlord,” says Meyer. “If a tenant has to be evicted, the staff at EnsureYourRent™ will handle the eviction process as well as collections. When a landlord signs with us,” he states, “it changes everything.” The landlord continues to receive their rental income and, thanks to EnsureYourRent™, can rely on a steady income stream. The major advantage to EnsureYourRent™ is the tremendous savings…not cost…to the landlord. The loss of revenue from just one tenant not paying the rent for three months, combined with the costs incurred from the eviction

the cost to the landlord can be passed on to the tenant making it a free guarantee for the landlord.” The agreement covers up to six months of unpaid rent, court costs, attorney fees and collection costs. “From all the work and research that has been done in this business, we know exactly why this works,” Meyer states. “Just go to the website www.ensureyourrent.com, and your financial life will change for the better.” And while unpaid rent is the primary emphasis with EnsureYourRent™, the company also guarantees loss of income from abandonment, death and if the tenant is required to relocate (and therefore break the lease) because of military assignment. EnsureYourRent™ was created to

years ago. Meyer also has a history of innovative business concepts. In 2006, he developed a national business of renting GPS devices through all major airport car rental locations in the USA, called Rent GPS™. Meyer also developed a national franchise brand named FLASHCOPIE™ in France. When assembling this company, Meyer wanted the very best in all phases of the operation. Adding Achint Verma, who is the Vice President/Engineer, was a huge addition in growing the company. Achint brings over 8 years of technology experience to the company. He has been working with many startups in Silicon Valley and worked on a large project-hosting platform at Stanford University. He is passionate for

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Well Deserved Honor Sun Times columnist Steve Cummings received the highest honors at the recent Florida District Key Club Convention in Orlando as he was presented in the photo with the G. Harold Martin Fellowship for unselfish and untiring service to Kiwanis International. Steve has been a Kiwanian for twenty years and is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach. The G. Harold Martin Fellowship is the highest service award given out by Kiwanis International. Additionally, Cummings was presented with the Key of Honor award for service for his work with the Hallandale High School Key Club and his generous financial contributions to the Florida District of Key Club International. The Key of Honor is the highest service award presented by Key

Club International. Steve is credited with starting the key club at Hallandale High School in 2002. As the club has been recognized for it’s outstanding community service. He has also served as Lt. Governor for division 24 during 2005-2006 where he received the distinction as the Outstanding Lt. Governor in the state of Florida and was recognized as the Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor to Key Club in the state of Florida in 2012. In 2007, Cummings built a Kiwanis Club in Cooper City that is flourishing. Presenting the award to Steve Cummings is Jeff Berson (left) who was also one of three individuals to receive the prestigious G. Harold Martin Award at this year’s Key Club Convention. Jeff has been a member of Kiwanis for 28 years and is

a member of the Kiwanis Club of North Miami Beach/ Sunny Isles Beach. Berson was the recipient of the Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor to Key Club in 2013 selected among 300 advisors who serve in that role. Jeff supervises key clubs at

North Miami Beach H.S., New World School of the Arts and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School at Florida International University. Jeff reports that Dr. Michael Krop High School key club will become reactivated next year.

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Keller Williams Sixth Annual “RED Day” Lend a Hand Feeding South Florida Keller Williams associates may have taken the day off on Thursday, May 8, 2014, but it was hardly a day of rest. Associates with the Keller Williams Elite Properties office in Aventura chose to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, the company’s annual day of service, dedicated to renewing, energizing, and donating to their local communities. As part of the RED Day effort, Keller Williams Elite Properties had chosen to spend the day with Feeding South Florida – starting at 8:00AM and continuing until mission accomplished, feeding the hungry. This is the second year the Aventura office has spent ”RED day” at Feeding South Florida. “We love coming here to help Feeding South Florida, not only does it give us a great feeling of giving back, we see the amount of need and it

motivates us to help make change”, says Brenda Frank - Keller Williams Elite Properties. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts, and transforming lives through innovative programming and education. If you would like to offer your service helping Feeding South Florida you can reach their main office at 954.518.1818. Since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community service through activities ranging from food and blood drives to cleaning up trash in public parks, revamping gardens at nursing homes and rebuilding homes and schools for community members in need. To this day, it is one of the largest events in the real estate industry.

Berson is currently in the process of building a CKI Club (college affiliation of Kiwanis) at Florida International North campus. Congratulations to both dedicated individuals for their service to their communities.

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success finally was reached when a childhood friend of Larry’s who became aware of his plight, volunteered for testing and proved to be ideal. “Larry and I have worked together for 26 years,” says Craig Farquhar, president of the South Florida Sun Times, “and I know that this disease has been a long and difficult battle for him. He is a dear friend and I know if anyone can pull through this procedure, it would be him.” When Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, who has worked closely with the South Florida Sun Times for the years, heard that Larry had his donor and finally was approved for his lifesaving transplant, she also became aware of the cost. She was moved to plan a benefit for the Our Boy Blu Foundation, along with her husband, Dr. Harry Cooper and Hallandale Beach Commissioner Bill Julian and Steve Cummings, president and past-president respectively of the Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach. “When I last saw Larry, he told me that transplants can cost upwards of $100,000,” says Mayor Cooper, “with much of the cost bared by families of loved ones. That is one of the reasons he decided to share his story to help develop awareness of the needs of those needing transplants.” She also elaborated on Larry’s dedication to the community and especially the generations of student athletes he has helped throughout the county. “We have to do something special for Larry,” she adds, “he means so much to our community.” Steve Cummings of Kiwanis agrees. “Larry Blustein is best known as an expert in high school football talent, but many may not know that he has also been the official announcer at the Florida High School Wrestling Championships in Lakeland for the past 25 years and has served as Police Athletic League Program Director.” He added, “Larry Blustein, our own boy Blu, is personally responsible for promoting thousands of college football scholarships through publicity and unselfish contacts he has provided for high school athletes during the past 35 years.” The Our Boy Blu Benefit is planned for tomorrow evening, Friday May 16 from 5 to 7 PM at the Upper Deck Ale and Sports Grille, 906 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd in Hallandale. The entire community is invited. For a recommended minimum $25 per person donation, attendees can enjoy a bountiful buffet and one drink, and feel the pleasure of contributing to a worthy foundation in support of a fabulous man. Upper Deck says they have plenty of room, so come on down.

The community is invited to a fund raising event to benefit the OUR BOY BLU FOUNDATION Friday, May 16 between 5 and 7 PM Upper Deck Ale and Sports Grille 906 E. hallandale Beach Blvd Hallandale Beach, FL Hosted by Mayor Joy Cooper, Dr. Harry Cooper and the Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach Recommended contribution $25 includes Bountiful Buffet and one drink


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Hollywood residents meet with local architects and design professionals to get free advice on sprucing up their homes during the Great Neighborhoods Challenge Speed Design Workshop, Plant Sale and Recycled Paint Giveaway.

