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THE FAMILY FRIENDLY MAGAZINE SINCE 1991

MAY 2 018

UNITY

Serving Parkland and

neighboring areas.

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Grace A. Noethen P.A.

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Grand courtyard estate with over 6,170 sf of patio area and

total living area of 10,457 sf. Corner cul-de-sac location, portecochere,

4-car side-entry garage. 6BR/6.5BA plus his and her

offices. Split bedroom plan with 2nd family room or children’s

playroom in the South wing. All the bedrooms have private

baths. Grand master suite with sitting area and breakfast bar

plus guest house and outdoor sitting room. Huge kitchen with

an over-sized center island and granite counters. Marble floors

throughout, extensive architectural detail, high flat ceilings and

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CYPRESSHEAD $1,299,000

2017-Remodeled with new floors, new bathrooms, new

interior paint , new baseboards, new diamond brite pool

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more!!!! Nothing to do, just move in with your toothbrush.

Featuring main house plus guest house, all hurricane

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with 1,000 gal LPG tank + new roof in 2006 + 4 AC

units + heated pool and spa, covered summer kitchen

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CYPRESSHEAD $1,175,000

Completely remodeled estate home in transitional decor, 4 bedrooms, plus

built-in library, 3 full and 1 half baths. Features include, wood floors, plantation

shutters and large closets, and Marble through-out main living areas. Master

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CYPRESSHEAD $960,000

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maintained, with plenty of natural light and boasting 6000 sq.ft. of living

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PINE TREE ESTATES $899,500

Beautifully upgraded and appointed custom home with park

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island and top of the line appliances. Crown molding, plantation

shutters, saturnia and wood flooring. Kitchen and all bathrooms

with granite counter tops, all accordion hurricane shutters thru

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CYPRESSHEAD $899,000

New roof as of August 2017, completely updated and

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24x24 saturnia marble floors throughout main living areas.

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THE LANDINGS ESTATES $799,000

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the line appliances and marble floors. Master with custom closets,

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outside shower, 500 Gal gas tank, generator, well for sprinkler,

volume ceilings, surround sound and much more. Guard Gated

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PARKLAND GOLF & CC $674,000

This executive home has a spacious floor plan

with 4 bedrooms + den/office and 3 full baths.

Impact windows and doors thru-out. Upgraded

kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances

and wood cabinets. The over sized property with

patio and balcony overlooks a beautiful stone

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Beautiful 2015 home. 3796 sq’ AC. 5 Bed/4.5 Bath. Formal living/dining;

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Cypresshead $850,000

Beautiful renovated 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bath home with a 3 car garage. 5376

total sq’. Acre lot. Oversized living, family rms. Large kitchen. Master has

pale grey porcelain tile flrs, large walk-in closet & sitting/exercise rm.

Gorgeous master bath. Screened pool. Most rms have view of pool/yard.

Heron Bay $990,000

Waterfront estate with pool & lake views. 5 bedrooms + huge bonus room,

4.5 baths, 3 car garage. Huge gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances.

Large master bath with double vanities. Heated pool & spa. Summer

kitchen. Fenced yard. Upstairs balcony.

Parkland Golf & Country Club $1,179,900

Stunning waterfront upgraded Bolano model with pool. Water and golf

views. 5 bedrooms + bonus + 4.5 baths, 3 car garage. Exquisite gourmet

kitchen with gas cooking. Huge island. Master overlooks golf. Wood/

marble floors. Impact glass. Fenced yard. Beautiful landscaping.

JUST SOLD

Pine Ridge $445,000

Renovated! 4 bds/2 bath. POOL. All Hurricane Impact Windows/doors.

Fresh paint. Master suite renovated: modern porcelain flrs, plantation

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Heron Bay $979,900

Waterfront! 6 bd, 5 bath, 3 car. Heated pool/new salt water system.

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Vol.28, No.1

MAY

Marking our 28th year in publication

34 Motherless

Getting through the holiday

without Mom

40 Marian’s Home

Home, sweet, rebuilt home

46 Gardening

Adding appeal to your deck

or patio

52 Humor

Fred is dead

56 Parkland Life

Leisure my way

62 Male Matters

Poor Bobby Lee

66 Mom’s Perspective

Alexa rules

70 Home Renovations

Renovate to sell

76 Home Trends

What a smart home can do

for you

84 International

Museum Month

Take advantage of free days

85 Edison/Ford

The histories of two great

men in one place

86 Wine Watch

21st century wine buying

32

2

Restaurant Review

88, 89

Sette Mezzo

More Than Books 92

The library of the future

Profile: Abbey Hsu

104

Stoneman Douglas student

impresses on the court

Ask the Expert 108,

109

Mom shares my private life

with others

Florida Breast Cancer

Foundation 111

Help Mom reduce the risk

of breast cancer

Dietitian’s View 114

Osteoporosis

Therapy 126

I can do it

Equestrian News 128

How horses sleep

Pet Talk 131

Fifteen years later

Common Ground 132

Should religion be taught in

schools

Small Business

Month 133

Small businesses make a

big difference

Happy Mother’s Day

MAY 2018

SPECIAL

SECTION

COPING • HEALING • STRENGTHING OUR COMMUNITY

16 An open letter from the Parkland

Chamber of Commerce

17 Chamber Honors

18 First Responders

20 Parkland is born

20 No one asks

21 Becca’s Story

22 Bennett’s Story

24, 25 March for Our Lives

IN EVERY ISSUE

Editor’s Letter 6

Parkland Mayor 8

Coral Springs Mayor 9

Broward Commissioner 10

Community News 12, 13

Events Calendar 83

School News 94, 95

Parkland Library Events 98, 99

Last Word 134

FEATURES

28, 30 Engaged Couples

Four lovebirds plan to tie the knot

16

32 Mother’s Day

Five ways to create memories on Mother’s

Day

118, 119 Foster Care

SOS Children’s Village celebrations National

Foster Care Month


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CONTRIBUTORS

Bennet Bodenstein has

been writing about wine for

more than 30 years.

Victoria Landis is a

freelance writer and

artist living in West Boca.

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Sharon and Jack Kornreich

Meredith Murphy

Barbara Negron

Tina Holloway

Lesley Ferguson

Teresa Inkley, Sandra Marinelli

Ken DeTrolio, Paula Glickman, Enid Stillman

Fern Weissman

Beth Black, Linda Brockman, Hon. Skip Campbell

Pastor Andy Hagen, Hon. Christine Hunschofsky, Dale King

Aaron Krause, Becca Fineberg, Deborah Gregg

Tanya Grobman, Addys Guerra, Atiah Hussain, MD, Beatrice Levine

Tamar Lilienthal, Donice Muccio, Melinda Myers, Bennett Owens

Pastor Jason Paugh, Larry Schwingel, Jane Silver, Rabbi Melissa Stollman

Jason Stromberg, Hon. Michael Udine, Jill Vogel

Shania Colin

Dr. Celeste Catania-Opris,

Ph.D., is a marriage

and family therapist and

freelance writer. She is the

owner of Therapy for The

Modern Housewives of

South Florida, Inc.

Elliot Goldenberg, an

award-winning journalist,

not only writes a humor

column, but also writes

books on espionage and

terrorism.

Bill Johnson is a freelance

writer. He is semi-retired

after a career as a journalist

and congressional aide.

Dr. Renae Lapin, LMFT

is a Family Therapist,

author, and consultant. She

maintains a private practice

treating families, children,

adolescents, and adults.

Freelance writer/editor

Cynthia MacGregor is the

author of more than 100

published books. She has

also worked as the editor of

magazines and books.

Nancy Ouhib is a

registered, licensed dietitian

who works at Plantation

Nursing and Rehabilitation

Center. She is also a

freelance writer, speaker,

and resides in Parkland

with her family.

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MAY 2 018

UNITY

ON THE COVER

On March 24, crowds gathered in

Washington, D.C., for the March for Our Lives

event. Thousands of students across the

country and parts of the world participated

in the march. Photo courtesy of Shannon

Finney/Getty Images

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MONTHLY GIVEAWAY

Cheryl Pangborn is

a former Parkland resident

and the mother of two

children, one with

special needs.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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The winner of the Parklander’s May giveaway will receive a pair of Flat Out of

Heels, size M (7 to 8 ½). Flat Out of Heels rollable flats are the solution to sore

feet that have been in high heels. They are stylish, comfortable, compact, and

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Please type “May Giveaway” in

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Congratulations to Jean Porras of Parkland, who won the

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FROM THE EDITOR

times calls for extraordinary

measures. We saw a need that needed to be

“Extraordinary

filled, and we stepped in to help.” — Benet´ Wilson

These words rang so true to me as Parkland, Coral

Springs, and neighboring communities stepped in to

help after the MSD shooting. Organizations, individuals,

businesses, and even animals stepped up to do what was

necessary to bring support and comfort to the victims, their

families, and to the community.

Our May issue continues where we left off in April, with

a special section on helping, healing, and strengthening

our community. There are many ways in which we all can

still show our support. We start with an open letter from

the Parkland Chamber of Commerce, page 16. The letter

is heartfelt expression of sympathy and thanks to all who

were able to lend a hand, not just on that day but on the

days and months to come. The future will bring many

more discussions on how to prevent such a tragedy from

ever happening again. A special thanks goes to the first

responders and their part in helping when Stoneman was

under siege, page 18. Without these trained professionals,

who knows what would have happened.

Students have found a voice and are not shy to tell their

stories or stand up for what they believe in. One young

woman tells us what it was like to be on the outside waiting

for news of a childhood friend, page 21. We have a piece

from a young man in New York who was inspired to speak

out and start a movement in his high school to support

Parkland, page 22.

The March for Our Lives event was a huge success not

just here, but across the country. Check out the two-page

photo spread from the Parkland march, pages 24, 25.

As we move on, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming

up. If you are at a loss as to what to do for Mom, we have a

story that will give you a few ideas, page 32. Perhaps Mom

likes museums; if that’s the case then you may want to

check out local museums. Some of the local places are not

charging entrance fees in honor of International Museum

Month, page 84.

The month of May is also an Engaged Couples issue,

and we highlight four couples that are getting ready to

exchange vows, pages 28, 30. If you know anyone who is

engaged and would like an announcement in our magazine,

please let me know. It’s a beautiful keepsake and at no

cost. The next Engaged Couples issue is August.

Correction: In the March issue of the Parklander, on page

79, the photo caption should have read “Downtown

Provincetown, Massachusetts.”

In the April issue of the Parklander, on page 25, the

headline should have read “TSM Meditation,” which is not

connected with Transcendental Meditation ® . We apologize

for any confusion. P

Barbara Negron

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Enhancing primary care services in Parkland.

Cleveland Clinic

Florida is close to

home for residents

in Parkland and

surrounding

communities. The Frank Eidelman, MD

Parkland location is

conveniently located in the Parkland

Commons Shopping Center. The

Parkland location is staffed with

physicians in internal medicine and

family medicine, as well as providers

specializing in other areas including

cardiology, gastroenterology, gynecology

and sports health.

As life changes, so does the

healthcare needs of yourself and

your loved ones. Consider choosing a

primary care physician who can be your

partner in health and wellness. Your

primary care provider diagnoses and

treats your health issues and serves as

your healthcare advocate and navigator.

“It’s important that we provide our

patients with the best medical care

and ease of access to specialty care if

needed,” says Frank Eidelman, MD,

Director, Center for Medical Specialties.

To complement the primary and

specialty care, the Parkland location

offers onsite x-rays, EKG and physical

therapy care.

“Our patients appreciate the

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including shorter wait times and

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MAY 2018

PARKLAND MAYOR

CHRISTINE

HUNSCHOFSKY

Spring is a busy and exciting

time in Parkland and I want to

congratulate all of our seniors

who are graduating from high school

and college. It always amazes me

to see the accomplishments of our

students. Now, the whole nation has

seen a glimpse of how articulate and thoughtful our students

are. We wish them all the best of luck as they continue with a

successful future.

May is a time when we celebrate mothers. Mothers are the

ones who we go to for help, advice, consoling, and at times,

a delicious meal. They are often the first ones to help a friend

and neighbor and the last ones to take care of themselves. Our

world is a better place thanks to the love, care, and support

mothers show their families and their communities. Thank you

to all the mothers for all you do day in and day out to help your

families and community. Unfortunately, Mother’s Day can also

be a very difficult day for those who have lost their mothers

or for mothers who have lost children. May we celebrate all

mothers and be there for those who have a difficult time on

Mother’s Day.

We just completed the first portion of our annual strategic

planning sessions, and I want to thank our City Commission for

their hard work in the crucial process that ensures we provide

our residents with a high level of service in a fiscally responsible

manner. In our first session, we discussed comprehensive

public safety including levels of service for police, fire, and police

security at the Broward County Public Schools in Parkland, as

well as various infrastructure improvements. Our next session

is the beginning of this month. Strategic planning is only one

part of our annual budget process. During strategic planning

the Commission analyzes and discusses the needs of all areas

of Parkland and develops a comprehensive strategic plan to

address those needs. City staff then takes the priorities laid out

by the Commission and develops a fiscally sound budget for

the coming year. Then, on July 11, the commission will set a

maximum millage rate. The 2018-19 budget will be voted on at

our Budget Hearings on September 12 at 7pm and September

21 at 6pm at Parkland City Hall. Resident input is always invited

and is an important part of our planning and budget process,

which enables the City to prioritize projects and funding.

This month I am having open office hours on Monday, May 7,

from 8 to 10am. Feel free to stop by, say hello, and ask me any

questions you may have. No appointment is necessary. If you

are unable to stop by during my open office hours, please feel

free to email at mechunschofsky@cityofparkland.org. P


CORAL SPRINGS MAYOR

SKIP CAMPBELL

If you are following the news, you

know that many cities are at work

to challenge a Florida Statute that

imposes a super pre-exemption on

local lawmakers considering gun

regulation. Florida Statute 790.33

restricts the actions of local officials by

threatening a $5,000 fine and removal

from office, and threatens cities with up to $100,000 in legal

damages. I am pleased to report that the Coral Springs City

Commission has authorized the filing of a lawsuit to challenge

the super pre-exemption imposed by the Statute. There has

been other progress in the area of gun regulation. One month

following the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman

Douglas, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 7026 into law, which

bans the sale of any firearms in Florida to anyone under the

age of 21, imposes a three-day waiting period on all handgun

purchases, and bans bump stocks. I will continue to keep you

updated.

I’d like to invite you to join us at our next National Day of

Prayer. Every house of worship in Coral Springs and adjoining

cities are invited to participate as we come together to pray

on Thursday, May 3, at 7pm at the Coral Springs Charter

School, 3205 N. University Drive. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, call

954-344-1005.

You will not want to miss the

Finswimming World Cup event

coming to Coral Springs this

month. The Coral Springs

Aquatic Complex will host

round 4 of the Finswimming

World Cup from May 11 to 13,

2018. The Finswimming World

Cup is comprised of 5 rounds.

Round 1 will be in Hungary,

round 2 in Italy, round 3 in Germany, and the final championship

round will be in Thailand in September. This will be the first time

the Finswimming World Cup will be in the USA. The event is

expected to draw 80 teams from 30-plus countries, with more

than 500 athletes of all ages. P

If you would like to meet with me to discuss any City issues,

feel free to visit with me during my office hours. I will have

office hours the second Tuesday of every month from 4 to

6pm at City Hall in the City Commission Office. To make an

appointment, call 954-344-5911. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ the

City on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CityofCoralSprings

and follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @coralspringsfl.

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Commissioner

Michael Udine

(3rd District, Broward County)

The beginning of May

brings us to National

Small Business Week. As

we have done in the previous

year, our office will showcase

Northwest Broward’s small

businesses with the goal of helping them succeed. My office

works closely with different chambers of commerce in our area

and looks to them to help us promote local businesses. On

social media, our #SmallBusinessShoutouts highlight these

businesses and encourage the local community to show

their support. This program has proven successful in the past

and we intend to continue our goal of promoting District 3’s

businesses, which provide great opportunities for the growth of

our community.