Free House Paint, Design Advice and Discounted Plants for Hollywood Residents By Raelin Storey, Public Affairs Director - City Of Hollywood

The City of Hollywood’s Great Neighborhoods Challenge II is going on now with events, giveaways, deals and discounts to help you make your home or business look its best. As part of this property improvement contest, home and business owners can win thousands in cash prizes for upgrading the curb appeal of their property. This Saturday, May 17, from 8 am to noon, Hollywood is hosting a Recycled Paint Giveaway, Plant Sale and Design Workshop to assist residents who are taking part in the

challenge. If you’re wondering what improvements you should make or are in need of expert advice on how to spruce up your property, spend your Saturday morning at the David Park Community Center, 108 North 33rd Court in Hollywood. Architects, designers, master gardeners, and other home improvement professionals will be offering free advice and ideas to help you with your property improvement project. Bring exterior photos of your property and get valuable input from local

design professionals during the speed design sessions and take part in workshops on native species and habitats. A colorful selection of Florida-friendly, native and tropical plants will be available for purchase at a discounted rate for GNCII participants. Plants will be organized by area (sun, shade, water) to make your selection easier. Residents can also get a free tree from the Brighter Future Foundation -- if you decide to sign up to have your yard certified as a wildlife habitat,

you can get up to three additional trees. The City’s Department of Public Works will be distributing up to 20 gallons of high-quality exterior recycled paint – free of charge – to Hollywood residents and business owners who provide a valid government issued ID with a Hollywood address. If you enter the Great Neighborhoods Challenge, you could be eligible to win up to $2,500 dollars if your home is judged as one of the most improved in your neighborhood.

The Great Neighborhoods Challenge II continues through July 31st. For more information on joining the challenge, visit www.hollywoodfl.org/GNCII. While you’re there, print your DISCOUNTS & DEALS coupon card. These businesses have partnered with the City to help improve the curb appeal of homes and businesses across Hollywood. a If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at 954.921.3271.

The City Honors Fallen Heroes in the Salute to the Fallen by Toni Bridges, Program and Events Manager - City Of Hollywood

In observance of Memorial Day, the City of Hollywood will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country during the Salute to the Fallen on Sunday, May 25 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Boulevard Heights Community Center. LED candles will be distributed during check-in, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Following an official welcome, the candlelight procession will begin and continue through the neighborhood surrounding the community center. Upon the return of the procession, light refreshments will be served. A Fallen Hero Digital Board featuring names of fallen heroes will be on display and the 13th Army Band Florida National Guard will perform on the outdoor amphitheater stage. The evening will close with inter-faith prayers in remembrance of fallen heroes. To RSVP or to pre-register your loved one for the digital display, e-mail your hero’s name, service with police, fire, first responders or branch of military, year of birth and year of passing to events@hollywoodfl.org. RSVP’s are requested but not required for attendance. Please RSVP or preregister your fallen hero by Monday, May 19. The Boulevard Heights Community Center is

Salute to the Fallen Sunday, May 25 - 7:30 p.m. Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Garfield Street

located at 6770 Garfield Street. Ample free parking is available. Please bring a chair or blanket for seating. For additional information please

contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, Special Events, at 954.921.3404 or visit www.hollywoodfl.org.


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The City of Hallandale Beach commission approves a major development agreement By Mayor Joy Cooper Last week, the city commission approved a major development agreement for CVS pharmacy at the corner of Three Islands Boulevard and Hallandale Beach Boulevard. The agreement has taken over a year to reach and the vote was unanimous. Many people were opposed to another office, condo or hotel at the corner, so they supported CVS. What many did not realize was that CVS from the start only wanted to plop down a standard designed box store at the entrance of this neighborhood and on the main thoroughfare of the city. If it was not for a lawsuit or their need for variances that is exactly what would have occurred. Many residents know that we as commissioners are not able to state how we are going to vote on an item before it comes to us. In this case, it was also compounded by a lawsuit over a long standing easement that impacted every property along the canal. This was one leverage point for the city. During executive ses-

sion, I asked that we go back and examine the negotiated development agreement reached with the European Club on the same issue and ask for impacts including improvements to the fire station. In addition, I asked that they pay to offset the cleaning of the canal. Since this is a commercial retail building, litter in the area will be an issue. Particularly to our waterway. In addition, to the fire station and the waterway, the city manager suggested the clearing of the Australian pines along the canal. This was fine but, I also asked that it be landscaped with new trees. The commission agreed to these terms and CVS agreed to pay the impacts. Staff and the city manager for months asked that the store be designed to meet our design criteria. They were required by code to build two stories or a minimum of 30 feet. CVS’s interpretation was the same as the two other new banks on the boulevard and Diplomat Mall out parcel applicants; their buildings could be 30

feet and not have to be two stories. At this site, the original two story building on the site was a bank with offices on top. In essence, building one story devalues the tax base of the site. At a minimum, staff wanted an aesthetically pleasing building, built to the same standard of the prototype CVS building in Hollywood. CVS would not agree. Many heard I did not support CVS for these reasons and they were half right. I did not want the property devalued but most importantly, I did not want our city and residents short changed. CVS went through revision after revision with staff. They only agreed to their traditional store with some added stone pillars in front and on my insistence agreed to a LEED certified development. During the hearing, the commission agreed that the store needed to look if not the same, but better than the Pembroke store. I asked that the commission consider a requirement to upgrade not just the front façade but improve the west façade so our residents are

not looking a blank cement wall. Staff was directed to work with CVS and update the building design as directed by the commission. This past Tuesday, the Special meeting to appoint a commissioner to fill the vacated seat was postponed until Tuesday, the meeting will take place on Tuesday May 20th starting at 4 p.m., 19 residents applied for the position so the start time was moved up to 4 p.m. This will give the commission ample time to hear from the applicants and deliberate over the appointment. Also, in order to save time on Tuesday, I have asked for an agenda item during the Monday Special Commission Workshop meeting to discuss the process after the application presentations. On behalf of the city commission, I apologized for any inconveniences this may have caused, but two commissioners were unable to make the meeting due to personal emergencies. I was so pleased to find out the Larry Blustein has received his transplant and is on the tough road to recov-

ery. Please remember to join us at the Upper Deck on East Hallandale Beach starting at 5:30 p.m. for a fundraiser honoring him and supporting “Our Boy Blu Foundation”. Buffet will be served with one drink. Suggested donation is $25. Please call me at: (954) 632-5700 if you have questions. Hope to see you there! The city is holding the first ever Virtual Town Hall to discuss the 2014-2015 budget. You can interact and ask questions without even leaving your living room. On Thursday May 29th at 6 p.m. you can phone in or log in new line for the City Manager’s presentation via phone and web. For more information, visit our website. We will also be sending a reverse call to give more information to our residents on how to participate. As always feel free to reach out to me with your questions, concerns and ideas to make our city a better place at my office number: (954) 457-1318, My cell/ text: (954) 632-5700. Or visit my web-site at: www.mayorjoycooper.com.