May is the start of the yearly budget process for the upcoming

County budget. The budget reflects the priorities of the

community and tries to incorporate the many needs of the

County. Broward County strives to keep the burden on

taxpayers as low as possible while investing in our economic

engines, such as local infrastructure, the Fort Lauderdale-

Hollywood International Airport, and Port Everglades. As we

go through this process, it is my intention to work with the

County Budget team to make sure that everyone is adhering

to strict fiscal responsibilities. Much of our budget is committed

to Constitutional Officers (Broward Sheriff’s Office, the Property

Appraiser, and the Supervisor of Elections). My goal is to watch

these expenditures carefully to make sure we are getting the

most value for our tax dollars.

Finally, as we inch closer to the start of hurricane season, it is

important to make sure you are doing everything possible to

protect yourselves, your loved ones, and your property with a

personal Hurricane Plan. To assist in helping with your hurricane

plans, our office will be hosting a town hall on May 17 from

6:30 to 8pm at the Tamarac Community Center. The American

Red Cross, first responders, and Broward’s Emergency

Management Division will be on hand to answer questions

directly. In addition, you will be able to sign up for Alert Broward,

which is Broward County’s emergency alert notification system.

In addition, my office will be hosting monthly hours in Coral

Springs and Tamarac for constituents who would like to discuss

any issues, questions, or concerns. Office hours will be the

third Wednesday of the month, from 10 to 11:30am at Coral

Springs City Hall, 9500 W. Sample Road, and from 2:30 to 4pm

at Tamarac City Hall, 7525 NW 88th Ave. If you would like to

schedule an appointment, call 954-357-7003. P

Follow me on social media @MichaelUdine on Facebook,

Twitter, or Instagram or www.commissionerudine.com.

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2018

Summer Youth Fishing Derby

May 5, 8 to 10am

This free event is open to children ages 3 to

12. It takes place at the Pine Trails Fishing

Pier, 10555 Trails End. Check-in begins at

7:45am. For rules and more information, visit

cityofparkland.org.

JDRF Ladies Night Out

May 9, 6 to 9pm

Parkland Golf and Country Club will host a

Ladies Night Out to benefit Juvenile Diabetes

2018 Arts for the Future

Scholarship Winners

Thirty seniors from 10 Broward County

Public Schools received Arts for the Future

Scholarships during the 19th annual Stars

on Parade extravaganza at the Broward

Center for the Performing Arts.

The following local students were awarded

scholarships:

Coral Springs High School: Jarid Altmark,

Visual Art; Rodlin Dorvilus, Visual Arts;

Gabriela Serpa, Music

EVENTS

Research Foundation. Local South Florida

businesses will provide more than 20 different

shopping tables during the event. Attendees

can also look forward to wine, a light

dinner buffet, and a Chinese raffle. Tickets

are $35 and can be purchased online at

JDRFladiesnight.dojiggy.com.

Walk to cure Arthritis

May 9, Noon

The Walk to Cure Arthritis will take place at

Nova Southeastern University, 3100 Ray

Ferraro Jr. Blvd., in Davie. The youth honoree

is Emily Grusky, a Parkland resident living with

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and a junior at

Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Walk to Cure Arthritis is an annual, nationwide

event that supports the Arthritis Foundation’s

mission to help people with arthritis live a full

life and make strides towards a cure. For

more information, contact Katrina Alber at

kalber@arthritis.org, or call 954-662-9792.

#ParklandStrong, A Benefit for

the Victims of the MSD Shooting

May 16, 6pm

AEG Presents, in partnership with Entercom

Radio Group and the City of Pompano

Beach, will host #Parkland Strong, A

Benefit for the Victims of the Marjory

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Coral Glades High School: Gillian Boll,

Theater; Savannah Fogle, Music; Julian

Sanchez, Music; Matthew Schneider, Visual

Arts

Deerfield Beach High School: Allison

Irving, Visual Arts

J.P. Taravella High School: Courtney

Campbell, Theater; Starr Gioia, Visual Arts;

Claire Lefort, Theatre; Vanessa Nottingham,

Theater; Ellana Sunshine, Visual Arts; Kevin

Ward, Visual Arts; Morgan Wolfe, Theater

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

School: Nicole Catania, Theater; Angelina

Stoneman Douglas School Shooting at

the Pompano Beach Amphitheater, 1801

NE 6th Street, Pompano Beach. All of the

proceeds including ticket sales, concessions,

merchandise, and sponsorships will be

donated to the official Broward Education

Foundation Stoneman Douglas Fund. The

concert will feature New Found Glory, Chris

Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional,

and Ryan Key, formerly of Yellowcard.

Tickets are $25 and $100 for VIP (first three

rows). Tickets are on sale now and can be

purchased at pbamp.com and axs.com.

Working in Harmony

Volunteer Luncheon

May 26, Noon

The Friends of Music, Inc., invites community

organizations to honor their outstanding

volunteers at the Working in Harmony

Volunteer Luncheon and Fashion Show. The

event will be at the Marriott Hotel and Golf

Club, 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Guests will

view fashions provided by Steinmart, Coral

Springs and also have the opportunity to

win items at the Chinese Raffle and Silent

Auction. Harpist Lisa Kikoh will perform.

Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in

advance. Discounts are available for groups

of ten or more. For tickets, call Linda Hanson

at 954-752-5620 or email

at llhncs@aol.com.

Lazo, Visual Arts; Gia Simonetti, Visual Arts.

The scholarships will allow the talented

seniors to continue their studies in the visual,

performing, and technical arts at colleges,

universities, and educational training

institutions.

Students honor Parkland

victims and celebrate Shabbat

Five hundred and fifty students, faculty, and

community members partook in the largest

Shabbat dinner at UCF. The event was

called “Shabbat of Champions,” – a nod

to the undefeated UCF Knights – and took

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Students light candles and pray for the 17 shooting victims at Stoneman Douglas.

place at the Pegasus Ballroom on Feb. 23.

With many Stoneman Douglas High School

alumni in attendance, the event was also a

moving tribute to the victims of the tragic

shooting at the Parkland high school, which

had taken place just one week prior to

Shabbat of Champions.

To honor the victims, the co-Director of

Chabad at UCF, Rivkie Lipskier, called the

Douglas High School alumni in attendance

to the stage. They observed a moment

of silence and then lit Shabbat candles in

the memory of the 17 killed. Rabbi Chaim

Lipskier, who directs Chabad with his wife

Rivkie, spoke about how moved he was

to see dozens of students from many

organizations that dedicated hundreds of

hours to make the event possible.

Following the traditional prayers over wine

and bread, a catered kosher meal was

served. “Shabbat is one of the centerpieces

of Jewish life, and has been so since the

infancy of our nation,” Rabbi Lipskier said.

“Shabbat of Champions was a chance for

Jews from across campus to connect with

each other in a meaningful way.”

Locals sweep a

cappella competition

BisCaydence, a coed a cappella group at

the University of Miami in Coral Gables,

performed at the International Championship

of Collegiate A Cappella South Quarterfinal

in Orlando. They won first place and won

every special category. Kent Barnhill and

Anna Park are the co-music directors of the

group. The awards won at the Quarter Final

event were:

Outstanding Soloist - Jillian Hobaica

Outstanding Arrangement - Kent Barnhill

and Matt Gagnon

Outstanding Vocal Percussion - William

Ahlemeier

Outstanding Choreo - Anna Park, Maia

Mulcahy, Nathan Fox. and Jackie E.

Rodriguez.

Anna Park, graduate of Coral Springs Christian

Academy, front row far left; Jackie Rodriguez,

graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School,

front row second from the right; and Kent

Barnhill, graduate of Coral Springs Christian

Academy, front row far right.

Carmen Schentrup research

fund set up

Carmen Schentrup, 16, was a National

Merit finalist, accepted into the University of

Florida Honors Program, and a University

of Washington Purple and Gold Scholar.

She dreamed of being a medical researcher

and curing diseases like ALS. Carmen was

among the 17 students killed in the February

mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman

Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In her memory, her family has established

The Carmen Schentrup ALS Research

Fund to support research into a cure for

ALS. The family started the fund with an

initial gift of $5,628.84 – Carmen’s entire life

savings. The ALS Association is committed

to helping The Carmen Schentrup ALS

Research Fund grow to more than $50,000.

Broward County in healthy

top ten

Broward Regional Health Planning Council,

Inc., has announced that Broward County

has been ranked as one of the top 10

healthiest counties in Florida by the

Population Health Institute and the Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation.

Through the implementation of countywide

initiatives including Transforming Our

Community’s Health, Healthy Families

Broward, and Substance Abuse and Mental

Health, BRHPC and the many community

organizations that partner in these efforts

have made major strides instilling programs

and opportunities to ensure the residents

and visitors to Broward County have access

to healthy foods, safer places to walk and

bike, healthcare resources, and smoke-free

environments.

Wildlife center receives grant

South Florida Wildlife Center, which has

been caring for wildlife in crisis since 1969,

has received a $15,000 grant from the

following supporters of the Community

Foundation of Broward: Helen and Frank

Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund; David

W. Leonard Fund; and, Edwin A. and Jane

N. Huston Fund. The support will be used to

provide veterinary and rehabilitative care for

150 wild animals requiring critical care.

Nearly 50 species will be eligible for

treatment under the grant, including piping

plovers, bald eagles, gray foxes, gopher

tortoises, soft-shelled turtles, and river

otters. “The funds will cover specialized

veterinary care, medication, species-specific

diets, skilled rehabilitation, and other

essentials for successful reintroduction into

the wild,” Parsons-Drake said.

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The Parkland Chamber of Commerce

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Shooting

As the leading business organization in the city of Parkland,

we would like to share our thoughts and feelings with

our community that has been so shaken by the tragedy that

occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Just as

many families were, our board of directors was left paralyzed

from the shock that something so horrific could happen in our

quaint small town.

As parents, this couldn’t have been closer to home. This was

our home. That day, many of us stood in debilitating silence,

not able to even breathe, as we waited. Those minutes of

silence were deafening until we finally heard from our children

inside the school. It hit us so deep in our hearts that no words

can adequately describe that type of agony. Although many

of us hugged our children a little tighter that night, we were left

painfully aching for our seventeen neighbors who wouldn’t have

the same opportunity.

The outpouring messages of support from all over the nation

deeply touched us. It uplifted us through our darkest, our

most painful days. Words can’t express our deepest gratitude

to the businesses and

the families that selflessly

donated or contributed to

our community’s healing.

To express our heartfelt

appreciation, our board of

directors will be making each

one of those businesses an

honorary member of our

chamber for the remainder of

the 2018 calendar year.

We will also work to highlight these businesses on our website

as well as our Facebook page. We want to encourage our

community to support those businesses that have generously

given without asking for even a simple mention in return. That is

the beauty of true giving and our community is forever grateful.

The Parkland Chamber of Commerce’s mission

has always been to bring the community together

through supporting local small businesses while

working with our City Commission, our local PTAs,

and schools. So it comes as no surprise that our

tight-knit business community, much like our proud

students, residents, and elected officials, have risen

from the ashes, united together towards making an

effective change.

In the past year, we have seen countless catastrophes that

aren’t limited to schools. They happen in our airports, our

nightclubs, our places of worship, and at work. It is affecting

us all, in every aspect of our lives. We recognize that there

isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. However despite that, the

Parkland Chamber of Commerce stands tenaciously behind the

movement of our students. We support their efforts for stricter

gun control laws and we support their march to stand up for

their lives and quite frankly, ours. Safety isn’t just a school issue;

it’s everybody’s issue. We desperately need to move forward,

both respectfully and peacefully, to prevent yet another life lost.

We will not hear yet another parent’s heartbreaking cry.

Furthermore, we look forward to the full, transparent report and

investigation yet to be revealed regarding the deficiencies of our

public safety agency (BSO), our school board (BCPS), the FBI,

and our Department of Family and Child Services. We stand to

strongly encourage an open dialog between these organizations

to ensure loopholes are closed

in order to avoid another

potential threat in any one of our

communities ever again.

The Parkland Chamber of

Commerce is committed to our

community and will continue

to work towards providing

resources to aid the recovery

process of all members, students, teachers, and residents of

Parkland. Please look for our upcoming events, including an

important Business Roundtable: Examining The Economic

Impact Of The MSD Shooting, as well as a public workshop on

How To Be An Effective Change Agent For Your Non-Profit.

This is not a sprint; rather it’s a marathon. Our journey will be

long, but our community will stay true to the course. Although

some wounds can never heal, we will find strength in one

another. We continue to look for partners who can lend support,

particularly during the summer months while school is out of

session for our students. We are looking to foster student and

civic events that will keep our healing community engaged and

moving forward. We welcome all of you, our extended Parkland

family, to join us, and together, we hope we can all

say, “#Neveragain.” P

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Honorary Members of the

Parkland Chamber of Commerce

The following businesses are being recognized for their support of Parkland and the surrounding communities in the aftermath

of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. We are pleased to extend them membership in the Parkland Chamber of

Commerce for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year. Contact the Chamber if a business has inadvertently been omitted.

Pizza Time

www.pizzatimecaffe.com

6620 Parkside Drive, Parkland

954-345-8665

Art Paper Scissors

www.myartpaperscissors.com

6654 Parkside Drive, Parkland

754-444-9936

Deja Blue

www.dejabluerestaurants.com

7805 N University Drive, Parkland

954-345-0128

Pasquale & Sons’

Pizza Company

www.pasqualeandsons.com

5609 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs

954-510-0707

Hurricane Grill & Wings

www.hurricanewings.com/

6240 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite

116, Coral Springs

954-346-3535

Laura’s Ultimate Pilates Studio

www.laurasultimatepilates.com

7873 N University, Parkland

954-575-2121

Soho Subs

www.allmenus.com/fl/

coral-springs/523375-soho-subs/menu/

8040 Wiles Road, Coral Springs

954-998-7799

Los Bacados

www.facebook.com/losbocados

7191 N State Road 7, Parkland

954-637-4984

Ethos Greek Bistro

ethosbistro.com

4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek

754-999-0050

Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar

falafel-bistro.com

5677 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs

954-346-3434

Lefty’s Tavern & Grille

www.leftystaverncoralsprings.com

5771 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs

954-752-3525

L & S Personal Service Coffee

www.lspersonalcoffee.com

9629 Westview Drive, Coral Springs

954-346-7224

School of Rock

https://locations.schoolofrock.

com/coralsprings

7544 Wiles Road #C-102, Coral Springs

954-757-7625

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

jeremiahsice.com

9172 Wiles Road, Coral Springs

754-240-4498

Cecilie’s Gourmet Italian Ices

ceciliesices.com

10726 Wiles Road, Coral Springs

954-753-2727

Subzero Ice Cream & Yogurt

www.subzeroicecream.com

7869 N University Drive, Parkland

954-227-1202

Glassman Real Estate Group

glassmanrealestategroup.com

7340 W Upper Ridge Drive, Parkland

954-326-2663

Vault Fitness

www.vault.fit

9930 Clint Moore Road,

Suite 101, Boca Raton

561-483-4160

Sawgrass Lanes

www.sawgrasslanes.com

8501 N University Drive, Tamarac

954-722-2700

Monkey Joe’s Coral Springs

www.monkeyjoes.com/

locations/coral-springs

10301-B Royal Palm Blvd, Coral Springs

954-796-6500

Vital Financial Group

www.vitalfinancialgroup.com

13450 W Sunrise Blvd,

Suite 170, Sunrise

954-615-1980

Athleta

http://stores.athleta.net/store-7600/

6000 Glades Road, Suite 1062,

Boca Raton FL 33431

Miami City Ballet

www.miamicityballet.org

2200 Liberty Ave, Miami Beach

Delta

www.delta.com

Jet Blue

www.jetblue.com

Fort Lauderdale Marriott

Coral Springs Hotel, Golf

Club & Convention Center

www.marriott.com

11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs

954-753-5598

The New England

Patriots/Robert Kraft

Guido’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

www.guidosonline.com

10641 Wiles Road, Coral Springs

954-575-5553

The Florida Panthers

Cozen O’Connor

One North Clematis Street, Suite 510

West Palm Beach

Marriott International

Chick-Fil-A

BB&T Center

1 Panther Pkwy, Sunrise

Dead and Company-

Summer Tour

Healthcare Underwriter’s

Group, Inc.