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood to Present the Florida BRICK Creation Challenge LEGO Contest ®

HOLLYWOOD - In conjunction with the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s summer exhibition The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring In Pieces, Florida residents ages 6 and older are invited to use their own LEGO® pieces to create and compete in the Florida BRICK Creation Challenge. LEGO® creations entered into this exciting, statewide contest will be displayed in the Center’s gallery. Each participating group of entrants will be awarded prizes according to the contest categories. First-place prizes will be awarded for ages 6-10, 11-15, 16 and up; and Teams/Families. Honorable mentions will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. Individual winners will receive LEGO® gift cards. Team/Family winners will receive a gift certificate to enjoy a pizza party. All accepted entries will be displayed in the Center’s galleries from Tuesday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 10. The awards presentation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Center. Creations must be glued together and completely secured with no loose parts. All entrants will receive two complimentary gallery passes to attend the Florida BRICK Creation Challenge exhibition and a certificate acknowledg-

ing their participation at the awards ceremony. LEGO® entries may be delivered in person to the Center, from Saturday, July 26 to Monday, Aug. 4, during summer gallery hours, which are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Entries may also be mailed at the participant’s expense to the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood, FL 33020. Space is limited, and entries will be accepted on a first-come basis. All mailed entries must arrive at the Center no later than Monday, Aug. 4. For more information about the competition, please call 954.921.3274 or visit ArtAndCultureCenter.org. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, live stage performances and high-quality education programs for adults and children. The Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through programs that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity. For more information on Nathan Sawaya, visit brickartist.com. Funding for The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring

In Pieces is provided in part by a Cultural Tourism Program grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa; and AutoNation.


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STEIN MART

Grand Opening Today!

In 1905, Sam Stein came to America with $43 and a dream of a better life. Today, Sam Stein’s grandson, Jay Stein, is continuing to make that dream come true – growing from his grandfather’s first store in Greenville, Miss., to more than 260 stores nationwide. And now, for the first time, Stein Mart is open in the Miami area! At Stein Mart, whether you’re looking for the latest ladies or men’s fashions, or stylish items for your home, you’ll find all the designer names you trust – without the designer prices. We’ve set the standard for upscale discount shopping, with savings of up to 60% off department store prices, every day. To celebrate Stein Mart’s arrival in the Miami area, we have an

amazing lineup of activities planned Thursday, May 15, at our newest store, 19915 Biscayne Blvd. in Aventura (in the former Loehmann’s location). Doors open at 9 a.m. and throughout the day, meet representatives from labels you love: • Attyre • RXB • Reebok Swim • Callaway • Earl Jeans • Seven7 Denim • Ben Hogan • Philosophy • Jules & Leopold • PGA Tour. Plus, don’t miss one of London’s foremost interior designers herself, Nina Campbell, from 10 a.m. to noon. Nina Campbell’s newest line, Nina Home, was created exclusively for the sophisticated eye and discerning taste of Stein Mart customers. The Aventura Stein Mart Grand Opening celebration will also include free gifts with purchase and giveaways including Stein Mart gift cards and, in recognition of Stein Mart’s fabulous Men’s Golf Department, a Nike driver, a signed Nick Faldo Masters pin flag, a Greg Norman golf travel case, and a Callaway Big Bertha driver. The giveaway drawings will take place at 1 p.m. May 15. Stein Mart has been synonymous with fashion and value for over 100 years. Come visit us soon and let us show you why.

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Dania Beach Jai-Alai and Casino and its surrounding property was recently purchased with plans for a large expansion.

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posed for development of a commercial village with a hotel on the site. Several residential complexes are in stages of planning and development heading east along Dania Beach Boulevard, and the Dania Beach Marina is scheduled to open just west of the beachside parking area in mid-June with 120 boat slips, a dock master building, fish cleaning pavilion and 4 kiosks. City Benefits From New Zoning Ordinance “Not only was Dania the first official city in Broward County over 100 years ago,” says Murphy, “but we are the first city to benefit from Broward County’s new zoning ordinance as a Regional Activity Center (RAC). This allows us to have the most current transparent zoning plan.” Jeremy Earle is Executive Director of the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). “The purpose of the CRA,” he says is to improve the quality of life for Dania Beach residents by providing incentives for new development and retail in our Enterprise Zones. We do this by offering sales tax credits and employee tax credits for new businesses, and we are in the process of developing a strong outreach program.” Beautification of Dania Beach Center City with its renovated City Hall and parking garage is being embellished with a series of creative projects made possible by cultural arts grants awarded by the Broward County Cultural Council and the National Endowment of the Arts. Deborah Wolford, Dania Beach photographer, has been contracted to proceed with her proposal called Enlivening Dania Beach’s Vacant Storefronts with her concept of installing wildlife photomural art picturing local environmental subjects in the vacant store windows along Federal Highway. Public artist Valerie J. Amor’s grant-winning project , A Railroad Runs Through It, involves a series of open interactive workshops with community input to explore the cultural impact of the railroad passing through Dania Beach, past, present and future. Both artists will host a workshop on Monday, May 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, 1 Park Avenue E (next to Dania Beach City Hall). Members of the community and other creative entities are invited to provide input for public art for the future Dania Beach train station currently proposed by FEC for revitalized railroad plans. New ideas for the downtown district will also be accepted. Farmers Market Draws Broward Buyers PATCH (Peoples’s Access to Community Horticulture), another creative project of a different variety, has proven to be very successful and well-received by Dania Beach residents and its neighbors. Based on a plan developed by the Dania Beach CRA to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to those in a lower economic strata who do not have easy access or transportation to supermarkets, residents and volunteers from outside the area teamed together to nourish the soil and plant a market garden on approximately 1.6 acres of formerly blighted city land. The fields now flourish with in-season vegetables and herbs like okra,

Visit The Farmer’s Market At The Patch: Saturdays From 8:30 Am To Noon 1200 NW 1st Street Dania Beach, Florida 33004

collards, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, sweet potatoes, sweet chard, beets and broccoli. There are plans to expand the planting areas and involve more people. “The city employs two professionals for PATCH,” says CRA Director Earle. “One is an urban gardener who monitors the fields, trains and organizes the volunteers, and listens and adapts to the needs of the buyers. The other employee is our Farmers Market operations manager who oversees the business side.” The produce and other local products are sold on Saturday mornings in a Farmers Market located off Bryan Rd, just north of Griffin. “ Prices at PATCH are beyond competitive, “ says Randy Shane, Executive Director of the Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce, and you couldn’t find fresher produce.” She notes that residents are encouraged to use their food stamps. “PATCH is more than a community garden market,” Shane adds, “it has built a sense of pride in our community by creating a space where neighbors gather, learn and eat the best produce Florida has to offer.” Dania Beach Industry Then, Now and Future The historic roots of Dania Beach originally was agricultural, first settled by Danish immigrants more than 100 years ago. In the early part of the twentieth century, Dania became the nation’s leading tomato growing and packing region until 1926 when the hurricane made a direct hit, flooding the farmlands with salt water and destroying the soil as wells as all vegetation. The major industry of Dania Beach throughout the last five decades has centered around recreational boating and fishing. Today, the marine industry supports 90,000 jobs with an annual economic output of $14 billion. Dania Beach is home to the International Game Fishing Hall of Fame (IGFA), Outdoor World, American Maritime Officers (AMO) National Union headquarters, Diver’s Direct Corporate Headquarters, Nautical Ventures, the U.S Coast Guard, the U.S, Navy, the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) National Coral Reef Institute and a host of other related marine businesses, marinas and boatyards. The city has direct ocean access and sits adjacent to Ft. LauderdaleHollywood Airport, hugging the new runway expansion. The Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has been conducting a series of public meetings during the months of April and May in various sections of the city to welcome input from Dania Beach residents for the next DBCRA’s 5Year Plan. “The City Commission recently

approved a plan to improve and enrich the Dania Beach Ocean Park,” says Marc Leferrier, Community Development Director. The Ocean Park plan includes restoration of the dunes and beautification of the beach area with landscaping, lighting, parking and water features. The project is set to begin in early 2015. Although the new airport expansion bit off a chunk of taxable residential and commercial property, Dania Beach Mayor Walter Duke feels that the layover flights for cruise ships will generate hospitality dollars for Dania Beach with its current 2000 hotel rooms and the new Residence Inn scheduled to open on Anglers and Griffin this summer. The mayor foresees an increase in office space and hotel rooms, as well as creation of new jobs that will be generated by both the airport and seaport. “I see a great future for Dania Beach,” says Mayor Duke. “Unlike most of Broward County, we still have large parcels of vacant land with great potential for industrial, commercial and residential growth. He adds, “And with land use now zoned in Dania Beach as RAC (Regional Activity Center), we have the flexibility for more practical and flexible use for our booming city. We are offering some terrific new incentives and welcome new innovative planning and development,” he says. “We feel we are at the start of something big.”

UPCOMING DANIA BEACH COMMUNITY EVENTS FAMILY FUNDAY Sat, May 17 10 am to 5 pm CW Thomas Park 100 NW 8th Ave PUBLIC ART IN DANIA BEACH WORKSHOP Mon, May 19 6:00-7:30 PM Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Library DANIA BEACH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2ND ANNUAL FISHING TOURNAMENT Proceeds to benefit Prestige Club, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association June 27-28, 2014 For information, call 954-926-2323 HURRICANE PREPAREATHON Sat., June 7 10 AM - 2 PM Dania Beach City Hall


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Experience The Phenomenon Of The Blue Man Group Coming To The Arsht Center: The Blue Man Group is on tour and makes a stop at the Ziff Opera House in a spell binding show. Three mysterious bald and blue characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines comedy, theatre, percussion music, art, science, technology and vaudeville into a totally unique form of entertainment that is like nothing or anything else ever seen before, neither on or off Broadway. The Group is best known for its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts. It is a big, loud, funny and silly production. Although it is impossible to describe, people of all ages agree that Blue Man Group is an intensely exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a happy, elated frame of mind. The Blue Man Group is perfect for all ages and cultures that will not be forgotten too soon. The first 3 rows closest to the stage is called the “Poncho Section.” Patrons in this area are given ponchos to wear to avoid materials that occasionally splash the audience.We suggest you do not wear anything that requires

dry cleaning. Now performing at the Arsht Center through May 18th, 2014. Located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. For more information, call the box office at: (305) 949-6722. Or: (877) 949-6722. Son Of Famed Ocean Explorer Jacques Cousteau, Jean-michel To Speak At Broward Center: As the son of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, JeanMichel has dedicated himself to protecting our water planet for the last four decades. Cousteau founded Ocean Futures Society, a conservation and educational organization and serves as its spokesman. He has produced more than 80 films, earning an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award for his work. Besides his diving and movie making, Cousteau started a syndicated column and his articles have been published in newspapers around the globe. He has lectured groups of students and has taken people on explorations, showing them what the ocean is like and how it can be saved. He firmly

believes if there are enough young people interested in the study of marine life, its survival can be assured. While trying to do his part to map the depths of the ocean, Cousteau has also been involved in the making of several recent films about marine life. These include the IMAX films “Dolphins: At Play in the Wild,” and “Sharks” all shot in 3D. The films were called “a stunning immersive

diving experience.” In 2004 he wrote a book about his famous father. He recently aired one of his films about the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for President Bush. Tickets to the Speaker Series lecture on May 21st, 2014, at 8 p.m. are available at the Center’s box office located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call: (954) 462-0222. Visit on-line at: www.browardcenter.org.

Jewish Unity Parade & Fair, Sunday, May 18 By Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus

Thousands are Expected at Miami Marlins Park for Lag B’Omer Jewish Unity Parade & Fair, Sunday, May 18. Free community event to feature zip lines and over 50 unlimited rides, games, Jewish music, stadium tour, run the bases & parking - All Free! Thousands of men, women and children from throughout South Florida are expected to attend Marlins Park on Sunday, May 18, 2014, marking the festive Jewish holiday of Lag B’omer to express Jewish pride, joy and unity. Joining celebrations taking place throughout the globe, the South Florida Jewish community will host its own grandiose “Lag B’omer Great Parade & Unity Fair” at the beautiful new home of the Miami Marlins located at 501 Marlins Way in Miami from 10:30am-4pm. Last year’s event was enjoyed by more than 12,000 guests. Florida’s Great Parade & Unity Fair will offer a wide array of fun activities, musical entertainment and thrilling amusement rides, including exhilarating Zip Lines, all free of charge. Guests can park for free in the multi level parking garages adjacent to Marlins Park and proceed to the parade starting point on the SE corner of the

stadium. The Florida Great Parade will commence at 10:30am with all guests participating in an exciting parade featuring colorful Jewish themed floats, marching bands and juggling clowns. The Great Parade will march around Marlins Park with unwavering Jewish pride culminating on the stadium’s West Plaza for a special unity rally, followed by unlimited fun with over 50 amusement park rides free of charge, carnival games, vendors, live Jewish music and a kosher barbecue. Deemed the jewel of Major League Baseball, attendees will receive an exclusive tour of the beautiful new state of the art baseball stadium. Every child will also have the opportunity to make their way to the diamond and round the bases of the home team, Miami Marlins. The ever popular Yossi Bayles and his YBO Orchestra will perform live contemporary, traditional and sefardic tunes. The day’s festivities will end at 4pm. “Marlins Park is the ideal venue”, explains event coordinator Getzy Fellig, “almost the entire event will be under roof and shade to guarantee a day of tremendous fun, celebration and comfort.” The Florida Great Parade and Unity Fair is a joint effort of the more than 150 South Florida Chabad