Maxine A. Gutman, Esquire

1250 South Pine Island Road,

Suite 300, Plantation

954-923-1900 ext 412

Lyft

Angelo Elia Pizza

5920 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs

Starbucks

Museum of Ice Cream Miami

3400 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

855-258-0719

Carnegie Hall

881 7th Ave

New York NY 10019

NYPD- New York

Police Department

World Projects- New York

Wind Band Festival

601 First Street, Suite #200

Benicia, CA 94510

707-556-5885

Wizard Creations

Attn: Luke and Mara Freeman

Corporate Office, 6210 N

Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale

888-217-4084

All County Music

8136 N University Drive, Tamarac

954-722-3424

MSD Alumni Association-

Mobilizing MSD Alumni

Lady and the Mug

www.ladyandthemug.com

3111 University Drive, Coral Springs

954-323-0110

Coral Springs Auto Mall

www.coralspringsautomall.com

9300 W Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs

954-369-1016

Rise Biscuits and Donuts

https://risebiscuitsdonuts.com

2764 N University Drive, Coral Springs

954-314-8687

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FIRST RESPONDERS

Marjory Stoneman Douglas First Responders:

HEROES Every Step of the Way

by Beatrice Levine

Often times we hear of tragic events after they happen. Here is

how they begin.

It all starts with dispatch, “the calm voice in the storm.”

DISPATCH

Gunshots echoed in the dispatch room. Kathy Liriano picked

up the phone: “Help! There is a man with a gun shooting at kids

at MSD high school!” It was from a teacher who had students

in her room that were injured from gunshots that were fired

through the window and door of her classroom. As Liriano

heard gunshots through the phone, she remained strong while

attempting to calm the caller. She assured her that help was

on the way and told her, “as long as I can hear you breathe, I

know you are there, so it’s OK. I’m here.” Liriano is the head

supervisor for the dispatch call center at the Coral Springs

Police Department. She jumped on a call in order to help with

the more than 1,000 calls that came flooding in on February 14.

Since all 911 cell phone calls made from Parkland are directly

routed to the Coral Springs Police Department, the dispatch call

center had quite the task in front of them.

“911 dispatchers actually are our first responders,” Liriano said.

They document all pertinent information from callers and relay

that information to the officers being dispatched. They gather as

much information as they can, while calming callers at the same

time. First responders rely on this information in order to prevent

them from entering blindly into a situation. Dispatchers are often

referred to as the “ears before the eyes get there.”

POLICE

Sergeant Carla Kmiotek, head of training for the Coral Springs

Police Department, was in a meeting that day when an officer

charged in and proclaimed, “There’s an active shooter at

Stoneman Douglas!” Sergeant Kmiotek remembers jumping up,

running to her vehicle, opening the door, putting on her bullet

proof vest, removing her rifle from the top of her car, loading

it, and speeding over to the “north side of the building” at

Stoneman Douglas High School.

Kmiotek, who has a teenager herself in high school, charged

into the 1200 building. She immediately encountered the

carnage. Her first thought was, “This is bad, this is really bad.”

Children were strewn everywhere. Some dead. Some badly

injured.

There’s an active shooter? What do you do first? Help those

in need that might lose their lives or do you go after the active

shooter? First responders face the challenge of saving lives

or apprehending a violent killer. The challenge is real and

Valentine’s Day 2018 proved that to be the case.

A total of 30 first responders from the Coral Springs Police

Department were on scene that day. The main objective of the

first wave was to find the suspect. Sergeant Kmiotek was in

that first wave. The second wave of first responders entered the

building immediately and attended to the injured. They scoured

the building, performing triage on victims using tourniquets,

combat gauze, chest seals, and trauma dressings, which they

carry on their persons.

FIRE RESCUE

Michael Moser, Division Chief for the Coral Springs Fire

Department, was the first to arrive on the scene, making him

the Incident Post Commander. He informed dispatch where

he set up the medical treatment area. Dispatch then relayed

that information to the police officers so they knew where to

bring the injured victims. Upon arrival to the post, Commander

Moser decided which victims needed immediate hospital

transportation. He was in charge of managing the injured.

Further triage techniques were performed at his command post.

This enabled him to keep victims alive and ensure that they

received urgent care. He orchestrated the coming and going

of emergency vehicles and decided what hospital each victim

would go to.

While interviewing Chief Moser in his office he was multi tasking.

He simultaneously kept an eye on his computer while answering

questions. He was working diligently to arrange public safety

for the March in Parkland. Some events occur without prior

knowledge and some events are planned in advance. When

massive amounts of people will be in attendance, there is an

increased need for police and fire department presence to keep

the public safe and to avoid chaos.

Although all these first responder units, from Dispatch to Police

and Fire Rescue, trained extensively for this type of event,

nothing can ever really prepare them for the reality of an active

shooter. Kathy Liriano, Sergeant Carla Kmiotek, and Division

Chief Michael Moser are just three that are mentioned here,

but all those that give of themselves for others are truly heroes.

Most people don’t know of the efforts these true unsung heroes

made on that fateful day. Fourteen victims were saved. Many

more could have died if not for the quick and coordinated

efforts of all the first responders.

First responders, from the beginning of a tragic event to the

end, are our true unsung American heroes. P

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PARKLAND

by Frank J. Cavaioli, Ph. D.

The

City

of

Parkland is Born

Bruce Barnett Blount (1918-1983) holds the distinction of

being the founder of the City of Parkland in 1963. He was

born in Old Pompano.

Emerson Allsworth, assistant to B.B. Blount and one-time

Florida legislator, named the new city “Parkland” in the

Charter papers. The designation was farsighted since it

coincided with Blount’s view of what the new city should be

like.

Bruce continued in the path that his father, George L.

Blount, had set for him, enjoying success in private and

public life. Bruce graduated from Pompano High School and

continued on to the University of Florida in 1939, majoring

in animal husbandry. He served in the Army during World

War II and achieved the rank of First Sergeant. A citizen of

Old Pompano, he farmed the land and raised cattle, and

was elected mayor there in 1956. He married Lois Hyde of

Mississippi.

The pivotal event in his career occurred when he inherited

1,600 acres of land from his father in the northwest section

of Broward County, the place that would become Parkland, a

tight-knit community away from the frenetic pace of modern

life in South Florida. Blount named 360 of those acres the

BBB Ranches, derived from his initials, and which is the

oldest section of the city.

Ironically, Blount is not listed as a citizen of Parkland, but

as a citizen of Pompano, despite his work that led to its

incorporation. He did build a house in 1958 and lived there

until 1964. Nevertheless, he is the founder of the city.

Not content to have the land remain unorganized, he

set about to form a city that would provide services and

protection to its citizens, who preferred animals. His goal was

to maintain its pristine rural character, featuring large open

spaces for families, and to prevent the growing urbanization

of this section of Broward County. Looking back from a 1990

perspective, wife Lois Hyde Blount recalled that Parkland

was originally “formed for the benefit of agricultural-minded

people” who would buy land and pursue agrarian interests.

There were less than 50 people living in Parkland in the late

1960s.

Representative Emerson Allsworth led in getting the Florida

legislature to approve the City Charter on July 10, 1963.

Governor Farris Bryant signed the Charter bill into law on

August 13, 1963.

Thus, Parkland was born.

P

No No one one asks, asks, “Where’s Parkland?” anymore

by Noah B. Rosenfarb, CPA

Living in Parkland, a lot changed on Valentine’s Day. While

it’s been weeks since 17 of our students and faculty were

murdered, the emotions I feel about this situation still bring

me to tears every time. What’s amazing is how tragedy

breeds opportunity. I’m incredibly impressed by so many of

our local teens that quickly became advocates for change

and voices that speak eloquently with gravitas.

While I’ve been silently grieving in the background, Amanda

was quick to act. She never fails to impress me. Right away

she organized and participated in a series of local events.

She took the kids around the neighborhood to “spread love

and kindness,” helped the Moms Club write cards for the

teachers and first responders, painted rocks with inspirational

messages that were spread around town, organized a

“goodie bag” drive so middle schoolers had something

special when they returned to school, and slowly but surely

has been documenting 17 random acts of kindness to honor

the 17 victims.

Jared is four school years away from being an MSD Eagle;

Eden still has eight years. I wonder about the impact this

event will have on them. They’ve been strong but couldn’t

escape the fear and anxiety that comes along with the

constant barrage of media, gossip, and reminders all over

town. Their willingness and desire to participate alongside

Amanda in support of our community gives me hope that

they will always contribute to the world in a positive and

meaningful way, not just in response to injustice, but because

it’s one of the best parts of being human. P

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S

by Becca Fineberg #MSDSTRONG

My

tory

I’m 14 years old, an 8th grader at Bak Middle School of

the Arts in West Palm Beach, and I take the train to and

from school. Returning home on February 14th, as I got off

the train and walked towards the shopping center where my

mom picks me up, I got a text from my dance teacher that

read: “Thinking of all of you, your friends, and family that were

affected by today. I’m glad to know that our PE2 kids are

safe!” (We have three dancers that attend Douglas.) I didn’t

quite understand what he meant. I Googled ‘News’ and the

first item that popped up was about a school shooting; then

I saw the name Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the article and

my heart dropped. Every single name of people I know who

are students there raced through my mind.

The first thing I needed to do was make sure everyone I

knew was safe. I called a few friends, Snapchatted a few,

and direct messaged a few on Instagram, including Jaime

Gutenberg. In a short amount of time, I had heard from

everyone but Jaime, which didn’t surprise me because not

everyone had been checking social media.

When I saw my mom standing outside her car, I

knew she knew and, when I hugged her, I started

to bawl. During the car ride home, my mom had

told me that Jaime hadn’t been heard from yet,

but that someone said they had seen her. A feeling

of relief overcame me, because I believed all my

friends were safe.

About an hour or so went by, and my mom began to cry;

she told me she didn’t think it was good news about Jaime.

We waited and finally, around 7:30pm, my mom got a text

that Jaime didn’t make it. As she began to tell me, not only

did I cry, but I started to scream. I screamed out of anger,

sadness, and confusion. I couldn’t comprehend the fact

that Jaime’s life was taken by such a disgusting person and

an insensible act of violence. I kept crying and eventually I

spoke to a few friends before going to bed. That night, I was

restless. I kept replaying in my head the moment that my

own mother had to tell me that a friend I had known since

forever, was gone.

The next few days were hard, especially Jaime’s funeral. I lost

a lot of family members earlier in life, but this was different.

I’ll never forget hearing the words of her mother, her best

friend, and her teacher, who all talked about the inspiration

that Jaime was and how special she was. It destroyed me to

listen to them talk about her in past tense because she no

longer has a future. She no longer has a voice. That is exactly

why I am doing everything I can to find MY voice and let it be

heard.

On March 24, I marched at the March for Our Lives in

Parkland. Our voices felt truly heard that day. I know that

every step of the march, all 2.6 miles, Jaime was cheering

me on. I watched as a crowd of 20,000 people came

together with the same passion, love, and support for one

another.

My experience that day is etched in my mind. Knowing that

these kids thought it was just another drill, that they went

to school on a day meant for love and some of them didn’t

return, breaks my heart. I no longer feel safe in public places.

I no longer think that drills are just drills, and the worst

possible situations are always filling my brain. On March 29,

we had a code yellow and code red drill at school. I sat in a

corner for a few minutes during the code red praying that it

really was a drill. Things like that shouldn’t be on my mind

every day. I should be able to go to school and feel safe.

Becca (l.) and Jaime

This whole situation has been an eye opener for me. I’ve

learned to let go of the trivial things, to never take anything

for granted, to not complain as much, and to never forget to

say, “I love you.” I vowed to live every day as if it was my last

and live it for Jaime. I vowed to fight every fight as if it was

my own child I was fighting for and fight for her. This is why I

live, and this is my story. P

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COMMUNITY

by Bennett Owens

Violence

“We Call BS.” This phrase, when spoken

by Emma Gonzalez, inspired me to act. As I watched her

speak at a rally against gun violence on February 17, I could

feel my heart pounding. For the overwhelming majority of my

life, I’ve been a closeted gay male. I also grew up watching

my brother struggle with, and ultimately succumb to, the

prongs of addiction. Both of these factors have made me

a very empathetic individual and I’ve always cared deeply

about justice. After hearing Emma’s speech, my desire for

justice reached a new threshold. Gun violence has long been

a problem in America and I had always hoped for reform. But

now, the time had come for action.

This led me to create an Instagram account (@wm.takes.

action) to call for a walkout at my high school on March 14.

In the first post for the account, I cited Congress’ inaction as

the main reason for our protest. Although my school stated

that they could not support our walkout, I continued to

promote the event. I knew this was the most effective way to

make our voices heard. I often turned to the MSD students

for inspiration when I was feeling tired from the hard work it

took to organize this event. The strength they conveyed in

standing up to the NRA and corrupt politicians invigorated

the activist within me. The night before the walkout, a student

posted a vague threat towards protesters through social

media. Regardless, the walkout was a great success, with

no less than 150 students in attendance. To the participants,

standing up for justice trumped any threat of violence or

punishment. Voting is arguably the most powerful tool

that we, as citizens, have. As such, it was important to my

fellow organizers and I that we encourage our classmates

to register to vote at the walkout should they be 18 by the

end of the year. Empowering young people to speak truth

to power was euphoric. I couldn’t have achieved this feat at

my school were it not for the MSD students empowering me

to use my voice. Their message to lead and organize was a

lesson I’d never been taught in school.

After the walkout, “WM Students Take Action” became a

school wide movement to protest gun violence in America.

Our next action: attending the March for Our Lives on March

24. Along with a few friends I marched in NYC. Many Ward

Melville students also marched at MFOL sibling marches

on Long Island. Marching alongside thousands of likeminded

young people at the NYC MFOL was profound.

Their validation inspired me to continue to play an active

role in this movement. We then turned our focus towards

local issues. At a Board of Education meeting on March

28, WMSTA members advocated against adding an armed

presence to schools in the Three Village Central School

District. On April 7, along with other students, I attended a

Town Hall for Our Lives event in my Congressional district

(NY-1). I was not surprised to see that my NRA-backed

congressman, Lee Zeldin, had declined the invitation to talk

with his constituents. The presence of many Democratic

congressional candidates, though, gave me hope for change

this November. On April 20, WMSTA members participated in

a second walkout in protest of gun violence. It is important to

keep the conversation surrounding gun safety in America in

the public eye.

Bennett Owens speaks out for gun control.

Submitted photo

I’ll soon be passing this organization down to an

underclassman. I hope that he or she will continue to prove

that, as a united and courageous front, young people have

the power to change the world. Despite being more than

1,000 miles away, we have not forgotten you, Parkland.

We will continue to act with the bravery the students from

Marjory Stoneman Douglas have instilled in us.

Bennett Owens is a senior at Ward Melville High School in

East Setauket, NY. P

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We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jessica Ruiz has joined the staff as

Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health.

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MARCH FOR OUR LIVES

MARCH

for Our Lives

On Saturday, March 24, tens of thousands

of people gathered at Pines Trail Park to take

part in the March for Our Lives event. The

gun control rally went from Pines Trail Park to

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, taking

up all eight lanes of Pine Island Road. Similar

marches took place in other parts of Florida,

Washington D.C., the country, and around the

world. Students took turns speaking, showing

their support, and encouraging teens to register

to vote. On these pages are photos from the

march showing some of the different groups,

signs, and emotions related to that fateful day,

Feb. 14, when the shooting took place.

Photos are courtesy of Stormy Freeman

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above ground level with the completion of its third floor. Sales

have already reached 80%, and the developer recently made

news with a record-setting $2.35 million penthouse sale.

“Tower 155 is the most in-demand new address in downtown

Boca Raton. Every detail of this property is designed to create

convenience, comfort and luxury,” said Compson Associates

partner Robert D’Angelo.

Residents of Tower 155 will be able to enjoy a multitude of

luxuries found in Boca Raton due to its convenient downtown

location. While overlooking the decorative walkways of Mizner

Park, with its beautiful fountains, upscale retail and department

stores, fine dining restaurants, cinemas and the Boca Raton

Museum of Art, Tower 155 will also have a five-mile stretch of

golden beaches located less than a mile away.

The exclusive Boca Raton Resort and Club situated on 365

breathtaking acres is located nearby with fine jazz clubs,

extravagant spas and golf courses to unwind. Concerts,

farmer’s markets and family activities continue to make

Downtown Boca Raton into the most sought after location for

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Nationally recognized for its “A” rated schools and prestigious

universities, Boca Raton continues to expand its excellent

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The highly anticipated development is part of “The New

Boca”, a style consisting of fresh, contemporary architecture

and upscale amenities that target a younger demographic. The

building features opulent interiors designed by Steven G. and

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Residents of the luxury tower will enjoy a stunning array of

unique amenities including a rooftop sundeck with a pool, a

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services include concierge and valet for dog walking, grocery

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Located in the exclusive Mizner Park area, the landmark

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ENGAGED COUPLES

Picture it: Winter of 2014. A bar called the Ritz

in Jacksonville. She was attending a wedding

reception and he was out with friends. He sees her,

asks her name, and they have been together ever

since.

Two years later, on a date night at one of their

favorite restaurants, Ryan proposed. When they

were seated, Stephanie saw their family and

friends and wasn’t quite sure what was going on

until Ryan started speaking. Ryan proposed and

Stephanie said yes.

One of the couple’s favorite dates is trying new

restaurants and dancing.

Stephanie Marshall

and Ryan Morton

WEDDING DATE:

August 10, 2018

They will be married at sunset in a ceremony on

Deerfield Beach.

Stephanie and Ryan love going on adventures

together. They love to travel and learn about

different cultures. They will honeymoon

in Thailand. ❤

Kayla and Chase met at a funeral in 2011.

Although the occasion was a sad one, they

liked each other immediately. However, there were

obstacles in the way. Both of them were young,

Kayla lives in North Carolina, and Chase in Florida.

Both were in school and needed to finish their

education. The two became friends and kept a

long distance relationship. They knew one day they

would be together.

They began dating in 2017, and on October

14 Chase proposed. Although Chase had an

elaborate plan to propose to Kayla, he changed his

mind after discovering how fragile his mom’s life is.

He decided to make it a special family moment and

while having breakfast with the family, he proposed.

The couple enjoys dancing, eating, video calls, and

being together when they can.

They plan to honeymoon in Costa Rica. ❤

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ENGAGED COUPLES

Ashley and Anthony have a short, but sweet, love story.

Although they dated for almost five years before getting

engaged, it was a simple courtship.

“Anthony and I met in 2011 at Palm Beach State College.

We were friends at first and in 2012 we started dating. That

Thanksgiving we told each other “Happy Thanksgiving”

and from that point on we have been with each other ever

since,” Ashley said.

WEDDING DATE:

MAY 2019

Ashley Kowalski and

Anthony Billett

On Thanksgiving Day in 2017, two months before the

couple’s five-year anniversary, Anthony planned a proposal

before dinner began. They got together with their families,

and were going around the room, each saying what they

were thankful for. “Anthony started saying what he was

thankful for and after his speech he proposed to me in front

of everyone,” Ashley said.

The couple’s reception will be at the Wyndham hotel in

Deerfield Beach. They plan to honeymoon in Hawaii. ❤

On a balmy summer day in July of 2013, Nadine attended

a sales meeting that Stefan was conducting in Miami.

Both had worked for the same company for several years,

but hadn’t met until that day. As the saying goes, the rest is

history and Nadine and Stefan began dating. It was four and

half years later when Stefan proposed.

Nadine had a work conference in 2015 in Chicago and

fell in love with the city. She wanted to take Stefan, so she

booked a trip for the weekend of his birthday. Once the trip

was booked, Stefan went to work on his plan. “He apparently

setup a construction tour at night at the Willis Tower,” Nadine

said. “In the back of my mind I was thinking, What could

they be possibly constructing in this building and how am I

going to walk around in heels? We pulled up to the building

and the main entrance was under construction. We arrived

on the 103rd floor. I was stunned by the views and as we

stepped onto the Skydeck to take pictures, I hear ‘Babe, (my

response: Whaaat? I’m trying to take pictures) will you marry

me?’ The answer, of course, was yes.”

Nadine and Stefan pride themselves on being foodies. They

love to dine out, cook at home, and go to the movies.

The couple will celebrate their wedding in Costa Rica and

Florida. They hope to go to Australia for their honeymoon. ❤

WEDDING DATE:

Spring 2019

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MOTHER’S DAY

5 Easy Ways to Create

Long-Lasting

Memories Mother’s Day

on

by Deborah Gregg

You’ve read all that sappy holiday stuff too often. It

makes you want to shut the magazine and give up. I

agree with you, the commercial aspect of holidays is

overdone. However, love, at the heart of it, is something to

which we all subscribe. Show Mom you love her by making

her feel special and appreciated. How? Well, this is where

you’ll shine.

1. Celebrate all the mom-like figures in your life

Let me begin by stating that I recognize that not everyone

has a mom. Families come in all shapes, sizes, and forms.

Recognize who the guiding figure is in your life. You may

have a favorite teacher who has taken a special interest in

supporting you this year or an aunt or family friend. Whoever

your Mom-like figures are, show them all how much they

mean to you.

2. Craft a thoughtful greeting card message

Regardless if you make her a card by hand (my favorite) or

purchase one, sit down well before the day and think about

special times you’ve spent together or reasons you are proud

of her. Be detailed. In our family, we have family meetings,

where we take turns giving each other compliments about

recent accomplishments, small and large. It’s like verbal

greeting cards, but let me tell you, it’s powerful stuff. Your

thoughtfully considered words on paper are a gift Mom

can revisit for years to come. Added bonus points: make it

beautiful. Visit the craft store for ideas and supplies.

3. Do something together

If she is a ‘quality time’ kind of gal, then listen carefully. Have

an adventure. Do something new that you haven’t done

together before. When I was a kid, we surprised my mom

with a picnic day at the park. It was our first-time paddle

boating, and probably because we did something new and

exciting, it is the only Mother’s Day I can remember as a

kid. I’ll bet my mom remembers it too. Make sure whatever

adventure you choose, it’s in her wheelhouse of fun. Check

websites for discounts and local deals.

4. No chores

Maybe Mom is a busy lady and dreams of a splendid day

doing absolutely nothing. Think of the drudgery of chores

that are on her plate every day and take charge. Set up a

comfortable relaxation spot for Mom with magazines, snacks,

drinks, music, or an indulgent movie, while you create a task

force to lighten the load. Perhaps plan and shop for meals,

clean the house, make the beds, do the laundry, or wash

her car and fill it with gas — just a few suggestions. Give her

a mani-pedi while she watches a movie. Secretly check her

to-do list for more ideas.

5. Gifts that stick around

You may feel that the day would not be complete without a

gift for her. Since we are focusing on creating unforgettable

memories, a gift that is unique and long lasting for her to

enjoy all year would be the goal. Only you know this special

lady’s taste, but I can tell you for sure, she is going to love it,

simply because it’s from you. Think about what she deems

as special or a treat. It should be personal and something

she will want to use or proudly display, to remember how

special you are to her. Isn’t that the point, after all?

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MOTHER’S DAY

by Cynthia MacGregor

A Motherless

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the day we lavish love and affection, cards,

flowers, candy, and gifts on our mothers. We celebrate the

woman who birthed us, raised us, and still is there for us

when we need a mother’s love, no matter how old we are.

Unless, of course, she’s no longer among the living.

My mother died right after I moved into the condo I’ve been

living in for more than a decade now. A kindly neighbor

brought me flowers on the Mother’s Day that followed,

knowing I would be missing my mom. Of course, the

flowers didn’t really make up for my mother’s absence, but I

greatly appreciated the gesture all the same.

If you’re facing a motherless Mother’s Day, your heart may

be wrenched at the prospect. How do you handle it?

Here are some suggestions:

♥ If you have kids, focus on being a mother and let them

make the day be all about you, whether they’re toddlers

or grown and gone, phoning in their love from hundreds of

miles away.

by ♥ Spend Palmer time Peters with a mother figure that may be in your life.

Of course she’s no substitute for your real mom, but if she’s

someone special to you, let her know how important she is

to you, and enjoy her company.

♥ Spend time with memories in the form of photos, home

movies, or anything else you have that is from or about your

mom. Did you save letters she wrote to you (perhaps from

back in the day when snailmail was the only mail)? Do you

have other memorabilia that is from her or relates to her? If

you don’t live alone, whether you live with your spouse and

kids, a significant other, or a roommate, gather that person

or those people together with you and share the pictures

and memorabilia with them.

♥ Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper, or perhaps

even write an article for one of the smaller, weekly

newspapers, magazine, or a blog that accepts outside

contributions, or write a Facebook post talking about your

mom’s most unique quality or the most memorable thing

she ever did.

♥ Do you have any of your mom’s recipes? Cook “Mom’s

meatloaf” or “Mom’s lasagna,” or bake “Mom’s apple pie” to

honor her on Mother’s Day. If you live alone, invite a friend—

or several—over to share your special dinner, and be sure to

tell them that this is your mom’s recipe.

♥ Visit a local nursing home and ask which female residents

have no family in the area and are still aware enough to

realize it’s Mother’s Day. Spend a few minutes each with as

many of them as you wish to.

♥ Pray to God to watch over your mother in heaven, and

know in your heart that she is in a fine place now, where

there is no pain, no worry, and no suffering. Whatever

tribulations she had here on earth are behind her now. She

is at peace, and however much you miss her, her state of

peacefulness and painlessness is a good thing.

If you shed a few tears, it’s all right. It’s perfectly normal to

miss Mom. If you can’t honor her face to face anymore,

honor her memory. If her passing was recent, know that

the pain, especially on such occasions as her birthday, the

anniversary of her death, and Mother’s Day will ease

with time. P

♥ Get together with a friend who has also lost her or his

mother and talk about your respective moms. Reminisce

and remember. Don’t be embarrassed if you both shed a

tear or two.

♥ If your mother is buried in a cemetery in your area, visit

the gravesite.

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by Dale King

You may think you’ve heard the last of the Hurricane Irma

stories, but there’s still one untold tale kicking around

Broward County. It’s an account that could easily tap your

tear ducts – because it is sweet and kind and has a happy ending.

When the massive hurricane tore a path of destruction through

the Sunshine State last September, it destroyed billions of dollars’

worth of property from the Keys to Tallahassee. A small portion

of that toll included the roof at the home of Marian Klukiewicz, a

structure in the City of Sunrise that she had called home for five

decades.

Marian was sleeping on a sofa in her living room surrounded by

mold and moisture as the structure decayed around her. Struggling

Deteriorated conditions inside

Marian’s home

Sweet

Repair work being done inside

Marian’s home.

with health issues related to aging, a very limited income, and

no local family, Marian’s situation came to the attention of Robin

Martin, executive director of Rebuilding Together Broward.

Martin, whose organization has received yearly donations from

Current Builders, one of the largest construction companies

in Pompano Beach, reached out to its CEO, Chip Reid, for

assistance. “Rebuilding Together is committed to helping lowincome

homeowners live in safe, secure housing,” Martin said.

“But Marian’s situation was dire, and we were going to need

tremendous help to restore her home. Thankfully, Current Builders

stepped up to the task.”

Initially, Current Builders was approached to see if the company

would donate their time and resources to restore the roof. After

an inspection, Reid and his workers realized that Marian’s house

had been deteriorating for years and was essentially uninhabitable.

Understanding the elder woman’s dire situation, Reid rallied his

employees and partners, and with assistance from Rebuilding

Together Broward County, launched the “Home for Marian”

initiative through his company’s charitable foundation.

The firm, working with a dedicated team of subcontractors,

drafted an extensive restoration plan which included rebuilding the

roof, fixing the plumbing and electrical work, adding new drywall,

painting, acquiring new appliances and installing her first-ever

air conditioning system. Donations of new furnishings were also

secured.

During the months spent on renovation, Marian moved into

temporary housing and was supported by a team of people from

Rebuilding Together Broward, United Way of Broward County, and

Broward County Elderly and Veteran Affairs.

“It was a much bigger job than we initially anticipated,” explained

Reid. “But thanks to an amazing network of partners, we were

able to give Marian a safe, beautiful home.”

From left, Robin Martin, executive director of Rebuilding Together; Marian

Klukiewicz; and, Chip Reid, CEO of Current Builders from Pompano Beach.

“Marian Klukiewicz is an amazing woman who never complained

about her unfortunate circumstances,” Reid said. “We are

honored to restore the home that she has lived in for the past 50

years. Our employees and numerous friends in the construction

industry have graciously donated their time and resources over the

past few months to create a new home for this wonderful woman.”

In late February, Marian moved back into her home, which work

crews literally tore apart – right down to the studs – for a total

overhaul. Now, she will have air conditioning – a convenience she

never had before – along with hot, running water. In the past, she

used her microwave oven to heat water to bathe.

Marian got to meet the workers from Current Builders, and others

who lent a hand in the reconstruction of her home, during a

reception at the Pompano Beach headquarters of the construction

company. She offered gracious and sincere thanks for putting her

house – and her life – back together.

Current Builders launched a foundation more than 10 years ago to

increase its community involvement and to give back to the human

experience. Rebuilding Together is a national nonprofit providing

low-income homeowners with critical residential repairs and help in

reviving dilapidated communities.

“Since our inception in 2003 as the local affiliate,” Martin said,

“Rebuilding Together Broward County has made significant health

and safety repairs to more than 450 homes, changed the lives of

more than 1,000 individuals, and provided an estimated $4million

impact from financial donations, volunteer labor, and donated

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OUTDOORS

Take It Up a Notch Out Back

– Adding Appeal to your Patio or Deck

by Melinda Myers

Summer means time spent gardening

and relaxing with friends. Just like the

kitchen in winter, the patio or deck

tends to be the gathering spot when the

weather turns warm.

Get the most from this space with a bit

of preseason planning and decorating.

Select functional and beautiful furnishings

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and friends to enjoy whenever the

weather allows.

First, sketch out the space and measure

the dimensions of all furnishings you are

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Allow extra space for people to pull chairs

in and out from the table and navigate

around furnishings, preferably 3 to 4 feet.

Next, select a table that fits the space

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A round folding table provides space for

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wall when workspace is needed.

Small and large space gardeners will

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patio and bring the garden to the party.

Look for self-watering planters and

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easily move them out of the way of a

family gathering or closer to the kitchen

for easy harvesting.

Include a multifunctional piece like a

potting bench. Look for a versatile and

well-built, furniture-quality piece that

complements other furnishings and

can be used as a serving surface when

entertaining. Consider features like a

faucet for washing and watering that

drains into a bucket or the ground, as

well as hooks for hanging tools and

baskets and space for storage.

Bring nature to your door and mask

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soothing sound of water. Wall-mounted

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and motion of water to even the smallest

patios and decks. Watch for colorful

winged visitors stopping by for a sip.

Extend your enjoyment into the evening

with pleasing outdoor lighting. Make

sure the light is not shining directly into

visitors’ eyes. Downward facing overhead

lights brighten large areas. Use them

to illuminate key spaces such as those

used for cooking. Strands of lights on

structures, ribs of an umbrella, or the

underside of a bar provide a festive

touch.

Use tabletop lighting to create a more

intimate mood. Outdoor flameless

candles add warmth to your space while

a solar lantern adds charm. Look for a

style that complements your outdoor

décor.

Add pathway lighting to direct guests

to the patio or on a stroll through the

garden. Solar lighting allows flexibility and

eliminates the need for trenching wires to

a power source. Think beyond traditional

pathway and railing lighting. Strategically

placed upward lighting of structures

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Whatever the size of your patio or deck

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HUMOR

FRED IS DEAD

by Victoria Landis

Those of you who’ve read my column

over the years are familiar with my

tree nemesis/crush. Fred, the ginormous

pongam tree who occupied my front

yard. Yes, I said occupied. Past tense.

For I have sad, sad, news. Fred is dead.

Although my neighbors have cursed him

right along with me over the years — he

was stunningly beautiful, but oh so sloppy

at times — they’ve come to express their

sorrow at his passing. No one will miss

him more than I, however.

Irma killed him. The directionally

challenged and fickle hurricane that made

the entire state evacuate because she

couldn’t figure out which way she wanted

to go. That Irma. Grrrrrr . . .

We ran away from Irma. My neighbors

who stayed sent me pictures literally

minutes after Irma punched Fred in

the particulars and he went down for

the count. Luckily, he fell toward the

street. He extended across the road

to the neighbor’s yard, but somehow

his monstrous, thick branches fell on

either side of my dorky-looking mailbox.

I’ve wanted to replace that thing since

I moved in. If Fred had smashed it, the

insurance company would’ve replaced

the ugly thing.

I hate that mailbox. It’s one of those

plastic ones that look like Little Tykes

made it. But I digress . . .