Centers. Lag B’omer marks the passing of the great Talmudic scholar Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the pioneering book of Jewish Mysticisim,- the Zohar. Rabbi Shimon requested that his day of passing be celebrated as a joyous day. The day also marks the end of a terrible plague that befell the students of the esteemed Rabbi Akivah. The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson, (1902-1994) initiated the tradition of Lag B’omer Parades, especially for children. Today, 70 years after the inaugural Parade for Jewish Children launched by the Rebbe in Brooklyn in 1944, Lag B’omer Parades are a tradition in Jewish communities throughout the world. Marlins officials met event coordinators, Rabbi Pinny Andrusier and Rabbi Shmuly Gutnick and readily agreed to host the Florida Great Parade & Unity Fair because of its special significance of unity. “We are incredibly grateful to the Miami Marlins and the city of Miami for their tremendous cooperation and support of the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Pinny. Visit www.Jewishunityparade.com, #GreatParade-Florida, call: 954.252.1770.


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dearly in terms of repair. That’s why it’s critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly an unmanageable ones. To help homesellers deal with this issue before their

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Class Of 2014 Graduates Leave New And Renewable Legacy At C-M HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA - ChaminadeMadonna College Preparatory, a Catholic school in the Marianist tradition, voted best school in Hollywood four years running, is excited by the Class of 2014’s enthusiasm to leave behind a renewable legacy and new tradition for C-M future graduates. On Wednesday, May 7, students, faculty, family and staff gathered for the unveiling of the newest installation on campus, a seven foot tall, above ground time capsule. The time capsule, generously supported by the Caspanello family and Advanced Structural Concepts, contains ten smaller capsules, one for each upcoming graduating class. During their ten year reunion, the Class of 2014 will open their container, thus vacating the space for the Class of 2024 and allowing the tradition to continue. This new and sustainable time capsule is not only a beautiful addition to C-M traditions, but also a beautiful addition to the campus’ aesthetics. Each senior has been provided an envelope to fill with mementos, letters, cards, photos etc. and are eagerly anticipating the sealing of the time capsule. At the event’s commencement C-M Principal, Teresita Wardlow ‘81, welcomed C-M President, Father Larry Doersching to say a beautiful blessing over the yet to be revealed time capsule. Michelle Serrano ’14, Senior Class President welcomed everyone and introduced Carly McKinley-Caspanello, who had the privilege of unveiling the intricately designed concrete, marble and granite time capsule. The massive capsule stands at seven feet tall and six feet wide with intricate, artistic marble and granite designs. This project began last summer when students and supporters started the planning, designing and approval process for the time capsule. From that time, students have spent almost every Saturday on campus assisting in the project via landscaping and basic construction. Grateful for the donation from the Caspanello family, the seniors also spent the year fundraising to not only offset the cost, but also to be able to contribute to the Annual Fund upon their departure from C-M. About Chaminade-madonna: Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, a Catholic and Marianist high school, educates the heart and soul, as well as the mind and body. For 54 years, Chaminade-Madonna has provided a quality, Catholic education to the South Florida community. The C-M family focuses on creating an environment in which individuals of all backgrounds can shape and share their faith, achieve excellence, and become caring participants and leaders within the community and church. As one of seventeen schools in the United States sponsored by the Marianist Province of the United States of America, the high school is accredited by AdvancED under the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the highest award given by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, please visitwww.cmlions.org.

If you would like to submit an announcement for our Community Calendar in the paper or on-line, where you are guaranteed placement weekly, please send it to: Larry Blustein, Community Calendar Editor, 305 Northwest 10th Terrace, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009; Fax: (954) 458-0765. Or via e-mail to: SFSUNTIMES@aol.com. For a complete listing of all Community Calendar items, please check out our website at: www.southfloridasuntimes.com. Also follow us on Twitter @sfsuntimes. • Attention: Mental Health Therapists - Do you need a tool to treat PTSD and other difficult cases? This is your opportunity to train in the revolutionary, evidence based approach, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which will teach you how to eliminate PTSD symptoms for your clients in an average of three sessions. This model is studied by The University Of South Florida (USF). You can find more information at: www.ARTworksNOW.com or call Tollfree at: (877) 675-7153 for more information on expanding your tools for difficult cases. • Do you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? There is a cure for PTSD. The University of South Florida completed a study funded by the Department of Defense. The results speak for themselves. In most cases, with an average of 3 sessions of Accelerated Resolution Therapy, the symptoms of PTSD were gone. All calls are confidential. Toll free (877) 675-7153 for more information or Google www.ARTworksNow.com.

• Gulfstream American Legion Post 310, 225 SE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach. We are now offering dinner Tuesday, Wed, Thursday, & Friday nights. Every Thursday is Pizza night. Every Friday Fish Fry, your choice of shrimp, fish, & scallops (if available), combos also available. Bring your friends & come by for some great food & company. See you there. All Welcome. For more info call 954.454.6444 or email AmericanLegionPost310@gmail.com • American Legion, Post 304, 41 NE 1st Court, Dania Beach. Friday Night Dinner, every Friday from 5-8 p.m. Live entertainment 7-11 p.m. and Karaoke every Thursday and Saturday. Open to the public! For more info: (954) 921-7532. • VFW POST 2500 814 S DIXIE HWY 33020 - Every Tuesday Country Dinner 5-7 p.m. Every Thursday Italian Night 5-7 p.m. Every Friday our Famous Fish Fry 5-8 pm. Every Sunday, Buffet 1-5pm come watch your favorite team on 10 tvs.

• American Legion Unit 92 - 211 North 21st Avenue, Hollywood. The Ladies Auxiliary has bingo every Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. Season Special: “When you buy your 1st 2 cards, you receive your 3rd card free.” We have the “LUCKY BALL” and the “JACKPOT.” Food is also available. The next Auxiliary Breakfast will be a “SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY/FATHER’S DAY” Breakfast on May 18th with steak, eggs of your choice, potatoes and Danish. Come and join us for our last breakfast of the season. Have a great summer. For more information, call: (954) 923-2760.

• VFW Post 2500 814 S. Dixie Hwy, Hollywood . Karaoke by Michelle from 8pm to 11pm Have FOOD, FUN, SINGING and DANCING while Supporting you Brave Men and Women of the Military for more info call 954-923-4748.

• Coin & Collectible Show - Free parking, admission & appraisals, 1st Sunday of the Month - Silver Dollar Day, also 1st Sunday of each month. Buy Coins, Gold & Silver. Sell us your Gold & Silver, US World Coins & Currency, antique jewelry, baseball cards, stamps & other collectibles. 70 + dealers. Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4, 6/1, 7/6, 8/3, 9/7, 10/5, 11/2 & 12/7. Show, info: Bill Sanders: 305-389-5847. Billscoins@att.net. Goldcoastcoinclub.com. Mardi Gras Casino: 831 North Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. Mardigrascasinofl.com • 1.877.55.SLOTS.

• Hatha Yoga Classes (Sivananda Method), Breathing, exercise, relaxation ...Tuesday & Thursday Evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center, 1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Plus-sized Yoga Instructor Saraswati has been teaching the HBCCC evening Yoga class for 11 years and welcomes students of ALL sizes and ages who are interested in the practice of Yoga. For more information, call Saraswati directly at 954-922-2515. Mention the South Florida Sun Times for special class discount.

• The Pap Corps Champions For Cancer Research, Three Islands Aquarius Cancer Chapter, Invites You To Join Us On The Ruby Princess Ship For A 7 Day Cruise, On November 8th, Leaving From Ft. Lauderdale, Traveling To The Eastern Caribbean. Call Gary Cossin, At Going Places Travel, In Hallandale, For All Information. Phone No: 954-4562400. • Gulfstream American Legion Auxiliary Unit 310 , 225 SE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009 Saturday, May 10th 2pm - 8pm - Come join us for our 1st Annual Pig Roast!! $10 per person. Music by 2 BANDS!! “Flyin Blind” & “Fresh Air”!! RAFFLES, 50/ 50’s, Bucket Specials!! Cash Bar. EVERYONE WELCOME! You don’t have to be a member to attend. Come 1 Come ALL!! Come by Bike, Car, Foot! Bring your friends!! The more the merrier!! Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital. For more info please call954.454.6444 or email AmericanLegionPost310@gmail.com • Gulfstream American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 310, 225 SE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach; has expanded their Sunday breakfast from once a month to the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. 9:30am 12:00, Price $7.00 ea. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a large variety of choices. Omelettes, eggs your way, sausage, bacon, home fries, pancakes, toast, biscuits & gravy. Also your choice of a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver. Open to the public. For more info Call 954.454.6444.

• VFW Post 814 South Dixie Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020 2500 Bingo Every Saturday @ 6:30pm 17 games, Lucky Ball, Plus special games Buy 2 cards at $1.00 ea. get one Free! Plus Food. For more info please call 954-923-4748 Have fun while Supporting your Veterans.

• HATHA YOGA with Karen. Thursdays 2-3:15PM, Hollywood Beach Cultural Center, 1301 S Ocean Dr (b/t Azalea and Beauganvilla) $7/free parking! 954454-6308 • City of Hollywood Memorial Senior Partners is located at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center, located at: 1301 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019 (954) 921-3600: Memorial Senior Partners is currently offering the following classes: Bellydancing with Sandi, members $7.00 per class, non-members, $7.00 + $5.00 nonmember fee to Memorial Senior Partners. Tuesdays at 12 noon in room 110. Hawaiian Hula by Chai: Learn the Hukilau, Tiny Bubbles and traditional story telling with hand movements. Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. $10.00 per person, per class, Chai Chien, Hula Instructor, for more info, call: (954) 5609675. • Painting With Sandi - Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - New demo every week, fun & easy! Hollywood Beach Community & Culture Center 1301 South Ocean Drive (A1A). Just South of Hollywood Boulevard, for more information, please call: 305978-6701. • Free Yoga for Veterans AND their Families. Beginner’s welcome. Taught by two licensed professionals. Non veterans cost: $5. Grace Art Galleries, 75 N. Federal HWY (rear entrance), Dania Beach - Tuesdays 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Contact: Lisa Fuller, RYT, (954) 309 - 6987.


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The FDA recently approves Varithena

New foam is successful in the treatment of varicose veins

by Susan Fox D.O., RPVI, FSVM

The FDA recently approved Varithena™ (Polidocanol injectable foam) for the treatment of incompetent Greater Saphenous Veins (GSV), accessory saphenous veins and visible varicosities of the GSV system above and below the knee. What does this mean for you? In June, this medication will become clinically available. More than 30 million Americans between 18 and 70 have varicose veins and twice as many women as men are likely to develop varices. Varicose veins and venous insufficiency cause a range of symptoms from leg heaviness, pain, swelling, restless leg syndrome, cramps, tiredness, itchiness throbbing, tingling, to leg ulcers. These symptoms significantly impact a person’s quality of life. For decades, the mainstay of treatment for varicose

these techniques is the Tessari technique using a three-way stop cock and two syringes; one filled with air and one with sclerosant. The solution is moved back and forth between the two syringes until foam is formed. The problem with these techniques is that the foam is not equivalent amongst the various formulations and the bubble sizes vary greatly. Varithena is the first to be FDA approved and is a low-nitrogen foam dispensed in a proprietary canister device and forms a small bubble standardized foam. The difference between foam and regular sclerotherapy is that foam is like injecting shaving cream whereas regular sclerotherapy uses a liquid to treat and close the veins. The foam displaces the blood irritating the vein lining for a longer period of time and to a greater degree than a liquid solution. The liquid mixes with

veins was vein stripping. Over the past decade, this treatment has fallen by the wayside. Newer treatment options are more minimally invasive and include endovenous thermal ablation using lasers or radiofrequency devices, Clarivein™ and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Foam has been available and used for over 50 years to treat varicose veins. Foam is created by mixing air or a gas and liquid sclerosant (sodium tetradecyl sulfate or polidocanol). There are several methods that have been developed and used over the years to create foam. The most common of

blood and becomes dilute where as the foam displaces the blood from the vein thus irritating the vein lining longer. The thicker solution means that a lower concentration of solution can be used to treat larger veins and have a stronger effect on the vein lining helping larger veins go away better. The foaming action increases the amount of treatable solution by four to five times so a lower volume can be used to treat the same veins. Also, with the solution being thicker, it can be milked and moved by the physician into branch veins. The foam is radiolucent and is better

While Varicose Veins are not usually dangerous, large, ropey superficial veins can sometimes lead to sluggish blood flow that may make a person more likely to develop a blood clot. Susan B. Fox, D.O., RSPVI, FSVM. looks over one of her patients. seen with ultrasound to help guide the physician in ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.