The county came and cut away the parts

of Fred that blocked the street. The HOAhired

contractor came and cut away the

parts blocking the sidewalk. I was left

with the rest, including the huge limbs

blocking access to my driveway. Even

lying on its side, the branches reached so

high that, when approaching from down

the street, you couldn’t immediately tell it

was on its side and not standing up.

My birthday was soon after this, and my

present from my significant other was

— you guessed it — a chainsaw. Not

that I didn’t want it. I did. We learned to

run it and took more of Fred down until

we were left with the most massive main

trunk, limbs, and huge root ball. It was

intimidating as heck. We cried chicken.

I called my dear friends in Homosassa,

who have extensive experience with

big trees and (quite idiotically) offered to

help. They arrived the following weekend

full of vigor and enthusiasm. They knew

exactly how to tackle what was left. My

significant other and I happily became the

minions.

We spent two days cutting and hauling

the pieces to the curb. Several enormous

limbs still hung high over the sidewalk,

swale, and the mailbox. With each cut

to those branches, I clasped my hands,

thought positive thoughts, and yelled,

“Come on, baby. Mama needs a new

mailbox.” But my wish was denied. Each

time limbs with a gazillion leafy branches

came crashing down just skirting the

stupid mailbox by as little as an inch.

Murphy’s Law really, really, loves me.

The four of us were exhausted and

bruised when we cried “uncle.” All that

was left was the root ball, eight feet wide,

lying on its side, sticking seven feet into

the air. I hired a guy to grind and remove

it for $500. A few days later, he dropped

off two men and a grinding machine.

After about an hour and curious as to

why there wasn’t much noise, I went

outside to check.

They stood inside a massive hole

adjacent to the root ball with big shovels,

digging. “Um . . .” I said. “Why are you

digging a hole?” One shrugged. The

other said, “Ask the boss.”

When the boss returned, I did ask: “You

aren’t thinking of just burying the root ball,

are you?” He flushed and stammered.

And the circus that followed is for next

month’s column. Stay tuned. P

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PARKLAND LIFE

Leisure

my

way

by Jill Vogel

am a Type A personality. I have all the

I associated personality traits to go with

it — workaholic, goal oriented, need to

be right. After 10 years on Wall Street and

25 plus in Educational Administration, I

decided to hang it all up. After all, I had a

good pension, a lovely home in Parkland,

a husband who wanted to work forever to

ensure our financial well being, and great

health insurance.

My fantasy about retirement included

sleeping past 5:40am, read countless

novels, relax by my pool, and ride my bike.

After doing the math with my supportive

husband, I took the plunge and ended my

work career. After the party, the tearful

goodbyes, and bringing home the office

stuff I had accumulated over 25 years, my

retirement began.

At first, it seemed idyllic, and I was busy

not only with ‘fun’ experiences but with

packing up and selling our New York home

to retire to Parkland. All seemed rosy and

three years ago my retirement in Florida

became a reality.

After a few days of sleeping in and

puttering around the house I began to get

anxious — how should I spend my days?

I rode my bike daily, played Mah Jong

once a week, met friends for breakfast or

lunch and shopping, and read by my pool.

It occurred to me that it was not enough.

Now to be fair, moving away from New

York made it impossible to do one of my

favorite things — see my grandchildren

and babysit as needed; this was my new

normal and I was not content.

As a type A, I approached my life as a

project. I began to research places to

visit and things to do. I got a few friends

together to do day trips to museums,

gardens, fairs, etc. While I loved these

days it still wasn’t enough. Volunteering

became the next idea but, after a couple

of mishaps, it became clear — unless they

needed a volunteer CEO — this wouldn’t

work for me.

Taking classes and learning new things

came next and, while I loved some of the

retiree courses offered by the Parkland

Library, I discovered that I am not an arts

and crafts kinda gal. So, what do I do? I

hopefully have many years ahead of me

and I was determined to understand how

to make myself happy. Then the epiphany

came — I could structure my day as I had

when I worked. I could fill the morning,

afternoon, and evening with activities I

enjoy. Sounds crazy but it worked.

So, here is what I did: along with a couple

of other experienced players, we formed

a group to learn canasta. We organized

games a couple of days a week and a

couples Canasta Club in the evening twice

monthly. A group of us joined the Lifelong

Learning Center at FAU and registered for

courses. Two friends and I bought season

tickets to Broadway in Broward. I started

to take a weekly class with Rabbi Boxman

at Kol Tikvah Synagogue. Life was better

but still not entirely fulfilling.

That’s when I decided to create my own

volunteer opportunities.

I created a curriculum to teach Mah

Jong and Canasta at the Parkland Public

Library. Not only did my classes fill up, I

felt I was doing something worthwhile for

others. The final piece fell into place when

I began to write these articles as a way

to share my thoughts and use my brain

creatively.

So what began as a dream of relaxing

days has turned into a retirement that suits

me. I fall into bed every night fulfilled and

happy to face another challenging day

of retirement. P

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MALE MATTERS

will

Poor Bobby Lee,

Washington

be next?

by Elliot Goldenberg

Poor Robert E. Lee, as great

a general as George Patton.

First ol’ Bobby Lee, as he was

probably known below the Mason-

Dixon Line, had to surrender to Ulysses

S. Grant. Then, Bobby Lee must have

been rolling in his grave as, a century

and a half later, magnificent statues

of himself and other leaders of the

Confederacy were destroyed, or were

being threatened with destruction, all in

the name of political correctness.

Of course, the fact that the Civil War

was a harsh reality, and however

by tragic, Palmer represents Peters a major fact of

American history, has obviously been

lost on some who want to change

the narrative. But what happened

– happened, like it or not. For the

most part, those beautiful statues pay

deserving homage to some truly brave

and heroic southern gentlemen – not

to the inhuman institution of human

slavery.

At least that’s how this transplanted

Yankee sees it.

Locally, part of the controversy reared

its politically correct head in the city of

Hollywood, Florida, where there are

more than hundreds of businesses

located on streets named after leaders

of the Confederacy. The money and

time needed to change the names to

names more “acceptable” is no joke.

But as the queen in Wonderland once

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said to Alice, “Off with his head!”

So as another President’s Day

approaches, you have to wonder: Will

slaveholder George Washington be

next? How about another slaveholder,

Thomas Jefferson? In the name of

political correctness will their faces be

erased from, say, Mt. Rushmore? What

about the dollar bill? And what about

Washington, D.C. – do we need to

change its name too?

Washington, after all, was a major

slaveholder before, during, and after

his presidency. Actually, he had 317

slaves, which according to his will,

were to be freed upon the death of

his widow, Martha, who actually took

it upon herself to free them after the

father of our country went on to that

big plantation in the sky.

Jefferson, with more than 600 slaves,

was also a major slaveholder — we

know all about his relationship with

Sally Hemmings — but was personally

opposed to the institution of slavery.

Okay, so can we now leave his stonecarved

head on Rushmore and not

replace it with, say, Bill Clinton or

Ronald Reagan?

In the brilliant Broadway mega-hit

Hamilton, Jefferson, for some weird

reason, is portrayed as an African-

American who can rap. Talk about

political correctness and turning history

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on its head. I mean this Jefferson is

not the hilarious George Jefferson,

husband of “Weezie.” I’d like to see

someone explain that one to Tom’s

descendants.

Truth be told, besides Washington

and Jefferson, slave owning was

actually quite common among the

early presidents. Of the first 12

commanders-in-chief – the 13th

president was Lincoln who freed

the slaves – only John Adams, and

his son, John Quincy Adams, never

owned any. Martin Van Buren owned

one slave, but not while he was

president. That slave, Tom, perhaps

named after Jefferson, escaped and

remained free.

Others who owned slaves included

James Madison, James Monroe,

Andrew Jackson, William Henry

Harrison, John Tyler, and James K.

Polk. The last president who owned

slaves was, ironically, Ulysses S.

Grant, elected in 1868 after he had

commanded Union forces to victory

over the Confederacy in the war that

led to the abolition of slavery. For

anyone who believes that a statue

of Grant should be removed and,

perhaps, be destroyed, I doubt you’ll

ever find one in the south.

The moral to the story: Why not just

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MOM’S PERSPECTIVE

ALEXA

Rules

by Cheryl Pangborn

Remember the Jetsons, George and his family and the

delight of their fantasy robot-society? Well, the Pangborn

family is now a four Amazon Echo household. There

is no place we can go that Alexa is not. It’s convenient and

sometimes bizarre.

Steve bought our first Alexa in 2016, and we quickly fell in love

with her. Admittedly, I was skeptical. Steve’s not really a techie

and I didn’t think he’d use her to her full capacity. Of course,

we already had Siri. Adding Alexa was like starting a robot

competition, except one is mobile and one is not. In any case,

we quickly grew fond of Alexa and before we knew it we were

addicted, attached, lost without her when she was in another

room. If I had to know the weather from the kitchen, I found

myself calling out to her; yet, she could not answer because she

was in the bedroom. Yes indeed, Siri became a second-class

citizen. After all, I had to say “HEY Siri” to get her attention, but

not so with Alexa. Which clearly confirms robots also make us

insanely lazy.

Soon we decided to get her companion, the Echo Dot, for

Mason, our special needs son, so he could enjoy having his

own robot for his music. Unfortunately, Dot wasn’t as dynamic

as Big Mama Alexa and she didn’t get much attention. When

the new and improved device, Echo Show, came out recently

the hubby was ready to upgrade. So, other families upgrade

their phones and TV cable subscriptions and we upgrade

robots? Yeah, we’re not too weird. The new Fancy Pants Echo

has a screen to “show” you what Alexa is saying or singing.

Music, news, photos, all right there on the screen. Other than

that, she’s the same. I bought it on Cyber Monday (appropriate)

along with a Shark Robot Vacuum for Steve. He wanted this

because he vacuums often? Uh. No.

As fate would have it, Amazon sent us two Echo Shows

accidentally and since we’re Prime Members, top of the

Amazon buying food chain, they told us to keep it. So, now

we’re in “Prime” position (see what I did there) to have an Alexa

for the kitchen, family room, bedroom, and Mason’s room. If I

need to know the time and don’t want to look at any of the 10

nearby clocks, I can get my answer from almost any room. We

even made the unpopular Dot and the original Big Mama Alexa

into Siamese twins, joined forever as

surround sound buddies for the kitchen/

family room.

In regards to the robot vacuum, I’ve

become accustomed to it. When it

gets stuck in the same spot or rides

right past an obvious crumb, I’ve been

known to become hostile towards it,

maybe hollering orders. This makes

me seem like the Mother Ship, which

is scary. When I spied Steve online

checking out the Google Home, I put

a stop to it immediately. “We are an

Alexa Home so don’t even think about

changing the robot army!” Truly, it seems

this is the wave of the future and I fear

there is more to come. I think if the next

Alexa model is an “Echo Walk” we may

have an issue, but for now, in our house

Alexa rules. P

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by Larry Schwingel

As much as things change,

that’s how much they stay

the same. One long-standing

belief that never changes is

that, to sell a house, bathroom

and kitchen upgrades are a

necessity. Everything else is

secondary. While they are

prime target areas, an article

in Remodeling Magazine

stated, “you’re less likely to

recoup your investment in a

major kitchen or bathroom

remodel than you are to get back what

you spent on basic home maintenance

such as new siding.” The article also

stated that siding replacement recouped

more than 92 percent of its cost, and the

only home improvement to return more

at resale was a minor kitchen remodel

($15,000) that returned nearly 93 percent.

Replacing roofs and windows had a ROI

of about 80 percent or more at resale.

Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens are

historically at the top of any renovation

list, but what if a homeowner has a leaky

roof? Will upgraded bathrooms and

kitchen make a difference? Local Realtor

Lisa Flickstein, of ReMax Advisors in

Coral Springs, said they will.

“Many buyers are willing to do

the exterior work, but

it’s the interior

that makes all

the difference,”

Flickstein said.

“I’ve been

in the

business for 34 years and I can tell you

that today’s buyer wants it all. They are

enamored with physical appearances,

and expect modern kitchens, upgraded

appliances, wood cabinets, granite

countertops, new flooring, impact

windows, and impact doors. They

are emotionally drawn to the home’s

cosmetics.” A word of caution to

sellers — if your home requires major

roof repairs, extensive plumbing work, a

new air conditioner; or if there is mold or

cracks in the foundation, chances are all

bets are off — no matter how great the

upgrades to your bathrooms and kitchen.

Considering that the home is in good

shape, and there are only minor repairs

to be made, the upgrades will draw

potential buyers. A complete

renovation

of a

master bath and kitchen

can cost upwards of $20-

$25,000, about $10,000 of

which is earmarked for the

master bath. So, with new

upgrades, how long will it

take for your home to sell?

According to Flickstein, it

depends on the price point

and how aggressively it’s

priced. “If it is priced at

market value, a $500,000

home usually sells under

30 days,” she said. “A home that’s half a

million to a million dollars that is priced at

market value will go between 30 and 60

days.” Homes in the $1million range take

longer because of a smaller percentage

of buyers in the buyer’s pool.

What a seller gets back on his/her

investment depends on the value of

the house, the value of houses in the

immediate neighborhood, the general

housing market, how soon one can sell

after improvements, and the quality of the

project work.

Kitchens and baths are the areas of the

home where you can tell if money was

well spent or not. Every homeowner’s first

priority should be keeping the existing

structure sound.

Interior renovations are important, but

not to be lost in the shuffle is the exterior

value of curb appeal. Projecting a sense

of welcome is important, and curb appeal

is a gateway into a home primed to sell.

But, if all the remodeling is done on the

inside and nothing has been done to

create an appealing look on the

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Smart devices bring convenience and

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Let’s go to the Museum

by Aaron Krause

Museums can foster connections and bring people with

common interests together. These institutions can also

unite those curious about topics with experts in those fields.

These centers of fun and learning can also strengthen their

communities and benefit those living far away.

Once again, it is time to celebrate museums through

International Museum Day 2018. The annual event, which

falls around May 18, has grown in popularity since its

founding in 1977 by the Paris, France-based International

Council of Museums. Museums can participate in several

ways, perhaps by offering perks during the time of the

celebration. It can “last a day, a weekend or a whole

week,” according to ICOM’s website icom.museum. The

celebration’s purpose is to raise awareness of museums’

role. “Museums are an important means of cultural

exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual

understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples,”

according to the website.

This year’s theme is “Hyperconnected Museums: New

approaches, New Publics.” Hyperconnectivity “is a

term invented in 2001 to design the multiple means of

communication we have today, such as face-to-face contact,

e-mail, instant messaging, telephone, or the Internet. This

global network of connections becomes each day more

complex, diverse, and integrated. In the hyperconnected

world of today, museums join the trend.”

While technology can spread the word about a museum’s

existence, “word of mouth” remains a publicity tool. That

is how many people learn, for instance, about The South

Florida Railway Museum, said volunteer Hermann Roessel.

The retired industrial electronics worker said he serves as

custodian at SFRM, which is nestled in a room within the

grounds of the Deerfield Beach Seaboard Air Line Railway

Station. It serves as Deerfield Beach’s stop for Amtrak and

Tri-Rail trains. But if you simply enter the stop’s grounds, hop

on or off a train, or walk by the station, you might miss a sign

pointing to the SFRM. “It’s not uncommon for people to say,

“I didn’t know there’s a museum here,” Roessel said.

Once you find the museum and enter it, you’ll encounter,

among other things, three operating model train layouts

and a collection of artifacts that is “constantly growing.”

“Our challenge is to provide the public with the history

of railroading and how it affected the population growth

and industry boom from the 1940s to the 1960s in the

South Florida area,” the website states. The museum also

instructs people in the “Operation Lifesaver” program to

raise awareness about railroad crossings. In addition, the

museum’s staff teaches the Boy Scout Merit Badge program,

for Scouts seeking the badge pertaining to railroading.

“We get all kinds of people in here,” Roessel said. “We never

turn anyone away.” Admission is free. SFRM is open to the

public from 6 to 9pm on Wednesday and noon to 4pm on

Saturday. Donations are accepted and memberships

are available. P

Other area museums that offer free admission:

Coral Springs Museum of Art:

coralspringsmuseum.org. Free every Wednesday.

This is a “Blue Star” museum, offering free

admission to active military personnel.

Boca Raton Museum of Art: bocamuseum.org.

Free admission for members and children 12 and

younger, and all visitors every first Sunday of each

month. This is a “Blue Star” museum, offering free

admission to active duty military personnel and

families.

Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum:

bocahistory.org. Free admission for members. This

is also a Blue Star museum.

Norton Museum of Art: norton.org.

Free Thursdays for Florida residents until Sept. 3.

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MUSEUM

Edison

The histories of two great men

told in one place

by Bill Johnson

Ford

Because the prolific inventor

Thomas Edison and revolutionary

automobile maker Henry Ford

were the best of friends, they developed

side-by-side winter estates on Florida’s

Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers in

the late 1800s; estates that easily earned

places on the National Register of Historic

Places and became two of the most

visited estates in America.

Thomas Edison’s home in Fort Meyers.

Given their close friendship, developing

a museum there to celebrate the exploits

of both world-changers in a single place

seemed almost inevitable. It’s also a

challenge, since each has such a rich

history. The result is a history buff’s feast.

Considering that Edison’s

invention earned nearly 1,100

patents, it was no wonder TIME

magazine named him “Man of

the Millennium.” Who else on the

planet matched his productivity?

We know him best, of course, for

inventing the phonograph and

incandescent light bulb. One of the

several museum films describes his

challenge when he took the bold and

audacious step of trying to light up New

York City. Convincing city officials of “the

wisdom of running electrical current”

underground was a challenge.

Edison is not as well-known for his

interest and research in botany. He

managed a research garden at the

Florida site where he, Ford, and

Harvey Firestone, the automobile tire

manufacturer, combined to create the

Edison Botanical Research Laboratory.

Concerned about having to depend on

foreign countries for a rubber supply, they

wanted to develop a domestic source.

Edison and his staff studied and tested

at least 17,000 plants before finding a

tree that secretes a milky sap that can

be used to make rubber. You can walk

into the laboratory to see it, although the

work-space itself is out of bounds.

Ford’s automobile creations

are on display in the museum,

of course. And a few are also

displayed in a small building

near Ford’s winter home.

The estates consists of riverfront homes

and gardens on one side of a street, and

the extensive museum and laboratory

on the other. The museum includes

multiple galleries that tell the stories

of these extraordinary men and their

creations. Several films of different lengths

are constantly shown throughout the

museum, including

a PBS television

documentary

The American

Experience.

At the entrance to

the visitors’ center

you’ll see what

may be the largest

banyan tree on the

North American

continent. This

species of ficus tree

grows long branches

that swoop down to

the ground where

they take root. The towering 300-foot

tree, planted in the mid-1920s, first

appears to be a stand of multiple trees,

rather than a massive single tree.

The Edison and Ford homes are amidst

beautiful gardens of exotic plants, mango

and coconut trees, and a variety of

palms. On the property is Edison’s study

and an exhibit of four Ford automobiles

in a small building near Ford’s winter

home. While we know well the story of

Ford’s automobiles, the Ford Company’s

production of airplanes may be less wellknown,

although it was critically important

to U.S. airpower in World War II. Henry’s

son, Edsel, served as company president

then and boasted that he could bring a

B-24 Liberator bomber off the assembly

line every hour, a notion that seemed

preposterous to some, but the Ford plant

did it.

The fee for a guided tour of the estate is

$30. Admission to the museum is $15.

On my recent visit I spent 40 minutes in

the gardens near the homes, and nearly

two hours in the museum, including

watching films for 25 minutes. P

Edison-Ford Museum in Fort Meyers.

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WINE WATCH

by Bennet Bodenstein

Please stand up, bow your head,

and say goodbye to the brick and

mortar wine shop. As the 21st-century

advances, many of our buying habits will

disappear in favor of telling an electronic

device to place an order for almost

anything you might want, from pizza to

wine. I believe it will not be long until you

will not have to leave home to shop for

anything, having it delivered directly to

your front door by drone.

So why shouldn’t the wine industry

be doing the same thing? Many of

the smaller boutique wineries do not

have the production volume of the “big

boys” and have opted to sell directly

to the public via mail rather than use

the government mandated three-tier

system. This system mandates that

they could only get their wines into the

marketplace by employing a distributor,

who must sell to a wholesaler, who

then sells the wine to a retailer. The only

hole in this restrictive system is that

wineries are permitted to sell directly

on-premises or via the Internet. By

selling directly to the consumer, many

small wineries can successfully compete

with the winemaking giants. One of

these unshackled producers is Windsor

Vineyards (www.windsorvineyards.

com), a producer of a complete line

of outstanding wines, who can now

present its wines to the public well

below the price they would command if

distributed in the old manner.

Windsor Vineyards 2015 Sonoma

Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

($24). This deeply colored, fruity

wine stresses the flavors and aromas

of blackberries, black cherries, and

oak. This wine is packed with fruit

flavors running the gamut of summer

red fruits and berries. There is a new

flavor experience with each sip. The

tannins, which can be formidable

in a Cabernet Sauvignon, are held

in check so that the wine needs no

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that even the most devoted classical

style cabernet lover will enjoy this wine

as will the novice.

Windsor Vineyards 2016

Gewurztraminer ($14). If you have

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you have missed a white wine that is

noted for having the most intense aroma

of any other wine. This is a bright, fruity,

white wine that has the expansive floral

aroma showcasing dried apricots,

peaches, rose petals, wild flowers, and

honey, which grows in intensity as the

wine sits in the glass. On the palate,

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apricot, and mango. To augment and

enhance these flavors, there is a crisp

acidity and the sensation of spice. This

is an exciting and enjoyable wine that

will add a touch of elegance to any

dinner table.

Windsor Vineyards

2016 Riesling

($14). This is a

fruity, off-dry (that’s

a nice way to say

it’s a bit sweet)

white wine that

has been made

in the old German

tradition. The wine

has the apricot and

raisin aroma and

flavor, which is the

signature flavor of

all wines made from the Riesling grape.

The usually high fruit acid level, common

to the variety, is purposely held in check

so the flavor of the fruit predominates.

This wine is also blessed with a

multifaceted fruity finish that lingers on

the palate and in the memory for a very

long time, making this the perfect wine

to accompany salads of all types or

lighter meat dishes such as pork. This

wine is worth every penny of its price.

Windsor Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay

Russian River Valley, Evelyn Parrish

Vineyard ($36). I saved this wine for

last. I have always been very critical of

Chardonnay wines because I feel that

many of them are weak examples of

the varieties capabilities. This multidimensional

wine lived up to my

expectations and then some. The wine’s

aromas of ripe apple, pear, and toasted

oak continue onto the flavor with the

added under flavor of citrus. This wine

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RESTAURANT REVIEW

Sette Mezzo:

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by Linda Brockman

It’s a perfect hand in the Italian card game, sette e mezzo.

It’s also Chef Franco Filippone’s inspiration for Sette Mezzo

Ristorante in Coconut Creek. He describes the game – his

restaurant’s namesake – with excitement, explaining that it

is similar to blackjack, but instead of 21, players are trying to

get 7½, or “sette mezzo” in Italian.

His enthusiasm sums up the authenticity of the

establishment – from the décor (thick cream-colored pillars

separating parts of the main dining room), to the music

(popular modern Italian singers, including Eros Ramazzotti),

to, of course, the food. Diners are likely to find Franco’s wife,

Rita, taking care of the front of the house and chatting with

guests, many of them regulars.

Saccatini pasta purses stuffed with

pear and fontina cheese in a pink

sauce.

The chef, who divides his time

between Sette Mezzo and

his first restaurant, the

more upscale Sette

being an homage to his father’s restaurant. “Sette Bello,”

which means seven of gold, is also a winning hand – this

time in a different Italian card game called Scopa.

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My friends and I ordered three house made appetizers:

Cervelatta Sausage (not-too-spicy, stuffed sausage bites on

a bed of sautéed peppers and onions); Beans and Greens

(sautéed cannellini beans and escarole); and, Mozzarella

Carozza, perfectly fried cheese squares complemented by a

flavorful pomodoro sauce.

We tried Pappardelle con Pollo, Filippone’s most popular

chicken dish, served with flat noodles, garlic, oil, roasted

tomatoes, lightly floured chicken, porcini mushrooms, and

arugula. The porcini mushrooms make it distinctive, and the

lightly floured chicken is fresh and tasty.

“America runs on chicken,” said Filippone, who uses

only cage-free, hormone-free poultry. Popular

dishes include Steak Pizzaiola, Chicken

Parmesan, and Chicken Marsala.

My dining companion, Rachel – who

watches what she eats – ordered a

Bello in Fort Lauderdale,

said the food doesn’t go out

unless it’s perfect.

Chicken Milanese

Filippone was five years old when

his Sicilian family left Palermo and

moved to Rochester, NY, where his father

owned an Italian restaurant. That’s where the younger

Filippone met Rita – whose family comes from Agrigento,

Sicily – and the couple moved to South Florida in 2005.

He opened Sette Bello in Fort Lauderdale in 2008 – its name

Paparelle Con Pollo is a very popular dish.

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eautifully presented, grilled Chicken Milanese. A light and

tasty choice, it is dotted with tiny cubes of mozzarella and

finished with a balsamic glaze.

She admits, though, that her healthful selection was eclipsed

by the Saccatini, adorable pasta purses stuffed with pears

and fontina cheese and sitting contently in a pink sauce

made from tomatoes and cream. “It was such a surprise to

me – the pairing of pear and cheese was so good. I could

not get enough of it,” Rachel said. “You can feel the chef’s

passion in the food.”

A large bowl of chopped salad, along with warm bread in a

brown paper bag, is served at each table. “I wanted to go

back to the times when we would buy fresh breads from the

bakery, sold in bags,” said Filippone, whose daughters Sofia,

10, and Bianca, 14, often help at the restaurant. “So every

table gets its own fresh baked loaf.”

Practically everything is made from scratch: gnocchi, ravioli,

pizza dough, desserts, sauces, bread, dressings, sausages,

and meatballs. Filippone buys local produce, and gets raw

products – tomatoes, cheese, spaghetti, olive oil – from Italy.

The meats and fish are wild-caught or locally raised, when

possible.

Known for the filling in his cannolis, Filippone also makes

other desserts: an Apple Fold, classic Tiramisu, gluten-free

Chocolate Tortino, and a selection of gelatos and sorbets.

The crowning glory of our meal: a light Ricotta Cheesecake.

“It is one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had,” said

my foodie friend, Wendy. Not too heavy or sweet, it is

a refreshing change from the standby New York-style

cheesecake, and a source of

pride for Filippone. “It took a

long time to perfect. I made

more than 20 cakes before I

got it spot-on.”

Authenticity in the Creek

Living in Coconut Creek, Filippone saw the need for authentic

Italian in a neighborhood sprinkled with pizzerias and chain

restaurants. Seventy percent of his clientele consists of

families and couples from Parkland, but he also caters to

Coral Springs and Margate.

The 2,600-square-foot restaurant includes a private room

that seats up to 40 people. There is also seating outside.

On Sundays, Filippone offers Sunday Sauce, where diners

can take a pot of sauce home, along with meatballs,

sausage, and braciola (flattened, stuffed steak). There is also

a family style menu that offers both value and the opportunity

to explore Sette Mezzo’s best selections. Four to 12 people

can order two appetizers, two pastas, and two entrees –

$26.99 for adults and $13.95 for kids.

Regulars Lonnie and Cheryl Bucker are glad to escape to

Sette Mezzo for dinner or happy hour (5 to 7pm, Tuesday

to Friday, Sunday) near their Regency Lakes home. They

come in about twice a month. “Franco and Rita care about

whether you like it or not – not that we’ve ever had a reason

to complain,” said Cheryl, munching on a Focaccia appetizer

and sipping on a Dolce Sette Mezzo signature cocktail,

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by Aaron Krause

When a South America resident

needed a new thumb, the

individual turned to Broward

County’s public library system. The

digit won’t last the person for the rest

of his life. But thanks to increasing

technological capabilities in libraries, the

plastic body part should last for six to

eight months.

That is “Bob from the Future’s”

prediction. It’s a nickname for Bob

Anstett, coordinator of digital initiatives

for Libraries Division Broward County.

Anstett and Jill Sears, community library

manager for the Northwest Regional

Library in Coral Springs, teamed up to

talk about the “Library of the Future” with

the Coral Springs Women’s Club.

Actually, “the future is here,” Sears

said. A library used to be a “place of

transaction,” she said, adding that it has

become “a place of transformation.”

We no longer live during a time when

people merely check out books from

libraries. These days, they offer a variety

of classes and services. Thanks to the

libraries’ enhanced printing capabilities, a

thumb or hand amputee might be in luck.

Bob From the Future heads the Creation

Station at the county library system’s

main branch in Ft. Lauderdale. That is

where staff used 3D printing technology

to create a prosthetic hand for a boy from

Brazil – for free.

People use 3D printing to make threedimensional

solid objects from a digital

file. It typically takes anywhere from

4 to 7 days for such an object to be

ready, Anstett said. The South American

residents in need of prosthetic body parts

likely learned about the county library

system’s 3D printing capabilities online,

he added. All 3D print jobs within the

system are free.

If the notion of printing a body part

sounds farfetched, consider: According

to a study cited by livescience.com,

scientists “can now ‘print’ human-size

bones, cartilage, and muscle using

a device called a 3D bioprinter.” The

Creation Station at the county library

system’s main branch is one of several

system-wide. Bob From the Future

said by the end of the year, 14 Creation

Stations would exist in Broward County

library branches.

Equipment within the stations can print

everything from fidget spinners to cell

phone holders, said Eva Franco, a

Florida Atlantic University junior majoring

in biology. She works part-time in

Northwest Regional Library’s Creation

Station, which is open from 10am to 3pm

on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday,

and 10am to 2pm on Tuesday.

Walk into the station, a rectangular room

located upstairs near the reference area,

and you might hear the whirring of a

3D printer creating a bitcoin. During a

recent day, area seventh-grader Derrick

Lai waited on an object to print. The

youngster said that he regularly visits

Northwest Regional Library’s station

for 3D printing and out of curiosity. He

learned about 3D printing on YouTube. It

has become one of his hobbies.

“I think it’s quite awesome that a library’s

trying to develop 3D printing as a whole,”

Derrick said.

It’s not a brand-new concept for libraries:

In 2015, WebJunction, dubbed “The

Learning Place for Libraries,” posted

an online article with the headline “3D

Printers: a revolution headed for your

library.” “We first published this story in

November 2012, as 3D printers were

becoming more affordable as libraries

began to look more closely at how these

devices might fit within library services,”

the article reads.

What about printed materials? “Some

predict that in 50 years they’ll be gone,

some say 500 years while others say

they won’t go away,” Sears said, adding,

“I think they’ll be around for a while.”

For more information about Broward

County Libraries Division, visit www.-

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School

May 2018

WESTGLADES

MIDDLE SCHOOL

by Gaby Franklin

Wolf Nation Families, this is it! May is

our last full month of school and the end

of FSA Testing. FSA Tests are done for

7th and 8th grades on May 15. Please

check the school website for specific

subject-respective testing dates at

browardschools1.com/westglades.

Wear your fastest shoes and best

cape and join Westglades Student

Government on Saturday, May 6, for

the Superhero 5K Run/Walk. Our

teachers and staff have formed many

running teams. Come out, exercise as

a community, and have some fun. This

event wouldn’t be possible without our

awesome volunteers and sponsors.

Special Thanks to our Diamond

Sponsors for this race: Law Office of

Joseph L. Kohn, Malka & Kravitz, P.A.,

Northwestern Mutual: The Striano

Financial Group, and Rick Case Weston.

Monday, May 7, is the beginning of Staff

Appreciation Week. Don’t forget to

show your appreciation to our amazing

teachers and staff. We are very fortunate

to have such a great team. We want to

thank them for their love and dedication

to our children. Let’s show them lots of

love during this special week.

Also during the first week of May, we

will have our Spring Spirit Week. Look

for the different themes we will have

every day to show school spirit. We

will be showing support by wearing

WMS apparel and other fun activities

every day. We have a couple of exciting

surprises for this week.

A Teacher planning day is scheduled

for Friday, May 25; there is no school for

students on that day. This will be a nice

long weekend since we have the day off

on Monday, May 28, in observance of

Memorial Day. Remember that the last

day of school is on Wednesday, June 6.

Good luck to all our students that are

finishing up FSA Testing this month.