and more permanent effects. A European consensus recommended that a physician not use more

The problems with foam in the past have been the risk of migraines, visual disturbances, deep and superficial thrombophlebitis, strokes and chest pains. Up to 20% of Americans have holes in their heart and if the bubbles from the venous foam get into their cerebral arterial circulation, they can develop a stroke. In the literature, there have been case reports of migraines, strokes, and transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) with the use of foam. Most of these symptoms were temporary and resolved within 24 hours but there have been reports of longer lasting

than 6 to 8 ml of foam on the GSV and 3 ml of foam on the SSV to treat veins safely. Polidocanol has been available since the 1950s but became FDA approved in 2010 under the brand name Asclera. Varisolve was a microfoam developed to treat veins around 10 years ago. Varisolve was not approved by the FDA due to a fear of neurolgical problems occur-

ring with its use. Varisolve changed its name to Varithena™ and underwent two Phase III trials where the product showed meaningful improvement in the symptoms of superficial venous incompetence and was FDA approved in November of 2013. Over 1333 patients were treated with Varithena™ and there were no clinically important neurological or visual adverse events suggestive of cerebral gas embolism and the risk of DVT was around 1%. This established its safety profile. What does this mean for you? The standard of care and best treatment for varicose veins and venous insufficeincy at this time remains endothermal ablation. The results with these treatments are more long lasting with over 10 years of data. However, this FDA approved foam is a good adjunct for people with recurrent varices, neovascularization, reflux following endothermal ablation and for small segments of veins needing treatment. The problem with treating long, large segments is the discoloration and superficial phlebitis involved. Call Dr Fox to see if you are a candidate for this new foam 954-965-4922.

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Tips to Get Fit this Summer (StatePoint) Everybody wants to be in shape for bathing suit season, but all those fun seasonal activities -- from barbecues to vacations to baseball games -- can derail a diet. Here are some tips to help you get fit, so you can look and feel your best all summer: Vacations - It’s tempting to leave healthy habits behind when heading out of town. But an off week can permanently wreck your diet. When possible, opt for active vacations, such as camping trips or touring a city by foot. If you’re planning a more sedentary getaway, stay somewhere with a fitness facility. Vacations can be rare, so don’t sacrifice all the treats of the trip. Prioritize meal-time indulgences so you can enjoy yourself mindfully. For travel days, pack healthful snacks such as fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt as alternatives to high-calorie airport or roadside food. Daily Diet - It’s important to assess whether you’re eating the foods you need to get “fit,” versus foods that merely encourage weight loss, say experts. “Unfortunately, many fad diets can leave you feeling fatigued, sluggish or undernourished,” says Andrew Eckhardt, Owner and Founder of ThinSlim Foods and a veteran diet food consumer. To eat right, don’t starve yourself. Stock up on fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean meats. And just because you’re slimming down or maintaining your already svelte figure, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your favorite foods or go carb-free. “Alternative foods can allow you to enjoy favorite options without expending your calorie budget in one meal,” says Eckhardt. Try replacing standard cake or wheat flours with healthy alternatives, like oat fiber and almond fiber. In one shot, you’ll cut calories and increase your protein and fiber intake. If regular baking is unrealistic, look for brands that replace low-quality inexpensive flours and sugar substitutes with good-for-you alternatives. For example, ThinSlim Foods, makes brownies, cookies, bagels, bread and even pizza using healthful ingredients like oat fiber, almond flour and the all-natural sweetener Erythritol. These low fat and low carb foods eliminate artificial flavors, preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup and synthetic colors. They also have 50 to 70 percent less carbs and fat compared to other market options. The brand’s master bakers worked alongside nutritional experts to confirm that they are appropriate for gluten-free, hypoglycemia and other digestive and dietary sensitivities. More information about healthfully incorporating baked goods into your diet can be found at www.ThinSlimFoods.com. Exercise - Summer is a great opportunity to start a fitness regimen that you can stick with all year. You should strive to get at least two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, preferably spread throughout the week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, you should incorporate musclestrengthening activities into your regimen to stay strong and improve your metabolism. A workout buddy can help you stay motivated. Wherever summer takes you, you can look and feel great, while enjoying all your favorite foods and activities.

Protect Your Family from Harmful UV Rays (StatePoint) Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a danger to skin and eyes year-round, playing a contributing factor to skin damage, skin cancer and eye disorders like cataracts. With May being UV Awareness Month, it’s a great time to take steps to protect your family. “The more time you spend outdoors without protecting your eyes, the greater your risk for ocular damage,” says Dr. James Winnick, an optometrist with VSP Vision Care, the largest notfor-profit vision benefits company in the United States. Rather than avoid the problem entirely by seeking refuge inside, take steps to mitigate your risk in the sun. Consider Risk Factors While all people need to protect their eyes from UV radiation, some populations are more sensitive than others to the sun. For example, children don’t yet have the natural protection in their eyes that adults have, so they get most of their exposure before they are 18. Additionally, people living with diabetes have increased light sensitivity. No matter who you are, protecting your eyes outdoors is crucial, say experts. “One of the most convenient ways to ensure you’re constantly protecting your eyes from UV rays and excess light is to opt for photochromic lenses, which are lenses that darken automatically to changing sunlight conditions when outdoors,” says Winnick. “These lenses can be especially useful for kids and adults who have trouble remembering to switch from their regular glasses to sunglasses throughout the day.” Protection for Entire Family Photochromic lenses are a great way to ensure

everyone in the family is getting automatic and constant protection from UV radiation -- whether it’s playing in the backyard or walking from the car into the office. And an added benefit is that your eyes will be much more comfortable in all light conditions, helping reduce eye strain and squinting. Choose Wisely It’s important to look for a brand of photochromic lenses that both darken and fade back quickly. For example, a new type of photochromic lenses called sunsync starts darkening within seconds of UV exposure and returns to clear within just minutes of going indoors. More information about sunsync lenses can be found at www.vsp.com/sunsync. Reflected Light is a Concern Sunlight is reflected off water, sidewalks, buildings -- almost everything -- and it goes in every direction. While sunglasses and photochromic lenses protect from UV light passing through the front of the lenses, a new trend in eye protection takes on the back side of lenses as well. A special anti-reflective treatment can now be added to the back of lenses that helps prevent UV radiation from reflecting off of them and into your eyes. The great news is that some lens brands, like UNITY, offer this “backside UV” treatment at no additional cost depending on the options you choose for your new photochromic lenses. Don’t wait for UV exposure to get the best of your eye health. Just as you use sunblock, you should have some protection for your eyes throughout the day. This May, take steps to better protect your family.


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Vice Mayor Hallandale Beach City Commissioners paid tribute to one of their own last week as Vice Mayor Alex Lewy resigned from the commission. The Vice Mayor, who occupied seat two, resigned to take a position in Miami with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Miami.

Honoring the Vice Mayor prior to his May 11, resignation were, City Commissioner Michele Lazarow, City Commissioner Bill Julian, Mayor Joy Cooper, Vice Mayor Lewy, and City Commissioner Anthony Sanders. (Photo courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations)

Grant Applications Applications are available for the annual City of Hallandale Beach and Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) Community Partnership Grant Program. The application period runs through 4 p.m., Monday, June 30. Annually, the City and HBCRA offer grants to charitable community organizations that provide substantial benefits to the City and residents. The programs and services provided by the organization must address the City’s specific priority areas. All organizations must be registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with the IRS or a political subdivision under the State of Florida. Grants are offered on two levels; grants in excess of $10,000 and minigrants under $10,000. In the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget, the City projects $300,000 for grants and the HBCRA is budgeting $200,000 for grants. Also, the City projects allotting $50,000 for mini-grants. Organizations may apply for only one grant each year. City grants must address one of these priority areas: • Education;

• Recreation, Cultural Arts and Activities; • Health and Wellness; or • Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice HBCRA grants must address either Affordable Housing Attainability or Workforce Development/Employment Opportunities/Training for local residents. Interested organizations are encouraged to attend a preapplication workshop at 1:30 p.m., June 2, 2014 at the Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd St. The application deadline is 4 p.m. June 30. In Fiscal Year 2014, the City awarded 15 grants and two minigrants. The grants include two matching grants and three historical grants. The historical grants are annual grants to fund the Police Athletic League, Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra and Community Civic Association to manage and run the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Parade. For a list of requirements and restrictions, please visit the City of Hallandale Beach Human Services website (www.cohb.,org/humanservices).

City Commission The Hallandale Beach City Commissioners special meeting to interview applicants for the unexpired term of Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy was rescheduled to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, in

the City Commission Chambers. The meeting was rescheduled after two of the commissioners were unable to attend the original meeting last Tuesday. Each of the can-

didates will be allocated four minutes for a presentation at the May 20 special session. After each presentation, City Commissioners will have the opportunity to question each presenter. The City Charter requires City Commissioners to appoint a successor within 30 days of a resignation. Commissioners have until Tuesday, June 10, to name a successor. In the event that the Mayor and City Commissioners were not able to make a decision on Tuesday, the City’s Charter permits them to draw lots to select a successor. Applicants must have resided within the city for the previous 12 months, and must submit to a background check. Applicants for the appointment include: Steven Carlo; Albert J. Chiaravalle; Susi Correa; Howard Garson; Harriet Ginsberg; Leo Grachow; Ann Henigson; Keenan Z. Johnson; Samantha Kleinman; Csaba (Chuck) Kulin; Charles Lincoln; Diane Lyon Wead; Sheryl S. Natelson; Edward Pickett; Anthony H. Romano; Thomas Sands; Etty Sims; Von Thomas; and Phil Washington.


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Put Some Pep in Your Hot Dogs this Grill Season (StatePoint) Hot dogs are a perennial favorite for Americans, especially in summer. More than seven billion hot dogs are eaten in the three months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. While traditional preparations and fixings are always a hit, consider packing a little more punch with your dogs this summer. From exotic meat preparations to buns to tasty toppings, there is room for creativity. “When I think of hot dogs, I see endless possibilities. Toppings are what take a dog from ho-hum to haute,” says Russell Van Kraayenburg, hot dog aficionado and author of the new guide to America’s favorite food obsession, “Haute Dogs: Recipes for Delicious Hot Dogs, Buns, and Condiments.” Inspired globally, Kraayenburg seeks to reinvent the wheel where this classic is concerned. In time for Memorial Day, he offers a recipe for the “Michigan Dog” aka “The Michiganer,” a spicy, tomato-heavy take on the chili dog that’s popular all

over the northeast and even in Quebec. INGREDIENTS • 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil • 1 large white onion, diced • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped • 1 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper • 1 tbs ground chili powder • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper • 1 lb ground beef • 1 cup beef stock • 8 oz tomato paste • 4 classic buns • 4 all-beef hot dogs • Yellow mustard • Diced white onions • Hot sauce, optional DIRECTIONS • Prepare the chili sauce: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, about eight minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for another two minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, spices and beef. Cook until beef is browned

and no trace of pink remains. Reduce heat to medium-low and add beef stock and tomato paste. Stir until evenly combined. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside. • Get out 4 classic buns. Panfry allbeef hot dogs on a flattop. Place the dogs in the buns. Top each with a huge pile of chili, a handful of diced onions,

Help Dad Perfect His Grill Skills this Season (StatePoint) The seasoned griller commands an arsenal of experience and recipes, all having been painstakingly passed through the generations and perfected over time and temperature. The origin of these tasty traditions usually can be found in family, and the one often deserving the credit is dear old Dad. Southern grilling guru Fred Thompson, author of the new book “Williams-Sonoma Grill Master” a collection of back-to-basics tips and recipes, recalls the influence of his father as early as nine years old. “Every Saturday night my father grilled rib-eye steaks. I wanted to keep up with daddy so I hung out at the grill,” he says. “I was fascinated

with what my father could do.” This Father’s Day and BBQ season, try honoring the Old Man with delicious tradition. So light that fire! Take a page out of Thompson’s book and learn the secrets to grilling the perfect steak: • Buy good meat: Grass-fed and grass-finished beef tastes better and has a bolder flavor that holds up particularly well against the lick of the grill’s flames. • Simple seasoning: Sprinkle steak liberally on both sides with salt and pepper when you take it out of the refrigerator. Brush steaks on both sides with a little olive oil (not extra virgin). This facilitates the

and a thin line of yellow mustard. Add a few drops of hot sauce on top, if desired. More hot dog recipes and information about the book is available at www.quirkbooks.com/hautedogs. This Memorial Day and beyond, don’t give your hot dogs the short shrift. Take a cue from experts and put some pep in your prep.

heat transfer, so you can get an evenly browned crust and a delicious steak house flavor. • Timing is important: There’s nothing worse than a rubbery, tasteless overcooked steak. Professionals use touch to gauge doneness, and so can you. Touch your index finger to your cheek. When the meat feels this way, the steak is rare. Touch the tip of your nose. That firmness equates to medium. Your forehead is well done. “But please don’t go there,” says Thompson. • Let it rest: If you cut into a piece of beef as soon as it comes off the grill, you will lose precious juices. Give the proteins in the steak the opportunity to unwind a little bit from the heat they have just experienced. Let most steaks rest at least five to 10 minutes to give the juices time to redistribute evenly throughout the meat.


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