HERON HEIGHTS

ELEMENTARY

by Stacie Weisbrot

Our rescheduled Multicultural Arts Night

took place on April 19. A huge thank

you goes out to our community’s families

in attendance, enthusiastic presenters

and performers, and local vendors and

restaurants for, once again, making this

event a terrific success.

Staff Appreciation Week will be the

week of May 7. Please look for more

information from both the Heron Heights

Elementary PTO and room parents

on how to collaborate on making our

outstanding teachers and personnel feel

extra special in May.

RIVERGLADES

ELEMENTARY

by Pam Ofstein

May is here and our Riverglades

Elementary 2017-2018 school year is

almost complete.

Beginning the month, the Scholastic

Book Fair once again visits Riverglades

through the first week of May. It’s a great

week to get those books for spring

and summer.

SCHOLASTIC

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School

Cultural Arts Night is on May 2 and we

are excited to show off one of our largest

evening events showcasing artwork from

each Riverglades student. This night is

really a work of art and offers hands-on

interactive art kiosks for the children to

explore their creative side.

Appreciation to all those hard workers will

continue on May 11 for our volunteers at

our annual Volunteer Breakfast and on

May 18 a luncheon for our Safety Patrol

and Morning Announcement crew. And

don’t forget in the middle of those dates,

Field Day with get our kids moving on

May 14 to 16.

As June rolls in, a few dates

to remember and mark down:

the Fifth Grade Celebration on

June 1 and STAR breakfast on

June 6, and the Last Day of

School on June 6. Don’t forget;

celebrate the end of the year at

Yogurt Craze.

It’s been a year of trying times;

however, with our community

and friends and family at

Riverglades Elementary, we

are ready and strong for the

upcoming school year. Thank you for all

your support and making our PTA proud.

Check in for updates for the upcoming

2018-2019 school year on our

Riverglades PTA website and myvlink.-

org/rivergladeselementarypta/. Have a

safe summer and enjoy the time with

those you cherish.

,

Watch for

update for the

upcoming

2018-2019

school year.

PARK TRAILS

ELEMENTARY

by Lauren Benjamin, PTA president

We are finished with FSA testing and

I am sure our children did well. This

month we have Cultural Arts Night on

May 24, from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Please

come take a free look at lights, camera,

and action. There will be no school on

May 25 and May 28. Enjoy your long

weekend. Only a few more weeks of

school left. P

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Parkland Library Events

May 2018

Register online www.cityofparkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207. Parkland Library card is required to participate.

TED TALK VIDEO SCREENING AND

DISCUSSION: INSIDE THE MIND OF A

MASTER PROCRASTINATOR

Wednesday, May 2, 6pm

Blogger Tim Urban knows

that procrastination doesn’t

make sense, but he’s never

been able to shake his

habit of waiting until the last

minute to get things done.

In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban

takes us on a journey through YouTube

binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes, and bouts of

staring out the window – and encourages

us to think harder about what we’re really

procrastinating on before we run out of

time. We’ll watch a video presentation of

this entertaining talk and then discuss as a

group.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: ANNIKA DEAN

Artist’s Reception, Saturday, May 5, 11:30am

to 12:30pm

Since moving to Florida from Utah where

she grew up, Annika Dean has been drawn

to paint seashells with acrylic paint. Annika,

a survivor of the 2017 Fort Lauderdale

airport shooting and parent of a Stoneman

Douglas student, has been moved to begin

oil paintings of the angels from the memorial

at Pine Trails Park as a way to process it

and heal. Her work will be on display at the

Parkland Library, May 1 through 31.

KNIT ‘N’ KNOWLEDGE

Monday, May 7, 10:30am

Do you enjoy knitting? Bring your own

projects, tips, techniques, and ideas to

share with fellow knitters at the Parkland

Library.

ADULT COLORING BOOK ART

Tuesday, May 8, 10:30am to noon

Decompress and let your mind wander

while enjoying this latest creative trend:

coloring books for adults. We’ll add some

soothing background music and light

snacks to create a little “me time” in your

day. We will provide the supplies or you may

bring your own.

YOU’VE BEEN HACKED!

Wednesday, May 9, 6:15pm

Kevin Quinn, a Parkland resident and

cybersecurity expert who has worked

with the NSA, NATO, and Fortune 500

enterprises to secure global systems and

data, will give you a deeper understanding

of why your data is not safe, who is using it,

and how you can help reduce the personal

impact. Adults and teens can join us for

a topic relevant to our time and leave

empowered to better balance our release

of privacy for convenience. Help steer the

discussion by submitting questions ahead of

time to parklandcyber@gmail.com.

USED BOOK FAIR

Thursday, May 10, through Saturday, May 12

Sponsored by the Parkland Friends of

the Library during the library’s operating

hours these three days, the fair features

used books. For more information, call

954-757-4203.

BRICKS ‘N’ BOOKS

Thursday, May 10, 3:30pm

Children, ages 6 and older, bring your

imagination and Lego building skills to the

library. At each Bricks and Books meeting

we will have a new building challenge.

Conquer each challenge with a buddy or

work on your own.

ALL BOOKED UP BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Saturday, May 12, 10:30am

This riveting novel traces the intertwined

fates of the picture-perfect Richardson

family and the enigmatic mother and

daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker

Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of

Cleveland, everything is planned – from the

layout of the winding roads, to the colors

of the houses, to the successful lives its

residents will

go on to lead.

And no one

embodies this

spirit more than

Elena Richardson,

whose guiding

principle is playing

by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren,

an enigmatic

artist and single

mother who

arrive in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged

daughter Pearl, and rent a house from the

Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become

more than tenants: all four Richardson

children are drawn to the mother-daughter

pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious

past and a disregard for the status quo that

threatens to upend this carefully ordered

community.

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Register Online at www.cityofParkland.org/library or call 954-757-4207

WRITING BUDDIES

Saturday, May 12, 2 to 3pm

Teens will be paired up with young budding

authors, K-5th grade, to guide them

through the story creation process. Each

child will write and illustrate a mini story

to take home. This group meets once

a month, and a different genre will be

explored each month.

PEACEFUL PIECES JIGSAW PUZZLE MEETUP

Tuesday, May 15, 10:30am

Put it all together with new and old friends

during this relaxing morning of jigsaw

puzzles. Enjoy snacks, listen to music, and

get that sense of completion.

KIDS’ CRAFT: ORIGAMI

Tuesday, May 15, 3:30pm

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of

paper folding.

Children, ages

7 and older,

will learn to

fold flat pieces

of paper

into threedimensional

works of art.

MR. ROY’S FAMILY MUSIC

Wednesday, May 16, 10 am or 11am

Parents or caregivers can join us with

children, newborn to 4-years-old, to

dance and sing familiar melodies, play

instruments, and take advantage of this fun,

interactive 30-minute class. Presented by

Roy and Caryl Fantel of Fantel Music. Note:

There are two sessions of this class this

morning. Limit one session per family.

THE ART OF ORIGAMI

Thursday, May 17, 10:30am

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of

paper folding. Adults can learn to fold flat

pieces of paper into three-dimensional

works of art.

AFTERNOON BOARD GAMES

Friday, May 18, 1:30 to 3:30pm

Yahtzee, Scrabble, checkers, dominoes,

and more are all on the table for this fun

and social afternoon for adults. We’ll

provide the games.

SATURDAY MORNING STORY TIME

Saturday, May 19, 10:30am

Come to the library for some Saturday

morning fun with interactive stories and

songs. For children ages 2 to 6.

AFTERNOON FILM &

DISCUSSION:

A DOG’S PURPOSE

Saturday, May 19,

2 p.m.

Based on the beloved

bestselling novel by

W. Bruce Cameron,

A Dog’s Purpose

shares the soulful and surprising story of

one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad)

who finds the meaning of his own existence

through the lives of the humans he teaches

to laugh and love. For adults.

ARTS, BOOKS, AND CULTURE DISCUSSION

GROUP

Monday, May 21, 10:30 to 11:30am

Similar to a current events group, but

focused on entertainment and culture,

this lively discussion will cover topics like:

What’s on the bestseller list? What’s big

at the box office? What’s trending in pop

culture? Share your thoughts, listen to

others, and get your culture fix as we chat.

BUILDING WITH LINCOLN LOGS

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30pm

Children, ages 4 to 7, will have fun using

their imaginations while building log cabins,

towers, or whatever else they become

inspired to make.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

Wednesday, May 23, 6:30 to 7pm

Parkland Library will mark this coming

day of observance with a presentation

of colors by Westglades Middle School

JROTC, a performance of taps, and The

Star-Spangled Banner by an ensemble

from Westglades Band. Harpist Darlene

Weingarten, a member of the South Florida

Chapter of the American Harp Society,

will then provide background music as

attendees write notes or create coloring

pages to add to a memorial message

board, if they wish.

TINY TOTS SOCIAL TIME

Thursday, May 24, 10:30am

Children, ages 9 months to 4 years, enjoy

free-play time with age-appropriate toys,

puzzles, and books while the adults get to

socialize, too.

GAME SQUAD

Tuesday, May 29, 4pm

Children, ages 7 and older, will get the

chance to connect through the library’s

WiFi to play with fellow gamers while also

socializing in person. Participants must

bring their own devices with their preferred

games already downloaded.

AGING WITH STYLE

Wednesday, May 30, 6:30pm

Parkland resident and

Ivy League educated

attorney Lisa I.

Glassman, Esq., will

discuss the latest

updates on how to

protect your assets from

probate and how to age

with style.

SMART START TUTORING

Varied Saturdays, 1 to 4pm

This program provides free tutoring for

elementary, middle, and high school

students provided by high school students.

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by Beth Black

New school the mold

of traditional teaching

Children are individuals, each with

different goals, dreams, and

aspirations. The revolutionary way that

Fusion “schools” its students speaks to

these differences by recognizing that not

all children learn the same way or at the

same pace. The Fusion concept steps

out of the schoolhouse box by catering

to the specific academic and emotional

needs of each child by educating on

a one-to-one basis. The theory is to

develop critical relationships and lasting

mentorships, which will offer each student

the opportunity to thrive within his or her

own level of comfort.

Students at different Fusion schools learn according to their own ability and interests.

Educator Michelle Rose Gilman, who

recognized that the social and emotional

aspects of the students’ lives were

inhibiting them from reaching their full

potential, formed Fusion initially as a

tutoring platform in 1989. Gilman sought

new ways of teaching that would address

the overall well being of the child and

discovered that one-to-one tutoring

was still not enough. The first full-time

Fusion school opened in Solano Beach,

California. There now are campuses

across the country, including a campus

opening soon in Boca Raton. Fusion is an

accredited private and middle school that

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prides itself on being a community of

learning through the building of lasting and

positive relationships.

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is the same as other schools, to prepare

students for their future and to provide

quality education. Fusion recognizes that

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goals. Mastery Learning is one such

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to work one-on-one with a student on a

certain subject until the student grasps

the topic. Cross-curricular teaching also

allows teachers to use one subject to aid

in another. Perhaps a musically inclined

student is better able to understand math

if the music is brought into the equation.

Fusion designs its programs to “ignite

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by Jason Stromberg

Abbey Hsu

Abbey Hsu had an extra bounce

in her step last summer when

she was practicing with her AAU

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Suns. So much of a bounce that

Hsu actually grabbed the rim and

pulled it down. Hsu, a 6-foot junior

guard and forward at Marjory

Stoneman Douglas High School,

had the feat videotaped by one of

her teammates.

“I was so impressed,” Eagles coach Marilyn Rule said. “It’s

one thing to touch it, but it’s another thing to grab it. It was

remarkable. She actually grabbed the whole rim and pulled it

down.”

For Rule, it was the first time she had ever witnessed one of

her players rattle the rim. “It’s a feat that I have never had a

player in 25 years achieve,” said Rule, who recently capped

her fourth season at the helm with Douglas. “It didn’t come

as much of a surprise because I know how hard she works.

She’s a kid that will continue to grow and get better. She can

play anywhere. That’s the type of player that colleges are

looking for.”

The Miami Suns, which includes as an alumni Sylvia Fowles,

the 2015 WNBA Finals MVP and 2017 WNBA MVP, are

the first major offseason summer team that Hsu has played

for. “It’s been a goal of mine to touch the rim, but I wasn’t

expecting to do it that day,” Hsu said. “I had an extra bounce

in my step. It is a goal of mine to dunk a basketball.”

the ball, or winning or losing,” said Hsu, who has been on the

varsity team as a freshman. “It’s a game of learning how to

play with others, being there for your teammates. Your team is

your family.”

Even during a rebuilding year this season, Hsu guided the

Eagles (15-8) to a runner-up finish to Deerfield Beach in District

11-9A. The Bucks landed in the state final four. “We weren’t

disappointed this year. We didn’t have that many returning

players. We had JV players move up to varsity,” Hsu said.

“Last year, we had a lot more players with experience. We

proved people wrong last year. This year, it was about seeing

what we could do.”

Despite tearing her right ACL in the district semifinals before

halftime against Coral Springs, Hsu expects to be at full

strength come the Eagles’ next basketball season. She credits

her trainer, James Ford, for giving her good advice. “He’s

made me into a tougher, more aggressive player,” Hsu said.

Rule sees this determination on a daily basis from her star

player. Soon, one lucky college will get a chance as well. “I

think one of the things that defines her, or describes her, is

that she’s humble, she’s got a great attitude, she’s always

respectable, and she continues to work to get better,” said

Rule, who had Hsu in her Honors World History class as a

sophomore. “Academically, she’s very good. She is truly a

special person, both on and off the court. She’s got the total

package that coaches are looking for.” P

Colleges are knocking on Hsu’s door for more reasons than

one. Hsu went over the 1,000-point plateau this season in the

Eagles’ road defeat to Deerfield Beach on Dec. 13.

“It’s definitely a great accomplishment. Something a lot of

players look forward to,” said Hsu, who averaged 18.5 points

and 11 rebounds per game as a junior. “It shows how much

work you’ve put in and how much the hard work has paid off.

I do pride myself in scoring but I’m more about the team. I love

scoring, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t score just to score.

I like to see the different ways that I can help my team put

points on the board, not just focusing on the number of shots

I make.”

“What I’ve learned is the game is not so much about scoring

Abbey Hsu, Hal Farkas (team statistician), and Maddy Wilford.

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My mother continues

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Dear Desperate for Privacy 15 year old,

Parents often share information about their children with friends

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experience of being a parent. It is difficult for parents to know

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there is no right way, especially as the world around us changes

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Since most parents are not experts in understanding children’s

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from her confidants.

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of the bone or a reduction in bone mass due to the depletion

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Since the National Osteoporosis Foundation first published its

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SOS Children’s Village

Celebrates National

Foster Care Month

by Larry Schwingel

Parents should be guardians, advisors, confidants,

teachers, motivators, and role models. If they fall

short, children suffer. Thanks to organizations like

SOS Children’s Village, there are reasons for hope

— even with the stark reality that there are currently

440,000 children in foster care nationwide, and a

quarter-of-a-million will enter each year.

Parental neglect and drug abuse are two major

reasons why children are removed from homes. “The

number of kids coming into the system has grown,

and a big reason is the drug issue,” said Jillian

Smath, executive director of SOS Children’s Village

Coconut Creek. “Children deserve a better life, and

National Foster Care Month hopefully will increase

awareness of the need for foster care parents and

services that children require.”

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Now in its 25th year, SOS Children’s Village is the largest

provider of foster childcare services in Broward County.

Working in partnership with ChildNet, it has served as home

to more than 600 children and young adults. On the campus

there are 13 family-style homes and each has a full-time live-in

parent supervisor. That is where the healing begins.

A primary focus is providing support and care for children while

they cope with the emotional damage of being removed from

their homes. “Each child is impacted differently, but there is

usually a progression of emotions from stress and depression

to abandonment and loneliness,” Smath said. “We have found

that no matter the reason for the separation, these children

still have unconditional love for their parents.” At SOS, case

managers review each resident’s profile and appropriate

support is provided. There is also a focus on education. For

the past 10 years, 100 percent of the young adult residents

graduated high school and went on to some type of secondary

education.

“At SOS we try to keep siblings together so they can retain a

sense of family unity,” remarked Smath, who has been with the

agency for 21 years, and is now a third-year executive director.

“The average stay is approximately two years, so there’s an

ongoing need for financial support to sustain our programs,

purchase essential items, and nurture a network of caring

foster parents.”

The community plays a large role in the success of SOS. Foster

care is privatized so there is always going to be a critical need

for financial assistance. “Broward County has been proactive

with assistance in dollars and resources, and efforts by the

community at-large has been tremendous,” Smath said. Only

half of SOS’s $3.8 million operating budget is state-funded;

the remaining dollars are from foundation grants, major gifts,

individual giving, and money generated by special events.

“Despite budget cuts we’ve maintained essential

programs due to the generosity of our community,”

Smath said. “Most children that come to us have

nothing but the clothes on their backs and a few

personal possessions. It’s sad, and that’s why our

mission is so important. Children are in need and

we have to respond to those needs.”

At age 18, young adults are required to exit

foster care. Although many are happy to become

independent, some find the transition difficult. This

was the catalyst for creating the 18+ Next Steps

program. Eighty-eight young people now receive help finding

apartments, writing resumes, conducting job searches, and

receiving guidance and support. Unfortunately, one in five

children will be homeless within a year after they age out of

foster care, so there is a need for continued assistance. Last

year, SOS received a grant from the Jim Moran Foundation to

fund the program.

Adoption is the ultimate success story for any child in the foster

care system, but the odds are stacked against older kids. The

national median average age of adoptees is 5 years of age or

younger. Only two percent of young people between ages 15

and 16 years are placed in adoptive homes. Yet, SOS has its

share of success.

An in-state family, through the efforts of SOS, adopted sisters

aged 15 and 16. They had been in and out of foster care three

times, but remained resilient and hopeful. “The girls came to

us in 2012 and they were amazing considering everything they

had to cope with,” Smath said. “The family that adopted them

already had two daughters, so it was a perfect fit. They now

have a system of love and support they can rely on.” Also, a

former resident was recently reunited with a parent in Texas,

there were two adoptions in North Florida, and eight children

have been placed with relatives. One teen remains at SOS until

he graduates high school.

Helping young people heal, grow, and prosper is the mission

of SOS Children’s Village Coconut Creek. For information on

donations, call Dawn Seay, vice president of development,

954-420-5030 or visit sosflorida.com. P

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Community Engagement Breakfast – May 10

Time: 7:30-8:30am

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Admission: Free

Email: dseay@sosflorida.com

SOS 5k Walk/Run Kickoff –

September (Date TBD)

Time: 5:30-7:30pm

Place: SOS Children’s Village

Email: lgarcia@sosflorida.com

SOS 25th Anniversary Awards

Luncheon – November 1

Time: 11:30am - 2pm

Place: Boca Raton Resort

Admission: (TBD)

Email: dseay@sosflorida.com

Steps for SOS 5K Run/Walk - November 3

Place: Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek

Time: 7 – 10:30am

Email: lgarcia@sosflorida.com

Light Up The Village – December 3

Time: 1-3pm with home decorating, followed from 3-5pm

with Village festivities Email: gareson@sosflorida.com.

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THERAPY

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fundamental question to ask yourself

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mom is tired, she will rest sitting up while watching over her

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so they may alert the sleeping horse to eminent

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will rest or even sunbathe lying down. On a beautiful day in a

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same time. A horse may even snore and grunt while sleeping,

especially in its stall. We have one large horse that has a

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always concerns visitors because they think he is in distress.

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PET TALK

15

years later

by Glenn Kalick DVM

I

received a letter from an old friend named Melissa. I met

Melissa 15 years ago when she rescued a kitten from a

drainpipe. Melissa, and her mom, came in with a half-pound

kitten that she named Zach, who was covered in fleas and full

of internal parasites. Zach was probably six weeks old. Melissa

made quite an impression on me. She was full of personality

and insisted on paying me $5 because Zach was her kitten and

her responsibility. It was after her birthday when she said she

had $20 and was going to pay for all four sets of kitten vaccines.

I wish that I had pictures of this 7-year-old insisting that

she would take care of anything that Zach needed.

Melissa always forward booked the next appointment. If her

mom couldn’t come on that day she would get a grandparent

to take her. One day, her grandfather insisted that he would pay

the bill and Melissa sat him down and explained, “Dr. Kalick and

I have an agreement that I could pay him $5 for anything that

Zach needed and I would make it up to him by working for him

when I am 16.” She also said, “ If Dr. Kalick needs help taking

care of the animals or in surgery, or help walking the dogs, or

cleaning the cages, I am going to help him.” She also told her

grandfather that, “Dr. Kalick did the same thing when he was

my age, and I am going to be a veterinarian too.” I think I saw a

tear in her grandfather’s eye.

Over the next ten years, I saw Melissa at least twice a year

with Zach. When she was 15, she volunteered to shadow me

while I was in surgery. I used to make her stand out of the room

looking through the glass window into the surgical suite, but

I realized that she could not see. So I let her sit on a stool in

the corner, but I would catch her standing on the chair to get

a better look. I would ask her questions and if she didn’t know

the answer she would go into my office and look it up. She kept

a diary of the questions I asked her.

Melissa moved away but stayed in touch with me. She volunteered

at a humane society and became the president of the

Pre-vet club in high school. She enrolled at UCF four years

ago and worked with the Golden retrievers on campus that

were being trained as service dogs. She also had a part-time

veterinary technician position at a veterinary hospital.

I recently received a letter from Melissa and inside there was

two pieces of paper and a ticket. The first piece of paper was

a notification that she was graduating summa cum laude from

UCF and the ticket was for her graduation. The second piece

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acceptance to

Veterinary School.

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of her and that I

would be there

for her graduation.

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Pastor Andy Hagen

Advent Church Boca Raton

mmediately after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

I School shooting I noticed some Facebook posts that

were receiving “likes.” They went something like this: “Dear

God, why do you allow so much violence in schools? I’m

not allowed in schools. – God” First, this meme is just plain

wrong. I’m not aware of any obstacles that could stop God

from being anywhere God wants to be. Far from being

absent, we firmly believe that God was fully present in those

hallways, sharing in the pain, encouraging the bravery, and

even now comforting the grieving.

Secondly, that sentiment is just plain hurtful. Although it has

been 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against

school-led or school-sponsored prayer, there continues to

be a segment of the population, mainly Christian, that is still

unhappy with the decision. To suggest that the prohibition of

school-sponsored prayer makes God so angry that He

turns his back on tragedies is cruel. Christians who

truly believe in a loving God would never suggest

that He could be so petty and petulant. Make no

mistake, God was there and God will be there

always.

While prayer should remain a private matter,

religion should be taught in schools. It should

not be taught as we teach our children in a

private Christian school or on Sunday mornings.

Religion should be taught as an academic subject

because it is critical to our understanding of the culture

we live in. I would argue that our relative ignorance about the

variety and thoughts of the religions of this world make us less

tolerant toward people of other faiths and less informed about

our own. The lingering misunderstanding and stereotypes

ascribed to Islam after 9/11 is a tragic case in point.

I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, which was beginning its

journey toward becoming the town with the largest proportion

of Arab-Americans in the U.S. Some of these Arab-American

students became friends, but I never learned a thing about

their faith. I recently traveled to India and had to do a

significant amount of study to get even a vague idea of their

faith. I live in Boca Raton and share half of my Bible with

Jewish neighbors but do not feel I know their beliefs as well as

I should. Yet I am afraid our students are getting even less a

perspective than I have sought as an adult.

I am not sure how religion is taught in our public school

curriculum today. But I am sure that it needs to be taken

seriously as a subject because religion is a serious matter.

No matter what faith or lack of faith our students have, they

will be entering very soon into a world where faith matters. To

send them out ignorant of religion’s role in culture would be

a shame and do nothing to improve the divisiveness in our

culture. They deserve to know about the values, hopes, and

convictions of those who will be their neighbors. P

COMMON GROUND

Should Religion Be Taught In Schools?

Rabbi Melissa Stollman

Director of Lifelong Learning, Congregation Kol Tikvah

have noticed as a parent that religious holidays are often

I touched upon in our public schools. However, they are

not the holidays that my family celebrates. Sometimes the

teaching about them is explicit, and sometimes it is a bit

more hidden by using characters such as bunnies near

Easter or reindeer near Christmas. Other holidays that are

celebrated that conflict with Jewish ideals are St. Patrick’s

Day and St. Valentine’s Day.

I guess if Jewish holidays were equally represented I would

not be as sensitive about this issue, but they are not. This

means my children learn that they are “different.” What is

taught in school is not reinforced at home, which is typically

a value we strongly uphold. At 5 years of age, my children

must learn that these characters and days to wear green and

red are only for school because this is not something we

do at home.

This is often what it is like for a Jewish person

who may not appear to be part of a minority

but actually is due to religious beliefs.

Therefore, I strongly believe religion should

not be taught in schools. History, diversity,

and culture should be taught, but asking

school children to celebrate a holiday is not

appropriate. Not only does it violate the notion

of “separation of church and state” put forth

by Thomas Jefferson stemming from the First

Amendment, it alienates children as they learn they are

different than their friends.

In order to maintain our religious liberties it is important this

must be followed. Allowing public schools to bring religion,

mostly Christianity, into the classroom, puts the schools and

teachers at risk of lawsuits and loss of governmental funding.

“Families entrust public schools with the education of their

children, but condition their trust on the understanding

that the classroom will not purposely be used to advance

religious views that may conflict with the private beliefs of the

student and his or her family. Students in such institutions

are impressionable and their attendance is involuntary. The

State exerts great authority and coercive power through

mandatory attendance requirements, and because of the

students’ emulation of teachers as role models and the

children’s susceptibility to peer pressure. … In no activity of

the State is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its

schools.” Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578, 584 (1987).

By law, our children must attend school. This time should be

used for learning core subjects that are universal and leave

religious education to the family. The Anti-Defamation League

has excellent resources that further discuss this issue. Please

visit www.adl.org/education/resources/tools-and-strategies/-

religion-in-public-schools if you are interested in learning

more about the complexities that surround this topic. P

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SMALL BUSINESS MONTH

Small businesses

make a big difference

by Aaron Krause

“Is your reptile sick?” the friendly

voice asked the patient’s owner

into a telephone. “What do you see

in his eyes?” The person on the other

end of the line was inaudible. However,

it sounded as though the customer

would receive personal, caring service

throughout the pet’s treatment. “We’ll

see what we can do for him,” the woman

behind the desk continued. “Dr. Pico is

very understanding.” Vicky Pico should

know – she’s Dr. Pico’s wife, the office

manager, and one of four people who

work at Abacus Animal Hospital on Wiles

Road. It’s been in business for more than

20 years.

The Picos are among more than half

of Americans who either own or work

for a small business, according to the

U.S. Small Business Administration

(sba.gov). “We support America’s small

businesses,” notes a description of the

organization.

National Small Business

Week is dedicated to

supporting and celebrating

small businesses, as well as

“Mom and Pop” stores. The

weeklong recognition, which

has existed since 1963, is

scheduled this year for April

29 to May 5.

Vicky said when it comes to size, Abacus

Animal Hospital is “as small as you can

get.” Dr. Jerry Pico is the sole practitioner,

a veterinarian who’s been practicing for

more than 20 years. Abacus’ employees

also include a veterinary technologist

and a receptionist. Abacus has a mobile

unit dedicated to making house calls.

Such a service is useful because some

people have a hard time bringing in their

animal companions. It might be due

to transportation difficulties or having

Support

Local

Business

SMALL BUSINESS

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multiple pets, she added. Once a pet and

its owner enter the hospital, Vicky said

she or another staff member will “chitchat”

about family and what’s happening

in the customer’s life. “When it comes

to medical treatment, patients and their

owners receive personal care,” Vicky

said.

A personal touch, knowledge, and

compassion are characteristics of the

type of service that The Mechler Group’s

clients should expect, founder and

Realtor Bobbi Mechler said. While The

Mechler Group falls under the umbrella of

RE/MAX, the Mechlers are independent

contractors. They’ve lived in Parkland

since 1984. Bobbi said her two children,

Brent and Courtney, were 7 and 9 at the

time. All three are now Realtors.

“A small business brings knowledge of

the community,” she said. “We have

a knowledge of Parkland. It makes us

credible. We live what we sell. And we’ve

lived it for 34 years.”

The business receives a lot of referrals

and repeat customers, Bobbi said. She

added she’s never heard anyone say a

bad word about The Mechler Group.

“Our biggest thing is communication,”

Bobbi said. Customers know that she

and her business partners are a phone

call away. They’re also available via email

or text, she said.

At Coral Springs law firm Brodzki Jacobs

& Brook, Andrea R. Jacobs said a family

approach is key. “Everyone who walks in

our door is treated like family,” she said.

“We listen and offer sound legal advice

in a comforting environment.” The firm

has been in business for six years. Small

businesses “bring personalized service

and often jobs,” Andrea said.

Small businesses create about two

out of every three new jobs in the U.S.

each year, according to the U.S. Small

Business Administration P

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THE LAST WORD

by Barbara Negron

An outpouring of support

young woman sits in

A the corner emotionally

distraught. She wraps her

arms around a big dog and

literally cries on his shoulder.

The dog licks her face and

pushes at her with his nose

as if to say, “C’mon, smile,

get up. I’m here now.” After a

few more minutes, she wipes

her tears, gives the dog a big

kiss and hug and resumes

her day feeling better.

That is the power of

an animal’s love. The

unconditional love they have

for humans is untainted. The

Humane Society of Broward

County, LCC K-9 Comfort

Dogs, and many other

organizations from around

the United States, sent

therapy dogs to the schools.

Even if it was only a moment

of comfort, you can never

underestimate the power of

that type of support.

Comfort from animals is very

different than human support.

Humans tend to say things

that can be annoying or just

stupid. That comes from not

really knowing what to say

when tragedy strikes. The

perfunctory response is “Our

thoughts and prayers are

with you.” I’ve said it myself,

not knowing what else to

say, and of course I mean

it. I pray for all those who

need comfort during these

difficult times. But actually

speaking to someone about

the death of a loved one is

difficult. Sometimes there are

no words, sometimes all you

need to do is sit and let the

other person talk, sometimes

a hug is all that is needed.

One of the best books on

grieving I’ve ever read is

titled Beyond Grief by Carol

Staudacher. This guide is

not a religious book, and

does not offend whatever

your beliefs are about what

happens after death. It

Left without a Goodbye

explains the different stages

of grief and how to cope. I’ve

read my copy many times

and loaned it out many times.

But, I digress. I was talking

about the comfort dogs

that were available for the

students after the shooting.

In addition to the support

the students and families

received from various

organizations, animal therapy

is one more way of showing

support and love for all

affected. This healing process

will take a long time and

thankfully the community,

human and animal, supports

all of the victims. P

by Atiah Hussain, MD

It was a regular day;

the sun rose as usual,

bringing the Florida

sunshine over Parkland.

We hurried out after a

quick breakfast, some

of us hearing our moms

calling out to finish the

toast. But we needed

to get to school in time,

had to catch up with

notes from friends for

the upcoming tests. No

time to be tardy, Dad

was already in the car,

waiting to drop us off

at the school. Holding

our backpacks and our

lunch, we ran out of the

door to the waiting car,

never to return.

It was a day of

excitement, a special

day, some of us carried

special tokens of

friendship, balloons,

chocolates, and some

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cards with simple

messages of love. It

was Valentine’s Day,

Feb. 14, a day filled

with love for family and

friends, love shared,

and joy doubled.

But it was not a usual

day, Mom and Dad.

Weapons of mass

destruction took over

the love we were

looking forward to

celebrate and we were

snatched away in

minutes. Not knowing

what was happening

we huddled ourselves

in silence, hoping to

survive.

You know the rest: Alive

and then gone in a

minute.

Alas, that was the last

day of our lives.

Don’t stop Mom, Dad, relatives, and friends

We are looking down from Heaven, holding

each other’s hand

March like you have never marched before

The path is rocky, with many roadblocks

But don’t stop Mom, Dad, and students

everywhere.

March like you have never marched before

We are the bright, shinning beams of Florida

sun

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March like you have never marched before

Falter not, never should there be another

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We are the Seventeen Angels marching with

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We are the Seventeen Lights at every corner

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MAY 2018

March Like You Have Never Marched Before

March like you have never marched before

Our dear coach, esteemed teachers, and

MSD students

We left suddenly without a goodbye or a

hug

We are in the Heavenly abode, the Best of

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We are looking down and guiding you as

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